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  • Angola Prison Rodeo tickets on sale for 50th year; opens every Sunday in October

    09/16/2014 4:27:46 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/16/14 | Chelsea Brasted
    Tickets are now on sale for the return of the Angola Prison Rodeo, which celebrates 50 years of sending its prisoners out into an arena spotlight to ride bulls, play "convict poker" and tame bucking broncos. Only the most well-behaved inmates have the opportunity to either attend or take part in the biannual rodeo, which is open to the public every April and October.
  • Baton Rouge Diocese Taking Order to Break Seal of Confession to Supreme Court

    09/06/2014 2:06:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Zenit ^ | September 5, 2014
    Washington, D.C., September 05, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 3257 hits Below is a statement released Thursday by the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, regarding the next legal battles facing the diocese regarding the state supreme court's attempt to mandate breaking the seal of confession. The diocese reports that now the "Louisiana Supreme Court has directed the trial court to hold an evidentiary hearing and then to take the unprecedented step of deciding whether or not a sacrament actually took place."It notes that "civil courts are entirely without jurisdiction to decide what constitutes a sacrament in the Catholic Church."A statement on the case from July...
  • Recovery School District downsizes from 568 employees to 92

    09/06/2014 10:59:48 AM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/5/14 | Danielle Dreilinger
    Having closed or chartered all its schools, the Recovery School District quietly shed 84 percent of its staff this summer. The statewide system now has only 92 employees, down from 568, and one third of those remaining run New Orleans pre-school programs.The system made national headlines this year when it shut its final New Orleans schools. But in fact, it no longer runs schools anywhere in Louisiana, not in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, St. Helena Parish or Point Coupee Parish. Its remaining mission is oversight of more than 60 elementary and secondary charter schools, plus pre-school programs.Its budget for the current...
  • Immigrants illegally in California comprise nearly 10% of workforce

    09/03/2014 8:25:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3 September 2014 | KATE LINTHICUM
    Immigrants who are in California illegally make up nearly 10% of the state's workforce and contribute $130 billion annually to its gross domestic product, according to a report by researchers at USC released Wednesday. The study, which was conducted in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, was based on Census data and other statistics, including data from the departments of Labor and Homeland Security. It looked at a variety of ways the estimated 2.6-million immigrants living in California without permission participate in state life.Among the study's findings: Immigrants who are in California illegally make up 38% of the...
  • Louisiana has great options for public-land dove hunters(cute Picture)

    09/03/2014 1:36:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/3/14 | Todd Masson
    Louisiana hunters have scratched and clawed across the flaming sands of the offseason desert, but they're feeling the cool breeze of the oasis, and it ain't no mirage. Dove season opens Saturday, and for thousands of outdoors enthusiasts, it's the official start of fall. Hunters who couldn't care less about wing-shooting the rest of the season gather over planted and disced fields for the opening-day festivities that are as much a social gathering as a hunt. Historically, the season has always opened at noon, giving hunters time to get to the fields, set up the grills and tell lies about...
  • 'Sons of Guns' canceled after star Will Hayden arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping minor

    08/27/2014 1:01:35 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8-27-2014 | Leora Arnowitz
    Sons of Guns star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Office. The allegations have prompted the cancellation of his Discovery Channel series. Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of 'Sons of Guns' and cancel the series," the network said in a statement. Hayden is accused of raping a minor almost daily since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Haydens...
  • Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen.....

    08/23/2014 11:14:07 AM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    U S Senate Rob Maness ^ | 8/22/14 | Maness Campaign
    Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen. Mary Landrieus Residency Qualifications.... Baton Rouge, LA - This morning, while officially qualifying for the November ballot, Col. Rob Maness (R-Louisiana) today delivered in-person, a letter to Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, calling on him to open an investigation examining the validity of Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) residency status. "It appears that there are significant inconsistencies that warrant an investigation regarding the residency status of one of the candidates who has filed for United States Senate," Maness' letter says. "On Wednesday, August 20, 2014,...
  • L.A. Councilman Convicted of Voter Fraud Will Continue to Collect $116,000 Annual Pension

    07/29/2014 6:43:15 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    cbs local ^ | 7-25-14 | cbs
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) Even though L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon was convicted of four felonies this week, hell continue to receive his $116,000 annual pension, a newspaper reported Friday. There are some California jurisdictions that prohibit city employees convicted of felonies from receiving pensions. Thats not the case in Los Angeles, a worker in the citys civilian retirement division told Los Angeles Daily News. Alarcon, 60, was convicted Wednesday of four counts of perjury and voter fraud for living outside Council District 7 and lying about his address on official documents. The councilmans wife, Flora, was convicted of three...
  • LA: Another Gun Owner Stops Attack by Multiple Pit Bulls

    07/28/2014 1:25:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It was only a week ago that Dennis Williams saved a neighbor that was being attacked by ferocious Pitt Bulls. He retrieved a pistol when baseball bats were not enough, and killed one dog before the others ran off. He used a .22 revolver. Now, in Louisiana, on the north side of Lake Ponchartrain, a very similar incident has occurred. A young woman was attacked along a walking trail by two Pitt Bulls. A neighbor heard the screams, just at Dennis Williams did. He brought a 9mm pistol, killed one of the attacking Pitts, and severely wounded the other....
  • Two pit bulls shot after attacking Slidell woman and her miniature collie

    07/26/2014 8:40:37 AM PDT · by BBell · 20 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | July 25, 2014 | Kim Chatelain
    Two pit bulls were shot on a walking trail near Slidell after they attacked a woman and her miniature collie Wednesday morning, authorities said. The woman was taken to a hospital with bite wounds to her left arm and left leg, and her dog was transported to a local veterinary clinic to be treated for its wounds. One of the attacking pit bulls was killed by a gunshot and the other was wounded and later euthanized due to the extent of its injuries and the fear that it may attack again, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.
  • 'Sniper van' found in Metairie leads to mystery with mob ties

    07/19/2014 6:13:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 42 replies
    NOLA.com | Times-Picayune ^ | July 18, 2014 | Andy Grimm
    Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies found a racketeer and a riddle when they pulled over a van in Metairie two months ago. The racketeer was Joe Gagliano, the 55-year-old son of a reputed New Orleans mob underboss. The riddle was what he was doing in a van outfitted with what appeared to be gun ports, with a sniper rifle and silencer inside.Late one night a patrol deputy got a tip from a "credible and reliable source" that there was a van with stolen plates, driving on Metairie Road near the Orleans Parish line. When they pulled over the van, deputies found...
  • Man sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for possessing shotgun as undocumented immigrant

    07/17/2014 6:00:19 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/17/14 | Quincy Hodges
    Juan Flores-Flores, 30, of Mexico had been deported at least three times prior to being sentenced to prison. Juan Flores-Flores, of Mexico, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison after he was found guilty of possessing an assault style shotgun as an undocumented immigrant, United States Attorney Walt Green with the Middle District of Louisiana said in a news release Thursday evening.Flores' sentencing stems from a burglary investigation that occured Jan. 11 earlier this year
  • L.A. Mayor Garcetti Welcomes Illegal Aliens, Upsets Homeless Activists

    07/16/2014 8:46:37 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jul 2014 | ROBERT WILDE
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is welcoming illegal immigrants who have crossed Americas southern border to Los Angeles, saying the city is an appropriate place to reunify children with their families. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported Garcetti aims to house immigrant children who were detained crossing the border and has begun talks with the Department of Health and Human Services about the plan. The mayor reasoned that L.A. was a good place for sheltering the illegal aliens because their parents are probably in the Los Angeles area. Notably, in a forum hosted downtown by Politico Magazine, he said,...
  • St. John deputy shoots suspect toting air gun

    07/09/2014 2:31:48 PM PDT · by BBell · 37 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/9/14 | Drew Broach
    A deputy shot a man carrying an unmarked "air soft gun" during a domestic violence investigation Wednesday morning in Edgard, the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office said. The suspect, identified as Kirk Bovie, 49, was wounded in the upper leg and taken to University Hospital in New Orleans.An air soft gun is a non-lethal replica of a real firearm. It typically fires plastic ammunition and is used in recreation and law enforcement training. Such replicas often have an orange tip, to better distinguish them from real guns. But in this case, the Sheriff's Office said, the orange tip...
  • Kenner woman who shot estranged husband was hysterical, apologetic as police arrived

    07/08/2014 4:57:48 PM PDT · by BBell · 37 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | July 08, 2014 | Michelle Hunter
    When Kenner Police entered the front door at 2409 Kentucky Ave. early Tuesday morning, they found Melissa Desilva hysterically crying as she bent over the body of her estranged husband, Lyndell Desilva, who lay in the hallway of the home they once shared, dying of gunshot wounds. Melissa Desilva, 34, was apologetic as she tried to render aid. "She said she didn't mean for this to happen," said Sgt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police.Paramedics transported Lyndell Desilva, 38, to Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans where doctors pronounced him dead a short time later. As investigators spent the...
  • Fat City kidnapping suspect stands trial this week at Jefferson Parish Courthouse(mugshot)

    07/07/2014 3:43:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/7/14 | Paul Purpura
    A Kenner man accused of abducting a 7-year-old girl from her Fat City apartment complex and sexually abusing her before releasing her in Metairie last year, hopes to convince a jury this week that he was temporarily insane at the time. Steven D. Carter, 30, an electrician who had no such crimes in his background before his arrest, is standing trial on charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape, in the June 5, 2013 incident.Jury selection began about 10:45 a.m., in 24th Judicial District Judge Scott Schlegel's court. The trial is expected to last at least through Wednesday.
  • Bourbon Street shooting suspect, person of interest and one of the victims visited French quarter

    07/06/2014 1:22:46 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/6/14 | Naomi Martin
    Bourbon Street shooting suspect, person of interest and one of the victims visited French Quarter togetherA photograph uploaded to Facebook a year ago shows three West Bank men posing together on Bourbon Street. One holds a florescent-green cup and another makes an obscene gesture to the camera. The trio emerged this week as central characters -- a victim, a witness and a suspect -- in a mass shooting on the city's famous thoroughfare that killed a woman and wounded nine others.Police say the man shown in the middle, Trung Tran Le, 20, got into a fight with another man around...
  • New Orleans police seek 'person of interest' in eastern New Orleans shootout

    07/05/2014 11:48:07 AM PDT · by BBell
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | July 04, 2014 at 11:07 PM | Danielle Dreilinger
    Police are seeking to question Eric Youngblood, 26, about an eastern New Orleans shootout and attempted home invasion. Youngblood is not wanted for a crime but "may possess important information relating to the investigation," officials said Friday. The two suspects in the incident, Aranton Johnson, 26, and Brandon Tucker, 25, are at large and wanted for attempted murder.
  • Bourbon Street shooting 'person of interest' Justin Odom 'never suspected' of pulling trigger

    07/03/2014 7:03:42 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/3/14 | Naomi Martin
    Bourbon Street shooting 'person of interest' Justin Odom 'never suspected' of pulling trigger, attorney saysThe "person of interest" questioned and released by authorities in the fatal Bourbon Street mass shooting is not suspected of being the gunman whose bullets struck 10 people, the man's attorney said Thursday. Justin Odom, 20, answered questions from NOPD homicide detectives for about two hours on Wednesday, said his attorney, Gregory Thompson, who was present at the interview. Odom had turned himself in hours after police publicized they were looking for him in connection with Sunday's (June 29) shooting that left a woman dead and...
  • Police identify 'person of interest' in Bourbon Street shootings

    07/02/2014 7:06:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/2/14 | Ken Daley
    New Orleans police investigating last weekend's Bourbon Street shootings on Wednesday released photographs and the identity of a 20-year-old man they consider a "person of interest" in the case. Police are seeking the public's help locating Justin Odom, whose identity was developed in connection with the case of 10 people wounded by gunfire last Sunday at 2:45 a.m. in the 700 block of Bourbon Street.
  • L.A.s Mouthy Mayor: He exemplifies Americas cultural decline.

    06/24/2014 6:02:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/24/2014 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, during the official celebration of the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup victory, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, told a jammed Staples Center that “there are two long-standing rules for politicians”: “They say never, ever be pictured with a drink in your hand, and never swear. But this is a big f***ing day,” he said, holding up a bottle of Bud Light. You read that right. In front of 18,000 people at Staples and hundreds of thousands of others watching on television — many of them, of course, children — the mayor of the second-largest city...
  • New Orleans funeral home draws notice for posing the dead, NY Times reports

    06/22/2014 10:51:46 AM PDT · by BBell · 52 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | June 21, 2014 | Jed Lipinski
    The Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home in New Orleans has fielded dozens of calls lately in response to a growing desire for funerals in which the deceased are displayed in poses reflective of their lives, The New York Times reported Saturday in a feature story. In recent months, memorial services for New Orleans socialite Mickey Easterling and local resident Miriam Burbank have drawn attention to the practice, the Times noted.
  • Snubbed by airlines after Kuwait mission, Louisiana National Guard soldiers arrive home by bus

    06/19/2014 4:26:59 PM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | June 18, 2014 | Paul Purpura
    Soldiers in a Louisiana National Guard unit that deployed last year for a construction mission in Kuwait returned home from Texas on Wednesday, after a 15-hour bus ride that was arranged because no airline would provide a charter flight. Some of the soldiers in the 1021st Engineer Company arrived at Jackson Barracks, greeted by family and friends. The 1021st is based in Covington and has detachments in Independence and Gonzales. The company sent 160 soldiers to Kuwait. They returned to the United States earlier this month for post-deployment training at Fort Bliss, near El Paso
  • Gretna City Council to honor gun store owner Chris Ziifle for 66 years in business

    06/09/2014 5:51:32 PM PDT · by BBell · 1 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | June 09, 2014 | Andrea Shaw
    Chris Ziifle, the Gretna woman who secured her gun shop during Hurricane Katrina, is to be honored by the City Council on Wednesday for 66 years in business and philanthropy. Ziifle, 84, retired in May after selling Gretna Gun Works on Lafayette Street. She and her husband, the late Ralph Ziifle, founded the shop. It gained a statewide reputation not only for firearms sales but its gunsmith work and self-defense instruction. Besides her business, Ziifle is involved in the Gretna Food Bank, the Gretna German-American Cultural Center and the Gretna Historical Society.
  • 2 arrested in connection with growing marijuana plants, St. Tammany sheriff says

    06/08/2014 3:58:44 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | June 05, 2014 | Bob Warren
    Two people have been arrested in connection with the seizure of 19 marijuana plants, growing equipment and prescription pills at their Mandeville home, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said. Members of the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant May 21 on the home at 543 Cedarwood Drive after receiving information about a man named "Scooby'' selling marijuana at a Mandeville area car wash, the sheriff's office said.Scooby was later identified as Deshun Jones, 25. Detectives observed him at the car wash, then followed him home and arrested him. Jones initially provided authorities with a fake...
  • Louisiana Supreme Court: Enhanced Penalties for Possession of Guns and Drugs are Constitutional

    06/01/2014 10:07:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that enhanced penalties for the possession of a legal firearm while in possession of illegal drugs do not violate the States new protections of the right to keep and bear arms. In 2012, the voters of Louisiana approved a constitutional amendment to the state Constitution that removed the constitutional provision that gave the State the power to regulate concealed weapons. It added the requirement that the court use the strongest level of judicial review, strict scrutiny, for Amendment 2 cases. There is a a good discussion of the history behind this amendment...
  • Motorist pulled from Lake Pontchartrain after vehicle goes over Causeway

    05/31/2014 2:46:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    Helen Freund, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | May 31, 2014 | Helen Freund
    A driver whose pickup truck went over the railing of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was rescued by several other drivers who stopped on the bridge to come to his aid Saturday afternoon. Another driver who happened upon the scene said he witnessed several people on the bridge and one person jump into the lake to save the driver whose vehicle had gone over the side. According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation, the southbound lanes were closed Saturday (May 31) shortly after 3 p.m. due to the accident. David Grunfeld, a photographer for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune was driving by...
  • Good Samaritans chase, help police catch teens accused of robbing 80-year-old Slidell woman

    05/31/2014 2:39:34 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | May 31, 2014 | Helen Freund
    Two out-of-state teens accused of robbing an 80-year-old Slidell woman are behind bars after being chased down by two good Samaritans who witnessed the theft. According to a statement from the Slidell Police department, Jacob Little and Jacob Pilkington - both from North Carolina - were arrested Friday (May 30) after police say they robbed the elderly woman in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart on Northshore Boulevard.The duo, whose ages were not provided by authorities, were traveling to Texas to visit family members, but noticed they were low on gas so they decided to stop by the big box...
  • Teens arrested in Covington random attack(knock out game)

    05/30/2014 12:41:05 PM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies
    COVINGTON, La. Covington police arrested two people Thursday in connection with the beating of a teen with autismOn Friday, a 17-year-old with autism was walking home from the library when two boys approached him from behind. One of the boys struck him, breaking his jaw, police said. The teen needed surgery and is recovering from his injuries. Due in large part to the overwhelming assistance from the public, two 14-year-old boys were identified and arrested in connection with the case.
  • In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good

    05/29/2014 9:52:46 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2014 | Lyndsey Layton
    [SNIP]...With the start of the next school year, the Recovery School District will be the first in the country made up completely of public charter schools, a milestone for New Orleans and a grand experiment in urban education for the nation.
  • Bodies of 28 Veterans At LA County Morgue Will Finally Receive Proper Burial

    05/25/2014 8:55:33 AM PDT · by ExNewsExSpook · 19 replies
    KCBS/KCAL-TV ^ | 5/23/2014 | Staff
    The bodies of 28 veterans at the L.A. County Morgue were finally moved Friday for burial to the Riverside National Cemetery. CBS2/KCAL9 pressed the L.A. County Coroner’s Office Thursday to find out why the bodies had not yet received a proper burial after a source indicated there may have been as many as 60 veterans at the morgue for the past year and a half. The morgue says the bodies were unclaimed and they don’t know how long the veterans were there. The law states veterans are supposed to receive a proper burial. The Veterans Administration says they were never...
  • US To Spend $2 Billion On Los Angeles' 'Subway To The Sea'

    05/22/2014 7:54:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Bus ^ | 05/22 | Sharon Bernstein
    SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - The federal government will spend $2 billion to extend a subway line under Los Angeles' storied Wilshire Boulevard, an effort to ease congestion in one of the country's most transited corridors and to eventually link downtown to the beach with a "Subway to the Sea." The project is meant to improve traffic in a part of the city where it can take hours to go just a few miles, with train stations to be built at major cultural attractions, including museums and the glitzy shopping areas of Beverly Hills. Backers hope at some point to expand...
  • Louisiana; Last State to Remove Ban on Legal Gun Carriers Eating in Some Restaurants

    05/17/2014 3:17:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It appears that Louisiana will be the last state to allow people with gun permits to eat in the same restaurants as less law abiding members of society. New York, California, and Massachusetts, those staunch promoters of restrictive firearms law, have never barred the practice, nor have they had any of the problems imaginatively projected for southern states that have recently reformed their law, such as North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The states show considerable variation in those laws. Laws in highly restrictive states, such as New York and New Jersey, do not have any restriction on permit...
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (Northeast and South)

    05/09/2014 12:57:12 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 53 replies
    NORTHEAST and SOUTH There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. Maine: BRUCE POLIQUIN, MAINE-2, JUNE 10th .... Open Seat Endorsed by: Maine Right to Life, Freedom Works Bruce Poliquin -- FACEBOOK -- TWITTER -- DONATEFreedomWorks: "As a...
  • Traffic chaos after bridge the size of a football field COLLAPSES onto the main freeway from Los..

    05/06/2014 10:51:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 106 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2014 | James Gordon
    For almost a year and a half workers had been constructing a bridge to cross the main Interstate that runs between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but it took just minutes to bring the entire structure crashing to the ground. The blaze began after a construction workers' blowtorch was fanned by strong winds and ignited the wooden scaffolding that was being used to build the new flyover, across Interstate 15 in Herperia, California. Driven by high winds, the fire took hold extremely quickly and began burning the supports surrounding the bridge. Debris began to fell onto the I-15 minutes after...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 May 2014

    05/04/2014 5:01:10 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 218 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 4 May 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 4th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, California; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Richard Williams, father of tennis players Serena and Venus Williams.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabber; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.
  • Louisiana Looks to Expand Controversial Gun "Buy Back" Program

    05/01/2014 7:33:37 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While several states, including Indiana, Kansas, and Arizona have passed reforms to prevent the waste of valuable assets in gun "buy backs", Louisiana is looking to expand its program. In these programs, the organizers offer incentives for people to turn in unwanted firearms, often inherited antiques whose owners are unaware of their value. Scholars have concluded that the programs have little, if any effect on crime, while wasting police resources. Although the term "buy back" has been popularized, the firearms were never owned by the people purchasing them. Critics say that the programs are thinly disguised political propaganda...
  • How can the NBA be a black league (Charles Barkley) if NBA commish says it's a multiracial league?

    04/30/2014 8:35:03 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 55 replies
    4/30/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    How? Are the two reconcilable? Secondly, should (not can) an owner of a team be forced to sell his team, and/or be banned from attending any NBA game as a non-owner - attending a NBA game like any other person? Example: Is the situation of an owner saying that blacks cannot eat in his restaurant different from someone saying that now the restaurant is under new management, and the racists will no longer be allowed to eat in that same restaurant? When hunting monsters should society be careful that it doesn't become a monster when doing so? I think so....
  • Breeder involved in mating that produced killer Houma 'pit bull' denies wrongdoing

    04/09/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | April 09, 2014 | Robert McClendon
    The breeder whose dog sired Niko, the 130-pound dog who killed a 4-year-old Houma girl in March, says his animal is being wrongly blamed. "I know everyone is blaming Kimbo, and I don't think it's right," said Gustavo Castro, a California man, in a conversation via Facebook messenger. Kimbo, famous in the world of XL American bully breeding, was Niko's father. After Niko's attack, several other owners of Kimbo's progeny said in online forums that their dogs were also unstable. One man, Zach Dank, said his Kimbo son attacked him, breaking his forearm and tearing through the muscle. He said...
  • LA: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Enhanced Mandatory Sentencing for Gun Possession

    04/09/2014 8:36:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2012, the voters of Louisiana approved a constitutional amendment to the state Constitution that removed the constitutional provision that gave the State the power to regulate concealed weapons. It added the requirement that the court use the strongest level of judicial review, strict scrutiny, for Amendment 2 cases. There is a a good discussion of the history behind this amendment at the Volokh Conspiracy, by David Kopel. The amendment passed with over 73 percent of the vote. The court has already upheld bans on the possession of handguns by minors without parental approval and on felons on...
  • Abortion restrictions pass 85-6 out of Louisiana House

    03/31/2014 6:26:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | March 31, 2014 | Julia O'Donoghue
    The Louisiana House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill 85-6 Monday afternoon that would restrict access to abortion services in the state. The legislation, which generated no discussion or questions on the House floor, now heads to the Louisiana Senate. Similar laws passed in other states have been used to shut down several abortion providers around the country. Abortion rights advocates have said the proposal, if approved, would immediately close three of Louisiana's five abortion clinics. Only two facilities in the Shreveport area would be able to meet the new requirements laid out in the bill. Gov. Bobby Jindal, Department...
  • LA:Intruder calls 911 after getting shot during break-in attempt

    03/31/2014 6:18:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    fox44.com ^ | 24 March, 2013 | Nick Gremillion
    The victim called the Sheriffs Office around 8:39 p.m. and explained that he had shot at an intruder. Shortly afterward, the Sheriff received a 911 call from Prince who said he had been shot near the victims home.
  • Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office asked for help with feral hogs eating up West Bank levees

    03/30/2014 10:02:32 AM PDT · by BBell · 34 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | March 27, 2014 | Andrea Shaw
    Feral hogs continue to feast on West Bank levees, prompting the authority responsible for 100 miles of flood protection to seek help from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Major damage has been reported along the V-line levee south of Marrero as well as to structures in Jean Lafitte National and Bayou Segnette State parks."It's a lot of work to keep repairing the same thing three days later. You go back out there and they tear it up. It's costing the parish a lot of money,'' Chris Muscarello, operations superintendent of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Authority-West said.In the worst-case scenarios, the...
  • 4-year-old La. girl killed by 'monster' family pit bull; mom hospitalized

    03/30/2014 9:37:17 AM PDT · by BBell · 98 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Deborah Hastings
    Little Mia Derouen, who would have turned 5 next week, died from face and head injuries after the family dog attacked her as she watched TV. Her mom dragged off the beast and barricaded herself and Mia in a bedroom while screaming for help. A little girl in Louisiana was killed by her familys pit bull, despite her mothers frantic efforts to drag away the dog. Mia Derouen, whose 5th birthday was next week, suffered severe facial, body and head injuries from Tuesday nights horrendous attack and died at a nearby hospital, Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis told WWL-TV.
  • Moviegoers Are Thinking Things Over After Earthquake Hits During 'Noah'

    03/29/2014 6:37:20 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 27 replies
    The Wire ^ | 3/29/14 | Adam Chandler
    No major injuries were reported after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck near Los Angeles last night. Beyond word of property damage, power outages, and general anxietythere were dozens of reported aftershocksmoviegoers, especially those who saw the biblically-themed "Noah," were a little shaken up.
  • Huge Quake, So Cal

    03/28/2014 9:13:36 PM PDT · by Yogafist · 110 replies
    None | Now | Self
    Just had a very large violent quake here in So Cal. Scary.
  • 'Shrimp Boy' a Focus in Senator Leland Yee's SF Guns Scandal

    03/28/2014 3:23:52 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 3/28/14
    California State Sen. Leland Yee and his campaign consultant Keith Jackson were arrested Wednesday alongside longtime criminal Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow during an FBI raid in San Francisco's Chinatown district that also netted several members of the Ghee Kung Tong gang. The Associated Press reported that the federal charges, which allege the California lawmaker accepted money and campaign donations in exchange for providing official favors and helping broker an arms deal, cast harsh light on Chinatown's tight-knit network of fraternal organizations and one of its most shadowy characters, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and...
  • LA Senate: (exempt) Mary Landrieu a no show at event promoting Obamacare (Sebelius visit)

    03/22/2014 2:41:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 3/21/14 | demouser
    **SNIP** Guess who decided to skip out on the event? Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), even though the Senate was not in session and no committee meetings were on the books, according to the chamber calendar. Bayou Buzz pointed out that Landrieu wasnt mentioned on the official schedule sent out by HHS, nor was there any mention of her in The Times-Picayunes coverage of the event.
  • Former Gov., ex-convict (RAT felon) Edwin Edwards to run for Congress

    03/18/2014 2:18:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/17/14 | Dana Davidsen
    (CNN) - Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards said Monday he's running for the state's 6th Congressional district. Edwards, who was released from federal prison three years ago after serving nearly a decade on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and extortion, made the announcement at a Press Club meeting in Baton Rouge. "I acknowledge that there are good reasons why I should not run. I know that, but there are better reasons why I should and good reasons have to give way to better reasons and therefore, I will be a candidate for congress in the sixth congressional district this year," Edwards...
  • The Senate race that worries Democrats most (The still exempt LA RAT Mary Landrieu)

    03/17/2014 4:52:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/17/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has been near the top of the list of the most vulnerable senators facing reelection since day one of the 2014 election cycle. But notable developments in recent weeks suggest her seat is increasingly at risk of falling into Republican hands. Republican groups have blitzed Landrieu over the airwaves while she has gotten limited cover from Democratic allies; polls show she is locked in a close race against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R); and now, Landrieu is reserving $2.6 million in airtime between April and June, an apparent recognition that the cascade of opposition ads has forced...