A peculiar institution, native to New Orleans, and absolutely characteristic of life there. Listen to this commentary by a Times-Picayune columnist on All Things Considered last Thursday (Thanks to Pete Rasche for the link). Something about that news program -- they always seem to get things right. Have you ever seen a network news story on a subject you knew something about and noticed how their treatment always seemed so far off-base? NPR tends to go to better sources and listen to them more closely to get the attitude as well as the facts.