Saturday, October 25, 2008

Quick Political Commercial round-up 



Cajun style.



So Awful it's hilarious.


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Friday, October 24, 2008

Garage dayz were the salad dayz 

Suspect Device informs us of a new disease-- heavy metal addiction. But, oddly, SD doesn't tell us that he found the cure to this affliction several months ago.

Related metal thoughts:

I love when Metallica covers a song. I like the songs they choose to cover, and I like how they cover those songs. In retrospect, I think their covers represent some of their very most lasting work-- at least since Puppets. To do a Sabbath cover, and actually improve it... that's not easy.(I like some songs off "...and Justice", but the way they vindictively muted Newsted's bass on the recording makes the original almost unlistenable for me. Here's shortest straw the way it should sound.)

Fun fact! After Jason Newsted left Metallica he went to a Canadian sci-metal band named Voivod (that had also left its best stuff in the 1980's). At one point, around 1988/89, some metal aficionados were mentioning Voivod in the same breath as Metallica. The best show I ever saw was when Soundgarden opened for Voivod in 1989.

And Dead Horse's Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers is probably the best metal album you've never heard of.

Sunday evening
returning home from church
masses of people
their lives summarized
in a paragraph
Not much different from mine!
we're after the same thing (x3)
peaceful death

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We'll tuck this away in the files for now 

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports:

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney predicted Thursday that Gov. Bobby Jindal will consider a 2012 run for the White House if John McCain loses on Nov. 4.

“Bobby Jindal will certainly be taking a look at it,” Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said on WWL-Radio.

Jindal denied Thursday afternoon that he is mounting a presidential campaign despite multiple fundraising trips outside the state and an upcoming visit to Iowa.

“I am not running for the White House in 2012,” Jindal said.

He said he plans to run for re-election for governor in 2011. It is not his “intent” to run for the White House in 2016, he said.

Jindal said his goal is to serve two terms as governor and then leave public office to focus on his family.

“I don’t have any intent of running for any other office. I’d like to ideally go back to the private sector,” Jindal said.
The Wednesday editions of The Washington Post wrote about Jindal’s upcoming trip and added that “politicians NEVER — we can’t stress this enough -— go to Iowa accidentally. They know exactly what a trip to Iowa means.”

Running for Prez in 2012 would be difficult for Bobby. He'd have to gear up while running for Gubernatorial re-election in 2011, which would be sort of farcical. Also, displacing a sitting President isn't an easy thing to do. 2016 would make the most sense for him. He'd still be young and fresh, but would have more "executive experience"... etc. And after eight years of Obama and a Democratic powergrip on Congress, the GOP will be looking for a political savior to lead them out of the wilderness.


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Thursday, October 23, 2008

The conservative blogosphere deserves a Pulitzer 

Jon Swift compiles the evidence, and makes the case that the MSM is ignoring all the Obama scandals that conservative blogs have diligently unearthed.

Swift's case is almost completely comprehensive... except that he forgot Michelle Obama's $447.39 lobster and Iranian caviar snack at the Waldorf. (Also known as "Barack Lobster-gate".)

Update: And perhaps this pumpkin-head carving BHOax.


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Speaking of... 

Let's revisit this quote of the weak one mo' time:

“There’s a real problem, in what’s called the ‘white movement.’ One, there’s a lot of people who are just mentally ill, and we deal with those a lot. No. 2, there are people who have serious sexual problems.”

-- Bill White, head of the neo-nazi American National Socialist Workers Party

I'm assuming these are the sorts of "sexual problems" to which Herr White was referring.

Speaking of Austrians, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he thinks Gov. Sarah Palin "will get to be qualified" for national office in the next few months. That's comforting. You go girl! Dress for success and fake it till you make it, and all that other good stuff!

And speaking of Gov. Palin, I still don't know why this compelling Saints blog is titled "Moose Denied" but, given current events, it seems quite a serendipitous combination of words.

And speaking of The Terminator (as I was earlier), did you know about Iraq's "Terminator Seeds"? Or the "100 Orders"? I didn't.

This idiotic, manufactured, last-ditch 'scandal'-- "dairy aisle gate?"-- is one of the dumbest plays I've ever seen. Kennedy wants you to know that Mary Landrieu shops by herself! Holy cow! Alert the battlestations!

Dummies! No one around here knows what a Harris Teeter store is, and the cloudy photos only bring attention to the slimy surveillance angle to the whole thing... which most normal humans will find discomfiting. This is incredibly stupid, politically and otherwise. It makes me want to form an organization in Mary's defense.


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Déjà vu 

This Gambit post is strangely familiar.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

When you start dropping the "C U Next Tuesdays", it's time for a break 

Most people don't understand how incredibly exhausting a Presidential campaign is. It is physically and mentally brutal. BRUTAL, I tell ya! It's really hard to fathom the fortitude involved, and I marvel at those who excel at campaigning.

Naturally, it's difficult to be at your best, all the time.

Obama has occasionally shown signs of wear and tear.

But McCain has really been stumbling and bumbling of late.

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In defense of recovery czar Ed Blakely 

From today's T-P editorial:

The city of New Orleans' list of completed recovery projects is humble stuff: roof replacements, elevator repairs, street paving. There are a couple of building renovations on the list, but those are few and far between.

This isn't what residents were promised by recovery chief Ed Blakely in March 2007 when he predicted that the city's $1 billion rebuilding effort would put "cranes on the skyline" by that September. Nineteen months later, construction cranes here are as rare as the endangered birds of the same name.

Meanwhile, Mr. Blakely is globetrotting to Dubai to offer his thoughts on sustainable development. When he's gone, he told the City Council last week, his office here doesn't get much done.

Has it occurred to the T-P that Dr. Blakely is travelling to Dubai to make a deal on some cranes for New Orleans? Since 30,000+ tower cranes are operating there (1/4 of the world's total) , perhaps he's trying to bring some cranes back to the Crescent City.

Has it occurred to the T-P that Dr. Blakely is going to Dubai to learn how they build islands so quickly, so that he can bring back that knowledge to assist in coastal restoration of Louisiana's barrier islands?

And if, after a long day of horsetrading and dealmaking for the good of the city, if Dr. Blakely wishes to relax and enjoy a cultural treat while overseas... I don't see how we can blame him.


Heh, just kidding.

I phoned into Kaare Johnson's WIST 690am radio show the other day and commiserated with my brudda about how wrong we were to put our hopes in Ed Blakely's ability to "quarterback" the city to recovery. Initially, we both thought "How could he be worse than Nagin"? Which is still a good question. I mean, what are the odds-- a billion to one? Since there's about 6 billion people on earth, I guess that means there's only about five other people on the planet who are as qualified as Blakely to do such a crappy recovery job.

Dr. Blakely has said that he will "finish when all of you think I'm finished."

Okay, okay. I think you're finished.

T-P's James Gill (who has cornered the market on the word "jake", btw) gives Blakely the treatment today:

[Blakely's speech in Dubai] was no doubt a good one, at least for those who find urban-planning consultants a turn-on, because Blakely has never had any trouble talking. Getting anything done is another matter, which is why everyone around here, with the possible exception of Mayor Ray Nagin, has him tagged as a flim-flam man.

The occasional foray to distant parts is, of course, perfectly OK even for full-time city employees, who may, indeed, return with new knowledge that will redound to the public benefit.

Blakely, however, has it the wrong way around and his occasional forays are to the city that pays his salary. Otherwise he's all over this country and various others. He retains his chair at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Blakely noted that Dubai's "port development is pretty smashing." Being within sight of it for a few days was "helpful," he said, because he doesn't have "a strong background in ports."

He should come see us in New Orleans more often. We have a port right here.

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Quotes of the weak 

"It's really not the council's fault. This is really a faux pas, to use a Chinese term, that sits in the lap of the administration and we're trying to clean it up."

-- New Orleans City Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell at a committee hearing, criticizing the Nagin administration's process for approving $5 million in economic development grants, which had been held up for 10 months

“There’s a real problem, in what’s called the ‘white movement.’ One, there’s a lot of people who are just mentally ill, and we deal with those a lot. No. 2, there are people who have serious sexual problems.”

-- Bill White, head of the neo-nazi American National Socialist Workers Party

"It is essential that the package be robust and strong to address the problem. I know-- look, I'm sure there are some of my friends out there saying, I thought this guy was a market guy; what happened to him? Well, my first instinct wasn't to lay out a huge government plan. My first instinct was to let the market work until I realized, upon being briefed by the experts, of how significant this problem became. And so I decided to act and act boldly. It turns out that there's a lot of interlinks throughout the financial system."

-- President Bush explaining why it "turns out" that we need a "huge government plan" to partially nationalize American banks


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Block African witchcraft curses against McCain and Palin NOW! " 

It's helpful to read this extremely "sewius" missive in the voice of Ming Ming. (This Ming, not that one.)

One excerpt:

The occultists are "weaving lazy 8's around McCain's mind to make him look confused and like an idiot"... we need to break these curses off of him that are being sent from Kenya.

That's so ridic--

Maybe possession can't be ruled out, entirely.

Luckily, the Gret Stet's Governor understands how to wage spiritual warfare. The Kenyan lazy 8's won't bewitch our Bobby.

Thx to Dangerblond.

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Tory Mayor of London endorses Obama 

Boris "oysters for everyone" Johnson believes Obama should be the next President.

I told you I liked this conservative.


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One of Trinity University's finest... 

Greg has stories about the Butthole Surfers, who will be in town this weekend.

"An extremely liberal-arts private school for rich ne’er-do-wells".... heh, more like "top choice after your Plan A school doesn't work out". As for Trinity's liberalism, I dunno. Around the time I was there the distinguished lecturers included frothing radicals like Margaret Thatcher, Tom Brokaw, and Colin Powell. Sure, there were protests over Gulf War I, and spirited ideological debate, and a vibrant chapter of Amnesty International, but I think the school had tamed down a bit since the 1970's.

My Philosophy mentors at Trinity included Professors Chuck Salman, Lawrence Kimmel, and Renford Bambrough. Each of them, in their own way, were tremendously important to me. Bambrough died in 1999, and Salman may still be a philosopher/rancher out in the hill country of Tejas (or not, I don't know). Kimmel still teaches at Trinity, and current students would do well to take one of his courses.

Perhaps Saints Coach Payton can use this Trinity Tigers' play, if last second heroics are needed against the Chargers in London.

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Drafty Tuesdays 

I have a post up at First Draft today. Like the last few, it's not that good-- but next week's FD post is going to be spectacular. I promise. And I really mean it this time. Mark your calendars.

Here's a musical preview by Paul Hardcastle to wet your appetite:

Also, you may notice that YRHT links now open in new windows. About damn time.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

If you're gonna dine and dash... 

... don't forget to take your bag with the dime bag in it.

Saturday night when LSU played the South Carolina Gamecocks, I learned of things such as "fried pepsi". I reflected on the importance of education and maps for US Americans.

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Let the awkwardness begin! 

Back in April I opined:

Again, YRHT contends that Bobby Jindal has no real Veep ambitions-- however, he's certainly cultivating the Veep "buzz", which may allow him to get the coveted GOP convention keynote address and set him up for a run of his own in 2012 or 2016. (If he's eyeing 2012, the 2011 gubernatorial re-election campaign would come at a very inconvenient time. Running on a "the job's not finished" platform while hanging out in Iowa and NH would be a tad awkward.)

A reader alerted me to the news in Politico's Jonathan Martin recent report:

Jindal, the Louisiana governor widely seen as a Republican rising star, will keynote a high-profile Christian conservative fundraising dinner next month in Iowa, his office confirms.

Jindal will speak at the Iowa Family Policy Center's “Celebrating the Family” banquet in suburban Des Moines on November 22nd, according to his spokeswoman, Melissa Sellers. While in the state, he also may to go to Cedar Rapids to see some of those areas impacted by the summer floods. Jindal, of course, has led his state's recovery from Katrina since being elected in 2007.

It will be Jindal's first visit to Iowa, Sellers said.

First visit to Iowa? Try a pie. They do them well.


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"That's some catch"... "It's the best there is" 

In the post below, I linked to this political article from Saturday's T-P. I wanted to make sure you saw this section (apologies to Frank Donze for quoting it in full):

CATCH-22 AT CITY HALL: In his optimistic inaugural address back in 2002, Mayor Ray Nagin mused about a "future city government" that was "open and accessible to everyone" and "transparent and accountable."

He didn't say precisely how far in the future his vision lay. Judging by the continuing difficulty of getting certain kinds of basic information out of City Hall, perhaps Nagin's crystal ball was dialed in to a date beyond 2008.

Try this conundrum on for size: Curious about who provided the informational kiosks that have shown up lately in the lobby of City Hall, The Times-Picayune recently filed a public-records request asking to see the bid documents, contracts and invoices related to the kiosks.

The response? No can do.

The city's Law Department explained that before it can make a contract available, it has to know who the contract is with. So until a reporter or member of the public knows who has a contract, he can't find out who has the contract.

The rationale for the policy isn't secrecy, according to the administration.

"The Law Department's contracts database is maintained by the name of the contractor and not by the professional services they provide," City Attorney Penya Moses-Fields wrote. "Therefore, without the name of the vendor, we cannot provide a copy of the contract you request."

The American Zombie has provided some clues. Surprise! Greg "Muppet" might be involved.


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Going "there" 

On Wednesday, local talk radio host Eric Asher went there.

While discussing disgraced former State Sen. Derrick Shepherd on 690am, Asher pointed out that Shepherd's mother has extremely long fingernails. He described them as "claws"... without meaning any disrespect, of course.

I shudder to think what the forums had to say about this.

Asher also seemed genuinely confused as to why Shepherd would get involved with a scattered, unreliable individual like Gwendolyn Moyo.

Um, here's one thought: because Derrick Shepherd is reckless and greedy.

T-P columnist Stephanie Grace's recent column discusses a "new" Derrick Shepherd:

Speaking under oath as he pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, former state Sen. Derrick Shepherd was practically a different person than the elbow-throwing, in-your-face politician who burst onto the scene just five years ago.

The Derrick Shepherd in court was contrite. He made no excuses, made no accusations, offered no conspiracies. His usual bluster was gone. He took full responsibility for his actions.

He said he most regrets having set a bad example for "the young black kids who always tell me they look up to me."

Yes, it was jarring to see Shepeherd so "apologetic", however, I can't let one part of his "contrite" statement pass. After saying he "never committed a crime until now" and that he "in no way abused his position", Shepherd apologized to the "children" who look up to him, and told them that they can't "do wrong, even one time, one split second, [or] it will cost you".

I would bet my best pig that that's false. Shepherd abused his position, and I'd wager that this isn't the first crime he has committed. It's just the first time he's been caught. I have several long drafts of incendiary posts on Shepherd that I've decided not to publish because I can't prove some of the stuff I know. However, perhaps the "new" Derrick Shepherd wouldn't mind an extremely penetrating and meticulous forensic audit of the distribution of funds for the family members who survived one of the "worst house fires in state history".

If kids in Shepherd's district want a real role model, perhaps they can look up to Shawn Barney, who has run against Shepherd (twice), but hasn't been able to overcome Shepherd's Marrero Machine. Shawn Barney's father was Clarence Barney, a local civil right's leader. And like his father, Shawn's heart is in the right place. I like the guy. I'm a fan. If he runs again to replace Shepherd, I'll be supporting him over J.P. Morrell. (But I will note that Shawn Barney jr's Myspace page might could use a little tweaking.)

If you think I have a pure seething hatred for Derrick Shepherd (or my main man Vitty-cent) ... honestly, I don't. My feelings are much more complicated than that. Kind of a witch's brew of pity, political respect, and moral revulsion.

Trent Reznor is interviewed in this month's Offbeat magazine. Trent says:

I remember when a friend of mine from New York first came down to visit in New Orleans. He said, “This place is pretty cool. Everyone is concerned with being cool in New York. Here, nobody’s cool and everybody’s having fun.” It stuck with me.
Update: Clancy has more at the Gambit Daily.
Shepherd managed to fool his constituents regularly (and this newspaper, at first), but his former colleagues in the Louisiana House and Senate quickly pegged him as a crook.

H/T to he-knows-who-he-is for inspiring this post.


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