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Iraq occupation now exceeds $300 billion

Posted by schroeder915 on July 31, 2006

The cost of the war in Iraq and the ongoing occupation has now surpassed $300 billion (nominally). The cost to New Orleans taxpayers is now well over $248 million. That cost is actually likely to soar to more than ten times the nominal estimate before it’s all said and done when one considers:

  • Equipment maintenance and replacement costs that are being delayed by the Bush administration to make it seem like the money spigot isn’t opened up as wide as it is.

  • Lifetime veterans benefits as we care for the nearly 19,000 (documented) wounded soldiers, and hundreds of thousands of other veterans entitled to their benefits. To date, 18,988 American soldiers have been wounded in Iraq.
  • There’s absolutely no end in sight. Bushco screwed things up so badly that his profiteering friends will be able to milk taxpayers for the botched occupation long after he gets put out to pasture in Crawford.

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res ipsa loquitur

Posted by schroeder915 on July 31, 2006

The rebuilding of New Orleans is the most important planning process in American history. More than half of the population remains displaced far outside the city. Is it adequate to advertise critical planning meetings by simply putting them on your Web site, and adding them to the usual list of meetings in the newspaper? Or would you use more effective mediums of communication like television and radio in various markets?

res ipsa loquitur

The Pavilion of the Two Sisters at the City Park Botanical Gardens is a lovely venue for a wedding reception, but if you invited the entire city to your wedding, would you choose the Pavilion?

res ipsa loquitur

If it were important for people to be able to speak to one another in large groups corresponding to each of the 13 New Orleans planning districts, wouldn’t you think that one big room with solid walls, floors, and ceilings would just become one big echo chamber?

res ipsa loquitur

An appreciation of the geography of the city, the rivalry of neighborhoods, classes, and races is vital to an understanding of how to sensitively bring people together into a unified planning vision. Would you call in people who have no local planning experience just days before they were supposed to facilitate planning discussions?

res ipsa loquitur

You want the process to be inclusive and democratic. Would you only invite people to vote in that process who aren’t displaced and who have an email address?

res ipsa loquitur

You’re a planner, and you want to hold a citywide meeting. Would you open the calendar to make sure you didn’t schedule the meeting on the same night as, say, perhaps the most widely-attended neighborhood gathering in the country — the National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 1st?

res ipsa loquitur

Hat tip: Melinda, for the latin inspiration.

Related:

Adrastos — fubar

Michael Homan — Red Dots for the UNOP

Metroblogging New Orleans (Maitri) — What Is UNOP?: Sunday’s Unified New Orleans Plan(ning) Meeting

Becky Houtman — Unified New Orleans Plan — My Take So Far on 11 Months of Development

Mid-City Neighborhood Organization — Sunday’s UNOP Meeting

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Eddie’s batting 0 for 6000 so far

Posted by schroeder915 on July 31, 2006

Eddie! Hey Eddie! Eddie Jordan!

Am I talkin’ to you? Yeah I’m talkin’ to you!

Instead of wasting your friggin’ time trying to cover yer ass on Chuck F.Y.F.F. Foti’s hyped-up, election-bid incriminations against the heroism of Dr. Anna Pou and two nurses, why don’t you poll the public to find out what they think about the release of indigent defendants because your office can’t get them to trial.

Criminal District Court Judge Arthur Hunter:

“After 11 months of waiting, 11 months of meetings, 11 months of idle talk, 11 months without a sensible recovery plan and 11 months of tolerating those who have the authority to solve, correct and fix the problem but either refuse, fail or are just inept, then necessary action must be taken to protect the constitutional rights of people.” …

With 6,000 cases looming, it is time for District Attorney Eddie Jordan to start “the process of determining which cases can be prosecuted.”

Or maybe we should shut off the A/C to the D.A.’s office and let temperatures soar over 100 degrees like it was inside Memorial Medical Center until you get through your caseload. Think that might re-align your priorities?

By the way Eddie, I think you still owe the taxpayers $3.58 million.

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Eddie’s batting 0 for 6000 so far

Posted by schroeder915 on July 31, 2006

Eddie! Hey Eddie! Eddie Jordan!

Am I talkin’ to you? Yeah I’m talkin’ to you!

Instead of wasting your friggin’ time trying to cover yer ass on Chuck F.Y.F.F. Foti’s hyped-up, election-bid incriminations against the heroism of Dr. Anna Pou and two nurses, why don’t you poll the public to find out what they think about the release of indigent defendants because your office can’t get them to trial.

Criminal District Court Judge Arthur Hunter:

“After 11 months of waiting, 11 months of meetings, 11 months of idle talk, 11 months without a sensible recovery plan and 11 months of tolerating those who have the authority to solve, correct and fix the problem but either refuse, fail or are just inept, then necessary action must be taken to protect the constitutional rights of people.” …

With 6,000 cases looming, it is time for District Attorney Eddie Jordan to start “the process of determining which cases can be prosecuted.”

Or maybe we should shut off the A/C to the D.A.’s office and let temperatures soar over 100 degrees like it was inside Memorial Medical Center until you get through your caseload. Think that might re-align your priorities?

By the way Eddie, I think you still owe the taxpayers $3.58 million.

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The Metairie of the Superdome

Posted by schroeder915 on July 31, 2006

Mr. Clio’s comment in an earlier PGR post about the Saints was so funny I had to promote it. In that post, I talked about how the Saints surprisingly sold out all of their season tickets, but uncertainty remained about whether the luxury suites would sell out.

Mr. Clio:

Trust me: it won’t be the Terrace that’s empty.

It’ll be the “Club” section or, as Dillyberto likes to call it, “the Metairie of the Superdome.” You know, come late, leave early, boo at the earliest opportunity. Then complain about the traffic as you leave late in the third quarter. Then lie to everybody and tell them you were there to see the Saints’ comeback. That “Club” section.

Trust me: the Terrace will be rocking. And Bush will be signed within six days.

Great prediction! Reggie agreed “in principle” to a contract yesterday.

Thanks Mr. Clio and Dillyberto!

This reminds me of a funny remark I heard someone else make about how people from Metairie shouldn’t be allowed to open cheesy restaurants on Magazine Street (meaning, of course, no offense to Metairie people who “get it” — it’s a mindset more than a product of geography).

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XOXO Big Easy Roller Girls

Posted by schroeder915 on July 30, 2006

I got some merch,

won a raffle T-shirt, saw my old blog friend Ray and one of my favorite people from back in the day, Jason, who now plays in A Clockwork Elvis, and won a little-boy’s-dream-come-true experience on the first try at the wheel (thanks for being such a good sport Laura) — although it seems apparent that Laura rigged the wheel! 🙂

Related:

The Big Easy Roller Girls: Through Hell and High Water

7/29/2006 Community Gumbo

Sunday morning music: Nicolas Maw, “Violin Concerto,” Joshua Bell, LPO.

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The Big Easy Roller Girls: Through Hell and High Water

Posted by schroeder915 on July 29, 2006

WTUL aired an incredible feature on Community Gumbo this morning about the Big Easy Roller Girls.

Don’t forget to support our girls at One-Eyed Jacks tonight. You might get a Roller Girl T-shirt!

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Critical city-wide planning meetings

Posted by schroeder915 on July 28, 2006

Sunday, July 30
12-4 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters at City Park

A city-wide meeting to begin the process for community members to be involved in the selection of the technical assistance teams of professionals to support them in neighborhood, district and city-wide planning. Attendees will establish criteria for working with the assistance teams, define neighborhood boundaries and confirm projects for each of the 13 planning districts. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Tuesday, August 1
4-9 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters at City Park
(Note: Voting has been extended to Monday Aug 9th)

Meeting participants will select their top three choices for technical assistance teams to support their planning process. Participants will be able to visit tables for each of the teams to ask questions from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Beginning around 6:00 pm, each of the teams will conduct formal presentations. Each team will present twice from 6:00pm until 9:00pm allowing participants enough time to listen and review these teams. Following this meeting and until 5:00pm on Monday, August 9, participants will have the opportunity to select their top three teams.

Related:

Unified New Orleans Plan

Vatulblog — Day 332: Wet

Northwest Carrollton — UNOP

Northwest Carrollton — Whose Plan is it Anyway?

Toulouse Street — The Recovery Process Explained (flowchart)

ThinkNOLA — Unified Planning Process (wiki)

Becky Houtman — New Orleans Community Support Foundation?

Metroblogging New Orleans — NEIGHBORHOOD Planning

Metroblogging New Orleans — You Must Attend The Unified New Orleans Plan Meeting This Sunday

New Orleans Community Support Foundation-approved planning teams

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You gotta have faith

Posted by schroeder915 on July 28, 2006

Saints fans are only bested by Packers fans (in my estimation) in their ranking among the most die-hard in the NFL. Year after year, the Saints turned out pitiful winning records, but Saints fans kept buying tickets.

Why? Because the Saints have a name, a logo, team colors, and a spirit which, despite the odds, reflect the unique cultural character of New Orleans.

The Saints have only had trouble selling tickets when owner Tom Benson threatened to move the team.

Now, WWL is reporting that every single season ticket has been sold for the coming season. While there remain some suites that haven’t sold, this is a testament to the pride of Saints fans in one of the important symbols of their home here on the Gulf Coast — and their hope in Reggie Bush.

Related:

Benson born-again New Orleanian?

New Orleans gutted

The New Orleans agnostics

Tom Benson is a jackass

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Eddie Jordan’s popularity contest

Posted by schroeder915 on July 28, 2006

Wednesday morning:

“La, la, la … ho hum … well … here I am back at work in the D.A.’s office.”

“Oh … I’m so bored with my boss having just 6000 cases to prosecute. I wonder if there are any special projects I might dream up today to please my boss Mr. Jordan …”

“Oh, I know! I’m going to open up the phone book and just start calling people to see if prosecuting Dr. Anna Pou and nurses Lori Budo and Cheri Landry is a popular idea!”

WWL:

The secretary at the Orleans District attorney’s office has been asking people, “Are you for the trial or against the trial?”

When WWL First News asked her why she was tracking public opinon, she said the she “was just turning this in to Mr. Jordan.” …

“This was totally something that was done by the switchboard operator,” said [D.A. spokeswoman Leatrice] Dupree. “And we’re going to talk to her about that, because our office does not take polls. We don’t do that.”

You’re such an ass Eddie! This ain’t no friggin’ popularity contest between you and that wipe who calls himself the Attorney General. Get a pair! And tell Chuck F.Y.F.F Foti it’s time to learn how to play shuffle board.

By the way Eddie, you’ll never win a popularity contest in this town as long as you owe the taxpayers $3.58 million:

Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan’s administration must pay $3.58 million in damages and fees for violating the civil rights of workers by using skin color as a factor in firing them, a federal judge has ruled. …

The statistics alone helped persuade the federal jury to find Jordan liable for firing 43 white workers and replacing them with black employees.

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