Since TiVo came into my life, I have been pleasantly oblivious to most of the TV commercials that used to waste my time with whatever they were trying to sell and whatever clever way they were trying to sell it. And I must say, I am now quite happy to use the remote control to speed right through these ads and get back to the show. But sometimes, I get distracted and forget to press the fast-forward button. Recently, during two such lapses of TiVo awareness, I was subjected to two ads that got my attention, and my goat.
The Yats are driving home. We couldn't keep up with the big forearmed
Midwestern women on the sandbag line. But we held our own.
Our levee, the Sny, the world's largest, is in tact at this point. The
biggest threats to it in the days ahead will be rain and muskrats. It
was muskrats that took out the levee in Missouri on Wednesday night.
Let me conclude our first relief trip to America's heartland with a
final round of dissimilar and similar. Dissimilar first.
The level of organisation and communication between state and local
goverment, along with charitable agencies, is astounding. Local
organisers spent considerable time with us on Friday morning reviewing
their disaster reponse manual - knowing full well that being from New
Orleans we've never seen such a document before. They promised to
send to us on CD ROM. We'd pass along a copy to "Our Mayor" if we knew
his Plano, TX mailing address.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed the legislative pay raise. He did it this morning (Monday). Details have not yet been revealed, but whats clear is that, in the minds of most voters, he did the right thing. Did he do it for the right reason? That is, was this truly a principled response to a legislative excess, or was it purely in response to political pressure? I vote for the latter. If he were acting out of principle, he would have acted a lot more forcefully and a lot sooner. More later as additional information and analysis is available. At a minimum, he has taken this matter off the map for now, and taken lawmakers off the hook.
By: Jeremy Alford
Rep. Elbert Guillory, an Opelousas Democrat, has requested $450,000 in taxpayer money for a nonprofit group that teaches young people homemaking and workforce skills.
By: Jeremy Alford
Legislators vote to increase their base pay to $37,500 a year hit a few nerves on the House and Senate floors, not just among voters back home. Lawmakers who voted against the raise felt the ire of their colleagues.
by Alejandro de los Rios
NOTE: LSU Tiger Fans would be remiss in using the term "Tiger Bait" for the next day or so. At least in regards to the Georgia mascot.
It comes with much sadness to report that this beautiful hunk of dogness has died of congestive heart failure. It should be noted that, when I speak of UGA VI as a "beautiful hunk of dogness" I mean it solely as a dog lover and not as a fan of the University of Georgia. I mean, seriously, would you look at that face?
/makes baby noises, pokes computer screen, loses online manhood.
But in all seriousness, UGA VI served nine seasons as the football team's winningest, and heaviest, mascot. I guess that, in a perverse way, this bodes well for LSU fans as the Georgia football team went 87-27 with two SEC championships (2002 and 2005) during the big dog's reign.
By: Jeremy Alford
Five months of legislative sessions and more than a year of gubernatorial jawboning have been distilled in roughly one weeks time into a singular issue: increased pay for lawmakers. While the 2008 regular session adjourned last week, its aftereffects are likely to be with us for a while. At a minimum, the votes to boost legislative salaries from $16,800 to $37,500 will serve as a flashpoint for this generation of lawmakers and the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal an early indication of how they got to where theyre heading.
By: Clancy DuBos
A group of Lower Mid-City residents and business owners has written an open letter to Mayor Ray Nagin and City Council members demanding a voice in the decision-making process relating to property acquisitions for the LSU-VA Hospital.
We used to have a downtown here in Hull. Now we have a soda machine. Its next to the post office.
You have a post office?
No, they closed it. And were afraid theyre going to come back for the soda machine.
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