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Bouquets & Brickbats 

They get what they deserve

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Philip Sylve, Alfred Jordon Jr. and Joshua Naquin,

members of Tipitina's Music Internship Program, were awarded full Berklee City Music Summer Scholarships. The Boston university holds an annual summer program for talented young musicians from around the world. The young men — all teenage jazz players — will spend five weeks getting private lessons and performing.

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Feed the Multitudes,

the annual free food festival by members of Victory Fellowship in Metairie, will be holding a food outreach to people in Terrebonne Parish as part of this year's event. The group intends to buy and distribute 5,000 bags of groceries next month through the organization Convoy of Hope. Feed the Multitudes, founded in 1990, hosts its annual community feast July 4 on the campus of its church on Airline Drive.

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Congressman Joe Barton,

a Texas Republican, shocked many people on June 17 when he apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward during a hearing on the Gulf oil disaster. Barton, the ranking GOP member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called the Gulf Coast reparations plan a "tragedy," a "$20 billion shakedown" and referred to Hayward's appearance at the hearing as a "witch hunt." The White House characterized Barton's comments as "shameful."

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Bill Maher

told oilfield workers, "Sorry, roughnecks, but eventually you're going to have to find something else to do," and compared their jobs to child pornographers on his HBO show Real Time With Bill Maher on June 11. The sentiment was picked up and widely applauded on some influential "progressive" websites like Daily Kos. Blaming the victims instead of the victimizers is contemptible logic — and, for New Orleanians who went through Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods — all too familiar.

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