James Gill: Fair Grounds not what it used to be | Opinion | The New Orleans Advocate – Columnist James Gill, who has co-owned a pony or two in his time, doesn’t spare the horse track: “Chronically short fields make for dull racing, customer service is a foreign concept, purses have been slashed and signs of neglect are everywhere from the dilapidated back stretch to the big TV screen near the finish line that quit working a few years ago.”
The Culture War Goes On | The American Prospect – Contributing Editor Paul Waldman breaks down the Legislature’s vote that derailed a bill attempting to repeal an unconstitutional ban on sodomy: “Every Republican but two voted to keep the sodomy law on the books (there were also eight Democrats among the 67 votes to keep the law). How much of that was calculated politics and how much sprung from the genuine belief that people who commit sodomy should be arrested (but just the bad kind of sodomy, you know what they mean, not the awesome kind!), we’ll never know.”
The Coast Guard has scaled back its clean-up response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but that scale-back is not as extensive as BP indicated in a news release issued Tuesday, an irritated Capt. Thomas Sparks told the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday.
Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...
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