Monday, June 30, 2008

What would you do to a Klondike bore?

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Since TiVo came into my life, I have been pleasantly oblivious to most of the TV commercials that used to waste my time with whatever they were trying to sell and whatever “clever” way they were trying to sell it. And I must say, I am now quite happy to use the remote control to speed right through these ads and get back to the show. But sometimes, I get distracted and forget to press the fast-forward button. Recently, during two such lapses of TiVo awareness, I was subjected to two ads that got my attention, and my goat.

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Heading Home

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 5:55 PM

The Yats are driving home. We couldn't keep up with the big forearmed

Midwestern women on the sandbag line. But we held our own.

Our levee, the Sny, the world's largest, is in tact at this point. The

biggest threats to it in the days ahead will be rain and muskrats. It

was muskrats that took out the levee in Missouri on Wednesday night.

Let me conclude our first relief trip to America's heartland with a

final round of dissimilar and similar. Dissimilar first.

The level of organisation and communication between state and local

goverment, along with charitable agencies, is astounding. Local

organisers spent considerable time with us on Friday morning reviewing

their disaster reponse manual - knowing full well that being from New

Orleans we've never seen such a document before. They promised to

send to us on CD ROM. We'd pass along a copy to "Our Mayor" if we knew

his Plano, TX mailing address.

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Bobby Vetoes the Raise

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed the legislative pay raise.  He did it this morning (Monday). Details have not yet been revealed, but what’s clear is that, in the minds of most voters, he did the right thing. Did he do it for the right reason? That is, was this truly a principled response to a legislative excess, or was it purely in response to political pressure? I vote for the latter. If he were acting out of principle, he would have acted a lot more forcefully — and a lot sooner. More later as additional information and analysis is available. At a minimum, he has taken this matter off the map for now, and taken lawmakers off the hook. 


Sunday, June 29, 2008

Self-Promoting Earmarks

Posted By on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 6:43 PM

By: Jeremy Alford

Rep. Elbert Guillory, an Opelousas Democrat, has requested $450,000 in taxpayer money for a nonprofit group that teaches young people homemaking and workforce skills.

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Legislative Retribution

Posted By on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 6:40 PM

By: Jeremy Alford

Legislators’ vote to increase their base pay to $37,500 a year hit a few nerves on the House and Senate floors, not just among voters back home. Lawmakers who voted against the raise felt the ire of their colleagues.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

From the "Awww Department": UGA VI has died

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 10:56 PM


by Alejandro de los Rios

NOTE: LSU Tiger Fans would be remiss in using the term "Tiger Bait" for the next day or so. At least in regards to the Georgia mascot.

It comes with much sadness to report that this beautiful hunk of dogness has died of congestive heart failure. It should be noted that, when I speak of UGA VI as a "beautiful hunk of dogness" I mean it solely as a dog lover and not as a fan of the University of Georgia. I mean, seriously, would you look at that face?

/makes baby noises, pokes computer screen, loses online manhood.

But in all seriousness, UGA VI served nine seasons as the football team's winningest, and heaviest, mascot. I guess that, in a perverse way, this bodes well for LSU fans as the Georgia football team went 87-27 with two SEC championships (2002 and 2005) during the big dog's reign.

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Pay Raise Defines Session

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 5:40 PM

By: Jeremy Alford

Five months of legislative sessions and more than a year of gubernatorial jawboning have been distilled in roughly one week’s time into a singular issue: increased pay for lawmakers. While the 2008 regular session adjourned last week, its aftereffects are likely to be with us for a while. At a minimum, the votes to boost legislative salaries from $16,800 to $37,500 will serve as a flashpoint for this generation of lawmakers and the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal — an early indication of how they got to where they’re heading.

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Dear Mr. Mayor …

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 5:39 PM

By: Clancy DuBos

A group of Lower Mid-City residents and business owners has written an “open letter” to Mayor Ray Nagin and City Council members demanding a voice in the decision-making process relating to property acquisitions for the LSU-VA Hospital.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Chef Chris DeBarr ankles the Delachaise

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Chris DeBarr, the chef who put the Delachaise Hotel on the food map with his acclaimed bar menu, has left the restaurant, according to a blog posting this afternoon by his partner, the novelist Poppy Z. Brite.

DeBarr was named the city's "Best New Chef" by New Orleans magazine in 2006. In Gambit's current cover survey of the 50 best bars in New Orleans, the Delachaise ranked #4, with the editors citing DeBarr's "adventurous menu of wild-boar patés and duck fat pommes frites."

No word as to why DeBarr has left, or where you'll be able to eat his chilled watermelon soup and Creole tomato BLT salads in the near future...

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Conversation of the Day

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 10:38 PM

“We used to have a downtown here in Hull. Now we have a soda machine. It’s next to the post office.”

“You have a post office?”

“No, they closed it. And we’re afraid they’re going to come back for the soda machine.”


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