Former NOLA mayor found guilty of bribery, fraud, laundering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

posted at 5:21 pm on February 12, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

So it turns out that Ray Nagin, the Democratic ex-mayor of New Orleans best known for his furious denunciations of the Bush administration in their response to Hurricane Katrina, wasn’t exactly acting with the city’s best interests at heart himself. The guy left office in 2010 with bottom-of-the-barrel approval ratings and insisted that he wouldn’t be running for political office again — and I think this just about seals the deal on that. The sentencing is still to come, but each of the 20 charges of which he was convicted carries a sentence of at least several years, and he could be looking at a nice long prison term. Via CNN:

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, whose desperate pleas for help during Hurricane Katrina drew national attention, walked silently out of a courthouse Wednesday after a jury convicted him of federal corruption charges.

Nagin was elected as a reformer in 2002. But after a two-week trial that began in late January, he was found guilty of 20 out of 21 counts of bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The sole acquittal was on one of the bribery counts. …

The charges detailed more than $200,000 in bribes to the mayor, and his family members allegedly received a vacation in Hawaii; first-class airfare to Jamaica; private jet travel and a limousine for New York City; and cellular phone service. In exchange, businesses that coughed up cash for Nagin and his family won more than $5 million in city contracts, according to the January 2013 indictment.

In a nutshell, he used the opportunity of the Katrina recovery effort to kick city contracts back to any vendors that offered to sweeten the deal, while simultaneously blustering about the incompetence and corruption of everybody else’s post-Katrina commitment. What a swell guy.


“The quantum of damages will be interesting here,” he said. “How much suffering there was, how much illicit wealth he accumulated, that’s what the judge will look at when deciding how to sentence.”

He’s facing 120 years, but will probably get around 20, Napolitano said.

When he left court, Nagin told reporters that it was not a fair verdict and that he maintains his innocence. His lawyer said they would appeal the decision.


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I blame George W. Bush.

Mr. D on February 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

No party affiliation listed? He must be an independent….

MikeInBA on February 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Chocolate City indeed.

SouthernGent on February 12, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Class warfare against Nagin. The system is rigged. He couldn’t ever get a fair deal.

oldroy on February 12, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Chocolate City eh?

Murphy9 on February 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Democrat..?

d1carter on February 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

So he took a chocolate bus from the chocolate city to the chocolate prison and blamed BOOOSH!

viking01 on February 12, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I am sooo relieved to hear he’s “good” with the whole thing. Was there an apology, or did I miss it? Just another democrat, fight’n the man!

Scotsman on February 12, 2014 at 5:31 PM

The charges detailed more than $200,000 in bribes to the mayor,

That’s two Nestle $100,000 chocolate bars.

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Nagin was elected as a reformer in 2002.

Obama light.

GarandFan on February 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Your Chocolate just melted.

Chocolate Bunny Microwave?

portlandon on February 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

I’d have to chuckle if they took him up to Angola in a school bus.

reddevil on February 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Is Cold Cash Jefferson still in jail?

DanMan on February 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Bush!!11!!

Koch!!21!

Good Lt on February 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

And just like USA today no mention he’s a Democrat.

What party?

Speechlesstx on February 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Get ready, everybody! It’s time to play… Name. That. PARTY!

Fabozz on February 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

A corrupt politician in Louisiana? Say it isn’t so!

rbj on February 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Hey Ray:

As you meet your new friends, Laissez le bon temps rouler!

I say this as a former constituent.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

He got reelected by bussing in all of the Katrina refugees evacuees the were living in Houston and surrounding areas. There was blatant voter fraud and he got a major pass.

DAT60A3 on February 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

10:1 he’s reelected Mayor when he gets out.

Art Vandelay on February 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

So, the worse the response to the reconstruction and clean up of NOLA, the more opportunity for Mr. Nagin et alia to profit.

I wonder if he and/or his peeps actively interfered with Federal, State and private organizations, in their attempts to help?

ha_tspc on February 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I’d have to chuckle if they took him up to Angola in a school bus.

reddevil on February 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Sadly, Angola is the state prison. It is where he should be placed but C. Ray’s headed to Club Fed.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

No matter what kind of sick jokes you Conse”rat”ives come up with to hurt this poor man even more than he already has, it still doesn’t change the fact that Bushitler developed that storm with a weather machine in his evil lair in a volcano off the coast of Madagascar and then Darth Cheney blew up the dikes with Kurdish mercenaries bused in from the Middle East by way of Canada.

The evil is all yours.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Get ready, everybody! It’s time to play… Name. That. PARTY!

Fabozz on February 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

And no, CNN isn’t giving any clues.

questionmark on February 12, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Unused buses, sitting underwater. That says it all for this lousy former ‘mayor.’

xNavigator on February 12, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Another Democrat Bites Ye Dust,……..”Salutey”!!!!

canopfor on February 12, 2014 at 5:48 PM

So long Chocolate City!

HondaV65 on February 12, 2014 at 5:48 PM

I wonder if he and/or his peeps actively interfered with Federal, State and private organizations, in their attempts to help?

ha_tspc on February 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Well, it sort of started with his police officers helping themselves to expensive goods too as WalMarts were being looted.

I’d say you have a fair bet.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Send him some liquid soap! Takes longer for him to pick it up when he drops it in the shower!

HondaV65 on February 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

He got reelected by bussing in all of the Katrina refugees evacuees the were living in Houston and surrounding areas. There was blatant voter fraud and he got a major pass.

DAT60A3 on February 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Actually they voted for him in Houston, Memphis, or wherever. It was a big deal at the time. The “displaced” able to vote for Mayor. Even though many had no intention of returning to the comparatively frugal welfare benefits than what they were getting in Texas or wherever. Not that it wasn’t going to be a Democrat but a WHITE Democrat won the next time because the voter rolls were tightened.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Brainfree was strangely aroused by Skool-Bus Ray’s future sex life.

viking01 on February 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Nagan… pretty typical liberal.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 12, 2014 at 5:51 PM

He must not be affiliated with a political party.

David Blue on February 12, 2014 at 5:52 PM

If Obama had had a son that became a corrupt and inept mayor…..

jukin3 on February 12, 2014 at 5:52 PM

We have a guy in the White House just like him; smile at you while lying like a rug.

mixplix on February 12, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

One saying comes to mind, though:

Justice delayed is justice denied.

How long ago was Katrina?

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Sadly, Angola is the state prison. It is where he should be placed but C. Ray’s headed to Club Fed.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

He’ll probably be in the federal prison in Oakdale, LA. The same place where other former Louisiana politicians have served like former Gov. Edwin Edwards, “Dollar” Bill Jefferson, former NO councilman Oliver Thomas, and former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown.

I love this state!

Lay-Z on February 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

This is a pretty good week. A Republican replaced Sex Predator Filner and Ray “Choc’late City” Nagin is convicted.

vityas on February 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

No matter what kind of sick jokes you Conse”rat”ives come up with to hurt this poor man even more than he already has, it still doesn’t change the fact that Bushitler developed that storm with a weather machine in his evil lair in a volcano off the coast of Madagascar and then Darth Cheney blew up the dikes with Kurdish mercenaries bused in from the Middle East by way of Canada.

The evil is all yours.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I worked in the Upper Ninth Ward. Spike Lee put signs up all over the place offering money for proof that the Industrial Canal Levee was blown by Bush to flood out all the poor blacks. So, I put my dog in a Cheney mask and had him sit next to one of those plunger detenators you see in the silent movies and took a picture. Spike has yet to send me a check. :0

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Another race hustler’s chickunnns have come home to roost.

viking01 on February 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

So it turns out that Ray Nagin, the Democratic ex-mayor of New Orleans best known for his furious denunciations of the Bush administration in their response to Hurricane Katrina, wasn’t exactly acting with the city’s best interests at heart himself
===========================

REALLY???:

PICKET: (VIDEO) Obama voted against funding New Orleans bridge damaged by Hurricane Katrina in ’05
October 3, 2012, 08:15PM
************************

The recent video that surfaced on the Daily Caller’s website showing then presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2007 addressing an audience at Hampton University during the Democratic presidential primary. According to The Daily Caller:

In a video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama tells an audience of black ministers, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, that the U.S. government shortchanged Hurricane Katrina victims because of racism.

“The people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!” Obama shouts in the video, which was shot in June of 2007 at Hampton University in Virginia. By contrast, survivors of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Andrew received generous amounts of aid, Obama explains. The reason? Unlike residents of majority-black New Orleans, the federal government considers those victims “part of the American family.”

But how much did Obama care about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina? According to a 2008 CNN report, as a Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama and then Senator Joe Biden, along with 91 other members in the upper chamber, both voted for funding for the Alaska “bridge to nowhere” through the 2005 transportation bill.

However, when another Senator tried to divert the “bridge to nowhere” money to fix a bridge to New Orleans, which was damaged during Hurricane Katrina, Senators Biden and Obama both voted against funding its repair. Eighty other senators voted against this amendment.
====================================================

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/oct/3/picket-video-obama-voted-against-funding-new-orlea/

canopfor on February 12, 2014 at 5:56 PM

My Army unit had trucks loaded with water,food,and tentage before the storm hit.We were ready to send them in but got shot down by him and the govenor.The DNC must have tipped them off that they had the perfect knife to get Bush with.

docflash on February 12, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I would blame climate change if I were Nagin.

No wait, it was Huey Long. Yeah, had that wrong, that’s the ticket.

Infidelius on February 12, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Lefty Prog Conspiracy Theory:

“After 5 years being out of office the evil Bushhitler and Darth Cheney still manage to frame a good and caring person like Nagin just to cover up their part in blowing up the levees!”

Personally I couldn’t think of it happening to a better person, perhaps if he and his cronies hadn’t stolen all the money in the coffers that was earmarked for strengthening the levees maybe no one would have died!

Maybe Nagin will get lucky and they’ll have a “chocolate” jail he can do his time in….BWAHAHAHAHA!

Liberty or Death on February 12, 2014 at 5:58 PM

He’ll probably be in the federal prison in Oakdale, LA. The same place where other former Louisiana politicians have served like former Gov. Edwin Edwards, “Dollar” Bill Jefferson, former NO councilman Oliver Thomas, and former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown.

I love this state!

Lay-Z on February 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

So…. You’re saying the Club Fed in Oakdale has a “Louisiana Wing?” Still like the idea of housing them at Angola. I want to see Nagin as a rodeo clown.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:58 PM

10:1 he’s reelected Mayor when he gets out.

Art Vandelay on February 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

*snicker*

“#&tch Set Me UP!!!”

Naw…he’s gonna get some hard time….

BigWyo on February 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Oops!!

NOLA.com ‏@NOLAnews 2h

BREAKING: Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan given 24-month sentence http://ow.ly/tyZEA
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Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan given 24-month prison sentence
on February 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM, updated February 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM
**********************************************************************

Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison and fined $5,000

for using his well-financed agency for his own personal gain.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ordered Galvan to to pay at least $193,388 in restitution to the coroner’s office.

Galvan addressed the court before the sentencing and apologized for betraying the trust of the parish’s voters. That apology marked the first time in months that Galvan had addressed the issues coming from his office. Galvan must report to the Bureau of Prisons on April 11. His attorney asked that he be allowed to serve his time at an institution as close to New Orleans as possible.
(More…..)
=============

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/02/former_st_tammany_parish_coron_2.html

https://twitter.com/NOLAnews

canopfor on February 12, 2014 at 6:01 PM

So…. You’re saying the Club Fed in Oakdale has a “Louisiana Wing?” Still like the idea of housing them at Angola. I want to see Nagin as a rodeo clown.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:58 PM

I would actually attend the Angola Prison Rodeo if Nagin was there. My wife, a native New Orleanian can’t stand the man.

Yeah, we’ve had a few do time at Oakdale, Dollar Bill is still there.

Fun fact, Jim Brown is Campbell Brown of CNN’s daddy.

Lay-Z on February 12, 2014 at 6:01 PM

When he left court, Nagin told reporters that it was not a fair verdict and that he maintains his innocence. His lawyer said they would appeal the decision.

I agree. It should have involved life without possibility for parole. Anybody who had to live in New Orleans knows that the effects from Nagin’s corruption harmed thousands.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Get ready, everybody! It’s time to play… Name. That. PARTY!

Fabozz on February 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM
And no, CNN isn’t giving any clues.

questionmark on February 12, 2014 at 5:46 PM

And neither is that bastion of rightwing propaganda, Fox News.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan

Yeah, this guy was a piece of crap. Outside Coach Les Miles of LSU, he was the highest paid government employee in Louisiana. He spent tens of thousands of St Tammany taxpayer dollars on personal items, vacations, etc.

Not only was this guy earning (I think) nearly 300k a year, he had his own medical practice as well.

Lay-Z on February 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Louisiana, a little touch of South America right in our own back yard.

Knott Buyinit on February 12, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Hey, we’re third world and proud of it!

Lay-Z on February 12, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I would actually attend the Angola Prison Rodeo if Nagin was there. My wife, a native New Orleanian can’t stand the man.

Lay-Z on February 12, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Angola could rent and sell out the Superdome (not a small bit of irony there) if Nagin were part of the rodeo.

Congrats on finding such a wise spouse.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

That is f’n hilarious.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 6:07 PM

then Darth Cheney blew up the dikes with Kurdish mercenaries bused in from the Middle East by way of Canada.

The evil is all yours.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

So THAT’S where the buses were. I knew it was the Bush Administration’s fault that they weren’t used to evacuate the residents.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Nagin told reporters that it was not a fair verdict and that he maintains his innocence.

Yeah, and O.J. is still looking for “the real killers”.

Pork-Chop on February 12, 2014 at 6:07 PM

In the aftermath of Katrina there was a lot of talk about cops not returning to work. There was also a story posted on Drudge alleging that the cops who didn’t return to work actually didn’t exist and questions were being raised about who was receiving the paychecks & benefits. I never saw a followup to the story though. I only mention it in the context that I’ve read a lot of stories about the corruption in New Orleans.

Runner1970 on February 12, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Louisiana, a little touch of South America right in our own back yard.

Knott Buyinit on February 12, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I lived down there while on active duty in the military. We always joked that we should get the foreign service deployment medal for having been stationed in Louisiana.

And it isn’t without precedent. My (Protestant) denomination used to send missionaries abroad to convert the heathens. Their choices were China or Louisiana. Really. ;0

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Yeah, and O.J. is still looking for “the real killers”.

Pork-Chop on February 12, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Are you suggesting that going undercover in the Nevada prison system is not part of a larger plan to bring justice for Nicole?

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Middle East by way of Canada.

The evil is all yours.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

hawkdriver: That was a brilliant plan,…and sneaking through Canada,
I’m still GobSmacked:0

canopfor on February 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Erika:
 
It’s not right that you restrict the (D)s access to posting. I haven’t seen lefttocenter troll a single time in this one, and that can only mean there are administrative bans in place on particular threads.
 
It’s most obvious on the Obamacare ones, but don’t think the rest of us haven’t noticed that y’all are very selective with where allow them access. Hotair should allow them the opportunity to post freely in all threads, not just the Palin or gay football ones.

rogerb on February 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

crickets on the lsm….wolfie is only talking about the raleigh durham area tonight…..

crickets will continue to chirp tomorrow as well…

cmsinaz on February 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

His head looks like a light bulb, but it’s not full of bright.

bbhack on February 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I would actually attend the Angola Prison Rodeo if Nagin was there. My wife, a native New Orleanian can’t stand the man.

Sorry, these are Federal charges in Federal Court, which means Federal Prison. Angola is a LA State Prison, besides Obama will pardon him on his last day in office.

Wallythedog on February 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Ray Nagin’s 200 Grand Chocolate City bar. Heckuva job.

Nawlins drowned while Nagin clowned.

Steve Z on February 12, 2014 at 6:16 PM

George Costanza’s excuse for having sex with the cleaning woman under the desk after work was that he was simply “unaware that it was frowned upon.” I’m surprised Nagin’s lawyer wasn’t able to mount a successful ignoramus defense on similar lines: how was Chocolate Boy sposed to know any of this was frowned upon when this was simple, standard operating procedure for every N’Olans Dem racketeer that preceded him? Too bad Johnny Cochran wasn’t available:”A mowron dis large, you must discharge!”

cosifantutte on February 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

My Army unit had trucks loaded with water,food,and tentage before the storm hit.We were ready to send them in but got shot down by him and the govenor.The DNC must have tipped them off that they had the perfect knife to get Bush with.

docflash on February 12, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I was sitting on my gear in the hangar for three days before Blanco made the call to federalize it. We went Saturday morning, made Hammond before nightfall, and flew over Ponchartrain to the JRB at Belle Chasse the next morning. By Wednesday there were over 10,000 Guardsmen encamped on and operating out of that base.

M240H on February 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison and fined $5,000

for using his well-financed agency for his own personal gain.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ordered Galvan to to pay at least $193,388 in restitution to the coroner’s office.

The return of Tammany Hall ?

Steve Z on February 12, 2014 at 6:20 PM

hawkdriver: That was a brilliant plan,…and sneaking through Canada,
I’m still GobSmacked:0

canopfor on February 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

pffft. The tracks going through your back yard never tipped you off?

Here’s more of the conspiracy. Why … do they call Canada the Great White North? Uh-huh, take a minute.

That’s right, your country aided and abetted Bushilter/Darth Cheney Haliburton in trade for never having the MOM (Madagascar Omni-Weather Machine) unleashed on you. Uh-huh. We’re not stupid. When was the last time Canada had a Hurricane?

Great White North indeed.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 6:20 PM

So 4 yrs after he left office…. plenty of time to get Obama’s orange suit ready by 2020….

hillsoftx on February 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Dis thread! Will be chawklit at da eind a da day. Becauz dass da way Got wanss it!

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

politico has a piece up on this but does not mention that he is a democrat in the entire article, natch

cmsinaz on February 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

No matter what kind of sick jokes you Conse”rat”ives come up with to hurt this poor man even more than he already has, it still doesn’t change the fact that Bushitler developed that storm with a weather machine in his evil lair in a volcano off the coast of Madagascar and then Darth Cheney blew up the dikes with Kurdish mercenaries bused in from the Middle East by way of Canada.

The evil is all yours.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I worked in the Upper Ninth Ward. Spike Lee put signs up all over the place offering money for proof that the Industrial Canal Levee was blown by Bush to flood out all the poor blacks. So, I put my dog in a Cheney mask and had him sit next to one of those plunger detenators you see in the silent movies and took a picture. Spike has yet to send me a check. :0

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

That is some funny-a** sh** right there … x2.

M240H on February 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Sorry, these are Federal charges in Federal Court, which means Federal Prison. Angola is a LA State Prison, besides Obama will pardon him on his last day in office.

Wallythedog on February 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Um…. did you read the comments before posting? And no, there is no reason for Obama to pardon C. Ray Nagin. Eric Holder on the other hand….

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Mr. Chocolate city city is more than a race hustler, it turns out he is a criminal. Another great job Dems!

Whitey Ford on February 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM

docflash on February 12, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I was sitting on my gear in the hangar for three days before Blanco made the call to federalize it. We went Saturday morning, made Hammond before nightfall, and flew over Ponchartrain to the JRB at Belle Chasse the next morning. By Wednesday there were over 10,000 Guardsmen encamped on and operating out of that base.

M240H on February 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Salutes to all of you who aided in the relief.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Nagin told reporters that it was not a fair verdict and that he maintains his innocence.

Obviously still “stuck on stupid.”

pain train on February 12, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Former NOLA mayor found guilty of bribery, fraud, laundering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Great job Ray!

How long before the “Chocolate city” race card is played?

RJL on February 12, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison and fined $5,000

for using his well-financed agency for his own personal gain.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ordered Galvan to to pay at least $193,388 in restitution to the coroner’s office.

The return of Tammany Hall ?

Steve Z on February 12, 2014 at 6:20 PM

You laugh but St. Tammany’s name is, indeed, a political joke. The names on the Northshore (of Lake Pontchatrain) parishes were established after the Louisiana Purchase. So many of the southern parishes were named after saints that somebody thought it would be fun to make up “St. Tammany” after the NY political machine.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Bwahahaaa!

fresh air on February 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

politico has a piece up on this but does not mention that he is a democrat in the entire article, natch

cmsinaz on February 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Fair enough but the fact that he is destined to have a federal prison system ID number is probably more important!

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Heard this on the radio today, and yelled “yahoody !” in the car.
Stand by it.
:-)

pambi on February 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

No matter what kind of sick jokes you Conse”rat”ives come up with to hurt this poor man even more than he already has, it still doesn’t change the fact that Bushitler developed that storm with a weather machine in his evil lair in a volcano off the coast of Madagascar and then Darth Cheney blew up the dikes with Kurdish mercenaries bused in from the Middle East by way of Canada.

The evil is all yours.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Great, thanks to you the NSA, Obama and Eric Holder now know all about the evil Bush and Cheney’s attack on New Orleans.

RJL on February 12, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

heh

cmsinaz on February 12, 2014 at 6:39 PM

In perspective this!

http://thehayride.com/2014/02/this-isnt-a-defense-of-ray-nagin-but/

Kermit on February 12, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Heard this on the radio today, and yelled “yahoody !” in the car.
Stand by it.
:-)

pambi on February 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I’m guessing they’ll be having parades down St. Charles Ave. this weekend. Of course, it’s Mardi Gras season. Nevertheless, good news for the Big Easy.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

pffft. The tracks going through your back yard never tipped you off?

Here’s more of the conspiracy. Why … do they call Canada the Great White North? Uh-huh, take a minute.

That’s right, your country aided and abetted Bushilter/Darth Cheney Haliburton in trade for never having the MOM (Madagascar Omni-Weather Machine) unleashed on you. Uh-huh. We’re not stupid. When was the last time Canada had a Hurricane?

Great White North indeed.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 6:20 PM

hawkdriver:LMAO,…you is baaaaad:0

canopfor on February 12, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Via CNN:

Just went to the link and read the entire story. Not once does CNN bother to get around to telling its low-IQ cultists that horror of horrors, Nagin is a Democrat.

Dr. Goebbels is looking up and smiling approvingly.

Won’t bother you all with the CNN comments. Lots of poo-flinging about how George Soros is morally superior to the evil Koch Brothers. Of course none of those people have anything to do with Nagin or New Orleans, but the Kochs live rent-free inside their hollow skulls.

Del Dolemonte on February 12, 2014 at 6:52 PM

He’ll probably be in the federal prison in Oakdale, LA. The same place where other former Louisiana politicians have served like former Gov. Edwin Edwards, “Dollar” Bill Jefferson, former NO councilman Oliver Thomas, and former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown.

I love this state!

Lay-Z on February 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I was born and raised in Chalmette. My late aunt used to say that Edwards was spawned on a gaming table somewhere.

Even now, there is a push to let Edwards out of prison because of his age, and because there are so many Dems who are nostalgic about the man.

As for Nagin, I see a Holder commutation in his near future.

Oh, and Happy Nomad, my father and his family grew up in what used to be a very prosperous and tidy Ninth Ward before it was destroyed by Great Society and resulting white flight in the early 1970′s.

One more little bit of trivia for those who don’t know, what racist signed the order to unilaterally expropriate the once close-knit black community of Fazendeville in Chalmette? Hint: he was assassinated three weeks later…

Wanderlust on February 12, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Hint: he was assassinated three weeks 41 days later…

Wanderlust on February 12, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Get it right, idjit, get it right lol…

Wanderlust on February 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I worked in the Upper Ninth Ward. Spike Lee put signs up all over the place offering money for proof that the Industrial Canal Levee was blown by Bush to flood out all the poor blacks. So, I put my dog in a Cheney mask and had him sit next to one of those plunger detenators you see in the silent movies and took a picture. Spike has yet to send me a check. :0

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

A+

Del Dolemonte on February 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

As Mayor of the Chocolate City… (cue munchkins here)

ghostwalker1 on February 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Get ready, everybody! It’s time to play… Name. That. PARTY!

Fabozz on February 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

And no, CNN isn’t giving any clues.

questionmark on February 12, 2014 at 5:46 PM

And neither is that bastion of rightwing propaganda, Fox News.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Er, I just checked the Fox News website, and their story mentions Nagin’s Party in the second paragraph. You must have read an earlier Fox News version, which used material from al-AP.

Link

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A jury convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Wednesday on 20 of 21 federal corruption counts, including bribery, marking a stunning fall for the feisty official who gained a national profile following Hurricane Katrina.

The 57-year-old Democrat, who led his city through the aftermath of the 2005 storm, was found guilty of charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office.

Del Dolemonte on February 12, 2014 at 7:03 PM

School Bus Ray certainly didn’t lead NOLA through Katrina. He had long since skedaddled to Dallas.

viking01 on February 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Oh, and Happy Nomad, my father and his family grew up in what used to be a very prosperous and tidy Ninth Ward before it was destroyed by Great Society and resulting white flight in the early 1970′s.

Wanderlust on February 12, 2014 at 6:53 PM

I don’t know what spirit you posted this comment but you’ll get no disagreement from me. The 1960s and 1970s were not kind to the social structure of New Orleans.

White flight isn’t unique to NOLA. But New Orleans had created a society where there were vibrant white and black communities co-existing with the same relative socio-economic status. JFK/LBJ and the “Great Society” killed that. Didn’t hurt that Lady Bird Johnson happened to own all that land where I-10 pushed through the city.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Heck of a job Nagin.

BelleStarre on February 12, 2014 at 7:21 PM

School Bus Ray certainly didn’t lead NOLA through Katrina. He had long since skedaddled to Dallas.

viking01 on February 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM

LIAR!!!

C.Ray Nagin was cowering on the 23rd floor of Hyatt next to city hall.

He didn’t skedaddle to Dallas until later (where he purchased a house in Lake Worth even before he ran for a second term).

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 7:21 PM

“I’m at peace with being a soulless, scheming political reptile. I’m good.”

Enjoy your time in the Chocolate Pen, chief.

orangemtl on February 12, 2014 at 7:26 PM

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