I can't imagine why anyone in the world would solicit Michael "Heckuva Job" Brown's opinion on anything more weighty than "white or wheat?," but it seems that Neil Cavuto saw fit to give him airtime to pontificate on the current administration's response to swine flu:
I think theres one thing theyre legitimately worried about, and that is this H1N1 is a new strain we havent seen before -- so were not sure how Tamiflu and everything will work against it. Heres what I really think is going on: I think they want to raise this level because that gives them more attention, it gives them more, you know, more legitimacy, and allows them to get out there and say Oh look at us, were in control, we've got this thing taken care of.
Because God knows Brownie himself would never want to appear in control of a bad situation, much less get out ahead of it.
BROWNIE: SHUT UP. GO AWAY.
Every year, by the second week of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, you may find the best shows are often far from the festival grounds.
For instance, last Friday, April 24, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Loren Murrell and Silent Cinema hosted a dreamy late-night folksplotion tucked into the Saturn Bar, to be followed by MyNameIsJohnMichael that Saturday, April 25, who ripped into Ernie K-Doe's "Here Come the Girls" with seriously heavy blue-eyed soul.
Missed that? Well, the Fest is back for one last weekend, so look out for these post-Fest gigs of note:
As for Sunday, May 3:
"I'm the healthiest 55-year-old you ever seen! Hey, I play golf every weekend!"
The last time the world faced a swine flu pandemic (1976), it was successfully neutralized by these two amazing public service announcements that showed swine flu spares absolutely no one -- not nice elderly ladies on their porches, not hoops-shooting teenagers with righteous Afros, and not even healthy 55-year-old bankers who play golf every weekend (and bear a striking resemblance to Errol Laborde).
The second PSA is even creepier: "Joe brought it home from the office ... and he gave it to his wife Betty ... and to one of his kids ... and to Betty's mother ..." Hey, Joe! Keep your swine flu to YOURSELF!
Whats in a name?
A lot when it comes to um swine flu. First, Israels Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, an Ultra-Orthodox Jew, declared in a press conference his country would refer to the newly discovered flu virus as Mexican Flu, because pigs are considered unclean and a prohibited food under Jewish dietary laws. The label, swine flu, could also be considered to be offensive to Muslims, who also forbid the eating of pork.
Now it looks the World Health Organization is worried about the pigs. In order to avoid confusion over how the disease is transmitted, WHO officials from now on will refer to the virus by its scientific name, H1N1 Influenza A. Eating pork does not spread the disease, but yesterday, as a precautionary measure, Egypt began slaughtering the countrys approximate 300,000 pigs.
In an USA Today article, scientists say they are not certain where the virus originated and to refer to it as Mexican Flu, would be misleading and stigmatizing.
To date, there have been at least 120 confirmed cases of the disease and one death attributed t in the U.S.
Once again this weekend, Gambit has teamed with our pals at WWL-TV to bring you a Best of the Fest list. Check out the choices from Gambits own Count Basin, along with WWLs Chad Bower, Bradley Handwerger, Michael Luke and reporter/mega-music fan Scott Satchfield. (Looks like we'll all be meeting up for Neil Young.)
Today, the foundation's fundraisers, activists and supporters presented their "thank you" to Make It Right founder Brad Pitt (sadly, not present), and presented their check of $150,000 raised to underwrite building a house in the state-of-the-art green neighborhood.
Local artist Luis Colmenares (pictured, left) used "about 99 percent" reclaimed scrap from the 9th Ward (including a muffler from a chop shop and recycled roofing parts) to build Pitt's colorful "recovery Oscar," as well as a director's chair made from similar material.
(Hit the jump for a photo of the chair.)
Billes Architecture officially announced the final five winners of its Home Design Competition, which set out to find the best designs for sustainable housing in New Orleans. Among those winners were Thomas Colosino and David Lachin, who we featured in this month's Green Matters feature "Blue-Ribbon Green House."
Billes provided a few links to stories featuring the local, national and international (thanks to Canada's McGill University) winning designers and also put the spotlight on New Orleans: Check out the stories in Metropolis, Azure and Cool Hunting.
Even better, Metropolis put together a slideshow discussing each design, giving props to the Lakeview duo.
Just let that sink in for a moment.
This was, without a doubt, the worst professional basketball game played in the city of New Orleans by a team bearing the city's name. It was awful, horrendous, ugly and cringe inducing. Chris Paul called it a "whooping", David West labeled it "a systematic beating" and the crowd a New Orleans Arena was already pouring out before the third quarter ended.
"I never thought anybody could win by 58 points in the playoffs," Carmelo Anthony said after the game.
You'll have to excuse Anthony. The last time any team lost by this much was 53 years ago when the Minneapolis Lakers beat the St. Louis Hawks 13375. Some other things that happened in 1956:
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