C’EST BON Revitalization of Lafayette’s urban core got a shot in the arm at the end of January when UL Lafayette’s School of Architecture and Design, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, unveiled plans to build a “pocket neighborhood” of small, energy-efficient homes along with a pavilion and park on less than two acres of land in the McComb-Veazey neighborhood adjacent to downtown. The roughly 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom/two-bath homes are being designed by grad students and will go up this summer with Habitat crews manning the hammers and circular saws.
PAS BON That icy, sleety arctic weather that shut down schools in Lafayette for four days in late January — and a generally colder-than-usual winter — is promising an insidious effect on South Louisiana culture: It delivered a major blow to the crawfish crop. The Associated Press reported that farmers are ruing their iced-over ponds and warning of tough times ahead for écrevisse aficionados. Cold water delays the growth of crawfish. The net result for our Lenten and Easter crawfish boils: shrimpy crawfish in short supply. But this is Acadiana, so demand will not be diminished. That means sky-high prices, too. Enjoy.
COUILLON U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, will not stand for oil portraits. Nor will he sit for them. In an effort to burnish an otherwise undistinguished tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives and make it a contest with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu this fall, Cassidy has come up with the EGO Act, AKA the Eliminating Government-Funded Oil-Paintings Act. It not only screams to the Federal Department of Acronyms, “Boys, y’all better step up your game,” nor does it simply have the Louisiana State Office for the Prevention of Hyphen Abuse fidgety, it most importantly addresses a fundamental crisis of entitlement among those within the Beltway: elected officials and cabinet-level bureaucrats sitting for taxpayer-funded portraits. Not in latex, watercolor, charcoal or graphite pencil. In oil!
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APR 18 So Gov. Jindal's new press secretary already has blocked blogger CB Forgotston from her Twitter account, CB tells us in this post. Sure, CB hasn't exactly been sugar sweet to the lady, but if his blogs are all it takes for her to get in a huff she better find some intestinal fortitude somewhere, because that's just the tip of the iceberg.
APR 18 Pooyie! Robert Kennedy Jr. isn't pulling any punches in this column on Huffington Post about the flood board's lawsuit against Big Oil and Bobby Jindal's involvement in efforts to kill it. Kennedy, who is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, describes Jindal as 'genuflecting to Big Oil's pressure' and 'the industry's chief indentured servant.' Dang!
APR 18 Here's a video of UL Coach Mark Hudspeth showing he can pump some serious iron. It sure impressed the Dr. Saturday blog, which calls his press of 370 pounds a "ridiculous" number for a coach -- and opines that no other college coach could beat ours.
APR 18 Columnist John Maginnis offers some advice to Vance McAllister on this post: Don't quit. Republicans have demanded he resign, but offer no "sensible answer" to the question of why David Vitter shouldn't leave, too, he says. McAllister needs to do his duty and serve out his (abbreviated) term, Maginnis says.
APR 18 Blogger Lamar White Jr. comments upon the plan to make a Bible Louisiana's "official book" in this post. He argues his point by telling us the story of an immigrant couple who moved to Louisiana: Amar and Raj, whose oldest child is now our Governor. This action would have a much larger impact, he opines.
APR 18 There's only one major bill left defending public education, blogger Mike Deshotels writes in this post. He's also got a few choice words for state Superintendent John White, who implies that Louisiana teachers would be thrown into chaos and disarray if they didn't have a test to teach. (Maybe kids would actually get an education then? Nah!)
APR 18 An effort to set up speed cameras on the Interstate has been shut down before it even got started, columnist Stephanie Grace tells us in this post. A bill to block the practice is sailing through the legislature -- where apparently no one wants visitors to our fair state to arrive home to a ticket. (These guys must never drive on I-10 with people from Texas).
APR 18 Blogger Tom Aswell reassures everyone worried about the staffers for Rodney Alexander -- the ones who didn't go to work for McAllister or Candid Camera, anyway -- with this post. Apparently one staffer for the retired Congressman (who also worked for a preacher accused of sexual assault) already has been hired by Alexander in the state department he now runs, Aswell says.
APR 17 At the start of the Tuesday board meeting that ended with his removal from the President's post, Joe Aguillard told the governing board of Louisiana College that SACS, the accreditation agency, requires the board to adopt a confidentiality agreement regarding board actions. Later that day, SACS told the Town Talk that confidentiality agreements would never be required. Calvinist or not, isn't lying wrong?
APR 17 Here we are, looking like backwater dummies again in the national media. This story on Huffington Post tells the nation that our legislators are so scared of the Louisiana Family Forum that they won't vote to repeal a law that was ruled illegal years ago. (Guess these particular Christians don't cotton to that "love one another" thing.)
APR 17 Here's an interesting column from Paul Stanley, political opinion editor of the Christian Post. He breaks down the differences between David Vitter and Vance McAllister, in terms of political realities. What he found surprising was the fact that many GOP leaders are swinging a self-righteous sword at McAllister which had remained sheathed when Vitter's "sin" was revealed. He does have an interesting theory -- that Jindal's people want the Vitter issue to be revived.
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