palsgraf_polka: (Scary Sarah)
This is what happens when people driven by fear and racism are given loaded weapons - as per [ profile] raw_story

New Clues Emerge in Post-Katrina Vigilante Shooting at Algiers Point

Three days after Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans into a ghost town, somebody shot Donnell Herrington twice in Algiers Point, ripping a hole in his throat.

Herrington, who is African-American, says he was ambushed by a group of armed white men who attacked without warning or provocation. He barely survived the shooting, which shredded his internal jugular vein, a key vessel that transports blood from the brain to the heart. He believes the assault was racially motivated.

No one has ever been charged in the incident, but now, more than four years later, at least two figures have come forward with information implicating a neighborhood man in the attack. These two people linked Roland Bourgeois, Jr., to the shooting in interviews with ProPublica, the Times-Picayune, and PBS’ “Frontline.”

Terri Benjamin, who lived in the area, said she saw Bourgeois, 47, pledge to shoot anybody with skin “darker than a brown paper bag ” while clutching a shotgun. At one point, she said, he held up the blood-drenched baseball cap of a man who’d just been shot.

Bourgeois’ mother, Pam Pitre, said her son did fire his shotgun at an African-American man that day in Algiers Point, and acknowledged that he kept the man’s hat. Pitre, who insists her son “is not a racist,” said Bourgeois was accompanied by another man who also fired shots.

read on to be horrified )
palsgraf_polka: (Me - With Camera)
The first 3 pictures are with my good camera, but then the batteries died and I had to revert to my phone.

Here is what I saw when I first got out there:


clicky for that warming glow )

palsgraf_polka: (Damn!)
My power is out so I have to post by phone. 30 minutes ago I snapped awake at yelling and crackling noises and my room was glowing orange. I looked out the blinds and the carport of Ted Bundy Jr's house was totally engulfed in flame. I called 911 and ran outside. The fire was feet from my bedroom roof. I got some great pictures but the flames burned the power cable above it so we lost all power. Fire is out now so I have to wait for dawn to get my laundry and go to Mom and Dad's at sunrise. Keep you posted!
palsgraf_polka: (Middle Finger)
After reading about this:

AP source: Hanged Census worker had 'fed' on chest

"MANCHESTER, Ky. – A U.S. Census worker found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery had the word "fed" scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment.

The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, did not say what type of instrument was used to write the word on the chest of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time Census field worker and teacher. He was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky.

The Census Bureau has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was found, pending the outcome of the investigation. An autopsy report is pending....

as someone who worked the census in 2000 I am horrified )
palsgraf_polka: (Me - With Camera)
As seen just now in the grocery store parking lot. I have no words.

palsgraf_polka: (I'd Buy That for a Dollar)
Have you all seen this yet?


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