Down in New Orleans

Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. PD Shaw says:

    You have seen the elephant. Before the Civil War, young men who built flatboats and drifted down the Mississippi River to sell goods in New Orleans were said to have “seen the elephant.” They had not turned back and had seen what there was to see and had stories to share. Later, it more narrowly referred to experiencing combat in war.Report

  2. I have dreamed of visiting New Orleans! Thanks so much for giving me a taste!Report

  3. something called a Lady DuBois

    When you drink those, you have the depend on the kindness of strange bartenders.Report

  4. Philip H says:

    Welcome to my hood.Report

    • Em Carpenter in reply to Philip H says:

      And I thought I was the lucky one, being born a West Virginian.Report

      • Philip H in reply to Em Carpenter says:

        heh. I grew up on Baton Rouge, and my current abode is slightly less then an hour and a half from the Quarter. while taht environment may not completely account for my ultra liberal political view, it does mean I was significantly influenced by Zydeco before it was a thing, and I am very discriminating a=regarding my coffee and my gumbo.Report

      • George Turner in reply to Em Carpenter says:

        I was researching elephants and came across a legal story you might like.

        Orleans County issues first-ever habeas corpus on behalf of an elephant

        On Friday, the Orleans County Supreme Court issued a habeas corpus order on behalf of an elephant and scheduled a hearing to determine whether she should be released from her imprisonment in the Bronx Zoo.

        This is the second time in United States legal history and the first time anywhere on behalf of an elephant a habeas corpus has been issued for a nonhuman animal; the case was brought in front of the Hon. Tracey A. Bannister by Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) who are seeking to secure the fundamental right to bodily liberty of an elephant named Happy.

        Obviously this brings up a very fundamental and weighty question: Is it valid to issue a writ of habeas corpus if an elephant can’t fit through the doors of courtroom to be presented before the judge?Report