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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DEC 10 The state's tax amnesty program paid off in a big way, with more money collected than expected, Jeremy Alford writes in LaPolitics. There are laws that govern how that money is supposed to be spent -- but surely the leges will find a way around that, Alford predicts. After all, it has happened before: if there's one thing we're good at, it's robbing Peter to pay Paul.
DEC 10 Tom Aswell continues his coverage of the New Bethany Home for Girls in this post. Although the school shut down years ago, the story has been revived -- especially after several former residents returned to Arcadia last week to file sexual assault complaints against the man who ran the school. Only two of the women filed complaints; the others came (from other states) to lend support. It's a compelling story Tom tells here.
DEC 10 Blogger CB Forgotston isn't buying what the legislature's selling (to itself) regarding Louisiana's fiscal outlook. Leges are telling everybody they don't need to worry about mid-year budget cuts. The Legislative Fiscal Office's predictions aren't being questioned like they should -- except by reporters, CB says.
DEC 10 The Picayune's Jarvis DeBerry writes about Nelson Mandela in this post. The former President of South Africa, who died last week, was not the simple, sanitized "cuddly" guy being portrayed in the simple-minded, easily-distracted American pop media, he says. He's hoping that Mandela's legacy will not receive the same "whitewash" that has been perpetrated against MLK.
DEC 10 Sen. David Vitter's continued efforts to force a vote on lawmakers' health care doesn't pass the "moral high ground test," columnist Stephanie Grace writes in this post. There's no "real policy argument" here and the vote he's trying to force (in true Vitter style, by embarrassing his colleagues) will accomplish "almost nothing" except hurting people, she says. So if he runs for guv and wins, we can look forward to more pointless, empty political posturing? Great.
DEC 10 So who is behind David Vitter's SuperPAC? Blogger Bucktown Pirate takes a look in this post on the Kingfish. With "the internets" and "a modicum of free time," Pirate has done some digging and it's pretty interesting stuff. So why should citizens have to do this much digging to find out who is behind organizations that raise tons of money then spent to influence elections? Good question.
DEC 10 Bob Marley's children and widow have sued Raising Cane's for use of the words "One Love," this blog post on Spin says. The words were registered by the chicken chain years ago, but the family says they're owed damages, attorney fees and all profits attributed to the use because it also was the name of a song recorded by Bob Marley with the Wailers.
DEC 10 Here's Gambit's take on Gov. Jindal's refusal (so far) to take the Medicaid expansion money. He's done this before, the editorial post says: posture and pose for the cameras, then show up in a dark alley to take the money anyway. That time, he handed out the money using big goofy checks with his name as the payer, the post reminds us. So he's not "entirely allergic" to federal bucks after all, the post says.
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