Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The other good news / bad news story comes from Sarah Chako of The Advocate. The good news is, from 2007 to 2008 Louisiana's poverty rate declined. However, the bad news is, it is still one of the worst in the nation with over 17% of Louisianians living in poverty. Us and our friend Mississippi. Read more here.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
I didn't feel quite as bad for missing this story when I learned that Bourque was actually named to the post in 2008, but an administrative foul up kept his name from appearing in front of the legislature for confirmation. What I do know is Bourque is an absolute treasure to our part of the world.
He will be giving readings at Xavier University, and the University of New Orleans this week. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Room 197 of UNO's Liberal Arts Building. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, he will speak in Room 205 of Xavier's University Center.
Here is a link to John Pope's article in the Times-Picayune, and here is a link to Susan Larson's article, also in the Picayune, on the announcement of Bourque's re-appointment back in May.
Other related links:
Contest explanation on wired.com
Contest recap on wired.com
Evan Ratliff's Blog about the project
TrackEvan.com - a fan site to track Ratliff's whereabouts
Naked Pizza's Team Vanish documented how they found him here on their blog
Sunday, September 27, 2009
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A stew in South Louisiana is quite a bit different than a stew elsewhere. Dark roux is used as a thickening and flavoring component. The right amount of roux is crucial to the dish’s success. Too much dark roux will result in a thick, bitter paste, whereas too little roux will yield a gumbo not a stew. See the article titled, “Roux basics for Cajun cooking” for tips on how to make and use dark roux.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
The little girls clothing line is very cute and very frilly with lots of bows, lace and embroidery....check it out here at belleparish.com
“Belle Parish is classic, sweet, whimsical clothes that are rooted in our Southern upbringing....For us, it’s like the hometown department store that closed 60 years ago and the doors have just re-opened. It’s vintage and tradition with a modern twist.” Ali says that “...Belle Parish is about creating a lifestyle, but because I’m a mom I wanted to start with kid’s clothing. I also have a strong point of view about dressing children in age-appropriate clothes. I want to celebrate each stage of their life. We’re so excited about people’s response to our ideas.”
"State projects financed with federal stimulus dollars will have no signs that say that," said Mark Lambert, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation and Development. Lambert said the decision was made by DOTD Secretary William Ankner. “He directed that signs not go up,” Lambert said of Ankner.
Read the whole story and Sabludowsky's call for more transparency here.
Original Think Progress story can be found here.
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In addition to Kimberly's contemporary art works, there are over 200 new traditional paintings brought in by Alexander & Victor Fine Art, to go along with Evangeline Galleries original art and prints - the largest selection of art in Acadiana.
Kimberly's abstract and floral acrylics on canvas and paper explore beauty through brilliant vermilion hues and raised patterns that will leave your fingers jealous of your eyes' encounter. Her application of the paint differs from one layer to the next - drips on top of thin washes, with palette knife workings and layered gold-leaf – collectively developing the story of how each painting was created.
Brannon received her BFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University, and studied at the Illustration Academy in Liberty, Missouri. Her art has been published by the Phoenix Art Group, in Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently working with the art publication group, Art in Motion, of Vancouver, Canada.
Alexander & Victor Fine Art bring with them decades of fine art experience and a collection of original artwork that include both traditional and contemporary pieces from many international artists from 15 different countries.
Evangeline Galleries is located at 1100 Lafayette Street, Downtown...1 block off Jefferson, kind of behind the First Baptist Church or the Juliet Hotel.
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Friday, September 25, 2009
From the article:
It appears all the victims have some sort of ties together either through relatives or friends. That’s not too surprising considering the size of the town. What is surprising is the lack of any kind of media coverage—on the national level. The Jefferson Davis Sheriffs Office has created a website with information about the women. If you have any information, however insignificant you may think it is, contact them at (337) 824-6662.
The post has pictures and information on each of the victims. More here.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of those events that everyone should experience in person. Start with accommodations at hotels on or near the parade route, so you can be right in the middle of all the holiday joy! Avenues To Travel has 4-nights and longer vacation packages at these popular hotels:
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Insider's View Parade Breakfast at the Sheraton New York Hotel $439
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Breakfast Buffet beginning at 8am Thanksgiving morning ... then watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from the 8th floor Broadway Lounge of the Marriott Marquis - including Wednesday afternoon sightseeing tour to the Parade Balloon Inflation Site or Thursday afternoon Holiday Lights Tour
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Dinner and All the Trimmings $65
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Exclusive limited seating breakfast with Santa on Friday morning. Why fight the crowds and large lines for a moment with Santa when you can share in this intimate gathering? Breakfast and photo included!
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Acadia Parish District Attorney Mike Harson says he has reviewed the case and finds there is no sufficient evidence indicating foul play. However, Harson says he is not closing the case in the event further information surfaces.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Quote of the day goes to Associate Public Works Director Pat Logan:
“You have your left turns and straight-aheads going at the same time,” he said.
Dang dog...you just blew my mind! The project is estimated to cost $4million and may begin as early January of 2010. More here.
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2009 Fall Schedule:
Sept. 28: Tell No One
Guillaume Canet (France), 2006, 131 min. Not Rated.
Here’s faux Hitchcock as only the French seem willing or able to produce. The plot is appropriately labyrinthine (it treats a man who refuses to believe the evidence that his wife has been murdered), the acting is topnotch, and the direction is tense, economical, and intelligent. It was nominated for nine Césars (France’s highest film prizes), and won four of them.
Oct. 5: Waltz with Bashir
Ari Folman (Israel), 2008, 90 min. Rated R.
A most unusual documentary combining live-action dramatization with animation, treating Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon; winner of gobs of awards both in animation and in documentary, this is the first animated film nominated for the American Academy’s Best Foreign Language Film.
Oct. 12: Departures
Yôjirô Takita (Japan), 2008, 130 min. Rated PG-13.
Winner of Best Foreign Film for 2009, Departures tells the story of Daigo, a cellist, who, when his orchestra disbands, takes a job as Nokanshi—a professional who prepares the dead for burial. Sometimes comic, the film’s dark subtext creates a richly balanced depiction of the border zone between a life well lived and death respected.
Oct. 19: Sunshine
Danny Boyle (United Kingdom/United States), 2007, 107 min. Rated R.
It’s been a while since Bayou Bijou has done a real sci-fi, and this one (about a space team charged with rebooting our sun) by the director of Slumdog Millionare has gorgeous solar imagery and Michelle Yeoh and Rose Byrne and Cillian Murphy. Some of its plot tricks will go off most people’s deep end, but shouldn’t sci-fi kick us into another imaginative gear?
Oct 26: Halloween Double Feature
Let the Right One In - Thomas Alfredson (Sweden), 2008, 115 min. Rated R.
[REC] - Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza (Spain), 2007, 80 min. Rated R.
Two films that evoke seasonal scariness from opposite directions: Let the Right One In, a story of a bullied boy with a crush on the incredibly cute vampire who becomes his bodyguard, has become an international phenomenon for its austere, moody ambiance and sweet performances (and presumably sugary, carbonated blood); and [REC] (called by one critic a “stress test,” and he’s soooo right!) is a Spanish Blair Witch Project with a punk attitude and very sharp teeth.
Nov. 2: I’ve Loved You So Long
Philippe Claudel (France/Germany), 2008, 117 min. Rated PG-13.
Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, this is the story of Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas), leaving prison after 15 years for killing her six-year-old son, as she tries to rebuild her relationship with her estranged sister, Léa, and acclimate to the world outside. Thomas (who also appears in Tell No One) delivers a performance that is a masterpiece of nuanced, confused emotions, and she’s supported by one of Europe’s extraordinary actresses, the wonderfully sad-eyed Elsa Zylberstein.
Nov. 9: Paprika
Satoshi Kon (Japan), 2006, 90 min. Rated R.
For those who think that Hayao Miyazaki is the only Japanese animator whose work can be appreciated by adults, Paprika should come as a great surprise. Like his other work (Paranoia Agent, Tokyo Godfathers Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue) this is multi-layered, dream-rich, deeply intelligent —both eye-spinning animation and vivid narrative.
Nov. 16: Goodbye, Solo
Ramin Bahrani (United States), 2008, 91 min. Rated R.
Bahrani made the excellent Chop Shop, Man Push Cart, and Strangers. This sensitive film concerns Solo, a Senegalese cabbie in Winston-Salem, whose unlikely relationship with a local man yields a powerful vision of race and culture in 21st-century America.
Nov. 23: Chocolate
Prachya Pinkaew (Thailand), 2008, 110 min. Rated R.
Delicate, pretty, autistic Zen spends her days watching Jackie Chan and Tony Jaa films and absorbing their martial arts skills: bad news for the bad guys when they try to muscle her mother! New action star Jeeja Yanin isn’t quite Tony Jaa, but with help from Pinkaew’s whipfast and witty direction, she’s the new princess of Muay Thai, and the best new thing in martial arts since Tony hit the screen.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
THE HILL: What vote would you like to redo?
KING: I don’t really go back and re-live that sort of thing. Some of the big votes that I’ve thought about, some of the jury’s still out. And at this point, maybe I’d answer that question another way, probably the singular vote that stands out that went against the grain, and it turns out to be the best vote that I cast, was my “no” vote to the $51.5 billion to [Hurricane] Katrina. That probably was my best vote. But as far as doing something different again, I don’t know.
King was one of just 11 members of Congress to vote against the $52 billion aid package. (It passed unanimously in the Senate.) Media Matters Action Network’s Matt Finkelstein writes, “Katrina killed 1,464 in Louisiana alone and uprooted the lives of countless others all over the gulf region. Yet, King says this was his ‘best’ moment in Congress. Not fighting for ‘conservative principles’ like smaller government, lower taxes, or a strong national defense — no, he’s most proud of opposing relief for victims of a catastrophe.”
Here's the full interview from The Hill.
What planet is this Best Buy on? I'd like to go there. The one I usually go to has never left me with the urge to give away a thousand bucks. I consider it a victory if the checkout person doesn't cough into their hand before giving me my receipt. Anyway, Kennedy claims she's suspended, while Best Buy corporate offices say she's still employed. More here.
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According to the CDC website a trauma center is a type of hospital that has resources and equipment needed to help care for severely injured patients, and it's important to be close to one because if you’ve experienced a mild or moderate injury, the thousands of emergency rooms across the nation are ready with basic emergency services to help you. But, if you are severely injured, having fast access to specialized resources and equipment is critical. Research supported by CDC shows that getting care at a Level I trauma center within one hour of a severe injury can decrease the risk of death by a 25%.
The good news is the CDC is trying to raise awareness of the need for trauma centers....so maybe someone could mention this map to Mayor Durel during one of his listening tour stops.
Monday, September 21, 2009
This event was organized by local musician and basin activist, Drew Landry, the Basin Keepers, a local non profit whose mission is to act as the environmental watchdogs of the Basin, renowned Cajun Heritage author Greg Girard, with logistics and event support provided by Bodacious Productions, LLC.
The goal of the event is to provide local fisherman, sportsman, environmental enthusiasts and all concerned individuals that want to participate in an effort to clean up the Atchafalaya Basin, with a way to get involved. Local environmental leader, Harold Shoeffler offers that “It’s all about changing people's attitudes and leaving something for the next generation.” This is the exact spirit of the day’s activities.
The first ever cleanup will last from 9:00 AM till 2:00 PM and will be followed by an awards ceremony, at 4:00 PM at Whiskey River Landing in Henderson, LA. The trophy (a golden boot) will be flown in by local skydiving team “The Gravity Devils.”
The Bodacious Baskinkeeper BBQ and Benefit Concert will follow the awards ceremony where all will be entertained by music from: The Drew Landry Band, The Howdies, Horace Trahan and Snarky Puppy. The concert will end at 12:00 AM and is for ages 21 and over. Boat registration is available, event information can be found and tickets for the concert can be purchased at www.bodaciousbrothers.com.
I'll stick with the corn grits at Zea's. And I'll take my time. More here.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
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Givers are already putting their name to the test. With only a modest number of live performances and a newly released five-song e.p. under their belts, this young Lafayette area quintet have already managed to make a quick, loud, impressive and beautiful noise. Having caught the attention of Brooklyn-based indie rock darlings, Dirty Projectors; the group has landed an opening slot on a leg of their current tour next month that will run through Baltimore, Philadelphia, D.C., Atlanta and Austin. An October 25th downtown appearance at Nitetown will certainly be a high water mark in their brief career.
Combining intricately weaving, lofty vocal harmonies and moves (courtesy of Taylor Guarisco and Tif 'Teddy' Lamson) with innovative beds of seemingly ever-evolving rhythms derived from musical traditions as diverse as South African township jive, guitar-ringing Congolese soukous, Latin salsa, Jamaican ska and pure Eighties dancewave; Givers have formulated one of the most infectious and commercially viable sounds to come out of this town in quite some time.
Their debut recording has just been released. Surprisingly, it was put out under the Valcour imprint (the bold, upstart South Louisiana roots music label headed by Joel Savoy and Lucius Fontenot). It's a simply amazing endeavor featuring just five new tracks (one of them being a sort of 'dub' remix of the opening number, "Up, Up, Up") with backings provided by Will Henderson (keyboards, samples, sax & flute), Josh LeBlanc (bass, trumpet) and Kirby Campbell (drums, percussion). It's a happy sound - a positive, elevating and danceable vibe that's all but sorely missing from much of today's music. Their live shows are pure grinfests. Every few seconds, the numbers shift styles and musical nods while remaining solidly whole and rhythmically capturing. Your tailbone gets pinched and involuntarily rotated, whether you like that sort of thing or not! There's a faint familiarity akin to what Talking Heads (or more accurately, their offshoots - The Tom Tom Club) brought to Popular Music circa 1977-1982, that being the fusion of new music sensibilities with a variety of international styles accenting soaring and twisting vocals and backbeats. The result is total 21st Century, however. That they can and have done so much with so little (in material and time) is a testament to their potential.
For more on Givers, check out their webpage at www.myspace.com/giversmusic or Valcour Records' site at www.valcourrecords.com
Cecil Doyle, originally from Mamou, knows everything there is to know about music. He hosts the Medicine Ball Caravan every Monday - Thursday at 11am and Jah Mon heard weekly on KRVS 88.7. He also serves at the station's Music Contact.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
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Friday, September 18, 2009
The average life span for African-Americans in Louisiana today (72.2 years) is shorter than that of Colombians, Vietnamese and Venezuelans. The average life span of an African-American in New Orleans is 69.3 years, nearly as low as life expectancy in North Korea.
African-Americans in Tangipahoa Parish have well-being levels of the average American in the early 1950s.There is a follow up article by Sara Burds-Sharps and Kristen Lewis here, that further expounds on the results of the study.
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More Tiger / Cajun smack talk can be found at:Tigerdroppings.com - an LSU sports fan board
RaginPagin.com - a UL sports fan board
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Being Andy Warhol is a collection of his snapshots and Polaroids taken in the 70s and 80s. According to the Art Museum website, the collection depicts rare and intimate glimpses into Warhol's personal life. The exhibit runs from Saturday, September through December 31st. And if you're interested in Andy Warhol and his time capsule project, check out www.warhol.org/tc21, which has lots of photos of the contents of box #21 of his 612 box time capsule collection.
Also opening Saturday are:
Imprinting the South: Prints from the Collection of Lynn Barstis Williams and Stephen J. Goldfarb featuring etchings, relief prints, lithographs and a few serigraphs focusing primarily on Southern subjects from the 1920s to the 1940s
Slightly Unbalanced: Survey of works by artists who have repeatedly focused on neurosis of various kinds in their work, using themselves and the people around them as fodder for their investigations.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Raconteur, folklore professor, founder and director of the UL honors program and teacher for 50 years, civil rights activist, and friend of everyone who came to her, Pat Rickels died last night at the age of 82.“Dr. Pat was such a wonderful woman, and she gave it all,” says UL honors program director Dr. Julia Frederick, who took over after Rickels retired in 2007. “She was the heart of the honors program for 30 years. She created the rock on which it stood, she believed in her students and gave that fervor to her students.”
- Louisiana has the highest mortality rate in the nation.
- In 2007, over 320,000 Louisiana residents had been diagnosed with diabetes. That's over 10 percent of the adult population.
- Louisiana is 8th in the nation in number of residents diagnosed with diabetes.
- Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death in Louisiana.
- African -Americans have the highest rate of all racial groups with an over13 percent diagnosis rate.
- Nearly one out of every four residents over the age of 65 in Louisiana has been diagnosed with diabetes.
- In 2006 diabetes cost Louisiana $2.4 billion.
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On September 15, 2009, at 7:00 pm, officers with the Lafayette Police Department’s Youth Services Section conducted an undercover alcohol compliance check. The operation targeted convenience stores within the city limits of Lafayette that sold alcohol to those persons underage. During the course of the operation a total of 34 stores were checked for compliance. Of those stores checked, 11 of the stores were cited for selling alcohol to underage buyers. The following is a list of stores that were found to be in violation:
- Shoprite - 301 Verot School Rd
- Earl's - 501 Verot School Rd
- Chevron - 5051 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy
- Shell - 3755 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy
- Circle K - 3806 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy
- M & M Shop - 5540 Johnston Street
- Kwik Stop - 200 Louisiana Avenue
- Tha Spot - 2321 E. Simcoe Street
- Food Express - 1317 West Pinhook Road
- Texaco Food Mart - 1332 SW Evangeline Thruway
- Texaco - 120 E. Pont de Mouton
A total of 14 summonses were issued to store clerks at the aforementioned locations. The Lafayette Police Department encourages all citizens to report underage sales by contacting the Lafayette Police Department or the Youth Services Section at 291-8600.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Niederhelman told the real officers that he was a volunteer fireman in a neighboring parish. Police, in turn, seized his little red light and a handgun from his holster, the paper says.More here.