Tag: Louisiana

Because Pecan Island needs more hunters

A 39,000 square foot hunting camp for sale in Pecan Island, Louisiana.  Complete with cafeteria, olympic sized swimming pool, and basketball court.

Boustany Votes Against $700 Billion Wall Street Bailout

From Rep. Boustany’s website:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Charles W. Boustany, Jr., (R-Southwest Louisiana), today voted against a $700 billion bailout for overextended financial institutions both in America and abroad.

“My first responsibility as a member of Congress is to the American taxpayer, and today, I am proud to defend the hard-earned dollars they send to Washington,” Boustany said. “Our financial markets are critical to economic growth. This bill is not the prudent way to protect responsible mortgages and pension plans. Congress can still act in a smart way to allow the market to correct itself, but taxpayers will not be put on the hook, if I have a say about it.”

Boustany voted against the Financial Markets Stabilization Bill, a Wall Street bailout including $700 billion for the Treasury Department without significant direction by Congress.

A bi-partisan group blocked the bill, which was defeated 205-228.

Hurricane Gustave shelter from a volunteer’s perspective.

This is from an email I got from my brother.  It’s an interesting perspective on the whole shelter/entitlement mentality of at least a percentage of those forced to be evacuated for Hurricane Gustave.  I assume it’s a letter to Bill O’Reilly, but am not 100% sure:

Hello Mr. O’Reilly

I am a nurse who has just completed working approximately 120 hours as the clinic director in a Hurricane Gustav evacuation shelter in Shreveport, Louisiana over the last 7 days.  I would love to see someone look at the evacuee situation from a new perspective.  Local and national news channels have covered the evacuation and ‘horrible’ conditions the evacuees had to endure during Hurricane Gustav.

True – some things were not optimal for the evacuation and the shelters need some modification. At any point, does anyone address the responsibility (or irresponsibility) of the evacuees? Does it seem wrong that one would remember their cell phone, charger,cigarettes and lighter but forget their child’s insulin?

Is something amiss when an evacuee gets off the bus, walks immediately to the medical area, and requests immediate free refills on all medicines for which they cannot provide a prescription or current bottle (most of which are narcotics)?

Isn’t the system flawed when an evacuee says they cannot afford a $3 copay for a refill that will be delivered to them in the shelter yet they can take a city-provided bus to Wal-mart, buy 5 bottles of Vodka, and return to consume them secretly in the shelter?

Is it fair to stop performing luggage checks on incoming evacuees so as not to delay the registration process but endanger the volunteer staff and other persons with the very realistic truth of drugs, alcohol and weapons being brought into the shelter?

Am I less than compassionate when it frustrates me to scrub emesis from the floor near a nauseated child while his mother lies nearby, watching me work 26 hours straight, not even raising her head from the pillow to comfort her own son?

Why does it insense me to hear a man say ‘I ain’t goin’ home ’til I get my FEMA check’  when I would love to just go home and see my daughters who I have only seen 3 times this week?

Is the system flawed when the privately insured patient must find a way to get to the pharmacy, fill his prescription and pay his copay while the FEMA declaration allows the uninsured person to acquire free medications under the disaster rules?

Does it seem odd that the nurse volunteering at the shelter is paying for childcare while the evacuee sits on a cot during the day as the shelter provides a ‘day care’?

Have government entitlements created this mentality and am I facilitating it with my work? Will I be a bad person, merciless nurse or poor Christian if I hesitate to work at the next shelter because I have worked for 7 days being called every curse word imaginable, felt threatened and feared for my personal safety in the shelter?

Exhausted and battered but hopefully pithy, Sherri Hagerhjelm, RN

As some of you may know I was in Shreveport, LA, for the hurricane, however I wasn’t witness to any of this. Unfortunately, though, I do not find this sort of report in the least bit surprising.

Jindal Vindicated

The Advertiser reports: now that Jindal has vetoed the proposed legislative pay-raises, the recall petition has been rescinded. Is this in response to bloggers’ hammering of Jindal with regard to his initial reluctance to wield the veto? Is the blog a new way to listen to constituents? If so, where does this leave those who are computer illiterate?

And in Other Louisiana news: A Win for Convicted Rapists…Or is it?

The Supreme Court recently struck down Louisiana law that allowed the death penalty for convicted rapist. A collective sigh of relief for convicted rapists? Not so fast! The Advocate reports that on the same day that the Supreme Court rendered their decision, Governor Jindal signed a bill into law that would force convicted rapists to be chemically castrated.