Just Talkin’ Lagniappe for July 9-10, 2022


If you didn’t know it…let JT remind you.
Never believe economic outlook from politicians. They tend to see things with rose-colored glasses.
They keep touting we’re gaining new jobs in the state, new industry and a robust economy. You can spin a situation only so far before you are found out. Just take this one sentence from a recent economist’s outlook…
“For Louisiana, the weak first-quarter GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data was largely a continuation of the long-running trend of lagging the rest of the U.S. From 2010 through 2019, Louisiana’s economy was the worst in the country “by a huge margin”.
We shouldn’t worry about a recession coming….we’re already in one.
JT’s getting numerous reports that another strain of COVID is back in our area.
He heard of one person going to a walk-in clinic only to learn all seven people in front of them tested positive for COVID.
It’s not time for everyone to mask up….but you should be concerned and exercise extreme caution.
JT sees where the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is back in the news.
The question is…is it really “extinct”?
There seems to be disagreement among bird experts so the Fish and Wildlife Services is delaying a decision for six months. Last September it was one of 22 species on the endangered species list that they were ready to move to the extinct list.
The last “agreed upon” sighting was in April of 1944 in the Tensas River region of northeast La. However, JT recalls some ‘”claimed sightings” in our area of the Kisatchie National Forest in the late 70s or early 80s.
There have been reported sightings in Louisiana and Arkansas over the years, the last being on trail cameras in October of 2019.
In case you want to go looking for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, it’s the largest of the woodpeckers north of Mexico and the third largest in the world. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker was a bird of old-growth forests in the southeastern U.S. and Cuba.
It has an overall length of approximately 18 to 20 inches and an estimated wing-span of 29 to 31 inches.
It’s not to be confused with “Snipe”.
There are a lot of T-shirts with sayings and JT ran across one the other day that’s pretty good…and accurate.
He won’t say who was wearing the shirt, but it said,
“My wife says I have two faults.
I don’t listen
And something else.”