Two carnivals were taking place simultaneously in the heart of Iowa this past Saturday.
The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines was celebrating the centennial of its buttermilk cow and hawking such delicacies as fried Oreo cookies, fried butter and the ever popular (and delicious) porkchop on a stick.
Just up the road on the grounds of Iowa State University in Ames a political carnival was held. Both had cover charges ($10 to enter the state fair, $35 to vote in the Ames straw poll) and both had interesting dining selections (though no porkchop on a stick was to be found, the grub was free in Ames so long as you didn’t mind waiting in long lines). Congressman Ron Paul even provided a ride of sorts (a large inflatable “Dollar Slide”).
Below is a breakdown of how the candidates fared and in keeping with the carnival atmosphere, what each served up to prospective voters.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal was joined by Dept. of Natural Resources Sec. Scott Angelle, Dept. of Transportation and Development Sec. Sherri H. LeBas, state and local officials, and energy industry officials to highlight a $10.2 million investment of Capital Outlay and federal safety dollars for the La. 3276 reconstruction project in DeSoto Parish, which will reconstruct and clear vegetation to improve sight distance on a four mile segment of La. 3276 from U.S. 171 to I-49. At the press conference, the Governor also highlighted his administration’s total investment of $72.1 million for road projects in DeSoto Parish.
It has been a mind numbing decline for the Louisiana Democratic Party over the past three decades. In 1978, 90 percent of registered voters in Louisiana were Democrats. Today, less than half of state voters are registered Democrats for the first time in the state’s history. The last four years have been especially troubling for the Democratic Party as their registration totals have declined by 100,000. More and more voters are switching their party affiliation from the Democratic Party and registering as Republicans or Independents.
According to newsreports a Louisiana man, "Jeremiah Lee Wright has admitted to killing and decapitating his biological son--a 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and other disabilities."
In what could be one of the most bizarre stories, " Wright confessed to decapitating the child. According to those close to the investigation, Wright said he "was taking care of (the child) for so many years and he just started to look at him as no longer his son, just an inanimate object," Silverii said. "He and the child's mother had some issues. And he purposely put the child's head in a position for her to see it."
Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Louisiana Economic Development (LED) announced the approval of Louisiana State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) application. Louisiana’s planned use of the SSBCI funds will help create new private sector jobs and spur more than $132 million in additional small-businesses lending in that state. The SSBCI program, which supports state-level, small-business lending programs, is an important component of the Small Business Jobs Act President Obama signed into law last fall.
What a wonderful week. A steamy one but the fun-filled soirees kept me going.
I started my week by attending on Wednesday morning a press conference in which Irvin Mayfield, tourism representatives and hospitality leaders from Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel and Irvin Mayfield’s I Club at the JW Marriott Hotel, announced the launch of a new fundraising initiative entitled “Love Sessions: A Festival of Giving – 11 Nights of Music, 11 Nights of Giving.”
This columnist has composed numerous articles focusing attention on the many problems that plague our nation during these turbulent times. The challenges appear overwhelming when one considers how many there are: economic, social, political, educational, environmental, racial, international, and three consuming wars.
Taking this into consideration, along with a view to the present political landscape, and it is no wonder that the confidence in the future that traditionally marked American attitudes has so eroded over the past few years. Only 16% of Americans believe the nation is moving in the right direction. 82% think we are on the wrong path! (Rasmussen Reports)
Saints quarterback Drew Brees will miss Stinchcomb and agreed that the release of the Pro-Bowler was a wake-up call for the team.. His comments on Stinchcomb's release:
What are your thoughts on Jon Stinchcomb?
Saints coach Sean Payton announced on Monday the Saints have released offensive Jon Stinchcomb, who was missing practice time because of slow-healing knee surgery.
"Jon was one of our first players in Mickey Loomis' first draft back in 2006," said the coach. "We go back to 2006 in that first training camp and he was one of our leaders. This decision was very hard to make. We will devote a lot more time tiome to Zaach Strief and Charles Brown. They will compete for the starting job."
Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Gameloft S.A. executive Samir El Agili to announce the establishment of a major new game development studio in New Orleans by Gameloft, one of the world's largest publishers of digital and social games. Based in Paris, Gameloft will create 146 jobs during the next decade with jobs over time averaging more than $60,000 a year, plus benefits.