Saturday, June 09, 2007

Om, I Guess the Women on the Council Don't Want Harmony

So, the Picayune informs us that the mayor has met with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar about forming some kind of a partnership with the International Association of Human Values (sic):
In an effort to relieve some of the tension, Nagin has reached out to the International Association of Human Values, a New York-based nonprofit that teaches a breathing technique designed to "release stress from the mind and body."

Nagin hatched the idea after meeting April 3 with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a spiritual leader from southern India who founded the group 25 years ago.

The association's Web site, which solicits donations for a "Violence-free, stress-free New Orleans," features a photo of Nagin and Shankar during their sit-down along with comments from the mayor about the potential value of the services.

While the city has no formal agreement, Nagin spokeswoman Ceeon Quiett said health director Dr. Kevin Stephens is researching the program.

"At this time there have not been any decisions or recommendations made to the administration or the mayor," Quiett said in an e-mail response.

If you go to the group's web site you'll find:
What Mayor Nagin is saying about this meeting:
His Holiness Shankar welcomed the opportunity to present his future proposals to Councilman Oliver Thomas, Councilman Arnie Fielkow, Councilman James Carter, City Health Director Dr. Kevin Stephens and New Orleans Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman.

No matter what your opinion of any of the individual women on the council, you have to admit that all four are at least serious. But do Fielgood and Thomas really need lessons in harmonious living?

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