Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
It doesn’t matter about the race or ethnicity of a person when news breaks of a corruption indictment in New Orleans. My reaction is always the same. I get sad because I think of what we could have done with whatever money or opportunity that was wasted to pull off whatever the scam was. Did we even need crime cameras in the first place? What could the Recreation Department have done with at least half of that money? I guess it’s too late to worry about that. I still think that any news story concerning crime that comes out of this city does damage because no one sees it as a clean up. Everyone sees it as a reminder of just how crooked we are. With that in mind, I feel like it’s time to go ahead and point out that the current face of corruption in New Orleans just so happens to be white.I realize Nagin is the mayor and he is famous for making the Chocolate City comment that stirred up so much emotion. The fact of the matter is that when it comes to corruption and dealing under the table the city is more of a vanilla and chocolate swirl. Maybe this case will make corruption just a New Orleans issue instead of a black against white issue. Maybe this will make Jim Letten look fair because I happen to be one person that wants him to stay in office as a warning to potential hustlers. Maybe Mr. Meffert will turn over some evidence against the mayor and satisfy the blood thirsty mob that won’t sleep until they see him get arrested. Maybe he won’t because he doesn’t have anything and the only thing Mayor Nagin is guilty of is falling asleep at the wheel while his boy got paid. Whatever happens we need to look at this as tying up lose ends of the past so we can move forward.Now, there is one thing that can bring the race card back into play. A 63 count indictment is nothing to sneeze at. Mr. Meffert and his wife got hundreds of thousands of dollars from this plan. I’m thinking that if Oliver Thomas has been in prison for since 2007 and serving 37 months for only 15,000, then if Greg Meffert is found guilty he has to at least get a sentence five times that amount. If Oliver Thomas does three years and Greg Meffert gets probation or any kind of soft treatment then I am going to pull out my race card and throw it on the table because that will be the right card to play in my opinion. I don’t think I will have to do that because I believe Mr. Letten is going to set an example with this case. That’s going to be a great thing if it can stop everyone from trying this kind of thing again.
Monday mornings are always the worst time of the week. It takes a minute to get going. Nevertheless I am feeling alright today. Yesterday was a good Mother’s Day despite the fact that mom lives in another city now. In the post Katrina chapter of my life I honor her and the other women who raised me by honoring the mothers around me. I think I do a good job at that. I also got to hang out this weekend with my friends and that is always cool. It doesn’t happen a lot these days since we got older and started going in different paths. Too bad we spent a lot of that time watching the Lakers get destroyed by Dallas. I guess everything can’t be perfect.
I’m ready for the week ahead. Hopefully nothing too serious happens while I work my way through all the other stuff that’s on my mind. I’ll consider it a good week if there’s minimal flooding of people’s homes because of the river, there are no murders for one week in the city and no one in the police department gets suspended of fired. I would add winning the Powerball so I could quit working and buy my parent’s a mansion but the other three things I named are already lofty so I better be reasonable.
Friday, May 6, 2011
There’s a lot of water in the Mississippi River right now and it’s headed this way. People all along the river are evacuating and hoping for the best. I’m not reluctant to admit that the rising river scares me. It’s predicted to crest at 19.5 feet and that’s right up to the limit of our levee protection. I hate to bring this up but levees and my community don’t have the greatest history together. Of course this is different because the water isn’t being pushed along by 100 mile per hour winds and the energy of a hurricane but it still makes you worry a little. I keep hearing terms like blowing levees and levee breaches and it makes you think about the worst.
I am sure we will be okay and the Corps of Engineers has everything under control. I just wish I had more confidence in the entities that are supposed to protect us. I was joking with a friend the other day after the story came out that New Orleans was the second best city for jobs. We laughed because no one that we knew personally thought this could be true and the funny part is all the people who said they felt that way already had jobs themselves. We don’t have much faith in a lot of things working out in our favor and high on that list is the Army Corps of Engineers. I guess time will have to heal that wound. In the meantime I just hope not too many people get flooded out in cities along the river while it is cresting and that the levels go down quickly.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
There are topics that I don’t like to discuss with people anymore because they are just too complicated. I don’t discuss religion anymore. I don’t discuss parenting with people as it relates to their own children. I don’t discuss Hurricane Katrina unless I know you were affected. Personal emotions make that situation hard for me to accept any opinion different than my own. That’s also the reason why I don’t discuss 9/11 with anyone. What happened on September 11, 2001 affected people in different ways and changed so many lives and families. From the victims of the terrorists, to the folks that got sick trying to rescue people, to all of the soldiers that have fought and sometimes died in the two wars that followed, I find it difficult to just shout my opinions all over the place without taking into account how some of these people and their families might feel.
Sunday night after the news broke that Osama Bin Laden was killed the reaction was crazy from all sides. There were some people ready to throw a parade and celebrate a great moment in American history. There were crowds singing and chanting USA outside in cities all over. Then there were the other people who felt disgusted with the taste for blood and actually felt sadness and reflection by Bin Laden’s death. We also have the other group of people who don’t believe he’s really dead, don’t believe he planned 9/11 and think President Obama is his cousin and set the whole thing up to keep planning his takeover of America. There might not be anyone that believes all three of those together but a lot of people fall into that group in some variation.
I can’t debate anyone about how they feel so all I can do is give my opinion.
When I heard Osama Bin Laden was killed I didn’t celebrate but I wasn’t upset either. His life and death was a situation that didn’t lend itself to many other options than how things ended. The country that wanted him to pay for what he did would never forgive its leader for trying to make peace with him. The president did what he had to do. Bin Laden was also in a position where he could never do anything but hide and use his status as America’s main enemy to keep his movement going. I don’t see how this could have ended any other way. At least now when the troops start coming home there might be a little closure to the original purpose of why they started fighting to being with. The crazy thing about the situation is that I just gave my personal opinion and I am not sure if I feel the right way about it. One thing I am certain of is that all of this could have been avoided if Osama and his boys didn’t decide to crash airplanes into buildings.