DEC 17 Blogger Bob Mann gives his two cents on the question being discussed among tight-pants-bushy-beard-hat-on-in-the-house northern liberals who were disgusted by Mary's defeat. In a round-about way, he's seeking to remind them that the pendulum always swings back.
DEC 17 This post on Vice Sports is an in-depth look at the life of Janzen Jackson, a former Louisiana high school football star now sitting in jail in LA, awaiting trial for the murder of his mom's boyfriend. It's a fascinating - and sad - story.
DEC 17 Blogger Rod Dreher, who writes a lot about religion, gives us this post with his views on Bobby Jindal's prayerapolooza. He's worried that this continued use of religion by politicians will diminish both religion and the religious. (And he's probably not wrong.)
DEC 17 NOLA Defender examines a UCLA study that reveals what anybody with a brain already knew -- legalizing gay marriage (or, as we like to call it, marriage) is good for the economy. How can it not be? Fabulous costs money, honey.
DEC 17 Here's an interesting story from the Hollywood Reporter about an aggressive Canadian campaign to take film and TV business from Georgia and Louisiana. They think they have an edge because Canadian currency is collapsing amid an oil bust, the story reports.
DEC 17 This post on the Advocate takes a look at the protests that are cropping up a month ahead of Bobby Jindal's big prayer event, planned for LSU. The problem? The organizing group is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "some of the most hateful anti-gay voices in America." What is it with all these people claiming to be Christians and doing nothing but spewing hate?
DEC 17 Elliott Stonecipher goes farther in his look back at the recent election cycle. He's talking about Democrats, the media, and Shreveport, of course.
DEC 17 Here's another guest post on Tom Aswell's blog, this one from education professor James Kirylo. In it, Kirylo offers a no-nonsense list of suggestions to improve education in Louisiana. Interestingly, they focus on teachers. Instead of demoralizing, criticizing and disempowering them, he proposes we treat them as professionals. What a concept!
DEC 16 This story by Tyler Bridges in LaPolitics is a must read for anyone who can't understand why Louisianians continue their love affair with Edwin Edwards. There are fascinating vignettes here showing his interactions with friends - and former prosecutors - which tell the story better than any pundit ever could.
DEC 16 According to this (pointless ranking) story on USA Today, Louisiana has the sixth-worst drivers in the nation. Who has the worst? South Carolina. (Well, they tied with Montana, but who cares about driving in Montana?) Clearly these people never drove in Baton Rouge, on the Interstate, at 5 p.m. Or at any other time.
DEC 16 Bobby Jindal defends George Bush in this post on ENI, India's e-newspaper. Jindal calls the Senate torture report a partisan document concocted by Democrats because Obama.
SEP 9 Here's an exhaustive piece on coastal loss by Brett Anderson in Matter Magazine. There is lots of history here, but it's not the usual statistic-heavy story. It's a something else: a eulogy for a "terminal patient," told by someone who actually stood on a piece of land "in imminent danger of fading into oblivion" and told us its story.
SEP 9 Good news! The duck people, disappointed in the guy they put into Congress last fall, have provided us with another candidate, LaPolitics tells us in this post (and this one "came from the loins" of the sister of the head duck person, it that's what does it for you.) The duck people have been quiet for a while, but now they've come out guns blazing against Vance McAllister, the post reports.
SEP 8 The Advocate lets us in on the content of those mysterious documents in this post. You know, the documents that gathered dust in a Texas courthouse until they were found by Minnesota journalists. The documents that reveal the arguments between the Lafayette Diocese and its insurance company back when the victims of pedophile priests sued, and the diocese was looking for hush money.
SEP 8 Here's an interesting post from blogger Bob Mann about the history of political television advertising in America. He starts with the so-called Daisy Girl spot and takes us through the years.
SEP 8 Blogger Lamar White Jr. makes a pretty convincing argument here that the Family Forum is not a charity, but instead a tax shelter for the state's most powerful lobbyist. He gives us some comments straight from Gene Mills' mouth, which certainly make him sound like a lobbyist. It's not puffery, Lamar adds, because Mills really does control the legislature.