Wednesday, 21 July 2010 01:00
by IND Monthly Staff
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Written by The Independent Staff
1. DOWN WITH SCARVES The idea of wearing a scarf during a Louisiana summer may seem somewhere between impractical and downright stupid. But Artesia’s summer scarves are lightweight enough even for days when it’s 110 in the shade. Wait until it cools down to dress up white jeans and a T-shirt with one of the brightly colored cravats for summer nights. They’re also multifunctional: Use one of the longer scarves as a belt for a dress, skirt, or even a pair of shorts for a carefree look, or tie it onto your purse to give simple bags a summery feel. They’re available in a variety of solid colors and patterns, including trendy florals and bold zig-zags. Pick up a red one in anticipation of game day tailgates in the fall. Scarves run from $12-$14 and can be purchased at Artesia on Johnston St. across from Albertson’s. — Annie Bares
2. HE ALMOST KILLED THE QUARTER A few years before New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison dived into the rabbit hole of the Kennedy assassination, he made a name for himself through a series of sometimes nightly vice raids on Bourbon Street bars and strip joints in 1962. When he accused district court judges in Orleans Parish of conspiring with organized crime to thwart his efforts, Garrison was convicted of defamation. He appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme court and won, paving the way, ultimately, for American politics’ current style of (un)civil discourse — a cornerstone of our raucous political life, for which Garrison’s fight blazed a free-speech trail. In Jim Garrison’s Bourbon Street Brawl: The Making of a First Amendment Milestone ($16, UL Lafayette Press), St. Landry Parish native James Savage follows the saga that set a legal precedent with a deft touch using contemporary news accounts and archival material from the case’s legal paper trail. The author is a former student editor of La Louisiane — UL’s monthly magazine — as well as a former staff writer for The Daily Advertiser and Daily World. Savage is currently pursuing his doctorate in history at the University of Kentucky. Jim Garrison’s Bourbon Street Brawl is an engrossing account by a future historian. — Walter Pierce
3. THE FRENCH CONNECTION A dozen years ago, Marcello’s Wine Market was doing a wine tasting during Festival International. Bernard Bats, a frenchman from Gascony, the great armagnac region of southwest France, approached Carlos Todaro about buying some of his brandy. While Bats’ armagnac never made it through customs, his wines, made from a mixture of colombard and gros manseng grapes, delighted wine merchants at Marcello’s. Domaine de Baqué tastes of summer in a bottle. The crisp, grapefruit notes give way to a mellow apricot finish, a perfect white wine for sipping on the terrace when the day’s heatwave dissipates to a breezy, if warm, evening. Bats is in town for his annual visit this week and happy to meet the Francophone community here in Lafayette. Bat’s small vintage wines are exclusively at Marcello’s, at a very reasonable $9.99. Call 264-9520 for more info. — Mary Tutwiler
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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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