Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Colorado Congressman: "I’m not going to send federal troops into Louisiana to arrest people for ... smoking crayfish"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Smoke 'em if you got 'em, Louisiana. It's 4:20 somewhere in the state, aieee. - DAVID KROLL
  • Smoke 'em if you got 'em, Louisiana. It's 4:20 somewhere in the state, aieee.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, is a doctor (and famous Onion-story believer) who nevertheless stands foursquare against the use of medical marijuana, recently calling it "a joke":
“The idea of medical marijuana is a joke,” Rep. John Fleming, Louisiana Republican, said in late-night debate prior to Wednesday’s daytime votes. “It’s an end-run around the laws. There are more pot shops in California than there are Starbucks or McDonald’s.”
(Wow. Even a family-values conservative like Gov. Bobby Jindal is OK with medical weed. And you'd think Fleming, who owns several Subway sandwich shops, would understand the profitability of the munchies.)

Fleming's meddlings in state affairs didn't sit well with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, a state where weed was legalized in 2012 and has subsequently fattened state coffers by tens of millions of dollars each year. Polis addressed Fleming on the floor of the House of Representatives:
I just wish that you would leave my sovereign state of Colorado alone. Let our people and our state government decide what we want to do with regard to marijuana rather than a federal agent going around trying to arrest people for doing activities that are fully legal under state law. That’s all I ask,” Polis said.

I’m not going to send federal troops into Louisiana to arrest people for whatever you do down there, smoking crayfish. Want me to ban that and send federal troops down there? I bet maybe smoking crayfish ain’t good for you. What if it’s fried? Might clog your arteries, huh?”

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Monday, March 16, 2015

John Waters on Robert Durst's arrest in New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Robert Durst, son of New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst, was arrested in New Orleans Saturday night. Durst has been a suspect in the deaths of three people and admitted he cut up a body in Texas in 2001. He's also the subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

I spoke to John Waters this morning for a preview of his appearances at the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival next week and asked him about the Durst situation. Waters likes to watch criminal trials and famously attended several Manson Family trials. (He also attended Watergate trials and said he'd like to be at the Boston Bomber trial.)

In his book Role Models, Waters includes a very long essay about Leslie Van Houten, a Manson Family member convicted of stabbing Rosemary LaBianca.

The Durst news was still fairly new to Waters, but here's a transcript of that part of the conversation. 

John Waters: I never got arrested in New Orleans. I bet that’s not a great place to go to jail in. I have a feeling it might be rather ... primitive.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Gov. Bobby Jindal meets the press — and it doesn't go well

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Gov. Bobby Jindal's appearance on Morning Joe  was the capper on a week of disastrous profiles, skeptical reporters and bad economic news. - SCREENCAP FROM MSNBC
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal's appearance on Morning Joe was the capper on a week of disastrous profiles, skeptical reporters and bad economic news.

When you’re running for president, you have to do a lot of things you’d rather not do. Tops on that list if you’re Bobby Jindal is talking to the press, something he’s been loath to do during his seven-plus years as Louisiana’s governor. Because Jindal is officially contemplating a run for president next year (in truth, he can’t wait to run), he met a room of skeptical reporters at a Washington, D.C., breakfast earlier this week to start rolling out his policy bona fides.

By all accounts, it did not go well.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Red Schtick: Forget about 'no-go zones'; Jindal's on to 'no-bro zones'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 5:19 PM

The satirical Baton Rouge website The Red Schtick has been on a bit of a roll lately — a roll over Gov. Bobby Jindal, with stories like "Last Known Jindal Supporter Throws in the Towel" and "10 Other Nonexistent Things Bobby Jindal Decries."

This one, however, literally made me laugh out loud:

There are portions of American cities where insufferable, Axe-Body-Spray-laden douchebags are not welcome, according to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The Republican railed against the existence of these so-called “no-bro zones” Thursday, claiming local government and law enforcement agencies have ceded control to roving bands of relatively tasteful citizens who shun devotees of the douchebag lifestyle.

“Right now in the United States, including here in Louisiana, there are entire neighborhoods where it’s not safe for preening young men who brag about their imported cars but only drink cheap domestic beer,” Jindal said. “That’s because the authorities in those areas have given up control to radical enforcers of decency.”
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New York Times: "The French Quarter has become something of a Jurassic Park for Creole cuisine"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 4:20 PM

Galatoire's, through a slightly blurry lens — which is the way you see Galatoire's after a couple of hours there. - CREATIVE COMMONS/BRADY FREQUENT TRAVELER AND EATER
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/brady frequent traveler and eater
  • Galatoire's, through a slightly blurry lens — which is the way you see Galatoire's after a couple of hours there.

Pete Wells, food critic for The New York Times, has a good story today about the reinvention of Brennan's (with gorgeous photos by Gambit's own Cheryl Gerber). It's a really nice tracing of the history of the restaurant and the Brennan family itself, aimed at an out-of-town audience (imagine how tough that would be to do concisely) but then came this paragraph, which is sure to be discussed around the city:
The French Quarter has become something of a Jurassic Park for Creole cuisine, a contained area in which to see shrimp rémoulade, oysters Rockefeller and other giants of a former age in all their lumbering glory. At Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, Galatoire’s and Tujague’s, evolution stops at the kitchen door.

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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
  • Spike Lee takes in a view of the French Quarter during a 2010 Gambit interview.
H/T @WestleyBayas

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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

Gov. Bobby Jindal
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal

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.”


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
  • Michelle Shocked
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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