Saturday, October 27, 2007


Cabela's Wildlife Display, Gonzales , LA 10/2007 from Baton Rouge Blues
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Fake News Briefing by FEMA Draws Official Rebukes
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 — The Federal Emergency Management Agency staged a fake news conference this week, with agency staff officials, pretending to be reporters, peppering one of their own bosses with decidedly friendly questions about the response to the California fires, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged Friday.
Published: October 27, 2007
The New York Times

Friday, October 26, 2007


UK Newspaper, London 2006 from UK is OK
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Bayou Bobby
A new governor offers hope for disaffected Louisiana expats.
BY ROD DREHER Friday, October 26, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

Alas for me, I didn't get to cast a vote for Bobby Jindal, the winner of last weekend's Louisiana governor's race. It's been 15 years since I left the Bayou.

The last time I voted in a gubernatorial contest there, it felt less like a civic duty than an occasion of sin. I pulled the lever for Democrat Edwin W. Edwards--instead of my fellow Republican, David Duke--following the instruction of the bumper sticker on my car: "Vote for the Crook. It's Important."

That evening, I went to a party in Baton Rouge, attached myself to a keg of Budweiser and talked long into the night about how, four years after electing the supposedly reform-minded governor Buddy Roemer, it had come to this. I was only two years out of LSU and, like just about everybody I knew then, wanted to move away. What future did any of us have in a state where the choice was either a blow-dried Ku Klucker or an oleaginous Cajun kleptocrat? (As the joke had it, the Wizard or the Lizard?)

I soon left for Washington, D.C., a new job and a new life. Many years later, in an online discussion about the fate of the state, I read that a well-known New Orleans journalist, having lost hope in his family's future there, stood in the middle of his newsroom to announce his resignation. He said that he loved the city dearly but couldn't raise his children in a town that cherished parades more than libraries. Framed that way, you can understand why so many Louisianians choose to expatriate, but never quite get over leaving.
excerpt The Wall Street Journal

Thursday, October 25, 2007

We shoot them?

Mounted Deer - Middendorf's Restaurant, near Hammond, LA 7/2005
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One less thing to worry about: The odds of hitting a deer with your vehicle while you're in Louisiana are below the national average, according to a report from State Farm. The insurance agency says the likelihood of a vehicle-deer collision is 1 in 393, based on the number of registered vehicles in Louisiana and the state's deer population. Nationally, the odds are 1 in 216. Drivers in West Virginia are most likely to run into a deer (1 in 57 odds), while if you're in Hawaii, you have the least chance of colliding with Bambi (1 in 16,624).
Baton Rouge Business Report 10/25/2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

the potential for disastor

Fire Signage, New York, NY 10/2007
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The potential for disastor exsists everywhere! Now its wild fires in California!

Monday, October 22, 2007

on the horizon line

Pink Horizon , Atlantic Coast 9/2007
Newport Harbour, Newport , RI 9/2007

Boston Harbour at Distance, Boston , MA 9/2007

Halifax Harbour , Nova Scotia 10/2007

Ships on Horizon at Dusk, Atlantic Coast 10/2007

All images are from the series CRUISE

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Friday, October 19, 2007


Beauty Shop Window, Lafayette, LA 5/2006
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Louisiana ranks low for women's health
Louisiana finished 50th in a national ranking of how states—as well as the District of Columbia—address women's health issues. Only Mississippi was lower in the study, which was released by National Women's Law Center and Oregon Health and Science University. The study looked at issues, such as access to health care services, preventive screenings for breast cancer, obesity and overall health. One disturbing figure, women in Louisiana have an average life expectancy of 76.9 years, nearly two years less than the national average. Vermont ranked first. Click here to see the report.
Baton Rouge Business Report 10/18/2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

IF YOU.........

Halifax Harbour , Nova Scotia 9/2007 from the series Cruise.
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if you:

-Lived in a pre-disaster ZIP code prior to landfall in one of the counties designated by FEMA for individual assistance following Katrina, Rita or Wilma and suffered significant impact, such as:
Displaced from home or school

-Participated in the rescue and recovery efforts

-Sustained severe damage or destruction of residence

-Lost employment

-Sustained and obtained medical treatment for a physical injury caused by one of the hurricanes

-Other significant impact - a direct result of the hurricane and/or continued challenges as a result of the hurricanes

-Lost an immediate family member, defined as grandparent, grandchild, spouse, partner, parent, child, sibling, step-parent, step-sibling or step-child, because of one of the hurricanes.
You are eligible for Access to Care :
Call 1-866-794-HOPEfor immediate help(1-866-794-4673)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

and the survey says.......

LSU fan - Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA 10/2007 from Baton Rouge Blues
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Poll: Readers would rather see the Tigers win

Don't know what this says about priorities, but Daily Report readers say they're pulling more for LSU to beat Auburn than for Bobby Jindal to end up on top of the gubernatorial field. Fifty-four percent of the people who responded to an online survey say they would rather see the Tigers win Saturday, while 46% say they would rather see a Jindal win than an LSU win. Nearly 2,400 people participated in the survey.

Baton Rouge Business Report 10/17/2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

What You Get for the Money

Porch, New Orleans , LA 10/2007
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Eager to reduce housing aid to the more than 95,000 households still displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, FEMA announced a program yesterday offering up to $4,000 for relocation expenses for families or individuals who return home or find permanent housing elsewhere by the end of February.
FEMA Offers Up to $4,000 as Home Lure for Storm Victims
The New York Times

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sportsman's Paradise*

Cane Fishing Poles, Baton Rouge, LA 10/2007 from Baton Rouge Blues
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Expectations for # 1 ranked LSU were dashed by the triple overtime defeat to Kentucky on Saturday!
On Sunday , the lowly Saints upset Seattle in Seattle!
*Louisiana is known as "Sportsman's Paradise"

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Food Truck, Baton Rouge, LA 7/2007 from Baton Rouge Blues
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Some state lottery payoffs fall short of promises
A New York Times investigation found that lotteries account for less than 1% to 5% of the total revenue for K-12 education last year in states that use the money for schools. The newspaper found that most of the money raised by lotteries just goes to keep the games going through marketing and higher prizes. According to the report, lottery spending per capita in Louisiana is fairly low at $77 in annual sales (in Massachusetts, the sales per capita is nearly $700 annually), and 36% of the profits go to the state, with 51% being used for prizes and 13% for administrative costs. Read the article and see an interactive map here.
Baton Rouge Business Report 10/11/2007

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


Shane Lavalette

Shane Lavalette has been nominated for a $10,000 scholarship, awarded to college students who blog. The scholarship winner is chosen based on the number of votes he or she receives, so
cast your vote for Shane!


Damaged Car Wash Signage, Baton Rouge LA 10/2007
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Louisiana tops nation in corruption, report says

Louisiana is the most corrupt state in the nation, according to an analysis of government data. Corporate Crime Reporter based the ranking on the annual report from the U.S. Justice Department's Public Integrity Section. According to the analysis, there were 7.67 public corruption convictions per 100,000 Louisiana residents. That's a conviction per 100,000 more than Mississippi, which was ranked second. Russell Mokhiber, editor of Corporate Crime Reporter warned that the study was not a complete look at public corruption by each state, in that it only includes convictions that come from federal prosecution and not from state district attorneys or the attorney general's office. But Mokhiber warned that in the most corruptstates, public trust in politicians and government were being undermined.
Baton Rouge Business Report 10/9/2007

Monday, October 08, 2007


Row Markers - Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA 10/2006
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140,000 Fans tailgating
92,510 +/- in attendence
LSU Tigers 28 - Florida Gators 24
LSU Ranked no. 1

Saturday, October 06, 2007


Boy Yawning - Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge LA 9/2006 from Baton Rouge Blues
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#1 Ranked LSU take on #7 ranked Florida tonight in Death Valley,
according to some the most feared stadium to play in college football!

Friday, October 05, 2007

The Oxford American

Ping Pong Table, New Orleans Athletic Club , 1994 , New Orleans LA 1994
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Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Clouds, Baton Rouge , LA 10/2006 from Baton Rouge Blues
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Harry Lee was the sheriff of Jefferson Parish. He was an original, a bit eccentric, but he made us all feel safe living there! Rest in peace Sheriff Harry Lee.

Monday, October 01, 2007


Airport Parking Sign, New Orleans 9/2007
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25,000 street signs in New Orleans were lost after Katrina. City officials report 18,000 of those have been replaced. They also reported that all of the hand made signs made during the last two years will be left in place.