The Watchdog




Gov. Blanco makes the grade - unfortunately, it’s an flat “F”
October 25, 2006 at 1:06 pm
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."


How children were taught to love God in 1855
October 23, 2006 at 5:20 pm
EDITOR’S NOTE: Back in the good ol’ days parents taught their children to love God and nobody made fun of them for doing it. Here, in Part 2 of an exclusive 12-part series, the St. Charles Herald-Guide reprints with permission another chapter from “Easy Lessons for the Little Ones at Home,” originally published by the American Tract Society in 1855, and more recently preserved and digitized by the Michigan State University Libraries. So sit back, relax and feel the power of faith of a day gone by.



Billy Graham's End-Times Prophecies
October 23, 2006 at 5:17 pm
That’s the word from famed evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, who declines to give an exact date for the end but flatly states:

"I have heard the distant sound of hoofbeats and seen the evil riders on the horizon of our lives.

Ferry disaster memorial should be in Destrehan
October 23, 2006 at 4:12 pm
It was a tragic morning in St. Charles Parish October 20, 1976 when the Luling-Destrehan ferry was struck by the 750-foot tanker Frosta and sunk. Of the 94 aboard, 78 died.

Note to politicians and bureaucrats: ‘Lead, follow or get out of the way’
October 23, 2006 at 4:08 pm
Why is it that only politicians and government bureaucrats have the solutions to big problems in Louisiana?

Ernest Hemingway said:
October 11, 2006 at 4:21 pm
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.

The Katrina Factor meets politics
October 11, 2006 at 4:18 pm
Two interesting sources of information came to light during the past week.

How could anyone dislike the Amish?
October 11, 2006 at 4:15 pm
How anyone can pump bullets into the bodies of young Amish girls is beyond comprehension. They are among the finest people on earth.

North Korea flexing its nuclear muscle
October 11, 2006 at 4:10 pm
Strange that the very week South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Kimoon was nominated to head the United Nations, North Korea announced it conducted an underground nuclear test. That could be good or bad.

'Paradox of Our Time': Comic didn’t write it, but everyone thinks he did
October 04, 2006 at 2:00 pm
There are no guardrails on the information highway, and The Paradox of Our Time, a "think piece" featured on the Spirit Weekly page in our last issue, is an excellent example of how the Internet can create seeming realities that have no more substance than smoke or mist.

WAS SHE REALLY TALKING to Our Lady? It certainly looks that way in this 2002 photograph snapped by her mother. Miracle of the Talking Virgin and the Baby Who Heard Her
October 04, 2006 at 1:54 pm
This riveting photograph has traveled the world in newspapers and e-mails read by millions of people - and no wonder: Baby Anna DiMaggio, of LaPlace, not only appears to be talking with the statue of Mary in her family's garden, her father, Andrew DiMaggio, says she WAS talking to the Virgin ... and the Virgin was talking back.

Beaubouef says that after parish workers cut the grass, they still leave trash behind.  This is a picture of Panther Run in Destrehan Open letter to St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque, Councilman ‘Ram’ Ramchandran and Public Works Director Greg Bush:
October 04, 2006 at 1:32 pm
Gentlemen, parish work crews are finally cutting grass in Ormond subdivision, but let's face it, we're not seeing any real improvement. The Pipeline was cut, but only about half-way.

Amendments could help save coast
October 04, 2006 at 1:30 pm
It used to be voters in Louisiana voted consistently against proposed constitutional amendments. That's when they had up to 52 proposals for voters to meditate on while in the voting booth.

Battle for the Paddle helps good causes
October 04, 2006 at 1:24 pm
Today is one of the fun days of the year in St. Charles Parish. The annual Battle for the Paddle will be held from 4 to 7:30 p. m. at West Bank Bridge Park in Luling.

Federal money used for coastal restoration must actually solve the problem
September 27, 2006 at 2:38 pm
One of the biggest issues facing Louisiana is the preservation of its coastal regions. Loss of coastal areas impacts hurricane safety, wildlife and fisheries, and private property.

Saints victory was more than just a win
September 27, 2006 at 2:32 pm
In many respects, it was the greatest game ever played in the Superdome.

Religions can play bigger role in world unity
September 27, 2006 at 2:31 pm
It’s time for religions to get a better grip on unifying populations into a saner direction for the world.

Comedian tells how we've forgotten to live & love in age of throwaway morality
September 27, 2006 at 1:51 pm
EDITOR'S NOTE: Making the rounds on the Internet is a seemingly unlikely but thought-provoking message from wrinkled and wizened funnyman George Carlin, a stand-up comedian and social critic who joked about drugs and sex in the 1960s and '70s but, as you can see for yourself, is serving up a different brand of humor and commentary today. The message that follows is popping up in e-mails and on Internet message boards nationwide. And when you read it, we think you'll agree that perhaps in the case of Mr. Carlin, the Lord truly does work in mysterious ways.

Retired Army general threatens parish protest
Retired Army general threatens parish protest
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Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel Honoré is front and center in the brewing discussion over how to handle toxic emissions he says were released throughout the month of June from the IMTT facility in St. Rose.