The paper version of Volume 1, Issue 5 of New Orleans’s own Onion, The New Orleans Levee,Â finally got to my hands!Â This edition is a laugh a page all the way from Trash bins â€˜a bitchâ€™ in QuarterÂ to Great Moments in New Orleans History (1803: A Year of Change â€“ and the Accidental Invention of the Stripper Pole).Â The best article has to be Jindal suspects race conspiracy, withÂ a subtitleÂ that readsÂ “leading governor candidate says plot is dispersing N.O. East Indians.”Â Â Heeheehee!
Jindal, speaking at a prayer breakfast in honor of the pot-bellied, elephant-faced Hindu god Ganesha, said that the challenges faced by the cityâ€™s Indian community are steep, but not insurmountable. â€œIf I were blessed with only a fraction of Vishnuâ€™s multitude of limbs, I could remedy this situation with an arm tied behind my back.â€
Itis estimated that Katrinaâ€™s destruction of the cityâ€™s health care infrastructure has forced tens of people of Indian descent to practice their medical specialties in other cities.Â Jindal blamed the policies of lame-duck governor Kathleen Blanco â€“ most notably her controversial ban on chicken tikka â€“ for driving away Indian families. He alsoÂ cited the recent decision by Tulane University to cancel the engineering department.
[Emphasis mine.]Â So funny, despite that Jindal, a former Hindu and now staunch Christian, wouldn’t say thing 1 about Hindu gods.Â Also, New Orleans’s super-lame lack of good Indian restaurantsÂ was recentlyÂ rectified by my dear friend, Komi, whose That Indian Place has been serving up delectable Malaysian-influenced South Indian lunches for the past couple of months now.Â Â Get yourÂ spicy chili chicken and vegetable kormaÂ fix atÂ 201 St. Charles in the CBD now!Â Tell Komi I sent you.
Speaking of the Onion, I will be flying to Madison, WI tomorrow for a long weekend involving work and getting together with friends.Â Light blogging until Monday.