Saturday, February 14, 2009

Samedi~Love is never having to say...

Parades for Saturday the 14th

Krewe of Pontchartrain
Uptown-2:00 p.m.
Mystic Krewe of Shangri-LA
French Quarter Parade & Stroll -2:00 pm
Knights of Sparta
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
Krewe of Pegasus
Uptown 6:45 p.m.

Krewe of Caesar
Metairie 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Choctaw
Gretna 11:00 a.m.

Mystic Knights of Adonis~Westbank 11:45 a.m.
Krewe of Push Mow
~Abita Springs 11:00 a.m.
Krewe of Olympia
~Covington 6:00 p.m.
Krewe of Tee Caillou
~Chauvin 12:00 p.m.
Krewe of Aquarius
~Houma 6:30 p.m.

Day two of live Mardi Gras Parade webcam kicks off at 2 & 6 p.m. Saturday

Coming up in The Gambit: Mardivalengrastine edition

Mask- making sisters keep Mardi Gras tradition in our faces
~Molly Reid

Ann Guccione works in the Bywater shop she owns with her sister, Laura. The shop was in the French Quarter before Hurricane Katrina.

Enter the Zatarain’s Mardi Gras Kids Mask Contest
~Editilla T'n'T~Mommy$avesBig

The Sons of Tennessee Williams
~James Hipps

Liprap's Krewe Revieux wit'Pics!

A Zulu Krewe Mardi Gras
~USTA Stainach -Liezen

Museum Highlights Black Contribution To Carnival

Courir de Mardi Gras

~Follow me, Chicken! I'm full of Corn!

Bébé Mardi Gras
~Mardi Gras headed for Garment District?
~Glass Onion to celebrate Mardi Gras
~And So It Goes in Shreveport
~Mardi Gras celebrated Vail-style
Faith United Church of Christ hosts Mardi Gras celebration
~"Minneapolis Mardi Gras"
~L' Association francophone de la Vallée de Comox
~Cowboy up!
~The Strand
Phunk meets Phlagstaff

Debi Deaux Flamework Glass

Krewe Do Craft and Mardi Gras

Recession hasn't dampened Carnival bead buying binge ~Michelle Krupa

Recession doesn’t take bite out
of Galatoire’s tradition
~Emilie Bahr

1. As an unperfect actor on the stage,
2. Who with his fear is put beside his part,
3. Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage,
4. Whose strength's abundance weakens his own heart;
5. So I, for fear of trust, forget to say
6. The perfect ceremony of love's rite,
7. And in mine own love's strength seem to decay,
8. O'ercharged with burthen of mine own love's might.
9. O! let my looks be then the eloquence
10. And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,
11. Who plead for love, and look for recompense,
12. More than that tongue that more hath more express'd.
13. O! learn to read what silent love hath writ:
14. To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit.

Jindal Tip-Toes Around Hospital
Plans & Senator Sacred Cao turns tail and assumes position!
~We Could Be Famous

Fight against complex continues
~Bill Barrow

Gov. Bobby Jindal seeks $300 million for storm protection
~Sheila Grissett

New Orleans neighborhoods improve on the walkability index
~Renee Peck

Tying up a few loose ends - Florida puts State Farm on the ropes ~slabbed

Civil Rights Hero, Now a Judge,
Is Indicted in Scruggs Bribery
Case~Adam Nossiter

~As well or better slabbed

The Feast NOLA: The Connected Age Emerges from New Orleans
~Tamara Giltsoff

Coal Industry Wins a Round on Mining~For more than a decade, environmental campaigners have tried various legal avenues to fight the mining technique, a form of strip-mining that blasts the tops off mountains and dumps the leftover rock in valleys, burying streams. The ruling, by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., overturned a 2007 decision that supported environmentalists’ claims that the Army Corps of Engineers had improperly issued permits for several such mining.

Review: "Halliburton's Army"
~Glenn C. Altschuler

Friday, February 13, 2009

Vendredi~Rut'Row, BatMan!

The cost of delay~Late Editorials
~The corps must realize that leaving Louisiana vulnerable to nature's most destructive storms carries a heavy cost, too.
~Editilla gotta ax~ Costs? What costs?
WHAT COSTS TO THE CORPS? The Corps of Engineers has paid No Cost for their failures. Indeed, the Corps has grown stronger than ever, more politically connected than ever, and they are also now lining up major wetlands groups like candy ass'canes to appoint their Corps Titan as head of our Nation's Civil Works.
In Fact we have Rewarded their Corps Failures with more and more Corps Funding. We have allowed them to get away with the Flood of New Orleans in '05. We have allowed them to continue delaying and increasing the Tax Payer Costs for south Morganza to the Gulf. We allow the Corps to say whatever they want to us without independent validation. We have even allowed the Exquisite Corps to get away with stuffing this very Times Picauyne Newspaper as filler in concrete floodwalls. Eitilla sayz that is Punk'd'Up! So I also gotta ax: Why is the Times Picyune always, always, coming in after the commission of the crimes.
That simply will not do any longer.
For example, TP, how is the lawsuit MRGOing?

Keeping Hope Alive....And Fear At Bay~Pierce O'Donnell

Corps design may have to change
~Paul Rioux
~The latest clash in a decades-long battle over one of the nation's most fiercely defended wetlands could send the Army Corps of Engineers back to the drawing board to modify designs for the centerpiece of its West Bank flood-protection upgrades. Comments and graphics.

ASCECORPS Say Lets Play...
Spin the Model

~Editilla gotta Pilla~
~Oh! Model, not Medal!
Here I was just minding my own biz, doing the morning constitutional thing with Crazy Mazy and coffee, trying to wake up enough to climb this Ladder... when one of my plants over at pitched me this article. Everyone know Editilla has a problem with fleas and engineers! That is the pestilence to which the Exquisite Corps has devolved before me: fleas... up Editillas butt! Soooo I gots plants all over da'place, planted by the seeds of discontent, and they send me stuff like this, knowing how it will get my goat by its mangled horn and drag po'thang to apoplexia.
The author of this piece of Public Relations Ass'Buff Lede PRABL writes copy for McGraw-Hill, little Missives of Misinformation to cloud the water around ASCE/Corps of Engineers ASCECORPS faux engineering shenanigans, Little Miss'Informed.
Really. She writes like a cheerleader for a high school yearbook.

Indeed the article is about having Earthquake scientists peer review flood structures. OoooK'ville! AND our intrepid gum'smacker brings in Corps Expert Model Ken Dolls:
Tim Ruppert and Robert Gilbert!
Oh Boy, here is where Editilla's worm begins to sloooowly turn! We Love These Corp'd Lackeys: one a lying douche'bag rising nola blogger and the other a Medal Winna!
Yeyaah can I getta Witnaaaasss! The former and da'latta...
Timmy Ruppert's eponymous nameless blog is a perfect example of décalage, defensive douché'bloggery.
Right there beneath his picture, beneath that long column of cointelpro, he disclaims any connection between his views and Corps Policy, yet posts exact Corps Policy, then gets quoted in the yearbook faux article as an expert on Corps Policy. Timmy would have the whole Nola blog'0'spere believe he is just another citizen devastated (whispered by His Own Corps Engineering Malfeasance) --not above all a Current Corps of Engineers Supervisor Spin'Filtraitor.
Mr. Nice Guy just wants you all to like them. Mr Ruppert is trying to sell us a bill of goods.
He is the worst kind of Smack Dog Snip Hunter.
Hey, you mad dogs are welcome to do your tree-pissing where ever you want --but out here in the blog'0'reamery and across the flooded plain we take offense when it keeps hitting our leg.
Jeez! Louiezzzzz! Soma'body hand me ah Lucky dog!
Gregory Peccary wanna'bees --everywhere we wanna'beez!
Robert Gilbert was on the wrecking crew IPET review and received his Medal from the Corps before the report was even published, lined'em'up and pinned it on his fey chest.
This guy is spinning like a bottle in a prom closet!
This is advance Public Relations Advertorial.
Illustration: "Little Timmy"~Masqued E'vinga!

Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse,
a Whistleblower and Real American~Michael Lang

~Ms. Greenhouse, the former top civilian contracting official for the Army Corps of Engineers, stated, "The bottom line is that without access to independent courts, real judges and juries, whistleblowers don’t stand a chance, and fairness and transparency will not see the light day."
She is asking fellow Americans to contact their elected representatives and demand strong and effective whistleblower protections for federal workers in order to ensure that fraud in stimulus spending can be detected.

Parades for Friday the 13th

~Krewe of Pygmalion
Uptown 7:00 p.m.

~Krewe of Oshun
Uptown 6:00 p.m.

~Knights of Excalibur
Metairie 7:00 p.m. ~Krewe of Atlas Metairie 7:30 p.m.
~Krewe of Cleopatra Westbank 6:30 p.m.
~Krewe of Eve Mandeville 7:00 p.m.
~Mona Lisa & Moon Pie
Slidell 7:00 p.m.

~Krewe of Hercules
Houma 6:00 p.m

Summit puts face on Katrina
~Kat Bergeron

~The human aspect of Hurricane Katrina recovery needs more attention as each week more people with unmet needs show up at social service agencies more than three years after the storm.
That was the strong message at Thursday’s Katrina Recovery Summit II: Where Are We Now? attended by disaster recovery, case management and advocacy groups.

Can da'President stop stumpin
the "K" Word all the time
--humpin'dat stimulus package--
and maybe get on wit'it, axually
do the "K" Right Thing?

Slidell mayor blasts FEMA for
comments on local recovery
efforts~Christine Harvey

~Jim Stark, assistant administrator for FEMA's Gulf Coast Recovery Office, did not mention Slidell specifically when he told a newspaper this week that officials in communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina are wasting time "trying to wring more money out of the federal government" when funding might not be available."That is the most incredible bull---- statement I've ever heard in my life," the Slidell mayor said Thurs at a press conference in the trailer office he has used since Hurricane Katrina destroyed Slidell's City Hall almost 3 1/2 years ago.
~Editilla gotta ax~ bull---- shot? pock? scat? scit? scud?

Books On Katrina Recovery
~Katrina Networking

Some Katrina Funding Lessons
~Alliance for Justice

New Orleans residents love its charm~After Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, many residents were quick to rush back. Dan Baum covered New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and talks to Kai Ryssdal about why the Crescent City is so appealing.

Bag of Broken Bottles

Banana fritters: a New Orleans breakfast classic

Youth music program struts their stuff this Mardi Gras season
~Big Red Cotton

Astral Project still tearing it up
~Howard Reich

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Jan Ramsey suggests weed, hoes
as economic solution for New Orleans~Alison Fensterstock

We see your black and raise a...

~The GOP has confirmed that Lousiana child- governor Bobby Jindal will deliver the party’s response to Barack Obama’s fake “State of the Union” speech on February 24. Other finalists the GOP considered include Michael Steele, a vagina, and the Chinese guy who does John Boehner’s laundry. Movie Poster: The New Orleans Levee.
Editilla T'ank youz t'ank youz t'ank youz...

President, First Lady Headline
Reopening Gala for Ford's Theatre
~Calling the theater "hallowed space" where Lincoln's legacy thrives, Obama praised him for restoring a sense of unity to the country.
~'Sic Semper Tyrannis', Lincoln's Death Revisited~NPR
"Who cared what Lincoln said?
I heard they wrapped his head

in an American flag
from the theater.
But did they wait too late

with a wound so great
to get the bullet?
Did he lay slideways looking out,

following his own son down?

What a way to pay for the freedom

of men, women and children."

~from my song, Providence
Fuck Abraham Lincoln's Birthday ~Black Cat Bone

New Orleans slave records
among treasure trove of
documents going online today
~Janet McConnaughey

Corps delays report again ~Bruce Alpert~The Army Corps of Engineers announced last December that a final report on providing Category 5 protection for southern Louisiana, originally due at the end of 2007, wouldn't be ready until June or perhaps later. On Wednesday, the corps confirmed it will be later. A letter to Vice President Joseph Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that the final report now will be ready Aug. 31.

Terrebonne Residents Want Wine Island Restored

New federal coastal wetlands
assessment: gulf coast most at
risk - but this report fails to show
why!~Len Bahr, LaCoastPost

~Editilla Notellas~We love these cats, but...
Still no word back yet from this august body of wetlands experts on their exclusive and advance endorsement of Corporate Titan and ASCECORPS Honcho Gerald Galloway to the position of Assistant Sec. of the Army for Civil Works.
I expressed my own personal concerns, here and here, over placing a career ASCE/Corps of Engineers (ASCECORPS) Water Industry Lobbyist and multi-national corporate vice president in Charge of our suspect, still borne Exquisite Corps. This was met with a very kind though somewhat back- handed, nearly Shakespearean doth'protestin of "Inexplicable opposition to Gerry Galloway as an Obama adviser on corps policy" --but no hard data, or reference to Galloway's copious corps conflicts of interests or role in past water policy failures.
Whew! Old Gerry is a Mout'Full I'll grant you that, but...
Before a proper list of equally viable candidates has been publicly assembled and diligently due processed, before anyone publicly realizes that this powerful position is open, Gerald Galloway has been quietly lining up endorsements like shots at a drag show, clowns at a pratfall, kids at booty camp.
Now Galloway shows up in Louisiana, recently becoming a member of Gov. Jindal’s Coastal Advisory Commission.
Go Figure. Got any presidential appointments? Go Fish.

Masquerade ball to raise funds for service trip~Adam Testa

Carnival of the Liberals LXXXIV: Stimulus Edition!
~Submitted to a Candid World

Editilla T'n'T~ Idiot / Savant.

Thugs Change Emporor's Clothes

Remarks by the President on Infrastructure

Arts school meets sticker shock
~Barri Bronston

Neil Young confirmed for Jazz Fest as Aretha Franklin bails
~Keith Spera

Josh Hyde's new collaborations
on latest album~David Dinsmore

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


NOLA keeps going and going...
~Krewe Du Vieux 2009, Tawnee Lynne photographs

Hand- made throws set Mardi Gras marching group 'Krewe do Craft' apart

Sexy Max Wants a Parade
~New Orleans Pet Care


Painting Mardi Gras coconuts is
labor of love for Krewe of Zulu ~Susan Poag

New Orleans Riverwalk announces musical lineup for Lundi Gras Celebration

Cities take Mardi Gras out of New Orleans and make it their own~Keith Still
~Editilla Krewella du Villa~
Yeah but ya'can't takes New Orleans outta da'Mardi Gras!

One night only: Barack Obama vs. Bobby Jindal~Jimmy Orr
~Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's address to a Joint Session of Congress on February 24.

A Program that Works:
New Markets Tax Credits
~Clancy Dubos

Politics, Race, Class, and Building Permits Collide in New Orleans East
~We Could Be Famous

Judge halts construction of controversial Levy Gardens apartments in eastern New Orleans~David Hammer

Apartment complex approved at former site of St. Aloysius High School ~Bruce Eggler

Restoration of Art Deco terminal at Lakefront Airport begins soon

City, state agree to allow cottages in Waveland~J.R. Welsh

Almost $1B in plan for Coast
~J.R. Welsh
~The U.S. Corps of Engineers Coastal Improvements Plan has shrunk in size and scope, but a draft released this week shows the corps still plans to spend nearly $1 billion along the Coast. Included are proposals to spend nearly $400 million to buy flood-prone private land, build a $12 million levee in Harrison County, and relocate the Moss Point municipal government complex at a cost of $8.4 million. The plan also includes $458.5 million to restore and repair the Mississippi barrier islands, in order to absorb waves and surge that reach the coast in hurricanes.

Hurricane Katrina Relief Work
~Architects Without Borders

Jindal health-care revamp in limbo ~Marsha Shuler

Matt McBride's latest Pumps Update to New Orleanians
~Your Right Hand Thief

Humpday slabbed

Hurricane Katrina successes lead to new Zurich implemen- tation of dispute resolution program~Bob Graham


Across The Nation | New Orleans Program Will Provide HIV, STI Testing, Treatment to Inmates

Doctor cleared in Katrina deaths wants repayment

LSU Engineers Develop Model for Forecasting Chemical Contaminants Based on Studies of Katrina- Flooded Homes

Shocking choice~What was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers thinking when it awarded yet another contract to KBR Inc.? That's assuming the government even bothered to think before it acted with reckless disregard for the safety of Americans serving in Iraq.

KBR,Halliburton To Pay $579 Million To Settle Bribe Case

Why Is This Man Smiling?
~Citizen K

Shrimp and Grits with Bacon
~Serious Eats

Slew of castings for HBO drama pilots

New Orleans Jan 1965
~Chicken Fat

Ninth Ward Visit~Billy Sheahan

Garden Conservancy rescues public garden nearly destroyed by Katrina~Bill Cary

MC Trachiotomy

Bingo! Show brings a taste of the Big Easy to B.R.

Elevator music maker Muzak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Bugge Wesseltoft's New Album 'Playing'~The Third Ear

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Controversy brews over outline
of Corps spending as some critics
wonder if earmarks disguised
~Bruce Alpert

Inexplicable opposition to
Gerry Galloway as an Obama
advisor on corps policy

~Editilla sayz if da'stigmatas, we must explicata! or, What you mean "We", Kimosabe?
Well, one problem you can have with "Gerry" Galloway is the way this blog proffers the advance word "Advisor" (passive) to describe the position of incredible power this Corporate Player (aggressive) will occupy. That is what I call "Misnomer Lite". Gerald Galloway will excercise absolute control over the management of the Corps of Engineers, the priority of infrastructure projects and their funding, the relationship of the Corps to the White House and Congress...Civil Works, or Not.
Whoever takes this position of Assistant Secretary of the Army Civil Works will command a unique place in history, especially given the loads of stimulus funding coming to the Corps.
Gerald Galloway is a Corps Man. He is a past president of ASCE. ASCECORPS. He was a Vice President of the conglomerate Titan Corp. The man has strings attached. The man's got Cred. Jus'sayin...jus'axin... does "Gerry" know who built our failed goddamned levees? Who has starved away our coastline?

Corps of Engineers proposes buyouts on Miss. coast

How do we decide what is a “Water of the United States”? Rapanos revisited

Wetlands plan questioned
~Bob Gross

Melting snow serves as a reminder: What if it floods before new levees, flood walls are in place?
~Eye on the Island

Corps may have squeezed a lemon levee in Alamosa
~Ruth Heide

~Alamosa, CO City Manager Nathan Cherpeski brought the situation to the city council’s attention during his weekly Friday update and commented further about it on Monday. He said although the Corps designed the current levee, and it was built according to the Corps’ design, the Corps is now telling the city the levee was constructed incorrectly.

City stops delaying eastern New Orleans building permits
~Katie Moore

Archdiocese trying to join traditional neighborhood development amidst opposition

Refuges for homeless pose fire hazard in New Orleans
~Richard A. Webster

Oldest home in New Orleans sold at auction for $1.045 million
~Kate Moran

Death and the City
~Ethan Brown, The Gambit

WWGD: What Would Gambit Do

Urban Sketchers

Debbie Buchanan Engle

A Brief History of Writers who came to New Orleans ~MF Korn Louisiana Melancholic

City's prized Notarial Archives facing financial crisis
~Susan Finch

Telefon Tel Aviv's new record
~Analog Giant

Local musicians facing challenging industry
~Scott Satchfield

Monday, February 9, 2009


Federal housing subsidies to end March 1 ~Jeremy Harper

La. hospital empty as debate rages over funds
~Rick Jervis and Brad Heath

Live and Die for Carnival
~New Orleans Murder Blog

Should Mardi Gras be a national holiday?~Kathrine Schmidt

Rebirth by the Lake
~Cindy Chang

What is A “Primary Residence”?
~Gulf South Free Press

Obama seeks grass-roots support for stimulus~Mark S. Smith

Why Not a Community Organizer's Economic Recovery Plan?~Jeffrey Buchanan

Stimulus haste could waste billions, experts say
~Robert O’Harrow Jr

Local levee director heads to Netherlands wetlands conference ~Maya Rodriguez

Could Gerry Galloway replace
JP Woodley as Asst. Sec. of the
Army for Civil Works?

~Editilla axs~Aren't we tired of ASCECORPS yet?
Given his vast experience in building our nation's failing flood control structures, one has to ask if Gerald Galloway represents part of the solution to this threat or part of the problems facing us every flood season up and down the Mississippi River.
Now Galloway shows up in Louisiana, recently becoming a member (pro bono) of Gov. Jindal’s Coastal Advisory Commission. Go Figure. Got any presidential appointments?
Go Fish!~Yes! He (may very well) can!
~Gerald Galloway Titan Corporation Googled
~Gerald Galloway's Bio
~In a telling appointment that has not been discussed, Galloway was on a committee that addressed issues relevant to proposals to draw water from the Great Lakes. This is the elephant in the room that the USACE is avoiding. What is the water management policy of the United States? The aquifers are drying up, and development engineering that allows massive runoff of surface water because of concrete and curb and gutter construction is continuing. Galloway knows this, but his "spin" was that, like the Dutch have done, the US. needs to prepare for 1,000 year floods. This distracts from the issue of engineering malfeasance in the present, and local water zoning ordinances that are not enforced in flood plain communities.~The Floods: Army Corps Says PR Firms Transform "Babblers" into "Spokespersons"

Smothering streams
~Jessica Hall

Whale shark sightings on rise in Gulf of Mexico ~Janet McConnauhey

~A whale shark surrounded by cobia is shown as it swims in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast in a 2008 photo. There have been at least 70 sightings in 2008 of whale sharks in the Gulf.
~AP Photo/University of Southern Mississippi

In the Electric Mist

Atheist Campaign in New Orleans ~Metousiosis

angels and people / life in
New Orleans

Live Green Orleans Launches: ~Karen Dalton-Beninato

North Mississippi Allstars Plus Hill Country Revue @ Tipitina's New Orleans 2/13/09