As you might know, since the day of this storm I've been keeping a diary for granddaughter Kaitlyn that she hear the truth about how it all came down.
Two TV reviews-both airing on Friday nights. We've got "Friday Night Lights" and Fox's "The Next Great American Band"...a surprisingly entertaining and brutally real contest.
As always, with pics and video you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.
Pic of the Day
Republican Bobby Jindal Wins Governorship of Louisiana
Below this narrative is a list of links I’ve compiled about Hurricane Katrina and how corrupt government brought down a great American city. There is also an explanation of my logic but for now, I direct my commentary to sweet granddaughter Kaitlyn, who will someday read grandmother’s Blog as alternate to the history books that will no doubt be filled with lies.
So Kaitlyn, in October 2007 in this year of our Lord, Louisiana began a positive climb back to pride and self-sufficiency. For Louisiana now has a very conservative Governor. The Governor during the disaster known as Hurricane Katrina, Kathleen Blanco, is no more. The citizens of that state kicked her failing behind out the door.
I’ve been lamenting the lack of pride of Louisianans who keep electing Democrats that would keep abusing them. Well no more sweet granddaughter.
Today is not a good day for Republicans. It is, but it isn't really. Today is instead a good day for Louisiana and for this country. If a state like Louisiana can overcome its legacies and histories and vote for a guy named Jindal of East Indian heritage and make him the Governor of Huey Long's populist-socialist mecca, this nation can overcome anything.
I’d also like to take a moment to inform you of another serious natural disaster that hit the state of California, also in the month of October 2007. That state was hit was a series of fires that caused over 50,000 to evacuate their homes and the burning of an estimated 1,500 houses.
The Governor of California at this time is a Republican. The state of California weathered this natural disaster in fine fashion. Lazy people who did not heed the warning to evacuate did not have to be rescued from roof tops. Criminal politicians did not abscond with National Guard Trucks to recover illegally gotten cash. Stadiums were peaceful places filled with anxious but content evacuees. The Democrats, besides nut case Barbara Boxer, were not out and screaming that the fires were all Bush’s fault. FEMA came right behind local evacuations and was not expected to save lives as a first responder. The Governator was at Qualcomm stadium consulting with the evacuees and regularly talked to the nation, assuring California that recovery would begin soon and life would return to normal.
The contrast of the California fires to Katrina was remarkable in the difference in leadership. Remember this sweet Kaitlyn when you might think of casting your precious vote for a liberal.
Finally, Kaitlyn, we have this, from the Telegraph.com:
Scientists have made a breakthrough in man's desire to control the forces of nature – unveiling plans to weaken hurricanes and steer them off course, to prevent tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina.
Wow, this is scary. I can see it now, humans batting hurricanes around all over the planet like they were big ping-pong balls. Just who would decide where to send a hurricane, I would ask? The United Nations? You say they should just knock it out to sea? You don’t think some Jihadist might think slamming hurricanes into the American mainland wouldn’t be great fun?
Someday, perhaps when you grow up Kaitlyn, human beings MIGHT be able to control the weather. I will never say never.
But I doubt it, Kaitlyn. Some things are way bigger than our puny human selves.
Since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005 I've been keeping a separate series of the effects of the hurricane, the politics of it, the ongoing attempts to bring flooded New Orleans back to normalcy.
I documented it all from the day of the hurricane on through today. My posts are directed straight at Kaitlyn although at the time of the hurricane Kaitlyn was but a year old. It is my hope that someday Kaitlyn read the links and commentary provided to her by Grandmother that the teachers of her era do not deceive via the carefully edited school books the liberals might write about the disgrace of a city and state so corrupt that it couldn't even save its own citizens.
Below a list of the many posts on Katrina gathered and compiled for Kaitlyn since September of 2005 through to the present time.
First Katrina/Kaitlyn post-the Beginning-9/6/05
9/7/05-H urricane Folklore/Wisdom and Nastiness
9/12/05-Hillary's "Katrina Kommission" and the Debacle of the Debit cards
9/14/05-FEMA Email; Dumb, blond Louisiana Senators
9/15/05-Ophelia and Grandmother
9/16/05-Katrina and the Helpless Pets
Stop Blaming FEMA-a pictorial explanation
What Will Become of New Orleans?
Nagin,the refinery bill,Character
Cops and Cadillacs
Those NO Prisoners
Documenting the Thieves
Blanco and the Dead
Samaritan Helps Evacuees-Murdered!
Those Wacky Louisiana Emails
The Myth of the Bridge Sniper
As the Media Preens the Myths Are Busted
Nagin and the Phantom Police
Grandmother Is Also Fooled
A Katrina Baby Boom?
Katrina...a TWO year "Anniversary"
”The Next Great American Band”
First thing I noted about Fox’s “The Next Great American Band”, which airs on Friday nights, was how great the judges are.
From the show’s home page:
The producers behind the megahit phenomenon "American Idol" take the musical reality genre to a whole new performance level as they search for "The Next Great American Band," a new competition series airing on FOX. Singer and songwriter John Rzeznik (the Goo Goo Dolls), legendary percussionist and performer Sheila E. (whose hits include "The Glamorous Life" and "A Love Bizarre") and Australian TV personality Ian "Dicko" Dickson ("Australian Idol") serve as judges while Dominic Bowden ("New Zealand Idol") hosts.
I was surprised that such a reality show was ongoing while the American public knew so little about it. At least THIS American public didn’t have a clue.
The contest started out with twelve contenders. I watched that show with a passing curiosity but figured it would be mostly a bunch of amateurish adolescents blasting away on electric guitars without melody or decent lyrics.
I was wrong. The finalists included country/western bands, hip/hop bands, rockabilly bands, a couple hard rock bands, bands with children, bands with all women…well I was impressed all to hell.
The best band, at least as I see it, is “Six Wire”, a video of their performance below.
The episode which aired on 11/2/07 featured songs by songwriters Elton John and Bernie Taupin. “Six Wire” performed “Don’t Let the Sun Shine Down on Me”, a video vignette featured above. This is a country/western band, thoroughly modern, hip and quite professional. I’ve pegged this band as a winner early on.
“Tres Bien!” is a mongrel British 60’s type band combined with hard rock. This band had the best original song of the evening. “Franklin Bridge” is a black band named for the bridge which connects Philadelphia to New Jersey. Their music is an intriguing combination of hip/hop and Backstreet Boys. Elton’s song “Philadelphia Freedom” was the logical choice of a song for this group. I didn’t much like it but I’ll admit it was different. I think a couple of those band members should lose the hats with the bills sticking out to the side. Makes them look like street thugs.
“The Clark Brothers” is a rockabilly type of band, not my fave music genre but a genre that certainly adds to the diverse music styles of this contest. “Light of Doom” is a band composed entirely of …children? Indeed the first week this band performed I was bowled over. For there were young boys around 10 years old with NO SHIRTS! In fact, the judges told them to forget the shirtless look. Folks, this kind of outfit does not work for little pre-pubescent boys. This past week they did lose the shirtless look.
Now about these judges…these are not Paula Abdul types of judges. These judges are honest and very frank in their critiques. By me they get it right on. The judges thought this band of young boys, a hard rock band, was clever, different, but just plain weird. I think so too.
“Dot, Dot, Dot” is a punk type band, weird, not my type at all. But they did perform a great Elton song and I consider them players. “Cliff Wagner and the Old Number 7”…yes that’s the band’s name, is a country/rockabilly band. One of the main instruments was a banjo if that’s a clue. They performed Elton’s “Honky Cat”, a perfect song for this group and they did a perfect job on it.
“The Muggs” is a hard rock band although all the band members looked perfectly normal. If one didn’t know it, they’d think “The Muggs” was a country/western band by attire and costume. This group sang one of my fave Elton songs “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” and I could have cried. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything so awful in my life.
The judges took that lead singer to task, suggesting he bring his vocals down an octave because he wasn’t hitting the notes. The lead singer was an arrogant somebody, claiming that “the audience will get used to it”. I hoped right then and there that these guys get kicked off first thing. The audience will NOT get used to off-key notes, this band thinks we are fools with no ears. The Aussie judge shouted to this prima donna band that they need to get a lead singer. Heh.
If I didn’t think “The Muggs” were bad enough, up comes “Rocket” and this is an all female band. Nope. They ladies have to go. That lead singer sang so bad I swear three-year-old Kaitlyn Mae sings better. Yes the judges told the lead singer that she needs to get a grip on her vocals but the bitch didn’t like it. Folks, this group only made the finals because they are a female band. That lead singer is horrific.
Finally a very big band named “Denver and the Mile High Orchestra”. First, this group is NOT from Colorado. Their lead singer is named Denver and the rest of the band’s name got pulled out of the air. The problem, as one judge pointed out, is a big orchestra like this might not be able to sell records and make money. I know that this group performed beautifully and they will be in the top five, I’m sure of this.
Top Ten Bands in Fox’s “The Next Great American Band” Fall 2007
The Clark Brothers
Light of Doom
Dot, Dot, Dot
Cliff Wagner and the old number 7
Denver and the Mile high orchestra
”Friday Night Lights”
I watched this show, which airs, coincidentally, on Friday night on NBC, TWICE. I watched it live then I watched it again on the DVR. I simply could not pick up on either the plot or the characters.
I have reached one major conclusion as regards this series. If you live in Texas, heck even in the Southwest around Texas, you would like this show. I live in Delaware, all the way up on the East coast, far away from cowboys, cheerleaders and Friday night local football.
As I understand it, Texas is a state that loves its local sports. This series is a show dedicated to the ordinary people who get so involved in High School sports and the drama that ensues.
Beyond this, I’m not buying. Can a series survive with only half the country even remotely interested?
That will be the challenge.
Focus on TV Posts of Fame
Those Wacky TV Chefs. Includes Rachel Ray and the sexiest chef of them all.
TV News Pundits including Russert, spitting Matthews and the one I adore.
"Dancing with the Stars" of 2007, reviews, pics and videos.
American Idol 2007 and The Bachelor. One night's review with links to all the others.