20 August 2010

Time Killing Game of the Week 

Lazy Edition.

This game sucks.

Sorry, see you at the Saints game tomorrow.

19 August 2010

Moratorium not really a big deal so far... 

Louisiana loves to buck trends. Even theoretical ones.

Sternly Worded Letter 

I am very excited about the Transocean vs. BP throwdown that's about to ensue.

In a sternly worded letter to BP's attorneys, Transocean said the oil giant has in its sole possession information key to identifying the cause "of the tragic loss of eleven lives and the pollution in the Gulf of Mexico."

BP's refusal to turn over the documents has hampered Transocean's investigation and hindered what it has been able to tell families of the dead and state and federal investigators about the accident, the letter said.

18 August 2010

Dept of things that only matter when you're a Democrat 

U.S. Senator David Vitter's troubled aide Brent Furer expensed his travel costs to taxpayers when he flew between Baton Rouge and Washington D.C. to deal with his court appearances.

Vitter’s U.S. Senate office expense account records show two trips by Brent Furer from Washington, D.C., to Louisiana--one in 2007 and the other 2008.
The dates of the trips match times Furer was scheduled to make appearances related to his Dec. 28, 2004 arrest for driving while intoxicated and other related charges, according to Baton Rouge City Court records.

Vitter was asked in writing if he was aware of the circumstances and reasons Furer gave for the travel. Vitter was not available for comment, said his spokesman Joel DiGrado on Wednesday afternoon. DiGrado issued a prepared statement late Wednesday, saying that Vitter "certainly doesn’t condone any questionable timing of these trips."

Of course David Vitter has never been asked to appear in court for any of his own questionable conduct, so we can't really expect him to answer for someone who works for him. But let's just ask ourselves what would be on Fox News tonight if Mary Landrieu had put travel costs for criminal charges on her office's expense report on behalf of an aide who held his wife against her will and threatened her with a knife.

17 August 2010

Our Shitty Senate Race: 

Charlie Melancon, Democratic candidate for US Senate from the Gret Stet of Louisiana:

"I support freedom of religion, but let's give the families of 9/11 victims a voice about where this mosque should be placed because putting one near Ground Zero isn't appropriate,"

If you wanted to you could vote for Neeson Chauvin or Cary Deaton in the Democratic primary. But who the hell are those guys? Looks like we're doomed for boredom and disappointment.

In the 3rd District looking to replace Charlie Melancon is 28 year old Ravi Sangisetty. You can watch this interview with him here on youtube.

He has no message. This is the boringest federal election season ever.

Wait everyone. It's not all over? 

Plenty of oil is still in the Gulf. Or not. Who really knows?

Our seafood is tainted. Or maybe not. I'm sure there's nothing to worry about. Whatever the case I'm going to eat it anyway. Today for lunch I ate some mushrooms stuffed with crab, crawfish bisque (which should be fine), and a half shrimp poboy. I would have had crab cakes too, but no one at the table wanted to indulge themselves.

I'm pretty sure if you're reading this poorly maintained blog you're already reading the one I'm about to link to, but if not, please read about Gaston's adventure preventing exactly the catastrophe we continue to experience. You won't be disappointed with Gaston's resourcefulness.

16 August 2010

Feeling Confident About My Prediction 

A couple of months ago I predicted a Katrina 5th anniversary present for the Gulf Coast.

Despite confidence in the final processes of the relief well, we're still "about a week" away from BP initiating the Bottom Kill. Given the general turmoil out in the Gulf that is the peak of hurricane season, I'm thinking August 29th is looking pretty good.

Current Reading 

I'm currently engrossed in a book about a personal hero of mine.

The book carries an unfortunately Dan Brown-esque title, The Jesuit and The Skull, but as far as popular history goes, I'm into it.

In an early chapter the author discusses the popular mindset at the turn of the eighteenth to the nineteenth century. It's important to remember that just about 200 years ago the principle of extinction itself--the idea that any species could possibly cease to exist in God's perfect world--was essentially anathema. 130 years later De Chardin challenged the Catholic Church even further by discovering and essentially proving--along with several other important scientists--that man himself had changed significantly over the course of world history. He was persecuted and censored by his Church to the end of his life for these challenges. But he remained loyal to his oaths and continues to affect his Church decades after his death.

So far it's all well-worth the time I've put into it.

Mad for Avastin 

Came across this Kaiser Health News article today mentioning my favorite sound-byte spewing LA GOP senator. Breast Cancer: How Politics Is Driving Up Costs

This Fiscal Times story outlines the recent Avastin debacle that Vitty became so vocal about. Basically, any action by the FDA will not take the option of the drug off the table, but it will likely result in many payors not reimbursing for use of the drug for that specific type of breast cancer. I'll let you check it out and decide for yourself. One highlight:
Drug companies are in the business of selling drugs, and, as Genentech's Sandra Horning argued to the advisory committee, they are also in the business of selling hope. Allowing patients with metastatic breast cancer to hope for a few more weeks that their tumors weren't progressing provided substantial solace to those women, she said. That comment provoked heated rebuttal from many advisors, including several of the practicing oncologists on the committee, about whether that was worth the vomiting, stomach pains and raised blood pressure that many women experience on the drug.
And then the ending tag:
If the FDA caves to the pressure and allows Genentech to keep advanced metastatic breast cancer on the Avastin label, it will be one more indication that the nation still isn't serious about controlling health care costs by complying with science-based medicine.

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