Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

In other words, teachers should get ready to take a back seat.


2theadvocate.com | News | Jindal cautious on issue of teacher pay raises — Baton Rouge, LA
LAKE CHARLES — Pay raises for public schoolteachers will be a key priority but it is too soon to tell whether their salaries will remain at the regional average in 2008, Gov.–elect Bobby Jindal said Monday.

Jindal, who will become governor on Jan. 14, said he needs more details of the state’s financial picture before he can spell out what teachers can expect.

Yes, we always have many other needs. Ethics, highways, drainage, pet legislator projects. We must have the right priorities.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Yes, maybe it IS time to review this regulation. And maybe a few others.

The price we pay for energy independence.

2theadvocate.com: Company says capping well to take at least two weeks
And it’s legal for oil and gas drilling rigs to be close to a road or interstate, Frink said. “They can’t be closer to highways than the height of their drilling rig,” he said. However, state Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Johnny Bradberry said the governor has asked for a review of the rule that dictates how far from a road a well can be located. “That policy is being reviewed as we speak,” he said.


Note the use of the passive voice. Someone-- we aren't given to know who-- is reviewing the polity. Whew! That's a relief.

Update: More of the same.


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Sunday, November 18, 2007

No one knows my name.



Forgotten hero: Exhibit honors Lafayette - Yahoo! News
And while hundreds of American counties, cities, squares, streets and schools bear the name Lafayette, how many people today could identify the Revolutionary War hero? "Not many," says Richard Rabinowitz, curator of a new exhibit on the Frenchman at the New-York Historical Society. "The American Revolution has ceased to be a story that we tell in our popular culture."


Here in Lafayette, Louisiana, we're celebrating Lafayette with a year-long series of events. Lafayette was an amazingly dedicated and idealistic man. It is a tragedy that America no longer fosters or honors such men.

I have heard that we got our town's name when the original Lafayette, Louisiana, then a part of New Orleans -- near Carrollton-- when that town gave up the name when it was incorporated into New Orleans proper. Before that, we were known as Vermilionville.


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Oops! The Corps of Engineers does it again.



Talking Points Memo | Mistakes made in New Orleans flood maps
The Army Corps of Engineers released flood risk maps on a block-by-block basis on June 20, but didn't include some technical data, preventing independent assessments of the accuracy of the maps.

The maps showed that the improvements made to the city canals' drainage systems would reduce flooding during a major storm by about 5.5 feet in Lakeview and nearby neighborhoods. The maps were based on a storm that has the likelihood of occurring at least once in 100 years.

But in a report released Nov. 7, Corps scientists estimated that the actual benefit the system would provide would be just 6 inches.


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

KSLA on secret Chemtrails test.


KSLA News 12 lCHEMTRAILS: Is U.S. Gov't. Secretly Testing Americans 'Again'?

KSLA has been breaking some pretty explosive stories lately, like the recruiting of chaplains for Homeland Security. This one is shocking, and the story might not pan out, but there are a number of websites that have the evidence. It's been ignored by the big news outlets. KSLA is pretty brave to publish this.

Link to google search for "chemtrails conspiracy."


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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

1.5 Trillion Dollars.


'Hidden Costs' Double Price Of Two Wars, Democrats Say - washingtonpost.com

$1,000,000 = million
$1,000,000,000=billion
$1,000,000,000,000=trillion

or $20,000 for every American household.

As George Bush would say, "What's a brasilian?"

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Bark in the Park, Lafayette


20071027-DSC_1481, originally uploaded by joefromla.