MAY 5 This post on the Observer has an interesting take on Bobby Jindal: he's like Superman. Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent, represented his view of humans/Earthlings, the author opines. Bobby is similar in that he's created this alter ego that reflects his view of voters, and it ain't a compliment. It's a pretty devastating analysis of Jindal's view of Louisiana as a stepping stone, nothing more.
MAY 5 This story in the Advocate is an example of a picture being worth a thousand words - it's an aerial shot of Elton John's performance at Jazz Fest this past weekend. The size of the crowd is just plain scary - and the story that follows the image gets into security concerns surrounding the increasing size of the festival. A lot of it has to do with those jerks who set up their chairs in the traffic and standing areas, but it's also about a lack of enforcement.
MAY 5 Bloomberg posts this analysis of Bobby Jindal's entertainment tax creds. The headline makes the point that Bobby's ready to shut down our public universities but won't touch the massive tax credits handed out to Duck Dynasty millionaires and similar "projects." It is interesting that the article quotes both Scott McKay and Jeff Saddow as if they are legitimate Republican pundits.
MAY 5 Here's an interesting 7-minute vid on YouTube that breaks down the Louisiana fiscal crisis for you. There are lots of charts and numbers, and it is explained in a very clear way. Of course, the creators could just save us those seven minutes by posting a picture of Bobby Jindal, but hey, this is good too.
MAY 5 This post on the New York Times is one of those interactive maps the paper has been doing that puts piles of statistics into more palatable format. This one looks at income mobility for children - in other words, how much a child's financial status can change as they grow up, based on where they live. Lafayette ain't doing so good.
MAY 5 This story in the St. Charles newspaper is about a Luling man who collects plastic bags and makes sleeping mats for the homeless with them. Later this month, he's hosting an event at a local church where others can learn how to convert those annoying bags into something that can help a homeless person.
MAY 4 Columnist Jim Beam muses on the (apparent) lack of intestinal fortitude among our legislators in this post. It seems every year that the governor does whatever he likes and our legislators just stand by, holding his purse, while he does it. Why is that? Beam spoke to John Alario about it. (This is an interesting way to seek the answer, but okey dokey.)
MAY 4 If you've been in NOLA over the past couple weeks, or have FB friends who have, you might have seen the messages of love and peace being written in the skies over the city. Apparently, a former New Orleanian is funding the skywriting, and his reason is astonishing in its simplicity.
MAY 4 Here's an interesting post on the Picayune about an Ohio Congresswoman's statements about the "rebuilding" of the Ninth Ward following Katrina. What's interesting is that a) Mayor Landrieu and others are calling that destruction what it was - a levee failure, not a hurricane - and b) that everybody is pretending that the Ninth Ward has actually been rebuilt. Which it hasn't.