Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Grumpy Man in Black Sweats Dumps on the N.O.

I don't know about you, but I sorta like the interviewer kid. For real, he seems like a pro and he certainly got Blakely to indict himself. As for Blakely...

1. Is he wearing a bulletproof vest?

2. Doesn't it seem proper that he'd be in some backyard garden, ala a dictator in exile from some Garcia Marquez story?

3. Really, who will hire this guy? We still don't have confirmation that this university actually exists, as we paid his salary for them over the last 3 years. Even his past exploits are in question.

4. We did do it ourselves. No one who waited around for someone else to do it is still here. Many of us waited for a partner, a government, a self-described savior/football coach/master builder, but we got the message, Ed: no help but our own help. We opened barber shops, charter schools, neighborhood centers, playgrounds. You sipped cocktails at the W, you couldn't build metaphorical bridges, let alone actual ones, and you didn't know what you got yourself into. Ray shat on many people, but you can't seem to get over the stench. Your response: explain to some undergrad journalism student why exactly you are innocent and appalled.

I saw Ed just after he got here, at the Mayor's Ball, Mardi Gras 2007. That upset stomach look in the video? It was there. We're still here. He can gain weight in Berkley, pretend he needs two cell phones (really?!), call us racists. It's some seriously Darwinian shit we deal with down here, and all the hateful prophecies from far-off gardens in the world won't weaken the resolve.

Peace, Ed. Some people have their cars stolen within the first few months of moving here. You lost a whole career. Hope you can live on the bile awhile.