I was cleaning out my email inbox and I came across this message from July 24, 2012 where the Office of the Mayor engages in much happy talk about the city's consent decree with the feds agreeing to overhaul the New Orleans Police Department:
Now, of course, Landrieu is trying to weasel out of this agreement. I just wanted to remind people that the mayor actually was quite pleased with the decree back when he signed it.Continue reading
I took these pictures of then New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in 2007 at the citizen rally against crime at City Hall. Thousands of us were there. What do you think Ray was thinking? Turns out we have some idea where his head was that day:
In fact, as thousands of New Orleanians marched on City Hall in January 2007 to demand safer streets amid a wave of murders, Nagin was emailing Michael Singer, the owner of Singer Kitchens, to try to negotiate a business arrangement.
The coin. You know the one I'm talking about. It won't happen--unless it does, at the last lunatic minute. Marc Ambinder:
The administration might reverse its position at the last minute if it absolutely has to. Better a viable gimmick than a catastrophic default. But if it does wait until the last minute to resort to a coin trick, it will have done so because Republicans forced him to.
I see that Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, has a scapegoat to distract the public from calls for gun control legislation:
"There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people," LaPierre said.
"Through vicious, violent video games with names like "Bulletstorm," "Grand Theft Auto," "Mortal Kombat," and "Splatterhouse."
He then highlighted an online game called "Kindergarten Killers" that he said has been accessible on the Internet for a decade.
A crude Google search reveals these numbers:
- Guns and ammunition manufacturing annual revenue: $11 billion.
- Annual video game sales: $12 billion.
Callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry? Project much?Continue reading
This is the story of a guy named Joe, a soldier, but it starts after Iraq, after he got wounded and discharged, and has more to do with starting over, finding your duty in life after your duty in the armed forces has abruptly ended. He’s got a mom with cancer and a brother that’s schizophrenic, and instead of immersing himself in that drama, he thumbs his way to the midwest, finds a room in an eclectic boarding house filled with lost souls, and stumbles into the only career for which his service trained him: stocking crates of junk merchandise at the local big-box store.