Monthly Archives: August 2007


Tue, 21 Aug 2007 14:59:17

It’s time to serve up a new feature here at the Adrastos Virtual Cafe: Malaka of the day. It’s inspired of course by the Atrios feature Wanker Of The Day. Malaka is Greek for wanker jerk off dumbass but is also the universal putdown cuss word. It’s to the Greek language what Ashley’s favorite word is to the English language. Although candidates will always be plentiful I don’t expect to name a malaka every day but I didn’t wanna call the feature malaka of the whatever. It just doesn’t scan well y’all.

Back to today’s dishonoree St. Bernard Councilman and veteran wackjob Repub pol Lynn Dean. While I hate to virtually whap someone upside the head for something they said two years ago Dean’s idiotic comments were revived by a witness at the St. Rita’s trial. St. Rita’s was the nursing home in St. Bernard Parsh (hereinafter da Parish) that did not evacuate its residents when Katrina paid a call in 2005: 35 elderly people died. Sal and Mabel Mangano the owners of St. Rita’s are on trial for negligent homicide as I write this.

Yesterday da Parish’s former emergency director Larry Ingariola was on the stand and was asked on cross-examination about conflicting signals sent by St. Bernard officialdumb:

“But during questioning by defense attorneys Ingargiola acknowledged that some parish officials sent mixed messages citing a televised statement by Parish Councilman Lynn Dean who downplayed the need to evacuate.

“He said all you had to do is go on to the other side of the Mississippi River levee or tie yourself to a tree if the winds came up ” Ingargiola testified. <SNIP>  “You’ve got to understand that in St. Bernard we do have people like Mr. Dean who would tie themselves to a tree ” he told the jury.”

Ah Lynn Dean’s mouth the gift that keeps on giving. Dean likes to think of himself as a gruff plain-spoken bidness man when in fact he’s a cantankerous old coot forever saying stupid things. Btw he’s a self-styled reformer too. I’m hoping that he’ll vigorously campaign for Bobby Jindal this fall…



 Mon, 20 Aug 2007 15:37:23

A front pager by Frank Donze in Sunday’s Picayune punched all of my OT buttons. It was a paen to Oliver Thomas humanitarian and all around nice guy. Oh yeah this is the same guy who resigned in digrace after pleading guilty to taking bribes from Morial bag man Pampy Barre. Boo-hoo poor misunderstood Oliver: the man who calls a bribe an “inappropriate gift.”  Okay so he’s a nice guy and doesn’t organize dog fights ala Michael Vick. He’s still a crook y’all. I met Edwin Edwards and he was a nice guy crook too. EWE was also an effective Governor in his first two terms whereas Oliver the Actor was too busy schmoozing and betting on the ponies to get anything done other than blocking the return of recycling to Debrisville. 

Amidst the dross of Donze’s article there were some tidbits that illustrate *why* Oliver would have been a lousy Mayor:

“But veteran City Hall observers often noted that Thomas rarely seemed to have a clear policy agenda picking and choosing issues as they arose.

His interests were unpredictable and sometimes even off-the-wall shown in the sometimes bizarre resolutions he would introduce endorsing causes as obscure as humaculture described in his resolution as “a study of the self with ‘how to’ tools for realigning the self to live at one’s maximum potential.”

No clear agenda? Off the wall? Sounds like C Ray to me. And like C Ray Oliver the Actor was known for making bold statements and then crawfishing when the shit hit the fan. Remember when he said post-K that “soap opera watchers” weren’t welcome back to public housing? He spent months backpedaling on that one out of fear of losing the all important All My Children vote… 

I think it’s time for us to tell Oliver’s army… 

…that’s it time to stop all of their sobbing: