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Monday, July 31, 2017

Y@ Speak: folksy

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 7:28 PM

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy out "folks" himself, several times, during the health care debate, and Tom Benson tries this new human invention called — how do you say — beer (?). Here's this week's Twitter dump:

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Y@ Speak: It rained?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Wasn't just me? It rained, right? I didn't just imagine my neighbor sailing to the bar for "provisions"? Cool.

Also this week: Health care, Atlanta Falcons pettiness and no Tales zones.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Y@ Speak: crime time

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 5:36 PM

Crime is at the focus of the State of the City, demonstrators are arrested at Sen. Bill Cassidy's office for protecting their health care, and Sen. John Neely Kennedy wants to use stop and frisk. Also: Rep. Clay Higgins goes on the worst field trip, Jrue Holiday is still a Pelican, and clueless Pink Floyd fans need a safe space.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Y@ Speak: 'Essential' health benefits

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Louisiana celebrates the first birthday of Medicaid's expansion by trying to spare it from death, everyone's internet goes down, crawfish is tortured by mustard — then Essence Festival saves the day.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Y@ Speak: storm's a-brewin'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 6:37 PM

In this week's edition: the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on its health bill and we get the cold shoulder from Tropical Storm Cindy.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Y@ Speaks: The Return

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 6:25 PM


After being trapped in the Black Lodge where no tweet can be read or written unless it's backwards and yelling at me, Y@ Speak is back (after a long time! sorry!) to document another week's worth of nightmares committed to online permanence. Also this week: The state Legislature is a fantastic mess, as always, and Margaret Orr had a great time at Pride.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Y@ Speak: taking them down, part 4

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Festival season is in full swing as hundreds of people gathered to listen to brass bands, dance, drink beer and watch cranes lift monuments to Confederate generals from their pedestals. Also this week: graduation time and twerking Mickey Mouse.

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Mississippi politician apologizes for saying New Orleans leaders should be 'lynched' for Confederate monument removal

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Mississippi State Rep. Karl Oliver.
  • Mississippi State Rep. Karl Oliver.
Mississippi State Rep. Karl Oliver has apologized for a Facebook posting over the weekend in which he suggested the "leadership" of New Orleans should be "lynched" over the removal of four controversial Confederate-era monuments.

Oddly, though, he apologized to "my colleagues and fellow Mississippians," rather than New Orleanians.

The post, which later was removed, said:

"The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, "leadership" of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State."

According to the Jackson Free Press, which was one of the first outlets to report on Oliver's post, he issued an email apology this morning:

The original Facebook post, which since has been deleted.
  • The original Facebook post, which since has been deleted.
"I, first and foremost, wish to extend this apology for any embarrassment I have caused to both my colleagues and fellow Mississippians," Oliver said in a written response. "In an effort to express my passion for preserving all historical monuments, I acknowledge the word 'lynched' was wrong. I am very sorry. It is in no way, ever, an appropriate term. I deeply regret that I chose this word, and I do not condone the actions I referenced, nor do I believe them in my heart. I freely admit my choice of words was horribly wrong, and I humbly ask your forgiveness."

The Free Press also reported on Oliver last year, when he replied to a Gulfport resident's email about budget cuts with his own email, which read in part, "The people of our Great State overwhelmingly share my same or similar views on Government responsibility. I appreciate you going to the trouble to share yours with me, but quite frankly, and with all due respect, I could care less."

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Y@ Speak: taking them down, part 3

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 7:10 PM

This week: The lingering sunscreen fog of Jazz Fest dads, a monument to the specter of slavery gets yellow suspenders and a green bubble wrap diaper, and a ton of people roasted it completely. Also, Sen. John Kennedy got some embarrassing national attention.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Y@ Speak: taking them down, part 2

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM


Presenting your week bookended by demonstrations at Confederate monuments, with room for a music festival in between:

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