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Stock bargains starting to show up IMHO - I B Freeman
I follow a few stocks and think the recent market softness offers buying opportunity. Let me know what you think. [b]CLD--Cloud Peak Energy[/b]---This is a coal company that operates strictly in the Powder River Basin (PRB). The coal business has been bad for some time and there is little prospe...


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Forgotston proposes alternatives for fiscal reform in Louisiana - I B Freeman
CB has a good column posted now. I agree with every suggestion. [link=(http://forgotston.com/2015/01/20/a-specific-solution-to-la-s-chronic-fiscal-economic-problems/)]LINK[/link] [quote] [b]Not getting the job done![/b] [i]“Significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same lev...


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"Prayer Rally for the Soul of Louisiana" at Southern University this weekend - I B Freeman
I had not heard of this rally until today. Seems the democrats are following Bobby's lead in wrapping themselves in religion trying to get votes. [link=(http://lapolitics.com/2015/01/alford-one-last-hurrah-for-louisianas-political-class/)]LINK[/link] We should have a poll as to which group is ...


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Rolfe and Livingston create another PAC supporting Jindal - I B Freeman
[link=(http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/super_pac_created_to_boost_bob.html)]LINK[/link] More proof to me Jindal is tuning into the fortunes to be made running for President....


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Ernst family collects $400k+(over time) in farm welfare--changed for LSURussian - I B Freeman
[link=(http://www.inquisitr.com/1777070/joni-ernst-on-welfare-gop-senators-family-took-460000-in-taxpayer-handouts/)]LINK[/link] It is almost impossible to farm today without participating in the various farm welfare programs. The reason for that is because these welfare programs are so engrained...


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Lindsey Graham considering presidential run--- - I B Freeman
Gag! Boy those senators sure think a lot of themselves after a couple of terms inside the beltway. [link=(http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/19/us/lindsey-graham-considers-2016-presidential-run.html?_r=0)]LINK[/link]...


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Anybody had experience with both Verizon and ATT lately? who is best? - I B Freeman
I am sure this has been discussed before but the service quality I think changes. Have any of you used both recently? Is there much difference in quality?...


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Governor candidate forum - I B Freeman
[link=(http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/2015/01/16/governor-candidates-speak-at-first-forum/21888021/)]LINK[/link] First forum with all the candidates. There were a couple of snippets in the video that interested me. First was Dardenne's suggestion the legislature should look at special int...


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Panel discusses reforms to film tax credit program--today's news - I B Freeman
I don't know who put this so called panel together. It consisted of a moderator from the film industry, the paid film industry spin guy and one guy with some regard for taxpayers. [link=(http://theadvocate.com/news/neworleans/neworleansnews/11337950-123/panel-divided-on-how-to)]LINK[/link] I coul...


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The organizers of Deep South Studios are screwing us hard. - I B Freeman
First and foremost the film studio, Deep South Studios, is in the immigration visa marketing business. There are these visas called EB5 visas that are given to people that invest $500,000 in a US business. [link=(http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigrat...


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Jindal proposes $340 million in cuts to higher ed but none to film tax credits - I B Freeman
To be fair he has to balance the budget and is proposing across the board cuts in line item expenses. On channel 6 in New Orleans they just said the cuts to higher ed will be $340 million. Coincidently that is about what we will spend on film tax credits. Now we definitely need to reduce the size...


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Good article in Barron's on Mutual Fund Performance - I B Freeman
[link=(http://online.barrons.com/articles/return-of-the-mutual-fund-stockpickers-1420870199?mod=BOL_hp_highlight_)]LINK[/link] Check out the article online or buy a copy of the paper this week. They point out that very few actively managed mutual funds do better than passively managed index f...


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Jindal headed to Europe for "economic development' trip - I B Freeman
[link=(http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article6015096.html)]LINK[/link] [quote]The Republican governor also intends to deliver a foreign policy address to the conservative Henry Jackson Society and to meet with political leaders in the United Kingdom while overseas. Read more here: ht...


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Why not Burl Cain for Governor??? - I B Freeman
I don't know a thing about the man except he is warden at Angola. I will say experience running a large organization like Angola is more administrative experience than most politicians have. Interesting that he is getting press about a campaign for governor. [link=(http://theadvocate.com/n...


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Capitalism it the most moral system and it is more important than democracy - I B Freeman
To a nation. Starting this thread to move the debate from the churches closing in Europe thread. There is no question that capitalism is the most moral economic system in the world. The more capitalistic the more moral. This has been proven time and time again. Millions died under Chin...


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Hundreds of Christian Churches close in Western Europe-- - I B Freeman
Christians in Europe are leaving churches by the hundreds of thousands. This abandonment was no doubt accelerated in no small way by the priest scandals but the trend has hit protestant churches too. While Christian numbers plummet Judaism and Islam are growing. The WSJ has a piece on the resu...


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How Sharpton gets paid not to cry "racism" at corporations-- - I B Freeman
From the New York Post [link=(http://nypost.com/2015/01/04/how-sharpton-gets-paid-to-not-cry-racism-at-corporations/)]LINK[/link]...


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Qyntessa Biologics and Louisiana Economic Development - I B Freeman
Come on people we have to stop these direct subsidies of private businesses. It is one thing to give incentives that businesses can use to offset taxes they pay but these direct cash payment things like film credits, digital media credits and the grant in this column on Qyntessa Biologics has to st...


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Should parents be criminally responsible for the crimes of their minor children? - I B Freeman
I think this would go a long way toward ending a lot of crime. If a parent faces some kind of crime because their child robbed a store with gun I suspect they would pay more attention as to what the kid is doing. I bet absent fathers would not be so absent if faced with the responsibility of thei...


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More Kudos for the Great American Tom Coburn--from the WSJ - I B Freeman
[quote][b]How Coburn Made a Difference The retiring senator blocked more bad ideas and lousy bills than most Americans will ever know.[/b] By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL Jan. 1, 2015 6:45 p.m. ET Members of Congress come and go, and many leave Washington no better or worse than they found it. A...


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