Wednesday, 01 June 2011 01:00
by IND Monthly Staff
BETTA BOOK IT NOW The first 1,000 passengers who book a Visions Airlines flight to Destin/Fort Walton Beach will win a $200 Visa gift card. To qualify, you have to book a vacation package for two adults, including airfare, hotel/resort accommodations, and car rental with a minimum three-night stay. The first 1,000 customers will receive their gift card upon arrival at Northwest Florida Regional Airport located in Fort Walton Beach. These special vacation packages can be booked at www.visionairlines.com or by calling 1-877-FLY-A-JET. Vision Airlines is so confident about its low-priced packages that it urges customers to compare its rates with other online travel companies. (Though it won’t qualify you for the gift card, you can book a flight to Destin/Fort Walton for $39 each way through June 20.) — Leslie Turk
AN ‘UNCONVENTIONAL’ MOM AND POP SHOP We don’t need no concrete jungle to spur fashion creativity in Acadiana. Forget New York. ’Round here, we give out free dance lessons and fleurs de lis while we sip Budweiser in a “Black & Gold state of mind.” The Gold Machete, a boutique style T-shirt store owned by Ashley Degeyter and Alex Nunez, offers a wide variety of original T-shirt designs with local flavor. The couple’s shop at 317 E. University Ave. is overflowing with one-of-a-kind Saints gear, bright vermilion tees that boast former USL logos, a shirt that pays homage to the hot dog vendor on Jefferson Street — and much more. The duo can customize prints for groups or special occasions that call for 24 shirts or more, and a few local artists have also joined the venture and allow Gold Machete to sell shirts donning original artist prints. Stop by the shop from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, or find The Gold Machete’s Facebook page and become a fan. — Heather Miller
FOR THE RECORD We first heard about the website Kickstarter.com last week when The Ind received an interesting offer from Lafayette musician Bernard Pearce: donate funds to help him finish recording a record and be “one of the good guys.” Kickstarter is a clearinghouse for musicians, filmmakers, performance artists and other creative types to solicit money for cool projects. In Pearce’s case that’s the completion of Without Warning, a record he’s been off-and-on recording for two years in Athens, Ga., with several guest musicians including members of the former Lafayette alt-rock band Urbosleeks, who high-tailed it to Athens over a decade ago in search of hipster fame. Gigging regionally under the guise of One Man Machine, Pearce is also manager of the Tipitina’s Music Co-op in the Hub City, and he’s cleverly incentivized his endeavor: a contribution of $20-$49 gets one a free copy of the CD when it’s completed; $50+ contributions earn a vinyl copy. (Vinyl, baby! It’s still making a come-back!) A $500 donation will send the one man machine to your home to cook a meal for you, the CD and vinyl in tow. Bernard Pearce seriously wants to finish this damn record. To help, log on to Kickstarter.com and search “Bernard Pearce.” — Walter Pierce
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AUG 29 Everyone who cares about Louisiana should take time to peruse this story about coastal loss from Bob Marshall of The Lens. It's not enough to call it a story; it's an interactive experience packed with data and amazing graphics, timelines, history, photos and excellent writing. Set aside some time, because you can't go through this one in a few minutes.
JUN 29 This bizarre story from the Advocate on the shooting of a Baton Rouge television personality reads like the script of a soap opera - but not a good one. The allegations against him include sexual abuse of children, including the alleged shooter, and a sham immigration marriage involving his own daughter. The other side? He was a chaplin for the Sheriff's Office in Baton Rouge and preached in a local church.
AUG 29 Here's a story from CBS News about a killer amoeba found in the water system of St. John the Baptist Parish. The story made all three networks (CBS, ABC, NBC) as well as Fox "News," although they have not yet found out how it is Obama's fault. Seriously, the good news is that so far officials know of no one sickened by the water.
AUG 29 Huffington Post has a blog called Love Letters, which is grandly described as "an anthology of reflections on places the world over." This entry is from LSU Football Coach Les Miles, who, it appears, loves Baton Rouge. (Of course he does; he's a rich straight white man.) And certainly Baton Rouge loves him - unless he loses (ask Curley "Golden Flake" Hallman about that) or leaves (ask Nick Saban).
AUG 29 Blogger Bob Mann comments here upon Governor Bobby Jindal's federal lawsuit about Common Core. Mann calls it a "thinly veiled campaign document" and that might be the nicest thing he says in this post. Most troubling for Jindal and his aspirations, Mann has unearthed what Bobby said just a few years ago when he first decided to shove Common Core down our throats.
AUG 29 Blogger Tom Aswell has several developments here related to the so-called Edmonson amendment. The most entertaining one is possibly Tom's acknowledgement that a State Police official is (allegedly) calling the bloggers covering the story some colorful names. Listen up, cowboy: You really think two veterans like Tom Aswell and CB Forgotston care if you call them idiots?
AUG 29 Gotta love those journalists who write something with the enthusiasm that implies they're the first one to figure something out. Mostly, they're not. This is one of those times; the post on Slate Magazine says that Bobby Jindal's Common Core lawsuit is a political stunt. Well - Duh.
AUG 29 This story by WVLA tells us about a guy who got busted for speeding in Baton Rouge. Who cares? This guy took that infraction to new heights by going 129 miles per hour on Nicholson Drive. Poor fella - he probably has spent so much time sitting in Baton Rouge traffic he just had to cut lose.
AUG 28 As the controversy surrounding the Office of Group Benefits intensifies, blogger Tom Aswell gives us some background on the current problems. The OGB, which handles health insurance for current and retired state employees, is deep in the red since it was privatized by Jindal, and Aswell gives us the skinny: this great plan was designed by ALEC. The company handling it? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana - a longtime member of ALEC.
AUG 28 Blogger CB Forgotston has a concept for a new reality show: the wives of the "Dork Dynasty." That's the name that some troopers have given to State Police Commander Mike Edmonson and his inner circle. The ladies CB has picked for his cast are not just housewives, however, and the connections here are pretty interesting.
AUG 28 Blogger Ian McGibboney is writing about the strife in Ferguson in this post, and articulating what many people down south are saying. There's a fairy tale about how there's tons of racism in the South, but it's all hunky dory up North. (Really? Look again.)
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