Wednesday, October 31, 2007
2. Trick or Treated with Spiderman-costumed Clio IV on Octavia Street. I dressed as Guy Who Just Had Surgery (e.g. no costume, just easygoing clothes). Dr. Mrs. Clio dressed as a chef. Came home with more beer than I left with, plus smelling of the cigar that Ashley gave me. Saw Oyster and Dangerblond too. A good night.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
One important point he makes is that we will all benefit from what FEMA (and even the President) learned from the failure in our backyard. Hopefully, our state and local officials learned too, and continue to learn from the current troubles in Cali.
I still think perspectives like Jon Stewart's are useful. Last night he said comparing the two disasters is like comparing apples and orang . . . DRAGONs.
Monday, October 29, 2007
We're making some progress, but we've got a long way to go. Keep on keepin' on. That's all we can do, one day at a time.
Friday, October 26, 2007
"It makes a significant difference when you have somebody in the statehouse willing to take the lead."It also makes a difference when you have a President now trying to make everyone forget his colossal failure in managing the worst manmade disaster in American history. I find President Bush to be incredibly motivated these days when it comes to disasters.
Please note: I don't remember President Bush proactively calling Louisiana's governor and doing everything he could. We learn from the NY Times that the President just couldn't wait to call Governor Terminator to find out what he needed:
I DO remember President Bush criticizing Governor Blanco because she didn't jump through the right hoops or ask EXACTLY the right question. For the federal flood, the President's public stance was essentially, "Well, she didn't call me and fill out the right forms, and she wasn't specific enough about her requests."
Mr. Stanzel said Mr. Bush and the governor, mindful that a presidential visit could drain police resources from a state already pushed to the limit, determined that Thursday would be the best day for Mr. Bush to go. But he began offering help as early as 4 p.m. Monday, calling Mr. Schwarzenegger rather than waiting for the governor to call him.
He told Mr. Schwarzenegger to call him back “if there were any additional needs,” Mr. Stanzel said, and about an hour later, the governor did, to ask for military assistance and alert Mr. Bush that a request for the president to declare a state of emergency would probably be forthcoming. Mr. Bush authorized the declaration before leaving the West Wing; it was announced later by the press office, presumably while the president slept.
What a cynical, negligently homicidal jerk.
P.S. I'm no Blanco fan, but I just can't take this guy anymore. If, like an insurance company, I had to ascribe a percentage blame to Bush, Blanco, and Nagin when it came to post federal flood fault, I do it like this: Bush 40 percent, Nagin 40 percent, Blanco 20 percent. I'm no Blanco fan, but I thought she was better than our two "market-driven recovery" idiots.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
"Its major importance would appear to be financial support of the surgical profession."
Alfred Sherwood Romer and Thomas S. Parsons The Vertebrate Body (1986), p. 389.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I'm honestly giving Jindal a chance. I want him to succeed.
On a lesser note, do I really have to choose between Willard Lewis and Clarkson? Cheesh.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
This is what the Saints are capable of in the coming weeks.
Please note. Devery Henderson has gotten NO playing time on my team in the last three weeks, and we've gone 3-0. Coincidence? I wonder. . .
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I was wearing my Hofstra football T-shirt, which amused him. He was a nice fellow. We discussed mutual disappointment about the Cal Bears' "blowing it" this weekend. I told him how much my friend angels and saints and bears likes him and how her family members had been at the Cal Bears game this weekend.
Mrs. Number 55 was with him. Mr. and Mrs. Number 55 are expecting a child; it appears they will be parents very soon. Perhaps Little Number 55 will join the legion of other Saints players' children who grow up to play football in New Orleans area schools.
A good day in World Class New Orleans.
The world looks so much better after a win.
Monday, October 15, 2007
They've got balloons and flowers out getting ready for the grand reopening.
I'm headed for the roast beef.
What is really telling, however, is that if I tell you that he writes like this and is from North Carolina, a plausible conclusion might be that he is an evangelical Christian.
He's not. He's a Muslim (of a certain kind).
Among the scourges of our species are people who know exactly what "God" wants and are messengers for God's chosen messenger/incarnation/manifestation (Jesus, Mohammed, et al).
When you "know" what "God," wants, anything goes. Anything is possible.
I will no longer listen passively to lectures/homilies from people who know what God wants. They're lying.
A faith life is guesswork, and any "guess" that involves cruelty to others is a lie--puffed-up self-promotion.
It is amusing and sad that the Americans who beat their chests most prominently about fundamentalist Islamists are the same Americans who give aid and comfort to Christians of similar ilk.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I just can't get excited about any of these guys.
Campbell's got tired solutions. Georges and Boasso? Nah.
Jindal? He's intelligent. He tries to get things done. He's probably a decent guy. He's a real Saints fan. All good.
I just can't forgive him for carrying George W. Bush's jock strap for the past six years.
Monday, October 08, 2007
2. Cut Devery Henderson. With Lance Moore or David Patten or Robert Meachem or Joe Horn in Devery's slot, we would be 2-2. Devery lost us the Tampa game in subtle ways, and he blatantly lost us the Carolina game yesterday. Olindo Mare is bad, but he should've been irrelevant yesterday.
On a side note, I am starting to think that the clothes I wear while I watch/attend Saints games does NOT affect the team's performance on the field. I've switched up several times (yesterday, I switched from a Saints hardhat to a Panama hat), and the team still loses.
This surprises me. I had thought my sartorial choices had more effect on the game.
Question: Hey, West Coast, what do the Angels need to do to get right? Perhaps Jeff Tedford could give some seminars to Coach Payton and Manager Scioscia?
Sunday, October 07, 2007
LSU won in one of the better games I've ever seen.
USC lost, putting the Cal Bears in a very interesting position.
Finally, Tulane did the patriotic thing by taking a dive against Army.
Is a Saints win to much to ask?
Friday, October 05, 2007
That's what I have to say on the relative merits of two football teams.
For criticizing a certain kind of LSU fan--certainly not all LSU fans--I was accused of elitism, weakness, spreading tuberculosis, and causing the federal deficit.
My tone was out of line. However, I intended no offense to the many decent Tiger fans.
Also, yes, LSU athletics is a revenue generator, but LSU as an institution is indeed a taxpayer-funded institution. So, no, I am not misinformed on that basic fact. There is nothing wrong with being a taxpayer-funded institution, nor do I object to my tax dollars going to LSU. Nowhere in the offending post did I complain about that.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
I'll reply to their comments as soon as I get time. I don't regret everything I said, but I regret some of it, as well as the tone. There's a legitimate basis in reality for a good bit of what I said, but I'm not pleased with where I took that.
Monday, October 01, 2007
2. The Cal Bears are creeping up on that lesser school to the south. The Bears have a smart coach, a Heisman-quality receiver, a fun running back to watch, a gorgeous place to play, and a classy fan base. (How's that, JSTB?) That's gonna be a great showdown, and I think USC looks sketchy.
3. I spoke to some Californians over the weekend who have sent their son here to New Orleans for college. It's not scientific, but I keep talking to Californians who "get it" and understand what's going on here and what went on here. I also keep talking to Midwesterners who have no clue and seem full of self-righteous contempt. I guess Californians understand what it is to live with the whims of nature, and then we can help them understand living and dying because of the incompetence and corruption of government. Midwesterners? Many seem to live the myth of self-reliance. The point is, thanks to the Californians who get it and who will not give up on us.
4. I am really enjoying the Fats Domino tribute album that I downloaded from iTunes.
5. My friend just sent me this link. It's Deuce's thank-you to the city, which ran on the entire back page of yesterday's sports section in the T-P.