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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MAR 6 In this week's post, Jim Brown is remembering former Gov. Jimmie Davis, who was sworn in 70 years ago this week. Included in here is the governor's recipe for raccoon, which was his favorite dish, Brown says. He also tells us who "Sunshine" was - Jimmie's palomino. She's buried at the late governor's farm, Brown says.
MAR 6 Columnist James Gill applies his special combination of wit and sarcasm to our friend Don Briggs in this post. Gill read the oil and gas leader's deposition and almost felt sorry for him -- almost. The problem seems to be related to Mr. Brigg's "stupendous ignorance of his purported area of expertise," Gill writes. He also credits Briggs with doing more for the environmental cause in a couple hours than tree-huggers can accomplish in years.
MAR 6 If you're on the Facebook, you've seen this video of two NOLA police officers line dancing with some Mardi Gras revelers. But this one is even better: it's a NOLA police horse line dancing on Bourbon Street. Hey -- this is Louisiana. We all can get down, if the situation calls for it.
MAR 6 Here's some more new info on the continuing controversy at Louisiana College, this time posted on the Tennessean (so maybe this story is pretty interesting outside of Louisiana, too). The story, originally written by Town Talk reporters, tells us about a document with allegedly forged signatures which was sent to SACS, the organization which issues accreditation for southern universities and colleges. The plot thickens?
MAR 6 When one reads a story like this one on KATC about the person or persons unknown who stole a huge duck balloon, three questions come to mind. First, what kind of person steals a huge balloon used to advertise a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club? And second, how can that person drive off with a huge balloon -- and attract no attention at all? And of course, the biggie: what you gonna do with that?
MAR 6 If you're interested in how things might look in 20 or 30 years, here's a good indication. This post by a 19-year-old sophomore in the LSU Reveille is the first in a series about racism. Written by a white girl, it argues that we must discuss racism and acknowledge its existence. We can't pretend it doesn't exist anymore - because it does, she says.
MAR 6 LaPolitics is doing the math on the state's unclassified workforce, and it looks pretty good -- if you're part of it. The top 50 unclassified positions in state government are making a combined $17 million, LaPolitics reports. That's $3 million more than when Jindal took office. (It's also an average salary of $340,000 in case you're interested) What's really interesting is that a lot of these positions are related to college athletics. Huh.
MAR 6 What does Ash Wednesday in NOLA look like? Beaded trees. This Picayune story takes a look at one narrow aspect of the annual clean-up following Mardi Gras: the beads hanging from trees. It takes weeks for crews to remove the trash from the trees, the story tells us.
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