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Happy Sinkhole de Mayo !

Party ? I Mayo Maynot attendNew Orleans : On April 29th a large sink hole appeared on Canal Street near a tunnel running underneath Hurrah’s Casino. For those not familiar with the place, Canal street is one of the City’s busiest streets. Not good if you ask me.

The location of the collapse was a few feet from where Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his infrastructure team had been a few hours previously. From Nola.com:

“This is nothing short of incredible,” Landrieu said. “Unfortunately, it’s not a surprise,” given the city’s creaking infrastructure and unstable soil, he said. “Still, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The cost to repair is estimated at $3 and will take 6 months.

A day before the Canal Street incident, there was there was a sink hole at Constantinople Street (Why isn’t it Istanbul street you may ask?).

To complete the Fleur de merde, on 4th of May there was a recent one at Taft Place.

However, that is not why I am posting – After all, sink holes around the US are pretty routine news unless that is it manages to envelope the Mayor and it’s infrastructure team with them – but since New Orleans is a party town, what better way to face up with the City falling apart than to have a party : Sinkhole  de Mayo” – see their facebook page. If  number of accepting is correct, 1600 people will attend.

The original intent to have it near the Canal Street hole has been scotched due to safety reasons. It will be held at Woldenberg Riverfront Park, in front of the Aquarium of the Americas.

Enjoy !


Postscript: This is not the only time that Sink Hole has been turned around to be a tourist attraction – see “The money Pit” and the National Corvette Museum.

Brum and dumber : Bobby Jindal and the big uneasy

Bobby Jindal: A Pot calling  a kettle black

Bobby Jindal: Foot in mouth disease

It’s pre-GOP Presidential candidate time and early leaders are jostling for media attention.

We were just thinking, we’ve not heard much from Bobby Jindal who back in January told us to be aware of those Muzzies who have made “no go” zones of Europe. Mentioned as examples were Paris and Birmingham, England’s #2 city in population where locals are known as “Brummies”.

There was a little problem with what Bobby (real name Piyush and who took his nickname from the Brady Bunch) said that left most people living in those cities scratching their head: There are no such designated no go areas.

We can think of a few reasons why Birmingham would not be your top choice to visit in the UK, but concerns about it being it being a Caliphate of the West Midlands is not one.

Ever willing to take a look at the houses of a stone thrower, Bobby is the Governor of Louisiana. So what has happened in the Pelican State under his leadership?

New Orleans residents protest for MORE police.

We don’t need to look too far when we look at the star attraction of Louisiana, New Orleans where armed robberies were up 37% in 2014.

N’Orleans has always had a reputation for being a wild town with a higher crime rate compared to most other Main US cities. When the Caesar family last visited, we were warned by out B&B host, to stay very close to certain streets in the French Quarter. While there were hired a guide to take us around and while in a cemetery, he confronted some potential robbers who were scouting us out.

In what made the news also in January was a story about a few locals getting together to produce signs to get more police in the French Quarter.

What does Mr Jindahl have to say about the 2014 crime statistic jumping under this watch? Nothing. In fact, his administration scaled back the state policing that was provided following a serious incident back in June.

We think that Mr. Jindal would be better off looking at his own back yard before showing his ignorance but there again, he is playing to a particular crowd here not known for enlightened opinion. It is pretty impressive badge of dubious humor when Boris Johnson, populist Mayor of London but a political Buffoon, is able to criticize you.

London Mayor Boris Johnson on Friday described as “complete nonsense” Bobby Jindal’s claims that there are Muslim-controlled no-go zones in Britain, adding that the Louisiana governor is in need of “some sort of gentle education.”

“I was very surprised by those statements” of Jindal’s, the mayor said during a POLITICO Playbook breakfast. “I would be more than happy personally to escort Gov. Jindal around any area that he thinks is a no-go zone, and I will show him what a happy, thriving community it is with people jumbled up in all sorts of ways.”

Verdict of Augustus: Jindal is an major idiot. However, that has never stopped anyone from higher office and so it would be unsurprising it he goes further.

As for New Orleans, take special care. When the residents of the Big Easy are big uneasy, it is time to take note.