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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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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