Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The UL Ragin’ Cajuns’ sloppy, soaking-wet 20-12 victory Saturday night on the road against the Kent State Golden Flashes was more than just a win. In a game delayed for nearly an hour and a half due to lightening — golden flashes indeed! — and plagued by rain of biblical proportions in the first half, Mark Hudspeth picked up his first victory as the Cajuns head coach. The win was also the first by UL on the road versus a Mid-America Conference team and the first against any non-conference opponent on the road since 2006. And although the game was ugly from start to finish — neither team eclipsed 190 yards of total offense and combined for eight fumbles and two interceptions — there’s much to build on as the Cajuns host the Nicholls State Colonels Saturday as a tune-up to Sun Belt Conference play.
Radio “personality” Garland Robinette has a powerful perch on WWL in New Orleans, and as we learned last week in a series of articles and editorials in The Times-Picayune, he used that bully pulpit to pad his pockets in a most unethical way following Hurricane Katrina. Robinette’s name surfaced on a “lobbyist list” seized in an FBI raid at the office of River Birch, a West Bank landfill operator that heatedly competed with rival landfills in 2006 and 2007 for lucrative Katrina construction debris contracts. River Birch owner Fred Heebe wanted those rival landfills closed and he apparently had a ringer in Robinette, who, like Glenn Beck shilling for gold, railed against those rival landfills as toxic, potential Super Fund sites in a campaign in which he cast himself as a principled environmental champion. What Robinette revealed to neither his listeners nor to his bosses at WWL was that he also happened to be the beneficiary of a $250,000 interest-free “loan” from Heebe — a loan he has yet to repay. Amazingly, Robinette is still employed by WWL. That’s what we call air pollution.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, proved again what churlish little snots the teabaggers can be last week when, grim and steadfast and sitting just two rows behind fellow Republican Rep. Joe “You Lie!” Wilson, held up a sign — “DRILLING = JOBS” — during President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress. So much for decorum. The slogan underscores the freshman congressman’s limited understanding of economics, offering instead a simpleton’s solution: drill, baby, drill! (and cut regulations, kill the EPA, privatize everything, corral those tree-hugging sissies and get rid of those evil unions and their outlandish demands for fair pay and safe working conditions). The Associated Press photo of Landry pulling a Glenn Stewart stunt has become an “insert your own slogan using Photoshop” sensation on the web. Our favorite knock-off: “I AM AN EMBARRASSMENT TO MY STATE.”
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The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
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Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.
The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,068 from the previous week's total of 2,071. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,494 claims.
Museum of Fear opens its 2014 season with more scares than ever before.
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The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
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Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The ACLU of Louisiana has sued Abbeville's mayor and police chief over a policy barring police from any social media use showing the city in a bad light.
Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote "religious liberty" at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives Friday, with anti-Obama speeches from the likes of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The American Zombie blog by New Orleans independent journalist Jason Berry has a photograph of U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier having dinner with Lafayette attorney Pat Juneau — yeah, that Pat Juneau, the BP claims administrator whose fate Barbier will soon decide.