Saturday, September 05, 2009

Mayoral Candidate James Perry issues statement 

Solid framing.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Alex Morgan, 206-331-2009

DATE: September 4, 2009

James Perry Issues Statement on Today’s Civil District Court Victory

New Orleans, LA – Today in Civil District Court, in a major victory for the taxpayers of the City of New Orleans and James Perry, Judge Lloyd Medley ruled to allow a hearing on Perry’s request for a permanent injunction to halt the awarding of contracts to high priced DC law firms in violation of the City’s Home Rule Charter.

James Perry, New Orleans Mayoral Candidate issued the following statement:

“Today is a victory for those of us who believe that a City with a murder rate that is now three times worse than Compton, California should not be spending either its time or tax dollars to creatively violate the City’s Home Rule Charter,” said Perry. “Every public dollar we spend to hire high-priced DC law firms to defend individuals in private legal matters is a dollar we are not spending to make our city safer.”



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Friday, September 04, 2009

For your Friday viewing pleasure 

I rarely recommend movies anymore, but my wife Lovely claims that Delivery Boys, starring Mario Van Peebles, is entertaining. Let's read the synopsis from IMDB:

A gang of boys under the Brooklyn Bridge are united by their common interest in break dancing. Some work as pizza delivery boys, hence they call themselves the "Delivery Boys". They form a dance team and enter a local break dance contest, sponsored by a woman's panty manufacturer. A rival gang's sponsor intimidates their employer into thinking she must keep the boys working so they won't be harmed. She gives the boys some "specialized" deliveries to make them late for the contest. The antics and calamities abound as the boys wrestle with her work assignments and getting to the contest on time.

Don't have time to verify, but this might be a Scorsese flick. In the eighties he was doing New York Stories and music videos with a lot of dancing, right?

Update: Vid by request.


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Hurray for Mr. Perry 


Attorneys for New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin have arrived at Orleans Parish Civil District Court to fight an attempt by a candidate seeking to succeed Nagin in next year's election to effectively quash contracts recently awarded by the city to private law firms, including a pair of pricey Washington D.C. firms with expertise in white-collar defense.
James Perry, the executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and a candidate for mayor, sued Nagin and the city Aug. 21, arguing that the mayor violated the city's Home Rule Charter by hiring the firms as "special counsel."

Worthy move, Mr. Perry. New Orleanians don't want their tax dollars going to $400/hr lawyers defending Nagin's cronyism, thuggery and "Meff Lab" coverups.

Press on!

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

"Katrina of recessions" 


A new study finds that the recession has left many jobless workers struggling to cope with the psychological stress caused by becoming unemployed in a weak economy.
"This is not your ordinary dip in the business cycle," said report co-author and Rutgers professor Carl Van Horn.

"Americans believe that this is the (Hurricane) Katrina of recessions. Folks are on their rooftops without a boat. The water is rising, and many see no way out."

Is this the worst economic disaster in the nation's history? If so, then it's the "Katrina of recessions". If not, then let's find some perspective. In either case, though, we can blame the jobless for living in a country that is prone to Great Recessions, and dismissively sniff that there was plenty of warning about a coming recession, and these people should've evacuated ahead of the downturn. Some might even argue that it's easier for the jobless to deal with recessions, since they no longer have a job to worry about losing.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Call me Bushmael 

“If you want to learn something new, all you have to do is study something that was written 100 years ago.” -Jeffrey Gitomer

Or more.

A couple weeks back I was in Panama City, FL on business. Long story short, the hotel I was staying at didn't program my wake-up call correctly, and I was late for the airport and ended up having to take a nine hour bus ride back to New Orleans. Yes, you read correctly. I was cornered into a situation where the Greyhund motorcoach was my best travel option. Reluctantly, I decided to "leave the driving to someone else", and squeezed in among my various seatmates. They included: 1) a haggard woman who loudly explained to me the details of her sister's cancer, and, implicitly, how saintly she is for caring for her 2) a 400 lb man in a cutoff t-shirt who was-- surprise-- a sweater! (To be fair, the sweating might have been a temporary condition caused by the huge bulbous tumor on his neck.) 3) a young mother who aimed her dyspeptic, wailing infant towards me at an angle that serviced my eardrum with an hour-long decibel stress test.

There's a lot of unfair stereotypes about bus travel, but my recent journey seemed to reinforce all of them.

Anyway, before all that, I was so irritated by the hotel's response to the botched wake-up call ("we're calling the phone service to make sure it doesn't happen again") that I did something fairly petty. I stole a book from the hotel "library" on the way out.

But instead of reading the book on my bus ride, I skipped it and read a fascinating article on zombies in Men's Journal, as well as a solid sports piece by Matt Taibbi.

So, last night, after finishing Ethan Brown's Shake the Devil Off* I finally got around to reading the first chapter of my stolen book: Herman Melville's Moby Dick. I never was able to finish it in high school, and always felt bad about that. Perhaps in coming years I'll feel bad about stealing a book to "get back" at an incompetent hotel desk clerk.

In general, when I read fiction I choose authors who are deceased. If they were suicidally-depressed adventurers from Algeria or Illinois... so much the better. But I'm not so keen on the living authors. They'll probably need to die before I invest in them.

Here then is a transcript of my internal monologue from last night, as I read the first chapter of the late Herman Melville's Moby Dick.

Alrighty, let's get going.

Title page accomplished! Always good to get that under your belt. I think I'll reward myself with a sip of summer ale.
When was this written, anyway? I'm going to guess 1837. (After checking the front cover and back cover) Hmm. Off by 14 years. Not my best effort.

Although I can't remember it, I bet the first sentence is a memorable one.
Yep, that's pretty solid.
What the hell? An extended encomium to the innate, vestigial magnetism of the sea? In chapter one? Oh gracious. Too soon, too soon.
Yeah, yeah, I get it. Water beckons us. But don't
describe it, Herman, show it.
No wonder I couldn't get through this tome the first time around.
The author refers to Adam and Eve as "orchard thieves"? That really is splendid. Bravo! I can coast the rest of the way through chapter one giggling over that locution.
Holy shitzky! I've re-read the passage three times and I still can't believe it. Usually my political filter is in recess when I behold a work of art, but, I mean, how can you not think of this decade's events when you read:

And, doubtless, my going on this whaling voyage, formed part of the grand programme of Providence that was drawn up a long time ago. It came in as sort of brief interlude and solo between more extensive performances. I take it that this part of the bill must have read something like this:

Grand contested election for Presidency of the United States.

Whaling voyage by one Ishmael.


Previously, I've said that Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim might serve as interesting lens through which to understand George W. Bush. But perhaps Bush is more like Melville's Ahab, and the whale is Saddam Hussein (or perhaps oil) and... and...

We'll see how these impulsive analogies cash out, in due course. I'll keep you, erm... posted. In the meantime go to the ocean if you get the urge.

* A bracing work indeed. More on Brown's latest book in a coming post

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Monday, August 31, 2009

This morning, most nolabloggers read this front page Times Picayune story on nolabloggers 

I'd say it's a mish-mash article. There's several possible stories inartfully grafted into one, here. The Zombie is unmasked! He won't have coffee with an irritated lawyer! Nolabloggers have written stuff and congregated after Katrina! Some of them like Karen have been ahead of the curve on investigations! etc...

Jeffrey has some characteristically well-considered thoughts here.


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