Archive for June, 2010

This week’s This American Life episode, “Held Hostage” features an interesting New Orleans Story…

Act Two. Misdeeds.
An angry man in New Orleans seeks revenge against people who bought property that he formerly owned and that was seized by the city. The homeowners find themselves trapped in a morass of paperwork, court visits… and worse. Wayne Curtis tells the story. Wayne is a contributing editor of the Atlantic Magazine. (23 1/2 minutes)

The link to the story is here.

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Alaska Permanent Fund

Coastal Parish residents need one of these little permanent fund thingys…

Attention elected officials, we the people do not want and will not get politically behind things like DUI roadblocks, red light cameras and most especially placard reentry…

Car placards to be used for re-entry in case of mandatory evacuation this hurricane season

These are the types of government that voters hate. People want better roads, schools, city services, housing etc. Those are bold and challenging needs that will inspire your constituency. Red light cameras and DUI stops infuriate the populace.

Anyone who has spoken with the people know the placard system is going to stem evacuations, just when everyone got on the same page with evac after Katrina. It will also create the nightmare of trying to enforce the dam thing. Oh, and what about the poor folks who may have enough cash on hand to get out for a few days but will soon be flat broke on the road.

Stop the absurdity and fix the city. Do not spend a cent or a second doing anything else.

I sense a ‘mistakes were made’ moment in the future…

From Wikipedia

“Mistakes were made” is an expression that is commonly used as a rhetorical device, whereby a speaker acknowledges that a situation was handled poorly or inappropriately but seeks to evade any direct admission or accusation of responsibility by using the passive voice. The acknowledgement of “mistakes” is framed in an abstract sense, with no direct reference to who made the mistakes. An active voice construction might be along the lines of “I made mistakes” or “John Doe made mistakes.” The speaker neither accepts personal responsibility nor accuses anyone else. The word “mistakes” also does not imply intent.

Here are some other phrases that are kinf of like ‘mistakes were made’…

dumbasses were elected

citizens were duped

elections were stolen

riots were incited

limpdicks were nominated

monarches were beheaded

By my fellow Jackson Square arts Laura ‘Larry’ Welter. Holla back for details.

dix

36″x48″
Oil
$400

I get conservatives. I do. Less government. I understand that. Don’t agree with it. But I grasp it as an ethos. Probably more than many Republicans.

I’ve been following John Labruzzo since the tube tying for poor folks debacle in 2008. Lately, he is all about HB 617, his push for the state to drug test 20 percent of state beneficiaries. Essentially, making sure poor folks aren’t on drugs. He is apparently making progress on this front and is urging his constituency to contact state senators to voice their support for the bill. Senators Adley, Appel, Crowe and Guillory have voted for it. Senators Dorsey, Duplessis and Mount are against it.

I don’t understand how the state requiring drug tests of any kind, in any situation, is in line with small, unobtrusive, liberty-based government. I see that it is merely an us-against-the-poor tactic designed to keep Labruzzo in office. I get that. But at the cost of his party’s core ethos? Or what once was their core ethos?

That’s what ultimately pisses me off about Republicans. I don’t have a problem with conservatives. They don’t elicit anger the way angry, hypocritical Republicans do. Small government does not mean strapping folks to chairs and electrocuting them. It doesn’t mean paying for vasectomies and tube-tying. It doesn’t have anything to do with the church. Or refusing gays to marry. It doesn’t mean requiring drug testing of any sort. It doesn’t mean government controlling people. And Republicans like Labruzzo are all about government control. Control of poor folks. But what he doesn’t understand is that the core belief system of his party is to control them through the free market and not through government.

Spike Lee to Obama: ‘Go off!’

“One time, go off!” director Spike Lee urged on CNN’s “AC 360°.” “If there’s any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster.”

Lee’s sentiment echoes the frustration of people who want to see Obama get loud, take charge and inspire them like he did during his presidential run.

It is hard to fathom why President Obama would want to go off on the peril facing a state he didn’t carry, with a governor he may face in 2012, smack dab in the middle of South.

A while back, I was thinking about the Superdome the other day and started tooling around Wikipedia and checking out stadiums in other cities. I am sure we have all started into the Wikipedia nebula on a fact-finding mission and let its stream-of-consciousness index of links and articles carry us through all sorts of subject matter. Well, from Qualcomm Stadium, I was led to Brutalist Architecture. The I got stuck. I knew I had seen this style before and I knew it was a building I saw frequently. A structure I saw a lot. But I couldn’t quite figure it out.

Then the other day, I was passing through Lee Circle and it was right there.

It didn’t make the list though so perhaps I’m wrong.