Monday, February 24, 2014

Something called volcano monitoring

I'm going to let myself believe The Advocate wrote this headline on purpose.

Oh wait goddammit they changed it.  It's still there in the URL, though. Here's what they changed it to.

Jindal disrupts 'harmony' at White House meeting
The nation’s governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal lashed out first, saying if Obama were serious about growing the economy he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline project and take other executive actions.

Instead, Jindal said, Obama “seems to be waving the white flag of surrender” on the economy by focusing on raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, up from $7.25. “The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that,” Jindal said.
What a dipshit.  Raising the minimum wage to a level slightly less far below what we might consider a living is clearly "waving the white flag."  I hope someone said something about how insane that is.
“What the heck was a reference to white flag when it comes to people making $404 a week?” (Connecticut Gov Dannel) Malloy snapped. “I mean, that’s the most insane statement I’ve ever heard.”
Well OK, then.

Look, we know Jindal is just trying to look like a ballsy guy to Republican primary voters.  But he has demonstrated a tendency to go bout that in awkward and.. well.. insane ways. Are we sure he's getting his money's worth in advice from all these people he's paying for it?
Jindal’s campaign paid $716,000 in the past two years to political consultants, according to filings with the Louisiana Board of Ethics. The latest report — released last week details campaign contributions and expenses in 2013 — just popped up on the board’s website.

The governor hired Louisiana-based consultants such as Roy Fletcher and Pat Bergeron. Jindal also went outside Louisiana in search of advice. He turned to Aduston Consulting for political strategy and Grassroots Targeting for Web development.

Aduston has a Washington, D.C., address. Grassroots works out of Virginia and helps Republicans “target the right person with the right message,” according to its website.

Jindal’s favorite adviser appears to be OnMessage — a political firm that counts former Jindal Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell among its partners. OnMessage received $796,699.29 from the governor’s campaign in 2012 and 2013 for a variety of tasks, including political strategy, media production and polling.
One of these guys told Jindal it was a good idea to be a prick during  a "bipartisan" event at the White House. The other two failed to warn him against an impending eruption. 

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