Wednesday, May 30, 2007

He's Been Reading Clio and Melpomene

From Mayor Nagins' City of the State, er, State of the City address:

In New Orleans, a world class quality of life environment is key.

He Saw What We Knew Already

Thanks to Saints tight end Mark Campbell (and Blake), we get to see this:

Perhaps the Most Disturbing Line I've Read in the NY Times

" . . . though the process is a quick and easy one, it’s not for the squeamish. (For one thing, it involves cutting off what amounts to the face.)"

See what it's all about here.

The MOST disturbing line I ever read in the NY Times probably involved Dubya in some way or another.

Another Country (well, region) Heard From

Ph.D. Candidate and Supporter of New Orleans Teachers Gail Gleason has submitted a significant comment to a post on World Class New Orleans.

Oh, by the way, Ph.D. Candidate Gail Gleason also happens to be the mother of Steve Gleason, #37 on the Saints and author of the Greatest Play in Saints' History.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I didn't think this was possible . . .

I've watched A LOT of "Seinfeld" over the past decade. A lot.

Tonight I saw an episode I've never seen before: Episode #6, The Ex-Girlfriend.

Well, I didn't think the federal levees would fall apart either.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Okay, Where Do We Sign Up to Help Create the Miracle?

Here's what Gary Roberts, who's leaving Tulane for a major promotion in Indiana, said about the near-term future for our city and the prospects for keeping the Saints and Hornets:

New Orleans is a much smaller and much poorer city than it was before the storm, and it was a marginal market before the storm. The reality is that unless New Orleans pulls off an absolute miracle and comes back a richer, stronger city than before, the Saints and Hornets will eventually leave. I can't imagine the Hornets being here five years from now. The Saints could last a little longer because the economics of pro football give them more of a cushion, and this is football country.

I can't really argue with his clear-eyed perspective on our situation. It will take initiative, creativity, endurance, and tenacity to get us out of this hole. I believe we have what it takes, no thanks to Mayor Curly, President Emptysuit, and others.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Saints (NCC-1701 edition) Are Coming

From Craig, we learn of new evacuation plans for World Class New Orleans. Check his blog for more pix. This time, the order will be, "Beam us up, Scottie Bra."

Friday, May 25, 2007

We Have the Uniform Insignia, We Just Need to Build Us a Damn Starship

Thanks to the little sis of Where should we fire the photon torpedoes first? Also, I know where we're deploying the Genesis device: in the wetlands southwest, south, and southeast of New Orleans.

One Yard . . .

In celebration of the Caretaker admitting that our city was ruined because of the federal levee failure, and in celebration that the 10 percent match rule will be waived (as it was in every other major American catastrophe), I present the link this You Tube classic, which I've watched so many times and still can't stop watching. Deuce. Is. The Man.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I'm Not Really One for MySpace, but . . .

Coach Joe (it seems) has his own MySpace here.

Yes, I'm a Geek

I am excited about Christmas 2008.

But I am more excited about September 6 and 24, 2007.

NOTE: I see a lot of black and gold in that Trek logo. Hey, Blake, can you do an insignia like above, except put a fleur de lis inside the design, instead of that star thing-y? That would be way cool.

Thank You, Andy Kopplin

"When the president said he would do what it takes, and stay as long as it takes, he didn't say except if you had wind damage," Kopplin said.

Whose side are you on, Caretaker?

Sunday, May 20, 2007

How this for World Class New Orleans?

Found on You Tube: a shot-by-shot chronicle of Pistol Pete lighting up the Dome (and the Knicks with Phil Jackson on the floor) for 68 points in 1977.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

New Orleans Among Top 25 Cities For Up-an-Comers

If you're a professional with a truly entrepreneurial spirit--brave, passionate, willing to take risks and try something new--then post federal flood New Orleans is where you should be. I'm glad to see that third parties can see that.

We're clearly not at our best right now, and yet we still outrank Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and a lot of other cities. Are we perfect? Of course not.

Our flaws are on display for all to see, but as citizens we are well aware of them, and an engaged citizenry--many for the first time--are confronting them. Our educational system is all flux and ferment, an overwhelmingly positive development after years of decline, corruption, and then stasis. Our criminal justice system is responding to the pressure and observation of intelligent critics. Our political system features new players and new alliances.

As I've said before, the Times-Picayune's job listings are more fluid, dynamic, and interesting than they have been in years.

If you are a TRUE entrepreneur--not an armchair one who wants to land in a dull, faceless suburb on steroids--you need to come join us for the fight and the party of your life.

With all of the money and work in our neighborhoods in the coming years, New Orleans will need more contractors and skilled laborers. If you come now and are willing to work hard, you can make a great living.

Contrast the prospect of coming to a Top 25 city with being an American contractor in Iraq, where 146 of them were killed in the first three months of this year. You can make history here, or you can be history there. Your choice.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Mission Accomplished!

From the Naples, Florida, newspapers, we learn:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are spending $4 million to publicize a 200th anniversary celebration while the agency has cut $700,000 from hurricane research, Bill Proenza said this week at a hurricane conference.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Speaking of Jobs . . .

I went to a "professional" building in Metairie earlier today. In the lobby, I noticed the directory of offices in the building and came across this very interesting business. I'm really not sure what to make of it, but why do I think this business has some sort of sweetheart contract with President Bush's Department of Homeland Security?

I also took this picture of the "company" car in the parking lot:

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Fill in the Blank

1. I've noticed a lot of homes for sale in the Uptown sliver by the river. Does anybody have any hard numbers? Is there an unusually high proportion of homes for sale now?

2. Check the T-P's Jobs section each Sunday. There seems to be an unusually high number of cool job openings in the "Professional" section, as well as in the other sections too.

3. Okay, now read this intro to an article in this Sunday's New York Times magazine:
An exodus deprives _________ of the people who might have rebuilt.

#1 and #2 above are based on simple observation, which can be deceptive. Maybe there aren't a lot of homes for sale; maybe there isn't an unusually high number of jobs available in NOLA.

But #3, which is really about Iraq, made me think of #1 and #2.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007

New Orleans Among 19 Applicants to Host a Presidential Debate

You can see the list here.

I am proud that Women of the Storm has (have?) joined with Loyola, Tulane, Xavier, and Dillard to file an application. (The requirements are absolutely ridiculous.)

Thus, 19 sites have applied for four slots. New Orleans simply MUST be one of the four. If not, America truly is Ostrich Nation.

Also on the list: Hofstra.


Thursday, May 10, 2007

You GOTTA See This: Colbert Tries to Help Us

Proper request???? Bush is so predictable, and Colbert is so consistently good. The Pat O's napkin is an incredible touch:

UPDATE: Brother Clio is on the case as well and posts this screenshot:

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

It Wasn't a Very Long Trip Back to Then . . .

From the New York Times today:
People who dream of a better future are trying, fitfully, to create one, while the government they once thought would protect and serve them slumbers on. New Orleans has been slammed into the 19th century, and it’s going to be a long way back.

¿Para donde vas?

At Jazz Fest on Sunday, the other Clios and I traipsed over to catch the Iguanas on the Fais Do Do Stage. We've been fans since we were both at the Univ. of Virginia in the early 90s, when New Orleans's "Best New Band" (according to New Orleans magazine at the time) came to Charlottesville and provided a welcomed piece of home by playing at a club there.

On Sunday, we were surprised not to see the estimable Derek Huston on stage playing strong and smooth on the saxophone. Instead, there was another guy who (nothing against the guy) just didn't have the magic that Mr. Huston has in concert.

A reliable source we both know who was in the crowd told us that Derek has been unceremoniously canned after 17 years in the band. We are very disappointed. The Iguanas just got less appealing.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Did this picture bother anybody else as much as it bothered me?

This ran on the front page of the T-P.

Yuck. A 9-year-old kid "enjoying" Jazz Fest. Where were his parents?

Friday, May 04, 2007

What a Predictable Response!

According to the federal recovery czar (or, as I prefer to call him, the Caretaker), our role as Louisianans is to grovel. Their incompetence and neglect floods our city, but we have to beg and be thankful--"mendicants" as Mr. Blakely said (and Blakely says we should NOT act as mendicants). Read Mr. Powell's letter to the T-P today, with this chilling line:

The president's commitment to rebuilding the Gulf Coast remains strong, but so does the need for Louisiana to effectively use the resources it's already been given before appealing again to the already overwhelming generosity of the American taxpayers.
I'm sick of this. It literally makes my stomach turn and churn.

By the way, I'm glad the president is committed to rebuilding the Gulf Coast. I have no doubt he wants to help his buddy Barbour. However, New Orleans is not on the Gulf Coast--although the president seems committed to making sure that New Orleans ends up on the Gulf Coast.

Somehow, posting the Caretaker's picture next to Tim Calhoun, the weird presidential candidate guy from "Saturday Night Live," makes me feel a little better. But not much.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Happy, Happy Birthday

Dr. Mrs. Clio gave me some birthday money to spend on upgrading my wardrobe.

I think she had in mind a suit (which I still plan to do), but I dropped a little money on one of these beauties (and one each for Clio III and Cliette) from the Hofstra online bookstore.