Rep. Jefferson Re-elected in Louisiana

 

U.S. Rep. William Jefferson easily defeated his fellow Democratic opponent in a runoff election Saturday, despite an ongoing federal bribery investigation.

In complete but unofficial returns, Jefferson, Louisiana’s first black congressman since Reconstruction, received 57 percent of the vote over state Rep. Karen Carter, who had 43 percent.

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I’m out of town for a couple of days, and this is the story that greets my return…

You just kind of shake your head and say, WTF.

BTW, special thanks to N2L and vimto for watching the store while I was away.

Why Iraq Needs The MNF More Than Ever!

While we enjoy the safety and security we generally have, those two things are still just out of reach for far too many Iraqis.
Should the MNF be forced to cut and run from Iraq, the security situation can only worsen, the infrastructure will not have ongoing improvements, and the law of the jungle will prevail.
Looking back to October, when Nancy Pelosi made this comment on 60 Minutes, the Iraqi people can find little comfort in her words:

Pelosi told CBS’s Leslie Stahl that yes, there are terrorists in Iraq. “But that doesn’t mean we stay there. They’ll stay there as long as we’re there. They’re there because we’re there,” she said.

Which brings me to this story. Of course, in this age of stringer reporting in Iraq, this story has not been confirmed, and may never be, but it can be illustrative of the security situation in Baghdad, and why we are still so badly needed there.
‘You must leave in 24 hours or your heads will be cut, your houses burnt’

The warning letter

‘In the name of the most merciful, compassionate God

[Koranic verse]

“Ye who believe turn not (for friendship) to people on whom is the Wrath of God. Of the Hereafter they are already in despair, just as the Unbelievers are in despair about those [buried] in graves.

Subject: Displacement

Due to the sectarian and criminal actions that have been taken by the so-called al-Mahdi Army (‘Shameful Army’) and the Badr forces (‘Betrayal forces’) against the Sunnis – killing, kidnapping and displacement in Mahmudiyah, Rashadiyah, Shaab, Shaoula and Hurriyah as well as forcibly taking money from the Sunnis – the organization, God willing, has decided to return the strike with two strikes and reciprocate an eye for eye, a tooth for a tooth and wounds equal for equal.

Therefore it was decided that you should leave from the Sunni areas including Ghazaliyah within 24 hours otherwise your heads will be cut, your houses and furniture will be burned just as the militias have done to the Sunnis. Those who have notified you are excused.

Koranic verse

“If they have assaulted you, attack them in the same way they have attacked you.

— Al Qaeda Organisation In The Land Of The Two Rivers and The Mujahadeen Shura (consultative) Council’

Update:Gunmen kill Shi’ite families in Baghdad.

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