Party Girl's had her banquet hat on, mes amies. The Greater Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet March 18 at the Martin Luther King Center. What an affair! Eric Singleton was inducted into his third term as president and gave a wonderful brief speech. Diane Mouton Allen served as mistress of ceremony, and City-Parish President Joey Durel gave the welcome. A highlight of the night was the Trail Blazer Awards, presented by Virginia Jones and Melinda Sylvester to Don Cravins, Ron Babineaux, Je'Nelle Chargois, Dr. E.W. Kinchen Jr. (who was the first African-American to serve on the Lafayette Chamber board), and the charming Clement Amos Sr. The always well-dressed Wilfred Pierre's gold-toned tweed suit and gold silk tie was just dashing, and Paul and Mercedes Colomb and Chris and Bonita Williams and their son Bradley were also in attendance. I can't wait for next year's banquet.
The Acadiana Power Squadron also held a banquet recently, with a Change of Watch Ceremony and dinner at the City Club at River Ranch. The organization is dedicated to safe boating and boating education, a big job this time of year as everybody's ready to get out on the water. Incoming and outgoing commanders were presented with officers' flags, and Dee Nolan outdid herself with the nautical-themed decorations and special activities for the event. Some special out-of-town guests made appearances, including New Orleans' young soloist Angelis Gray who sang beautiful renditions of "Anchors Away" and "Amazing Grace." Keep up the good work guys!
Party Girl had a ball at the 46th annual George Washington DAR Ball for the Galvez and Attakapas chapters at the Petroleum Club. Eight debutantes and patriots were honored, dressed to the nines in white dresses and sharp suits. "They were very beautiful," says Publicity Chair Kay Judice. "They all had a wonderful time." Mrs. Wallace Aaron LaFleur served as general chairman of the ball, Compatriot Stanton Hardee Jr. as captain and Compatriot Henry P. Hebert Jr. as master of ceremonies. Mrs. Frederick M. de la Houssaye, an honorary past regent, was an elegant marshall. After the stunning debutantes and young patriots were presented, the program ended with the traditional cutting of the George Washington birthday cake with commemorative swords. What a sight!
Party On! ' PG
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AUG 26 Here's blogger Ian McGibboney's take on the great NFL-Slap Ya Mama controversy of 2014. Ian's explanation of the expression is a lot better (and more accurate) than the PR nonsense that has come out, and he also raises a pretty good question: can Boudreaux's Butt Paste be far behind? (Wups! No pun intended...)
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AUG 26 This post on the NOLA Defender blog takes a look at the recent decision by the NFL to cancel the advertising it previously accepted from the "Slap Ya Mama" seasoning. In light of recent events in which the NFL's ability to take domestic violence seriously was questioned, the league felt it wasn't a good idea, the post reports. The best part of this (kinda ridiculous) story, however, is the explanation the PR people give for the expression.
AUG 26 If the indictment against Rick Perry is valid, and the Texas Governor goes to jail, then Bobby Jindal should get life, blogger Bob Mann writes in this post. Nothing Perry has done (that Bob knows about, anyway) comes close to Bobby's transgressions, Bob opines.
AUG 26 Here's another post from Tom Aswell about alleged shenanigans involving some State Police admins and their retirement. This time he's telling us about a retire/rehire situation in which the employee kept more than $40K in "incentive payout."
AUG 26 Blogger CB Forgotston steps away from his usual favorite topic of state government for this post about the Tangipahoa Parish desegregation case. The only strategy the school system lawyers seem to have is to continue to generate invoices, he says.
AUG 26 Blogger Rod Dreher shares a post here from a former neighbor of Ferguson, Missouri who now lives in Ireland. It is an interesting view of an American now living abroad, both his personal reaction and the reaction of his new neighbors, of what's going on in Ferguson.
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AUG 25 Here's The Hill's coverage of Bobby Jindal's opinion piece about how the US should respond to the killing of an American journalist. Bobby's piece, which ran on that bastion of quality journalism we know as Fox News, sounds a lot like W's comments prior to the Iraq war, the post notes. When did Bobby learn about foreign policy? Hey: is that why he spends so much time in Iowa?
AUG 25 Author and attorney Ray Mouton is writing a lot about what's going on with the Diocese these days. Here's his latest Facebook post, in which he criticizes the Advertiser (again) for printing a pro-pedophile post from the head of the Catholic League. The paper tried to "balance" the post with its own editorial, but that's simply not enough, Mouton opines.
AUG 25 Thank goodness for the National Hurricane Center, here to tell us not to buy into the hurricane hype. Last week, a hurricane path prediction started making the rounds of the internet; it looked bad but was based on nothing, and has since been taken down, this post on the Picayune tells us. The NHC warns us to be prepared, but to avoid predictions that aren't based on science.
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