It’s the first explanation that pops to mind: Someone has kidnapped our governor, who has publicly said he thinks it’s OK to teach Intelligent Design (creationism in a lab coat) alongside evolution in biology class, and replaced him with a politician actually attuned to the fact-based reality the GOP has been slowly and painfully seceding from for two decades.
Yahoo! News’ Liz Goodwin brought to our attention Jindal’s op-ed today in the Wall Street Journal, “The End of Birth-Control Politics,” in which he announces his support for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription. Again, Gov. Bobby Jindal says he supports selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, after all, threw its support behind same last month.
But after reading Goodwin’s report — you can’t read Jindal’s actual piece unless you’re a WSJ subscriber — we see that Jindal’s reasonableness is motivated more by political maneuvering than rational thought: “I agree with this opinion, which if embraced by the federal government would take contraception out of the political arena,” he writes. “Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it. That’s hogwash,” Jindal writes. “But Republicans do want to protect those who have religious beliefs that are opposed to contraception.”
So it’s really more about countering the Dems’ charge that the GOP has been waging a “war on women,” which was used so effectively against Republicans in the last election cycle, than it is about sound public health policy. But hey, baby steps...
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SEP 16 Here's something for LSU to be proud of. It's a video of some (presumed) 'frat boys' manhandling another young man who is not wearing a polo shirt and khakis on the parade grounds prior to Saturday's LSU football game. The best part of this brief video is the look on the face of the guy who shot it, who also is (presumably) responsible for the title of the tape.
SEP 16 Lafayette is up for inclusion in another pointless list, but if it makes you feel better, go vote for the city here. This contest, sponsored by that pillar of excellent journalism, USA Today, is seeking the top ten college towns that are able to conduct a social media campaign to get voted as the best college town.
SEP 16 Here's a weird post on LaPolitics about how many doctors we have in Congress. With Charles Boustany, John Fleming and Bill Cassidy, we've got a lot of physicians up there. Why is that? Jeremy Alford has some ideas.
SEP 16 Here's a post from the Facebook page of the Al Berard Music Festival, announcing the date of the new event to honor the musician's memory and to raise money for the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana. They're seeking volunteers, if you want to help.
SEP 16 This post on the Oxford American magazine features the work of New Orleans-based photographer/artist Kevin Klein, as well as some of his amazing portraits of NOLA people. It's worth a few minutes of your time.
SEP 16 Just as Rod Dreher was marking the anniversary of his sister's death from cancer, he learned this his friend Dave's wife, Alison Neustrom, had died of cancer, he writes in this post. In searching online for info about her wake, he learned of Alison's testimony regarding medical marijuana, and marvels at the fact that this woman, who was fighting a battle herself, spent some of her precious, limited time to fight for others.
SEP 16 Finally, something useful from a daily newspaper. Here's a story in the Picayune about the Jambalaya Calculator, a free-to-download spreadsheet that helps hungry Cajuns calculate ingredients for the dish.
SEP 16 Columnist Jim Beam writes about cuts to the military in this post. It's a theme that has been repeated over our history, and it has never been a good idea, he argues. Beam remembers processing out of the Army in 1957 and sitting next to a captain who had been cut during one such drawdown.
SEP 15 Blogger Bob Mann is writing about the death of Victor White III, who died in New Iberia, handcuffed and in the back seat of a police car, from a gunshot wound to the chest. He wonders if perhaps the residents of that town should riot, as the residents of Ferguson did, in order to get national (and federal) attention for the case.
SEP 15 Here's the NOLA Defender blog's coverage of the Gulf Energy Forum, hosted last week in the city by The Atlantic magazine. Although the mag's people tried to ensure the discussion explored all types of energy, it focused on oil and gas, the post reports. Since the forum was held in Louisiana and underwritten by the American Petroleum Institute - how is that a surprise?
SEP 15 Blogger Tom Aswell gives us the details on a recent Legislative Auditor's report on Louisiana's obligations to Tom Benson, some of which he says "appear to border on financial irresponsibility." He's also detailing an audit of the seemingly endless problems with hurricane recovery contractors.
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