Monday, January 28, 2008

The Obama Race To Louisiana

Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 8:00 AM

 by Sam Winston

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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.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Mardi Gras, gone to the dogs.

Posted on Sun, Jan 27, 2008 at 10:40 PM

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.

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This years theme: Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Bark

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Humans tried to blend.

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There is something very alien like about pugs...

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If that big cat doesn't work out... the "Fighting Chihuahuas" has a nice ring to it.

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The Art of Preserving Beer

Posted on Sun, Jan 27, 2008 at 4:16 AM

I am not sure if this method really works...

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A parade attendee is creative with his beverage and bead transport "object" on the second day of parades. 

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Oshun, the bravest parade of them all

Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 4:40 AM

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. 

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UPDATE- the cancelled parades have now been rescheduled:

Uptown

Pygmalion- Wednesday, Jan. 29 (will follow Druids)

Westbank

Cleopatra- Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. -- route diverted through Terrytown

Metairie

Excalibur- Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.

Atlas- rescheduled to follow Excalibur

Northshore

Eve- Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Inn Like Flint

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 10:40 PM

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 Ferdinand’s “The Dark of the Matinee,” is easily the top horse in the emerging quintet’s 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”). It’s hard to find fault with the group’s onstage product, however, which at times borders on a sonic orgy and is always a study in glorious excess.

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Naked Orchestra at the Open Ears series

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 6:11 PM

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.

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A Minute till Nine

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 5:06 PM

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These days, my Monday through Friday mornings typically follow the same pattern each day. Jump out of bed at least ten minutes too late, find the least-wrinkled clean clothing closest at hand, knot my hair into what I pretend is an intellectual/indie librarian look and wash my face. I feed my puppy, rush him the dog park for ten minutes, come home, make some toast (and coffee if I’m lucky to have the time) grab a fistful of vitamins, kiss the boyfriend who still hasn’t opened his eyes, and run out the door to work, arms flailing and scarf flapping behind me as I scramble to make sure I’ve got everything I need for the day in my oversized bag.

And if I’ve 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.

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Diary Entry on Love and Mardi Gras

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 4:49 PM

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 I’d ever attended solo, without Mizzy, my girlfriend of six-and-a-half years. We broke up finally, this New Year’s 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 Mimi’s in the Marigny, I definitely noticed I'd forgotten my gloves, but a pint of $7.92 whiskey from Schiro’s would help combat the air, and everything else.

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Unmanned

Posted on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 9:37 AM

by Sam Winston

Is it surprising that Lil Wayne got arrested again? That there's a lack of healthy food choices in New Orleans? That new inspector general Robert Cerasoli is having problems with the city bureaucracy? No, no and uh, no. Not even a little bit.

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Unmanned aircraft to take on weather missions off our coast. Now that is surprising. Especially since they were NOT allowed during Katrina rescue missions. The unmanned aircrafts the military use are so precise they can redirect missiles in mid-flight to hit a certain person and not another standing next to him or her. Now they'll be used for collecting hurricane data off our coasts.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

2008 Jazz Fest Lineup announced

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 11:17 PM

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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