Sunday, December 30, 2007

Put A Hatchet In It...

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2007 at 10:45 PM

It is not normal to watch a slasher film while removing the ornaments from your tree. But, I guess this is how I signify that the holiday spirit is truly done for me. Nevertheless, sometimes a good old slasher/horror film is the greatest gift of all. Hatchet, directed by Adam Green and released on DVD this month, is a gift I want to return.

The total draw of this film is that it is based in New Orleans and Louisiana bayou country. Yes, I am a sucker for the familiar and a devotee of movies that support our local film industry. Also, it is always fun to criticize what people above the Mason-Dixon Line perceive as representative of Louisiana.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

The Best Records of 2007

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 11:29 PM

10. Tie: Lil’ Wayne, Da Drought 3 (self-released); Radiohead, In Rainbows (self-released)

Ties are cop-outs only when they fail to tie together. Aside from junior statures and jacked-up grills, Lil’ Wayne and Thom Yorke revealed that they have at least one more thing in common: Both raised the question of what quality music in 2007 is really worth. Wayne’s cursive, Web-streamed slurs confirmed the Cash Money grad as the Greatest Rapper Alive, while Yorke mocked the RIAA by letting downloaders pay whatever they wanted for his serene, sublime In Rainbows, effectively reverting 20 years of padded price structure by dropping a tip into the hat of the World’s Finest Rock Band.

9. The Tough Alliance, A New Chance (Sincerely Yours)

Back in October this spot was occupied by fellow Swede and lite-pop sideswiper Jens Lekman. But then the Tough Alliance’s undeniable mix of pre-nightfall Knife and post-adolescence Architecture in Helsinki came along and picked Lekman’s already-bare pockets. He’s probably writing a sad song about it right now.

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Race, Faith and Romney

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 6:28 PM

Much has been made recently concerning Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith. Romney tried to put the matter to rest with his speech at the George Bush Presidential Library, but apparently some Americans wanted to know more than just what Romney thought about Jesus. Many were curious why Romney took the time to invoke religious tolerance in his speech and his support of racial equality — including how he “saw” his father, George Romney, the late Michigan Governor march with Martin Luther King Jr. — but he failed to point out that his own Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) were themselves guilty of racism by not allowing African American men (and not to mention women, who still can’t be ordained) to become lay priests in the church until 1978. As Frank Rich wrote in his “Latter-Day Republicans vs. the Church of Oprah” , it does raise the question why Romney didn’t come out against his church’s discriminatory practices before they were revoked?

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Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 5:39 AM

One of life’s most awkward situations occurs after discovering a friend owns a non-iPod mp3 player.

The scene is common: friends in a casual setting, conversing in iPod vernacular (“Dude, I can’t sync my iTunes tracks from my Nano to my Shuffle because I already authorized them on my old MacBook”). A friend who has been unusually quiet during the conversation finally contributes:

“Well, I’ve got one of these things …” Friend then produces a bulky object bearing an unfamiliar logo. Is it a Texas Instruments graphing calculator circa 1999? No — apparently it’s an mp3 player.

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Murders and Comfort

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 4:10 AM

This is the latest from C. B. Forgotston:

The New Orleans Police Department, while being unable to address the ever-rising murder rate in New Orleans, periodically offers public statements to assure the citizens that they are not really in any danger.

That was then

This summer, after a murder of a 54-year old engineer who was returning from work to his home in New Orleans, NOPD spokesman Sgt. Joe Narcisse said: “I think people can take some comfort in knowing that it was a random act of violence….”

This is now

On Christmas night at one location in the city, 6 individuals were shot and two died at the scene. The NOPD made the following statement, apparently in an effort to offer comfort to the public:

[T]he shooting "is not believed to be a random act of violence," meaning at least one of the victims was targeted. Times Picayune, December 27, 2007.

What does it mean?

I'm confused, but then I'm no expert on policespeak.

The fact that a murder was a random of act of violence is supposed to be comforting.

The fact that a murder was not a random act of violence apparently is supposed to be comforting.

So, random and non-random murders are comforting. What type of murders should make the citizens uncomfortable?

Clancy's Answer: The kind of murder that should make us all feel uncomfortable is one that does not keep the New Orleans brand out there. Mayor Ray Nagin will let us know when such a murder occurs.


this old new orleans house...

Posted on Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 3:12 AM


On January 26th, This Old House, a popular home improvement PBS show will begin featuring the rebuilding of a historic New Orleans home in a ten episode series.

The show will chronicle the rebuilding of 4th generation homeowner Rashida Ferdinand's house and will also explore Connicks and Marsalis's Musicians Village project.

By logging on now to, show fans can currently observe webcams showing various angles of the rebuilding of Ferdinands' traditional 1892 Creole shotgun style home located in the Ninth Ward and read Ferdinand's blog.


If Only Michael Vick Had Thought of This

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 12:11 AM


Nothing gets in the way of our fast and efficient justice system — except football. An insurance company's lawyer (not even Allstate) secured a trial date postponement because he has tickets to the BCS championship game.

Apparently precedent was set by a case delayed due to the Saints/Bears game earlier this year.

If nothing else, you have to admire the attorney for criticizing the Buckeyes' speed ("Slowhio") in his request. And just so the legal system doesn't appear biased, he gamely mentioned that the plaintiff's attorneys also have tickets to the game. There was no word on whether the presiding judge would attend the game.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Royal We — Or, Why We Haven't Reformed Yet

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 6:58 AM

To My Readers:

First, I have to apologize for being “one poor correspondent” when it comes to blogging. I’m 53 years old, so my late entry into the Blogosphere can easily be chalked up to not getting it. Having said that, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to blog regularly in this space — and I welcome your questions, comments, criticisms, etc. It’s all about the Marketplace of Ideas.

Recent issues of Gambit Weekly have advertised an “Ask Clancy” forum. That ad is intended to prime the pump, and I promise I will try to answer all serious inquiries. But I won’t put all the burden on you; I plan to post often on topics that I come up with on my own. I do love answering questions, though, because they give me a sense of what people are talking about in terms of issues, much like talk radio.

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Monday, December 24, 2007

NOLA Holidays for the Jolie-Pitts

Posted on Mon, Dec 24, 2007 at 3:58 PM

Several international news sites are reporting today  a bizarre story about Brad Pitt staying in New Orleans despite the threat of "Christmas Tornadoes" in New Orleans?  Although these "mystery tornado warning" has not seemed to make the local news...???  And besides, who evacuates over a tornado ?

 BRAD PITT is laughing off the threat of another natural disaster hitting his adopted New Orleans, Louisiana - because he's not uprooting. The actor, partner Angelina Jolie and their four kids moved to New Orleans earlier this year (07) as Pitt embarked on an ambitious project to rehome the victims of Hurricane Katrina. And he's not about to let the threat of a Christmas tornado ruin his Christmas plans. He says, "I grew up in a tornado zone and now I live in an earthquake zone in L.A. or a hurricane zone here (in New Orleans). "Mother Nature makes the rules... but we're gonna live where we wanna live."  

It is reported that Brangelina will spend the holidays in NOLA, celebrating multiple cultural celebrations for their children (the asian moon festival, kwanzaa, etc.).   Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have drawn a great amount of needed attention to their charitable work for New Orleans recovery this holiday season.  This past weekend the pair worked with the Children's Health Fund, and so far it is reported that more than 12,000 Americans have contributed to him Make it Right Project.

Happy Holidays to the Jolie-Pitt family and to all readers!   


Friday, December 21, 2007

Britney: Come On Home, Baby

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 5:11 PM

Dear Brit,

Listen, a few of us have been talking, and we all agree that it’s time you moved back to Louisiana. What on earth are you still doing out in L.A., girl? Clearly they don’t get you. All those things the press is always getting on you about, like cruising around with little kids on your lap, going into gas stations barefoot, jetting off to Vegas for shotgun weddings or occasionally forgetting to put on your panties? We ain’t even worried about all that. So you needed a carton of Camel Lights and you left your kicks at home. What’s the problem?

“Paparazzi” might as well be a plate of pasta at Mosca’s, for all we care. Just look at Brad and Angelina — are you really trying to tell me they put Maddox in a car seat every time they head to Rouses for a sixer of Abita? But do you ever see them in the tabloids? No. (I mean, without that pretty girl from Friends, of course.) Those two even live in the French Quarter, where there are tourists everywhere! And do you know who tourists are? They’re the same people who buy tabloids, baby.

You just tell Jamie Lynn that we won’t even judge her if she and her 18-year-old boyfriend want to have their little baby boy or girl in New Orleans. And bring that cutie Kevin on down, too, y’heard? “PopoZão,” right? Sure, it ain’t much now, but throw a bounce beat behind it and get Lil’ Wayne on a verse, maybe he’d have something.  


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