Robert G. Jones
American politician and stockbroker
Robert G. Jones
Robert Gambrell Jones, known as Bob Jones, is a stockbroker in Lake Charles who served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1968 to 1972 and in the State Senate from 1972 to 1976. He is the son of the late Louisiana Governor Sam H. Jones. In 1975, Jones was an unsuccessful intraparty opponent to Democratic Governor Edwin Edwards, who secured the second of four nonconsecutive gubernatorial terms in the state's first ever jungle primary.
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Studying Racism As An Act Of Repentance And Resistance In The Trump Era
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Last week, a black professor told me he always asks his white students if they have ever heard racism called a sin in the pulpits of their churches growing up. The answer is almost always no. That will be absolutely key to a revival for racial reconciliation and justice — seeing racism as much more than political, but rooted in sin, repentance, morality, and faith. That’s why I wrote America’s Original Sin and hoped it would become a tool for new conversations within and between churches across racial lines. I have already seen how book studies in congregations have become cells for resistance in the Trump era. In my class at Georgetown University last week, I saw again how the overwhelming facts of racial oppression and discrimination — paired with human stories — can change people. One white student said this to one of her black classmates in the course: I’ve never known anyone who has been arrested. Not one person, not even an acquaintance of an acquaintance. Incredible as it ...
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Evangelicals Aren't Who You Think They Are
Huffington Post - 5 months
Evangelical leaders and their flocks, we are told, are supporting Donald Trump for president by overwhelming margins. Despite a campaign marked by bigotry, xenophobia and misogyny, and a candidate whose personal character and sexual morality are completely contrary to their professed values, evangelicals are still rallying to Trump’s side. Or so the story goes. But there’s a problem with that story. The term “evangelical” has become political shorthand for white political conservatives who profess to be evangelicals and vote overwhelmingly for Republican political candidates, based almost solely on their opposition to abortion and gay marriage. This characterization erases the voices of tens of millions of Americans who fit the theological definition of evangelical, but who do not support such a narrow definition of “moral issues” and clearly do not support Trump or his bigotry. These evangelicals are African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American and white. They ar ...
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Black Man’s Letter To His Passive-Aggressive White Neighbors Is A Must-Read
Huffington Post - 6 months
There are few things worse than dealing with complaining and passive-aggressive roommates and neighbors. When there’s an issue, reasonable adults calmly and respectfully address their issues directly — but not Richard Scott Brookshire’s neighbors — and Richard was not having any of that. Richard’s neighbors left the below note on his door this week to make a complaint about alleged noise and stomping. The letter reads that he needs to “learn [his] manners” and informs Richard that a complaint has already been submitted to management and that next time they will go “straight to the police.” Ridiculous. Richard wasted no time responding with a swift clap back that has now gone viral. Read the full letter below:  To: The Passive Aggressive Neighbor and His Wife / Apartment 5-J From: Richard / Apartment 6-J Re: I’m Finna Tell You What You Not Gon’ Do October 6th 2016 This letter serves a formal response to a note left by you expressing, ...
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Evangelical Voters Don't Care That Trump's Not Religious
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Science Shows Fish Feel Pain, So Let's Get Over It and Do Something to Help These Sentient Beings
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A set of essays in the new journal Animal Sentience concerning the question of whether fish feel pain is a must read. Fish are not mere streams of readily available unfeeling protein. There are many fascinating and vexing issues in the study of nonhuman animal (animal) cognition and emotions, and among those receiving increasing attention is the question, "Do fish feel pain?" A new journal called Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling has aptly launched its first issue centering on the question of whether or not fish feel pain, and my purpose here simply is to call attention to this incredibly rich online debate and highlight some of the discussion among experts in the field because taken together, they raise numerous issues about the study of animal emotions, namely, what does compelling evidence consist of when studying animals who supposedly can't tell you what they're feeling, when do we know enough to use what we know on behalf of the animals, and how s ...
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Here Be Dragons: The "Sacred Terror" of the Alps of Switzerland
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Placed on this planet since yesterday, and only for a day, we can only hope to glimpse the knowledge that we will probably never attain." -Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, 1796 Dateline: Mount Pilates, Switzerland I've penned a few books that have been placed in the category of "wilderness travel." But perhaps the first to stock this shelf was the eighteenth-century mountaineer Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, who wrote in his opus, Voyages dans les Alpes, that the chamois hunters of the Alps experienced a certain delight in their dangerous profession: "It is these very dangers, this alternation of hope and fear, the continual agitation kept alive by these sensations in his heart, which excite the huntsman, just as they animate the gambler, the warrior, the sailor and, even to a certain point, the naturalist among the Alps whose life resembles closely, in some respects, that of the chamois hunter." As someone who has spent some time exploring wild rivers in remote corners and ...
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Taking Note: Op-Photo: Unjustly Convicted, Robert Jones Is Free (for Now)
NYTimes - over 1 year
Mr. Jones was released from prison on Friday after prosecutors revealed evidence that could exonerate him. But he could be convicted again.
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Ex-Army inspector accused of stealing identities of Army personnel
Fox News - over 3 years
A former Fort Campbell inspector whose job was to investigate misconduct was charged Wednesday with stealing the identities of Army personnel, including a soldier killed in combat, in a scheme to obtain bank loans, federal authorities said. A federal grand jury indictment alleges that James Robert Jones, 42, of Woodlawn, Tenn., used his position as an assistant inspector general at the Army post along the Kentucky-Tennessee line to obtain personal information of active-duty Army officers, some of whom were deployed to Afghanistan. The indictment says he used the information -- including Social Security numbers and dates of birth -- to apply for loans in the officers' names. He successfully obtained fraudulent loans from two financial institutions, it said. Among those targeted was an enlisted soldier who had been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the indictment said. When confronted by investigators, Jones tried to conceal his role by falsely accusing a deceased Army officer ...
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Terrorists driven by low self-esteem, Florida high schoolers told
Fox News - almost 4 years
It's low self-esteem and the need for a "sense of belonging" that drives terrorists to join groups that kill in the name of religion, according to an online lesson plan for Florida high school students. The world history course on "Invisible Warfare" — offered by the Florida Virtual School, the nation's first statewide Internet-based public high school — begins by asking students "what comes to mind" when considering the concept of fundamentalism and then prompts them to think of the term in a religious context. It later defines terrorism as the act of using fear or violence to accomplish certain political or religious goals. "Common traits that psychologists have found in terrorists are that they are often risk-takers and many suffer from low self-esteem," according to the lesson plan, which was obtained by "Sometimes joining a terrorist group provides these individuals with a sense of belonging." Earlier in the lesson plan, students are asked to consider how " ...
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Ex-Marine sentenced to 12 years in child pornography case
Fox News - over 4 years
A former Marine staff sergeant has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography while stationed in Afghanistan. At his federal court hearing Monday in Portland, Ore., Corey McAdoo of Vancouver, Wash., said he took full responsibility for his actions. Judge Robert Jones called the case a "real life tragedy," saying McAdoo was a "poster guy for the Marines" until he engaged in conduct the judge described as "unforgivable." Portland police received a tip that a Portland woman had sent videos of herself sexually abusing her infant nephew to McAdoo. The U.S. attorney's office says a joint state and federal investigation showed the woman also sexually abused two other juvenile nephews at McAdoo's request. The Marines removed McAdoo from active duty and turned him over to the FBI to face federal charges in Oregon. He was later separated from the Marine Corps. Inez Lambert previously pleaded guilty to sex abuse charges and is serving a ...
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Romney Testimony In Divorce Case Could Be Revealed
Huffington Post - over 4 years
CANTON, Mass. — In newly unsealed testimony related to Staples founder Tom Stemberg's divorce, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he was initially skeptical of the idea for Staples, the office supply chain he lauds as a business success story that he helped create. Romney also acknowledged in testimony in Massachusetts probate court in 1991 that he and other Staples directors created a special class of company stock for Stemberg's then-wife as a "favor" to Stemberg. A Massachusetts judge unsealed Romney's testimony Thursday at the request of The Boston Globe. Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, representing Stemberg's ex-wife, unsuccessfully argued that the judge should also lift a confidentiality agreement that prevents her and her client from talking about the case. The three days of testimony had been kept sealed for almost two decades after Maureen Sullivan Stemberg sought unsuccessfully to alter the divorce agreement that provided her with 500, ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert G. Jones
  • 2008
    Age 68
    From 2008-2014, he was appointed to serve on the Louisiana Gaming Control Board by Governor Bobby Jindal.
    More Details Hide Details That board regulates the large gambling industry in the state. Jones filed his legislative papers and gubernatorial campaign memorabilia in the archives of McNeese State University in Lake Charles.
  • 1992
    Age 52
    Jones contributed to George Herbert Walker Bush in the 1992 primary against Patrick J. Buchanan.
    More Details Hide Details Jones is of English, Scottish, and Welsh extraction. He is United Methodist, but Mrs. Jones is Roman Catholic. The Joneses have four children: Sam Houston Jones, II (1962-), Anna Gambrelle Jones DiGiglia (1966-), Genin Quinn Jones (1967-) and Jennifer Louis Jones Schindler (1979-).
  • 1990
    Age 50
    In 1990, he contributed to his former "Young Turk" colleague Ben Bagert, of New Orleans, who later withdrew from the race against Senator J.
    More Details Hide Details Bennett Johnston, Jr., of Shreveport.
  • 1980
    Age 40
    In the 1980 presidential primaries, Jones contributed to former Governor John B. Connally, Jr., of Texas and U.S. Senator Howard Henry Baker, Jr., of Tennessee.
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  • 1979
    Age 39
    Jones also supported Republican John Henry Baker's attempt to abolish the former office of Louisiana elections commissioner in the 1979 general election. Baker, however, was defeated in the race, and the elections office continued to exist for another twenty-five years before it ceased to exist in 2004.
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    In 1979, Jones, by then a registered Republican, did not seek the governorship, as Edwards had predicted.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, he supported Republican gubernatorial candidate David C. Treen. Treen thereafter appointed Jones to the Louisiana Racing Commission, where he served from 1980 to 1984.
    After Jones' gubernatorial defeat, he signaled that he might run again in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Edwards ridiculed his opponent: "Yes, I think he's going to run again in four years. That's like the captain of the Titanic advertising for new passengers... for his next voyage on the Good Ship Iceberg."
  • 1978
    Age 38
    In 1978, Jones switched affiliation to the Republican Party, but he never sought office thereafter as a member of the GOP.
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  • 1969
    Age 29
    A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Billy Boyer was a member of the Lake Charles City Council from 1969 to 1974, and then the elected mayor until 1981.
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  • 1968
    Age 28
    Jones left the House after a single term, when he was elected to the Senate in a district that encompassed about half of Calcasieu Parish and all of adjacent Jefferson Davis Parish. He succeeded A.C. "Ace" Clemons, Jr., a Democrat elected in 1968 who had switched parties in 1970 and served the second half of his third Senate term as a Republican.
    More Details Hide Details Jones joined Louisiana Secretary of State Wade O. Martin, Jr., in challenging the reelection of Edwin Edwards as governor. Jones claimed that Edwards failed in his promises to reduce crime, unemployment, and the cost of state government. He also alleged that Edwards was partial to South Louisiana in appointments and policies, at the expense of the lesser-populated northern section of the state. No appointments to the State Mineral Board, for instance, came at the time from North Louisiana. Government, said Jones, "should operate on a philosophy of truth and responsiveness." Jones also opposed gambling and urged a revised criminal rehabilitation program for Louisiana. Of Edwards, Jones said that the governor "promised an era of excellence and delivered an era of corruption." Jones claimed too that Louisiana AFL-CIO President Victor Bussie of Baton Rouge had "a stranglehold on the legislature and the governor's office. Bussie doesn't have the support of the people, but he owns the governor and much of the legislature." Jones said, "It is unhealthy when one man Bussie affects the type of control which Bussie does. He very substantially affects the governor's decisions and bears far more influence than any other politician or leader in Baton Rouge."
  • 1967
    Age 27
    Bob Jones, at twenty-eight, was elected to the Louisiana House in the 1967-1968 election cycle.
    More Details Hide Details He was one of five Democrats in an at-large delegation from Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. He became a leader of the group dubbed by the media as the "Young Turks". Among his reform colleagues was his Caddo Parish friend Don W. Williamson. Jones opposed the construction of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans and the spending of bond monies on questionable projects. The "Turks" were often seen as a thorn in the side of Governor John J. McKeithen. In 1972, Rutgers University's Institute of Politics named Jones one of the two best state legislators in the nation. He was also the Lake Charles "Man of the Year."
  • 1962
    Age 22
    In the Summer of 1962 he joined regional brokerage firm Kohlmeyer & Co in their Lake Charles office.
    More Details Hide Details Kohlmeyer was later absorbed by Thomson McKinnon Securities which later became Prudential Securities, then Wachovia Securities and now Wells Fargo Advisors. Nevertheless, Jones has had the same home phone number and work phone number since 1962. A tall, slender, ectomorphic man, Bob Jones was fully gray-haired before he was thirty, a physical feature which distinguished him from others in a group. His career was proceeding from the state House to the state Senate, but then he ran into an obstacle with his gubernatorial bid.
    Jones received his MBA in 1962 and returned to Lake Charles to work in the brokerage business.
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  • 1961
    Age 21
    Jones obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans. Upon college graduation in 1961, Jones wed the former Sarah Quinn, also from Lake Charles.
    More Details Hide Details He was then accepted into the MBA program at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1957
    Age 17
    Bob Jones graduated from Lake Charles High School in 1957.
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  • 1944
    Age 4
    The Joneses returned to Lake Charles in 1944, when James Houston "Jimmie" Davis became governor.
    More Details Hide Details Sam Jones resumed his law practice, and young Jones and his sister, Jelks, grew up in Lake Charles, the seat of Calcasieu Parish in far southwestern Louisiana.
  • 1940
    Age 0
    Bobby Jones was a year old when his father became governor in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details He therefore spent his early childhood years in the governor's mansion in Baton Rouge.
  • 1939
    Born on May 9, 1939.
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