The airplane engine buzz hovering over Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s latest travels are raising questions that hopefully our busy chief executive might one day answer--assuming he has the time to focus on matters other than TV appearances and book signings.
When he gets back from the brutish tour helping to make the nation more literate, the one BIG question I have relates to his main motive for jumping into the national debate. Which really dominates—his attempts to cash in early and even get personal benefits from the BP oil spill tragedy or his burning desire to help the nation and in doing so be Louisiana’s ambassador?
Isn’t life in Louisiana just grand?
The Louisiana treasury is as robust and flush as it gets. Our kids are swamped with job offers and future opportunities. Our medical professionals are making so much money that they are willing to handle Medicaid patients for free instead of being reimbursed by the Louisiana government. Our roads are first class, the economy is booming with cash from our seafood, tourist and the once-struggling offshore oil industries--none which have ever had it any better.
So, diary, why should any of us complain about Governor Bobby Jindal’s book?
The state is in tip top shape and the Governor has every right to tell the world about "Crises and Leadership" which I understand is the title of his novel.
In the era of claims that the Democratic Congress and the President are not listening to the public, at the time that the Tea Party and the mainstream Republican Party are and likely will be fighting one another for control of the conservative message and the agenda, there might be a ray of partisanship emerging.
According to at least one account, longtime friends Matt Goldman and Chris Wink and their new friend Phil Stanton were sitting around trying to decide what to call their nascent, vaudeville-like, high-tech comedy act, and what kind of gimmick could be utilized to make them stand out above the pack. After much brainstorming and pooling of ideas, a colorful concept was born. The trio would color themselves in blue and call themselves the Blue Man Group. Simple but effective, it turned out to be a winning formula.
The liberal media was up to its usual tricks this week. Yesterday, ABC News aired a heavily promoted interview with the ex-wife of Newt Gingrich. In the interview she claimed that Gingrich wanted an “open marriage.” It was a predictable attack from an embittered ex-spouse. There was nothing new in the charges because the former Mrs. Gingrich has made similar claims in a previous magazine interview. What was new was the network’s outrageous and deliberate attempt to manipulate election results by releasing this interview two days before the South Carolina Republican primary.
Matthew Stafford and the Lions travel to New Orleans this week as a 10.5-point underdog.
True, the chances of winning this season's Super Bowl vary from team to team, but the bottom line is that once a team has qualified, anything can happen.
The New Orleans Saints are playoff-bound, but they haven't clinched the NFC South yet, but for their Monday Night Football rival Falcons to win the division and clinch a home play of game, they would have to beat the Saints and win over Tampa Bay next week. The The Falcons would also need to hope the Saints lose their finale against Carolina.
The Saints are favored by 6 1/2 points and have won six straight. They are undefeated in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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By Dean M. Shapiro
in their predictable blend of envy, bitterness and bigotry, the teabag punditi are whining like little ritolin-needy schoolgirls because they didn’t get enough attention from time magazine. time chose to recognize that something far larger than petty parochial politics was afoot in the global uprising of unexpectedly huge and successful protest movements across the planet when it named “the protester” the person of the year.