Daily Archives: February 16, 2009

Obama’s social secretary was Zulu queen – twice

From Gawker:

More details are emerging about Desiree Rogers, Obama’s Social Director.  Another Chicago friend of the Obama’s who has moved to D. C., Ms. Rogers was a New Orleans Zulu queen, twice.

desiree-rogers1Born in New Orleans in 1959. Rogers’s father, Roy Glapion, helped revive the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, one of the krewes which run the city’s Carnival. Rogers served as the krewe’s Zulu queen in 1988 and again in 2000, a few months after her father’s death. According to the HistoryMakers website, she has adopted the city’s unofficial motto, “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll), as  her own.



Shown here during her 2000 reign as Zulu Queen Mrs. Desiree’ Glapion-Rogers still holds the spotlight

Zulu celebrated the 100th anniversary of its 1909 founding with a yearlong exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum in the French Quarter.  The club is proud Desiree Glapion Rogers, Queen Zulu 2000, was appointed to President Barack Obama’s staff.

Walk into “From Tramps to Kings: 100 Years of Zulu,” a new exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum’s Presbytère, and the first thing you will see — alongside several familiar 10-foot tribal parade figures, towering even without their floats — is one of the finest Mardi Gras gowns ever made.

Designed by the renowned Colombo family it was worn by 2000 Queen Desiree Glapion Rogers.



See previous post on Desiree Rogers Here.

UPDATE:  Desiree Roger replaced by Julianna Smoot in March of 2010.


Posted:  02.16.09

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Camille Paglia: Democrats have betrayed the soul of the party to mention Fairness Doctrine

New Audio: Camille Paglia Blisters Democrats for Pushing Return to ‘Fairness Doctrine.’


Ms. Paglia:  “They’ve totally betrayed the soul of the party to even mention this.”

Breitbart tv has an audio of Camille Paglia ripping the efforts of the democrat party to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. Listening to her brings back memories of the democrat party as it used to be, all about freedom and fairness, not the party of control and of the elite that is today. And it is getting worse every single day. I say this as a former democrat that the party left behind. It’s hardly recognizable in its present form.

I want to try to make a transcript of what she is saying, if I can, but in the meantime, anyone with the time will not be sorry they listened to this.

Audio Here.


I did it, the best I could.

This is not an exact transcript of her words, but it is an excerpt to give a feel for what she said. It’s still worth it to listen to the audio to hear the inflections in her voice.

When asked about the Fairness Doctrine Ms. Paglia said:

“I don’t get it.  I don’t get it.

The essence of the 1960’s was about free speech.  That’s what Lenny Bruce and Berkley were about.  It was about free speech.

And not for one second should the government be wandering into the surveillance or montoring of the ideological content of talk radio.

They have betrayed the soul of the democrat party to even mention this.

Every true liberal democrat should be standing up in defense of talk radio no matter how heinous they may think what is being said is.

This is immature — immature for people of one party to try to squelch or erase the thoughts of another.

Liberals have a strangle hold on the major media and have had for 50 years.

What more do liberals want?

Talk radio rose as a counter to that fact. And I talk as a democrat.

Liberals for some odd reason cannot command the medium that is talk radio. AM radio is a distinct medium. The voice of AM radio is the voice of the people, the voice of the working class, lower middle class, the voice of early rock and roll and liberals have got to wake up.

I am a professor of humanities and media study and I see talk radio as coming out of the great tradition of our popular arts going back to vaudeville.

Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and others have recreated a feeling from the early days of tv when everybody watched Ed Sullivan.  You didn’t have to like Ed Sullivan but it was a shared experience.  These guys have worked their way up from the bottom – from nothing and it’s the audience that voted them in. It’s not some conspiracy, that’s an idea that comes from the ivy league that there’s somehow some conspiracy.  That’s an idea from the 1930’s, from a period of fascism.  The mass audience votes with the dollar whether it’s for movies, for tv, or for radio.”

Posted: 02.16.09  Updated:  02.16.09 @9:19 pm.


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Fred Cooper’s second trial to begin Feb. 17th in St. Pete


The second murder trial in the case of a Fred Cooper who is accused of killing a Gateway couple in 2005 is on schedule to begin in two weeks tomorrow in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Both parties say they are ready to proceed to trial on February 17th. (And wouldn’t you know, I have appointments on Wednesday and Thursday. Darn.)

Fred Cooper, 30, is charged with first degree murder for the deaths of Steven and Michelle Andrews, who were found killed in their Gateway bedroom in Lee County two days after Christmas in 2005.


Cooper’s original trial, in October, ended in a hung jury.  This second trial has been moved to Pinellas County from Lee County.

In some DNA testing that has been done since the first trial, results show that Cooper’s DNA profile did not match any of the 12 blood, hair and tissue samples that were found on a sheet and pillow case at the scene of the crime in the murdered couple’s bedroom.

In the first trial, as I recall, there was some DNA testimony of material underneath the fingernails of Michelle Andrews that did not exclude Fred Cooper, which sounded pretty weak to me.  Now we have further and more extensive DNA testing that does not match Cooper.

I hope this trial will be covered by TruTV as the first trial was.  Cooper will face the death penalty if convicted.

This case has a few twists and turns involving infidelity, a small child left at the crime scene with his murdered mother and father on the day after Christmas with Christmas tree and decorations still up, with no murder weapon ever being found, and now no conclusive DNA.  It should be a trial worth watching.

Short synopsis:

Fred Cooper is on trial for two counts of first-degree murder in the December 2005 deaths of a Gateway couple. Police received a 911 call the morning of Dec. 27, 2005, and the discovery of a toddler, Lucasz Andrews, alone in a home in Gateway in south Lee County with the bodies of his parents. Steven Andrews, 28, had been shot in the head. Michelle Andrews, 28, had been beaten and suffocated. Jurors heard final arguments in the case on Tuesday, October 14. The judge was forced to call the case a mistrial Friday, October 17 after the jury couldn’t decide Cooper’s fate. The trial has moved to Pinellas County and will begin Feb. 17, 2009 in Clearwater.

For more background, see previous posts Here and Here.

Update: 02.16.09

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Screaming woman missed plane

Ever witness a hissy fit? I wish I could understand what she is saying. But I think we should get together and do this in Washington to protest the “stimulus.”

Just listening to Contessa Brewer this morning is enough to make me want to scream.

The woman was travelling on a Cathay Pacific flight to San Francisco on February 4, a Cathay spokeswoman said.

New York Daily News

Posted: 02.16.09

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