Alejandro de los Rios 
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I fell in love with New Orleans at a Soul Rebels show at Le Bon Temps Roule. I'm never living anywhere else come hell or… More »

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Updated on October 1, 2010 at 1:55 PM

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Re: “He's baaaack: David Duke resurfaces to run for U.S. Senate

"Why doesnt anyone actually listing to what Duke has been saying for the last 40 years."

Ok, lets:

"White people don't need a law against rape, but if you fill this room up with your normal black bucks, you would, because niggers are basically primitive animals." -- The Sun newspaper of Wichita, Kansas (23 April 1975)

"Our clear goal must be the advancement of the white race and separation of the white and black races. This goal must include freeing of the American media and government from subservient Jewish interests." -- "Duke Speaks Out," in The Crusader, a Knights of the KKK newsletter (November 1978)

"Did you ever notice how many survivors they have? Did you ever notice that? Everybody — every time you turn around, 15,000 survivors meet here; 400 survivors convention there. I mean, did you ever notice? Nazis sure were inefficient, weren't they? Boy, boy, boy!...You almost have no survivors that ever say they saw a gas chamber or saw the workings of a gas chamber.... they'll say these preposterous stories that anybody can check out to be a lie, an absolute lie." -- Interview with Evelyn Rich (March 1985), on the Holocaust

""[A] black...gets a job with a white-owned company. He is the only black at the firm. He works hard, but he's fighting a losing battle against his genes." -- Duke editorial, "The Black Plague." NAAWP News, Issue 32, 1985

""Of course you know the miracle of AIDS, we all do. It's the only disease that turns fruits into vegetables." -- 1993 sound bite from Duke radio show

You think any of those messages are appropriate for children? Or anyone?

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Posted by Alejandro de los Rios on 07/27/2016 at 12:44 AM

Re: “Review: The Hateful Eight

@Eric - One character gets his face literally blown off, another character has the top of their had blown off with his brain matter getting splashed over the face and hair of another character, two characters spend a few minutes vomiting blood and that's not even half the deaths in the movie. It's plenty violent.

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Posted by Alejandro de los Rios on 01/05/2016 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Video: Small and large beers at Pelicans games are pretty much the same

First off I'd like to say that I never said the cups were the same size, just "pretty much" the same. A statement I stand behind.

Secondly, I can say unequivocally the difference is definitely less than 4 oz. and I would bet that the small is 16 oz while the large is 18 oz.

Regardless, as I mentioned above, there is an over 50 percent price difference between the two. If the small is 16 oz then the large should be 24 oz. That's clearly not the case.

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Posted by Alejandro de los Rios on 12/20/2014 at 11:06 AM

Re: “The New York Times: New Orleans doesn't have kale

Whoa, people, let's not all get so worked up about this, shall we? #Kalegate was all just a bit of fun, nothing to lose our heads about.

My post was written as a joke. I didn't mean to imply that people can't find their own reasons for loving New Orleans (as one of you pointed out, I'm a transplant as well and have my own, possibly cliché, reasons for loving this city) or because I have particularly thin skin when it comes to outsider views of the city. But you can't deny that the NYTimes article could have used a little bit of fact-checking and that it would have prevented #kalegate from exploding the way it did. After all, even a cursory Google search would have corrected many of the inaccuracies contained in the piece (I mean, just search for "Shallow water, your momma" and you'll get the actual words to the Mardi Gras Indian chant).

All that being said, can we stop using this as some sort of indicator about New Orleanians being insular or unwelcome of outside views? People weren't upset about the fact that it presented the city in a way that they weren't comfortable with, they were upset because it presented the city inaccurately. It's not the "you can't find kale here" quote that bothered people, it's that the writer used that quote and then failed to mention that kale is served at the three places she ate.

And if you're gonna say, "It wasn't the writer implying these things, she was just quoting people," then you still have to ask why she didn't point out that certain quotes described the city inaccurately or chose to include them altogether. Was she trying to present recent transplants to the city as ignorant or naive? Was she writing an article based purely on their misinformed views? Or was she herself truly uninformed about what she was writing about? These are all questions that writers would hope to avoid their readers asking, let alone when you're writing for the New York Times.

P.S. Since one of you asked, I'm from outside Washington D.C. by way of Nicaragua (where I was born), Costa Rica, Chile and Upstate New York (where I went to college). And no, I'm not the only one entitled to be swept off my feet by New Orleans, but at least I wasn't swept off my feet by glaring misconceptions about the city. Like, if I had said I fell in love with New Orleans watching the Soul Rebels at the Maple Leaf or because I had the best white beans and rice on a Sunday.

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Posted by Alejandro de los Rios on 03/10/2014 at 1:23 PM

Re: “The New York Times: New Orleans doesn't have kale

@Killer Kale I just spent 20 minutes trying to think of a pun involving the phrase "shoulda, woulda, coulda" and "kale". I think it's time for bed.

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Posted by Alejandro de los Rios on 03/06/2014 at 10:19 PM

Re: “The New York Times: New Orleans doesn't have kale

My favorite part about all this is that Satsuma, Green Goddess and Sylvain ALL SERVE KALE.

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Posted by Alejandro de los Rios on 03/06/2014 at 9:46 PM
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