| Political Talk|| re: Debate... Zach v. Draconian Sanctions Topic: Cap Pun - BigJim on 3/13/14 at 4:41 pm|
[quote]Killing people is killing people. If you believe that killing people is wrong then you support Slavery and Nazism[/quote]
See you lost right off the bat with this argument. By failing to allow for distinctions in types of killing, you paint yourself into a corner.
You want murderers t...
| Political Talk|| re: State Medicaid expansion in Louisisana - BigJim on 3/13/14 at 4:05 pm|
[link=(http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/assets/medicaid/docs/MdcdExpntnImpct_Mrch13.pdf)]LA DHH's report on the subject[/link]
It's a little thick, but very well done. A good discussion of the issues.
And here is the Legislative Fiscal Office take on the cost/savings of setting up an Arkansas-typ...
| Political Talk|| re: Russia's savvy bond deal: US money might pass straight through Ukraine to Moscow - BigJim on 3/13/14 at 3:23 pm|
[quote]The fact it's an English law governed bond make that far more complicated[/quote]
Why? If they still make the payments then at best they are in technical default. So they are a risk for future bond sales. Big deal, they are a big risk right now because of the invasion.
If they stop m...
| Political Talk|| re: State Medicaid expansion in Louisisana - BigJim on 3/13/14 at 2:31 pm|
[quote]good piece of info that i did not know.
do you know off the top of your head roughly how much of the operating funding for these charity places comes from charity, how much from the state, and how much from fed sources? what happens to these places?
and what did you mean by "got cut b...
| Political Talk|| re: State Medicaid expansion in Louisisana - BigJim on 3/13/14 at 1:52 pm|
[quote]I'm just trying to understand exactly what is going on and if it makes good business sense to take the Federal money from Obamacare.
So far all I can tell is that the Feds will put up a lot of money, but I know they already put up a lot of money previously.
The question is how much mo...
| Political Talk|| re: So Paul Ryan Made Some Comments about "Inner City Culture" Today - BigJim on 3/13/14 at 1:44 pm|
[quote]I get confused by the, "All those inner city people need to go out and get jobs." combined with all the, "The high unemployment rate is Obama's fault." rhetoric.
If jobs are so plentiful that [b]functionally illiterate minorities[/b] from the inner cities can just go out and get one, how ...
| Political Talk|| re: Hillary's finance scandal - BigJim on 3/13/14 at 9:47 am|
Oh noes! This is the scandal that will bring down the Clintons!!!
Sorry but this isn't worth mentioning in the trash bin of Clinton scandals. But I will use it to console myself when the press attacks her for stupid stuff like 'are her ankles too fat' or 'does she have too many...
| Political Talk|| re: Russia's savvy bond deal: US money might pass straight through Ukraine to Moscow - BigJim on 3/13/14 at 9:38 am|
[quote]It would be hard to prove this was premeditated, but including that provision gives Russia a lot of economic leverage. At the time, Ukraine's debt-to-GDP was near 40%. But with Russian looking likely to hive off Crimea, and taking that portion of the Ukraine's economic activity with it, along...
| Political Talk|| re: The GOP Civil War - BigJim on 3/13/14 at 1:03 am|
[quote]GOP will keep the House, and will probably take control of the Senate [b]despite [/b]the predictions of the PT Board experts[/quote]
Been predicting that since right after Obama was reelected....
| Political Talk|| re: So Paul Ryan Made Some Comments about "Inner City Culture" Today - BigJim on 3/12/14 at 6:18 pm|
[quote]but this is the whole PR thing. this will be run by the liberal media painting ALL of the GOP as racists, as is tradition[/quote]
Meh. Don't see where his wording was incorrect.
His point was clear, and honestly, mostly irrefutable. Only those that benefit from the status quo will rea...
| Political Talk|| re: Jay Carney Plugs Wife's Book from White House Podium - BigJim on 3/12/14 at 3:00 pm|
To the OP, meh. If I was press secretary, I would plug my wife's book too.
Can't get too worked up about a passing mention.
Now if he held an entire press conference just to promote it......
| Political Talk|| re: Nation's Most Miserable States - BigJim on 3/11/14 at 12:21 pm|
So basically...poor states?
| Political Talk|| re: New group enters fray on future of EBR school system. Seeks new legislation. - BigJim on 3/11/14 at 12:04 pm|
[quote]Is this group promoting the new idea of quartering the district?[/quote]
Technically, I think it is different. BRAC is pushing the 'new' local control idea. That seems to be different than the 'old' quartering idea that Bodi White is pushing; which is different than the St. George inde...
| Political Talk|| re: Question for St. George Opponents - BigJim on 3/11/14 at 10:23 am|
You beg the question that incorporation would keep people in the parish.
No one will think "well I was going to move to Ascension, but since St. George is its own city..."
People DO move for school systems, and I have always stated I am much more sympathetic toward school system change. I act...
| Political Talk|| re: Is La. state rep. Jerome Richard trolling Jindal with proposed legislation? - BigJim on 3/11/14 at 9:33 am|
| Political Talk|| re: Is La. state rep. Jerome Richard trolling Jindal with proposed legislation? - BigJim on 3/11/14 at 9:10 am|
[quote]I think the purpose of the bill might to to try and stave off shenanigans like the Scott Angelle-led Troy Hebert/Fred Mills deal from a few years ago.[/quote]
Yep, and I am good with that....
| Political Talk|| re: Is La. state rep. Jerome Richard trolling Jindal with proposed legislation? - BigJim on 3/11/14 at 8:51 am|
[quote]HB74: Eliminates nomination by legislators of students for free tuition to Tulane University.[/quote]
Haven't read it yet, but seems like a good idea to me. Therefore the legislature will kill it.
[quote]HB121: Makes records of the governor's office subject to public records laws[/quot...
| Political Talk|| re: Jindal is out of touch--- - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 4:53 pm|
[quote]I would argue that Alario did not have a majority of Senate colleagues behind him until Jindal called Claitor and Morrish into his office for a little chat (anyone with a clue knew Walsworth was going to bend over for Jindal). This is argument is especially valid when considered that Karen Ca...
| Political Talk|| re: Jindal is out of touch--- - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 3:43 pm|
Meh, you think anything short of a complete voucher system for both K-12 and HIED is nominal...so I don't think you are the best judge.
In his second term he has radically improved the K-12 system and completely redesigned public healthcare.
I don't think either of those can honestly be called...
| Political Talk|| re: Jindal is out of touch--- - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 3:32 pm|
@IB- those are requests. Find them in the operating budget...you can't.
@ragincajun- agreed, that is a cluster. But that started before Jindal. I guess he didn't stop it. Yeah, that's a mark against him (and it's rolled up in your complaint about him going with Alario).
But the truth is, h...
| Political Talk|| re: Jindal is out of touch--- - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 2:55 pm|
[quote]You should not point out that more money goes to NGOs than in previous administrations, despite his campaigning against such vote-buying appropriations. [/quote]
I call bull shite.
The more accurate claim would be that even though he campaigned against vote-buying appropriations, he stil...
| Political Talk|| re: Welcome to the first day of the legislative session - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 12:02 pm|
For political junkies, the Louisiana legislative session is gold.
Bills are easier to understand compared to congress and the characters are, well, "interesting."
Love this time of year....
| Political Talk|| re: Jindal is out of touch--- - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 10:10 am|
[quote]Your expectations for politicians is out of touch.[/quote]
| Political Talk|| re: California Proposing Capping Asian College Attendance - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 10:08 am|
Had to look up "fenian"
| Political Talk|| re: States "gaming the system" to undo food stamp cuts - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 10:06 am|
[quote]I wonder how many other programs have these types of mechanisms that can be gamed?[/quote]
All of them....
| Political Talk|| re: California Proposing Capping Asian College Attendance - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 8:55 am|
[quote]No way do they ignore it after making such a big fuss over Arizona's bill.[/quote]
Of course this whole thing confuses me... can gay asians still force others to bake them wedding cakes? I want to make sure we have our priorities straight, er, [i]correct[/i]....
| Political Talk|| re: Garry Kasparov: Cut Off the Russian Oligarchs and They'll Dump Putin - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 8:50 am|
But Putin is serving the economic interest of the Oligarchs in taking over Crimea; hell they probably gave him the marching order. So....?[/quote]
Right, but the point would be to make them realize they made a mistake. They will lose a lot (through sanctions, etc) than they...
| Political Talk|| re: Where can I get the annual report for LASERS? - BigJim on 3/10/14 at 12:11 am|
That is there financial report, but depending on your need, you may want their annual valuation done by the actuary....
| Political Talk|| re: Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll. - BigJim on 3/9/14 at 5:23 pm|
1. Scott Walker
2. Rand Paul
Also, I have been a fan of Kasich for a long time....
| Political Talk|| re: Does anybody have any idea why this board has improved so much recently? - BigJim on 3/9/14 at 5:12 pm|