Kudos to all the bloggers who have been having a field day laughing at — and reporting on — the absurd notion of Mayor Ray Nagin getting an award for “recovery, courage and leadership” from the so-called “Excellence in Recovery Host Committee.” Those who have contributed to the chorus of guffaws and research are, by now, probably too numerous to count, so please forgive me if I don’t  name you individually — I fear I would leave someone out — so take this as a huge, collective, high five.


As I was laughing about all this with Kevin Allman, I tried to imagine what it might have been like if Bernardo had actually told everyone whose name and/or restaurant he used on the invitation and “host committee” that this whole thing was actually a scheme to pin a medal on Nagin’s chest. The first image that came to mind was the classic “Biggus Dickus” scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, which is always worth recalling for any reason … but I find it especially, um, fitting on this occasion.


It also occurs to me that this reference could give a whole new context to the mayor’s threat to “cold cock” someone.


Okay, enough penile puns for one day.


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