The Watchdog

Murder madness in N.O. ... you don’t know the half of it

As of this writing, 15 murders have been reported in New Orleans in the first 21 days of the year. At that rate the city is on its way to over 350 murders in 2007. There were three more shootings over the weekend, but as far as we know all three victims remain alive.Read More...
January 24, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Media can help stop the murder madness in New Orleans

On Saturday night there was another murder in New Orleans. That would make the 10th or 11th murder, depending on who is counting (and what one considers a murder), since the beginning of the year.Read More...
January 17, 2007 at 1:25 pm

The Watch Dog

The crime problem in New Orleans can be rationalized and denied by the public officials in New Orleans, but they are fooling no one, including the people who live in the city.
January 10, 2007 at 3:26 pm

SOLVE your own problems and leave GOV’T out of it

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret MeadRead More...
January 05, 2007 at 10:18 am

Bigger share of oil and gas tax revenues up for grabs - but will LA get them?

Put aside the folly of calling an "Extraordinary Session" of the lege in the midst of the Christmas Holidays. Put aside the folly of calling the session to extend over two weekends during which the lege is loathed to work. Put aside Governor Blanco's refusal to call an emergency session of the lege following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Put aside the lack of a specific plan of action going into a Special Session.Read More...
December 01, 2006 at 10:40 am

Another BIG BIZ bites the dust

Nobody seems to care about the fact that one of the two Fortune 500 companies headquartered in LA is leaving the state. We’ve learned that Freeport Copper and Gold is leaving for Phoenix.Read More...
November 29, 2006 at 12:44 pm

Every state in the U.S. is corrupt, it's just that in LA, we don't worry about it

LSU’s student newspaper has published a well-done article about Louisiana’s well-deserved reputation for corruption. Despite what many think, I do not believe LA is the most corrupt state in the U.S.Read More...
November 16, 2006 at 3:55 pm

Gov. Blanco’s ‘Road Home’ is going to be a LONG one

After over two months, only 18 checks have been written for the Gov. Blanco's Road Home Program.Read More...
November 08, 2006 at 3:48 pm

Gov. Blanco makes the grade - unfortunately, it’s an flat “F”

The other day when I got a note from fellow "Internet Kook" Emily Metzgar reporting that Gov. Kathleen Blanco had received an "F" from the Cato Institute for "Fiscal Policy," I wanted to say, "DUH."

October 25, 2006 at 1:06 pm

Note to politicians and bureaucrats: ‘Lead, follow or get out of the way’

Why is it that only politicians and government bureaucrats have the solutions to big problems in Louisiana?Read More...
October 23, 2006 at 4:08 pm

Ernest Hemingway said:

There has been a lot of motion, but little action when it comes to addressing the tax that people in Louisiana have been saddled with on their Homeowners' Insurance policies to pay for the debt of the Citizens Fund Insurance.Read More...
October 11, 2006 at 4:21 pm

AP editorial puts Louisiana in bad light -- again

Thanks to fellow "Internet Kook" and real free-lance journalist, Emily Metzgar we get the following taste of how we in LA are viewed by others. Read More...
September 06, 2006 at 1:29 pm

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It’s a conservative $117.2 million budget proposed for 2017, but the St. Charles Parish government is taking care to boost the general fund and buffer potential revenue shortfalls.