Damnit the Judo Boys are back! Kicking, chopping, blocking and doing all that other grappling stuff. The translation for Judo means “gentle way,” meaning they kick your ass, but do it all chilled out. Judo was invented in Japan in the nineteenth century by tripped out monks who sipped mushrooms juice and liked to levitate. I just made that up. It’s not true except for the 19th century part and Japan. The majesty of Judo involves skillfully throwing one’s opponent to the ground and then subduing him or her with either badass grappling maneuvers, joint locks, or choke holds. You got to be tough, holmes. They’ll grapple your ass in the grass. Shinkai Judo is a local community orientated Judo Club. On March 27, they present the 2010 Louisiana State Judo Tournament at the Comeaux Rec Center, located at 411 West Bluebird Street. The venue double booked the event, so scratch the GeorgeDupuisCenter. The tournament features various weight divisions and skill levels for both children and adult Judo players. Entrance is free for spectators and $35 for participants. Awards are given for first, second and third place and all participating children will receive medals. All participants must have current membership in a Judo association, such as USA Judo. Question. How many times was the word “Judo” mentioned in this plug? If you guess correctly, you win a free judo judo judo judo lesson from former Independent Weekly writer, Nick Pittman. For more info, visit shinkaijudo.com.
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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