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Louisiana constitution set against parents from the get-go

The Louisiana supreme court dealt a blow against parental school choice on Tuesday.

Last year, Governor Bobby Jindal pushed legislation through that would allow parents to use their own tax money to pay for schools they choose instead of the failing public schools the unions would rather funnel children into.

The court did not challenge the idea of allowing parents to choose the best schools for their children, it only challenged the method by which the legislature had chosen to fund those choices – vouchers.

The State constitution does not allow public funds to be used for private education. Louisiana has a founding document that limits the liberty of parents in the area of school choice. A firm strike against hard-working middle and low-income earners.

Louisiana has a history of corruption and government over-control. Now, the Pelican state has a supreme court that believes that unions know better than parents which schools are better for kids.

The voucher program allowed low and middle-income earning families to choose high-performing schools usually only available to the middle-upper class. It appears that that while the Supreme court has pointed out some errors on the part of the legislature, the rather thin vote that allowed the voucher program to pass shows that most Lousianans prefer union-run, poorly-performing public schools and forcing parents into the schools that the ruling elite see fit.

Hopefully, Lousiana voters will realize that if they want their children to get the best education available, they will push for school choice and reject the union oppression that exists today.

Gov. Jindal has stated that state budget funds will be used to keep the program going.

If Louisiana parent are so concerned, their votes will show it next year.

Louisiana Teacher Unions: The Students Are Ours

LA schoolsThrough the work of Governor Bobby Jindal, Louisiana has been increasing its voucher program for students. Allowing families to choose schools that perform may be helping improve education in the state. A recent study by Students First put Louisiana at the top of its education policy report.

The voucher plan, while popular with parents desperate to find quality education in a safe environment for their children, is not liked by the state teachers’ union. In the interview below the president of the LA Teacher Union states that “vouchers are taking their children” as if they were owned by the school. Or, in the words of Governor Bobby Jindal: If you didn’t birth them, wipe them or feed them, they’re not yours!

It’s time to stand up everyone! Your children, your offspring, are not the property of the government or a government agent.

 

 

Teacher tells class Obama’s re-election is ‘America’s funeral’

A Louisiana teacher tells her class that Obama’s re-election is “America’s funeral”, and the parents are outraged! You will see in this interview that the parents believe the teacher “should keep her personal views to herself and not push it on kids”, yet they have no problem with the liberal indoctrination and Obama worship from other teachers? You can’t have it both ways! If a teacher shouldn’t talk politics with students, it should be across the board, not just for those who oppose the president.


Divided We Stand: Echoing Calls To Secede From The Union

Yes, you read that correctly. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Divided We Stand.

In less than a week since this nation re-elected Barack Obama, there are calls from numerous States to secede from The United States of America. We are no longer a United Nation. We are very much a Divided Nation. Many are standing together, calling for a peaceful divide.

The famous declaration for unity that you are familiar with has been attributed to Aesop’s fables, as well as John Dickinson’s Revolutionary War song, “The Liberty Song”, which was was published first in the Boston Gazette in 1768.

However, it was Patrick Henry that made the historic exclamation in what was to be his last public speech:

“Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”

Patrick Henry’s declaration came at a very pivotal point in America’s history. It was March 1799, and Mr. Henry was “denouncing The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions”, which argued that the two states “had the right and the duty to declare unconstitutional any acts of Congress not authorized by The Constitution”.

This speech took such a toll on Patrick Henry that after the speech his “near lifeless body” was carried offstage and into the nearest tavern. He died just two months later.

We have now reached another pivotal point in this nation’s history.

In the November 6 election, the divide between the candidates was a little more than 3 million votes. Barack Obama received 61,910,594 votes, and Mitt Romney received 58,654,765 votes. When you look at the total number of votes cast, it is almost a clear cut down the middle. We are most definitely a divided nation. We can no longer stand together, when we are so obviously divided over so many issues. We have reached a breaking point that threatens to be anything but peaceful if things are not handled in a way in which every voice is heard and considered.

Citizens in Louisiana are now petitioning the White House to “Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America”. The petition was created the day after the election, and has nearly 8,000 signatures in just 5 days.

It appears that this petition from Louisiana was the first of many to have been submitted to the “We The People” site on the official White House website. The site claims to be “Your Voice In OUR Government”. The question remains whether or not the Government will hear the many voices being raised. It is highly doubtful, as they have turned their noses up in arrogance towards We The People numerous times before.

It’s not just the state of Louisiana, the list of State Petitions calling to peacefully “withdraw from the United States of America” is growing by the day.

Country singer Charlie Daniel’s is suggesting that “the South” secede from The Union; however, there are Northern States that are not so happy with the government, and are also calling to leave the Union. At the time of this article’s posting, the states with open petitions are the following:

Alabama
Colorado

Florida
Georgia

Indiana

Kentucky
Mississippi

Montana
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

Oregon
Texas 

While Louisiana appears to be the first state to start a post-election petition to actually withdraw from The United States, in 2010, Missouri’s Legislative House gave “preliminary approval to state sovereignty measure”, which asserted the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution. It was not a call to secede from the Union, but rather a stand for States’ Rights.

In Texas, Peter Morrison, “a high ranking” Republican County Treasurer, made the declaration for The Lone Star State to secede, stating:

“Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?”

The winds of change are coming. The echoing calls to seperate are growing louder and stronger.

Barack Obama claimed in both victory speeches that we are not “a collection of Red States and Blue States, but we are The United States”. These words are empty and mean nothing coming from a man who has done so much to divide this nation. The people are not happy. We are no longer united. We The People are standing, asking to peacefully divide from the albatross that is Barack Obama. If the request is not considered, it very well may come as a demand, which will not be so peaceful.

 

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Failing School–But White Students Can’t Transfer

A school in Louisiana received a failing performance score this year. Last month, parents of children at Rayville Elementary School were sent an informational letter which said that ‘eligible’ students could request a transfer to a better performing school.

The term ‘Eligible’ was not based on location, student scores, or any other common sense requirement. Instead the letter stated that students who were white were not eligible to transfer.

Included in the letter was the following statement:
“Please note that white students at Rayville Elementary School will not be allowed to transfer to the listed schools due to the present provisions issued in the federal Richland Parish School desegregation case.”

According to the Huffington Post: The desegregation case refers to a 1968 court decision that prohibits white students from leaving a school if their departure would cause a shift in minority enrollment. if their departure could cause the school to be considered “all-Negro.”  WALTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION  1968

Though the desegregation effort was meant as a means to include minority students in predominately white schools parents are asking if this same ruling is now causing reverse discrimination.

Democrats Regulating the Dead

Personal preferences are a reliable method of distinguishing between conservatives and Democrats. Conservatives believe personal preferences are just that: personal and particular to the individual. When others don’t share his preferences a conservative looks for more congenial companions or surroundings. Sometimes he even takes the initiative and creates a like–minded opportunity in the private sector.

Democrats believe their personal preferences are so noteworthy and have such a significant bearing on the future of society that it’s only fair these indispensible preferences be imposed on the public by force of law.

Which brings us to Democrat Alvin Tillman, a third–term member of the council in Terrebonne Parish, LA, who evidently does not have enough to occupy his time. Tillman is personally offended by the chroma culprits who paint their family tombs anything but white, which is Tillman’s preferred color.

“We want to stop this before it gets out of hand,” Tillman was quoted by the Associated Press. “Before you know it you’ll go out there and the cemetery will look like Mardi Gras.”

Since this is Louisiana — where being dead is no bar to exercising the franchise in favor of Democrats on election day — it could be that Tillman is simply responding to the wishes of his electoral base.

So he intends to persuade the council to pass a law. Unfortunately for his finely–tuned sense of aesthetics, his law will only apply to public cemeteries that are government–owned.

Not only will Tillman ban future non–white paint jobs, he won’t grandfather, so to speak, tombs that have already been painted. Those owners will be required to repaint their tombs, much like cab owners in DC will be required to repaint their cabs a uniform white if Councilwoman Mary Cheh, another Democrat member of the color police, gets her way.

In the South there is bad precedent for government intrusion in cemetery management. When local government was under Klan influence, it wasn’t concerned so much about the color of the tomb as it was focused on the color of the customer. In many marble orchards the tombs and the dead were uniformly white.

Tillman may be personally biased against tombs–of–color, but Louisiana has a long history of using paint to customize family tombs. The AP story also quotes an expert who observes, “Historically, the limewash used on family tombs was colored in shades of yellow, ochre, pink, gray and red.”

White on the outside, instead of the inside, is a recent development.

Personally, I think a tomb of almost any color beats the soggy Teddy Bear and defeated balloon piles dotting the roadside that pass for memorials here in Prince William County. At least in Terrebonne Parish the decoration is in close proximity to the deceased.

Judge Gideon Tucker once said, “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” But in Louisiana you don’t even have to be alive to be at the mercy of a politician’s whims.

Jeb Bush Signs Right On Crime Statement of Principles

Joins Ed Meese, Grover Norquist, Bill Bennett, and dozens of conservative leaders supporting conservative criminal justice reforms

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Jeb Bush, the first Republican to be elected to consecutive terms as Governor of Florida, is the newest signatory of the Right On Crime statement of principles, which aligns the conservative agenda on criminal justice reform with long-standing conservative principles such as accountability, limited government, and fiscal responsibility.

“States across the country, including Florida, are proving that policies based on these sound conservative principles will reduce crime and its cost to taxpayers,” Gov. Bush said.  “Many of the signatories of this statement of principles are respected leaders and friends, and I am pleased to add my support.”

“Jeb Bush’s track record as Governor of Florida was marked by consistent and visionary conservative leadership,” said ROC senior policy advisor Marc Levin.  “Gov. Bush’s endorsement of these principles increases the credibility of the conservative criminal justice reform movement on a national level.  Gov. Bush’s support will also provide valuable momentum in Florida, which presents one of the best opportunities for implementing these reforms that better protect the public and reduce the costs of crime.”

The conservative statement of principles was unveiled last December by Right on Crime, an initiative spearheaded by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and based on measures implemented in Texas that have reduced crime by more than 9 percent while saving taxpayers more than $2 billion.

The campaign grounds itself in the basics of conservatism: personal responsibility, free enterprise, limited government, and family. Using a model that has been successful in Texas since 2005, Right on Crime promotes data-driven solutions that are proven to restore victims, decrease the number of repeat offenders, and save taxpayer dollars.

Ten states across the country have enacted reforms this year that are aligned with the Right On Crime statement of principles.  These reforms include:

  • Juvenile justice overhauls in Florida and Texas;
  • Closure of no-longer-needed prisons in Colorado and Texas;
  • Evidence-based diversion programs that will offset the need for new prisons in Arkansas and Ohio; and
  • Parole reforms in AlabamaArkansasLouisiana, and North Carolina.

The conservative statement of principles and a current list of signatories are available online atwww.rightoncrime.com/statement-of-principles.

Topical Storm Lee: Nearing the Louisiana Coast

Tropical Storm Lee Map - Cone - Track

Updated 8am 9-3-11

Tropical Storm Lee nears the Louisiana Gulf Coast Saturday morning packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

Tornado warning are being put up all over the Louisiana coast. The storm is a slow-mover which will set it up to dump as much as 20″ of ran along some parts of it’s track.

Flood watches and warnings have gone up from Louisiana as far east as the Florida panhandle. Some minor street flooding and power outages are being reported in New Orleans, but the pumps and dike system are holding up to Lee.

Six Years After Hurricane Katrina, Grassroots Organizations Lead Gulf Recovery

Community Leaders Across the Gulf Coast Call for National Support

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Six years after Hurricane Katrina, poor and low-income residents, African-Americans, immigrants, indigenous populations, and other at-risk communities living along the Gulf Coast report that the storm’s devastating effects continue to be felt. The need for environmental restoration, affordable housing, employment opportunities, the right to return for displaced persons, and access to quality healthcare and education remain, and have been exacerbated by new disasters including Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the BP oil disaster.

“The disasters that have devastated the Gulf Coast over the past six years – whether natural or manmade – have created the need to rebuild anew, and grassroots organizations have been taking the lead, working to create a just and sustainable future for the region. However, Federal assistance is a must if the region is to indeed be made ‘whole’ as promised by both this and the previous administrations,” states Stephen Bradberry, Executive Director, Alliance Institute, and Advisor, Gulf Coast Fund.

Founded in the wake of Katrina, the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health is a community-led philanthropy focused on long-term social and environmental sustainability for the region. The Fund provides grants and support to over 200 organizations on the ground in all five Gulf states and works closely with community leaders, creating programs and opportunities for them to forge networks and strengthen relationships. In turn, these leaders are playing a decisive role in Gulf Coast restoration, galvanizing local residents, heightening the accountability and responsiveness of elected officials, and working to mobilize national support for Gulf Coast renewal.

“We must continue to demand governmental accountability on all levels – local, state, regional and national – and restore full civic participation in the region,” states Jaribu Hill, Executive Director, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights, and Advisor, Gulf Coast Fund.

BP Disaster: Community Leaders Call for Legislation

Gulf Coast communities continue to experience economic and environmental problems due to the April 2010 BP drilling disaster, and reports of severe oil-related health issues continue to climb. According to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, almost 500 miles of coastline from Louisiana toFlorida remains contaminated. Activists from across the Gulf are calling on Congress and the Administration to support the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011, legislation introduced in the Senate last month that would require 80% of Clean Water Act penalties levied against BP for the drilling disaster to go towards ecological and economic restoration of the Gulf. “While the RESTORE act is a good start, we also need legislation to create a Regional Citizens Advisory Council to give coastal communities a seat at the table as oil and gas development continues in the Gulf,” notes Aaron Viles, Deputy Director, Gulf Restoration Network, and Advisor, Gulf Coast Fund. “The Gulf Coast is a national treasure, and it’s urgent that we move forward with restoration immediately,” Viles declares.

Media contact:

Barbara Nonas
[email protected]
(212) 759-4378

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SOURCE Gulf Coast Fund

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David Duke: 2012 Presidential Profile

PERSONAL INFORMATION

David Ernest Duke was born July 1, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to David H. Duke and Alice Maxine Crick. His father was an engineer for Shell Oil, and the family moved around frequently as needed with his father’s job.  The family eventually settled in Louisiana.

In 1974, David Duke married Chloê Hardin, whom he had met in college while working in the White Youth Alliance. They have two daughters together. In 1984, David and Chloê divorced. The rumor was that she had finally had enough of David’s womanizing. She moved to West Palm Beach, Florida where her parents lived, and later married a Klan friend of David’s.

As of 2009, David Duke give his residence as Salzburg, Austria, where he runs an internet business. Of his Austrian residency, Mr. Duke has said:

“I’m not in Austria for any political activities. I just come to Austria to relax – the mountains are beautiful. The Austrian Alps are just beautiful. There’s beauty all over the world.”

In May 2009, Mr. Duke issued a statement denying that his residence is in Austria, stating that he is a resident of Mandeville, Louisiana, where he says he is registered as a taxpayer in the city of Mandeville, state of Louisiana, United Sates of America.

Education
1974- Graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge

Military Service
1971- Went to Laos for 10 weeks to teach English to Laotian military officers. He was fired from his job for drawing a Molotov Cocktail on the blackboard.

He claimed to have served on cargo flights for Air America. However, his claims of serving in Vietnam were refuted, and has no connections to the military or CIA.

On The Issues
– Opposes Israel- Mr. Duke is a strong adversary of Zionism, as well as what he claims to be “Jewish control of the Federal Reserve Bank, the federal government, and the media.”
– Anti-Immigration- both legal and illegal
– Stands for preserving what he labels “Western culture, traditionalist Christian family values, strict Constitutionalism”
– Wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service
– Wants voluntary racial segregation
– Avid supporter of white separatism

Racial Issues
1964- David Duke joined the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
1970- Formed a white student group called the White Youth Alliance, which was affiliated with the National Socialist White People’s Party
1970- Demonstrated in a Nazi uniform to protest William Kunstler’s (a board member of the the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the co-founder of the Law Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appearance at Tulane University in New Orleans
Was notorious for holding parties and picket while wearing a Nazi uniform on the anniversary of Adolph Hitler’s birth.
Mr. Duke describes himself as a racial realist, stating that “all people have a basic human right to preserve their own heritage.”

Influential People In His Life
William Pierce, leader of the white supremacist group National Alliance

Political Candidacies and Affiliations
1975- Ran for Louisiana State Senate as a Democrat
1979- Ran for 10th District Senate Senate as a Democrat
1988- Ran in the Democratic primaries for President. He failed to win on the Democratic ticket; he then sought to gain the nomination from the Populist Party, where he was successful. With this success, he appeared on the ballot for President in 11 states and was a write-in candidate in a few other states.
1988- Changed his political affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party
1989- Ran for Louisiana State Representative in District 89 as a Republican- was successful in this race
1990- Ran for U.S. Senate as a Republican- unsuccessful
1991- Ran for Governor of Louisiana as a Republican- unsuccessful
1992- Republican Presidential Primaries- unsuccessful
1996- U.S. Senate- unsuccessful
1999-  U.S. Representative in a Special Election to replace Bob Livingston. Ran as a Republican- unsuccessful. Now U.S. Senator David Vitter won this election before later becoming a U.S. Senator.

Legal Trouble
1987- Accused of a fund-raising scam when he allegedly conducted a direct-mail appeal using the identity and mailing-list of the Georgia Forsyth County Defense League without permission.

December 2002- Mr. Duke plead guilty to felony charges of filing a false tax return. Four months later he was sentenced to 15 months in prison, and served his time in Big Spring, Texas.  He was also fined $10,000, ordered to cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service, and to pay money still owed for his 1998 taxes. After his release in May 2004, he said that his decision to take the plea bargain was motivated by the bias that he perceived in the United States federal court system and not his guilt. He said he felt the charges were contrived to derail his political career and discredit him to his followers, and that he took the safe route by pleading guilty and receiving a mitigated sentence, rather than pleading not guilty and potentially receiving the full sentence.

April 24, 2009- While in the Czech Republic promoting his book My Awakening, Mr. Duke was arrested on suspicion of “denying or approving of the Nazi genocide and other Nazi crimes” and “promotion of movements seeking suppression of human rights,” which are crimes in the Czech Republic punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment. He was released in the early morning hours on April 25, 2009, on the condition that he leave the country by midnight that same day. The charges were later dropped, due to what the Prosecutor for Prague said was no evidence that David Duke had committed any crime.

What Other’s Have To Say About Him
Ron Gomez, a Louisiana State Representative from Lafayette, said that as a short-term legislator David Duke was

“so single minded, he never really became involved in the nuts and bolts of House rules and parliamentary procedure. It was just that shortcoming that led to the demise of most of his attempts at lawmaking.”

Mr. Gomez also stated that David Duke’s

“tenure in the House was short and uninspired. Never has anyone parlayed an election by such a narrow margin to such a minor position to such international prominence. He has run for numerous other positions without success but has always had some effect, usually negative, on the outcome.”

In regards to Mr. Duke’s past, Mr. Gomez said

Duke’s “new message was that he had left the Klan, shed the Nazi uniform he had proudly worn in many previous appearances and only wanted to serve the people. He eliminated his high-octane anti-Semitic rhetoric. He was particularly concerned with the plight of ‘European-Americans.’ He never blatantly spoke of race as a factor but referred to the ‘growing underclass.’ He used the tried and true demagoguery of class envy to sell his message: excessive taxpayers’ money spent on welfare, school busing practices, affirmative action… and set-aside programs. He also embraced a subject near and dear to every Jefferson Parish voter, protection of the homestead exemption.”

Gideon Rachman wrote a 2006 editorial where he recalled interviewing Mr. Duke’s 1990 campaign manager who said,

“The Jews just aren’t a big issue in Louisiana. We keep telling David, stick to attacking the blacks. There’s no point in going after the Jews, you just piss them off and nobody here cares about them anyway.”

In regards to his 1999 run in the special election for U.S. Representative, Republican Party Chairman Jim Nicholson said:

“There is no room in the party of Lincoln for a Klansman like David Duke.”

Proposed Legislation
One legislative issue proposed by David Duke was that welfare recipients be required to take drug tests to prove they are drug-free in order to receive state and federal benefits. This proposed bill failed to pass.

Another piece of legislation proposed by David Duke was a bill that prohibited movie producers or book publishers from compensating jurors for accounts of their court experiences. This bill did pass, and as fellow Louisiana State Representative Ron Gomez recalls, this was the only bill every proposed by Mr. Duke that did pass.

His Critics Take A Stand
Due to Mr. Duke’s views, many of his critics- including Republicans- formed the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism. The coalition sought to direct media attention to David Duke’s statements of hostility to blacks and Jews.

Rejected By The Republican Party
The Republican Party rejected David Duke as a candidate in the 1991 Governor’s race, but that did not stop him from running on the Republican ticket. In the open primary, former Governor Edwin Edwards had the most votes, David Duke came in second with 32% of the votes, and incumbent Buddy Roemer came in third with 27% of the votes. That left Governor Edwards and David Duke to face each other in a runoff, and Roemer’s bid for re-election over.

There were a number of core constituents who were avid supporters who voted for David Duke; there were also some who voted for him as a “protest vote” to register dissatisfaction with Louisiana’s establishment politicians. David Duke said he was “the spokesman for the White majority.”

The Louisiana Coalition against Racism and Nazism protested the election of Mr. Duke as governor. One outspoken member of the coalition was Beth Rickey, a moderate member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee. She began to follow Mr. Duke, recording his speeches to expose any instances of racism and neo-Nazism. It was during this time that he took Ms. Rickey to lunch, introduced her to his daughter, talked to her on the phone late at night, and tried to convince her that he was a mainstream conservative in  the mold of Ronald Reagan.

Between the primary and the runoff, called the “general election” under Louisiana election rules (in which all candidates run on one ballot, regardless of party), white supremacist organizations from around the country contributed to his campaign fund. He was also endorsed by the black civil rights figure James Meredith.

David Duke- and Louisiana politics yet again, received national media attention.

Only In Louisiana
The 1991 Governor’s race brought out the twisted humor in The Bayou State. Campaign bumper stickers became popular, with such messages as:

“Vote for the Crook. It’s Important.”

“Vote for the Lizard, Not the Wizard.”

When Governor Edwards was asked by a reporter what he needed to do to win, Governor Edwards smiled and replied: “Stay alive.”

Governor Edwards won the election, though exit polls show that David Duke won 55% of the white vote.

Backlash
1992- The same year he ran for the Republican nomination for President, a film was released in which David Duke’s appeal among some white voters was investigated. The movie, titled, Backlash: Race and the American Dream, examined the issues of Duke’s platform, his use of black crime, welfare, and affirmative action and white supremacy.

Campaign Advisor
2004- David Duke was the head advisor for the campaign of Roy Armstrong for the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Bobby Jindal won the seat, and later went on to become the current Governor of Louisiana.

Affiliations
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
1974- David Duke founded the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKKK), not long after graduating from LSU. He became Grand Wizard of the KKKK. Some time later, Thomas Robb, one of David Duke’s followers, changed the title of Grand Wizard to National Director, and replaced the Klan’s white robes with business suits. It was during this time that David Duke first received public attention as he attempted to market himself as a new brand of Klansman: well-groomed, engaged, and professional.

David Duke sought to reform the KKK organization, promoting nonviolence and legality, and, for the first time in the Klan’s history, women were accepted as equal members. Catholics were also encouraged to apply for membership. David Duke repeatedly insisted that the Klan was “not anti-black”, but rather “pro-white” and “pro-Christian.”

NAAWP
1980- David Duke left the KKK and formed the National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP)
May 20, 2004- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was outraged that David Duke had chosent New Orleans as the city to host his International NAAWP Conference during the same time as the NAACP’s Big Easy Rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

Ernst Zündel and the Zundelsite
David Duke supports Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel, a German who lived in Canada. After Zündel was deported from Canada to Germany and imprisoned on charged of inciting the masses to ethnic hatred, Mr. Duke referred to Mr. Zündel as a “political prisoner.”

Interregional Academy of Personnel Management
Mr. Duke received an honorary doctorate from the Ukrainian Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (MAUP)
September 2005- He received a degree in History from the Academy. Mr. Duke’s doctoral thesis was entitled “Zionism as a Form of Ethnic Supremacism”.
According to the  Anti-Defamation League, MAUP is the main source of anti-semitic activity and publishing in Ukraine. The League has described MAUP as a “University of Hate”.
The MAUP’s “anti-Semitic actions” were “strongly condemned” by Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, various Jewish interests and anti-racist organizations.
David Duke has taught an international relations and a history course at MAUP.

New Orleans Protocol
2002- Mr. Duke presented a for peace within the “European Nationalists” movement in an attempt to unity within the group that had occurred after the death of William Pierce, who was the leader of the white separatist National Alliance organization. His proposal was accepted, and is now known as the New Orleans Protocol (NOP). The agreement pledges followers to a pan-European outlook, recognizing national and ethnic allegiance, but stressing the value of all European peoples. There are three provisions:

  1. “Zero tolerance for violence.”
  2. “Honorable and ethical behavior in relations with other signatory groups. This includes not denouncing others who have signed this protocol. In other words, no enemies on the right.”
  3. “Maintaining a high tone in our arguments and public presentations.”

In 2004, after being released from prison for tax fraud, Mr. Duke organized a weekend gathering of “European Nationalists” in Kenner, Louisiana, seeking to achieve this goal. Mr. Duke and five other people within the white separatist movement.

June 3, 2005- David Duke co-chaired a conference named “Zionism As the Biggest Threat to Modern Civilization” in Ukraine, which was sponsored by the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management. The conference was attended by several notable Ukrainian public figures and politicians.

June 8–10, 2006- David Duke spoke at the international “White World’s Future” conference in Moscow.

December 11–13, 2006- David Duke spoke at the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in Tehran, Iran, where he stated that “The Holocaust is the device used as the pillar of Zionist imperialism, Zionist aggression, Zionist terror and Zionist murder.”

Publications
“My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding” – his autobiography, which was published in 1998. Mr. Duke’s social philosophies are defined in this book, especially his reasoning behind racial separation. Here is a quote from the book:

We (Whites) desire to live in our own neighborhoods, go to our own schools, work in our own cities and towns, and ultimately live as one extended family in our own nation. We shall end the racial genocide of integration. We shall work for the eventual establishment of a separate homeland for African Americans, so each race will be free to pursue its own destiny without racial conflicts and ill will.

Of the book, Mr. Duke said the book

“has become the most important book in the entire world in the effort to awaken our people for our heritage and freedom.”

“Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question” – published in the United States in 2004. The books intent is to “examine and document elements of ethnic supremacism that have existed in the Jewish community from historical to modern times.”

Of his two books, David Dukes says  they

“have become two of the two most influential and important books in the world.”

“Finders-Keepers: Finding and Keeping the Man You Want” published in 1976 under the pseudonym Dorothy Vanderbilt and James Konrad. It is a self-help book for women to raise money. A reporter with The Times-Picayune read what has become a rare book, and has said after tracing the proceeds, they all go back to David Duke. He appears to have compiled all the information in the book from women’s self-help magazines. The book contains tips on relationship issues, diet, fashion, cosmetics, and sexual advise. It also includes specific advice on vaginal exercises, fellatio, and anal sex.

Stormfront
1995-  Don Black and Chloê Hardin, David Duke’s ex-wife, start a small online bulletin board (BBS) called Stormfront. Today, Stormfront has become a prominent online forum for white nationalism, Neo-Nazism, hate speech, racism, and antisemitism. David Duke re-posts articles from his own website. He has also had online broadcasts, where he polls forum members for opinions and questions.

Anti-Israel
February 5, 2002- On his Internet radio show, David Duke said that Ariel Sharon was “the world’s worst terrorist”. He also said that Mossad and Zionists was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks on America “to reduce sympathy for Muslim nations in the West”. In this broadcast, he said that the number of Israelis killed in the September 11 attack was “lower than it would be under normal circumstances”. He believes that the Israeli security services had prior knowledge of the attack.

November 24, 2005- David Duke visited Damascus, Syria, where he spoke at a rally which was broadcast on Syrian television. In his speech,  he referred to Israel as a ‘war-mongering country”, and said that Zionists

“occupy most of the American media and now control much of the American government. It’s not just the west Bank of Palestine, it is not just the Golan Heights that are occupied by the Zionists, but Washington D.C. and New York and London and many other capitals of the world. Your fight for freedom is the same as our fight for freedom.”

In an interview after speaking at the rally, Mr. Duke said that Israel “makes the Nazi state look very, very moderate.”
A member of the Syrian parliament later said that David Duke’s visit gave Syrians a “new and very positive view of the average American.”

October 2005- He appeared on a Lafayette, Louisiana-based TV show, which is hosted and produced by a Palestinian-American, Current Issues, where he said that Jewish extremists “are responsible for undermining the morality of America and are attempting to “wash the world in blood.”

Grooming For Politics
In 1990, syndicated columnist Jack Anderson stated that David Duke has done  “everything to make himself look better to the voters, including plastic surgery”. Mr. Duke addresses this issue in his book, My Awakening, writing that he had had “reconstructive surgery”on his nose, which had been broken many times.

Critical Publications
Professor Lawrence N. Powell, who teaches at Tulane University in the history department and who was also a founding member of Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, wrote the book Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust and David Duke’s Louisiana. The book “connects the prewar and wartime experiences of Jewish survivors to the lives they built in the United States”. It is the “story of Anne Skorecki Levy, a Holocaust survivor who transformed the horrors of her childhood into a passionate mission to defeat the political menace of reputed neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.”  Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust and David Duke’s Louisiana won three awards.

Possible 2012 Presidential Campaign
According to David Duke, thousands of  Tea Partiers have urged him to run for president in 2012. It appears that he is seriously considering entering the Republican Party primaries. He has released a video detailing his platform, pledging that as president he would stop all immigration to the US, including legal immigration, and says that he “will not let Israel or any nation dictate our foreign policy”. He says that he would be “willing to risk life and limb, endure the barbs of the media” to mount “the most honest campaign for president since the time of our Founding Fathers”.

However, it does not seem likely that David Duke will officially announce his candidacy for the presidency, as he has been legally disqualified from running for public office since 2002 as part of his guilty plea for tax evasion.

This author will now weigh in on the issue of David Duke running for President. I must admit this has been one of the most difficult profiles for me to write.

I was born and raised in Louisiana, so the name David Duke is not new to me at all. Even as a younger child I remember the controversy that prevailed when he ran for President in 1988. Unfortunately, he had a lot of people fooled at the beginning of his campaign. Thankfully, the full light of truth was shed on who this man is.

I cannot begin to tell you how horrified I was to read the headline that he was considering another run for office. It was not until I read the very last piece of information that I posted that I could breathe a sigh of relief. Thankfully, David Duke has been legally disqualified from running for public office as part of his guilty pleas for tax evasion. This is one issue we can put on the shelf and not worry about.

Until I read that vital piece of information, the one thing that kept going over and over in my mind was that if he does indeed run, we very well may see the beginning of the Second Civil War. Racial tension is already a critical issue in our nation. With a President who has made many racist comments, the last thing this nation needs is a white supremacist running for office. There would be no legitimate debate, it would simply be one racially charged attack after another.

On The Web
DavidDuke.com

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Sources:

Wikipedia

 


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Breitling Oil and Gas Announces Exploration in Louisiana

IRVING, Texas, June 14, 2011 — Breitling Oil and Gas Corporation, an independent exploration and production company based in Irving, Texas, announced that it has spud the Breitling-Sandy Run #1 prospect in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana on June 12, 2011.

The Breitling-Sandy Run #1 is a 3800′ well and is targeting Miocene Sands which showed seismic amplitude anomalies on a recently acquired 3D data set.

The Sandy Run Prospect is regionally located on the Gulf Coastal Plain with structural dip predominantly in a south to southwest direction. Sandy Run is on strike with numerous Frio gas fields found to the northwest in Amite Co., Mississippi. These Frio fields were found using seismic that identified the reservoirs by a similar amplitude anomaly.

Breitling Oil and Gas expects to recover reserves of 6 to 9 BCF of natural gas.

Management anticipates the well will reach total depth in about 7 days. Well completion and testing should begin during the first week of July.

Breitling Oil and Gas CEO Chris Faulkner stated, “I am pretty bullish on natural gas pricing over the next 18 months so it’s the perfect time to drill the Breitling Sandy Run.” Faulkner added, “We have great well control and 3D over the prospect and the reserves could be sizeable.”

An additional 3 wells can be drilled if commercial production is found in the initial test well. Breitling has current oil and gas exploration projects all over the United States.

For more information on this and other activities of the Company, see the Breitling Oil and Gas website at http://www.breitlingoilandgas.com.

Breitling has current oil and gas exploration projects all over the United States.

 

Buddy Roemer: 2012 Presidential Profile


Update: July 27, 2011 Buddy Roemer made the official announcement that he is running for President of The United States of America.

Personal Information

Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III was born on October 4, 1943 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Adeline and Charles E. “Budgie” Roemer II.

Family
Buddy Roemer lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his third wife Scarlett. He has three children.

In 1989, he separated from his second wife, Patti. Their divorce was finalized in 1990, after 17 years of marriage.

 

Education

1960- Graduated as valedictorian of Bossier High School
1964- Graduated from  Harvard College
1967- Graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School

Religious Affiliation
Methodist

Organizations
1960’s- Active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees)
1991 to 1997- Chairman of the Board for The Sterling Group, Inc.

Political Affiliations
Mr. Roemer was elected to the office of Governor of Louisiana as a Democrat, but changed to the Republican Party on March 11, 1991.

Professional Career
After college, Mr. Roemer returned home to Louisiana and worked with his father in the family computer business.

Today, he currently serves as the CEO and President of the bank he founded- Business First Bank in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

He has also invested in various business ventures, one of which is a retirement community near Louisiana State University.

Political Career
1972- Elected as a delegate to the Louisiana Constitutional Convention which was held in 1973
Started a political consulting firm
1978- Ran for Congress but lost the election
1981 to 1988- U.S. Congressman
1988 to 1992- Governor of Louisiana
1991- Ran for Governor as the incumbent, but lost re-election in the primaries to the known “former” Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKKK) . Governor Roemer endorsed Edwin Edwards when it came down to Governor Edwards or David Duke.
1995- Ran for Governor again, but lost to Mike Foster
2004- Considered running for Senator to replace Senator John Breaux, who was retiring. He finally decided not to run for the office, and Republican Representative David Vitter was elected.
2011- Launched an exploratory committee for a possible run as the Republican 2012 presidential nominee

Reagan Supporter
While serving in Congress, Mr. Roemer, who was still a Democrat at that time, often supported President Reagan’s policy initiatives, which cause conflict with the Democratic congressional leadership.

The Other Family Business
“Budgie” Roemer, Buddy’s father, was campaign manager for the now-infamous Governor Edwin W. Edwards’  first gubernatorial race. After Edwin Edward was elected governor, Budgie” Roemer became commissioner of administration during Edwards’ first term.

Buddy Roemer followed in his father’s footsteps and worked as a regional leader on the Edwards campaign.

Family Legal Issues and The Blame Game
In 1981, Buddy Roemer’s father, Charles “Budgie” Roemer II went to prison as a result of being convicted of conspiring to sell influence in awarding Louisiana state insurance contracts. Buddy Roemer blames Edwin Edwards for the elder Roemer’s legal problems. A mobster- Carlos Marcello, also went to jail. Three other people who were investigated were acquitted.

I talked with someone who has lived in Louisiana all their life. Now in their 60’s, this person is well aware on the political “goings on” of The Bayou State. I wanted to know this person’s personal opinion, from the “common man” viewpoint of the illegal activities that sent Mr. Charles “Budgie” Roemer to prison. This is the comment that I got as a response:

You can bet your bottom dollar that Edwin Edwards was well aware and intricately involved in everything that happened around the state of Louisiana and beyond where corruption was involved. From the underworld/mob activities intertwined in the JFK era to… well, probably even now as he is preparing to be released from prison, nothing happened that Edwin Edwards was not aware of.

So maybe there is some validity to Buddy Roemer’s accusation that Edwin Edwards is the cause of his father going to prison. Edwin Edwards is well-know for his corrupt ways. My “common man” contact stated that he would have to agree that Charles “Budgie” Roemer was essentially the “fall guy” for Governor Edwin Edwards. My contact also stated that the situation with Charles “Budgie” Roemer was just one of many instances that should have landed Governor Edwards in prison long before he actually heard the prison door slam behind him.

Road To The Governors Mansion
Buddy Roemer called his campaign for governor the “Roemer Revolution” and promised to “scrub the budget”, overhaul the education system, reform campaign finance rules and slash the state bureaucracy by “bricking up the top three floors of the Education Building”.

The defining moment of the 1987 race in a forum between the gubernatorial candidates. The main topic of discussion was incumbent Governor Edwin Edwards, whose arrogant attitude and bombastic personality had the reputation of having questionable ethical practices.

The question presented to the forum was whether or not they would consider endorsing Governor Edwards in the general election if they did not make it to the runoff. None of the other candidates were willing to step out boldly, one way or another. Buddy Roemer was the last candidate to speak, and responded:

“No, we’ve got to slay the dragon. I would endorse anyone but Edwards.”

This bold statement bolstered his endorsement as the “good government candidate” by nearly every newspaper in Louisiana. Overnight, Mr. Roemer went from last in the polls to the top of the list. On the night of the election, Buddy Roemer won the primary with 33 %, of the votes, compared to Edwin Edwards’ 28% of the votes. Governor Edwards realized he could not win the general election and withdrew from the race, which virtually gave the governorship to Buddy Roemer.

52nd Governor of Louisiana
Governor Roemer came into office in 1988 with a $1.3 billion state budget deficit staring him in the face.

Len Sanderson, Jr., Governor Roemer’s first chief of staff, took on the role of representing the reform-minded agenda that redefined Louisiana politics during Roemer’s first session. There were many who did not take kindly to Mr. Sanderson’s approach. It has been speculated that due to his boldness, and the obvious displeasure of of his boldness, he was removed from his position as chief of staff.

However, most reform legislation that passed while Governor Roemer was in office was past in the first months of the Roemer administration- the time in which Mr. Sanderson was chief of staff. It has been said that when Mr. Sanderson left his position as chief of staff the “revolutionary character” of the successful reform platform administration changed into a more traditional political agenda.

In a special session of the legislature, Governor Roemer touted an ambition tax and fiscal reform program for state and local governments. He promised to slash spending, abolish programs and close state-run institutions. His proposals were rejected by the voters in a statewide constitutional referendum.

Environmental Dichotomy
Governor Roemer was the first Louisiana governor in state history to undertake the failing environmental issues. Interestingly enough, in the 1991 run-off election for governor, Marine Shale owner Jack Kent spent $500,000 of his own money on TV commercials to target the Roemer administration as a polluter.

Pro-Life Veto
1990- Governor Roemer vetoed a pro-life bill, stating that it would ban abortion in cases of incest and would have been incompatible with the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade. This decision angered Governor Roemer’s socially conservative voters. The bill later passed despite Governor Roemer’s veto, but in 1991 it was determined to be in conflict with Roe v. Wade.

The Power of Positive Thinking
Governor Roemer received a lot of criticism when he hired one of his friends to teach his staff positive thinking. The staff wore rubber bands on their wrists and were told to snap the rubber-band when they had negative thoughts.

The Party Switch
When Governor Roemer switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party mid-term of his governorship disturbed politicians and activists on both sides of the aisle.  This mid-term switch earned him the reputation of having “erratic behavior”.

It is said that Governor Roemer was urged to switch from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party by Bush White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu.

Governor Roemer, a new Democratic governor, actually attended the 1988 Republican Convention in New Orleans to welcome the Republican delegates.

Accomplishments As Governor of Louisiana
Under Governor Roemer Louisiana saw some marked improvements from the previous years of well-known corruption under Governor Edwin Edwards.

During his time in the governors mansion:

  • Unemployment in Louisiana dropped to nearly half what it was when Governor Roemer took office.
  • Although he inherited a large deficit, Louisiana’s budget was balanced every year under Governor Roemer.
  • Governor Roemer brought accountability to the education system by enacting accountability for teacher’s pay according to their performance.
  • As governor, he challenged the government unions and passed campaign finance reform legislation.

Who He’s Endorsed
2008- Supported and campaigned for John McCain

When asked how he would compare or contrast himself with John McCain, he answered:

“Younger, hair not quite as gray. … In a lot of ways John and I are alike. We believe foreign policy ought to be robust. … John and I always got along even when we disagreed, but I’m a little bit different in a fundamental thing. I presented to John four years ago the $100 (max campaign donation) issue. … They gave it a lot of thought, and I hate to tell your readers this, but some experts, including John, didn’t think it was possible.”

Health Issues
June 2005- Governor Roemer underwent triple bypass heart surgery

Hall of Fame
2000- Governor Roemer was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield, Louisiana.

His Reputation
Ron Gomez, a veteran journalist, author and former Louisiana State Representative said of Buddy Roemer:

“[he] could have been one of Louisiana’s great governors. The state’s horrible financial condition when he took office, his dependence on an inexperienced and sometimes rashly immature staff in his first year or so, an overly-ambitious legislative agenda and his own unpredictable dealings with individual legislators all contributed to the failures he suffered. Ultimately, all of these factors led to his running third, as the incumbent, in the 1991 gubernatorial election.”

Mr. Gomez went on to describe Buddy Roemer as:

“a dynamic orator who could light up an audience with his first two sentences. When he got wound up it was truly evangelical and, he made sense. His wiry, five foot seven, one-hundred thirty-five pound frame would seem to uncoil and grow as he outlined his vision as a fighter against crime, corruption and waste in government, poor education, taxes and industrial pollution.”

There are some that have maintained that Governor Roemer’s effectiveness as governor was inconsistent and his performance in office was inconsistent. Others have said his relationship with state legislators was lacking as well.

Governor Roemer has been described as very eloquent in his speech, talking clearly and concisely of being a reformer. However his record of true accomplishments during his governorship left constituents a bit riled up. Two of these hot-button issues/accomplishments are the Louisiana state lottery and riverboat gambling, both of which were legalized under Governor Roemer.

Governor Roemer earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, which was consistent with the reputation he earned as a member of the House as well.

2012 Presidential Campaign
Governor Roemer made the public announcement in January 2011 that he was considering a run for the presidency in 2012.

He made another public announcement on March 3, 2011 stating that he had formed an exploratory committee to prepare for his possible run for president on the Republican ticket.

In his announcement, Governor Roemer stated that the main issue of his campaign would be campaign finance reform.

Governor Roemer has pledged that he will not accept any campaign contributions from PACs or special interest groups. He has also pledged that he will not accept donations of more than $100, and has stated on his official website that he will report every single donation that he receives, no matter how small, whether mandated by federal law or not.

On The Issues
Quoting from Governor Roemer’s official website, his stand on the issues are stated as follows:

I want a President who is free to lead. Free to control the federal spending that is bankrupting our nation. Free to strive for energy independence by the end of this decade and bring our Armed Forces home from “oil” duty. Free to make the tax code simpler and to eliminate corporate and Wall Street welfare. Free to change the healthcare law to eliminate money favors to insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Free to make sure Wall Street’s gambles don’t impact Main Street taxpayers.

Yes, we will talk about a lot of issues in this campaign. But we will start by tackling special interest money that impacts all the rest.

Self-described as a “pro-life traditional values man”

Sponsors
Governor Roemer is one of five candidates who appeared at the 2012 March forum in Iowa which was sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
On The Web
Buddy Roemer 2012 Official Website
Buddy Roemer on Facebook
Buddy Roemer on Twitter
Buddy Roemer on YouTube
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Sources:

Wikipedia- Buddy Roemer
Wikipedia- Ron Gomez
Yahoo News
Post and Courier
Buddy Roemer Official Website

 

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