In what appears to be something similar to the "welcome home" Vietnam veterans received following the Vietnam War, a wounded warrior and his family vacationing in Panama City Beach was spit on, as well as his service dog, and the American Flag was ripped apart and urinated on by fraternity members from the University of Florida and Emory University. As a result, three members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity have been been expelled and the fraternity is on suspension from the University of Florida. The fraternity issued the a statement regarding the incident and the subsequent actions taken by both the frat and the University of Florida.
The following announcement was sent from David Vitter's campaign this morning concerning his plan to improve education for the students in the State of Louisiana. Vitter has made it a key issue in his campaign, from his amendment that would bar the federal government from pressuring states into implementing the Common Core standards to his new plan he is calling Together, Louisiana Strong.
METAIRIE, LA. – David Vitter (R-LA) today released his proposals to improve education in a new chapter of his plan, “Together, Louisiana Strong: Our blueprint for building a brighter future.” Chapter 3 is called “Dramatically Improving Education for All Our Children.”
“We’ll never achieve the Louisiana we all want without dramatically improving education for all our children. The budget may be our most immediate crisis. But education is our biggest, most important one long-term,” Vitter said. “That’s why I will lead a serious, sustained effort to build true excellence in education. And that begins with demanding local versus federal control and empowering the most important leaders on the front line—parents and teachers.
In Chapter 3 of Together, Louisiana Strong, Vitter details how to get Louisiana out of Common Core, support school choice, and put more state dollars in the classroom instead of spending it on administrative costs. Chapter 3 also highlights the Vitter Record, like how he has authored leading legislation to prohibit the federal government from using Race to the Top grants, No Child Left Behind waivers, or any other tools to mandate, coerce, or bribe states into adopting Common Core, and preserve past grants and waivers while invalidating the strings attached.
“David actually passed legislation that says the feds must not coerce or bribe states into adopting Common Core,” said Sandra Baily-Simmons, Tangipahoa Parish School Board Member.
Vitter’s plan is focused on facing Louisiana’s enormous challenges head on—with strong leadership and real solutions— and taking advantage of historic opportunities and make great gains.
In addition to “Dramatically Improving Education for All Our Children,” Vitter has already released the first two chapters of the plan.
Vitter has compiled his plan by meeting with Louisianians of all walks of life and by listening to their ideas for building a brighter future. Vitter has held 380 Town Hall Meetings and 203 Telephone Town Halls. As a candidate for Governor, Vitter has held 11 (12th scheduled for this Tuesday) Leadership Forums on the key challenges we face as a state specifically to develop this blueprint, with dozens of informal meetings and conference calls in addition.
Vitter will be releasing additional chapters as they’re added in the next several weeks.
In yet another move that shows how little the Republican Party thinks of the new majority that they hold in the US Senate, 10 spineless Senators from the GOP have rolled over and rubber stamped the second coming of Eric Holder. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R- UT), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL),Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have sold out both the Republican Party and the people that have put them in the majority that have had enough of Obama and his administration's policies.
Also, in another move, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stood on the floor of the Senate and voiced opposition to Lynch, but failed to record a vote on the nomination when it came up. Could this be done for political reasons in regards to his political aspirations so that there was no record of vote on such a controversial candidate? This is not the reasons given by Cruz, but one wonders.
In a revolving door of corruption and mismanagement of taxpayer money, the ethically challenged Louisiana Attorney General, Buddy Caldwell, has stepped into another political dog pile. Past questions have been raised concerning the ties to Caldwell, political contributions and the use of consultants in the AG's office. Now, more information has been made available that highlight how much money is being paid to consultants that are working for Caldwell, specifically on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred over 5 years ago.
A chart on the Louisiana Record website highlights the gross mismanagement of taxpayer money paid to these consultants and the subsequent political contributions to Caldwell. Deepwater Horizon billings total nearly $26 million dollars and subsequent political contributions to Caldwell from the attorneys involved in the billings total over $186 million dollars.
Smell of "quid pro quo" much?
More than 5 years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster and subsequent environmental catastrophe that transpired, many industries associated with the Gulf of Mexico are making a comeback. However, there is still one Gulf dependent industry that is still reeling from the effects of this incident today.
A recent piece in the Louisiana Record indicates that an Alabama woman has been sentenced to two years in prison and, under a plea agreement, ordered to pay back $951,400 to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust after pleading guilty to defrauding the claims center. The defendant could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison as a result of this fraud.
The leeches that are dependent on tragedy or fraud are abundant in this case. BP has indicated that $19,942,626 has been paid out fraudulently as a result of this disaster.
The passing of the five years anniversary that took place last week only highlights that people will go to any length to make money off someone's pain.
This. Here's a story from KATC News out of Lafayette of a school in St. Landry Parish that is in such deplorable conditions due to insect and mold / mildew damage that it has to be abandoned and temporary structures brought in to house young students and teachers at Palmetto Elementary. Yet, we have the resources to spend taxpayer money on projects and properties that are missing.
With the State of Louisiana in financial dire straits, will this something that will be the norm for our children?
You can be sure, any time a liberal has a good idea, it usually ends up having either an embarrassing or detrimental effect on our society. This just happens to be one of the those cases where liberals have embarrassed a group of people, that being ROTC members pressured to parade around in high heels. Sounds crazy? Well, it is. The great thinkers in higher education and the liberal hierarchy in the ROTC at Temple University decided that these young people ought to be made to wear red high heels in promotion of a "walk a mile in my shoes" awareness campaign highlighting sexual assault against women.
To be sure, sexual assault is an important issue that should be highlighted, but clown shows like this only degrade the ideals of raising the awareness of this issue. And to use the military in such a fashion only shows what our leaders in higher education and the Obama administration really feel about our men and women wearing the uniform.
It seems that Buddy Caldwell cannot help but wallow in the swill of dishonest politics. On the heels of his use of outside law firms that have financial ties to his office, he has been caught trying to file a word-for-word bill that was settled in 2013. This is also the man that was caught on video serenading the former U.S. Senator from Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, in his best Elvis impersonation.
Caldwell is currently fighting for his political life in an upcoming reelection which pits him against former Congressman Jeff Landry, a Tea-Party favorite and advocate for smaller government.
It is appalling to see that anything that can be done to either make abortions safe, less prevalent or pain restrictive to the fetus is always met with the same response from pro-death abortion advocates: NO! No stronger a sign is this, where women who seek abortions are provided a variety of information, anesthesia for the fetus, rights to stop the procedures, etc. What these abortion providers and supporters really want is to, what Rand Paul has asked of Debbie Wasserman Schultz regarding termination of a 7 lb. fetus right before delivery, is killing at any cost.