Eclectique News

SPIKE LEE’S NEXT REQUIEM
After visiting New Orleans for the first time in 2007, I bought my own DVD copy of “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts,” Spike Lee’s HBO documentary about the slow emergency and recovery response to the Katrina tragedy. The documentary was one of the few voices at the time placing the (correct) blame of the devastation to New Orleans by flood on the breaching of the levees. Lee vowed to return for a follow-up (read sequel), but it looks like this story is taking another turn.

Today, Spike Lee and his film crew were spotted by Times-Picayune reporter Matthew Hinton at today’s BP protest in Jackson Square.

See the Times-Picayune gallery of the protest here. This one’s weirdly interesting. Oh dear, another Tea Party moment here

Summer 2010 doesn’t look too good.

E-Notes asks “Has anyone seen Dick Cheney?”

PRESIDENT’S WEEKLY
Vice President Joe Biden will lay the ceremonial wreath at Arlington National Cemetery tomorrow, while President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL outside Chicago. The First Family is spending Memorial Day weekend in the Chi-House. The President recorded his Memorial Day message for the Weekly Address. Transcript here.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN D.C.
We’ve gotten used to the motorcycles riding up and down the streets. The annual ride has become a Memorial Day fixture. In fact, the Rolling Thunder riders follow traffic rules better than the locals. The organization was formed by Vietnam veterans to bring full accountability for POWs and MIAs.

Memorial Day is a good time for the locals to enjoy their city. Restaurants, cafes, and hot spots aren’t packed. The traffic’s light and there’s more on-street parking.

WETA (PBS) hosts their annual Memorial Day Concert on the U.S. Capitol lawn tonight. Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna host the annual tribute to America’s military personnel.

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