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  • Domino's delivery driver slain in Lower 9th was husband, father of 3 young children

    03/26/2015 12:54:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/24/15 | Jonathan Bullington
    The Domino's Pizza delivery driver shot to death inside his car early Tuesday morning (March 24) in the Lower 9th Ward has been identified by company officials as Michael Price. The 36-year-old husband and father of three young children, ages 8, 6 and 2, lived in the Lower 9th and was on his way to make a delivery when he was murdered, said Robert Tedesco, regional vice president for local Domino's franchisee RPM Pizza LLC, which operates the Franklin Avenue Domino's where Price worked for the last year or so. "He was an exemplary team member," Tedesco said. "He always...
  • Freshman Senator: Pay for Obamacare Replacement With … Obamacare [R-Louisiana]

    03/26/2015 5:33:03 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 03/26/2015 | Steven Dennis
    Bill Cassidy, the freshman senator from Louisiana and a doctor, has been pushing fellow Republicans in his first few months in the Senate to embrace an alternative to Obamacare — one he predicts will insure more people without mandates. And he even says he has a way to pay for it: Obamacare. At an event attended Monday by fellow GOP freshmen to mark the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Cassidy took an unusual tack for a Republican by bemoaning the fact that 30 million people remain uninsured, despite the ACA. He also took aim at the law for...
  • Report: Chemical revenues slip but expansions expected to continue

    03/25/2015 4:35:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    North American chemical companies have seen their revenues slip with the plunging crude price, but they aren’t expected to abandon the billions worth of expansions they announced when profits were higher, a new report finds. Petrochemical companies have enjoyed deep discounts on the oil-based naptha and natural gas liquids they use to power their plants since the price of oil has collapsed in recent months, but chemicals they manufacture have also been selling for cheaper, eroding their margins, according to a new report by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. Ethylene, a key building block for plastics, now fetches 35 percent...
  • Bobby Jindal pledged no new taxes, raised taxes, then denied doing it(Not ready for primetime Gov)

    03/24/2015 7:12:54 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/24/15 | Newmachete
    Governor Bobby Jindal of Lousiana, who pledged not to raise taxes, has raised taxes, aided by the radical Islam loving Grover Norquist. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was caught in a jam. He had to plug a $1.6 billion projected deficit for next year — 20 percent of Louisiana’s general fund — and he had to do it without violating an anti-tax pledge he made to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the influential conservative group headed by Grover Norquist. Jindal’s solution: eliminating $526 million in tax rebates, most notably for the state’s business inventory tax. Norquist’s group blessed the decision, concluding...
  • Molotov cocktails found in New Orleans airport aggressor's bag

    03/21/2015 1:25:26 PM PDT · by abb · 56 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | March 21, 2015 | Staff
    Jefferson Parish officials held a 2 p.m. press conference to provide the latest after Friday night's incident at New Orleans' Armstrong International airport. Here are some highlights from the press conference: -- Bomb squad went into aggressor White's car at the airport Friday night and found some smoke bombs and three tanks in trunk; intended purpose unknown. Acetylene, freon and oxygen tanks found. -- Bag that White had in security checkpoint area was found to have six half-pint mason jars with cloth wicks into gasoline; known as Molotov cocktails; BBQ lighter found in bag too along with plastic letter opener,...
  • Live coverage: New Orleans airport machete attack news conference

    03/21/2015 4:38:59 PM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/21/15 | Ken Daley
    Live coverage of the news conference regarding the machete attack Friday night (March 20) inside the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport starts here: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu: "We're going to learn a lot from this incident." Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand: "We accomplished a lot of things last night with assistance of Kenner police, FBI, ATF and others." Normand clarifies some inaccuracies reported by sheriff's office last night. Says no traveler was grazed by a bullet as originally reported. TSA agent was being chased by Richard White as he waved the machete. JSPO lieutenant's first shot wounded female...
  • Mysterious Event at the New Orleans Airport

    03/21/2015 4:13:01 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 25 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 21 March 15 | Unattributed
    There was a violent incident last night at the New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport involving a machete-wielding attacker carrying Molotov Cocktails in a bag charging a security screening checkpoint and wounding a TSA agent. An alert and sharp shooting Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy put 3 rounds into the attacker and ended it there, thus preventing a possible horrendous incident. We’ve attached a PDF of the New Orleans airport perp’s Facebook page. Plenty of fruitcake stuff on there. But the claim to be from Saudi Arabia is right there on the left.
  • A Prophet's Hometown

    03/21/2015 4:48:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    My hometown of Jackson, Louisiana, is in an unfortunate location. Just on the other side of Thompson's Creek is West Feliciana Parish. West Feliciana Parish is a prosperous suburb of Baton Rouge. Up Highway 61, a road once so riddled with potholes that then-Gov. Mike Foster drove it on a motorcycle with press tagging along to campaign for road paving, Baton Rouge passes from urban to industrial, then to the highlands of the Felicianas. The Felicianas factored into the Civil War. The Confederacy and Union fought at Port Hudson and marauding Union troops engaged the Confederacy at the Battle of...
  • Possible terrorist attack at New Orleans Airport

    03/20/2015 6:24:08 PM PDT · by gop4lyf · 213 replies
    me | me
    I just got this from a friend. His brother works at the New Orleans Airport.
  • Perry, Cruz to speak at NRA meeting

    03/20/2015 10:02:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    KHOU.com ^ | 7:09 a.m. CST March 3, 2015
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Several potential Republican candidates for president are scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville in April. The speakers include U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The NRA's annual meeting takes place April 10-12, and the GOP politicians are scheduled to appear as part of an event put on by the NRA's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action.
  • Transferring red-snapper control to states is adored and despised

    03/18/2015 3:12:00 PM PDT · by Vob · 15 replies
    NOLA.com I Times Picayune ^ | March 18, 2015 at 3:16 | Todd Masson
    "Coordinated management among the states is the only solution to an unaccountable federal system of fisheries management. Faced with an untenable situation, the states have risen to the challenge and collectively identified a clear path to a more balanced fishery."
  • Workers in refinery strike still off the job

    03/17/2015 9:29:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 16, 2015 | FuelFix.com
    None of the workers on strike at 15 refineries and plants in seven states has yet returned to work. And it could be days before any do as the union and individual companies hammer out individual contracts. Last week, negotiators for Shell, which was representing the industry, and the union, agreed on a deal that provides a national framework for contracts. It outlined pay increases and an agreement to review safety and staffing levels, among other provisions. But local issues must be worked out and a contract ratified at each facility before employees return to work. The Steelworkers called the...
  • Louisiana National Guard identifies Black Hawk copter crew killed in crash

    03/16/2015 11:59:02 AM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/16/15 | Paul Purpura
    The Louisiana National Guard on Monday (March 16) identified the four UH-60 Black Hawk crewmen who died last week when their aircraft crashed during a training exercise in the Santa Rosa Sound in Florida. Four soldiers and seven Marines were aboard the Hammond-based helicopter. Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr. 37, of Delhi; Chief Warrant Officer George David Strother, 44, of Alexandria; Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40, Thibodaux; and Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, 26, of Baton Rouge, died Tuesday."This has been a difficult few days for the entire Department of Defense," Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis said during a...
  • Feds to buy 5 million barrels of oil for emergency stockpile

    03/16/2015 5:06:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 24 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 13, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Department of Energy is planning to buy up to 5 million barrels of oil to replenish the Strategic Petroleum Reserve after a test sale last year. The planned purchase of sweet crude between June 1 and July 31 is required by federal laws forcing the Department of Energy to buy back petroleum products within one year, using the proceeds from a test sale. In this case, the recent collapse in crude prices means the government is set to make money on the two transactions — effectively buying low now after selling high last year. During the March 2014 test...
  • Top Congressional Republican Wants To Know If Marijuana Should Be Legal

    03/15/2015 4:01:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The recent signing of a medical marijuana bill by GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Dean Heller hasn’t gone unnoticed. Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise has introduced a poll on his website, asking people to vote on whether marijuana should be legalized on the federal level. Scalise in the past has voted down marijuana reform legislation, Marijuana.com reports. On May 30, 2014, Scalise voted against an amendment in the House to prevent the Department of Justice from using funds from its budget to crack down on states that have enacted medical marijuana programs. Later, in July, Scalise voted against legislation to...
  • Real estate heir Robert Durst arrested in New Orleans on murder charges, attorney says

    03/15/2015 8:50:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/15/15 | foxnews
    Real estate heir Robert Durst was arrested Saturday in New Orleans on murder charges, his attorney said Sunday. Durst was taken into custody around 11 p.m. local time. He is being held on a first degree warrant out of Los Angeles County by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. Durst’s attorney, Chip Lewis, told KTRK that Durst will not fight extradition to Los Angeles. He hopes to get Durst in front of a magistrate judge in New Orleans tomorrow to start the extradition charges and plans to fight the charges in Los Angeles. Durst, 71, is the subject of an HBO...
  • First direct flight from New Orleans to Cuba since 1958 takes off

    03/14/2015 1:20:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 17 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/14/15 | Katherine Sayre
    The first direct flight from New Orleans to Cuba since 1958 departed from Louis Armstrong International Airport on Saturday (March 14) carrying nearly 80 Louisiana business and civic leaders, officials said. The group is traveling to a week-long Cuba Hoy ("Cuba Today") Conference in Havana designed for business executives, lawyers and civic leaders for cultural education and networking events between U.S. and Cuban citizens.
  • Union says tentative deal reached to end U.S. refinery strike

    03/13/2015 5:51:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fortune ^ | MARCH 13, 2015 | Reuters
    Four-year deal includes modest pay raises but addresses union concerns over contracted labor and worker fatigue. The United Steelworkers union and oil companies have reached a tentative deal to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years, the labor group and people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday. The new agreement for about 30,000 workers would last four years, a year longer than previous agreements. The deal, which still needs to be ratified, may not end strikes right away at all refineries that have suffered walkouts as local union chapters could still need to work out pending issues....
  • Murder suspect smears face with feces in Jeff. Parish court, says 'Life is like a box of chocolates'

    03/12/2015 10:50:46 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 14 replies
    New Orleans Advocate ^ | 3/13/15 | CHAD CALDER
    A man charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of a Terrytown woman smeared feces on his face Thursday morning during a status hearing in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna. Bryan Schwartz, 27, of Henderson, Kentucky, apparently got a handful of his own feces while in court just before 10 a.m. and began rubbing it on his face. One person said he could be heard at one point saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” a line from the movie “Forrest Gump.”
  • Working Class Gives Up On Obama, Fears Job Losses [opening for Republican Party]

    03/12/2015 3:02:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 10, 2015 | JOHN MERLINE,
    In what could be a significant opening for the Republican Party, working-class Americans have largely abandoned President Obama and rejected his economic policies as they continue to suffer from the historically weak economic recovery, a new analysis of IBD/TIPP Poll data finds. By wide margins, this group is more likely than any other income class to say the country is headed in the wrong direction, the economy is getting worse, and they fear losing their jobs. Just 36% approve of the job that Obama is doing, compared with 43% overall, and vast majorities say his policies haven't helped the middle...
  • U.S. marshal killed in gunfire exchange with fugitive was shot in neck, Baton Rouge coroner says

    03/11/2015 3:12:18 PM PDT · by BBell · 5 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/11/15 | Emily Lane
    Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, who was killed during a gunfire exchange with a fugitive Tuesday (March 10) in Baton Rouge, died of a gunshot wound to his neck, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office. He was 27. Coroner William "Beau" Clark released a preliminary report of the autopsy Wednesday (March 11) afternoon. The report labels the manner of death "homicide." The cause of death is listed as "exsanguination due to gunshot wound of neck."
  • Bobby Jindal's approach to the state budget is 'insane' [blind allegiance to Norquist]

    03/11/2015 8:36:18 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 03/09/2015 | Julia O'Donoghue
    State Rep. Jay Morris, R-Monroe, recently sent an email out to his supporters criticizing Gov. Bobby Jindal's approach to closing Louisiana's projected $1.6 billion budget gap, accusing the governor of being too beholden to a national anti-tax group. "I'm no psychologist or psychiatrist but in my opinion what is going on as we approach session is insane. The insanity has its roots in the Governor's pledge to the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the taxpayer advocacy group based in Washington, DC headed by its founder, Grover Norquist," wrote Morris in a mass email. Morris said administration officials made it clear...
  • 7 Marines, 4 soldiers missing after Army helicopter crash in Florida

    03/11/2015 3:08:22 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2015
    <p>Search-and-rescue crews are looking for seven Marines and four soldiers after an Army helicopter crashed late Tuesday during a routine night training exercise in the Florida Panhandle.</p> <p>Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland told the Associated Press that the helicopter was reported missing at around 8:30 p.m. local time and crews found debris from the crash at around 2 a.m. Wednesday.</p>
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • [DingbatNewsMedia]prayer rally cost Louisiana $10,000 in police overtime

    03/08/2015 6:54:48 AM PDT · by topher · 10 replies
    AP and NOLA.com
    {Links to two stories since one is AP and is NOLA.com]NOLA.com: Bobby Jindal's prayer rally cost Louisiana $10,000 in state police overtimeAP article from KLFY.com: LSU prayer rally cost taxpayers $10,289 for state police OT
  • Second Grader Buckles Under Pressure From White House

    03/06/2015 1:00:09 PM PST · by Biggirl · 78 replies
    http://freebeacon.com/ ^ | March 6, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    After a second grader complained to First Lady Michelle Obama that she “ruined” Taco Tuesday with her healthy lunch rules, Trip Klibert has accepted the White House’s consolation: Bo and Sunny trading cards and a note from Mrs. Obama that said you’ll get used to it.
  • Suspect in killing of mother, 8-year-old daughter arrested in Florida, NOPD says

    03/05/2015 5:43:00 PM PST · by BBell · 8 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | March 05, 2015 at 7:31 PM | Heather Nolan
    Dwayne Martin, the suspect in an eastern New Orleans triple shooting that left 25-year-old Walesha Williams and her 8-year-old daughter Paris Williams, dead has been arrested, police said. U.S. Marshals and Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Martin near Pensacola, Fla. Thursday (March 5), NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble said. NOPD is working to extradite Martin back to New Orleans, he said. The Navarre, Fla. Press said Martin was arrested in Milton, Fla. after he was caught trying to burglarize a home there. Williams and her daughter were fatally shot inside a house at 14535 Duane Road in eastern New...
  • GOP introduces bill to block Internet rules

    03/05/2015 8:06:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/04/2015 | Mario Trujillo
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and 19 other Republicans are backing legislation to block the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules on net neutrality. Blackburn's two-page bill, introduced Tuesday, would make sure that the FCC's regulations approved last week would have "no force of effect." It would also restrict the commission from approving any new regulations that are substantially similar, unless Congress first authorized it. The bill's 19 co-sponsors include most of the Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which has jurisdiction over the agency. That includes Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), vice chairman of the subcommittee. "My...
  • New Orleans Archbishop: Xavier University Made Bad Decision On 2015 Graduation Speakers

    03/04/2015 9:47:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    SunTimes ^ | March 04, 2015
    New Orleans Archbishop: Xavier University Made Bad Decision On 2015 Graduation Speakers 03/04/2015 SunTimes Network Xavier University plans to award honorary degrees to “some” of the four speakers who are scheduled for its graduation ceremonies this spring and Roman Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans is not happy about it. It was not stated which speaker upset the Archbishop, but the four scheduled to speak are former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corp. of New Orleans. Nola.com pointed out Landrieu, Holder and Johnson...
  • Victims in eastern New Orleans double murder identified by family

    03/03/2015 1:40:09 PM PST · by BBell · 11 replies
    The mother-daughter murder victims of the early morning triple shooting in eastern New Orleans are 25-year-old Walesha Williams and 8-year-old Paris Williams, grieving family members said Tuesday (March 3). Mercedes Brown said the victims were her niece and great niece, and that she notified her brother, Walter, the victims' father and grandfather who lives near Houston.Police said the mother and daughter were shot early Tuesday at at 14535 Duane Rd. in eastern New Orleans. Police said a 39-year-old woman was also shot multiple times at the house and is hospitalized and expected to survive. Williams' relatives said the woman is...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • School Prepares to Terminate Teacher for Facebook Post Opposing Common Core Curriculum

    02/27/2015 8:56:56 PM PST · by lowbridge · 69 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 · 11 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 · 27 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...