Wednesday, December 31, 2008

World Class New Year's Dining

Happy New Year!

My grandmother (we called her "Nana") taught me how to be a civilized human being.

My failures in actually being a civilized human being are my own fault, not hers.

Anyway, every New Year's Day, she would make Gumbo Z'herbes, as a way to put a New Orleans spin on the tradition of eating greens (e.g. cabbage) on New Year's Day.  This is a lot more work than cooking some cabbage within an inch of its life, but it's worth it.

Gumbo Z’Herbes

 6 or 8 bunches fresh spinach or 6 or 8 packs frozen (or some of each)

1 bunch of mustard greens

1 bunch of collard greens

1 bunch of turnip greens

Greens from 1 bunch of carrots (Tops)

Greens from 1 bunch of beets (Tops)

Outer leaves of lettuce – use romaine or endive or other

Outer leaves of cabbage

Leaves from top of celery

Leaves from top of radishes

Leaves from 1 bunch of broccoli

1 lb. of fresh hot sausage

1 lb. of ham seasoning or smoked sausage

2 or 3 big onions -- chopped

1 or 2 sweet peppers -- chopped

2 or 3 bay leaves

A few tablespoons flour

Gumbo file

Salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste

Cooked rice

 1.         Wash the greens thoroughly.  Take out the stems or tough midribs.  Put the greens in a big pot with water to cover and bring to boil.  When it boils, turn fire down to medium and let cook for about 15 or 20 minutes – uncovered.

 2.         While the greens are simmering, cook the hot sausage (in small bite-size chunks) and diced ham or smoked sausage in a large heavy skillet.  When cooked, remove the meat with a spoon, and put the meat on a plate.  Drain off some of the grease from the pan, then add the onions and peppers.  Cook until the onions and peppers are soft.

 3.         After the greens have cooked down, use a strainer to drain them, but retain the water (the stock) that the greens have been cooking in.  Add the greens back to the large pot, and stir in the cooked onions, peppers, meat, bay leaves, and seasonings.  Get the mixture nice and hot.

 4.         Add in stock until the texture is gumbo-like. Simmer for at least an hour.  If the gumbo gets too thick, add in some more of the stock.  To get the consistency that you like, mix some flour with water in a separate bowl, then add some of this paste to the gumbo.  You can also add gumbo file to get the desired texture.  As the gumbo cooks with the flour, you may want to add salt, pepper, or hot sauce.  Be careful; the hot sausage will also add plenty of spice as well.

 5.         Serve in large soup bowls over rice.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas from Camp Street in New Orleans, Louisiana

Maybe this Christmas will be the start of some world-class developments. Mr. Clio, Dr. Mrs. Clio, Clio II, Clio III, Cliette, and Clio IV wish all the best to anybody who checks in with World Class New Orleans.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Joy Via a Prom Pic

Thanks to Blake and Supa Saint for tear-inducing bit of joy below (Supa's prom pic from 1987). P.S. I had lunch with Chef Who Dat. What did I eat? The Black and Gold Burger, naturally.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

In the Holiday Video War, Are There Geneva Conventions?

Because if there are, the 12 Yats of Christmas should be treated like noncombatants.

Be sure to keep them (dem) out of this.

P.S. Until I searched, I hadn't seen this, um, odd computer graphics version. Although it's tempting, please stay away from that too.

UPDATE: Never mind about the P.S. I just watched the whole thing. I am entering it into battle in the war. Nobody should've touched the original WWL version.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Does Coach Payton Read and Abide by the Yellow Blog?

I mean, Coach benched Mr. Bush and then has been saying some snarky things about him.

Jeffrey has got to feel vindicated by all this.

I look forward to a 13-3 season next year.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Congrats to the Bears

They have our number at Soldier Field.

Also, Dr. Morris is clearly messing around with us.

There's got to be a purpose to it.

Can't wait to find out.

Note to Coach: Show you have some humility we don't know about. Hire an offensive coordinater. Fire Gibbs. Fire your special teams coach.

Drew Brees, Smooth Colston, Pierre Thomas, Billy Miller, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Fujita, Mr. Vilma--you are the core of something good.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Is there any doubt that Ashley Morris sent this snow to NOLA?

I mean, we're playing the Bears tonight.

I'm hoping this is an omen of victory.

But then Ashley always did have a twisted sense of humor.

What's it gonna be, Dr. Morris?

When do we get to vote for members of our skin-color "communities"?

Monday, I heard a WWL radio reporter say (with no audible laughter) that our new congressman, Joseph Cao, will be "reaching out" to leaders of the "African-American, Caucasian, and Hispanic communities" to let them know that he seeks to be everyone's representative.

First of all, "reaching out" is one of those phrases that provokes only contempt and suspicious questions from me. You know, like "moving forward." If you have to "reach out," it probably means you've been improperly ignoring a person or people whom you probably should have been in contact with anyway.

Second, who exactly would be the "leaders" of, say, the "African-American community" or the "Caucasian community"?

In New Orleans, who exactly is "African-American" or "Caucasian"?

My kids are a mix of everything. With which "community" do they vote?

If someone sees pictures of Mr. Cao's meetings with these "leaders," please let me know.

I'm frightened to see who will be representing the "Caucasian community." And I have a feeling they will be prominent members of clubs that don't look kindly on members of other communities joining.

That doesn't sound representative to me, but it does sound like phony reaching out.

P.S. Mr. Cao, if you want to keep my vote in two years, keep your distance from Steve Scalise.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Jason David, You Have Earned It.

As Humid Haney pointed out, you earned the right to do the Courtney Cox.

When did we vote for the "leaders" of our skin-color "communities"?

Monday, I heard a WWL radio reporter say (with no audible laughter) that our new congressman, Joseph Cao, will be "reaching out" to leaders of the "African-American, Caucasian, and Hispanic communities" to let them know that he seeks to be everyone's representative.


First of all, "reaching out" is one of those phrases that provokes only contempt and suspicious questions from me. You know, like "moving forward." If you have to "reach out," it probably means you've been improperly ignoring a person or people whom you probably should have been in contact with anyway.

Second, who exactly would be the "leaders" of, say, the "African-American community" or the "Caucasian community"?

In New Orleans, who exactly is "African-American" or "Caucasian"?

My kids are a mix of everything. With which "community" do they vote?

If someone sees pictures of Mr. Cao's meetings with these "leaders," please let me know.

I'm frightened to see who will be representing the "Caucasian community." And I have a feeling they will be prominent members of clubs that don't look kindly on members of other communities joining.

That doesn't sound representative to me, but it does sound like phony reaching out.

P.S. Mr. Cao, if you want to keep my vote in two years, keep your distance from Steve Scalise.

Monday, December 08, 2008

On the Superiority of the Terrace in the Louisiana Superdome

Yesterday, thanks to the generosity of a great friend of my employer, I was in a suite for the Saints' victory over the Falcons. Coincidentally, my suite was almost directly below my usual seats in Section 635 of the Terrace of the Louisiana Superdome. Thus, I was able to visit my usual section and people a couple of times.

My suite was also two doors down from the suite for Reggie Bush's family and friends.

In the course of the game, I saw Chris Paul. I saw Kim Kardashian. I saw and spoke with former Hornets and Celtics player P.J. Brown (who is a totally nice guy who in retirement has returned to our area to live).

So there was that.

Meanwhile, when I visited the Terrace, I saw what you see in the pictures below. And I heard noise and love and camaraderie.

The Terrace is better. (The first picture is what my beloved section looks like when photographed from the Dome's turf before the game.)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Nossiter Is Wrong Again

I've written before about Adam Nossiter of the New York Times. He ALMOST gets it right frequently, and I often appreciate his work. However, now I have lost patience with his work. He seems to write things that subtly encourage New Orleans to be the old New Orleans that allowed bad federal levees to exist and passively accepted poverty and racism.

Here's his take on Joe Cao's victory againt Bill Jefferson:
The upset victory by the lawyer, Anh Cao, was thought by analysts to be the result of a strong turnout by white voters angered over federal corruption charges against Mr. Jefferson, a black Democrat who was counting on a loyal base to return him to Congress for a 10th term.
I'm white.

I voted for Mr. Cao (and against my own Green Party).

Guess what? I'm not "angered."

I just want a congressman who is not on the take and who might get something done for our city in Congress.

Nossiter needs old New Orleans; he NEEDS angry whites and angry blacks. He needs simple, passive, slow Southerners. We're so quaint to him.

Why does he have to write stuff like this?

Without them, he wouldn't be able to write. He'd have nothing to think about nor say.

Let's not give Adam Nossiter anything to write about.

P.S. Congratulations to Mr. Cao. Get to work, because we will all be watching these next two years VERY carefully.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Brad Pitt is Right about "Benjamin Button"

It really seems to be a love letter to New Orleans.

Check out the official website for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and its riveting use of music and old New Orleans pictures. If you're lucky--New Orleans being the family that it is--you might even see one of your relatives or ancestors in the pictures.

Wow. I'm genuintely interested.

And I continue to be amazed at Mr. Pitt's and Ms. Jolie's ongoing commitment to our fair city.

Not World Class

Well, world class revulsion, maybe. The New York Times tells us (reminds us?) that our children (yes, OUR children--they're all our children) who have been displaced by the levee failures are twice as likely to be anemic as homeless children in New York City:

The health problems of Hurricane Katrina children are daunting. When the Children’s Health Fund, whose mobile health clinics have provided the only doctors and psychologists available to many of these families, reviewed the charts of children seen this year, researchers with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University found that 41 percent under age 4 had iron-deficiency anemia — twice the rate for children in New York City’s homeless shelters. Anemia, often attributable to poor nutrition, is associated with developmental problems and academic underachievement.

Forty-two percent of the children, who lived in trailers laced with dangerous levels of formaldehyde, had allergic rhinitis or an upper respiratory infection, the study found.

More than half of those ages 6 to 11 had a behavior or learning problem, yet in the East Baton Rouge School District children can wait for as long as two years to be tested for learning disabilities.


Honestly, reading this makes me ill. I think I'm in the wrong line of work. I'm fiddling while Rome burns.

Monday, December 01, 2008

THANKS SAINTS!

The change in capitalization and punctuation should indicate a difference in meaning this week.

Note to Coach: your hubris will bring the end of you. Hubris does that.

Like New Orleans as a city, the Saints don't need rockstars. We need blue-collar grunts. Pierre. Lance. Billy Miller. Shanle.

Sit down, Reggie. Sit down, Shockey.

We don't need "brilliant" idea hucksters either. We need roll-up-our-sleeves tenacity and leaders in that effort.

So who are you, Coach Payton? Are you Ed Blakely? Or are you Bob Cerasoli, who is getting the job done (I've seen it first-hand)?

I hope you're not Blakely, Coach.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Saints 51, Packers 29

For much of last night, I was wearing an American cheese mustache in lieu of eye black.

Thanks, Chef Who Dat.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's Surreal to be an American These Days

Can someone please explain the meaningful difference between the following stories?

1987:
Oral Roberts goes on vigil and asks for $8 million, or else God will call him home.

2008:
Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, and General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner go to Congress and say they will go out of business unless Congress loans them at least $25 BILLION (yes, BILLION).

Okay, I'll give Ford some credit: at least they say they can weather the storm without dying.

These clowns make garbage cars like Hummers and Expeditions for years, knowing full well the long-term consequences for the planet.  Then, when the bottom falls out, they come asking for help.

Go bankrupt, you wussies.  Man up.  Market up.

And it takes the cake that Dubya and his minions want to loan the car clowns money that was previously earmarked to reward companies for building more fuel-efficient cars; but of course Dubya wants to remove that pre-condition and just fork over the money.

Dubya, who fired no one after 9/11 or the federal levee failures.  Dubya, the MBA President.  Dubya.  What a joke.

The only way he could be worse is if he pardons Edwin Edwards.

Oh, that's right.  Apparently, he's gonna do that too.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Official Geek Watch Begins NOW


Go here to see the trailer for the new Trek film (see Trailer #2).

Kirk and Spock in a fist fight?  Gotta see this.

From "Fight Club":
Norton's Character: If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight?
Tyler: alive or dead?
Norton's Character: Doesn't matter. Who'd be tough?
Tyler: Hemingway. You?
Norton's Character: Shatner, I'd fight William Shatner.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Business-Friendly St. Tammany Parish

I just want to thank the chuckleheads in St. Tammany Parish who helped Louisiana make national news by perpetrating a Klan murder.

I picked up the Times-Picayune this morning and thought I was in a time warp to 1934.

Somehow, "O Brother Where Art Thou" doesn't seem so funny anymore.

WWL Radio's website was quick to try to reassure us that there is no organized KKK activity in St. Tammany.  You know, because WWL needs to help its listener base keep their cover.

This post is dedicated to all the people who call in to WWL radio from St. Tammany Parish and lecture Orleanians about how to be more "business friendly."  (Oh, and it's also dedicated to Bob DelGiorno, who drives in from Mississippi to lecture us about the same.)


Saturday, November 08, 2008

Some Things I've Heard

1. The state and the Saints are close to a deal to upgrade the Superdome, keep the Saints here, and attract a Super Bowl.

2. The audit of City of New Orleans automobiles will be released in the next few weeks. It ain't pretty. There are no controls in place, and despite months of work, they still don't know how many cars are owned and insured by the City of New Orleans. (As my godfather asks, not only how many cars are there? But also: who insures the cars? Who benefits?)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Coverage from World Class New Orleans

Dr. Mrs. Clio and I went to vote at 6:05 a.m., and you see above what we found. That's a line that stretched out of the Xavier Prep parking lot and all the way around the block. Normally we walk right into the cafeteria and stand behind maybe one person.

I'm really glad people are getting out. (We decided to vote later today.)

In other news, my sense that Lusher kids are not really representative of the general population was confirmed when Cliette told me the voting results from her homeroom: 20 votes for Obama, 4 votes for Nader, 1 vote for McCain. Fifth graders, I think, tend to vote in packs--once the tipping point is reached for one candidate, they all go like lemmings.


I really am stirred up about the dawn of something new, or renewed, in the United States of America. If we really are a nation of entrepreneurial, pioneering spirit, we have our chance to do something special now.

I haven't done much blogging lately, but I want to say that I think Americans have had a better choice in this presidential election than in any election in my lifetime. I think McCain vs. Obama is the best choice since Eisenhower vs. Stevenson in the fifties (and that was WAY before my lifetime). I really regret that McCain made such a horrible choice in Palin; I attribute that to too much listening to Dubya political operatives. I hope that after today, Governor Palin takes her rightful place as a talk show host on Fox News, giving Oprah a run for her money.

I'm pretty much over being bitter about President George W. Bush, and I am really happy that we can move past the last 8 years of a presidency marked by a deep cynicism about Americans and a frighteningly wrong mix of evangelical end-of-days-ism and power politics. I think that just as we in New Orleans are creating and re-creating something better, Americans can too.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

OUCH: Some Setbacks in World Class New Orleans

In the past seven days:

The Saints, LSU, and Tulane all lost, giving up a total of 124 points in three losses. Apparently, the Army Corps of Engineers has been giving lessons about defense to the three defensive coordinators.

Deuce got busted for taking peepee medication. (Will Smith and Charles Grant did too, but those guys aren't the icon that Deuce is.)

Chris Rose got arrested for a dustup with a former girlfriend.

As New Orleans does, we will bounce back from these downers.

On the bright side, I "chaperoned" (loosely speaking) Clio II yesterday at Voodoo. In the process, on my own, I went to see the New Orleans Bingo Show. It changed my life. I also really loved Bingo's special guest Vermillion Lies.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cranky Old Men

When I was a New Orleanian teenage commuter in the eighties, making my way in a car from the Westbank to my high school on the Eastbank--first with my dad, then with my classmates or brothers--I listened to a lot of morning radio.  My fellow idiot teenage guys and I enjoyed the likes of Cajun Ken Cooper, Scoot in the Morning, and Michael in the Morning (more like "Michael in da Mawnin'").

One line from Cajun Ken Cooper still sticks in my head.  It was 1982 or so, and Olivia Newton-John was headed to Baton Rouge for a concert during the "Physical" days.  Cajun Ken said of Ms. Newtown-John, "I'd drink her bath water."  That tells you a lot about the level of humor and intelligence on those radio shows.  It also tells you a lot about me that this line still evokes a smile and an occasional laugh if I remember it at just the right time.

Anyway, sometime during my high school days, the new thing became "Walton and Johnson."  These guys made my carmates and me laugh with crass, outrageous humor and funny characters.

Well, I have no idea where Cajun Ken and Scoot are now.

However, Walton and Johnson moved back to Houston and continue to broadcast in New Orleans today.

Have you listened to these guys lately?

They used to be funny in an equal-opportunity kind of way--making fun of and potentially offending everyone.

Now they've become a less intelligent and even less funny version of Rush Limbaugh.

Late last week, scrolling through the radio stations during my short ride to work, I and other listeners were treated to this actual statement from Mr. Walton:

"If this Marxist [Obama] is elected, blood will be spilled on American soil within two years.  Americans will be killing other Americans in a civil war."

He was serious.

What have these guys become?  They have become your grumpy, half-loaded old uncle pontificating after Thanksgiving dinner.  (I believe Garrison Keillor has used something like that line to describe Mr. Limbaugh.)

What percentage of Walton and Johnson's audience know what a Marxist is, anyway?  The cranky old white guys are revealing their age.  Marxists?  That's so sixties.

1860s.

Maybe I was tricked by Walton and Johnson in my youth.  Maybe humor based on sometimes crude (but funny) stereotypes leads to this.  I'd like to think that's not true.  I'd like to think that part of what was appealing about Mr. Kenneth and Mr. Eaux was that they used stereotype to poke fun at all of us--white people, black people, gay people, straight people, and so on.

Now it seems that they use their show and their attempts at humor to scare people and to impose or reinforce the most reactionary brand of political and moral thinking.  (Make no mistake--there is a sort of thinking behind what they do, and it results in a terrible things.)

Meanwhile, Michael in the Morning still broadcasts.  I have come to enjoy what he brings to the table.  The irrelevancies and obscurities of the Rock and Roll Almanac are a particular favorite.  Michael in the Morning's show felt old (in a sort of good way) 25 years ago.  He's still broadcasting essentially the same show and his Beatles fetish remains and it still feels old.  I respect his show more than ever because he's doing what he wants to do--listening to his Muse and following her where she leads him.  There's an honesty in that.

I find only dishonesty in the Cranky Old White Guys Show.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Beatdown


I enjoyed the way the Saints treated the Raiders today.

Gameday!

I have imported a cadre of Californians and one Atlantean for today's contest versus the Oakland Raiders.

World Class New Orleans regular contributor "angels and saints and bears oh my" is leading the pack, as she is visiting town for her bachelor party.

Our black-and-gold-clad biking convoy of 10 departs Uptown at 9:00 a.m.  We will be menacing.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Thanks for Reminding Me, Easterbrook

I really enjoy Gregg Easterbrook's TMQ column.

This week, his comments about the Saints are especially stinging. The truth will set us free:
Stats of the Week No. 9: New Orleans gained 729 total yards (offensive yards and kick returns), and lost.
* * * *
Sweet 'N' Sour Play: Trailing New Orleans 27-20 midway through the fourth quarter, pass-challenged Minnesota, with 15-year seven-times-waived retread Gus Frerotte at quarterback, completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian for the tie, then went on to win. That was sweet. Extra sweet for the Hyperboreans was winning on the road despite being held to 44 yards rushing. As for the Saints, their much-criticized defense held Adrian Peterson to 32 yards on 21 carries, yet they lost. That was sour. Extra sour was the situation on the Berrian touchdown. Minnesota faced a third-and-16. If you play straight defense, the odds favor a stop, followed by a long field goal attempt, which, even if successful, still leaves the home team with the lead. You've already guessed that New Orleans big-blitzed. New Orleans blitzed eight men, a tactic rarely seen because it is practically an engraved invitation to score a touchdown. Had New Orleans simply played straight defense on this snap, victory would have been likely.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Deuce and Reggie Go Together Like Peaches and Herb

Reunited, and it feels so good. These two videos should make for a Red Beans and Rice Monday versus the Vikings, people.


Saturday, October 04, 2008

Self-Disenfranchised

Because I am a registered member of the Green Party, I was not permitted to vote against William Jefferson today.

I was going to vote for James Carter.

I did not realize that this was a Democratic primary for the Congressional seat.

I thought it was a good old-fashioned Louisiana open primary, which I strongly prefer.

Dang it.

Meanwhile, I am not aware if my inept party is even running someone for the seat.

The Greens piss me off.  They have so many things right, but the Green Party is just pathetic and inneffectual.

Um, maybe that's why I'm in it.  I'm part of the problem.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dear America,

Three years ago, we on the Gulf Coast lived out the consequences of having an inept president, cretin presidential appointees, and a craven Congress.

We have continued to tell you about how dangerous things are when people like that are in charge.

Now that the financial system is in a mess and there is no leadership on the job, do you believe us?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Deuce is Loose

San Francisco authorities have been notified but have been unable to capture or contain him.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

New Shirts We Bought Today

Family Values, McCain Style

Via Adrastos, I found this helpful article from the Los Angeles Times.

It ain't pretty for the family involved when stuff like that happens.

Nobody in the GOP wants to talk about that, and the Catholic bishops who do everything but endorse McCain certainly don't want to talk about it.

Halloween Scary

Compare Palin at mark 7:01 in this interview to the second video posted below.  I find eery similarities in their respective voice inflections and in the way unrelated phrases and ideas are compressed together in potted meat food product manner.



Now listen to Miss South Carolina:


Oops. Update. Someone has already cleverly done it for me:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Pro-Life" Republican Says My Tax Dollars Should Pay People to Self-Mutilate

Rep. John LaBruzzo, who represents the lovely district in Metairie that gave us David Duke and national embarrassment, wants the government to pay people to sterilize themselves.

Gee, I wonder if Archbishop Hughes and the "good" Christians of Rep. LaBruzzo's district will show the same kind of outrage they do when Democrats and other Republicans say the government should leave people alone over the issue of abortion?

Okay, look: Dr. Mrs. Clio and I have four kids, so you can insert any kind of joke here that you want, and I would deserve it and laugh. 

And I'm not going to wag my finger at somebody for getting tubes tied or whatever it is that people do.

However, for me, that decision just seems so permanent.

Also, I work very hard to keep sharp objects AWAY from that part of my body.

In the end, I really don't think sterilization is a good idea for anybody.

Perhaps a thought experiment is in order.  What if nuclear armageddon comes, and the only two people left are you and [fill in the blank: Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Gina Gershon, Matt Damon, et al], and it's your job to repopulate the planet?  You don't want to have to tell those people that you can't help them out, do you?

Okay, I'm just drifting now.  To sum up: I don't think it's a good idea for people to cut up their genital areas, and I certainly don't want to be forced to help them pay for it.  THANKS METAIRIE!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

S.O.S. -- Deuce, You Listening? Coach Ain't.

Until the Saints defense wakes up and Coach starts playing Deuce, I'm gonna spend a lot more time paying attention to World Class Angels Baseball. Tomorrow's video selection: "I Love L.A."

Today? S.O.S. Listen carefully to the words. Poignant. Coach. Deuce. Figure it out, gentleman.

Injustice Abounds, But There Is Always Deuce


Do you remember 2002?

Deuce badly hurt his ankle. The whole week prior to a nationally televised night game versus the future Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Decadence Denizens, Deuce was hobbling.

And then on game day, they taped him up, and he did this.

I've got to believe that the Deuce of 2008 is faster and more agile than the hobbled and taped Deuce of late 2002.

Let's do it, Coach.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Just Who Are the Terrorists, Anyway?

If you want to read a legitimate political economist, go read Oyster.  In particular, read his point about Dubya's sudden conversion from a president whose "philosophy" precluded Richard Baker's creative solution to post-Katrina real estate woes in south Louisiana to the guy ready to throw untold billions, in effect, at people who bet wrong on real estate in places like Florida, Arizona, and California.

In his most recent post, Oyster has some fun with Dubya's interest in Doctor Evil.

The President already has leveraged a terrible attack on our country on September 11, 2001, into a "Don't worry, go shopping" War that has cost thousands of American families their loved ones.

Now he and his enablers in the national Democratic Party are using fear to gin up a War on the Meltdown.  What is terrorism if not this (via Oyster)?:
Committee Chairman Chris D0dd on ABC’s “Good Morning America” said lawmakers were told last night “that we’re literally maybe days away from a complete meltdown of our financial system,with all the implications, here at home and globally.”
And this puts me in mind of Randy Newman's song, which I've posted before, about how low we've sunken from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to George Walker Bush:

A President once said,"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
Now it seems like we're supposed to be afraid
It's patriotic in fact and color coded
And what are we supposed to be afraid of?
Why, of being afraid
That's what terror means, doesn't it?
That's what it used to mean.

In the end, it's much easier to get a figurative Wall Street bailout than it is to get a literal South Louisiana bailout. Disgusting.

Here is Mr. Newman:

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Jar Jar Binks of NFL Quarterbacks

Let's all welcome Joey Harrington to Our New Orleans Saints.

In all fairness, he probably is now the best 3rd string QB in the league.

But still . . .

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saints Play FEMA Today


If you have any trouble getting up for today's game, just remember that FEMA is HQ'd just up the street from where the Saints are playing.

UPDATE:

FEMA won.

Again.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hot, Flat, and Crowded (tm Thomas Friedman)

That's what the parking lot was at Winn-Dixie today.

Even though Ike is like 400 miles away, it made the weather a bit armaggedonish even in New Orleans today.

It wasn't the clouds and rain.  It was that freaky hot wind.  Yuk.

I'm glad Houston finally woke up and got its act together about Ike.  To judge by the cover of the Houston Chronicle a few days ago, Ike was somebody else's problem.

I'm worried about Galveston and the peeps I know there.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Reversification

If you go to the College Inn, you will see on the wall a quote from Dr. John through which he describes our Katrina experience (I believe): "I am traumaticalized."

In Dr. John's style of language, Berto and I developed a word (fueled by bloody doubles) to describe what's going on in New Orleans and with Our New Orleans Saints over the past few weeks:

REVERSIFICATION

Who has looked pretty damn good over the past 10 days?
The Army Corps of Engineers
Devery Henderson
Even Mayor Curly has had some really good moments--although I agree with Adrastos and others that the "mother of all storms" speech was irresponsible.

If the above examples aren't reversification, I don't know what is.

Berto and I have been practicing and noticing reversification in a variety of ways, and it works.

Just one example: the jumpsuits are now shorties.  The result?  A big Saints win.  Also, improbably, the ladies seem to like the shorties.

And so on.

(It's all a bit reminiscent of the "Seinfeld" episode "The Opposite."  Except that instead of the phenomenon working for one lowly George Costanza, it's working for an entire metropolitan area and the culture of an entire city.)

Reversification, I believe, results in de-traumaticalization.

Hey, New Orleans, change things up--but just a little.

Let's all get de-traumaticalized.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Brian's Last Blogged Words

I have a post brewing that encapsulates some of what I've been stewing about through the whole Gustav experience.

But tonight, the eve of the first Saints' season without Ashley and Brian, somehow it seems right to link to Brian's last-ever words on his blog.

I plan to get up early and go see Ashley tomorrow morning. (In doing so, I'm merely copying Chef Who Dat, who did this already today, I think.)

Anyway, here's Brian. I doubt he knew these would be his last blogged words, but they seem fitting:
Oh, well, there are many other ways to be a fan as well. I am sure I will discover them. Happier posts later.

rizzo

Friday, September 05, 2008

Cox Fixed the Tubes

I have internet, cable, and power at my house. I take none of this for granted. If I can help anyone with my undeserved bounty of modernity, please let me know.

Jumpsuits were delivered by UPS yesterday! I couldn't believe it. Berto is hard at work with a Sharpie. I am working on adding a flag to my bike to copy the style seen in the beeee-YOU-tiful commercial below.

More soon. In a hurry paying bills and cranking up my job again.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Saints Game ON. Whither the New Jumpsuits?

The Saints will play the Buccaneers in the Superdome this Sunday. Beautiful. Let us all keep perspective as we enjoy this truly communal event.

In other news, the new golden jumsuits I ordered last week shipped on schedule. UPS says they will be delivered on schedule today. Um, I doubt that. But I hope by Friday.

As you can see below, the suits are in Jackson, MS, right now. Maybe my friends Kay and Danny or some of the other Orleanians exiled there can pick them up for me on the way in.

I predict UPS will come through on Friday and that Berto will be hard at work with a Sharpie on Saturday.

See this link for a picture of Berto's suit (it's a shorty now) safely in a closet in a hotel near Montgomery, AL.


Cell Phones Don't Seem to be Working So Well

This is NOT a complaint. I know hurricanes present a myriad of difficulties.

I'm just posting to observe that there still seem to be problems with cell phones during disasters. I don't know if it's infrastructure or the shear number of simultaneous users.

After Katrina, a tech guy with a cell phone company told me that the cell phone companies had "gone to school" on Katrina and that next time around, there would be better coverage and it wouldn't be so hard to get through. He said they were changing the way call were routed and such.

It may in fact be better this go 'round, but it is still difficult. Text messaging seems to work pretty well, though.

Again, this is not a complaint. I just wanted to post what I'm experiencing during the middle of this.

Monday, September 01, 2008

What I've Learned Today from "Trusted" "News" "Sources" That Want ME to Decide

1. Fox News reported their Gustav coverage from their "EXTREME Weather Center." Huh? What is this? World Wrestling Federation? NASCAR?

2. CNN told Dr. Mrs. Clio that a levee had "breached." Oyster heard the same thing. Huh?

3. CNN made it clear that Shell Beach is part of New Orleans.

4. General Honore corrected the CNN weather idiot when the latter talked about "creeks and streams" filling up with storm surge. The General noted that in fact they are bayous and rivers.

5. Wolf Blitzer told me that Lafayette is 70 miles from New Orleans. That's more than 50 percent off.

6. At approximately 3:10 p.m. CST on September 1, 2008, some idiot on CNN with a cool Google map toy actually said that with Katrina, the big concern for Baton Rouge was "storm surge coming from the north along the Mississippi River." This time, however, the concern would be storm surge from Gustav coming UP the river from the south. Please read those last two sentences again. I won't even address the first sentence, such is its idiocy. The second sentence reveals total ignorance: if storm surge from Katrina up the river didn't affect New Orleans, Laplace, and all the river towns, why would it be an issue for Baton Rouge?

7. Dr. Mrs. Clio has been amused by many references to "East Jefferson County" emergency officials.

Early Monday

I am watching the WWL-TV live feed on the web.

Angela Hill looks fresh and civilized, as if it were a Saints win Monday.

Carl Arredondo is showing live video of St. Louis Cathedral in the wind and rain. He reminds us that the Cathedral has seen many, many tropical storms and hurricanes.

It's still there.
I'm thinking about St. Bernard and the Bestbank and Houma.
I'm ready to get things straight there.


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Birmingham

Phase Two will take us to Birmingham, Alabama. Just booked two rooms there.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Be well.

The Clio Family has successfully implemented stage one of the evacuation. We are holed up in Loranger, Louisiana, ready to move on tomorrow if need be. (We expect the need will be.)

Might head to Baton Rouge (unlikely; I don't like to drive TOWARD trouble normally). Will probably head north and east like everybody else.

All the best to anybody who is reading this. We're all going to figure this out and thrive.

Envision Success, South Louisiana!

St. Ignatius Loyola: "Work as if all depended on you.  Pray as if all depended on God."

So we are all making preparations, calmly, knowingly.

Let's pause and think about what we want to be thinking and feeling on Friday or Saturday:

1. We want to be grateful for the efficient and caring way in which our parish and state officials worked together with federal officials to oversee an evacuation and preparations that saved thousands of lives.

2. We want to relish stories we are telling to each other (and to our grandchildren in the future) about how we all took care of each other.

3. We want to take the first step toward trust of the Army Corps of Engineers, as we look back on how their flood protection improvements worked under difficult circumstances.  We want that success to propel them to a world class long-term solution.

4. We want to be throwing everything we have at whomever gets hit the hardest: financial security, muscle, prayer, whatever it takes.

5. We want to be keeping a close eye on Hanna.

6. We want to be getting FIRED UP for the Sunday-in-the-Dome NOLA lovefest, Buccaneer beatdown.

P.S. I want to thank Dr. Jeff Masters, who moderated some of his previous silly comments today.  He wasn't quite specific enough in correcting the errors to which he gave more life, but he did apologize.  I am grateful for that--and still grateful for the Weather Underground.

Friday, August 29, 2008

How much misinformation can Jeff Masters put in one blog post?

I really enjoy Weather Underground, and I am grateful for the great work Dr. Masters does on this weather site. Those of us who live on the Gulf Coast really benefit from a centralized source of weather information, particularly regarding the tropics.

HOWEVER, the paragraph I quote below disappoints me.I take Dr. Masters' point, and I will almost certainly evacuate New Orleans by Sunday. But Dr. Masters is mimicking lies that people not as bright as he have been telling for years.

Let's take a look (I have bolded the untruths and put my responses in italics):

"Today is the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's catastrophic hit on the Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama coast. Unfortunately, I think that people living in New Orleans should mark the anniversary of Katrina by getting the heck out of the city.You live at the bottom of a bowl, ten or so feet below sea level."

No, I don't. I live in the heart of the city; my house is above sea level, as are many houses in New Orleans.


"This is not natural."

Perhaps not. But air conditioning is not "natural," nor is living near a volcano, nor is living on a major fault line. Having a weather blog is not "natural" either.

"Nature wants to fill up this bowl with huge quantities of Gulf of Mexico sea water. There is a storm capable of doing that bearing down on you. If you live in New Orleans, I suggest you take a little Labor Day holiday--sooner, rather than later, to beat the rush--and get out of town. Gustav is going to come close to you, and there's no sense messing with a major hurricane capable of pushing a Category 3 storm surge to your doorstep. Don't test those Category 3 rated--but untested--levees. Conventional pre-Katrina wisdom suggested that the city needed 72 hours to evacuate.  With the population about half of the pre-Katrina population, that lead time is about 60 hours."

Actually, the relevant figure--the metropolitan population, which is the population that's supposed to evacuate--is well over 80 percent, I believe.  And metro New Orleans has perfected evacuation better than any other metro area in North America (contraflow WORKED and saved thousands of lives before Katrina).

"With Gustav likely to bring tropical storm force winds to the city by Monday afternoon, that means that tonight is a good time to start evacuating--Saturday morning at the latest. Voluntary evacuations have already begun, which is a good idea."

I agree.  But please don't spread lies that serve the interests of those trying to cover up their inadequacies so clearly on display in August and September of 2005.

Tonight

Tonight I rode my bike home from the Saints game
in the Superdome
in downtown New Orleans.

And the air embraced me.
I felt it grab my shoulders
with warm and comfortably humid grasps,
and I smelled the sweet olives
and thought about some clouds and wind and rain
many days away from us or not us.

I felt loved by a terrain
made by God and nature
and us.

Very old oak limbs
and less old beautiful homes and houses.
and even less old cracked concrete.

I was loved.
Didn't just feel it.

And I loved back.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Onion Reminds Us What Happens if We Get What We Wish For


Hurricane Bound For Texas Slowed By Large Land Mass To The South

Time To Be Who We Are, South Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast

I have too much to do at work, but I am pausing to write this because it must be done.

I encounter many people who are in a bit of a tizzy because Gustav is out there.

Let's just take a breath and remember who we are:

We are proud, world class, resilient people.
We are the national experts on natural and manmade catastrophes.
We who remain have shown we can deal with anything.

The movies have one Indiana Jones.
The region of Metro New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (what Berto and I like to call the Republic of West Florida) is populated by hundreds of thousands of Indiana Joneses.

Do we WANT bad things to happen?  Of course not.
Is this a bit of a pain?  Of course.

Can we handle this?
YES. WE. FREAKIN'. CAN.

Hana and Ashley Morris bought a house mere days after Katrina and the levee failures did their deeds to our city.
Hana and the young Morrises are still here, thriving.
As are we all.

So let's do our thing: show the world (and that large nation to the north of us) how to do this.
Come what may, we can take it.  Calmly.  With dignity.  With care for one another.

P.S. I have consulted with the old marks-a-lot of Nash Roberts.  It said something about way west of New Orleans.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saints 13, Bengals 0--WWAB?

What would Ashley blog?

I can do it for him (the PG version):

Well, we beat Cincinnati, but they will always have WKRP, Bailey Quarters, and that other person.  Which is saying something. 


Friday, August 22, 2008

Anybody paying attention to Fay around here?

I wonder how the pumps are working.

If Fay does a loop-dee-loop around here like the computers say it will, we're going to get some rain.

Will the levees stay standing?  Or slide into the lake, or a canal, or the Mr. GO?

I've got a little roof issue I'm going to take care of first thing in the morning.  I loaded up on cold cuts.  Will go get some ice tomorrow morning too.

Oh, and I'll make sure my freezer doesn't have a lot of meat in it.



Thursday, August 21, 2008

Microsoft Goes for Less Stodgy Image by Giving $10 million to 54-year-old White Jewish Man

I love Jerry Seinfeld, but my kids zone out when his show comes on TV.

I don't see how Microsoft's getting him as their new ad man is going to make Microsoft more hip.

Mr. Seinfeld is 17 years older than John Hodgman, the guy who plays the stodgy PC guy in the great Mac vs. PC ads.

And, as public radio's Marketplace pointed out today, on the "Seinfeld" show, Jerry had a Mac.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Jason David is the Army Corps of Engineers of Defensive Backs

Or perhaps the Army Corps of Engineers is the Jason David of flood protection.

In any case, it was a beautiful experience to be back in the Sacredome.

ADDENDUM: At the risk of jacking up GW, who might say I'm reading too much into a preseason game:

Gary Gibbs is the Michael Brown of defensive coordinators.  Or perhaps Michael Brown is the Gary Gibbs of FEMA directors.  You're doin' a heckuva job, Gibbsy.

The Saints don't have a pass rush and haven't created a turnover since, like, 1997.  That can't just be the players.  That sounds like scheme issues.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Even More About Brian Bordelon

1. Sean's blog has some nice stuff about Brian.  Check in particular the comment by Brian's former roommate Placide.

2. I'm doing my best to carry on for Brian, and I'm already getting in trouble as a result.  It's bracing.  CENSORED.

I am taking it on myself to become a truth speaker.  I will speak with respect to people saying and doing foolish things, but I will indeed let them know they are saying and doing foolish things.

CENSORED.  But I will be making the world a better place.  No doubt. Cheers, Dr. Morris and Mr. Bordelon.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Brian Bordelon

You have already been returned to ashes, but you are so much more than the elements that constituted you.

I already miss you. I don't have your gumption, but I will endeavor to be truthful to and about myself, and honest with others, even if it embarrasses me and gets me into trouble with others.

Please forgive me for not having been a better friend.

And please be nicer to the greens in heaven than you were to the greens at Audubon Park. I want to be able to play on the greens in heaven without my ball going into some kind of putter-created gouge.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

August Ritual

Living where I live, I check Weather Underground four or five times a week to look for fun pix like this.

Right now, I feel like the Saints fan that I am.  Given the h-season (I can't say the phrase) we've had so far, it feels like it's the middle of the fourth quarter, and we've got a 10-point lead.

You know the feeling.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I Hope He Helps Me Not Waste Any Breaths

Brian Bordelon passed away last night.

The greens in heaven are no longer safe.

Brian's blog is great, but it really is only a glimmer of what he was all about.  I just need to say that.

There are no shortcuts to section 635

Jeffrey was on the story long ago, but it's good that the T-P finally caught up and did a story on Hansen's Sno-Bliz's entry into the web.  Savvy businesswoman that she is, Ashley Hansen has outsourced the site to a University of Texas student (who, however, is from New Orleans).

By the way, while purchasing five sno-balls there yesterday (one cream of peach with condensed milk, one cream of chocolate, one strawberry, one bubble gum, one half cream of coffee and half cream of ice cream), I learned that Ashley Hansen and her crowd are residents of Section 635.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Please Send Your Prayers and Thoughts and Goodwill to Brian "Mr. Glitter" Bordelon

Things are grave indeed for Brian at his home in Baton Rouge. His blog, No Pickles, only scratches the surface of what this man is all about.

He's the best pure writer and storyteller that I personally know. I wish more people knew. And that's only the tip of the iceberg. The IT world knows him as a great computer guy; the healthcare world knows him as a git-'er-done paramedic. Audubon Park Golf Club (the older, less classy incarnation) knows him as the bane of the greens.

His wife, Dayna, has carried him through some tough times. Brian and she need our good vibes right now.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Happy Sunday!

I can't believe I haven't stumbled into this or posted it before.

The Morning 40 (Maowning Faowty) Federation lets us know the importance of the morning 40 ounce:

When Was the Last Time a President Asked You to Do Something for Your Country?

I think Jimmy Carter was the last president who had enough guts to ask Americans to do something.

Lots of 20-year-old military volunteers--and their families--are being asked to sacrifice EVERYTHING.

What have the rest of us been asked to sacrifice explicitly?

My children are being TOLD (not asked) that they will sacrifice a lot financially.  So am I, but not the current "I."  The "I" who (if I live that long) will be 70 will have to sacrifice a lot, thanks for President George W. Bush and his minions.

I'm glad somebody has made a movie that asks the hard questions.

Coach Mike McCarthy Has a History of This



Coach McCarthy has a history of throwing established veteran QBs under the bus in favor of young, unproven QBs named "Aaron." It's well-established.

One can only hope it turns out better for the Packers than it did for us.
My sympathies to Maitri and other honorable Packers fans.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Worst President Ever Fails to Succeed in Prosecuting Osama's Driver

Imagine if Clinton or Gore or Obama were president right now. And imagine that a military tribunal sentenced Osama Bin-Laden's FREAKING DRIVER to five additional months in prison.

How would the Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal and Fox News (try searching the Fox News site--you can't even find the story) be covering that story?

I'm getting physically ill typing this.

He is overseeing a botch-job on the very issue he got reelected on.

The President should be impeached. Now.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Saints (Pre)Season Is Here, But Someone's Missing . . .

From "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock":

KIRK: A hero's welcome, son? Is that what you'd like?... Well, God knows, there should be. This time we paid for the party with our dearest blood.

Dr. Morris should be here, shouting, "COPPERRRRRRR!!!"

He's not.

GAMEDAY!! (sort of)

Okay, it's preseason. But barely speak I can.

Who.

Dat.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

And then there's this too. (Yes, I'm ready for Thursday night.)

I posted this highlight before, but this is from a different angle, and you can hear the crowd's reaction when they realize that the penalty went against the Bucs. Beautiful.

Moses: My Man

I've just always wanted to have a picture of this guy. Better yet: I can post it on my blog. Got this from Facebook in the "I was in the Dome on 9/25/2006" group.

A World Class Article on Rickey Jackson by John DeShazier.

I enjoy DeShazier's work. I think he's the best sportswriter the T-P has. (Right, GW?)

However, I've heard DeShazier's discussion of Rickey Jackson somewhere before.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Where is the sense of proportion, NFL Hall of Fame?

I just realized that Andre Tippett was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame yesterday.

I congratulate him.

However, to be honest, I had to pick my brain to remember exactly who he is and what his accomplishments were. They are impressive, to be sure. 100 sacks and five Pro Bowls. And so on.

However, consider Mister Jackson (pictured above, being held by a Caaardinal, the Saints' first opponent this year). Number 57. In Mister Jackson's 15th and final year, he had more sacks than Andre Tippett did in all but four of Tippett's 11 seasons.

Mister Jackson had 128 sacks. Mister Jackson was a run-stuffer par excellence. Mister Jackson missed only two games and played with a broken cheekbone after a horrible high-speed car accident. Mister Jackson changed games in the NFL. Mister Jackson's play allowed Hugh Green, an NFL failure, to be considered for the Heisman while both were at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mister Jackson.

Mister Jackson.

When Mister Jackson finally gets into the NFL Hall of Fame, Andre Tippett should offer to launder Mister Jackson's Saints jersey so that it will be nice and clean for the enshrinement.

As long as we are enshrining Andre Tippett before Mister Jackson, I believe it would also be fitting to enshrine the following so-so New England Patriots (as I indicated to Steve Korte of WWL when I called in today--he belly-laughed):

Steve Grogan (QB)
Tony Eason (QB)
Reggie Dupard (RB, a Louisiana guy)
Rich Camarillo (P)
Mosi Tatupu (RB)
Irving Fryar (WR)
Kenneth Sims (DE)

Come to think of it, if Andre Tippett gets into the Hall of Fame ahead of Mister Jackson, perhaps Steve Korte should be enshrined too.
Clio III's middle name is Jackson. Clio III was born in the year Mister Jackon retired. Coincidence? I wonder . . .

Saturday, August 02, 2008

A Note/Promise to the Green Bay Packers

I want to let the Green Bay Packers know that if they give me $20 million over 10 years, I promise not to play for them or for any other NFL team.

NOTE: The Packers never should have unceremoniously gotten rid of New Orleans native John Jones (and Loyola graduate) as president.  It wouldn't have come to this.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ashley Morris Is Smiling


A French company is going to run public transit in New Orleans.

That makes sense. The Europeans know a hell of a lot more about public transportation than we do in "every man-SUV for himself" America.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Metro in the Times-Picayune, Dr. Morris Benefit, etc.

1. What a sad sack spectacle the Metro section of the Times-Picayune on Monday has become. The Hammond Daily Star puts it to shame, I'm sure. The "new and improved" Metro section wouldn't even last through a trip to the Port O Potty at Jazz Fest. They might as well include a coloring page and maze in this version of the Metro.

2. The Dr. Morris benefit at One Eyed Jack's Saturday night was way cool, and Dr. Mrs. Clio and I saw a lot of way cool people. Supa Saint's performance was WAY too short. 80s style keyboard tunes played in front of a video projection of Saints highlights just can't be enjoyed in a four-minute snippet. Trust me, Supa Saint. Some things have to go on for 20 minutes to achieve greatness.

3. Also re the Dr. Morris benefit, when Dr. Mrs. Clio and I left at midnight, I had the distinct impression that things were just getting warmed up and that nakedness was going to ensue soon. I think that's why Dr. Mrs. Clio made sure we were leaving. Dr. Mrs. Clio and I are the kind of people who like to think and say not that "we've been around." Rather, we're more the kind of people who say, "We've been nearby."

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mamma Mia . . .

. . . looks like a train wreck, but I want to go see it.

In the late seventies, I lived in Dubai, which was a hotbed of ABBA love.

As a kid there, I saw ABBA posters and bootlegged tapes everywhere.

Bottom line: I'm comfortable with liking ABBA.

I can't say it any better than Belinda Luscombe of Time magazine said it a couple weeks ago:
But where is your precious Fleetwood Mac now? Does the Internet list more than 50 Eagles tribute bands? (Or any with as good a name as Abbaration?) Did the Beach Boys have a musical on Broadway? They did, actually. It died. Meanwhile, Mamma Mia! has been on Broadway since October 2001. Note the date--a moment when America sorely needed comfort food. It was as if the country had sent out a national sos and Abba supplied the perfect rescue vehicle: sos.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Shockey?

Well, I was a good soldier when Ditka and Turley wore the black and gold.

I guess I can take this.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Apparently, Being Able to Drink a Cocktail While You Walk Doesn't Count for Much.

Someone has ranked "America's Most Walkable Cities," and World Class New Orleans doesn't even make the list??????

I'm happy for the cities listed, and I've visited and loved many of them . . .

But, um, I see a whole lot more people walking around the Quarter and the Marigny and on Magazine Street than I've seen in some of these places.

P.S. OH. WOW. Check out this Youtube on Greg's blog. Excellent indeed.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

"I remember a friend that believed and cared for me, and I couldn’t let him down."

Morwen disguises this post as a rant about the NOPD, but in actuality, it conveys a beautiful vision about humanity and what World Class New Orleans could be. The f-bombs are there to distract us.

On a macro scale, the help that others are giving our city is a big motivator for us to do it right now. It is essential, for instance, that we make this renewal of our city a bottom-up renewal, starting with those who, as Morwen says, "can't get their sh** together."

I hope NOPD is on board with that.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

We Know Where Mr. Potter Is These Days.

He's in the halls of government and in the board rooms of our most "trusted" corporate institutions, laughing and profiteering somehow as Fannie Mae goes down in flames.

But where is this guy?  Just askin'.


P.S. More soon on why I haven't been blogging much or with much quality lately.  It has everything to do with Dr. Morris's absence.  I just figured that out last night.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Greg at Suspect Device, Keeper of the Flame

I can't get my act together and write lately (too many kids, too many trips away from town, and about four other excuses), but I can't really top what Greg is up to.

He's on fire lately.

World class regions are willing to call themselves dumb when it's accurate and necessary. Greg helps us do that in this post particularly.

My favorite time to read him is when he writes about how the Jesus people are trying to highjack science classrooms.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

AB Lives

Well, isn't this interesting? Dated, but interesting. Check out the "Katrina Relief" and "News Events" portion.

P.S. Training Camp in only three weeks. I have a feeling there will be a cosmic convergence in Jackson this year, against all odds. You listenin', Berto, Saintseester, Oyster, Chef, GW, and Whomever?

Friday, July 04, 2008

Your Campaign Contribution to David Vitter Supports His Hooker Habit

I am grateful to nola.com for featuring this story so prominently.

I will remember this in the next election, when the Jesus people are explaining to us how we have a moral imperative to contribute to and vote for David Vitter.

Happy Independence Day!

What do I love about my country? (REVISED, owing to useful comment from the West Coast Muse.)

Stunning, wondrous natural beauty.
Gritty can-do-ness.
A political tradition that necessitates freel-wheeling exchange and a thick skin.
Tolerance. No, not just tolerance. Love for the difference.
The unassisted triple play. The tomahawk dunk. Section 635.
All those people from the United States of America who are still streaming into my world class city to make it better than ever.
The First Amendment. The Hot 8 Brass Band.
World Class New Orleans. New York City. The Cajun triangle from Alexandria to Beaumont to the mouth of the River. The surreal water at Sandestin, Florida. Every inch of California.
Thomas Jefferson. Deuce McAllister. Brash Joe Horn back in the day. Dorothy Day. Ellen DeGeneres. Joe Krown. John Boutte. Brash Brian Bordelon every day.
The Smithsonian. Parasol's. Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Rhapsody in Blue. Anything fried at Commander's Palace.

If we ever get tired of "The Star Spangled Banner," I nominate this song for national anthem:

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Whacked

I'm going to post some stuff about my trip to New York, the Saints, the city, and stuff, but in the meantime, this made me laugh. It's just weird.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Saints Training Camp Schedule Is Available!!!

Okay, people, we can start planning for the road trip

2008 Saints Training Camp Practice Schedule
Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss.; Thursday, July 24 – Thursday, August 21
***ALL MILLSAPS PRACTICES; FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***
***ALL SAINTS CAMP PRACTICES; CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC***

Thursday - 7/24 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Millsaps College Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Friday - 7/25 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Millsaps College Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday - 7/26 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Millsaps College Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Sunday – 7/27 Morning (Walk-Thru) 8:50 am – 10:30 am Millsaps College Afternoon 3:40 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday – 7/28 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Millsaps College Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday – 7/29 Morning (Walk-Thru) 8:50 am – 10:30 am Millsaps College Afternoon 3:40 pm - 6:00 pm

Wednesday – 7/30 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Millsaps College Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday - 7/31 Morning (Walk-Thru) 8:50 am – 10:30 am Millsaps College Afternoon 3:40 pm - 6:00 pm

Friday – 8/1 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Millsaps College Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday – 8/2 PRACTICE TBD (FAMILY DAY) Jackson Memorial Stadium

Sunday – 8/3 PLAYERS OFF

Monday - 8/4 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Millsaps College Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday - 8/5 Afternoon 3:40 pm - 6:00 pm Millsaps College

Wednesday - 8/6 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Millsaps College

Team Departs for Arizona 1:00 pm

Thursday - 8/7 Saints at Arizona – Glendale, Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium (7:00 pm CT)

Friday - 8/8 PLAYERS OFF

Saturday - 8/9 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Millsaps College Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Sunday - 8/10 Morning (Walk-Thru) 8:50 am – 10:30 am Millsaps College Afternoon 3:40 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday - 8/11 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Millsaps College Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm


Tuesday - 8/12 BREAK CAMP IN MILLSAPS; TEAM DEPARTS FOR NEW ORLEANS

Wednesday - 8/13 Morning (with Texans) 8:50 am – 11:00 am Saints Camp Afternoon (with Texans) 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm


Thursday - 8/14 Morning (with Texans) 8:50 am – 11:00 am Saints Camp

Friday - 8/15 Walk Thru Practice Session

Saturday - 8/16 Saints vs. Houston Texans – New Orleans, LA – Louisiana Superdome (7:00 pm CT)

Sunday - 8/17 PLAYERS OFF

Monday – 8/18 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Saints Camp Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday – 8/19 Morning (Walk-Thru) 8:50 am – 10:30 am Saints Camp Afternoon 3:40 pm - 6:00 pm

Wednesday – 8/20 Morning 8:50 am – 11:00 am Saints Camp Afternoon 4:20 pm – 6:00 pm

*Thursday – 8/21 Afternoon 3:40 pm - 6:00 pm Saints Camp