Bobby Jindal

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Disproving Bobby Jindal's lies

Posted By on Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 12:22 PM

This morning (Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015) on CBS' "Face the Nation," Gov. Bobby Jindal once again repeated the lie that he cut the Louisiana state budget by 26 percent — and laid off 30,000 "bureaucrats" while governor. Nothing could be further from the truth, yet network TV anchors and talk-show hosts blithely let him get away with that lie.

That's what Jindal is hoping for: that his lie will gain currency among the media and, by extension, the public. The truth is not that difficult to discern. It's right there in the numbers of Jindal's own administration via the Louisiana Division of Administration, which keeps budget records for the state.

The only "real" numbers pertaining to Bobby Jindal are zero, less than 1, and 2. Those are consistently the numbers that he scores in survey and survey of Republican voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and all across America. His presidential campaign is going nowhere, and he's getting increasingly desperate.

The voters of Louisiana have caught wise to Bobby Jindal's lies. Judging by the GOP poll numbers elsewhere, it appears the rest of America has caught on to him as well.

The attached one-page document says it all. Download. Print. Disseminate.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Memorials and second lines in New Orleans commemorate Katrina's 10th anniversary

Posted By on Sat, Aug 29, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Several social aid and pleasure clubs led a march and second line from the Lower 9th Ward.
  • Several social aid and pleasure clubs led a march and second line from the Lower 9th Ward.

Before he led a procession of city, state and U.S. officials, all carrying wreaths, clarinetist Dr. Michael White performed "Amazing Grace" to a crowd gathered under a white tent nearby.

In marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and elected officials held a somber memorial for the lives lost in the floods, particularly the dozens of people interred at the memorial.

"They are not unclaimed, because we claim them," Landrieu said.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Y@ Speak: Ten Years Gone

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 1:20 PM


As New Orleans nears the 10th anniversary of The Complete And Abject Federal Levee Failures of 2005 and every news outlet on the planet serves up heaps of hot takes, let's look at how y'all are getting the led out. Also: The New Orleans Saints don't completely blow it this time and (not) Bobby Jindal unveils his latest campaign vid.

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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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