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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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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