Thursday, July 16, 2009


The Suspect Device alerts us to this T-P story:

In the latest twist in a bizarre soap opera, Mayor Ray Nagin's administration has fired a team of technology experts that drew the mayor's ire recently after they claimed that Nagin's missing e-mail messages were intentionally removed by someone with high-level access to the computer system.
Louisiana Technology Council President Mark Lewis said Thursday that he learned from WDSU-TV that his contract with the city has been terminated.

One of the reasons this is a "soap opera" is because Mr. Lewis and an associate had the doors of their homes similarly vandalized (sealed). But the article neglects to mention that.
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Oh no! 


Shelley Midura, a Democrat who came out of nowhere in 2006 to break the Republican Party's 26-year hold on the New Orleans City Council's District A seat, said Wednesday she will not seek re-election next year.

Darn it.

While [former councilmember Jay] Batt remains the only announced candidate, several potential challengers are being mentioned.

They include Karen Gadbois, an activist who founded the Web site; Deborah Langhoff, a Lakeview resident who made a failed bid for the state House in 2007...

Silver lining!

Cenlamar has a link to Midura's statement.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Back to Day Zero 

It's a few weeks old, but I thought the Gambit's "adieu" to Recovery Czar Ed Blakely was quite solid.

How Nagin was able to find (or attract) such an ineffectual, arrogant flim-flam artist still shocks me. At the time, I figured if Nagin was going to find another person to do his job, the chances were pretty good that things would improve. But they didn't. Credit to Jeffrey, David and others who saw through Blakely from the get go.

There's a fairly unfunny movie out now titled "Year One". It's about two knuckleheads who go on an adventure. But New Orleans already saw the prequel to this film, starring Nagin and Blakely. It was called "Day Zero".

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Oh dear again 


Fresh off her election as chairman of the national Young Republicans, Audra Shay of Mandeville issued an apology Monday for joking on Facebook last Halloween about "Obama in a noose." She promised to undergo diversity training and listen to more minority voices in her new party role.

It's heartening that Young Republican Chairwoman Shay publicly apologized, and plans to learn more about diversity. Upon completion of her training, which may or may not require the Ludovico technique, I'll be eager to hear her summary of "lessons learned".

Nonetheless, the details of Shay's election are troubling, as The Daily Beast details here. Shays' Young Republican opponent (who happens to be a lesbian) was attacked not only for her past voter-fraud efforts, but for supporting Civil Unions (aaiigh!) and for being a woman who prefers suits to dresses (heaven forfend!).

Recently, a former aide to Newt Gingrich rushed to Shay's defense in a discussion thread at, citing Shay's support for Ray Nagin's re-election over Mitch Landrieu in 2006 as evidence that Shay isn't racially insensitive. After all, Shay supported the black guy over the white guy, right? Therefore, how can she harbor any ugliness inside?

Heh, if only New Orleans politics were that scrutable.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Hear them go off... 

Not exactly sure if this was an "Integrity Eucharist", but it looks like some local bloggers broke meuniere-saturated bread together at Mandina's, and are now freely sharing the gospel of the new 2010 Ford Taurus.

Whaddya know, Charlotte likes it! "I was very impressed with the smooth ride... I felt like I was in a cocoon of cotton."

Miraculously, Nola Notes likes it too: "Aside from the cool keyless entry, the Sirius radio, the sync up capabilities with your cell phone, and the, like, seven funky colors you can select for the inside floor lights (I liked the purple), what I liked best was that it felt solid and controlled. It handled very smoothly, even on NOLA’s notoriously bumpy streets. It was also an uber quiet ride."

Trifecta! Greta liked the car as well: "It had pretty much all the bells and whistles of a decent car: USB, cool ambiance lighting, bluetooth, classy looking interior and exterior, optional sunroof, a nice and easy to read front panel. This car just felt safe! ...I sat in the bump in the back during the test drive through pothole New Orleans after some wine and dinner. I did not feel sick in the least bit— absolutely smooth as glass and quiet - most impressive (and lucky for everyone in the car)!"

Greta titled her post "Ford 'Gets' New Media"-- and that's wonderful to know. Since I wasn't able to find one single critical observation about the 2010 Taurus from anyone in the local "New Media" (some of whom were remunerated by Ford for their efforts), I can only assume that this must be one helluva a car!

In other news, I learned that Jane's Addiction will be playing at Voodoo Fest. I hope their [nsfw] set will be half as cool as the new 2010 Ford Taurus!

Update: Coincidentally, I sold a Ford Taurus today. Fuller disclosure later.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Blind automelons 

I was talking with someone yesterday and we imagined a watermelon vehicle wrap. It's sort of funny to think about. So I did, and that led to other thoughts.

From youtube member blindtimes' write-up of (my favorite) Blind Melon song, "Galaxie":

The song uses the main subject matter of [lead singer] Shannon Hoon's 1964 Ford Galaxie to also explore the deeper themes of his first love and break-up. He had originally bought this car used in New Orleans, for rather cheap, as the doors wouldn't even open.
The music video for "Galaxie" featured a cameo by Timothy Leary, and revolves around a 1965 Ford Galaxie, fitting the lyrics. The video is considered a haunting premonition of Hoon's overdose later in 1995: Hoon was on drugs while filming the video, and featured such an erratic behaviour that scared the rest of the band...

Indeed. As far as haunting premonitions in music videos go, this one perhaps surpasses Nirvana's "Come as you are". Notice how "Galaxie" is more about a wild ride (driven by unseen, Heracleitean forces) rather than a particular model of car. Also, note how the mischevious wizard's apprentice combines potions and materials to wild chaotic effect. Hoon shot a lethal speedball (H + coke) prior to a show at Tip's. The band had recorded their new album in New Orleans, and they were back in town as part of their national tour. Like Axl Rose, Hoon was a native of Lafayette, Indiana. He had a wife and young daughter, yet despite his occasional self-awareness about his problems, he wasn't able to shake his escalating addiction in time.

Seems ironic to have Timothy Leary telling his young apprentice to halt the chemical experimentation.

But I keep on a comin' here and standing in this state*
Oh and I'm always reassured the situation's gettin' carried away

Good lyric. Hard to say why, but it cuts through me like a knife tonight.
The psychedelic car ride/legions of sperm imagery was used by Queens of the Stone Age to good effect in this video.
Speaking of cars and towns named Lafayette, Greg recently had a link to a juicy story.

Also, fair warning: It's entirely possible that YRHT could become a car blog in the near future.

* gret?

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Four months after he was sworn in, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta learned of an intelligence program that had been hidden from Congress since 2001, a revelation that prompted him to immediately cancel the initiative and schedule a pair of closed-door meetings on Capitol Hill.

The next day, June 24, Panetta informed the House and Senate intelligence committees of the program and the action he had taken, according to Democratic and Republican members of the panels.

Kudos to Panetta for acting with alacrity, but why did it take 4 months for him to be informed about this secret program?
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Late night guvmint conspiracy/love song selection 


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