JUL 28 Here's a link to the photo gallery in the Advertiser, pictures taken by photojournalist Paul Kieu at the funeral of Jillian Johnson. It's not easy to look at; whether you knew Jillian or not. Kieu's work is beautiful and terrible. But isn't it important for us to face it, not to turn away from this into the shallow, false comfort of platitudes and cliches?
JUL 28 A man opened fire in a playground in New Orleans Sunday, wounding four people with an assault rifle, the Picayune reports here. This didn't make much of a dent in local (or state or national) news. A guy fired an assault rifle in a park on a Sunday afternoon, when it was full of people and kids in bouncy houses, and it didn't make a dent. What's wrong with this picture?
JUL 28 Blogger Bob Mann addresses the hypocrisy of politicians who want to talk about guns -- until something like the Grand Theater shooting happens. It's not OK to talk about gun control when a mass shooting happens, the right wing says: but since they're happening in America every day, does that mean we can never talk about it? Apparently so.
JUL 28 MSNBC speaks to some experts who have analyzed Bobby Jindal's handling of the shooting - from a purely political standpoint - and found him wanting. Some might find the coldness with which the issue is dealt a little off-putting, so consider that before you click through.
JUL 28 Sean Illing posts this commentary on the gratuitous appearance of one-hit-wonder Ted Nugent at the Grand Theater this past weekend. The right-wing media whore was in town for an outdoors show and paid a visit to the scene of last week's shooting (with media in tow, of course) to "pay respects." It was indecent, Illing writes.
JUL 28 We all remember it, being glued to the television after Katrina and watching the water rise, the people begging for help, and the feds looking for photo ops. While the politicians were talking, the U.S. Coast Guard went out and plucked those people from the roofs. This post on NOLA Defender includes the trailer for a new documentary on that aspect of the disaster, which is slated for release in the next few weeks for the 10th anniversary.
JUL 27 Blogger Bob Mann articulates what many are thinking as our community buries two bright and beautiful women who died last week in the Grand Theater shooting. Bobby Jindal responded quickly, as he did with the last mass shooting, but wants us to focus on our grief and sorrow - not on doing anything that will prevent that grief and sorrow from arising again.
JUL 27 Blogger Rod Dreher writes here about the group (that ain't getting no free pub in this column) that has said it will picket the funerals of the two women we lost in the shooting last week. When he heard about it, he said they may have overstepped their luck this time. No kidding.
JUL 27 This story on CBS News features a local cop talking about the Grand Theater shooting, and it's conducted by David Begnaud, a UL and KLFY Alum who is now a freelance CBS Correspondent.
JUL 14 This post on Salon takes a look at the alleged persecution of Christians, as described (created?) by the likes of Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal. Best we can tell, this war on the majority apparently consists of people they can't control having the audacity to exist.
JUL 8 This is an interesting analysis of Bobby Jindal and his very public crisis of identity and ethnicity on the Eurasia Review. The English is not perfect, but it sure is interesting to see another view of us and our politics of ethnicity.