Skip to comments.Moved to Shreveport area for business. Need help.
Posted on 04/24/2012 11:11:08 AM PDT by carjic
Moved to Shreveport area for business. (Sorry for vanity) So is this a lib town or Conservative or What? If any freepers are here please give me some scoop. I was listening to 710 am talk and heard this guy called Moon Griffon on a weekday talk show trashing Jindal bad and thought he was a big time lib. Then I catch him again and he sounds like me...big time conservative who is disowning the pubs because they are chicken S..T and no different than the libs. Any suggestions? I don't know a soul in this whole state.
First of all, welcome to Louisiana! You will fall in love with the people and unique culture of the Bayou State.
Secondly, it has become somewhat fashionable to trash Jindal on the radio for some reason. I think he’s doing a pretty good job taking on the teachers’ unions and upsetting the apple cart, so to speak. Shreveport and the I-20 corridor in general is a pretty conservative area. Moon is a pretty solid radio guy but he does say things at times just to be outlandish and controversial.
Thanks. I have been here for 24 days and so far...I do like it.
You will find, however, that many democrats in local and state governments are far more conservative than NE US republicans.
I’m right down the road in Ruston, and used to live in Shreveport, so I know the area. Moon is a personal friend of mine, and he is conservative. But he’s never been a big fan of Jindal’s, as he thinks he isn’t a true conservative.
I agree with Moon, but have to give Jindal his due on the education reforms that are working their way through the legislature.
What kind of business you in? I may have some contacts over there that can help you.
Thanks. I’m in Insurance but it’s kind of a niche business. But thanks. This is very pretty and so different. I have been living in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas for 11 years so this is bigtime different. Like it so far but may change my mind come winter. I don’t yet own a coat. lol
On what issues do you believe him not to be conservative enough? I think he does deserve his due on education reform. That will do wonders for this state.
I've met Gov. Jindal and talked to him one-on-one several times. It always strikes me how much attention he pays to what a person has to say and how he will quickly admit that he doesn't know the answer to a question if he doesn't. He will darn sure find out and get back with you though. That means a lot to me that he is not your typical politician.
“manner” was supposed to be “matter”. sorry.
I can’t imagine that Louisiana is dominated by “liberals” (but then again, this ain’t my daddy’s America anymore). The “Napoleonic Code” is a bit foreign to me, but I’ve always found folks from LA are good people. I’ve gone to LA several times on business.
If I had to move, LA would be one of those states that would be acceptable to me.
I hope you don’t mind me “borrowing” your tag line...
Immediately after he took office in 2008 - and this is all documented right here on FRee Republic - Jindal did three “non-conservative” things.
He busted the state spending cap and increased state spending about a billion dollars.
State senate waives spending cap; Jindal can spend additional $1 billion
by Ed Anderson
Friday March 14, 2008, 3:22 PM
He then opposed the rollback of the Stelly Tax and then supported a legislative pay raise until he got his brains beat out on the issue.
All that happened within his first six months in office.
For the past couple of years, he’s been more fiscally conservative that he was at first.
But I still don’t trust him, not a bit. He’s a politician, and he would change his spots in an instant, if he thought that’s the way the wind was blowing.
I’m about 50 miles west of you. This area is a great place to live. I hope you will enjoy it.
Jazz Fest starts this weekend. Come on down to New Orleans.
I see that others have already given you welcome and good advice. I no longer live in Louisiana, but have to say it is one of my favorite states, although I much prefer Southern Louisiana to Northern Louisiana. That distinction is your first compass point difference, as the demographics are very different.
South Louisiana is VERY Catholic, and the population is a mix which is heavy with French, Spanish, Italian and Irish, especially as you approach Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Lafayette is sort of the heart of Cajun country. Delightful people, with big hearts, open arms, and a cuisine that will make you fall on your knees and give thanks to God for giving us such great things to eat. Off the wall fun music too, in several different flavors. You’ll see.
North Louisiana is largely ‘Kaintuck’, and is more of an extention of the Southern Bible Belt. Protestant, much more Scoth Irish, and closer to what you would find in East Texas than South Louisiana. Not quite as fun loving and relaxed IMO, but still great people and good neighbors as you will soon find.
Shreveport. Well. It is my least favorite city in Louisiana. Areas are dangerous, and it is not attractive to me, but that is personal assessment. That said, a LOT of money goes through that place, and should offer you some opportunity.
Perhaps if you gave a hint of your skills or profession someone can Freepmail you with some ideas. It is not my bailiwick, so I can’t.
Make some day trips. Louisiana is one of the most historically fascinating and complex states in the present Union. Deal with Louisianans in an honest and open manner as peers and they will do the same to you. You have landed on your feet, IMO.
Jindal you will have to make up your own mind about. In my opinion he is not as strong as his boosters would say, or as poor as his detractors say. He is not an impressive leader in my book. He IS a staggeringly competent, smart and effective support to a strong leader. He is a force multiplier for any focused and strong willed executive, but not one in his own right. Again, that is my personal opionion.
Jindal got his start as a protege of Governor Mike Foster, may God bless the man and send many ducks in his direction. Governor Foster came from Shreveport, by the way. One of the few candidates I have never regretted supporting and voting for.
Actually, Murphy J. “Mike” Foster, Jr. was from Franklin, LA, south and east of Morgan City.
So was his grandfather, who was also a Louisiana governor.
The Napoleonic Code is a bit foreign to me, but Ive always found folks from LA are good people.
The Code Napoleon is foreign to Louisiana as well. The basis of civil law in Louisiana is the Code Civil of 1808, and subsequent iterations of the Civil Code. Fun topic, reaching back to Louis XIV and the Roman Republic. Sadly contaminated by Anglo-American common law influences and decadent juridical moles operating out of an effete, arrogant and decadent law school in New Orleans. I am half joking about decadent juridical moles. Well, maybe 27% joking.
So you are back in my Texas? Longview or Marshall?
Actually, Murphy J. Mike Foster, Jr. was from Franklin, LA, south and east of Morgan City.
Ah! I remember that now. I had double checked this site to make sure he is still alive (I hope he is still enjoying a sportsman’s life) and they attributed Shreveport as his birthplace.
Good man. One of the few I liked as much after the election and time in office as I did before.
Ahhh...thanks. The 27% comment was pretty funny too!
All that said about Jindal, I still voted for him last year, as I did in 2007. And you are quite correct about his pro-life and pro-family stance, which I think he’s quite sincere about.
But if you were to rate him on a conservatism scale of 1 to 10, with Ronald Reagan approaching a 10, Mittens a 2.2, George Bush a 4.5, Newt a 6.9, Perry a 5.7, Vitter a 9.0, I would rate Jindal a 6 or 7.
That’s just my opinion, though.
I mostly agree with the previous poster. Shreveport is a lot more like East Texas than it is like Southern Louisiana. More conservative socially. Crime is HORRIBLE in certain neighborhoods and therefore drives the crime stats of Shreveport up, however, if you stay out of those areas it’s a very safe place to be.
710 is a good station. Almost all the hosts are conservative. Griffon is just an ego-maniac though. His hatred of Jindal is mostly because he expected to be a large influence on policy and he really hasn’t been. Jindal has done a great job as compared to Blanco who he replaced. Just ignore that blow hard when it comes to anything he says about Jindal. He gets it right on most of the others though.
Welcome to Northwest Louisiana. I have lived and worked in the Shreveport area for many years, and am now retired in DeSoto Parish. You will find the business climate in Shreveport/Bossier to be very robust. Many of the horror stories regarding employment and business decline you hear in the national news simply do not apply here — the Shreveport area is thriving.
One other thing to beware of - The (Shreveport) Times, the local Gannett rag. Full of the typical screeching liberals that infect Gannett newspapers nationwide.
Occasionally, a conservative local columnist will be allowed to opine.
There is one exception, Vickie Wellborn, one of the best local government (along with your’s truly) reporters in the state. She knows what to look for at city council, school board, and police jury (county commission) meetings.
Other than her, believe nothing published in that paper.
May I too welcome you to Louisiana. We are a conservative state, but in the larger cities there is a concentration of grasshoppers. Ants are scattered all over our state. Your conservative views are welcomed so please feel at home.
As for Moon Griffon, he is quick to criticize, condemn and complain, but he rarely offers any solutions to the problems he focuses on. In the case of Gov. Jindal, he (Griffon) loves to hide behind his friend C. B. Forgottson. Moon lets C. B. do a lot of his dirty work.
Griffon is also a hypocrite. He bemoans about all the taxes that we pay while at the same time he has as one of his major sponsors a solar panel company. This solar panel seller provides ads on Moon’s show that let us all know that 80% of the cost of the panels will be paid for by the state (50%) and the feds (30%). The state and feds are none other than we taxpayers. So as far as Griffon is concerned, it is acceptable for our tax money to be squandered as long as he gets his share in the form of a sponsorship.
Moon is quick to call Gov. Jindal a hypocrite, but Moon should not throw stones as long as he is living in the glass house.
So, we conservatives in Louisiana are apparently stuck with The Moon Griffon Show until someone better and smarter comes along. I am surprised that is is taking so long for his replacement to surface. The “better and smarter” bar is actually set rather low in Moon’s case. Personally I can’t wait.
I’m also a South Texan, Corpus Christi. I’m in industrial construction and heavy maintenance and have worked the old Pennsoil-Atlas plant in Shreveport twice. I now live about 90 miles south of you on the Texas side.
As for a place in the area to live... Shreveport proper had a lot of white flight a generation or so back. “Progressive” Democrats took over the city government. I’d look out around Cross Lake in the Greenwood area. Bossier City isn’t bad, but is really a mostly military town with both the good and bad that comes with it. The Lake is nicer and quieter and has (had?) good schools.
Go over to Bossier City to “Ralph & Kakoo’s and order the Mahi Mahi smothered in Hollandaise and Grilled Shrimp. The older nice Restaurant in Shreveport I liked was closed down last time I went through.
Get a bass boat... good recreation and likely as not your clients will be out there with you. There are a lot of nice lakes in the area on both sides of the boarder. Hunting and shooting are also popular there.
Welcome carjic! I’m about an hour west of you in Longview. You’ll like it around here. Be sure to check out nearby Caddo Lake.
Other than that, Moon is pretty conservative.
I guess I was not clear. My fault. I did not need help with my business. I was just trying to figure out politics here. I don’t know a sole here so there was no one to ask. Business is good. But thanks
Probably one of the most conservative legislators in Baton Rouge.
Senator Barrow Peacock - District 37
Welcome to the webpage for Senate District 37, Shreveport-Bossier.
“I was just trying to figure out politics here.”
Independent, unique, outspoken and energetic. Louisianans do many things very well. Conformity is not one of them, however.
Franklin is North and West of Morgan City.
Welcome to a great place my friend. Try excursions to Cajun country and you will not be disappointed. Louisiana is basically three places in one, The rest of the South (northern Louisiana), Nova Scotia, France and Spain on the Bayou (Cajun country), and Paris on the cheap (New Orleans). Sprinkled along the Mississippi River and many of the South Louisiana bayous you’ll find remains of the old South still on view at the plantation homes which have been restored and opened to the public. Festivals galore as well. In all, quite a mix of things to do and places to see. Enjoy!
Just reading your post makes me miss particular places and people.
Thank you for your answers.
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