This is a bad idea no matter who you are.
+ The Joint deserves a full, separate blog post to itself. New Orleans is not known for its BBQ, but this shack in the Bywater may have jumped to “Best BBQ I Have Ever Had” in my list of lists. It also wins the award for “Most Hipster BBQ Joint Ever.” If you come to New Orleans and have had your fill of Po Boys and crawfish then head to The Joint get some of their sweet sweet ribs.
+ “I’m going to buy a gun with my income tax returns” – From a student who neither has an income nor tax returns.
+ From Tom… the supposed co-contributor to this blog. “A Time Against Race” explores the racial politics of New Orleans historically, under Ray Nagin, and now with Mayor Landrieu. I can honestly say I knew very little of this history and how intricate racial politics are in New Orleans. For example, Nagin was orignially elected with 86% of the white vote and only 40% of the black vote, which clashes with the media profile of Ray “Chocolate City” Nagin post-Katrina.
+ ”Man Mr. Styer I had a pet turtle and my mom said it ran away. Really. RAN. Next day we had some turtle soup man. My pet turtle man. My first pet.”
+ Watch the President’s Tucson speech if you have not yet. His ability to merge the immense sorrow of the tragedy and accolades for the heroics shown on that day speaks to his masterfully of emotion and tone. The dueling tones of his speech match the cheering of a tear-filled, mourning crowded arena that was looking for a reason to move on and come together as a community. Video beneath the cut.