DEC 18 Jim Brown is asking the questions a lot of Americans are in the wake of the torture report. Did we torture people? Do we do it still? And should we, under any circumstances? Isn't this a discussion that we, as a nation, could be having if we weren't so obsessed with who has a D and who has an R after their name?
DEC 18 This post on the Des Moines paper (a Gannett paper with a website that looks like every other Gannett paper website) is an interview with Bobby Jindal after he found out that Jeb Bush wasn't going to listen to his mama and stay out of the 2016 race. He's saying he doesn't want the "establishment" or the money people in the GOP deciding who candidates will be. (This is a similar refrain to the one a couple weeks ago, when he said stupid stuff like polls and fund-raising weren't important, either)
DEC 18 Bobby Jindal's been digging through state closets, looking for anything he can sell to plug the huge deficit in the state budget that he (somehow) never saw coming (again), blogger Tom Aswell tells us. But the best part of the story is that one state agency is telling the Governor to take a hike and refusing to turn over their property.
DEC 18 Here's the story in the Reno paper about the Ragin' Cajuns. The Wolf Pack will be UL's opponent in Saturday's New Orleans Bowl. Hey, you going?
DEC 18 Sure, you can read this (non) story in the "regular" media, but why do that when you can read the Brietbart version? Rob Maness, the retired Air Force colonel who wrassled gators with Sarah Palin, is starting his own PAC with help with some GOP heavyweights helping. Oh, and Bill Cassidy too.
DEC 18 Civil Service is a system that is supposed to protect government hiring practices from politics. But this post on The Lens takes a look at civil service-related emails that show it might be anything but that in New Orleans.
DEC 18 Governor Jindal is blaming the drop in oil prices for the state's economic woes, but that's a load of hooey, blogger CB Forgotston opines here. The problem with the budget is overspending, CB says.
DEC 18 If you're having trouble keeping up with what's going on where with same-sex marriage (or as we like to call it, marriage) in America, this post on Metro Weekly is a round-up. Among the deets, that the Supreme Court could be looking at our anti-marriage law in January.
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 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.
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.