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My Thoughts on News, Politics, Food, Crafting, Geek Culture, Sociology, and Much More —— Courtney C Horne

New Bethany, Abuse, and the Far Right

Recently, the Times Picayune has been running a long read series on the New Bethany Home for Girls.  I read it, knowing full well the feeling in the pit of my stomach that would result. New Bethany was for decades a horrifying prison masquerading as a school. The survivors of the abuse at the school have found each other thanks to the internet and through their sharing many have gained the courage to come forward about the physical abuse, neglect, mental abuse, and sexual abuse they endured during their time there. Many girls ran away and were returned to the school by local authorities. One survivor attempted to kill herself with a piece of glass while at the school and they simply bandaged her up. No visit to a doctor or hospital.

 

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Carrot Cake Macarons

I have been working on making macaron’s recently. I had bought an entire cookbook on the topic some time back but was so daunted by it that it just hadn’t happened. Then, I found this amazing website.   She really breaks down the cookie and busts numerous myths surrounding macaron making.

Even with her amazing instructions, my first batch was a flop. I over-mixed and the cookies stayed really flat during baking. The second batch though.. adorable and delicious!

 

I took some dried carrots and ground them up and put them in with the almond flour and powdered sugar- plus a tiny touch of cinnamon. For the filling, I made a simple cream cheese frosting with a dash of ginger. Voila! Carrot cake macarons.

Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XVIII

This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form. 

This entry covers: HB1054, HB1059, HB1066 and SB571

 

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Corresponding With An Anti-Choice Representative, Part 1: Katrina Jackson

So Louisiana is considering draconian anti-choice legislation similar to that which is massively damaging women’s access to reproductive care in Texas currently. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast set up an email the representatives site and I decided to participate in it. The results so far follow.

 

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Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XVII

This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form. 

This entry covers: HB1008, HB1024, HB1038, and HB1041

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Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XVI

This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form. 

This entry covers: HB906, HB907, HB908, HB910, HB922, HB937, HB938, HB939, HB952, HB961, HB962, HB969, HB976, and HB999

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Moral Mondays Louisiana

Interested in bringing the Moral Monday projects of North Carolina and Georgia to Louisiana?

Come to this page and suggest ideas!

 

Want to know the motivations behind the bills?

This website has a handy list of Louisiana politicians known to be associated with ALEC- which is well known for pushing controversial legislation in the states. (such as stand your ground laws, anti-choice laws, anti-public worker laws)

Representative Shaming – Anti-Choice Edition

Not one of the 19 members of the House Committee on Health and Welfare had the courage to vote against the Anti-Choice House Bill 388 (HB388) leaving Committee. There is not a single “nay” on sending the measure to the full house.

The bill has similar measures to the Texas bill which was filibustered by Wendy Davis and later passed through in a special session and is currently causing clinics across that state to close at a rapid rate.

It appears two members did not vote on the measure but from the record here  it is unclear if they abstained from the vote intentionally or if they were not there at the time of the vote.

Voting to severely jeopardize full reproductive health care access for women in the state were the following representatives:

Scott Simon Republican District 74

Regina Barrow  Democrat District 29

Richard Burford  Republican District 7

Kenny Cox  Democrat District 23

Lance Harris Republican District 25

Kenneth Havard  Republican District 62

Bob Hensgens  Republican District 47

Dorthy Sue Hill  Democrat District 32

Frank Hoffman Republican District 15

Katrina Jackson Democrat District 16

Bernard LeBas Democrat District 38

John Morris Republican District 1

J. Rogers Pope Republican District 71

Julie Stokes Republican District 79

Lenar Whitney  Republican District 53

Patrick Williams  Democrat District 4

Thomas Willmott  Republican District 92

Not voting on the measure:

John Anders  Democrat District 21

A B Franklin Democrat District 34

If you are concerned about women’s access to reproductive freedom in the state, I would strongly recommend you get in touch with your representative about this issue. I will update once the floor debate date is scheduled for this bill.

Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XV

This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form. 

This entry covers: HB804, HB813, HB826, HB827, HB828, HB829, HB835, HB836, HB839, HB849, HB859, HB861, HB871, HB876, HB877, HB887, HB889, and HB896

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Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XIV

This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form. 

This entry covers: HB707, HB719, HB720, HB727, HB732, HB733, HB746, HB749, HB753, HB754, HB755, HB759, HB797, and HB801

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Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XIII

This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form. 

This entry covers: HB627, HB631, HB644, HB645, HB646, HB675, HB676, HB677, HB670, HB673, HB687

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Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XII

This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form. 

This entry covers: HB503, HB516, HB520, HB521, HB536, HB556, HB589, HB590, HB591, HB592

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Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part XI

This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form. 

This entry covers: SB527, SB541, SB546, SB551, HR1, HCR1

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Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session: Items to Watch Part X

This is part of my ongoing effort to highlight and provide brief summaries of legislative items in the 2014 session. If you have an item you would suggest I keep an eye on, drop me a line through the contact form. 

This entry covers: SB406, SB422, SB424, SB440, SB485, SB493, SB496

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