“Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys” but voters like “cowgirl politicians”!

With Cowgirl County in the NYT magazine, Salon.com senior writer and author of Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rebecca Traister knocked the it out of the political rodeo with a fresh perspective on the Giffords-Palin controversy:

Whether or not you believe there is any connection between the first assassination attempt ever made on an American female politician and the gun-slinging rhetoric of the first Republican woman ever nominated for the vice presidency, what’s undeniably true is that despite the vast philosophical and intellectual chasms between them, Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and the former Alaska governor Sarah Palin have something in common: they are both cowgirl politicians. In this, they are symptomatic of the too-narrow ways in which the United States is willing to accept women as leaders.

I couldn’t find my boots and hat, but I found Willie Nelson’s Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys…and with a little tweaking, the lyrics could Traister’s theory of those “too-narrow ways” just fine.

Them that don’t know him won’t like him
And them that do sometimes won’t know how to take him
He’s not wrong he’s just different and his pride won’t let him
Do things to make you think he’s right.

America has no tales of Amazons or of Atalanta; our national narrative does not chronicle the defeat of an armada by a virgin queen nor a teenage Joan leading her army into battle. American history includes no Cleopatras or Hatshepsuts; no Trung Sisters, who defended Vietnam from the Chinese in the first century; and no Catherines, great or otherwise. The mythos of our founding revolves entirely around fathers, save for the seamstress Betsy Ross and the querulous spouse Abigail Adams.

What we do have, to serve as the foundational fantasy of female strength and individualism we’ve agreed upon as embodying American power, are cowgirls: Continue reading ““Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys” but voters like “cowgirl politicians”!”

How the cow ate the cabbage garbage in Jefferson Parish – Drew Broach frames the River Birch story

Drew Broach chimes in today with River Birch deal recalls Jefferson Parish canal bottoms rip-off. Broach’s commentary frames River Birch story with “historical incompetence”. However, I see the picture in a different frame – but Broach first and I’ll follow:

“Trust, but verify” is an old aphorism, and one that any public official would do well to follow.

That Jefferson Parish officials didn’t follow it before approving the 2009 River Birch landfill deal is now coming back to haunt them. Their failure threatens to eclipse the infamous Robco canal bottoms deal of 1987, once called “the biggest rip-off in the history of the parish”…

None of the current members of the council held their seats in 1987 when Robco happened, but that’s hardly an excuse…Clearly some due diligence was in order before — not after — the council sealed the Robco deal in 1987….It was a lesson learned the hard way: Trust, but verify.  And to think that some believe lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place.

My turn. If the Parish Council lack of “due diligence” was an act of incompetence, as Broach suggests, it is only because such incompetence; i.e. the lack of due diligence, is a cultural expectation in Jefferson Parish:

We internalize the attitudes of the society around us by making the attitudes our own. Besides attitudes, people internalize cultural expectations about how to behave…

The individual is often unaware of his acceptance of these socially derived roles, roles are often accepted unconsciously…

Applying behavioral science puts a tighter frame on Continue reading “How the cow ate the cabbage garbage in Jefferson Parish – Drew Broach frames the River Birch story”

James Gill chips in on River Birch: Garbage in, garbage out sounds about right.

Folks, it appears that Sir James is not impressed by the hired guns at Loren C Scott and Associates either.  His column today on this topic is a must read, along with the one he did last week on Edwin Edward’s release from prison. (Hat tip ‘Gate)


Its a fine day for a Slabb O’Leak Sunday special as we welcome Aaron Broussard to the Slabbination (and he’s not cryin’…..yet)

I figured a special treat was in order for today so I present our first Aaron Broussard email sampler. Nothing explosive folks but I’m certain there are plenty of good nuggets in them emails too.  🙂