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19 January 2008

Oh Dear Lord! 

Whatever you do, DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE!

Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) 

I've got to thank my man Mike for insisting I see "I'm Not There", because I've been enjoying the hell out of the soundtrack for a few days now. Here's a very little bit off of one of the best tracks on the album. [lazy]One day I'll get the embeds running guys.[/lazy]

Dept. of Unsurprising Items 

Somerby wasn't merely unsatisfied with Chris Matthews' "apology", but he seemed genuinely angered by it.

Really. "Fucking" and "EJ Dionne" shouldn't be thrown together that frequently, no matter what the context. Especially not when I'm getting over a nasty bout of fever and nausea.

Blank(stare)O vs. Jin-Dull 

My flu-addled brain led me to believe that Jindal and Blanco's inaugurals were virtually identical, but after reading Gov. Blanco's from 12 January 2004, Gov. Jindal's looks positively inspiring.

I'll highlight the "inspiring" portion (and yes, that's meant to be singular):

Across the entire civilized world, when it comes to culture, the word “Louisiana” stands for innovation and quality.

Those talents, given by God and nurtured by a community that values creativity, will enable us to turn our state around.

Wherever you are today hearing my voice … to my fellow Louisianans … those gathered here at the Capitol … to those inside our borders and outside … I ask you to come home. Come home in person. Or send home your commitment. Make Louisiana’s rebirth your own priority.

If you’re a Louisiana small business owner trying to get started, stick it out another year.

If you own companies in other states … grow your business here.

If you teach in our schools, if you serve your community … redouble your efforts. Join in our cause. Make every day not just a job but a mission.

With clarity of purpose and commitment to our pursuit … we will not fail.

And let me be clear about exactly the kind of New Louisiana I envision.

I do not speak of a state that rebuilds to where we were before the storms.

The truth is, too many of our schools were failing before the storms. Our roads were substandard before the storms. Our economy was behind, before the storms.

And now … for reasons beyond our earthly comprehension, this opportunity … this mandate … has been placed on our generation.

We must rise to this challenge.

[snip]

This New Louisiana will not come easily … but it will come … it can happen … it can change … it must change … it WILL change.

I will close by offering you this reflection.

Two centuries ago, Louisiana was the economic focal point of the entire country.

Just as the water of the rivers in America flowed to Louisiana … so flowed the harvest of America to Louisiana.

It built one of the world’s great cities … and a magnet for entrepreneurs and innovators and capitalists.

In today’s world, the great harvest in our economy is not measured in bushels and bales, but in brainpower.

In the knowledge-based economy of this century, investment and opportunity flow to places where the workforce is prepared … the business climate welcoming. In short, the opportunities flow to places focused on the future and driven to do something about it. That is how we will run our New Louisiana government.


Besides his proposed special session on ethics slated for the week following Mardi Gras, Jindal says little about what it means to run a government based on these New Louisiana principles, but I'll be waiting with bated breath to see how this translates to the way his administration runs.

I would like to throw in a piece of Governor Blanco's address just to show you that despite all the turmoil associated with The Federal Flood, the Gret Stet was more or less in crisis mode before then:

Today, we embark on a journey to re-establish the greatness of Louisiana and to celebrate its people. This journey is perhaps one of the most challenging in our history, and to meet these challenges I first humbly ask you for your prayers -- prayers for wisdom, guidance, collaboration, and leadership.

[snip]

The road will be rough at times. And over the coming four years, we will face difficult decisions. But our state and its people deserve the very best effort. They deserve a united government that works hard, honestly, and effectively every single day.

I have faith that, together, we are up to the challenge of renewing our state. And we will do so not only for this generation, but also for the benefit of those to follow.

[snip]

As Louisianians, we are bound to one another by family ties, by geography, by history, and by fortune. Today, I am confident that we begin with the support and good will of our state's people. You have told the world that you are not satisfied with things as they are. You expect better. And with your help we will make our state stronger.


The more things change, 'eh?

18 January 2008

Time Killing Game of the Week 

Old readers will know my love for text based role playing games.

World of Warcraft, eat your heart out.

Where I've Been (Redux) 

Okay, so I shouldn't have picked the week I come down with the flu to try and make my "triumphant" return.

Haven't done much this week except some light reading.

I'll have more this weekend on this new round of "Traditional" Neighborhood Development in the works for my home city, and the fact that Bobby Jindal and Kathleen Blanco seemed to have the same speech writer for their inaugural addresses.

See you soon.

13 January 2008

Inauguration Day 

It is upon us.

Today's Advocate has an excellent insert in the print edition which introduces new department heads and staffers. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to be available online; therefore, I can't find the picture or name of his current communications director. I think it may be Kim Allen, but I honestly don't remember. Her profile in the paper listed her as 25 years old and single. The picture was quite flattering, so I naturally took an immediate interest in her. That linkedin.com profile lists her as an LSU grad, and I thought the paper had her at University of Texas. Sigh, I'll keep my eyes open. Maybe she's looking for an unreconstructed Democrat to give her political advice.

My favorite type of journalism, the published, unedited "question & answer session" is the focus of the BR rag's main coverage of the incoming Boy Wonder. There's not much in there, but this is a telling quote from Bobby J:

How will we able to judge your success this time next year?

“Well, I think very quickly you’ll see the passage of these tough laws on ethics. Very quickly you’ll see these taxes being eliminated. Very quickly you’ll see new dollars being invested in roads and ports. And very quickly you’ll see the foundation being built for a first-class public education and public health-care system.

“Very quickly you’ll see — not only businesses within Louisiana expanding and growing — you’ll see people across the country take notice of a new day in Louisiana. You’ll see businesses wanting to come back here to invest.

“You’ll see new businesses interested in investing and hiring right here in Louisiana.

“And increasingly you’ll see our people realize they don’t have to leave home to pursue their dreams.

“Ultimately, we want Louisiana to realize our potential so that we stop the out-migration of our people. Not only do we keep our people here but we attract people from all over the country and, indeed, all over the world who know that Louisiana is a great place to pursue their dreams.”


A companion story covering the advice of former governors included this from previous "Dragonslayer" Buddy Roemer:

[H]e wished that, before he took office, someone had counseled him about “not trying to do too much too soon.”

“You need to have enough where you have some victory to keep momentum. That’s one thing I missed. I got very little advice,” said Roemer, who was in office from 1988 until 1992.


Jindal has a lot of hurdles, and with staffers like Timmy "I was never alone with my wife before our wedding" Teepel and others with little-to-no experience in the Louisiana political terrain, this whole administration is something of wild card. Hopefully that will mean interesting blogging to come.

In the meantime, Kim Allen, you have my email address. Please drop me a line if you have to correct any "misstatements" this blog may publish regarding your boss. . .

A brief history. . . 

Okay. I've never been a great "multitasker", so when I started working a regular job and got fed up with an antiquated personal computer, I gave up on blogging.

At first, I gave up even reading the paper. It was truly liberating. I didn't even set down to read my local dailies cover-to-cover any more. At the time the Blanco administration was merely boring, teetering between unthreatening and inept. We had not yet come to witness and/or experience The Federal Flood, or her less destructive Southwest Louisiana sister, Rita.

Though I wasn't keeping up with anything original, thanks to the efforts of a few special bloggers, I wasn't totally out of the loop during this down time.

Now I'm going to try and make a slow but sustained return to this medium. Other people who live in New Orleans cover the happenings in that city better than I ever can, so I don't anticipate spending lots of energy in the Times Picayune except to compare and contrast coverage of our statewide officials and legislators. My focus will be where it always has been. The things that interest me, and hopefully the things that interest any of you folks who pass by this place to read this thing.

I have sent out some invitations to a few people who I believe would make for interesting contributors to the blog, though they are even more busy than work keeps me these days, so their posting may not materialize. If it does, I'll be satisfied, but otherwise, please just bear with me while I try to figure this world out again.

I'm always interested in your opinions, tips, complaints, suggestions, hate mail, and threatening missives from newspapers for stealing original artwork.

Please don't hesitate to send any of those items to me via the wonders of email.

Or just leave them in comments.

Postcript: I know the sidebar hasn't been updated and that all those elected officials aren't quite right as of tomorrow. I'll get to it. I think.

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