YatPundit’s Pub 23-April-2019Strong brews in the pub this week! JazzFest approaches, so let’s talk about its past and future. Early voting is open for local elections to be held on 4-May. One of the items for consideration is a property tax renewal in Jefferson Parish that’s for public schools. We’ll talk about the complicated history and relationship between public and private schools in #themetrys.
Da FestThe New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is almost fifty years old. Are the Foundation and the producers catering to the wrong audience. After cancellations by septuagenarians Mick Jagger and Stevie Nicks, it looked for a while like a satire site said, “Karaoke Craig from Gennaro’s” would headline the 2-May fest date. Rather than tapping an act that appeals to a younger crowd, such as Alabama Shakes (in the photo), Da Fest replaced Fleetwood Mack with Widespread Panic. It’s not all on the Fest, though. Hotels and restaurants rely heavily now on Da Fest for booked rooms and tables. Is the NOJHF too big t fail?
Jefferson Parish Public SchoolsThere’s a property tax renewal on the ballot in Jefferson Parish on May 4th. It’s dedicated to schools. Residents of Jefferson Parish have an unusual relationship with their public school system. Initially, the schools were segregated, de facto. The small African-American population lived in specific neighborhoods. Local “districting” kept them out of the majority-white schools. Then federal lawsuits and consent decrees brought court-ordered busing to Jefferson Parish. Racial balance was the goal. By then, however, the Catholic schools in the parish created almost a de jure segregation system. Between requirements related to religion and tuition/fees, white folks kept their schools white. Forty years later, this complicates generating revenue for public schools. Offbeat’s JazzFest Bible 2019 Last Tuesday’s Pod
Hot Dogs and dessert in YatPundit’s Pub 22-April-2019.
YatPundit’s Pub 22-April-2019
Welcome into the pub! Thanks to everyone who came out to Art in the Bend on Saturday! It’s always fun to chat with folks browsing through the wonderful pieces, photos, and paintings at the art market. So many talented artisans sell their work there. Art in the Bend is a monthly market at Nuance, 728 Dublin Street, in Riverbend (hence the “bend”). I hang out with these wonderful folks, talking history and dragons. It’s flattering when people come in and buy my books!
Hot Dogs at Ben’s Burgers
Pouring a story about Ben’s Burgers on Clearview in #themetrys today in the pub. Some background, first. Ben’s Burgers operated for years as part of the Bud’s Broiler franchise. I grew up with Bud’s Broiler. When I was a kid, daddy would take us to the Bud’s on Pelopidas Street in Gentilly. My grandmother lived off of Franklin. So, that Bud’s wasn’t far away. At Brother Martin in the 1970s, the Gentilly Bud’s was a go-to. Even later on, when Bud’s returned to Gentilly (at the old Luigi’s location), we stopped in regularly.
Of course, there are other Bud’s locations. At some point, the Clearview Bud’s left the franchise. Ben Collier struck out independently. He changed the name of the place to “Ben’s Burgers.” The burgers reamained the same.
Hot Dog on a Hamburger Bun
Bud’s Broiler departed from the classic hot dog. They served their dogs (grilled over charcoal, like the burgers) on a hamburger bun. I got my hot dogs with chili, cheese, and onions. Others get the smoke sauce instead of chili. I opened up the bag from Ben’s Burger’s I brought home Saturday afternoon and found a regular hot dog container inside, rather than the sleeve they wrap around the hamburgers. When I asked after this on the NOLA.com Facebook group, someone replied that it was a legal thing. Sure enough, Mr. Ben himself confirmed that, as part of the agreement to leave Bud’s, he doesn’t do hot-dogs-on-hamburger-buns.
Turns out it was no big thang. That hot dog was excellent. Not sure how often I’ll go back to Sonic now.
Dessert at New Orleans Restaurants
We went to Vincent’s in #themetrys on Saturday night with friends. Our friend Kara wondered if their spumoni ice cream was house-made. I said, doubtful, they probably get it from Angelo Brocato’s. I was right, and that got me thinking about dessert. Come listen to te second pour in the pub today.
Do you stay for dessert when you go out to eat?
Welcome to YatPundit’s Pub 18-April-2019 – it’s time to talk books and writing!
YatPundit’s Pub 18-April-2019
The shock of the fire at Notre Dame in Paris weighs heavily. A few introductory thoughts here, then we’ll get on with getting on.
Writing about churches
Let’s talk about other churches for a moment. So, sticking to “write what you know,” I focus on New Orleans. There are two stories that may turn into a full-blown Talents book, set in Europe. While one can write about well-known places, it works to write about the cities I walk around. Vienna is a setting in Trusted Talents for that reason. Utrecht, Stockholm, and Copenhagen figure into the in-progress cities. Work cities for me. I”m comfortable there. Oslo as well!
American cities, too
Same goes for American cities. The Orthodox church on High Street on Columbus calls me. It’s easy to visualize the great, potentially evil Nationwide Plaza. Transporting to Midtown Atlanta clicks. Switching to Manhattan Beach is easy.
When travelling, I stop in not only the Big Church. It’s fun to explore the parish church blocks away. Take time to check out the synagogue. When a character tells me something, I know exactly where they are. While I could make a Notre Dame scene happen, it’s more likely going to be a scene set in Nice.
Reading for YatPundit’s Pub 18-April-2019. So, I’m finishing up the 21st “Rebus” novel by Ian Rankin, Rather Be the Devil. John Rebus is retired. Therefore, he’s sticking his nose in the cases of DI Siobahn Clarke. Malcom Fox figures prominently in the story as well. There’s another “retired Rebus” book out, but I’ve got a ton of stuff to get to first.
Something that will jump the line, however, is Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. As I flew up to Columbus a couple of weeks ago, a friend messaged and said, read this book. So, last week, Pesca had the author, Patrick Radden Keefe on his pod, Slate’s The Gist. The book is fascinating! Two recommendations move it up to read-now.
YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 Tech Wednesday in the Cloud
YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 Tech Wednesday in the Cloud
Back in the “pre-World Wide Web” days, we used to have a small, informal group of programmers, sysadmins, BBS sysops, and other nerds who got together occasionally for pizza and beer. We hung out at Godfather’s Pizza, out on Veterans Blvd. The pizza was OK, and they had a big back area. We pushed a few tables together an talked tech. Occasionally, someone would present a topic. Most of the time, it was just beer and casual talk.
So, YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 invokes the spirit of those gatherings! We’ll have a topic or three, some covering Enterprise Computing, some Personal Computing.
The term “the cloud” focuses on specific needs of businesses and individuals. While we do have definitions, It’s still confusing to some. We work in the Enterprise Cloud with more confidence in 2019 than a few years ago. It’s easy to go to “the cloud.” Companies exercise care what goes up there, though. Public cloud options work for some. Others require more security and reliability. It’s one thing to say, “our stuff lives on Amazon Web Services.” It’s another to maintain business continuity and compliance with regulators while doing so. Some enterprises opt for a “private cloud” as a compromise. Public or Private, either way, the data physically resides somewhere, on hard drives. So, the folks I teach make that happen.
Things change at the personal level. Individuals worry less about government compliance. We focus on maintaining backups. Folks want solid copies of their data from Microsoft Office and other personal tools. We want our photos, videos, recordings, and other stuff from their phones stored off the device. If the phone is stolen or ruined, the data lives elsewhere.
That’s not the full story. So, your data may be backed up away from your phone, but can you easily recover it? Things to think about and plan for.
YatPundit’s Pub 16-April-2019
YatPundit’s Pub 16-April-2019
Two brews on tap today, both local, but hopefully not too bitter. Mr. Tim Morris of T-P/NOLA.com wrote an interesting piece discussing party buses and school zones, raising concerns about how Mayor Cantrell is treating some of her constituents.
Our first tap in the pub talks about the party buses. So, hese are those converted school buses you see downtown. So, they have loud sound systems. They flash lots of disco-style lighting inside. Groups charter the party buses. Party-goers load them up with a few ice chests of beer and wine (and possibly some of Lady Goddess’ Own Herb).
Now, the problem with these buses is compliance. They’re not legal on many counts. Buses lack CPNC certificates. Electric lights don’t meet code. Cantrell ordered them to get compliant. They didn’t. She extended the time period.
I also mention a bit about the “curmudgeon class” on Da Twittah. When I do, let’s be clear, I’m not talking about Tim Morris and his colleagues at Da Paper!
So, contrast that with the treatment some drivers in the city received in the last two weeks. The mayor’s office made a significant change in school zone enforcement.
Traditionally, we enforce school zone speed limits with a traffic cop out with a radar gun. You go over the speed limit, you’re breaking the law and could get a ticket. The cop would usually spot you five miles. So, if you’re going, say 23 in a 20, they’d let you slide.
Now that the traffic cameras and street-installed rollovers detect your speed and document who you are, things are quite precise and less human.
It’s still possible to toss out the violations that are less than 5 miles over the speed limit. Cantrell’s decided go zero-tolerance. Morris argues in his column that this is unfair. Like the business owners, drivers deserved fair warning.
I’m at the point with this where safety trumps whinging drivers. I discuss.
YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019
YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019 – Red Beans and Rice Monday
Welcome to Yatpundit’s Pub 15-April-2019! Somebody make this happen in New Orleans!
Two segments for the Pub today, both related to NOLA Brewery, on Tchoup.
Three of us at the NOLA Brewery Taproom, where the food is brought to you by McClure’s BBQ. Wife and kiddo had their usual, pulled pork sandwiches. Mrs. YatPundit usually has the Kansas City BBQ Sauce, while kiddo is like me and gets the N.O. East. It was a nice, sunny day, so we ate on the upstairs deck. The view isn’t the most scenic in the world, being the wharves, but the trains are fun to watch go by.
I had McClure’s Philly-style cheesesteak, which is essentially a pulled brisket sandwich with onions and peppers. Good sandwich, much better bread than the hoagie roll or whatever you usually get for a cheesesteak. The cheese was better, also. That’s the N.O. East sauce on the sandwich. I usually get a two-meat combo, like sausage and chicken, but they didn’t have sausage on this outing, so I thought I’d try something new. It was worth it.
I had mac n’ cheese for the side with the Philly, fam had fries.
We also got an order of Poutine. It’s obviously a variant of what you’d buy in Canada, with fries, cheese curds, and pulled pork. I ended up taking some of the sandwich home, because I forgot how big the order is.
Then two special/limited stouts, from the NOLA Brewery/Sucre partnership: Sucre Blackberry Stout and Sucre Chocolate Stout
YatPundit’s Pub 2019-04-11
YatPundit’s Pub is back! Starting here with YatPundit’s Pub 2019-04-11, we’re going to attempt to be consistent with this now. Tuesdays will be politics and commentary, Thursdays will be books and writing. So, there are two taps at the bar.
The first is a remembrance. Ms. Margie Person passed away last week. She was mom to two of my friends going back to Brother Martin, John and Bob Person. Ms. Margie was also grandmother to Lady Artist, Elizabeth Person. Liz is Bob’s daughter. She’s a brilliant artist. I was very flattered when Bob told me one day that his mom really enjoyed my first urban fantasy novel, Hidden Talents. I never thought a lady in her 90s would fancy the magick and dueling, but he said she really liked how I described New Orleans. So, when it came time to write the sequel, he mentioned she would occasionally say, tell your friend he needs to finish that next book! Personally, I think she wanted to see what her granddaughter had in mind for the cover. 🙂
(On a side note, Lady Artist did a wonderful job with both Dragon’s Discovery and Trusted Talents. If you can hire Liz, you should!)
Dragons 3, tentatively titled Dragon’s Defience, is in progress. The first five chapters have been red-penned by Dara, and I’m done with chapter seven. It’s going to be eleven total. The Fading Signs of New Orleans book for The History Press ate up a lot more of my time, so the fiction’s taken a back seat.
Talents 3 doesn’t have a name yet, much less a firm outline, but I have an idea of how things turn out. It felt odd, I had a bit of a dream/daydream of what happens after the third novel. So, I have the end of novel three and the beginning of novel four! Who knows if things will stay that way, of course.
We’ll do a Tuesday sit-down in the pub, talking local stuff, like the airport and traffic cameras, then more books/literary on Thursday.
Anti-abortion crazies are on the attack
Anti-abortion battleground in Virginia
The floodgates of accusations against Democrats in Virginia are related to the 2019 state elections. This November, both houses of the Virginia Legislature stand for election. The House of Delegates stands every two years, and the Senate every four. There is a very real possibility that Democrats can capture a majority in both houses. Since the governor is also a Democrat, the party can gain full control of both branches of government.
This is a big deal on two fronts. With the 2020 Census on the horizon, legislators elected this year will re-draw the state’s Congressional districts. Democrats can correct extreme gerrymandering if they gain control.
Democratic control of Virginia’s government mobilizes the crazy wing of the Republican Party. Anti-abortion activists follow a scorched-earth policy in their attempts to stop changes in restrictive abortion legislation. The disinformation attacks on are all-out and intense. This is where attacks on top Democratic elected officials originate.
I’m not sure what we can do for the men in charge now, but Democrats should be aware of the lengths these people will go to get their way. We need to push back against Republican activists as hard as we can.
Bernie 2020 – What’s different?
In 2016, Bernie Sanders put forward a number of solid and thoughtful positions on many issues. It would be easy for the Sanders Cult to simply assert that these positions and policy proposals still apply, should Bern try again this cycle.
That’s not what his True Believers argue, though. Instead of making the case for Sanders, they make a case against Harris, O’Rourke, and even Warren. They lost their minds over last weekend, when the media toyed with the notion of Hillary Clinton running again.
Why not just push what works for Bern?
The biggest problem Sanders has is he’s not the default opposition to a popular front-runner. The bar is much higher this time. Multiple candidates push positions we heard from Bern in 2016. Elizabeth Warren made opposition to Wall Street a cornerstone of her kickoff. Her Iowa “retail” campaign will hit this hard. Harris and O’Rourke (assuming Beto’s in) will siphon off the student-loan constituency. Labor support will be fractured. In this environment, Bern’s just another voice.
What we’ve learned about Bern since 2016
- He has a #metoo problem
- He is willing to parrot Republican and Russian propaganda
- He has a solid pro-Russia voting record
- He’s still not a Democrat
When faced with a strong woman, it was easy for Bern surrogates to go full-misogynist. They’re trying it this year, with early attacks against Harris. They’re going to need more than that to move up past fourth or fifth in the polls, though.
“She’s a Cop” is an ill-advised attack on Harris by #nonpartisanprogressives
“She’s a Cop”
Senator Kamala Harris wants to be President of the United States. She’s going to be a formidible candidate, and that makes folks supporting lesser candidates nervous. Those folks now chant “she’s a cop” on social media, in an effort to discredit Harris. It’s a racist, misogynistic attack.
Supporters of Senator Sanders have issues with discussion and discourse. “We don’t want a coronation” was a common trope in 2015, as the Democratic candidates for President lined up. Secretary Clinton’s massive advantages in popularity and fund raising meant they had to go on the attack early.
The “we don’t want a coronation” line appealed to discussion and debate. We aren’t an organized political party, after all. We’re Democrats. We put ideas out in the street and talk them out. That was fine, but then the Sanders folks moved to brutal attacks, some of which were long-standing Republican tropes. That’s because their candidate was losing. The Clinton campaign had a better ground game, and Super Tuesday proved that.
In the 2020 cycle, there’s no coronation. A number of candidates are testing the waters. Sanders isn’t the “or” in an either-or equation. So, his disciples attack what they think is an easy target, Senator Harris.
Attorneys General aren’t cops
“In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.”–Introduction to the television show, “Law & Order”
Before going to DC as a Senator from California, Kamala Harris was that state’s Attorney General. Before that, she was a district attorney. She’s not a police officer, any more than the DAs on the teevee show were police officers. They were officers of the court, and part of the process, but they were separate.
Those saying “she’s a cop” know that.
The “she’s a cop” attack is a cynical tactic. Those saying it believe they can appeal to the general distrust of law enforcement in minority communities. It’s a dogwhistle. They’re saying, “forget the fact that Harris looks like you. She doesn’t represent your interests.”
Nobody says “she’s a cop” when discussing Letitia Jones, Attorney General of New York. Nobody mistakes Louisiana Attorney General (and highly-visible racist) Jeff Landry for a cop. None of the other 99 members of the United States Senate are referred to as “cops.” Lindsey Graham was a Judge Advocate General in the United States Air Force. Nobody says “he’s a cop.”
Sanders supporters go after the woman. They need to tear down candidates who look more like the Democratic Party than the old white guy they advocate. In Kamala Harris, they give the misogynistic tactics used against Clinton a one-two punch, adding racism to the mix.