We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
These two NOLA piano-men did a few duets at the festive event I went to a couple of weeks ago. Yes, including Iko Iko and Let The Good Times Roll. Good to see Dr. John - hadn't seen him perform in many years, but I always enjoyed that cranky SOB. Found this duet on Youtube:
Heh - funny story. I was sitting in line at the auto emissions/safety inspection site in New Orleans when this Caddy screeched around the cornor and rear ended me.
Turns out it was Vick Schiro who was Mayor for ten or so years right before Moon Landrieu. Really nice guy - took care of everything including introducing me to the Sheriff at the time who gave me a carry permit and swore me in as a Reserve Deputy Sherrif. :>)
Interestingly enough, Schiro was Mayor when Hurricane Betsy went through New Orleans and, as usual, the Lower Ninth Ward flooded. He handled it with skill and no small amount of chutzpah. The guy was an avowed segregationist, but he honestly didn't treat his black citizens any different from the white ones - he just thought they should be equal but seperate. Did a lot for the city too - hell, the Michaud NASA facility was his, the Saints, Superdome was approved during his tenure, the I-10 interchange - he accomplished a lot.
Never paid much attention to the corruption though - I was working for Texaco at the time and spent a lot of time offshore.
Gringo, I miss the politics only for its entertainment value. What else can you say about a candidate for Governor (Edwin Edwards - now in prison) who said the only way he would be defeated was to be "caught in bed with a dead woman or a live boy"? He was accurate, of course. I only wish I had a bumper sticker from the Edwards-Duke race: "Vote for the crook It's important".
I do not miss the corruption. A great city has been spoiled by corruption almost everywhere - politicians, schools, cops... Speaking of schools, they were among the worst in the nation, but one day a school bureaucrat woke up and decided that they just couldn't have school named after a slave owner (George Washington). With great economy (of all kinds, especially thought) they named it after George Washington Carver. That way, they just needed to add "Carver" to the end of the name! Never mind that they just renamed the school for a man who was named for a slave owner. I guess the second derivative was alright!
Tom Francis: Vic Schiro... Heh! I was a boy in Lakeview during Hurricane Betsy, and I remember hearing Vic Schiro on the radio during the storm make his famous "Don't believe any unfounded rumors unless they come from me" statement. But yes, he did a lot for the city. (The I-10 "expressway" was DeLesseps Morrisson, BTW)
Happy New Year, Maggie's Farm! I miss New England!