Wednesday, 29 December 2010 00:00
by IND Monthly Staff
C’EST BON Accolades for Louisiana’s business growth and development from obscure biz publications keep rolling in. The latest kudo comes from Business Facilities, which named Louisiana 2010’s “State of the Year,” beating out South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. The mag cites the Pelican State’s business reforms, incentive programs, growth strategy and workforce training program. The award caps a solid year for the state in the pages of recondite trade publications — a year that included recognition by Pollina Corporate Real Estate (“Most Improved State”), Site Selection (ninth best business climate in the U.S.) and Southern Business & Development (“Co-state of the Year”). And although Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret is cited by Business Facilities as the brains behind the win, Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking most of the credit.
PAS BON The holidays are stressful enough. Being evacuated from your home or your home away from home (Mall of Acadiana) due to a “suspicious package” just compounds the anxiety. Holiday shoppers were rushed out of dressing rooms and away from their bland Sbarro pizza slices in the food court at the mall last week when a package containing an as-yet unspecified device was found outside the mall. Police say the device wasn’t an explosive, but they’re not saying much else. The incident came on the heels of an evacuation of more than 50 homes around the Islamic Center near the UL campus after a briefcase was found leaning against a fence. The FBI, already investigating an earlier car burning at the center as a possible hate crime, says the brief case contained a device that was “a threat that required special care and precautions,” according to The Daily Advertiser, although there’s no evidence linking it to the burned car. We miss the heady days of yore when the “Glue Bandit” injected Super Glue into the locks of south side retailers in the dark hours of Black Friday. That’s a holiday prank we can admire.
COUILLON And then there’s the incident last week at Lafayette Regional Airport. Imagine the Transportation Security Administration screener’s heart begin to pound as a bag moves through the x-ray machine revealing what appears to be a chicken and a miner’s head lamp. All the makings of a clever new al Qaida plot? No, it was a chicken and a miner’s head lamp. The terminal was evacuated for about an hour as law enforcement brought in bomb sniffing dogs to no doubt salivate over this threat to life and limb. Turns out, the benign cargo was more dangerous than first thought: it was a crawfish-stuffed chicken, or, as it’s known among cardiovascular physicians, a heart bomb.
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AUG 29 Everyone who cares about Louisiana should take time to peruse this story about coastal loss from Bob Marshall of The Lens. It's not enough to call it a story; it's an interactive experience packed with data and amazing graphics, timelines, history, photos and excellent writing. Set aside some time, because you can't go through this one in a few minutes.
JUN 29 This bizarre story from the Advocate on the shooting of a Baton Rouge television personality reads like the script of a soap opera - but not a good one. The allegations against him include sexual abuse of children, including the alleged shooter, and a sham immigration marriage involving his own daughter. The other side? He was a chaplin for the Sheriff's Office in Baton Rouge and preached in a local church.
AUG 29 Here's a story from CBS News about a killer amoeba found in the water system of St. John the Baptist Parish. The story made all three networks (CBS, ABC, NBC) as well as Fox "News," although they have not yet found out how it is Obama's fault. Seriously, the good news is that so far officials know of no one sickened by the water.
AUG 29 Huffington Post has a blog called Love Letters, which is grandly described as "an anthology of reflections on places the world over." This entry is from LSU Football Coach Les Miles, who, it appears, loves Baton Rouge. (Of course he does; he's a rich straight white man.) And certainly Baton Rouge loves him - unless he loses (ask Curley "Golden Flake" Hallman about that) or leaves (ask Nick Saban).
AUG 29 Blogger Bob Mann comments here upon Governor Bobby Jindal's federal lawsuit about Common Core. Mann calls it a "thinly veiled campaign document" and that might be the nicest thing he says in this post. Most troubling for Jindal and his aspirations, Mann has unearthed what Bobby said just a few years ago when he first decided to shove Common Core down our throats.
AUG 29 Blogger Tom Aswell has several developments here related to the so-called Edmonson amendment. The most entertaining one is possibly Tom's acknowledgement that a State Police official is (allegedly) calling the bloggers covering the story some colorful names. Listen up, cowboy: You really think two veterans like Tom Aswell and CB Forgotston care if you call them idiots?
AUG 29 Gotta love those journalists who write something with the enthusiasm that implies they're the first one to figure something out. Mostly, they're not. This is one of those times; the post on Slate Magazine says that Bobby Jindal's Common Core lawsuit is a political stunt. Well - Duh.
AUG 29 This story by WVLA tells us about a guy who got busted for speeding in Baton Rouge. Who cares? This guy took that infraction to new heights by going 129 miles per hour on Nicholson Drive. Poor fella - he probably has spent so much time sitting in Baton Rouge traffic he just had to cut lose.
AUG 28 As the controversy surrounding the Office of Group Benefits intensifies, blogger Tom Aswell gives us some background on the current problems. The OGB, which handles health insurance for current and retired state employees, is deep in the red since it was privatized by Jindal, and Aswell gives us the skinny: this great plan was designed by ALEC. The company handling it? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana - a longtime member of ALEC.
AUG 28 Blogger CB Forgotston has a concept for a new reality show: the wives of the "Dork Dynasty." That's the name that some troopers have given to State Police Commander Mike Edmonson and his inner circle. The ladies CB has picked for his cast are not just housewives, however, and the connections here are pretty interesting.
AUG 28 Blogger Ian McGibboney is writing about the strife in Ferguson in this post, and articulating what many people down south are saying. There's a fairy tale about how there's tons of racism in the South, but it's all hunky dory up North. (Really? Look again.)
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