Archive for December, 2004

A Modest Proposal for the Lower Ninth Ward

Humans hunting humans in the Lower Ninth Ward is the last straw. No one else seems to know what to do with the place, so I hereby take possession and, from now on, we’re going to do things my way.

It is snowing.


Ridiculous. Merry Christmas to all.

I hate this city when…

I read a headline story like this (from the T-P, my emphasis):

Murder is always an act of depravity, but the circumstances coming into focus as police probe the death of Toree Donaldson suggest barbarity almost beyond belief. Apparently his killers had nothing more in mind than target practice last month as they trained an assault rifle on the 19-year-old and chased him screaming through the streets of the Lower 9th Ward.

That residents failed to respond either to the booming assault rifle or to Donaldson’s cries for help as he banged on their doors only deepens the sense of shock among those investigating the crime.

I think I’m going to be f*cking sick.

Donaldson’s bullet-riddled body was found facedown Nov. 23 near Joseph Hardin Elementary School, the school where as a mentally challenged child he had once struggled to keep up academically, his family said.

In the moments before his death, members of the New Orleans Police Department’s 5th District have learned, the 19-year-old, who was studying hard to pass the LEAP test so he could graduate from Sarah T. Reed High School in May, ran for his life for about five city blocks, beating on doors and begging for help.

Check Mr. Popeye

I’m starting to become obsessed with Popeye, or, at least, with New Orleans’ obsession with Popeye. This isn’t the most evident of the Crescent City’s obsessions, of course

“I open the door and there’s [a politician] dressed in a corset with a bottle of Dom Perignon hanging by a rope tied to his balls”

That was the image described by Canal Street Madame Jeanette Maier during last week’s “Ringside Politics” forum when asked about the predilections of her (former) clients who held office. It seems some arrived at the brothel already rarin’ to go. Interestingly, her colorful description followed a hilarious query from the Flaming Liberal which I’ll reprint verbatim:

“Ms. Maier, when the Jimmy Swaggart/Christian right-wing conservative types would frequent your business establishment did you ever happen to ever overhear any of them, in a moment of relief, shout out “OH JESUS!”?


Another Sad Representation of LA

La. judge suspended for wearing blackface – Washington Times via United Press International.

Not that a Louisiana judge who dresses up in blackface in an orange prison jumpsuit would ever spark a serious dialogue about racial prejudices in our court system but one can dream…

A note to tourists

Music is a terrific souvenir of New Orleans, but if you buy a Cajun or zydeco cd, you’re getting a souvenir of LaFayette, which is the heart of Cajun country. There’s some sort of mass confusion about the subject, and most tourists I speak to don’t really understand what the difference is. I don’t blame them

The Governor Done Good

Our Governor is not without her faults, but this past Monday, she countered some of her shortcomings with an act of foresight.

On Monday, Blanco signed Executive Order KBB 2004 – 54, banning discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, etc, etc, and sexual orientation in the state government. (The PDF version of the Order is here, if you’re interested.) The Order isn’t just about making GLBT persons feel welcome and ensuring that they have the same opportunities as their straight friends and relatives, it also makes good economic sense: businesses are much more likely to invest in states that foster environments of tolerance.

So do us all a favor and send a note of thanks to the Guv. Even if you’re not from around these parts, you’re a potential tourist–which may make you even more valuable in Blanco’s eyes. Talk about wanting to vacation in a tolerant atmosphere. Talk about GLBT contributions to Louisiana’s cultural economy (a big buzz-term with her these days). Talk about the faboo day spas we run. Whatever.

Anyway, here’s how you reach her

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Governor

Louisiana Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004

Primary Phone: 225-342-0991
Secondary Phone: 225-342-7015
Fax: 225-342-7099
E-Mail: Kathleen Babineaux Blanco

Terrytown fourth-grader sells Jell-O shots at school

…and gets suspended. Good to see New Orleans in the national news again. Article here.

“Dickensian-like” movie being shot

I got this in my mailbox a couple of weeks ago.

It’s a tough existence. Some kids make it, but most kids don’t.

Upon further research it appears that Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Ving Rhames are in this flick. WTF?

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