Citizen K.has more on Drew here...
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Citizen K.has more on Drew here...
Monday, June 29, 2009
We made it! The flight is more and more a test of stamina. We sat in the back row of the Alaska flight from Seattle to Newark; ugh. Although our seats were better on the Newark-Shannon part, Continental's absence of leg room is second only to United's. I yearn for the days when a guy could fly to Ireland on a one-third full 747.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Empathy is nothing more than spirit or feelings or what have you, so based -- and -- but there's one caveat to this: empathy is a code word when Obama talks about judges having it. All he means by it is, "I want people who are racists and bigots on my Supreme Court who are always going to find for minorities and the underprivileged simply because they've gotten the shaft all their lives. I want people on my court who are going to rule against the so-called rich and the so-called powerful because they have carried the day for too long. So I -- empathy is just a code word for somebody who has sympathy for the downtrodden...
Saturday, June 27, 2009
- Cliff remembers Michael Jackson through The Jackson's "That's What You Get For Being Polite";
- Roy compares different versions of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".
What is it about this song? The RIAA has declared it the #1 song on their "Songs of the Century" list. Artist after artist takes their turn at singing it. And I'll be willing to bet that the most hardcore, baddest metal-heads and rappers all saw the movie when they were kids and listened open-mouthed and transported as Dorothy sat on that tractor and sang to Toto. This isn't a song, it's a bloody archetype - The American Song. How did it get there?...Cliff thinks that in "That's What You Get", Michael:
was trying to tell everybody that all he really wanted was just a chance to find out who he really was but knew there wasn’t a chance of that happening. He disguised it as a love song with lyrics about buying things for girls but the way his life played out fits the tone of this song perfectly...
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tomorrow, Premium T. and I leave for our annual sojourn to Ireland -- the Emerald Isle, the Auld Sod, or (as an Irish-American priest once told me) the Holy Land. I'll blog less regularly, but hopefully with greater interest. I'll have some great pictures, at least!...
I apologize for making a vicious and offensive racial slur. I especially apologize to the First Lady and to her family, who have enough on their plate without an idiot like me adding to the burden.Oh, and blaming the person you've slurred is about as low as it gets. (Thanks to KLou.)...
Thursday, June 25, 2009
In the fall of sixteenIn the cool of the afternoonI saw HelenaUnder a white moon--I heard HelenaIn a haunted dozeSay: "I know a gay placeNobody knows."
"Siddown for Christ sake," Fenstemaker said."Yes sir.""Goddam.""Sir?""I'm just goddammin'."
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
the last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States. That's what they do. That's what we've already seen. We shouldn't be playing into that. There should be no distractions from the fact that the Iranian people are seeking to let their voices be heard.
The CIA wanted SAVAK to serve as its eyes and ears against the Soviets. The shah wanted a secret police to enforce his own power. SAVAK, trained and equipped by the CIA, enforced his rule for twenty years. (p. 103)
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The New Orleans Photo Alliance is seeking documentary, fine art and conceptual photographs that explore and interpret the many meanings of the word CALIENTE (Spanish) or HOT (English). More here...
Monday, June 22, 2009
"political commentator extraordinaire, lover of all things NOLA, fellow lover of the best in music, and especially fellow Red Sox diehard fanatic (Swing, Big Papi, swing!)."
1) Grab the Award and link love the person from whom you got the award.I'm passing this award on to four New Orleans blogs by people who have kept the faith against long odds for nearly four years now. Congrats to
2) Pass the award to different bloggers who you think are deserving of this award.
3) Write a post about the award and there you’ll link the person who gave the award to you and those people who you’d like to pass the award.
4) Continue your passion in writing because your hard work will always be appreciated.
- The New Orleans Ladder. Day in and day out, Editilla collects news items and blog entries about Katrina politics and policy and NOLA culture into this fascinating compendium of life in the city that care may have forgotten but that still won't give up. His cayenne-flavored commentaries add spice to one of the best blogosphere gumbos out there. A labor of love if there ever was one.
- A new discovery for me, Cliff at Cliff's Crib writes with near perfect pitch about the nexus of social policy, politics, and the daily life of the individual. Plus, like any good Gulf Coaster, he can bitch about the heat with the best of 'em!
- As near as I can tell, Susanna Powers of angels and people/life in new orleans carries her camera with her everywhere she goes. Accumulated, her photographs comprise an honest, compelling portrait of a fascinating city.
- Steve Buser's New Orleans Daily Photograph celebrates life in the Crescent City with appropriate joie de vivre. His bird pictures, particularly of egrets, are not to be missed. They make one suspect that Steve might be part egret himself...
Sunday, June 21, 2009
A wonderfully conceived allegory, "Will The Wolf Survive" tells the story of a working man envisaged as an endangered species beset by social forces ("Hunters hard on his trail") beyond his control. Considering that the song was written 25 years ago, its bridge is remarkably prescient in its depiction of the shrinking middle class...
When I was a small boy growing up in New Hampshire, the Boston Red Sox radio broadcast team of Curt Gowdy and Ned Martin were my constant companions. The Sox radio sponsor in those days was a Massachusetts beer called Narragansett (after the Bay). I can still hear Curt and Ned extolling the virtues of this "Bay brew" and closing their promos with a hearty "Hi, neighbor -- Have a 'Gansett!" Today, the beer is long gone, but the legacy remains. Here's photo from the Boston Craft Brew Fest (thanks, Bill!):
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years...
A Father's Day Message from Lakewood, OH...
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The President explains the role of the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency, which will have the sole job of looking out for the financial interests of ordinary Americans by banning unfair practices and enforcing the rules...
“The media keeps telling us that she (Sotomayor) has a ‘one in a million’ story,” says Miriam Jimenez Roman, a visiting scholar in Africana Studies at NYU and director of the Afro-Latino Project. “But what they forget to tell us is how the million made the one possible. Many people struggled so that she might become the first Latina on the Supreme Court..."
Rushbo Stupidism of the Week -- Calling the Kettle Black:
This man's ego's not containable. There is no container in the world that will contain his ego, because it's constantly expanding anyway. Even if you could find a container large enough to fit his ego in, it would eventually be blown up with the expanding ego. This guy's ego is expanding faster than the Soviet Union was expanding back during the '60s and '70s. But there's no telltale birthmark on Obama to indicate it like there was on Mikhail Gorbachev.
Friday, June 19, 2009
During Hurricane Katrina, NOLA.com’s blogs, forums and other community tools became a primary way for New Orleans residents to communicate – to report their experiences, share their photos, send out cries for rescue and search for missing friends and relatives. The community used these features to inform one another of destruction, or the opening of a grocery store, or the switch flipping electricity on. In the most horrible moments of the deluge, people trapped in attics messaged friends on cell phones, and this information was posted on NOLA This lead to uncounted rescues. Rescue agencies begged NOLA to keep the reports coming – the blogs were guiding their rescue efforts. A mother who lost her children after she collapsed at the Superdome and was evacuated separately was reunited with her kids weeks later. A man clinging to his roof at the height of the storm in Chalmette sent in 83 photos that captured the drowning of St. Bernard Parish...
Conservative judicial activism with an assist from the Obama Administration...
I love the song because unlike most ballads it doesn’t take you to a place of lost love or a personal reference to anyone. The lyrics are an escape and it makes me want to take a long ride through the city at night just to enjoy the moonlight. It’s also a great song for sitting by a lake and watching the waves just to get your mind off of reality for a few minutes. I can tell you that living in this post disaster environment there are times where mental escape is a necessity for those of us who try not to give in to the insanity. With a song like Déjà vu you can close your eyes and accomplish that...
Thursday, June 18, 2009
...modern conservatism is defined by an Alice-through-the-looking-glass incoherence: small government except when it is growing larger than ever, fiscal restraint except when we are spending like Michael Jackson in a Disney gift shop, foreign policy pragmatism except when we are trying to transform the Middle East.If there's anything consistent about modern conservatism, it's hypocrisy. These practitioners of victimology are the first to blame the victims (see: Dr. George Tiller, the people of New Orleans) when it suits them.
Indeed, sometimes it feels as if it is no longer defined by principles at all, nor by energy and ideas, but rather, by a limitless ability to feel put upon and slighted. To be a conservative these days is, or so they would have you believe, like being black in Birmingham in 1952. It is to be the victim of media, culture and law that hate you just for being.
NOLA Happenings: Start your weekend tomorrow night at Concerts in the Courtyard with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys...Saturday, check out the Bywater Art Market ("affordable art by New Orleans artists") before heading out to Abita Springs for the Louisiana Bicycle Festival...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tell me this isn't torture. I saw a film clip of that awful man -- our former president -- on Keith Olberman's show last night justify the CIA interrogation "program." He -- the awful man -- actually smirked when he said "program."
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Though lawful, the bicyclists were offensive to some observers. Out for a stroll on Frenchmen Street, Jason Price, 40, grew enraged as the riders passed him.In New Orleans?...
"All I saw was a bunch of indecent people and perverts," he said.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)Now, set aside for a second that Judd Gregg, scion of a wealthy mill-owning family, son of a former governor of New Hampshire, and educated at Phillips Exeter, Columbia, and Boston University, has never had to sweat out health care access in his life. When he claims that the United States has the best health care system in the world, he's patently wrong. By the most basic of measures -- life expectancy -- our health care system ranks 45th in the world, behind every country in the European Union. (France, for the record, is eighth.) On the other hand, no one denies that the United States spends more on health care than any other country. By any definition, the bang for the buck here is terrible -- a scandal, really...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I had a serious health problem when I was unemployed in France. I was able to choose all of my doctors, all of my treatments and my health care was covered at nearly 100 percent. If this had happened to me in the United States, I would have had to declare bankruptcy.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BLITZER: All right, Senator. What do you say to Sally?
GREGG: Well, first off, I have no interest in turning the United States into France. We're not going to Europeanize this country, even though I regret to say that the policies that this government right now appear to be moving us down that road, toward the nationalization of an awful lot of stuff.
I believe that we produce the best health care system -- delivery system in the world. We're on the cutting edge of technologies, we're on the cutting edge of procedures. And the reason we're able to do that is because we have a private health care system in this country.
- French food
- French wine
- mass transit
- health care
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