Former NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin in hot water

posted at 12:31 pm on January 20, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

These days, when you see a story about a big city mayor and a hurricane, you’re expecting to see more jaw flapping from Michael Bloomberg of the Big Apple talking about Sandy. But this weekend we get to bring you a blast from the past. Anybody remember Ray Nagin? For our youngest readers, a brief refresher may be in order. Ray was mayor of New Orleans when Katrina hit, nearly a decade ago. When he felt that the federal emergency management response was neither quick nor competent enough, he made a name for himself by regularly blasting then President Bush.

Nagin said the time has long passed for federal authorities to act on their promises.

“You mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can’t figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on man,” he said.

He became a darling of the Left, hoisted on the figurative shoulders of the media. He was the little guy who dared to defy the corruption and incompetence of the federal giant. It was a heartwarming tale. Unfortunately for Ray, it’s now alleged that he was helping himself to more than face time with the networks in the aftermath of the storm.

Federal prosecutors today announced a 21-count indictment against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, accused of enriching himself as the city struggled to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Nagin is accused of using the office of mayor to steer city projects to business associates who, in turn, allegedly paid kickbacks and bribes and flew him on lavish free trips to Hawaii, Jamaica, and Las Vegas.

Nagin was charged with bribery, honest service wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

If these allegations all prove true in court, Ray was a busy guy during the years his city was rebuilding after the storm. The details tell a series of stories, each one more outlandish than the last. Before the waters had fully receded, the Mayor apparently set up a private account called Stone Age LLC, established as a repository for payments which he probably didn’t want people looking at too closely. According to the suit, he waived delinquent tax bills for someone who provided him with private jets and limos. After awarding a million dollar recovery contract for fixing sidewalks to one business, (and that would be a million dollars of your money, by the way) the company deposited ten grand into his personal account. Another businessman who later pleaded guilty to bribing public officials dropped $112,500 on Nagin.

That’s some pretty sweet work if you can get it.

There’s not much more to say on this one which wouldn’t immediately devolve into the realm of schadenfreude. But if the prosecutors bring home the bacon on this one, it will prove to be a stunning study in hypocrisy. For all of the blustering Nagan did regarding the failures of government while his city was drowning, one wonders how he managed to keep a straight face if he was pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars intended to bail the city out? (Literally, as well as figuratively.)


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Progressives don’t care, he played a key role in hurting W so he will always be a hero or at least a sympathetic character.

rob verdi on January 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Well holder is just going to have to put a stop to anything that might see to it nagin gets ‘in hot water’ now don’t we?
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letget on January 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

The only thing surprising about this story is the fact that the feds are actually prosecuting Nagin.

Guess he didn’t provide enough of a kickback to Eric and Barry.

AZCoyote on January 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

By the way. What political party does this crook belong to, anyway. The news seems silent on the issue.

pat on January 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

one wonders how he managed to keep a straight face if he was pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars intended to bail the city out? (Literally, as well as figuratively.)

A graduate from the Alinsky school.
I am sure Clinton was his mentor.
Of course – all of these charges are racist – don’t you know?

redguy on January 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

No wonder he was so indignant. He wasn’t getting paid off quickly enough.

rbj on January 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Well, this is shocking.

He’s staying in Dallas apparently. I’d lay $10,000 (of stolen bribe money) he is living with John Wiley Price. Yessir.

And before you say otherwise, shut up racist.

CorporatePiggy on January 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM

This is just the latest Vast White Wing conspiracy.

CorporatePiggy on January 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Former NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin in hot water
chocolate

Let the racist rot in prison.

Flange on January 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

From deep water to hot water in seven years.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM

And our sick left wing media decided to praise this pos and trash GW.

rplat on January 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Gun Owners Against Illegal Mayors

http://www.stopillegalmayors.com/

mad saint jack on January 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM

REALLY “In hot water?”

……gee, why not take the AP approach with “Well, I don’t think this is really all that big a deal, because if you really look at it, Nagin did a pretty good job during Katrina…..”

yeah – from Baton Rouge, where he escaped to in his taxpayer-funded heliocopter with taxpayer funded prostitutes and taxpayer funded drugs….

williamg on January 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I don’t want him in hot water — I want him in a federal prison!

Blake on January 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

How’s that “Chocolate City” workin’ out for ya Ray?

Tim_CA on January 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Crooked, dumb and sloppy are a bad combination.

He should have attacked and choked muzzled the whole US energy industry, started a TV network then sold it to Mideast money who love an America with no fossil fuels of its own.

IlikedAUH2O on January 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Forget it , Jazz. It’s New Orleans.

Curtiss on January 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM

This guy is nothing but a racist and used it to his advantage. Not only did he get away with murder (idling school buses), but had the nerve to call it “Chocolate town”. Maybe it’s time we had a discussion about blacks in politics (particularly in the cities) and how they sell out the black race.
People need to understand the Democrats don’t care about blacks. They only care to use them to castigate the rich and whites.

djaymick on January 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

By the way. What political party does this crook belong to, anyway. The news seems silent on the issue.

pat on January 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

You are kidding, right?

DDay on January 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Time to retire Moon Landrieu’s kids Mary and Mitch.

Christien on January 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM

The Democrat culture of racism, religious bigotry, and corruption rolls on. Democrats are the scum of America.

Jaibones on January 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Racist! Ray was just trying ‘to share the wealth’!

GarandFan on January 20, 2013 at 12:53 PM

He became a darling of the Left, hoisted on the figurative shoulders of the media

…day after day…month after month…year after year…and now that he may be caught…he’ll fall right off their shoulders!…amazing how that happens!
…and he lives in Texas!…like our old Governor Grandmole who is in California……skrew up things…then move to another state.

KOOLAID2 on January 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Weapons grade karma.

1921 C DRUM on January 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Yawn!!! Just another day of the irrelevant HA crowd bi5thing over things they can’t do anything about. What else is new?

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

No surprise here – just another typical democRat.

dentarthurdent on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

He should hire Marion Barry as a consultant to help him handle this.

Oldnuke on January 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

This ought to be good. Since Eric Holder is neither white nor right wing he can’t use the race card or blame the vast RW conspiracy. He’s about out of options here. Well I guess there’s still Booosh or Teh Joooos!

Oldnuke on January 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Weapons grade karma.

1921 C DRUM on January 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM

ROFL! That’s one Dianne Feinstein definitely wants on the ban!

onomo on January 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

He was a disgrace then and he is a disgrace now.

22044 on January 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

GWB should give him a call and ask him how he is doing.

VegasRick on January 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

HAL is funny.

22044 on January 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Nice, Jazz. Thanks. We heard all about Lance as it happened. You’d would never have know that same day Lance kneeled to Poperah that Nagin was indicted.

Limerick on January 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has reportedly turned down a plea deal in the ongoing investigation into alleged corruption during his term in City Hall.

Sources tell WWL-TV that an impending grand jury indictment could include more than 20 felony counts, according to WWL-TV’s David Hammer.

Hammer’s report says federal prosecutors offered to drop potential charges against Nagin’s sons if the former Mayor would agree to the deal.

Resist We Much on January 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Yawn!!! Just another day of the irrelevant HA crowd bi5thing over things they can’t do anything about. What else is new?

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Yes, nagin stealing our tax dollars to benefit himself is none of our business. A 21-count indictment against him is just racism, straight up, right moron?

VegasRick on January 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Black.

Racist.

Liberal.

Loathes America.

Slap on the wrist fine and maybe 3 years probation - IF - he is ever actually tried and - IF - he is actually convicted.

Bet the farm on it. It’s a sure thing.

SD Tom on January 20, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Yawn!!! Just another day of the irrelevant HA crowd bi5thing over things they can’t do anything about. What else is new?

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

More like:

Just another day when a lefty pol is indicted for taking money out of the mouths of minorities while pretending to be a leader of black folks.

Detroit Was Destroyed By Communists

Resist We Much on January 20, 2013 at 1:16 PM

HAL is funny.

22044 on January 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

He’s mad because Democrat Nagin is THE face of failure before, during, and after Katrina. Nagin did himself in without any assist by us. That’s gotta hurt. What would any of us want to do about this–besides point and laugh at a typical corruptocrat Dem getting his comeuppance?

Christien on January 20, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Federal prosecutors today announced a 21-count indictment against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, accused of enriching himself as the city struggled to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Well, at least they didn’t have him on tape buying crack or find the money in his freezer.

Nothing but a witch hunt I tellya!

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 20, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Nagin should’ve found some unused buses and bussed in supporters like HAL.

Christien on January 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Notice that nowhere in the ABC piece do they mention political party affiliation? I guess the new standard is if party affiliation isn’t mentioned, must be Democrat.

TulsAmerican on January 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Like with the voter-intimidation case against the NBPP in 2008, Holder won’t too aggressively let one of ‘his people’ suffer very much, if it all.

Liam on January 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

William Wonka esq may need a new recipe for the greatness of NOLA to continue.

harlekwin15 on January 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

I don’t want him in hot water — I want him in a federal prison!

Blake on January 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

The way these things go, he’ll be out in a couple of years, run for public office again and be voted in by an overwhelming number of liberals.

hopeful on January 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Notice that nowhere in the ABC piece do they mention political party affiliation? I guess the new standard is if party affiliation isn’t mentioned, must be Democrat.

TulsAmerican on January 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

That was the first indicator when I was young that the MFM was not to be trusted.

Noticed it in ’79, people are only (-d) when it is a good story.

harlekwin15 on January 20, 2013 at 1:20 PM

But, but but !!! I’m sleazy Eric Holder’s chosen people !!!

Bail me out Eric !!! O.J. me outta this !!!

viking01 on January 20, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Notice that nowhere in the ABC piece do they mention political party affiliation? I guess the new standard is if party affiliation isn’t mentioned, must be Democrat.

TulsAmerican on January 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

If this were a Republican the persons party would have been mentioned about every third word, and the last sentence of the article would wonder how many more Republicans were involved.

VegasRick on January 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

His defense will rest with PTSD from dealing with Boooosh and FEMA.

Limerick on January 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

The way these things go, he’ll be out in a couple of years, run for public office again and be voted in by an overwhelming number of liberals.

hopeful on January 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Whereas if we so much as utter anything that makes liberals wet the bed we must leave public life.

Silky Pony John Edwards was correct, there are two Americas and perhaps we should make him more right than he intended.

harlekwin15 on January 20, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Nagin ran for mayor to replace the corrupt Morial. Nagin was a very inexperienced Cox cable executive. He ran on a platform of disregarding his inexperience, because he would be HONEST. He ran on an anti-corruption campaign to be the “clean” mayor.

So… as part of the bargain, we got his utter incoherence and incompetence during Katrina.

As far as the other side of the bargain?

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Yawn!!! Just another day of the irrelevant HA crowd bi5thing over things they can’t do anything about. What else is new?

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

You’re just another lib disappointed that another liberal was outed and exposed. Thanks for visiting!

CW on January 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

OT – Another ObamaPhone commercial.

Seriously my head is going to explode! It’s bad enough we are paying for them but now we are paying for commercials advertising them.

gophergirl on January 20, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Yawn!!! Just another day of the irrelevant HA crowd bi5thing over things they can’t do anything about. What else is new?

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

We may be able to do plenty in Louisiana and Texas as well as some other states real soon.

Your control of the national media only gains you so much, and I am DYING to know how long you think you can hide the magic (-d) behind the Choclatier’s name?

harlekwin15 on January 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

His defense will rest with PTSD from dealing with Boooosh and FEMA.

Limerick on January 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Pre Traumatic Stress Disorder. Oh, and he did it for the children.

VegasRick on January 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The idiot liberals on my local radio station that carries Rush referred to School Bus Ray during their newsbreak as “one of the heroes of the Katrina disaster”.

slickwillie2001 on January 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Seems like a simple matter of self-directed redistribution.

Drained Brain on January 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Seems like a simple matter of self-directed redistribution.

Drained Brain on January 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

He was rather poor, no actually had he had any integrity he would have pointed out that Governor Blanco was the one who refused to grant Bush permission to give aid in pre-positioned spots.

Instead he went along with the news/entertainment, and democrat conspiracy to pretend that Bush blew up the levees and steered the hurricane for maximum impact and was responsible for the Ray Nagin memorial bus pool…..

I know I must be a real incompetent a**hole because they say you get the government you deserve.

harlekwin15 on January 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Time to retire Moon Landrieu’s kids Mary and Mitch.

Christien on January 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Problem with the Landrieus is they’re as deep in Harrah’s back pocket as Dingy Harry in Vega$. So much influence that Harrah’s was able to get the city to demolish the historic Rivergate complex to install their sleazy casino. The Landrieus and most other crony NOLA political and Mafia families made out big and so did the hookers nearby on Decatur Street but everyone else… not so much.

viking01 on January 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

The idiot liberals on my local radio station that carries Rush referred to School Bus Ray during their newsbreak as “one of the heroes of the Katrina disaster”.

slickwillie2001 on January 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Hero?

Guffaw.

Coward dithered on the evac order for 24 hours after it was known Katrina would hit NOLA…. but he sent his family to Dallas right away. He thought there was enough danger to send his family away, but put political considerations ahead of a “just-in-case” evac. Smart folks (like me) saw the same radar that Nagin did and got the hell away form the impact zone – 24 hours before the evac order.

Then he holed up in a downtown hotel having a nervous breakdown and refused to come out of his suite and work with officials.

Then he cussed out Bush on the radio and said Bush was the one not acting.

Hero?

Guffaw.

Please.

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 1:32 PM

What goes around comes around, Ray Nagin and it’s come around for you!

sadsushi on January 20, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Crooked, dumb and sloppy are a bad combination.

He should have attacked and choked muzzled the whole US energy industry, started a TV network then sold it to Mideast money who love an America with no fossil fuels of its own.

IlikedAUH2O on January 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

And then buy 60,000 shares of Apple stock at $7.48 a share.

RickB on January 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

“federal prosecutors”

Hmmmm. Aren’t they controlled by Holder?

Why do I think that the Right Honorable Ray Nagin is going to quietly walk away from all this?

Probably carried on the investigation so it could be publicized as seeking justice, and just flush it at a later date.

Helps to folks’ minds off of the fact that they don’t have any or decent-paying jobs, have to pay more for everything, and also Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the total silence concerning Algeria.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

We have reached critical mass. We no longer have enough decent politicians in office to run the country.

vityas on January 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

“federal prosecutors”

Hmmmm. Aren’t they controlled by Holder?

Why do I think that the Right Honorable Ray Nagin is going to quietly walk away from all this?

Probably carried on the investigation so it could be publicized as seeking justice, and just flush it at a later date.

Helps to folks’ minds off of the fact that they don’t have any or decent-paying jobs, have to pay more for everything, and also Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the total silence concerning Algeria.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

could be, there is a credible theory that Bill “Kabloom” Ayers of 25,000,000 fame benefited from a purposefully spoiled case…

harlekwin15 on January 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Guess he didn’t provide enough of a kickback to Eric and Barry.

AZCoyote on January 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

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BINGO!! See what happens if they don’t get their cut?

ExpressoBold on January 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Marion Barry was his idol.

CW on January 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

We have reached critical mass. We no longer have enough decent politicians in office to run the country.

vityas on January 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

And 51% of the populace are moochers.

VegasRick on January 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

He served the purpose of the left and media… there’s no story here.

MT on January 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

just checking in

Bradky on January 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

I’m glad that Nagin is finally, finally being brought to justice. I will gloat over every ounce of news about this shyster thug/crook. I’ve hated him ever since Katrina and how he dogged that issue for fame at the expense of the real heroes, including President Bush who’s beat the thug in the WH heads over heels in helping in relief help for hurricane victims.

avagreen on January 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Just another day of the irrelevant HA crowd bi5thing over things they can’t do anything about.

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

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What’s the matter that you can’t spell “bitching?” Does your baby-killing morality allow to butcher the English language, too? Chicken shit. Oh, and your substitute characters are out of order, too.

ExpressoBold on January 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

And 51% of the populace are moochers.

VegasRick on January 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

20% hard left ideologues, 31% “moochers.”

Frankly we have social security recipients and medicare users, as well as impoverished our own.

Perhaps the GOP can get a few points across suggesting that we work on blacksmith, and buggy whip Votech since the donks seem bent on “back to the future” as energy policy.

No machining though they hate the march of the people being able to make things for themselves.

If enough Americans could still produce things the most patriotic civil disobedience would be black market incandescent lightbulbs, and custom flow toilets.

Freedom is about ten years from dying.

harlekwin15 on January 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Former NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin in hot water chocolate

Flange on January 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

That’s just funny right there.

Paul-Cincy on January 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I blame Bush for the name “Chocolate City” and these clearly FALSE charges!!

Khun Joe on January 20, 2013 at 1:53 PM

To be blunt School Bus Ray Nagin is another Affirmative-action disaster.

It was fairly obvious that his position at Cox Cable was practically Vice President of Walkin’ ’round and Doin’ Stuff though his marketing by NOLA media in the tank for the DNC particularly WWL, WDSU and the Times-Picayune newspaper.

Some may remember the WWL-TV “reporter” assigned to cover the corrupt Marc Morial “covered” him so thoroughly and lovingly that she married him. It should have been called the “get a room!” update from the Morial mayor’s office.

viking01 on January 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Freedom is about ten years from dying.

harlekwin15 on January 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

“From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”

You are spot on, about 10 years until the final stage is complete.

VegasRick on January 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Anyone who knows anything about Louisiana in general and New Orleans in particular is not at all surprised by this story.

Knott Buyinit on January 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

He was rather poor, no actually had he had any integrity he would have pointed out that Governor Blanco was the one who refused to grant Bush permission to give aid in pre-positioned spots.

Instead he went along with the news/entertainment, and democrat conspiracy to pretend that Bush blew up the levees and steered the hurricane for maximum impact and was responsible for the Ray Nagin memorial bus pool…..

I know I must be a real incompetent a**hole because they say you get the government you deserve.

harlekwin15 on January 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I wonder if Governor Blanco is a criminal too and an investigation just needs to be launched to confirm it.

22044 on January 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

He’ll walk scott free and keep all the money, then probably get a 7 figure gig at MSNBC…it’s Obamerica after all.

AUINSC on January 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I wonder if Governor Blanco is a criminal too and an investigation just needs to be launched to confirm it.

22044 on January 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

She was being directed by either Pelosi or YEARRRGH Dean acting as a shadow executive.

I don’t know that she is corrupt and I lived in her state when the twisted sisters hit, I took damage from Rita and was on the vanguard of Katrina when it hit, but I do know that she was at best a ‘special needs” Governor.

The damage is done, and perhaps we should thank her since her idiocy showed that the US voters are stupid enough to believe the media’s lies.

harlekwin15 on January 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

What else is new?

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

…we don’t know HotLips!…what does it taste like?…when you get off your knees and wipe your puffy lips!

KOOLAID2 on January 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Hate to send y’all to DU, but you want to talk about a Katrina hero, it’s the 20-year-old who commandeered a school bus, loaded it up, and drove the refugees to Houston on his own initiative.

Not Ray “Chocolate City” Nagin.

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Re Nagin’s professional life, he hit his ceiling in politics as being a mayor of a big city.

I could see MSNBC in his future.

22044 on January 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Blanco was a nice society lady from Lafayette.

Dumb as a fencepost.

Lafayette is a great place to live, but our local leadership is a joke.

We don’t even have street signs to identify many major streets, and a major highway was opened up without any signs WHATSOEVER, no ID signs at any intersection including no speed limit signs for the first 3 weeks. You had to guess where you were, and avoid the gangs of bikers doing 110 and the sports cars doing 120.

Was all fun and speed games until a young mother was killed. then they put up the speed-limit signs.

Didn’t surprise me that all Blanco could do during Katrina was cry.

Typical Lafayette leader.

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

bi5thing
HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

HotLips ?…

KOOLAID2 on January 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I could see MSNBC in his future.

22044 on January 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I might be a little too optimistic here but I think nagin should start getting use to prison orange.

VegasRick on January 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Called the Lafayette traffic department to ask the speed limit. They were confused. I heard a bunch of yakking in the background. “65?” the person guessed?

So then I called the cops. They said they didn’t know. I said that there had to be a speed limit – it was a major highway. The watch commander said, “OK, what is the speed limit when there are no signs?”

“25,” I correctly said.

He replied, “OK then. It’s 25.”

This on a 4-lane divided state highway was wide as I-5 in California.

Do 25 while bikers and sports nuts are doing over 100 all around you.

I had to laugh. Cajuns are a warm-hearted people with no leadership skills whatsoever, and they don’t care.

It’s the Wild West in our town and nothing gets enforced at all.

Laissez faire.

Lassiez les bon temps rouler!

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

And speaking about political affiliations;

Michigan Supreme Court Justice charged with Fraud.

At least the AP did get around to mentioning that this Judge was indeed a Democrat in the third to last paragraph of the story. They could have just remitted that fact and who would have been the wiser.

D-fusit on January 20, 2013 at 2:15 PM

My on-topic point being that Louisiana had a soft-headed, Cajun-country governor from Acadiana, with zero negative leadership ability as governor, paired with a corrupt, cowardly, affirmative-action hire as N.O. mayor.

Was already a recipe for disaster in baking a cake, much less in dealing with a killer ‘cane.

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Trivia question:

Which dark-skinned candidate ran against Kathleen Blanco for LA governor to replace Mike Foster, but lost largely due to residual racism, especially in the northern, non-Cajun part of the state?

Bobby Jindal.

Katrina would have been a different story, and possibly the same with Bush’s second term and the elevation of the Pelosi Democrats.

The rejection of Jindal in his first run for governor had far-reaching, unintended effects.

After Katrina, folks had a LOT of buying remorse, and Jindal won in a cakewalk.

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Bush’s fault!!! RACIST!!! Haliburton!! Does that about cover the left’s defense of this sleazebag?

Jack_Burton on January 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I appreciate the local reports.

22044 on January 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Knowing Bobby Jindal, He would have gotten a 24-hour jump on Nagin, sent out the buses, cleared the low-lying areas with a mass evac, controlled all from his amazing sick-smart-quick brain, and you would have never had the photos that sank Bush.

Arguably, we wouldn’t have had the collapse of the Bush presidency, and we wouldn’t be here today with the first American Dictator.

The non-election of Jindal in 2003 ended up being a butterfly wing in the Amazon, IMO.

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I remember clearly in the run-up to the 2003 LA governor’s election the combination of residual racism and also Jindal had promised to cut down on waste and corruption. Entire unions (school bus drivers, truckers, etc.) swung behind Blanco because Jindal was going to cut the gravy train.

So we got Blanco by default because she was the not-Jindal.

Again, funny how everyone’s attitudes changed in 2007.

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Obama may appoint him to some Banking Regulator Position once the negative press dies down because… in the long run with Dems… there is really no bad press… Ask Bill & Hillary… for example.
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I would have said ask Teddy K but he died… a hero of the left… after being elevated by the Dems for 50 years… even though he drowned a girl in one of the most public and disgusting displays of no morals selfishness EVER.
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Nagin made his bone during Katrina… I’ll be surprised if he gets left to hang for long.
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RalphyBoy on January 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

One thing I must say about Bobby Jindal. Some folks here think he pulls too many intricate machinations to make end-runs around the unions. But one thing I truly believe is that Jindal is, hands-down, the best crisis problem solver we have in American elected office.

His performance after Hurrican Gustav and after the BP spill comfirmed it.

He could pilot Air Force One while just using his thought rays.

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Meanwhile, Jon Corzine wonders where his money went . . .

BigAlSouth on January 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Former NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin in hot water chocolate

I’m drinking hot chocolate right now!

*sip*

BigGator5 on January 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Nagin? Corruption? Inevitable. It’s how Democrats in Louisiana have rolled for at least 150 years.

Eventually your political and monetary misdeeds will get you. Just ask Cold-Cash Jefferson, Edwin Edwards or Larry Callier (former police chief of Opelousas).

Logus on January 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM

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