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#WeekendCocktailMoment ~ The Classic Sazerac Cocktail

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To me this cocktail says late night -- so you don't have far to go to make it to bed before the whole damn house starts spinning.

It's a sipper.

Though I can easily see Scarlett O'Hara knocking three back in a row on a 'bad man day'.

This version is from Esquire Magazine. Stock up on tea/bartenders sugar cubes if your supply is low. Two types of bitters may seem redundant, but they are very different in flavor, color and degrees of 'pucker'. The drink is thought to have been invented in old New Orleans, circa 1850.

Cognac was sometimes substituted for rye, but a massive cognac shortage at that time changed the recipe.

No wonder women randomly display their twins at Mardi Gras.

 

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The Sazerac

Ingredients
1 sugar cube

2 1/2 ounces rye whisky
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
absinthe
lemon peel

Glass Type: old-fashioned glass

Instructions
In an Old-Fashioned glass (not a mixing glass; it's part of the ritual), muddle a sugar cube with a few drops of water. Add several small ice cubes and the rye whiskey,* the Peychaud's bitters, and the Angostura bitters.**

Stir well and strain into a second, chilled, Old-Fashioned glass in which you have rolled around a few drops of absinthe (no substitute really works, but you can try either a mix of Pernod and green Chartreuse, or Absente) until its inside is thoroughly coated, pouring off the excess. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel (some insist that this be squeezed over the drink and discarded; Handy wasn't so picky).

* Use the good stuff, if you can find it: Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye (13 years old), or Sazerac Rye (18 years old).
** Optional. It's not in the original recipe, but it's traditional nonetheless, and it's not bad.

 

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New Orleans On Alert After Anti-choice Protests Surge - VIDEO

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As the courts bat the fee and subsidy strictures of the Affordable Care Act about, non-compassionate conservatives are busy taking away more female healthcare ad family planning options in New Orleans ... the Regressive Right are busy little bees.

Maddow covered the story well, highlighting the audacity of pulling off a cultural and legal Bait and Switch of this calibre, in such a major American city.

DuVergne Gaines, National Clinc Access Project Director for the Feminist Majority Foundation, joins the program to give Maddow the inside scoop on protests in Louisiana that reflect a growing frustration with the GOP War On Contraception. And women.

And buffer zones.

According to reporting at the local Uptown Messenger, the table has been set for this checkers match since long before Governor Boy Scout Bobby Jindal flubbed his first rebutt. The Lipton Brigade has deep roots in N'Orleans, don't forget.

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been encouraging Anti-abortion Activist Groups to swarm his fair cit for some time, in fact only Monday he formally recognized one of their ranking Anti-choice forces, by honoring them publicly.

Operation Save America were the enterprising Christians. Lauded for their: "service to the city".

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued an official welcome this week to Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization that interrupted an Uptown church’s prayer service with its protests on Sunday and had plans to parade the alleged remains of a fetus around Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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Oh, Mitch. Are the keys to the Quarters next? No? Just the homes of health providers? Should have known. The Uptown Messenger elaborated,

"In addition to protesting Planned Parenthood sites, Operation Save America is also holding demonstrations outside the homes of providers. A neighbor to one of those homes — who asked that his name be withheld out of concern that the group would target him — said his family has already endured two sessions of protests, with dozens of people holding signs on the sidewalk near his house featuring graphic images that he has done his best to hide from his young children.

“My kids are scared,” the resident said in an interview Monday afternoon. “It’s all these ugly pictures. They’re talking on the loudspeaker. I try to speak to them civilly, and it’s very difficult to do, because they’re looking for a confrontation.”

The pro-Lifers strike again. The pro-death penalty, gun fondling, woman-hating, borned child-fearing Regressive Right is now stirring up hate among various churches within communities who actually try to offer thinking women and families a type of Christianity they can still practice. Good luck with all that in Republican-led New Orleans.

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Thursday Links

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Former N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin found guilty in federal corruption trial

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Kids Reading to Shelter Cats Will Destroy You

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Speaks at the Port of New Orleans 1:10p EDT

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Danziger Bridge Is Falling Down And Taking New Orleans With It

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What is the Danziger Bridge trial? It's a momentous case of police misconduct right after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE:

Seventeen-year-old James Brissette was killed, and four others -- Jose Holmes, 19; his aunt, Susan Bartholomew, his uncle, Leonard Bartholomew III, and a teenage cousin, Lesha Bartholomew - were wounded. Two brothers, Lance and Ronald Madison, were walking on the bridge, and when they heard the gunfire began to run. The officers chased the brothers down, and injured Ronald, who was later fatally shot in the back as he tried to run away. Lance Madison was arrested and accused of firing at police.

The accusations against Lance Madison were later deemed to be part of a police cover up and dropped.

Seven officers were first indicted in state court in 2008, but federal authorities took the case over after a state judge dropped those initial charges.

In 2010, some of the officers took plea deals, and revealed details of a widespread cover-up that included fabricated witnesses, a planted gun and falsified reports.

So NOPD, with a long history of police corruption, admitted to their misdeeds. Even in the Crescent City, sometimes justice prevails.

Screech. Halt. Stop right there.

Justice may not have prevailed after all, despite sworn confessions of wrong-doing.

Despite witnesses and substantial evidence, plus the police confessions, THE BEAST reports Wednesday:

In a 129-page order, Judge Kurt Engelhardt granted a new trial for the former officers due to what he called “grotesque” misconduct by prosecutors. Englehardt charged prosecutors had created a “prejudicial, poisonous atmosphere” in the trial by posting anonymous comments on nola.com.

Prosecutorial misconduct now jeopardizes the efforts of the survivors of the families inflicted with their losses to get on with their lives. Justice needs to be served, and fairness must always be afforded the innocent, until proven guilty. But of all the states -- Louisiana which uses French law as it's basis -- among other legal anomalies means you're guilty unless proven innocent.

THE SLATE:

The legal system in Louisiana—unlike that of any other state—derives from the Civil Code established by the French emperor Napoleon in 1804.

From THE UPTOWN MESSENGER (a Louisiana regional magazine)

 ...in State v. Wischer, 2004-0325 (La. App. 4 Cir. 9/22/04), 885 So.2d 602, another panel of the Fourth Circuit found the opposite, holding that the burden of proof was on the defendant to prove self-defense by a preponderance of the evidence.

The Wischer standard means that any criminal defendant claiming self-defense is effectively guilty until proven innocent, and that the determining issue is decided according to the narrowest of standards – the jury can only feel that the defendant’s guilt has been proven to 51% certainty, and it is still supposed to render a guilty verdict.

So, once again the court will hear a case that on the surface seemed to have been deemed adjudicated and closed.  How much nicer it would have been if new evidence was the cause of this retrial, and not poor judgement on the prosecution's side. It'll be interesting to see if the outcome of the second trial is any different from the first.

Here's some video from the Time Picayune which summarizes the most recent turn of events. Does this sound like reason to grant a new trial, or a reason to strictly try the prosecutors for misconduct? Does make you wonder, especially if you were one of the victims or their family.

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Vacation Time - Where To Go This Year

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Every year our family likes to go somewhere for vacation as a unit. It's our family time -- and for that I'm always thankful. When I get the tab, Dad's always seem to be the one who do the paying, I sometimes grimace. But being together as a family is the highlight of our year.

Schedules being what they are we have to plan long in advance. And there's a lot to take into consideration, once we pick a time. Is it going to be too cold, too hot, a monsoon or hurricane season. So timing enters into it. But we do like exotic so there's a few more considerations along with will there be anything fun to do there once we arrive.

We usually determine our final selection by a system of elimination.  When you remove places you've already been to or don't wish to go to, you easily pare down your choices. As Sherlock Holmes used to say, eliminate everything that can't be, and you're left with is what is. (that's a paraphrase). So thankfully, there's a new list out to help us chose where to go, or in this case, where not to visit and why.  It's the annual Most Dangerous Countries on Earth list which has just been released.  So if you find yourself looking for your next vacation spot, consult this list first. You may be surprised:

Johannesburg

#1 Johannesburg, South Africa - Our family actually has friends who live there.  But here's why we're crossing that off of our list: This country has been described as the ‘rape capital of the world’, with 118.3 rapes per 100,000 people. Not only is the high incidence of rape bad news for visitors, but there's also an incredibly high murder rate. This country consistently has one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

Rio de Janeiro

#2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Wow, I'd always heard of the Carnaval and the beaches, partying.  Sounded like a contender until I read: Street crime is rampant in parts of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, and it is common for tourists to have their lives threatened for their valuables. I can live with having my watch boosted, but not my life threatened.

Cartegena

#3 Cartegena, Columbia.  We actually went there, and I did get attacked when an anti-American rally broke out. Not because I was there'; just because...Colombia is truly a lawless state. It's the world capital for kidnappings. There were 12,338 in 2011. Of these 1,138 were killed by their kidnappers. Fourth in the world for murder rates with 69.98 per 100,000 people in 2011, many of those killed were local mayors, dozens being killed every year. In the states we vote officials out of office. In Cartegena, they carry them out, in body bags. Oh, and let's not forget Colombia supplies 75% of the worlds supply of cocaine.

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Well, I guess we'll have to do some more looking around, maybe pick a nice safe spot in the States. One thing's for sure, it won't be Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, St.Louis, Baltimore, Birmingham, Newark, Oakland, Cleveland or Memphis. Those are Americas ten deadliest cities.

You know, maybe we'll just stay home this year, have a big barbecue.  I mean, what can go wrong in L.A.?

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Happy Mother's Day: 17 hurt at New Orleans Mother's Day parade shooting (+ another child shooting)

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The bad news: There was yet another mass shooting, one of the victims being a 10-year-old girl who was grazed and thankfully is in good condition. The good news: There were no deaths.

Happy Mother's day:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother's Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 17 people, police said.

Three suspects were seen running from the scene. Raw video at the link.happy_mothers_daymother's day shooting

Sadly, yesterday, there was another shooting of one small child by another. Via TPM:

A five-year-old boy in Denton, Texas was left in critical condition after he was shot in the head by his eight-year-old friend Saturday morning. According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, the police said the two boys were alone in the bedroom when the older child found a .22 caliber rifle, pointed it at the other boy, and shot him.

The boy is in critical condition.

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#ButWeGrewUpAroundGuns

#Responsible

#YouDontUnderstand

#AmericanTradition

#SelfProtection

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