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January 27, 2014
inothernews:

Slate's map of where taxpayer-funded schools teach creationism is downright depressing.
As you can see there’s a full infestation of inanity in Tennessee and Louisiana.  

Simple explanation: In Tennessee and Louisiana, state law allows creationism to be taught in public schools. The other states shown mostly teach this stuff through voucher-funded charter schools. Nonetheless, what a depressing map.

inothernews:

Slate's map of where taxpayer-funded schools teach creationism is downright depressing.

As you can see there’s a full infestation of inanity in Tennessee and Louisiana.  

Simple explanation: In Tennessee and Louisiana, state law allows creationism to be taught in public schools. The other states shown mostly teach this stuff through voucher-funded charter schools. Nonetheless, what a depressing map.

10:59 // 5 months ago
November 17, 2013

How “Duck Dynasty” helped an underdog politician win an election

Last night, Louisiana businessman Vance McAllister won a runoff election for a vacant House seat in the state’s 5th Congressional District. McAllister—a Republican who leans slightly to the left of opponent Neil Riser, takes a slightly more pragmatic take on the Affordable Care Act than his opponent or Gov. Bobby Jindal, and speaks of never having visited Washington D.C.—did not have backing from the Republican establishment or from tea party groups like FreedomWorks. One thing McAllister did have, however, was endorsements from two “Duck Dynasty” stars, including Willie Robertson, shown above. (The show and its ratings-friendly family are based in the district.) The reality TV scheme appeared to have worked—despite being outspent big time, McAllister won handily, scoring 60 percent of the vote.

9:59 // 8 months ago
April 7, 2013

Bobby Jindal’s plan to kill Louisiana’s income tax hits a major snag

  • cause In recent weeks, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican who is expected to run for president in 2016, has been pushing a bold tax plan in his state that would eliminate income taxes entirely on individuals and corporations, in an effort to make the state more desirable for businesses. To make up for the loss of income, the state’s sales taxes would jump by 56 percent, the cigarette tax would jump significantly and a number of tax loopholes would be closed.
  • reaction Jindal’s popularity has tanked. With a 38 percent approval rating in the state, President Barack Obama is now a more popular figure in the conservative Louisiana. Why’s that? Well, two reasons: First, the sales tax increase is seen as hitting the poor more than the rich (though Jindal says there will be tax credits available for low-income residents); and second, many residents see it as a transparent scheme to shore up Jindal’s credentials with conservatives outside of Louisiana before running for president. Many of those polled also note that he’s been out of the state a lot lately. source
12:16 // 1 year ago
January 24, 2013
A debate about which party can better manage the federal government is a very small and short-sighted debate. If our vision is not bigger than that, we do not deserve to win.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal • In a speech he plans to give to the Republican National Committee Thursday evening, during which he will use the phrase “recalibrate the compass of conservatism.” Jindal sounds like he’s running for president in 2016, and also like he’s hoping to score an era-defining speech akin to Rush Limbaugh’s defiant bit at 2009’s CPAC. Jindal’s response to the State of the Union that year didn’t get a lot of love from anyone, but he’s otherwise proven himself to be one of the country’s best Republican governors, so it’ll be interesting to see what sort of bandwidth he gets from this speech.
8:31 // 1 year ago
January 18, 2013

Former mayor charged with bribery, conspiracy, money laundering, and more

  • 21 counts of corruption faced by former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city at the time of Hurricane Katrina. source
18:07 // 1 year ago
November 17, 2012
mothernaturenetwork:

BREAKING NEWS: Oil rig explosion and fire off Louisiana coast, 2 missingThe U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that a Black Elk Energy Co. oil and natural gas platform had some sort of explosion occur in the gulf, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky over the water.

The coast guard is still searching for 2 missing people in the aftermath of the Black Elk platform explosion, and 11 have been taken to the hospital with injuries, some in critical condition.

mothernaturenetwork:

BREAKING NEWS: Oil rig explosion and fire off Louisiana coast, 2 missing
The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that a Black Elk Energy Co. oil and natural gas platform had some sort of explosion occur in the gulf, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky over the water.

The coast guard is still searching for 2 missing people in the aftermath of the Black Elk platform explosion, and 11 have been taken to the hospital with injuries, some in critical condition.

14:37 // 1 year ago
November 15, 2012
reuters:

Two BP Plc employees face criminal indictments for their part in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and charges could be unveiled as early as Thursday, a source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
London-based BP is expected to pay a record U.S. criminal penalty and plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused the worst offshore oil spill in the country’s history, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The sources told Reuters that a plea deal with the Justice Department over the 2010 disaster, in which 11 workers died, may be announced as soon as Thursday.
READ ON: BP workers face criminal charges from 2010 spill - source

Will be interesting to see if anyone goes to jail over this.

reuters:

Two BP Plc employees face criminal indictments for their part in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and charges could be unveiled as early as Thursday, a source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

London-based BP is expected to pay a record U.S. criminal penalty and plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused the worst offshore oil spill in the country’s history, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The sources told Reuters that a plea deal with the Justice Department over the 2010 disaster, in which 11 workers died, may be announced as soon as Thursday.

READ ON: BP workers face criminal charges from 2010 spill - source

Will be interesting to see if anyone goes to jail over this.

11:03 // 1 year ago
August 30, 2012
Scene from Isaac: “Beau Vige’ paddles his kayak down Johnson St. in Madisonville, which is taking on back water from Bayou De Zaire, to check out his neighbors who were still in their homes as Hurricane Isaac battered Madisonville Mandeville and the northshore with high winds and high tides, Wednesday August 29, 2012.” Isaac is quickly weakening this morning, but continues to drop heavy rains. (photo by Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune)

Scene from Isaac: “Beau Vige’ paddles his kayak down Johnson St. in Madisonville, which is taking on back water from Bayou De Zaire, to check out his neighbors who were still in their homes as Hurricane Isaac battered Madisonville Mandeville and the northshore with high winds and high tides, Wednesday August 29, 2012.” Isaac is quickly weakening this morning, but continues to drop heavy rains. (photo by Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune)

9:31 // 1 year ago