Saturday, June 20, 2009



Jefferson Parish has spent $340,000 on paving and drainage work at an Avondale car wash being built by sons of former longtime Kenner City Councilman Nick Baroni.

Parish officials said the recently completed work was in response to residents' concerns about traffic flow and had nothing to do with the developer's political connections.
The parish's involvement with the car wash surfaced this week when the Dead Pelican Web site posted several e-mails between parish officials discussing the project.

The site suggested the work was a favor for the "connected politico family" of Nick Baroni, whose 19-year tenure on the Kenner City Council ended in 1995 and coincided with three of Broussard's four terms as Kenner mayor.

Last year Broussard wrote a letter seeking leniency for Nick Baroni at his sentencing on a federal mail fraud conviction for bilking $120,000 from the Navy. Baroni was released from a halfway house in February after serving nine months.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Rising Tide IV 

Against all odds, it appears that a fourth Rising Tide bloggers conference will take place in New Orleans on August 22, 2009. Some organizers got together last night over Schlitz and cookies to talk about the event, and I was pleased to be part of the effort.

I believe a Rising Tide theme or slogan will be unveiled soon. Last year, Rising Tide 3's slogan was something like "Attack of the cranes". The first RT theme was "Unfatigued", and the second RT theme was either "Enter the fist" or "Botched vasectomies are no picnic", I can't quite recall. So, in the interest of being interesting, I wanted to share with y'all a list of the top ten rejected slogans for RT4:

RT4: If nothing else, we go out drinking afterwards
RT4: It's August in New Orleans, what else ya gonna do?
RT4: We put the "fun" in fun bags
RT4: Lunch, dangerblond and more for only $20-- what more could you want?
RT4: Optimism is scheduling a conference at the height of hurricane season
RT4: Can't guarantee a fistfight won't break out
RT4: Recovery issues coming to a Head
RT4: Sports stars humping Palin's daughter is not funny
RT4: Sorry we pissed in your tea party


RT4: Probably less soul-crushing than a third term of Nagin


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A new sensation in my mouth 

Doing everything I could to show solidarity with the Iranian Reform/Election Protest movement, I enjoyed a green seaweed salad yesterday. Somehow I chipped my tooth while eating it. Now my tongue can't stop feeling the new texture of my dented enamel.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I don't mind telling you that the visual symbology of Paw Paw's post tickles my gonads.

Morphine "Yes"


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Monday, June 15, 2009

Breaking News! There will be no adjustments to the YRHT blogroll 

Over two years ago I wrote a post titled "Does the good outweigh the bad at We Saw That?", and it generated a fair amount of lively discussion amongst a handful of commenters. (WST responded here.) Recently, We Saw That spewed his anti-zionist crapola, and a lot of louisiana bloggers are suddenly getting all huffy puffy.

One of the huffy puffers is my esteemed compatriot Greg Peters, who warns:

[If] any other Louisiana blogger reading this has Little Ed [WST] on your links or blogroll, get him off. Seriously. Because while I won’t address Ed, I will address you, and we’re about to draw some lines here.

Perhaps my biggest blogging pet peeve is being told what to write about, or who to link to, or when to change font color. As soon as someone tells me what to do with YRHT, I often instinctively think of reasons not to comply. I don't care what it's about. ("You didn't write a Mother's Day post-- Do you hate mothers?" "Your blog isn't green-- do you hate the freedomlovers in Iran?" "If you keep writing about goats and Romanian penises, some people might think you're weird"... etc.)

So when Greg tells me that he's "seriously" going to start drawing "some lines" if I don't remove We Saw That from my blogroll... I'm tempted to resist and say: "Good! I like it when Greg draws lines. They're often tremendously comical*."

I don't think I've updated my blogroll since King Ahaz laid with Abijah, so I'm quite inclined to do nothing and irritate my friends who are suddenly concerned with We Saw That's anti-semitism (after I brought it to their attention years ago!**) and leave the site on my blogroll. Well, lemme first check to see if it's still on there, I honestly don't know. Ok, yeah, it's there, for now, so the two people who click on that link per month will not be disenfranchised until I decide otherwise!

The downside to this "decision" is that it might please we saw that. In his response to Greg's post, WST basically questioned my "emotional strength" if I caved into pressure and removed the wst link, which is just a subtler form of reverse manipulation.

Greg Peters erred badly by linking to the blog of a former Klansmen to underscore his point about wst being hateful and clownish. I mean, gee whiz, Greg, did you see Central LA Politics' quote of the weak from December? Do you want to debate that one with me? And there's more where that came from, too, trust me. Did you notice the noose on his sidebar? Where's the outrage? (Btw, if memory serves, Cenla Politics is still on the YRHT blogroll as well.)

Yes, for now, both WST and Central LA Politics will remain on the YRHT blogroll as well as many other blogs I both agree and disagree with, until I decide to add or subtract them. If you don't like the links, I'd advise not clicking them.


* pretty freakin' accurate, btw

** I'd love for someone to explain to me why the current WST comments are so much worse than previous WST comments and links from years ago?


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That's so funny that I forgot to be racist 

NY Daily News:

Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, S.C., Friday, longtime GOP activist Rusty DePass wrote, "I'm sure it's just one of Michelle [Obama's] ancestors - probably harmless."

Busted by South Carolina political blogger Will Folks on his FITNEWS blog, DePass told WIS-TV in Columbia, "I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest."

Then he added, "The comment was hers, not mine," claiming Michelle Obama made a recent remark about humans descending from apes. The Daily News could find no such comment.

I love Rusty's "clearly in jest" justification, as if people were outraged because they thought he was being serious, not that he was "joking" in a way that presupposes a racist sense of "humor".

Last week a customer was speaking with one of my sales consultants, complaining about Obama. This customer is a wealthy businessman who works in the New Orleans area. He went on to tell the sales consultant (who happened to be white*) that he wishes he "could line all of them [black people] up and shoot 'em".

Makes you want to not laugh so hard until you throw up.

* Most of the consultants where I work happen to be black


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This late night Ramones cut goes out to the Big Event 


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