Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Being lovers of print journalism we couldn’t help but applaud from the sidelines Monday when our kindred in New Orleans rallied on behalf of the The Times-Picayune and its beleaguered staff. In response to the newspaper’s parent company announcing The T-P would go from being a daily newspaper to a Wednesday-Friday-Sunday publication schedule — and likely lay off a third of its newsroom staff in the process — a “coordinated cancellation” discussion on how to effectively pull subscriptions and advertising from the newspaper to “send a message” to Advance Publications was among the activities at a “Save The Picayune” rally at Rock-N-Bowl in Mid-City. Parcel to this local push-back for print, billionaire investor Warren Buffet announced days before that his Berkshire Hathaway investment group was purchasing 63 newspapers from Media General for $142 million to keep the newspapers afloat. And Buffet indicated the company may be looking to buy more.
Flummoxed by all those damn tourists clogging our festivals, choking our roads and scarfing down our cuisine, state lawmakers took a novel approach to depopulating Louisiana of those pesky outsiders and their exotic, non-Confederate currency: eviscerate arts/culture funding. The final version of House Bill 1, the state budget for the next fiscal year that went to Gov. Bobby Voucher’s desk this week, contains a Senate amendment that reduces — yet again — state support for Decentralized Arts Funding and Statewide Arts Grants, two linchpin mechanisms for underwriting Louisiana’s cultural economy. The funding for DAF and SAG, which combined was as high as $5 million annually back in 2009 (AKA, the good ole days when Louisiana had both a budget surplus and common sense), has now been whittled down to under $2 million after the Legislature shaved off another third, or about $500,000. Because culture is for pansies. The result of these short-sighted cuts: less access to arts/culture in poor, rural communities; fewer festivals, fewer tourists, fewer tourism-generated tax revenue.
Talk about cutting to the chase. Rather than confiscating America’s guns, divorcing the righteous from their religious freedoms and hauling their church-going, 2nd Amendment-worshipping asses before FEMA-camp death panels, just kill them. This is evidently the fantastical, hallucinatory new thread in the frayed-at-the-edges tapestry of Wingnut America. Look no further than advertising purchased recently in The Daily Advertiser wherein a “Letter to Louisiana and America” asks the foreboding question, “Will Obama and the Democrats Shoot Christians and Catholics?” Our guess is, no, they won’t shoot the Christians and the Catholics; they will spike their Hamburger Helper with small, untraceable doses of gay, precipitating a deadly, pinpoint lightning strike by the Lord Almighty. The ad was purchased by a local rep for Save Our Republic, a group that wants to save America from free-spending socialist-fascists who wear white before Memorial Day. The left-leaning Think Progress picked up the story and called Advertiser Publisher Karen Lincoln (pictured) out on it. Lincoln’s response: “We look at all of the ads, and the decision is made by each market. This ad did meet our standards. The decision to run it was approved.” Anything for a buck.
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
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Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.