A pair of Central Louisiana legislators shows us the only thing worse than blaming someone else for the consequences of your own actions is then to criticize them in doing whatever they did something you’ve done yourself.
You didn’t hear the likes of state Reps. Chris Hazel or Herbert Dixon moan when the “preamble adjustment” that the Legislature passed –with both of their approvals – was used to give a budgetary haircut to the Departments of the Treasury and Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. The passage instructed the Commissioner of Administration to excise, from any part of the budget, $15 million.
But they sure got into high dudgeon when it was used against spending in their districts in order to comply with the adjustment. The Democrat Dixon saw about 200 government jobs eliminated at health care facilities while the Republican Hazel will see the J. Levy Dabadie prison shuttered which will cost those personnel their jobs, although the roughly 100 would be offered positions at nearby state prisons, courtesy of line item vetoes cast by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Say it ain’t so!
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal – often referred to by detractors as the little dictator – has struck again. He has put another notch on his vindictive gun, punishing a state legislator who dared to disagree with him on a legislative issue.
This time, it is one of our northwest Louisiana state representatives, Republican Jim Morris of Oil City, who was stripped of his position as vice chairman of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.
How bad will Drew Brees WMD analogy error comparing weapons of mass destruction to the NFL's bounty case impact the New Orleans Saints' pride and joy?
Saints quarterback Drew Brees offered an interesting analogy for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's case that some Saints coaches and players were involved in a bounty program. He says it's reminiscent of President George W. Bush's case for the Iraq War.
"If NFL fans were told there were 'weapons of mass destruction' enough times, they'd believe it. But what happens when you don't find any????"
Brees has apologized for the way he worded his comparison of the NFL's evidence in the Saints' bounty program to President George W. Bush's administration evidence for weapons of mass destruction.
Weber deserved better, but that's the reality of sports
There is a sad reality in the sporting world that is amply covered by a myriad of clichés. A new broom sweeps clean. The baby is thrown out with the bath water. We are going in a new direction. Thanks for the memories. Any one of those could have been said to Hugh Weber during his meeting with new Hornets owner Tom Benson on Monday, but the final result is that Weber will not be an active participant in the new Hornets, or whatever name Mistah Tahwm decides to call the team.
Weber’s termination was hardly because of his performance, because he was the on-site glue that almost single-handedly held things together after George Shinn sold the team to the NBA. Among his achievements, Weber orchestrated the “I’m In!” ticket drive that sold 10,000 season tickets last year.
On Friday, President Obama once again displayed his utter contempt for Congress and the rule of law by unilaterally announcing that his administration would no longer deport up to 800,000 illegal immigrants who arrived in this country at a young age.
Along with his pledge to stop deportations, the President announced that these illegal immigrants would be able to apply for work permits.
The NFL displayed some of its hand on Monday concerning Bountygate as appeals were heard on four Saints players.
The NFL also claims it showed 12 reporters the same evidence it displayed at today's hearing.
The reporters who have seen the evidence shown to them by the NFL appear to be impressed with what they saw. However, NFLPA and at least one implicated ex-Saint, Scott Fujita, have attacked the NFL's presentations.
boycott nola.com to make its owners listen
why is the ownership of the some-times-picayune and its bastard child nola.com shafting the people of south louisiana? the answer is simple: because they are greedy and smug and stupid. they’ve already made crystal clear that the letters, and rallies, and vip statements imploring them to reconsider mean less than nothing to them. they’re ignoring us.
The New Orleans Saints bounty hearing has started with a delay and a slam. After all, this is football.
Here are tweets from James Varney of the Times Picayune who has been following the on and off hearings of the day at NFL headquarters.
Vilma attorney: "it's clear the commissioner has withheld thousands of pages of documents from us." [via Twitter]
On Monday, the leadership from the Louisiana AFL-CIO and the Louisiana Federation of Teachers issued a joint statement regarding their positions on the recall efforts launched against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
That effort was launched as a result of the Jindal sponsored and coordinated legislation that passed early this spring during the Louisiana legislative session.
The agent for Anthony Hargrove took a pre-hearing shot against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Sunday, agent Phil Williams questions why the NFL has released evidence “strategically” and not fully sharing.
Others have complained however, the NFL has stated it was not required to release all evidence.
Cleveland's Scott Fujita, and current Saints Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith have their appeal hearings scheduled before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday.