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Thanks, Katrina



Blogging from Slidell, Louisiana about loving life on the Gulf Coast despite BP and Katrina



Updated: 2018-02-23T03:07:18.569-06:00

 



Take a 3 minute break

2018-02-19T17:50:46.426-06:00

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Monday Morning Smile

2018-02-19T10:05:47.125-06:00

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I may have posted this before, but it's one of those videos that ALWAYS brings a smile.



R.I.P. Mr. Okra

2018-02-17T18:06:58.788-06:00

ARTHUR J. ROBINSON a.k.a. "MR. OKRA"Robinson died Thursday. He was 75.His family said he died at home of natural causes.Arthur J. Robinson a.k.a. “Mr. Okra,” is a simple man in a complicated world. In the age of fast food, strip malls, and mega-markets, Mr. Okra stands as a stark contrast to the high technology and shiny produce markets of the modern world. His is a different world. His is a world steeped in tradition, complicated by its diversity, but simple in its truth. His world is New Orleans. In a city known for its music and food…and its characters, Mr. Okra travels the back streets of the Bywater, Tremé and 9th ward, selling his vegetables from his iconic truck…one okra at a time. His unique promotion has made him a fixture in New Orleans and an integral part of the fabric of this community.Beyond the clichés of Bourbon Street, amid the decadence and decay of one of America’s most unique cities, Mr. Okra is a character from another time. His is an analog world, in a digital age.Listen to Mr. Okra here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz2K8YPSMy8http://www.nomdeguerre.tv/synopsis.html###This official 2016 NEW ORLEANS PEOPLE PROJECT photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement by the 2016 NEW ORLEANS PEOPLE PROJECT or Photographer Gus Bennett, Jr.#NOPP, #NEWORLEANSPEOPLEPROJECT,#GUSBENNETT, #GUSBENNETTPHOTO© 2016 NEW ORLEANS PEOPLE PROJECT- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. — with Tanya E Duarte.[...]



THIS

2018-02-16T10:22:36.392-06:00





America's MASSIVE Gun Problem

2018-02-15T21:08:45.645-06:00

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Vivaldi's "Storm"

2018-02-12T15:33:22.248-06:00

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Vivaldi on saxaphone



Monday Morning Smile

2018-02-11T23:59:19.368-06:00

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Sunday Song

2018-02-11T15:59:03.448-06:00


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Russia Ties

2018-02-05T00:20:58.926-06:00

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Monday Morning Smile

2018-02-04T23:59:09.029-06:00

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One Minute of Peace

2018-02-01T16:42:17.205-06:00

allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7Vhf00SzLM8" width="1349">January 12 at 2:00pm · Clinamen is by Celeste Bousier-Mougenot in 2013. One hundred and more white porcelain bowls float on the surface of an expansive, intensely blue pool. The water is heated to optimise the porcelain’s acoustic resonance. Swept along by submarine currents, the floating crockery circulates gently, colliding as percussive instruments which create a resonant, chiming soundscape. http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/... [...]



Monday Morning Smile

2018-01-27T23:59:14.278-06:00

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This Surprised Me

2018-01-26T18:14:10.348-06:00

I grew up with Tom Jones being the "hunk of a guy" on television where women threw their panties on stage as he sang.  I never knew he had it in  him to perform like this:


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Michael Wolff on access to White House

2018-01-24T16:14:39.743-06:00

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Monday Morning Smile

2018-01-21T23:59:07.498-06:00

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Monday Morning Smile

2018-01-14T23:59:02.167-06:00

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Shithole

2018-01-14T12:53:41.393-06:00

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Mardi Gras Begins

2018-01-14T10:36:46.401-06:00

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Farewell, Bannon (more to come)

2018-01-09T20:31:46.572-06:00

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Monday Morning Smile bonus

2018-01-07T23:59:02.473-06:00




Monday Morning Smile

2018-01-07T23:59:17.603-06:00





Secrecy

2018-01-06T18:37:52.278-06:00

allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-HqgPxshtf8" width="560">This is a portion of the speech that President John F. Kennedy gave at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on April 27, 1961. "The President and the Press" before the American Newspaper Publishers Association. (h/t Louis Maistros)The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know. (...)For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. No President should fear public scrutinity of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed. I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers-- I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them. Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed-- and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First (emphasized) Amendment-- the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution-- not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and sentimental, not to simply "give the public what[...]



RIP John Young

2018-01-06T15:06:38.139-06:00

Astronaut John Young, Who Walked on the Moon and Led 1st Shuttle Mission, Dies at 87John Watts Young was the only person to have piloted, and been commander of four different classes of spacecraft: Gemini, the Apollo Command/Service Module, the Apollo Lunar Module, and the Space Shuttle.In March 1965, Young flew on the first manned Gemini mission (Gemini-3), and commanded the Gemini-10 mission in July 1966,He was the first to orbit the Moon alone in May 1969 as Command Module Pilot of Apollo 10, the dress rehearsal for the first Moon landing. In April 1972 Young became and the ninth person to walk on the Moon. He also drove the Lunar Rover on the surface of the moon,Young also commanded STS-1 Space Shuttle Columbia in April 1981, the first Space Shuttle flight. Young’s final mission was STS-9 in January 1985,. STS-9, also referred to as STS-41A and Spacelab 1, was the ninth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the sixth mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia.Young flew a total of 34 days 19 hours and 39 minutes in space.In 1974 he was chosen to be Chief of the Astronaut Office, in doing so he oversaw the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project--the first joint American-Russian mission.The Space Shuttle Orbiter Approach and Landing Test Program, and 25 Space Shuttle missions were all during his tenure. From 1987 to 1996 he served as Special Assistant to the Director of JSC for Engineering, Operations, and Safety. In February 1996 Young was assigned as Associate Director (Technical), responsible for technical, operational and safety oversight of all Agency Programs and activities assigned to the Johnson Space Center. On December 31, 2004.The space agency said Young died Friday night at home in Houston following complications from pneumonia.John Watts Young (September 24, 1930 – January 5, 2018)  Information from NASA History[...]



Amazing Humans

2018-01-04T17:29:31.230-06:00

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Monday Morning Smile - Part Three

2017-12-31T23:59:33.076-06:00

The last part of Dave Barry's 2017 in review Meanwhile back on Earth, in ...(Illustration by Ben Kirchner)September... international tension continues to mount as President Trump, speaking to the United Nations, calls Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” and says the North Korean leader is “on a suicide mission.” In response, Kim calls Trump “a frightened dog” and “a mentally deranged U.S. dotard.” At this point Trump and Kim have no honorable choice but to meet in person, strip to their waists and settle their dispute by flailing at each other with their pudgy fists until oily rivers of sweat mixed with hair product run down the quivering mounds of flab that constitute their bodies.We are kidding, of course: That would be childish and irresponsible. Instead the two leaders will continue to call each other names from a safe distance as the world inches closer to nuclear war.On Capitol Hill, Republican congressional leaders, after months of frustration, finally execute their plan to repeal Obamacare, only to discover that, because of a procedural error, they have instead accidentally repealed a congressional act establishing June as Nasal Polyp Awareness Month. “Close enough,” declares “Mojo” McConnell, and the GOP brain trust moves on to tax reform.In business news, Equifax (“The Fidget Spinner of Credit-Reporting Agencies”) reveals that it had a massive data breach in which the personal information of approximately 143 million consumers was obtained by cybercriminals who were able to guess the Equifax password, which was “PASSWORD.” Equifax officials promise they have taken “extreme precautions” to prevent further breaches, including changing to a new password (“NEW PASSWORD”).Apple announces three new iPhones, including the iPhone X, the iPhone Y and the iPhone Zero Sugar.Speaking of excitement, Hillary Clinton, responding to the insatiable public appetite for reliving the 2016 election over and over and over, comes out with her new tell-all book titled “You Idiots,” in which she candidly reveals that she was in fact a superb candidate and charming human who totally would have won the presidency had it not been for — among many other unfair obstacles that were unfairly placed in her path — James Comey, the Russians, the so-called electoral college, Bernie Sanders, the Democratic National Committee, Anthony Weiner, sexism, Barack Obama, the media, her incompetent campaign staff and the frankly unacceptable stupidity of the American public. Next stop: 2020!Fortunately the month is not completely consumed by political divisiveness. In a festive fall sports tradition, millions of Americans set aside their differences and join together in rooting for or against professional football playersdepending on what they do or do not do during the national anthem.But politics again takes center stage in ...(Illustration by Ben Kirchner)October... when former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are indicted in connection with special counsel Mueller’s Russia probe, sending CNN into a panel-gasm so intense that the camera lens becomes smeared with political-insider fluids. Trump responds by tweeting that the charges involve events from “years ago,” and there was “NO COLLUSION!” This is proof enough for Fox News, which resumes its regularly scheduled programming on[...]