Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Hands of BellSouth & Cox

John has done a great job of posting on the events at last night's Consolidated Government Council meeting. I couldn't make it due to family responsibilities.

As luck would have it, I managed to catch the discussion on the bond issue on AOC. I say "luck" because the program was on Channel 19. I thought council meetings usually ran on Channel 5?

Anyway, I just want to focus on one part of last night's presentation by opponents of the LUS plan that I think reveals a lot about the nature of the opposition.

It came when the DULL spokesman vowed that the legal fight against the LUS project is going all the way to the Louisiana Supreme Court. What struck me was the level of rapport and cooperation that these self-proclaimed defenders of the community have developed with the Atlanta-First crowd. It's obvious that the DULL crowd is not going to pony up the bucks to ride this train to the Supreme Court. They must have gotten word from Atlanta that this is the game plan.

Another thing: was it just me, but when the light was right and the DULL speaker actually looked up from his prepared text, I thought I could see Bill Oliver's fingers moving in the speaker's mouth. Or were they Gary Cassard's?

Quiet in the house! The incumbent sock puppets are talking!


Neal Breakfield said...

Dear Mike:

I am glad to see that you are helping John out. He seems overworked, being the only poster on this site.

Oh, wait... Joey has something to say:

"It's a little scary... thinking of government getting into an entrepreneurial role is something that we were all kind of taught in civics that government doesn't do. Government doesn't compete with the private sector."

- Joey Durel, Campaign 2003

John said...

Folks, this is typical of Neal and, I have to say, the folks at Fiber411. If you'll look at adjacent posts you'll see that Neal, instead of actually responding to any of the articles or commentary just repeats himself 18 times. There’s no communication attempted. It's a tantrum; the (im)moral equivalent of pissing on a neighbor's wall because he said something you didn't like.

It would be easier to develop some respect for these guys if they'd show some for themselves.

Likely what is frustrating Neal is the growing wave of formerly silent support made visible in response to Joey Durel's call to action. And likely LPF is a target because he doesn't like what I say about the boys in response to yesterday's tirade posted to our site. (See

He can't answer real questions. He just continues to parrot whatever the last angry thing he or some handler feeds him.

I'll repeat what is obviously a futile plea: Start answering real questions. Quit mouthing nonsense.

I'm out of patience with these guys.

Neal Breakfield said...


People who can beat the message don't waste time trying to beat up the messenger.

WE have thick skin. You have no message.

The community's RIGHT to vote on this is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is the law.

You want to break the law to ensure that you get your way.

You are entitled to your opinion, but if you try to break the law to infringe on OUR rights, WE can and will do something about it.

And no amount of insults will dissuade US from it.

Neal Breakfield said...


You are absolutely right about one thing: I was rude and I apologize. No excuses. I apologize to you and all the other users for spamming your site.

It will not happen again... with one exception: I will post this where I spammed in hopes that it will clear the air.

I want what I think most of us want: a meaningful, informative and civil discussion where all sides can be heard.

John said...


Thanks, that's a gracious and straightforward apology.


We all get wound a mite tighter than is good for us at times. Myself included.