Whether you are a particular fan of GIVERS, it’s always great for Acadiana to be on the national radar. Since their first studio album dropped last week, our prodigal children have been on the move, touring the U.S. playing gigs, festivals and doing any press they can in support of In Light. After being signed to Glassnote Records, a label Rolling Stone calls “the best indie label,” GIVERS have been in full swing. Sharing an artist roster wtih the likes of Mumford & Sons and Phoenix is certainly an accomplishment.
Jimmy Fallon is the former Saturday Night Live writer and performer who took over Conan O'Brien's talk show time slot a few years ago. He hosts like a cross between a nervous Angela Lansbury and a very earnest high school teacher in a some "feel good" movie.
Perusing reviews of GIVERS’ shows by writers from all over the U.S. feels a bit like showing your home at an open house — strangers peering in to what feels like your private world is endearing and odd. The assumptions made about the “Louisiana sound” are often bizarre and a little bit funny, much like how Jimmy Fallon will probably painfully ask one of the band members tonight if we all keep alligators as pets or how they feel in the big, scary city.
If you want to catch the band on national television, check them out on NBC at 11:35 p.m. or go to the Jimmy Fallon show page here.
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DEC 19 So Bobby Jindal, who is generally unavailable to the Louisiana media on stuff like, oh, the budget, education, health care, is all up in the Phil Robertson thing. Apparently, he can comment if he thinks it will get him some national press. Here's his statement, on WAFB. If you missed it, Phil Robertson has been temporarily suspended from the Duck Dynasty program after he compared homosexuality to bestiality in a GQ interview. (He also talked about hoeing cotton with happy, singing black folks "pre-entitlement" but hey, one thing at a time.)
DEC 19 The same day a BP engineer was convicted of obstruction of justice in the first criminal trial related to the spill, here's a report from NOLA Defender about oil from the spill being found in a tar mat. So far, crews have removed 750 tons of the gunk from Fourchon Beach, the post tells us. Seems that whether it is in court or in the Gulf, this story is far from over.
DEC 19 Tyler Bridges writes in the Lens about higher education and a behind the scenes fight that is going on. It's no surprise that Louisiana's higher ed institutions should be fighting over dollars -- because they've all sustained such devastating cuts over the years of Bobby Jindal's administration. But now it turns out UL, LSU and SU are teamed up to fight a Regents' funding plan, he writes. It's very interesting -- but also embarrassing -- that universities have to do this in Louisiana.
DEC 19 Here's a post on the Education Week blog about the auditor's critical report on our voucher program. The lede is buried, as it was in most of the Louisiana media's stories: In 97 percent of the schools reviewed, the auditor could not tell how voucher funds were spent. In other words, there is no way to find out how these private entities spent our tax money. This is OK?
DEC 19 Shortly after a state audit found myriad problems in spending and oversight of the state's voucher program comes this story in the Picayune about an expansion of it. The Walton Foundation (founded by the owners of Wal-Mart to fund the progression of their idea of what America should be) made a grant to the Alliance for School Choice, and some of those millions will be coming to Louisiana, the story says.
DEC 19 Columnist James Gill writes about the (allegedly) unintended byproduct of a law passed last year, ostensibly to protect the gun-toting rights of upstanding citizens. What is also happening is, it is allowing felons to get guns as well, Gill writes. See, that's the problem with laws: They apply to everybody, not just people you like.
DEC 19 Columnist John Maginnis writes about John Kennedy, our state treasurer, and how he loves the headlines. Kennedy's treasurer gig has allowed him to set himself up as the watch dog of our state dollar, Maginnis writes, but it is clear Kennedy wants a bigger job: Governor.
DEC 19 Jim Brown blogs about the recent tax amnesty program in this week's post. If you're a Louisiana taxpayer, you'd be nuts to pay those taxes on time, he says. If you don't do that, eventually you'll be able to pay them at a deeply discounted rate, and without penalties or fees, he says. But, he points out, we're not really talking about peons like us. Roughly 80 percent of the back taxes were collected from businesses. Interesting.
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