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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), who is up against three Republican challengers for her seat in Louisiana, is facing renewed attacks this week over her support for the Affordable Care Act. The Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity is out with a new ad featuring several people — who appear to be Louisiana residents — receiving notices in the mail that their insurance plans have been cancelled thanks to Obamacare. “Send Senator Landrieu a message: Obamacare is hurting Louisiana families,” the ad concludes.

But the people featured in the hard-hitting ad aren’t actually Louisiana residents at all. In reality, they’re paid actors hired by the right-wing group.

“Hiring professional actors to impersonate Louisiana families is low even for the billionaire Koch brothers,” the senator’s campaign manager, Adam Sullivan, told ABC News.

Article: Koch Brothers Hire Paid Actors To Star In Attack Ad Claiming Obamacare Hurts Louisiana Residents

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funnyordie:

Congressman Vance McAllister’s Diary Entry After Getting His First Kiss

Republican Congressman Vance McAllister was recently caught on camera kissing a married female staffer. But did you know it was his first kiss?

Read his whole diary entry about it here.

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Dear Republicans: probably almost no one would even care…except that it’s always some pious GOP Family Values hypocrite who’s constantly preaching to everyone else about their alleged superior morals and the “sanctity of marriage”


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eviltessmacher:

progressive-politics:

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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), who is up against three Republican challengers for her seat in Louisiana, is facing renewed attacks this week over her support for the Affordable Care Act. The Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity is out with a new ad featuring several people — who appear to be Louisiana residents — receiving notices in the mail that their insurance plans have been cancelled thanks to Obamacare. “Send Senator Landrieu a message: Obamacare is hurting Louisiana families,” the ad concludes.

But the people featured in the hard-hitting ad aren’t actually Louisiana residents at all. In reality, they’re paid actors hired by the right-wing group.

“Hiring professional actors to impersonate Louisiana families is low even for the billionaire Koch brothers,” the senator’s campaign manager, Adam Sullivan, told ABC News.

Article: Koch Brothers Hire Paid Actors To Star In Attack Ad Claiming Obamacare Hurts Louisiana Residents

Spread the word, if you live in Louisiana. The Koch Brothers are trying to buy your state.

Tell everyone you know that these attacks are not true.

Point out that it isn’t government-funded insurance, that it is a lower-cost insurance market that helps people find good health insurance, and then ask what anyone could have against that.

Goddammit Koch bros, you and people like you keep ruining my state.  -.-  
-Aislingia

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Louisiana Man Gets 20 Years Hard Labor For Half Ounce Of Pot

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A Louisiana man was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this month for possessing 15 grams of marijuana, barely over half an ounce.

Corey Ladd, 27, was sentenced in New Orleans on September 4; he had prior drug convictions, reports Bill Quigley at AlterNet. As a “multiple offender,” he was sentenced to “20 years hard labor at the Department of Corrections.”

“A sentence of 20 years in prison for possessing a substance that is safer than alcohol is out of step with Louisiana voters, national trends, and basic fairness and justice,” said Karen O’Keefe, a former New Orleans resident who now works as director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).

“Limited prison space and prosecutors’ time should be spent on violent and serious crime, not on prosecuting and incarcerating people who use a substance that nearly half of all adults have used,” O’Keefe said.

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Marijuana prohibition is unfortunately enforced in a very racially discriminatory manner, in Louisiana and elsewhere. A 2013 report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), “The War On Marijuana in Black and White,” documents millions of cannabis arrests and shows the “staggeringly disproportionate impact on African Americans.”

Almost exactly half of all drug arrests are for marijuana, according to the latest numbers from the FBI. That means more than 762,000 cannabis arrests per year.

Blacks and whites use marijuana at similar rates, but blacks are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people, according to the FBI’s own numbers.

Louisiana arrests about 13,000 people every year for pot; 60 percent of those are African Americans. More than 84 percent of those arrests are for possession only.

While the population of Louisiana is 32 percent black, 60 percent of marijuana arrests are of black people, making it the ninth most discriminatory state nationwide when it comes to pot busts, according to the ACLU.

It’s even worse in Tangipahoa Parish, where blacks are 11.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than are whites; and in St. Landry Parish where the rate for African American arrests for cannabis is 10.7 times as high as that for whites. Both parishes are among the worst 15 in the entire nation, according to the ACLU.

A first-time marijuana arrest can land you in jail for six months in Louisiana. A second bust can get you up to five years, and you can get up to 20 years for a third marijuana arrest.

The Louisiana Supreme Court recently decided a sentence of five years was too lenient for a man convicted for a fourth possession of marijuana, and ordered the guy sentenced to at least 13 years.

But the winds of social change, when it comes to public attitudes towards marijuana, are blowing, even over Louisiana. A recent survey from Public Policy Polling found that more than half of Louisiana residents support the legalization and regulation of cannabis.

(Source: tokesignals.com)


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#LA06: Congressman Tony Perkins? | Right Wing Watch

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Will Family Research Council president Tony Perkins run for US Congress next year? LaPolitics reports that Perkins, a former Louisiana state representative, is considering a run to succeed Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who is running for US Senate against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

Just how extreme is Perkins? While leading the FRC, he has:

  • Praised a Ugandan bill that made homosexuality a crime punishable by death or a long prison sentence as a “laudable” effort “to uphold moral conduct
  • Compared homosexuality to alcoholism and called gay rights advocates “pawns” of Satan
  • Lamented the ties between Democrats and the “Jewish lobby
  • Attacked Islam as an “evil” religion

But seeing that Perkins is already a leading Religious Right figure who most recently was involved in crafting the GOP’s government shutdown strategy, it’s safe to guess that Perkins will remain an influential figure whether he is elected to Congress or not.

h/t: RWW

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assangistan:

MUST SEE

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Herman Wallace , the “Muhammad Ali of the criminal justice system,” passes on
October 4, 2013

On October 4th, 2013, Herman Wallace, an icon of the modern prison reform movement and an innocent man, died a free man after spending an unimaginable 41 years in solitary confinement.
Herman spent the last four decades of his life fighting against all that is unjust in the criminal justice system, making international the inhuman plight that is long term solitary confinement, and struggling to prove that he was an innocent man.  Just 3 days before his passing, he succeeded, his conviction was overturned, and he was released to spend his final hours surrounded by loved ones.  Despite his brief moments of freedom, his case will now forever serve as a tragic example that justice delayed is justice denied.
Herman Wallace’s early life in New Orleans during the heyday of an unforgiving and unjust Jim Crow south often found him on the wrong side of the law and eventually he was sent to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for armed robbery.  While there, he was introduced to the Black Panther’s powerful message of self determination and collective community action and quickly became one of its most persuasive and ardent practitioners.
Not long after he began to organize hunger and work strikes to protest the continued segregation, endemic corruption, and horrific abuse rampant at the prison, he and his fellow panther comrades Albert Woodfox and Robert King were charged with murders they did not commit and thrown in solitary.  Robert was released in 2001 after 29 years in solitary but Herman remained there for an unprecedented 41 years, and Albert is still in a 6x9 solitary cell.
Herman’s criminal case ended with his passing, but his legacy will live on through a civil lawsuit he filed jointly with Robert and Albert that seeks to define and abolish long term solitary confinement as cruel and unusual punishment, and through his comrade Albert Woodfox’s still active and promising bid for freedom from the wrongful conviction they both shared.
Herman was only 9 days shy of 72 years old. 
Rest in power, Herman.

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theatlantic:

Did the Wrong Man Spend 40 Years in Solitary Confinement?

It is now only a matter of weeks, or days perhaps, before Herman Wallace dies of the liver cancer that is ravaging his body. He will likely die in prison, at age 72, without proper medical treatment, after spending nearly four decades in a 6’ by 9’ cell. He was placed in solitary confinement after being convicted in January 1974 of killing a prison guard at Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison. Wallace is black. The guard was white, and so was each member of the southern jury that convicted him.

The case against Wallace was pitifully weak when it was presented to that jury; some of the constitutional infirmities at trial were almost farcical. But over the years the courts of that state, along with Congress and the federal courts, have constructed a mighty wall protecting that jury’s verdict. Layer upon layer of procedural protections has been built around it so that today, as Wallace nears death, it is easy to see the vast gulf that exists here between law and justice.

And that, ironically, may be the most important legacy Wallace leaves from his miserable time on this earth. A member of the famed “Angola 3,” Wallace in life has been a symbol of many different things to many different people. He has generated more than his share both of pity and scorn. In death, however, he will become a symbol of a justice system that too often prizes finality over accuracy, but without the candor or courage to actually say so. The law says that Herman Wallace got a fair trial. But we all can judge for ourselves what that really meant to a black inmate in Louisiana in 1974.

Read more. [Image: Bogdan Cristel/Reuters]

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thats-the-way-it-was:

August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast near New Orleans. Katrina became the worst natural disaster in U.S. history causing approximately 1,300 deaths and $150 billion in damages.

Photo: The damaged Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. 9/29/05 (Chris Graythen/Getty) 

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thesmithian:

Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana and an ardent civil rights campaigner , has died at age 97. Boggs went to Congress after a special election to succeed her late husband, Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr….She served in the House for nearly two decades. She died of natural causes…according to her daughter, NPR senior news analyst/ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts…When Boggs announced her retirement in 1990, she was the only white person representing a black-majority district in Congress…

more. plus one of her first plans of action was helping women to get credit cards (and loans) without a husband’s permission.

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psytech140:

Source: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/08/21/2503281/louisiana-republicans-blame-president-obama-katrina-response/

Hurricane Katrina: 2005

Obama sworn into office: 2009

Holy shit people Republicans are dumb.

fixed it

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No, seriously… NOT the Onion

Louisiana Republicans actually blame President Bush -and- then freshman Illinois senator Obama EQUALLY for the shitty Republicanesque (hey, let’s eliminate FEMA) response to Hurricane Katrina [ x ]


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oinonio:

blackmanonthemoon:

specialnights:

Louisiana, 1976.

Still exists today.

this bitch face look like a damn flatboard

1976

never fails to completely blow my mind at people (often women and/or children) in the backgrounds just standing there smiling about something so incredibly ugly and inhumane —like those old lynching photos where little kids are just smiling with ice cream cones as though they’re at a family picnic

the exact same gleeful, soulless smiles you see today at armed Tea Party gatherings, Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck rallies… virtually any conservative, Republican rally where seas of white people have congregated to spew their hatred for president “Obama”

nobody intelligent is buying into the self-serving meme that racism is dead. no matter how much John Roberts and his right bent Supreme Court say it is

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breanieswordvomit:

barticles:

A Louisiana literacy test for voting. One wrong answer was sufficient to flunk. Applicants had 10 minutes to complete the test — 20 seconds per question.

Note that a number of the questions could not be answered correctly, while others are ambiguous enough to allow disqualification for a response that could be considered correct.

For instance, question No. 6 instructs the applicant to draw three circles, one inside “the” other. Quetion No. 20 could be read to mean either “spell the word ‘forwards’ backwards” or “spell the word  ‘backwards’ forwards.”

This test was administered in 1964.

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I can not believe that this test was ever administered. It is disgusting, the level these people can sink to. 

John Roberts folks. Opened the door wide for Jim Crow & States Rights

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