Lundi Gras

Begun on Lundi Gras 2006. To continue the discussions of things begun in Horslips and Other Music that seemed like they could use a blog of their own.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

So now we're using Austin Powers strategy?

Bolten: White House Must Regain Its 'Mojo'

WASHINGTON - It's time for the White House to go on offense and "get our mojo back." Josh Bolten said Sunday in his first interview since taking over as the president's chief of staff.

Bolten made no promises of pulling up President Bush's all-time low approval ratings, but he said he and Bush have decided they want to be more open with the media and the public.

"We've taken advice from a lot of folks that we ought to put the president out more in ways that the American people can see what he's really like," Bolten said on "Fox News Sunday."

But he said that does not mean the president's policies are going to get an overhaul. "I don't think we need to change, but we do need to refresh and re-energize," Bolten said.

For example, he said the White House is "thinking actively" about immigration and putting the president out front on an issue that has split him off from some in his own party. Bolten added that it is vital that the White House communicate effectively about the importance of the fight against terrorism so Americans will support the mission.

More at the link, but that last sentence could stand as an all-purpose statement if there was a period after 'effectively.'

But it is the concept of 'mojo' I wish to address.

Not to belabor the point, but if I were part of an administration that sold the Mississippi Delta down the river, I would no means trafficking in a power word like 'mojo.'

by Muddy Waters

I'm going down in Louisiana, baby, behind the sun
I'm going down in Louisiana, honey, behind the sun
Well, you know I just found out my troubles just begun

I'm going down in New Orleans, hmmmh,
Get me a mojo hand
I'm going down in New Orleans, get me a mojo hand
(spoken aside by Little Walter) "Aw, take me wit' ya
when you go."
I'm gonna show all you good looking women,
Just how to treat your man

(spoken) Let's go back to N'Orleans, boys

One of many fine blues songs found on the Lucky Mojo Blues Lyrics and Hoodoo page.

Friday, April 28, 2006

"Doctor please, some more of these..."

Limbaugh Arrested in Fla. on Drug Charges

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Rush Limbaugh was arrested Friday on prescription drug charges, law enforcement officials said.

Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant issued by the state attorney's office, said agency spokeswoman Teri Barbera.

Can there really be a God after all?

Thursday, April 27, 2006

"Oh, hello Mr. Soul, I dropped by to pick up a reason"

Sent to me via email at work:

Neil Young's Living With War on True Majority

Apparently, it will be completely free to download tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

"Down on the river the boat was a sinkin'

She watched that Queen go Under"

From the Chicago Sun Times:

Senate panel recommends abolishing FEMA

WASHINGTON-- The nation's disaster response agency should be abolished and rebuilt from scratch to avoid a repeat of government failures exposed by Hurricane Katrina, a Senate inquiry has concluded.

Crippled by years of poor leadership and inadequate funding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency cannot be fixed, a bipartisan investigation says in recommendations to be released Thursday.

Though short on specifics, such as funding levels, the 86 proposed reforms suggest the United States is still woefully unprepared for a disaster of Katrina's magnitude.

The recommendations, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, are the product of a seven-month investigation to be detailed in a Senate report to released next week. It follows similar inquiries by the House and White House and comes in an election year in which Democrats have seized on Katrina to attack the Bush administration.

President Bush will visit Louisiana and Mississippi-- which bore the brunt of Katrina's wrath-- on Thursday.

As I have said many times since last September: there's nothing in this world that would make me trade places with a man who harmed a City under Marie Laveau's protection. In truth, I've felt a strange kind of pity for George Bush ever since last September because when retribution hits...

From the "It Saves Us Time" Department

Fox Host to Be Named White House Spokesman

WASHINGTON Apr 26, 2006 (AP)— Conservative pundit Tony Snow will be named White House press secretary, Republican officials said Tuesday night, in the latest move in President Bush's effort to remake his troubled White House.

Snow is expected to be named on Wednesday.

He will replace Scott McClellan, who is stepping down in a White House personnel shuffle intended to re-energize Bush's presidency, bring in new faces and lift the president's record-low approval ratings. McClellan had served as Bush's chief spokesman the most prominent public figure in the White House after Bush for nearly three years.

Whew...Fox News! For moment I thought the White House might hire a journalist!