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  • Romney bus – with two possible VP picks aboard – will be in Iowa this week

    07/25/2012 2:30:13 AM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Des Moines Register | July 24, 2012 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett paper, link only: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/07/24/romney-bus-with-two-possible-vp-picks-aboard-will-be-in-iowa-this-week/
  • Bobby Jindal blasts Obama, helps Romney

    07/17/2012 3:29:02 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | IANS
    Washington - Louisiana's Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal helped Mitt Romney raise two million dollars amid speculation that he could be presumptive Republican presidential nominee's running mate in the November poll. Appearing at a lunchtime fundraiser in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with Romney, Jindal called President Obama "incompetent," and described Obama's politics as too liberal for the American people, NBC reported. "This president, President Obama, he cannot run on his record, he can't run on his political philosophy so he has to attack and distort Governor Romney's record," Jindal said, referring to what he described as the Obama campaign's negative tactics. Last...
  • Hands Up:' 'Can't I'm holding gun weed in sagging pants' pockets

    07/17/2012 12:56:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    kaplantoday.com ^ | 17 July, 2012 | NA
    THIBODAUX – Maybe it was the weight of things in his pants that caused them to sag enough to get a policeman’s attention. A 16-year-old was walking in the middle of the road with his pants drooping below his underwear when an officer approached him. Police said the officer several times told the teen to take his hands out of his sagging pants and hold his hands up. He refused, so the officer did a pat down, allegedly finding a handgun and five bags of marijuana. That’s when the boy tried to run but pants falling down his legs made...
  • Millions spent on upkeep of empty Katrina lots

    07/16/2012 1:12:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- More than 3,000 lots flooded by Hurricane Katrina and bought with federal money in an emergency bailout sit idle across this city - a multimillion-dollar drain on federal, state and city coffers that lends itself to no easy solution. An Associated Press examination of the properties sold to the government by homeowners abandoning New Orleans after the catastrophic 2005 flood has found that about $86 million has been spent on 5,100 abandoned parcels. *** "Right now nobody on those 3,000-plus properties is contributing. It's costing the city and state government to maintain them. Police got to...
  • Veep Beat: Pawlenty Gets Second Look, Jindal Stock Rising

    07/16/2012 7:13:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 101 replies
    PAWLENTY GETS A SECOND LOOK: Mitt Romney has already made his decision on who he’ll pick as his running mate, an announcement which could come this week, according to a New York Times report, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who shares a close relationship with the Romney family and has become an energetic cheerleader for the GOP nominee, sits at the top of the list four years after he was passed over for the number two spot by John McCain. “After a short-lived presidential bid of his own last year, Mr. Pawlenty is again being considered for the Republican...
  • Louisiana cuts Medicaid program to the bone

    07/15/2012 10:27:14 AM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | Saturday, 14 July 2012 00:05
    Louisiana cuts Medicaid program to the bone Written by Media Sources Saturday, 14 July 2012 00:05 Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration announced widespread cuts to the Louisiana Medicaid program Friday, with the hospitals and clinics run by Louisiana State University taking the most severe blows. The LSU cuts total $329 million for the fiscal year, about a quarter of the health system's annual budget and an eyebrow-raising sum that raises the specter of reorganization, if not virtual elimination of the safety-net model as it has existed for decades. Gerald Herbert, The Associated Press archive Louisiana Health Secretary Bruce Greenstein maintained Friday...
  • Congressman asks University of Louisiana to remove new LGBT minor from curriculum

    07/12/2012 6:21:18 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 13 replies
    klfy.com news ^ | July 12 2012 | Tonya LaCoste
    A recently added minor at the University of Lafayette is causing quite a controversy. Last semester UL became the first university in Louisiana to offer a minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies. Today, Congressman Jeff Landry came out in opposition towards the program. In a letter addressed to UL's President, Dr. Joseph Savoie, Landry request that the university eliminate the new program. As a proud alumnus, Landry says he been so grateful of the education he received at UL, but he is concerned if future graduates will be able say the same.
  • Shell touts progress of Ho-Ho pipeline reversal

    07/12/2012 6:58:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 12, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    Shell Pipeline Company’s Houma-to-Houston pipeline reversal project is getting the customers and federal approvals necessary to move forward, the company announced this week. Rising crude production in the region and new shipping contracts are meeting expectations to make the project viable, the company said. Shell plans to reverse the pipeline’s flow to carry up to 300,000 barrels of crude per day eastward from East Houston to Port Arthur to Houma, La. The project seeks to capture growing crude production from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas and the Permian Basin in West Texas to supply refiners along the Gulf...
  • Energy Department sneaks offshore moratorium past public

    07/10/2012 11:40:19 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2012 | Thomas J. Pyle
    While the Obama administration was taking a victory lap last week after the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, the Interior Department was using the media black hole to release a much-awaited five-year plan for offshore drilling. That plan reinstitutes a 30-year moratorium on offshore energy exploration that will keep our most promising resources locked away until long after President Obama begins plans for his presidential library. (snip) In the past three years, the government has collected more than 250 times less revenue from offshore lease sales than it did during the last year...
  • Celebrities Pack Theater in New Orleans for McDonald's 365Black Awards [McD & Sharpton]

    07/11/2012 8:22:40 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Marketwatch (WSJ) ^ | July 6, 2012 | PRNewswire
    NEW ORLEANS, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Entertainers, professional athletes, political figures and hundreds of citizens from across the nation packed the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans today for the 2012 McDonald's® 365Black® Awards, an annual event honoring outstanding African-Americans who are making positive contributions to the community.
  • Scott says Florida won't implement health care law [Govs Walker, Perry and Jindal concur)

    07/01/2012 11:59:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 116 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | July 1, 2012 | Tia Mitchell
    ....Under the health care law, by 2014, states must implement a health insurance exchange, or a Web-based marketplace where people can shop for insurance, or defer to a federal program. States need to submit plans to the federal government by Nov. 16 that demonstrate their readiness to launch health exchanges. ....."We care about having a health care safety net for the vulnerable Floridians," Scott said on Fox. "But this is an expansion that just doesn't make any sense." ....."Hopefully we won't have to worry about it because by November we're going to have a new president-elect who is going to...
  • Mysterious bubbles in Bayou Corne (Louisiana)

    06/30/2012 7:55:35 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 50 replies
    wafb ^ | 06/28/12 | Kiran Chawla
    ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Mysterious bubbles are rising up out of an Assumption Parish bayou. Officials are trying to figure what's causing them. Take a ride down Bayou Corne, and there are bubbles of all sizes along the waterway. "We have reported on May 30th a pipeline leak, which started us coming out and investigating a bubbling in Bayou Corne," said Assumption Parish Homeland Security Director John Boudreaux. Since then though, pipeline officials have not ruled that out just yet, but said it's unlikely. So now, investigators are going through the process of elimination. By coincidence, since the bubbling...
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal refuses to implement Obamacare despite Supreme Court ruling

    06/30/2012 2:58:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/30/12 | Chris Moody
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal refuses to implement Obamacare despite Supreme Court rulingBy Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 18 hrs ago The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's health care law on Thursday, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible Republican vice presidential contender who has refused to establish a federally mandated health care exchange in his state, said Friday that he will continue to ignore it. "We're not going to start implementing Obamacare," Jindal said during a conference call with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. "We're committed to working to elect Gov. Romney to repeal Obamacare." **SNIP** "Here...
  • Mayor Ray Nagin took $50,000 payoff, granite, consulting gig, businessman says

    06/27/2012 12:49:20 PM PDT · by abb · 10 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | June 27, 2012 | David Hammer and Gordon Russell
    While in office, Mayor Ray Nagin accepted a $50,000 payoff and shipments of free granite from city vendor Frank Fradella, and after leaving City Hall, he became a highly paid consultant to Fradella, according to court documents filed this morning. Fradella was in federal court to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of conspiring to bribe Nagin, described in court documents as "Public Official A." The government's description of that public official, as well as other clues, make clear that it is Nagin. Nagin has not been charged. He has not responded to an email...
  • Louisiana Continues To Lead In Fight Against Sharia

    06/26/2012 12:50:19 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 16 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 26 June 12 | Christopher Holton
    Over the past two years no state in America has done more to prevent the infiltration of Shariah law into our legal system, culture and financial system than Louisiana. During this time period, Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law no fewer than 6 pieces of legislation that can be classified as attempting to guard against the Islamization of America. The flagship legislation in this regard was American Laws for American Courts legislation signed into law by Governor Jindal in 2010. Louisiana’s leadership to guard against the infiltration of Shariah continued in the 2012 legislative session with three more pieces...
  • Tropical Storm Debbie forms in Cental Gulf of Mexico

    06/23/2012 3:17:36 PM PDT · by varina davis · 54 replies
    National Hurricane Center ^ | 6/23/2012 | National Hurricane Center
    TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 200 PM EDT SAT JUN 23 2012 FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO... BUOY OBSERVATIONS...SATELLITE DATA...AND PRELIMINARY RECONNAISSANCE DATA INDICATE THAT A TROPICAL STORM MAY BE FORMING IN THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO ABOUT 250 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. IF THE PLANE IS ABLE TO IDENTIFY A WELL-DEFINED SURFACE WIND CIRCULATION...THEN ADVISORIES WILL BE INITIATED LATER THIS AFTERNOON. THIS SYSTEM HAS A HIGH CHANCE...90 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE AS IT MOVES SLOWLY NORTHWESTWARD DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. TROPICAL STORM WATCHES...
  • Illegal Immigrant arrested in St. Tammany (LA) after golf cart, trailer thefts

    06/23/2012 11:19:00 AM PDT · by kevcol · 5 replies
    FOX8 (New Orleans) ^ | June 22, 2012 | Meg Gatto
    Slidell, La. - St. Tammany deputies have arrested an illegal immigrant accused of stealing trailers and golf carts from homeowners' properties over the past year. Right now, 32-year-old Jorge Munguia-Martinez faces one count of theft over $1500. But more charges could be on the way. Investigators call it a brazen, midday heist. "He stole an entire trailer, which was full of merchandise. So he just backed his truck up, hooked the trailer up and took it away," Capt. George Bonnett with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office explained. That was just one of the items deputies say Munguia-Martinez stole....
  • Southern Baptists: Gay rights not civil rights

    06/21/2012 7:03:53 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 20 2012 | Travis Loller
    NEW ORLEANS—A day after electing their first African-American president in a historic move that strives to erase its legacy of racism, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. Thousands of delegates at the denomination's annual meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday were nearly unanimous in their support for the resolution that affirms their belief that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful." . . . The resolution acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience "unique struggles" but...
  • Melissa Harris-Perry’s Latest Nuggets Of Anti-American Wisdom

    06/20/2012 7:34:23 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 20 June 2012 | Oscar
    This is what passes for education at Tulane. Only costs $22,620 a year in tuition per semester to expose your kids to this kind of enlightenment. She’s wicked smaht. We’re paranoid as a country, dontcha know. We’ve got to have somebody dark to hate. But lefties like Melissa Harris Perry aren’t haters – they just think we need to soak the rich because they’re all bad. And that’s not the same thing at all. We declared war on Sikhs after 9/11. Did you know that? Some 83 percent of Sikhs live in India, and 72 percent of them live in...
  • US could outproduce Russia, Saudi Arabia in oil and gas

    06/13/2012 5:08:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    AFP - ^ | 13 June 2012
    The United States is seeing a dramatic surge in oil and gas production and could overtake the world's biggest producers, Russia and Saudi Arabia, in another decade, a US official said. "Some of the numbers are eye-popping," Daniel Sullivan, commissioner in Alaska's department of natural resources, told a panel of experts at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal. In the last quarter the US produced six million barrels of conventional and unconventional oil a day, he said, adding: "We haven't done that in 15 years." Since 2008, the US added 1.6 million barrels of additional oil, and...