Wednesday, May 30, 2007
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.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
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
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
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
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.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
I also took this picture of the "company" car in the parking lot:
Sunday, May 13, 2007
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
2. Now that we have $2 billion that we would've spent on making German steel people happy, what are we gonna do with that money?
3. Blake links to a really cool baby name thingy.
Friday, May 11, 2007
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
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
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.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
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
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.