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Friday, September 2, 2016

Attorney General Jeff Landry's demagoguery in plain sight

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 5:01 PM

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY DAVID KROLL
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Earl Long used to scoff that if you wanted to hide something from then-Attorney General Jack Gremillion, put it in a law book. Today, Uncle Earl would surely say something similar about Louisiana AG Jeff Landry — only put it in plain sight on a map of Louisiana. Landry clearly doesn’t know Jefferson Parish from New Orleans.

That must be the case, because in his zeal to make political hay out of a tragedy, Landry erroneously stated that an illegal alien who clearly lives in Jefferson Parish is nonetheless a beneficiary of New Orleans’ alleged “sanctuary cities” policy. Indeed, there are so many things wrong with Landry’s shameless, ham-fisted, demagogic attempt to grandstand on the bodies of two innocent people killed in a tragic accident in St. John the Baptist Parish that it’s difficult to get them all into one column.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Y@ Speak: "the sky's the limit"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 7:34 PM

Lil Wayne endorses Hillary Clinton after she maybe referenced Da Drought (or, more likely, her own speech in 2008), the Louisiana delegation steals the show, and New Orleans in deep summer means exploding streets, snakes eating bicyclists, and tourists who should be fired into the sun.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Listen: Billboard previews Aaron Neville's new album Apache

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Aaron Neville.
  • Aaron Neville.

Billboard
has a nice interview with Aaron Neville today, and the first sonic glimpse of Neville's new album, Apache, which will be released July 15. The first single, "Stompin' Ground," is a funk-inlaid tribute to New Orleans, with shoutouts to many musicians, clubs and neighborhoods, from the "way Uptown to the 13th Ward":
"That's all about me growing up in New Orleans and a lot of the people that I ran across in my life," Neville notes. "You get to the part where I'm calling out names; I start out with Moleface and Melvin; I'm Moleface, and Melvin was my friend. We got tight when we were about five years old. And the line about hanging out at the Dew Drop Inn all night long with Mac Rebennack — that's Dr. John — it's just characters who crossed my paths."
Read the whole thing here.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

'Showing their butts': State Rep. Kenny Havard would make a great running mate for Donald Trump

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, and Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson. - TRUMP: CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, and Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson.
Forget about the potential Supreme Court nominees that Donald Trump served up last week to deflect The New York Times' exposé of his history of objectifying women. It’s time for The Donald to play the ultimate, well, trump card and name his running mate. That would surely cement his victory, the polls notwithstanding.

I’d like to suggest Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, for that role.

Havard clearly possesses the most important quality that Trump could want in a running mate: He doesn’t give a damn whom he offends.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The New York Times revises its "remote" opinion, albeit tartly

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 1:25 PM

The cuisine at the remote outpost of Uptown known as Kenton's. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • The cuisine at the remote outpost of Uptown known as Kenton's.


Having felt the merciless lash of NOLA Twitter on its pitiful, ink-stained shoulders, frequent New Orleans chronicler The New York Times has revised its opinion of Kenton's, the fancy-ish, new-ish Uptown restaurant run by a pair of NYC expatriates. 

The restaurant's location at Magazine and Nashville streets, originally described in Florence Fabricant's story as a "somewhat remote yet up-and-coming neighborhood west of the Garden District" (you might know it as Uptown), has been changed online:

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Whew
. That was quick. Fortunately, the Public Editor did not need to get involved.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Sean Payton to USA Today: "It's like the Wild, Wild West here"

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 4:20 PM

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. - MICHAEL C. HEBERT/NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
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  • New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
In the aftermath of Saturday night's shooting that killed former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, Saints coach Sean Payton has given a frank interview to USA Today's Jarrett Bell, in which Payton states "I hate guns," "“I’ve heard people argue that everybody needs a gun. That’s madness" and “They don’t want to kill tourism. But right now, it’s like the Wild, Wild West here.”

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

David Duke tells followers voting against Donald Trump "treason to your heritage"

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 11:22 AM

David Duke in 2008. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/EMMANUEL D'AUBIGNOSC
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  • David Duke in 2008.


Former state Rep. and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke didn’t endorse Donald Trump for president, but he told his Internet radio audience yesterday that “voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage.” Duke's support of Trump was reported by Buzzfeed.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Colorado Congressman: "I’m not going to send federal troops into Louisiana to arrest people for ... smoking crayfish"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Smoke 'em if you got 'em, Louisiana. It's 4:20 somewhere in the state, aieee. - DAVID KROLL
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  • Smoke 'em if you got 'em, Louisiana. It's 4:20 somewhere in the state, aieee.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, is a doctor (and famous Onion-story believer) who nevertheless stands foursquare against the use of medical marijuana, recently calling it "a joke":
“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.)

Fleming's meddlings in state affairs didn't sit well with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, a state where weed was legalized in 2012 and has subsequently fattened state coffers by tens of millions of dollars each year. Polis addressed Fleming on the floor of the House of Representatives:
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?”

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Monday, March 16, 2015

John Waters on Robert Durst's arrest in New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 2:59 PM

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Robert Durst, son of New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst, was arrested in New Orleans Saturday night. Durst has been a suspect in the deaths of three people and admitted he cut up a body in Texas in 2001. He's also the subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

I spoke to John Waters this morning for a preview of his appearances at the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival next week and asked him about the Durst situation. Waters likes to watch criminal trials and famously attended several Manson Family trials. (He also attended Watergate trials and said he'd like to be at the Boston Bomber trial.)

In his book Role Models, Waters includes a very long essay about Leslie Van Houten, a Manson Family member convicted of stabbing Rosemary LaBianca.

The Durst news was still fairly new to Waters, but here's a transcript of that part of the conversation. 

John Waters: I never got arrested in New Orleans. I bet that’s not a great place to go to jail in. I have a feeling it might be rather ... primitive.


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Gov. Bobby Jindal meets the press — and it doesn't go well

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Gov. Bobby Jindal's appearance on Morning Joe  was the capper on a week of disastrous profiles, skeptical reporters and bad economic news. - SCREENCAP FROM MSNBC
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  • Gov. Bobby Jindal's appearance on Morning Joe was the capper on a week of disastrous profiles, skeptical reporters and bad economic news.


When you’re running for president, you have to do a lot of things you’d rather not do. Tops on that list if you’re Bobby Jindal is talking to the press, something he’s been loath to do during his seven-plus years as Louisiana’s governor. Because Jindal is officially contemplating a run for president next year (in truth, he can’t wait to run), he met a room of skeptical reporters at a Washington, D.C., breakfast earlier this week to start rolling out his policy bona fides.

By all accounts, it did not go well.

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