Perhaps a false flag, but definitely a white flag.
Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:
By Robert Mann
It was a week for waving white flags. By the look of things at the Louisiana Capitol, you’d have thought Gov. Bobby Jindal and state legislators were debating in semaphore. If so, the words they spelled with their bright pennants were “surrender” and “cowardice.”
First on deck were members of the Senate Finance Committee. When the state’s top higher education adviser, Tom Layzell, showed up to testify Monday, he lamented Louisiana’s pitifully low college graduation rate. When he finished, the white flags began to flutter. Committee members — unwilling to support any serious reinvestment in the state’s colleges and universities — conceded their fecklessness.
“We’ve broken every piggy bank and trust [fund] that’s out there,” Sen. Fred Mills, R-New Iberia, complained, seeming to dismiss Layzell as a starry-eyed dreamer. Mills said he doubted there would be “any new funding coming to higher ed.” Sen. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville…
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Next year, as the magnolias come to bloom, Bobby Jindal will take his last lap of the Louisiana Legislature. Yes, the term-limited, part-time Governor will be busily boxing up the mansion in 2015. But while the luggage tags and boarding passes might be swept into the garbage can, the Governor’s budget mess will stick with taxpayers for years to come.
According to fiscal experts in the Legislative Fiscal Office, Jindal will leave Louisiana taxpayers with a massive $982.5 million budget chasm for the FY15-16 year (next year):
Legislators are especially concerned about a line in a report by the Legislative Fiscal Office. The office — staffed by financial experts — looked at the governor’s budget and concluded that “$982.5 (million) may require another source of revenue in FY 16.” In other words, nearly $1 billion in fiscal obligations could need a new funding source in a year’s time.
“It looks like all we’re doing is kicking the can down the road, and now it looks like the can might be getting bigger,” said state Rep. Eddie Lambert, R-Prairieville.
Let’s ignore this ridiculous sham of Jindal claiming to be a fiscal conservative. Let’s be clear: you can not be a fiscal conservative if you cannot balance a budget on year-to-year funds. Stop-gap funding measures are the essence of irresponsibility. It’s paying the credit card with another credit card. Irresponsible.
But this is typical of Jindal’s callous disregard for Louisiana. He does not care about the state, at least when it comes to things that don’t advance his own career. He is ruthlessly disrespectful to the people of this state. And we’ll only know the full damage when he’s gone.
“I’ll resign when every Louisiana politician that has admitted an extra-marital affair does the same.”
Mic drop. Automatic pimp status.
It don’t matter if the dali-fucking-lama asks this sucker to resign. Every time those hypocritical suckers at LAGOP open their mouth, ole Vance should get medieval on their ass.
Holla at ya boy.
Lots of speculation, opinions about McAllister’s lip-locking; here are a few of our thoughts, ideas and conspiracy theories
More on Vance
Originally posted on Louisiana Voice:
- Elected on Nov. 16 and sworn in on Nov. 21, it took him only a month and two days—Dec. 23—to get busted in his own office by his own security camera. That has to eclipse any record for infidelity by U.S. Sen. David Vitter and shows that McAllister is dumber than a duck.
- While some deep smooching doesn’t begin to compare to Vitter’s pillow talk with prostitutes, McAllister has pretty much been deep-sixed in his re-election bid while Vitter somehow remains the odds-on favorite to become Louisiana’s next governor. Vitter’s romps were in the abstract, only written about, while McAllister’s indiscretion was caught on video for all to see in its fuzzy, grainy quality—which only…
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Originally posted on CenLamar:
Mrs. Peacock and her husband Heath were close friends of the McAllister family and major donors to his campaign. Recently, according to my sources, both the Congressman and his wife posted comments on Mrs. Peacock’s Facebook account, which has now been deleted.
At first blush, this may seem like yet another story about a hypocritical politician, and…
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Originally posted on CenLamar:
On September 27, 2007, Congressman Bobby Jindal walked under the rotunda of Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, an impressive gothic building that could easily be mistaken for a cathedral, perched on a bluff in downtown Baton Rouge with sweeping views of the Mississippi River. Congressman Jindal, then only 36 years old, was auditioning for the same role he lost out on in 2003, but this time, he was fully prepared. This time, he wasn’t just armed with talking points; he cited detailed, extensive position papers on just about everything he could think of: Education, health care, coastal restoration, crime prevention, government waste, and his personal favorite, ethics reform.
Jindal shared the stage with three other men also seeking to take over Huey P. Long’s old job: John Georges, a wealthy entrepreneur from New Orleans who made a bulk of his fortune in video poker; Walter Boasso, a successful Cajun businessman and State…
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Jindal was in favor of Common Core when Louisiana implemented it in 2010…
“…but the governor now has concerns about the standards. After months of being circumspect about the issue, he quietly supported two bills that would have stalled or dismantled Common Core in Louisiana when the Legislature considered the proposals Wednesday.”
Senate Education Chairman Appel purchases Discovery stock week before company enters into state Textbook agreement
Bobby Jindal’s Education stooge takes hot, insider stock tip on textbook firm, prior to public announcement of State contract award.
Originally posted on Louisiana Voice:
Thanks to a sharp-eyed researcher, Sissy West, who writes a blog opposing the Common Core curriculum, we have learned that on Nov. 30, seven days before the deal between the state and Discovery Education was made public, State Sen. Conrad Appel (R-Metairie) purchased Discovery Communications stock, according to financial disclosure records filed with the State Ethics Board. http://nomorecommoncorelouisiana.blogspot.com/2014/03/crisis-of-confidence.html
Appel is a major proponent of education reform in Louisiana, including the controversial Common Core curriculum.
He also is Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and was in a unique position to know not only of the pending deal between Discovery Education and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) as well…
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Dr. Bill Cassidy had a fun talk the other day with Louisiana Big Oil in which he had a little 47% moment of clarity among the Grand Old Plutocrats. In a private meeting with Louisiana Oil and Gas, Cassidy let slip some of those things that people often call gaffes, but are really just politicians telling their truth.
Cassidy thinks that, hell all those mullets don’t have health insurance cause they’re too dumb!
Speaking about his health care plan, Cassidy, who is also a physician, said it “actually reflects the reality of who the uninsured are: relatively less sophisticated, less comfortable with forms, less educated.”
And also, Barack Obama, a man who worked with those in poverty for years:
Cassidy also said of President Obama, “you wonder if he ever worked with a poor person” and called some uninsured “illiterate,” which he said he was saying “in compassion.”
Cassidy’s whole soliloquy here:
“We were fortunate growing up in the south. The president is a community organizer. You wonder if he ever worked with a poor person…Insurance people they will tell you that they will go to a company and an employer will pay for everything, and there are some people who will not sign up. Turns out, those are my patients. They’re illiterate. I’m not saying that to be mean. I say that in compassion. They cannot read. The idea they’re going to go on the internet and work through a 16-page document to put in their data and sign up does not reflect on understanding of who is having the hardest time in our economy.”
I hope you don’t mind if I call you Bob, we’ve never met but we’ve interacted on the Tweeter Tube. I respect your unparalleled knowledge, expertise and experience in Louisiana politics. Very few people have worked both ends of the street as a participant and observer as well as you have. Your book about Russell Long is a classic.
Now that I’ve shamelessly flattered you, I have some unsolicited advice. You wrote 3 good pieces and a boatload of tweets about the elderly comeback kid, Edwin Edwards last week. I don’t agree with everything you wrote, but there’s one thing I’m in accord with: in this era of tribal politics he doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning a general election. Here’s the unsolicited advice, it’s time to back off and find another target. Edwin is an attention whore and you’re setting yourself up to be his foil in the media. The more you bash him, the more he likes it; especially since you write for the Vestigial-Picayune. Edwin always did enjoy baiting the Picayune and you’ll be his latest target.
I have mixed feelings about EWE’s return as I wrote in a post at First Draft, Let The Freak Show Begin. I think that you should treat Edwin like a political cockroach and, as we all know, they thrive in the light and scurry about aimlessly in the dark. Let him crawl around in the dark until he does something newsworthy. He wants the attention, so don’t give it to him.
Keep up the good work and get back to bashing the nutbars at the lege, Bitter Vitter, Boring Bill Cassidy, and our absentee Governor, PBJ.