Petition: LSU’s Tiger Mascot Symbolizes “White Oppression”

I’m starting to believe that the Left doesn’t realize that there are real problems in this world that need to be solved. Case in point: among all the other craziness going on at America’s college campuses, a student at Louisiana State University has decided that the school’s tiger mascot is a symbol of “white oppression” and has started a petition at change.org demanding its removal.

“It is incredibly insulting for any African American to have to attend to a school that honors Confederate militantism, [sic]” the petition declares. “It is already hard enough to be black at LSU, and these symbols must be changed.”

Almost as an afterthought, the author adds that “it’s also cruel to cage a wild animal for the amusement of privileged white people” who have “never been in a cage!”

Of course, the logic of the student who launched the petition is that, because the mascot’s name comes from a Louisiana division during the Civil War, it’s automatically racist. According to the LSU Tigers website, all the soldiers who fought for the state in that conflict were called “Tigers.”

It was the custom at that time, for some occult reason, to call football teams by the names of vicious animals; the Yale Bulldogs and the Princeton Tigers, for example. This is still the vogue. It struck me that purple and gold looked Tigerish enough and I suggested that we choose “Louisiana Tigers,” all in conference with the boys. The Louisiana Tigers had represented the state in Civil War and had been known for their hard fighting. This name was applied collectively to the New Orleans Zouaves, the Donaldsonville Cannoniers, and to a number of other Louisiana companies sent to Virginia, who seemed to have the faculty of getting into the hardest part of the fighting and staying there, most of them permanently. One company I knew of went in 200 strong; only 28 returned and many of these were wounded.

So “Louisiana Tigers” went into the New Orleans papers and became our permanent possession.

It’s a show of bravery, and there’s no obvious racist intent to the nickname. In fact, the petition offers no evidence that the school had such nefarious intentions beyond the Civil War references. What the author does offer, however, is a fistful of Leftist cliches:

“We must speak truth to power, and continue to march toward justice,” [the student] declares. “That day is coming, the day when every symbol of white oppression is torn down.”

As of this writing, the petition has acquired 500 of the 1,000 signatures required, but we can gain something more important from the comment section of the page: don’t mess with Southerners and their football teams!

To tell you how stupid you are. The Tiger is based off the Irish workers, not slave holders. The Irish were forced to do such terrible labor that even slaves were not made to do because the slave owners felt their their slaves lives had more value than the Irish. Bunch of morons!

I am putting a period on this once and for all. LSU is my home school, I grew up on this campus. This thing actually started as a facetious joke by a friend of mine commenting on the removal of the statues in New Orleans. This is nothing more than an out of town loser trying to make a name for himself. If this, whatever, goes after these Tigers… well, it better have more than “racism” to come at us with. We have trained for this battle our whole lives. LSU has the most diverse student body and alumni of any institution of higher learning in the world. We are as famous for our academics as our atheletics. Way back in the dark ages, someone decided that because tigers in the wild live are solitary, a group of tigers should be called a “Streak or an Ambush.” You wanna go after LSU Tigers you need to remember this, in Baton Rouge, a group of Tigers is called a, “Team.” Forever L. S. U.!

This is the dumbest thing that I have ever heard of… Stupid snowflakes… Many kids of all colors have benefitted from LSU, and their Fighting Tigers teams… dont you have anything better to qhine about?

Congratulations to the petition writer for having a life so perfect, so problem free, that the only issue to worry about is a sports mascot.

And those are among the handful that I can quote on a family site! But the last comment rings pretty true. Maybe we should worry about the legitimate problems facing this world and less about college football mascots.

If we could all agree to that, the world would be a much better place.

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Dead Reckoning Radio: “No Crime” Clinton, Police Shootings, and Pastoral Censorship

  • What is going on with Hillary “extremely careless” Clinton?
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In this episode, Hadley, Brian, and Jay discuss the FBI’s decision to not charge Hillary Clinton, the recent shootings of black me by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, the regulations on speech and bathrooms in Iowa, and more. For the full show notes check out our website.

The Louisiana Effect

Ted Cruz won Louisiana with voters who voted on March 5. The numbers are clear.

In election day voting, Cruz received 40.1 percent of the vote, beating Trump by 621 votes. Cruz took 29 out of 64 parishes that day. Trump won 100 percent of the parishes in early voting, beating Cruz by 11,490 votes (46.7 to 22.9 percent).

The final percentages were Trump 41.4, Cruz 37.8, and Rubio 11.2. Trump won by 10,869 votes and split the delegate haul 18 to 18 with Cruz (Rubio got the other 5 delegates).

By contrast, in Georgia, the early voting trend matched election day. You’d expect that to continue with the huge new voter hauls Trump has generated. But in Louisiana, things were different.

What changed? Thursday’s debate, where Marco Rubio took out Trump at the knees, and Cruz body tackled him to the ground in an under-over takedown. Not only did this visibly shake the frontrunner, it also had real effects at the polls.

In Michigan, the latest Fox 2 poll has Trump down 5 percent since their last poll taken just before Thursday’s debate.

The IVR (Interactive Voice Response) automated survey of 663 likely March 8, 2016 Michigan Republican Presidential Primary voters was conducted by Mitchell Research & Communications on Sunday afternoon and evening, March 6, 2016 and has a Margin of Error of + or – 3.8% at the 95% level of confidence.

IVR polls are notoriously unreliable. I hate them, personally, because people can lie their butts off with no way for us to know. You really don’t get a feel for how people will turn out having a computer tally the results. The latest CBS News/YouGov poll used online “opt-in” panels of likely voters. That poll was conducted before Thursday’s debate and had Trump at 39, with Cruz at 24 percent.

If I had to guess, the Louisiana effect, where Trump falls by a significant amount outside the margin of error, is responsible for the change in Michigan.

We haven’t seen the end of the Louisiana effect. Ted Cruz is building real momentum. This isn’t just a pop surge. It’s people becoming more educated about the race and the candidates as the field narrows and personal loyalties are tested.

Note how Cruz win caucuses in Maine and Kansas, along with early Iowa, because caucus voters tend to be more informed. Trump prefers primaries, where he can preen like a demagogue and generate voter tsunamis. But as the race goes on, that effect lessens, especially with the number of debates where Trump has resembled a jackass.

George Will wrote after Saturday’s Cruzmentum wave.

I think we may have passed peak Trump, as it will be known. I don’t think Mr. Romney was under any illusions that he was going to talk Trump’s supporters out of supporting him. I think he knows the axiom that you cannot reason people out of a position they have not been reasoned into.

But you can make them think twice before going to the polls. Will also wrote:

What the Republican Party needs to avoid blowing up is to get a binary choice between Mr. Trump and someone else. I think the evidence that we’re approaching that is the fact that Ted Cruz announced late last week that he’s going to open ten offices in the state of Florida. He’s probably not doing that to win Florida. He’s probably doing that to prevent Marco Rubio from winning it. If that happens, indeed, you’ve got your binary choice and you’ve got the best chance of not settling this in Cleveland where, if in the — what you outlined with Rush Limbaugh, Trump has the majority of the largest share of delegates, but not a majority, then you would have a blow-up.

We don’t have new poll data on Florida since Thursday’s debate. But I’m sure the candidates (at least Cruz and Rubio) have their internal polling data. Given that the Cruz campaign wouldn’t throw money away opening ten offices in Florida without solid data on which voters they need, in particular counties, to make a real play for the winner-take-all, I am guessing that the Louisiana effect is in play there.

The best path for the GOP, to avoid a permanent and messy war, is for Rubio to consolidate the race with Cruz. The consolidation is almost certainly inevitable, so why delay it based on almost delusional hope?

The Prostitute and the Senator

As a native of Louisiana, our politics are nothing if not exciting. And now David Vitter, who was at the center of a prostitution scandal some years ago, has had a new prostitute show up to claim they had an affair and, making it ever more salacious, that she got pregnant and David Vitter encouraged her to get an abortion.

What makes this story most salacious is that David Vitter is currently the front runner in the Louisiana gubernatorial election. He has worked very hard to avoid all questions about his past conduct, this relationship, and has tried even to steer clear of debates.

After the story was published, a second story came out highlighting inconsistencies in the (ex) prostitute’s story.

[She] has an extensive criminal record (including forgery and theft) and has made prior inconsistent statements that undercut her overall credibility. She did pass a polygraph test in 2007 that reportedly verified her having a sexual relationship for “at least four months” with Vitter. Vitter in 2007 denied all stories relating to prostitutes in New Orleans, but he has since refused to discuss anything related to the woman’s claims, including the polygraph or Berry’s recent online story.

So perhaps Vitter gets off the hook on this one. Except, this time the ex-prostitute has gone on video. And in going on video she has some pretty specific accusations and staff names.

Wendy Ellis on Vitter denial from Jason Berry on Vimeo.

The Louisiana election is coming up quickly, more than 30% are undecided, and this could have an impact. But, given her past and that Vitter’s past is a known commodity, he may get by. Still, it seems getting into a runoff this is just a bomb waiting to explode.

Bobby Jindal and Going Home Again

Today, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will announce he is running for President of the United States. As a native Louisianian, I have seen first hand the transformation of the state for the better under Bobby Jindal’s stewardship.

I am from East Feliciana Parish. The per capita income in East Feliciana is $15,428. Growing up, most everything in the parish was state owned. The state’s insane asylum is there. One of its major prisons is there. A retirement home for war veterans is there. So too is a retirement home for state employees. Then there’s a prison for the criminally insane. It goes on and on.

When my family moved back from Dubai, I started out going to the Wilkinson County Christian Academy, a thirty minute drive into Wilkinson County, MS, but as gas prices soared above $1.50 (!!!) due to the outbreak of the Gulf War, my parents decided to send me into the public school system. My first week in tenth grade, I heard a student ask what the world “liberty” meant.

Graduating from high school, I was one of the few who fled the state, having received an academic scholarship to get away. Most of the students I graduated with went to work for either the state or for Exxon, the largest private employer nearby. Few people ever really left.

East Feliciana Parish is some of the most beautiful country in the United States. It has some of the nicest people and the best food. And it existed as, essentially, a welfare state until Bobby Jindal came along.

Jindal lost his first election for Governor. Kathleen Blanco, the Democrat, ran an openly racist campaign darkening Jindal’s skin in mail pieces and referring to him as “Piyush,” his given name that no one calls him. After her disastrous four years, the state welcomed Jindal. Four years later, the Democratic Party in Louisiana was virtually extinct and Jindal swept the state with only nominal opposition.

In his nearly eight years as governor, Jindal has privatized much of the state’s industry. Friends and relatives of mine hate him for it. They lost comfortable, near guaranteed state jobs and had to go into the private sector. But Jindal made Louisiana more efficient. He also cleaned up corruption in the state. Major corporations no longer had to wonder who had to be bribed. They could move into the state free of government officials looking for handouts.

Going home to see my parents, I have seen how Baton Rouge has spread as more people have moved into the area. Farm land is now suburban. Many of my lower income friends now have higher paying jobs.

But it has come at a cost. Jindal has fought long and hard for school choice and education reform, but he has not always had a cooperative legislature. Likewise, many of his critics say he kicked tough budgetary issues down the road and those issues are now bigger and worse. Jindal, however, has more than once insisted one time money not pay for all the time projects. The legislature has often ignored him and now needs more money.

The people of Louisiana, eight years into Jindal’s administration, seem ready to move on from him. Those candidates running to replace him are, in some cases, Republicans openly blaming Jindal for Louisiana’s problems. There is no love lost between U.S. [mc_name name=’Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’V000127′ ], who covet’s Jindal’s job, and Jindal. Vitter has been openly critical of choices Jindal made — painting Jindal as an outsider.

And it is true. Jindal is an outsider. An Indian-American, Jindal is not a cajun good ol’ boy. But then the cajun good ol’ boys left Huey Long’s slowly crumbling welfare state in place with no desire to fix it. Jindal fixed it. For many, it was and is tough medicine.

That may ultimately be the biggest problem Bobby Jindal faces on the road to the White House. He was the Governor that Louisiana desperately needed, but is, because of that, now the Governor it no longer really wants. He did what had to be done, but possibly at the expense of his future career.

Bobby Jindal is a good man. He will be one of the smartest men ever to run for the White House. He has the skill set in healthcare and reform that the nation needs. But he is anchored by a boot state that, in its soul, resents Jindal forcing it out of the nineteenth century. Because of Bobby Jindal, I can go home again. Politically speaking, I just do not know if Jindal can.

Erin May is a Hero Fighting Common Core. More Mothers Will Hopefully Follow.

Erin May is the mother of two boys in the Lafayette Parish School System. She may also be on the verge of launching a revolution to take education back from the bureaucrats. Mrs. May’s sons are required this year to take the PARCC exam in Louisiana. PARCC is the Common Core exam in Louisiana. The exam will not be used to help her children improve their education. In fact, the results will not even be back until after the children are in the next school grade.

Mrs. May says her children are already over-tested and under-taught, something so many parents can relate to. Further, she looked at the sample questions on the PARCC test and she, a teacher herself, could not make heads or tails of that they questions wanted. So Mrs. May has done something revolutionary. She has opted her children out of the PARCC exam.

They are not going to take it. Their results, which again are not used for their benefit or assessment, will be given a zero. If enough parents do what Mrs. May has done, they school system will get an F rating in education scores, which can then be used to spark additional reforms.

If enough parents, in enough schools, do what Mrs. May has done, it would force change. The Assistant School Superintendent gave away the game with this quote:

“I don’t know what can be done,” admitted Assistant Superintendent Sandra Billeaudeau. “It’s kind of like parents didn’t get to do away with Common Core, so they are going to protest by not taking the test … It can have a grave impact. It’s not fair to that teacher who has worked very hard, and her Compass score will be impacted by receiving a zero.”

Parents have been speaking out more and more loudly against Common Core and the school systems would rather attack the parents than make changes. Mrs. May’s actions could force change.

The other awful aspect of this is that teachers are more and more being forced to administer tests that will not even help children. The teachers are being held accountable for tests that have no impact on improving education, but justify the existence of a bureaucrat. The whole structure designed around common core is designed to make test designers rich, keep bureaucrats employed, turn teachers into babysitters, and turn children into good little automatons for Fortune 500 companies.

Hopefully many, many more parents will join Erin May.

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CNN Reports on No-Go Zones. Forgets All About It While Interviewing Gov. Bobby Jindal.

CNN’s Max Foster interviewed Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal over the weekend. He grilled Jindal on so-called “no-go zones.”

Pay attention to what Jindal actually said, as documented by CNN.

Jindal was also unable to offer examples during an earlier interview with CNN’s Max Foster, saying that he’s “heard from folks here that there are neighborhoods where women don’t feel comfortable going in without veils … We all know that there are neighborhoods where police are less likely to go into.”

“I think that the radical Left absolutely wants to pretend like this problem is not here. Pretending it’s not here won’t make it go away,” he told Foster.

Pressed for details, Jindal said only “I think your viewers know absolutely there are places where the police are less likely to go.”

And asked whether that feeling may be caused by high crime rates, rather than the Muslim population in the area, Jindal said, “This isn’t a question.”

This was all based on a speech Gov. Jindal made to the Henry Jackson Society in London about the so-called “no-go zones,” which is not Jindal’s own designation for the areas, but what is used in common parlance in London. Jindal told the society, “In the West, non-assimilationist Muslims establish enclaves and carry out as much of Sharia law as they can without regard for the laws of the democratic countries which provided them a new home.”

Max Foster of CNN acted like he had never heard of such a thing and, in fact, seemed downright insulted by the idea that there might be areas of muslim population where men try to impose sharia law on the local population.

Turns out CNN has run a report on just such an area. And, it was in London.

Perhaps Max Foster should watch his own network. Or maybe he should read the Gatestone Institute report that documents no-go zones in Europe and, in particular, France. In fact, there’s a 2,200 page report on French “no-go zones” that copiously documents their existence.

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How Do You Show Up at a David Duke Event and Not Know What It Is?

In 2002, a year after not long before Trent Lott was driven from office in December of 2002, for his statements about support Strom Thurmond, [mc_name name=’Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’S001176′ ], now the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, went to a David Duke organized event.

How do you not know? How do you not investigate?

David Duke is the reasons I am no longer a resident of Louisiana. After supporting Edwin Edwards in the gubernatorial race against David Duke in 1991, I knew I had to get the hell out of a state where those were the two most popular choices.

I moved to Georgia to go to school and could only now consider moving back thanks to the hard work of Governor Bobby Jindal.

By 2002, everybody knew Duke was still the man he had claimed not to be. EVERYBODY.

How the hell does somebody show up at a David Duke organized event in 2002 and claim ignorance?

Trent Lott was driven from the field in 2001 for something less than this.

And the very GOP establishment now lining up behind Steve Scalise threw Chris McDaniel under the bus for speaking to a Sons of the Confederate Veterans event.