Tuesday, October 31, 2006

When I Think We All Grew Up

. . . and others might imagine that they have too, stuff just keeps coming up to prove me wrong.

While taking a closer look at our local bloggers, I found a posting from 10/27/06 by Gentilly Girl, which offers a link to another site. Upon opening it, I almost popped out in laughter. For me the visual says it all.

Continuing to read Gentilly's posting, I connected to the next link. This one saddened me, but not because of what Harvey Weinstein is quoted as saying, but for how he is trying to posture his client's situation.

The Dixie Chicks have enjoyed freedom of speech. They were not arrested for what they said or for the manner in which they said it. They are just experiencing the public's reaction to what they said.

As for NBC, one does not need to look too much further than to the fact that they are a corporation with a bottom line. Ironically, the Dixie Chicks did not stop to think about theirs.

These links are about damage control. Nothing more. They are a cover for the Chicks inability to accept the reactions of others who also can exercise their right of free speech. This first amendment stuff cuts both ways.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Say It Ain't So!

Do you recall Humphrey Bogart challenging the banditos posing as Federales in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre? "Badges? We ain't got no... stinking badges!" came the reply.

Tell me that the recent Ashley Morris post entitled "Tenure? We don need no steenkeeng tenure!" isn't true, that "this article" in the Tulane Hullabaloo isn't a so called "thinly veiled plan", and that Tulane has not succumbed to such conduct. Just tell me that "this article" is a Halloween prank, and that I can keep my illusions about something being right with the world. After all, I have waited so long and worked so hard to be able to attend a university like Tulane, and I hate to be disillusioned in life once again.

I have long had a saying in my household for such conduct. It is, "I thought we all grew up." In so many words, I thought that by a "certain age" most all of us would have developed, well, standards of ethical and proper behavior; and that those in positions of authority would so act because they understood what is needed in leaders and that with position and power comes responsibility.

I will stick with "Say It Ain't So!" for now.

Post-Katrina Blogging in New Orleans

The word blog is defined in Webopedia as a "Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual". It is short for Web log, and is typically updated daily, reflecting the personality of the author. In further research states that "blogs often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news".

This could not be more true than what is being written by bloggers in post-Katrina New Orleans. One such blogger is Adrastos. In the blog's opening sub-title the phrase, "Politics, Life & Culture (or what passes for it) in Post-Katrina New Orleans.” expresses the orientation of this local blogger. The site daily offers well written and strongly held personal views and observations on the city's culture and politics, as well as movie reviews and links to music and other videos. It represents an interesting personal journal in an ever-changing publicly accessible format.