K’Trina Refugees

Not really political, but more cultural. My sister works at Mount Carmel, the Catholic school my nephews go to. Once K’Trina refugees started settling down here and there, Mount Carmel opened it’s doors, as did everywhere else. So, when these kids came in the teachers let the kids introduce themselves by name. One girl, named L’quisha (or something equivalent, the name wasn’t spread around), was asked to spell her name.

The girl said, “L….comma-to-the-top…Q…U…I…etc.”

Well, a couple of weeks later, at the Halloween party, one of the teachers put a makeshift apostrophe on her head. She was “comma-to-the-top” Yun-ju nearly cried she laughed so hard when I told her the story.

The other day, Yun-ju was looking to get a catalogue for “L’Occitane” a French lotion company. She asked me how to spell it.

I said, “L…apostrophe ( at this point we both realized the true spelling is “comma-to-the-top” and burst out laughing again).

Posted at 08:37 pm by Johnny B

Posted by BP @ 11/30/2005 06:10 PM PST
That’s funny stuff…


New Orleans life

Not to stress New Orleans too much, but this is an even better story:

My favorite line: “It has been a time of air mattresses, bean burritos and painful separations.”


Hey Gahagan, does this sound right?

Posted at 11:35 am by Johnny B

Posted by BP @ 11/30/2005 06:15 PM PST
This is great…

“Charpentier said she is going out with five men. All five are New Orleanians she knew before the storm; only afterward did the friendships turn the corner into romances.”

Great time to be a single woman in NO.

Mardi Gras

Interesting story in the New York Times.

Posted at 11:27 am by Johnny B

Posted by BP @ 11/30/2005 06:28 PM PST
This is quite huge…I find it hard to imagine Mardi Gras not happening in it’s full splendor, but it’s definitely important that they pretend REAL HARD that it is…or like the article said, people will get the message and NOT COME. A self fulfilling prophecy if you will.


I’m thankful that America is still a place that a citizen can rise from college dropout to corporate CEO and richest people in the world (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates), or with the proper education, even immigrants can come here and prosper wildly (like Jerry Yang, the co-founder of Yahoo! or Sergey Brin of Google). I am thankful that America is still a place that enterprising people can still work hard and make something of themselves. So much more to be thankful for, but I’ve got Thanksgiving Chili to eat! Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted at 02:13 pm by Johnny B

Posted by Rothell @ 11/24/2005 04:04 PM PST
Thanksgiving is maybe the best holiday celebrated in the states. A Jewish guy said this to me once. His reasoning was that it’s a holiday celebrated by everybody, regardless of religion, race, or even nationality. Everybody looks forward to it. I am thankful for Thanksgiving.

Posted by BP @ 11/30/2005 06:22 PM PST
Although I’ve actually posted on the religious background of Thanksgiving, I agree with you. Most of the people I know in the DC metro…Jewish, Muslim, and Christian alike enjoy it with the same relish (or dressing).

I think the reason is because it’s the only uniquely American Holiday that doesn’t revolve around anything uniquely American.

For example the other uniquely American holidays: Veteran’s Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Columbus Day, President’s Day…etc….are almost all patriotic in nature. I believe Thanksgiving (especially given its history…religious or otherwise) is a human holiday more than a patriotic one.

Time for term limits

This is one issue I’ll admit I have vacillated on, “flip-flopped” as one might say in 2004. I remember debating this with other students in high school and writing a paper in favor of term limits. For some reason I had felt that not having term limits was no big deal, however. Those days are long gone. This recent highway-to-tax-increases bill, coupled with the gall of Ted Stevens to bitch and moan about a useless bridge when there are real issues to deal with, coupled with the cave to his seniority, has turned me sour to this idea of lifetime senators. I know, I know, it’s not in the constitution to limit the terms of a senator. The same was true for the executive branch until the excesses of FDR. We’ve talked a lot about “Souter”, how we’re afraid a judge will turn Souter after a while on the bench. I think Senate Republicans turn Byrd. Certainly Ted Stevens has.

Let me mention some words from Calvin Coolidge in his autobiography, on why he did not choose to run for president after 6 years in office:

“We draw our Presidents from the people. It is a wholesome thing for them to return to the people. I came from them. I wish to be one of them again.

Although all our Presidents have had back of them a good heritage of blood, very few have been born to the purple. Fortunately, they are not supported at public expense after leaving office, so they are not expected to set an example encouraging to a leisure class.

They have only the same title to nobility that belongs to all our citizens, which is the one based on achievement and character, so they need not assume superiority. It is becoming for them to engage in some dignified employment where they can be of service as others are.”

Our country does not believe in idleness. It honors hard work. I wanted to serve the country again as a private citizen.”

Me: Amazes me that four years later FDR was President, and in all his arrogance he trod all over the tradition that Washington set.

Now, even Republican candidates are not “from the people”, as in the case of Lincoln Chafee or Barbara Murkowski, who were appointed because they were offspring the previous Senators. Talk about term limits, how about generational limits? Now we must be content with training “our guys” to be career politicians from the get go, so they can get on the court at a young age (Alito) or change the culture in general (Bobby Jindal). But the further removed the politician is from the citizen, as we develop a prominent “politician class” the less able they are to represent ordinary people, in my opinion. Term limits would mix things up a bit, at least.

Posted at 10:04 pm by Johnny B

Posted by BP @ 11/22/2005 09:03 AM PST
It’s not term limits that are important…we just need to take the money out of politics…


Belated Birthday!

It was pointed out to me today that we completely missed the One-Year Birthday of Logipundit. November 10th of 2004, I was fortunate enough to find myself at a dead-end job, with way too much time on my hands.

However, I was equally fortunate to have associated (previous to aforementioned job) with some really smart people, with which I was completely tired of talking politics, so hence was born…Logipundit. Now we are able to talk to each other about…you know…um… Congratulations to all on a very informative year! May the next year be even more interesting!

Posted at 05:04 pm by Logipundit

Thought of the day

I’d like to comment on Gahagan’s post from last Tuesday regarding the lawsuit against a school.


I read this last night in Hayek’s “Law, Legislation, and Liberty”

Life in a free market society is “…wholly analagous to a game, namely a game partly of skill and partly of chance…It proceeds, like all games, according to rules guiding the actions of individual participants whose aims, skills, and knowledge are different, with the consequence that the outcome will be unpredictable and that there will regularly be winners and losers. And while, as in a game, we are right in insisting that it be fair and that nobody cheat, it would be nonsensical to demand that the results for the different players be just.”

Or like we said back in school, “Tough titty!”

Posted at 08:45 pm by Johnny B

Posted by BP @ 11/21/2005 04:39 PM PST
Very well put….