Thursday, 01 November 2012 13:05
by IND Monthly Staff
PooYie! November 2012
There are ambitious artists and there is Amy Woodruff. A native of the Mermentau area, Woodruff has made a remarkable celebration of her heritage and a vanishing Cajun burial custom with a 20-hour multi-media art installation spanning All Saints/All Souls days at Istre Cemetery in her native Acadia Parish. The installation at the gravesite of her father, grandparents and great-grandparents included the singing of hymns, storytelling, the lighting of candles and tidying up the graves — the latter practice consistent with Roman Catholic rituals for All Saints Day. Istre Cemetery is the last remaining burial site featuring so-called “grave houses” — wooden mausoleums that mimic traditional Cajun architecture. Only four remain at the cemetery, and Woodruff’s marathon and very intimate installation served in part as a fundraiser to support preservation efforts at the National Historic Register site.
We’re not joking when we say politics in Louisiana can really be a joke. A pair of elected members of the St. Landry Parish School Board are facing lengthy prison sentences and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for allegedly offering their votes in favor of a candidate for superintendent in exchange for $5,000. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley announced the indictments against Quincy Richard and John Miller late last month after a federal grand jury issued them. According to the feds, Richard and Miller fell for the oldest trick in the G-man book: they took the bait from superintendent “candidate” who was working with the FBI. The pols are innocent until proven guilty, of course. But Uncle Sam is pretty meticulous about building these cases and documenting the dirty deeds. Each faces two counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.
Yeah, so Honey Badger just takes what he wants. The problem is, what he wants is ganja, and now his gridiron dreams have likely gone up in smoke. Tyrann Mathieu, AKA “Honey Badger,” that fearless cornerback/return specialist whose 2011 season for LSU was a running highlight reel, was arrested along with former quarterback Jordan Jefferson and two other former Tiger players on marijuana charges in late October. Jefferson was probably headed to a promising career as a soft drink delivery truck driver, so this won’t derail his future too much. But Matthieu, who was kicked off the 2012 roster by head coach Les Miles after yet another positive drug test, had undergone rehab and enrolled in classes at LSU with the hope of reviving a once-promising football career. Now it’s unlikely that few schools beyond junior colleges will give the 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist a chance at playing again. No, the only shot Honey Badger will get now is a jello shot at the local off-campus bar.
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OCT 30 If you're a Louisiana native of (ahem) a certain age, you might have fond (or fuzzy, as the case may be) memories of a Zebra concert and singing "Who's Behind the Door" until your ears rang. This post on NOLA Defender profiles the leader of that band, Randy Jackson.
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 If you're not obsessed with the Texas governor's race - what's wrong with you? Here's another installment, from our own IND contributor Lamar White Jr., who explains why Wendy's "infamous" wheelchair ad was a shock to the national media - but not to anyone familiar with Greg Abbott's record.
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 Blogger Crazy Crawfish is taking aim at state Superintendent John White again, this time for comments White made recently, claiming that there is no real opposition to Common Core in Louisiana. Crawfish is documenting proof to the contrary here, and lays down the gauntlet to "mainstream news media." (Don't hold your breath on that one, buddy.)
OCT 30 Gambit covers Advocate publisher John Georges' recent visit to Loyola in this post. Georges touches on how things are going in this new gig, what he thinks about the Pic's decision to move printing to Alabama, and how he feels about his political campaigns.
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.
OCT 30 BESE member Lottie Beebe pens this letter to the editor of the Advocate about the state Department of Education. The DOE isn't exempt from the state public records law, and because of recent lawsuits she tried to require regular reports about how many requests had been made to the department and how many remained unanswered. She wasn't successful.
OCT 29 Manny Schewitz blogs on Forward Progressives about recent Facebook posts from David Vitter, including one that purports to take you to a petition to stop Ebola (say what?) but actually signs you up for his newsletter or campaign email list or some such nonsense. Dave must think we're dummies, Manny says -- and Dave's probably right.
OCT 29 Usually, the copy on Red Shtick is satire. But in this post "from the publisher," we get a pretty astute political analysis of Edwin Edwards' charisma and old-school populist swagger. Edwards isn't concealing billionaire backers, or trying to make his opponent out to be "Satan," the post says. He's just running. Huh; imagine that.
OCT 29 Salon's Elias Isquith writes this fairly hilarious commentary on a National Review post about Bobby Jindal's attempts to "beef up" in preparation for a presidential run. But it's not just funny; Isquith seems to have Bobby's number, commenting on how the Gov "and his team are hopelessly ensconced in the Tea Party bubble."
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