I’d like to make one additional point concerning Bill Donahue’s remarks that we mentioned before.

There has been some deserved critique of the words from his statement that I highlighted before but it’s worth noting a few other words of his that have gotten very little attention:

Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of public figures, and this is especially true of their depictions of religious figures. For example, they have shown nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms. They have also shown Muhammad in pornographic poses.

A lot of the same people on the left who have taken pains to defend Islam and Muslims for their acts of terror from Boko Haram to France have been merciless in going after Christianity in general and the Catholic church in particular.

Yet let the record show that while There are many more Catholics in the world than Muslims the insults and provocative images of Catholics did not.

I don’t see any amazement on the part of those who are defending Islam at the apparently heroic restraint on the part of the Catholic & Christian faithful a restraint that our Muslims brothers were unable to manage.

I wonder what the cause is, high expectations of the Catholics they attack or a low opinion of the Muslims they defend?

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is raising the ire of higher education officials as he once again takes aim at higher education to balance the state’s budget.

Governor Jindal’s budget proposal is due at the end of February and one of the options he’s said to be considering right now is stripping at least $300 million (some say $371 million) from Louisiana’s higher education system.  This doesn’t sit well given the fact that he’s already cut that system to bare bones as it is.

Louisiana is facing a budget shortfall of about $1.4 billion dollars for next year, due in part to dicey budget techniques employed in the past (property sales and other one-time allocations), dropping oil prices, the dry-up of federal disaster funding after a series of hurricanes, and an increase in state services, among other things.

The governor is looking to make across the board cuts but for higher ed.; this is becoming an old and tiresome step.  Since 2008, higher education has already been cut by $700 million:

State financing for higher education in Louisiana has been cut by about $700 million since 2008, with only part of that offset by tuition increases on students.

With a more than 34 percent reduction over five years, no other state in the nation has cut higher education financing more than Louisiana, according to Grapevine, which tracks state support for colleges and is overseen by Illinois State University’s Center for the Study of Education Policy.

Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley vows to fight Jindal’s proposal and says he will not support or vote for such a proposal – a feeling shared among many legislators throughout the state.

Meanwhile, President Obama is promoting free community college for all – if the states can’t pay for what we already have, how can we pay for another unfunded entitlement program?  Free college?  Let’s get them free cars and houses, too!  Why not?

There are people who watch these things closely in Louisiana and believe that part of the problem is the “surrealism of Louisiana’s budget cuts”; he does this periodically but over the past calendar year it has been especially bizarre. Jindal has issue a series of hiring and expenditure freezes which have been arbitrarily applied.  However, we do see that he’s not just cutting higher ed., there’s also juvenile services, veterans affairs, the department of corrections in the list.

All in all, it would seem that Louisiana’s fiscal mess needs a complete overhaul, but continuing to put so much of the burden on the back on higher education doesn’t seem to be the answer.

Pat Austin also blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

There are a lot of people who have an interesting image in their minds of a religious conservative catholic who is a tea party person.

Such people would assume that I would strongly object if, for example an atheist gay couple who work at planned parenthood and owned the website Warren / Sharpton 2016 choose to buy a house in my neighborhood.

While I would likely think such people would be wrong on an incredible number of levels it goes without saying that they, like any other people, have the right to live wherever they damn well please and if I took any steps to prevent them from buying a house in my neighborhood not only would it be wrong but our friends on the left would likely excoriate me for such actions publicly, and rightly so.

And if such actions by an individual would be wrong it goes without saying that if my city, state or country choose to legislate restrictions on the ability of such people to buy a house in a neighborhood or of a person to sell to such people if they were able to meet the seller’s desired price would rightly draw outrage that would be likely be echoed across the various news networks.

Therefore I’m very curious of to see how long it takes for our friends on the left to express outrage over this:

Chairman Mahmoud Abbas published a decision on an amendment to the Jordanian penal law [still in effect in the PA] and on its previous amendments in the northern districts (i.e., the West Bank). In the new amendment, he instituted life imprisonment with forced labor for the clandestine transfer, leasing or selling of lands to a hostile country or its citizens. The previous penalty for the clandestine transfer of land was temporary forced labor.

So let me get this straight, the old lenient law stated that if a Palestinian choose to sell his house to a citizen of Israel (not the government mind you but any citizen of Israel) the punishment used to be forced labor now the penalty for selling property to a citizen of the Jewish state is life imprisonment.

The [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council stressed in its meeting, chaired by the Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the prohibition on selling lands and clandestinely transferring real estate property to enemies. This came following the occupation authorities’ and settlers’ takeover of several real estate properties in the area of Silwan [in Jerusalem]… The Council designated anyone selling Palestinian real estate to the enemy a traitor to Allah and His Messenger, as well as to his religion and homeland, and [decreed that] he is to be shunned by all Muslims.

This story predates the Paris shootings by several months, yet I’ve not seen a single person of the left denounce this as the evil that it is.

I wonder why?

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