Friday, June 12, 2009

Quotes of the weak 

"Now I'm kind of poor."

-- Former U.S. Congressman William Jefferson (who grew up dirt poor), explaining to FBI informant Lori Mody that his network of political graft can't cover his daughter's tuition bills.


"I feel like I'm in one of Dante's new circles of hell."

-- New Orleans resident Rachel M., who was shocked-- shocked!-- to discover that just because you pay a private psychologist to declare your child to be "gifted", that doesn't mean that other (unpaid) analysts will reach the same conclusion. A more tortuous span of hellfire is unimaginable.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Almost as refreshing as a robin-flavored snowball 

This news from Tuesday night: Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds beat former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe in the VA Gubernatorial primary.

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Courage is a kind of salvation 

Belated holiday thanks to the self storage facility in Metairie which posted the following statement during December on its large digital beside I-10: "Courage is a kind of salvation. --Plato"

I'll overlook the fact that this statement is actually found in a dramatic dialogue (The Republic), and is uttered by a character (Socrates), not Plato as such. But it does take considerable moxy for a business to flash a big pagan quote during christmastime, seen by thousands of drivers each day; especially one referring to a path to "salvation" that doesn't involve the Nazarene.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Big Easy Mayor in Little China 

Quarantined but "acting".

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Pivotal pseudo-moments in pop culture history 

David Chase decides to use Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" as the climactic soundtrack of the last Sopranos episode, instead "Leave it" by Yes.

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Robin 

Nola.com:

An already icy relationship between two competing snowball suppliers has produced a legal fight over who has the right to sell the flavored syrup concentrate under names like King Cake, Hurricane and Buttered Popcorn.


That's unfortunate. As far as snowball flavors go, for me the "Robin" syrup at Sal's can't be beat.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Nigerian Goat News 

Nola.com reported an unfortunate "sunrise/sunset":
Miguel Hidalgo, a goat that was a popular resident of the Audubon Zoo's petting zoo, died Friday.

Godspeed, Hidalgo.

Spokeswoman Sarah Burnette said the goat, known simply as Miguel to thousands of zoo visitors, apparently died of old age. He was 15.
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A registered Nigerian dwarf goat, the animal was born in September 1993 at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, and arrived at Audubon in January 1994.
Tejas isn't always the most hospitable place for goats. Hidalgo will be missed.

And in less recent goat news:

A human car theft suspect who police say transformed into a goat remains in custody.

The Vanguard reports: In Kwara State, a rural region of Western Nigeria, a volunteer vigilante group-- like the "Guardian Angels" sometimes seen around downtown New Orleans-- brought the goat to police, explaining it was one of two armed robbers the vigilantes had spotted trying to steal a Mazda.

The vigilantes stopped the crime in progress and gave chase, but one of the suspects got away. The other attempted the less conventional escape method of becoming a goat, which was not enough to spare him arrest.

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