JUL 30 Lt. Higgins' most recent entry into the CrimeStoppers hall of fame has really gone viral - as is outlined by this story in the Washington Post. Apparently, Jimmy Fallon is a big fan, and thinks Higgins should run for president.
JUL 30 Columnist James Gill analyzes Bobby Jindal's political use of the Grand Theater shooting in this post, focusing on Jindal's claim that Houser wouldn't have been able to buy a gun in Louisiana. That's not even close to true, Gill says, and it never will be. Louisiana has some of the weakest gun laws in the country - and that's why Louisianians die from guns at a higher rate than most states.
JUL 30 Mitch Landrieu allows that the New Orleans we knew prior to Katrina doesn't exist anymore, but he's OK with that, this post on BuzzFeed tells us. It's gentrification, but it's good, he says.
JUL 30 Senator Charles Schumer is calling for an FBI investigation into the man who committed the Grand Theater shooting, The Hill reports here. Schumer wants to know how John Houser managed to legally buy a gun in his home state before traveling to Lafayette.
JUL 30 Here's a list of specials at restaurants in New Orleans participating in the COOLinary dining promo. There's some good stuff, maybe even worth braving that incredibly hot and humid New Orleans August weather.
JUL 30 Jim Brown is blogging about the Grand Theater shooting in this week's post. He was there, last Thursday night, and observed how the Governor handled things. Brown thinks Jindal did his job.
JUL 29 Here's an interview in Gannett with Gen. Russel Honore about guns and Americans. He's lived all over the world, and repeats what everybody else on the planet knows, but we refuse to accept: gun violence is a uniquely American problem, and one of our own creation.
JUL 29 The Advocate posts this story about a two-year-old so enamoured with the television ads of a shameless ambulance chaser that the toddler had to have a birthday party focused on the man. It's good to know that our legacy journalism institutions are keeping real news relevant. Listen, no grass growing there.
JUL 29 Here's one of those dumb lists, but it's good for a chuckle and we could all use one this week. It's a list on Tickld.com describing each state as if it were a drinker in a bar. It's pretty dead-on in some cases, but decide for yourself.
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 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.