??The PBS news division weighed in with a re-election analysis of Louisiana senior U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, and it wasnt a pretty picture for the Democrat. In a story update posted to the site of NewsHour with Jim Lehrer last week, the writer suggests that the 2005 storm season uprooted the Bayou States political structure and will continue wreaking havoc during the ongoing fall elections.
??Northshore businessman Jim Harlan, a conservative Democratic businessman, is crowing about a recent poll that shows him narrowing the gap between him and freshman Congressman Steve Scalise, a Republican.
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A cynic might point out to these two young, industrious Saints fans that that subject of their body paint did not have a good day yesterday. Saints fans might counter with "who cares?" In such a case, I'd side with the former. But while chants of "Reg-GIE, Reg-GIE!" did engulf the Superdome for a brief period after Bush got into it with the 49ers defense, there was one running back that was clearly front and center in the hearts and minds of Black and Gold faithful.
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The chant started during pre-game introductions. All the other players offensive players had been announced and one would've thought the intros were over. But then came the second starting running back. From Ole Miss, number 26, Deeeeeuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccceee McAaaaaaaalllllllliiiisssssssttttteeerrrrrrrrr!
Its hard to understand how Jefferson Parish School Board member Judy Colgan can continue to support a proposal that is so clearly wrong. She initiated a system in which Jefferson Parish reroutes standardized test scores of students in advanced studies schools to conventional schools in their home districts despite the fact that they dont attend those schools.
(UPDATE: Brees just threw his third TD pass, this one a 47-yard bomb to Robert Meachem. This could turn out to be a long day for the San Fran defense).
As I write this, the Saints just went up 143 on the 49ers on Drew Brees' second touchdown pass (61st all-time, fourth-most in Saints' history), this one a 33-yarder to Lance Moore. The Saints' D is playing stout, having already caused a fumble that led to the Saints' first touchdown and, most importantly, the "Deeeeuuuuuuuucccceeee" chant is alive and well in Superdome, with McAllister leading all rushers with 35 yards on eight carries.
Oh, and as you can see, the Saints special teams are still bustin out the dance moves.
Between Friday night's national debate (in which the presidential candidates painted earmarks and pork as tools of the Devil) and tonight's local congressional debate (in which the congressional candidates all tried to top one another with promises of how much
pork and earmarks greatly needed capital they could bring to Louisiana), it was easy to miss Rep. John LaBruzzo of Metairie appearing on CNN to discuss his notion of giving poor people $1000 to be voluntarily sterilized.
(LaBruzzo was not questioned about his notion in June of doubling his own salary -- a position on which he famously reversed himself -- a pay raise equal to 16 sterilization bonuses, or 32 tied tubes.)
LaBruzzo insisted to anchor Kyra Phillips that his idea was being misunderstood, and complained repeatedly that "the media" were ignoring his other proposals to fight governmental dependence. "This is one that was brought up that the media grabbed hold of because it gets ratings," he told the national media outlet. "The media wants to have ratings and this is what they talk about."
It's not on the tube or The New York Times website yet, but Shawn Levy, film critic for The Oregonian and author of an upcoming biography of Paul Newman, is reporting that the actor died yesterday.
Edited to add: Confirmed by the Newman family's Newman's Own Foundation in a statement:
"Paul Newman's craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all. Paul had an abiding belief in the role that luck plays in one's life, and its randomness. He was quick to acknowledge the good fortune he had in his own life, beginning with being born in America, and was acutely aware of how unlucky so many others were....
From a cover story in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, of all places:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You guys regularly make a mockery of the 24-hour news networks. Do you see anything good about the format?
STEPHEN COLBERT: There's not more news now than there was when we were kids. There's the same amount from when it was just Cronkite. And the easiest way to fill it is to have someone's opinion on it. Then you have an opposite opinion, and then you have a mishmash of fact and opinion, and you leave it the least informed you can possibly be.
JON STEWART: We've got three financial networks on all day. The bottom falls out of the credit market, and they were all running around. On CNBC I saw a guy talking to eight people in [eight different onscreen] boxes, and they were all like, ''I don't know!'' It'd be like if Hurricane Ike hit, and you put on the Weather Channel, and they were yelling, ''I don't know what the f--- is going on! I'm getting wet and it's windy and I don't know why and it's making me sad! Maybe the president could come down and put up some sort of windscreen?'' By being on 24 hours a day, you begin to not be able to tell what's salient anymore.
What they said.
I don't know what's worse in cable news: a week when there's actually lots going on (the credit collapse, the U.S. presidential "race"), or when there's nothing going on and whatever they choose to yak about (Missing College Girl! American Idol!) takes on more import just because...well, it fills time between the Head-On and the Free Credit Report commercials.
Wolf Blitzer is still the Unflappable WolfBot 3000, thinking that giving equal time to two screaming heads in Brady Bunch boxes means Journalism is Being Committed Here. Hannity and Colmes = Fair and Balanced, because they're offering both sides of the issue when it comes to the question: Are Liberals Destroying America Because They Hate It, Or Because They Just Don't Know Better?. Keith Olbermann vibrates with the exact same level of outrage whether he's discussing American torture policies or Bill O'Reilly's latest idiocy; there's an hour to fill, and the hour becomes more important than the filling, because it's all delivered with the same graphics, the same sound effects, the same urgency.
It's the irrelevancy of equivalency, and I don't know what the answer is. But, hey: it's a good, thought-provoking interview, and it's in Entertainment Weekly...and not, tellingly, on any of the cable news networks.
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