AUG 19 Crazy Crawfish gives us a primer here on how the state Department of Education, the Recovery School District, drop-out numbers and graduation rates. It's a long post, but it has a lot of data in it, and a lot of explanations, plus a couple of photoshoped pictures of Paul Pastorek thrown in for fun.
AUG 19 Here's the statement Ray Mouton sent to the Advertiser (at their request) to balance a story quoting the Bishop about why he won't release the name of 15 priests accused of molesting children. Mouton also gives us some background: The paper "ignored" the statement, Mouton says, adding that the paper was acting as a 'publicist' for the bishop, instead of as a newspaper for this community.
AUG 19 If Rick Perry needs support (from someone other than his optometrist, that is) he found it this weekend from Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, Time Magazine reports in this post. Bobby said he supports Rick in his fight against "this partisan suit." (Hey, Bobby! Call up your brother the lawyer and ask him the diff between an indictment and a suit. Hint: there's a big one.)
AUG 19 Although his name is not on the ballot, the upcoming Senate rate is an important one for Bobby Jindal, Jeremy Alford writes here on LaPolitics. Nationally, the GOP is looking to him to "deliver" the seat, but lately his endorsements haven't been good luck, Jeremy says, "more like kiss of death."
AUG 19 Blogger CB Forgotston has some more info on the never-ending saga of the so-called Edmonson Amendment. Two legislators, one of whom helped write the thing, have proposed a "legislative solution" for the situation. This is in lieu of a lawsuit to determine the legality of the thing. So, if these guys wrote the bill that they really, really, really don't want a judge looking at, how are they qualified to "fix" it?
AUG 19 This post on Silicon Bayou News is a hoot. The unfortunate author recently attended a New Orleans City Council meeting, and describes it as "theatrical." This particular meeting was about Uber, which is another discussion altogether; the author also gets into that issue.
AUG 19 Here's an interesting story from the Advocate about a group of ghost hunters who recently visited T'Frere's Bed and Breakfast, hoping to catch up with the resident ghost. (At least these guys didn't burn the place down, right?)
AUG 19 OK, so this is a story in the Picayune about the state's Tea Party being bent out of shape because David Vitter says he supports Common Core. Blah, blah, blah. You really need to click through and read the last two paragraphs of this story -- because THAT is where the real entertainment is here.
AUG 19 A competition show, Master Chef, is holding an audition in NOLA next month, the NOLA Defender blog reports here. The show, hosted by screaming ginger Gordon Ramsay, requires that applicants fill out a 10-page application and cook a dish that they are required to plate on-set for the audition.
AUG 18 This post by blogger CB Forgotston is pretty appalling. He's telling us of special "services" provided to legislators by State Police, including giving rides and acting as a messenger service. So when you saw that State Police car speeding down the Interstate, it's possible he was just delivering something to a legislator. Great, right?
AUG 18 Blogger Jason Brad Berry is writing about the BP oil spill claims process again - and as usual he's the only one who is watching these guys. This particular post is looking at how the stories have changed in response to his questions about conflicts of interest among the committee members who are processing the claims.
AUG 18 Author and attorney Ray Mouton has posted more information about sexually abusive priests and the current bishop of the local diocese. Apparently cash settlements were made to victims as recently as 2008, Mouton tells us, and the priest in question now lives in Englewood, Calif.