Daily Archives: February 7, 2006

Lord Have Mercy On The Frozen Airman

Tue, 07 Feb 2006 19:38:51

Item-1 Lord Have Mercy On The Frozen Airman: It’s frozen guy week here at the Adrastos Virtual Cafe. Last October climbers found the body of a frozen World War II era airman in a Sierra Nevada Mountain glacier. The body had been on ice for 63 years. The other day the remains were identified as those of Leo Mustonen of Brainerd Minnesota. The families of 3 other missing airmen were asked to provide DNA samples so much of the coverage to be Googled was intensely local. Lots of good stories check ’em out. There was a great Keilloresque quote in the LA Times:
“But residents such as Marjorie Freeman a schoolmate of Mustonen and a family friend still remember him well. “He was very nice very quiet — a typical Finn ” she said in an interview last fall. “He didn’t flaunt himself or anything like that.”
I don’t know exactly why but this story really resonated with me. As far as I know none of my relatives spent any time as a glacial popsicle. (Of course I *am* half-Norwegian so anything’s possible. I would think however that the vodka in a Norgie’s bloodstream would thaw them in less than 65 years.) I guess it’s always satisfying when a real life mystery is solved; especially when friends and family are still around. Now that I think of it this story probably struck a chord with me because there are still over 2000 people still listed as MAK missing after Katrina. Hopefully the majority of the missing are still around and have just slipped though the cracks BUT even my icy blue heart goes out to the loved ones of those who are *really* missing. It’s chilly here and the cold makes me as somber as a Norwegian bachelor farmer…
Item-2 You Burn Norway I Burn Denmark: Has anyone else besides Dr A and me noticed that the nutjob anti-Danish protestors in Lebanon and elsewhere are burning the Norwegian flag. Wrong flag wackjobs. Who’da thunk that the tolerant and kindly Danes would ever be controversial. How dare they allow free speech. The bastards…
Maybe the anti-free speech protestors should ignite butter cookies or smash Royal Dansk china instead; at least they’re actually Danish.
Item-3 Happy Birthday Mr. Dickens: It’s the 193rd anniversary of the birth of my main man Charles Dickens. I think that Dickens created more memorable characters than any writer in…uh…memory. And who doesn’t love those zany names? The world would be a poorer place without Mr. Pecksniff Fagin Scrooge Mr. Micawber and Miss Havisham to name just a few. Btw if you’re not watching “Bleak House” on PBS you’re missing out on a terrific Dickens adaptation. There was an excellent ode to this production by Stephanie Zacharek on Salon.com the other day. Check it out or I’ll sic the unctuous Mr. Guppy on you…
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Meemaw Plays Hardball/The Man From Glad Does Mardi Gras

Tue, 07 Feb 2006 17:16:23

Item-1 Meemaw Plays Hardball: I’ve had a lot of fun mocking Governor Meemaw but she gave a pretty darn good speech last night. The content was first class and the delivery not bad which for her is purt near a home run. She’s apparently decided to emphasize the steely part of the steel magnolia thing. I was glad to see her try the old fashioned method of  dealing with a bully (Prez Beavis) after 5 months of emulating that annoying weenie Dr. Phil. Bullies need to be stood up to; the modern method of trying to get them in touch with their feelings was never going to work with likes of King W and Earl Turd Blossom of Rove. They’re mean bastards and need to be kicked in the head. Good on ya Meemaw. Hmm I wonder if she consulted with Mike Hammer? He’s an excellent spine stiffener.
The Governor also needs to play hardball with the knuckleheads in the legislature. The turnout for the bus tour of the devastation was disappointing. Among the Senators MIA there was an uholy combination of members of the black caucus and Repubs from Northern Louisiana and storm ravaged Baton Rouge; both groups are feuding with Meemaw for different reasons. Seeing is believing y’all.
I’m sick and tired of legislators acting as if the post-K and Rita era is an inconvenience for them rather than a disaster for the state as a whole. Some of them have always hated New Orleans and get a kick out of seeing us on our knees. I hate to tell them that without New Orleans this state is *beyond* a backwater it’s nowheresville.
Item-2 The Man From Glad Does Mardi Gras: For the first time ever Debrisville has been seeking sponsorship for Carnival. I’ve always been opposed to commercializing Mardi Gras BUT as long as the Krewes remain in charge of the parades and things are done tastefully this year is different. We need the money to pay police overtime and to try and keep the city from getting more trashed than it already is.
Unfortunately C Ray hired a private company to find sponsors for a slice of the pie and they haven’t exactly been a roaring success. Thus far they’ve been able to get Glad Bags to donate 100 000 trash bags BUT nobody has stepped up to provide the funds needed. The Man From Glad is a swell guy but we need more help. Perhaps Mr. Clean could pitch in too…
We’re suffering from C Ray’s CEO complex. CEO’s love sub-contractors. What he should really do is pick up the phone and call say the President of Coca-Cola or even better  Steve Jobs at Apple. A direct personal approach might have worked better. I know it’s late in the game for a big ass corporation to sink money into Carnival so you need someone with vision which is why Steve Jobs leapt to mind. Howzabout movie/tv mogul Jerry Bruckheimer? He’s making a flick here right now and has all that CSI loot lying around. Yo C Ray use your imagination.
Hey I know we could get Willy Wonka; he and C Ray are tight after all. Imagine it: Wonka Bars present Carnival In Chocolate City. They could market a Zulu bar (dark chocolate) a Rex bar (white chocolate) le Krewe de Vieux  bar (nutty and nougatty) Muses bits (pink candies shaped like shoes) and finally the Orpheus bar (a mixture of dark and white chocolate shaped like a lyre.) It’s a winner I tell ya…

Live Blogging: Meemaw On Norman Robinson’s Hot Seat

Tue, 07 Feb 2006 04:40:59

Here’s an experiment in live blogging. To be posted right after the show.

Item-1: It’s Governor Meemaw’s turn on Norman Robinson’s 6 On Your Side Hot Seat. So far she’s spoken in complete sentences. Norman just mentioned Bush. Meemaw scowled as did Norman. Of course Norman always scowls.

The psychedelic thing on the bottom of the screen is wigging me out man. Governor Meemaw on LSD; a scary thing to contemplate. Imagine her listening to “Dark Side Of The Moon” and singing along to “Breathe.”

Norman just asked Meemaw about Emeril calling her a clunk. Meemaw called him a whiner. Nobody knows what the hell a clunk is except for Emeril Lagassbag. BAM.

Meemaw got two dumbshit questions from viewers and dispatched them with some aplomb. Complete sentences abound. Maybe the red suit helps her syntax A dumb phone question now which makes Meemaw look moderately masterful. Mistressful?

Meemaw grades the levees and gives them a C-. Holy shit they’re just like “Syriana.”

Item-2 Clancy Dubos Gambit editor and avatar of the NOLA CW is on now. Clancy asked question on oil lease threat from Meemaw’s speech. Questioner is a Repub who thinks Beavis is God. Clancy shrugs.

Question from “Mookie’ about impact of Chocolate City remark by C Ray. Clancy sez it depends on what happens with C Ray. If he loses we’re unscrewed.

Clancy sez Mitch Landrieu is running and Zooman Forman may run as well.

Clancy sez Bush & Rove *would* punish us for “God’s wrath” remark. Caller is shocked. Norman is giddy…for him.

That’s all folks. Hey if Wonkette can do this why not me? Of course she’s much cuter…

Nitey-nite.