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Krewe du Vieux 2007

Posted by schroeder915 on February 4, 2007


It’s the first parade of the Carnival season, as well as the most profane, roasting any public official reviled by New Orleans residents. More photos.

The parade was moving way too fast to get clear photos, or to even read some of the political roasts on floats and costumes. Last year’s parade was possibly the best Krewe du Vieux ever. I hollered at Ashley, but he was moving too fast as well. I didn’t get a glimpse of any other nefarious characters.

I apologize for falling behind on posts. There’s just a lot going on lately, including a project to completely migrate PGR off of to my own host.

My hope today: that Payton Manning and the Colts do to Chicago fans what Chicago fans did to New Orleans fans — finish what the Great Chicago Fire started (compare how New Orleanians treat visiting fans here).

Related: Community Gumbo podcast — Saints pride displayed in Lakeview.

19 Responses to “Krewe du Vieux 2007”

  1. Erleichda! said

    Awesome pictures. 🙂 I can’t wait to get down there for Mardi Gras.

    And I too am rooting for the Colts today.

  2. ashley said

    Everybody note this: “Ashley was moving too fast”. My lighnin’ moves, yet again.

  3. Karen said

    Ashley was moving too fast.

    He owes me some throws.

  4. ashley said

    I gots some bumper stickers for you both.

  5. Excellent! I briefly saw one of those fly past me!

  6. steve martin said

    here is a throw:

  7. steve martin said

    Wrong throw:

    here is the intended one, enjoy:

  8. Yes, Iran is indeed yet another beautiful nation which some people would delight to “shock-and-awe” into oblivion rather than exercise what *should* be the most powerful diplomatic arsenal in the world (ahem, before George W. Bush and his neocon cabal destroyed it).

    One of the most memorable films I’ve ever seen, both for the beauty of Iran portrayed in the film, but also for a powerful screenplay:

    The Colour of Paradise (NYT review).

    I wept uncontrollably when it ended.

  9. Editor B said

    If you need any assistance setting up WordPress on your own host just let me know.

  10. tim tim said

    I need some help with the federal budget. We spent four hunderd and something billion last year on the intrest of our debt. WE feed every child under the age of 14 in North korea. we Give tons of money to Israel. We support almost every country we invaded.

    So I am trying to find a website or a source of information on how much money the federal government gives out overseas. Does anyone know? Does anyone have a breakdown on this spending. We are probably just doing to protect the intrests of multinational companies. And these companies probably have overseas bank accounts so they are not taxed on it anyway.

  11. Schroeder said

    Tim Tim, focus on how much of what we spend overseas doesn’t actually go toward humanitarian efforts, but is used instead to prop up corporate interests — even so-called “food aid” programs to fight starvation are simply opportunistic government-sponsored initiatives to provide markets for agribusiness corporations like ADM — which in turn destroy markets for local farmers, thus completing the circle of poverty and starvation.

  12. said

    A Letter to My Local Editor
    In the past few months, I have seen letters stating that “everyone” thought Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This is a blatant lie.

    Many people, including people in the CIA, Pentagon, State Department, and Congress, were trying to tell the administration that the “intelligence” they were leaking to the press was wrong. Many people, including former weapons inspectors, tried to tell them that they were cherry picking the bits that made their case, and ignoring the evidence to the contrary. Furthermore, many members of the United Nations, including France, Canada, Germany, Russia, and many others were trying to tell the Bush administration that they were getting bad intelligence.

    Of course, this is not the first time that the cabal of neo-con hawks in the Bush administration had gotten “intelligence” wrong in order to spend billions on military endeavors. During the Ford Administration, a group known as “Team B” (team A was the CIA) was making a case that the Soviet Union had thousands of ICBMs. They claimed the Soviets were spending almost their entire GNP on their military. They claimed the Soviets had a particle beam that could blow our warheads out of the sky. They pressured Ford, who caved in, to let them examine the “intelligence,” which they then manipulated and leaked to the press, resulting in billions being spent on weapons to counter weapons that didn’t exist.

    If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because Team B consisted of Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and Richard Perle, among others: a who’s who of the neo-con architects of the Iraq War. Most of these men became members of the Project for a New American Century, which wrote in 2000 that “the process of transformation [in the middle east], even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.”

    Even more ironically, during the Ford administration, CIA Director William Colby dared to disagree with the Cheney crowd. He was fired and replaced with George HW Bush, who agreed with them. Anyone keeping up with the Scooter Libby trial can note the ominous similarities to the outing of Valerie Plame, who’s undercover operation, Brewster and Jennings, was gathering actual intelligence on nuclear proliferation. So it seems that this cabal of Cheney’s has now gotten rid of a possible impediment to WMD intelligence from Iran.

    This same gang of neo-cons were wrong about the Soviet Union in the 70’s, and they were wrong about Iraq in 2003. Now they are telling us about the threat from Iran, without showing anyone the supposed evidence. Bush says he doesn’t have to explain anything. He says he is the decider. He has boldly claimed that congress can do nothing to stop him.

    Well, congress can. They can impeach. In fact, considering the lives and treasure we are spending on this fiasco (much of the treasure going to the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about, and for whom so many in the Bush administration have worked or will work), it is the constitutional duty of congress to look into the facts leading up to the Iraq war. When they find a high crime or misdemeanor, it is their duty to impeach.

    So, the next time readers of this newspaper hear the same old lie about how Bush was working with “bad intelligence,” run to the cabinet and get a BIG grain of salt. Everyone did not have it wrong. Shame on anyone, Republican or Democrat, who supported a war based on the word of a bunch of proven liars like these. If we do not impeach Bush and Cheney, then we will know for sure that the American pledge of “justice for all” is as much of a lie as those that got us into this mess.

  13. WHy is La. getting screwed???? said

    President Bush waived federal laws to give no-bid contracts to his buddies in Iraq and again in the Katrina cleanups. On top of that he waived environmental and other laws to make it easier at the federal level to give money to his buddies without oversight. The worst of these laws that he waived was the Davis-Bacon act so that these non local, out of state Government contrators can pay less than the prevailling wages for the work done and they subsequently imported a bunch of immigrants into the gulf coast to do the work. In many cases these immigrants were not even paid. Local workers and contractors could of used the work and business to help rebvuild their communities. Instead what they got was a plan to destroy their communities.

    After this culture of corruption was created he did the complete opposite with the money he “turned” over to the States. There are extra stipulations, extra regulations, and loopholes built into how the money gets approved before distribution. The whole thing makes it impossiblly hard to get that money to the people who need it the most. Like having these FEMA funds only reimburse for money spent on recovery efforts, financially strapped communities are having problems getting the work done when they don’t have the money up front to do it.…/701250349/1002/NEWS

    Louisiana had about 84,000 displaced students and has recovered only 56,000. Both Louisiana and Mississippi each got $95 million in federal funds to help higher education, even though Mississippi had 26,000 displaced students, 24 percent of the total.


    In December, FEMA awarded Mississippi $280 million and Louisiana only $74 million in discretionary grants to build more permanent Katrina cottages as alternatives to FEMA trailers. She pointed out that Mississippi has 31,700 families living in FEMA trailers, while Louisiana has 64,000, more than double Mississippi’s number.


    In health-care grants announced Jan. 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Louisiana $72 million to help rehabilitate 2,623 hospital beds but gave Mississippi $61 million to help restore 79 closed beds. Louisiana had 97 percent of the damage, but got about 55 percent of the funding.

    “These facts and figures speak for themselves,” the governor said.

  14. WHy is La. getting screwed???? said

    And why are Vitter and the State Repugs trying to play partisan politics???????????

  15. gbitch said

    You were standing in the wrong place. They weren’t moving too fast where I was. And I got lots of great shit from Ashley.

  16. Adrastos said

    We started running out ot stuff and steam near the end but I have some swag for you, Schroeder.

  17. Where's Schroeder? said

    Where is Schroeder? Is he hanging out with nagin now?
    Post something new will ya!

  18. call a spade a spade said

    Get ready for the deniers to start posting. My wife is traveling across Asia and Europe and all the papers are filled with Global Warming. Most of those countries are doing something about it.

    It is funny the same kkk immigrant haters that vote republican against that interest are the same kind of idiots that believe the deniers in the global warming debate.

    Here is the formula. 100 scientist agree. 2 don’t. One of those two is a crack pot. the other is getting paid hundreds of thousands by coal and energy companies. What do you do? Well if you are an energy company you pay lobbyist and guerilla market firms to plaster the 2 deniers opinions anywhere and everywhere that you can.

    Anytime you post a story about the facts there are bloggers waiting with their guns loaded full of false information. You might as well post a straw man. Instead do some research on the disinformation campaign. document all the sources, there are plenty out there. then continue the discussions along those lines:;jsessionid=384FFD99F32BC803103DA9CB550EF170?diaryId=887

    Look into this stuff, get some investigative journalist on it. make a case. What about the al gore penguin video thing? Remember the youtube movie that was discovered to come from a Washington lobbyist. It is clear that with that much disinformation and such a big effort to discredit the science out there that we can’t have a rational discussion on global warming. So focus the talk on the disinformation campaign. Lets make that clear to everybody first!

    Ask one of these wingnut deniers if they can deny that there is a huge disinformation campaign out there. They can’t deny that!

    Call a spade a spade

  19. Next Govenor said

    Here is how we can the next La. Govenor elected. Now all we have to do is figure out who it is going to be and make it happen.

    Easy Peasy!

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