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SOME DUDE WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: ... and that's all we're going to hear about all day. Editor & Publisher runs down some national press reactions, while Cagle gets the reax from editorial cartoonists. At the blog Hurricane Radio, Cousin Pat from Georgia calls it "Premature eNOBELation":

Uhhh, what?

I'm as big a fan of President Barack Obama as the next center-left Southern Democrat, but the Nobel Peace Prize? Already?

That's taking things a little far.

SPEAKING OF ...: Our newest Nobel Prize winner is gonna be visiting New Orleans next Thursday for the first time since his election. The itinerary is still being written, but Sen. David Vitter already disapproves. (What we're hearing? The stop is going to be brief. Very brief.) Local blogger Liprap has some food for thought:

As it is, next week the president is visiting New Orleans for the first time since his campaign ...and he still needs to give us something more than the audacity of hope in this forgotten corner of Louisiana that overwhelmingly elected him to office. Just because we are located in a red state doesn't mean we have to go to the same hell our state legislators seem to want to drag us to.

I've had a few reasons thrown out to me concerning why it's taken nearly a year after the election for Obama to come here, among them the embarrassment that is Hizzoner the Walking Id and the many federal investigations into local government corruption that are going on. I mean, who wants to be associating themselves with that and giving legitimacy to incompetents?

Granted, I think a national recession and health care reform have been taking up the lion's share of Obama's time these days...but if those reasons I've cited above have been a major consideration in the timing of this visit, then all I can say is: if the president can be so courageous abroad and be recognized for it without being associated completely with the people he is trying to reach out to, he can certainly do the same thing here in New Orleans.

ADVICE COLUMN: Over at Bayou Buzz, talk show host and political pundit Jeff Crouere has some advice for African-Americans, who may be surprised to learn from Crouere that Barack Obama does not represent their views.

For decades, African American voters have been tremendously loyal to the Democratic Party. In the last presidential election, over 98% of black voters supported Barack Obama. This monolithic support was due to racial pride, ideology and party affiliation.

Unfortunately for African Americans in this country, this loyalty has been misplaced....

These Democratic politicians continually promote big government policies which do not work. These Democratic policies are responsible for the many of the problems that blacks face today, including the breakdown of the traditional family.

NOPD IN THE NYT: The New York Times' new man in town, Campbell Robertson, reports on the woes of the New Orleans Police Department.

"CONTENT-SHARING ARRANGEMENT": WDSU-TV and Nola.com enter into a "content-sharing arrangement." Prediction: Everyone at the T-P has to change their name to "Mackel," and society columnist Nell Nolan will be strapping on a Kevlar vest and joining the I-Team...

AND FINALLY: The first trailer for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans hits the Web. And if you liked K-Ville...

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