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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AUG 20 Here's a Gambit post that's nothing but an entertaining waste of time. Sarah Baird has taken it upon herself to give us the top five "food raps" by New Orleans rappers. This includes references to ice cream, "little snacks," lima beans and salty pancakes.
AUG 20 This post on the Texas Observer is a good one to read if you haven't bothered to pay much attention to the Rick Perry indictment. The pundits have collectively dismissed it as partisan politics - but the special prosecutor is a Bush man, and the judge is GOP. (They didn't mention THAT, did they?) It's a pretty good round up of what we do know, and more importantly, what we don't.
AUG 20 In this post, blogger Rod Dreher takes a look at the Tea Party's horror at David Vitter's reluctance to say he hates the Common Core with every fiber of his being. He also includes some commentary on the Tea Party's inability to tell news from satire. Hey, maybe that's why Facebook has to add those labels. Mystery solved!
AUG 20 This story in the New York Times updates the rest of the nation on the Common Core issue here in Louisiana, proclaiming that it is "dividing" the state. Unfortunately for Gov. Bobby Jindal, it is only a few sentences in before the author mentions that Jindal "ardently" supported Common Core when Louisiana joined the movement a few years ago, and the implication is that he's agin it now because he wants to be president and thinks that will help.
AUG 20 Turns out $100 isn't worth $100 here in Louisiana, it's worth more, this post on NOLA Defender tells us. It's another one of those factoid maps, and this time it is comparing what $100 will buy in each of the 50 states. Louisiana came out at more than $109.
AUG 20 The bill passed last session to tack $75 onto the fee residents pay when they have to reinstate their insurance isn't constitutional, blogger CB Forgotston says in this post. The state constitution forbids new taxes during sessions held in even-numbered years, he points out, so nobody should collect that fee.
AUG 20 Blogger Tom Aswell is giving us another one of his lists in this post, going through the closets of the legislators who are contributing to Bill Cassidy. Why? Because he feels Hayride, a blog that's "slightly to the right of Attila the Hun," keeps doing the same for those who contribute to Edwin Edwards' campaign, and he wants to spread the joy.
AUG 20 Louisiana is second only to Alaska in the rate of our children killed by guns, this post on The Lens tells us. The story runs down the grim details and statistics regarding the gun-related deaths of children in America.
AUG 19 Here's the statement Ray Mouton sent to the Advertiser (at their request) to balance a story quoting the Bishop about why he won't release the name of 15 priests accused of molesting children. Mouton also gives us some background: The paper "ignored" the statement, Mouton says, adding that the paper was acting as a 'publicist' for the bishop, instead of as a newspaper for this community.
AUG 19 Crazy Crawfish gives us a primer here on how the state Department of Education, the Recovery School District, drop-out numbers and graduation rates. It's a long post, but it has a lot of data in it, and a lot of explanations, plus a couple of photoshoped pictures of Paul Pastorek thrown in for fun.
AUG 19 OK, so this is a story in the Picayune about the state's Tea Party being bent out of shape because David Vitter says he supports Common Core. Blah, blah, blah. You really need to click through and read the last two paragraphs of this story -- because THAT is where the real entertainment is here.
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