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12 February 2005

Be still, my beating heart 

From Chris Rose this morning:

"More on Lindsay [Lohan]-- in fact, more than you might ever want to know -- on Tuesday."

Hopefully this is better than Oyster's photographic evidence of the origins of the Queen Bee as Striperella float at this past Mardi Gras...

11 February 2005

TKGOTW 

Good luck, chumps.

via the boys at B3ta.com

...bonus game for those not inclined to puzzles like the one above.

Terror Alert RED!! 

Head for the hills.

In case it disappears I'll post the graphic KATC is including on their front page to accompany the report that a local businessman pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his knowlege of supposed associates of Osama bin Laden during the late nineties and 2000s. At any rate, the headline is "LFT businessman lied about terror connections." The graphic is about what you'd assume the latest clip art is for terrorists, but even a careful reader could be led to believe that this is a photograph of our felonious businessman shrouded in jihadi garb. They ought to be careful with the insinuation they're making here or they could face a defamation lawsuit.

Ridiculous 

Protesters dressed as slaves in front of Bank One demanding reparations is the thanks they get for acknowleging, apologizing for, and offering restitution for a bank that once profited off the slave trade and which they acquired God knows how many years ago.
"We feel that our acknowledgement of the past, our apology, our current culture and community support and our $5 million scholarship fund are appropriate."
So do I. It seems to me that the reparations crowd ought to hold these guys up as an example for the right way to do things. They offered restitution without any prompting. If more large corporations and businesses were as generous as , there'd be billions in scholarship money and all other manner of dollars finding their way into the black community.

I've written about this before, and let's just say I didn't see this coming.

More embed 

We haven't checked in with the 256th embedded reporter in a while, so go see what Brian Thevenot has to say about the tough life Iraqi translators have working for the US in Baghdad. It's quite inspiring.

At the very least look because I believe it will be the last report filed out of Baghdad from a reporter on the Picayune's payroll. The embeds were tired of "dodging bullets" and their assignment ended, so there probably won't be any more of these. That's too bad because Thevenot's gripping account of the Blessed Squad and the rest of the series attached to that particular article is probably some of the best reporting I've seen in a Louisiana paper since I started writing this thing in Sept. of 2003.

More of this, please 

A headline seen on the cover of the B section in this morning's Advertiser. This isn't such a big deal except that it was written by a local reporter, not some Gannett minion writing from an undisclosed location who probably never even heard of the Advertiser much less had any idea how a Bush program might affect a Lafayette school.

Bush plan threatens student programs
Upward Bound among proposed budget cuts.

Gimme some mo' 

This story about a state district judge levying fines to be paid to community groups on the people that come under his jurisdiction caught my eye this morning.
Johnson defended his actions by saying that he wants the people paying the fines to pay money back to the communities they are destroying through illegal drugs. The judge said that most of the people he orders to pay fines in his court are young, black men.

"I view my court as a problem-solving court," Johnson said. He described his actions as "therapeutic jurisprudence."
The law seems to state fairly clearly that fines should be paid to the Sheriff's office and then divvied up among various state agencies according to some Senate resolution referred to in the article. But on the surface Johnson's approach looks like a dynamic one with a big upside. Of course there's the enormous potential for abuse, which we may already be seeing what with the Judge's order to pay fines to local University baseball teams (but not LSU's, so good for him...). At any rate, I guess this is the reason if a judge wants to order a criminal who faces him to "give back to the community" he ought to assign him community service, unless giving back to the community means sending fines to Timshel, in which case I'm all for it.

10 February 2005

"Ali G. . .Without the Satire" 

Ohh, just watch the video.

Bad news first 

At least one guy responsible for the further destruction of our political discourse proudly hails from "the gret stet"

...sorry, that's subscription only. You can always try bugmenot. The long and short of it is that some wise soul from Louisiana has been running a class for people to learn how to be jerks on television.

The good news is... 

this didn't happen in Louisiana.

...the bad vernacular boys get points off for egregious titular punning on that particular post.

Saints trivialities 

The folks at WWL-TV must be bored this afternoon.

Quick answers to easy questions:
No.
No.
Other (although a solid case for offensive tackle could be made).

Dammit 

There's simply no justification for sending five Councilmen to Hawaii for any conference. The Advertiser should have put this on the front page. It's going to cost the city at least fifteen thousand dollars. That's a drop in the bucket in our budget, to be sure, but that doesn't make it any less extravagant. These guys are completely shameless.

Louisiana voting machines 

Louisiana voters like those of us in Lafayette who still use the old "lever and curtain" machines pulled an actual level for the last time in a Presidential election this year. From now on the phrase, "pull the lever for _____" will be nothing more than a metaphor that our children and grandchildren probably won't understand. Yesterday McKeithen announced the three companies who will have the right to bid on the contract to supply the state with new machines per the terms of the Help America Vote Act:
McKeithen said the three companies that met all 11 pages of state specifications are: Advanced Voting Solutions of Frisco, Texas; Elections Systems and Software of Omaha, Neb.; and Sequoia Voting Systems of Oakland, Calif.
Sequoia is the only of these that I recall, and that's not really a good thing, but whatever. Here are your google searches. If you're interested in the companies, I'm sure you can find out about them this way.

Advanced Voting Solutions
Sequoia
Elections Systems and Software


The best part about "fasting" 

"We're getting more than last year at this time, and the price is 40 cents to 50 cents lower than last year at this time," he said. "All we need to do is get the quality up, and that's going to come with warm weather. With these cool nights, the size will run about medium. But that will get better as time passes on."

Pizzolato said he expects to see that improvement in the next couple of weeks. But the quality and supply is still a lot better than it has been, he added.

"The water level is so much better than in the past four or five years. If all these things come together, we will get a good crop of the wild crawfish this year," he said.


Vitter 

It hurts to say it sometimes, but good for him. But damn, his first floor speech sounds just like his god-awful boring stump speeches during his campaign:
I think the people of Louisiana were very focused on making history in my election but in a very different way that had nothing to do with narrow partisan politics. They responded to my call to make history by lowering prescription drug prices dramatically; by expanding choice and access to affordable health care through empowering patients and their doctors, not Government or insurance company bureaucrats; by doing the difficult but necessary work to create great jobs in Louisiana, such as fighting corruption and cronyism and demanding standards and accountability in education; by forging a Federal commitment to save a unique national treasure, the quickly disappearing Louisiana coast; by truly honoring our seniors with true Social Security that the politicians can't touch.
Cronyism and corruption, watch out.

09 February 2005

Explanations 

Just wanted to acknowledge and apologize for the slow posting lately, but I should tell you all that I have a relatively new schedule that simply doesn't allow me to post blog updates all day long. This is good for me, but bad for Timshel. I'll get a better handle on things as I adjust to everything, so thanks for not giving up on me just yet. Add to all this the fact that my papers were extremely thin this morning, and you end up with a day back from vacation with just one lonely post. Updates to come...

Boustany needs to buy a dictionary 

You know, you toil away on one of these things for a couple of years, mustering up what little outrage is left for some of the most minor offenses by a politician and rarely get to see results. Some of the big boys talk about the "power of the blog," but let's face it, they need to get over themselves. Whatever the case, it's nice to see something that's been bugging you addressed in print even when you've played no part in it whatsoever. That's why I love Patrick Courreges's report following up on the first month of action for Acadiana's two freshmen Congressmen. It's too bad Boustany's abandonment of his "four criteria" for Social Security reform didn't make it into the lead, but I never get everything I want:
Boustany, who said during his election campaign that he categorically opposes privatization of the Social Security system, said he's interested in some of Bush's proposals.

Boustany said that the idea of voluntary personal accounts for some of the money individuals pay into the system has some appeal and doesn't fit his definition of "privatization."
Just to remind everyone, here was Boustany in November talking about Social Security.
Boustany said he has four requirements of any legislative package to salvage Social Security -- no privatization, no raising retirement age, no cuts in benefits and no raising payroll taxes.
So far the only thing Bush has ruled out for his "reform"--probably dead now, anyway, which is what makes Boustany's silly abandonment of a campaign promise even dumber--is raising payroll taxes. Recall the "everything is on the table" line from the SoTU. Hopefully Boustany's voters will take note of his clear and shameless misrepresentation of his position on Social Security. And if he doesn't see the President's yet-to-be-fully-formed plan as privatization, then I wonder just what the hell he would consider private Social Security.

08 February 2005

Happy Mardi Gras 

Posting returns tomorrow...

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