Sunday, December 31, 2006

A New Dawn

Chris Rose has a great year-end column entitled "A New Dawn."

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Update on Morial Cronies' Crimes

The trial of former Mayor Marc Morial's cronies for fraud in connection with an $81 million scam energy savings contract starts on January 16. The guilty accused are Stan "Pampy" Barre, Kerry DeCay and Reginald Walker.

Restaurant Smoking Ban Starts Jan. 1

On January 1, the new law prohibiting smoking in restaurants takes effect.

Transvestite Shoplifters are Back

Those transvestite shoplifters are back on Magazine Street. I hope the ACLU doesn't catch wind of some Magazine Street store owners' response to the crime wave or it will sue them for discriminating against trannies.

John Edwards is Running for President

Former Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards surprised nobody by declaring his intention to run for President in 2008. He intended to formally announce his candidacy in the Ninth Ward tomorrow, but his tech people blew it by unveiling his election website a day too soon. He wanted to announce his candidacy during this slow post-Christmas news week and is irritated that Former President Ford's passing may steal some of his thunder.

Update on the GQ Article on N.O. Dining


Slump in Tourism Hurts Antoine's

The slump in tourism is threatening Antoine's survival.

New Republican PAC

A new Republican political action committee seeks to retake majority control of the Louisiana legislature. Joe Canizaro is a leader of the PAC.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Nagin Says Endymion Will Roll Uptwon

Mayor Nagin says Endymion will have to roll Uptown rather than in Mid-City.

Rock 'n' Bowl is Here to Stay

Renovation will spare Rock 'n' Bowl.

Rains Cause Street Flooding

Heavy rains in New Orleans caused street flooding today.

Streetcar Return Delayed Until 2008

Local politicians are bragging about the return of the streetcar to a very limited section of the line, while the streetcar will not return to its pre-Katrina route until 2008. The streetcar line is low tech and should have been fully operational a long time ago.

Monday, December 18, 2006

NOWFE to Expand in 2007

The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience will be bigger and better than ever in 2007.

Sopranos Actor to Lead Bacchus

Actor James Gandolfini, a/k/a Tony Soprano, will reign as Bacchus during 2007 Mardi Gras.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Louisiana Roads Rank Worst in Nation

Louisiana's roads rank worst in the nation. State Treasurer John Kennedy suggests steering the state motor vehicle road tax towards road repairs.

City Council Says Endymion Should Roll in Mid-City

The City Council has backed Endymion's return to Mid-City.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Jefferson Assigned to New Committee

House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi has assigned Rep. William Jefferson to a different, far less powerful committee, the House Small Business Committee.

Dinner with Blanco Auctioned for $1

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce auctioned off a dinner at the mansion with Governor Blanco. The one and only bidder for the dinner bid a grand total of $1. An embarrassment for the Governor, to say the least.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Jefferson Re-Elected

Congressman Bill Jefferson was re-elected fairly easily in the runoff election against Karen Carter yesterday. Both were terrible candidates, but that does not excuse the voters for re-electing the soon-to-be indicted Jefferson. What's next? Four more years for Governor Blanco? Marc Morial for Mayor in 2010? Betty Jefferson for the consolidated assessor? I await Mr. Jefferson's promised honorable explanation for the $90,000 in marked bills in his freezer. Ernie the Attorney thanks all of the voters who voted for Jefferson.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Al Copeland to Pay $20,000 a Month in Child Support

Al Copeland has been ordered to pay $20,000 per month in child support for one son, plus pay for health insurance, school tuition and other extraordinary expenses. His ex-wife, Luan Hunter, had sought up to $192,000 a month in child support. Keep in mind this is only child support. Al is no doubt paying top dollar in alimony on top of the child support.

Congress Approves Offshore Revenue Sharing

Congress has enacted legislation that will create a permanent source of federal financing to repair Louisiana's coastline. President Truman offered the same deal to Louisiana 57 years ago, but our politicians were greedy and held out for more and lost.

Marinello Indicted, Pleads Not Guilty

Vince Marinello, indicted for the second degree murder of his wife, pled not guilty at his arraignment yesterday.

Jefferson versus Carter

Second Congressional District voters are left with the unfortunate task of having to decide between incumbent Bill Jefferson and challenger Karen Carter in today's runoff election. Politically, both are liberal, though Carter is even farther to the left than Jefferson. Looming in the background is the anticipated criminal indictment of Jefferson, which ought to sway the election in favor of Carter, who has less known baggage of that sort. Look for record low turnout caused by lack of widespread enthusiasm for either candidate. Unfortunately, one of them has to win.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Disputed Special Session Ordered

Governor Kathleen Blanco's proposed pre-Christmas special session will take place despite opposition on many fronts. Blanco quote: "This unprecedented revenue allows us to buy my reelection give money back to the people of Louisiana in a targeted manner that will help families, spur our economy and continue to strengthen our businesses."

Friday, December 01, 2006

Hurricane Season Ends

The 2006 hurricane season is over. Predictions calling this year a potentially devastating year were wrong.

Carter Raises More Money Than Jefferson

Karen Carter has raised more money than Congressman Bill Jefferson in recent weeks as the runoff approaches, including $4,200 from Spike Lee. She has raised $321,000 versus $72,000 for Jefferson. Voters across the political spectrum seem unenthused about both candidates.