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Tue Feb 9 20:29:26 CST 2016 A Parade for Spanish Town
Other long-term Spanish Town residents and myself are entertaining
the idea of starting our own second-line parade. It would be a
more traditional New Orleans style, with costumes, music, marching
and dancing. There'll be none of the racist, raunchy, sexist and
tasteless themes that have permeated the Spanish Town Parade. It
will be planned by and for Spanish Town residents but all in
appropriately themed Mardi Gras costume are welcome.
Thu Feb 4 15:30:51 CST 2016 Gov. John Bel Edwards
Deeper cuts to higher ed, health care aren't solution to budget:
Gov. John Bel Edwards
Only a few weeks have passed since I stood on the steps of our
Capitol and asked you to join me in putting Louisiana first.
Now, more than ever, the future of our state depends on a
recommitment to that promise of unity and shared sacrifice to
bring our state to a place of shared prosperity.
I don't want to mince words - Louisiana is in a budget crisis.
After eight years of dishonest budgeting, our state is facing
a $750 million shortfall for this fiscal year and an expected
$1.9 billion shortfall for the next fiscal year. This is the
largest budget deficit in the history of our state. Those numbers
are not just my numbers. The Legislature's fiscal advisers as
well as independent economists, such as LSU's Jim Richardson,
agree. We are in dire straits.
During the campaign, I told people of Louisiana that significant
budget reforms would be required to end years of chronic revenue
shortfalls and the failure to properly fund critical programs
such as higher education and health care.
Since then, we all learned that budget problem is twice as big
as we knew during the course of the campaign. Corporate income
tax collections are down to negative $200 million, as the state
doled out $200 million more in tax credits than we have collected
in taxes. To make matters worse, the current year's budget is
sitting dangerously atop $800 million in one-time money --
dollars that won't be available in the new budget year but are
being used to pay for on-going programs today.
Because these facts surrounding the budget have changed so
significantly, so must the solutions we consider. The simple
fixes and easy cuts were made years ago. There are no "easy"
solutions left, and after eight years of living in budget fantasy
land, it is time to govern -- and to speak the truth.
I have offered a menu of options in order to stabilize our budget
in the short term and put us on a long-term path to prosperity.
This menu of options is unappealing, but the alternative to
making hard choices now is catastrophic. Simply put, we must
stabilize the budget in the short term and transition to a more
stable, reliable revenue stream in the long term.
I cannot support deep cuts to higher education and the elimination
of critical health services that will result if we do not work
together to tackle these budget challenges responsibly.
Additional cuts would force colleges into financial exigency,
lead to hospital closures across the state and prevent the state
from delivering basic and critical services to its citizens.
Like me, each of you knows a child who has left Louisiana to
pursue an education free from the threat of cuts, to get a good
job, or to pursue a rewarding career. We are failing too many
of our kids and setting Louisiana families on a trajectory for
A distracting political storm is brewing. Detractors will spend
more time on blame and rhetoric than they will giving solutions.
Ask them to name the cuts that will solve the problem and who
will suffer if those cuts are imposed. With a wise balance of
responsible cuts and revenue-raising, we will emerge stronger
Washington-style politics have no place in Louisiana. I have
asked even my most vocal critics to be solution-driven and
compromise-oriented. So, please encourage your legislators to
work with me.
In Louisiana, we are resilient, and we are determined to meet
any challenge that comes our way. We are experienced at working
together in the face of great adversity.
I ask you to join me, to stay involved. I ask you to choose
productive dialogue over political chatter and practical solutions
over reactionary anger. I ask you to be Louisianians first, not
Democrats or Republicans. And I ask you to pray for our great
state as we work together to solve these massive challenges and
unleash greater opportunity and prosperity for our people. Make
no mistake, our best days are ahead.
John Bel Edwards is governor of Louisiana.
Fri Jan 29 20:51:43 CST 2016
Longest "parade" on this night are the cars going east on Spanish
Fri Jan 29 08:58:51 CST 2016 RIP, HRM, King George III
On this day in 1820 King George III died. Dubliners were told to
paint their doors black to mourn his passing and the naughty Irish
painted their doors anything BUT black.
Tue Jan 26 13:06:06 CST 2016 The Risk Isn't Worth Taking
Even if you don't believe that karma will bite your ass nine ways
from Sunday, the risk isn't worth taking.
Sun Jan 24 00:38:53 CST 2016 Sad Posse Clown
If you are jealous and hateful of someone because they like their
job and they're good at it, you are one sad posse clown who needs
to get a life.
Fri Jan 22 20:01:50 CST 2016 Bayou Country Superfest, 2016
So that local friends may plan their activities accordingly, the
Bayou Country Superfest will be May 27 - 29, 2016. Tickets went
on sale today.
Mon Jan 11 08:17:16 CST 2016 David Bowie (1947-2016)
An oddity is a precious thing.
Mon Jan 4 23:13:24 CST 2016 Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
The river is now at flood stage. Let's all go stand atop a parking
garage and watch the idiots walk on the levee and let their kids
play on the booms.
Fri Jan 1 23:09:37 CST 2016 Resolution No. 1
Stop hating myself.
Thu Dec 31 15:50:07 CST 2015 NYE 2015 Plans
Put on a kilt (for Hogamany), pour a glass of wine, and listen to
Mon Dec 28 18:24:20 CST 2015 Sense of Atmosphere
One of the attibutes of "Star Wars: 'A New Hope' and 'The Empire
Strikes Back'" that endears me to them is an unmistakable sense
of atmosphere. Everything after that always seems to fall flat.
Mon Dec 21 11:48:27 CST 2015 An Odd One
I had it in mind that I'd be an "odd one" for not wanting to own
or operate an automobile. Lo and behold, it seems that quite a
lot of "millennials" don't want to, either.
Sun Dec 20 12:25:36 CST 2015 Recommended Movies on Netflix
Short Term 12
People, Places, Things
Your Sister's Sister
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
The One I Love
Mon Dec 14 11:46:19 CST 2015 Nerdist | Silversun Pickups
Silversun Pickups chat with Chris and Kyle about life on the road,
meeting their heroes and life back in L.A. They also talk about
their newest album Better Nature, and they play three songs for
Wed Dec 9 09:03:33 CST 2015 John Lennon at Shea Stadium
I remember footage of an interview with the Beatles at Shea Stadium
all those years ago and a teenaged John Lennon commenting, "We'll
be lucky if we last two weeks."
Fri Dec 4 20:50:20 CST 2015 Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is one of those programs the government cannot
afford NOT to fund. It is not a "welfare program" and may very
well have saved the government no telling how many times over the
cost of funding it.
Mon Nov 30 08:16:45 CST 2015 My Own Choice of Words
I have my own choice of words for people who abandon their animals
without any attempt at arrangement for adoption or shelter. I have
my on verbal poison for those who dump them in our neighborhood,
as if we're the city animal dumping ground.
Sat Nov 28 19:42:01 CST 2015 Fraudluent Charges Horror Stories
Keep an eye on your bank and credit card transactions. The fraudulent
charges horror stories are starting to pop up like mushrooms.
Tue Nov 24 18:25:23 CST 2015 Suspicious ADT "Repair Person"
Homeowners using ADT security systems, please be on the alert for
an alleged ADT "repair person" that called upon a homeowner in
the Oaks Subdivision of Port Allen. When telephoned, the company
replied they had not sent anyone out there and would not do so
unless the homeowner requested it.
Sun Nov 22 23:01:03 CST 2015 Why I Voted Early
No lines, no crowds, and you're in and out quick. If something
like bad weather or the job gets in the way on that day, there's
still another chance to cast your vote.
Tue Nov 17 09:03:32 CST 2015 Straight Folk
Straight folk who keep using the noun "fag" in my presence will be
regarded as a tourist and treated accordingly.
Tue Nov 10 10:24:43 CST 2015 So ... How was my Monday?
It started with this batty Tiger Trails bus operator carrying us
down the wrong way in a construction zone nearly colliding with
another vehicle, then she turns into the wrong way on North St.
Mon Nov 9 20:10:34 CST 2015 The Old Student Union
I miss the old student union when it wasn't some mini-mall
food-court. I miss the bowling alley, good coffee in heavy china
mugs, and the old bookstore with all kinds of neat stuff you
wouldn't find anywhere else. The barber shop is gone, too
Sat Oct 31 16:19:06 CDT 2015 "Fall Back"
Don't forget to "fall back" your non-networked time devices one
hour before you turn in for the night then help yourself to an
extra hour of sleep.
Wed Oct 28 21:43:01 CDT 2015 Mountain of Patience
Being condescended to is a sore point with me. I made my own way
in life and there were times when I figuratively - and literally
- pulled myself out of a situation by my own boot-straps my own
sweat and my own - rare as they may be - my own smarts. I can be
a sweet human being and a loyal friend. I can be a mountain of
patience but when I've had enough, that's it. I want absolutely
nothing to do with someone who repeatedly condescends to me.
Tue Oct 27 15:05:42 CDT 2015 Grow a Pair
When you finally grow a pair and start standing up for yourself,
then you're suddenly a total asshole in the of eyes of those who
condescended to you.
Mon Oct 26 09:39:29 CDT 2015
One of those times I should be grateful I live where I do. Highest
ground in the city. Spanish Town Historic District.
Mon Oct 19 23:48:49 CDT 2015 Whisker in the Eye
Nothing like trimming the ole beard and a whisker flies into an
Mon Oct 12 09:29:30 CDT 2015 Monday Mornings
Nothing like waking up to the sound of exploding transformers and
wondering if you're going to have to get ready for work in the
Sun Oct 11 11:31:18 CDT 2015 Haircut Selfies
I just realized that about the only time I take a "selfie" is when
I get a haircut so I can show the barber how I want it to look
the next time. :-)
Fri Oct 9 09:13:12 CDT 2015 Washer and Dryer
An increase in rent with the promise of a washer and dryer in my
apartment. Happy Friday.
Thu Oct 8 08:21:05 CDT 2015 Anguish of Abandonment
I'd rather keep to myself than risk the anguish of abandonment.
Wed Oct 7 15:37:32 CDT 2015 Do for Myself
I will do for myself before I will risk the injury of a broken
Thu Oct 1 15:06:30 CDT 2015 #pinkwashing
When I refer to #pinkwashing, it's to those companies who
surreptitiously use the pink ribbon and breast cancer awareness
month to boost their sales and profits while donating very little
to help fund breast cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment.
That is the original meaning of the term hash-tagged above.
Mon Sep 28 08:27:54 CDT 2015 Two-thousand-dollar MacBook
First year freshman gets a two-thousand-dollar MacBook for college.
Two months into the semester, it's stolen. A few days later, first
year freshman gets another two-thousand-dollar MacBook.
Tue Sep 8 14:07:30 UTC 2015 Perpetually Snippy Co-workers
Perpetually snippy co-workers that zero in on your every mistake,
then make a building-wide production out of it.
Sun Sep 6 12:39:20 CDT 2015 Proud Parent Moment
I remember someone mentioning he'd gone to the Eastbay Costco
with his toddler a few weeks after this day year before last.
"Daddy, why Christmas? It isn't even Halloween yet."
Wed Aug 26 10:43:02 CDT 2015 Womens' Equality Day
On this day in 1920, women achieved the right to vote in the US.
Fri Aug 21 12:05:59 CDT 2015 Ashley Madison incident.
What people should be taking from this is that anything a person
posts on "the Internet" should be considered as either public or
can be made public at a moment's notice. Nothing is private.
Fri Jul 10 09:10:31 CDT 2015 25 years a conservationist
I've always been ashamed that I didn't embrace conservation until
I was twenty-nine years old because I might have made something
more of a difference had I done so ten years earlier.
These days, we are witness to a series of events that are almost
too complex to try to explain to an American public that is
thoroughly brainwashed by advertising and consumer culture.
Sat Jun 27 13:03:13 CDT 2015 #LoveWins
The best advocates aren't always the law-makers, judges, or heads
of state. Most of the time they are the everyday people you
encounter who like you just the way you are.
Wed Jun 24 09:36:52 CDT 2015 Practice speech.
If you should see or overhear me talking to myself, I'm practicing
what to say in public.
Tue Jun 23 09:13:21 CDT 2015 Just be yourselves.
It is universally inappropriate to assume or co-opt an ethnicity
or socioeconomic class that isn't yours and to an underprivileged
class or a minority, it's also very insulting. Please don't.
Mon Jun 22 14:29:09 CDT 2015 Comb-over Punks
The best way to deal with a comb-over punk like Trump is not to
give them any attention in the first place.
Sat Jun 20 18:38:28 CDT 2015 Spanish Town Historic District
I remember when gas was less than a dollar a gallon and there were
fewer cars in this neighborhood.
Mon Jun 8 16:08:38 CDT 2015 little old man cake
When I'm in swimsuit shape for next summer, I'll be wearing one
of those classic 1920's tank suits men wore that cover the chest.
I want to be THE cutest little old man cake at the pool or on the
Mon Jun 1 09:39:01 CDT 2015 Dietetic Poetics
I can now more easily move around, having taken off just those few