Thursday, July 23, 2009

For the love of John McEnroe 

You canNOT be serious.

Nagin adds another $6 million to Ciber Inc's $40 million no-bid contract?

Research credit: Brian D.

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Know Your Enemies 

If you love Green Day, you'll probably like "Seize the Day" by The Enemies.

The Enemies- Palm of My Hand


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RT 4 

Not enough credit can be given to Greg Peters' graphic talents.


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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mayoral email "mystery" deepens 


Mayor Ray Nagin's interim technology chief said Friday that Louisiana Technology Council's report on Nagin's missing e-mail messages won't be released to the public because the technology firm "didn't take time to understand how our system is configured" and, thus, came up with false findings.

Oh, ok. Sounds very plausible. City Hall is known for their thoroughness and expertise.

Harrison Boyd fired LTC and its partners in a letter dated July 10. He specifically questioned how LTC, which he hired to recover the missing files, could say that the files were intentionally removed by someone with high-level access to the computer system.

It does seem that this particular claim deeply bothers the administration. How deeply, is the question.

"James Bond, Tom Cruise and a bungee cord didn't come down to the city and somehow delete information from our system," Boyd said tartly.

Right, but if James Bond or Ethan Hunt deleted the data that would mean it was an outside job. Someone on the inside wouldn't need a bungie apparatus. They'd already have access keys and passwords.

The T-P's Stephanie Grace has some other questions about this developing story:

Boyd's denial begs the same old questions that have been around for months: Then who did delete them? Why? Are they actually gone, or not? And what's in those messages anyway?

Actually, the most recent chapter in this strange saga suggests yet another mystery. With Nagin's e-mail and other such data at the center of a civil court case and at least one criminal probe, why is the administration still in charge of the disputed records in the first place?

City Hall doesn't exactly have a strong track record in this area.
Good questions, good point.

As for the Nagin e-mail, the administration's explanations have been all over the place. We've heard they were intentionally deleted due to a server space shortage and also that the deletions were inadvertent. We've heard that the e-mail can't be retrieved, and also -- as recently as Friday -- that they already have been.

In the midst of all this, Nagin has tried to change the subject by chiding council members for wanting to review their e-mail -- the ones that White released without their knowledge -- before making them public.

Now we're supposed to believe that it's Louisiana Technology Council, not the administration, that is incompetent and agenda-driven.

Apologies for the extened quote, but that's a good summary.

AND YET, one of the sexiest known components to this "mystery" (as Grace terms it) or "soap opera" (as the T-P recently described it) is the vandalism of the LTC President's house, which occurred the day before he told the press that the missing nagin files were deleted by someone with access and expertise. The T-P initially reported on this, yet in all its subsequent stories about this "mysterious soap opera", it omitted all mention of the vandalism. For example, today's story states the following:

[Nagin's Tech Chief] said LTC breached a confidentiality agreement when it announced some findings, including its assessment about someone tampering with the data, at a July 1 news conference.

But Lewis said he alerted Boyd and others at the city about that event two days in advance.

Isn't that interesting?!?! The LTC tells Nagin's staff that they're going to do a news conference in two days, and the next day all four of Lewis' exterior door are sealed shut. According to the T-P, the mayor's spokesperson said Nagin didn't order the "vandalism".

Ok. Then perhaps it was James Bond or Ethan Hunt who executed these timely intimidation tactics. Nevertheless, isn't this suspicious vandalism worth noting in the timeline of events?

Anyway, just look at this cluelessness:

Though Boyd said he never received a fax and an e-mail message from Lewis announcing the news conference, Lewis provided The Times-Picayune with copies of
both documents, dated June 29.
The messages noted that LTC is "mindful of our obligations under the non-disclosure agreement" and "only wish(es) to discuss, in general terms, the success of our efforts."

Though Boyd faulted LTC for not sharing more of its findings before going public, Lewis said Boyd and others at the city rarely responded to his efforts to contact them. He added that the letter from Boyd notifying LTC that it had been fired, though dated July 10, did not arrive at the firm's offices until Friday.
There's your competence and email expertise right there!

I'm sure the mayor will get on the radio soon and bewail how the "Times Pick-on-you" is treating this story. Who are you going to believe at this point? Do you really think there's an "honorable explanation" at the end of this "soap opera"?

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If we can pray together why can't we rock together? 


For 15 years or so, it has been a truism of religious life in New Orleans: Almost always, when Protestants and Catholics are formally gathered under one roof -- and when they are joined by Jews, Muslims and Sikhs -- somewhere in the background will be a retired Presbyterian minister named the Rev. Will Mackintosh.

Mackintosh is perhaps the area's most passionate ecumenist. He is almost certainly the most frequent organizer of ecumenical and interfaith events. For him, the sight of divided Christendom on its knees in a single place, for a little while, is about as good as it gets -- topped only when he can organize an event that also includes prayerful representatives of the world's other great religions.

Sixteen years after leaving the pulpit of New Orleans' First Presbyterian Church, Mackintosh leads a small nonprofit whose single goal is to promote common worship and dialogue among Christians of different denominations -- ecumenism -- and mutual understanding among New Orleans Christians and those of the world's other major traditions.

My grandfather was a pastor and he claimed that there were more differences within denominations than between them.

MacKintosh's work reminds me of the late Pastor Marshall Truehill:

In 1995, [Truehill] would be instrumental in a historic merger between an all-Black congregation, Faith in Action Baptist Church, and an all-white congregation, Central Baptist Church, forming the newly titled, First United Baptist Church. Rev. Truehill would later become the senior pastor in 1997.

* very forced, shoehorned title ref


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