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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OCT 24 You gotta love it when they start eating their young, right? In this post in Politico, BP mouthpiece Geoff Morrell denies that his company's oil spill "ruined the Gulf." Instead, he says, it was Bobby Jindal's decision to divert fresh water into the salt water environment that caused massive losses to shrimp and oyster industries. The evidence doesn't back up any claims that the spill caused that harm, he says. Nothing to see here, move along.
OCT 24 The former mayor of Sorrento was arrested on dozens of child pornography charges, a post on The Creole reports here. Wilson Longanecker Jr. was arrested in his Ascension Parish mansion, the blog reports.
OCT 24 As Bobby Jindal's tenure as governor winds down, blogger Tom Aswell tells us to expect to see more and more of his appointees jumping ship. Some might get shown the door (or the federal indictment, as the case may be) and others are just going to want to avoid standing in "the inevitable unemployment line," he says.
OCT 24 Jim Brown is blogging about elections in this post. There's no one more recognizable when it comes to elections than he is, and yet he still had to show his ID, you know. He gives some easy-to-remember advice on the Amendments: vote against them all. This stuff needs to be handled by legislators, not added to the Constitution, he says.
OCT 24 Bobby Jindal's recent "magical" budget touch - you know, the one that turned a $140 million deficit into a $170 million surplus - is just imaginary, columnist James Gill tells us in this post. It's about as real as that story he tells about the "gold standard" of ethics, Gill says.
OCT 24 George Carter III, a teenage member of the group Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, died this week, the Picayune reports here. Educators who knew him called him a "visionary." He certainly had some highly-developed ideas for his age, but despite his ability to provide positive ideas for helping kids in the city, in the end he wasn't able to escape NOLA's problems, either.
OCT 24 John Dickerson posts this slice-of-campaign-life look at Mary Landrieu on the trail in Louisiana. Republicans are playing to a runoff, he opines, meaning our state will become "a zoo" if it turns out this race will decide control of the Senate.
OCT 24 Bike lanes have been quite the topic of convo over in NOLA recently, what with streetspace, already at a premium downtown, being sacrified for them. In this post on the Uptown Messenger blog, Owen Courreges opines that the lanes are not really being constructed for people who ride bikes, but instead because developers seeking to make money downtown feel they are needed. He's also predicting that they will increase already nightmarish levels of traffic to new heights. Nah -- that couldn't happen!
OCT 23 Blogger Tom Aswell posts the photo that started making the rounds of the Facebook this week; it shows our governor and his lovely bride, all bright and smiley and holding big guns. The Jindals look a little posed, down to their carefully and properly placed index fingers. They're both grinning wide, displaying how comfortable they are with weaponry. Whee!
OCT 23 This fascinating post on The Lens opens the discussion of New Orleans as subject. C. W. Cannon talks about the concept of dual consciousness and how New Orleanians, especially, have experienced this condition post-Katrina. Cannon attended a recent conference about the issue at Tulane, where the discussion focused on how the romanticization of the city by outsiders masks real social problems.
OCT 23 Bayou Buzz is taking Gov. Bobby Jindal and the GOP to task here for the Ebola shrieking. The so-called "travel ban" makes no sense, and these politicians should have done their homework before coming up with this stunt, Stephen Sabludowsky writes.
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