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Times-Picayune Column Calls For Bobby Jindal’s Resignation

for what its worth I second that suggestion this sleeze needs to go

Author: Deborah Montesano March 23, 2015 9:26 pm

The leading newspaper in New Orleans, The Times-Picayune, ran a column on Friday telling Governor Bobby Jindal that “it’s time to quit.” Basically, journalist Robert Mann’s argument is that the governor has abandoned Louisiana for higher ambitions.
On Monday, much of what Mann said was reiterated and supported by New York Times columnist Charles Blow. Blow’s article is titled, “Gov. Jindal’s Implosion.”

Mann said that Louisiana has such enormous problems, it deserves the attention of a full-time governor — say, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, who is apparently eager to fill the position. Among Louisiana’s biggest problems are a high poverty rate, terrible health outcomes, a ‘fractured’ healthcare system, and a confused, underfunded education system.

One of Mann’s many beefs is a concern about the gutting of education funding. He’s a faculty member of Louisiana State University’s School of Communication. Due to a dramatic fall in oil prices, Jindal was faced with a big budget gap for this year and his new budget has to address an ever bigger shortfall. According to a February article in Politico:

The president of Louisiana State University said earlier this month that the state’s flagship school is preparing for a 40 percent cut in its operating budget next year.

A 40 percent cut for an institution responsible for over 30,000 students! What kind of miracle will LSU need to stay viable under such a draconian change?

A better question is, Where is Jindal during this crisis? He’s both off on a Quixotic quest for the White House and out of reach of those who might be able to do something about the state’s problems. Lt. Gov. Dardenne has reportedly met with Jindal only 2-3 times in several years. Legislative leaders have virtually no access to the governor.

Just how Quixotic Jindal’s odyssey is was made clear in Charles Blow’s column. Citing a new CNN/ORC poll of Republicans and independents leaning Republican, Jindal comes in almost at the bottom of candidates that participants were most likely to support for president. He achieved 1 percent. As Blow put it:

Even ‘none/no one’ got 6 percent.

After a number of embarrassing missteps on the national stage, Jindal is sounding increasingly desperate, tripping over his words and making obviously racist statements. Last week, he declared that immigrants must believe in ‘American exceptionalism.’ Noam Chomsky, national treasure and philosophers’ icon, dismissed the concept during a recent appearance at Arizona State University (the author was in the audience). He called ‘American exceptionalism’ just another religion — a ‘secular religion.’

While the national audience apparently has little use for the governor and his antics at this point, Louisiana, too, is tiring of his presence — or non-presence. Jindal’s approval rating in the state has fallen to 28 percent.

Mann put the obvious into words:

You seem to be constantly in search of stunts to gain attention, so maybe resigning is what you’ve been looking for.

Resign. Have another brief moment in the national spotlight. And give the job to someone who might roll up his sleeves on behalf of Louisiana.


Gov. Brown’s "face palm moment" about Ted Cruz —Timely Today

California Governor Jerry Brown did not mince words. Discussing climate change he summarily dismissed the ignorance of Ted Cruz as seen in the above snippet. (video in the link)
Chuck Todd and Governor Jerry Brown were discussing the dire straits that California has found itself in with its record drought. In the discussion Todd asked Jerry Brown if his state's condition could be attributed to climate change. Brown's answer was deliberately measured. He acknowledged that in fact climate change is real. However he noted that one event is not enough to blame on climate change. His answer had the necessary caution to ensure it could not be used as a political gotcha.

While the governor did not want to single out California in the aggregate of climactic events, one has to draw that conclusion given the peer reviewed studies supported by over 90% of scientists. Chuck Todd then played a clip of Ted Cruz's willful ignorance displayed on Seth Myers show where he lied about the scientific data on climate change. Governor Jerry Brown's response was epic.

"What he said is absolutely false," Brown said. "Over 90% of the scientists who deal with climate are absolutely convinced that the human activity, industrial activity, generation of CO2, methane, oxides, nitrogen, and all the rest of those greenhouse gases are building up in the atmosphere. They are heat trapping. And they are causing not just warm, drought in California, but severe storms and cold in the East Coast. So it's climate disruption of many different kinds. And that man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of existing scientific data. It's shocking and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office."

That could not be said any better. Ted Cruz is a clear and present danger not only to thinking Americans but to the entire well being of the country. His effect on policy would be fatal.


A Hanging in Mississippi this afternoon - posted with heavy heart and worry


Coroner: Hanging in Claiborne County

Posted: Mar 19, 2015 3:10 PM EDT Updated: Mar 19, 2015 4:20 PM EDT
By Donesha Aldridge, Web Content Manager/Producer

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Miss. - A death investigation is underway in Claiborne County after body was found Thursday.

The coroner said there was a hanging in the county.

Sheriff Marvin Lucas said they found a body on Old Rodney Road in Port Gibson.

Authorities have not released the name of the person found.

MBI and the FBI are investigating.

The Claiborne County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to step in and investigate as well.

We have a crew headed to the scene. We will update this story as more details become available.

Who's on with Bill Maher at 10 pm / HBO tonight? Here is the list

Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, Sean Penn, Sharyl Attkisson, Arianna Huffington and Tom Rogan

if nothing else I for one am looking forward to the discussion about the letter the traitors sent to Iran.

Congress’s Approval Rating No Longer Detectable by Current Technology—Borowitz is trying to poll

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – After a challenging week for the legislative body, the approval rating of the United States Congress has shrunk to a point where it is no longer detectable by the technology currently available, a leading pollster said on Friday.

Davis Logsdon, who heads the highly regarded Opinion Research Institute at the University of Minnesota, said that his polling unit has developed highly sensitive measurement technology in recent years to gauge Congress’s popularity as it fell into the single digits, but added that “as of this week, Congress is basically flatlining.”

“At the beginning of the week, you could still see a slight flicker of approval for Congress,” he said. “Then—bam!—the lights went out.”
Logsdon said, however, that people should resist drawing the conclusion that Congress’s approval rating now stands at zero. “They may have support in the range of .0001 per cent or, say, .0000001 per cent,” he said. “Our equipment just isn’t advanced enough to measure it.”

Logsdon said that the swift descent of Congress’s approval rating below detectable levels has surprised experts in the polling profession. “A couple of years ago, when they shut down the government, I wondered, What could they possibly do to become less popular than this?” the pollster said. “Now we know.”


Still so furious I can barely breathe. The 47 demand to be looked at.

I'm ashamed and livid over my 2 Senators as well- Richard Burr and Thom Tillis - both now gave me brand new reasons for being exasperated.
Burr has been a weak and pretty useless follower for years. I think of him as a place card. And Tillis came in and showed his lack of brain power right off the bat by saying food servers don't necessarily need to be required to wash their hands ....

the smilies are for my Senators.

Looking in his mailbox: Kim Jong-un Feels Snubbed by Absence of Letter from Republicans/ Borowitz

PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report)—The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un said on Tuesday that he feels “snubbed” by the decision of forty-seven Republican senators to write a letter to Iran but not to him, the official North Korean news agency reported.In an unusually forthcoming interview with the Korean Central News Agency (K.C.N.A.), Kim said it was “hurtful” that the Republicans would send a letter to one of the United States’ most longstanding enemies while “totally snubbing” another.

“Let’s just call it what it is: they’re playing favorites with enemies,” Kim said. “I try not to take things personally, but it’s hard to see them sending letters to Iran without feeling a little bit hurt.”

Kim said that over the past two days he had his aides checking his mailbox on an hourly basis in hopes of finding a letter from the Republicans, but now he has “pretty much given up hope.”

“Honestly, I thought I’d at least rate a text or something, but … ,” he said, his voice trailing off.

“I don’t like to beat myself up, but part of me is like, ‘What does Iran have that I don’t have?’ ” he said. “I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like, when you actually get nuclear weapons, people start taking you for granted.”


A little boring but obligatory --- Spring is springing

I took a walk today and lifted 3 baby daffodils from a neighbor's yard. There were a few more, but I left them for the owner and other neighbors walking about and enjoying the sun and the warmth.
Here they are - in my kitchen - helping me celebrate the end of a bone chilling winter.

Bill Maher at 10 and repeat at 11:30 EST tonight - GUESTS are:

Lawrence Wright

John Ridley

David Axelrod

Matt Taibbi

Genevieve Wood

From 11 - 11:30 the show "VICE" is back. to me Vice is must see TV if at all possible.

Happy weekend everyone!

Borowitz reports on Poll: New Scandal Not up to Clintons’ Usual Standards

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A new poll indicates that the American people are deeply disappointed in Hillary Clinton’s State Department e-mail flap because it does not live up to the high standards of sordidness set by Clinton scandals of the past.

Davis Logsdon, who supervised the poll for the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, said that those surveyed were “receptive and even intrigued” by the idea of a new Clinton scandal, but then were deflated when they learned what the scandal actually involved.

“When people hear the words ‘Clinton scandal,’ they expect a certain amount of sex and sleaze,” Logsdon said. “But once they find out that this one is about State Department e-mail regulations which may or may not have been disobeyed, they feel very let down.”
“In a sense, the Clintons have created this problem for themselves,” Logsdon added. “They set an extremely high bar with some very memorable scandals in the past, and for a lot of people, this one just doesn’t live up to the hype.”

The current scandal could be salvaged in the public’s eye if some of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails turn out to have sexual content, but Logsdon called that “a long shot.”

“The poll results show that there’s a genuine appetite out there for a juicy Clinton scandal,” he said. “But, sadly, there’s also a sense that maybe they did their best work in the nineties.”

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