Thursday, August 27, 2009

Somebody stop this joker

How unfortunate:
Some interesting names on this list of self-described "Batt Girls."

Anybody but Batt, y'all.


19 comments:

Frolic said...

Remind me again why Jay Batt is evil. Never paid a lot of attention to that race, because it wasn't my district.

I gathered he was considered a tool of Entergy, but it seemed the real opposition came from his support for the new Bruno's.

E said...

Certainly Batt's allegiance to the Maple St. bars alienated a lot of his constituents from that immediate area.

In a larger sense, Batt's inside baseball republicanism is emblematic of a shadowy governance I think we'd all like to leave behind.

Anonymous said...

Jay Batt pretends to be pro business but when my husband and I attempted to open a business in his District we met with him to ask for his help in navigating City Hall. He could not have been less interested in helping us open our business. HE was dismissive and rude and we were later asked for a bribe by a City Inspector. Batt was unresponsive and disinterested in our plight.

His primary interest is when business serves him not the other way around.

GENTILLY YARD ART said...

Hey E , good post.

Could you list the names on the invite?

When I clicked on the .jpg they were a little fuzzy.

Thanks , Rick.

GENTILLY YARD ART said...

oh lord.

i just sqiunted on the blow up of the .jpg and i swear it said helana moreno.

wtf?

please type out all the names . thanks man.

E said...

Names: Deirdre Hooper, Kim Abramson, Bari Blanks, Lally Brennan, Winnie Brown, Stephanie Bruno, Caroline Calhoun, Catherine Freeman, Kara French, Shane French, Michelle Gaiennie, Anne Goliwas, Dana Hansel, Ann Heslin, Jennifer Holmes, Lauren Hotard, Karyn Kearney, Mimi Koch, Ellen Kruger, Peggy Laborde, Elly Lane, Liz Lapeyre, Liz McAlpine, Holly Mentz, Helena Moreno, Ashley Nelson, Ann Redd, Jennifer Rosen, Danielle Trostorff, Ashebrooke Tullis, Lynn Watkins, Susan Wormser

Dr. Wu said...

Whether or not one supports Batt, I can't imagine the thought process that goes into voluntarily allowing yourself to be called a "Batt Girl."

Anonymous said...

I have no opinion of him. But only hear progressives smear him all the time, often without substance.

But can you substantiate this: "In a larger sense, Batt's inside baseball republicanism is emblematic of a shadowy governance I think we'd all like to leave behind." Or use a wee-bit of evidence why we should disdain Batt other than he's a Republican and can't dance.

E said...

His sweetheart deals for the Maple st. bars is one example, another is the deals he pursued for Entergy. There's also a long-standing reputation for unattentive constituent services. Those are some substantive complaints.

But I think the man's ideology is an important place to start, especially if one is truly being honest about the problems we face in this community. Batt's history of supporting the generic 'less government and more privatization' is not good for New Orleans when one examines how our municipal government props up the private sector by contracting out services that competent municipal governments would ordinarily do themselves. You might argue that because municipal government is incompetent, we should slash services but I believe it is worthwhile to invest in more efficient governance rather than continue to support institutionalized pay-to-play with contractors.

Anonymous said...

Just want everyone to know that there is more than 1 Stephanie Bruno in New Orleans. I (who worked at the PRC and who writes for the Picayune) am NOT the one on the Batt girls flyer. R. Stephanie Bruno

E said...

"Just want everyone to know that there is more than 1 Stephanie Bruno in New Orleans. I (who worked at the PRC and who writes for the Picayune) am NOT the one on the Batt girls flyer. R. Stephanie Bruno"

LOL! That's awesome.

There you have it. People are so embarrassed to be associated with the Batt girls that they're coming to WCBF to set the record straight!

Readers, RSB is not to be confused with Stephanie Bruno the Batt girl.

Let's make that clear!

Owen Courreges said...

E,

It's far easier to create processes that ensure fair bidding for government contracts that to create agencies that provide services competitive with the private sector. One only involves keeping government vaguely honest, whereas the latter requires something that really hasn't been done before -- making public as efficient as private.

We do need fewer backroom deals and more transparency, but the idea that we can have efficient public services isn't supported by experience.

Anonymous said...

Ann Redd - isn't she a fundraiser for Stacy Head? I would think Liz Lapeyre would also be in the Head camp with Head's close ties to Jay Lapeyre.

E said...

"It's far easier to create processes that ensure fair bidding for government contracts that to create agencies that provide services competitive with the private sector. One only involves keeping government vaguely honest, whereas the latter requires something that really hasn't been done before -- making public as efficient as private.

We do need fewer backroom deals and more transparency, but the idea that we can have efficient public services isn't supported by experience."


I would agree that step one is an open contracting process and an end to the traditional backroom deal and I agree that over the short term, we do not have the capacity to set up wide-ranging social service programs that are also efficient and effective. I disagree that we can't have efficient public services over the long term and I believe that we should carefully invest in building the capacity of our civil service to handle functions that other municipal governments have made routine.

Just because we haven't done it before doesn't mean we can't ever do it. I'm not talking about radical or experimental programs, just the kinds of stuff that other cities handle quite effectively.

Anonymous said...

All, answer me something:

How did we get the most progressive (no, not Progressive, I mean actually 'progressive') City Council in more than a generation, with Midura, Head (yes) and Fielkow? How?

Luck?

Motivation?

Determination?

Anger?

"Changed" electorate, demographically and mentally? (the 'not gonna take it any more' mantra) (touchy subject, I know)?

Until we have a body of people committed to running people for office dedicated to (1) ethics, (2) free and open licensing conducive to business, (3) responsive government, and (4) true transparency, in *every* single district, NOTHING will change. Ever.

You might want to throw in yearly audits, a city inventory, and a policing plan (an actual "plan") calling for reaching the goal of safe streets.

Band together, form a party like the IQ Coalition that work towards reform in the assessors' races, dedicated to these things, and you can improve this City.

Consider if Letten were not here in these times, where would we be?

What if Fielkow, Head and Midura had not run, where would we be?

Create a banner, create a coalition, a party.

Because right now, it ain't lookin' pretty.

Because right now it looks like we'll be blogging about this same **** 10 years from now.

matter said...

What relief re: RSB. I was thinking...WHAT THE FUCK happened to her? Did Batt roofie her? Fortunately not!

Anonymous said...

Liz Lapeyre is not directly related to Jay Lapeyre. You might want to check your facts before you post.

Anonymous said...

Anybody But Batt site will explain it to you

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