Monthly Archives: May 2006

DEBRISVILLE CLASH: SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?

Tue, 30 May 2006 16:09:34

 Hurricane season officially kicks off tomorrow and there’s a buzz in the air about evacuating. The Picayune has dueling front page stories: Stay or Go? Chris Rose has his first decent column in weeks too. Adrastos to Mr. Rose: Avoid writing about politics you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.
Back to the Clash question. In typical mainstream media fashion the stories oversimplify what can be a very complex issue. If your hood flooded last year and you’re living there again you should get the hell out of Dodge for a Cat-2 or higher if we’re in the cone of uncertainty. The inept martinets who run the city want everyone to skedaddle at Cat-2 the cone notwithstanding. For those of us in the unflooded areas it’s not an easy decision. I don’t want to be a forced exile for 5-6 weeks again.
The thing that really pissed off Dr. A and me was how locals were barred from re-entry while outsiders were running amuck in our city. And the same people who screwed up so badly last time remain in charge. I think people should decide for themselves unless it’s another big one and even then this is still a semi-free country. Nobody should be forced out of their home at gun point.
Last year was the first time Dr. and I ever evacuated. Why? New Orleans was in the cone. Dr. A refuses to leave again if it’s less than a Cat-4 and we’re NOT in the cone.  I quite agree. We’re supposed to trust C Ray Terry Ebbert Warren Riley President Beavis Michael Chertoff and Governor Meemaw with our lives and property? What have they done to earn our trust? End of rhetorical question time.
Last year we left very early Sunday morning and drove across the Causeway. Our across the street neighbors planned to ride out the storm. When we caught up with them later we learned that our departure had influenced their decision.  Glad to be of service. Of course none of us thought that the incompetent fools who run our city would bar residents from re-entering for such a long time. All indications are that the next time around they plan to lock the city down and arrest anyone who pokes their head out of their house.
The Debrisville March Of Folly continues.

OF BARRY BONDAGE

Mon, 29 May 2006 05:00:00

I’m a lapsed baseball fan. The 1994 strike/lock out diminished my lifelong passion for baseball. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area as a fanatical Giants fan. I’m just old enough to have experienced the end of the MaysMarichal-McCoveyPerry era. As a mere lad I saw Bobby Bonds hit a grand slam home run in his big league debut; he’s still the only player to have ever done that. As a result I’ve always had a soft spot for Bobby’s son Barry.

Yesterday Barry Bonds hit his 715th homer and passed Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list. To say that Barry’s pursuit of the Babe has been controversial is an understatement. Barry has never exactly been a warm and fuzzy press friendly superstar. Plus he’s been under a cloud of suspicion because of his alleged steroid use. There are many people who think that steroids are the *only* reason Bonds has attained such dizzying heights. I’m not one of them.

Let’s get the loaded question out of the way. Do I think he took steroids? Yes he probably did and he lied about it too. I don’t think taking steroids without close medical supervision is a good idea. The side effects are nasty indeed: I believe that if steroids were called “ball shrinking juice” very few young jocks would take them. I think that steroids have probably played a role in Barry’s numbers BUT they’re not the *only* reason he has excelled. First, 6 years ago Barry went from a pitcher’s ballpark (cold windy Candlestick Park) to a park that was tailored to his swing. Second, the new aerodynamic whippet thin bats help *all* hitters; especially the great ones like Barry Bonds. Finally, the man he’s now chasing Henry Aaron had his best home run years at the end of his career after leaving cold Milwaukee and moving to a hitter friendly stadium in Atlanta. Sound familiar?

In short, I think that lazy sportswriters and even lazier fans have fixated on steroids as the sole explanation for Barry’s success because it’s easier than looking at the complexity of the situation. It’s just like everything in life: people crave simplicity and loathe complexity; that’s the kind of thinking that elected and re-elected the Beavis-Duce ticket. Al Gore and John Kerry are complicated men and George W Bush is a simpleton. Electing the idiot was easier than thinking…

Finally I believe that there’s a lot of humbug and hypocrisy surrounding the issue of steroid use in sports. Imagine hearing that you could take a pill that would make you the *best* at what you do. Who wouldn’t try such a pill at least once? You might not keep doing it if the side effects were spooky BUT if say a surgeon could pop a pill that made them the best in the world they’d do it in a heartbeat. That’s what Barry Bonds and the others have done. It’s called human nature.

EDDIE BAD HAIR PLOTS A COMEBACK

Sat, 27 May 2006 15:30:54

Just when I thought it was safe to go to City Hall the Picayune reports that soon to be former Council Clown Eddie Bad Hair is already plotting a comeback. Eddie was term limited out of office but he sees opportunity in Dollar Bill Jefferson’s legal woes. Oliver the Actor might be interested in running for Dollar Bill’s seat and if he replaces our Klepto Congressman Eddie Bad Hair wants to replace Oliver on the Council.

What about term limits? Term limits shmerm limits sez Eddie: “But Sapir said that the way he reads the charter there would be no prohibition on his taking over Thomas’ seat midterm.

The charter provision reads: “A person who has served as a councilmember-at-large for more than one and one-half terms in two consecutive terms shall not be elected as a councilmember-at-large for the succeeding term.”

Sapir said that would not apply to him should he assume Thomas’ seat after a break of a few months or years.

Under the charter if more than three years remain in a council member’s term a special election must be held for a successor. In the meantime the remaining council members elect an interim replacement. By tradition a council member who resigns from office gets to pick his interim successor who by law cannot run in the special election. The interim member usually serves about three months.

If less than a year remains in a council term when the seat becomes vacant the other members again choose an interim successor who cannot run for a full term at the next election.

So Sapir by his reading of the charter could be appointed as an interim successor to Thomas or could run for the remaining years of his term.”

A comeback by Eddie Bad Hair is the last thing Debrisville needs right now. An alternate nickname for him could be Eddie the Obstructionist. Additionally, Eddie’s reading of the provision clearly violates the spirit of term limits and would surely end up in court. Even worse it will bring term limits author Peggy (Don’t Touch Me) Wilson back on the political scene; hollering fussing and carrying on. Do we really need that? Thanks a lot Eddie. “

NOLA SCOUNDREL UPDATE: DOLLAR BILL & UNCLE GLENN

Wed, 24 May 2006 17:26:16

Item-1 Dollar Bill Under Pressure: It’s a *slightly* less bad day for Dollar Bill Jefferson: he’s under pressure but unindicted and someone else is in deeper shit than he is; for the moment. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has asked our klepto Congressman to step down from the Ways and Means committee. That’s of course the panel that decides who gets federal money and how much they get. Dollar Bill’s reply to his leader’s request: No Way. His reason is that he’s doing this for Debrisville; as if he gave a damn about anyone who’s not related to him. <cue string quartet playing “Hearts and Flowers”>

In an ironic development Speaker/Coach Denny (Fat Frick) Hastert has protested the search of Dollar Bill’s office to President Beavis. Something tells me this has more to do with Repub scoundrels like Bob Ney than with the Speaker’s devotion to separation of powers. It’s also a political loser for the Coach: he’s arguing that Congressmen be given special treatment. There’s a long line of Repubs who hope that the Coach gets his way.

Item-2  Marc Morial’s Uncle Glenn Cops A Plea Glenn Haydel pled guilty to looting the RTA (Regional Transit Authority) out of $550K during the Morial administration. Haydel is Sybil Morial’s brother and the Uncle of former Mayor Marc Haydel Morial. Uncle Glenn has agreed to co-operate with prosecutors in exchange for receiving a 2 year sentence. Haydel has also agreed to pay back the money. It’s unclear as to whether or not Uncle Glenn has info that could implicate his nephew in wrongdoing.

Stay tuned to the Adrastos Virtual Cafe for updates and analysis on both stories. Same Bat-time same Bat-url.

What Does Adrastos Mean?

 Tue, 23 May 2006 05:00:00

I seem to have a lot of new readers. I don’t know what the hell y’all are doing here but welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. Jeez that is sooo Seventies…

Anyway I’ve been asked several times recently why Adrastos? What does it mean? Here’s what I wrote in the very first entry of this blog at the end of 2005:

“Why the name Adrastos? Well for one thing it’s a name out of Greek mythology and I’m half Greek. The name means “not inclined to run away” or “undaunted.” That pretty much sums up life Uptown right now: as bad as things get here (and with the clowns who govern our city it gets pretty damn bad) I remain undaunted and determined to hold out until things get better. And they surely can’t get any worse. Hmmm that sounds like a Beatles song but then I often view the world with music on my mind and on the tip of my tongue. Music movies art literature history and politics are some of my passions as are Dr. A and our fine feline friends Pogo and Oscar.”

Obviously politics have been my primary blogging focus in the last few months but I’ve still slipped in the odd music and film reference. Like Ashley (Reconsider Me) Morris I hope to write a bit less about local politics or at least the mechanics thereof and more about other things in the upcoming months. Of course Dollar Bill will probably mess up my plans by stashing money in another creative place. Creative corruption is something we’ve got in spades here in Debrisville…

MAYORAL POST-MORTEM: THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST

Mon, 22 May 2006 15:50:51

Jeez now I appear to be channeling Cat Stevens currently Yusuf Islam. But he was originally a nice Anglo-Greek boy named Steven Dimitri Georgiou and I’m Greek. Of course I’m not all that nice but I’m not on any terrorist watch lists either. Steven/Cat/Yusuf shouldn’t be either. End of introductory digression.

There has been lots of discussion of how the outcome of the late not so great Mayoral election could have been changed. I’m not sure that tactical shifts by the Landrieu people could have changed the outcome: the big picture broke against Mitch in the last week. Besides in my view strategy wins elections not tactics.

* C Ray As Unlikely Race Man: As the Picayune’s Lolis Eric Elie put it in his column this morning:

“In an era where the words “civil rights” have little to do with the rights guaranteed in the Constitution and everything to do with race relations Ray Nagin became a civil rights issue. Black voters may have serious reservations about some Nagin policies but these differences were seen as intra-family issues.

Black voters weren’t going to spank Nagin in public especially if white voters were going to join in the spanking.”

I think that this factor made it difficult for Mitch to win a higher percentage of the black vote. The fact that he was the*real* liberal Democrat in this race could not overcome identity politics. All the tactical scheming in the world couldn’t overcome this factor.

As wise local pundit Silas Lee has said both before and after the election Hurricane Katrina produced sympathy for C Ray in the black community that wasn’t there pre-K. It of course should have produced revulsion over his incompetence BUT many folks thought that THE MAN was picking on C Ray. Election Day produced a backlash that confirmed Mr. Lee’s thinking on this issue. Besides incompetence has rarely been punished by the voters here and C Ray is a genial incompetent.

* The Oliver Thomas Factor: Non-factor is a more  accurate description. It was an open secret in political circles that Council Prez Oliver Thomas had lost faith in C Ray and was voting for Mitch. This open secret alas was never shared with the general public in the form of an endorsement. In fact Oliver was willing to predict that Mitch would win BUT only to the national press. He laid low locally.

I know that Oliver had good reasons for NOT endorsing either candidate: he had to work with the winner. BUT an endorsement from Oliver the Actor would have helped Mitch in the black community without hurting him with white voters. Oliver may be the political child of BOLD boss Jim Singleton but he is a very cautious politician: if he had run for Mayor he probably would have won.  To the bold goes the gold. Holy crap I sound like Jesse Jackson now…

* Mitch’s Tactics: Lots of people have said to me that if only Mitch had done certain things tactically he  would have won. There are some things that he could have done better: going after C Ray’s record more aggressively and making a stronger case for himself as a challenger; especially in the televised forums. A good friend of mine thinks that Mitch should have done more to turn out “casual” white voters. I think that all of these things MIGHT have helped but Mitch was swimming against the historical tide: his campaign was haunted by ghost of Donald Mintz and his runs for Mayor in 1990 and 1994.

Donald Mintz was a wonderful man and would have made a much better Mayor than either Sindey Barthelemy or Marc Morial but he was not only white but Jewish. An anti-Semitic whispering campaign went on in both of his elections which was the equivalent of the too many Landrieus with too much power slander this time around. I remember flyers in both 1990 and 1994 that essentially said: don’t let THOSE people take our city away. In 2006 Mitch was slandered from both the left and the right. And it was done so late in the campaign that responding was well nigh impossible.

It’s very hard for tactics to overcome large historical factors. If Mitch had been willing to use Rovian scorched political earth tactics against C Ray he *might* have been able to pull it out. BUT the cost would have been too high: Rovian tactics win elections but they’re one of the reasons that Bush’s popularity is in a free fall.

* The Oyster-Adrastos Theory Comes Alive: Hmm that sounds vaguely Framptonesque. The theory of course is that Republicans both nationally and statewide wanted C Ray re-elected in order to have him as a useful idiot/whipping boy for the GOP. As Johnny Winter would surely put it the theory is still alive and well and supported by Bush’s election night phone call to his bobo C Ray: “Nagin said Bush was pleased with the result of Saturday’s election. “He said ‘I’ve been through the storm with you and we’ve gone through some tough times together. And I’d rather continue the rebuild with you in that mode because I understand what you’re all about and I feel comfortable with that ‘ ” Nagin said.”

I hope C Ray doesn’t sit by his phone waiting for his big shot Repub buddies to help him out. The White House will drop him like a hot potato: they usually slime betray and abandon their allies; just ask Tony Blair or former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

* Local Media Bias: Yeah I know Mitch got all the major endorsements but with the exception of Gambit’s Clancy DuBos all the local print and TV pundits were hard on Mitch and gave C Ray a pass.  The TV people especially WWL’s Dennis Woltering and WDSU’s Norman Robinson were amazingly soft on C Ray during the campaign. Why? C Ray is colorful shoots from the lip and he’s charmed the hell out of the local media. They were briefly hard on C Ray post-K but they have fallen back into their wicked wicked pre-K ways.

This bias played itself out most spectacularly in the coverage of Doug Brinkley’s book “The Great Deluge.” The local press corps made it sound as if the book was a wall-to-wall attack on C Ray. I’m about halfway through the book and while Brinkley is hard on C Ray political commentary is only  part of it. Brinkley has been depicted as a sort of academic Captain Ahab who is obsessed with C Ray but that’s untrue. Much of the book deals with people who were directly affected by the storm and the many people who stepped up and made a difference. Shame on the local press corps for swallowing the Nagin camp’s spin hook line and sinker.

That’s the end of my first whack at what I suspect will be an ongoing discussion of what happened. I see signs already that the Democratic circular firing squad is forming. Me I think that C Ray *won* the election as opposed to Mitch losing it. The real losers are the people of New Orleans; especially residents of areas like New Orleans East and the lower Ninth who voted for C Ray and are about to get a royal screwing at the hands of fat cat developers.

Storyville 2006/1990 Repeat

Sun, 21 May 2006 05:00:00

“To some of the folks who went on the other side   you went to the red light district.  I forgive you.” The Reverend C Ray Nagin 5/20/2006

The one good thing about this election is that it’s over. The people have spoken and they may be nuts but they have spoken. Let’s start with the good news: there will be 4 new members of the city council and I won’t have the Queen Of Hearts Jay Batty and Renee Gill-Pratfall to kick around any more. That’s the glass is half full part of this post.

Here’s the glass is half empty bit: C Ray was re-elected. Mitch ran a valiant if overly polite campaign but I think he was done in by things beyond his control. A tip of the hat to Jeffrey of the Library Chronicles for his prescient post about identity politics and how it would enable C Ray to win. Jeffrey was right.

Another key to C Ray’s victory was that he got out of the way and allowed his veteran campaign consultant Jim Carvin to run the show during the runoff. Carvin was instrumental in stage managing C Ray’s subtle message of fear and in helping Nagin to assemble his weirdo coalition. One component was conservative whites who hate the Landrieus and don’t care for black folks either but think of C Ray as “one of the good ones.” Another component was black people who were worried that THE MAN was about to take away their hold on power in New Orleans. As proven by Presidents Beavis in 2004 and Tricky Dick in 1972 fear of change and of the other is a very powerful electoral tool.

C Ray’s victory speech was typically bizarre. He started by quotin’ scriptures and later startled his audience by thanking President Bush for his help. Yes folks it was Oyster-Adrastos theory time. I heard a few people in the crowd gasp but C Ray boogied on in his ADD way.

There was one part of C Ray’s speech that was an in yo’ face shot at Landrieu supporters. That’s right the quote that began this post: …you went to the red light district.  I forgive you. Gee Ray thanks a lot but you’re sounding a bit too much like dangerblond for comfort. Some of us went to Storyville willingly and are proud to be whores…

Finally C Ray’s victory tonight is eerily reminiscent of Sidney Barthelemy’s 1990 re-election campaign win. (Jim Carvin also worked for Sidney. So much for C Ray being purer than Caesar’s wife.) In 1986 Sidney ran against my good buddy Dollar Bill Jefferson. Sidney was elected by a coalition of middle class blacks and white voters just like C Ray in 2002. As Mayor Sidney was if anything even more incompetent than C Ray. Scary no? In 1990 lawyer and civic activist Donald Mintz ran against Sidney. Donald was an outstanding candidate: smart   articulate and a staunch liberal. He was also probably too much of a gentleman for his own good. Sound familiar? Sidney was able to whip up fears in the black community that THE MAN was coming and was re-elected by the same people who opposed him 4 years earlier. History alas has repeated itself. I was hoping that the crisis would break the pattern but it did not. Debrisville has a long history of tolerating incompetence which the voters just extended for another 4 years.

EPILOGUE: Sidney Barthelemy’s second term was even worse than his first: crime exploded and the city continued its decline. The main difference between C Ray and Sidney is that C Ray isn’t  perceived to be corrupt.  Otherwise the parallels are eerie. <cueing the theme from The Twilight Zone>

OUT & ABOUT ON ELECTION DAY

Sat, 20 May 2006 20:56:06

I’m home after checking out the election day street scene. I plugged  my iPod into the car and played Cowboy Mouth as I drove by the sign wavers.  A few random observations:

* I drove around Uptown Carrollton and Central City and saw more Landrieu activity than Nagin. Yeah there were plenty of Nagin sign wavers but Mitch’s people were going door to door checking to see if people had voted. And there were plenty of folks waving Landrieu signs as well.

* I got the impression that Dollar Bill’s District B peeps were working for *both* Mitch and C Ray. Dollar Bill has nominally endorsed Nagin but I saw some people with Gill-Pratfall t-shirts waving Landrieu signs and others waving Nagin signs. It’s just like Dollar Bill to play both ends against the middle.

* While I was cruising for a bruising I kept encountering C Ray’s campaign RV. First he was Uptown at St. Paul’s on Napoleon Avenue near Adrastos World HQ. Later   I saw the RV parked outside Tom Watson’s Church of the Rebuker/Unrebuker at the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles. That’s when I saw C Ray. I resisted the urge to give him the one finger salute but I made like Roger Ebert and gave him a thumbs down. It wiped the smirk right off his face for a nano-second. Bite me baldy…

* Speaking of tall men in large vehicles I saw Arnie (Mr. Rogers) Fielkow rolling up St. Charles in his fire truck. He waved at me. I waved back. There was neither a Dalmatian nor a Chalmatian in sight.

I spent several hours hanging out with the Z-Man and his charming family. We gossiped talked politics and watched Eli eat way too much ice cream. Justin is very optimistic about Mitch’s chances to win by 4 to 6 points. I hope he’s right but his notion is based on NOT underestimating the intelligence of the the voters. I’m a cynic and *always* underestimate the voter’s savvy. The smartest guy doesn’t always win; just ask Al Gore or John Kerry.

* The Z-Man has cast his lot with Stacy Head in District B. He took Stacy to Miss Mae’s bar at the corner of Magazine and Napoleon this week. Miss Mae is a *legendary* local barkeeper. She and Stacy hit it off: talk about an odd couple. Apparently several of the barflies made the some of off-color jokes about Stacy’s last name that I’ve managed to avoid. Mercifully this happened *after* Stacy left.

* The Z-Man also loaned Stacy his sound truck complete with bullhorn. I just missed the truck’s departure and I’m sorry that I did because Quentin Brown was on the truck with Stacy. That must have been interesting. I hope that Quentin didn’t pinch Stacy’s butt on the ride but it wouldn’t surprise me if he did. A few weeks back he told me that he thought Stacy was “hot.” Watch out Stacy. I think that Ashley the headless Thompson gunner agrees: he’s convinced that Stacy is a doppleganger of SNL’s Tina Fey. I’m not sure I agree but they *are* both thin and wear smart girl glasses.

OUT & ABOUT ON ELECTION DAY

Sat, 20 May 2006 20:56:06

I’m home after checking out the election day street scene. I plugged  my iPod into the car and played Cowboy Mouth as I drove by the sign wavers.  A few random observations:

* I drove around Uptown Carrollton and Central City and saw more Landrieu activity than Nagin. Yeah there were plenty of Nagin sign wavers but Mitch’s people were going door to door checking to see if people had voted. And there were plenty of folks waving Landrieu signs as well.

* I got the impression that Dollar Bill’s District B peeps were working for *both* Mitch and C Ray. Dollar Bill has nominally endorsed Nagin but I saw some people with Gill-Pratfall t-shirts waving Landrieu signs and others waving Nagin signs. It’s just like Dollar Bill to play both ends against the middle.

* While I was cruising for a bruising I kept encountering C Ray’s campaign RV. First he was Uptown at St. Paul’s on Napoleon Avenue near Adrastos World HQ. Later   I saw the RV parked outside Tom Watson’s Church of the Rebuker/Unrebuker at the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles. That’s when I saw C Ray. I resisted the urge to give him the one finger salute but I made like Roger Ebert and gave him a thumbs down. It wiped the smirk right off his face for a nano-second. Bite me baldy…

* Speaking of tall men in large vehicles I saw Arnie (Mr. Rogers) Fielkow rolling up St. Charles in his fire truck. He waved at me. I waved back. There was neither a Dalmatian nor a Chalmatian in sight.

I spent several hours hanging out with the Z-Man and his charming family. We gossiped talked politics and watched Eli eat way too much ice cream. Justin is very optimistic about Mitch’s chances to win by 4 to 6 points. I hope he’s right but his notion is based on NOT underestimating the intelligence of the the voters. I’m a cynic and *always* underestimate the voter’s savvy. The smartest guy doesn’t always win; just ask Al Gore or John Kerry.

* The Z-Man has cast his lot with Stacy Head in District B. He took Stacy to Miss Mae’s bar at the corner of Magazine and Napoleon this week. Miss Mae is a *legendary* local barkeeper. She and Stacy hit it off: talk about an odd couple. Apparently several of the barflies made the some of off-color jokes about Stacy’s last name that I’ve managed to avoid. Mercifully this happened *after* Stacy left.

* The Z-Man also loaned Stacy his sound truck complete with bullhorn. I just missed the truck’s departure and I’m sorry that I did because Quentin Brown was on the truck with Stacy. That must have been interesting. I hope that Quentin didn’t pinch Stacy’s butt on the ride but it wouldn’t surprise me if he did. A few weeks back he told me that he thought Stacy was “hot.” Watch out Stacy. I think that Ashley the headless Thompson gunner agrees: he’s convinced that Stacy is a doppleganger of SNL’s Tina Fey. I’m not sure I agree but they *are* both thin and wear smart girl glasses.

ALL DOLLAR BILL, ALL THE TIME

Thu, 18 May 2006 13:31:57

Another day another post about the decline and fall of Congressman Dollar Bill Jefferson. There were two pieces in the local rag this morning about our hopefully soon to be former Congressman. The first story about the House Ethics Committee opening an investigation into Dollar Bill was buried on page 18. I hate to be fair to the Picayune but this really was one of those “all in all it’s just another brick in the wall” stories.

The second Dollar Bill piece is by my homey ace Picayune political columnist Stephanie Grace. It’s written in the form of an epistolary reply to Dollar Bill’s statement the other day. I particularly enjoyed this “in yo’ face” passage:

You all but predicted that an indictment is looming yet you vowed to stay in office to fight the allegations for as long as it takes even if it takes years. You asked us your constituents for understanding and patience and you apologized for the “the predicament we are now enduring together.”

But I’m here to say that it’s not my predicament. I live in post-Katrina New Orleans which means that like the rest of your district I’ve got predicaments of my own.

So sorry Congressman but this one’s all on you.”

That’s tellin’ him Stephanie.  It’s a red letter day here at the Adrastos Virtual Cafe. <groaning at his own sight gag>

It’s a pity that Dollar Bill’s looming troubles won’t impact his machine’s GOTV (get out the vote) effort on behalf of his assessor sister Betty and his lackey Renee Gill-Pratfall. I had hoped that would happen in the primary but Dollar Bill’s paid poll workers were out in force. But Saturday may well be the last hurrah for the Jefferson machine as we know and loathe it.

Finally my NOLA blogging colleague dangerblond had an excellent post the other day about both the Sopranos and the Bill Jeffersons. The latter family is no longer movin’ on up because they got greedy and took too big a slice of the pie…