Saturday, November 21, 2015

In A Stunning Victory, A Democrat Wins Louisiana

David Vitter was the assumed choice to beat his opponents ahead of the primary elections. Instead, he faltered and demonized his fellow Republican contenders Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle. Rather than rally their supporters after the primaries, he lost the endorsement of Jay Dardenne, the current lieutenant governor to Democrat John Bel Edwards,

I've been working tirelessly over the past year to take down David Vitter, as have a number of my friends. Today is vindication for all of our hard work.

With all of the scandals surrounding Vitter, it still seemed as if he would still pull off a victory in Louisiana, because he is a Republican.

With the coordinated effort of many liberal activists and writers like my friends Dayne Sherman, Bob Mann, Lamar White and Sean Illing - we managed to take down David Vitter who has also announced he will not run for Senate again.

When I came here five years ago, I didn't intend to stay long, or to involve myself in Louisiana politics. But after the Tea Party takeover in 2010, I was determined to do something.

Tonight is vindication, Tonight is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people in Louisiana, and they should all be very proud to end the political career of David Vitter,

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bobby Jindal Exits The Presidential Race, To Screw Over David Vitter

It's been a fun run mocking Bobby Jindal. As a resident of Louisiana since 2010, I've watched his mismanagement the state up close and personal, and it's no surprise that his failed brand of conservatism just wasn't going to attract big money donors like the Koch Brothers.

The clown show that is the Republican primary campaign will go on, but it will go on without Bobby Jindal, who suspended his bid for the White House today.

Honestly, I thought he would hold out until at least New Hampshire, but I was wrong. I'm also very disappointed because I had a lot of fun running the Bobby Jinderp Facebook page with some friends - now who are we going to mock?

Bobby Jindal's exit from the race was inevitable, but as my friend Lamar White, Jr pointed out, it came just days before the election in which his fellow Republican David Vitter faces off with John Bel Edwards in the governor's election here in Louisiana.

It's no secret in Louisiana political circles that David Vitter and Bobby Jindal despise each other. Even though both are Republicans, Jindal has refused to endorse Vitter in his campaign to replace Jindal who is term-limited as governor.

Jindal is extremely unpopular here in Louisiana, and his legacy of Republican failure hangs over David Vitter who will have to clean up his mess if elected. The problem for Vitter is that he has been abandoned by other members of the GOP, and even Republican lieutenant governor has endorsed Democrat John Bel Edwards instead.

Bobby Jindal's exit from the race overshadows Vitter's campaign in the media, and it perfectly illustrates the failure of Republican politics in a state as red as Louisiana. Jindal could have held off on his relentless pandering to GOP voters until after Saturday's election, but he has done it now for no other reason to sink Vitter's ship - and Democrats should thank Jindal for this parting gift.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Websites we do and do NOT share from

We were asked recently by some fans for a list of pages we do and do not endorse. So, here we go.

There's a number of pages that I call "The Axis of Ego". They are pages run by Samuel Warde, Lou Colagiovanni and Matthew Desmond - or their friends who are trying corner the market on liberal and progressive media on Facebook. There are other page admins who work closely with them and that collective group will often try to absorb smaller pages that produce good content or turn them into satellite pages for their network.

Why? They run websites that pose as "news" pages which are laden with advertising and they want to get as much traffic as they can, which translates into money. While there's nothing wrong with wanting to make money, the method by which they do it is shady, in my opinion. These methods include mass reporting pages that will not work with them, cyber-stalking individuals, etc.

As an example, here is a Facebook page dedicated solely to making fun of me, my old Facebook page, and my friend John Henry. This post is from one of the websites mentioned below, which is owned by a Thomas Clay Jr from Kentucky and currently employs a former admin of the Whiskey page, Steve Ahearn of Arizona.

These individuals are/were friends with the owner of Addicting Info, and regularly harass people with multiple fake profiles and pages to circumvent Facebook's ban or block protocols. Ahearn and his acquaintances especially like to bully people who ask for financial assistance, even though he has been a professional internet beggar as long as I have known him.

The following are pages that we know of that are owned or are in the clutches of individuals like these. This is not an all-inclusive list but it is a good reminder of what pages and practices to avoid as well as a list of pages that aren't about putting profit first and the cause second - all while engaging in cyber harassment and bullying.

Websites to avoid:

Facebook pages that we DO NOT share from:

Pages we do share from. Most of the admins on these pages know and trust each other.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

4 years in Louisiana

I went to Starbucks today, the same Starbucks I sat in 4 years ago with a borrowed laptop filling out applications for anything and everything. 4 years ago, I had nothing but a part-time job waiting tables at night and on the weekends. After 5 years in Florida, a divorce, a bad economy and being blacklisted from ever working for Sprint again, I arrived on a Greyhound bus in Louisiana with a couple of quarters in my pocket and no other assets to my name.

It was in those hours waiting for a ride to work that the urge to write again came back for the first time since my creative writing class in college when I was told by a professor that I would never be worth anything as a writer. Perhaps he was right, but people still read what I put together. Too bad I can't remember his name so I could send him a "how do you like me now?" email.

I do miss Florida, especially in the spring and fall when the fish migrations happen. To watch a school of mullet get blown up by tarpon, jacks, snook and sharks in the waist deep water just off the beach is just one of the many wonderful memories I have of that state. Maybe I'll go back one day, perhaps once again I'll paddle my kayak into the sunset over Panama City Beach. One more cast, just one more fish.

Maybe one day I'll win the lottery, or perhaps this writing thing will really take off. Maybe I can buy that house 4 blocks off the beach, just out of the Spring Break traffic and just 5 minutes from the pier. But for now, I'm here in Louisiana and the wanderlust has begun to stir again.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The writers who cried "wolf" and the race card

Lennon Lacy
In the wake of the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Ofc. Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, the media has been scrambling to find a new story to tie into the problem America has with race. Not because they want to address race in America, but because they want it to be about race in America. Not because they want to fix the problem of race in America, but because they want to profit off of it.

Some people in the media do a very good job of determining which stories are about racial politics, and which ones are not - and don't try to make a story into something more than what it is. The problem is, too many people do try to insert politics and race into sad stories such as that of Lennon Lacy. Most of us haven't heard of Lennon Lacy, and since most of the media decided that the story was tragic but not about race, you probably wouldn't have unless you happened to read some of the independent websites who have the journalistic standards of a weasel on speed.

Case in point: this article from Daily Kos which went all out to the point where it seemed like they were totally disappointed that the death was ruled a suicide - and they weren't the only ones. A large portion of that blog was then copy and pasted into another one by Leslie Sazillo who writes for DailyKos as well as Liberals Unite, part of a network of pages and websites owned by or affiliated with a Samuel Warde. In her story, despite that fact that death was ruled a suicide by the coroner, she basically laments the fact that it wasn't a lynching and instead a self-hanging by a young man who was likely depressed after the death of his uncle.
"Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of Lennon Lacy, and we join them, and the NAACP, in demanding answers. This was clearly not a suicide, and hopefully the story will be picked up by other media and shared widely. More information will  be revealed, and we will keep you posted."
Sometimes bad, tragic events happen and they have nothing to do with racism. Yet, like the famous story of the little boy who cried "wolf" over and over again until nobody believed him, people in liberal media insist on jumping to the conclusion that racism was a factor before all the facts come out - or even after official reports. No wonder conservatives claim (with some validity) that liberals play the race card too much.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Addicting Info Caught In Yet Another Lie

Once again, the folks over at Addicting Info have decided to play fast and loose with the truth, and want you to like and share the hastily slapped together nonsense they're trying to pass off as news.

For those of you not familiar with the back story, these guys, and eventually others like them, first appeared on my radar back in 2010. In 2012, I confronted them on taking my creative content and passing it off as their own - and that's when the shit really hit the fan. You can read about it here, but don't bother trying to post that one to Facebook since they went on an all-out campaign of reporting it to Facebook and you can't post it now without a spam warning and filling out captcha.

Like myself, my friend John Henry has endured endless harassment from them - much worse than what I've dealt with actually. For what? For simply publicly fact-checking their blatantly false style of blogger journalism that they try to pass off as legitimate news through a number of Facebook pages, including the 1 million + likes Being Liberal.

What did they do this time? Just make the completely false claim that Mitt Romney called President Obama "uppity" and ran with it, for web traffic. Here's the link to the analysis and thorough debunking John Henry did of the false story.

For Facebook pages and a website that mock Fox News and its' viewers, Addicting Info is cementing their role as the Fox News of the left.
"If you have to lie to make a point, you are not qualified to make that point and you should shut up."

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Liberals Need To Stop Making Stupid Conservatives Famous

The provisional ballots haven't been counted yet, and I'm already seeing crap like "5 Things That Prove That Republicans Aren't The Winners" and other feel-good nonsense designed to soothe people in the aftermath of the 2014 midterms. Whether it's sourcing crap from, doing math that Democrats are doing to feel better about themselves, or telling folks that it's going to be OK - the blogosphere on the left is in a spin cycle right now that the folks over at Fox News would be proud of.

The plain and simple fact of the matter is that things aren't going to be OK. Sure, we might get Hillary Clinton to run in 2016 (something I am not overly thrilled about) and that will get some people out to the polls. But in the long run, if something isn't done soon, we're in for a repeat of 2010 and 2014 ad nauseam - and all of the whining about the Koch Brothers or how the GOP is racist isn't going to change that.

Headlines about the latest "SHOCKING" statement from some idiot snake handler preacher who claims President Obama is the Anti-Christ or the most recent bout of verbal diarrhea from Nugent or some other conservative celebrity do nothing except put ad revenue in the pockets of the people that are making a living making stupid people famous. Yes, you heard that right, there's a lot of "independent liberal media" that does little more than make obscure right wing nut jobs famous and extend the 15 minutes of fame for grifters like the Quitta from Wasilla.

As I have pointed out over and over again, scandalous news about Republican celebrities who don't even hold political office gets 10 or 20 times the amount of response from the left than things that actually matter. As much as we point to the now canceled Honey Boo Boo show as proof of the dumbing down of The Learning Channel, too much of the liberal media has turned into the TMZ of politics - because it sells.

If we are going to turn the tide against voter apathy and the resulting Republican control of American politics, we are also going to have to turn the tide against tabloid political clickbait journalism as well. It doesn't help the cause, it only dumbs it down, and it has to stop. The problem is that many of the people who are profiting from this care more about the monthly ad revenue checks from Google than they do about stopping apathy and educating voters, and that's why we're doomed unless it changes.