by Lou Gehrig Burnet, Publisher of Fax-Net
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, has been busy trying to put behind him the controversy which developed when it was revealed that he spoke in 2002 before a white supremacist group founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
You don’t always have to be loud to make a lot of noise.
Last week, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) kicked off our 40th Anniversary with our 2015 annual meeting in Baton Rouge. Joining us to focus on our meeting’s theme of “Sustainable Growth in a Global Economy” were over 1,000 Louisiana business and political leaders.
Our modest attempt at literature is not only intended to inform but to educate our readers. Today’s lesson is about certain Sporting Absolutes that periodically arise with the persistence and joy of Type A flu. These are things that are bad but people in and around the games persist in doing them anyway. For example, a Sporting Absolute with local impact is: Never wear the opponent’s colors into LSU’s Tiger Stadium. You will be abused, threatened and possibly assaulted. That one comes from personal experience.
To call Gov. Bobby Jindal disingenuous would be to belabor the obvious. The evidence is there in plain view for everyone to see: his painfully patronizing platitudes, designed to appeal to his ever-shrinking core base, induce involuntary winces of embarrassment not only from his critics, of which there are many, but from objective observers as well.
Former presidential candidate, U.S. Senate candidate, U.S. House candidate, gubernatorial candidate, Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, state Senate candidate, and former state Rep. David Duke has a unique quality of becoming of sillier and sillier as time passes. Despite that, Republican Rep. Steve Scalise must be thankful Duke opened his trap about recent controversy manufactured around Scalise involving the gadfly.
Just days after a group of evangelical Christians held an event on the LSU campus that attracted undue criticism, a state university has announced that they will feature a preacher of vile hatred on their campus. Yesterday, it was revealed that Southern University will have Rev. Jeremiah Wright address their students on February 19 at the Cotillion Ballroom.
Wright was the former spiritual adviser to President Obama, who was practically banished from public view after his embarrassing speeches were discovered.
During his 36 years as the Pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, Wright preached sermons filled with anti-white, anti-Jew and anti-American messages. He claimed that America's "chickens" were coming home to roost after the 9/11 attacks. In a 2003 sermon, he thundered that the government "wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people."
Today's Louisiana political shorts: Louisiana's joblessness, Lilly Ledbetter Day, Jindal Wins? Louisiana ranks high in gun deaths, Morial slams lack of diversity:
I might be a dinosaur in things such as this, but does anybody else take offense at Marshawn Lynch’s childish actions at Super Bowl Media Day this week? The Seattle running back burnished his own thuggish reputation by sitting on his platform for less than five minutes, refusing to say anything more than: “I’m only here so I don’t get fined.” He made the point over and over, repeating that phrase or variations of it a total of 29 times, then abruptly departed when his cellphone rang.
Today's Louisiana business shorts include the upcoming Baton Rouge Area Chamber's shareholder meeting featuring the Chairman of Whole Foods John Elstrott, the new Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Federal City, Louisiana Tech and JEDCO finalists.
On Tuesday February 3, the second segment of the PBS Genealogy Roadshow filmed in New Orleans will be broadcasted nationally and locally on WYES-TV, Channel 12.