"Any time you discover a place as magical and weird as New Orleans, it doesn't hit you right away. Until you experience it — meet the people, eat the food, breathe that air, drink the water — it's not something you can really understand." — Bo Koster of My Morning Jacket, the alt-rock group that recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. My Morning Jacket plays Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 5.
"We're the evil empire right now is the sense that I get." — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis at an April 26 press conference, at which he addressed the Saints bounty scandal as well as charges leveled by ESPN.com that Loomis somehow wiretapped the locker rooms of visiting teams at the Louisiana Superdome. Loomis and the team have vociferously denied that allegation. ESPN.com has refused to name its source or sources for the story. Saints owner Tom Benson also addressed the whereabouts of his granddaughter and team co-owner Rita Benson LeBlanc, whose absence from Saints public events was noted that week in a front-page story in The Times-Picayune. Benson said his granddaughter was hospitalized and was "very ill."
"After Mitt (Romney) tried to steal my line, you know I have to call him out. In Romney's speech bashing President (Barack) Obama last night, he said, 'It's still about the economy, and we're not stupid.' Yeah, it still is about the economy, stupid. It's about how hucksters like Mitt crashed it, the middle class paid the price and the top one percent got more tax cuts." — James Carville, in a fundraising letter for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, complaining about the presumptive GOP nominee "stealing" his famous line from the 1992 presidential campaign: "It's the economy, stupid."