Saturday, March 3, 2012

New Orleans Saints place franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees
Hurricane Katrina flood ruling upheld by federal appeals court ~Mark Schleifstein
~The ruling also clears the way for a September trial by other Lower 9th Ward residents over whether the corps and the Washington Group, a contractor who dug holes in the Industrial Canal as part of a lock replacement project, contributed to the failure of floodwalls along the canal during Katrina.Those actions also would not be subject to Flood Control Act immunity, as they also were not part of a flood control project, the appeals court found.
~Also~New tack on Army Corps of Engineers projects: An editorial
~Editilla Crowtellas~Let me be the first to thank Big Schleif, for a much better article (than the AP) on this landmark court decision against the Corps of Engineers for their failures to protect New Orleans 8/29/05. I pick on him a lot because I expect at least this level of reporting on the Nola Destroyers from our local news media.
And to the Corps Astroturf Spin'filtraitors on their way to the comments section to denigrate this rare and profound Federal Appeals Court ruling and further smear the New Orleanians victimized by the Corps Lying Engineers I say: Bring It On, Ya Putzes.
This is a great day for the citizens of New Orleans and every other tax-paying, patriotic American from coast to coast.

Katrina Lawyers: U.S. Should Resolve Damages in Wake of Appeals Court Ruling in Favor of New Orleans Flood Victims
~"This is the worst man-made catastrophe in U.S. history,'' lead attorney Pierce O'Donnell said. "Two respected federal courts have now ruled unanimously that the Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the drowning of New Orleans and the government should be held accountable. It is time for the Justice Department to stop litigating and start long overdue discussions about economic justice for the residents of New Orleans.''

New Details Emerge in Lawsuit Against Army Corps for Katrina Flooding
~Sandy Rosenthal

BP Settlement Leaves Most Complex Claims Unresolved

Violent storms kill 29, death toll could rise
~Update~The latest death toll figures from local authorities indicate 14 people were killed in Indiana, 13 in Kentucky, 3 in Ohio and 1 in Alabama.

FEMA gives Plaquemines $2.2 million

Bounties part of game across the NFL
~Matt Bowen

Commonplace in the NFL
~Library Chronicles

Bollinger, Coast Guard celebrate fleet

Runners will move to a lively beat in New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

A Bywater double shotgun exudes personality, with a new hue in every room

March is Equity Drive Month at the New Orleans Food Co-op
~New Orleans Food Coop

New Orleans~John Biguenet, Poets & Writers Magazine

The New Movement theater's grand opening is tonight~Alex Woodward, Gambit

GoNOLA TV Presents: Louisiana Music Factory

Listen to the first track from Dr. John's upcoming album 'Locked Down'!
~Alison Fensterstock

Friday, March 2, 2012

Corps of Engineers is liable for Katrina flooding damages!~A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled the federal government isn't entitled to immunity from lawsuits blaming Katrina's flood damage on the corps' operation and maintenance of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, a New Orleans navigation channel.
Proudly, A Putz: From the Last Person Andrew Breitbart Publicly Insulted ~CenLamar

Blood drive being held for shot officers; recovery could take quite a while

About all this brouhaha surrounding Jerl Kershenstine’s arrest warrant: They call me quashed~Slabbed

Post Flood Conflict and Change: LSU/VA Hospitals, Progress or Civic Disaster

Music fan begs New Orleans City Council not to bar 18-year-olds from clubs
~Matt Rosenthal

99-year-old murder victim had a special zest for life, friends say

A community organizer who knew better than Goldman Sachs’ boss
~Mark Moseley, The Lens

Joplin tornado survivors seek lessons on recovery from New Orleans

'Disaster junkies' swarm in after tragedies to help rebuild

$2.2 million in Gulf oil spill donations going to 9 area nonprofit groups

1 Mississippi, Wild Miles, and the Restore Act ~Quinta Scott

Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building

How Louisiana Became A State
~Louisiana Life Magazine

Bob Fortus' Fair Grounds forecast for Friday

Lark in the Park

Funny People: The New Movement (TNM)
~Alex Woodward on a new improv and sketch comedy theater opening in the Marigny ... and the New Orleans comedy renaissance.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks doesn't want the franchise tag~James Varney

Trout Point figure pleads not guilty in New Orleans fraud scandal ~Slabbed

Sign the petition urging funding for the St. Claude streetcar line!

NORA board picked director without interviews~Also~New Orleans inspector general casts net for French Quarter, airport corruption

Pride of Tulane~Library Chronicles

Vitter bill would put flood-control projects in state, local hands

Shakespeare, New Orleans and Floods That Lead To Fortune~Mike Church, WGNO
~The Vitter bill leaves Corps of Engineer tyranny in place over project rules and "oversight," meaning that ditch running behind your house is still "protected" by the Corps and if your land is attached to it then it's not really your land; it's the Corps'.

$120 million needed to complete Morganza system ~Nikki Buskey~A new task force of local business owners, parish officials and community representatives will convene later in March to help the Terrebonne Levee Board figure out how to come up with the $120 million still needed to complete the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system.

Laura Bush visits metro New Orleans and announces about $500,000 for local school libraries

2nd Rolls-Royce jet engine test stand at Stennis means jobs, economic boost

Celtic to house major special effects studio ~Skip Descant

TREME Presents My Darlin New Orleans

ComedyPlex: The New Movement Opens Comedy Theatre in the Marigny , NOLA DEFENDER

A scarred love letter from abroad: A Dutch art collective’s smart book on Southern Gothic ~Press Street

~Marcello, Polly Jackson~He was on his last legs of AIDS and
died about a week later. That day he dressed up and I took him to the
barber shop and to lunch......he was 29.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Saints vs. Cardinals to Open Preseason in Pro Football Hall of Fame Game
~Canal Street Chronicles
Saints sign 3 exclusive rights free agents, still working on Brees

Sen. David Vitter has Democratic backing for his Corps overhaul bill~Vitter has long been a critic of the Corps, particularly after Hurricane Katrina when failed levees led to massive flooding in and around New Orleans.

Manchac shoreline to be reinforced by Corps project

Occupy NOLA holds funeral for Gulf in front of BP headquarters today

Lee Zurik Investigation: OIG calls Armstrong Airport 'pit of corruption'

Bubba and Billy Bob were just goofin' round ~American Zombie

Slabbed takes The American Zombie Shoplifting challenge: Who am I?

We need vigilantes for civility during New Orleans Mardi Gras~James Gill

does a ridealong with NOPD during Mardi Gras ~Kevin Allman

Some city employees make more in OT than regular play

City seeks to demolish cemetery cottages, replace them with concrete block structures ~Karen Gadbois, The Lens

Jean-Paul Villere: Moving to New Orleans ~Uptown Messenger

Building Resilience Workshop III March 15-17th ~Watershed NOLA

Study examines impact of La. 1 closure

New Orleans tackles Vieux Carre noise

Free screening of Urban Roots tonight at New Orleans Healing Center ~Gambit

French 75 Bar: Is It Worth It?
~Blackened Out

Tab Benoit's 'Shelter Me' fuels Discovery reality hit 'Sons of Guns'

Who are the unsung heroes of music education in New Orleans? ~WWOZ & The Lens want to meet the people who are keeping music education alive in their communities. We're looking for band directors, music educators, brass band leaders, non-profit representatives, government officials or anyone else involved with making music education accesible to youth despite a lack of city-wide resources.

John Sinclair to present 'We Love Big Chief,' a Mardi Gras documentary, tonight at Cafe Istanbul~Alison Fensterstock

Oh but didn’t we roll~Big Red Cotton

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 founder speaks to American Whistleblowers Tour today

Corps of Engineers declares West Bank Levee Authority a "Minority Opinion"
~Hat Tweet @Editilla the Pun~ I'm sure Mrs Rosenthal will have a few choice nuggets. But if WBLA is "Minority Opinion", who're Stakeholders? cc
Debris Part 10~Fix the Pumps

WTF? Limey Bastard Oil Criminals BP wants to use the money from fund for victims who signed off on Not Suing them to pay the victims who are suing them?

Gulf oil spill criminal probe progressing, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says

Upon or Around: Communities of interest
~Library Chronicles

Aaron Broussard and Tom Wilkinson plead innocent to six new federal fraud charges

Louisiana businessman William Doré gave $1 million dollars to Rick Santorum’s super-PAC. Just don’t ask him why
~Tim Murphey, Mother Jones

Owen Courreges: Counting the jobs — all of them~Uptown Messenger
~Also~ Updates and Comments regarding Uptown business employee shoots at fleeing vehicle dragging worker trying to stop it, police say

A Guard’s Reign Gonna Fall ~moosedenied
~This just in: Carl Nicks is a total badass. And soon, very soon, he's no longer gonna be a New Orleans Saint. Punch me in the dick if you must, but I'm afraid that despite my best efforts to remain in denial for as long as possible, I've finally come to the point where I can no longer ignore the writing on the wall. So I figure now might be a good time to go ahead and get a head start on the inevitable rationalizing. There's gotta be a silver lining somewhere, right?

Vilma Eager to Work with Spagnuolo

Tulane University Spreads the Word to End the Word ~NOLAFemmes

File under: How Cooool! / Guinness Book of World Records: Human-Mattress Domino in N.O.

New Orleans, aurora borealis as seen from International Space Station

Sunday, February 26, 2012

BP Trial Delayed A Week
Sneaky Snakes of 2012, Part 1
~American Zombie

Good Morning, Gentle'rillas, from Down Under!

Doing the second-best thing for Emily ~Stephanie Grace
~Emily Mueller, left, looks at one of the Muses shoes given to her as her mother, Amy, right, looks on. Mueller, who is autistic, was jeered at because of her disorder by someone on the parade route during the Muses parade last Thursday. After the incident, Mueller and her mother left the parade right away. On Friday, members of the Krewe of Muses held a last minute party for Mueller. Photo by Chris Granger.

Carnival cruelty exposed online, and New Orleans' love goes viral~Jarvis DeBerry

NFL Combine 2012: Saturday Recap
~Canal Street Chronicles

New Orleans preparing for Final Four

Trout Point figure facing more legal hassles~South Coast Today
~Hat Tweet

Is Lake Charles tycoon a threat to democracy? ~James Gill ~QOTD: Events may be proving Obama was right when he called super PACs "a threat to democracy." But we can't worry about that with an election coming up.

State budget expected to include $25 million for local levee system~Daily Comet

~The Morganza-to-the-Gulf hurricane-protection project in Terrebonne Paarish could be the recipient of even more support from Gov. Bobby Jindal.

BP oil spill trial is good business for N.O. hotels, restaurants, office rentals
~Report: BP says oil spill trial could last years

Steve Case, Walter Isaacson to headline New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

9/11 exhibit heads to New Orleans

Local fishers: cutting out the middle man

Movie, TV projects filtering to smaller La. communities

Today! CTC Steppers second line parade
~Big Red Cotton, Gambit