Monday, December 28, 2009
Yes, the Saints need to do much better, but let's enjoy tonight and tomorrow.
Okay, so I confess. The loss to the Cowboys was my fault. I was in a hurry, and for the first time this season I did not pull my bike into Fat Harry's for a quick dirty martini. Of course, the loss ensued. My bad.
However, this week, I redressed that issue. I got a dirty at Fat's (hmmm, although it was in a go-cup. Maybe I should have gone with a proper glass). In any case, with this variable eliminated, the main reason for the loss is clear today.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., while Berto and I were giving the "first down, Saints" sign to cars at Tivoli Circle, we spied and waved to Jeffrey and Menckles whizzing around the Circle in their swanky automobile.
Now, as far as I know, Jeffrey and Menckles are usually streetcar riders. I believe this to be an important ingredient in Saints' wins.
So there it is: Reason #1 for the Saints' loss yesterday.
Get on the streetcar for the playoffs, please.
UPDATE: Berto reminds us of a voice we need to remember as we move into the Carolina game and beyond.
Friday, December 25, 2009
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Monday, December 07, 2009
The T-P tells us that the feds are taking a "fresh look" at restoration efforts.
Good, but now is the time for action.
Now. Now. Now.
Which is a greater threat to my family and me? Al Qaeda? Or diminishing coastlines?
Wetlands: the fundamental homeLAND security issue.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Professor Diamond's essay in the NY Times compares the stupidity of corporations who refuse to spend short-term money on long-term sustainability to the federal government's negligent treatment of New Orleans over many years:
Economic reasons furnish the strongest motives for sustainability, because in the long run (and often in the short run as well) it is much more expensive and difficult to try to fix problems, environmental or otherwise, than to avoid them at the outset.It's a small point in a longer article, but the casual way he drops this is a testament to how ordinary this point ought to be.
Americans learned that lesson from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, when, as a result of government agencies balking for a decade at spending several hundred million dollars to fix New Orleans’s defenses, we suffered hundreds of billions of dollars in damage — not to mention thousands of dead Americans.