AUG 27 Blogger CB Forgotston gives us the scoop on the revenue forcasting going on among state officials. As usual, there's a lot of smoke blowing around, because nobody wants to come out and say how bad it really is.
AUG 27 Here's an interesting analysis of an NPR poll on NOLA residents' perceptions regarding recovery post-Katrina. White people tend to say things are going good and the city's recovering, and black people tend to say it's not. There are big differences in perception between the groups in all types of issues, the story reports. Maybe that's because there are two NOLAs, just like there always have been.
AUG 27 Here's Jim Brown's blog post about the Katrina anniversary. It's interesting, in that he says he had no idea Katrina was headed for New Orleans, and his friends didn't either. Huh?
AUG 27 Bayou Buzz takes a look at the various and sundry polls being tossed about as justification for believing this guy or that guy is winning or losing the governor's race. One poll has a problem that many nowadays do: it surveyed only via landline. Who has a landline anymore? Is that truly a representative sample? In any event, it's a safe bet that Clemmons (or Carroll Wright, depending on your position) was right: Figures lie and liars figure.
AUG 27 The Politics USA blog calls Bobby Jindal a "religious bully" in this post about his squabble with Planned Parenthood. It even takes the argument to Jindal, quoting the Bible.
AUG 27 This post on Outsports.com was written by an anonymous man who is a high school football official - and happens to be gay. It's a must-read for anybody who believes that nobody's bashing gay folk anymore.
AUG 26 Sometimes you have to wonder what people are thinking. Here's a video from Elbert Guillory in which he invites the viewer to sit with him to talk about race (literally). To start the conversation, he acts out what he says are the various permutations of the n-word, to include the motivations of folks who still use it. Certainly, a black man starting a conversation about race using that word could be compelling. It could be - but it's not in this case. (It's the wig, probably)
AUG 26 If you can take more coverage of the Katrina anniversary, this would be a good one to start with. It's a first-person essay in the New Yorker, written by a New York resident whose mother was displaced by the storm and remains so, as her brother is "babysitting ruins" where their childhood home used to stand. She captures very well what many feel about "unfinished business," as she names it.
AUG 26 Blogger Rod Dreher writes here about his father, who is dying. It's a beautiful piece, although it's certain to have you reaching for the hanky.
AUG 26 Columnist Jeremy Alford says this fall's election season just morphed from quiet to weird. That's an interesting take, given that this is Louisiana and "weird" might not necessarily apply - since "weird" implies uncommon oddness. Our oddness is fairly common. Also, he seems thrown by the nickname of a state lege candidate - it's Biscuit. If that's the weirdest nickname you've heard from a Louisiana politician - you ain't paying attention.