“This picture reminded me of that story in the news yesterday about the man in Florida who had his hand bitten off by an alligator. The guy was a tour guide in one of those airboats that run through the everglades. He held a fish over the side of the boat and the alligator snatched the fish and his hand. Sad enough he lost his hand. But here’s what happened—the Feds, EPA I suppose, have now filed charges against him for the crime of feeding the alligator!!
And that reminds me of this. A story, also in the news yesterday, about a woman marine biologist who captains a whale watching ship. Worked hard all her life on researching the whales. She was in Monterey Bay several years ago when someone in her crew whistled at a humpback whale, hoping that it would move closer. One of her employees called the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for ‘harrasing’ the whale, and when the bureaucrat agent contacted her to request a video to view, she sent one, for some reason enhancing the whistle part of the tape. NOAA immediately indicted her for editing the tape under an ancient False Claims Act (1863). Three years later she’s lost her business. Federal agents raided her home and removed all her scientific photos and business files and computers.
And that reminds me of a story in the news today. Mayor Bloomberg in NYC is mandating through regulations breast feeding of babies instead of using bottles! (We’ve moved from regulating soft drinks and junk food now to breast baby’s milk). Hospital are to hide away their bottles and formula, and if a mother requests one, she gets a lecture along with each bottle.
Someone tell me please—what’s going on here? 1984 redux?
The Spill Could Be Double The Size: This morning’s headline update on the oil spill in the Times Picayune. Underneath, a picture of P&J Oyster House on the last day of shucking operations after supplying restaurants in the New Orleans area for 130 years. They’re out of business now–maybe never to return, along with thousands of other small businesses in this area, closing every day. Because of the oil spill.
Eleven men dead and 200,000 gallons a day of oil headed toward the coastlines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida. BP is supposed to be green! Their signs say so. Their ads say so. Their outlet stations are painted green. Instead of solutions, we get spam. Why doesn’t anyone have a plan?
Last weekend, my husband Jimmy and I spent five days in New Orleans at the Tennessee Williams Festival. We live in the metro area of the Big Easy – north of Lake Pontchartrain, 20 minutes from the city over the causeway. But we stayed at the Royal Sonesta in the French Quarter, where the festival was headquartered because there are parties and plays and all kinds of things going on at night during the festival as well as daytime–music, plays, dress-ups at the New Orleans Historic Collection museum on Royal Street.
It was colder than usual, but beautiful sunshiny days. There were street musicians everywhere, so you almost had to dance down the street. Flowers, balloons, red and white lucky dog carts, crazy hats, mimes, weird costumes. A random food festival popped up all down Royal Street with booths and samplings from every great restaurant in town. We even have the coolest police station in the middle of the Quarter. It’s the only police station I’ve ever seen that has an outdoor cafe attached to it so you can rest and do some people watching, and blues drifting from a speaker in the courtyard, and sometimes BBQ’s and boiling pots of seafood outside!