Louisiana, once again, regardless whether it opts into Obamacare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act under current Governor John Bel Edwards or privatizes its hospitals (under former Governor Bobby Jindal)--is still in the pits for healthcare.
More specifically, dead last, at least, according to the 2018 Best & Worst States for Health Care annual report by personal financial website, Wallet Hub.
For years, The New York Times has been “failing,” according to President Donald Trump. It’s once sterling reputation as “the newspaper of record” has diminished significantly in recent years. The unadulterated liberalism of the newspaper and changing habits among readers has led to a massive decline in print subscribers and advertisers. While The New York Times has supplanted that revenue with digital subscribers and advertisers, the overall impact of the newspaper has certainly declined.
That is what the Invisible Acadiana tweeted the retired Air Force Colonel after a Bayou Brief expose dealing with Russian oligarch’s money coming into the state’s Republican political coffers. Last night, the Bayou Brief added to discussion.
In my view, anybody who would in any way associate Colonel Rob Maness to Russia is stretching it quite a bit. He might be slightly embarrassed that his name has appeared among many others in a brewing campaign financing controversy, but knowingly taking campaign funds from a billionaire Russian? No way.
Maness, in our weekly Friday morning Bayoubuzz Live Stream interview discussed the growing fuss, when he announced “there's some bits of breaking news the last few days I just wanted to check to talk about real quick and it has to do with Russia…”.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the members of its Leadership Baton Rouge class of 2019. The selected participants represent a cross section of the Capital Region’s business, civic and non-profit communities.
Leadership Baton Rouge was founded as a program of BRAC to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community. There are now more than 1,000 graduates of the program, many of whom serve in leadership positions on boards and commissions, and hold local, state, or federal elected offices. More information is available at brac.org/leadership.
For years, legislators in Louisiana have maintained a well-deserved reputation of irrelevance when it comes to substantively addressing a host of public issues. The mantra seems to be one of keeping a finger in the financial dike to get through the next fiscal year, and side stepping a host of idiosyncratic concerns that include bestiality, hair braiding and sports betting. But if you think Louisiana has an oddball legislature that leans toward quirky solutions to non- existent problems, check out California that has moved a notch ahead of us here in the Deep South.
Today Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and National Urban League President Marc Morial announced a new partnership to provide digital skills training to entrepreneurs and small business owners in New Orleans and 12 other cities nationwide beginning in 2019. The National Urban League will also join Facebook as a national advisor to help us work towards our goal to train 1 million people and small businesses in digital skills by 2020.
Donald Trump says Paul Manafort is being treated worse than Al Capone. A little history is in order. The fella who ordered Al Capone taken down was President Herbert Hoover who was tired of impudent gang murders in Chicago by America’s most famous gangster. Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon, who received the order, directed his treasury department to gather intelligence about Capone’s finances and, thereafter, history was writ.
The judge in the case of U.S. vs Capone, James H. Wilkerson, ran a rocket trial on the 23 charges facing Capone. It began on October 5, 1931 and concluded on October 18th of the same year with a guilty verdict. Ironically, Wilkerson bears more than a resemblance to special counsel Robert Mueller.
On Saturday night, the residents of New Orleans were reminded once again that their city is one of the most violent urban areas in the country. For the fifth time in the last six years, 10 people or more people were murdered or injured in a single incident.
The July 28th shooting took place on South Claiborne Avenue, one of the busiest thoroughfares in New Orleans. Two killers methodically chased Jeremiah Lee across Louisiana Avenue into a crowd that had gathered in a strip mall parking lot. At that point, the vicious murderers, wearing gloves and hooded sweatshirts, opened fire, injuring seven people and killing three people, including Lee.
by Ron Chapman
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts or evidence.”
The three greatest recent human rights disasters are: Ukraine, Syria, and Libya. In each nation countless tens of thousands have been killed, wounded, or displaced. America played a key role in all three.
In the case of Syria, 370,000 named victims with estimates of 470,000 total dead. Nearly 1.88 million have been injured and 13.5 million displaced by the war. This of a pre-war population of 22 million. The war has raged seven years beginning in March 2011.
Call him “Everyman.”
For that is who Thomas Markle, Sr., the estranged, increasingly noisy dad of Meghan Markle, really is.
Thomas Markle is one of us. He’s got three kids, one of whom just married into the British royal family. He’s got a pension. He’s got a silver Volvo. He’s got a penchant for McDonald’s and KFC cuisine. He’s got a testy ex-wife. He’s got Social Security. He’s got a heart condition. And now, he’s got a fan club.
Yup—I kid you not.
The Louisiana Departments of Health, Environmental Quality and Wildlife and Fisheries today issued a series of fish consumption advisories for nine bodies of water. These most recent advisories include one new warning and updates to eight previously issued warnings.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)
In 1994, after two years under the Clinton administration and decades more toiling as the minority party in Congress, Republicans decided they needed a plan to better communicate with the American people and detail the specific actions they promised to take if they assumed leadership in Congress in the upcoming elections. They suspected their ideas would resonate with a country growing more conservative by the day, but they knew the President’s bully pulpit and rapport with the mainstream media made it difficult to get those ideas heard by voters around the country. They knew they needed a workaround. Thus, the Contract with America was born.
In the age of President Donald Trump, American journalism has died and it has been replaced by Democratic Party advocacy. No longer are there standards for “objective” reporting in news departments at broadcast networks, cable networks like CNN or MSNBC or mainstream news organizations. Liberal commentators are masquerading as “journalists” and it is being displayed on a regular basis. In the aftermath of the President’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, anchors on CNN and MSNBC announced their outright disgust with Trump’s performance, discarding even the pretense of objectivity.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame draws visitors from around the world to stride atop stars emblazoned with the names of celebrities, old and new, big and small. Tourists can pay an imaginative entrepreneur toting a box of gold metal letters that can be laid over a faux star with their own names that’s photographed as a memorial of their pilgrimage to the irresistible tackiness of Hollywood Boulevard where, if lucky, Al Pacino can be glimpsed ducking out of Musso-Frank Grill. Among the stars on the baked L.A. street is Donald Trump’s.
Louisiana business shorts: New Orleans is hosting two programs focusing upon business and entrepreneur leadership. On Today and tomorrow, the economic development organization for the region, GNO Inc. Next month, Facebook is coming to the region to help digitize the small business community, the Facebook way. Here are the particulars:
Down in the Bayou State, there’s a clamor for more executions. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry makes no bones about his feelings. More executions- including nitrogen gas, hangings, firing squads, electrocution and lethal injection. But a federal judge has put all executions in Louisiana on hold for another year.