We in Sportsman’s Paradise do few things better than dispatching our pleasure boats and trawlers to the Gulf of Mexico and driving to near extinction any species popular in our skillets. Such is the case with red snapper, red fish and flounder. (The culinary legend, which may in fact be true, is that Chef Paul Prudhomme’s invention three decades ago of the “blackening” technique led to overfishing of red fish and its kindred.) But new estimates by federal officials suggest that at least Lutjanus campechanus, aka red snapper, is making a comeback, and the feds are hinting that catch limits could be raised this year. According to The Times-Picayune: “The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council, a regional advisory body that sets federal fishing regulations in the Gulf, could decide as soon as February to relax the current red snapper quota of 5 million pounds up to 6.9 million pounds, and possibly more in subsequent years.” That’s good news for our restaurants and our palates.
O, how our New Orleans Saints teased us, hinting at greatness — nay, immortality — before turning the holy days into hell days as they plunged back to earth, waxen wings a-melted. They blew out the Advent candle on Dec. 19 versus the Dallas Cowboys, left coal in our stockings on Dec. 27 against the Tampa Bay Bucs, and showed no New Year’s resolve Sunday in Charlotte. Maybe it was the team, which began dropping the D word (Destiny) and giving in to all the hype after that improbable overtime win in Washington — “eating the cheese,” as the head coach puts it. Perhaps it was us, The Independent Weekly, which trumpeted the triumphant (and undefeated) team in our Dec. 16 cover story, “Catching Fire.” (The team hasn’t won since. A “Madden”ing curse?) Likely it was all of us — the players, the fans, the media — who collectively tempted fate and, most important, forgot it’s the Saints we’re pulling for. Now looms the oft-abused aphorism of George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Here’s hoping the bye week isn’t a precursor to bye-bye.
Closing out 2009 the couillon way, 45-year-old Tim Williams of Lacombe scared the bejesus out of fellow motorists on Interstate 12 last week when he and his 12-year-old daughter staged a practical joke, according to the Associated Press. The pair thought it would be funny if the tween was bound and gagged in duct tape in a simulated Amber Alert. Their sense of humor, however, didn’t extend beyond the cab of their pick-up. Alarmed motorists boxed in Williams’ truck until the po-po caught up. Their bid at poking the funny bone landed the elder Williams in the pokey on charges of criminal mischief and contributing to the delinquency of a dummy, er, minor.
“Every day she wants to go look for grandpa. And anything shiny she sees, she’ll say,
‘I see him!’”
— Mary Simon of Opelousas, on her and her 8-year-old daughter’s quest to locate the urn containing the cremated remains of Simon’s father. The urn was stolen New Year’s Day from Dupuis Memorials Inc. Simon and her daughter have been driving around Opelousas scanning ditches for the purloined pawpaw, according to an article in The Advocate.
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The Libertarian Party of Louisiana says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
Security breach at White House; Bejing won't back down from protesters; pressure on third-graders and more national and international news for Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Lafayette Regional seeking new leadership after longtime director Greg Roberts’ June resignation.
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
T&T show behind the scenes
Four bedroom in Breaux Bridge or four bedroom in Opelousas
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.
The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,068 from the previous week's total of 2,071. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,494 claims.
Museum of Fear opens its 2014 season with more scares than ever before.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
Three bedroom traditional Broussard house or two bedroom Lafayette townhome
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The ACLU of Louisiana has sued Abbeville's mayor and police chief over a policy barring police from any social media use showing the city in a bad light.
Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote "religious liberty" at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives Friday, with anti-Obama speeches from the likes of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The American Zombie blog by New Orleans independent journalist Jason Berry has a photograph of U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier having dinner with Lafayette attorney Pat Juneau — yeah, that Pat Juneau, the BP claims administrator whose fate Barbier will soon decide.
But retirees and employees who face the higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs responded angrily, telling lawmakers that they shouldn't be held responsible for what they consider the Jindal administration's mismanagement of the Office of Group Benefits.
A school board candidate takes exception to the chamber’s Common Vision initiative.