MAY 29 Here's a cool story from the New York Times on Amede Ardoin, his tragic story and the search for his grave. If you've never heard of Ardoin, you should read this. But even if you have, this is a fascinating version: Creoles and Cajuns, music and a lady's handkerchief.
MAY 29 Gambit puts together a (hilarious? pathetic?) collection of reaction to Andy Borowitz's (satire, SATIRE PEOPLE) post on the New Yorker recently. Like the Red Shtick's similar (satire, SATIRE PEOPLE) post about Bobby Jindal saying poor people need to take better care of themselves, Borowitz's joke that Bobby was breaking off trade relations with Ireland following a "we don't hate gay people" vote kinda went viral. What does it say about our governor that it is so easy to believe this really bad stuff about him?
MAY 29 This post on the Right Hand Thief blog details an examination of what happened in NOLA after Katrina. More specifically, the scholarly article in question examined the US Army Corps of Engineers' claim that the city flooded because NOLA leaders wouldn't let them build their gates. This claim is "historically and logically flawed," the article states.
MAY 29 Blogger Rod Dreher is writing about hope, wisdom, the next presidential election and lots of other stuff. But don't worry, Rod never disappoints; eventually he gets to talking about the gays.
MAY 29 Blogger Tom Aswell provides an analysis (and a link to video) of Treasurer John Kennedy's comments during a House committee meeting recently. In those comments, Kennedy not only takes issue with some figures provided by the Jindal administration, but reveals some of the back-stage strong arm tactics being used by Jindal and his flunkies.
MAY 29 Elliott Stonecipher offers his recounting of the "kerfuffle," as he terms it, that occurred when the Baton Rouge Business Report posted a story (that at best was poorly written and edited) about a speech he gave. Stonecipher says he can't explain why the writer got everything he said completely wrong, but he's not given up on figuring that out.
MAY 29 FiveThirtyEight does an analysis here of Rick Santorum's chances this time around (not good) with a broader look at how the various and sundry GOP candidates are polling with the Holy Grail (or so they think) of evangelical voters. Despite years of subjegating his own intellect and our entire state's future to his belief that pandering to these folks will get him in the White House, Bobby is still barely breaking one percent. At what point do you face reality and get on with your life?
MAY 28 Blogger CB Forgotston tells us about a convoluted tax credit plan passed by the Senate earlier this week. CB says the legislation was passed to please Grover Norquist, the lobbyist who tries to stick to the shadows but has an iron grip on many members of our legislature and our governor. Anybody ever wonder what it would be like if anybody over in Baton Rouge -- anybody -- worked on something to please the people of Louisiana?
MAY 28 Blogger Tom Aswell posted two stories on politicians using our tax dollars to campaign Wednesday; the first was about David Vitter using his franking privileges to campaign for governor, the next about Bobby Jindal using Louisiana's website to campaign for president.
MAY 28 Here's an interesting post on the National Journal about our governor's race. It gets into two African-American men who might be considering a run, and opines as to what might happen if they do - and why. It's not a new rumor that the GOP is pushing for another Dem to run, especially a black one, to try to get Dardenne into the runoff with Vitter, but it is still an interesting one.