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Ray Nagin at Mardi Gras picture

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Mardi Gras rebounds; Nagin wears camo

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The crowds were small and the costumes wickedly satirical as Mardi Gras reached its boozy climax Tuesday in this hurricane-buckled city that could use a few laughs.
The culmination of the eight-day pre-Lenten bash fell nearly six months to the day after the Aug. 29 storm that smashed thousands of homes and killed more than 1,300 people, the vast majority of them in New Orleans...
Mayor Ray Nagin, wearing a black beret and camouflage uniform, portrayed cigar-chomping Gen. Russell Honore, the military man who led the first big relief convoy into the city...
Along an Uptown parade route, a family who lost their Lakeview home to flooding poked fun at former FEMA director Michael Brown. Jenny Louis, her husband, Ross, and their three children strolled around in all-brown costumes, similar to the uniforms worn by UPS drivers. Printed on their backs: "What Did Brown Do For You Today?"

Ray Nagin seeks foreign aid; "The king of Jordan can take the Lower Ninth Ward"

Has the pressure finally gotten to New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin? We already knew the answer, but for further proof:

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Shortcomings in aid from the U.S. government are making New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin look to other nations for help in rebuilding his hurricane-damaged city.
Nagin, who has hosted a steady stream of foreign dignitaries since Hurricane Katrina hit in late August, says he may seek international assistance because U.S. aid has not been sufficient to get the city back on its feet.
"I know we had a little disappointment earlier with some signals we're getting from Washington but the international community may be able to fill the gap," Nagin said when a delegation of French government and business officials passed through on Friday to explore potential business partnerships.
Jordan's King Abdullah also visited New Orleans on Friday and Nagin said he would encourage foreign interests to help redevelop some of the areas hardest hit by the storm.
"France can take Treme. The king of Jordan can take the Lower Ninth Ward," he said, referring to two of the city's neighborhoods...

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Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu running for New Orleans Mayor

From this:

Sources close to the Lieutenant Governor reveal to The Louisiana Weekly that Mitch Landrieu will run for Mayor of New Orleans in the April 22 primary.
With qualifying less than a month away, almost ever political observer views Landrieu as the immediate front runner, as problems continue to mount for incumbent Mayor Ray Nagin...
...On the statewide front, Louisiana voters will be forced to go to the polls three times this fall to elect both statewide officials and members of Congress. Initially, a special election for Secretary of State was set at the regular congressional date this November. The fall date for the open primary was originally scheduled for October, but in a recent ruling by federal Judge Frank Polozola, that date was ordered moved to November to put Louisiana's congressional elections on the same footing as closed primary races throughout the rest of the country.
Now, while Judge Polozola has authority to rule on federal elections, it is important to note that the state election date was put into state law by the legislature. So the first primary for the state special election will take place on September 30th, with a runoff, if needed, on November. 7th. The November date will also be the first primary for the congressional races, with any runoff taking place on December 9th. Confused? So is everyone else.
Sources tell The Weekly that an effort will be made in the coming legislative sessions to consolidate the September election date into the November date. This would save both money (some $2 million) and effort...

Mitch is the son of former NO mayor Moon and the brother of Sen. Mary.

The Ray Nagin "Chocolate City" T-Shirt Craze!

Drudge links to this:

T-shirts making fun of Mayor Ray Nagin's remark that New Orleans would once again be a "chocolate city" are in high demand, with recent orders coming in from overseas countries, according to a Local 6 News report.
A company said it has filled thousands of orders of T-shirts featuring Nagin in a top hat as Willy Wonka. The shirt has the words "Willy Nagin and the Chocolate Factory" printed on it...

The company in question is here. The person responsible for that appears to be Dolph Federico, owner of Pelican Graphics in Kenner and a current or former policeman in that city.
Other possibile TShirts and other goods are those featuring "Recall Nagin", with Mayor Ray dressed like Willy Wonka: link.
There are more here, including various products with "New Orleans: Chocolate Capitol of the USA" or "A Hurricane can wash away the houses, but not the chocolate".
UPDATE: Goodbye Willy Nagin, hello Forest Ray Gump: link

Mayor "Chocolate City" commended

Due to his requirements that are completely ignorant of "fair use", I am forced to only quote three sentences from this pro-Nagin screed:

Forgotten was that Nagin has often used the term throughout the past few years, including during his campaign for and service as mayor. Nothing was made of the term then. Forgotten is that Nagin is seen by much of the NOLA African American community as an ally of the white community...

It goes on for about 500 or so more sentences.
UPDATE: The same author appears to have started a site called "Elect Ray Nagin".

Washington Post confused over various Nagin remarks

The WaPo's Manuel Roig-Franzia offers "New Orleans Mayor Apologizes for Remarks About God's Wrath".
Obviously, Nagin needed to apologize for the whole comment, including the racist component of New Orleans remaining a "chocolate" and "majority African-American" city. While that's missing from the headline, at least they split that whole comment between the first two paragraphs of the article. Then:

Nagin's remarks drew a furious reaction from white and black leaders, as well as residents, in New Orleans, prompting him to tell reporters Tuesday that the comments were "totally inappropriate." The dustup is the latest in a series of controversies over remarks made by the mayor, a former cable television executive elected in 2002 without experience in elected office.
Nagin was lambasted by Hispanic leaders last fall for asking a business group, during a speech, what he could do to prevent New Orleans from being "overrun by Mexican workers."

Not exactly. He made those comments at a townhall meeting, and not only did others there agree with him, he received a standing ovation at the end. The "leaders" in question are an assortment of far-left racial power groups, leaders for the most part only due to their undue influence on the Democratic Party.

Nagin: "chocolate" is dark chocolate + white milk

Unbelievable as it may be, Mayor Ray Nagin has explained his previous comment promising a "chocolate New Orleans" thusly:

"Do you know anything chocolate? How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That's the chocolate I'm talking about."

No, really. In fact, here's the video.

Ray Nagin promises a majority African-American "chocolate New Orleans"

Vying for the Loon of the Year award, New Orleans' mayor Ray Nagin uttered the following:

"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country... ...Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves... ...It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans -- the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans...This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans."

Wait, there's more. He described an imaginary conversation with Martin Luther King thusly:

"I said, `What is it going to take for us to move on and live your dream and make it a reality?' He said, `I don't think that we need to pay attention any more as much about other folks and racists on the other side.' He said, `The thing we need to focus on as a community - black folks I'm talking about - is ourselves.'"

In the imaginary conversation, he also asked:

"Why is black-on-black crime such an issue? Why do our young men hate each other so much that they look their brother in the face and they will take a gun and kill him in cold blood?"
The reply, Nagin said, was: "We as a people need to fix ourselves first."

He should have restricted himself to the last part, and left out the racial power bit. Obviously, something like that would not be acceptable coming from a white politician, and there's no reason it should be acceptable coming from someone who's not white. Of course, under "liberal" rules, even Robert Mugabe's actions are defensible.
UPDATE: Here's the video.
UPDATE 2: Memoralize this blip in history with T-shirts and other fine products.
One possibility is those featuring "Recall Nagin", with Mayor Ray dressed like Willy Wonka: link.
There are more here, including various products with "New Orleans: Chocolate Capitol of the USA" or "A Hurricane can wash away the houses, but not the chocolate".

Bring New Orleans Back releases rebuilding blueprint

Some details in "New Orleans Residents Show Anger at Forum". The "blueprints" are in the 34 Meg PowerPoint file available here. Basically, there would be a moratorium on building permits. And, residents would have to prove that their specific neighborhood could come back. If they couldn't do that, the neighborhood would be razed and the property owners would be given some percentage of their equity in the property. Listen to the NewsHour version in this RealAudio link.

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