JUL 1 This story in the New York chronicles the story of a death row inmate convicted of killing his son in Shreveport. The story of how the man came to be sitting on death row is told in excruciating detail, and one wonders over and over while reading it if the same things would have occurred had the man in question been wealthy and white. Whether you believe in the death penalty or you don't, it's worth the read - because we all should know the story of at least one person the state is going to kill in our name.
JUL 1 Baton Rouge food blogger Jay Ducote is competing on this season's version of Food Network Star, and he has emerged as one of the frontrunners. This post on TV Line assesses the competition and offers readers a vote on who is the best contestant in this group.
JUL 1 Blogger Lamar White Jr. covers the Nixon ripoff that Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign attempted last week with the "Tanned, Rested and Ready" slogan. On a number of levels, it's what the youngsters call an epic fail, as Lamar lays out here. And he raises the pivotal question: as screwed up as Louisiana's finances are right now, how is this guy even joking about being rested? Really?
JUL 1 Blogger CB Forgotston accuses Bobby Jindal of circumventing the law in a recent fundraiser held in Baton Rouge. It certainly sounds pretty stinky.
JUL 1 This one surely made his day - the Picayune reports here that Bobby Jindal got sued by the ACLU, several gay rights organizations and some NOLA residents over his "I can hate gay people if I wanna" executive order. The suit appears to echo the opinions that were strewn about following the initial release of the order, to wit: he exceeded his authority in issuing it. This should not be a problem for Bobby, as he only issued it to make the news anyway. Woot!
JUL 1 The Advocate reports here on Bobby Jindal's lawyer's convoluted reasoning related to the same-sex marriage ruling last week. Individual clerks who disagree with same-sex marriage should be accommodated and allowed to refuse to issue them, he says. K -- does that mean all the Catholic clerks can refused to process divorce paperwork? Is this like McDonald's accommodating people who practice the Hindu religion? Do they get to work only on McNuggets?
JUL 1 This post on MSN is one of those lists we all love to read; it's a list of the richest cities in each state in America. Ours is probably not the one that would be your first guess. There's a link in the story to a similar list, of the poorest cities in each state in America. That one will definitely be a surprise, considering the kind of poverty we have in north Louisiana.
JUN 30 This is an interesting video posted by Now This on Facebook. It's a young woman who is Indian-American and a resident and native of Louisiana, just like Bobby Jindal. She has some advice for him: try embracing who you are. That might help those crappy poll numbers. Huh.
JUN 30 The Red Shtick offers this post on the current debate regarding symbols of the Confederacy, replacing that flag and statues of dead guys with a common groundcover known as Confederate jasmine. Anyone want to lay odds on how soon it will show up on Twitter with a campaign to save the flowers?
JUN 30 Wonkette puts in its two cents on the big (?) Jindal presidential announcement of last week, stating here that Bobby Jindal is "the wingnut presidential candidate nobody's been waiting for."