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26 June 2004

You knew it was coming: AT&T withdraws from competition 

For those of you who suffered through an earlier, long-winded post on “regulatory competition” vs. “technological breakout competition” in natural monopolies (cough, cough) I wanted to note how prescient I was when I warned that the sort of regulatory competition that BellSouth moaned about could easily go away. It just did—AT&T this week announced that it will be pulling out of the Louisiana market following the court ruling that will largely hand control of lease rates back to BellSouth.

The bald arrogance of BellSouth is worth repeating from the follow up Advertiser story:

“The fact that there is one less company serving Louisiana is not going to make a difference,” he said. “The world will continue to turn; people will continue to get a dial tone.”

However, the competition BellSouth claims is virtually non-existent, said Michelle Hitt, AT&T Southern region director of media relations.

“There’s not a competitive alternative to your home phone line.”

Hitt is right—there isn’t any real alternative to your home phone line. BellSouth owns the copper and absent regulatory restraint it will exploit its monopoly position. Indeed, it would be in breach of its obligations to shareholders if it did not.

Prices will go up. Count on it.

And when your friends start to grumble about it you, because you have carefully read Timshel, can knowledgeably inform them as to why…can’t you? ;-) Ok, a brief recap.

A real alternative to the current natural monopoly has to be based on an alternate technology that breaks out and allows a similar service to be offered over a different medium. Cell phones will do for some of us. But for real economy and landline reliability there is only one alternative. I’ve said it before and I say it again: only fiber will provide real competition.

Fair warning: The current LUS/Cox/BellSouth hiatus won’t last. Come Monday’s Chamber “Forum” (don’t get me grumbling again) we will surely be hit with a mélange of veiled threats, specious plans, and misinformation meant to promote Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. The politics will get intensely local again soon. And I will likely be back. Besides all this focus on the business end and saving money and such is only what we have to pay attention to get fiber in—there is a powerful progressive dream associated with this initiative and I hope LUS will use the opportunity of the Chamber Forum to trot it out in detail. I’d love to report on that.

25 June 2004

Time Killing Game of the Week 

It's nice when you don't have to go looking for it edition.

This game is only slightly more involved than the addicting favorite, the Helicopter Game. Have fun with it. I can't get enough of it.

Right-Wingery 

As much as I hate the man's beer and his politics, it's hard to disagree with this sentiment:


GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Colorado Republican Senate hopeful Pete Coors yesterday criticized the legal drinking age, chiding the federal government for coercing states into raising the age limit from 18 to 21.

"We got along fine for years with the 18-year-old drinking age," the former CEO of the Coors Brewing Co. told an audience of about 200 people at a candidates' debate here. "We're criminalizing our young people."

I've made my feelings about federally mandated drinking laws pretty clear at this site. I tend to be fairly libertarian about intoxicants, though I certainly see the wisdom in the continued criminal prosecution of men and women who deal the big narcotics and other harmful substances.

However it strikes me as wrong to create a criminal class of young drinkers simply because the insurance industry demands it. Parents ought to be allowed to let their fourteen year olds drink if they want to, and eighteen year old adults should surely have the right to make the legal decision to drink a beer anytime they feel like it. They just shouldn't bother with "the Silver Bullet", because it tastes like toilet water.

via--of all the people--Instapundit

Now I understand 

It looks like the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department must have gotten an early copy of the latest issue of the National Review.

The W. Ketchup Will Sell Like Hotcakes 

I'm sure people are already lining up for tickets to the Right-Wing Film Festival. With such hits as "DC 9/11" starring "That's my Bush" front man Timothy Bottoms, and a filmic defense of Ann Coulter, I can't imagine a better place to be than Dallas in the middle of September.

And this looks like a sure-fire winner:

"Terminal Island" is a black-and-white feature film about a woman being stalked by a Muslim terrorist who is himself being stalked by a bounty hunter.

"When you shop a script like this around," said Murty, "studio execs say, 'Is this about Muslim terrorists? We don't want to touch it.' "

Maybe the irony of a stalker being stalked is simply too delicious for the lefty "studio execs". They're probably the same ones who prevented Mel Gibson's schlock and awe from being seen on a million screens world-wide.

via Drudge

Newsflash 

Pigeons are apparently good for something other than mucking up equestrian statues.

More Blogiana 

My good friend--er--Murph, who recently amped up his use of the Timshel comments feature under a different name (courtesy of Haloscan.com), finally decided to start his own blog.

He's coming to you straight from West Hollywood, or the land of "fruits and nuts", as I can imagine his dad saying. He's hip to all the new movies and begins his blogging efforts with some lists of his favorite movies and music so far in 2004.

You'll get a quick idea of his pretentions regarding popular culture, but you'll get past them because he's so damn loveable.

That means Blogiana now extends all the way across the continental United States. It's time to recruit citizens living overseas.

Read Life Goes Off

Great for Hot Dogs 

Some things are so absolutely dumb they defy ridicule.

Don't want to support Heinz ketchup and indirectly (or really not at all) the Kerry for President campaign?

Buy W. Ketchup.


This Sucks 

save us!man the dikes
When will it end?

Amazing 

President Bush answers questions from a federal investigator regarding the leak of Valerie Plame's identity as a covert operative and it gets page two and page five coverage in the papers on my doorstep.

Here comes the requisite "Imagine if it were Bill Clinton" comment...

Ask Jim Brown and Martha Stewart what happens if you're not extremely careful around the feds. But we all know Bush doesn't lie, he just uses an extremely elastic version of "the truth". It's downright Clintonian.

Quibbles 

This is a very interesting article about a major archaeological find, but I feel like I have to say that 1000 years ago isn't prehistoric. It's ancient. The Advocate's headline this morning got it wrong. These guys didn't.

Some things bug me to no bounds.

Alma Mater News 

It's nice when it's not about a sex-scandal from the President's office or a sorority forcing their pledges to eat their own vomit ("it's got alcohol in it, bitch!").

At any rate, the University of Louisiana system in conjunction with other public and private institutions across the state have entered into a service learning compact at the behest of Loyola University.

The Louisiana Board of Regents gave its blessing to the new Louisiana Campus Compact, an organization that will share information on programs staffed by college students who, among other things, tutor public school students, design parks, assist the elderly and plant trees.

...

Planning for the Louisiana alliance gained momentum in late 2002, when Loyola held an exploratory meeting that included officials from more than 20 institutions. Robinson credited Carol Jeandron, director of Loyola's Office of Service-Learning , with doing much of the organizational legwork, and said the idea drew strong backing from Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie.

Thirty other states across the country have similar compacts, but I'm glad that Louisiana is getting on board something that can have such an enormous impact on the communities that serve these institutions.

Update @ 9:17 am: d'oh! No links the first time around. Now you have 'em if you want 'em.

Stop Copying Me... 

or start paying me.

Actually, it's hardly surprising that the Advocate would editorialize against the circumstances of the Olivier appointment this week. I just wanted to note that I got there first. Jerks...

Lafayette Decriminalizes Marijuana and Prostitution 

And no one is there to care about it. I read this online at one of the television station websites yesterday, but I waited to bother with it because I figured the papers would cover it. After two days there's still nothing though.

If you're not from around here, the Lafayette Parish lockup is under renovation right now. That means there are considerably fewer cells to house the criminals from the area, which has led to a "catch and release" policy for certain misdemeanor offenses that once entailed police booking.

Patrick Courreges's report in the Advocate this morning didn't address the new policy, but KLFY did in what must be an exclusive report on Wednesday night. Here's the extent of what they said about it online:

According to a document obtained this week by Eyewitness News, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office has notified the parish's six police departments that from now on, the LPCC will not accept anyone arrested on one or more of these nearly 60 misdemeanor offenses.

Lieutenant Craig Stansbury says it's all about trying to reduce the number of people being unnecessarily incarcerated.

The list covers everything from minor traffic offenses like driving with a burned out headlight, running a stop sign, disturbing the peace and criminal trespassing to more serious offenses like driving under suspension, hit and run, simple possession of marijuana and prostitution.

Frankly, I don't think these people belong in jail anyway, and I can imagine a thousand reasons why the Sheriff's department would want to keep news like this under wraps. However, I can not believe this hasn't stirred up a ton of controversy since the story broke Wednesday night.

The online report suggests that some of these directives will only go on for the course of the renovation, but it's hard envision a way this doesn't become permanent policy in a growing city where non-victimless crimes begin to take up more and more law enforcement resources.

24 June 2004

WTF? 

My evironmental concerns can only go so far. Some things ought to be confined to their own habitats or simply allowed to go extinct. Consider the "corpse flower" set to bloom in a Connecticut botanical garden:

A giant exotic plant that has not bloomed in the Northeast in more than 60 years is ready to flower at the University of Connecticut's greenhouses. The "corpse flower" has the odor of 3-day-old road kill, and UConn botanists couldn't be more excited.

Once open, the spiked, bright red bloom even resembles rotting meat, a veritable welcome mat for the insects that pollinate it - flies and carrion beetles.

"It looks like something has died. It smells like something has died. It has some of the same chemicals that dead bodies produce," UConn research assistant Matthew Opel said Tuesday.


You can see the monstrosity on a UConn.edu "webcam" here. Right now it doesn't look like much other than a green phallus, not rotting meat as promised by corpse plant's cultivators. Word is that they're still working on the smelly vision.

Here's more from National Geographic, including this interesting note about one of the plant's other curiousities:

Shackel was enlisted to attach heat probes to the unfurling inflorescence. Though most plants are more or less at the mercy of the environment, a few such as the titan arum are able to generate heat. Theory suggests that "higher temperatures would cause their perfume to reach out to insects more effectively," said Shackel.

Ted's central spadix heated up starting around 11 p.m. on the first night, from room temperature (68 degrees F/20 degrees C) to around 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) and stayed at that temperature until 3 or 4 a.m., when it dropped back to room temperature again.

I'll see you in Connecticut. I'll bring CajunBot, and we'll see about working out a trade. Louisiana's environment is closer to tropical Sumatra anyway, and I'm sure CajunBot would like to get some work on something other than the flat terrain of south Louisiana.

I LOVE Technology 

"I'm John Kerry and I approved this message"

It's the official downloadable candidate ring tones for you cell phone users out there. I'm probably the biggest nerd alive for saying this, but these really are the best new fad as far as cell phone rings go...

Kerry, Nader, and Bush...

via PoliticalWire.com

Friends in High Places 

I was half-expecting John to make a post about this, but I figured I'd pass along a some not completely unimportant news w/r/t Lafayette's fiber to the home initiative.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was in town addressing the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce yesterday and he spent a goodly portion of his address singing the praises of the LUS push to wire every home in Lafayette who wants it with fiberoptics. This wouldn't be a big deal since I imagine most big city mayors would love to have a public utility to collect big ticket revenue for the city year in and year out. However, you may know that Ray Nagin is former Cox executive in New Orleans, and since Cox has been one of the most vocal--and effective--opponents of the FttH initiative, it's nice to have one of their own turn the tables on the dark side of the force.

Pay Up! 

Remember that wreck on I-10 a long time ago involving a cattle truck filled with nearly 100 cows. It was a scene out of Pamplona for a few hours with cattle stampeding all over Baton Rouge. The tragic death of one passenger and debilitating injury of another temper whatever humor I might take from the thought of a bunch of cows running around the Red Stick. However, all that is beside the point.

The state now owes over $8 million in damages thanks to a 2001 civil suit. Now, it started out at 7.5$ million, but the interest--compounded daily--has risen the total by more than $700,000 in the last three years.

So far the state hasn't paid. Not because they are waiting on an appeal--at least not according to this article--but because they don't have the money to do it one payment. Okay, that's fine. But isn't it very stupid to continue allowing interest to accrue on this debt when we have a $17.5 billion budget? Why not settle up and be done with it instead of simply wasting a few hundred thousand a year on interest? This is the easiest kind of government waste to deal with, but no one seems interested in it.

3rd District 

Jeebus, another candidate is jumping in to the race.

This time it's Democratic state Representative Damon Baldone, of Houma. One interesting note about him comes out the Pic's story. He's getting married in Las Vegas this weekend to another Houma girl. Weird.

The Advocate uses their space about the announcement to catch up with all the other announced candidates for the seat.

OBN? 

The Advocate leaves you with the impression that a big part of the new DED chief hire by Blanco is the Old Boy's Network. It's hard not to come to that conclusion from even the most objective standpoint.

Stripping away the more controversial aspects of Michael Olivier's long-time stint working for the state of Mississippi (covered thoroughly in the above article as well as an article not online in this week's Independent and you're left with a man who really has been an effective business recruiter and economic development "guru" of sorts.

Unfortunately a hundred questions surround Blanco's appointment of Olivier. First she managed to secure a raise of more than a hundred thousand dollars for the position. Then she managed to appoint one of her old friends from Lafayette after the legislature ended their session. This means he can't be confirmed for another year, which is conveniently lengthy enough to encourage critics to simply forget about the controversy in the first place.

LABI president Dan Juneau is cited in Advocate as one Olivier's admirers as well, but the reporters might have noted that Juneau ran in the same circles in Lafayette years ago as the Blancos and Olivier.

Some of Olivier's more egregious sins include destroying documents related to economic development efforts (he'll be pleased to know that by law he can conduct his business in Louisiana in secret now) and allegedly using questionable data gathering methods to suggest a better economic picture in Mississippi than he might have otherwise.

For all I know about the man, he could be perfect for the job. But the process by which he was appointed really does stink.

Quote of the Day 

Mary Landrieu, on The War in the Times-Picayune:

"I trusted him, as did many other members of Congress, to use our forces only as a last resort," Landrieu said. "I trusted him to determine that there were, in fact, weapons of mass destruction, or to make the determination that there was clearly an immediate threat, and that he would work hard to develop a strong international coalition. He's failed on all those accounts."

Landrieu has been among the President's harshest Senate critics over the last year or so, but on this issue it's too little, too late for me. The pattern of administrative deception was well established even before the vote to authorize the invasion. As much as some would like to, I don't think politicians should get this one both ways.

All in all, that's a pretty pointless story I linked to above. Bruce Alpert merely catches up on the positions on the war by Louisiana's federal delegation. It appears to be on the front page, though I can never really tell online at the Pic. Read it at your own risk.

23 June 2004

Saints Query 

I won't go into detail here, but I should say that Rickey Jackson is far and away my favorite all-time Saint. He is probably the most underrated outside linebacker of all time thanks to playing in the cloud created by Lawrence Taylor's crack smoking. At any rate, my bro spends too much time on the message boards at SaintsReport.com where someone posted this story regarding Rickey's first game in the 'Dome as a San Francisco 49er:

"but the game against the saints, during pregame, he walked to the middle of the field in his 9er attire, took off the helmet and kissed the FDL [Fleur-de-lis on the Saints helmet at the fifty yardline]!!! the dome went nutz!!! there is not one saints fan that would ever have a bad word to say about 57!!!"

Does anyone know if there is any truth to this story?

My Bad 

This is what I get for passing along unsubstantiated rumors. I should have known better than to think that Lafayette might get new movies that aren't in wide release. Contrary to what some in an email group I'm a part of think, it's not part of a right wing conspiracy either:

Jonathan Cole, The Grand: "The projections are good, there's controversy and people want to go out and see what it's about."

The assistant manager at the Grand in Lafayette tells us, it's unfortunate the poster for Fahrenheit 9/11 isn't up with the other movies that are Coming Soon. He thinks, with all the buzz, the movie would have been good for business.

Jonathan Cole, The Grand: "Very few prints made, about 100 with Fahrenheit 9/11 and as a result they will go to the larger cities."

Not unlike President Bush in the movie, Michael Moore's documentary has taken some hits, and that effected local theaters.

Miramax rejected it, they changed the dates on the release, our distributors had problems getting it.

If you want to see Fahrenheit 9/11, you'll have to go to Baton rouge or New Orleans.

Oh well, maybe we'll get it two weeks from now...

It's good to be a swing state 

Because even the President starts promising money for your state's needs:

The Bush administration is proposing nearly doubling the funding from the act, which is derived from gasoline taxes on small engines such as boat motors and lawnmowers, to $95 million this year and $84 million in 2005. In addition, the president's fiscal year 2005 budget contains $8 million for shot-term coastal projects and long-term planning, an increase of $5.5 million from the previous year.

Not even six months ago President Bush was saying no way, Jose to any extra funding for coastal restoration projects. Now he wants to double the meager pittance already coming our way.

We'll take it any way we can get it, but hopefully Mary Landrieu's plan will go through as well.

What a bore 

The Pic's "Washington correspondents" look at Bill Clinton's new memoir and tell Louisiana readers everything the book has to say about people important to the state.

So what?

Blast from the past 

Readers from my neck of the woods may remember the name Richard Schmidt. If you don't, you'll almost definitely remember the story of the doctor who was convicted in 1998 on attempted second degree murder charges for injecting a woman with whom he was having an affair with AIDS tainted blood.

He's in the news again because a judge has set a date for a hearing for his appeal in late September.

I've been drawn to this story because it seems like it would make a perfect Lifetime Movie of the Week, but it's also just a very interesting crime drama. It's got sex, cunning, and--supposedly--justice.

Anyway, I also found Schmidt's grounds for appeal funny:

His latest alleges that the attorneys representing him at the time of the trial were ineffective and, as in previous appeals, challenges the unusual DNA analysis used to match the virus found in Allen’s blood with that of one of Schmidt’s patients.

Ineffective attorneys! Isn't that kind of like the Lakers saying they want a do over on the finals with different players because Shaq and Kobe just couldn't get it done? Democrats could appeal the 2000 election because Gore and Lieberman were ineffective candidates. We could correct all manner of wrongs with this kind of logic.

disclaimer: I understand the reasoning behind the ineffective lawyering appeal. Justice can't be served when lawyers aren't up to snuff, so it's reasonable that appeals may be granted in such cases (and should be), but it sounds funny, and that's all that really matters isn't it?

Update @ 8:57 am: here's a brief recap of the case if you're interested in more of the details.

22 June 2004

Interesting 

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to raise fines for indecent broadcast today. That's hardly surprising, but I was surprised to read:

The Senate moved the measure without debate as part of the massive defense bill expected to be approved later this week. The only senator to vote against the bill was Sen. John Breaux, D-La.

I can't find why he would have voted against it, but I'm glad someone did. Am I the only person who thinks network television doesn't go far enough with language and sex to satisfy their audiences. Is there any wonder why premium cable channels are stealing a large part of the prime time ratings share? I'll give you a hint. It ain't because there aren't any commercials.

I also say this with the good cheer that comes with tonight's season premier of "Nip/Tuck". It's just might be the worst show on television, but I can't get enough of it.

Sorry for the slow posting today, especially after some hardcore LSU bashing, but I really am busy, busy, busy as a bee lately.

Stem Cell Ban Fails 

This is good, but I hope the legislators who fought tooth and nail to impose the ban on therapeutic cloning realize that their inability to compromise prevented the state from passing a more reasonable (and considerably more popular) ban on reproductive cloning.

It's important that the research already proceeding on stem cells in the state of Louisiana should proceed. Not only are the potential health benefits difficult to overstate, but this kind of biomedical research can drive an economy. The likelihood of reproductive cloning moving forward in Louisiana in the next year is slim to none, so it's better that the whole effort failed rather than making it a crime to research. Hopefully the state will get its head on straight the next time around and pass a sensible ban. I don't know whether or not lawmakers in the next session will be able to deal with this issue though because of Louisiana's weird rules regarding legislative agenda making.

...more from the Pic

Blame LSU 

Now we learn that the evil empire is responsible for the torture of Abu Ghreib inmates and the continued abuse of other prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq.

How, you might ask, could LSU be responsible for such terrible examples of American injustice?

The attorney who advised the White House that torturing al-Qaida terrorists in captivity abroad "may be justified" is a former LSU law professor.

Jay S. Bybee, now a federal judge in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Las Vegas, also deemed in an August 2002 memo that international laws against torture "may be unconstitutional if applied to interrogations" conducted in the United States' war on terrorism.

Judge Bybee taught constitutional law at LSU for seven years during the nineties. If you're looking for a lawyer in Louisiana you might avoid the ones whose JD's read LSU between 1991 and 1998.

Must I continue to give my dedicated Timshel readers reasons to hate the school, or will this finally do the trick?

Gorrilla Porn Update 

Following up on yesterday's AP work, T-P reporter James Varney fills in all the salacious details. Frankly, this is the weirdest story I've ever read.

There's an eight year old on the pill, two silver backs ga ga over Casey, and a ton of sexual double entendre. Newspaper reading doesn't get any better than this.

21 June 2004

Oh yeah... 

A big "better luck next year" goes out to the LSU Tigers who lost in an apparently controversy filled game to my favorite SEC team, the South Carolina Gamecocks. It only goes to show that teams with unique nicknames are always better than overused big cat nicknames. Ask the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions.

As for LSU, Tiger Fans will just have to settle for one less national championship this year.

Saints cont'd 

the money didn't come out of the general fund after all. At least not exactly. Even the AP reporter calls it a shell game, though:

Instead of using general operating cash, lawmakers agreed Monday to a plan — tucked into a second money bill — that would borrow from a Louisiana economic development fund to fill in the $7 million shortfall in the state's annual $15 million payment to the NFL team and pay it back over eight years with local cash. The source of that local repayment was uncertain, however.

Look forward to doing this all over again next year.
update @ 6:14 pm: from the looks of things at WWL, Charles Grant is very happy about the state meeting their obligations:
Show me the money!

The Saints 

I meant to post this in the morning too, but from what I can tell the lawmakers working on the budget today won't sign off on it until the Saints get the money that's owed to them by the state. I think that basically means the money is going to come out of the general fund. This is a good move by the state, since defaulting would have the Governor and the rest of the state by the short hairs.

There's no doubt that they need to come to a long-term solution that benefits both entities better than the current deal does, but putting it off for another year isn't a bad thing because it's one more year for the NFL to find a franchise besides the Saints to move to the other LA.

Since they're making the Saints a budget item there's a good chance we'll know the fate of the deal by the end of the day...

TGIR 

Never thought I'd say this, but thank God it's raining.

What to say? 

Saw this in the paper this morning, and since I've had a fascination with primates over the last week or so this fits the bill.

Gorilla porn at the Audobon Zoo. Supposedly it's worked at other zoos in the past, but I don't believe it.

Passed on this yesterday 

More hinting of John Breaux as a veep candidate...

after meeting with Kerry last week, John Breaux joked with reporters that he was setting up a tour of the Vice Presidential residence in DC.

I'll say again that Breaux is way too conservative to get the second slot on a national ticket, but it sure is fun to speculate.

mysterious allusions
I won't comment on some strange things I read in the Pic's briefing book after that, but for those readers out there who know me they'll understand why...

Closing Day 

The 2004 legislative session will come to an end today at six pm. My own impression is that any good that comes out of this session will be marred by state lawmaker's vote to anchor discrimination into our state's constitution.

Louisiana citizens made it clear during the last election that they want to see lawmakers address the state's health care crisis, terrible educational standards, and long-suffering economy. These issues were barely considered before legislators could get down to the nitty-gritty of passing an amendment to the state constitution reinforcing our already discriminatory state code with the power of Louisiana's charter document.

Adam Nossiter profiled freshman legislator (and US Congressman Bill Jefferson's daughter) Jalila Jefferson for the AP in this morning's papers, and this is how she responded to her "yea" vote on the amendment:

Already the pragmatist is taking over, though not enough to silence an inner voice. The gay marriage ban was "troubling, troubling for me, I mean very troubling for me."

If I lived in another state I would hope these legislators could be called to account for their inability to stand on principle, but that's too much to ask for Louisiana, where cynical politicians exploited the fears of state citizens for meager electoral advantages and at the expense of things considerably more important to the future of Louisiana.

Somehow ensuring that gays aren't allowed to marry; that drivers not hold up traffic in the left lane on the state's three interstate highways; that pants are hiked up above the crack of the ass; that LSU can define a contractual relationship with their scholarship athletes and gain the right to sue sports agents; that dogs and hogs might not meet in pitched battle (roosters are alright); that kids must stop playing ball in the street... Supposedly all these things are more important than addressing the truly pressing issues in this state.

We should all be ashamed of our elected officials for their performance this session. I suppose that starts at the top for me. I still have a lot of hope for Governor Blanco, but so she has failed to show leadership when it's been important. A "health care summit" in March appears to be merely window dressing at this point. It was in the news and out in a flash. Sure, she's managed to secure a rail car manufacturing plant. She helped to usher through a tax package in the special session, and now she can credit herself with moving a mandatory motorcycle helmet law. Those are modest achievements at best.

Ugh, I'm busy today so posting will be very light.

20 June 2004

Wow 

I read this column thinking that it was a Shreveport Times editorial, and I was shocked that the state's most critical voice of the President could be the Times' editorial board. Imagine my dismay when I realized it was actually a column by Bill Press. They should really mark these things better.

A Sunday roundup is forthcoming, but I'm going to church soon so it will be sometime after that.

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