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Doing Exactly What You Said November 12, 2008

Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.
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I started off the day reading this cheerful piece on the Times-Picayune/NOLA>com site about the New Orleans City Council’s efforts to extract someone’s head from their ass (the Mayor’s, the Recovery Czar’s, their own) so they could figure out when the pretty signboards announcing progress in recovery might be replaced by something like actual progress on city-controlled recovery projects. Typical happy reading down here in Year Three.

Thankfully, I got over to read what Cliff of Cliff’s Crib said on a similar subject. Cliff does a better job of summing up what’s going down and going wrong (and right) than anybody else in this town. I wanted to call out this from his last post:

Brad Pitt had a radical idea for hurricane recovery. He presented a plan, people gave him money to do it, and then he did what he said he was going to do. Sometimes great plans are very simplistic. I was wondering. Has the city council or the mayor recognized this man for this work? Has he gotten a key to the city? Does he get to ride in the Zulu parade? What about a good pot of red beans? Maybe we can give him and Angelina a second line in their honor when they are in town. I would like to nominate Mr. Pitt for a new position in the city. He should be the Director of Doing Exactly What You Said You Were Going to Do.

And I nominate Cliff for Director of the Ministry of Speaking Truth to Power, for at least the salary the mayor’s half-dozen press hacks are getting.


1. Cliff - November 12, 2008

I would like to respectfully decline that position unless it comes with a unlimited pass to eat at Ruths Chris. Trying to get these people to listen to truth is going to take all the energy in the world and I might as well get it from a good steak. I will be sure to send the receipts to Stacy Head’s office every day so there is no need to send emails to City Hall asking about what I ate.


2. KamaAina - November 13, 2008

Cliff, you know I love you (see 504ward comment over at the Crib) — but what self-respecting New Orleanian would ever eat at Ruth’s Chris again, even for free? Bear in mind, those are the mooks who waited all of two days after the Federal Flood — two days!! — to announce that they were moving their headquarters from Metry to, um, Orlando.

On the other hand, I think Crescent City’s been back open for a while now…


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