Déjà vu, of sorts?
In late February 2009, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, gave the response to President Obama’s national address. As it turned out, Jindal bombed and has been suffering the consequences ever since.
The year was 1988. A successful New Orleans businessman named Patrick F. Taylor had a speech to give. His audience was 183 restless middle schoolers who weren't college bound. Heck, many weren't even high school bound. They were biding their time until they could drop out of school.
Yes, yes, the Duchess of Cambridge has a nice, new blue coat, and yes, she looks "amazing" in it.
I mean, as far as "amazing" goes. She does look "nice." It’s usually nice to have a nice, new coat.http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kate-middleton-duchess-looks-radiant-5003630.
But does she look pregnant?
Unfortunately, crisis budgeting is not synonymous with making the delivery of Louisiana higher education efficient or even effective, although it can serve as a starting point for that overdue process. Problem is, that process should have started long ago.
The two faces of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal continued today as he delivered his own ”state of the Islamic Union” address in London. He has told the world that immigrants should assimilate into the mother country rather than cultivating their own culture and religion.
Back in 2007, after the vicious murder of filmmaker Helen Hill, popular Dinerral Shavers and 8 other people in the span of one week, 5,000 citizens marched in the Central Business District of New Orleans descending on City Hall. At the time, Mayor Ray Nagin was on the stage, behind a lectern, not allowed to speak. Rally organizers wanted him to listen and not talk his usual nonsense. Sadly, he used his time at the rally not to listen to speakers, but to conduct business on his Blackberry for his family’s granite company. It was typical Ray Nagin, always self-focused and never interested in truly helping the citizens of New Orleans. Not surprisingly, the end result of this march was heightened attention to the problem, a catharsis for the thousands of bereaved citizens, but no real response from the Mayor’s office.
There has been much debate over whether Steve Scalise knew or should have known the white supremacist, Neo-Nazi about David Duke’s Euro meeting in 2002 which has caused a tremendous commotion among local and national political circles. Scalise has apologized for his actions twice, has said he does not recall the event. David Duke’s associate, Kenny Knight initially appeared to claim that Scalise spoke at the Euro meeting and then said Scalise only spoke to a group of a neighborhood group and not Duke’s group.
The debate over what some people say will be a $1.4 billion budget shortfall, cuts and higher education (once again), and a governor using state money to help launch a presidential run can be heard often at the state capitol in Baton Rouge. Today, that conversation is being heard overseas, in London.
As a second week of the new congressional session embarks on the 2016 election season, down in the swamps of Louisiana, and in many of the newsrooms around the country, the controversy regarding House Whip and Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise continues.