Wednesday, 11 August 2010 01:00
by IND Monthly Staff
C’EST BON The 15th Judicial District’s Drug Court program works, and now there’s a long-term study to prove it. Headquartered in Lafayette, the program is funded in large part through the Louisiana Supreme Court, which commissioned an analysis that finds that graduates of Drug Court — a diversion program that offers first-offense, non-violent drug offenders an opportunity to enter a yearlong system of drug treatment, supervision, education and random drug testing and to have the arrest expunged from their record — are more likely to kick the habit and stay out of trouble. The study’s findings are stark. Among them: Drug Court graduates are six times less likely to be rearrested within six months of completion of the program than are offenders eligible for the program who opt instead to accept probation. Drug Court graduates are also far less likely to be arrested a year later than are eligible candidates who don’t enter the program.
PAS BON The avaricious among us never met a disaster they didn’t see as an opportunity for fraud, and the BP oil spill is bringing the shysters out of the woodwork. In just a matter of a few days last week, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested three commercial fishermen — two of them Iberia Parish men who conspired together; the third is from Chauvin — of falsifying documents showing earnings prior to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. These so-called “trip tickets” are used by BP to establish an earnings average for out-of-work fishermen, who are then reimbursed for their lost wages. Each faces felony charges. With the recent announcement that beginning in September rig workers impacted by the moratorium can apply for financial assistance grants ranging from $3,000 to $30,000 — part of a $100 million fund BP established to bankroll the program — expect the fraud to continue. BP isn’t exactly a sympathetic victim here, but come on.
COUILLON It’s not so much “ethics reform” as it is “ethics, re-formed.” Gov. Bobby Jindal proves time and again that while he may still be a fresh face in politics, he can be plenty old-school in his style in governance. Last week LSU System President John Lombardi named Lafayette’s Elaine Abell chairman of the governing board for the planned teaching hospital in New Orleans. Lombardi is supposed to be the sole authority in such decisions. The LSU System released a statement announcing Abell’s appointment. So far so good. But the next day, in a tersely worded press release that wasn’t even issued on LSU System letterhead, it was announced that, woops, Abell wouldn’t be board chairman after all; that honor would go to Bobby Yarborough. Bobby Yarborough is Jindal’s campaign treasurer. Jindal’s ethics reformation: Do as I say, not as I do.
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SEP 23 You know CB Forgotston couldn't let that Advocate editorial about the Edmonson Amendment pass without comment. And so here's his comment - and he's not holding anything back. Putting perfume on manure doesn't change the fact that it is manure, he says.
SEP 23 That (unnecessarily rough) hit on Drew Brees in Sunday's game just may have awoken a "sleeping giant," this post on ESPN's NFL Nation Saints blog suggests. One thing nobody can do is give Brees an open door, Mike Triplett writes.
SEP 23 Bobby Jindal may think he's fooling the voters with his attempts to spin a Legislative Auditor's report on Common Core, but blogger Stephen Sabludowsky isn't buying it. In this post, he breaks down a press release from the guv and all the "misleading" statements in it.
SEP 23 Voters may have approved an amendment to our Constitution to de-politicize appointments to our levee boards - but it ain't happening in the staffing of the levee board that filed the coastal erosion suit against Big Oil, columnist Clancy DuBos writes in this post.
SEP 23 Here's the first in what will be a regular column on the NOLA Defender blog that promises to bring us a look at the city's "drinking culture." But writer Joseph Toman says he's not going to be doing bar reviews; instead he's offering "vignettes of characters, venues, and vices." Hey, how can that be bad?
SEP 23 Here's an interesting post on the Washington Examiner with some comments from Bobby Jindal about his refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. He's "held firm" against the big hospital lobby, this post says, because those are the greedy guys trying to get poor people health care. (Imagine, trying to make sure no Americans die because they're too poor for health care. Those jerks!)
SEP 23 There are more women than men registered to vote in Louisiana, Jeremy Alford writes in this post on LaPolitics, meaning they should play a bigger role in this fall's elections. He's pretty sure that's why Bill Cassidy keeps cancelling debate dates with Mary Landrieu - to "limit his exposure."
SEP 23 Here's an interesting editorial in the Advocate about Bobby Jindal's (unbelievably hypocritical) accusation that the White House is a bunch of "science deniers." In his attempt to give the national media an attractive sound byte, he's actually reminding the nation that he signed the law allowing teachers to instruct students on religion in Louisiana science class, the editorial states.
SEP 22 This bit of video from Saturday's LSU game is appalling, whether you're a fan of LSU or not. In it, you can see a Mississippi State player literally stomping on two LSU players during the game, which his team won. Twice the player, Dillon Day, can be seen jumping on the abdomen of LSU players during the game, the Picayune reports here. Day is a senior from West Monroe.
SEP 22 Whether you like him or not, you have to admit that Edwin Edwards has an irresistible story - on so many levels. Here's a post from CNN, which also has been unable to resist. His comments are classic EWE.
SEP 22 Seems like there is nothing the interwebs likes more than listing stuff, and ranking states for good and bad things is a common practice. Columnist Jim Beam takes a look at some of the recent good and bad rankings that Louisiana has racked up.
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