The New Orleanian Abroad

Monday, October 2, 2017

Y@ Speak: patriot games

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 12:30 PM

The Saints go to London, KISS comes to Gretna, and Sen. Bill Cassidy beefs.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards' office organizing donation drive to help Puerto Rico: how you can help

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. - COURTESY PUERTO RICO NATIONAL GUARD
  • Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is organizing a donation drive to help the people of Puerto Rico, who are just starting to recover from Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that flooded the island and knocked out primary infrastructure.

The only donations being accepted are diapers, non-perishable baby formula, baby wipes, baby bottles and nipples and feminine hygiene products. In Orleans, donations can be made at 2218 Elysian Fields Ave.; 5403 Read Blvd.; and 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. In Jefferson, donations can be made at 920 David Drive in Metairie and 5001 Westbank Expressway in Marrero. There are dropoff locations in every parish; a complete list of collection sites can be found here.

The Louisiana Army National Guard will gather items and transport them to Puerto Rico. The drive runs through Oct. 11, and may be extended.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

That stinks: Sweet Crude's tour bus burgled in San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 9:21 PM

Sweet Crude.
  • Sweet Crude.

Louisiana band Sweet Crude, currently on a summer tour of the West and East Coast, has had their summer become a bummer. According to posts on the band's Facebook page, their tour van was burgled yesterday while the band was taking in a San Francisco Giants game, and members lost laptops, gear, some instruments, prescription medications and all their luggage.

"We are all safe and have our phones and are so glad to be able to do what we do: play music on the road," wrote Sweet Crude member Sam Craft.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Editorial: Trump and London — no way to treat a friend

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 12:57 PM

London Mayor Sadiq Khan (center) at a vigil for victims of the London Bridge bombing June 3. - GARRY KNIGHT/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan (center) at a vigil for victims of the London Bridge bombing June 3.

On June 3, when seven people in England were killed in a terrorist attack on and around London Bridge, New Orleans saw a mass shooting on Tulane Avenue that killed three people and injured two others. The shooting total for that day around our city: 13 people. Now imagine if the Prime Minister of England had used that example of local bloodshed as a pretext to call out Mayor Mitch Landrieu for America’s rate of gun violence.

That’s pretty much when President Donald Trump did to London Mayor Sadiq Khan after the London Bridge attack. While most of the rest of the world (including Gov. John Bel Edwards, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Landrieu) expressed sympathy and support for England, Trump tweeted, “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”

Actually, Khan had said Britons had “no reason to be alarmed” if they saw extra security presence on the streets in coming days, but Trump — in advance of a planned state visit to England — doubled down, calling Khan’s explanation a “pathetic excuse.”

Is that the way America treats an ally and friend who has experienced a misfortune?

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mayor Landrieu to meet with President-elect Trump today in New York

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Trump Tower in New York. - CREATIVE COMMONS/KRYSTAL T.
  • Trump Tower in New York.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu will meet with President-elect Donald Trump today in New York City, according to a press release from the City of New Orleans.

Landrieu, who is Vice President of the United States Conference of Mayors, wll be making the visit in that capacity. According to the press release, Landrieu "intends to discuss how investments in public safety and infrastructure in cities can make America's cities, and therefore the rest of our country, stronger. He will talk about how New Orleans is a model for how investments in infrastructure, healthcare and education have made his city stronger following Hurricane Katrina."

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Breed Brass Band has all instruments stolen while on tour

Posted By on Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 2:25 PM

New Breed Brass Band performing on WGNO's News With a Twist. - NEW BREED BRASS BAND FACEBOOK
  • New Breed Brass Band performing on WGNO's News With a Twist.
Members of the New Breed Brass Band had their instruments and clothing stolen yesterday in Oregon at the beginning of a monthlong tour of the United States, according to a post on the group's Facebook page:
This morning, July 22nd, while on tour in Albany, OR, our vehicle was broken into in the parking lot of our hotel.
Our possessions were stolen, including our instruments and clothes.
We are currently in La Pine, OR seeking out any help we can get to be able to continue our 30 day tour, of which we have only completed 3 days.
If anyone has any information about the missing instruments please message the New Breed Brass Band or call the Albany Oregon Police Department on 541-917-7680.

Below the cut: The list of stolen instruments, and how you can help these great, hardworking guys. 

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Chicago Tribune columnist: "What I was thinking"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 6:06 PM

Original online title: ""In Chicago, Wishing For A Hurricane Katrina."
  • Original online title: ""In Chicago, Wishing For A Hurricane Katrina."

Kristen McQueary, the Chicago Tribune editorialist who pissed off vast swaths of New Orleans, Chicago, and the Internet yesterday with her wish that a "Hurricane Katrina" would strike Chicago and clean up that city's "rot," has come back 24 hours later with a "what I meant to say" piece.

Here's what McQueary meant to say, according to her:
I used the hurricane as a metaphor for the urgent and dramatic change needed in Chicago: at City Hall, at the Chicago City Council, at Chicago Public Schools. Our school system is about to go bankrupt, and the city’s pension costs and other massive debts have squeezed out money for basic services.

I wrote what I did not out of lack of empathy, or racism, but out of long-standing frustration with Chicago’s poorly managed finances.
The original column, McQueary wrote, came after a Trib editorial board meeting with Mayor MItch Landrieu, who was in Chicago to talk about the city's recovery — and, presumably, the Katrina10 commemoration, which is designed to both memorialize the tragedy and put forward the city's best face at a time when we once again have the world's gaze.

In that sense, it's a PR campaign, which is fine; that's what a traveling mayor is for. But one hopes an editorial board at one of the country's most powerful newspapers would dig deeper than an elected official's political spin, and all McQueary seemed to carry away from the meeting was this:
Residents overthrew a corrupt government. A new mayor slashed the city budget, forced unpaid furloughs, cut positions, detonated labor contracts. New Orleans' City Hall got leaner and more efficient. Dilapidated buildings were torn down. Public housing got rebuilt. Governments were consolidated.

An underperforming public school system saw a complete makeover. A new schools chief, Paul Vallas, designed a school system with the flexibility of an entrepreneur. No restrictive mandates from the city or the state. No demands from teacher unions to abide. Instead, he created the nation's first free-market education system.

Hurricane Katrina gave a great American city a rebirth.
Unmentioned: billions of dollars in federal recovery money and insurance payouts, which had a lot to do with what progress we've made; bootstraps and volunteerism only goes so far. Dumping that kind of money into Chicago, even without a tragedy, would probably perk up things there as well.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Duck Dynasty family musical shot down in Vegas, closes after a month

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Duck Commander Musical is closing after a month of lackluster ticket sales in Las Vegas. - DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL
  • Duck Commander Musical is closing after a month of lackluster ticket sales in Las Vegas.

Who could've predicted that Las Vegas visitors wouldn't flock to Duck Commander Musical — a, well, musical based on the Robertson family of reality-TV performers in Monroe?

The Las Vegas Sun reported tonight that Duck Commander Musical will close May 17 at the Rio Las Vegas after about a month of performances:

The show struggled at the box office at the Rio, typically selling fewer than 100 tickets per performance even at deep discounts.
According to the musical's website, the cheap seats were $53 — and despite a star-studded premiere April 15 that brought out big stars like Guy Fieri, reviews were lackluster. As The Hollywood Reporter put it, "What might have been a campy and hilarious look at some good ole boys who hit it big turns out to be a paean to religion and family. With fart jokes."

New Orleans likes a good fart joke as well as any city.So who's going to stage it locally? Southern Rep? AllWays? Mid-City Theater? Running With Scissors? Anyone?

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Our “no-go” governor

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

In any state budget crisis, citizens and lawmakers would expect the governor to be working hard to figure out ways to raise money or responsibly trim the sails of government, or both. That’s what real governors do. Unfortunately, Louisiana’s budget gap for the 2015-2016 fiscal year dwarfs any that has come before it — $1.4 billion and growing. And while Gov. Bobby Jindal is indeed figuring out ways to scare up large sums of money, he’s not doing it for the state. He’s doing it for himself.

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