“The idea of medical marijuana is a joke,” Rep. John Fleming, Louisiana Republican, said in late-night debate prior to Wednesday’s daytime votes. “It’s an end-run around the laws. There are more pot shops in California than there are Starbucks or McDonald’s.”(Wow. Even a family-values conservative like Gov. Bobby Jindal is OK with medical weed. And you'd think Fleming, who owns several Subway sandwich shops, would understand the profitability of the munchies.)
“I just wish that you would leave my sovereign state of Colorado alone. Let our people and our state government decide what we want to do with regard to marijuana rather than a federal agent going around trying to arrest people for doing activities that are fully legal under state law. That’s all I ask,” Polis said.
“I’m not going to send federal troops into Louisiana to arrest people for whatever you do down there, smoking crayfish. Want me to ban that and send federal troops down there? I bet maybe smoking crayfish ain’t good for you. What if it’s fried? Might clog your arteries, huh?”
Walter Williams, the New Orleans-born creator of Saturday Night Live's "Mr. Bill" and a tireless advocate for restoring coastal Louisiana, has created another Mr. Bill episode — this one focusing on the effort to stop lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal from killing the levee board lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies.
Williams, who also served as the king of Krewe du Vieux in 2006, emailed the 30-second video to friends with the tagline, "Governor Jindal Squashes Mr. Bill." The vimeo opens with Mr. Bill going to the Louisiana Legislature with a sign reading "Fix the Coast" and, well, he meets his usual fate.
We’re officially into Carnival season, so it’s time to get rid of the trappings of the Christmas season — namely the tree. Local parishes that offer curbside Christmas tree recycling have scheduled pickups for this week.
Jefferson Parish residents should put their trees out Wednesday, Jan. 8, and they’ll be picked up Thursday through Saturday (Jan. 9-11), and Orleans Parish residents’ trees will be picked up by the curb on regular garbage collection days, Thursday through Saturday, (Jan 9-11), this week only.
Many of the trees picked up in Jefferson Parish will be placed along shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte, while others will be ground into mulch for composting.
To be accepted for recycling, trees should be undecorated and not have any remnants of tinsel, lights or ornaments on them. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Flocked trees are not acceptable for recycling. The trees are mostly placed along Louisiana's coastline to help rebuild land.
Recycling schedules in nearby towns include:
Access to locally-produced foods is improving quickly around New Orleans. How quickly? Just ask someone gearing up for this year’s Eat Local Challenge, which asks people who sign up to eat foods produced within a 200-mile radius of New Orleans for the month of June.
“It’s so much easier now than when we started this, and that was just three years ago,” says Lee Stafford, co-founder of the annual event. “We can get more food at the grocery stores and there are more specialty shops for some of the stuff that had been hard to find before, especially meat. The first week is still hard, but once your refrigerator is filled with all local items you’re good to go.”
Stafford and Dr. Leslie Brown, a Covington pediatrician, started the Eat Local Challenge after learning about a similar event in the Midwest. They saw a New Orleans challenge as a way to encourage people to explore the richness of our local foods and connect with local food producers.
While a lot of this comes down to making careful decisions when choosing foods, the Eat Local Challenge has evolved into a month of events, from workshops on making your own wine, sausage or gelato, to a bicycle tour of urban gardens to wild berry foraging excursions over the levee along the batture.
Slow Food, an international organization for local and traditional foods, celebrates its Terra Madre (“Mother Earth”) Day each year on Dec. 10, when its various chapters around the world each hold their own events. Last year, these numbered over 1,000 celebrations in 125 countries and this year New Orleans will have its own Terra Madre Day event once again too.
After a two-year hiatus, Slow Food New Orleans was re-launched this past fall and on Dec. 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the local group will host a Terra Madre Day event at Cleaver & Co., the new, whole-animal butcher shop Uptown.
Travel around the south Louisiana countryside and you’ll find a lot of car snack-ready boudin and you’ll see a lot of small, family-run farms. Now, there’s an outpost for both of them tucked away along an Uptown neighborhood.
The new butcher shop Cleaver & Co. opened last weekend with an inventory of meats procured from small farms and ranches from bayou country to the Cajun prairie, a range charcuterie made just behind the sales counter and a heap of hot boudin ready to eat on the spot.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in partnership with The Sierra Club and The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), hosts its seventh annual National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 21.
The goal of National Dump the Pump Day is to make citizens aware of the benefits of using public transportation as opposed to driving: reducing the carbon footprint, decreasing fuel dependency, minimizing congestion and saving money on gas, maintenance, insurance and parking.
(More details—including how to ride with Gambit and get your #DumpthePumpNOLA pictures posted—below the jump.)
Home to one of the world’s great estuaries and blessed with year-round growing seasons, it’s always been easier to source up local provisions here in Louisiana than some other places.
Still, building your diet completely on foods produced nearby is no cinch. But those are the marching orders for people participating in the second-annual Eat Local Challenge, which begins next week and asks people who sign up to eat foods produced within a 200-mile radius of New Orleans during the month of June.
They will get plenty of help from the local foods enthusiasts behind the Eat Local Challenge, however. Pay your $25 registration fee and you get a starter kit with a local food products resource guide, a 10 percent discount on locally-grown products at the Hollygrove Market & Farm, access to the Eat Local Challenge online recipe forum and invitations to official events, among other perks. On the Eat Local Challenge Web site, you’ll also find listings for 14 weekly farmers markets around the region, a local planting guide to grow your own and resources for kids.
On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart interviewed Brad Pitt — but time ran out before they could discuss New Orleans recovery. So Pitt stuck around and they put an extended interview on The Daily Show site, in which Pitt discusses progress in New Orleans, an upcoming eBay auction to benefit the Make It Right foundation and an expansion of the Make It Right program to Newark, N.J., where they're now building homes for veterans.
Referencing Pitt's looks, talent and charitable contributions, Stewart joked, "I really wish you were kind of a dick. But you're not."
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