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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Our “no-go” governor

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

In any state budget crisis, citizens and lawmakers would expect the governor to be working hard to figure out ways to raise money or responsibly trim the sails of government, or both. That’s what real governors do. Unfortunately, Louisiana’s budget gap for the 2015-2016 fiscal year dwarfs any that has come before it — $1.4 billion and growing. And while Gov. Bobby Jindal is indeed figuring out ways to scare up large sums of money, he’s not doing it for the state. He’s doing it for himself.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New York Times: "The French Quarter has become something of a Jurassic Park for Creole cuisine"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 4:20 PM

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  • Galatoire's, through a slightly blurry lens — which is the way you see Galatoire's after a couple of hours there.

Pete Wells, food critic for The New York Times, has a good story today about the reinvention of Brennan's (with gorgeous photos by Gambit's own Cheryl Gerber). It's a really nice tracing of the history of the restaurant and the Brennan family itself, aimed at an out-of-town audience (imagine how tough that would be to do concisely) but then came this paragraph, which is sure to be discussed around the city:
The French Quarter has become something of a Jurassic Park for Creole cuisine, a contained area in which to see shrimp rémoulade, oysters Rockefeller and other giants of a former age in all their lumbering glory. At Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, Galatoire’s and Tujague’s, evolution stops at the kitchen door.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Scalise seems to acknowledge he spoke to white supremacist conference in Metairie in 2002

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

The May 7, 2002 edition of Gambit carried information about the white-supremacist meeting held in Metairie at the Best Western Landmark Hotel. After Louisiana blogger Lamar White Jr. reported this weekend that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, was in attendance and spoke to the group, Scalise's office put out a statement that seemed to acknowledge the fact, but insisted Scalise had "never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question."
  • The May 7, 2002 edition of Gambit carried information about the white-supremacist meeting held in Metairie at the Best Western Landmark Hotel. After Louisiana blogger Lamar White Jr. reported this weekend that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, was in attendance and spoke to the group, Scalise's office put out a statement that seemed to acknowledge the fact, but insisted Scalise had "never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question."

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie — the newly minted Majority Whip and the third highest-ranking Republican in Congress — seemed to confirm to The Washington Post today that he spoke to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), a white supremacist organization, in 2002.

In a statement, Scalise aide Moira Bagley Smith wrote, "He has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question":
Throughout his career in public service, Mr. Scalise has spoken to hundreds of different groups with a broad range of viewpoints. In every case, he was building support for his policies, not the other way around. In 2002, he made himself available to anyone who wanted to hear his proposal to eliminate slush funds that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars as well as his opposition to a proposed tax increase on middle-class families. He has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question. The hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance that group projects is in stark contradiction to what Mr. Scalise believes and practices as a father, a husband, and a devoted Catholic.
The news of Scalise's 2002 speech was first broken over the weekend by Lamar White Jr., whose CenLamar website covers Louisiana politics. 

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Bye Bye Bywater": Tourism video gets a lethally satiric parody

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

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Well, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation can't be happy about this parody of their "Discover the Bywater" tourism video.

Foster Bear Films, a local production company, released this answer video produced by "some of our close friends," and it's hilarious — especially for those of us graybeards who can remember when rents on "the Poland side of the tracks" were closer to $200 than $2,000.

 

"My favorite way to get around town? Steal a bike!"

"This riverfront park is great for watching the New Yorkers native to the neighborhood."

"This part of town? Packed with plenty of price-gouging to keep you broke all day long!"

"I've seen it go from a beautiful blue-collar neighborhood into a faux-art district culinary fuckin'.... thing? I've seen black go white; I've seen white go whiter."

For reference, here's the original, hosted by The New Movement's CJ Hunt:


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Pizza Nola throws "gumbo party" for NCIS: New Orleans premiere

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

The cast of NCIS: New Orleans in a completely natural setting. From left: Not Mariska Hargitay; Oh Yeah, Scott Bakula; CCH Pounder (She's Always Good); and Guy in Black T-Shirt. - CBS
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  • The cast of NCIS: New Orleans in a completely natural setting. From left: Not Mariska Hargitay; Oh Yeah, Scott Bakula; CCH Pounder (She's Always Good); and Guy in Black T-Shirt.

Lakeview joint Pizza Nola — which is making a cottage industry of cheesy New Orleans-based TV screenings in its parking lot — is planning a "gumbo party" tomorrow night for the premiere of CBS' NCIS: New Orleans:

It's the premiere of NCIS:NOLA so of course, we're having a Gumbo Party! Join us Tuesday, September 23, beginning at 7pm as Times Picayune/Nola.com TV correspondent Dave Walker talks about the new Fall TV season. Then, at 8pm, we'll watch the NCIS:NOLA premiere. We'll have free gumbo and $1-off all beer!
The gumbo party, of course, is a flashback to the barely-remembered 2007 TV series K-ville (the K being Katrina), in which one of the lead characters, for some reason, threw a "gumbo party," which of course wasn't a thing at the time but became a brief, ironic fad. I think a gumbo party sounds delicious; my beef with K-ville involved the cop who put Tabasco in his oatmeal.

I guess we'll see if NCIS: New Orleans matches up to K-ville's verisimilitude. The Boston Globe liked it but cited Bakula's "questionable accent" (uh-oh, cher), while The Washington Post gave the whole effort a 'C', calling Bakula a "cayenne-flavored sleuth" and saying it's pretty much "gumbo from a can," and we all know what that's like.

Here's one of the trailers.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Gretna Heritage Fest to CeeLo Green: Forget you

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 5:11 PM

CeeLo Green, your presence is not required in Gretna. - ATLANTIC RECORDS
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Singer CeeLo Green may have apologized for his wildly controversial tweets about rape, but the furor hasn't gone away; TBS just canceled his reality show, his gigs are getting shut down, and today Billboard ran a helpful article titled "How CeeLo Green’s Career Can Be Saved." 

Now the good people of the West Bank have added to CeeLo's troubles by canceling his planned headline appearance at this year's Gretna Music Festival

In a press release citing Gretna Fest as a "family friendly oriented event," the board wrote, "In recent controversial comments made by Ceelo Green that have have been made surrounding recent incidents involving Mr. Green, they are not acceptable by artist that are scheduled to perform at the Gretna Heritage Festival."

Green's replacement? Proving that Gretnaites truly love rock and roll: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Below the cut: the letter from Gretna Fest. And we don't need to imagine CeeLo's response.



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

City proclamation welcoming Operation Save America "issued in error," says Landrieu spokesman

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

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  • A Facebook screenshot of the City of New Orleans proclamation welcoming Operation Save America to town and recognizing its "outstanding service to the City of New Orleans." After this story was broken on UptownMessenger.com, it spread quickly through New Orleans social media.


A city proclamation welcoming the anti-abortion group Operation Save America to the city and recognizing its "outstanding service to the City of New Orleans" was issued in error, according to an email this afternoon by a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The story originally was broken by Robert Morris of Uptown Messenger, who reported that the group — a renamed version of the controversial 1980s organization Operation Rescue — received an official welcome to the city signed by Landrieu on the same day the group's members interrupted a service at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Uptown New Orleans and picketed the homes of people the group claims provide abortions. In online writings, Operation Save America called the Unitarian church the "synagogue of Satan."

Change.org petition demanding the city rescind the proclamation congratulating Operation Save America had more than 800 signatures in less than 24 hours, and the story was picked up nationally by the satire-snark political site Wonkette.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

A Very Y@ Speak Christmas

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

'Twas the week before Christmas, and through many tweets, Phil Robertson got fired and Garrett Hartley returned his cleats... Wait. Sorry, folks: Y@ Speak regrets to inform our readers that Fletcher Mackel has canceled Christmas. See you next week.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Y@ Speak: Twitter feuds, Y@ Speak Awards, and a goodbye

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM


While not quite at an Amanda Bynes level, New Orleans Twitter saw some drama this week. A well-know local blogger took issue with NOLA.com over its new dining Twitter handle, there were dispatches from the protest at the site of the new Planned Parenthood facility, and people had some things to say about the finalists in the inaugural Y@ Speak Awards (sorry, moms).

Also, some programming notes: first, be sure to vote in the awards and to RSVP to our event on June 3 at the Freret Street PubliQ House!

Second, I am sad to say that this my last Y@ Speak! After more than three magical years with Gambit, I am moving on to Renaissance Publishing where I've accepted an associate editor position. I'm leaving this roundup in the capable hands of staff writer Alex Woodward. It's been fun doin' the tweets for you guys! Thanks for reading, sharing and for sending me ideas for tweets to include that I usually ignored.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Kneecapped: The Advocate hires away four Times-Picayune journalists

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

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Since New Orleans businessman John Georges bought The Advocate just a week ago, things have been moving quickly. Georges installed former T-P managing editors Peter Kovacs and Dan Shea as editor and general manager, and there was word that The Advocate's Baronne Street offices were adding several additional parking spaces immediately. It was a poorly kept secret that the paper had been talking to T-P city editor Gordon Russell, and only a slightly better kept secret that The Advocate was also interested in Martha Carr, a veteran of the city desk known as a meticulous editor.

"If Gordon and Martha go," a city reporter told Gambit Saturday night, "we all go."

And that's what seems to be happening. This morning Kovacs announced that Russell would be joining the New Orleans Advocate (not the New Orleans bureau of The Advocate, but "the New Orleans Advocate", a change in terminology). Also leaving the T-P: city reporters Claire Galofaro and Andrew Vanacore. (Former T-P staffer Sara Pagones, who had been helming the New Orleans bureau since it launched last fall, will now be St. Tammany bureau chief.) Russell becomes The Advocate's managing editor for investigations, while Carr will be the New Orleans paper's managing editor.

Kovacs told Gambit this morning that he didn't have a precise date for when their bylines might start appearing in The Advocate. "I think our goal is in the very near future," he said. "Things are moving very quickly and I would hope we would start seeing them in the next week or so. It’s a ramp-up process." Beyond that, he had little to say when asked about a redesign of the paper (rumored to be scheduled for late summer) and a possible web redesign. "We have lots of plans to improve the paper," Kovacs said. "I’m not going into which they are and when they’re coming."

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