MAR 10 Mr. Bill, the former star of Saturday Night Live, has thrown in his two cents on the Big Oil lawsuit. In this YouTube video, Mr. Bill tries to talk to the governor about it, and doesn't come out ahead. (But really, those can't be Bobby's shoes. Aswell says he wears lifts.) The creator of the clay figure, Walter Williams, is a NOLA resident.
MAR 10 So... During his speech at CPAC last week, Bobby Jindal compared Eric Holder (attorney general of the United States and a black man) to George Wallace, the white governor who stood in front of black children who tried to go to school in a segregated south. As the Washington Post reports here, Holder sent him a copy of a book about those children, one of whom was Holder's sister-in-law. Before she died. Way to go, Bobby. (It's called Google. Check it out.)
MAR 10 Former Gov. Edwin Edwards will announce his candidacy for Congress on St. Patrick's Day, this post on the Picayune predicts. The rumors started several weeks ago, and while Bloomberg reported he was going to do it, he denied it later the same day. Now it's really happening, and in true Edwards fashion he's going to do it at the Press Club.
MAR 10 If you haven't started watching True Detective, don't -- unless you really, truly like a mystery. Because it's full of them, and its fans seem to love spinning theories to explain them. This post on the Daily Beast is an example: the show's creator, Louisiana's Nic Pizzolatto, recently said fans can find out something about its origins with a string of words put into Google. This is the result.
MAR 10 Recent personnel decisions at the New Orleans Saints football team have led to much wailing and gnashing of teeth among Who Dats. But this post on Bleacher Report argues that the changes, while painful, are the type necessary if the Saints are going to win another championship.
MAR 10 Here's a post by Meredith King about the ongoing discussion in New Orleans about the carpetbaggers who want to sanitize the city. King, a native New Orleanian, makes an elegant point here about how complex New Orleans is, and how that very complexity is what so often escapes those hipsters who (among other things) live in the Bywater and call it "the ninth."
MAR 10 Here's the New Yorker's telling of the story of Sue Eakin, the historian who found "12 Years a Slave" and dedicated her career to verifying the story, resurrecting the book and ensuring that Solomon Northup will never be forgotten. Sue also was the great-aunt of blogger Lamar White Jr. This post is a sweet remembrance of the lady by her son, Frank.
MAR 10 Blogger Tom Aswell is peeking under the skirt of the state dental board, and what he's seeing ain't pretty. In this post, which he says is the first of several, he touches on the board's power, some of its rules and where its funding comes from. This promises to be an interesting series.
MAR 7 Here's a great read on Mother Jones about Bobby Jindal and how his personal history has shaped the candidate. Again, the concept of personality and charisma (or a lack thereof) is raised, when Tim Murphy writes that Jindal has tried very hard but has "been eclipsed by a succession of shinier objects" like Rubio, Cruz and Christie. His real problem, former Gov. Buddy Roemer is quoted here as saying, is his ambition.
MAR 7 First it was a bunch of federal prosecutors, now an Arkansas judge. A political blogger outed a circuit judge as the same guy making nasty (and possibly racist, sexist and homophobic) comments on an LSU sports message board, the Picayune reports here. The judge, who was running for an appeals court seat up there, has ended his campaign and apologized. Not a good move for someone whose judgment affects people's lives.
MAR 7 Blogger Rod Dreher examines a recent poll that found Catholics sure like the new pope, but it's not having any effect on their behavior. He's a good guy and represents a positive change in their church, but it doesn't mean they're going to Mass more than they used to, Dreher tells us. Why is that? Dreher thinks it is because most American Catholics are just going to do what they want, regardless of who the pope is.
MAR 7 Columnist Mark Moseley writes about "commentgate" in this post on the Lens, mostly to remind us that "we don't know jack squat" about what really happened. Sure, the scandal of federal prosecutors anonymously commenting on the Picayune's website about cases in their office brought down Jim Letten and all of his buds, but we still know virtually nothing about what really happened, and all the perpetrators have not been identified, Moseley argues.