Monthly Archives: July 2006

The FUBAR Chronicles

In this entry I’ve combined 3 posts about the so-called planning process back in the summer of 2006. It was more like a clusterfuck as you will see:

FUBAR  Mon, 31 Jul 2006 17:42:36

It was a naturally N’Awlins kind of meeting: badly planned and in the wrong space. What scares me is that the organizers of this event are in charge of re-starting the stalled planning process to rebuild New Orleans. But these planners couldn’t organize a two car funeral. There was poor communication before and during the event. Dr. A and I arrived on time at high noon and there was a long line snaking along the sidewalk. The organizers hadn’t planned for either a large crowd or how to process them. There was mass confusion in line which foreshadowed more chaos inside.

The City Park Pavilion is a great space for a wedding or a concert but a rotten place for a multi-group planning session. It has a stone floor that amplifies the sound and sends it ricocheting around the room like a boomerang. In short it was purt near impossible to hear anything. The disorganizers of the event also placed the food and beverage tables smack dab in the middle of the hall. That meant that people congregated in the middle and chatted which increased the noise level. I kept expecting Quiet Riot to turn up and start playing “Come Feel The Noize.”

Then there was the planning group my neighborhood found itself trapped in district 3. The planners disregarded the political boundaries of the city and placed everyone in arbitrary planning zones so we wound up in a group dominated by people from Council District A instead of our own District B. Planning district 3 was dominated by the intercine rivalries and ancient hatreds of the old line Carrollton area neighborhood associations (Not my friend Karen’s new group NW Carrollton: they’re great.) Instead of discussing *any* substance at all the Carrollton people traded insults and fought over their overlapping boundaries. Some people have learned nothing from the storm. They reminded me of the Sapir dominated College Of Clowns aka City Council.  Yes it was *that* bad.

Each district was led by a facilitator who knew very little about the areas they were allegedly facilitating. They also were unable to answer any substantive questions posed by their groups. In short they didn’t know jack shit y’all. Also the level of the discussion was strictly at the third grade level. I expected them to pass out balloons or hand out gold stars. Even if you could hear what was going on the sessions were a waste of time. The room was full of committed intelligent citizens who were patronized and treated like idiots. I didn’t see any idiots in the room. But the disorganizers acted as if we were sheep being herded off to the slaughter. Maybe we were: only time will tell if this exercise was as a friend of mine said: “a complete or a partial waste ot time.” He was wise and left only 2 hours in. I devoted 4 1/2 hours of my life to this exercise in futility; time that I’ll never get back.

I observed something interesting at the start of the FUBAR fest. Lee Zurik the WWL-TV weekend anchor showed up with a camera crew. One of the disorganizers asked him to take it outside. Lee looked steely (his weird plucked eyebrows notwithstanding) and said: “No and if you make me leave it will be the lede of my story on tonight’s news.” The lackey relented. Good on ya Lee. Btw Lee Zurik filed some reports that were very critical of the event and its disorganizers.  I’ll post links to the stories when they’re posted online.

The only redeeming thing about the day was seeing tons of friends; both old and new. My worlds collided several times. It turns out that my fellow blogger and new friend Schroeder and my pal Stephanie are long lost friends. I also had the amusing experience of introducing my good friend and unofficial blog publicist Julie to Oyster and Schroeder. She gave them the minor deity treatment and they loved it. Julie also asked if Ashley Morris and Gentilly Girl were there but they weren’t unless Morwen was hiding out under the buffet tables…

I also saw my neighborhood activist and preservationist friends Bob Ed Shelley Joe Dione Miranda Michelle Tom Patty James Herb and Ann among others; some of whom know I blog and some of whom think I’m sane. Where the hell did they get such a farfetched idea?

My blogging colleagues Ray Maitri Becky Karen and Alan were also present and accounted for. At one point there were 7 bloggers in a row and one of my colleagues turned to me and said “Let’s start a coup.”  We couldn’t do a worse job than the people who run this city and we’re intentionally instead of unintentionally funny. I’m feeling too lazy to link to all the bloggers I have the Carrollton crud right now.

Finally I’ve assumed that everyone knows what FUBAR  means but just in case let me fill you in. It’s an acronym that originated in military circles it means Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. That sums up yesterday’s event quite succinctly.

In the coming days I’ll be spending some time examining the planning and zoning processes and how they may be leading to the greatest land grab since the end of the American Frontier. There’s plenty of dirt to dish so please stay tuned…

FUBAR FOLLOWUP Mon, 31 Jul 2006 20:44:59

The NOLA bloggers have been busy this morning writing about the planning meeting. Karen of NW Carrollton calls the venue “the misery pavilion” and for one day (probably 2) she’s spot on. Schroeder goes lawyer on us with an inspired post called res ipsa loquitur; it’s a phrase used a great deal in tort law and it means “the thing speaks for itself.”

Maitri has posted a round-up at the NO Metroblogging thingee. The scourge of Allstate Insurance Michael Homan’s post is entitled “Red Dots for the UNOP.” Becky Houtman has posted a down right brilliant history of the post-K planning process. Becky’s post is a must read if you want to understand how we find ourselves neck deep in shit and sinking fast.

In the local MSM we have to take the bitter with the sweet. The Picayune published a surreal account of the FUBAR fest: it was noisy but swell according to John Pope. WWL has finally posted Lee Zurik’s great 10PM story which accurately conveys the disorder and discord that went on at City Park yesterday.

Finally I hung out for a while yesterday with Deep Blog who called the so-called planning session “a clusterfuck.” Yeah you right Deep Blog…

UPDATE
: Michael Homan wrote a letter to the Picayune about John Pope’s lame article. Via Editor B.
311770282 FUBAR FEST FOTOS Tue, 01 Aug 2006 14:08:17 Maitri the Magnificent has posted some pictures of the FUBAR fest fiasco.

UPDATE: The redoubtable Schroeder has posted some pictures as well as a typically trenchant post. Sic ’em blondie

WHO CAN IT BE NOW: BACK TO THE FUTURE IN LEBANON

Wed, 26 Jul 2006 18:33:29

I feel as if the world is caught in a time warp: a pugnacious bald right wing Israeli Prime Minister has invaded southern Lebanon in an attempt to destroy a group he calls terrorist. A conservative Republican Administration has given the Israelis the green light to crush said extremists and is buying time for them to do so. Is it 2006 or 1982? I keep expecting the Cars the Police Dire Straits and Men At Work to be back on the charts.

I’m always conflicted whenever the Middle East conflict explodes for the umpteenth time. My two best friends growing up were Jewish and Lebanese so I can *always* see both sides of the argument in the region. Unfortunately the religious nutcases are on the job on both the Israeli and Arab sides which makes an untidy area even messier.

I’m unsure as to why Prime Minister Olmert believes that he can move briefly into southern Lebanon crush Hezbollah and get out without destabilizing the Lebanese government. It didn’t work very well when Prime Minister Begin invaded Lebanon in 1982  to wipe out the PLO: that invasion gave birth to Hezbollah. The Middle East is the region where nothing works for long;especially when the Bush administration gets involved. They’re guaranteed to screw everything up; it’s what they do best. Even British Tory Labour Prime Minister Poodle Blair is working for a cease fire in place instead of making Lebanon the latest template for the neocon’s fantasies.

I was in Beirut when I was a tadpole just before the last civil war broke out. The Lebanese just want to be left alone to make money off of horny Saudis and drunken Kuwaitis. And Israel needs to stop making the same mistakes over and over again. It’s not only Back To The Future in Lebanon it’s Groundhog Day. The last time Israel went into Lebanon they were bogged down there for years.

There was a brief time back in the Nineties under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that Israel was on the verge of becoming a normal country. Unfortunately an Israeli extremist ended that era by murdering Rabin who was one of my political heroes. It was one of the worst days of the Twentieth Century; especially for the ordinary people in Israel and Lebanon who just want to be left alone to live their lives.

I couldn’t resist slipping the Men At Work reference into the title Colin Hay is one of my favorite singer-songwriters: his solo work has been criminally overlooked IMO. Also “Who Can It Be Now” was a monster hit in 1982. Finally the leave me alone in peace theme of Colin’s lyrics fit the world situation both then and now:

Who can it be knocking at my door?
Go ‘way don’t come ’round here no more.
Can’t you see that it’s late at night?
I’m very tired and I’m not feeling right.
All I wish is to be alone;
Stay away don’t you invade my home.
Best off if you hang outside
Don’t come in – I’ll only run and hide.

Who can it be now?

 

WHO CAN IT BE NOW: BACK TO THE FUTURE IN LEBANON

Wed, 26 Jul 2006 18:33:29

I feel as if the world is caught in a time warp: a pugnacious bald right wing Israeli Prime Minister has invaded southern Lebanon in an attempt to destroy a group he calls terrorist. A conservative Republican Administration has given the Israelis the green light to crush said extremists and is buying time for them to do so. Is it 2006 or 1982? I keep expecting the Cars the Police Dire Straits and Men At Work to be back on the charts.

I’m always conflicted whenever the Middle East conflict explodes for the umpteenth time. My two best friends growing up were Jewish and Lebanese so I can *always* see both sides of the argument in the region. Unfortunately the religious nutcases are on the job on both the Israeli and Arab sides which makes an untidy area even messier.

I’m unsure as to why Prime Minister Olmert believes that he can move briefly into southern Lebanon crush Hezbollah and get out without destabilizing the Lebanese government. It didn’t work very well when Prime Minister Begin invaded Lebanon in 1982  to wipe out the PLO: that invasion gave birth to Hezbollah. The Middle East is the region where nothing works for long;especially when the Bush administration gets involved. They’re guaranteed to screw everything up; it’s what they do best. Even British Tory Labour Prime Minister Poodle Blair is working for a cease fire in place instead of making Lebanon the latest template for the neocon’s fantasies.

I was in Beirut when I was a tadpole just before the last civil war broke out. The Lebanese just want to be left alone to make money off of horny Saudis and drunken Kuwaitis. And Israel needs to stop making the same mistakes over and over again. It’s not only Back To The Future in Lebanon it’s Groundhog Day. The last time Israel went into Lebanon they were bogged down there for years.

There was a brief time back in the Nineties under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that Israel was on the verge of becoming a normal country. Unfortunately an Israeli extremist ended that era by murdering Rabin who was one of my political heroes. It was one of the worst days of the Twentieth Century; especially for the ordinary people in Israel and Lebanon who just want to be left alone to live their lives.

I couldn’t resist slipping the Men At Work reference into the title Colin Hay is one of my favorite singer-songwriters: his solo work has been criminally overlooked IMO. Also “Who Can It Be Now” was a monster hit in 1982. Finally the leave me alone in peace theme of Colin’s lyrics fit the world situation both then and now:

Who can it be knocking at my door?
Go ‘way don’t come ’round here no more.
Can’t you see that it’s late at night?
I’m very tired and I’m not feeling right.
All I wish is to be alone;
Stay away don’t you invade my home.
Best off if you hang outside
Don’t come in – I’ll only run and hide.

Who can it be now?

DOLLAR BILL’S POLITICAL PROSPECTS

Tue, 25 Jul 2006 20:16:49

In Monday’s Picayune there was a front page story about Dollar Bill Jefferson’s political future by Frank (I Won’t) Donze. Donze thinks that everything’s coming up roses for Dollar Bill’s re-election bid. Maybe so but to paraphrase Robert Cray the long range forecast calls for pain. Yes local black pols are timid about challenging Dollar Bill but I think that State Senator Derrick Shepherd won’t be the lone major Democratic challenger for long.

There were several astonishingly provincial quotes from NOLA poltical “experts.” Political consulant and former aide to Mary Landrieu Cheron Brylski said something pretty dumb to Donze in the second paragraph below: 

“There’s a perception among some black voters that African-American elected officials are targeted more harshly than white officials ” said political consultant Cheron Brylski who added that many of Jefferson’s constituents may be wondering why the government which appears to have ample evidence of wrongdoing has not formally charged the congressman after an investigation that has lasted 16 months.

“It’s amazing it’s taken this long to resolve this matter ” Brylski said. “Is the man guilty or not? Is he being charged with crime or not?”

Anyone who follows national politics closely knows the answer to Ms. Brylski’s last sound bite. Unless the US Attorney for Northern Virginia stops playing ball with the White House Dollar Bill is unlikely to be indicted until some time in late September or early October. Why? The scandal riddled Congressional wing of the Republican party wants to use Dollar Bill’s legal plight as a way of saying: “Everybody does it not just Republicans. We’re all crooks together.” The Republicans are desperate to retain control of both houses of Congress: they know there will  be endless investigations if they lose power. They’re hoping that using Dollar Bill as a whipping boy can help them hold on. They could be right too.

My message to all the timid NOLA pols who are reluctant to challenge Dollar Bill unless he’s indicted is this: take the plunge and file. Dollar Bill *will* be indicted this fall. To the bold goes the gold. Dollar Bill is more vulnerable than Frank Save The Last Donze For Me thinks.

THE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 3: THE NURSES

 Mon, 24 Jul 2006 16:07:49

There was wall to wall coverage in Sunday’s Picayune of the Memorial Hospital story. There was an excellent front pager by Jeffrey Meitrodt about the nurses: Cheri Landry and Lori Budo. Given the difficulties of staying on the job during a hurricane it’s no surprise that both Landry and Budo are experienced and highly competent professionals. There are several testimonials to them by colleagues and former patients such as this: “Every Thanksgiving Cheri Landry gets a card from Marian Busse who can never get through the holiday season without remembering the nurse who helped save her son’s life in 1990.

“At Thanksgiving our family is always together and I am always thankful that we are six people and not five people ” said Busse whose son Laurence was given a 3 percent chance of surviving the burns that covered his body after a fiery car accident on St. Charles Avenue. “Without her I am not sure we could have survived as a family. I know my son would not have survived had she not paid such good attention to him.”

The money quotes in the article deal with the issue of the alleged “toxic cocktail” that was brewed by the Memorial Hospital 3:

“Although Foti supported his allegations by pointing out that neither drug had been part of the care plan for any of the four patients Dr. Morrison Bethea said such plans can’t possibly contemplate the evolving medical needs of patients who survived Katrina and were trapped in hospitals without power or water amid temperatures that soared into triple digits.

“Morphine and Versed are given to sedate relax and control patients all the time ” said Bethea who headed the surgical group that performs most of the heart surgeries at Memorial and four other local hospitals until he retired last year.

“The treatment and care of patients is not set in stone ” Bethea said. “It changes as the circumstances change. A patient that might not require sedation or something to relieve anxiety when the room is 68 degrees and there is plenty of food and water is one situation. A patient in a hospital room that is over 100 degrees who is markedly dehydrated and is aware of this horrific situation is going through levels of anxiety and mental anguish that are not usually there. It doesn’t take a physician to realize that.”

Well said Dr. Bethea. Dr. Bethea’s quote contradicts Foti’s preposterous claim that the mixture of these drugs is fatal. This is what happens when bumbling Orleans Parish coroner Frank Minyard is one of your experts. Dr. Minyard is a nice man but he’s an Obstetrician not a pathologist. This is what you get when you elect people to specialized positions.

It’s also interesting to me that it’s 3 women who have been targeted by Foti. You can’t have a witch hunt without witches after all. Foti’s comments about the so-called “toxic cocktail” conjure up images of cackling witches gathered in front of a boiling cauldron. Let’s call it Macbeth on the Bayou. The people whose votes Foti is trying to nail down with his witch hunt conservative Catholics and Evangelicals don’t like “uppity” women. I happen to love “uppity” women: I’m married to one.

Speaking of the politcal impact of Foti’s folly here’s how the AG’s people are spinning the story:  “As a statewide elected official Foti now faces the inevitable skepticism about his political motivations and handling of a high-profile case. His office maintains that it has strong evidence has followed the right procedures and has gone out of its way to avoid exposing the accused to unnecessary media attention.

Given the compelling facts uncovered by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Foti would have been accused of corruption and favoritism on a grand scale had he not proceeded to make the arrests said Foti’s spokeswoman Kris Wartelle. His critics would have been legion she said. “They would have been screaming politics all over the place ” Wartelle said.”

The case is in fact based on suspect medical evidence and statements from some witnesses with an ax to grind (more on the latter in a moment.) It’s typical Louisiana politics: Democrats know that liberals have nowhere else to go so they pander to conservatives in order to stay in office. I’m realistic so in many instances I accept this BUT not when something this important is at stake. From all that I’ve heard Anna Pou Cheri Landry and Lori Budo are heroes not criminals. But their reputations will be severely damaged by these allegations: there was a story in the paper about Richard Jewell who was suspected of the 1996 Olympics bombing and was later cleared of the charges. BUT even though wingnut wackjob Eric Rudolph was convicted of the crime Jewell’s reputation was permanently damaged: people remember the first thing they hear not the retraction. That’s why the Swift Boat story was so insidiously effective.

Finally the question that arose in my mind while reading the article about Landry and Budo was: where the hell were the LifeCare docs and nurses? The Memorial 3 were voluntarily dealing with the acutely ill LifeCare patients because their caretakers did not stay. “Typically the unit took care of patients who needed ventilators to breathe or had other life-threatening conditions that couldn’t be handled in a nursing home Bethea said. Some patients evacuated from a Chalmette hospital operated by LifeCare may have also been on LifeCare’s acute care floor at Memorial in Katrina’s aftermath.

“I occasionally saw patients on LifeCare and every patient I saw was terminal ” Bethea said. “They might not be going to die that day or that week but it was my perception that very few patients on LifeCare ever left the hospital alive.”

Based on Foti’s affidavit much of the case against Pou and the two nurses is built on statements provided by four LifeCare administrators.

I put the last sentence in bold face because I suspect that the allegations against the Memorial 3 by LifeCare and its paper pushers were made to cover their asses and avoid both criminal and civil responsibility. Can I prove this? No but it’s human nature to CYA. Instead ot evacuating its  patients LifeCare left them in a hospital in a notoriously flood prone part of the city. The corner of Napoleon and Claiborne *always* floods when there’s too much rain; everyone Uptown knows that. I think that the families of the LifeCare patients who died post-K should focus their ire on the company that failed to evacuate their relatives. They should sue them into submission. 

Finally here’s a thought provoking quote from one of the Memorial 3’s colleagues that closes the Picayune story:

“Considering the legal price Budo and Landry may pay for reporting to duty on the Sunday before Katrina struck their co-workers question whether such dedication can be expected the next time a hurricane threatens the city.

“These are people who have dedicated their whole lives to nursing and because they were there — giving of their time — this is how the state thanks them for their efforts ” Casey said. “I wonder how the city will overcome the next natural disaster. There will be no professional people who want to stay here.”

GOVERNMENT BY PTSD

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 17:39:30

I was watching the WWL morning news today and they had some guy from the Tulane School of Public Health talking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It suddenly hit me that everyone at City Hall has PTSD or at least acts as if they do. Hell I probably have a mild case of it myself; especially this week when it’s hard to be optimistic about the future of NOLA.

Our city government needs less drama and more follow through. Monday’s press event was so emotional that it conveyed the impression that there’s a gangbanger on every doorstep. Let’s not forget that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) considered 3 of the kids killed on Saturday to be suspects in at least 1 drive-by shooting. I nearly spewed when I heard Governor Meemaw refer to them as “these poor children.” I’m not in favor of allowing the gangbangers to wipe one another out BUT let’s tell the truth about what really happened instead of succumbing to drama.

I’m also struck by the weird comments coming out of City Hall about the curfew. They act as if they’re reinventing the wheel which is nonsense and not even good spin. I know for a fact that Second District Commander Captain Eddie Hosli rigorously enforced the curfew pre-K. The notion that we need to wait until next Tuesday to enforce the curfew is ludicrous;  the law is already on the books and there’s a place to house the little darlings. Pick ’em up ASAP.

Speaking of government by PTSD. C Ray remains incommunicado maybe he’s visiting VP Duce in his bunker. Check this out:

“City Council President Oliver Thomas said the mayor had not discussed the curfew with him since Monday. “The community is ready for the curfew to be enacted yesterday ” Thomas said. “We’re ready yesterday. We’re waiting on the mayor and the (police) chief.”

We haven’t caught a glimpse of C Ray in public since Monday. What is he doing? Waxing his head? Once again C Ray’s vanishing act shows why being a professional pol shouldn’t automatically be a dirty word: a savvier Mayor would have rolled out some good news this week to show that we’re not going straight to hell in that proverbial handbasket. I know that C Ray may have PTSD like the rest of us but if he can’t cope he should not have stood for re-election.

I also begin to wonder who is really running things at City Hall. Check out this quote from Governor Meemaw’s statement about sending in the National Guard:

“I spoke with Councilman Oliver Thomas early this morning and I told him that I am in full support of the New Orleans City Police officers and will work to stop this escalating criminal activity.  This afternoon I briefed the mayor on our plans to support the city with law enforcement efforts.”

I’m not sure if this just reflects Meemaw’s antipathy for C Ray or if Oliver the Actor called the Governor to ask for help while the Mayor dithered. Of course Oliver said some preposterous things on Monday too:Are we going to rise up and protest against the thugs? Are we going to march on them?”

A march on the thugs? They have automatic weapons and enjoy using them Oliver. It sounds like PTSD speaking y’all. Yo Oliver we need less drama and more action from you too. This City is being governed by reflex right now as if City Hall were a giant nerve responding to stimuli without stopping to think. We need considered and intelligent action and not brave words and empty gestures.

FOTI’S FOLLY FOLLOW-UP

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 14:12:02

I posted somewhat in haste yesterday based on the assumption that the press knew what they were talking about. Why on earth did I assume such a thing? I plead temporary insanity. I should know that the media knows absolutely nothing about the legal system. The Memorial Hospital Three were “accused” of murder by the AG but not “charged.” The press assumed more co-operation with the Orleans Parish DA’s office than had really happened. In short Charlie Foti has dumped a 3 ton sack of shit in Eddie Jordan’s lap. Splat.

I think that my colleague Dangerblond cut to the chase in pointing out that Foti’s posturing may have more to do with potential civil cases against Tenet than with a criminal case. If that’s so Foti’s posturing is even more shameful. It is highly unusual to arrest people who have NOT been formally charged in the context of an 11 month long investigation. Mr. Foti was too busy pandering to religious leaders and posturing for the cameras to consider the irregular nature of his actions. I suspect however that Foti was disappointed by the low key national coverage of the initial announcement: they’re too busy covering that pesky Middle Eastern crisis to give Charlie more play.  Sorry Charlie.

Finally I continue to find the allegations by Foti to be incredible: would an experienced MD run around informing staff that she planned to dispatch patients? Not bloody likely. This sounds like a cartoon version of the real world. Patients are eased out of pain and allowed to die in peace every day.  I suspect that the people who scream the loudest about “mercy killing” haven’t seen close friends and relatives die slowly and in agonizing pain. I have and it taught me that there are things that are much worse than death.

FOTI’S FOLLY: THE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OUTRAGE

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 20:18:37

Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti announced today that a Memorial (Baptist) Hospital doctor and 2 nurses have been charged with second degree murder for “mercy killing” in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The usually mild mannered Dr. A has been fuming about this all day: the patients involved were terminally ill and were being legally administered doses of morphine that would kill the average person reading this. Why? The worse the pain the more morphine you need; so the doses must be increased to properly relieve the pain.

My understanding of the case is that the patients involved were in an hospice program which means that they were near death before the storm. The hospital’s generator failed rather quickly post-K so these patients were in for a very painful and horrible death because of the conditions. Additionally the doctor who brought these allegations to public attention is a publicity hound whose story has changed 97 times since he appeared on CNN last fall.

No crimes were committed at Memorial Hospital last fall. The doctors and nurses did the best they could in truly horrible conditions. They were stranded at that hospital for nearly a week and inevitably some of the sickest patients died. It’s a tragedy but whatever happened at the hospital no crimes were committed.

These charges are both a miscarriage of justice and a misallocation of public resources. Mr. Foti claimed at one point to be investigating the Corps and the Levee board to see if there was any criminal culpability for the 1 200+ people who died because of their negligence. What happened to that investigation Mr. Foti?

There’s been a lot of discussion of the health care crisis in NOLA post-K. These specious charges will have a chilling effect on the practice of medicine in this area. The health care system here is already hemorrhaging doctors and nurses. And pressing these charges is likely to accelerate the departure of the experienced doctors and nurses we need to care for us. Shame on you Mr. Foti.

MEFFERT OUT, MORRIS IN? SOME ADVICE FOR C RAY

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 18:04:11

C Ray’s chief clone and n’eer do well technology honcho Greg Meffert’s resignation was made public yesterday. The rumor mill has been buzzing for weeks that a scandal involving Meffert is about to break. It hasn’t yet but I expect the next shoe to drop soon. Thump. I was tickled by the fact that Nagin announced this on a Monday even though Meffert quit last Friday. Everyone else in the world knows that you release bad news on Fridays or Saturdays. Everyone that is except for C Ray.  C is for Cretin.

Anyway I have some advice for C Ray: howzabout Ashley Morris for CTO. Hell Ashley has already thrown his hat into the ring. Imagine Ashley testifying before the City Council and being blunt with Cynthia Windy-Lewis: “I say this with all due respect: Don’t you ever shut the fuck up Councilwoman?” Not only is Ashley a larger than life character he’s COMPETENT and knows his way around all the operating systems. Hell he’s even going to help me with my wacked out desktop: He da man. Of course if buffing and waxing C Ray’s empty bald pate is part of the job Ashley is apt to pass…

So C Ray hire someone who knows his way around HTML after having the faux computer guru Greg Meffert. Do you really want it said: Ashley Morris Good Enough For NATO But Not For Nagin…

TAKE MY DEBRIS, PLEASE

Tue, 25 Jul 2006 16:30:37

Some people are stuck on stupid I’m stuck on Shecky. And  Shecky is stuck on the surreal notion of comedy night at Harrah’s as part of the Katrina kommemoration. So I’m wondering what kind of jokes one would tell at a such an event. I haven’t fleshed anything out but here are a few ideas:

A priest a rabbi and a minister float into a bar…kaboom.

A refrigerator magnet says to a refrigerator maggot…rim shot.

C Ray Brownie and Chertoff walk into a bar…bada bing bada boo.

My blogging colleagues are abuzz about the latest idiocy from City Hall: Dangerblond Gentilly Girl Maitri Dr. Morris and Jack at the NO Metroblog Thingee all posted indignantly amusing rants. My favorite post came from Markus at the Wet Bank Guide who wrote:

“Most of my reactions are visceral and unpleasant. The nicest suggestion I have is to round up all of the remaining unopened refrigerators we can find and dump the contents out in front of all the entrances to Harrah’s right before the Gala. Perhaps we could somehow manage some tickets (or at least an unlocked door) and enact the Masque of the Brown Death a silent parade of people dressed as the folks as the Convention Center and as the dead to silently march through the festivities.”

How about some maggot costumes? The year that “Titanic” was such a huge hit Dr. A was Molly Brown and I was a frozen dead guy for Mardi Gras. So I could be a bloated corpse for the gala. This is what tackiness leads to tastlessness. I think I’ve been hanging out with Dr. Morris too much lately…