"The governor wants the support of all people in Louisiana." — Gov. Bobby Jindal's spokesman Kyle Plotkin, explaining why his boss found it kosher to have a fundraiser for himself organized by Mike Worley, whose company worked for BP processing claims and currently works for compensation czar Kenneth Feinberg. Tickets to the after-work party, which was held not in a restaurant or hotel but in the offices of Worley Catastrophe Response, ran between $1,000 and $5,000 apiece. Louisiana House Democratic Caucus chairman John Bel Edwards asked Jindal to return the money, but Jindal refused, telling the Baton Rouge Advocate, "People who support us are supporting our agenda and not the other way around."
"To our surprise, the persistent three-fold increase in heart attack risk has occurred in the absence of any change in traditional risk factors — for example, age, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes." — Dr. Anand Irimpen, associate professor at Tulane University School of Medicine's Heart and Vascular Institute, on the results of a new study showing heart disease in New Orleans, which tripled after Hurricane Katrina, has not gone down again. The study was presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual scientific session in New Orleans.