The Flim Flam Plan

The second Security Task Force meeting didn’t help. It looks like the mayor is cold-shouldering FQMD and its Security Task Force on the subject of security in the French Quarter. Makes you wonder, no? Pushing a French Quarter “security” plan without consulting with the organization that worked for years on understanding the problem and making some painstaking, unfunded headway, then Continue reading The Flim Flam Plan

Congressional Kabuki covers for American oligarchs

Monday 21 March 2017 The last research brick for the next NOLAscape on the Security Plan, the March meeting of FQMD’s Security Task Force, is scheduled for this afternoon,. I let the Congressional investigation into Russian election messing-around play live a couple of hours this morning. It was like a car race: round and round the circuit and every once Continue reading Congressional Kabuki covers for American oligarchs

On The Dangers of Watching Trump Before Breakfast

A quick despatch on the disgraceful fascist government we now have to either confront or evade, depending on how your life runs. Did you see this morning’s clip of Trump doing his gang-leader act, arms pistoning, finger gestures cryptically coding, expression snarling, voice snapping, on the two court judgments that put down his second Muslim ban? “It makes us look weak.” Continue reading On The Dangers of Watching Trump Before Breakfast

Low Info and Medium Comedy at the High Table

A few days after its Security Task Force meeting, the FQMD Commissioners Meeting was up. I toodled along to that, too. The meeting room has one of the great views of the city, a panoramic window on the 20th floor facing east over the Mississippi. With the big board around the big table, maybe I would find out some more Continue reading Low Info and Medium Comedy at the High Table

Bourbonland – Where New Orleans used to be

I wandered along to FQMD’s Security Task Force meeting last week, a year or more since I had last been. French Quarter street level politics had become pretty same-old. VCPORA’s war with modernity was less compelling than IS’s. Sidney Torres had grabbed the police thing where it hurts, then got into a transition feud with French Quarter Management District’s Security Continue reading Bourbonland – Where New Orleans used to be