JUL 31 Here's an interesting piece by syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy about Bobby Jindal, that church that hates gay people and won't get a free mention in this column, and free religion/speech. As Dupuy correctly points out, people who say stuff everybody else agrees with don't need free speech protection, and popular religions don't need protection, either. You don't have freedom unless the most odious speech has it, and Jindal doesn't get to say he protects religious freedoms if he's only talking about one religion in particular.
JUL 31 Blogger Bob Mann is now taking a look at the mailings coming out of David Vitter's office. Bob wants to know - and we do too - why a guy with almost $10 million in the war chest needs to spend our tax dollars to campaign for governor.
JUL 31 Blogger Ian McGibboney reflects on the lives lost in last week's theater shooting, as well as on the question "What can you do?" That question does have an answer, he says.
JUL 31 Bobby Jindal waited (almost) a whole week before toeing the NRA party line on guns. In this post on Talking Points, he's quoted as saying that people should be able to bring guns into movie theaters. You know what? You don't get to be the root and cause of the problem and pretend to be the victim and solution to it as well. Please stop talking.
JUL 31 Here's one just for fun from the Red Shtick, our favorite mostly-satire-but-unfortunately-sometimes-it's-hard-to-tell online publication. It's a quiz that will test your knowledge about the candidates for governor.
JUL 31 This post on the Inquisitr site recounts a July 25 incident in Clinton (no surprise there) in which a man slapped a child and called him the n-word. Apparently this individual had a problem with the kid's dreadlocks, and pulled down his pants to see if he was a boy or a girl. It was all caught on video, and now (thank goodness) this lunatic is behind bars.
JUL 31 The Advocate's politics blog does a post-mortem on Bobby Jindal's appearance this week on CBS This Morning. He spent a lot of time talking about how other candidates are saying crazy stuff, but they don't have the "bandwidth" to do the job of President. Hey, ho, if you don't have the "bandwith" to be governor of Louisiana, who you talking about? But listen, be sure to click on the link to watch the video, if you haven't seen it. That first shot of him looks c-razy. He should call the guy he hired to retrain his face (and get rid of the lopsided grin) and get his money back.
JUL 30 Lt. Higgins' most recent entry into the CrimeStoppers hall of fame has really gone viral - as is outlined by this story in the Washington Post. Apparently, Jimmy Fallon is a big fan, and thinks Higgins should run for president.
JUL 30 Columnist James Gill analyzes Bobby Jindal's political use of the Grand Theater shooting in this post, focusing on Jindal's claim that Houser wouldn't have been able to buy a gun in Louisiana. That's not even close to true, Gill says, and it never will be. Louisiana has some of the weakest gun laws in the country - and that's why Louisianians die from guns at a higher rate than most states.
JUL 30 Here's a list of specials at restaurants in New Orleans participating in the COOLinary dining promo. There's some good stuff, maybe even worth braving that incredibly hot and humid New Orleans August weather.
JUL 28 Here's a link to the photo gallery in the Advertiser, pictures taken by photojournalist Paul Kieu at the funeral of Jillian Johnson. It's not easy to look at; whether you knew Jillian or not. Kieu's work is beautiful and terrible. But isn't it important for us to face it, not to turn away from this into the shallow, false comfort of platitudes and cliches?
JUL 14 This post on Salon takes a look at the alleged persecution of Christians, as described (created?) by the likes of Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal. Best we can tell, this war on the majority apparently consists of people they can't control having the audacity to exist.
JUL 8 This is an interesting analysis of Bobby Jindal and his very public crisis of identity and ethnicity on the Eurasia Review. The English is not perfect, but it sure is interesting to see another view of us and our politics of ethnicity.