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Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Saint Buzz Ascends

Hi Everybody!!
Tonight we will explore the Spirit of New Orleans by looking at Saints of the City! New Orleans is definitely the New Babylon, complete with the river down the middle of the City in the Fertile Crescent. We see a bizarre collection of Saints, Suffering, Sin and Sex all under one SuperDome. 
Babylon and New Orleans have seen earthquakes and floods. As usual, I bring you several points of view. 
My opinion is: only fools would build and live in such locations of great risk to human life. I will never go there, but to each, their own. Enjoy from your chair, without going there!


When the Saints Go Marching In

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"When the Saints Go Marching In", often referred to as "The Saints", is an American gospel hymn that has taken on certain aspects of folk music. The precise origins of the song are not known. Though it originated as a Christian hymn, today people are more likely to hear it played by a jazz band. The song is sometimes confused with a similarly titled composition "When the Saints are Marching In" from 1896 by Katharine Purvis (lyrics) and James Milton Black (music)


The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs, a painting by Fra Angelico, 15th century
A traditional use of the song is as a funeral march. In the funeral music tradition of New Orleans, Louisiana, often called the "jazz funeral", while accompanying the coffin to the cemetery, a band would play the tune as adirge. On the way back from the interment, it would switch to the familiar upbeat "hot" or "Dixieland" style.
While the tune is still heard as a slow spiritual number on rare occasions, from the mid 20th century it has been more commonly performed as a "hot" number. The number remains particularly associated with the city of New Orleans, to the extent that it is associated with New Orleans' professionalfootball team, the New Orleans Saints.
Both vocal and instrumental renditions of the song abound. Louis Armstrongwas one of the first to make the tune into a nationally known pop-tune in the 1930s. Armstrong wrote that his sister told him she thought the secular performance style of the traditional church tune was inappropriate and irreligious. Armstrong was in a New Orleans tradition of turning church numbers into brass band and dance numbers that went back at least toBuddy Bolden's band at the very start of the 20th century.

Analysis of the traditional lyrics

The song is apocalyptic, taking much of its imagery from the Book of Revelation, but excluding its more horrific depictions of the Last Judgment. The verses about the Sun and Moon refer to Solar and Lunar eclipses; the trumpet (of the Archangel Gabriel) is the way in which the Last Judgment is announced. The phrase "I want to be in that number" refers to the specific number of "144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth", given as prophecy in Revelations. The Bible speaks of these people as being "sealed" as "servants of God", without specifically calling them saints. As the hymn expresses the wish to go to Heaven, picturing the saints going in (through the Pearly Gates), it is entirely appropriate for funerals.


As with many numbers with long traditional folk use, there is no one "official" version of the song or its lyrics. This extends so far as confusion as to its name, with it often being mistakenly called "When the Saints Come Marching In". As for the lyrics themselves, their very simplicity makes it easy to generate new verses. Since the first, second, and fourth lines of a verse are exactly the same, and the third standard throughout, the creation of one suitable line in iambic tetrameter generates an entire verse.
It is impossible to list every version of the song, but a common standard version runs:
We are trav'ling in the footsteps
Of those who've gone before,
And we'll all be reunited,
On a new and sunlit shore,
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in
And when the sun refuse to shine
And when the sun refuse to shine
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the sun refuse to shine
And when the moon turns red with blood
And when the moon turns red with blood
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the moon turns red with blood
Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the trumpet sounds its call
Some say this world of trouble,
Is the only one we need,
But I'm waiting for that morning,
When the new world is revealed.
Oh When the new world is revealed
Oh When the new world is revealed
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the new world is revealed
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

New Orleans Saints

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The New Orleans Saints are an American professional football franchise based in New OrleansLouisiana. They are currently members of the Southern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The team was founded by John W. Mecom, Jr. and David Dixon and the city of New Orleans. The Saints began play at Tulane Stadium in 1967.
The name “Saints” is an allusion to November 1 being All Saints Day in the Catholic faith, New Orleans' large Catholic population, and the spiritual When the Saints Go Marching In, which is strongly associated with New Orleans. The team's primary colors are old goldand black; their logo is a simplified fleur-de-lis. They played their home games in Tulane Stadium through the 1974 NFL season. The following year, they moved to the newLouisiana Superdome (now the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, since Mercedes-Benz has purchased the stadium's naming rights through the 2021 NFL season).[1]
For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were barely competitive, only getting to .500 twice. In 1987, they finished 12-3 (their first-ever winning season) and made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, but lost to the Minnesota Vikings 44-10. The next season 1988 would end with a 10-6 record showing that the Saints were to be a competitive team. The Saints defeated the St. Louis Rams 31-28 in 2000 to notch their first-ever playoff win.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and, indeed, much of the Gulf Coast region. The Superdome was used as an emergency temporary shelter for displaced residents. The stadium suffered damage from the hurricane (notably from flooding and part of the roof being torn off as well as internal damage), and from lack of available facilities. The Saints were forced to play their first scheduled home game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (the Giants' home stadium); other home games were rescheduled at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas or Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During the season, it was rumored that Saints ownerTom Benson might deem the Superdome unusable and seek to legally void his contract and relocate the team to San Antonio, where he has business interests. Ultimately, however, the Superdome was repaired and renovated in time for the 2006 season at an estimated cost of $185 million. The New Orleans Saints' first post-Katrina home game was an emotionally-charged Monday Night Football game versus their division rival, theAtlanta Falcons. The Saints, under rookie head coach Sean Payton and new quarterbackDrew Brees, defeated the Falcons 23-3, and would go on to notch the second playoff win in franchise history.
New Orleans Saints
 Current season
Established 1967
Play in Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
Headquartered in Metairie, Louisiana
New Orleans Saints logo

Drew Brees

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Early life and high school

Brees was born in Austin, Texas,[dubious ] the son of Mina (née Akins), an attorney, and Eugene Wilson ("Chip") Brees II, a prominent trial lawyer.[8] He was named after Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson.[9] His uncle, Marty Akins, was an All-American starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns college football team from 1975 to 1977. Chip Brees played basketball for the Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team, and his grandfather, Ray Akins, had the third-most victories as a Texas high school football coach

Notable awards


Mercedes-Benz Superdome

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, previously known as the Louisiana Superdomeand colloquially known as the Superdome, is a sports and exhibition arena located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Plans were drawn up in 1967 by the New Orleans modernist architectural firm of Curtis and Davis. Its steel frame covers a 13-acre (5.3 ha) expanse. Its 273-foot (83 m) dome is made of a Lamella multi-ringed frame and has a diameter of 680 feet (210 m), making it the largest fixed domed structure in the world.
It is home to the NFL's New Orleans Saints, the NCAA's Division I-A Tulane Green Wave football team (the largest football stadium in Conference USA), the State FarmBayou Classic, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and, every fourth year, the BCS National Championship Game. Because of the size and location in one of the major tourist destinations in the United States, the Superdome routinely makes the "short list" of candidates being considered for major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl and the Final Four.
In 2005, the Superdome gained international attention of a different type when it housed thousands of people seeking shelter from Hurricane Katrina. The building suffered extensive damage as a result of the storm, and was closed for many months afterward.
On October 3, 2011, it was announced that Mercedes-Benz purchased naming rights to the stadium. The new name took effect on October 23, 2011.[6] It is the third stadium that has naming rights from Mercedes-Benz (and first in the United States), after theMercedes-Benz Arena, the stadium of Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart, in Stuttgart, Germany and the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The SuperdomeThe Dome
Superdome from Garage.jpg
Former namesLouisiana Superdome (1975–2011)
Location1500 Sugar Bowl Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Coordinates29°57′3″N 90°4′52″W29°57′3″N 90°4′52″W
Broke groundAugust 11, 1971
OpenedAugust 3, 1975
OwnerLouisiana Stadium/Expo District, Glenn Menard (Manager)
SurfaceMonsanto "Mardi Grass" turf (1975–2003)[1]
FieldTurf (2003–2006)
Sportexe Momentum Turf (2006–2009)
UBU-Intensity Series-S5-M Synthetic Turf (2010–present)
Concrete for multipurpose events
Construction cost$134 million (Initial)
($579 million in 2013 dollars[2])

$193 million (2005–06 repairs)

Renovations: ($223 million in 2013 dollars[2])
ArchitectCurtis and Davis Associated[3]
Edward B. Silverstein & Associates[3]
Nolan, Norman & Nolan[3]
Structural engineerSverdrup & Parcel[3]
Thornton Tomasetti (2006 repairs)
General contractorHuber, Hunt, & Nichols/Blount Joint Venture[4]
CapacityAmerican football: 73,208 (expandable to 76,468)[5]
Basketball: 55,675
Baseball: 63,525
New Orleans Saints (NFL) (1975–present)
Sugar Bowl (NCAA) (1975–present)
Tulane Green Wave (NCAA) (1975–present)
New Orleans Jazz (NBA) (1975–1979)
New Orleans Pelicans (American Association) (1977)
New Orleans Breakers (USFL) (1984)
New Orleans Night (AFL) (1991–1992)
New Orleans Bowl (NCAA) (2001–present)

American Football

Panoramic of 69,719 in attendance[24] during a Saints game, 2009.
The Superdome's primary tenant is the NFL's New Orleans Saints. The team regularly draws capacity crowds.[25]
The NFL has hosted six Super Bowls at the Superdome, with a seventh scheduled for 2013.


Construction workers replace the Superdome's 30 plus year-old siding
In early 2006, the Superdome began a $320 million renovation in three phases. First, the stadium was repaired and refurbished from damage suffered during Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, new windows were installed to bring natural light into the building. The roof-facing of the Superdome was remodeled with a solid white hue. Between 2009 and 2010, the entire outer layer of the stadium, more than 400,000 square feet (37,000 m2) of aluminum siding, was replaced with new aluminum panels and insulation, returning the building to its original champagne bronze color. An innovative barrier system for drainage was added. The dome now resembles its original facade.

Naming rights

The inscription "Mercedes-Benz Superdome" went on to the sides of the stadium in late October 2011
The Superdome had not taken on corporate naming rights, until Mercedes-Benz acquired the rights in 2011. Though the stadium is owned by the state of Louisiana, the New Orleans Saints' lease gives the team the authority to sell the rights.[48] Saints owner Tom Benson also owns Mercedes-Benz dealerships in New Orleans and San Antonio, Texas

Introducing the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - Home of the New Orleans Saints


Martin Professional Light Up the Superdome and New Orleans Skyline

The New Orleans Saints Return to the Superdome

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Effect of Hurricane Katrina on the Louisiana Superdome

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Louisiana Superdome was used as a "shelter of last resort" for those in New Orleans unable to evacuate from Hurricane Katrina when it struck in late August 2005.
This was the third time the dome had been used as a shelter; it was previously used in 1998 during Hurricane Georges and in 2004 during Hurricane Ivan. During Georges, the Superdome had no problems related to the weather, but the evacuees stole furniture and damaged property that resulted in thousands of dollars in losses, and there were difficulties supplying the more than 14,000 people living temporarily in the dome with necessities. About a thousand special-needs patients were housed there when Ivan hit the area.
Despite these previous periods of emergency use, as Katrina approached the city, officials had still not stockpiled enough generator fuel, food, and other supplies to handle the needs of the thousands of people seeking refuge there. According to an article in Time, "Over the years city officials have stressed that they didn't want to make it too comfortable at the Superdome since it was safer to leave the city altogether. 'It's not a hotel,' the director of emergency preparedness for St. Tammany Parish told the Times-Picayune in 1999."[1]
Approximately 9,000 residents and 550 National Guardsmen rode out the night in the Superdome as Katrina came ashore. Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard, said that the number of people taking shelter in the Superdome rose to around 15,000 to 20,000 as search and rescue teams brought more people to the Superdome from areas hit hard by the flooding. During Katrina, officials set up security checkpoints, and confiscated alcoholweapons, andillicit drugs from those seeking refuge in the building
Despite the planned use of the Superdome as an evacuation center, government officials at the local, state and federal level came under criticism for poor planning and preparation. On August 28, the Louisiana National Guard delivered three truckloads of water and seven truckloads of MREs (meals ready to eat), enough to supply 15,000 people for three days. There was no water purification equipment on site, no chemical toilets, no antibiotics and no anti-diarrheals stored for a crisis. There were no designated medical staff at work in the evacuation center, no established sick bay within the Superdome, and very few cots available that hadn't been brought in by evacuees. The mayor of New Orleans had, in fact, stated that as a "refuge of last resort," only limited food, water, and supplies would be provided. Residents who evacuated to the Superdome were warned to bring their own supplies.
When the flooding began on August 30, the Superdome began to slowly fill with water, though it remained confined to the field level. Later that day, Governor Blanco ordered New Orleans completely evacuated.[2] On August 31, it was announced that the Superdome evacuees would move to the Reliant Astrodome in Houston, Texas. With no power and no water, sanitary conditions within the Superdome had rapidly deteriorated.[4] As of August 31, there had been three deaths in the Superdome: two elderly medical patients and a man who is believed to have committed suicide by jumping from the upper level seats. There were also unconfirmed reports of rape, vandalism, violent assaults, crack dealing/drug abuse, and gang activity inside the Superdome. On September 11, New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass reported there were "no confirmed reports of any type of sexual assault."
While a few medical patients were able to be transported out by helicopter it wasn't until August 31 that the first group of about 100 tourists (mainly international visitors) [1] were "smuggled" out from the Superdome to the Sports Arena next door. This was done as covertly as possible so as to not cause rioting or charges of favoritism.[5]
National Guardsmen accompanied by buses (475 total) and supply trucks arrived at the Superdome on September 1. The buses were sent to pick up the evacuees from the Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where more than 20,000 people had been crowded in similarly poor living conditions. 13,000 evacuees were taken to the Reliant Astrodome in Houston. By September 4, the last large group from the Superdome had been evacuated. The 2008 memoir, Diary From the Dome, Reflections describes the personal ordeal of a tourist who was stuck in the Superdome during Katrina and the levee failures.
On September 6, speculation arose that the Louisiana Superdome would have to be demolished.[6] Instead the New Orleans Saints chose to repair and renovate the Superdome beginning in early 2006.

Hurricane Katrina - Fox News at Superdome (8-28-05).wmv

Democrazy!: Inside Hurricane Katrina


The Saints Are Coming

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Saints Are Coming" was the third single by the Scottish punk rock band Skids, featured on their 1979 debut album, Scared to Dance. The song became an international #1 hit when it was covered in 2006 by Green Day and U2. It was covered again in 2008 by Von Thronstahl.
"The Saints Are Coming"

Wide Open EP cover
Single by Skids
from the album Scared to Dance
A-side"Of One Skin"
B-side"Night and Day"
ReleasedOctober 1978
GenrePunk rockpost-punk
Writer(s)Richard JobsonStuart Adamson
ProducerDavid Batchelor

Skids' original version

Skids released the song as their second single from their debut album Scared to Dance, released in 1978. The single was released as part of a four-track EPWide Open, which also featured an A-side and two B-sides. The song featured Richard Jobson singing of a man facing inclement weather and personal fears, and reached number 48 on the UK Singles Chart in the week ending 11 November 1978.[1] The song's lyrics were written by Richard Jobson with music by Stuart Adamson, who later went on to form Big Country

U2 and Green Day cover

The song's lyrics about storms and drowning came back to light after the events of Hurricane Katrina. In September 2006, it was announced that Green Day and U2 were to record a cover version of the song for charitable purposes


To coincide with the U2 and Green Day recording of the song, both bands performed it live during the Monday Night Football Pregame show of the New Orleans Saints versus Atlanta Falcons game on 25 September 2006. This was the first game in the Louisiana Superdome since it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The live performance of the song was later sold online to benefit Music Rising, a charity created by U2's The Edge in order to bring instruments and music programs back to New Orleans.

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