Friday, April 03, 2009

Obama cut taxes faster than Jindal 

So says Moon Griffon. I'll take him at his word.

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Four desirable words next to one another 

Louisiana Oyster Jubilee Festival

(and, perhaps:)

Slurp up the fun!

Update: Maringouin posted some brilliant pictures of the fun.

Howie Luvzus posts pictures of Algiers Riverfest (sans spandex).

Nola Cleophatra posts photos of crawfish and some jewelry she got at Freret St. fest.

Jeffrey informs us that the 5th annual Celebracion Latina will be going on, just down the street, this afternoon.


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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Spandex looks painted on 

Howie Luvzus despairs that his greatest accomplishment in life might be sharing a photo of a curvy lady in gold spandex. Actually, if the apex of my personal achievements involved spandex I'd be sorta proud. Think of it this way: apart from inventing the stuff, what would it take to have the word "spandex" appear in the first sentence of your obituary? See? Not such an easy thing to orchestrate, by any stretch (pun intended).

I'm having trouble pinpointing exactly what makes Howie's spandexed blonde so aesthetically compelling. Is it the sheer brazenness of her figure? I dunno, but it's the sort of image that stays with you-- for better or worse.

Personally, I like this photo the best. If you keep the front three figures, and put them on a vista resembling the salt flats, it's like an instant Salvador Dali painting.

My favorite Dali is The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, in St. Petersburg (FLA). Painted in 1959, it's one of my favorite pieces of art.

There's a lot going on in the work, and I like that. I'm a fan of Hieronymous Bosch, for example. If you follow me on twitter, you know I tweet about Bosch incessantly.

Anyway: note Salvador kneeling on the beach, praying with crucifix-- his hopeful muse arising out of Columbus' banner, which is already firmly planted in the "new" continent. (Inspiration first, inspiration first.) Why does Columbus' beatific foot have such an ominous shadow? Similarly, there's a whole host of heavenly imagery mixed with the armaments and flags of Christian soldiers. Some of those crosses are flying over the ocean like missiles, aren't they? The ship's sail is faded and streaked. There's a sky eye view of Christ's head and slung torso during crucifixion (which might take a while to make out). And what's up with that mysterious hooded figure in the corner?

Impressively, the lunar-looking seashell in the foreground sits in the beach, a few small steps away from Christopher.

Not that you need to travel out of New Orleans to see something surreal, but I would consider a visit to St. Petersburg (FLA) to be incomplete if you didn't see this painting. (Btw, I hear that there's a museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, that also has some quality artwork.)

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Like you, I miss him fiercely 

This photo of "brooding Ashley" makes me laugh.

"I can't see, fuckmook, I have no eyes."

David Simon's tribute.


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Monday, March 30, 2009

Today's post is at First Draft 

Go here, my merry people.

And yes, the title of the linked post is a reference to the Pink Floyd song embedded below. Feel free to watch and groove to it. Feel freer to watch a little bit, and then fast forward six minutes to the amusing interview afterwards, which contains a nice discourse on "the pink floyd" and oysters.


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Slightly askew 

The movie guide from my cable provider rates Shanghai Noon three stars and Fast Times at Ridgemont High two and a half.


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Can't beat Clay's digest 

Noladishu has your reading assignments.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

I lost my house in a town called Frisco 

Mayor Ray Nagin and his wife have 10 days to pay outstanding homeowners' association fees on their suburban Dallas townhouse before it is sold in a public auction from the steps of the local county courthouse, a Texas TV station reported Saturday.

Public records unearthed by CBS-affiliate KTVT-TV show that the Bella Casa Owners Association filed a lien Jan. 28 against the property owned by the mayor and his wife, Seletha Smith-Nagin. The documents, posted at the station's Web site, claim the Nagins have "continued to default" on fees owed to the association in the city of Frisco, which now total $1,507.14.

Mayor Nagin calls this townhouse a "personal investment", so I hope his repeated defaults aren't a symptom of personal financial woe. But even if Nagin is in some tight financial straits now, he seems to have a potentially lucrative idea for post-mayoral income.

[New Orleans City Councilmember Stacy Head] said she has advisers who tell her blunt truths, whereas [Mayor] Nagin doesn't have "anybody like that."

"I mean, he has 'yes men' that tell him how wonderful he's doing and how that's going to be in 'the book,' " she said. "And I'm serious. 'The book.' They talk about it and they're dead serious. This is not a joke. Apparently he plans on writing a book on what a wonderful job he did and all his yes men talk about, 'Oh, that's going to go in the book, that's going to go into the book.'"

I wouldn't be so dismissive, Councilmember Head. "True Crime" books can be very popular.

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