Jindal flack auditions for Brian Williams’ gig Wednesday, Feb 11 2015 

Shannon Bates

(r) Shannon Bates Dirmann

Tuesday morning, Bobby Jindal appeared on national television to respond to criticism of his slashing state funding and increasing tuition for Louisiana public colleges.

When questioned, Jindal said that fees and housing at LSU cost under $10,000 per year. MSNBC, February 10, 2015.

According to LSU, with housing, fees and books, it costs about $20,564 a year to attend LSU.  The Advocate, February 10, 2015.

After the MSNBC appearance, Jindal flack Shannon Bates Dirmann said that Jindal wasn’t referring to housing costs in his estimate of “fees and housing.”  Ibib.

Dirmann blatantly lied!

If anyone doubts that Jindal said what is reported above see and listen here starting at 8 minutes and 18 seconds.

Apparently, Dirmann is auditioning for Brian Williams’s spot as anchor for NBC Nightly News.


“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

Jindal portrait flap Monday, Feb 9 2015 

For the life of me I don’t know why Bobby Jindal’s portrait has become an international incident.  I can only attribute it to Jindal’s Chief of Staff Kyle Plotkin’s ill-tempered, immaturity in playing the “race card.” To see one of the stories go here.

Since none of Jindal’s taxpayer-paid apologists are mature enough or capable of handling the task, I’m offering myself up as a disinterested observer to help fix the mess Plotkin created.

My portrait

Only recently I commissioned a portrait of myself to hang in the reception area of the headquarters of the Crack Mullet Research Team.

Merriam-Webster defines “portrait” as: “[A] pictorial representation of a person usually showing the face….”  In other words, it is a representation of a person, not necessarily a photograph.  Much of how the person looks is found in the eyes of the artist who painted it.

Garland Robinette is a renowned portrait artist in the New Orleans area.  Since Garland and I have known each other and worked together for decades I felt that he could best capture the real me.  Garland agreed to do the portrait and for a reasonable price.

Not being as temperamental as some artists, Garland allowed me to make a few minor suggestions as the painting progressed.  As with the Jindal portrait, it is not a perfect likeness, but clearly it is the essence of me.  Below is my official portrait.

Clooney portrait
C.B. Forgotston, Jr.

All of this is to say, get off of Bobby’s back about whether his portrait is a perfect likeness; few are.

“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

Rats dismissed from LSP Thursday, Feb 5 2015 

rats in kitchen

Getting the bad news about dismissal

There’s been a coup within the Louisiana State Police.  Rats found operating at State Police Headquarters in Baton Rouge have been summarily dismissed.

The rats weren’t, initially, found by the LSP detectives or by Internal Affairs.

On December 11, 2014, state health inspectors found the rats literally right of the noses of the brass of the state’s top law enforcement agency.  ( See report here.)

By December 17, 2014, the rats went missing.  How the dismissals were handled is unreported.  Being a personnel matter, the records from Civil Service were unavailable.

Tip of the hat to my source – a LSP mole.

You can’t make this stuff up!



« Previous PageNext Page »