Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
But the commission has been known to waive certain requirements, and its choice of Oxford, Miss., as a presidential debate site has produced particular bitterness in New Orleans. Oxford has about 700 hotel rooms, compared with 24,000 in New Orleans. Commission officials said that the hotel requirements were more a guideline than a rule, and that Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi has been interested in holding a debate since 2004. Mr. Fahrenkopf said politics had nothing to do with Oxford’s selection.If you have time, read that whole article. It's a study in cowardly obfuscation by these self-serving airheads. From what I hear from sources very close to the situation, the real villains are Janet Brown (ridiculously biased toward small college towns) and the Republicans (whom we embarrass by our very existence).
How great to have debates in college towns, which are booming these days, and where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average!!
Ms. Brown presides over a bunch of goons whose job (as Tim pointed out in a great comment here at WCNO) is to exclude anybody but the Republican and Democratic candidates from the debates. Check this link for the way they treated Ralph Nader in 2000 for even daring to be present on a campus where a debate was taking place. (Yes, that's a Green Party press release. If you think it's biased or wrong somehow, I dare you to find anything there that's not factually correct.) Also, in the same article, here's a nice description of the Commission, headed as it is by lobbyists for gambling and drugs:
Now, Ashley has a very interesting post that indicates the handicap that our city continues to carry with Mayor Nagin (you know, when he's actually in town). However, you know as well as I do that if the leadership of the Commission actually wanted a debate in NOLA, they would've found a way. That's what leaders do. They find a way. Spineless yellow bellies do things the way Dubya and the Commission on Presidential Debates do it. They find a way . . . to run and hide.
The Commission on Presidential Debates was formed in 1987 to replace the non-partisan League of Women Voters, which included independent candidate John Anderson in the first 1980 presidential debate and prohibited the major party candidates from selecting the debate panelists in 1984. Frank Fahrenkopf, then chairman of the Republican National Committee and now the leading lobbyist for the gambling industry, and Paul Kirk, then chairman of the Democratic National Committee and now a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry, created The Commission on Presidential Debates.
Financed by Anheuser-Busch, Philip Morris and other multinational corporations, the Commission on Presidential Debates has excluded popular third-party candidates, most of whom are critical of the Big Business agenda.
Although he received $29 million in public funds, captured 19 percent of the popular vote in the previous 1992 election, and 76 percent of eligible voters wanted him included, Ross Perot was excluded by the two parties from the 1996 presidential debates. Both Pat Buchanan, who collected over $12 million in federal matching funds, and Ralph Nader, who attracted the largest paid audiences during his campaign appearances, were excluded from the 2000 presidential debates, although in a national poll, 64 percent of eligible voters wanted them included.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
But Mr. Brees is way out of whack in this picture from yesterday's Times-Pic. Seersucker at the Fairgrounds? On Thanksgiving? When it's like 48 degrees?
P.S. Mr. Brees, I write this as a fan. I never would've bothered to write about Jim Everett's or Wade Wilson's clothes.
P.P.S. Seersucker consistently screws up in digital photography. The tight lines are too much for pixels to handle, as you can see above.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The thing that really aggravates me about Texas people rubbing Katrina in the faces of New Orleanians is that I know how we would treat them if a disaster should befall, say, Houston. We would take them in, feed them the first decent meal of their entire lives, show them how to do something with their hair, give them some “what not to wear” tips, and help them turn that frown upside down.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Read the link to listen to the passionless, ostrich-like, pitiful excuses.
New Orleans didn't deserve a debate because we suffered a tragedy. We don't want pity.
New Orleans was the best place for a debate (or even all four of them) because all of the major issues facing our country and world have been on display here for over two years: a national infrastructure at risk, homeland security (our port and levees), race, education, economic opportunity, global climate change, wetlands degradation, agriculture and aquaculture, crime, corruption, crony capitalism.
Instead, the debates will be held at Ole Miss and Hofstra. (Hofstra?) Oh, and St. Louis and Nashville.
If I lived in the West, I'd be pissed too.
If you're not happy about this, call or email Mr. Paul Kirk Jr. See the link for what seems to be some contact info for him. I emailed him the following:
You and the Commission on Presidential Debates had a chance to do the right thing. You had a chance to face our nations' challenges and shortcomings squarely in the face by putting at least one of the four presidential debates for 2008 in New Orleans.
Instead, you and your comrades gave aid and comfort to the enemies of our nation and world by choosing head-in-the-sand locations like St.Louis and Oxford.
To be clear: the enemies of our nation and world are complacency, arrogance, and negligence. Today, those qualities won. Integrity and truth-seeking lost.
I am disgusted with my country today because of your poor choice. I will get over
it, but I will not forget what you have done.
In effect, you are no better than the failures at FEMA who left us abandoned when the levees failed. You are no better than the criminally negligent people at the Army Corps of Engineers who gave us the levees that failed in the first place, and who continue to lie to us today.
I hope that one day you understand the serious mistake you have made.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
But his position on torture and (at least as important) his way of articulating it is completely compelling. Read this:
“One of the things that kept us going when I was in prison in North Vietnam was that we knew that if the situation were reversed that we would not be doing to our captors what they were doing to us,” he said. . . .I am proud to be an American when a candidate for a party I normally oppose can be so compelling on such an important issue.
“I want to tell you, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, and Mitt Romney all think it is O.K.,” he said. [McCain should have added Dubya to that list.]
Who are we? Al Qaeda lite, sprinkled with holy water from Jesus? (That's what Dubya has created.)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Then the radiology staff will use a gamma camera on me. The whole process is called an octreotide scan.
I am hoping that the result will be the ability to look like this when I get angry.
I think this will be effective at work and with my kids, as well as when I am cheering the Saints on to victory over opponents and the referees.
P. S. This is a precautionary test. Things appear to be fine.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
What did you say?
I know what you were singing
But my ears won't stop ringing
Long enough to hear
Those sweet words
And your simple melody
I just have to hear
Those sweet words
Spoken like a melody
I just want to hear
Those sweet words.
All your love
Is a lost balloon
Rising up through the afternoon
'Til it could fit on the head of a pin.
Lots of glimpses and longing, with just enough hope to keep me going, but not enough discernment or clarity to . . . to . . .. I don't know.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Can't we work something out?
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
. . . Every question is a leading question.
Ask it anyway, then expect
what you won’t get.
There is no such thing
as the original
so you’ll have to make do
with a reasonable facsimile.
The history of the world
is hearsay. Hear it.
The whole truth
and nothing but the truth
is a lie . . ..
Monday, November 05, 2007
Once again, I'm not on it.
Maybe it's because I'm:
1. not under 40.
2. not a winnah.
P.S. UPDATE: Blake's congratulatory words and proper attitude make me want to say that my attempt at humor above is not intended to take away from the many cool stories listed in Gambit's effort to honor people making a difference in our city and region. Among my faves are the Forjet's, proprietors of Randazzo's Goodchildren Bakery that was wiped out in St. Bernard. Now they're fighting the good fight for delicious Italian baked goods and king cakes on the Northshore. Check out Nonna Randazzo's sometime.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
“I want to find something that delights people so they use it, and they use it for the merits of it being it.”
Friday, November 02, 2007
We're tough enough and smart enough to make up for the impeachable pinhead who is our President these days,
UPDATE: Great. Now we learn that President Pinhead's neglect is hurting the Port of New Orleans. Impeach and convict him. NOW. He is worse for our nation than Al-Qaeda. Much worse.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Here are just a couple of rows from a great comparison chart he has posted:
NOLA: The Superdome and Convention Center had no power, no utilities, and no security.
California: Qualcomm Stadium had beer and hot dogs for everyone.
NOLA: 350,000 homes were destroyed.
California: 1800 homes were destroyed.
Check out the rest here.