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 Media Matters takes a look at the recent sorry excuse for an article published by the New York Times in which Bobby Jindal is quoted as saying the rest of the nation needs to follow Louisiana's lead in strict gun laws. (That's right, you read that correctly, he said that, you're not having a stroke.) The article was no better than the reprint of a campaign speech, and unforgivable for a real newspaper, especially when quoting a presidential candidate. This article does all the research the NYT reporter should have done in the first place.
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 Baton Rouge food blogger Jay Ducote is now in the final four on Food Network Star. This post on DIG Baton Rouge brings us up to date on his performance -- which so far has been good. The judges love his personality, his ease in front of the camera and his Cajun stories. They also love his food: last week he gave them a boudin-stuffed quail.
JUL 29 We're just going to leave this right here.
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 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 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 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.