Monday, February 16, 2009

The Political Satire of Chaos - Angus Lind


Angus Lind on the political satire of Chaos

The Knights of Chaos heads parade through the streets of Uptown New Orleans during the parade last year. "If ever there was a parade whose name epitomized the current state of the life and times in this city, this is it, Scribe."


I, the loyal SCRIVENER and part-time detective, was down another Carnival den with my old Amigo, the secret Carnival double secret agent, Deep Float. The den was that of the chaos, the always satirical parade that will obviously pamphlet the state of utter confusion in the Big Easy as rolling Uptown at 6:30 pm Thursday.

My immediate thought was that it was a shame Chaos not roll past City Hall, situated on the corner of anarchy and absurdity.

"It seems Parodies of popular local informal get this message across to the milling throngs waiting Chaos, Float," I said. "In fact, the theme seems to be natural Chaos," reminiscent of a jovial and genteel television personality who also does some cooking and fishing. "

Deep Float replied, "¤ 'Double Shotgun' Chaos looks like our esteemed mayor and police chief in their gun sights, Scribe. Sounds logical. Ray-Ray seems to a shotgun approach to solving the city misery, whether they are budget veto , sanitation contracts, or funding shortages. "

"And," I said, "Chaos is to say: Do not forget the weapons demonstrations that mark out the crime and Riley police uniform color issue. Looks like Ray is one of the big pot-shot artists of all time. And the chef is not far behind.

"Here is one with a shopping cart full of money that seems to be a Jeffersonian motif - and I do not mean Tom," I continued. "It is called" Makin 'Groceries "and it seems you can find almost anything with the right amount of lettuce - Moyonaise, Betty Crocka and Shepherd pie. A late addition to the family grocery list is a bottle Cao-pectate, and the label says,' stop the race. "Well, Joseph Cao did just that, and now he is in DC and Dollar Bill's not. "

"There, Scribe, is pure genius, given the history of this organization," said Float. "It's the Momus Alexander Mortgage Institute." Looks like heads in some of the Master's experiments in his lab, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Like the national economy, the housing market in New Orleans is on the chopping block, and Dr. Morgus' Hooded sidekick Chopsley seems to handle the foreclosure ax. "

"They're going to have to add a 'Help Wanted' sign in this Float, Float," I said. "It's' My Boy Spy / Your Spy Boy 'and I'm pretty sure that the' Big Chief 'on this float over financial and other affairs in the city government, our recently departed Inspector General Robert Cerasoli. I think Chaos hopes the IG will collect some scalp and the good work already begun. "

"The crowd will love this one," said Float, "and so will Benny Grunch, who wrote the song - 'Is it not expensive anymore." Topping the list of treasured places for Carnival organizations is the way but not forgotten Municipal Auditorium, which can rebound from Katrina, but as Chaos says, "The effort seems to be a late Ray and a dollar short." Krauss Co., the Zephyr, Tulane Stadium, The States-Item, including the ATO and DKE Frat houses are selected as the history. "

As we meandered through the den, it was very clear that Chaos gladly keep things local, and a Catholic city, it was inevitable that we would stumble on an approach to the church situation.

"Oh my Gawd! The float of the name" Oh My Gawd! " ¤ "Float said." Wonderful! These are the churches Archbishop Hughes concluded, and it seems he has a dollar sign on the cross on his archbishop's hat as he smiles down benignly on the graves of St. Henry's, Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Good Counsel churches all buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 with 'For Sale' signs for them. "

"He will not stop with these congregations in the life miserable for him with lawsuits and appeals," I said. "Chaos is to say, as the storm clouds gathering: Hughes first, what is the second? And I do not know is on the third."

"What I know," said Float, "is that we are here, Scribe. See you at the next den."

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