Wednesday, August 27, 2008

CAN WE DECLARE WAR ON POVERTY and ILLITERACY?

MODEL HOME , Baton Rouge LA 2008 from Bayou's Edge
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It was reported today that the level of proverty in Louisiana's State capital, exceeds that of New Orleans! A Census indicated 55,469 people live below the poverty line in Baton Rouge. In New Orleans , the figure was somehwat lower at 47,487.*
And
It was also reported that 40% of adults living in New Orleans , lack the literacy skills to comprehend a basic government form!**
*BR poverty rate falls, still above average by Jeremy Harper - Advocate staff writer
**Illiteracy hinders recovery , by John Moreno Gonzales - Associated Press writer

Friday, August 22, 2008

On being showered with warm yellow liquid!

Man urinating in Trees, Baton Rouge LA 7/2008
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Dividing along partisan lines, the Federal Election Commission couldn't agree Thursday on whether Sen. David Vitter, R-La., can use campaign money to pay all the legal costs related to his involvement in a Washington escort service scandal.

In a 3-3 vote, with all three Republicans voting yes and all three Democrats no, the commission deadlocked on whether Vitter could use campaign money to pay more than $160,000 in legal fees accrued in monitoring the federal criminal case against Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called "D.C. Madam," and quashing her defense team's subpoenas of the senator. A majority vote is required for passage of a resolution.

Part of the debate centered on whether the expenses were related to Vitter's official duties or status as an elected official. *
*FEC split in Vitter's push for legal fees
Bills top $200,000 in D.C. Madam case
Friday, August 22, 2008 By Bruce Alpert

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

WINE not WHINE mix with ART @ LASM


WHAT: Reception for exhibitions by Michael Crespo and William Greiner
WHERE: LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM
WHEN: Thursday, August 21, 2008 , 5-7PM
for more information www.lasm.org

Saturday, August 16, 2008

A CHOICE OF WEAPONS*

Blue Guitar Wreath , Des Allemands LA 1990 from The Reposed
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New Orleans program swaps guns for Music
New Orleans wants residents to swap their guns for musical instruments , in the Horns for Guns program announced last Friday. The program is designed to give youth an option for life other than that of crime in the streets.
*A Choice of Weapons was the title of the autobiography of American photographer and artist Gordon Parks.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

LESS IS MORE!

Jesus is Lord , Chalmette LA 1992 from HOMEFRONT
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La. foreclosures nearly four times less than national average

One out of every 1,799 Louisiana households faced foreclosure in July, almost four times less than the U.S. average of one foreclosure filing for every 464 households. Louisiana ranked 39th out of all states and the District of Columbia for foreclosures, according to the monthly RealtyTrac report. The low ranking came after RealtyTrac says it changed its data collection for the state, a move that showed an 83% jump in the number of filings since July 2007. The foreclosure rates in the Capital Region were even lower than the state average: There was one filing for every 3,122 homes in East Baton Rouge Parish, and one per every 38,163 homes in Ascension and Livingston parishes. Orleans Parish had the highest foreclosure rate in the state, with one filing for every 424 households.*
*Daily Report by www.businessreport.com

Friday, August 08, 2008

Louisiana Art & Science Museum installation




























































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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

painting pictures

Garage , Baton Rouge LA 2008 from Bayou's Edge
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Once, Chuck Connelly stood on the leading edge of the New York art scene, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Julian Schnabel. His life and art were the basis for Martin Scorsese's segment of "New York Stories," with Nick Nolte stepping into the role as the garrulous artist. According to Jeff Stimmel's portrait, "The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly, Not for Sale" (HBO, 9 p.m. July 7, 2008 ).
This documentary was like watching a train wreck! It was not entertaining , but it was interesting and informative.

Monday, August 04, 2008

BIG BROTHER and the holding company*

Surveilence Camera , Baton Rouge LA 2007 from Baton Rouge Blues
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New Orleans mayor , C. Ray Nagin , annouced last week that more than 200 crime cameras have been installed throughout New Orleans. The mayor said that the cameras are a useful tool for police and will help the city deal with violent crime.
There have been complaints about the effectiveness of the cameras and the ones actually in operation. Surveilence cameras have been used effectively in London , UK , so why not here?
*Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the psychedelic music scene that also produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane.