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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OCT 20 The Globe and Mail, a Canadian paper, has posted its story on Louisiana's coastal loss here. In it, author Omar El Akkad clarifies it neatly: it's "a battle between prosperity and the planet's well-being." Are jobs and money worth the trade we're making? As Jonathan Foret says in the story, Mother Nature may come and answer that question for us.
OCT 20 Remember those great posts from blogger Jason Brad Berry that featured emails and letters related to the BP claims process? Well, apparently Patrick Juneau (who was featured, but not in a positive way, in those documents) ordered a background check on Berry because of it, this story in Louisiana Record says. Huh?
OCT 20 The Washington Post and ABC ran a poll on several issues here, but of course the presidential fields are most interesting. Hillary Clinton has commanding numbers on the D side, and Mitt Romney is leading the R side, with 21 percent. He's followed by Jeb Bush, with 11 percent, and 12 other guys polling in single digits. Bobby Jindal brings up the rear with 2 percent, with only John Kasich and Scott Walker polling worse.
OCT 20 Blogger Tom Aswell quotes two former Commissioners of Administration in this post, both of whom are not impressed with the magical surplus that current COA Kristy Nichols and her boss, Bobby Jindal, have found. There's some pretty interesting detail here about the origin of these magic beans.
OCT 20 Blogger Robert Mann paints a pretty amusing (or alarming, depending on your point of view) picture of how DOA Kristy Nichols and Gov. Bobby Jindal came up with the "balanced" budget they revealed last week. An unbalanced budget would blow a hole in Jindal's "already dim presidential hopes," Mann says.
OCT 18 Columnist James Gill tells a sorted tale of a Port Allen judge facing sanctions -- shortly after he was re-elected without opposition. District Judge J. Robin Free accepted a free ride on the private jet of an attorney who had just one a big case in his court, and also failed to recuse himself from a class-action case in which his mom was a potential plaintiff, Gill says.
OCT 20 The blogger known as Crazy Crawfish is writing about Superintendent John White in this post, taking issue with White's claim that it is only pockets of isolated "troublemakers" who are opposed to Common Core in Louisiana. Gosh, Johnny, that's the best you can come up with? That's not even original.
OCT 17 Here's a weird one on WVUE from investigative reporter Lee Zurik. In it, he's quoting a guy who was in a car accident and filed suit against the other guy who (he says) caused it and is responsible for a lot of medical bills. What's weird is what he was told by his lawyer (whom he recorded -- Huh?)
OCT 17 Here's another document from the BP claims library that was delivered anonymously to blogger Jason Brad Berry. It is written on what appears to be BP stationery and is directed to Patrick Juneau. In it, the BP guy complains about a $14 million bill for an audit BP has never seen, as well as a conflict between Juneau's "public boasts of transparency" and the manner in which he has really operated.
OCT 17 Bobby Jindal's poll numbers still stink in Iowa, this post on the Bloomberg Politics blog says. A recent poll found him tied with Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 1 percent, trailing Cruz, Perry, Christie, Rubio, Bush, Walker and a partridge in a pear tree.
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