On Sept. 18, Party Girl stopped in at Nitetown for The CW Network launch party. KLWB joined The CW Television Network on Sept. 20, the official launch date of the new station. Party Girl was given the VIP treatment indeed, especially with iMonelli catering the event! Among the guests were Barbara Savoie from Awardmaster, Scott Lauck from Sandra's Health Food Store and his wife Gaye Lauck from Acadiana Travel & Cruise. Guests trickled in after work, but the crowd multiplied as the Top Cats hit the stage. They eased into the night with songs from Barry White and Van Morrison, but Party Girl almost dropped her cocktail when the band covered "Salt Shaker" by Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz! No lack of enthusiasm from the CW crew either; I heard the party lasted until the morning!
The Eta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority welcomed 10 new members into their organization at brunch on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Lafayette's a la carte. Eta Chi Omega is Lafayette's only alumnae or graduate member chapter; this organization today thrives as a sisterhood of women who have consciously chosen the affiliation as a means of self-fulfillment through volunteer service. The Chapter is under the leadership of President Stephanie Finley and Membership Chair Tanya Sias. (The Independent recently honored Stephanie Finley as one of the 2006 Women Who Mean Business on Sept. 20.) "We're excited to have 10 new members who will continue the sorority's tradition of service," said Finley.
When Party Girl heard of the outdoor film series "Movies in the Parc," she grabbed her afghan and her lawn chair. Parc International in downtown Lafayette was the perfect setting for the opening feature, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Good choice, however Party Girl is looking forward to the next outdoor film on Oct. 14, the pre-crazy Tom Cruise classic Top Gun! If the temperature is cool enough, Party Girl will dig out her bomber jacket and leave the afghan at home. Event organizer Michele Ezell from Tsunami was among the crowd catching the flick. "Wow! What an impressive event," she said. "At 6:40 p.m. there were approximately 100 people waiting for the gates to open. An estimated 1,200 folks quietly found their spot for viewing our Movie Night series in the Parc!"
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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