Archive for May, 2011

Though I am mostly a pinko liberal when it comes to most things government related, I have always made it a point to tout my harshly libertarian views on liquor laws (and, among closer friends, vice laws altogether). I have often wanted to create and propagate a “from my cold dead hands” slogan for those of us who want big government’s filthy stinking hands off our beer, wine and whiskey.

I have even started a Facebook page called, The Liquor Lobbyists that my friend Randy and I envisioned while driving through several adjacent dry counties in Alabama after a long hike. Each store we passed would tempt us with neon signs that in the distance we automatically skewed into the words “Bud Lite” and “Miller” but as we drew closer to them from down the long dark roads we discovered they only flashed “Coke.” Our resoning at the time would be to form a lobby which would aim to prevent any dry counties from being adjacent to another dry county. We would first aim to do this on the local level and then, failing that, move up to state and national congresses. The counties we were driving through at the time were Walker and Winston and, after reading a little bit about Winston on Wikipedia, I am thinking we would have a better shot convicing the residents of Walker County to lift the oppressive thumb of government from the ripe fecundity of liberty.

Last year, I celebrated a victory for the general Liquor movement when free market dictated to local drug store Walgreens that liquor sales were a necessary margin they needed to fill in their ongoing market struggle with CVS and Rite Aid…

Walgreens Selling Beer! Liberty At Last!

Now I read that our triumph has gone one step furthur as the free market has agin shined on the Liquor Lobby by Walgreens producing their own domestic lager…

Walgreens’ 50-cent beer
The drugstore chain has begun selling its own brew at rock-bottom prices. Reviewers are claiming it gave them headaches, but will the beer-swilling masses respond?

Check out the how the free market of booze directly contributed to their recent decisions…

In this tough economy, consumers are looking for value and ways to make their money go further. Big Flats 1901 offers our customers a premium lager at a good value. -Kathleen Burns, senior marketing manager at Winery Exchange.

If that aint a victory for the free market, I don’t know what is. However, that “premium lager” part is suspect as reviews from the This Week article have shown. My favoriute being quoted below…

at $3 for a six pack, I’d definitely give it a shot” to “I’d probably try it once” to “I tried the 7-11 beer and it couldn’t be any worse than that.

7-11 beer you may ask?

It pairs with microwave burritos
7-Eleven to begin selling ‘Game Day,’ its own beer brand

Say Hello to the future, “longest bridge in the world:”

Sorry Causeway, though you are a Modern Marvel…

Afternoon Sermon
May 23, 2011
(humid still, though less so)

Gospel:
By Edwin Arlington Robinson
a poet and Pulitzer Prize winner

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean-favoured and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good Morning!” and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich, yes, richer than a king,
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine — we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked and waited for the light,
And went without the meat and cursed the bread,
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet in his head.

Sermon:
Brothers and sisters, do not compare your majestic selves to others, you will always find souls more wretchid and wicked, more brilliant and beautiful. Be the hero of thy own life and act as a hero would. Do not harbor your sorrows. Do not bury your sins.

Where? Where can I water ski behind an old school F-14 Tomcat in GNO? Is this on the lake? The river? They must be doing this on the North Shore. I must do this now!

Oh, right, I just need to click on the ad.

Where have I heard this one before?

NBA’s Grizzlies inspired by fans in flooded Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) — People thought that as bad the Memphis Grizzlies NBA franchise has mostly been since moving from frosty Vancouver to this steamy Southern locale 10 years ago, it would be hell or high water before they ever won a playoff game, much less a series.
Well, the Grizzlies, after being just the second No. 8 seed to ever beat a No. 1 seed in a seven-game NBA series two weeks ago, are still hanging on in the Western Conference semifinals, forcing a Game 7 after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-83 on Friday.

And that’s where the high water comes in.

If you walk out the front doors of FedExForum, take a right, walk 25 yards to Beale Street, walk two blocks west and roll a basketball down a hill the final block, that ball might end up in the Gulf of Mexico.

Heeeeey…it’s like people are looking for ANY way to frame up a story.

Our neighborhood assosciation, the APA sent an e-mail out this morning showing the area mentioned by Susan Macclay of the West Bank levee district in yesterday’s press conference with Mitch Landrieu.

The spot here in blue described yesterday by Macclay as having a very real possibility of flooding and being reclaimed by the river. The larger stronger earthen levee being right behind the area.

The only thing the neighborhood my possibly lose is the Folk Life Village located between the larger levee and the smaller one.

Neighbors say the sidewalk on top of the levee there is already moving.

Update: Algiers landmark could be destroyed in fight against Mississippi River flooding


View Algiers Point in a larger map

Update 2: My neighbor Jennifer snapped this photo of the flooded village a few moments ago (8:50 p.m.)

New Orleans 911 calls languish for minutes because of short staffing, report says

Just a few haps from the 4th…

Last Sunday night around 10:45, a security guard working in Algiers Point noticed a man looking into the windows of a house on Opelousas avenue. The security guard called 911 and…no answer.

Also recently, a man in the neighborhood saw someone trying to break into a closed store and the dispatcher “pushed back” by asking if the caller was sure it was a break-in and not someone working on the property.

Our new 4th District police commander, Heather Kouts has asked via our neighborhood watch that residents with emergencies and receiving no response from 911 call the 4th District directly and tell them the situation is life-threatening despite the desk not being equipped from dispatch.

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May 7, 2011
‘partly cloudy, medium temps with swampiness’

Gospel:
‘Ah Sunflower’
by William Blake
An English Poet + Illustrator
Written in 1794

Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.

Sermon:
Blessed be the godless, for they travel through time intrepid. Their lives though, are not without sacredness. For every steady day begins and ends with a brilliant turn into and away. A dozen billion years ago the elements of you and the Sun were crafted in massive supernovas. 7 billion years later, the mighty yellow dwarf we call “Sun” was forged from nothingness. In addition to it’s life-giving warmth + light, it has also delivered to us our simple, crucial essence, the essential elements in our blood and bones. Eventually we may all “go home” as Blake’s yearning Sunflower wishes. The Sun is a god for the godless, an atheists afterlife.

May 7, 2011
‘partly cloudy, medium temps with swampiness’

Gospel:
‘Ah Sunflower’
by William Blake
An English Poet + Illustrator
Written in 1794

Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.

Sermon:
Blessed be the godless, for they travel through time intrepid. Their lives though, are not without sacredness. For every steady day begins and ends with a brilliant turn into and away. A dozen billion years ago the elements of you and the Sun were crafted in massive supernovas. 7 billion years later, the mighty yellow dwarf we call “Sun” was forged from nothingness. In addition to it’s life-giving warmth + light, it has also delivered to us our simple, crucial essence, the essential elements in our blood and bones. Eventually we may all “go home” as Blake’s yearning Sunflower wishes. The Sun is a god for the godless, an atheists afterlife.

How’s this for curating the culture of New Orleans? It’s a lady pushing a silver mannequin wearing what looks like a Mardi Gras Indian suit around Jackson Square in a wheelchair. I am assuming this is for tips. It could be just a feathery costume. If anyone can confirm or deny it’s an Indian suit, please do so in the comments.