You don’t have to be a Saints fan to enjoy the French Quarter getting a reason to celebrate. From Mississippi, I was torn between my love for the Mannings and the fact that everyone cheers for the Saints in my neck of the woods. I was pulling for Peyton to get a second ring, but when the gold and black pulled it out at the end, I had a grin on my face.
Peek inside the celebration, and just remember, no one knows how to party like the Big Easy.
A good thing started last night, even if you missed it.
Long Beach, CA. exports its best musical product to the East Coast for the next week as folk-rockers Delta Spirit try out tracks from their second LP, “History from Below” in a sequence of dates in the teeny of tiny clubs.
DREAM-JOURNALING SHOULD come with a warning.
For Freelance Whales founder Judah Dadone, charting his slumbering conscious led to awkward Craigslist encounters — including a 50-year-old man posing as a 23-year-old girl — busking in New York City train stations, the creation of feathery pop music and a record deal. Not the typical route to success, but who’s complaining?
The bad and the boring could have been the working title for claustrophobia-inducing show at the backstage of the Black Cat last Thursday night.
“Federal authorities have arrested four men on felony charges for attempting to infiltrate Sen. Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office, including one filmmaker who targeted the community group ACORN last year in undercover videos.
Among those arrested was 25-year-old James O’Keefe, the conservative filmmaker, along with Joseph Basel, Robert Flanagan and Stan Dai, all 24. They were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses and attempting to gain access to the Democrat’s office by posing as telephone repairmen, according to a copy of an FBI affidavit unsealed Tuesday.”
I’m not going to make a definitive statement on what this means for O’Keefe’s work in the last year, but a few thoughts do stick in my head (besides the extreme irony of the situation).
1) O’Keefe is a dishonest crook. If this turns out to be a pattern of behavior for the young camera-toter’s life, then the conclusions drawn by his released tapes should be questioned and all the crowing over the demise of Acorn should be put on-hold for a few short seconds.
2) O’Keefe is stupid. This may be the case of a kid who had a brilliant idea to do a little undercover journalism last year, struck the jackpot and decided to keep spinning the wheel. It’s not hard to imagine the thought process, especially dealing with the Louisiana Purchase that Landrieu helped engineer in the recent dealings with health care. If O’Keefe is honest, then his zealous nature got the best of him and he committed an incredibly stupid act that could screw him for the rest of his life. Just remember, gonzo journalism and criminal action aren’t always that far apart.
3) Conservatives Must Denounce O’Keefe. Sorry buddy, but this is not a hill that any rational-thinking writer should die on. Wiretapping is a federal offence carrying up to a “$200,000 fine and 10 years in prison.” This is not an issue that our judgement should be nuanced over. This type of behavior is unacceptable, criminal and cannot be justified by, “well, she was probably doing something wrong.” What are we, five-year-olds getting into fights in the sandbox?
This is a tremendous opportunity for conservatives to show that the morals and beliefs that we claim to believe, actually have applicability in our lives. This is the time for us to be reasonable and jettison O’Keefe.
Hope the 15 minutes were fun.
The arm-length tattoos weren’t the only Chris Carraba comparisons evoked by Gaslight Anthem front-man Brian Fallon at the Black Cat last Saturday night. The love or hate one had for the solo show could come down to a simple question, “Did you secretly love MTV Unplugged?” and “Do sing-alongs send shivers down your spine?”
I might answer your phone. Give Bill Bennett’s Morning in America a call and you may hear my sleepy voice. It’s a way to make a few extra dollars, learn a bit about politics and hear from the widest spectrum of incredibly vocal opinions.
A few weeks ago, we had this little candidate from Massachusetts on the show. He told us that he hadn’t been sleeping much, that he was traveling everywhere in his pickup show and that he wanted to be the vote that kept this health care bill from passing. The snowball known as Scott Brown has turned into an avalanche in the last few weeks. It’s been an incredible thing to watch the American people get so excited about a candidate that is anything but a traditional straddler of the red/blue divide.
Week after week, I get calls from people across the nation fired up about this candidate. I’ve been busy, I confess, so somehow I missed all parts of this hairy story.
Blame the Blackberry and take my word for it, that’s Jars of Clay captured in the muddled blackness.
The strangest addition to my bucket list of concerts was finally scratched off last Thursday night as I saw long-time Christian rockers Jars of Clay in the friendly confines of the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. Snark it up if you want, but these guys have been my one foothold in the world of CCM for years.
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