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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

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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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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Le Diner en Blanc: The Great Doucheby

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Instructions on how to have a dinner party, from the Le Diner en Blanc website
  • Instructions on how to have a dinner party, from the Le Diner en Blanc website

Hey New Orleans — here's a dinner deal for you!

First you pay $35, then you bring your own food, utensils and your own goddam table.

You don't know where you're going, but you must wear white from head to toe. Oh, and there's a three-step process for application and a waiting list ("Best of luck in your registration!"), because, you know, the experience of paying a stranger for the privilege of staging your own dinner party is not just for everyone, darling.

And you can't cancel. Period.

The concept is called "Le Diner en Blanc," it's been done in other cities around the world, and it's coming to New Orleans this month, as described by Doug MacCash in a Times-Pic article this morning (hat tip: Food Goddess Lorin Gaudin). MacCash describes it as "an international phenomenon with thousands of adventure seekers finding their way to clandestine clone events," and I'm certainly with him on the clone part.

From Le Diner en Blanc's website:

Seats are allotted on-site in a very specific manner.

In order to participate, one must be invited by a participant from the previous year or get on the official website's waiting list.

Once confirmed, the presence of each guest thus becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions, as the event is held regardless of weather conditions.

Huh? You want me to pay you to bring my own dinner and my appearance is mandatory? And no weather cancellations, no matter what? We cancel Mardi Gras parades that have been in the works for a year if the weather is going to be dangerous — your dinner party is more important than those?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Michelle Shocked to discuss anti-gay comments on Internet radio

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM

UPDATE: Shocked has released a statement to Fox News, which says in part, "When I said… ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates f**s,’ I was predicting the absurd way my description of, my apology for, the intolerant would no doubt be misinterpreted. But I am damn sorry. If I could repeat the evening, I would make a clearer distinction between a set of beliefs I abhor, and my human sympathy for the folks who hold them.”

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Folk singer Michelle Shocked, whose anti-gay comments at a San Francisco concert last Sunday night made worldwide headlines after fans walked out and the venue pulled the plug on her mic, will appear on an Internet radio show tomorrow morning to discuss the incident.

Shocked, a former New Orleans resident who performed at the 2011 Jazz & Heritage Festival and local venues around town (most recently a gig at Chickie Wah Wah in November), had much of her upcoming tour canceled after her remarks, which reportedly included her belief that the overturn of California's Proposition 8 (which put a ban on same-sex marriage in the state Constitution) would result in the return of Jesus Christ. (Time reported the story with the headline "Singer Who Everyone Thought Was a Lesbian Spews Anti-Gay Hate at Concert.")

Shocked, now a self-described fundamentalist Christian, has taken to Twitter to explain, somewhat, that her remarks were taken out of context and misquoted. "Am neither against a woman's right to choose nor gay marriage. Am a fundamentalist tho," she explained. "Most don't even know what my 'views on Gays' are. What is reported to be my views on Gays isn't," she added, as well as "Just my usual troublemaking, at the expense of dear friends who trust me, even when I appear to be gay-bashing."

She is scheduled to appear on The Nicole Sander Show on RadioOrNot.com Thursday morning at 10 a.m., where she'll certainly be asked about exchanges like this:

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