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Weird: Garret Graves Attacks Edwards’ Children?

Let’s be clear, Jindal henchman Garret Graves is performing an impressive act of kabuki. He’s a career bureaucrat who’s worked for whatever oil-soaked politician came his way (mostly Democrats in the beginning of his career). There’s no doubt that he’s brainy, but he apparently isn’t too keen on politics.

Here’s the beginning of a strange exchange, prompted by an innocent assertion from a Times-Pic reporter:

You can see that campaign video in there. Just FYI, this is what Youtube thinks are the related videos:



Yes, that is the “ultimate fails compilation.” No, we did not set that up.

Anyway, this precipitated a really fucking weird fight with old EWE, who is basically the rookie of the year on twitter:

Which expanded into a really bitter response from Graves, who is basically calling Edwin’s (beautiful) wife and (cute) kid ugly. Which is a weird thing to do. Not exactly ingratiating himself to the voters.

And then:

Which is all a little weird, considering Graves is attacking Edwards family for no good reason. Other than the fact he is afraid of Edwin? I mean, really?

Strange days.

Why the Louisiana Science Education Act Disqualifies Bobby Jindal From National Office

For the 100th time. @BobbyJindal is some sort of religious zealot unfit to govern a polytheistic country.


In his very first term in office as Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal signed the nation’s most absurd and most regressive “science education law” in modern America, the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act. Ostensibly, the law is merely about introducing supplementary materials in public school classrooms in order to undermine the validity of both the fact and the scientific theory of evolution, offering impressionable school children with an alternate explanation of the nature and origins of our vastly complex universe by attempting to teach kids that the observable, repeatable, and peer-reviewed knowledge and data that the world’s brightest minds have perfected for hundreds and hundreds of years are merely metaphors to be forcibly, painfully implanted into a choice series of 2,000 year old oral history books.

That’s why you’ll hear Creationists claim that Dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark. Apparently, he even drew up a little model to support his thesis…

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Merry Christmas? Happy Holidays? Who cares?

Bob Mann updates us on the “War on Christmas”

By Robert Mann

I come from a long line of Christian evangelicals. I grew up among people devoted to saving souls, compelled by their faith to spread the “Good News.” My father was a preacher who believed in the power of Christ to redeem the world. Sometimes, members of his various churches would comb neighborhoods, knock on doors, ask complete strangers about their faith and invite them to church.

Yet, like the Puritans of old, we forsook the religious side of Christmas. Following the New Testament command of St. Paul, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon,” there were no Christmas hymns sung in the congregations of my youth. If you had attended my dad’s unadorned church the Sunday before Christmas, you would have seen no signs of the holiday season. There was no Christmas Eve service.

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Who Is The “TEA” Party Of Louisiana

Blogger and rabble rouser extraordinaire CB Forgotston has landed in an interesting place.  Bobby Jindal’s candidate for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, Neil Riser, advertised that he was the choice of the “TEA Party of Louisiana.” After the thrashing Riser took over the weekend, there are probably many recriminations in the Jindal camp over this latest disaster. Forgotston has dredged up one trivial, but perhaps intriguing, nugget regarding Riser’s astroturf campaign:

If you followed the recent special election for the LA 5th Congressional District you probably read and heard in the state and national paid media that Neil Riser had the endorsement of “The TEA Party of Louisiana.”

If you are as naive as I am, you probably took that to mean that an “umbrella” group of the various TEA Party chapters in LA had come together behind Riser.

Then I began hearing members of local TEA Parties say that Riser had refused to come to various meetings of the groups in the 5th District. Riser’s opponent, now Congressman-Elect Vance McAllister did attend the meeting and had their support.

One day a fellow contacted me claiming to be a member of the TEA Party who was upset that he was getting calls from “The TEA Party of Louisiana” supporting Riser. He said if they didn’t stop calling he was going to quit the TEA Party because he supported McAllister.

So what is going on here? To the untrained eye, the “TEA Party” support would be critical in this ultra-conservative district. Yet, the winner of the contest, newly-minted Congressman Vance Mcallister, supported the Medicaid Expansion under Obamacare. Riser’s consultants tried to smash him with that. Instead, Riser was smashed. What’s going on here? Forgotston has more:

There’s more

I did a Google search for “The TEA Party of Louisiana.” I turned up a “TEA Party of Louisiana.” It even has a website (here) where they endorsed Neil Riser for the 5thCongressional District.

The website accepts donations via the Internet, but provides no physical location, mailing address or names of the officers.

Next, I checked with the LA Secretary of State’s Website to get more information on the group. There was no “TEA Party of Louisiana” registered.

The closest name I could find was “LOUISIANA TEA PARTY, L.L.C” in Baton Rouge.   The mailing address is: C/O CECIL CAVANAUGH, 10165 GRANDEUR, BATON ROUGE, LA 70815

However, this group is listed as “Inactive” by “Action by Secretary of State.

Who endorsed Riser?

This leaves me with the questions of, other than a website, what or who is the “TEA Party of Louisiana” that endorsed Neil Riser? Who paid for the calls or other activities on Riser’s behalf in the 5th District?

Read the whole thing here.

Why Elbert Guillory’s “Free At Last” PAC Raises Serious Questions About the Louisiana GOP

@CenLamar unlocks the absurd kabuki promulgated by cynical conservatives obsessed with race.


A couple of months ago, when Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory switched back to the Republican Party, he generated statewide and national attention: Guillory is the first Republican African-American member of the Louisiana State Senate since Reconstruction.

This may seem like an important breakthrough for Louisiana Republicans, until you consider that Guillory had been been a Republican up until 2007, when he became a Democrat in order to run for State Representative in a heavily Democratic district. In fact, Elbert Guillory had actually been a member of the Republican Central Committee. The conservative media has gleefully embraced the narrative of Guillory as Democratic defector, but the truth is, Elbert Guillory only became a Democrat to deceive his constituents; he couldn’t get elected as a Republican. To be sure, he once claimed his conversion to the Democratic Party had something to do with his disenchantment with George W. Bush, which, at…

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