Monday, April 21, 2014

An Open E-Mail to Mr. Irvin L. Magri, Jr., President of Crimefighters, from David C. Bellinger 

Mr. Magri, I am deeply disappointed that you have not taken the time to respond to my e-mail requests and my telephone message for a comment regarding what I most honestly and sincerely feel is a damning statement that I have recorded by an “honored” Executive Vice-President of Crimefighters – Mr. Nolan Boutte (known on conservative hate radio as “Paul from Destrehan”), which I feel reflects most horridly on the image and reputation of Crimefighters.

As a long time listener to conservative “racist” hate talk radio in the New Orleans area, I have what I most fervently feel is convincingly undeniable and overwhelmingly conclusive evidence that Mr. Nolan Boutte, an ‘honored’ Executive V-P of Crimefighters, is a persistent and regular long time caller to conservative right-wing hate talk radio who has identified himself as "Paul from Destrehan."

Although, I assume that your time has been most rigorously occupied calling an emergency board meeting of Crimefighters to have Mr. Nolan Boutte immediately removed as an Executive Vice-President of Crimefighters – as in given the kibosh - or, if I may, “the boot,” (sorry could not resist that one) - and stripped of his Executive Vice-President position in the Crimefighters organization. 

As well, I assume that you have been working diligently toward having Mr. Nolan Boutte’s ‘Special Award of Merit’ stripped and scrubbed and vanished from the Crimefighters official records. I have been quite busy myself, having had a chat with a U. S. Secret Service agent regarding Mr. Nolan Boutte!

Having Mr. Nolan Boutte serving as an ‘honored’ Executive Vice-President of Crimefighters, I felt would have immediately incited a rage as any person of decency would have most certainly felt and experienced, given that Mr. Nolan Boutte said and stated on a radio talk program, using a moniker of “Paul from Destrehan” (likely too much of a coward to use his actual and real identity): “I am surprised that a sane person has not shot this guy (clearly referring to President Obama), much less a crazy person!”

And Mr. Magri, will a press release be shortly forthcoming from Crimefighters about your filthy piece of garbage ‘honored’ Executive Vice-President of Crimefighters, Nolan Boutte?

If not, would much appreciate knowing why not.

Otherwise, I will conclude, having no other alternative, that Mr. Irv Magri is completely and entirely comfortable having a person who calmly and casually calls a radio talk program to discuss a “sane” person sanctioning the assassination of the President of the United States, much less a crazy person, holding the position of an ‘honored’ Executive Vice-President in the Crimefighters organization!

This would, unmistakably, not be any flattering and complimentary reflection on your presidency of Crimefighters, and the Crimefighters organization as well.

And such being the case, I state that Mr. Irv Magri, and the Crimefighters organization, is a putrid excuse and a sick and sad joke of an organization, which most evidently welcomes into it a high office holder who feels and publicly expresses the condoning- if not outright encouragement- the murder of the President of the United States of America and I will extrapolate that Crimefighters has a secret, or not so secret, “racist” hateful agenda!

Moreover, Mr. Nolan Boutte - “Paul from Destrehan” - was a most frequent long-time caller to the decades-running Keith Rush radio talk program. Keith Rush was in the inner circle of the Jew-hating ”racist” cross- burning Nazi uniform-wearing and white power-shouting David Duke campaign in the 1991 race for the governorship of Louisiana!

And Keith Rush regularly had the Imperial Klan leader and Jew hater David Duke as a guest on his talk program to spout the racist and anti-Semitic filth and vile statements that even Keith Rush did not have a “bigger pair of gonads” to speak, and Rush was a frequent campaigner and speech maker for David Duke as well, and was the keynote speaker at Duke Fest at the old City Park driving range on July 4, 1991!

In addition, Keith Rush is on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog!

Anyone who has listened to the Keith Rush program will no doubt attest that “Paul from Destrehan” was indeed a most fanatical supporter of the Jew hater ”racist” David Duke, and on that point I would put on the line every dime that I am worth and swear in a court of law under the penalty of perjury!

In addition, Keith Rush was warned by the United States Secret Service to cease and desist encouraging violence against the President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, a “fact” that I personally had confirmed by the U. S. Secret Service agent who warned Keith Rush.

Not long ago “Paul from Destrehan” stated, to a very dear and cherish Jewish close friend, Sheldon F. Gottlieb, PhD., on a conservative radio talk program, that the Jews hate Jesus!

Clearly the words of a most demented and twisted warped sick hateful anti-Semitic mind!

Furthermore, Mr. Nolan Boutte - “Paul from Destrehan” – who I have on tape – the likely believer and follower of his most probable mentor Keith Rush, likely emulating Keith Rush encouraging violence against the President of the United States, and —I “repeat”— stated in an unmistakable reference to President Obama: “I am surprised that a sane person has not shot this guy, much less a crazy person!!!!”

Mr. Magri, an amazingly “hateful” statement that I emphasize clearly and undoubtedly connotes not merely condoning, but encouraging violence against the President of the United States!!!

And for more facts and information regarding Keith Rush, please check out a published column that I wrote -- “Regret Passing of Elizabeth Beth Ricky, but Stain of David Duke still Haunts Louisiana Republican Party” -– by David C. Bellinger

And when I played the referenced-above telephone tape made by Mr. Nolan Boutte - “Paul from Destrehan” - for a police detective in the St. Charles Parish detective bureau, the detective told me that if I had the actual identity – which at the time I did not - of “Paul from Destrehan” that “Paul from Destrehan” would have received a personal visit at his home from the St. Charles Parish detective!!!

As well, since you - Mr. Irv Magri - to the best of my knowledge, have not called for the immediate removal of Mr. Nolan Boutte from the Crimefighters organization, I vigorously feel reflects horridly on yourself and the entire Crimefighters organization!

And I am feeling more and more strongly that Crimefighters should perhaps change the name of the organization to “Crimemakers!”

Moreover, the tape, with Mr. Nolan Boutte’s scandalous and inflammatory statement, is currently in the possession of the U. S. Secret Service and available to be heard by any interested party by simply and merely phoning my apartment at  (404) 762-8779

Furthermore Mr. Magri, a search of my far ranging archives of recorded radio talk programs, has revealed yet another vulgar and disgustingly obscene conversation of Mr. Nolan Boutte – using his moniker of “Paul from Destrehan,” which would likely cause Daniel Carver, the Imperial Wizard of the Georgia Klan, to blush, stating – in an incoherent rambling “racist” and  “homophobic” hateful rant - on the Current Word program, hosted by Ms. Kathleen Benfield, on AM 800 – WSHO radio in New Orleans: “This country use to be free and now it’s all about civil rights, homosexuals, blacks, I mean it’s going to ruin the Constitution and the country!”

And Kathleen Benfield – the President of the New Orleans Chapter of the American Family Association – replies in a clearly understanding and sympathetic soft spoken, “Yeah!”

As an on the record questionnaire for you, Mr. Magri, and the board members of the Crimefighters organization, I would dearly wish to request the feelings of you and the organization by posing the below questions:

One - Exactly what members of the American society do you suppose or surmise that Mr. Nolan Boutte referred to while seemingly reminiscing fondly over the days when America was “free?”

I would take a “wild” guess and Mr. Nolan Boutte was referring, with empathy, to the most horrid white bigots and homophobes of society!

Agree or disagree?

Two – Do you agree, as Mr. Nolan Boutte asserted and stated, that availing blacks and gays civil rights will ruin the Constitution and the country?

If I may suggest how I feel Mr. Nolan Boutte would likely respond to this question, "How dare them damn 'n’s' think that they have a equal right to live in the same neighborhood that me and my family live and work in the same work place of white people and eat at the same restaurant and the very same lunch counter with white people and drink from the very same water fountains that white people drink from and have the Gaul to think that there vote should be equal to mine!”

Three— And do you feel that Mr. Nolan Boutte would brand those pesky gay and lesbians with less than full equality in such areas as employment?  And please explain why you either agree or disagree with Mr. Nolan Boutte‘s most obvious revulsion of homosexuals being extended civil rights.

Four – Do you, as the President of Crimefighters, and to the board members of Crimefighters, feel surly and dyspeptic having an “honored” Executive Vice-President of Crimefighters - Mr. Nolan Boutte - condoning, if not outright encouraging, the assassination of the President of the United States and making an overwhelmingly horrid filthy “racist” hateful statement and likely such an openly avowed “homophobe” as well serving as an “honored” Executive Vice-President of Crimefighters?

In my honest opinion, Mr. Nolan Boutte – threading a very thin legal line of possibly advocating and encouraging illegal horrid violence directed at the President of the United States and, as well, expressing “racist” and “homophobic” feelings - should be receiving serious mental counseling and is an absolute disgrace to the Crimefighters organization!

Five – Will you, as the President of Crimefighters, and to the board members of Crimefighters, at the soonest and quickest opportunity, call for Mr. Nolan Boutte to be remove from his office of Executive Vice-President of Crimefighters  and as a member of Crimefighters?

Mr. Magri, I ask you what person of any decency would not vehemently express a total and absolute outrage that Crimefighters most likely and most probably has a supporter of the Jew hater David Duke and a person who has encouraged “violence” - directed and toward the President of the United States - serving as an ‘honored’ Executive VP of the Crimefighters organization!!

Such an individual that I have described, and likely identified, I would challenge you to argue is fit to serve in any capacity of any kind in any organization possessing any respectability or decency of any kind whatsoever!

And Mr. Magri, I respectfully and most strongly recommend that you immediately remove Nolan Boutte from his position with Crimefighters as an Executive Vice-President, since the likely person who I have identified is an embarrassment to the State of Louisiana, and to humanity!

However Mr. Magri, if you fervently agree and support the likely condoning and the likely calling for the shooting of the President of the United States and the “racist” and “homophobic” feelings of Mr. Nolan Boutte - “Paul from Destrehan” - I would wish to respectfully request an on the record reply stating such to be printed in a future online column.

Failure to reply and answer, I feel would be an admission that you share, at least somewhat, in the hateful, and likely call to violence, feelings and opinions of Mr. Nolan Boutte and strongly recommend that Crimefighters immediately meet to change the name of the organization to: “Crimemakers, Bigots, and Homophobes who are Surprised that a Sane person has not shot the President of the United States, Much Less a Crazy Person!”

David C. Bellinger
Atlanta, GA
E-mail address:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

File this one away for safekeeping: the Republican presidential nominee in 2016 is not going to be Jeb(!) Bush. 

When the tired old pundits dust off their scripts, ignore their perfunctory musings on Jeb. Total waste of time.

Jeb's policy problems have become well known; he's on the "imprudent" side of vote-swinging issues such as Illegal Immigration and Common Core. His last name, also well known, recalls the presidencies of his older brother and father, which were endorsed by the GOP establishment and (perhaps not coincidentally) also included wars and recessions. Most importantly, though, Jeb simply doesn't have a burning desire to do what it takes to become president. His heart's not in it. The thought of touring Iowa's 99 counties gladhanding the yokels and pretending to care... makes his stomach turn. And that's the dealbreaker that can't be overcome.

This isn't some grand revelation. But when you cross his name off the list, it adds prognostic clarity. Without a Bush or an ancient warhorse (like Dole or McCain) to nominate, this will be an "unusual" cycle for Republicans.

Remember: the sample size in presidential politics is very small yet the temptation to compare present cycles to previous ones is intense. You'll hear pundits say that "in the past, Republicans have usually nominated...[insert trend here]," or that "Democrats fall in love (with their nominee), Republicans fall in line." Disregard those analyses; they're unhelpful this time around. Like 2008 for the Dems, 2016 sets up as a trend-breaking year. (See comment from 9/15/07 re-printed here.)     

So it could be pretty volatile and surprising. Who is my "pick"? I don't have one yet.

But let's assume the top tier includes Grover Norquist's six favorites plus Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz.

Eliminate Jeb.

If Sen. Rand Paul's rEVOLution part deux gets traction, there will come a point (likely occuring at the most crucial juncture of early primary season-- late fall of '15) when the media pounces on Paul with startling ferocity. If I had to guess, I'd say the controversy will involve race. Establishment GOP media organs distrustful of Paul will likely seize the opportunity to pile on, perhaps couching their criticisms in words like "temperament." Does Paul have the chops to handle that?

Governor Chris Christie is currently embroiled in scandal, probably has more closeted skeletons, and I'm disinclined to think the nominee will be from the Northeast (again).

Does that leave an opening for Rick Perry, Scott Walker or *gasp* Bobby Jindal?   
Upside Down - Diana Ross by peakers

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rest in Peace, Morwen 

Adrastos posts a fine photo of Morwen Madrigal at First Draft. [Update: ICYMI, like I did, Liprap penned a fine memoriam.}

Below is a reprint of an open letter she wrote in 2008:

An Open Letter On Trans and Intersexed Issues

Dear Sir or Ma’am,

I writing this because I’m part of a community and an activist for those who are continually forgotten or legislated against in this country. This community is called Transgendered. Yes, those of us who have Gender Identities that don’t match our Birth records.

I’m doing this because I am one example of the most extreme versions of this community: I was born with all of the parts. I have ovaries, a uterus, a sewn-up vagina, and a man-made penis. My “role” in Life was determined by people that never asked me who I saw myself as. I didn’t get to state my preferences. I got “assigned”.

Now I’m living my life as I should have… as myself and female.

I’m also doing this because I believe the values that our Founders enshrined in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I believe each and every citizen of this Country is endowed with Rights to be who and what they are. There is no middle ground on this. These are our rights as Human Beings under our country’s Constitution and our Bill of Rights. This is the gift of the Founders to each and everyone of us. I respect their work greatly. It is why I can wake up everyday… and can know that I live in the greatest country on the planet.

To support my belief in this country and the reasons for our kind of Culture, I gave 9+ tears of my life to the Military. I’m am very skilled in Physics, Chemistry, Fluid Flow Dynamics, Geology, History and Anthropology. I became everything that was asked of us decades ago. We were asked to become the best and the brightest. I lived up to that, not just because I had interests, but because I believed in our Nation. My Homeland asked for this and I felt that I could not ignore the call.

Now, there are two Bills floating through Congress concerning citizens such as myself.

The bills are labeled as ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. One is H.R. 3685 (covering only the LGB folks), the other is H.R. 3686 which covers us Trans folks. Both of these bills deal only with employment issues. Originally both were covered under H.R. 2015, but certain interests didn’t want my kind in the bill.) Right now, institutionalized discrimination is a hurdle that these bills must pass, but the one that deals with Trans folks has the worst chance of passing.

More is needed: like housing issues, and safety in Public. You see, coming out as Gay or Lesbian involves only who you sleep with. There is no L, G or B on your I.D.s. Unless you announce it to the world, nobody really notices, but for a Trans person, we change our clothing, gender and our names. We must, by the criteria of the Benjamin Standards, live in our chosen gender for at least a year, and that means employment and housing discrimination. During what we call Transition we cannot hide. Every one can see what we are doing, and we get hurt.

That’s the danger for our folk: there are so many people out there that cannot accept our Realities.

Religionists curse us, others just think we are freaks or child-molesters. Using the restroom in public can be a horrible adventure. Getting pulled over for a traffic infraction can make things even worse. Much of this boils down to intolerance of the “different”, or a lack of education concerning Biological realities. (More info on the biological situation and history, is here. I’m rewriting my site right now so this will have to suffice.)

Many of my sisters work in the biggest corporations in the country… some work for companies that are involved in National Security, many are engineers and others are in the financial markets. The bulk of us just work “normal” jobs. Our community is valued for it’s intelligence and tenacity. When one has to survive and become under the B/S Societal norms, you’ve got to be the best. (Many of our kind never make their 30th B’Day.)

I have been hurt because of being Trans in the Past, but that hasn’t been the case for several years. I am here in New Orleans, a very tolerant place, and my partner and I own our home. We have good friends, and no they aren’t all LGBT folks. We live up to my statement of years ago; “Prove who we are, and what we are not”. That has earned us respect.

To heal the wound of Gender Identity, we have had to become ourselves, and that means understanding what it means to be Human. Our little tribe is usually kind and thoughtful. We work our tushes off to just BE in the face of ignorance-based discrimination. It’s all that we can do.

In summary, what I’m asking you for is to come to an understanding of Trans folk, and maybe let your Congresspeople know that we do need protections against prejudice and hate. To speak out when some people condemn us. To not be afraid of us. “Only Humans cry… only Humans sing and laugh and bleed and dream”. That’s exactly what my tribe does.

We are not a threat, but we are being threatened. Please think about this. It’s the Human thing to do.

Be Blessed!

Morwen Madrigal,
The GentillyGirl

Monday, March 24, 2014

Up-tempo dedications 

This cut goes out to Pat because he is from Georgia, as are the boys from Mastodon. They both have drums, too.


Zero Boys are one of the great 80s punk bands, straight outta Indiana (not kidding). Here they perform at a Pizza Castle. This goes out to Alli, because Notre Dame is somehow in Indiana, and to hoosierleanians Editor B and Xy.

Please ignore the song titles. They don't really jibe with the theme here, which is marital bliss and universal connectedness. But all that's obvious, I'm sure.

And, for the locals, acquaint yourselves with the "hypersonic pop-rock" stylings of Testaverde.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Welcome, Jello. But who might Bruce be?

"just think, there's more to come"

Monday, February 17, 2014

Operation Ivy named their band after a series of nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Gambit political columnist Clancy DuBos interviews the zombie.

A crisp salute to DuBos for this line: "That’s right, a blogger broke open this [Nagin] scandal, on a blog called American Zombie ( TV and newspaper reporters have crowed about their 'scoops' on this story, but the truth is no one had it before [Jason] Berry."

Berry's tip jar is open. Show your appreciation.