Can you believe that now while trying to help re-build the city of New Orleans and other cities in Louisiana, that Gov. Kathleen Blanco is indulging in such blantant and obvious excesses? While she decries the lack of Federal help for her state, she does indulge herself and her staffers with that very money she’s crying about not getting enough of! According to 2TheAdvocate.com today, a Baton Rouge paper:
Blanco orders remodeling just after storms Office tab: $564,838
By MARK BALLARD – Capitol news bureau
Some members of the governor’s staff will return from the three-day holiday on Tuesday to newly renovated offices at the State Capitol. Shortly after the two hurricanes, Gov. Kathleen Blanco decided to renovate some of her staff’s offices. At the time of her decision, Blanco also was hinting at deep budget cuts to state programs and the possibility of laying off 20 percent of the state workforce.
The project cost $564,838. The newly refurbished office space on the sixth floor of the State Capitol includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass.
I first read about this story in my local Atlanta newspaper, the Al-Atlanta Journal Constitution. This was quite a surprise to me, since the paper generally leans way left of any issues. The original article posted on Dec. 30, 2005 was the original I read, and to my surprise, they’ve continued writing about this “good news” story from Iraq. The AJC has been typically anti-war and very liberal, so it was a nice surprise to read this.
Out of turmoil comes joy, hope
Iraqi baby’s new name: Georgia
Author: MONI BASU
Date: December 30, 2005
Baghdad, Iraq — The first time Georgia soldiers entered her house, Soad was scared. Americans had detained her eldest son for questioning once. She didn’t like gun-toting men in camouflage uniforms poking around the family home in Abu Ghraib.
But out of that frightening moment came a gift of joy.
Gainesville-based soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Brigade Combat Team promised to help give new life to Soad’s granddaughter Noor al-Zahra, born three months ago with a severe spinal cord defect that was untreatable in Iraq.”I am so thankful for everything,” Soad said. “We will call the baby Noor al-Zahra Georgia.”"Georgia! Georgia!” she told her daughters when she called home from Baghdad’s Camp Liberty on Thursday. “We want to name her that because the people of Georgia are helping us,” Soad said. “It will be a nice name for her.”
actually surprised me. I had no idea that what started out as an outlet for passionate political and social ideas would turn into something like this. I found the more and more I blogged, the more passionate I became. I only started in September of 2005, and right now I’m currently in talks with Real Teen
about an Online Conservative Radio Station, “WAR – Wide Awakes Radio
I’m not just saying this because he nominated me as one of the best “Best New Blogs of 2005
,” but Jay at Stop the ACLU
is really to be credited for getting me so passionate and active in blogging. So, Jay, my hat is off to you! The first person, however, to influence me and really make me want to start blogging was Ian at PoliticalTeen
. His aggressive and up-to-the-minute video blogging is really trail-blazing, and I’m sure there will be others to follow – but none like him. (And to think a teenager could have such influence over a 40-something woman? NO, NOT THAT KIND! HA!)
I’ve made some VERY good friends (in addition to those listed above) over this time period, including but not limited to Gribbit
(who is the creative brains behind building my blog), RealTeen
, Lori Byrd at PoliPundit
, and just recently Amy Proctor
and Scott Fuller
. I’m looking forward to a cooperative working relationship with ALL of you, as we’ve really got our work cut out for us in ’06, and more importantly ’08. We MUST stop the Hildabeast!
Happy Blogging to everyone, and HAPPY NEW YEAR, my new friends!