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  • New Orleans Braces For Hurricane Isaac

    08/28/2012 10:03:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    http://gulfnews.com/ ^ | August 28, 2012 | AFP
    New Orleans, Louisiana: New Orleans on Tuesday braced for another hurricane as a strengthening Tropical Storm Isaac drew near, seven years after Hurricane Katrina left 1,800 dead in the fabled jazz city.
  • Hurricane Isaac

    08/28/2012 9:24:55 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 353 replies
    NHC/NOAA ^ | 27 August 2012 | NHC/NOAA
    Isaac has been slow to organize and attain hurricane status. Slow moving minimal Hurricane Isaac threatens to dump up to 20" of rain in portions of its path. Storm surge of 6-12ft is expected. Media news readers have gleefully reported RNC scheduling adjustments to accommodate public safety during Tampa storm warnings. A water spout formed in the Tampa Channelside area at 4:43PM Monday afternoon, a short distance from the RNC Convention Center. The Florida Atlantic coast was inundated with torrential rain squalls from far-reaching Isaac outer bands. Several tornados were reported in the Florida peninsula. The weather took its toll...
  • Isaac bears down, but no mandatory evacuations in New Orleans

    08/28/2012 5:51:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    http://www.latimes.com/ ^ | August 28, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    New Orleans officials announced Monday that they've decided not to call for mandatory evacuations in the city ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac's landfall, but evacuations have been ordered for many residents in surrounding parishes, particularly those outside protective levees. Mayor Mitch Landrieu had said that a mandatory evacuation would not be ordered unless the storm was expected to become a Category 3 hurricane. On Monday afternoon, with forecasts still predicting a Category 1 storm, or possibly a Category 2, he announced that no mandatory evacuation would be ordered.
  • Actress Ellen Barkin Hopes Hurricane Kills Pro-Life Republicans (Actress retweets a hateful tweet)

    08/27/2012 4:15:32 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 97 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/27/12 | Steven Ertelt
    Actress Ellen Barkin created a stir on Twitter today when she sent out a re-tweet of a message someone sent saying they hoped Hurricane Isaac would hit the Republican convention and “was every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean.” The reaction from conservatives was quick to her class-less Tweet. “I wonder if @EllenBarkin will feel badly at all when #Isaac doesn’t wash the GOPers out to sea but in fact wipes out New Orleans,” one person responded. Bryan Kemper, Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life, said: “This is why we call pro-abortion people...
  • Isaac menaces U.S. Gulf Coast 7 years after Katrina

    08/27/2012 3:55:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/27/12 | Kathy Finn | Reuters
    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Isaac closed in on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast on Monday, triggering some mandatory evacuation orders and disrupting U.S. offshore oil production as it threatened to make landfall between Florida and Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane. The wide, slow-moving storm swiped south Florida on Sunday and strengthened over the warm Gulf waters. It was expected to reach land Tuesday night or early Wednesday, the anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned that the storm could push vast amounts of seawater over the shore, flooding the...
  • Isaac poised for Gulf landfall on Katrina anniversary

    08/27/2012 1:03:40 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | August 27, 2012 | Staff
    New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast faced the anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina by hunkering down for new storm amid "a high level of anxiety," as the Crescent City's mayor put it Monday. Forecasters project Tropical Storm Isaac will reach hurricane strength before hitting the northern Gulf Coast early Wednesday, seven years to the day after Katrina slammed ashore near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. Residents of low-lying coastal areas from the Florida Panhandle to southeastern Louisiana were ordered to evacuate ahead of storm surges and heavy rain, while the mayor of New Orleans -- which was flooded by...
  • Isaac shutting down production, refineries likely next

    08/27/2012 4:53:55 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 26, 2012 | Jeannie Kever
    Energy companies intensified their efforts to evacuate workers from the Gulf of Mexico, as companies continued shutting down production. The trend is likely to continue Monday with refinery operations also being suspended. BP said Sunday it had suspended production at all of its operated production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, as it and other energy companies scramble to get ready for Tropical Storm Isaac to blast into the Gulf. The storm was moving across the Florida Keys and toward the Gulf Sunday afternoon, and several of the leading storm-tracking models show a westward shift, with a growing consensus that...
  • Eerie similarites: Isaac follows track of Katrina, evacuations ordered for coast

    08/27/2012 4:35:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/26/2012
    Thousands in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were being told early Monday to leave their Gulf Coast homes ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac as forecasters warned it was gaining strength as it followed the same path Hurricane Katrina took seven years earlier. The governors of the three states each declared a state of emergency, with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ordering mandatory evacuations to begin at 8 a.m. for residents who live along the coast and for those in some low-lying areas inland. "I am urging everyone to take precautions now, monitor weather warnings, and be prepared for whatever...
  • U.S. Gulf oil producers shut output ahead of Storm Isaac

    08/26/2012 12:30:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    cnbc ^ | 25 August 2012 | Erwin Seba
    <p>Oil and natural gas producers in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday braced for the first hurricane to affect the U.S. oilpatch in 2012, which could spur shut-downs of nearly half of U.S. offshore oil output.</p> <p>Tropical Storm Isaac's current track takes it to the east of U.S. offshore production facilities, with the U.S. National Hurricane Center forecasting it will reach hurricane strength on Sunday before making landfall on the Florida Panhandle late on Tuesday or early on Wednesday.</p>
  • Tropical Storm Isaac Should Rival Hurricane Katrina

    08/26/2012 11:56:51 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 115 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/26/2012 | Michael Barak, Joseph Bastardi and Alan Lammey
    On August 24th, we warned on Forbes that Tropical Storm Isaac could pose a threat to energy markets and even rival Hurricane Katrina in its destructive power (Could Tropical Storm Isaac Turn Into Another Katrina?). While the computer models are still showing a substantial spread in solutions, it appears more likely that Isaac will make landfall somewhere near the Louisiana, Mississippi Gulf Coast. This track will provide the storm more time to intensify over the very warm water of the Gulf of Mexico. The entire Gulf Coast from Lake Charles, LA to Panama City, FL should be aware of the...
  • La. Supreme Court refuses voucher program injunction [unions in a panic]

    08/22/2012 8:13:07 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    KSLA ^ | August 16, 2012 | news
    <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to stop the launch of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program, which began this month.</p> <p>The high court denied an injunction request by teacher unions and school boards to stall the voucher program as they challenge whether it is constitutional. A hearing in the court case is set for October.</p>
  • (Louisiana Sheriff's Ambush Murder) 'They decide which laws to obey and to ignore -

    'They decide which laws to obey and to ignore - and they don't pay their taxes': Inside the anarchist sovereign citizens movement blamed for murder of two police officers Group is listed on FBI's domestic terror watchlist Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols linked to group Other members were involved in the death of two police officers in Arkansas in May 2010 Four men and a woman charged with attempted first degree murder of a police officer last week Suspects appear to be from the same LaPlace family All arrests are in relation to wounded officer Michael Boyington
  • Ray Nagin (former New Orleans mayor) ordered to appear before grand jury, station reports

    08/20/2012 4:46:45 PM PDT · by abb · 24 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | August 20, 2012 | Gordon Russell
    WDSU-TV reported this afternoon that former Mayor Ray Nagin has been ordered to appear before a federal grand jury on Friday. The source of the station's information is unclear; the report simply says that "the WDSU I-Team has learned" of the scheduled appearance. The station says that the subpoena went out last week. The report says that Robert Jenkins, Nagin's attorney, "declined to confirm the information." Jenkins frequently appears as an analyst on WDSU. He did not immediately return a phone call from The Times-Picayune. It's been well-publicized that the feds have been building a case against Nagin. The Times-Picayune...
  • How the White House Delivered a Crushing Economic Blow to the Gulf

    08/20/2012 4:23:48 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 31 replies
    pjmedia ^ | 20AUG12 | by Sen. David Vitter
    PJM EXCLUSIVE: Louisiana's GOP senator on how the cover-up to trump sound science in favor of political ideology keeps growing with each chapter. Here’s the book-jacket teaser: A major U.S. environmental disaster strikes. As Coast Guard and other heroes struggle to contain the unprecedented damage, a different scene unfolds in a dimly lit conference room in Washington. A small group of high-ranking political hacks and overzealous ideologues see an opportunity to manipulate the situation to advance their agenda. They doctor a key report on the disaster by experts in order to justify shutting down all exploration and new production. They...
  • Let It Fly (story of LSU's Mo Isom)

    08/20/2012 2:38:10 PM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 2 replies
    grantland.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | Jordan Conn
    This week, former LSU goalie Mo Isom will try to become a kicker for the Tigers football team. But even if she makes the team, her greatest accomplishment may be surviving the past five years.
  • Suspects in deputy killings linked to extremists

    08/19/2012 1:07:02 PM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 8/19/12 | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least some of the seven people arrested in a fatal shootout with Louisiana deputies have been linked to violent anarchists on the FBI's domestic terrorism watch lists, a sheriff said Saturday. Detectives had been monitoring the group before Thursday's shootout in Laplace in which two deputies were killed and two more wounded, said DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle. His detectives and other law enforcement discovered the suspects were heavily armed adherents to an ideology known as the "sovereign citizens" movement.
  • Picture of suspects in St. John Parish shootings starting to emerge

    08/17/2012 2:05:30 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 17 Aug 2012 | Gordon Russell
    A grainy picture is starting to emerge of the suspects involved in the shootings Thursday morning that claimed the lives of two St. John Parish sheriff's deputies and injured two others. Five of them had apparently been under surveillance in DeSoto Parish in north Louisiana two months ago, and at least one of them was considered a fugitive in Nebraska and Kansas for "making terroristic threats" as well as allegedly selling marijuana. Authorities believe that suspect, Kyle Joekel, 29, may have ties to anti-government groups, in particular a loose organization known as Posse Comitatus that generally doesn't recognize authority above...
  • Two deputies killed, two wounded in Louisiana "ambush"

    08/16/2012 7:05:10 AM PDT · by tje · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:50 AM EDT, Thu August 16, 2012 | Rick Martin
    (CNN) -- Two Louisiana sheriff's deputies died and two others were wounded early Thursday in what a state police official described as an ambush. The assailant or assailants were still on the loose, Louisiana State Police Sgt. Ann Dusang said. State police SWAT teams, helicopters and troopers were involved in the search, she said.
  • 4 cops shot, 2 dead, in St. John [Parish] shooting [Valero Refinery]

    08/16/2012 5:40:58 AM PDT · by topher · 61 replies
    WWL.com ^ | August 16, 2012
    Two St. John [sheriff] deputies and two civilians were reportedly shot in LaPlace at about 5:00 a.m. UPDATE: WWL-TV reports that two officers are dead and two others were shot in the incident. The incident occurred near Bayou Steel on Highway 3217 in a Valero plant parking lot. That highway remains closed at this time. The parking lot is located in St. John Parish, while the Valero plant itself is located in St. Charles Parish. There is no word yet on the conditions of the officers or the other two people shot in the incident. A witness on the scene...
  • Citizens Call On Jindal To Denounce DHS Reports

    08/15/2012 2:26:28 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 15 replies
    TheHayride.com ^ | 15AUG12 | Posted by: Tom Bonnette
    A group of citizens gathered in Winnsboro Tuesday to ask Gov. Bobby Jindal to speak out against two U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports labeling citizens with traditional American values as potential terrorists. Organizers of the event said that the meeting held at the local VFW Hall was to both inform the public that the federal government has issued the reports to state and local law enforcement and to call on Jindal to publicly denounce them. The first report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” was sent to law enforcement agencies in April...
  • Louisiana teachers union threatens to sue private schools over voucher program

    08/06/2012 5:08:12 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 83 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 8/6/2012 | Unknown
    A Louisiana teachers union is threatening private schools with legal action if they accept money from a new voucher program – and the threat has already forced at least one school to put its participation in the program on hold. The demand was sent a few weeks ago by law firm representing the Louisiana Association of Educators and several other interests, and it argues the state-approved program is illegal because participating schools would be receiving an unconstitutional payment of public funds. The two-page letter further states if schools don’t agree, then the law firm has “no alternative” than to take...
  • Tropical Storm Ernesto forms in the Caribbean.....

    08/02/2012 2:42:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    National Hurricane Center ^ | 02 August 2012 | Staff
  • Congressman's [Jeff Landry] Office Hit by Car

    08/01/2012 12:18:17 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies
    Congressman Jeff Landry's New Iberia Office Hit by Car According to Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office a vehicle left the roadway and crashed into the side of a building at 301 East St. Peter St. Suite 102 in New Iberia. Authorities are unsure of injuries or the cause of the crash at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
  • Racism 2012

    07/31/2012 9:04:17 PM PDT · by DwFry · 19 replies
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4276513188066&set=a.1906334015068.2110702.1143300302&type=1&t
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4276513188066&set=a.1906334015068.2110702.1143300302&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_reply I'm not sure how to post a picture but maybe some can grab it from the link & post it here. Makes my head spin to know this thing can happen in America in 2012.
  • [race hustler] Hedge-fund manager, Obama donor embroiled in 9-figure lawsuit with LA pension funds

    07/31/2012 7:36:21 AM PDT · by kevcol · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 31, 2012 | Andrew Stiles
    Prominent hedge-fund manager and Obama donor Alphonse “Buddy” Fletcher is embroiled in a legal battle with three Louisiana-based pension funds seeking to recoup a $100 million investment with his firm. Fletcher, who operates a series of hedge funds—some of which are based in the Cayman Islands and reportedly oversee as much as $500 million in assets—contributed at least $2,300 to Obama’s campaign in 2008 and $50,000 to the president’s inauguration fund. One of those hedge funds, Fletcher International Ltd., filed for bankruptcy protection on June 29, and recently sued some of its own Cayman Island-based affiliates in an effort...
  • 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...
  • Feds to set critical habitat for endangered frog

    06/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    WJTV.com ^ | 11 June 2012 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    NEW ORLEANS -- NEW ORLEANS (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating nearly 6,500 acres in Mississippi and Louisiana as critical habitat for the endangered Mississippi gopher frog the only endangered or threatened frog in the Southeast. About 100 live in the wild, and nearly 900 in zoos. The land includes about 1,540 acres in St. Tammany Parish, La., and in Mississippi, about 3,500 acres of federal land, 264 acres owned by the state and the rest private. Edward Poitevent, whose family owns most of the Louisiana land, has been fighting the designation. He says he cannot comment...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal signs 20-week abortion ban into law

    06/11/2012 7:29:36 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    BATON ROUGE -- Doctors will be barred from performing abortions 20 weeks after conception under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Bobby Jindal.Senate Bill 766 by Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, prohibits all abortions after 20 weeks, about 22 weeks on the typical 40-week gestational calendar. The previous state law prohibited the procedure after the fetus was viable.Alario's bill, which goes into effect Aug. 1, carries fines and imprisonment for any physician that performs an abortion after the cut-off. The bill does allow for abortions performed to protect the life of the pregnant woman.The bill joins two other...
  • Zombie Apocalypse Goes Cajun: Louisiana Face-Eating Incident Continues Trend

    06/09/2012 7:01:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    HULIQ.com ^ | June 9, 2012 | Norman Byrd
    The cannibalistic actions of several individuals in the last week of May that the media began calling the "zombie apocalypse" might have been a grisly sign of things to come. The rash of bloody, flesh-eating attacks seemed to have continued into the first week of June, despite a strange statement from the CDC that the they knew of no means by which a person could become reanimated after dying. But it isn't the undead that people have to worry about. The latest flesh-eating incident occurred in Lafayette, La., when Carl Jacquneaux got into an altercation with Todd Creduer, the boyfriend...
  • Louisiana Offers New Hunting Permit And Driver's License Combo

    06/09/2012 5:04:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    fieldandstream.com ^ | 8 June, 2012 | Chad Love
    The day I bought a lifetime Oklahoma hunting and fishing license, my life got exponentially simpler. No longer would I have to keep track of a yearly hunting license, a yearly fishing license, a state duck stamp and separate tags for deer gun, muzzleloader and archery seasons. No more thick wad of paper in my wallet, no more worrying that I was carrying the wrong license. Just one simple plastic card, sort of a redneck "One Ring to Rule Them All." It's a wonderful thing, but the state of Louisiana just did it one better. From this story on nola.com:...
  • Is Bobby Jindal being vetted by the Romney camp? He won’t say he is, won’t say he isn’t

    06/08/2012 8:12:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 64 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 8, 2012 | Chris Moody
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has enjoyed endorsements from influential conservatives who want to see him on the ballot with Mitt Romney in November, but he won't divulge if he's being considered. After a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Chicago Friday, Jindal declined to answer when asked specifically if Romney's campaign is vetting him for the job. "When it comes to the whole VP question, look, I've got the job that I want. I'm not going to speculate on what Gov. Romney's going to do," Jindal told reporters. "I'm not going to comment on his process the same...