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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spike Lee on gentrification

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Spike Lee talked about (Alex Woodward has made me hate the word "rant") gentrification for roughly seven minutes last night at an event at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., the city where he was raised. Most of the effects of gentrification Lee pointed out could also be pointed out by New Orleanians: reverse migrationchanging neighborhood names and boundariesnewcomers with high expectations, newcomers wanting to stop practices that have been in place for years, what constitutes garbage, "Christopher Columbus syndrome," being priced out, neighborhoods finally getting standard amenities when new people move in, etc.

Lee's spiel is embedded below.



click image Spike Lee takes in a view of the French Quarter during a 2010 Gambit interview. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Spike Lee takes in a view of the French Quarter during a 2010 Gambit interview.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Jindal on GOP: "It’s time to stop the bedwetting"

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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Words Gov. Bobby Jindal uses to describe fellow Republicans in today's Politico column: navel gazing, bedwetting, needs to go to counseling.

What Jindal says fellow Republicans should do: "go kick the other guys around" and "hold fast, get smarter, get disciplined, get on offense, and put on your big boy pants."

Jindal's latest tongue-lashing at his GOP peers reminds them to hold on to their conservative values instead of broadcasting their "embarassing ... public professions of feelings of inadequacy."

"Every day it seems another jilted high-placed Republican in Washington is confessing to the voters; 'It’s not you, it’s me…'," he writes. Jindal tells Republicans to focus their attention on "painting a picture for the American public, particularly for young people, of what a free and prosperous American future will look like with smart conservative policies."

He then lists 30 reasons why Americans will "revolt" against the "nanny state" — because the "left" wants the "government to explode," doesn't care about babies, thinks rich people are evil and that people of faith are stupid.

No word on what the strategy for kicking the other guys around includes, however.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Atlanta radio station mocks Steve Gleason

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Update, 5:15 p.m.: 790 The Zone station manager apologizes to the Gleason family and announced the termination of the radio announcers.

Update, 1:25 p.m.: 790 The Zone has suspended "Mayhem In The AM" members. From station manager Rick Mack:

We deeply regret the comments made by Mayhem In The AM this morning on 790 The Zone regarding former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason. 790 The Zone, Lincoln Financial Media, our sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support the unfortunate and offensive commentary concerning Mr. Gleason this morning. The members of the show involved with this incident have been suspended indefinitely pending further management review of their actions.


The New Orleans Saints literally enshrined former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason for his blocked punt heard 'round the world against the Atlanta Falcons in 2006. In 2011, Gleason announced his battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and the forming of his Team Gleason foundation to fund research and raise awareness of the disease.

I guess Falcons fans are still bitter about a 7-year-old game. This morning, JW on TigerDroppings.com wrote that Atlanta morning zoo jockeys on 790 The Zone — the "flagship station" of the Falcons — "had a whole segment making fun of Steve Gleason and him talking through a computer."

The arse clowns from Mayhem in the AM did this 3 minute joke where they pretended that Steve Gleason called in and they asked him questions. Most of his responses were in the form of a knock knock joke and at one point he says he doesn't know if he will be alive next Thursday.

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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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Monday, March 18, 2013

Report: Michelle Shocked tells concert audience "God hates fags," denounces same-sex marriage

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Michelle Shocked
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Folk singer and former New Orleans resident Michelle Shocked created a firestorm at a San Francisco concert last night when she delivered a homophobic tirade from the stage, according to observers:

The crowd had come, presumably, to hear songs like “Come a Long Way” and “On the Greener Side,” which got airplay on MTV back in the day. (“Greener Side” was even up for a VMA against Madonna’s “Vogue.”)

Instead they were treated to a tirade that allegedly included Shocked announcing “God hates fags.”

Matt Penfield, who was live-tweeting the show from onstage called her rant, delivered during her second set, “totally sincere [and] super anti-gay and hateful.”

We’re still trying to get the full text of her speech, but apparently she told fans “you can go on twitter and say Michelle Shocked said ‘God hates fags.’”

Another Twitter user posted that Shocked “said she lives in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry.”

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Friday, March 15, 2013

VIDEO: Bobby Jindal speaks at CPAC

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) annual meeting today in a speech that appears to have been a mashup of a January speech to the Republican National Committee and some of the jokes from his turn at the dais at last weekend's Gridiron Club roast in Washington, D.C.

Among the topics of Jindal's jokes: his skinny frame vs. the not-skinny frame of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, Jindal's Indian-American heritage and waterboarding. Take it away, Atlantic Wire:

The speech delivered by the Republican Governor of Louisiana at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Friday afternoon borrowed heavily — literally paragraph by verbatim paragraph — from his January 24 speech at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in Charlotte, where Jindal implored his colleagues to "stop being the stupid party" in a forceful speech otherwise seen as bolstering his 2016 credentials. ...

Preceding the prepared remarks, Jindal delivered a series of jokes drawing attention to his frame, his ethnicity, and the supposed racism of either political party, among other touchy subjects.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Gridiron shows: Bobby Jindal and Stacy Head

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal's performance at Saturday night's Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, D.C. went over well — at least with President Barack Obama, who praised Jindal's material and delivery at the logrolling annual chance for politicians and the D.C. press corps to share a laugh:

"I have to say, I thought Bobby (Jindal) was incredibly funny this evening. I thought he was terrific," Obama said last night at the high-profile Gridiron Dinner, in his remarks after Jindal made a highly impressive speech full of fun and jokes, wiping out his 2009 lacklustre speech which was in response to the first State of the Union Address by Obama.

Jindal's entire speech has been posted online by The Washington Post. Here's one for Louisianans:

[N]ow some people have asked me if I intend to run for President in 2016?

And the answer is that I have no plans to run. I’ve made that clear, over and over again…in Iowa…in New Hampshire…and in South Carolina.

And for those who want a local take on politicos and press rubbing elbows, tickets are now on sale for the Press Club of New Orleans' annual Gridiron Dinner, which takes place March 19 at Walk-On's. The headliner is New Orleans City Council president Stacy Head; tickets are $40 and are available here.

More Jindal under the cut. (Lots of Indian jokes!)

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Friday, February 15, 2013

CNN: Lack of communication aboard Carnival Triumph = Hurricane Katrina

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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Last night I saw a bloated vessel filled with crap dock in Mobile, Ala. — but enough about CNN. The story, of course, was the arrival of the Carnival cruise ship Triumph, which had an engine failure that stranded it in the Gulf of Mexico and turned it into the Good Ship Lollipoop for a few days.

But for CNN's Martin Savidge, the lack of communication aboard the ship was equivalent to the lack of communication on the ground in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures ...

SAVIDGE: blah blah blah Hurricane Katrina blah blah I assume it's something very similar.

PASSENGER: Yeah, but let's put that in perspective. I mean, Katrina was a major devastation. We're on a friggin' cruise ship, and we're just havin' a good time, so ... Two different things. Two different things.

CNN has mostly moved on to the Russian meteor story, but if you still want tales from the S.S. Hurricane Katrina, CNN.com still offers "Video: 'Everyone will need psychological help'", "Parisa Safarzadeh shares her account of the hellish trip on the Carnival Triumph" and the popular "Passenger video: Sewage on walls."

UPDATE: It seems that one of the charter buses bringing passengers from Mobile to New Orleans broke down on I-10, and those on board had to wait nearly an hour for a replacement bus, which must have been like Superstorm Sandy.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Q: What was the best part of the Super Bowl?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

The Winnipeg Sun asked its readers what they thought was the best part of the Super Bowl ...

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Agreed.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Roundtabling and logrolling

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Corporate Realty newsletter, Sept. 6, "NOLA Media Group Leases Top Floors of One Canal Place":

Mike Siegel represented NOLA Media Group in its office space search and lease negotiations in One Canal Place, which is managed by Corporate Realty. “This is a significant lease that will establish a major presence for one of the leading businesses in our region in the Central Business District,” Siegel said. “It continues the momentum of leasing activity with another major company making a commitment to New Orleans, and especially to the CBD of New Orleans, on the heels of the recent GE and Ochsner announcements,” Siegel said.

NOLA.com, Oct. 3, "NOLA Media Group signs long-term lease in downtown Baton Rouge":

Michael J. Siegel, president and director of leasing with Corporate Realty, said NOLA Media Group's commitment to Baton Rouge includes a long-term lease. The space will be gutted, then designed and constructed to best fit Nola Media Group's operational, aesthetic and technical needs. Siegel added that the build-out will be an asset to the building and to downtown. "This move, which has been in the works for the past six months, is a clear commitment by NOLA Media Group that they intend to invest in the communities they serve," Siegel said. "One American Place is a great location for them to implement and expand their Baton Rouge initiatives."

NOLA.com, Dec. 9: "Meet The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com community Roundtable":

Publisher Ricky Mathews last week convened The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com Roundtable for its inaugural meeting. Fourteen leaders in business, health care, education, the arts and other arenas came together for a two-hour conversation about the issues they believe are most important for our region. There are 19 leaders in all who have agreed to be a part of the Roundtable, which will meet every other month.

We believe these sessions will be invaluable to our work. We expect to gain insights we otherwise might not have. We expect to be prodded and, sometimes, chided. We expect input from Roundtable members to point us to compelling stories and inspire us to write editorials. And we expect our readers to benefit from the collective wisdom of this group. ...

Meet the members of the Roundtable ...

Mike Siegel, president of Corporate Realty in New Orleans. He chairs the board of Metairie Park Country Day School and is a board member of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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