Update on conditions back home from a friend left behind, with the requisite gallows humor:
Twelve people were shot in New Orleans last weekend, plus 5 more on Monday and 6 more in the next 2 days. The Times-Picayune reported 14 were shot this past weekend. They haven’t counted Monday’s corpses yet.
Police reports for the city for last weekend include:
“A 30-year-old male heard gunfire and realized he was shot in the left thigh and back.” What tipped him off?
“A 34-year-old man said his girlfriend pulled a gun on him and forced him to take off a jacket she ‘brought him.’” Must not have fit properly.
“A 22-year-old man was shot while walking.” Hmm, is exercise worth it?
“A 22-year-old male and a man [not to be confused with a male] were involved in a fistfight. Both pulled out guns and began firing.” No comment required.
“A 24-year-old man was approached by two males. They asked to use his cell phone. There was a struggle for the phone. The young man was hit in the face and shot in the abdomen.” The only thing more dangerous than walking is owning a cell phone.
“A person was working in a doctor’s office when an unknown, armed man pointed a gun at the worker’s head and demanding [sic] money. The suspect fled with a cash box and a pair of orthopedic shoes.” It’s hell to have flat feet in the ’hood.
That’s just 5 of more than 40 “major incidents” last week. This week’s reports should be even more fun.
And, thankfully, the crusading journalists at the Times-Picayune realized what the real news is all about and had a page-one, high-profile story on the inclusion of the weather frog illustration on its website. The story on 14 people shot did make it to page one, but below the weather frog.
And my response:
Carnival time, all year round.
23 people shot in five days? I believe that’s a record, even for New Orleans. Of course, if they didn’t all die, it doesn’t really count in the race for murder capital of America. Still impressive, though.
I once suggested during a meeting with the tourist commission that they distribute maps to visitors indicating the more dangerous areas of the city that ought to be avoided. It wasn’t well received. In fact, the meeting resumed as though I hadn’t said anything.
The President of the United States paying homage to God for “every public and private good” — such a gesture struck no one as quaint, inappropriate, or ill-mannered 222 years ago. As he himself noted, Washington took for granted that his colleagues and countrymen shared his sentiments; nor is there any indication that he was ever contradicted in this regard. But how many Congressmen today would even understand these sentiments, much less endorse them? We’ve come a long way, baby — but in the wrong direction. – F.R. Duplantier, “Behind The Headlines”
Increasing the United States’ reliance on “clean” energy, as touted by President Obama yet again in this week’s budget proposal, would leave Americans just as dependent on unreliable foreign suppliers as we are now on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ stranglehold on oil. Instead of a handful of mostly Middle Eastern states, we would be dependent on a single nation for critical energy supplies — China. The threat to both national security and the U.S. economy is obvious to anyone who isn’t blinded by environmentalist dogma. – H. Sterling Burnett
1976-77: Bob edits bilingual Cajun newspaper, La Gazette
1978: Bob launches economical carnival krewe, the Platefaces ...
... and publishes boardgame based on transit system, Hike
1984: Bob publishes cartoon book, Only in New Orleans
1986-91: Bob edits national magazine, The New American
1995-2001: Bob is editorial director of America's Future
2000: Bob publishes collection of political limericks, Politickles
2005-08: Bob is communications director for St. Vincent de Paul
to St. Joseph
Holy St. Joseph, Spouse of Mary, be mindful of me, pray for me, watch over me. Guardian of the paradise of the new Adam, provide for my temporal wants. Faithful guardian of the most precious of all treasures, I beseech thee to bring this matter to a happy end, if it be for the glory of God, and the good of my soul. Amen
Novena to St. Jude
O most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, people honor and invoke you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, for I am so helpless and alone. Please help to bring me visible and speedy assistance. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (state your request) and that I may praise God with you always.
I promise, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you by publishing this request. Amen.