Where was the groundswell of opinion that forced this change? While the wetlands in my region die, Congress felt urgent pressure to shift the schedule for Daylight Savings Time?
The profoundly anti-government, anti-interventionist Republican Congress felt the need to make the ultimate government intervention and CHANGE TIME???? Meanwhile, we languish in our "market-driven" "recovery."
2. In the 3/5/2007 issue of the New Yorker, the following lines appear. Guess which major American city in the Gulf Coast region this describes:
In November 2002 . . . The city was going nowhere fast . . . a city with a population of three hundred and eighty-six thousand had been on the verge of bankruptcy and was recovering from a junk-bond rating from Wall Street. F.B.I. raids on City Hall were not unusual, and a handful of top city officials had been arrested and jailed. Crime and police brutality, particularly the reckless police shootings, had done serious damage to [the city's] reputation . . .
Sounds pretty bad, huh? And yet the NFL decided around that time to put this year's Super Bowl in that city--Miami.
Which leads me to ask why New Orleans can't host a Super Bowl TODAY--much less the piddling , insignificant little freak show that is the NBA All Star game.
The description above made me feel a little better about our situation. We can fight through this.
3. Da Po Blog does his usual phenomenal job crunching numbers and making us think. In this case, he made me think something I had not thought before (though I have no doubt that somebody has blogged on this):
What if Richard Pennington had not run a ridiculously bad campaign in 2002? What if he was our mayor when Katrina was approaching and hit, and when the levees failed? What if Pennington were the mayor now? I have to believe the Chief would have been a better emergency and recovery management mayor than Mayor Curly.
4. Clio II, Clio III, and I attended Friday night's Voodoo game, courtesy of a very special and generous host. We behaved ourselves in the Marriott Super Suite. The game was great; learn more about the game from nopickles. It made me think that we should make the NBA irrelevant and just enjoy football year-round, with baseball as a nice summertime diversion. (Yes, I just offended angels and saints and bears oh my with that last statement. She would not be happy to call baseball "a nice summertime diversion.")
5. I very much enjoyed seeing Doctah and Mrs. Ashley, Mistah and Mrs. Oystah, and Mistah and Mrs. Berto at the Fete Francais yesterday. Mrs. Oyster looks her usual lovely even as she prepares for the imminent production of another pearl.