Bobby Jindal

Monday, August 10, 2015

Y@ Speak: The "please stop saying 'is it hot enough for ya?'" Edition

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 12:50 PM


As the New Orleans heat index rises to Actual Fire, let's look back at a week of our collective melting into a person pool: People once again put on their special drinking clothes, plus highlights from The Gov. Bobby Jindal Show and updates from 10-years-later New Orleans.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Watch: Gov. Bobby Jindal's would-be viral video featuring him doing pushups

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 2:29 PM

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Twenty-three years ago, the sight of presidential candidate Bill Clinton playing his saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show was controversial. At the time, David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun wrote:

Clinton's saxophone-playing appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in June, though, was widely mocked at the time by many members of the we-know-everything gang covering national politics.

It wasn't dignified. It demeaned presidential politics. It "coarsened" the discourse of democracy, to use the language that syndicated columnist George Will seems to use to describe anything that isn't white, male and borrowed from ancient Rome or Greece. Clinton was dubbed the "Elvis candidate," in part because he was playing (or rather gamely trying to play) Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel."

That was ancient history. By 2008, then- (and now-) presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was slamming boilermakers for the camera because that's just the kind of thing Serious Candidates had to do to prove they were real people.

Since then, of course, the rise of the staged-viral video has resulted in sights like Lindsey Graham destroying his cellphone like a macho man, and Ted Cruz cooking bacon on the barrel of what was described as a machine gun (and is actually an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle). 

Now Gov. Bobby Jindal is in the mix, cooperating with Buzzfeed for a video in which he has a pushup contest against "the issues" (don't ask us):

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Massachusetts mayor hits at Gov. Bobby Jindal, calls Jindal "Gomer Pyle" and "Barney Fife"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Jim Nabors as 1960s TV character Gomer Pyle. A Massachusetts mayor compared Gov. Bobby Jindal to Pyle after Jindal suggested that elected officials in "sanctuary cities" should be held liable for any crimes committed there by an undocumented immigrant.
  • Jim Nabors as 1960s TV character Gomer Pyle. A Massachusetts mayor compared Gov. Bobby Jindal to Pyle after Jindal suggested that elected officials in "sanctuary cities" should be held liable for any crimes committed there by an undocumented immigrant.


After Gov. Bobby Jindal called for the arrest of mayors of "sanctuary cities," the mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, had one message for Jindal: "Come and get me."

A "sanctuary city," as defined by The Texas Tribune, generally refers to municipalities that have established policies prohibiting police officers from enforcing immigration laws or cooperating with federal immigration officials. (New Orleans is Louisiana's only "sanctuary city," according to the Center for Immigration Studies.) The topic gained fresh currency last month when a woman in San Francisco was killed by an undocumented immigrant with seven felony convictions and five deportations from the U.S.

Jindal's plan, unveiled last Friday, called for elected officials to be held as accessories if an illegal immigrant should commit a crime; it "would hold Mayors and City Officials liable for these crimes, and force them to suffer the consequences for these crimes."

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Y@ Speak: One Twitter, That's It... Er

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM


Let us reflect on a week in which Morris Bart and Sidney Torries capture the nation's attention, people try not to spill wine or sweat over some art, and Gov. Bobby Jindal declares he has the powers of The Internet.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Y@ Speak: Boiled. Tested. Dirty.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:59 PM


I showered and brushed my teeth — several times — during the boil water advisory. I'm fine. I grew a third arm and my eyes can see smells now, but it's fine. You all seemed to do OK. Let's look at your water-free weekend below.

Also this week: New Orleans mourns for Lafayette and Bernie Sanders comes to town.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Louisiana Democrats rally behind John Bel Edwards as the party rebuilds

Posted By on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 12:45 AM

John Bel Edwards at the 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Orleans held by the Louisiana Democratic Party.
  • John Bel Edwards at the 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Orleans held by the Louisiana Democratic Party.

Louisiana's Democratic party is picking itself up and preparing for battle in 2015 and 2016. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's loss to Republican Bill Cassidy in the 2014 Senate race was a blow to Louisiana Democrats, now without any statewide office. But the 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at the Sheraton New Orleans on July 25 served as a rally to bring the party back to its fighting weight. That battle begins with Gov. Bobby Jindal.  

Though Landrieu received a lifetime achievement award and U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar was the event's keynote speaker, the event served more as a sort of unveiling of state Rep. John Bel Edwards, who is the Democratic front runner in the governor's race. Edwards said the pressing issue on voters' minds going into the 2015 election is recovering from Jindal. And Jindal's not even on the ballot. But the party continues to link Republican candidates for governor to Jindal — in his speech, Edwards called his opponents "Jindal on steroids" (David Vitter), "Jindal Lite" (Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne) and "Jindal incarnate" (Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle). Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the last Democrat in the governor's mansion, introduced Edwards, whose supporters rang yellow bells with blue handles throughout his speech and at any mention of his name throughout the event.

In his speech, Edwards championed higher education, equal pay, a living wage and health care, adding that he will immediately expand Medicaid as soon as he enters office, if elected. "It's the right thing to do, it's the moral thing to do," he said.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Jindal temporarily suspends presidential campaign after Lafayette theater shootings

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Jillian Johnson, one of two people slain in a Lafayette movie theater last night. Johnson owned Red Arrow Workshop, a store with branches in Lafayette and New Orleans. This photo was taken from the store's Instagram feed.
  • Jillian Johnson, one of two people slain in a Lafayette movie theater last night. Johnson owned Red Arrow Workshop, a store with branches in Lafayette and New Orleans. This photo was taken from the store's Instagram feed.


The morning after a shooter took the lives of Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux and injured nine others in a Lafayette movie theater, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would temporarily suspend his presidential campaign.

Appearing on the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends, Jindal said, “We are going to do whatever we can to support our community. This is a time for us to come together.”

Jindal campaign spokeswoman Shannon Dirmann did not immediately respond to an email asking how long the campaign would be suspended.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Jindal's house of cards

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 2:03 PM

As governor, Bobby Jindal has used any number of gimmicks to mask what Moody’s Investors Service has aptly termed Louisiana’s “structural deficit.”
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  • As governor, Bobby Jindal has used any number of gimmicks to mask what Moody’s Investors Service has aptly termed Louisiana’s “structural deficit.”


Gov. Bobby Jindal’s last state budget is only three weeks old but already it is poised to come apart at the seams. No one should be surprised.

As he has done for the past seven consecutive years, Jindal this year convinced state lawmakers to cobble together a budget that is a masterpiece of fiscal legerdemain. It combines scandalous (and unconstitutional) dependence on one-time money for recurring expenses with highly speculative projections of savings and/or revenues, plus a new twist: the SAVE Act, which magically renders $747 million in tax and fee hikes “revenue neutral.”

If you’re wondering how Jindal managed in his rookie year to secure a budget without using one-time money to pay for recurring expenses, recall that he inherited a nearly $850 million surplus that year from former Gov. Kathleen Blanco. He promptly flip-flopped on rolling back the Stelly Plan (in what apparently was his last lucid interval as governor, he initially wanted to keep Stelly), ran to the front of the tax cut parade and pretended to lead it, and then promptly spent Blanco’s entire surplus. Ever since, he has used any number of gimmicks to mask what Moody’s Investors Service has aptly termed Louisiana’s “structural deficit.”

The SAVE Act, which creates a fee that nobody pays and a tax credit that no one receives, is Jindal’s magnum opus as a political con man — only it fooled no one in Louisiana. Lawmakers practically held their noses in passing it.

That was just the start.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Y@ Speak: on a pedestal

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 12:38 PM


As city officials contemplate the inevitable Saddam-style teardown of the city's Confederate landmarks, Anthony Davis is on his way to getting his own statue, some day, somewhere, hopefully in all public rights of way. People are also excited about another landmark — a grocery store opening in Metairie — because wine there, so they say, is $2 yet socially acceptable to purchase. Meanwhile: Gov. Bobby Jindal, a brass band and Mardi Gras Indians walk into an anti-abortion conference...

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Jindal hails Louisiana as "most pro-life state" to anti-abortion group

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Gov. Bobby Jindal toasts a crowd at the National Right to Life Convention with organization president Carol Tobias at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans July 9. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Gov. Bobby Jindal toasts a crowd at the National Right to Life Convention with organization president Carol Tobias at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans July 9.

In Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's first homecoming following his presidential campaign kick off in Kenner and trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, the Republican candidate presented himself apart from other GOP contenders as a leading figure among Christian conservatives. Jindal appeared as the keynote speaker at the National Right to Life Convention's 45th annual event at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans on July 9. With an entrance led by Mardi Gras Indians and a New Orleans brass band, Jindal slammed the GOP and presidential candidates for being too timid on anti-abortion legislation and activism — where Jindal feels Republicans and social conservatives have given up, he proudly boasted of Louisiana's ranking as the "most pro-life state" along with his efforts to limit abortion in the state. Jindal said Republicans "view life and marriage as a distraction."

"They don't want to roll up their sleeves to repeal and replace Obamacare," he said. "If the Republican party can't turn defending innocent human life into a winning issue nationally, we should fold up the Republican party and start over."

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