It’s that day again. Continue reading The Double Whammy Anniversary
Set the Wayback Machine to 9/2/2015. Continue reading Vintage First Draft: Presidential Pet Peeves
Set the Wayback Machine to 2006. Continue reading Story Time: You Say Plan-O, I Say Play-No
The story of a weird friendship. Michael Homan R.I.P. Continue reading Michael Homan Has Left The Building
Thoughts on the 17th Katrinaversary and the 1st Idaversary. Continue reading Letter From New Orleans: The Double Whammy Anniversary
Set the Wayback Machine to 2015. Continue reading Story Time- Katrinaversary Blues: Of Resilience Tours, Carpetbloggers & Disaster Tourists
Set the Wayback machine to 2005. Continue reading Story Time: Re-Entry Blues
Adrastos is irked about olfactory overload and Mayor Teedy in New Orleans as well as the antics of Bat Boy, Elon Musk, and the Christian right nationally. Continue reading Still Irked After All These Years
Set the Wayback Machine to 2006. Continue reading Story Time: The Mike Hammer Chronicles
“New Orleans isn’t buildings. New Orleans is the people.” Continue reading Story Time: Michel
Set the Wayback Machine to New Year’s Eve, 2009. Continue reading Story Time-Listomania: The Decayed Decade
Krewe du Vieux does Treme. Continue reading Story Time: Confessions Of A Carnival Parade Recreator
Another Dickensian New Orleans flashback. Continue reading Story Time: Comfortably Numb
A tribute to Sean Payton. Continue reading Sláinte, Sean
That’s Life In TFC: This Fucking City. Continue reading Debrisville Update
Takeout Trash In This Fucking City. Continue reading TFC: Teedy’s Trash Trouble
The stinkiest potpourri post ever. Continue reading The Debrisville Post Ida Stank Blues
Reflections on the 16th Katrinaversary. Continue reading The Spirit Of ’05 Revisited
One reason I’m feeling so cantankerous of late is that it’s August. Everyone in New Orleans gets tetchy at this time of year as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent Federal Flood approaches. It’s been 16 years since the most important moment of my life. You might not be reading this if not for that epic disaster. It’s why I became an internet writer or blogger as we used to call ourselves.
I’m struck by the similarity of the MSM’s coverage of Katrina’s aftermath and the collapse of the Afghan government. The words that come to mind are shrill, hyperbolic, and over the top. To watch CNN after the storm was to believe there was widespread looting, arson, and mayhem. The looped footage typically included people clinging to rooftops, stealing teevees, and images of the Beer Looter Dude. Over and over again.
In August and September of 2005, the MSM floated unsupported rumors of murders at evacuation sites such as the Super Dome and Convention Center. Over and over again.
I recall watching a reporter do a standup in front of some burning houses and proclaiming that the “Garden District is on fire.” It was not. The burning houses were on Napoleon Avenue, which is not in the Garden District. The looped footage and misattribution continued. Over and over again.
There *was* chaos in New Orleans after Katrina and the Federal Flood but it was not as widespread as the MSM coverage would have you believe. That coverage inspired my skepticism of all on-the-fly live reporting from a disaster area or war zone.
In 2021, the MSM is whipping up hysteria over events in Afghanistan by looping footage of children being lifted over razor wire and desperate people hanging onto airplanes. Over and over again.
There *is* some chaos after the fall of Kabul. Losing armies tend to collapse at the end of a losing war. Make no mistake about it: the side we backed lost this war. Much of the MSM, however, seems disinterested in reporting items such as this:
Just now, @SecBlinken on Afghanistan evacuations: "Last 24 hours about 8,000 people on about 60 flights evacuated from Kabul airport. Since this effort began at the end of July, about 30,000 people all told …" pic.twitter.com/jBIMunbx8Z
— The Recount (@therecount) August 22, 2021
As always, Chris Wallace is willing to sail against the prevailing winds of his own network.
As for the lemmings of the MSM, they prefer headlines like the “Calamity Plane” headline in the feature image. It’s a good pun but an inaccurate headline.
The spirit of 2006. Continue reading Bayou Brief: Déjà Vu All Over Again
Adrastos Goes Back To The Bayou. Continue reading Bayou Brief: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Writing My Katrinaversary Column
2020 Can Go Fuck Itself. Continue reading Hurricane Laura & Other Disasters
George Takei refutes the Surgeon General’s historical analogy. Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Fog Of History Edition
The title of my latest 13th Ward Rambler column for the Bayou Brief was inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love In The Time Of Coronavirus. I’m particularly fond of the tag line: “The COVID-19 pandemic has Peter Athas thinking about … Continue reading Bayou Brief: Love In The Time Of Coronavirus
It’s been a tough week in the Big Uneasy and everywhere else on planet for that matter. The good news is that Governor John Bel Edwards excels in a crisis. He’s a West Point graduate and he’s brought some military calm to the pandemic. Mayor Cantrell bowed to the inevitable and issued a stay home order for residents of Orleans Parish. She’s doing all the right things but remains verbose in doing them. Every time I see her on teevee, my inner speechwriter dies a little.
This week’s theme song was composed by Yes for 1974’s Relayer album. The lyrics are by Jon Anderson. It was inspired by Tolstoy’s War and Peace and has four movements:
The song describe a battle, with a prelude, a charge, a moment of victory, and a peace. “It’s not to explain war or denounce it really,” Anderson said. “It’s an emotional description with the slight feeling at the end of, ‘Do we have to go through this forever?”
We have two versions of The Gates Of Delirium for your listening pleasure. The studio original and a 2001 live version with a dadgum Dutch orchestra:
Now that we’re all a bit delirious, here’s a song from Neko Case, KD Lang, and Laura Veirs:
Since we’re at the gates of a delirious new era, let’s jump to the break and see what’s on the other side.
“Soap up your hands, and cover your sneeze The coronavirus coming down to New Orleans.” Continue reading Half Pagan: Coronavirus In New Orleans
In a public health crisis, the truth is the best disinfectant. Continue reading The Shadow Of Incompetence
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the impeachment hearings ate my week. It wasn’t a snack, it was a tasting menu of scandal, malakatude, and heroism. Democrats have found their mojo: I was proud of their performance in the face of Republican shouting and conspiracy theorizing. That was down to Chairman Schiff who refused to take any shit from committee GOPers. I’m less confident of the performance of Judiciary Chairman Nadler but the ball will soon be in his court. Stay tuned.
This week’s theme song was written by the late, great Pat DiNizio in 1986 for The Smithereens debut album, Especially For You. The band had been kicking around New Jersey for years before hitting the big time with this great rock song.
We have two versions of Behind The Wall Of Sleep for your listening pleasure: the original video and a 21st Century live version.
There’s a Black Sabbath song with the same title but metal is not my thing so I’ll pass.
Now that we’ve caught up on our sleep, let’s jump to the break.