APR 22 Here's an interesting post on the Maddow Blog about Bobby Jindal and his arguments as to why Louisiana hates his guts. His claim (which we've heard before) is that he's unpopular because of his government-shrinking, conservative agenda. But if he's such a successful conservative, the blog asks, how come Louisiana's conservative populace still hates him?
- OH, WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS?
APR 22 Brace yourself, because this news couldn't be much worse. The Picayune reports here that Blue Bell has recalled all its products, everywhere. No Homemade Vanilla, no Cherry Limeade Sherbet, no ice cream sandwiches, nothing. Oh, the humanity!
- DISSING DARWIN
APR 22 Here's a Zack Kopplin creationsim piece in Slate magazine. In it, he's piecing together, using documents hard-won via public records requests, a pattern of effort to craft policies that would allow the teaching of religion in Louisiana science classrooms. It's clearly deliberate - and scary.
APR 22 This post is the AP's pretty brutal analysis of Bobby Jindal's presidential hopes. He's not popular here, he's not getting any traction with national money folks or religious right wingnuts, and everything he's trying locally to fix his fiscal mess is misfiring, the story says. What's worse? This story is running everywhere: US News and World Report, Yahoo, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, even the (ultra-conservative) Washington Times. Dang.
- CB: THAT'S A TAX INCREASE IF I EVER SAW ONE
APR 22 Blogger CB Forgotston gives us his take on the inventory tax repeal proposal in this post. It's a tax increase in sheep's clothing, he says. The state reimburses businesses for all property taxes they pay - via the inventory tax process, he says. The repeal could mean automatic roll-ups of property taxes, he argues.
- SHA BOBBY: ONE PERCENT AGAIN
APR 22 Bobby Jindal was bringing up the rear again in a Pennsylvania straw poll this weekend, Newsmax reports here. That might not be all that bad - except this group is ultra-conservative and heavily into tea. And aren't those supposed to be the
whackjobsvoters he's going for?