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  • 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! · 129 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...
  • Bobby Jindal: Muslims Must Admit 'Islam Has a Problem'

    01/16/2015 12:48:56 PM PST · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Cathy Burke
    Bobby Jindal: Muslims Must Admit 'Islam Has a Problem' 15 Jan 2015 By Cathy Burke Muslim leaders must publicly condemn jihadist terror attacks like the deadly strikes in France and concede "Islam has a problem," Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal says. "If Islam does not support what is happening in the name of Islam, then they need to stand up and stop it," Jindal declares in a speech he'll give Monday in London, the Daily Caller reports. "Many Islamic leaders argue that these are the acts of a radical few." But, Jindal's speech at the Henry Jackson Society will argue,...
  • Bobby Jindal invokes heritage in call for immigrant assimilation

    01/15/2015 3:19:36 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/15/15 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in Europe for a trade mission, will preach the virtue and necessity of “assimilation” in an extended foreign policy speech Friday that will touch on his family’s own immigrant experience. Speaking to the conservative Henry Jackson Society in London, the potential Republican presidential candidate will contrast his parents’ decision to come to the United States from India 45 years ago with the mind-set of newer-generation European immigrants who subscribe to radical Islam. Story Continued Below “My dad and mom told my brother and me that we came to America to be Americans — not Indian-Americans,” Jindal...
  • Report: Louisiana Named the Most Pro-Life State, Washington Most Pro-Abortion

    01/13/2015 8:20:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/13/15 | Steven Ertelt
    Americans United for Life today released its annual report about the most pro-life and pro-abortion states when it comes to passing pro-life legislation that protects women and unborn children. In a replay of last year’s best and worst, Louisiana was named most pro-life and Washington most pro-abortion. Americans United for Life released the 2015 results after analyzing progress made legislatively or in litigation in 2014. The Life List takes into account the 50 states’ overall advances since Roe v. Wade toward re-building a culture of life, including events of the last year. After Louisiana and it’s first place ranking, the...
  • Court denies one same-sex marriage case (USSC refuses appeal of LA Gay marriage ban!)

    01/12/2015 7:57:47 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 25 replies
    SCOTUS blog ^ | January 12th, 2015 9:41 am | Lyle Denniston
    The Supreme Court, returning from its winter recess, decided on Monday not to take on a same-sex marriage case that remains under review in a federal appeals court, but otherwise took no action on that constitutional controversy. The Court made no comment as it turned down a plea by same-sex couples in Louisiana to review that state’s ban, which had been upheld by a federal trial judge in New Orleans (Robicheaux v. George).
  • Romney Floats Trial Balloon to Slow Jeb Bush’s Early ‘Rise’ in Quest for White House

    01/10/2015 10:13:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 10, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    Jeb Bush’s moves to attract supporters and donors this week put the 2016 race for the White House into sharper focus earlier in the new year than other presidential hopefuls probably anticipated. One apparent result: Mitt Romney, the Republican standard-bearer in 2012, told a group of donors Friday that he is “seriously considering” a third try for the White House after all. Romney continues to lead in polls that include him in the GOP field. With casual but succinct Instagram videos shot on a New York street and posted Tuesday on his Facebook page — one in English, one in...
  • Federal Appeals Court Appears Poised To Strike Down Three Southern States’ Same-Sex Marriage Bans

    01/09/2015 9:00:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 9, 2015 | Chris Geidner
    After oral arguments about Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas’ bans on marriages for same-sex couples, the 5th Circuit of Appeals looks likely to strike the laws down. NEW ORLEANS — After three hours of arguments, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared poised to strike down bans on same-sex couples’ marriages in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas — joining all but one of the other appellate courts to consider the issue. If the court upholds the lower court decisions striking down the Mississippi and Texas bans and reverses the trial court decision upholding Louisiana’s ban, it could have the effect of bringing...
  • Gay marriage cases from Louisiana, Texas, Miss., to be heard in appeals court Friday

    01/08/2015 7:23:22 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 01/08/2015 | Andy Grimm
    A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments Friday (Jan. 9) in three cases involving state bans on same-sex marriage, including Louisiana's, in what could be one of the final courtroom showdowns over the marital rights of same sex couples. A panel of three appeals court judges -- two Reagan appointees and an Obama appointee -- will listen to arguments in a case appealing a district judge's September ruling that upheld Louisiana's 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. It's the first case on the docket for Friday's session in the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which will...
  • The Scalise Mess and the GOP Insider Culture - The Republican establishment drops the bal

    01/06/2015 2:04:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 6, 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    "....................All this tells a considerable amount about what passes for the unremarkable inside the Washington establishment. For Feehery spends his time continually attacking conservatives. There was this open letter attack on Rush Limbaugh in Politico in which he snarked:Congratulations! You have been selected by the Obama administration, the mainstream media and 20 million of your most passionate followers to be the new head of the Republican Party.As such, you are given all the rights and responsibilities that come with being a true political leader.Your mission is simple: Restore the Republican Party to its former greatness by single-handedly helping Republicans to...
  • Trial for man accused of beating family at gas station set for Monday (hate crime?)

    01/04/2015 9:58:08 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 34 replies
    The man accused of a gas station beating two years ago is expected in court on Monday. Donald Dickerson is facing battery charges after he allegedly beat up a family when they stopped to get gas on Plank Road in May of 2013. Police arrested Dickerson and ticketed two others. They are all accused of punching the family. Dickerson allegedly told the family they were in the "wrong neighborhood" before the attack. According to police, one of the victim suffered a broken eye socket, broken nose, and several lacerations to the face.
  • Get off Steve Scalise’s Case

    01/05/2015 6:04:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2015 | Star Parker
    If you want to identify a serious potential leader, someone committed to getting America back on track as a free and prosperous nation under God, just check the intensity of efforts of those on the left to try and destroy the reputation and career of that individual. The more time and energy liberals invest to destroy someone, you can bet that this is someone who loves America, what it stands for, and who can make a difference. Latest case is attacks on Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) because he spoke, in 2002, to the European American Unity and Rights Organization, a...
  • Common Core & 2016

    01/05/2015 6:08:42 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As 2014 drew to a close, at least three probably contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 have taken fairly clear positions on the Common Core education reforms favored by the Obama Administration. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, of course, has given C-squared his full throated support but he has been out of office for years. New Jersey, governed by Chris Christie, has officially embraced the Double C. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, meanwhile, is taking a different approach. “In a continued push to overturn the implementation of Common Core standards and testing in schools, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joined...
  • Outgoing Louisiana Mayor tells New Orleans Station to Kiss His A**

    01/05/2015 2:40:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    mediabistro.com ^ | 1/2/15 | Kevin Eck
    James Lavigne had been mayor of Pearl River, La. for 24 years. He lost the last election and called an emergency meeting Wednesday to say goodbye. ....“Facebook can kiss my ass, and you too and Channel 4 news,” Lavigne said as he got into his town-owned GMC Denali and drove away.
  • Bobby Jindal to meet Tuesday with Iowa pastors

    01/04/2015 4:49:43 PM PST · by iowamark · 22 replies
    Des Moines Register | January 4, 2015 | Jason Noble
    Gannett paper, link only: Bobby Jindal to meet Tuesday with Iowa pastors
  • GOP lawmakers back Scalise in supremacist flap

    01/04/2015 10:51:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2015 12:42 PM EST | Erica Werner
    Republican lawmakers closed ranks Sunday behind the No. 3 House GOP leader, Steve Scalise, as the party aimed to move past the controversy over his speech 12 years ago to a white supremacist group. Scalise has said the speech was a mistake he now regrets, and party leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have backed him. Several incoming rank-and-file lawmakers added their support Sunday, including Utah’s Mia Love, the first black female Republican elected to the House. …
  • GOP Rebukes David Duke, But Not His Voters (LAUGH ALERT)

    01/04/2015 11:15:31 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 4, 2015 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page cpage@tribune.com
    Just when I thought David Duke had gone the way of the Betamax, buggy whips and record stores, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, Republican politician and jailbird has re-emerged to haunt the new Republican-controlled Congress. The new House Republican whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana apologized this past week for an honest "error in judgment" that led him to speak in 2002 to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a white nationalist group founded by Duke.
  • Erick Erickson Apalled That GOP Whip Spoke At White Nationalist Event

    01/03/2015 9:21:33 AM PST · by xzins · 64 replies
    TPM ^ | 29 Dec 14 | Caitlin MacNeal
    After the Washington Post reported that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) spoke at a 2002 event hosted by a white nationalist group, RedState editor Erick Erickson knocked Scalise's supposed ignorance about the organization. According to the Post's Robert Costa, Scalise appeared at an event for the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a group founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, but didn't know at the time that the organization was a hate group. Erickson was not willing to give Scalise the benefit of the doubt. "How do you not know? How do you not investigate?" Erickson wrote...
  • Steve Scalise and Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”

    01/02/2015 8:41:37 AM PST · by xzins · 45 replies
    CHQ ^ | 1/2/2015 | George Rasley
    Scalise Apologizes For Event He Didn't Attend The venality and outright lies about House Republican Whip Steve Scalise’s association with David Duke’s racist organization, EURO, keep getting more obvious as Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy struggle to contain the damage keeping Scalise on the House leadership team is doing to the Republican Party. None of what Scalise has said to try to explain away his association with David Duke, and Duke’s principle Louisiana political operative Kenneth Knight, has passed the smell test, and the more Scalise tries to explain it away, the deeper...
  • The Last Resort: Replace John Boehner (lengthy must read!)

    01/02/2015 5:04:25 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/2/14 | Lester Jackson
    Crominbus was the last straw. Conservatives are now absolutely livid at the RINO Establishment. Rarely, if ever, has such an unmistakable voter mandate been so brazenly nullified before the newly elected could even take office. Calls escalate to "end" the Republican Party because conservatives cannot change it. By contrast, Rush Limbaugh, while lamenting that "the losers in the last election [got] pretty much everything they want[ed]," nevertheless rejects the third party call: "taking over the Republican Party is better." Sarah Palin protests that what House Speaker John Boehner and 162 Republican "yahoos" did "stinks to high heaven," for which Rep....
  • SEAN HANNITY: EVERY REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN MUST RECONSIDER BOEHNER’S CRED AFTER SCALISE SCANDAL

    12/30/2014 10:04:19 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 109 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 30, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, also a nationally syndicated radio host, is tripling down on his calls to demand new blood in House GOP leadership. In the wake of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) rebuffing his call to run against Speaker John Boehner after the white supremacy scandal that has rocked Boehner’s ally, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Hannity is calling on every Republican member of the House of Representatives to reconsider whether Boehner is in fact an effective leader. “Every Republican member needs to ask themselves if John Boehner is really the best person to lead the conservative movement at...
  • GOP Stand By Scalise, Waits For This Whole Thing To Blow Over

    01/01/2015 12:29:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    By now, you probably already know that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) once addressed a crowd of people in the same hotel where a white nationalist conference was being held in 2002. Scalise, a state representative at the time, spoke hours before the white nationalist meeting began, so it looks like this story turned out to be a big nothing burger. Republicans and Democrats came to Scalise’s aid, with Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) saying that his colleague doesn’t have a “racist bone in his body.” With David Duke in the mix, Scalise, who’s the House Majority Whip, was bound to get some media attention over...
  • Scalise brings back Boehner's familiar right flank hangover

    12/31/2014 11:21:10 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 12/31/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    House Speaker John Boehner's not waiting until New Year's Day for a hangover -- his headache is already here. Back-to-back House Republican dramas in the final week of the year are the latest indication that many of the issues the GOP hoped to leave behind when they take full control of Congress next week — an unruly base and scandal-prone members — will continue to dog them in the new year, and might even kick off 2015 with an attempted coup on the Speakership. Though Boehner was successfully able to convince Rep. Michael Grimm to resign on Monday after pleading...
  • Scalise and Boehner Must Go

    12/31/2014 11:13:01 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 12/31/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    Speaker John Boehner must go. Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA), a John Boehner man running for re-election as House Republican Whip, is in trouble. And he too must go. By making a point of backing Scalise in the middle of this mess, so now is the Speaker himself in trouble. Mark Levin has long been out there saying Boehner needed to go. So too has Sean Hannity, with both updating their views over the holidays in light of the Scalise scandal. We’ll come back to this in a minute. But first, let’s focus on Scalise’s situation. It is a textbook case...
  • Slate Discovers Scalise Did Not Attend White Supremacist Event

    12/31/2014 10:47:12 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 31, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Drat! Foiled again! That is going to be the feeling of much of the mainstream media which has been incessantly pushing the narrative about House majority whip Steve Scalise supposedly speaking at a David Duke sponsored white supremacist event in 2002. It turns out that it never happened. Instead he spoke at a local neighborhood association. And who discovered this vital information? A very unexpected source, the liberal Slate. Betsy Knight explains what really happened and the reason for the confusion:
  • Rep. Steve Scalise: Not Guilty as Charged -- The Man is No David Duke

    12/31/2014 10:45:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/31/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    The first time I ever spoke to Steve Scalise, it was in the context of his helping me and his cousin, state senator Ben Bagert, block the political career of David Duke. In the quarter-century since that 1989 phone conversation, Scalise has given no indication that he holds any views anywhere near as odious as Duke’s racist and anti-Semitic garbage, and plenty of indications directly to the contrary — indeed, compellingly so. Scalise, the House majority whip now under fire for having spoken back in 2002 to a white-supremacist group tied to the former Klansman Duke, says he did...
  • MEDIA: UM, THAT BIG STEVE SCALISE STORY PROBABLY DIDN’T HAPPEN, BUT HE’S STILL ‘EMBATTLED’ ANYWAY

    12/31/2014 9:32:16 AM PST · by Bratch · 54 replies
    Human Events ^ | December 31, 2014 | John Hayward
    Hey, remember how the biggest story in every mainstream media outlet yesterday was the shattering revelation that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) spoke to a group with ties to the odious white supremacist David Duke in 2002?  Ancillary stories blossomed with lightning speed throughout the day, spreading across the front pages like fractal patterns blooming on a computer screen saver: the latest comments from Scaliese, reactions from other Republican leaders, calls for his doom from top Democrats, hard-hitting political analysis from veteran correspondents about whether the “embattled” Republican could possibly survive this devastating scandal…Have you checked the big news...
  • No kidding, Jack Daniels names son Jim Beam ..

    12/31/2014 7:18:07 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 34 replies
    Q13Fox ^ | 12-29-14 | CNN Wire
    Here’s one baby name that probably won’t make it on this year’s most popular list: Jim Beam. But for one Louisiana family, baby Jim Beam will fit in quite well. His father, Jack Daniels Leathers, 31, is also named after a stiff drink. It’s somewhat of a tradition for the family, he told the Houma Courier in Houma, Louisiana, earlier this week. The day Leathers was born, his father happened to be drinking a glass of the well-known whiskey and suggested the name, Leathers told CNNMoney. His mother agreed, after calling a local store to double check the correct spelling....
  • Boehner Defends Scalise as More Ties to Former KKK Grand Wizard Emerge

    12/30/2014 2:39:46 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 64 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/30/14 | Matthew Boyle
    House Speaker John Boehner has thrown his full support behind his embattled ally, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, as more ties between Scalise and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke—including a nearly-decade long close relationship with the ex-KKK leader’s top aide—have emerged. Boehner backed Scalise, as it became apparent that, if Scalise goes down over this scandal, his entire leadership team—and Boehner’s own Speakership—could be in jeopardy. “More than a decade ago, Representative Scalise made an error in judgment, and he was right to acknowledge it was wrong and inappropriate,” Boehner said. “Like many of my colleagues on...
  • Scalise should step down from GOP leadership (Chicago Trib wants Resignation!)

    12/30/2014 3:17:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    ChiTrib ^ | 12-30-2014 | Tribune Editorial Board
    ep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, says he made an innocent mistake in speaking to a white supremacist conference in 2002. How was he to know that the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) was a collection of racists and neo-Nazis?. "For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous," says Scalise, who was a state representative at the time. "I spoke to any group that called, and there were a lot of groups calling." Why, he even spoke to the League of Women Voters,...
  • What Scalise and Vitter Told Roll Call About David Duke in 1999

    12/29/2014 7:09:07 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Niels Lesniewski
    Back in 1999, Roll Call interviewed white supremacist leader David Duke about the possibility he would seek the House seat vacated by the resignation of Republican Rep. Bob Livingston. As part of that report, reporter John Mercurio also talked to up-and-coming Louisiana politicians, current Sen. David Vitter and current House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. “I honestly think his 15 minutes of fame have come and gone,” said state Rep. David Vitter (R), a wealthy Metairie attorney who holds Duke’s old seat in the state House and is “seriously considering” a Congressional bid. “When he’s competed in a field with real...
  • Steve Scalise spoke to white nationalists in 2002. His days as GOP whip could be numbered.

    12/29/2014 4:48:13 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 12/29/14 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    The GOP has had a pretty good story to tell this year in terms of race and African-American voters. Three black Republicans were elected to Congress — two in the House (Mia Love and Will Hurd) and one in the Senate (Tim Scott). Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and others are making outreach efforts, as is the Republican National Committee. Overall, Republicans did better among African American voters, particularly in states like Ohio. But that good news could be overtaken by some other news: The new House majority whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, spoke to a white nationalist group in 2002....
  • How Do You Show Up at a David Duke Event and Not Know What It Is? (Steve Scalise)

    12/29/2014 4:45:46 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 39 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 12/29/14 | Erick Erickson
    In 2002, a year after not long before Trent Lott was driven from office in December of 2002, for his statements about support Strom Thurmond, Rep. Steve Scalise, now the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, went to a David Duke organized event. How do you not know? How do you not investigate? David Duke is the reasons I am no longer a resident of Louisiana. After supporting Edwin Edwards in the gubernatorial race against David Duke in 1991, I knew I had to get the hell out of a state where those were the two most popular...
  • House Majority Whip Scalise confirms he spoke to white nationalists in 2002

    12/29/2014 2:46:40 PM PST · by Bratch · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 29, 2014 | Robert Costa
    Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white nationalist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002, thrusting a racial controversy into House Republican ranks days before the party assumes control of both congressional chambers.The 48-year-old Scalise, who ascended to the House GOP’s third-ranking post earlier this year, confirmed through an adviser that he once appeared at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization.That organization, founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, has been called a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • A new South rises and America wins – The beginning

    12/27/2014 9:15:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kevin Fobbs
    WASHINGTON, December 24, 2014 — For tens of millions of southerners the December 6 runoff loss of Louisiana U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu to Rep. Bill Cassidy represented the epic opening of a new age in America. This region is now a solid conservative south for the first time since Democrats seized control just after the end of the Civil War. For a region of the nation that stretches from the Carolinas to Texas, this is massive and so is the impact of this new Red, White and Blue American Wave. Here a New South Rises. How the new south...
  • Dear GOP: Show, Don't Tell

    12/27/2014 12:51:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/26/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Hey, Jeb, Ted, Rand, Marco, Bobby, Chris and the dozen or more others I'm forgetting, here's something to write on your bathroom mirror in 2015 and beyond: The "P" in POTUS stands for "President," not "Pundit." I understand that the Seinfeldian faux-holiday Festivus is behind us, but I want to get at least this one grievance in for next year a bit early. Republicans have a tendency to tell, not show. They feel the need to explain why they are saying something, rather than work at simply saying what they need to say convincingly. I call it "reading your stage...
  • Decision 2014 – Behind the defeat of Mary Landrieu

    12/22/2014 4:36:37 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    Win With JMC ^ | December 22, 2014
    After three terms of service, Senator Mary Landrieu was defeated in the December runoff 56-44%. While pundits attributed her defeat to the unpopularity of President Obama in Louisiana, the seeds of her defeat were sown long before that. Senator Landrieu’s fundamental problem was that she had a low ceiling of support – in the three election cycles (1996, 2002, and 2008) she was on the ballot before 2014, she never received more than 52% of the vote. And a closer examination of her 2008 vote revealed she was on shaky grounds even before Barack Obama was inaugurated as President in...
  • NASA wastes $350 million

    12/21/2014 8:06:55 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 26 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | Dec-21-2014 | unknown
    NASA has just finished building a $350 million test facility in Gulfsport, La., despite the program it was designed for having been canceled nearly four years ago.
  • Luis Viera: Democrats, please don’t concede the South to the Republican Party

    12/20/2014 7:37:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | December 20, 2014 | Luis E. Viera
    With the recent defeat of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu — which leaves three Democratic Southern U.S. Senators — the common wisdom is that Democrats should bid farewell to the South. Even with favorable changing national demographics that benefit Democrats, an abandonment of the South and, on a larger scale, a viable moderate wing would be a mistake. Recently, writer Michael Tomasky argued that the South, a “reactionary, prejudice-infested” region, should be left to Republicans to create a “free market Jesus paradise.” Few sentiments better show what is wrong with Democrats today and why ironic Republican arguments that it is the...
  • St. Bernard (Parish) agrees to settlement over unfair housing claim

    12/19/2014 7:36:24 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 16 replies
    WWLTV ^ | 12/19/14 | Cain Burdeau
    A settlement has been reached in a long legal fight over St. Bernard Parish housing policies that allegedly restricted black people from renting in the parish as it rebuilt after catastrophic damage caused by flooding from Hurricane Katrina. An advocacy group that investigates complaints of discrimination, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, said Friday that St. Bernard has agreed to settle the case for $1.8 million. The settlement stems from a 2006 lawsuit filed against the parish.