Tuesday, November 24, 2009

James Perry ad reaches core constituency

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 8:34 PM

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James Perry's allegedly foul-mouthed 'could be saying anything' campaign ad found its way to Wonkette this afternoon. The snark and potty mouthed crowd that spends its day filling Wonkette comment boxes has embraced his candidacy. Last week, Perry's campaign manager answered questions from Gambit Editor Kevin Allman (here).

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I Am What I Learned

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Check out Troy Simon’s short film, which he created as an entry for the U.S. Department of Education’s “I Am What I Learn” video competition. In just two short minutes, Simon, a sophomore at Greater Gentilly High School, tells the story of how he transformed himself from an illiterate with little hope for the future to a high achiever, who dreams of becoming a pediatrician, so, in his words, “I can heal the mental and physical wounds of every child.”

Simon has been named one of the 10 finalists for the contest. Show him a little support by visiting here to give a thumbs up for his effort (His entry is in the right hand column of selections).

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New Orleans Scuttlebutt 11-23-09

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 5:44 AM

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Its hard to look past teams in the NFL. But with a Monday night "Clash of the Titans" that features the undefeated Saints (10-0) and the New England Patriots (the NFL's version of the Sith, thank me later Star Wars fans) on the horizon, Sunday's inter divisional varsity vs junior varsity rivalry lost what little cache it had to begin with.


The 1-9 Buccaneers had their crack at playing the role of spoiler but could offer little opposition. Despite scoring first on a 95 yard drive engineered by rookie quarterback Josh Freeman (who capped it off with an 18 yard touchdown pass to WR  Michael Clayton), Sundays' 38-7 point mauling played out more like a nationally televised scrimmage, with the Saints ripping apart the Buccaneer's defense.


New Orleans' head coach Sean Payton called of the dogs with just under seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter, pulling Drew Brees and electing to hand the ball off to fourth string RB Lynell Hamilton. Brees threw for a modest 187 yards but found WR Robert  Meachem for two of his three touchdown passes. The Saints gave up just 100 yards passing and picked off Freeman three times despite playing with a depleted secondary, ravaged by injury. New Orleans forced four turnovers in all and for the first time in five games Brees didn't throw an interception.


The ever explosive Reggie Bush was sidelined with a knee injury, coming off of an impressive two score performance in St. Louis. But running back tandem Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell combined for 167 yards on 24 carries (Bell 75, Thomas 92) with Bell adding two scores. Bush will be back in time for Monday night's game against the Patriots and so will cornerback Jabari Greer. With injuries to Leigh Torrence  and Tracey porter New Orleans was forced to sign veteran corners Mike McKenzie and Chris McAlister to sure up its banged up secondary.


Everyone knows that even if the Saints had their full compliment of defensive backs Tom Brady and Randy Moss are still capable of putting up a lot of points. New England is coming off of as dominating 31-14 point win over the Jets-with the last second loss against the Colts undoubtedly still ringing their heads. Two seasons ago Bill Belichick and the Pats were in the same position as the Saints are in now, on their way to a memorable 16-0 regular season. With a 7-3 battle tested New England team slated for a week twelve matchup with the leagues number one offense there's only one question that begs to be asked. Is this the beging of a dynesty or the end of one?


Scenes from the Women of Class Second Line - The 'Better Late Than Never' Edition

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 5:18 AM

Women of Class Social Aid and Pleasure Club... I’m sorry but I cannot sign off on that. Easter Bunny Parade colored ensembles in November don’t bring to mind class as I was taught from the original women of class: Dynasty's Alexis Carrington, Dominique Deveraux and Dallas' Sue Ellen Ewing. Those three showed the world the true meaning of class: shoulder pads, black Caressa pumps, gold clip on earrings, and Jackie O super-shades, perfect for hiding everything from sorrow to schemes to a black eye delivered by rich abusive oil baron husband number four (the final season, episode 2). Also, women of distinction always have a pro tennis instructor with Dick in a Box and a scotch rocks in a Baccarat tumbler waiting in the wings AND a swimming pool nearby to toss the trick into who just threatened to destroy you! That’s basics, Class and Elegance 101. Know your history, pleasure club children.

Now dancing barefoot in the streets of New Orleans (as seen above) could count as a class act - but if and ONLY if your pinky toe is in the up and outstretched tea-drinking position which I could not confirm because the grand marshall’s feet were covered in Walgreen’s Back-To-School edition footies in teal with the plum starpoint pattern. But in the end, she shoots the doubters down at the 1 minute mark because nothing says class and elegance like graceful street splits followed up with a serving of skyward reaching ass. I kid, I kid... Let the record show that I LOVED their grand marshall. Girl could be America’s Next Top Model. She is giving you shaved head, prefect face, ballerina posture, lithe-y body, and enough attitude to make Tyra Banks pull her weave into a ponytail, take off her jewelry and vaseline her face - just in case. Now that I think of it, that’s exactly what Tyra Banks needs to check her bitchiness once and for all is a broad from New Orleans. Because, as I’ve told you before, The Ones to Handle: they are not!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Dawn Brown joins WVUE-Fox 8

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Meteorologist Dawn Brown, formerly of WWL-TV, is the latest hire over at WVUE-TV, which seems to be making a blitz on WWL's former talent pool. Brown's hiring follows that of reporters Lee Zurik and Dave McNamara, as well as some behind-the-camera folks, all of whom have joined the station since Mikel Schaefer, a former associate news director at WWL, jumped ship to become the #1 ND at Fox 8.

Brown, who has been off the air for months since being let go from WWL in April, has spent her down time establishing her own Web site, myweatherlady.com. She'll make her first appearance on the WVUE airwaves in January.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Take Note: The Hornets just beat the NBA's best team

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 4:19 AM

It's still early, but considering how the Hornets started the season, it's hard not to feel good about this team right now. The Hornets made 12-of-17 three-point attemps and snapped the Hawks' seven-game win streak in their 96–88 win tonight at the Hive.


"It gives you an opportunity to experience success while you learn and grow," Jeff Bower said of his team's recent three-game win streak. "It's the easiest time for me to be more demanding."


It's the old sports axiom: winning solves everything. Had the Hornets lost one or two of their last three games at home, there may have been more turmoil in the locker room, definitely more second-guessing in the media and a whole lot of conflict surrounding this entire team. But instead, the Hornets beat the best team in the West (Phoenix) and the best team in the NBA (Atlanta) and Bower can continue to harp on the importance of hustle and energy on both sides of the floor.


Tonight, the Hornets had it all once again. Four players scored in double figures with the two rookies, Marcus Thornton and Darren Collision, leading the way with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Peja Stojakovic ignited the scoring early with four three-pointers in the first quarter alone (he finished five-of-twelve from the floor with 17 points) while Emeka Okafor and David West imposed their will in the low post, combining for 20 rebounds and seven blocked shots.


"Our confidence is rising every game," Thornton said. "The players believe in each other, and when we have that chemistry with each other, everything is good."


Chemistry is more than just good ball movement and floor energy. Chemistry is also Stojakovic cat-calling a towel-clad Thorton in the locker room while the rookie was waiting to do a post-game interview. Chemistry is all smiles on the bench from the opening tip-off to the final horn. Chemistry is the rookies sporting Tinkerbell and Little Mermaid suitcases after every game (more on that later, I promise). Yes, it may be early, but that doesn't mean this team isn't on the verge of something very good.

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Cash Money Gives Back

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 3:17 AM


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Hats off to Cash Money Records founders Ronald “Slim” Williams and Bryan “Birdman” Williams, who along with Lil Wayne and other Cash Money artists will give away more than 1,400 Thanksgiving turkeys and fixings to needy New Orleanians from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Taylor Park (2600 S. Roman St.). It’s the 13th annual turkey giveaway organized by the Williams brothers with help from other New Orleans celebrities, politicians and hip-hop stars.

The Williams brothers also have established philanthropic organizations in memory of their parents, Johnny and Gladys Williams, including Cash Money for Kids program, which provides free tickets to a New Orleans Hornets home game to students with high academic performances.

Cash Money Records roster of stars includes Lil Wayne, Juvenile, the Hot Boys and Jay Sean.

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Nine Times Social Aid & Pleasure Club Second Line Parade Sunday 12-4pm

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 12:57 AM



Start: 3436 Louisa Street, Mrs. Gail's Place. Up Louisa to Pleasure. U-turn on Pleasure to Louisa to Higgins. Left on Higgins to Almonaster. Left on Almonaster. Over the bridge. Up Almonaster to N. Johnson. Right on N. Johnson.

Stop: Avenue Bar, Dumaine St. Gang S&P Club. To Franklin Ave. Left on Franklin to St. Claude. Left on St. Claude.

Stop: St. Claude, Neighborhood Story Project. To Desire St. Left on Desire.

Stop: 1610 Desire St. Vibez Barber Shop. Continue up Desire to Galvez. Left on Galvez to Louisa. Right on Louisa to N. Miro. Right on N. Miro.

Stop: 3221 N. Miro, Pierre Family. Continue to Desire. Left on Desire.

Stop: 2540 Desire, The Wing Shack. Up Desire to Florida. Left on Florida to Piety. Right on Piety. Over the tracks up Louisa.

Disband: Sampson Park

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Comfort for the Sole

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 11:07 PM

New Orleans orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Treuting is teaming up with Our Hearts to Your Soles and Soles4Soulsl to give free foot screenings and shoes to homeless men on Monday, Nov. 23, at Ozanam Inn on Camp Street.

Our Heart to Your Soles is a national campaign to help homeless people with foot problems by providing free shoes, boots, socks and medical screenings. The fourth annual event will be held in 40 cities nationwide, with Red Wing Shoes and Hanger Orthopedic Group donating footwear for the program. About 125 pairs of shoes are available for Monday’s event in New Orleans.

Soles4Souls founder Wayne Elsey says having a pair of comfortable shoes can make a person more confident and is a major step in building self-esteem and finding employment.

For more information about the program or to donate products, visit www.giveshoes.org.

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Because a picture of Chris Paul in an ankle boot is depressing

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Chris! Paul! Excellent! Action!


Photo lifted from Last Angry Fan


Chris "The Mayor" Paul won't be playing in tonight's Hornets game against the Atlanta Hawks. But that won't stop him from rocking out his Hornets sports blazer, surfer-dude haircut and awesome combo moves.


Wait, what?


Yea, that up there is a picture of a Japanese game cards featuring Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Ron Ahhh!Test! and others (check them all out here). My favorite has to be the Kevin Garnett (excuse me, KG, "The Rabid Wolverine") because I can't believe anyone would think being dressed like that is intimidating (I'm talking about the people that photoshopped Garnett into those clothing, not Garnett himself, who probably has no idea this is going on). Oh, and double points for turning Larry Bird into Conan the Barbarian.

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