Thursday, September 15, 2005

NOLA and Pie

The New Orleans French Quarter and central business districts will re-open much earlier than I, and most U.S. Army engineers even, had imagined or expected. Just three weeks after Hurricane Katrina displaced nearly half a million New Orleans residents, Mayor Ray Nagin said the city is preparing for re-entry as early as this weekend.

About 170,000 people, or about a third of the city's population, will come back to a re-opened portion of the city over the next two weeks. The plan "involves portions of New Orleans that largely were unflooded: downtown, the French Quarter, Uptown and Algiers." Of course, you'll remember Algiers as the Bayou home of Western U's Neon Bodeau -- gee, I hope his fully loaded Lexus wasn't washed away.

New Orleans is trying to build up the tourism base again, but really, who's gonna go down to visit NOLA right away? I've got a solution: To bring the folks in, I suggest a five-star pie-eating contest. Can you eat this pie in just 15 bites? Bet you can't. Lardass! Lardass! Lardass!

I just went upstairs for lunch and shared an elevator with the good doctor, Howard Dean. And as much as I wanted to say, "Man, this world would be a brighter place with you in the Oval," I instead just stood there and blushed. So now I'm eating my lunch and my adrenaline's flowing, and I wish I had just said something as simple as, "Hey, huge fan." I'm a pussy.


At 2:29 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

Algiers!?! Goddamn you, Slick! You'll never scout for me again.

Totally raw. Never been coached.

Assemblies of Christ? I grew up in the Pentecostal!

--random Neon-related quotes from Blue Chips make everyone happier.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

Have you read the good doctor's op-ed for release tomorrow?

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I agree with just about every word of this guy's op-ed...I don't agree that he should be rejected, but I think Dean's dead-on-balls accurate with a lot of that.

I especially agree with:

"Our Government today shrinks from compassion. In doing so they have first diminished America in the eyes of the rest of the world, and now they have diminished America in the eyes of our own people. This is a time for justice tempered with mercy and understanding."

And "Over the last half century, we have made great progress in promoting equal opportunity for all Americans, but there is still much work to be done. Hurricane Katrina was more than the most catastrophic natural disaster in American history. Those who have in so many ways been denied the opportunity for full participation in our society once again suffered disproportionately in this tragedy—seniors, African-Americans and those burdened by poverty.

Now is not the time for a Chief Justice who is bent on turning back the progress we have made in moving America forward.

Judge Roberts is said to love the law, but loving the law without loving the American people enough to protect their individual rights and freedoms will make our American community weaker."

I know Roberts is gonna be confirmed, and I wouldn't vote against him based on what I've seen these last few days, but I think Dean's piece is exactly right.

At 3:07 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

I agree with most of it, but the parts I agree with are mostly aimed at Bush I think.

The problem with Roberts is that we really don't know where he stands on anything important, it is largely impossible for him to tell us, and we'll probably never get a straight answer out of a candidate again.

I'm with you in that I would vote to confirm (he is, after all, qualified), but if anyone tried to tell me that they know what he thinks about any major topic, I'd say that that person is a big fat liar.

I don't think Dean makes a very good case for voting against him, but like everyone else, he's just guessing.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger ethan said...

"dead-on-balls accurate"

i'm thinking the same thing here as you were with giving a rat's ass.

At 4:14 PM, Blogger John Howard said...

I wish you had said that, just so you could have share his response.

I don't know much about Roberts, but I don't know why everyone is just accepts that he is qualified. I don't know how two years being a judge qualifies you to be a Supreme Court Justice, unless you're some Kobe Bryant like talent in the world of judges.

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

Am I the only one who finds Roberts' "that's for me to know and you to find out" answers on pointed abortion questions completely bizarro?

I'm still in love with Howard Dean.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Gall said...

Roberts kinda reminds me of the adult Damien in The Omen III.

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

You know what? I'm impressed the guy has a fucking brain and an IQ and he can actually speak without tripping over himself. You know he's a really smart dude, it's just a question of whether or not you agree with him. NOBODY is gonna sit in that chair and answer questions, so it's all a crapshoot no matter who's sitting there.

As people who didn't vote for this jackass in office, we're not gonna like ANYBODY he puts in that seat. So what do we do, vote no on everyone? This guy seems smart, whether he's a hider or a shower. And who knows, maybe he'll be an O'Conner type, voting with the facts on the issues, not along ideology.

I don't know...I just don't know.

At 7:04 PM, Anonymous SpanishMiguel said...

Take this as you choose, but one reason Bush does whatever he wants is because there is no opposition. In Spain, for one, opposing party leaders do what they´re paid to do - oppose whatever the fuck the governing party is doing. While that might impede progress, it could be useful to stopping a guy like Bush, hell-bent on screwing the world over.

So, before you guys say, ¨I guess I´d confirm Roberts, even though I agree with Dean¨ consider the fact that ¨going along¨ with Bush, despite reservations, is all Democrats have really done since he´s been in office.

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Well, I think that's just fucking stupid...opposition for opposition's sake is about as dumb as it gets. The Democrats may be idiots, and they are, but contrary to what you said they HAVE been opposing Bush, and he's still trouncing them and fucking America.

To be clear, I'm not going along with Bush on Roberts...I watched him speak and respond to idiotic questions for three days, and the guy is clearly brilliant. I'm not going to agree with anybody Bush puts up there, so I might as well go with the guy with the biggest brain. Or at least that's how I see it.

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

Okay. I'm gonna bite. I don't want to fight. I just have an overwhelming urge to be on the record about this.

Roberts scares me. I am no expert on the subject, but he does seem to be willing to distance himself from some of his early (troubling) writings on other subjects. He also seemed willing to answer Ted Kennedy's questions about his belief system in other areas.

But on abortion, he seems to make no such attempt. (As far as I can tell. Again I haven't watched or read everything from the hearings.) I do know that he once referred to abortion as a "tragedy." That is really strong language.

Again, I am afraid of this guy. And I want it known that I wasn't one of the people who just went along.

But I'm perfectly content to agree to disagree. Just wanted to be on the record.


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