JUL 10 If you're not busy and you're not up for getting gored by a real bull, the NOLA version of the Running of the Bulls happens this weekend, a post on NOLA Defender tells us. This particular Encierro involves roller derby girls and whiffle bats, and it's all for a good cause. This year, Animal Rescue New Orleans and the state MS society benefit.
JUL 10 Columnist James Gill comments upon the recent revelation that the millionaire West Monroe family featured in "Duck Dynasty" is receiving what some consider to be corporate welfare to the tune of about $70K per episode. The bloggers who keep railing about it are misdirecting their ire, he says. If the Robinsons turned down free money they'd be stupid (and they're not stupid, even if they do play stupid on TV). It's the government that set up the scheme that should be criticized, he says.
JUL 10 Blogger Jason Berry is writing about the BP claims process again in this piece, and this time he's taking aim at a story in our very own Advertiser about one of the attorneys handling the work. "This thing reads like a Kim Jong Il biopic written by a North Korean press secretary held at gunpoint," he says.
JUL 10 Once again, the Metro Council over in Baton Rouge is preparing to vote on an ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate against gay people. The ordinance has been up for consideration before, but never passed. Now it has some backers, Rebekah Allen tells us in this post on the Advocate, and things just might turn out differently.
JUL 10 What do you mean, "What eggplant?" THE eggplant. Blogger Mighty Favog puts in his two cents.
JUL 10 The state Supreme Court has ruled that priests must report child abuse, even if they learned of it during confession, RawStory reports in this post. In the case at bar, a little girl told a priest that another parishioner was molesting her. The victim testified that the priest told her to keep the abuse to herself, because telling would hurt too many people. Say what?
JUL 10 KEEL provides us with a link to an interactive map that shows you how hot your summers will be in 95 years. For Lafayette, where we have an average temp of 90 degrees, the temps will be more like Pharr, Texas, where the average is 96 now. Of course, by 2100 some of us will be dead and in a place where 96 degrees will sound positively frigid.
JUL 10 The District Attorney over in St. Tammany Parish, who has been the target of concentrated investigative reporting for the past several months, issued a statement Wednesday complaining about media interest in his campaign finances and his brother, this post from WVUE reports. The post contains a link to the story about his brother, which is a lot more interesting than his complaining.
JUL 9 This is a fascinating post on The Lens about the political and cultural phenomenon that is Duck Dynasty. As CW Cannon writes, the ploy of portraying "establishment insiders" as "rebels" is as old as the Confederacy, but still in enthusiastic use today. It's just old Kool-Aid poured into new bottles, Cannon writes.
JUL 9 Hey, it's hard to be a fan of Bobby Jindal, but this post in Salon is a pretty ruthless analysis of Jindal's continued inability to make a dent on the national scene. The authors say he "jumps from one shtick to another in effort to woo elusive Republican voters." It's a "sad" tale of how Jindal is attempting to stay relevant, they say.
JUL 9 What? You want a story to go with that headline, too? What else is there to say? Click thru to see a picture on WAFB.