Wednesday, 24 August 2011 01:00
by IND Monthly Staff
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 Written by The Independent Staff
A BOY AND HIS HORN Hurricane Katrina’s devastating effects on New Orleans will not be soon forgotten, and there has already been a great number of books written on both the event and the people who endured it, but now there’s a new children’s book that relates this tragic happening through the innocent point of view of a 10-year-old boy. A Storm Called Katrina follows how little Louis and his family fled their flooded home with only Louis’ prized horn in hand and braved the sinking city to reach shelter at the over-crowded Superdome, where more trials make Louis realize he’s not a little kid anymore. A Storm Called Katrina is written by Myron Uhlberg and illustrated by Colin Bootman and can be found at peachtree-online.com for $17.95. — Wynce Nolley
LAKE BLUES New Orleans based singer-songwriter Colin Lake made a splash back in 2008 with his mixture of scratching and traditional blues along with his original songs and the adroit style of his lap-slide guitar playing and soulful vocals when Bullet was released. Now he’s back with a new album, The Ones I Love, showing just how much his musical abilities have grown in the last three years. Recorded at The Graveyard in New Orleans, The Ones I Love features the deep vocals and heavy exposure of the slide guitar Lake is known for. He also enlisted the help of Eric Lindell for back-up vocals and John Fohl with electric guitar. Look for The Ones I Love at louisianamusicfactory.com for $15.99. — WN
YOU SO FULL OF SHRIMP Bonnie Bell’s Bistro located at 740 Jefferson St. is a casual dining bistro that is a perennial favorite in Lafayette. Although some of us mourn the loss of the gumbo it once had (please come back, gumbo, and we’ll make it work between us!), there are enough delights on the menu to keep your eyes perusing and stomach growling with curiosity at what is next. This time it was the shrimp wrap, packed full of the curly-q crustaceans and served with a sprig of rosemary jutting up like a flag waving you in. Check out the daily lunch specials and the occasional wine dinners. Aug. 7 of this month marked nine years since Bonnie’s has been open. Check ’em out and wish them happy birthday. The Shrimp Wrap is $9.95 and worth every bite. — Anna Purdy
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APR 18 So Gov. Jindal's new press secretary already has blocked blogger CB Forgotston from her Twitter account, CB tells us in this post. Sure, CB hasn't exactly been sugar sweet to the lady, but if his blogs are all it takes for her to get in a huff she better find some intestinal fortitude somewhere, because that's just the tip of the iceberg.
APR 18 Pooyie! Robert Kennedy Jr. isn't pulling any punches in this column on Huffington Post about the flood board's lawsuit against Big Oil and Bobby Jindal's involvement in efforts to kill it. Kennedy, who is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, describes Jindal as 'genuflecting to Big Oil's pressure' and 'the industry's chief indentured servant.' Dang!
APR 18 Here's a video of UL Coach Mark Hudspeth showing he can pump some serious iron. It sure impressed the Dr. Saturday blog, which calls his press of 370 pounds a "ridiculous" number for a coach -- and opines that no other college coach could beat ours.
APR 18 Columnist John Maginnis offers some advice to Vance McAllister on this post: Don't quit. Republicans have demanded he resign, but offer no "sensible answer" to the question of why David Vitter shouldn't leave, too, he says. McAllister needs to do his duty and serve out his (abbreviated) term, Maginnis says.
APR 18 Blogger Lamar White Jr. comments upon the plan to make a Bible Louisiana's "official book" in this post. He argues his point by telling us the story of an immigrant couple who moved to Louisiana: Amar and Raj, whose oldest child is now our Governor. This action would have a much larger impact, he opines.
APR 18 There's only one major bill left defending public education, blogger Mike Deshotels writes in this post. He's also got a few choice words for state Superintendent John White, who implies that Louisiana teachers would be thrown into chaos and disarray if they didn't have a test to teach. (Maybe kids would actually get an education then? Nah!)
APR 18 An effort to set up speed cameras on the Interstate has been shut down before it even got started, columnist Stephanie Grace tells us in this post. A bill to block the practice is sailing through the legislature -- where apparently no one wants visitors to our fair state to arrive home to a ticket. (These guys must never drive on I-10 with people from Texas).
APR 18 Blogger Tom Aswell reassures everyone worried about the staffers for Rodney Alexander -- the ones who didn't go to work for McAllister or Candid Camera, anyway -- with this post. Apparently one staffer for the retired Congressman (who also worked for a preacher accused of sexual assault) already has been hired by Alexander in the state department he now runs, Aswell says.
APR 17 At the start of the Tuesday board meeting that ended with his removal from the President's post, Joe Aguillard told the governing board of Louisiana College that SACS, the accreditation agency, requires the board to adopt a confidentiality agreement regarding board actions. Later that day, SACS told the Town Talk that confidentiality agreements would never be required. Calvinist or not, isn't lying wrong?
APR 17 Here we are, looking like backwater dummies again in the national media. This story on Huffington Post tells the nation that our legislators are so scared of the Louisiana Family Forum that they won't vote to repeal a law that was ruled illegal years ago. (Guess these particular Christians don't cotton to that "love one another" thing.)
APR 17 Here's an interesting column from Paul Stanley, political opinion editor of the Christian Post. He breaks down the differences between David Vitter and Vance McAllister, in terms of political realities. What he found surprising was the fact that many GOP leaders are swinging a self-righteous sword at McAllister which had remained sheathed when Vitter's "sin" was revealed. He does have an interesting theory -- that Jindal's people want the Vitter issue to be revived.
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