Thursday, August 30, 2007
It's a nice gesture from the committee to us fans, but maybe they should've have voted in first the people who endured days in and around the Dome in 95 plus degree heat two years ago.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
A sample (INDEED!):
We’re also grateful for the $116 billion federal allocation for the Gulf Coast. That $116 billion has served you well, as your spokesmen often cite it as an indicator of your dedication to our recovery. But, it hasn’t served us as well -- it’s not enough, it’s been given grudgingly, and only after our elected officials have had to fight for it.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
When I was 13 and he was coaching the New Orleans Pride, I got his autograph at the Sizzler on Veterans. He was very kind.
What can you say about a coach who said that Bill Bradley and Wilt Chamberlain, two of his players, weren't hungry enough?
Oh, and his last college coaching job was at Hofstra.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
In my best Will Smith voice (the actor, not the Saints DE):
"Where yat now, Mr. Blue Line Computer? Think ya so bad, scaring all us people in Louisiana by draping ya ugly blue self all over our state for a few days. Now you up to the same thing in Mexico, and you're not even the northernmost line! Not feeling so accurate anymore, are you, Mr. Cool?"
2. Somebody's been doing his/her homework on the Big Smooth:
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
And it means a lot to me. Right now. In this lovely, damned blessing of a city.
"Home...hard to know what it is if you never had one . . .."
Here is an article about Rove. I enjoyed it.
Do you know what it feels like to see that when you live here? We live in the "mightiest nation on earth," and yet we know that if this thing ("Dean" it could be) comes near enough, a good bit of our city could be over.
And I feel a little like those Romans on the northern frontier who saw the first "barbarians" ("hairy ones") head into their mighty empire.
I sat at the table yesterday with the executives of a leading New Orleans business. They calmly talked about how the wrong kind of storm would wipe New Orleans out, owing to the destroyed wetlands, bad levees, and questionable pumps. No one seemed angry; they just seemed to accept it as inevitable.
It's not inevitable, and I'm angry.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Let's just say that if the ACOE had ever tested this 'system in name only' BEFORE it failed, those who lived behind it might have had material knowledge about their safety. Certainly, they could not have conjured a hurricane, but they could have tested this design with real live pumped water. We know, and we have to remind the rest of the digital world, that it was not the wind, the tides, the waves, etc. that caused the walls to fail, it was simply the weight of the water they were supposed to contain. Geniuses. Absolute Geniuses.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
However, here are the things that caught my eye, which will form the basis of some serious thinking:
1. "There's vibrancy and intellectual activity," said Dean Taylor, chairman, president and CEO of Tidewater . . ..
2. I find this sentence says a lot:
Houston has 501 public companies and 915 public and private energy firms. The New Orleans region has just 11 public companies, and the local energy sector comprises 45 public and private firms, according to an analysis by the energy-focused investment firm Howard Weil.
3. This is interesting:
"We make it about New Orleans, but it's not really about New Orleans. It's about Houston," said Jeff Parker, president of Howard Weil, which is based in New Orleans. "Houston is the Mecca of the oil business. It is strategically the most important city in the U.S., and probably around the world, as far as the energy4. I want to think about the numerous comments about taxes, tax rates, governmental context, perceived safety, and whether our leadership has "taken care of" energy companies.
business is concerned."
5. Do we really want those companies, who helped gut our wetlands?
6. We still have assets Houston doesn't: convenient size, and more (it won't be easy, but I'll think of something).
7. We need to let Houston be Houston, and we need to be who we are. A lot of the things I don't like about the suburbs/exurbs of New Orleans stem from their leaders trying to be Houston, which they will never be. They will just be an uglier and worse version of it. There are things I like about Houston, but we need to be who we are and complement what they do. Most importantly, our civic building efforts need to be rooted in a confidence and vision about ourselves, not fear/jealousy/hatred about what Houston is.
I wanted to get this down so that I can process it. Now I'm going on a run to eliminate the chest pains and nausea I got from reading and stressing out about some of the things in that article.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
UPDATE: The young Clios and I are unfazed in the least by Reggie Bush's attempts to keep the weak away from camp:
"Unless you are training in a sauna, I don't think there is anything that can prepare you for Jackson, Mississippi," running back Reggie Bush said at the end of organized training activities in June. "I think that's the whole point of that. You can't prepare for it."
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
2. I want to thank Jim Letten and the FBI for protecting us (in particular, my children) from the scourge of drugs in St. Tammany Parish. I am optimistic that if they keep up this kind of work, we in Orleans and Jefferson can feel safer from the drug rings and meth factories that seem to plague the Northshore. We are not going to permit that kind of behavior in New Orleans from the kind of people who are running around up there. The good people of our city won't put up with that. (Recognize that kind of attitude, Jack Strain? Good for the gander and all that.)
3. Congratulations to the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, for being named one of 19 cool hotels in the world--truly world class. The Ritz is the site of frequent gigs by Mister Armand St. Martin, a good friend of Dilly and Berto.