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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SEP 23 You know CB Forgotston couldn't let that Advocate editorial about the Edmonson Amendment pass without comment. And so here's his comment - and he's not holding anything back. Putting perfume on manure doesn't change the fact that it is manure, he says.
SEP 23 That (unnecessarily rough) hit on Drew Brees in Sunday's game just may have awoken a "sleeping giant," this post on ESPN's NFL Nation Saints blog suggests. One thing nobody can do is give Brees an open door, Mike Triplett writes.
SEP 23 Bobby Jindal may think he's fooling the voters with his attempts to spin a Legislative Auditor's report on Common Core, but blogger Stephen Sabludowsky isn't buying it. In this post, he breaks down a press release from the guv and all the "misleading" statements in it.
SEP 23 Voters may have approved an amendment to our Constitution to de-politicize appointments to our levee boards - but it ain't happening in the staffing of the levee board that filed the coastal erosion suit against Big Oil, columnist Clancy DuBos writes in this post.
SEP 23 Here's the first in what will be a regular column on the NOLA Defender blog that promises to bring us a look at the city's "drinking culture." But writer Joseph Toman says he's not going to be doing bar reviews; instead he's offering "vignettes of characters, venues, and vices." Hey, how can that be bad?
SEP 23 Here's an interesting post on the Washington Examiner with some comments from Bobby Jindal about his refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. He's "held firm" against the big hospital lobby, this post says, because those are the greedy guys trying to get poor people health care. (Imagine, trying to make sure no Americans die because they're too poor for health care. Those jerks!)
SEP 23 There are more women than men registered to vote in Louisiana, Jeremy Alford writes in this post on LaPolitics, meaning they should play a bigger role in this fall's elections. He's pretty sure that's why Bill Cassidy keeps cancelling debate dates with Mary Landrieu - to "limit his exposure."
SEP 23 Here's an interesting editorial in the Advocate about Bobby Jindal's (unbelievably hypocritical) accusation that the White House is a bunch of "science deniers." In his attempt to give the national media an attractive sound byte, he's actually reminding the nation that he signed the law allowing teachers to instruct students on religion in Louisiana science class, the editorial states.
SEP 22 This bit of video from Saturday's LSU game is appalling, whether you're a fan of LSU or not. In it, you can see a Mississippi State player literally stomping on two LSU players during the game, which his team won. Twice the player, Dillon Day, can be seen jumping on the abdomen of LSU players during the game, the Picayune reports here. Day is a senior from West Monroe.
SEP 22 Whether you like him or not, you have to admit that Edwin Edwards has an irresistible story - on so many levels. Here's a post from CNN, which also has been unable to resist. His comments are classic EWE.
SEP 22 Seems like there is nothing the interwebs likes more than listing stuff, and ranking states for good and bad things is a common practice. Columnist Jim Beam takes a look at some of the recent good and bad rankings that Louisiana has racked up.
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