September 25, 2008

The calendar says it’s fall but you wouldn’t know it from today, where the temperaature hit 104 in my backyard. I give the pool another week max before it goes from “refreshingly cool” to “I think I’ll take a bubblebath instead”. Even with today’s heat the nighttime temps have dropped to the low-to-mid ’70s, so the water temp just can’t jump like it used to do just a month ago. But 84 degrees still isn’t bad for a late-night swim.

There are a lot of fingers you can use to point blame for the current economic crisis – as Ed Morrissey rightly points out, the landmines were laid a long time ago during the Clinton era – but I still believe that the President and Republicans have to take more than their share of the blame because the lack of oversight that brought us to this point happened on their watch. At this point, I think everyone agrees something has to be done, but count me as one who believes it’s Wall Street that has to bail out Wall Street, not the American taxpayer.

It frustrates me to no end to hear all the talking heads on cable in a dither and foaming at the mouth over whether or not tomorrow night’s debate should or will happen. Where were these clowns months ago when Barack Obama turned down John McCain’s offer to do all those town meetings together? Now in a time of true economic crisis Obama’s concern is not about his responsibilities as a U.S. senator; he just wants to campaign and fund-raise while other people make the tough decisions. Talk about voting “Present”!!

Look, both McCain and Obama are paid handsomely well by the taxpayers to be U.S. senators, not candidates for the Presidency. Both should and need to be in the nation’s capitol leading the effort until an economic agreement is hammered out. On this point Dick Morris is absolutely right – McCain is doing the people’s work while Obama is just phoning it in. You only learn about someone’s true priorities during a time of crisis, and McCain choosing to suspend his campaign and head to Washington while Obama sought to keep focused on his Presidential campaign speaks volumes about the differences between the two candidates – something not even the greatest debate in the world could ever have revealed. Leadership, indeed.

Powerline’s John Hinderaker is right: Shouldn’t this story be getting a lot more play than it is? Of course, that would mean the Fourth Estate would have to set aside its expressed mission to personally destroy Sarah Palin in every way, shape, and manner possible. And you know THAT’S not gonna happen anytime soon.

Congrats to the Boston Red Sox for once again taking it to the post-season. And congrats to the Red Sox owners for doing the right thing and deciding to retire Johnny Pesky’s number while he’s still around to enjoy the honor and share it with the Red Sox fans. A classy gesture.

My re-reading of John Barry’s “Rising Tide” has really re-kindled for the umpteenth time my love of New Orleans and the Mississippi River, so much so I finally broke down and ordered Chef John Folse’s marvelous “The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine”, just THE authoritative collection on Louisiana’s culture and cuisine. Can’t wait to delve into that.

…So now I’m thinking of great movies that involve Louisiana, New Orleans, and the Deep South. Anyone out there want to suggest some definitive titles that would be worth renting?

Filed in: Golf & Sports,Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 22:50 | Comments (8)
  1. Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil…The Long Hot Summer…Body Heat…Cat On A Hot Tin Roof…that should get you started.

    Comment by Jana — September 26, 2008 @ 4:06 am

  2. Oops…forgot this one, Belizar the Cajun with Armand Assante, I love this one as it takes place in the back in time. The music is wonderful. Get this one for sure.

    Comment by Jana — September 26, 2008 @ 4:11 am

  3. Here is the rest of the list I researched for you.
    A Streetcar Named Desire,The Big Easy, Blaze, The Cincinnati Kid, Easy Rider, French Quarter, Hard Times, Hotel, King Creole, Suddenly Last Summer, Walk On The Wild Side, Tammy and The Bachelor.

    Comment by Jana — September 26, 2008 @ 7:50 am

  4. River Roads is the favorite cookbook in Louisiana although there is no history other than the recipes, themselves, especially in the first one of the four editions. Very quaint. Folse’s is worth having, though.

    As for movies, I’m not at all objective about the ones supposedly depicting Louisiana or deep south life. You’d think we all live in the swamp with no air conditioning. I’ll throw one in for the fun factor though. Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte was filmed at Oak Alley Plantation in Baton Rouge. It’s a hoot of a movie.

    Comment by Rob — September 27, 2008 @ 8:41 am

  5. Rob, Jana – thanks for the suggestions. I’ve always liked The Long, Hot Summer – especially pertinent given Paul Newman’s passing today.

    And Rob you’re right everyone south of Ohio are nothing but mosquito-swatting, A/C deprived nobodies with nothing to do but sit on their porches rocking their lives away.

    Wait a second, that’s Jana – oh never mind, she has A/C. 🙂

    Comment by The Great White Shank — September 27, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

  6. And the classic “Cool Hand Luke”.

    Comment by Tightwad — September 30, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  7. Hey Tightwad – glad you stopped by!

    Rob, I got Chef Folse’s book today and it is a marvel to behold – I’m doing shrimp roumelade this weekend. BTW, when Tracey and I come down next year can we visit that restaurant you and had lunch at? I’ve got a fever and the only thing that will cure it is a Shrimp Po’Boy!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — September 30, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

  8. As long as it’s a weekend or as long as I have enough notice, GWS. Since January, I don’t work in New Orleans any more. All I had to do on that day we met was say, “Hey, I’m going to take a little longer lunch”. A weekday requires a little more schedule-arranging now but I get a hankering for Liuzza’a, too. Haven’t been there since January.

    Comment by Rob — October 1, 2008 @ 4:20 am

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