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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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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