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Since its founding in December 2009, The Hayride has been Louisiana’s premier conservative political commentary site. We’re a group blog covering Louisiana and national politics and current affairs. Our work has been referenced by such national sites as Big Government, The American Spectator, Michelle Malkin, Hot Air, RedState and Townhall.com, among others.

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  1. I’ve just added you as a group on my new website. I’m happy to have you at Louisiana Grassroots Network. If you have a suggestion or see a problem, let me know.

    Robin Edwards

  2. I’ve just added you as a group on my new website. I’m happy to have you at Louisiana Grassroots Network. If you have a suggestion or see a problem, let me know.

    Robin Edwards

  3. Just added you to my blogroll Scott…all the best.

  4. Just added you to my blogroll Scott…all the best.

  5. [...] Hayride” on V-Vehicle By Walter Abbott The Hayride, news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, asks the [...]

  6. Richard Popovich says:

    Where are Allee and Joe and where can we send them a card. Please post the address so we can send them one.

  7. Richard Popovich says:

    Where are Allee and Joe and where can we send them a card. Please post the address so we can send them one.

  8. [...] Scott McKay, editor and publisher of The Hayride, emailed to Bautsch some photos of the mob of protesters who [...]

  9. Dennis Keehn says:

    Implode the Well, Stupid!

    I've done a great deal of research, beginning the second day following the BP oil
    rig incident to determine the best method of completely stopping this oil leak. My first thought was to nuke the well with a low-yield thermonuclear device, like the Russians did in the 1960s with notable success. Since we can't use nukes due to existing treaties, I think that powerful conventional explosives would most certainly implode the well and stop the leak immediately, completely, and permanently. Red Adair killed many wells in Kuwait in 1991 using explosives, working with a REAL president and leader, George W. Bush.

    BP knows that this can be successfully done in short order, but they are so greedy and thoughtless regarding human lives and environmental impact, that they are willing to sacrifice the entire gulf coast to make a buck. The resulting toxicity of this spill will not only destroy the seafood industry, livelihoods, and the environment for many years to come, but will take its toll in human lives–cancers, brain tumors and other health horrors will result, possibly into future generations, and We the People will hold the guilty parties responsible. This spill could even round the Florida keys and head up the east coast. Hussein Obama is beholden to BP for all the money he received from them for his campaign, so we can't expect any help from the so-called president. Even if Obama wanted to help, he is totally ineffectual in terms of leadership ability; he's inept, indecisive, self-serving, sociopathic, and a man of words only–no substance. Only by ordering the immediate implosion of this well can his political future possibly be salvaged. I don't think he has what it takes to implement such an order. This disaster will most certainly be his political kiss of death. Barry, this buck stops with you, bucko! "Plug the hole, daddy"!

    This means that We the People must immediately and decisively move on this in a very aggressive manner. I will be blogging and talking with my Tea Parties and others here in southeast Louisiana regarding viable and timely options. I also will be forwarding this email to various individuals, groups, and organizations, including political leaders throughout the country. We expect real action from our conservative political leaders, and all who seek justice, truth, and life over lies, tyranny and death. We say, implode the damn hole! And soon! I hope you are with us on this. Respectfully, Dennis Keehn of Lacombe.

  10. Dennis Keehn says:

    Implode the Well, Stupid!

    I've done a great deal of research, beginning the second day following the BP oil
    rig incident to determine the best method of completely stopping this oil leak. My first thought was to nuke the well with a low-yield thermonuclear device, like the Russians did in the 1960s with notable success. Since we can't use nukes due to existing treaties, I think that powerful conventional explosives would most certainly implode the well and stop the leak immediately, completely, and permanently. Red Adair killed many wells in Kuwait in 1991 using explosives, working with a REAL president and leader, George W. Bush.

    BP knows that this can be successfully done in short order, but they are so greedy and thoughtless regarding human lives and environmental impact, that they are willing to sacrifice the entire gulf coast to make a buck. The resulting toxicity of this spill will not only destroy the seafood industry, livelihoods, and the environment for many years to come, but will take its toll in human lives–cancers, brain tumors and other health horrors will result, possibly into future generations, and We the People will hold the guilty parties responsible. This spill could even round the Florida keys and head up the east coast. Hussein Obama is beholden to BP for all the money he received from them for his campaign, so we can't expect any help from the so-called president. Even if Obama wanted to help, he is totally ineffectual in terms of leadership ability; he's inept, indecisive, self-serving, sociopathic, and a man of words only–no substance. Only by ordering the immediate implosion of this well can his political future possibly be salvaged. I don't think he has what it takes to implement such an order. This disaster will most certainly be his political kiss of death. Barry, this buck stops with you, bucko! "Plug the hole, daddy"!

    This means that We the People must immediately and decisively move on this in a very aggressive manner. I will be blogging and talking with my Tea Parties and others here in southeast Louisiana regarding viable and timely options. I also will be forwarding this email to various individuals, groups, and organizations, including political leaders throughout the country. We expect real action from our conservative political leaders, and all who seek justice, truth, and life over lies, tyranny and death. We say, implode the damn hole! And soon! I hope you are with us on this. Respectfully, Dennis Keehn of Lacombe.

  11. Dionne Rhodes says:

    Kuddos, Keehn! I couldn't agree more!

  12. Dionne Rhodes says:

    Kuddos, Keehn! I couldn't agree more!

  13. rouxdsla says:

    Do you guys have anything to say about the Murphy Painter situation. I know there was a lot on The Old River Road blog about it but apparently it's gone. I thought that writer had moved over here?

  14. rouxdsla says:

    Do you guys have anything to say about the Murphy Painter situation. I know there was a lot on The Old River Road blog about it but apparently it's gone. I thought that writer had moved over here?

  15. Jmayhoffer97 says:

    Wow! What a relevant website! Been 3 MONTHS since the latest post??? HAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAA!!!!!

  16. Susan Hill says:

    Charities Like Jindal Foundation Offer Tie to Politicians
    Wife’s Charity Offers Corporate Tie to a Governor

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/us/politics/03jindal.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all

    http://www.susanhillinfo.com

    Silencing of Susan Hill
    as Gov. Bobby Jindal
    begged for billions
    in Federal money

    Ongoing, continuing retaliation against female scientist whistleblower who reported to Gov. Bobby Jindal et al. corruption in the State of Louisiana’s levee and coastal program

    6.2.08 Mary Ginn and lawyer Mark Falcon – Susan Hill, False
    Imprisonment (AUDIO RECORDING)

    Subsequent disciplinary reduction in pay punishment of Susan Hill – for questioning the accuracy of the marsh elevation data from a
    “redone” survey performed by Fenstermaker – which had to be
    “redone” because it was acknowledged to have been performed
    incorrectly the first time

    10.1.08 Susan Hill – Roxie Goynes Pre-hearing rulings against
    Susan Hill – dismissal, no right of appeal, dismissal

    10.6.08 Fenstermaker $5,000 contribution to Gov. Bobby Jindal

    10.10.08 Fenstermaker Welcomes Duszynski as Director of Coastal Activities http://www.fenstermaker.com/News.aspx

    10.16.08 Susan Hill – Civil Service hearing information, DNR
    witness list – while on extended leave admission (Gerry Duszynski, witness for DNR against Susan Hill)

    [4.16.07 Susan Hill - Grievance Response memorandum from
    Gerald Duszynski]

    http://www.susanhillinfo.com

  17. Biggie Bigs says:

    Hey Scott, Do you do interviews? I would like to contact you about an interview on my radio show in atlanta.  How can I make this happen?

  18. Ray Ray says:

    you’re using the word “Myriad” incorrectly here. 

  19. Exposefakes says:

    Scott, nice website.  One major issue here though.  A contributing writer you have, Austin Stukins, is probably the last person that should be writing about issues on your website.  This guy drives around LSU campus with a handicap tag, as told to student vets at a meeting, as well as bragging about his 80% disability rating, and teaching other vets how to get free taxpayer money for life.  This is happening all over the country, like it has at LSU with Andrew Bryson the fake Navy SEAL, who Stukins had a direct relationship with. 

  20. coonie says:

    what’s with the “lack of bandwidth” message all morning today  –  and the “data denied” last weekend?

  21. Rhett says:

    The Hayride did a great job covering the election.  I commend Scot for his fine job.  His idea took off and went to the top.

    Sincerely,

    Rhett Bourgeois
    Chairman of ARPEC (Ascension Parish Execective Committee)

  22. Conmikeglo says:

    The Abbeville Meridional, the Daily Advertiser, and other Louisiana state newspapers have not run any articles about the DNR Office of Conservation, public meeting November 8th in Crowley.  I also submitted this Letter to the Editor, which they will not run.  I hope it is not someone putting pressure on them not to run this or other articles.  Letter to Editor The DNR Office of Conservation, public meeting November 8th in Crowley to help form a Louisiana comprehensive water plan. Due to the problems with the State aquifers there will be meetings all over the State. John Adams, Office of Conservation, presented the laws that the State has already passed and stressed that there was more the State needed to do. The meetings are held to receive public input.  Jackie Loewer, rice farmer, State Groundwater Commission stated that as our population grows, more people are using more water. Human use is a top priority, but there is also the economy in Louisiana of rice.  Senator Fred Mills stated that we are digging our water wells deeper and getting more saltwater intrusion. The amount of water from the Chicot aquifer that AGL Resources will use to expand their natural gas facility was also brought up.  Some of the questions presented:What can we do to get more water?Are all the state’s water supply needs met?What if we do nothing? What more can we do now to prepare for times of drought? Thanks to the DNR Office of Conservation for these public meetings. Thanks to the people who attended in Crowley, Senator Fred Mills, VPPJ Wayne Touchet, Nara Crowley, Save Lake Peigneur, Cheryl Perret, wife of Louis Perret, Lafayette Clerk of Court, and many others who realize the importance of these meetings.  Sorry I could not mention all the names of people there. It is time to realize there is a problem with State aquifers and this drought.  The State of Louisiana needs a comprehensive water plan, and it looks like the State is working toward that.  A meeting transcript will be available. Plan published December, Written comments via environmental-div@la.gov, Office of Conservation, Environmental Division, P.O. Box 94275, BR, LA 70804-9275, or fax at 225-242-3505.    The DNR Office of Conservation, public meeting November 8th in Crowley to help form a Louisiana comprehensive water plan. Due to the problems with the State aquifers there will be meetings all over the State. John Adams, Office of Conservation, presented the laws that the State has already passed and stressed that there was more the State needed to do. The meetings are held to receive public input.  Jackie Loewer, rice farmer, State Groundwater Commission stated that as our population grows, more people are using more water. Human use is a top priority, but there is also the economy in Louisiana of rice.  Senator Fred Mills stated that we are digging our water wells deeper and getting more saltwater intrusion. The amount of water from the Chicot aquifer that AGL Resources will use to expand their natural gas facility was also brought up.  Some of the questions presented:What can we do to get more water?Are all the state’s water supply needs met?What if we do nothing? What more can we do now to prepare for times of drought? Thanks to the DNR Office of Conservation for these public meetings. Thanks to the people who attended in Crowley, Senator Fred Mills, VPPJ Wayne Touchet, Nara Crowley, Save Lake Peigneur, Cheryl Perret, wife of Louis Perret, Lafayette Clerk of Court, and many others who realize the importance of these meetings.  Sorry I could not mention all the names of people there. It is time to realize there is a problem with State aquifers and this drought.  The State of Louisiana needs a comprehensive water plan, and it looks like the State is working toward that.  A meeting transcript will be available. Plan published December, Written comments via environmental-div@la.gov, Office of Conservation, Environmental Division, P.O. Box 94275, BR, LA 70804-9275, or fax at 225-242-3505.   

  23. Conmikeglo says:

    2011 A Very Interesting Year So Far
     
    This is so discouraging.  I do not believe that people will pay attention to what is happening to the aquifers in the state, until they are dry.  The only people that seem to really be doing anything are the the Vermilion Parish School Board, Senator Fred Mills, Save Lake Peigneur people,  Warren Perrin has been working on this for years.  As far as the Chicot aquifer,  to stop AGL Resources from using water from the Chicot aquifer for their expansion would be something that we do not have to let happen.  If only more of our officials would get involved.
     
    Jan, 2011 Richard Hyde, AGL Resources, spoke at Abbeville Rotary Club about Jefferson Island Storage & Hub salt dome expansion. Water use different than what the company said in 2007.  Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC 2009 OPERATING AGREEMENT with Louisiana 3.4 …. Jefferson Island shall have the right to drill for and extract water as may be necessary, incidental, or desirable for the Permitted Purposes, including, without limitation,……Regardless of what AGL Resources says, this is their Operating Agreement with Louisiana.
     
    I started emailing everyone I could think of, including State officials, local officials, local government, TV stations, and newspapers, local and national.
     
    Feb, 2011 I was interviewed on TV on a Monday about AGL Resources expansion at JISH. On Tuesday, lady from Lake Peigneur spoke about expansion.  TV station was visited on Wednesday by person with a great deal of influence, and stopped any more shows criticizing the expansion.
     
    March, 2011 Received email from Gary Hanson, LSU Shreveport, “The public has only recently become aware of the developing shortage of groundwater throughout the state, across the country & around the world”.
     
    May, 2011 I spoke before the DEQ Senate Environmental Committee in Baton Rouge.  
     
    Spoke with Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza. Mayor Piazza was not knowledge about expansion, despite my emails. Have emailed every mayor in Vermilion Parish. Kaplan mayor responded & is concerned.  
     
    June, 2011 Spoke before Vermilion Parish Police Jury Committee meeting.  A few VPPJ jurors were interested enough to ask me questions. Most of my emails are blocked by the VPPJ at least I was able to hand out some information. The VPPJ seemed uninterested.   
     
    Larry Sides, Sides & Associates, Lafayette,  the PR man for AGL Resources, left message on my answering machine and wanted me to meet with Richard Hyde, AGL Resources Company, “one on one” to answer my questions. I did not return his call.
     
     
     
    Larry Sides, Sides & Associates, is not a registered lobbyist. A state representative told me Mr. Sides is a lobbyist.  Legislative Branch Lobbying Laws A. Purpose (LSA-R.S. 24:50)! Provide public disclosure of the identity of persons who attempt to influence legislative actions and the expenditures made by those persons,
     
    My Opinion piece “We should take care of Louisiana aquifers” on May 30, 2011 ran in Opelousas LA News, Daily Advertiser, The News Star, Hattiesburg American, Daily World, and The Town Talk.  Not run in local newspaper.  I then decided to send chief officer of local newspaper an email; I was told that if I did that I was “done as far as getting in the XXXX or any other paper other than a XXXX newspaper”.
     
    July, 2011  Appointment with Rep. Bob Hensgens to discuss use of Chicot aquifer for JISH expansion was not knowledge about expansion, despite my emails.
     
    Invited to Living Legends for Maria Placer to give out information about AGL Resources expansion.
     
    Met with Save Lake Peigneur group.  
     
    Called Senator Jonathan Perry four times for appointment.  Charlene Jannise, from Gueydan, & I finally met with Senator Perry.   Neither Hensgens nor Perry seemed to be knowledgeable about the expansion and use of the Chicot aquifer, despite emails.  
     
    August, 2011 Senate Environmental Quality & House Natural Resources & Environment Committee’s Meeting in New Iberia. John Lovelace, USGS, gave presentation in support of AGL Resources’ expansion. John Lovelace returned to New Iberia to speak to Optimist Club.  
     
    DNR Declares Ground Water Emergency in Parts of Southern Caddo Parish.   
     
    September, 2011 Email from DOTD,   questioned about a partnership with USGS to study water, “we stopped reporting data” in 2010 when Office of Conservation took over. Last study 8 years ago.   
     
    October, 2011  Meeting USGS office, Baton Rouge, with George Arcement, USGS, and John Lovelace, USGS. USGS Director Maria McNutt replied to my email sent in August about Mr. Lovelace, stated “it does not appear that the USGS would have the information to comment on this project one way or another”.
     
    Email from Johnny Duplantis, US Corp of Engineers, when emailed about JISH dredging statement “mentioned that briefing was misleading and should been titled/worded differently.  It was confusing when I (J. Duplantis) first read it and I (J. Duplantis) contacted JISH immediately for answers”.
     
    The Vermilion Parish School Board unanimously passed a resolution (10/20/2011) opposing AGL Resources expanding its natural gas storage facility at Lake Peigneur.
    November, 2011, DNR Office of Conservation, public meeting at LSUAg Center, Crowley to help form Louisiana comprehensive water plan.  Chicot aquifer low in Crowley area. Meetings all over state were held to receive public input. Senator Perry had J-Turn meeting in Maurice on same date.  Rep. Bob Hensgens did not attend meeting in Crowley.  
     
    Vermilion Parish Police Jury received a $295,000 Federal grant to pay for an 18-month comprehensive study for Vermilion Parish.  Sides and Associates, (Larry Sides), engineering companies, ATCS of VA, and Sellers & Associates are hired by the Police Jury to do the study.  
     
    Why do I mention the $295,000 Federal grant? We need funds for an Environmental Statement to study the effects of the withdrawal from our only fresh water source, the Chicot aquifer, for the AGL Resources expansion of JISH.  
     
    So glad that the DNR Office of Conservation realizes we have a problem with the State aquifers and are working toward a Louisiana Comprehension water plan.  Due to the problems with the State aquifers there will be meetings all over the State.  
     
    Senator Fred Mills has been working to help protect the Chicot aquifer and has attended many meetings. Steve Langlinais, engineer from Vermilion Parish, Nara Crowley, with her group, Save Lake Peigneur, Attorney, Warren Perrin,  Acadian Museum of Erath and Lafayette attorney  and Charlene Jannise of Gueydan have worked hard to get this information out. Wayne Touchet, VPPJ has attended some meetings.  
     
    Met Cheryl Perret, wife of Louis Perret, Lafayette Clerk of Court, who has recently realized the importance of the aquifers in the state.
     
    The Vermilion Parish School Board is opposing AGL Resources  expanding its natural gas storage facility at Lake Peigneur to protect our only fresh water source, the Chicot aquifer.  
     
    There are many others who realize the importance of protecting our only fresh water source.  
     
    We need to contact our officials to encourage them to pay attention to our most important resource, our water.  It is time to realize there is a problem with State aquifers and this drought.  
     

  24. Are there tours at any time If so When?

  25. need to go to the next show when is it mom wonts to go can you help thanks.

  26. Pat Phillips says:

    Scott, enjoyed your informative briefing on the EOS conservative alternative to Credo progressive at the RSCC meeting on Saturday. Pat Phillips

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