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  • School Prepares to Terminate Teacher for Facebook Post Opposing Common Core Curriculum

    02/27/2015 8:56:56 PM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies
    joe miller ^ | february 27, 2015
    Debora Vailes re-posted on her personal Facebook page a photograph of a little girl crying because of the shortcomings of Common Core. Later that day, her school principal, Dr. Dana Nolan, after discovering the post, gave Deborah Vailes her first written reprimand and ordered her to refrain from expressing any opinion about public education on social media and to remove her anti-Common Core post from the social media site – ASAP. (The school district refers to written reprimands as a “documented conferences.”) Dr. Nolan further informed Deborah that she could not to discuss her opinion in public – on any...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • Shell and USW 2015 Oil Bargaining - Just The Facts: Update

    02/27/2015 6:49:46 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Shell ^ | 02/26/2015 | Shell
    More than one month ago, Shell Oil Company sat down at the bargaining table with a negotiating team representing national leaders of the United Steelworkers International Union (USW). Shell’s goals were – and still are – to reach an agreement that respects the needs and interests of our employees and ensures the ongoing safety as well as economic health of Shell refineries and chemical plants. To that end, to date Shell has put seven offers on the negotiating table. The USW International Union leaders have rejected all seven of them. In addition, they have ordered their members to strike at...
  • Some contractors (unionized) not so bad, Steelworkers say {Refinery strike}

    02/26/2015 5:09:46 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 25, 2015 | LM Sixel
    The building trades unions have taken exception to disparaging comments the United Steelworkers union have made during contract talks that contractor labor is neither high quality or safe. Many contractors use union-represented skilled crafts workers including electricians, plumbers, welders, iron workers and pipefitters. To resolve the simmering, and growing dispute, the leaders of the United Steelworkers union and the North America’s Building Trades Unions issued a joint statement Wednesday to clarify the scope of contractor responsibilities at the nation’s refineries and chemical plants. “We are issuing this statement to make clear that the scope of work USW is seeking in...
  • Justices reject New Orleans tour guides’ free speech appeal

    02/23/2015 9:36:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2015 10:01 AM EST
    The Supreme Court has rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place lower court rulings that said the licensing requirements do not violate the First Amendment. …
  • U.S. refinery strike spreads to one-fifth of national capacity

    02/22/2015 11:34:52 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 22, 2015 | ERWIN SEBA
    The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines as of 12 a.m. CST on Sunday, according to union officials. A total of 6,550 members of the United Steelworkers union at 15 plants, including the 12 refineries, are involved in the work stoppage that began on Feb. 1 when talks for a new three-year contract between the USW and lead oil company negotiator Shell Oil Co stopped.... After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is...
  • Reality Check on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impacts

    02/21/2015 7:17:15 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/21/2015 | Sierra Rayne
    As the litigation for the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill lurches through the legal system, the case has become a magnet for those seeking to take advantage of the deep-pockets oil industry defendant. In addition to those looking to prosper directly from the spill, the environmentalists and their mainstream media allies have exploited the situation to make their case against the use of oil in general -- and more specifically, against offshore drilling and oil production. If you restrict your reading on the topic to what appears in the mainstream media, you may be convinced that the science shows the...
  • West Coast paralysis: Some winners...sort of

    02/20/2015 10:29:20 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | Allen Wastler
    West Coast docks are paralyzed as employers and longshoremen continued to spat about contracts and congestion problems. There are plenty of losers. Exporters, like farmers and ranchers, can't get their perishables to Asian markets during the Lunar New Year when demand for fruit and meat is particularly high. And importers large and small are beginning to report shipment delays and inventory shortages. Are there winners? Kind of … Air Freight. Some importers, like electronics dealers and luxury retailers, can afford to put their cargo on planes, despite at least a ten-fold increase in shipping costs. ... East Coast/Gulf Coast ports....
  • Economists Need Field Trip

    02/18/2015 8:38:21 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 14, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    At least one economist gets off campus frequently enough to see what the real economy looks like and, naturally, he’s a free market type. Perhaps he should take his colleagues on a field trip. “American businesses spend almost $2 trillion per year (or roughly another 10 percent of GDP [Gross Domestic Product]) complying with regulations, including the 79,311 pages of the 2013 Federal Register,” Nikolai G. Wenzel, a visiting assistant professor of economics at Florida Gulf Coast University, said at a Fund for American Studies conference last November. “Think for a moment that the Declaration of Independence adds up to...
  • GOP cools on Loretta Lynch

    02/16/2015 9:06:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    President Obama’s pick to serve as the next attorney general is having a hard time finding Republican supporters. To be confirmed by the Senate, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch only needs four Republicans to support her nomination. But it is unclear where those votes will come from. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) is the only Republican so far who has signaled his intention to vote for Lynch, though several others have spoken favorably about her. But many Republicans are expressing concerns about Lynch's stance on immigration and what they suggest is a lack of “independence" from the White House. Lynch’s confirmation...
  • ACTION: Contact your Senators urging them to cosponsor S. 477 to kill Obama's Operation Choke Point

    02/13/2015 1:18:49 PM PST · by forty_years · 36 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Friday, 13 February 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    ACTION: Contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor S. 477, the Firearms Manufacturers and Dealers Protection Act of 2015. Operation Choke Point a Threat to the Second Amendment About a year ago, the Second Amendment community was rocked by news that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) had teamed up with Attorney General Eric Holder to utterly destroy firearms manufacturers and dealers by cutting off all credit and banking relationships with them.For its part, the FDIC categorized gun and ammunition sales as a "high-risk business," lumping it in with drug dealers, pornographers, and Ponzi scheme operators -- all of...
  • Bobby Jindal for President?

    02/12/2015 9:32:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    Gov. Bobby Jindal's name is not first on most people's list of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but maybe we should at least start paying attention to him. If one's political enemies are any indication of potential strength, Jindal of Louisiana may be a more formidable force than some people realize. During a visit to Washington Monday, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank couldn't wait to attack Jindal and his record. Why bother with someone he and others consider a lightweight from a small Southern state, unless there is more there than the elites think? In an interview...
  • Unions Cap Charter School Growth

    02/12/2015 6:07:40 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 11, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Charter school growth has exploded over the last two decades and so have the waiting lists to get in them. “Today there are charter school laws in 42 states and the District of Columbia,” Nina Rees, president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said Monday in a conference on Capitol Hill. “Close to 50 percent of D. C. public schools are charter schools.” Rees spoke at a forum assembled by the American Federation of Children (AFC) and hosted by Senator Tim Scott, R-South Carolina. “In Louisiana we’ve doubled the number of charter schools and 90 percent of New...
  • House Republicans resist call to change course on DHS funding

    02/11/2015 11:12:19 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/11/2015 | Rebecca Shabad and Cristina Marcos
    A pair of GOP senators implored House Republicans Thursday to soften their stance in the intra-party dispute over funding the Department of Homeland Security. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who both formerly served in the lower chamber, stressed to the House GOP conference behind closed doors that the Senate can’t get the 60 votes it needs to advance the House-passed DHS funding bill that includes language to reverse President Obama's executive actions on immigration. "They lamented the frustration they're having getting up to 60 votes. But apparently that is the strategy now with the Democrat minority...
  • Planned Parenthood files appeal, seeking to offer abortions (Louisiana)

    02/11/2015 3:57:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    whlt.com ^ | Feb 11, 2015 | whlt
    <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Planned Parenthood is appealing a state health department rejection of its application seeking to perform abortion services in New Orleans.</p> <p>The organization said Wednesday it filed a notice of appeal with the state Division of Administrative Law, rather than file a lawsuit challenging the rejection.</p>
  • Jindal to leave Louisiana's next governor with budget mess [AP Hit Piece on Bobby]

    02/11/2015 9:55:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    AP/yahoo ^ | 2/11/15 | Melinda DeSlatte
    Year after year, Louisiana didn't have enough money to cover its expenses, yet Gov. Bobby Jindal refused to roll back income tax cuts or ever-increasing corporate tax breaks. Instead, he raided reserve funds and sold off state property. ...The governor has successfully trimmed some spending by cutting more than 30,000 full-time state employees. He's reduced the state's vehicle fleet, privatized much of the Medicaid program, turned over the state's charity hospitals to outside managers and looked for ways to make state government more efficient. That hasn't closed all the gaps, however, and Jindal's short-term solutions leave a string of debts...
  • NBC anchor Brian Williams' Katrina account challenged by ex-French Quarter hotel manager

    02/08/2015 5:40:16 PM PST · by BBell · 92 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/8/15 | Jessica Williams
    The former general manager of the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, where embattled "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams reportedly roomed during Hurricane Katrina, said Sunday (Feb. 8) that neither mass flooding nor floating human remains were near the hotel after the levees broke. Her statement raises questions about Williams' stated Katrina experiences and could add to a pool of public skepticism regarding his tale. Williams recounted his time reporting on Katrina in a 2006 interview with Disney CEO Michael Eisner. "When you look out of your hotel room window in the French Quarter and watch a man float by face down,...
  • Ron DeSantis, Jeff Duncan quit House whip team

    02/08/2015 6:18:50 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/5/15 | Anna Palmer and Lauren French
    Two members of the House Republicans’ elite vote-counting operation have quit. Reps. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Jeff Duncan of South Carolina both gave notice that they no longer wanted to be part of the leadership operation, according to more than a half-dozen GOP sources. Their departures come as Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 3 House Republican, told members of the whip team that they would be kicked off if they voted against procedural motions. The move was designed to solidify control of the Republican conference. DeSantis and Duncan told Scalise that they were leaving the team...
  • Bobby Jindal on Common Core: Trust Moms, Not Bureaucrats

    02/07/2015 7:54:55 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    CP ^ | February 6, 2015 | Samuel Smith
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is continuing to voice his growing outrage over the Common Core state education standards, which the federal government played an influential role in encouraging most states to adopt. Speaking at a Thursday luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. hosted by the American Principles Project, a conservative organization rallying opposition to Common Core, Jindal argued that the Common Core standards stand against American values and causes local communities to lose...
  • Governor Jindal trolls Barack Obama: ‘the Medieval Christian threat is under control’ (Ouch!)

    02/06/2015 5:26:58 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 49 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/6/15 | Streiff
    We’ve had a lot of fun at Obama’s expense following his juvenile and historically illiterate speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. We’ll let this bit of trolling by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal serve as our last word on the subject.
  • Jindal to Obama: ‘Medieval Christian Threat is Under Control’

    02/06/2015 2:56:36 PM PST · by opentalk · 72 replies
    National Review ^ | February 6, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Bobby Jindal on Friday released a statement responding to the president’s remarks on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in which he cautioned Americans from getting on a “high horse” when taking a stance against radical Islam because people have committed “terrible deeds” in the name of Christianity, too. “It was nice of the President to give us a history lesson at the Prayer breakfast,” Jindal said. “Today, however, the issue right in front of his nose, in the here and now, is the terrorism of Radical Islam, the assassination of journalists, the beheading and burning alive of captives. We will...
  • For Years I Pleaded With God To Make Me Straight, So Why Did My Prayers Go Unanswered?

    02/03/2015 5:29:16 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 65 replies
    http://www.christianpost.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | MATT MOORE
    I knew I was attracted to the same sex when I was seven — in some capacity, anyway. I don't think it's physiologically possible to truly feel sexual attraction at such a young age. But I knew there was a drawing in me toward the same gender – and drawing that was more than what some would say is "natural" or "normal." As I grew up in a rural Louisiana town and teenage hormones began to surge throughout my body, my drawing toward the same gender intensified — sexually and emotionally. While I was definitely not engulfed in the life...
  • Obama's Budget Includes Windfall For L.A. Transportation [Whopping $ 1 BILLION!]

    02/02/2015 9:34:20 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    LATimes ^ | February 02, 2015 | NOAH BIERMAN AND W.J. HENNIGAN
    Obama's Budget Includes Windfall For L.A. Transportation By NOAH BIERMAN AND W.J. HENNIGAN President Obama's budget earmarks $1 billion for transit in California, including $330 million for L.A. The budget proposal unveiled by President Obama on Monday earmarks more than $1 billion for California transportation and construction projects, including $330 million that Los Angeles officials called crucial to extending the Purple Line from the Mid-City area to Century City. Overall, Obama would spend more than $800 million on transit throughout the state — including $165 million to expand the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to San Jose and $150 million...
  • Irish police officer shot while visiting New Orleans.

    02/01/2015 9:03:26 AM PST · by shemyk344 · 24 replies
    nola The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/28/15 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    NOPD said the 30-year-old victim, who Irish media have identified as Hanrahan, was approached by a gunman in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street. The gunman demanded money, and the victim refused.
  • House Conservatives Band Together to Form New Group to Push Conservative Agenda

    01/31/2015 9:14:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 26, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee.“Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small group that is nimble and able to work on issues that are of importance to our constituents, we can make a difference in Congress.”Called the House Freedom Caucus, the group serves as a conservative alternative to the Republican Study...
  • Two new Planned Parenthood abortion clinics blocked from opening

    01/30/2015 6:51:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jan.30, 2015 | Jill Stanek
    The photo above, via Cosmopolitan on January 23, shows progress on building an 8,000 sq. ft Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in New Orleans has obviously stalled. Compare it to the photo taken by Louisiana Coalition for Life in August 2014 (click all photos to enlarge)…. It appears only the grass has been cut in the past five months. Before that, Fox8 reported in January 2014 “the lot sits untouched” eight months after Planned Parenthood’s big ceremonial ground-breaking (in a church, no less – photo, right), this apparently because it had trouble finding anyone to build. This means the facility’s estimated...
  • Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

    01/30/2015 6:10:50 PM PST · by Drango · 84 replies
    ap ^ | January 30, 2015 | CAIN BURDEAU
    <p>NEW ORLEANS — In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy.</p> <p>On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed into law a new ordinance that does away with smoking inside bars, gambling halls, stadiums and hotels in what will be a big change for a city known for its libertine ways.</p>
  • [March 25, 2013] Bobby Jindal’s Voucher Schools Teach That Slavery Was Good, and The KKK Are Grea

    01/28/2015 4:43:02 PM PST · by Maceman · 55 replies
    Politicus USA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | March, 25th, 2013 | Jason Easley
    Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher schools are teaching Louisiana kids that most slave owners were kind to their slaves, and that the KKK are civic reformers. Bobby Jindal’s usage of Louisiana as a prop for his 2016 presidential campaign is doing a lot more damage to the state than the rest of the country can ever possibly imagine. However, Jindal’s isn’t just wrecking the state for today. His “school choice” plan is being used by the far right to teach rewritten history and whitewashed racism to the state’s children. Jindal’s voucher schools will be free to teach lessons like slave owners...
  • Homeland Security Adviser Mohamed Elibiary Goes on Hate-Filled Anti-Christian Rant

    01/29/2015 10:29:43 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 18 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | January 28, 2015
    Obama administration Muslim adviser Mohamed Elibiary is no stranger to regular PJ Media readers. In September, Elibiary was unceremoniously removed from his fellowship position with the Department of Homeland Security, which he tried to spin as a “resignation,” but letters sent to members of Congress by DHS officials indicated he would not be reappointed. Undoubtedly, one of the chief reasons for DHS cutting ties with Elibiary was a long string of extremist statements he had been making on Twitter, including talking about the inevitability of the return of an ISIS-style caliphate — tweets that were subsequently used by ISIS supporters...
  • Why should American Muslims have to assimilate?

    01/28/2015 3:07:55 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 62 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 1/28/2015 | Ananya Bhattacharyya
    Some cultures in the US have been allowed to remain distinct, so why the double standard? European no-go zones that non-Muslims may not enter have made headlines recently, despite the inconvenient fact that they don’t exist. Because of an overwhelming and unexpected reaction from France and England in particular, Fox News issued an apology for letting anchors and guests repeatedly discuss such zones. Yet there are those who refuse to back down. Case in point: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential Republican presidential candidate. In an interview with CNN, he reiterated a point that others on the right have recently...
  • What the Irish media are saying about New Orleans after Irish police officer was shot

    01/28/2015 1:11:54 PM PST · by BBell · 23 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/28/15 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    Irish news media focused Wednesday on New Orleans after a vacationing Irish police officer was shot in the 7th Ward. The Irish Daily Mirror said the officer is now in intensive care. Reports said Officer Brian Hanrahan was visiting New Orleans as part of a road trip with father, who lives in Missouri. Local residents are raising money for Hanrahan's medical and travel expenses. Read more about what NOPD said happened during the shooting. Journalists from Ireland had plenty to say about the city where Hanrahan was shot, and in some cases, nuances were lost. Some news outlets showed photos...
  • Sasol delays $14B gas-to-liquids plant near Lake Charles during oil price slump

    01/28/2015 9:38:39 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 8 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | January 28, 2015 at 8:59 AM | Katherine Sayre,
    South African petrochemical company Sasol is delaying a decision on whether to move forward with a proposed $14 billion gas-to-liquids facility outside of Lake Charles, the company said Wednesday (Jan. 28). Sasol said the plans are being put on hold as the company saves cash in response to falling oil prices. The gas-to-liquids facility is part of a $21 billion planned complex in Westlake, one of the largest foreign investments in Louisiana history. "Albeit at a much slower pace, we will continue to progress the U.S. GTL facility," Sasol president and CEO David Constable said in a news release. "This...
  • Mardi Gras crime wave last thing New Orleans needs: James Varney

    01/27/2015 7:48:42 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    nola.com ^ | 1/27/2015 | James Varney
    For a city dependent, more or less, on tourism, the last thing New Orleans needs as Carnival kicks into gear are Drudge Reports headlines about Big Easy crime. But that's what Monday brought. "Police shortage is security risk for Mardi Gras," the hugely popular website aggregator said. Of course, the NOLA.com homepage was depressing enough. "Teen fatally shot Monday morning in Algiers," read one headline about the unfortunate and untimely demise of an unidentified Landry-Walker student.
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...
  • The Iowa Corral

    01/26/2015 2:43:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/26/2015 | Erick Erickson
    RedState assisted in sponsoring Rep. Steve King (R-IA)72%‘s event in Iowa this past weekend. I did not go, but made sure to pay attention to what was going on and who said what. As I have previously written, this is the most substantive field of Republican contenders since 1980. The number of Governors, Senators, and others who are running gives the GOP a deeper bench than any the Democrats can or will muster. They also agree on most topics and are trying to nuance themselves into unique positions. I appreciate Governor Perry’s desire to paint a vision for the country....
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal: U.S. Needs a Spiritual Revival

    01/25/2015 9:30:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    ABCNews ^ | January 25, 2015 | LAURA WAGNER
    Gov. Bobby Jindal: U.S. Needs a Spiritual Revival Jan 25, 2015 By LAURA WAGNER Like a lot of Republicans with national name recognition, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is "seriously looking" at a 2016 White House bid, but he says the country needs more that just for the right candidate to win. "We can't just elect a candidate and fix what ails our country," he said at a prayer rally that he attended Saturday instead of the Iowa Freedom Summit. "We can't just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails...
  • Jindal: Gay Marriage Should Be Decided By States, Not Courts

    01/25/2015 11:09:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Jindal: Gay Marriage Should Be Decided By States, Not Courts Jan. 24, 2015, By Tom Howell Jr. January 25, 2015 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Republican leader of one of 14 states that do not perform same-sex marriage, said Sunday he’ll defend the right of states to define marriage as they see fit. The Supreme Court is set to decide the gay-marriage question this term, but Mr. Jindal said his Christian views will not sway according to the polls. If the justices make gay marriage a national right, Mr. Jindal said he’ll support congressional Republicans pushing for a constitutional amendment...
  • BSEE to Investigate Damage to Unmanned Platform off Louisiana Coast

    01/25/2015 8:10:39 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | anuary 23, 2015 | Gene Lockard
    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard are preparing to investigate an unmanned platform off the coast of Louisiana that has been damaged, BSEE said in a statement. The platform is operated by Energy XXI, GOM, LLC, and is located in 50 feet of water in South Timbalier (ST) Block 27 in the Gulf of Mexico, about 5 miles south of port Fourchon, Louisiana. Energy XXI reported to BSEE at approximately 4:30 a.m. that the ST 27 IA platform had been damaged, and that the damage was possibly caused by a vessel. There was...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 January 2015

    01/25/2015 4:27:49 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 134 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 25 January 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 25th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark. FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, Adam Schiff, D-Calif, and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.; former Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah.
  • La. treasurer leads to replace Vitter in Senate

    01/23/2015 1:55:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy leads among Republicans potentially seeking to replace Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in the Senate. According to a poll conducted by conservative North Star Opinion Research on behalf of Kennedy, the state treasurer takes 18 percent support, ahead of Reps. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), at 13 percent, and John Fleming, at 7 percent. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu would be the strongest Democratic challenger in the Senate race. He took 39 percent in the poll, which is the baseline of support for any Democrat in the state, according to the poll. Louisiana has gone deep red in...
  • National Security, Conservative Leaders Praise Boddy Jindal For Standing Up To Sharia Law

    01/23/2015 5:00:41 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    A number of high-profile national security and conservative movement leaders are publicly praising Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a conservative and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, for standing up to Sharia Law in a speech in the United Kingdom this week—and they’re calling on other potential presidential candidates to weigh in on the issue.
  • Jeff Sessions' appointment to lead Senate panel shows GOP ready to rumble on immigration

    01/22/2015 1:46:36 PM PST · by Red Steel · 25 replies
    Al ^ | updated January 21, 2015 at 4:55 PM | Leada Gore
    When Sen. Jeff Sessions stepped aside to make way for Wyoming's Mike Enzi to lead the Budget Committee, many wondered if there were bigger plans ahead for Alabama's junior senator. It appears there is Sen. Sessions is set to take over the Senate panel that oversees immigration, reports indicate. The move was first reported in Politico and while the senator's office can't confirm the move ahead of the official announcement, the change is a perfect fit for Sessions who has emerged as the leading opponent of the White House's immigration plans. Sessions is set to take over chairmanship of the...
  • Jeff Sessions to take over Senate panel overseeing immigration (with Vitter)

    01/21/2015 2:46:26 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | Seung Min Kim
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), one of the most relentless critics of the Obama administration’s immigration directives, is taking over the Senate’s panel that oversees immigration, according to three sources familiar with the decision. Sessions is set to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, according to the sources — giving the conservative a key platform to advance his immigration policies. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a new member of the Judiciary Committee, is going to be the panel’s vice chair, the sources said. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/jeff-sessions-senate-panel-immigration-114455.html#ixzz3PUytKfXy
  • CNN Reports on No-Go Zones. Forgets All About It While Interview Gov. Bobby Jindal.

    01/20/2015 10:14:27 PM PST · by Mozilla · 33 replies
    Red State ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:57 | staff
    CNN’s Max Foster interviewed Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal over the weekend. He grilled Jindal on so-called “no-go zones.” Pay attention to what Jindal actually said, as documented by CNN. Jindal was also unable to offer examples during an earlier interview with CNN’s Max Foster, saying that he’s “heard from folks here that there are neighborhoods where women don’t feel comfortable going in without veils … We all know that there are neighborhoods where police are less likely to go into.” “I think that the radical Left absolutely wants to pretend like this problem is not here. Pretending it’s not here...
  • Pro-life march and pro-choice rally meet downtown (Louisiana Texas)

    01/20/2015 8:08:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    arklatexhomepage.com ^ | 01/17/2015 | staff
    Both sides of the heated abortion debate cross paths in downtown Shreveport. "All life is sacred, young, old all of them." They came out by the numbers, thousands of pro-life supporters crossing the Texas street bridge and entering Shreveport in unity. "I believe that even in the womb, that is a person. They meet all the qualifications to be a human being. The things that people value as humans," said pro-life supporter, Raeanne Chachula. "Defend the Defenseless," the theme for Louisiana's 2nd Annual Life March. A pro-life movement, that also drew, the other side. "If you want to be a...
  • Landrieu’s Ugly Exit

    01/20/2015 7:10:52 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/5/2014 | John Fund
    Senator Mary Landrieu comes from a political dynasty in Louisiana — her father was mayor of New Orleans, and her brother is the current mayor. But as she heads into Saturday’s runoff election as a clear underdog, she is tarnishing her political inheritance by fighting ugly. She is resorting to lies and distortion to accuse her GOP opponent of backing the impeachment of President Obama and endorsing a documentary that, as she describes it, says slavery was better for blacks than welfare. “Landrieu has flailed, veering from one issue to another,” concluded a Washington Post article this Thursday. When it...
  • MSNBC about to give Bobby Jindal the Herman Cain treatment

    01/20/2015 7:08:43 AM PST · by Bratch · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JANUARY 20, 2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    If you followed the toxic enthusiasm MSNBC hosts and guests displayed for hurling accusations of racism or racial insensitivity toward Republicans in 2012, then a recent segment on that cable news network involving comments made by Bobby Jindal should sound lamentably familiar.During a segment on MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner, Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com, was asked to weigh in on Jindal’s claim that there are “no-go zones” inside European cities in which Muslim immigrants have refused to allow non-Muslims to travel. This claim is so controversial that Fox News host Jeanine Pirro issued an on-air apology after one of her guests...
  • NOPD arrests 10 armed robbery suspects over weekend

    01/19/2015 2:12:06 PM PST · by BBell · 15 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/19/15 | Benjamin Alexander-Bloch
    The New Orleans Police Department on Monday (Jan. 19) touted the arrests of 10 armed robbery suspects in two days, describing it as a demonstration of the NOPD's commitment to tracking down those "responsible for committing violent crime, taking them off the streets and bringing them to justice." "The arrests made this weekend show how hard our officers are working every day to keep our neighborhoods safe," NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said in a statement.The tally began Friday when three high school classmates were arrested, accused of robbing a man in the Central Business District on Jan. 9 and fleeing...
  • Health dept. blocks abortions at Planned Parenthood clinic (Louisiana)

    01/16/2015 3:42:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    seattlepi.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health department is refusing to let Planned Parenthood perform abortion services at its new clinic under construction in New Orleans, the latest flashpoint in a long-running dispute over abortion access in the state. The organization received a rejection letter last week from the Department of Health and Hospitals, which said Planned Parenthood didn't demonstrate the need for another abortion facility in Louisiana. "Your application failed to establish the probability of serious, adverse consequences to recipients' ability to access outpatient abortion services if you are not allowed to apply for licensure," Health and Hospitals Secretary...