What I know about banking could be written on the back of a $3 bill, so it was with some trepidation that I sat down to read the official report on the spectacular collapse of the New Orleans bank, First NBC.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
When Attorney General Jeff Landry appeared on a TV call-in show last week, he was asked whether his support for President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord meant it was okay with him for coastal residents to drown.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Whether democracy is served by allowing state legislators to set the boundaries of electoral districts is a question that will be exhaustively debated early in the New Year at what is being grandly termed a “summit.”
Saturday, November 04, 2017
New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro can probably stand being called unethical by LaToya Cantrell.
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Wildly improbable though it is, there is one compelling reason to believe the story that Robert Evans III tells.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
It was in the name of economic development that Louisiana embraced gambling a quarter of a century ago, and it seems that we may soon be getting even more of it on the same dubious pretext.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Having implicitly admitted that he was breaking the law, by making a somewhat halfhearted attempt to clean up his act, New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says he expects to be “completely vindicated” in federal court.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Every time some school district bans "To Kill a Mockingbird," newspapers will unite in mockery of the poor benighted souls who reject great literature on account of a certain racist term.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Having repeatedly declared that Obamacare is “exploding,” President Donald Trump is evidently eager for vindication.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Saturday, October 07, 2017
There is an old saying among attorneys about what one of their number turns into on becoming a federal judge.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court's 1857 proslavery Dred Scott decision, universally recognized as its most calamitous ever, was nullified by the 14th Amendment, which also required state laws to embrace the principles set out in the Bill of Rights.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Politicians can hardly be blamed for glossing over their failures, or even characterizing them as partial successes; they are not in a game that rewards brutal honesty.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
LONDON — When the American national anthem is played before Sunday's game at Wembley Stadium, reporters will be watching to see who takes a knee a la Colin Kaepernick.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
A gaggle of legislators pondering the future of TOPS, the program that puts kids through college on the taxpayer dollar, has been reminded that it never was “intended for the best and brightest.”
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Think mass deportations are on the cards now that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced it's curtains for the so-called dreamers?
Thursday, September 07, 2017
If New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux is going down, he means to take the Sewerage & Water Board with him.
Sunday, September 03, 2017
It is not because the dead bodies get on his nerves that Jeffrey Rouse is quitting as coroner of Orleans Parish after one term.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
It took 15 years to overturn Calvin Burdine's death sentence, but at last, in 2001, the federal appeals court in New Orleans accepted a defendant's right to an attorney who remains awake at trial.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
As the fight over Confederate monuments escalates and claims its first lives, you have to wonder whether it would have happened if New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu hadn't taken the lead.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
New Orleans City Councilman James Gray is such a devoted son that he has never tired of proving the wisdom of what he learned growing up.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
When FBI agent Michael Zummer lost his security clearance and was suspended without pay last year, his superiors informed him, “This is not a punishment.”
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
As Edwin Edwards prepares to celebrate his 90th birthday at a big blowout Saturday, he will have plenty of might-have-beens to contemplate.
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Since New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux took office in 2009, his fight against fraud and waste in government agencies has saved taxpayers $95 million.
There has been no response so far to allegations that mentally ill inmates at a Louisiana prison have been forced to kneel and bark for food, but Warden Jerry Goodwin will no doubt be raising the issue at staff meetings.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
When high-priced lawyers swoop on a courthouse to argue a case that can only come out one way, you know taxpayers must be picking up the tab.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Any Democratic governor with a Republican Legislature will flog plenty of dead horses, and John Bel Edwards seems to have accepted his fate.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
It has not proven easy for Gov. John Bel Edwards to keep the Louisiana State Police Commission at full strength.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
We might as well call the dusky gopher frog the dusky goner frog. It continues to spawn litigation, but it is only a matter of time before the supply of tadpoles dries up.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
You won't find a more polite driver than me. When interstate lanes merge ahead of roadworks, and the guy alongside decides to force his way in front of me, I will open the window, doff my hat and say, “After you, my dear fellow.”
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Here's a game to keep the kids occupied on your next long interstate drive. See which one can name the most personal injury attorneys whose pictures signal the approach of each new town. The ubiquitous Morris Bart counts for only one.
Saturday, July 08, 2017
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler struck a defiant pose after receiving a request for the lowdown on voters from President Donald Trump's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
The New Orleans Police Department did not put a foot wrong after those two visitors from Boston were savagely attacked on Bienville Street in the French Quarter.
Saturday, July 01, 2017
Louisiana voters have awarded judgeships to so many rogues and petty despots that bird-dogging the bench must be a daunting challenge.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
When Louisiana embraced gambling as its economic salvation 30 years ago, some Vieux Carré businesses in New Orleans lobbied for what they called a “Monte Carlo-style” casino.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Shameful though it might be to rejoice in criminal undertakings, the art forger must always command sneaking admiration.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Almost a year to the day before a left-wing nut with a semi-automatic rifle grievously injured Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise at baseball practice, a right-wing nut shot and stabbed the Labour MP Jo Cox to death on an English street.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Unlike many professors, Teresa Buchanan would probably not accuse today's university students of being “snowflakes.”
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Louisiana legislators have some cojones after all. They can too disregard the demands of furious constituents and vote their convictions.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
It was quite appropriate that Hugo Holland posed in what was described as his “mancave,”considering the troglodyte quotes in the profile that accompanied the photograph last Sunday.
Sunday, June 04, 2017
“Ye are a factious crew and enemies to all good government,” Oliver Cromwell told the Rump Parliament in 1653, and Gov. John Bel Edwards must know exactly how he felt.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Among the biggest coups of Mary Landrieu's career in the U.S. Senate was passage of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006, which required the federal government to split offshore oil royalties with Louisiana, Alabama, Texas and Mississippi.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Such words as Nazi and Marxist are widely used these days by people who have no idea what they mean; they have become general terms of opprobrium.