by Sam Winston
With Barack Obama's latest victory in South Carolina the theme of what role his race played in his success is getting tossed around once more. That includes what role it will play in Louisiana.
Is it too naive to ask again why he is considered only black when he has a white mother?
While New Orleans and Louisiana often seem stuck in the same types of traditional formations of race, Bobby Jindal did overcome Louisiana's own reservations about his "brown skin". It's true that Jindal's easy victory stemmed primarily from a lack of a viable opponent rather than some sort racial healing in the state. Still, I think Obama has the ability to do the same in Louisiana (comparisons ending there considering among other things their opposite political stances).
Wondering previously if any of this would matter by the time Louisiana goes to the polls, its seems likelier than ever that it will.
"Still, with each of the top Democrats having won two primaries, it appeared increasingly likely that the party's presidential nominating fight could extend well beyond Feb. 5, perhaps even to the national convention in late summer." -IHT.com
Indeed the rumor mill/smear campaign against Obama found its way today into a central Louisiana paper.
Below are some of the highlighted comments (and commentary) on the Obama race issue as things head into Super Tuesday and Louisiana.
The crowds were five to six people deep in the French Quarter today, as hundreds of local dogs paraded and sniffed the streets on the first sunny day of carnival.
This years theme: Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Bark
Humans tried to blend.
There is something very alien like about pugs...
If that big cat doesn't work out... the "Fighting Chihuahuas" has a nice ring to it.
I am not sure if this method really works...
A parade attendee is creative with his beverage and bead transport "object" on the second day of parades.
Tonight Oshun braved the horrible weather and down pour and started the Carnival season out all alone. The mob of Cotton Candy Vendors, the upbeat NOPD and umbrellaed krewe all made an appearance and the statement that despite the wet weather, Mardi Gras 2008 will go on. Hopefully we will have better weather for Saturday.
UPDATE- the cancelled parades have now been rescheduled:
Pygmalion- Wednesday, Jan. 29 (will follow Druids)
Cleopatra- Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. -- route diverted through Terrytown
Excalibur- Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.
Atlas- rescheduled to follow Excalibur
Eve- Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m
Tomorrow night the City Life will debut its new single, "White Elephant," at Carrollton Station alongside homeboys Fay Wray. The guitar-driven track, an angular post-punk rocker with happy feet that bears striking resemblance to Franz Ferdinands The Dark of the Matinee, is easily the top horse in the emerging quintets impressive stable of restless-leg dance anthems. It's perhaps my second-favorite NOLA rock song of the moment.
Now, I have yet to witness the City Life do the Elephant, but it would be tough to imagine the band or any local band, for that matter topping the live rendition of Ernest Borgnine put on by Antenna Inn. The latter, a nine-piece jazz/rock outfit, has its shortcomings, nearly all of which revolve around its proclivity for emo vocals and overblown poems (see: The mind is a crazy thing/But only when you listen to it). Its hard to find fault with the groups onstage product, however, which at times borders on a sonic orgy and is always a study in glorious excess.
Rolled upstairs from the Blue Nile Wednesday to hear the Naked Orchestra for the Open Ears series. Open Ears is trombonist Jeff Albert's weekly series of wild music that can feature everything from jazz blowouts to string quartets. Jonathan Freilich's Naked Orchestra was only an 11 piece, but it played its heart shaped ass or ass shaped heart out. The band played two tunes twice, but the variations in each made it like you were looking at it with different tinted glasses each time.
And if Ive got my act together, I might just jump into the car with enough time to catch the morning news on NPR. Oh, how I heart NPR. Every night I vow anew to get up early enough to actually catch the programming part of the station. But I never quite make it.
To any Southerner, last Krewe De Vieux Saturday felt insanely cold. Inhuman. 60-degrees at least. Later someone told me 29-degrees. My god, where am I?
I felt cold on the inside as well, this being the first Mardi Gras event Id ever attended solo, without Mizzy, my girlfriend of six-and-a-half years. We broke up finally, this New Years Eve. I'm unready for Mardi Gras like this. But assuming I would live, I forced myself onto my bike. Everything would be OK, I hoped. I would surely crash into some friends to distract from my woes. Pedaling past Marky Park from Bywater down to Mimis in the Marigny, I definitely noticed I'd forgotten my gloves, but a pint of $7.92 whiskey from Schiros would help combat the air, and everything else.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced the full roster today for this year's wingding at the Fairgrounds, and some major star power is juicing up the bill. Besides the previously announced return of the Neville Brothers, plus Tim McGraw and Frankie Beverly & Maze, this year we'll also see a few A-list collaborations. Notably, Fats Domino fan Robert Plant will be performing with bluegrass queen Alison Krauss on the heels of their 2007 album together, Raising Sand; Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello will also be reprising the live partnership that wowed crowds at the 2006 Fest.Other notables include Dr. John, the urban soul siren Keyshia Cole, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow and Jack White's garage-rock outfit the Raconteurs. Click here for a full day-by-day listing.
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