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All the news that doesn't fit

   • Where was Gov. Bobby Jindal last week? At a meeting of the Oilmen's Business Forum in Banff, Canada, he expressed strong support for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would take extracted oil from the Canadian oil sands in the province of Alberta down to the United States to be refined. Jindal blamed "irrational liberal ideology" for resistance to the pipeline, which is opposed by environmental groups. "They want the government to tell Americans to live in smaller houses, drive smaller cars, set their thermostats higher in the summer and lower in the winter," Jindal explained. ...

   • Also from last week's Public Policy Polling surveys: Only 28 percent of Louisianans think same-sex marriage should be legal, which is no surprise. The bigger news is that Louisiana Democrats are against it in significant numbers, with 51 percent against legalizing same-sex marriage versus 40 percent who approve ...

   • Better late than never: At the Aug. 22 New Orleans City Council meeting, a resolution was introduced designating Aug. 25 as Hurricane Preparedness Day. The Atlantic hurricane season, of course, began June 1 ...

   • Say what? "Tulane [University] is located smack in the middle of the French Quarter of New Orleans, which means things get really crazy during Mardi Gras," wrote the website in its ranking of the "Top Ranked Party Schools of 2014." Tulane came in No. 18 in the party-hearty rankings, presumably due to its sweet Vieux Carre location ...

   • Politics and the Robertson family, stars of the cable-TV smash hit Duck Dynasty, continue to intersect. Two weeks ago, Willie Robertson was rumored to be eyeing the 5th Congressional District seat vacated by former U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander (Robertson wasn't interested, he said). Last week, a pro-life speech by Willie's father Phil Robertson was widely written about and a video embedded on pro-life websites. "You have a God-given right to live. And of all places, inside your mother," he said, clad in his trademark duck-hunting outfit. "What in the world happened to us?" ...

   • Opposition to the NFL's new bag restrictions at football games (women can now bring in a purse no larger than a small clutch, along with a clear zipper-type bag) was a hot topic last week, due in large part to former Gambit staffer Lauren LaBorde, who created a video about the situation with fellow local comic Colleen Allerton. "My Purse, My Choice" — which talked about the bag ban in language similar to a pro-choice public service announcement — racked up a quarter of a million hits on YouTube within 48 hours and was featured on CNN and NBC's Today show. LaBorde and Allerton, who are members of The New Movement comedy troupe, even made a live appearance on MSNBC Aug. 21. ...



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