Tuesday, 04 November 2008 16:00
by IND Monthly Staff
OUR FEARLESS LEADERS
In the course of Louisiana’s history, two of its governors have been impeached and two of them have been jailed in federal prison. Authors Walter Greaves Cowan and Jack B. McGuire chronicle the Bayou State’s leaders in Louisiana Governors: Rulers, Rascals, and Reformers beginning with the state’s French and Spanish colonial era to the present. For 40 years, Cowan was a reporter, editor and vice president with The Times-Picayune, and McGuire is the vice president of Union Saving and Loan Association and the author of Uncle Earl Deserved Better. For more information on Louisiana Governors, visit www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1094. — R. Reese Fuller
GLADIATOR STEPS UP
Chinese Laundry’s come up with a perfect ultra high-heeled fall gladiator that you can wear locally well into winter here before your toes get too cold (at which time you could pair it with nude fishnets if you dare). You might want to keep your outfit basic, however, as this braided and woven brown leather sandal, featuring a 4-inch wooden heel and 1-inch platform, is likely to dominate any ensemble. Try it with one of fall’s popular sweater dresses with simple lines, skinny jeans or tulip skirts. It also comes up high on the ankle, complementing fall’s more bohemian styles. Its padded footbed makes it remarkably comfortable, and the leather straps mold to your foot for a nice fit — while a back full zipper and antique eyelets add to its exotic style. Available at Hemline in River Ranch for $119; call 406-1119. — Leslie Turk
Andre Williams is a veteran of Chicago’s vaunted blues scene who’s crossed paths with everyone from Jack White of the White Stripes to Ike Turner to Redd Foxx. Recently, Williams teamed up with some of the Crescent City’s cult icons, enlisting vagabond rockers The New Orleans Hellhounds along with organist and drum machine wizard Quintron. The resulting album, Can You Deal With It? is predictably wild, soulful, sometimes explicit, but always entertaining. Can You Deal With It? can be downloaded on iTunes or ordered for $12 online at www.bloodshotrecords.com. — Nathan Stubbs
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AUG 22 Blogger Robert Mann is writing about the so-called Edmonson Amendment in this post, and he's not a fan. If Bobby Jindal really does support a "gold standard" of ethics he would have done something - or even said something - and yet he has not, Mann says.
AUG 22 Crazy Crawfish is blogging about the (interesting) incident of the state Education Department's website being out of commission earlier this week. It was reported (with heavy implications) in two local media outlets, and Crawfish feels the stories would have been better had the reporters done a little investigation instead of just printing what they were told.
AUG 22 Blogger Tom Aswell has some advice for state troopers who plan on making any public comments or challenges to the Jindal administration: don't do it. He's telling the story of one trooper who dared to challenge Commander Mike Edmonson's buddy and paid the price for it.
AUG 22 Columnist Clancy DuBos is writing about the upcoming elections in this post on Gambit. The field for local and federal offices has its share of old guys, he tells us, although mostly he's talking about Edwin Edwards.
AUG 22 Columnist Jim Beam is talking about the Office of Group Benefits in this post; that's the office that handles the money collected from state employees to pay their benefits. The OGB reserve fund has been reduced by half in the last year, and the Jindal administration keeps saying that's a good thing - but that's like telling a kid that castor oil is good, Beam says.
AUG 22 Columnist James Gill is writing about dueling efforts over the killing of animals; on one side is a lady trying to avoid the euthanizing of stray cats and on the other is a camp of folk who feel that there are enough black bears in Louisiana for us to start killing them for fun.
AUG 22 One could assume that nobody (teachers included) likes it when politicians tell them how to do their job. So what do teachers think about Common Core? Blogger Michael Deshotels is examining some responses from teachers who were asked. (Spoiler alert: none of these comments will be used in a Common Core marketing campaign.)
AUG 22 This post on The Hill is commenting upon the latest round of "that candidate is the worst person in the world" ads that are running in Louisiana's Senate race. This round takes aim at Bill Cassidy, the physician/Congressman who is challenging Mary Landrieu, and lists all the votes he has cast that hurt veterans.
AUG 21 Tom Aswell is telling us about another "efficiency" contract the state has signed. This one is paying a consultant (i.e. someone with a briefcase from out of town) $140 an hour, plus tens of thousands in air fare. The agency on the receiving end of this tender care? The DMV. Well -- that's working great, then.
AUG 21 Columnist Stephanie Riegel is writing about the scandal that has rocked the LSU Alumni Association (to wit, the executive director's "girlfriend" also was his employee; when they "broke up" he started paying her, with alumni money, to keep her mouth shut). In particular, she's looking for some lessons to learn from the mishigas.
AUG 21 This post on The Lens brings us up to date on the ongoing process of populating the levee board that will decide if the so-called Big Oil lawsuit will move forward. Gov. Jindal has done his best to put the kibosh on the suit by removing pro-suit members, but the process of replacing them is not simple, Bob Marshall tells us.
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