Archive for June, 2007

WTF

See, I don’t understand this. First of all, why are the police and the DA not able to adequately protect a witness so they feel safe testifying? More importantly, why is a witness necessary to prosecute someone? They have a crime scene, a motive, a suspect, evidence….why does a crime not exist in the DA’s mind if no one saw it? I am unaware of anywhere else in this country where you can shoot someone in the fucking head in the middle of the fucking day and as long as you can credibly threaten a witness, then you will not even go to trial for the crime.

This is why this city will not recover. This is why people are leaving. If we hang the Ray-Ray, Eddie, and chief Wiggum in Jackson Square I bet the next bastards in line for the jobs will try a little harder to prosecute. Just keep writing parking tickets for the revenue and don’t worry about the actual real crime fucktards….dumbest group of mother fuckers ever put in charge of anything.

FUCK!! FUCK!! FUCK!!

“Vote from the Roof!!!”

WWJD (What Would Jack Do)

Those loopy Christians and their silly superstitions. I’m talking, of course, about the picture of Jesus in the Slidell courthouse. It’s not a bad picture per se, just of some imaginary guy reading from the bible with a quote (oddly in Russian) that says “To know peace, obey these laws”. So my little interpretation seems to suggest that people are expected to follow the laws of the bible, among which are the 10 Commandments. That’s cool I suppose. I mean we are a mostly Christian nation right? But I think even the most devout Christians should really stop and think about the implications. I’m not even talking about the implications of Religious Freedom and Separation of Church and State.

I’m talking about following the Bible as a legal document. The first problem is that it suggests that you can’t follow the Constitution of the United States because it puts the law of man above the law of God. So you can’t really argue that you have a constitutional right to have the picture up there since you’d be breaking the first law and have to be stoned to death. Nice hu.
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Myrtle “Ma Myrt” Labat Charbonnet Passes

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In a city where funerals are revered as one of our unique cultural experiences, the passing of Mrs. Myrtle Labat-Charbonnet is of particular historical signifigance. The Charbonnet funeral home is at the corner of St. Philip St. and Claiborne in Treme. Under Myrtle’s encouragement they rebuilt after Katrina. Their hard work has encouraged the property owners around them not just to rebuild but encouraged larger investment along Ursulines and N. Robertson Streets. They have been a catalyst to the positive work being done in Treme.
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Vera’s Shrine…

…is GONE!

Nearly everyone who ever ventures to the Lower Garden District has seen the shrine erected to remember Vera Smith. She was killed by a hit-and-run driver in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at the intersection of Jackson and Magazine. Her body lay in the street for several days until locals were able to dig a temporary resting place. Since her body was removed to its final place, the lot has been the site of the handmade memorial that always had candles, flowers and other memorabilia.

But all this has been removed. The lot has been for sale for quite some time and I don’t know if the shrine was removed by the realtor or the owner of the property (which is highly valuable). I plan on calling this realtor and getting some more details and will pass along whatever I can find out. But it would seem fitting that Vera be remembered in some fashion by whomever the new owner turns out to be. Perhaps the shrine was considered detrimental to sales interest, I dunno.

But damn….

A Night on the Town

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So…bloody chickens aren’t the problem?

“If you want to have cockfighting, then have cockfighting if you go there for a social experience,” said Rep. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, who handled Lentini’s bill on the House floor. “But there should not be wagering in front of 4-year-olds.”

NOLA.com

On Our Toes . . .

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Since being home from Mexico, I am getting the full dosage of ‘all things not quite right’ that is our existence a la Nouvelle Orleans . . . today I went by the place on N. Roberston which I refer to as the Devil House. This is the house I referred to last year in my Fed the Fuck Up post regarding this drug dealing horror house in Treme. In the past year, the dealer has gone through the Eddie Jordan turnstyle a time or two and has been back up and running lately. A dead body is not enough to shut you down in the Big Easy. Upon returning from vacation, I was rather happy to see the house had finally caught fire. This is pretty bad, when your only hope of getting rid of a heroin dealer is fire. And as a matter of cynical fact, I had to admit that there’s a pretty good god damn chance he’s still operating out of here. Just a few weeks ago I got the photo of a bust in front of the house too.
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Vodou on the bayou

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time again:

St. Johns Eve 2007
June 23rd, 7:00pm

Sallie Ann Glassman and La Source Ancienne Ounfo celebrate St. John’s Eve with their annual ceremony on the footbridge over Bayou St. John (near Cabrini High School).

Vodou Ceremony: Wear all white and bring a white scarf or rag for your head (It will get dirty.)

Offerings: Bring an offering for Marie Laveau. She likes flowers, blue and white candles, hair ribbons and hair dressing supplies (She was a hairdresser.), Vodou-esque items (Voodoo dolls, potions, gris-gris bags, etc.), or images of Marie Laveau.

Of course I can’t go (as usual), but somebody oughta–and take pictures or something! The last guy who took my advice on this parlayed it into a freakin’ movie, people….

taqueria trucks couldn’t care less.

It isn’t a big deal. I don’t feel strongly about it either way. So why would I write a crappy post about Jefferson Parish effectively shutting down the taqueria trucks? Well, it’s really because of one line: “…banning them is in keeping with other parish efforts to clear away signs of Katrina…”. I don’t know why this line struck me so but I just haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. Jefferson Parish is right there. I cross over and back all the time – every day in fact. And there’s just something about the idea that they’re trying to scrub away the effects of the storm as we approach the two year mark. There’s something nice about that. It’s optimistic. It’s confident. It’s like saying ‘alright, that sucked now what’s next?’

Still, I can’t help but think of it in terms of Suburban living (of which I am not a fan). Living in the city is dynamic and I like it that way. If I was to move I’d likely move to Queens or Brooklyn. I love the energy of city living. Suburban living is so stoic and consistent. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just not my thing. So on the one hand Jefferson Parish is taking distinct steps to return to that normalcy its suburban residents find comfort in. The irony is that they are, in these efforts, being dynamic in moving on in ways Orleans Parish seems unable to do.
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third world

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I have been in Mexico City with Karen for the past week. It was amazingly wonderful from the weather, which was spring-like, to the architecture, to the people who foster an amazing solidarity regardless of class differentials. I have included a photo of some of the loot I brought back. We had a wonderful time.

There are many photos on my Flickr which I was able to load everyday. We had internet and my cell phone worked, the electrical doesn’t take adapters, they drive on the right side of the road and the people are very warm and accepting, even though I do not speak much Spanish. I was able to function very normally and everything I needed was at hand.
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