31 March 2012

louisiana state house clerk butch speer twitter account hacked

a little while ago we received an email purportedly a twitter direct message (dm) from @awspeer the account of alfred w. "butch speer, esquire, the clerk of the louisiana state house.

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the first thought that came to mind was why would the clerk of the state house care if someone was talking bad about us? we've never met mr. speer nor had any interaction with him whatsoever.

we didnt click the link. instead we went over and viewed his twitter feed:

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as you can see the last two tweets are suspicious. also if you notice they came at around the same time as the previous four tweets which makes us wonder about their authenticity as well.

we remembered from our post "the wiggins wiggle versus the dopey rino shuffle" that mr. speer is an attorney so we went back and viewed those pleadings and found his office phone number. though we eventually decided that the phone number on his state bar membership would probably be most current.
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so we called it to let him know -- but it being saturday all we got was a machine. hopefully, since the legislature is in session although adjourned for the weekend someone is checking the messages periodically.

in any event, this serves as a good reminder to everyone that nows a good time to change all your accounts password.
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UPDATE: since we started but moments before we published this post apparently mr. speer received our message.
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UPDATE-2 louisiana state house reporter melinda deslatte twitter account hacked too!
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see also
twitter help center
safety: keeping your account secure
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30 March 2012

manfred mann's earth band "blinded by the light"


a youtube commenter, yankeerhoad, on this video's watch page says that this is the best lyrics video that he has ever seen and we pretty much have to agree.

the uploader, exactimages, says that he knows that he mispelt "deuce" and possibly got some other lyrics wrong such as "she got down but she never got tired" - tired instead of "tight."

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    louisiana red-headed woodpecker

    it must be woodpecker week around here.

    the cornell lab of ornithology shows that louisiana is in the year round range of the red-headed woodpecker. however, we cant recall within recent memory of seeing one around here.

    we wish that these were higher quality snaps. the red-headed woodpecker is an extremely handsome bird. they were taken on the fly and as you can tell through a very dirty window. the only reason that our cam was within reach was because we had just completed uploading a couple of mourning dove vids.


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    video: rick santorum calls president obama an "anti-war government nigger"

    video via: blacklikemoi.com

    what's interesting to note is how santorum has war on his brain instead of say, "entitlement or welfare or giveaway program or stimulus ... government ..."

    war, war, war. going to war -- for israel -- is all that the republicans and most democrats can think about.

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    29 March 2012

    congressman rodney alexander "live telephone town hall meeting" 26 march 2012

    around 6:30 pm cdt on monday, 26 march 2012, we received another phone call from congressman rodney alexander.

    fortunately, his office has -- at least this time, modified their caller id, call display information so that when "congressman rod" with an area code 318 number popped up on our caller id display, we pretty much knew that the call was either another one of his "live telephone town hall meetings" (we prefer the phrase telephonic town hall) or a political robo call, either one potentially blog-worthy. so we switched on our recording device.

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    one question that piqued our interest is around the 10:13 mark where the questioner from west monroe, la., wanted to know congressman alexander's stance on semi-automatic firearms and that one of his "real concerns is if obama is reelected, he's gonna do his darnedest to get those away from us."

    congressman alexander said that he believes in the 2nd amendment and that he has "automatic firearms" in his house -- "and dont need to do anything to restrict it."

    the interesting part is where the congressman says that:
    "i even read an article today, not sure where it came from, i need to go back and check and see, that indicated that perhaps there is a very wealthy individual in the nation that is buying some of the firearms companies with the sole purpose of cutting back and restricting sales to individuals.

    just limit the sales of the firearms companies to the government, police force or the military, so forth.

    i dont know whether there is any validity to that or not -- but we do know that there are people out there including the administration that would like to see fewer firearms available to law-abiding citizens and i think it's clear that our forefathers and the founding document -- the constitution, clearly indicated that they felt like one should always continue to have the right to bear arms.

    so, i'm there. i've got my lifetime nra card in my wallet right now and wont do anything, will not vote for any measure that dilutes the strength of the second amendment."
    while we continue to oppose any and all forms of gun control or bullet control and believe that the citizenry should and must have access to the same firepower that the military and police has (or else what's the point of being armed?) our view of the second amendment and the right wing gun nuts is evolving.

    the following excerpt from a recent eric hufschmid essay pretty much sums up our thinking on the subject:
    Conservatives are not "tough on crime"

    The conservatives boast that they are honest people who are "tough on crime", but they are only tough on crimes that other people commit, especially people of other nations or races.

    They are extremely lenient on the crimes that conservatives commit, such as financial fraud, pedophilia, price-fixing, and cheating on taxes.

    Barney Frank was elected to Congress by liberals, so we cannot blame conservatives for that. However, an orphan boy testified in court that Frank was just one of many men in leadership positions who were raping orphan boys, but as far as I know, not one conservative proposed that the conservatives take their guns to Congress and arrest Barney Frank and all of the other pedophiles.

    Why are the conservatives so tough on black people who smoke marijuana or use cocaine, but they don't do anything about the pedophiles in the government or the Catholic Church?

    Incidentally, the issue of Barney Frank and pedophilia should be used as more evidence of how worthless it is to let citizens own guns.

    There are millions of conservatives in America with guns, but when are they going to use them?

    Crime is rampant in this nation, and corruption is everywhere in government, schools, businesses, and churches.

    Larry Silverstein is still walking around freely in New York City.

    When are the conservatives going to get together and use their guns to eliminate crime?

    The answer is, never.

    The conservatives are not interested in standing up to criminals, eliminating government corruption, or analyzing world events.

    They want guns for defensive purposes only.

    They are like a frightened animal that is hiding in the bushes.

    They do not even have the courage to face Barney Frank.

    Kay Griggs claimed that Henry Kissinger raped some American soldiers, but what do the conservatives do about that accusation? Nothing!
    one instance in which we disagree with mr. hufschmid's analysis is that the reason american's do nothing about crime and especially corruption, is because they are psychologically disarmed.

    this explains why americans have sat back for decades and accepted every unconstitutional, immoral, freedom killing law, rule, regulation and ordinance from the federal, state and local governments without so much as a whimper.

    all this, despite being the most heavily armed and violent nation of people in the history of the world.

    if that's not psychologically disarmed we dont know what is; we've said it before and we'll say it again: "america, land of the free and home of the brave," is just a meaningless marketing slogan.

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    28 March 2012

    3rd circuit reverses judge harry randow in bizarre defamation suit involving city of pineville, la. police department

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    this is an interesting case in which pineville, la. businessman james bowlin is suing russell taylor, the city of pineville, the pineville chief of police and possibly others, for defamation and invasion of privacy.

    from what we can gather, it seems that mr. bowlin is dating mr. taylor's ex-wife and for whatever reason, mr. taylor doesnt appreciate that one bit.

    so, mr. bowlin alleges, mr. taylor had someone as yet unknown (john doe) but presumably a friend of [taylor] on the pineville, la. police department inappropriately access a police database and passed the information contained there about mr. bowlin back to mr. taylor.

    mr. bowlin claims that mr. taylor gave the information to some of his customers who stopped doing business with him.

    additionally, some anonymous person postal mailed mr. bowlin a copy of the information gleaned from the police database.

    the louisiana state police because they are the agency responsible for maintaining the database have the information that can show who logged in and ran the database search on mr. bowlin.

    ninth judicial district court judge, harry f. randow it seems was attempting on behalf of the city of pineville to suppress and coverup the revelation of who on the pineville police force improperly accessed the police database as seen by his granting what turned out to be a bogus summary judgement dismissing mr. bowlin's claims as well as quashing the subpoenas he issued to the lsp.

    but we wonder how judge randow would like it, if someone with access to a confidential police database printed out his file and mailed and passed it around because they were angry with some ruling he made in their case.

    the third circuit court of appeal obviously wasnt amused with this type of behavior as they reversed judge randow's ruling and remanded the case for further proceedings.

    now we await the identity of the leaker...
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    FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

    James Bowlin (Bowlin) sued Russell Taylor (Taylor), the City of Pineville (Pineville), Terrell Paul and/or Donald Weatherford in their capacity as Chief of Police of the Pineville City Police Department (Chief), and Officer "John Doe."

    Bowlin alleges Taylor defamed his good name and business reputation by publishing information about Bowlin allegedly improperly obtained from the Louisiana Justice Network's (Network) confidential database.

    Bowlin maintains the information included his entire police record of arrests, charges, and convictions as well as personal information such as his social security number, date of birth, contact information, and driver‟s license number.

    He alleges that only some of the information wrongfully obtained is also public record.

    Bowlin is a small business owner in the Pineville area.

    He alleges that Taylor has defamed his good name and business reputation and has invaded his right to privacy.

    Bowlin and Taylor have a history of ill will which began when Bowlin started dating Taylor‟s ex-wife.

    Bowlin alleges the confidential information was obtained for, and provided to Taylor, by an unidentified member of the Pineville City Police Department using police computers to access the Network‟s database.

    Bowlin alleges he learned that an as-yet unidentified member of the Pineville City Police Department logged onto the secure website, obtained confidential information about Bowlin, and provided that information to Taylor.

    Bowlin identifies his source of information at the Network as Detective Shelly Scott (Scott), an employee of the Louisiana State Police.

    Bowlin alleges Scott informed him that she conducted an internal investigation into the inappropriate utilization of the database by an employee of the Pineville City Police Department who obtained the database information about Bowlin.

    Bowlin asserts that Scott cannot provide any information on the matter until she is properly subpoenaed in a lawsuit.

    Taylor maintains that the information mysteriously appeared in his mailbox one day from an unknown source.
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    26 March 2012

    wild honeybees 2012

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    we already have since at least 2005 one wild honeybee hive in the yard and if this one decides to take up housekeeping nearby there's nothing we can do about it.

    actually, honeybees are preferable to carpenter bees that drill holes in every piece of wood they can find.

    this gardner is convinced that honeybees are highly intelligent and can recognize human faces and we dont doubt that at all.

    we can say that since we first noticed the wild hive in our yard that they've not stung or swarmed us. this could be because they are familiar with us as they see us around all the time.

    one time last summer we brought in the hummingbird feeder to refill it and didnt notice that two honeybees had stowed away on the bottom until we got to the kitchen sink and they flew up into the window.

    after we finished washing it out and refilling it we held the feeder up to them and they both hopped on and rode it back outside where we rehung it.

    nope we dont want any trouble with the bees.
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    UPDATED deadly accident captured by police dashcam

    via: email forward

    This is a video taken by a State Trooper dashcam.

    See how quickly one's life ends by taking their eyes off the road for a split second …


    UPDATE: 10 april 2012 snopes.com forum: russian car accident
    Looks to be accurate, but the news link I've found is in Russian, so there's some translation haziness to be had, so some of this might not be 100% definitive.

    Best I can tell the accident occurred on the M-7 Highway in Russian near a village called Omutishi in the Petushinsky district of Russia, about 190 miles west of Moscow.

    On February 12, 2012, about 6:20 p.m local time, a Nissan Navara SUV driven by a 32 year old Moscow resident identified only as Alexander did lose control, briefly made contact with what the article calls "a Gazelle" which I'm assuming is a make or model name of a vehicle or a translation quirk, and then drifted into the oncoming lane where it was hit head on by a Freightliner Big Rig. The driver of the SUV was killed and the driver of the Big Rig suffered moderate injuries.

    I can't figure out exactly from the article where the video came from. The article mentions a "Office of Traffic Police" but I can't tell if that means it's a dashcam video from a police car or that's where the report is coming from.

    Apparently this particular stretch of road is notorious for it's accidents, being the site of several deadly accidents in recent years, including a bus crash that killed 12 in 2009, a crash that killed a family of 3 in 2007 including a famous Russian actor named Aleksandr Dedjushko. ~ read more
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    UPDATE-2 11 april 2012 youtube inexplicably banned this important video due to a vague "violation of community guidelines."
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    24 March 2012

    louisiana red-bellied woodpecker

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    updated with a clip and photo (above) from 26 march 2012

    this little fella was drumming its ass off and by the time we retrieved our cam and got into position, a plane was flying by and drowned out the sound.

    luckily, the cornell lab of ornithology has posted an audio file of red-bellied woodpecker sounds.

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    And God said, Let the waters bring foorth aboundantly the mouing creature that hath life, and foule that may flie aboue the earth in the open firmament of heauen.

    And God created great whales, and euery liuing creature that moueth, which the waters brought forth aboundantly after their kinde, and euery winged foule after his kinde: and God saw that it was good.

    And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitfull, and multiply, and fill the waters in the Seas, and let foule multiply in the earth. genesis chapter one verses twenty through twenty-two kjv 1611
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    23 March 2012

    fred h baden underpass plaque unveiled

    ACT 199 of the 2011 regular session of the louisiana legislature renamed and designated the kcs railroad underpass on main street a/k/a la. highway 165 in pineville, louisiana, the "fred h. baden underpass."

    unfortunately, we missed the unveiling ceremony. it was this morning at 10:00 am.

    that's a shame too because
    nowhere in ACT 199 does it authorize the pineville mayor, city council or the department of transportation and development to name the kcs underpass anything other than the "fred h. baden underpass;"

    the obvious question to have asked the mayor, the city council and dotd would have been: where do you all get off acting contrary to the law? when after all the louisiana legislature legislated and passed into law pursuant to article iii, section 2(A)(4)(b)(i) of the constitution of louisiana and the governor signed -- a simple one page bill -- which plainly says that the official, legal name of this structure is the "fred h. baden underpass," not some psychobabblistic-mumbo-jumbo of a "fred h. baden memorial gateway"?

    and ... "gateway" to what? it's a freaking freight train underpass -- it's mindful of uh ... hobo's, boxcar willie n shit.

    what's more, they've unnecessarily squandered a fortune in taxpayer money on, among other things, landscaping, masonry work, lighting and light poles, paint and painters -- painting a bridge is not cheap, when what they should have done, if they were really fiscally responsible people, especially in these perilous times (for instance there is a report in today's town talk featuring pineville about how high gas prices "pose problems for public spending plans") was to have spent a few bucks on a couple of brass plaques and bolted them to the underpass and had an inmate go out there every morning to polish them with a $4.00 can of brasso and a rag.

    the mayor and council with this ludicrous "gateway" facade scam has also obligated future generations of pineville taxpayers to have to shell out big money to maintain it just so.

    what an insult to the memory of a man who was known for his fiscal thriftiness.

    this "gateway" baloney makes even less sense than all the trashy electronic billboards the current mayor and council have encouraged and allowed to proliferate around town.

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    22 March 2012

    louisiana tax feeder out collecting governmental revenue


    on the second day of spring 2012 a perfumed prince is out harassing the commoners.

    perhaps we would have some respect for the police if they were out investigating and arresting crooked politicians, elected and governmental officials, white collar criminals and other treasonous, traitorous rats who are destroying this country -- rather than spending all their time out writing "speeding tickets" to citizens who are merely attempting to get from point a to point b on roads that their tax dollars already paid for and upon which they have a right to travel.

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    21 March 2012

    alexandria, la. mayor jacques roy 4th supplemental and amending petition vs councilman roosevelt johnson revealed

    when we first posted about mayor roy's fourth supplemental and amending petition back on 24 january 2012 the mayor's petition wasnt on the rapides clerk of court website -- despite its being filed in november 2011.

    it is on there now ... and wow! councilman roosevelt johnson is in deep trouble if the mayor can civilly prove not all but just some of his allegations.

    if mayor roy wins, councilman johnson will likely have to "forfeit his office" and perhaps even face criminal charges;

    not only councilman johnson but also councilman edward larvadain, iii and councilwoman mitzi gibson are named as co-conspirators.

    it appears to be quite possible that mayor roy could have all three removed from office. wouldnt that be something?

    shame, shame on gannett/the town talk and kalb for shirking their journalistic responsibly and instead suppressing and covering up the news of reporting this extremely important court filing concerning the inner workings of city of alexandria, la. government.

    the mayor's petition begins from page nineteen of the .pdf.

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    fascinating 1st circuit appeals court La. R.S. 44:1 et seq public records opinion says court audio recordings are public record!

    via: la dads blog

    while this opinion is "not designated for publication," we cant imagine why louisiana's main stream media chose to suppress and cover up the reporting of it.

    especially, considering all the braying they do over the importance of the states so called "sunshine laws."

    the msm annually devotes an entire week to it; they refer to it as "sunshine week."

    anyway, while this is a "not designated for publication" opinion what it does do is lay the groundwork for acquiring a copy of the actual audio recordings of court proceedings via a simple La. R.S. 44:1 et seq., public records request.

    can you imagine what a boon this is to not only for main stream media but more importantly for bloggers and for other private citizens?

    it's only a small leap to make that if the audio recordings of court proceedings are public record -- then court room observers must be allowed to bring in their own audio and video recording devices -- perhaps as long as it's done discreetly and unobtrusively. thankfully today's modern digital audio and video recording devices allows for this.

    sooner rather than later most court proceedings will be streamed live online. technology, the modern era and louisiana's well earned reputation for judicial corruption and misconduct demands it.

    it might help to to put a stop to the more flagrant violations if the judges as well as the attorneys knew that the public was watching.

    so, the louisiana supreme court should stop making excuses and promulgate the rules and mechanisms necessary to make it happen.

    props to honorable a. j. kling, jr., judge ad hoc, for getting it right at the trial court level.

    click here to download sixteen page .pdf [1.05 mb]
    or click here to view/download from scribd
    or click here to download from 1st circuit court of appeal website
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    20 March 2012

    rumors of mayoral run by former alexandria city councilman jonathan goins are true

    yesterday on the ksyl talkback pre-show program, co-host bob madison stated that former alexandria city councilman jonathan goins "may be running for [alexandria, la.] mayor." click here to download .mp3 file [768 kb].

    so this morning we emailed mr. goins the sound file clip with a request to confirm or deny the rumor.

    moments ago, mr. goins responded and stated that "there's a possibility for the future."

    thats of course politician speak for yeah i'm in.

    the next election for alexandria mayor is in the fall of 2014.

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    17 March 2012

    iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad summoned to appear before the iranian parliament


    on 14 march 2012, in an unprecedented and historic event, the iranian parliament -- after twelve attempts, finally managed to summon president, mahmoud ahmadinejad, before it to answer some ten questions:

    (1) the budget iran's subway was supposed to receive;

    (2) the 1.6 million jobs the government claims to have created;

    (3) the money that was supposed to have been redirected from subsidy reform to industry and agriculture;

    (4) the president's eleven day sit-in that defied the orders of the leader regarding iran's intelligence minister;

    (5) the president's comment on the parliament's power;

    (6) the delayed nomination in appointing a sports and youth minister;

    (7) the $1.2 billion dollars allocated to cultural affairs in the annual budget;

    (8) the dismissal of the foreign minister, manouchehr mottaki, while in senegal;

    (9) the president's criticism on live t.v. of the conduct of iran's moral police;

    (10) the comments made by the president's chief of staff about the iranian way of being a muslim.
    the similarities between iranian governmental goings on and those of the alexandria, la., city council and mayor are striking.

    it makes us wonder if the iranian parliament has been observing and getting tips from the alexandria city council on how to conduct an investigation of its executive - or vice versa -- because they both dont seem to accomplish much of anything.

    also, it's amusing how president ahmadinejad and mayor roy are so alike in how they are both arrogant and long-winded; yet are smart enough -- or perhaps blessed by good fortune, to manage time-and-time-again to make complete and utter fools out of their opposition.

    we guess that politicians the world over really are all cut from the same cloth.
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    16 March 2012

    flash: deal reached to sell the alexander fulton hotel to noble hospitality inc.

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    gannett/the alexandria daily town talk: Deal sells Alexandria hotel for $4M
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    city of alexandria, la. resident not thrilled with new neighborhood club

    the petition of willie woods, self represented, takes to task city of alexandria, louisiana officials, especially councilman roosevelt johnson, over the ladies choice night club, which mr. woods claims violates several city ordinances and that "the process in which the city officials of alexandria allowed the lady's choice night club to open was flawed and reckless."

    this civil damages petition, docket no. 244,082, is allotted to ninth judicial district court judge harry randow.

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    15 March 2012

    motion to recuse judge metoyer

    from the looks of reading this motion, the courtroom of ninth judicial district court judge mary lauve doggett will be the place to be on monday, 30 april 2012, to view the proceedings in scott mahfouzs' motion to recuse judge george c. metoyer.

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    video: u.s. attorney jim letten reveals that nola.com commenter henry l. mencken1951 is federal prosecutor sal perricone


    united states attorney, eastern district of louisiana jim letten, gives an amazingly candid press conference to confirm that the nola.com commenter, henry l. mencken1951, is in fact assistant united states attorney, sal perricone.

    note: the sound quality is very low. so you will likely have to turn your volume nearly all the way up.

    slide timer bar to press conference start time of 3:57 or click here to skip to it.

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    click here to download frederick r. heebe vs henry l. mencken1951
    petition for pre-suit discovery pursuant to la. civ. code art., 1429
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    rapides parish coliseum authority goes after rental dead beats

    recent civil contract petitions for unpaid rent filed by rapides parish assistant assistant district attorneys field v. gremillion, iii and thomas o. wells on behalf of the rapides parish coliseum authority.

    rpca vs b.j. mills amount owed: $2,093.00
    --------claude davis-------------4,154.10
    --------nicole s. gray------------2,901.85
    --------john sampratt------------1,300.00
    -------------------------------------------total: $10,448.95

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    14 March 2012

    rocking roc

    regions bank tower alexandria, louisiana
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    local blog takes a look at the financials of a controversial local political action committee and finds the usual suspects ... with a twist.

    must read for all central louisiana political devotees.

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    13 March 2012

    fired piyush "bobby" jindal govermental appointee martha manuel speaks out

    martha manuel is the former executive director of the governor’s office of elderly affairs who was fired last week cos she didnt learn how to push pi properly.

    The Governor moved her department into the State Department of Health and Hospitals without giving her any input.

    When legislators asked her under oath in a committee hearing about her opinion of the move, she said it would be detrimental to the elderly.

    She was fired by Jindal the next morning for giving honest answers to a legislative committee.

    Obviously Jindal wants his administration to sing the exact same tune regardless of personal opinion, the facts or their duty to tell the truth. ~ read more
    so ms. manuel did what any red blooded american would do these days -- she started a blog to get her version of events out and went on talk radio.
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    louisiana sec'y of state tom schedler issues special statement over concerns about president barack obama's citizenship

    via: twitter @louisiana_sos ||| view tweet

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    2012 louisiana czech heritage festival set for saturday 17 march 2012

    press release via: gannett/the alexandria daily town talk

    The Louisiana Czech Heritage Festival is set for Saturday at the Libuse Czech Hall on Industrial Road off La. Highway 28 East in Libuse.

    Admission is free to the festival events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Kovanda Band will play from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the festival will feature kolache pastries and other food, crafts, Czech dancers and pysanky eggs.

    Avery Michaels will perform from 7 to 11 p.m., and admission for the concert is $8 for adults and $5 for students.
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    libuse, louisiana czech hall
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    libuse, louisiana historical marker
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    12 March 2012

    aerial video of lafayette parish, la. flooding

    via: twitter @katctv3 ||| view tweet

    click here to view video - click "next" to view even more more videos
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    Rainfall totals of 10-15" of rain were common within a 20 mile radius of Carencro to Arnaudville over less than a 12 hour period leading to widespread flooding of hundreds of homes and businesses. read more: unprecedented flood for some areas
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    god save us! the loony looziana legislature is in session

    could be that the only thing that saves us this year is their choosing to open the legislature at the same time that mercury is going retrograde.

    so lets hope this means that this will be a totally screwed up session in which nothing is accomplished!

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    opening of the state house.
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    piyush "bobby" jindal address to the 2012 joint session of the loony looziana legislature ... "lie, blah blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda, lie..."
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    08 March 2012

    baton rouge public records showdown: plaintiffs issue subpoenas to jeanie louque and baton rouge mayor kip holden

    baton rouge, la., attorney steven spring tells wst...

    Since the good Sheriff's office has seemingly come up with three different versions of the status of their investigative file, rather than wait for a response to our lawsuit, and in vigorous pursuit of our clients' interests, we have filed requests for record subpoenas to Jeanie Louque and Mayor Holden for records not only identified in Sgt. Pierce's Affidavit, but also, those records which one would think any genuine investigator conducting a genuine investigation would request.

    We anticipate requesting additional subpoenas tomorrow.
    stay tuned...

    by the way, we love the spring & spring law firm's tag line of "litigators not negotiators."
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  • petition for writ of mandamus to enforce an La. R.S. 44:1 et seq public records request

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    06 March 2012

    petition for writ of mandamus to enforce an La. R.S. 44:1 et seq public records request

    now this is one impressively worded petition.

    naturally, we're on the side of the plaintiffs, john randolph pierce and darrell wayne glasper, sr. and believe that the east baton rouge parish sheriff's office should turn over all the requested records.

    one exception we take to the petition is at paragraph seven (7) where the plaintiffs incorrectly refer to their La. R.S. 44:1 et seq. Public Records Request (PRR) as a Freedom Of Information Act Request (FOIA).

    a freedom of information act (foia) request is one made for federal public records. whereas, a public records request (prr) is one made for state and local governmental public records R.S. 44:1A.(1).

    if you are an attorney or non-attorney public records requester, blogger, main stream media writer, etc., please properly differentiate between the two - it's important.

    flip-flop or louisiana style good ol boy network damage control springs into action

    anyway, it should be interesting to see how east baton rouge, parish sheriff, sid j. gautreaux, iii, explains away why his public information officer, casey rayborn hicks, was directly quoted by the baton rouge morning advocate in a news report dated 03 march 2012, "affidavit accuses mayor," (.pdf exhibit "a" page 13):
    "We consulted with other agencies which also received the complaint that concurred with our findings and were unable to substantiate the information," Hicks said. "Our investigation is complete pending any new information that would warrant further investigation."
    meaning, that the requested documents, (other than the "initial report" (.pdf pages 20 - 22) which is always a public record (R.S. 44:3(4)(a)) and was provided), were now public records per R.S. 44:3A.(1), -- are not public records after all ... due to "the anticipated pending criminal investigation..." .pdf page 18.
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    04 March 2012

    pootie poot declares victory in russian presidential election


    russian prime minister vladimir putin speaking to some of his supporters.
    reportedly, some 143 million voters cast ballots across nine time zones.
    exit polling indicates that putin won over 63% of the vote.
    aired from 0014 moscow time, monday 05 march 2012;
    1435 cst, sunday 04 march 2012.

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    03 March 2012

    louisiana rethugs announce 2012 caucus locations

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    via: email press release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 2, 2012
    Contact: Scott Wilfong, 2012 LAGOP Caucus Director
    225-272-2525

    Republican Party of Louisiana Announces 2012 Caucus Locations

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana – On April 28, 2012, the Republican Party of Louisiana will hold district caucuses across Louisiana as the first phase of delegate selection for the 2012 Republican National Convention.

    Republican voters will cast ballots at 30 sites from 8:30 am until 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

    Twenty-five delegates and twelve alternates will be elected from each congressional district to vote at the Republican State Convention, where the election of delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention will take place.

    Any Louisiana registered voter affiliated with the Republican Party on December 15, 2011 is eligible to participate.

    Participants are not required to stay for a meeting in order to cast a vote.

    Voters will be required to present a valid photo ID in order to cast a ballot.

    Here are the 30 locations and the parishes assigned to each site:

    Bossier City:
    Bossier Parish Community College - 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA 71111
    Parishes: Bossier, Webster

    Shreveport:
    S’Port Port - 424 Ashley Ridge Boulevard Shreveport, LA 71106
    Parishes: Caddo, DeSoto, Red River

    Monroe:
    Barak Shrine Temple - 6620 Frontage Rd, Monroe, LA 71202
    Parishes: Ouachita, Morehouse, East Carroll, West Carroll, Caldwell

    Ruston:
    Hampton Inn - 1315 North Trenton Street, Ruston, LA 71270
    Parishes: Lincoln, Jackson, Union, Claiborne, Bienville

    Winnsboro:
    Princess Room - 714 Prairie Street, Winnsboro, LA 71295
    Parishes: Franklin, Tensas, Madison, Richland

    Vidalia:
    Comfort Suites - 100 Front Street, Vidalia, LA, US, 71373
    Parishes: Catahoula, Concordia

    Natchitoches:
    Best Western Natchitoches Inn - 5131 University Pkwy, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Parishes: Natchitoches, Winn, Sabine

    Pineville:
    Louisiana College Guinn Auditorium - 1140 College Drive Pineville, LA 71360
    Parishes: Rapides, Grant, Avoyelles, Evangeline, LaSalle

    Leesville:
    1st United Pentecostal Church - 101 Nolan Trace, Leesville, LA 71446
    Parishes: Vernon, Beauregard

    Lake Charles:
    Comfort Suites - 1016 North Martin Luther King Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Parishes: Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen

    Rayne:
    Best Western Hotel – 1422 North Polk Street, Rayne, LA 70578
    Parishes: Acadia, Jefferson Davis

    Abbeville:
    Vermillion Parish Courthouse - 100 North State Street, Abbeville, LA 70510
    Parishes: Vermillion

    Lafayette:
    Family Church - 223 Stone Avenue Lafayette, LA 70507
    Parishes: Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia

    Morgan City:
    Hampton Inn - 6365 Hwy 182 E, Morgan City, LA
    Parishes: St. Mary

    Port Allen:
    Reliant Technology - 2933 La Highway 1 N Port Allen, LA 70767
    Parishes: West Baton Rouge, Iberville

    Baton Rouge:
    Jefferson Baptist Church – 9135 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Parishes: East Baton Rouge Residents south of Florida Blvd.

    Central:
    Kristenwood - 14025 Greenwell Springs Rd, Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
    Parishes: East Baton Rouge Residents north of Florida Blvd.

    St. Francisville
    Magnuson Hotel - 7059 U.S. 61, St Francisville, LA 70775
    Parishes: West Feliciana, East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee

    Denham Springs:
    Hampton Inn - 201 Rushing Road West, Denham Springs, LA 70726
    Parishes: Livingston, St. Helena

    Gonzales:
    Ascension Parish Republican Party Headquarters - 1444 N. Airline Hwy. Gonzales, LA 70707
    Parishes: Ascension, Assumption

    Hammond:
    Hampton Inn - 401 Westin Oaks Drive, Hammond, LA 70403
    Parishes: Tangipahoa

    Covington/Mandeville:
    Clarion Hotel - 501 North Hwy 190, Covington, LA 70433
    Parishes: Washington and Residents of western St. Tammany (Precincts numbered 101-706 and any precincts beginning with “A”, “C”, “F” or “M”)

    Slidell:
    Hampton Inn - 56460 Frank Pichon Road, Slidell, LA 70458
    Parishes: Residents of eastern St. Tammany (Precincts numbered 801-921 and any precincts beginning with an “S” or “P”)

    Chalmette:
    St. Bernard Parish Governmental Building - 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043
    Parishes: St. Bernard and East Bank Residents of Plaquemines Parish

    New Orleans:
    De LaSalle High School - 5300 Saint Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70115
    Parishes: Orleans Parish East Bank Residents

    Gretna:
    Quality Inns And Suites - 100 Westbank Expressway, Gretna, LA, US, 70053
    Parishes: West Bank Residents of Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines Parish

    Metairie:
    Lifegate Church - 1317 Butternut Ave. Metairie, La. 70001
    Parishes: Jefferson Parish East Bank Residents

    LaPlace:
    Quality Inn - 3900 U.S Highway 51, LaPlace, LA 70068
    Parishes: St. John the Baptist, St. James

    Boutte:
    Zydecos Restaurant - 13228 U.S. 90, Boutte, LA 70039
    Parishes: St. Charles

    Houma:
    LaQuinta Hotel - 189 Synergy Center Boulevard, Houma, LA 70363
    Parishes: Terrebonne, Lafourche

    For more information on the 2012 Louisiana Republican Caucuses, please contact Caucus Director Scott Wilfong at (225) 272-2525.
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