C’EST BON The turning tide on gay marriage in these United States is becoming a tsunami. That wave swamped Louisiana’s shore in late June when U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman decided to turn a limited test of the issue into what could be a major ruling. Charged with deciding whether Louisiana can legally ignore same-sex marriages performed in states where it is legal, Feldman instead decided he didn’t want a piecemeal approach and said that he would consider the broader issue of whether gay and lesbian couples should enjoy the constitutional right to marriage in Louisiana. You know where we stand on this.
PAS BON Gov. Bobby Jindal’s flip-flop on Common Core — he was for it before he was against it — has devolved into an unseemly rift with his hand-picked golden boy of education, state Superintendent John White. In an interview with Politico — a favorite mouthpiece of the governor — White said Jindal “breached a constitutional line and broke the law in suspending assessments in Louisiana for reasons that defy the civil rights of our state’s citizens.” As of this writing the two are at an impasse, but we can imagine, based on the governor’s penchant for firing those who disagree with him, that White would be spit-shining his résumé if not for the support he maintains on BESE.
COUILLON State Rep. Lenar Whitney, R-Houma, found a way to elbow her way up toward the front of an already crowded pack in the race for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District seat: double down on stupid. A businesswoman widely considered one of the most conservative members of the Legislature, Whitney recently produced a nearly five-minute campaign video titled “GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX” (all caps hers; see it on YouTube) in which she calls overwhelming scientific consensus on man-made global warming “the greatest deception in the history of mankind” and “proves” it’s a hoax with all the debunked “science” of the deniers. The photogenic 55-year-old has chutzpah — we’ll give her that — even pinning on “progressives” the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs. (The law she’s referring to, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, was signed by George W. Bush.)
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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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