LaToya Cantrell elected first female mayor of New Orleans
Good for Cantrell. Hopefully she can keep her hands clean in a city that is notorious for having a thief or who two served as mayor.
Let us take a wait and see if this fiery lady can shame them men that came before her and do a good and honest job for the people of New Orleans. Whenever people are surrounded with others that are infested with flees, it is extremely hard not to get the critters.
There are several women that I truly admired in politics. Golda Mier – Julia Eileen Gillard and Margret Thatcher. All of the three ladies I would vote for if they were running for the Big Chair in the USA. They all did a stellar job serving their country. I wish I could say the same for most of the men that served as our presidents.
An example of corrupt mayors in the city known for their fast way of life, thrown beads and flashing their boobs, is Clarence Ray Nagin Jr. He bull-shitted his way into the mayor-ship with his silver tongue and promises of change and did the city more harm than good.
Now I ask you; who can be worse than a crook that steals from his own people? On the despicable scale, Nagin ranks right up there with the worst.
Corruption allegations, indictments and convictions
On April 7, 2009, the Times-Picayune alleged a conflict of interest with regard to a trip Nagin took to Hawaii in 2004. The vacation Nagin, then-chief technology officer Greg Meffert, and their families took in 2004 was claimed to be partially paid for by Meffert, but years later it was revealed that Meffert used a contractor’s credit card to pay for Nagin’s plane ticket. David Hammer of the Times-Picayune reported on April 23, 2009, that Nagin had taken “plenty of other trips” at the expense of NetMethods, a company owned by city vendor Mark St. Pierre.
In April 2009, Nagin was obliged “to sit for a deposition as part of a civil lawsuit over the city’s controversial crime camera program.” The Times-Picayune had obtained information that Mark St. Pierre, who allegedly paid for the holiday, had made substantial donations to Nagin’s 2006 re-election campaign.
Nagin’s Chief Technology Officer, Greg Meffert, was later charged with 63 felony counts in what authorities say “was a lucrative kickback scheme.” All but two of the counts were subsequently dropped, and Meffert eventually pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of filing a false income tax return.
In June 2012, Frank Fradella, who was facing major securities fraud charges, pleaded guilty in New Orleans federal court to one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official. According to The Times-Picayune, Fradella claims to have paid $50,000 and delivered truckloads of free granite to Nagin’s sons’ business in exchange for favorable treatment for Fradella’s companies with city contracts.
On January 18, 2013, Nagin was indicted on 21 corruption charges, including wire fraud, conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, and filing false tax returns related to bribes from city contractors. The 21-count federal corruption charges were issued by a grand jury. On February 20, 2013, Nagin pleaded not guilty in federal court to all charges. Despite New Orleans’ long history of political corruption, Nagin was the first mayor to be criminally charged for corruption in office.
Nagin was convicted on 20 of the 21 counts by jury on February 12, 2014. These charges included that he had taken more than $500,000 in payouts from businessmen in exchange for millions of dollars’ worth of city contracts.
Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan, a Bill Clinton appointee to the federal bench, ordered a pre-sentencing investigation. On July 9, 2014, Nagin was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment, and more than $585,000 in restitution and forfeiture. Berrigan recommended that Nagin be sent to the Federal Correctional Complex, Oakdale. On July 15, 2014, Nagin’s attorney filed an appeal with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
On September 3, 2014, a judge deemed Nagin indigent and ordered the Federal Public Defender’s Office to take over his appeal. Nagin said he was near penniless and relying on food stamps. Nagin reported to the Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana, a prison camp, on September 8, 2014.
I have always been amazed; some of the biggest crooks in this world are people that really don’t need it. They have the world by the ass, but enough is never enough for them.
The following are great examples of what I am talking about. Many of the people in Saudi Arabia that have been arrested for corruption are billionaires. Why do they feel the need for greed? It is in the DNA.
Saudi Arabia dismissed a number of senior ministers on 04 November 2017 and detained nearly a dozen princes in an investigation by a new anti-corruption committee. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire businessman who owns investment firm Kingdom Holding, was among those held. The senior ministers who were sacked include Prince Mitaab bin Abdullah, the head of the National Guard, and Adel Faqih, the economy minister. Abdullah al-Sultan, commander of the Saudi navy, was replaced by Fahad al-Ghafli. In a statement on the official Saudi news agency, SPA, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud alluded to the “exploitation by some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, in order to, illicitly, accrue money” for the creation of the anti-graft committee.
Saudi authorities have not confirmed the names of those detained. However, 14 former and current ministers, officials and businessmen were mentioned on social media as being among those held. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel reported that at least 11 princes, four current ministers and several former ministers had been detained in the anti-corruption probe. Saudi officials, businessmen reportedly detained:
- Alwaleed bin Talal, owner of Kingdom Holding group
- Prince Mitaab bin Abdullah, minister of the National Guard
- Prince Turki bin Abdullah, former governor of Riyadh
- Prince Turki bin Nasser, former head of meteorology, environment
- Waleed al-Ibrahim, chairman of MBC media group
- Khaled al-Tuwaijri, former president of the Royal Court
- Adel Faqih, minister of economy and planning
- Amr al-Dabbagh, former president of the General Investment Authority
- Saleh Abdullah Kamel, chairman of Dallah al Baraka Group
- Saud al-Tobaishi, head of Royal ceremonies and protocols
- Ibrahim al-Assaf, state minister and executive of Saudi Aramco
- Bakr Binladin, owner of construction company Saudi Binladin Group
- Saud al-Dawish, former CEO of Saudi Telecom Company
- Khaled al-Mulhem, former director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines
Good luck to the new girl in town. Hope she does a great job!!