coco's war on nut bars

I'm chagrined! No really.

Via Glenn Reynolds and a whole host of others, I see that I missed out on a major Culture War outburst of Pat Robertson-style channeling by New Orleans Mayor Roy Nagin, who not only maintained that God sent Hurricane Katrina as punishment for various sins, but that God demands chocolate!

"It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans _ the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans," the mayor said. "This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans."
A chocolate New Orleans? Ordained by the same God said to hate shrimp?

I'm so late to the chocolate war that there's little I can do one way or another -- either to assist, oppose, appease, remain neutral, and I fear it's too late for me to take a meaningful, um, bite.

But not Coco! While the religious issues are a bit more than she can comprehend, she's drooling over the yummy elements in this story -- New Orleans, chocolate, and even the Culture War.

Let people think I'm exaggerating, just this morning Coco -- in obvious contemplation of Mayor Nagin's outburst -- found herself unable to resist a Berkeley chocolate nut bar sent to me recently which appears to combine all of the important ingredients of the story:


As Coco realizes, nut bars come in all shapes, colors and sizes.

(And they're all equally worth biting....)

posted by Eric on 01.18.06 at 10:22 AM


Berkeley's Civil War battlefields? Either that's a form of high irony, or I don't know nearly as much about the Civil War as I thought I did.

Beck   ·  January 19, 2006 8:04 AM

"High" irony?

Welcome to Berkeley!

Eric Scheie   ·  January 19, 2006 8:09 AM

Maybe Nagin was thinking of all the varying percentages of cocoa content, from 100% on down to 20%. At the very least, he should've mentioned white chocolate, which has no cocoa in it but which still tries so very hard to be part of chocolate society.

Nobody would've felt left out of God's plans for New Orleans if Nagin had embraced the white chocolate, too.

Bonnie   ·  January 19, 2006 4:39 PM

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