Jan. 13, 2008 08:57
Friday, August 31, 2007
Rank and homophobic hypocrisy?

A week after La. Sen. David Vitter admitted to an affair with a prostitute, he received "thunderous applause" from his GOP colleagues at a party luncheon. State Republicans were particularly supportive, and Vitter's close ally, gubernatorial candidate Bobby Jindal stated that, "While we are disappointed by Sen. Vitter's actions, Supriya and I continue to keep David and his family in our prayers. This is a matter for the senator to address, and it is our hope that this is not used by others for their own political gain."

But Jindal and his GOP colleagues haven't been so forgiving with another recent "family values" party member caught soliciting sex – this time from another man. Jindal has been quick to join a chorus of House Republicans calling on Idaho Sen. Larry Craig to resign following an incident in which he allegedly solicited sex in a men's bathroom.

The apparent double standard hasn't gone unnoticed. Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, released this statement: "Let's see - one Republican senator is involved in soliciting sex from a man and the Republican leadership calls for a Senate investigation and yanks the rug from underneath him. Another Republican senator admits to soliciting the services of a female prostitute and there's not only no investigation but the senator is greeted with a standing ovation by his Republican peers. What explains the starkly different responses? I'd say rank and homophobic hypocrisy."


Sports Illustrated: Saints win Superbowl XLII
In its NFL preview, Sports Illustrated's SI.com has the New Orleans Saints going 12-4 this season, the best record in the NFC, which means they get a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. They're picked to beat the wild-card Carolina Panthers in the divisional playoffs and the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC championship game. The respected publication pits the Saints against the San Diego Chargers in Superbowl XLII, with the Saints coming out on top.

The NFL's 2007 season debuts Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the New Orleans Saints taking on the Colts in Indianapolis. NBC will broadcast the game.

Juvenile facility heading to Acadia Parish
Associated Marine Institutes, a Tampa-based non-profit, has an agreement with a property owner in Branch to buy 30 acres to construct a residential facility for at-risk youths. The company had originally planned to build the facility off Hoffpauir Road in Judice but abandoned the project about a month ago due to strong opposition from neighbors.

AMI has a contract with the Louisiana Office of Youth Development to house young boys convicted of non-violent crimes. The facility will be 10,000 square feet and will house 36 at-risk youths who have been referred to it by the OYD, each staying for six months to a year. The school is scheduled to open in January 2008.

For the past 40 years, AMI has been helping troubled youths become responsible adults. In 2006, 86 percent of the organization's graduates in Louisiana has no new adjucations or law convictions.

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