JAN 27 Blogger CB Forgotston says it seems to be easier to predict when the next hurricane will hit than it is to predict the details of Louisiana's next budget crisis. (That's not entirely true, is it CB? After all, we don't get a hurricane every year, but we sure as hell get a budget crisis every year) Figuring out what is going to happen with the state's budget is not that hard, CB argues, and he even offers a plan.
JAN 27 Here's an engrossing post from an editor at New America Media in which he remembers his year as a civil rights worker. The memories were revived by the release of the film "Selma," and include some surrounding his time in Louisiana.
JAN 27 Well, this one isn't going up on Bobby's refrigerator. This post on Politico, penned by Arif Rafiq of the Middle East Institute, is a scathing review of Bobby Jindal's recent attempts to create foreign policy chops for his (I'm still praying about it I got the job I want) presidential resume. "Muslim-baiting" is what he's doing, in order to pander to evangelicals, Rafiq argues.
JAN 27 Red Shtick Publisher Jeremy White gives us his analysis of the big prayer rally (well, let's say "slightly large," shall we?) that happened at LSU this weekend. Big shiny belt buckles notwithstanding, it was a disappointment, Jeremy writes, with very little crazy on display. To make up for that, he's got a whole buncha links to past crazy from the hosting organization. (So, gays gave us Hitler. Who knew?)
JAN 27 Blogger Rod Dreher writes about gay people. A lot. In this post, he's faulting a decision in California that prohibits judges from being members of the Boy Scouts. Because the Scouts (as an organization) have discriminated against gay folk (what, homosexuals can't start fires?) membership in the group might prevent a judge from ruling fairly on situations involving gay folk, the argument goes. Dreher objects.
JAN 27 Crazy Crawfish breaks down a Baton Rouge charter school's budget in this post, and it ain't pretty. The operator, National Heritage Academy, seems to be good at pulling down profit, but not so good and delivering a good education to students, Crawfish says.
JAN 26 Here's a post on the Crooks and Liars site that takes a look at Jindal's speech at The Response, but also Jindal's appearance on a national news show the Sunday morning after it. When asked by George Stephanopoulos how headlining a rally of one religion in this nation (you know, the one with a Constitution that separates church and state) makes any political sense, Jindal gave an answer that rates a 10 on the "I have no concept of reality at all" meter.
JAN 26 The LSU student paper, the Reveille, posts this story on Bobby Jindal's prayer rally this weekend. Many of the seats in the Maravich Assembly Center were empty, the story reports, with attendance not coming close to the arena's 13K capacity. (The Advocate reported that Rolfe McCollister expected in excess of 10K attendees. Guess he was wrong about that, too.)
JAN 26 Here's an interesting post on the datalab section of fivethirtyeight.com, which takes a look at a Harvard study on political corruption. The team examining corruption by state examined several different measures of corruption (and duh, we scored really high on all of them) but on one, we had no ranking at all. That's because although these Harvard researchers were able to get responses to their surveys from every other state in the union, they didn't get one response from Louisiana's political reporters. Nice!