Attention commenters: This is how you leave a comment. Regarding our poll question — "Do you support the plan to change the curfew for minors in the French Quarter to 8 p.m. on weeknights?" — reader Annti unleashes this righteous rant:
What about curfews for 50-60-year-old geezers wearing brand-new baggy pants, one leg rolled-up, sideways caps (and of every color of the rainbow, I might add!), trying to pass themselves off as "thirty-ish" to girls who may not even be old enough to drink, but their skanty clothing gets them into every other bar in the Quarter? OOOH!!! Even better!!! A ***PERMANENT*** CURFEW on the statutory-rapist types on Decatur, pushing SIXTY, looking like death on a cracker, and telling 16-year-old goth girls that they're "Wandering" FOUR-HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD VAMPIRES who only keep those cop-repellant dogs with them (cops HATE waiting for the SPCA to show up & pick-up gutter-punk dogs) because they are their "familiars" (mixed mythology, anyone?) and that the inch-thick pancake makeup is to protect their "vampire" skin (and cavern-deep wrinkles) from "too much incandescent & neon light." Can we get THOSE mofos off the streets, PERMANENTLY??!?! They pose a greater hazard to the health & welfare of youngsters in this city than a stupid-assed CURFEW could fix.
If you don't know where your kids are or what they're doing after dark, IT'S ***YOUR*** FAULT. ...
There's more. Quite a lot more. Go under the jump, and if you're inspired by Annti, submit your own comment here.
If you don't know where your kids are or what they're doing after dark, IT'S ***YOUR*** FAULT. When the kids get busted for being stupid/larcenous/anything short of homicidal, BUST THE SO-CALLED "PARENTS," the lazy twunts who DO NOT *RAISE* THEIR OWN SPAWN WHATSOEVER, put THEIR selfish asses in jail, and put the kids in juvie, let 'em get a taste of their FUTURE if they pursue a life in crime. A coupla nights in juvie SHOULD skeer the shit out of 'em. If not, then they're sociopaths already and need HELP, not stupid-assed, unenforceable CURFEWS, like we're back in Blackwater-declared MARTIAL LAW. 'Cause, y'know, NOOOOBODY in the private-thug sector or NOPD did any raping, looting, pilfering, outright THEFT, etc., during & after Katrina, right? Nooooo, they were all ANGELS, just like on Danziger (which is right out back of my apartment).
STOP LOOKING FOR FAKE, BULLSHIT *EXCUSES* FOR LAWS AND LOOK AT THE *CAUSES* FOR ADOLESCENT CRIME, CHILDREN ROAMING THE STREETS BLOWING-UP ILLEGAL FIREWORKS BIG ENOUGH TO LAUNCH A SPACE SHUTTLE IN THE MIDDLE OF RESIDENTIAL STREETS, AND WHY I'VE ONLY BEEN HOME SINCE FEBRUARY AND HAVE ALREADY SEEN SIX BODY BAGS WITHIN 2 BLOCKS OF MY FRONT DOOR.
The kids around here run around, every damned night, PAST MIDNIGHT. Nothing to steal except from their neighbors (or to vandalize a spinster's pickup truck, the little racist bastards from racist, illiterate spawners), drugs easily purchased from the schizophrenics next door who sell the drugs that they NEED in order to buy beer and rock, which do NOT help the situation. Often their customers ring MY doorbell, looking for the OLDER old lady who SELLS HER SCRIPTS, and her customers are white, black, hispanic, you name it, of all ages & potential job descriptions. I've told 5th district about this REPEATEDLY, and NOTHING HAPPENS. When the gangsters (ALL OVER THE AGE OF 20, I MIGHT ADD) who occupy both sides of the duplex at the end of the street broke into the older old lady's house to punish her for COMPETING WITH THEM IN "THEIR" NEW TERRITORY, breaking every stick of furniture and doing untold amounts of damage, I called 911, and NOBODY SHOWED UP FOR SEVEN FREAKIN' ***HOURS***. You wanna fight REAL crime in this city?
LISTEN TO THE ACTUAL ***CITIZENS***, and not just the mighty-white moneyed rednecks from the Nawth Shaw WHO DON'T PAY TAXES OR ANYTHING ELSE IN ORLEANS PARISH. Too scared to come to the Quarter? GOOD. More room for THE ONES OF US WHO WORK THERE AND TRY TO HAVE FUN THERE, BUT GET RUN-OVER BY DRUNK REDNECKS EVERY DAMNED TIME WE LEAVE THE HOUSE.
Yes, kids need help, but curfews are not a substitute for parenting. If we could make EVERYBODY on the PLANET pass an IQ test, a psych evaluation, and a skills set test BEFORE THEY'RE ALLOWED TO BREED LIKE COCKROACHES, then MAYBE the kids *MIGHT* stand a chance of getting through life successfully, WITHOUT resorting to crime to get attention, food, friends, whatever it is that they are NOT GETTING *AT* HOME. And damn, I am SO glad that I never bred, 'cause I sure as HELL wouldn't want any offspring of MINE to be affected by any of the neonazi reich-wingers who comment so often around here. My spawn would never leave the CITY, for damned sure, seeing as how it's still DUKE COUNTRY when you leave the causeway on the north end. But I wouldn't let 'em mix with tourists, either, since THEY still view 300-year-old buildings as URINALS and all women in New Orleans as PUBLIC PROPERTY that they can PUT THEIR HANDS UPON ANY TIME OF YEAR, FOR NO FREAKN' REASON, and oh yeah, isn't it fun to see the drunk bastards ripping your sideview mirror off as they're PUKING DOWN THE SIDE OF YOUR TRUCK.
I say that we can skip a few tourists and install toll booths on U.S. 61 at all points of entry & exit from Mississippi, LA1, I-10, I-12, ALL LAND AND SEA-BASED ENTRIES INTO LOUISIANA AND ADDITIONALLY ORLEANS PARISH SHOULD HAVE TOLL BOOTHS, to discourage the rednecks from driving around St. Ann Street at daybreak to group-stomp the eardrums out of an opera major @ UNO for being "a fag." Charge the idiots more to get in, maybe they'll stay home and stick to beating their OWN inbred spawn instead of other people's kids. And hell yeah, that applies to East Texas, too. No, there wouldn't have been a Janis Joplin if it weren't for blues bars of every flavor on this side of the state line who never asked her for ID, but y'know, if anybody loves the blues or any kind of music enough, they'll find it. TOLL BOOTHS. Just like the West Bank and New Jersey, it should be free to to TO those places, but they gotta PAY TO GET OUT and into civilization.