What began as a “grassroots” conservative movement is now a limited liability company. The Tea Party of Lafayette announced at a July 8 town hall meeting the group — an outcropping of the nationwide TEA (Taxed Enough Already) movement that held rallies on April 15 — has received LLC status and will soon elect officers and a board of directors.
The Tea Party of Lafayette is coordinating its causes with the Tea Party of Louisiana and other conservative groups, which, according to a memo distributed via e-mail to members, will allow TP-Lafayette to “have a stronger and more dynamic presence in the political arena.” A major focus of TP-Louisiana, according to the group’s Web site, is opposition to cap and trade legislation and, attendant to that, the “Global Warming Hoax.”
On the Tea Party of Louisiana Web site one can view several videos, including an almost two-hour high-def video titled “The Obama Deception” that opens with forboding music over a video montage of adoring Obama crowds — with special emphasis on African Americans weeping during the inauguration — and out-of-context quotes from Obama and administration officials that draw implicit parallels to the rise of Hitler: youth brigades, martial law, hoodwinked masses.
The Tea Party of Louisiana will hold its next town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the South Regional Library on Johnston Street. The topic is “Obama administration’s so-called Financial Regulatory Reform Proposal.”
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.