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  • Audit finds 22 of 23 taxpayer-backed ObamaCare co-ops lost money in 2014

    07/30/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2015
    Under resident Barack Obama's overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 -- the one in Maine -- made money last year ... Another one, the Iowa/Nebraska co-op, was shut down by regulators over financial concerns. The audit by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office also found that 13 of the 23 lagged far behind their 2014 enrollment projections. The probe raised concerns about whether federal loans will be repaid, and ... Just last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it would cease offering coverage next year
  • Gov. Jindal's threat to have Westboro members who disrupt funeral arrested sparks legal debate

    07/28/2015 6:49:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    KSLA News ^ | 07/28/2015 | By Fred Childers
    SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave a stern warning to Westboro Baptist Church members who had reportedly threatened to protest the funerals of the Lafayette movie theater victims. “Let me be very clear, if they come here to Louisiana and they try to disrupt those funerals, we're going to lock them up,” said Jindal. The funerals for Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson were held on Monday. Before that, Jindal issued an executive order asking police to enforce a Louisiana State law that protects against disturbing the peace at funerals. But, it did not have to be enforced...
  • Gov. race: Edwards leads as Vitter skids (Louisiana)

    07/28/2015 4:26:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 34 replies
    Democrat John Bel Edwards, left, has taken the lead over Sen. David Vitter and the other Republicans in the race. A widely respected firm’s latest poll on the Louisiana governor's race — a poll The Independent obtained through a source before its public release — shows the lone Democrat in the contest, Amite state Rep. John Bel Edwards, with a six-point lead over previous (and, as conventional wisdom would have it) frontrunner U.S. Sen. David Vitter. Conducted sometime in late June by Market Research Insight, the respected and frequently used polling firm of Verne Kennedy, the poll shows Edwards with...
  • 4 shot in assault rifle attack at Desire's Sampson park

    07/28/2015 8:50:24 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 29 replies
    nola.com ^ | 7-26-15 | Ken Daley
    A man armed with an assault rifle opened fire at a crowded park in Desire Sunday (July 26), shooting at least four people, including a man left critically wounded, New Orleans police said. The attack came around 6:20 p.m., when Edith Sampson Playground Park at the corner of Piety and Treasure streets was crowded with family gatherings and several children were playing inside two inflatable "space walkers," witnesses said. "I was scared for my life," said one woman, who asked that her name be withheld for fear of retaliation. "All those children was out there. I just got down and...
  • The Taxpayer-Funded Louisiana Co-Op Created Under Obamacare Has Collapsed

    07/27/2015 1:58:07 PM PDT · by wildwoodla · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 7/27/15 | Melissa Quinn
    Just two years after Obamacare’s implementation, a Louisiana nonprofit insurer that received nearly $66 million in taxpayer-funded loans is closing its doors.
  • Trump: Louisiana shooting "has nothing to do with guns"

    07/27/2015 12:54:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 26, 2015 | Reena Flores
    After a gunman opened fire in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater last week, killing two people and injuring nine others, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is pushing back against repeated calls to strengthen gun control legislation. "These are sick people," Trump said of the shooter, John Russell Houser, who was reported to be mentally ill. "This has nothing to do with guns. This has to do with the mentality of these people." "I'm a big Second Amendment person. You need protection," the presidential hopeful added in a CNN interview Sunday. "This person from what I hear had a record of...
  • Martin O’Malley: ‘Ban Sale Of Assault Weapons,’ Launch ‘National Gun Registry’

    07/27/2015 10:02:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/26/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 24, the day after John Russell Houser allegedly used a handgun to kill two people in Lafayette, Louisiana, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley called on Congress to ban “the sale of assault weapons” and “[establish] a national gun registry.” He also said it is time to “[increase] inspections” on gun shops and mandate that gun owners lock up their guns in their homes.
  • Movie theater shooter's mental problems didn't stop him from buying gun

    07/26/2015 5:51:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 26, 2015
    John Russell Houser was deeply troubled long before he shot 11 people in a movie theater in Louisiana, but decades of mental problems didn't keep him from buying the handgun he used. Despite obvious and public signs of mental illness — most importantly, a Georgia judge's order committing him to mental health treatment against his will as a danger to himself and others in 2008 — Houser was able to walk into an Alabama pawn shop six years later and buy a .40-caliber handgun. [Snip] Court records reviewed by The Associated Press strongly suggest Houser should have been reported to...
  • Lafayette, Louisiana theater shooter bought gun legally, police say

    07/25/2015 11:03:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/25/2015 | By Ralph Ellis and Greg Botelho
    John Russell "Rusty" Houser methodically shot 11 people in a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater on Thursday night using a handgun he legally purchased from an Alabama pawn shop, authorities said Friday. Houser stood up in the theater where the comedy "Trainwreck" was showing and fired off one 10-round clip, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craig said at a press conference. "This was slow and methodical," Gov. Bobby Jindal said. "This was not a single burst." Houser left the theater through a side door and headed toward his car, a 1995 Lincoln, but saw a police cruiser arrive in the parking lot,...
  • BuzzFeed Editor Walks Back Saying ‘Don’t Pray. Push for Gun Control’ On Lafayette Shooting

    07/24/2015 7:56:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 24, 2015 | Ken Meyer
    In the immediate aftermath of the Louisiana movie theater shooting last night, Governor Bobby Jindal and numerous other figures took to the media and urged America to pray for the victims and those affected. In the midst of all this, BuzzFeed News editor Rachel Zarrell tweeted out her frustration with gun violence, but then, she tweeted a message that struck a negative chord with viewers:(TWEET-AT-LINK)After a responder suggested that it might not be the right time to politicize the tragedy, Zarrell doubled down:(TWEETS-AT-LINK)[continued]
  • Theater gunman's family called him mentally ill, violent

    07/24/2015 11:26:44 AM PDT · by PROCON · 55 replies
    AP ^ | July 24, 2015 | MELINDA DESLATTE and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    LAFAYETTE, La. — The man who killed two people and wounded nine others at a movie theater was so mentally ill and violent that years ago, his wife hid his guns and his family had him hospitalized against his will before obtaining a court order to keep him away. John Russel Houser, 59, stood up about 20 minutes into the "Trainwreck" movie and fired first at two people sitting in front of him, then aimed his handgun at others. Police said Friday they found 13 shell casings.
  • Louisiana Shooter Had History of Mental Illness, Affection for Hitler

    07/24/2015 10:59:12 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    jspacenews ^ | 7/24/15 | Terry
    A gunman who killed two schoolteachers and wounded nine others last night at a Louisiana movie theater reportedly had a history of mental illness and aggression. John Russell Houser, who also shot and killed himself at the screening of the film Trainwreck, had a certain fondness for Adolf Hitler, as well. “Hitler is loved for the results of his pragmatism,” the 58-year-old wrote last year on a stateofmind13.com message board. “There is no question of his being the most successful that ever lived. At this time the US is no more than a financially failing filth farm. Soon the phrase...
  • Louisiana theater shooter ID'ed as ex-Columbus candidate, political activist Rusty Houser

    07/24/2015 9:43:42 AM PDT · by mojito · 32 replies
    Columbus Ledger-Inquirer ^ | 7/24/2015 | STEPHANIE PEDERSEN
    The man alleged to have shot up a movie theater in Lafayette, La., has been identified as John Russel "Rusty" Houser, a former political candidate and activist here in Columbus. Columbus police confirm that federal authorities have contacted them about tracking Houser's background. Houser is the son of the late Rembert Houser, a longtime city tax commissioner. Rusty Houser had a history here of political activism, fighting taxes and at one point running for office. [....] According to the Associated Press, 2008 court records show Houser's family sought protective orders because he "exhibited extreme erratic behavior and has made ominous...
  • Jindal calls for prayers for families of US shooting victims

    07/24/2015 9:27:41 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Friday, July 24, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Washington: Indian-American Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has called for a prayer for the victims of the shooting at a movie theatre in his state that killed three people, including the shooter. The gunman, according to the police, was a 58-year-old white man who opened fire from his weapon at a movie theatre in Louisiana on Thursday evening. Later he shot himself, the Lafayette City Police chief Jim Craft told reporters. Jindal, who has been busy in his presidential campaign most of the week rushed to the scene to personally lead the post-shooting effort. "I'm on my way to Lafayette right...
  • UPDATE 10 AM: Georgia officials say shooting suspect spent time in mental institution..

    07/24/2015 8:25:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies
    katc.com ^ | July 24, 2015 | Tina Macias
    The man identified as killing two people and wounding nine more in last night's shooting is John Russell Houser, 59, of Alabama. He spent time in an East Alabama Mental Health Facility from 2008 to 2009, Russell County, Ga., Sheriff Heath Taylor tells KATC. They're unsure what he was treated for, but will hold a press conference this afternoon to release information about him. Houser was previously arrested for arson in Columbus, Georgia, but Taylor was unsure when that arrest happened. It may have been decades ago. Houser was evicted from his Phenix City, Ala., home in March 2014, Taylor...
  • Victims, gunman identified in Grand 16 shooting (Lafayette, La.)

    07/24/2015 6:33:00 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 82 replies
    Victims, gunman identified in Grand 16 shooting The victims who died in last night's shooting at The Grand 16 have been identified as 21-year-old Mayci Breaux of Franklin and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson of Lafayette. The shooter, who shot himself in the theater, has been identified as 58-year-old John Houser of Alabama. Police say he was a "drifter" who had been in the Lafayette area since early July. He fired 13 rounds into the theater during the 7 p.m. showing of "Trainwreck." One of the victims and the gunman died at the scene. A second victim died at an area hospital....
  • Lafayette, La Movie Theater Shooting was yet another gun-free zone, others in area don’t ban guns

    07/24/2015 3:37:19 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 27 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | July 23, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    The movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana occurred in yet another place that banned permitted concealed handguns. The shooting occurred at the Grand Theater. It’s “conduct policy” openly bans the carrying of guns, just like where the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting occurred. While The Grand Theatre company owns three theaters in the area, none of the other local movie theaters that are owned by other companies appear to have a similar policy (Lafitte Cinema 4, Crowley Cinema IV, The Queen Cinema). . . .
  • At least 3 dead after gunman opens fire at Lafayette, La. movie theater

    07/23/2015 8:34:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7/23/15 | FoxNews
    DEVELOPING: A gunman killed two people and injured seven others late Thursday when he opened fire in a Lafayette, La. movie theater before turning the gun on himself, the city's police chief said. Police Chief Jim Craft told a news conference that authorities had identified the gunman as a 58-year-old white man, but did not release his name, citing an ongoing background check. The chief added that the conditions of the injured victims ranged from critical to non-life-threatening. City Marshal Brian Pope told The Daily Advertiser that the gunman opened fire at the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette, approximately 40...
  • Theater Shooting Lafayette LA

    07/23/2015 6:37:19 PM PDT · by Joe 6-pack · 48 replies
    KPEL 96.5 ^ | 7/23/15 | N/A
    Theater shooting here in Lafayette, LA tonight. Three confirmed dead so far.
  • Two Killed, Eight Injured in Louisiana Theater Shooting

    07/23/2015 6:55:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 169 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson and Erin Calabrese
    Two people were killed and at least six others were injured in a shooting Thursday night at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, authorities told NBC News.
  • Man faces charges after hiding gun inside basketball, walking into military recruiting station

    07/22/2015 9:30:25 PM PDT · by Synthesist · 19 replies
    ktbs.com ^ | Updated: Jul 22, 2015 10:15 AM CST | Gary Hines
    SHREVEPORT, La. - The man who brought a concealed handgun into a military recruiting station in southwest Shreveport on Tuesday had no intention of hurting anyone, police said, but instead was upset over a shooting at a Tennessee military facility and brought the gun in a misguided attempt to be helpful.
  • Donald Trump's success? It's because he's saying what everyone else is afraid to

    07/22/2015 2:20:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | July 21, 2015 | Leada Gore
    Imagine if you will you were crafting the perfect presidential candidate. It's likely the following would not be on your list: two-time divorcee with multiple bankruptcies; bombastic reality television star who has appeared on professional wrestling shows; loud-mouth uncensored ego maniac with questionable hair. In other words, Donald Trump. But among the 2016 GOP presidential nominees, it's Trump that's taking the headlines. It's Trump who has people talking. And, most tellingly, it's Trump who is surging in the polls, with the latest numbers showing him with almost twice the support of his closest rival. Why? There a several reasons. First,...
  • Walker Gives GOP Presidential Field a New Anti-Climate Leader

    07/19/2015 2:29:12 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Inside Climate Change ^ | July 13, 2015 | Katherine Bagley
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined the crowded field of Republican contenders vying for the White House in 2016 on Monday, and immediately stands out for having one of the poorest records on environmental and climate issues, according to green groups and political experts. Since taking office in 2010, Walker has dismantled several longstanding policies protecting wetlands and waterways, fast-tracked mining projects, fought climate action, slashed funding for dozens of state scientists and environmental education positions, and impeded development of wind energy in Wisconsin. "He's one of the worst," said Heather Taylor-Miesle, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Action Fund,...
  • Cruz, Jindal, Trump score big at Family Leader GOP presidential candidate event

    07/19/2015 12:03:21 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 17 replies
    thegazette.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | Erin Murphy
    AMES — Each of the 10 Republican presidential candidates who spoke Saturday to thousands at a gathering organized by Iowa’s largest Christian conservative organization had their moments, but a few of the White House hopefuls were particularly well-received. Donald Trump — who made some particularly provoking comments, although not all in a positive sense — Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal received some of the most vociferous responses during the fourth annual Family Leader Summit, held Saturday in an auditorium on the Iowa State University campus. Of the roughly 3,000 people who registered for the event, approximately 2,500 attended, organizers estimated....
  • Vox's Allen: Jindal "Making A Play For Religious Bigotry" By Calling TN Shooting "Radical Islam"

    07/16/2015 7:44:24 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 16, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday, on MSNBC’s “Hardball With Chris Matthews,” Vox’s chief political correspondent Jonathan Allen said Republican presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) was “making a play for religious bigotry” by calling the Tennessee shooting at two military facilities by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez that resulted in his death and the death of four Marines a consequence of “radical Islam.”
  • Louisiana Campaigns Tread Water Until Vitter’s Race

    07/16/2015 3:51:39 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 67 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | July 16, 2015 | Eli Yokley
    For a number of ambitious Republicans in Louisiana, a whole lot hinges on the state’s gubernatorial election later this year — and Sen. David Vitter. Vitter is one of four candidates facing off in the Pelican State’s “jungle primary” in October. He will be up against two other Republicans and one Democrat in a race that, unless a single candidate gets half the vote, would advance the two top candidates to a runoff in late November. If he ultimately emerges as the victor — and that’s still an “if”— a brand new set of ifs would arise and leave politicians...
  • BREAKING: More states announce investigations into Planned Parenthood for selling aborted baby parts

    07/16/2015 10:27:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jul 16, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    One day after Congress announced an investigation into Planned Parenthood in light of a now viral video showing how Planned Parenthood sells the parts of aborted babies, several states announced investigations into the abortion giant. Today, Ohio, Indiana and Georgia vowed to investigate Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices, joining Texas and Louisiana. In Ohio, where state law explicitly prohibits the sale of aborted babies, Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said it will subpoena records for Planned Parenthood’s offices. Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis praised the action: “A potential black market for the sale of aborted babies was unearthed this...
  • U.S. chemical companies poised for growth as demand swells

    07/16/2015 5:35:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 15, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    U.S. chemical plants are expected to grow in the coming months as they take advantage of cheap natural gas prices and a strengthening economy that has boosted domestic demand for raw materials used in housing and automobiles, a new credit rating analysis finds. But falling oil prices and a strong U.S. dollar threaten earnings for several domestic chemical companies, according to an economic and ratings outlook compiled by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. Domestic chemical companies have been able to crank out chemicals at a lower cost because they rely primarily on natural gas to feed their operations while their...
  • Baton Rouge, New Orleans chosen for federal program bringing high-speed internet to low-income homes

    07/15/2015 4:23:39 PM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies
    A new program to connect low-income households in public housing with Internet access and Internet-capable devices announced Wednesday will aim particularly at children and include training to help program participants maximize their use of the new devices and technology. ConnectHome will link 270,000 households, and 200,000 children, with broadband access in 28 communities including the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.
  • Opposition to removal of Confederate memorials at Lee Circle and elsewhere gains steam

    07/14/2015 4:22:52 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/14/15 | Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Opponents of the proposed removal of Confederate memorials in New Orleans are using social media to organize the fight to keep them where they stand. What started out as an effort to keep the statue of Robert E. Lee atop his column in Lee Circle, has expanded its mission to include defending all of the statues and monuments dedicated to the Confederacy. The City Council, at Mayor Mitch Landrieu's request, has begun a formal hearing process that could result in the removal of Lee and monuments dedicated to P.G.T. Beauregard, another Confederate general; Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy;...
  • Bobby Jindal announces investigation into Planned Parenthood

    07/14/2015 2:08:30 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 14 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | July 14, 2015 | Kevin Litten
    Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday announced he's directed the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to investigate Planned Parenthood activities in the state after a video surfaced that claims the organization is selling fetal body parts... The investigation means the $4 million clinic planned for New Orleans will not be able to open because Jindal's order includes suspending the issuance of new licenses by DHH.
  • Gov. Jindal Orders Investigation of Planned Parenthood After Gruesome Video on Fetal Body Part Sales

    07/14/2015 1:40:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 07/14/2015 | Fred Lucas
    After a video appears to have caught a Planned Parenthood national official describing the sale of fetal body parts, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has asked for an investigation to make sure it isn’t happening in his state. Jindal, who is seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, ordered the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to launch the probe. “Today’s video of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the systematic harvesting and trafficking of human body parts is shocking and gruesome,” Jindal said. “This same organization is seeking to open an abortion clinic in New Orleans.” The video was released Tuesday by...
  • The big Ted Cruz/Bobby Jindal lie: There’s no war on Christianity [BARF ALERT!!]

    07/13/2015 11:48:46 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | SEAN ILLING
    Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and the religious right are still flinging nonsense about marriage equality The legalization of same-sex marriage has been met with near-comical resistance on the right. The GOP presidential candidates in particular are struggling to face this new – but always inevitable – reality. Most of them have embraced a shopworn trope about a shadow war on Christianity in this country. By their lights, being Christian has become a borderline crime in today’s America. According to Mike Huckabee, we’re “criminalizing Christianity in this country by telling people who hold to an orthodox worldview of...
  • Monmouth Poll: Christie’s numbers drop, Bush leads, Trump gets a bump

    07/13/2015 10:54:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Politicker NJ ^ | 7/13/15 | Politicker Staff
    The latest Monmouth University Poll of Republican voters nationwide found significant bumps, both in the vote choice question and candidate favorability, for Jeb Bush and Donald Trump since they threw their hats into the rings. Bobby Jindal has made no headway since he entered the race, and Chris Christie may actually be losing ground since his announcement. Despite Trump’s surge, the poll also found that many GOP voters are not taking his candidacy seriously. When Republicans are asked who they would support for the GOP nomination for president, Jeb Bush nominally leads the pack with 15%, followed by Donald Trump...
  • Monmouth Poll: Christie’s numbers drop, Bush leads, Trump gets a bump

    07/13/2015 10:53:57 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 18 replies
    Politicker NJ ^ | July 13, 2015 | Staff
    The latest Monmouth University Poll of Republican voters nationwide found significant bumps, both in the vote choice question and candidate favorability, for Jeb Bush and Donald Trump since they threw their hats into the rings. Bobby Jindal has made no headway since he entered the race, and Chris Christie may actually be losing ground since his announcement. Despite Trump’s surge, the poll also found that many GOP voters are not taking his candidacy seriously. When Republicans are asked who they would support for the GOP nomination for president, Jeb Bush nominally leads the pack with 15%, followed by Donald Trump...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal Defends His Record Against A Hostile Bret Baier

    07/12/2015 9:37:14 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 39 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | 07-12-2015 | iizthatiiz
    Presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on Fox News Sunday in an interview with Bret Baier that quickly went hostile, as Baier aggressively attacked Jindal’s record in Louisiana.
  • New Orleans: Sodomites Kidnap, Torture & Sodomize Little Boys Before Murdering Them

    07/12/2015 4:38:03 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 30 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 7/11/2015 | Theodore Shoebat 
    Homosexuals in New Orleans kidnapped young boys, brought them into their homosexual areas, tortured, sodomized them, and murdered them. I received this information from a colleague of ours, Jeremy Santos, who is one of the most fervent fighters against the sodomite agenda in America. While he was in Southern Decadence (one of the biggest rallies in the US), he met with a number of local Christians in the French Quarter, and they informed him of several incidences in which this evil was taking place and being committed by sodomites. I interviewed Santos on the radio show, the Roth Show (which...
  • Jindal To Slam Republicans Who Want to ‘Silence’ Pro-Life Base at National Right To Life Convention

    07/09/2015 4:47:00 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 4 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | July 9, 2015 | Susan Berry
    Presidential contender Bobby Jindal will deliver the keynote address Thursday at the National Right to Life Convention in New Orleans. According to a press release containing some of Jindal’s prepared remarks, the Republican governor of Louisiana – which has been named as the most pro-life state in the nation – will blast the Republican Party “smart guys” for failing to adhere to a commitment to pro-life policies, portraying the pro-life base, instead, as a “distraction.” “The Republican smart guys in Washington see cultural issues such as protecting life as a side issue and a distraction,” Jindal plans to say. “They...
  • Lake Charles City Council resolution would possibly remove South's Defenders monument

    07/08/2015 11:31:24 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 22 replies
    Lake Charles American Press ^ | Wednesday, July 08, 2015 11:38 AM | Justin Phillips
    At the end of Tuesday’s City Council meeting, councilwoman Mary Morris added a resolution to the agenda focused on the South’s Defenders monument in front of the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse. Morris’ addition was a resolution asking the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to remove the monument from the courthouse lawn and remove any other Confederate symbol from display on public property. Morris said the resolution came at the request of constituents in her district. Since the mass shooting inside a black church in downtown Charleston, S.C., on June 17, Morris said, a national debate has begun about the Confederate symbols. “The...
  • US prez candidate Jindal says India desperate for US leadership

    07/07/2015 12:55:33 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Republican presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal has sought steps by the United States to take the mantel of global leadership saying even non-aligned nations like India and Vietnam are desperate and hungry for American leadership. Trashing the foreign policy of the Obama Administration, Jindal, told the Fox News, “We would work not only with our allies, like Japan and South Korea and Taiwan. We'd work with non-aligned countries like India and Vietnam that are desperate and hungry for American leadership." Jindal, who last month announced his bid for the 2016 presidential elections, was responding to questions on addressing the challenges being...
  • Jindal Angers Hollywood Producers by Axing Louisiana’s Film Tax Credits

    07/02/2015 9:59:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/02/2015 | Jon Hartley
    Last week, before Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal declared himself a 2016 presidential candidate, the governor quietly signed legislation into law that caps state tax credits for film in the state at $180 million per year that will save the state $77 million annually — a wise move, given that the Louisiana government currently faces a $1.3 billion budget deficit. In response, Hollywood producers have threatened to take their film projects to states that offer larger film tax credits, such as Georgia. Capping film tax credits is a new position for Governor Jindal. He has largely been supportive of tax credits,...
  • BP Agrees to Pay $18.7 Billion to Settle Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Claims

    07/02/2015 6:23:48 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 07/02/2015 | Ed Ballard
    LONDON— BP PLC has agreed to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years to settle all federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, five years after the accident. “Five years ago we committed to restore the Gulf economy and environment and we have worked ever since to deliver on that promise,” said BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg. “We have made significant progress, and with this agreement we provide a path to closure for BP and the Gulf. It resolves the company’s largest remaining legal exposures, provides clarity on costs and creates certainty of payment for all parties involved,”...
  • 5th Circuit to courts in Texas: Allow gay marriage because Supreme Court says so

    07/02/2015 4:17:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    DallasNews.com ^ | 07/01/2015 | AP
    A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The order Wednesday from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals clears one of the final procedural roadblocks in the three cases, which had been pending before the New Orleans-based court. The 5th Circuit had heard arguments in the appeals but hadn’t ruled. Circuit Judge Jerry Smith, writing for the three-judge panel that had heard arguments in the case, told federal district judges to issue final rulings by July 17...
  • Exclusive — Jindal On ACLU Lawsuit Against His Religious Liberty Protections

    07/01/2015 6:29:25 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 30 Jun 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, tells Breitbart News exclusively that he’s appalled by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) decision to turn against defending civil liberties. “Their hypocrisy is absolutely stunning,” Jindal said when asked about how the ACLU’s website, and their legal argument history, is filled with defenses of religious liberty. ... Jindal’s interview with Breitbart News came just hours after the ACLU announced it would be suing Jindal over an executive order he issued in the state of Louisiana aimed at protecting religious freedom. The executive order, as Breitbart News reported, tried to protect...
  • Louisiana Court Holds Hearing on Pro-Life Law Requiring Abortionists to Have Admitting Privileges

    06/30/2015 4:39:18 PM PDT · by Morgana
    lifenews.com ^ | Jun 30, 2015 | Louisiana Right to Life
    Yesterday, after six full days of testimony, Judge John deGravelles of the Middle Federal District Court in Baton Rouge brought the trial regarding Louisiana’s 2014 HB 388 / Act 620 to a close. The six days included testimony from both the plaintiffs of the abortion industry and the defendants from the state of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals. Witnesses from both sides includes many doctors, academics, and even Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert. The trial revealed that three abortion physicians in Louisiana currently have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of an abortion facility...
  • MISS USA PAGEANT VOWS: 'THE SHOW WILL GO ON'

    06/30/2015 11:47:48 AM PDT · by drewh · 13 replies
    CBS News WDSU 6 ^ | 6:34 CDT Jun 30, 2015
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —Organizers of next month's Miss USA pageant say "the show will go on," despite NBC's decision to not broadcast the event after splitting with Donald Trump. "We are disheartened by recent events but the show will go on," the Miss Universe organization said in a statement Tuesday morning. "We are moving forward, full-steam ahead as planned for the next two weeks, culminating in the crowning of a new Miss USA on July 12." However, the show currently has no television broadcaster. Before NBC pulled out, Univision, the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the country, decided last week to...
  • Jindal: Protection for govt workers who object to same-sex marriage, though it may be limited

    06/30/2015 6:53:51 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 06/29/2015 | Julia O'Donoghue
    [Title shortened for space limitations] The Jindal administration issued a memo Tuesday (June 29) advising state government agencies to respect the religious beliefs of workers who don't support same-sex marriage. "[A]ppropriate accommodations may be made for state employees who express a religious objection to involvement in issuance of same-sex marriage licenses, and judges and justices of the peace may not be forced to officiate a same-sex wedding ceremony when other authorized individuals who have no religious objection are available," wrote Thomas Enright, Jindal's executive counsel, in the memo. All Louisiana court clerks could soon be expected to issue marriage licenses...
  • White people against white supremacy rally and teach-in at Lafayette Square

    06/29/2015 1:49:11 PM PDT · by BBell · 39 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/28/15 | Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A "white people against white supremacy" rally and teach-in organized by the advocacy group European Dissent took place at Lafayette Square on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The gathering honored the nine black people who were murdered in Charleston, S.C. last week. "We stand in solidarity with black communities and other communities of color who bear the brunt of white supremacy and racism, here in New Orleans and across the world," the group said in a statement. "White supremacy is part of the fabric of America. White supremacy works through all of our systems and institutions to marginalize, silence, devalue, undermine,...
  • Walmart Apologizes for Making ISIS Cake for Man Denied Confederate Flag Design

    06/29/2015 12:54:45 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/29/15 | Susanna Kim
    A man in Louisiana is asking for an explanation from Walmart after his request for a Confederate flag cake at one of its bakeries was rejected, but a design with the ISIS flag was accepted. Chuck Netzhammer said he ordered the image of the Confederate flag on a cake with the words, "Heritage Not Hate," on Thursday at a Walmart in Slidell, Louisiana. But the bakery denied his request, he said. At some point later, he ordered the image of the ISIS flag that represents the terrorist group. "I went back yesterday and managed to get an ISIS battleflag printed....
  • Louisiana starts issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    06/29/2015 10:28:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/29/2015 | CBS/AP
    Louisiana officials have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court Jon Geggenheimer confirmed in a telephone interview that a license was issued there Monday morning. It was believed to be the first license issued to a same-sex couple in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, but clerks around the state had held off on immediately issuing licenses after consulting with lawyers. Gov. Bobby Jindal is opposed to gay marriage but has said the state would comply with the ruling.