Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Advocate is very disappointed in you, LSU students

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Artist's conception: A meeting of The Advocate editorial board.
  • Artist's conception: A meeting of The Advocate editorial board.

You Baton Rouge campus radicals are on notice, because the editorial board of The Advocate is on to your subversive ways. A remarkable opinion piece posted yesterday tut-tutted the LSU students who held a demonstration against President Donald Trump's immigration executive order:
We’re not sure how leaving class will demonstrate to Trump — or anyone else — that the president should rethink his policies. Maybe gathering in the evening or on a weekend, when most students are out of class, would have revealed how many of the participants were willing to sacrifice their social lives, rather than an instructional session – to make their voices heard. Wednesday’s midday protest, on the other hand, looked a lot like playing hooky.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Y@ Speak: forgetting

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 12:40 PM

As the Bard wrote... I have almost forgot the taste of fears.

There was once a time I'd shiver at the thought of a losing season. Now I've seen true horror: a winless Pelicans, a tortured Saints, and king cake in November. Also: Alabama rolls out the welcome wagon and Mayor Mitch Landrieu rides a bike.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tyrann Mathieu teams up with PETA for a public service announcement

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 1:38 PM


Tyrann Mathieu — Honey Badger, New Orleans native and LSU football hero — teamed up this week with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to get out a basic message: Don't leave your dog in the car on a hot day. Seems like a basic thing to know, but every year people leave pets and babies inside hot cars, often with awful results. 

Mathieu, who now plays for the Arizona Cardinals, did the educational stunt in a car parked in in the desert sun at an Arizona parking lot. He lasted eight minutes, during which time the temperature in the vehicle climbed to 120 degrees, before feeling sick enough where he had to get out.

Lesson: Don't leave your Honey Badger — or anything else — in a hot car.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Carville to Jindal: ‘History will hunt you down’

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Democratic political consultant and LSU alum James Carville plans to give a rousing call to arms to the LSU community about cuts in state support for his alma mater when he gives the commencement address at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communications this Friday.

“I’m not gonna give the usual ‘the world is your oyster’ speech,” Carville tells Gambit. “I can’t do that when my alma mater is in crisis. I’m hoping to challenge the LSU community — especially the students — to get involved and stay involved in LSU’s future. I’ll have some special words, and even some special effects, for Gov. Jindal.”

Among those special words: “History will hunt you down,” Carville says of the governor. “History is unforgiving and unrelenting. You cannot deflect it or stop it.” Carville adds that the LSU Board of Supervisors shares in the blame for standing idly by while Jindal continued to cut LSU over the past six years.

Rumor has it Carville will incorporate videos and other visual effects into his address, which will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at LSU’s Maddox Fieldhouse.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jindal's New York Times op-ed on same-sex marriage garners plenty of attention — and rumblings of a boycott

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:17 AM


Gov. Bobby Jindal is fond of putting his name to op-ed pieces in many national publications, but his guest editorial in this morning's New York Times ("Bobby Jindal: I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage") has already garnered more attention than most.

As the state legislature battles with a projected $1.6 billion budget shortfall and LSU announces it's preparing a preliminary bankruptcy plan, Jindal chose to double down, triple down, quadruple quintuple down on same-sex marriage, conflating "big business and the radical left," accusing corporations of "bullying our state," and slamming Hollywood (and, by extension, Hollywood South).

"Hollywood and the media elite are hostile to our values and they tip the scales to our liberal opponents at every opportunity," Jindal wrote, not explaining why the state continues to give away millions of dollars in film tax credits to "people hostile to our values." 

(Meanwhile, just yesterday the governor was wishing Hollywood and the media elite a happy birthday.)


The timing was odd, considering a Washington Post/ABC News poll released this morning showed support for same-sex marriage among Americans at an all-time high (61 percent) — while a Quinnipiac poll of likely GOP voters found Jindal's support for the 2016 presidential nomination sitting at a firm 1 percent.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

La. leges call 'truce' for troops

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Louisiana lawmakers raised more than $16,000 for military families in last years inaugural Truce for the Troops flag football game.
  • Louisiana lawmakers raised more than $16,000 for military families in last year's inaugural "Truce for the Troops" flag football game.

State lawmakers who are accustomed to partisan battles are calling a “truce” this Sunday (April 19) to raise money for the families of four Louisiana National Guardsmen who lost their lives when their Blackhawk helicopter crashed during a recent training mission.

The second annual legislative flag football game is dubbed “Truce for the Troops.” It features Democrat and GOP teams donning LSU jerseys bearing their district numbers and doing their best to recall faded glory on the gridiron — and avoid injury. (Last year several lawmakers left the game with sprains, torn muscles and worse.)

Kickoff is at 4 p.m. in LSU’s Tiger Stadium, but gates open at 2 p.m. for pre-game festivities that include food, a cheerleader clinic led by LSU cheerleaders, a behind-the-scenes tour of LSU football facilities and a reception after the game at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults, $10 for students, with children 12 and under admitted free. Money will be collected through ticket sales, player participation fees and sponsorships.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

‘Be annoying’

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 7:02 PM

LSU President F. King Alexander made some bold statements recently about the impact on higher education of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget. Alexander’s warnings are so dire some might call them shrill, which is exactly what Jindal and his few remaining supporters would like everyone to believe. Unfortunately, King is not overreacting. The numbers and the political realities back him up.

Alexander told reporters in several media markets this past week that Jindal’s answer to the state’s looming $1.6 billion budget shortfall contains reductions for LSU that are “so large we’d have to furlough everybody for the entire year.”

Alexander and several members of the Jindal-appointed LSU Board of Supervisors recently met with the governor to discuss the situation, to no apparent avail. Instead, several of the supervisors expressed vague confidence that somehow Jindal and lawmakers would find a way to muddle through. King responded that, yes, there’s always “divine intervention.”

Meanwhile, the earthly realities don’t bode well for higher ed. Here’s why:

Jindal’s proposed budget would reduce state funding to every public college and university in Louisiana by more than 80 percent — on top of the draconian cuts he has implemented over the past seven years. That’s not a misprint. The governor proposes to slash the current pathetic level of direct state support for higher ed by more than 80 percent. Those numbers don’t come from Alexander; they come from the Legislative Fiscal Office, which is nonpartisan.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

LSU hires Ed Orgeron as defensive line coach, ESPN reports

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 10:51 AM

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Former Ole Miss head football coach & USC assistant Ed Orgeron has been hired by LSU, per NBC Sports.

The Larosen native was a defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints in 2008 and for Lane Kiffin at Tennessee in 2009 and USC from 2010-13. When Kiffin was fired in the middle of the 2013 season, Orgeron finished it as USC's interim head coach and led the Trojans to a 6-2 record. He was not retained when interviewing for the full time head coaching job after the 2013 season.

Orgeron has coached the defensive line through his career, and ESPN reports Orgeron will be LSU's defensive line coach.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Y@ Speak: say cheese

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

... and die! Sorry to scare you, but it's almost Halloween. And in this week's Y@ Speak, the New Orleans Saints look good... too good... against the cheeseheads, while buildings collapse, Gov. Bobby Jindal is armed, and the latest scary monster in town is Gentrification. Also: winners of the NOLA Hip-Hop Awards, Bill Cassidy becomes a meme, and a pitch for a new New Orleans TV series.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Y@ Speak: it's a sign

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

In this week's Y@ Speak, everything is a sign: that burning mattress smell, the smoke coming from bronze Benson, literal signs, and children playing beer pong. What does it all mean? Ebola, probably.

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