Update: WCBF gets a list of the "Excellence in Recovery Host Committee". Councilmember Jackie Clarkson is the co-chair.
Update #2: Juicy background details emerge at American Zombie.
that's as good as meffert getting the award for setting up an ad-hoc communication network during Katrina, after he bamboozled the DOJ interoperability grant before the storm.
who are these people giving these awards?
Ahhhh... can I bring the creme pies?
This is disgusting.
Maybe we should all go and thank Nagin for his work personally.
this sounds like a prank.
or maybe it's just a way to blow some more tax money before it's to late.
i'm leaning towards prank.
You wants to jump out the window? I positively loooove events like this.
Nothing funnier than a room full of various vested interests trying to grit their teeth clap loud enough to reassure themselves that they're still doing "very important things"
Now one of the attendees suddenly cracking and hurling themselves out the nearest window is certainly one of the amusing possibilities, I suppose.
I would very much like to see a list of sponsors for this event.
"I would very much like to see a list of sponsors for this event."
Yes, me too.
Who, precisely, is on the "Excellence in Recovery Host Committee"?
How do we get REBIRTH to abort?
By 7:45 PM, at
Okay, so I'll drive, who calls shotgun, and who's going to run/launch themselves across the dais, fully armed with cream pies (with broken brick fragments hidden in the cool-whip, n'est-ce pas?)?
Somebody pass the hat for gas money, then lemme know when we need to start making "pies."
Pie Man say...Pie da'Bastads!
Pie Lady say...
Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump!
Just start t'rowin Hubig Pies at'em?
Hahaha...you folks are Dangerous!
This should come as no surprise, but the "Excellence in Recovery" committee does not exist in official, corporate form according to the Secretary of State's office. I don't think it's a prank at all, but rather another sign of the delusional bunker mentality that has gripped the administration since Katrina. It reminds me of a caricature of a Third World generalissimo who fabricates new military honors so he can pin a bunch of medals on his chest. Laughable and sad all at once.
By 9:59 AM, at
What is Lt. Gen. Russell Honore (Ret.) doing presenting when he knows this is a sham event to drum up publicity for the anniversary? Considering the cloud hanging over Nagin these days, I should think an honorable gentlemen like Honore would recuse himself immediately.
By 10:24 AM, at
the blogosphere should call a press conference at 6:45 outside the ritz c. and blow him out the water, and the secret committee too.
By 2:12 PM, at
I've got a list of committee people from a source as a jpeg.
This is up there with that crook Haley Barbour getting awards for his "leadership" which was little more than contracts for family memebrs and opposition to tax cuts.
By 3:33 PM, at
Many of the usual suspects. No doubt some arm-twisting for a few of these guys. Any maybe another example of the "get drunk and vote for....." mentality. All in all, this is a joke, and anyone that participates in this "award" ceremony should be ashamed of himself.
By 5:25 PM, at
good god....am i detecting a sense of strategy in the N.O. blogosphere? It must be a Rising Tide thing. You guys sound like you want to launch an offensive....i don't care what you do, if you do anything...I'm in. Just promise me I can dress up as a pirate.
"the blogosphere should call a press conference at 6:45 outside the ritz c. and blow him out the water, and the secret committee too."
Yes we must. It is time to counter this bastard and his moneyed acolytes. It is fucking far past time to name a thing and gain power over "IT".
I know it may be a change for the itinerary for Rising Tide III, but this is exactly what we are about: exposing the lies and those makers of lies that are screwing up the recovery of this city and the region. Expose them and the light of day will shrivel them. They will have no coherent answer for this "ceremony and award", and the crap behind it all.
Isn't that one of the purposes of Rising Tide? Expose the lies and fight for the Truth? Isn't this what we started with? To fight for the city and Her people?
Nagin and his allies/supporters (for whatever reason) have just given us a major gift. Let's use it OUR way, the NOLA Blogger way.
This is the way I see it, but I cannot do this alone. I can take this to some major Blogs, and the rest of you can go to places I cannot go at this time. But the message goes through the 'Verse. It cannot be stopped... the signal goes on and on. They will be stymied trying to defend themselves.
It's called a shitstorm, and we all are good at this. It ain't rocket science. We create the questions and let the media formulate the answers to this B/S.
Clancy has validated what my searching has resulted in. This is a freakin' sham in order to support an administration that has an agenda that endangers the Recovery of the city. (the latter part is my thought)
To use a Star Wars analogy, it's time to take down the Death Star.
They have gotten away with robbery, and they have now pushed the envelope. It's our turn to open said envelope. They will not be able to answer the questions we posit.
And Dambala, thou may be a pirate. As for me, I'm going to show as the BITCH. The rest of you can be as you wish.
Let's (using an Olympic saying) go for the Gold.
We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
I have two good out-of-town friends who do the hotel and restaurant bookings for their companies when their conventions come to town. Naturally, my advice has previously been solicited. I'm starting with them. If you think about people in your personal networks, just casual contacts even, we can make a strong national statement against this chicanery.
Also, I was thinking of joining this group, despite my aversion to membership fees:
Let's get the word out that the citizens of New Orleans do NOT support an Excellence in Recovery Award for Nagin.
By 1:53 PM, at
Marée croissante longtemps de phase trois!