What the Jindal Administration doesn’t want you to know about unemployment

Jindal touts job creation as major issue in campaign.

Bobby Jindal claims in his campaign commercial that in this bad economy that he has managed to bring a certain number of jobs to this state. It has been pointed out that he has played “fast and loose” with those numbers.

But in the first article linked to, the Jindal Administration would ignore some very important things. They would have you believe that the problems in Louisiana are based on national issues (i.e. Obama) and not statewide issues.

However,  what they don’t want you to know is that the unemployment rate should be higher than what it is now. This is not to say that Jindal did a good job and that is why it would otherwise be higher. It is because Jindal rejected the unemployment benefit extension. By doing so, he made sure that Louisiana citizens fell out of the unemployment system early (and as such would not be counted in the rate). Jindal doesn’t care that Louisiana families suffer because he failed to increase those benefits in a bad economy. All he cares about is that he can claim a lower rate than anyone else and the bought and paid for media, i.e. the presstitutes, won’t question him on why. Don’t let him get away with it. Spread the word!

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Don’t be that guy, or that girl!

Who is that guy or that girl? Well, it is the person who thinks “The media is right, Jindal is going to win, so it doesn’t matter and I will just stay home”.

Just think to yourself how many people are in Louisiana who are unhappy with Jindal because he eliminated transparency on his office, has failed our children with failing education grades, has failed our healthcare with our dead last health rankings and who has failed this state in many other ways. Imagine if all of them just believed the “presstitutes” lie that you need money to win and just sat home on election day and voted for the status quo with the no vote. Now, imagine all of them coming out and deciding that they are not going to be that person who just allowed Bobby Jindal to walk right in for a 2nd term without voicing your displeasure.

Do you want to be in the group of people voted for Bobby Jindal by staying home and not voting? Or do you want to be in the group who just took a few minutes out of their day to let Bobby Jindal know that they are not happy and that you are not one of his supporters.

While you make up your mind, I hope you will consider checking out http://www.nikibirdforgov.com/ .

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More on Palin and the Paul Revere gaff

The wars about Sarah Palin and her revisionist version of history are heating up even more. In case you happened to missed it, this is what she said about the famous Paul Revere midnight ride.

 He who warned uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed

Of course, this is wrong. But the Palin supporters flocked to the wikipedia page about Paul Revere to try and edit history to make their hero seem correct.  People are actually trying to defend the idea that she might be correct. What is unfortunate is even some “liberal” scholars are making statements that suggest that she might have gotten lucky by getting some of it right. A Boston University professor said:

 “Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate

Just so we can all be clear, here is a link to the letter that Paul Revere wrote about his ride and his capture.  Yes, it correct that Paul Revere when captured did tell the British about the resistance that they might be seeing. But Revere never said anything about the British taking their arms. And the most important nugget that is being left out by those trying to give Palin any benefit of the doubt is that Palin said that the PURPOSE of the ride was to warn the British that they would not take their weapons and that they would be free. That is absolutely and 100% incorrect. The PURPOSE of the ride was to warn Hancock and Adams about the British troop movements and that they might be in danger. So Palin is still wrong. This, of course, won’t stop her apologists from trying to claim otherwise. But this is why it is very important to counter all of this misinformation with the truth.

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My thoughts on Obama and Israel

President Obama discussed the issues in the Middle East today and more specifically the Israel/Palestine problems. He suggested that with the exception of mutually agreed land swaps that the lines between a Palestinian State and Israel should be based on the 1967 lines. There is a problem with this suggestion that nobody else I have seen discuss. In 1967, before the war, Jordan controlled the West Bank and Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip. So the idea that we should go back to those borders would not give the Palestinians any land because it was Jordan and Egypt, respectively, who took the West Bank and Gaza after 1948.

It is my opinion that we cannot have a logical and honest debate on Israel and Palestine until we recognize the part that Jordan and Egypt played in taking lands from the Palestinian people. Here is a good map that shows the lands awarded to the Arab (Palestinian) state by UN Resolution 181  and the land that was taken by Jordan and Egypt in 1949.

Now, with that being said, I have no problem with a 2 state solution and I think that if Israel really wants peace that they have to haul the settlers back.  However, many people are just focusing on the Obama 1967 comment and are ignoring this very important one:

“How can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist?… In the weeks and months to come, Palestinian leaders will have to provide a credible answer to that question.”

Well said Mr. President.

Now, the only other problem I have is this. It is my firm opinion that if the rulers of the Palestinian areas are Hamas and other terrorist organizations, that it is highly more likely that the holy sites of Jerusalem would be much more accessible to all the faiths of the world with Israel in charge of them.  I do not think that Jews would be allowed to go to the Western Wall if a Hamas controlled government controlled the old city.

So, at the end of the day, while I have some issues with the facts of the 1967 statement and every Israeli has every right to be concerned with the security that would come with any peace plan, I am not as appalled as some of my fellow Jews have been about his comments and I think that many are overreacting (especially considering his other quote that many people are ignoring) .

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How many lives has the moratorium ended?

How many lives did the irresponsible drilling practices of the oil industry end?

Just sayin…

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… the Ugly: Or my letter to the NBA

Dear NBA,

My name is Dan Zimmerman. I am an fan of the New Orleans Hornets. As they say, I am “In”. I have been a season ticket holder for three seasons now and have plans to be a season ticket holder into next season as well. But this last game made me have my doubts.

I have just come home from what I have to say is the absolute worst officiated sporting event that I have ever seen in my history of watching sporting events. This is coming from an Orioles fan who is still mad at the Jeffery Maier incident where the ump blew a fan interference call. If the Hornets breathed on the Lakers wrong they got called for a foul. However, there were many examples where the refs seemed to turn a blind eye to many of the actions by the defending champs. One example that stands out is when Ron Artest was under the goal with Chris Paul. Artest clearly extended his arms and pushed Paul with the ball. Nothing was called and the Lakers got the turnover and the layup.  What is eve more ridiculous is that the NBA review of the play says “Ron Artest pressures CP3” and “knocks the ball away”. PRESSURES? Are you kidding me? Knocks the ball away?!?!?! Are you freaking kidding me? He clearly pushed Chris Paul in front of the ref with no whistle blown. The ref was literally 2 feet away from the play, looking directly at it.  Watch the video yourself. The play in question takes place at the 1:50 mark. This is not the only bad call but is a clear example of the kind of officiating we had to deal with all game long.

This wasn’t the first time a Hornets/Lakers game was called unevenly. The two home games during the regular season were also horribly officiated.

Ron Garretson , Mike Callahan , and Tom Washington  were the refs of this game. They should not be employed tomorrow because of their horrible officiating. Their continued employment would only tell me that the NBA condones such uneven officiating. Which leads me to my ultimate question. If the Hornets cannot get a fair shake by the officiating crew that is supposed to be impartial, why should any Hornets fan bother to buy season tickets? If I wanted to be entertained by athletic people in a contest whose result is scripted, I would watch professional wrestling. In short, I feel ripped off by the NBA right now. Had the game been called right down the middle, I would be ok with the Hornets loss as they did much better than anyone expected to do this season. But if the result of the game is already figured out, why on earth should I be “in”?

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The Hornets season, the good the bad and the ugly.

The Good:

Monty Williams is a rookie head coach who vastly  improved the record of the Hornets, got them to the playoffs and got them to game 6 against the defending NBA champions without one of their key players. I cannot stress that point enough. That is an amazing fact and as we dissect the previous season we cannot allow this fact to be ignored.

We have an amazing player in Chris Paul who elevates the play of many players around him. Hopefully the Hornets will be able to either convince him to stay or be able to use some sort of franchise tag when they renegotiate the collective bargaining agreement.

The Bad:

In a season that seemed to be filled with good decisions, getting rid of Marcus Thornton had to be one of the biggest mistakes the Hornets could have possibly made. One only needs to look at the impact he had as a starter for Sacramento to see the talent we gave up along with cash to get Carl Landry. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like the pickup of Landry. He has length and hustles. He is a hard worker and stepped up big when David West went down. However, I have to think that if we could have traded Marcus and some cash for Landry that we could have traded someone else and more cash for Landry as well?

The Hornets really do not have the size that I think will be needed to compete in the future of the NBA. The Thunder is looking very dangerous and only looks to get even more impressive as they grow and mature as a team. The Lakers have very imposing big men who can impose their will at will. Something has to be done to get some height in order to have an imposing presence in the lane.

The Ugly:

See next post…

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More stupidity from Labruzzo

Republican John Labruzzo is now proposing a law that would ban all abortions in the state of Louisiana. Labruzzo acknowledges that the law violates Roe v Wade and the reason he is pushing it is to try and challenge that ruling in court.

Now, if you do not follow the Supreme Court these days, most rulings are 5-4 with Kennedy being the deciding vote. Kennedy decided to support a woman’s right to choose in Planned Parenthood v Casey. So I am not sure how this will be a victory for the religious right and/or pro life activists.

But let’s look at what the bill does.

A) It bans all abortions. No exceptions for rape. No exceptions to protect the life of the woman. No exceptions for anything. This makes the law evil, as any law that would require a pregnant woman to die because of her pregnancy is evil. Forcing a pregnant woman to die is the moral equivalent of state sanctioned murder. So much for him being pro life.

B) It seems to ban oral contraception.  RS 40:1299.30 section E currently states:

Nothing in this Section may be construed to prohibit the sale, use, prescription, or administration of a contraceptive measure, drug or chemical, if it is administered prior to the time when a pregnancy could be determined through conventional medical testing and if the contraceptive measure is sold, used, prescribed, or administered in accordance with manufacturer instructions.

The proposed bill repeals this section (To amend and reenact R.S. 14:32.5(A) and R.S. 40:1299.35.0, to enact R.S.40:1299.35.1(11) and to repeal R.S. 40:1299.30(A), (B), and (E)). Birth control pills and the morning after pill work to prevent fertilization, ovulation, and implantation. Since the Labruzzo bill (under the legislative intent section) would consider the prevention of implantation to be an abortion (because the unborn would have the “right to life”), the bill would obviously prevent the sale of birth control pills and the morning after pill (which is just a higher dose of birth control pill). How will this prevent abortions when more unwanted pregnancies would take place under his draconian law.

It am absolutely certain that this law would be overturned by the Surpeme Court. However, Labruzzo is a disgusting hater of women for supporting this bill (as is any politician or voter who supports it).

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A question for my conservative friends.

On facebook, one of my conservative friends said that the difference between the two parties are so great that the only option would be secession. Now, I disagree. But I would ask what would a “Tea Party States of America” look like?

Would freedom of religion remain? Or would you ban non Christians from worshiping their deity of choice?

If someone in the TPSA was proud of their USA heritage, would it be ok for them to fly the flag that flew under President Obama?

Would you change any part of the Constitution? What amendments would you keep and what amendments would you change or eliminate?

The tea party constantly talks about the will of the people. How would you make sure that the will of the people is listened to by elected officials? Do people get to directly vote on items?

The tea party will complain about so called left winged activist judges (as if the right winged judges cannot be activist). Would you change how the process of judicial review of the law works?

Basically, what fundamental changes to this country would you make to reform it into your own country?

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The Founding Fathers Compromised

The Tea Party has told the GOP that if they compromise on the budget that they will replace the existing leadership.

One thing the Tea Party like to do is discuss the founding fathers a lot. Their name comes from actions of our Founding Fathers in Boston. They quote all those things that they believe the Founding Fathers would believe in.

But one thing they forget in their attempts to emulate our Founding Fathers is that they compromised! Our bicameral legislature was formed via the “Great Compromise“.  In fact, the Constitution was formed with many compromises, some good and some not so good.

By refusing to compromise, the Tea Party proves that it rejects one of the most important things about our Founding Fathers. Each held certain ideals, but they came together and compromised on those ideals for the good of the country. If the Tea Party wont compromise and work with people they disagree with to make this country better, they prove that they reject what the Founding Fathers ultimately wanted.

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