Saturday, November 1, 2008


Happy All Saints
~Story by
C. Kirsham Artwork by Ricardo Pustanio
All photos by Harriet Cross.

~All Saints Day sacred for local Catholics day of the dead, For Catholics worldwide, November 1st, known as "All Saints Day," is a holy day of obligation.
But in New Orleans, it's an occasion that is met with slightly more fanfare compared to other places around the world.
All Saints Day also bears significance for the New Orleans area for another reason. On November 1, 1966, the NFL awarded an expansion franchise, later named the Saints, to the city.

MR-GO closure agreement is signed by corps, state
~Mark Schleifstein


Saving Energy In a Return to New Orleans's Lower 9th Ward
~Eileen Fleming

Displaced by Katrina, unsure of Election Day

La. hurricanes turn Medicaid deficit into surplus
~Melinda Deslatte

MS Commissioner Bends Over:
State Farm did not violate law

~Commissioner Mike Chaney said in a news release that he is "very aware that not everyone will be pleased with the conclusions reached in the report."
"I believe it is a very evenhanded report that helps identify problem areas for the insurance industry’s response to the devastation caused by hurricanes and other natural disasters,” Chaney said.
~Joe Sam Owens on Commissioner Chaney:
“If I didn’t know he was the commissioner of insurance, I would have thought he worked for State Farm.”~slabbed
Safe as houses?
~Madeleine Johnson

Hope City's hope for Katrina victims is about to end

Apogee Celebrates Artistic Excellence in New Orleans
~The Apogee Foundation has rolled out its international programs to discover, develop and celebrate American artistic excellence with a month of educational events, awards and concerts in New Orleans. Hat T'n'T-ejazznews.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Officials get serious about coastal restoration and closing MRGO ~Bill Capo WWL
~State: Corps should pay for long-term, new flood defenses

Standards make levees too costly, some argue
~Mark Schleifstein


Contract awarded for raising levee~DISCLAIMER! WARNING! BAT SIGNAL!

Judge: Corps can be sued for flood~Susan Finch~U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval's 40-page ruling "paves the way for the first and only trial that will likely be held on how the Army Corps of Engineers drowned New Orleans" during Hurricane Katrina, said California attorney Pierce O'Donnell, who leads the legal team that filed the case two years ago on behalf of a group of plaintiffs that includes WDSU-TV anchor- man Norman Robinson, who lived in eastern New Orleans.
~Editilla Notellas~A Re'post of this article from early May. We just wanna swing this coconut for the people again...
--since we know everyone is busy getting they holidaze on'n'all...
--but this Trial by Jury will be happening right about time for Mardi Gras, in 113 DAYS!
It will be the trial of the century.
It will make or break the story of the Corps of Engineers' Negligent Homicide in the Federal Flood of New Orleans.
This trial by jury will also test our ability to have any hand in our own flood control for the future.
All the King's horses and all the Queen's men don't matter one gnat's ass If The Levees Break Again.

Struggling U.S. Shrimpers Look for Vision from Next President
~Georgianne Nienaber

~A dozen fresh red roses cradled in baby's breath sit on the console of the shrimper "Queen Mary" as she prepares to cast off from the Morgan City Dock.
The flowers offer prayer to the saints: Our Lady, Star of the Sea, St. Martin de Porres, St. John the Baptist, and St. Peter.

Do 83% of White People in Louisiana Really Think We're On the Right Track?
~We Could Be Famous

Prospect Wunder-Whelmed
~Liptrap's Lament - The Line

Wonkette Sexy Election Parties Coast 2 Coast Around da'World

Your Community. Your Opportunity. Your Conference.
~The small business community is gathering in New Orleans! More than 1,000 entrepreneurs and small business professionals from around the state attend the Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI) Annual Conference & Expo to discuss the everyday issues of our work with small and emerging businesses.

World Cultural Economic Forum Convenes In New Orleans

Disaster Case Management Pilot Program Awarded To Louisiana

LA River Expedition Member Penalized for Participation

James Lee Witt Associates Awarded Contract to Assist State of Indiana with Storm Recovery

Tim Ryan on the ‘tipping point’
~ Deon Roberts

Many displaced renters remain on their own~Katy Reckdahl

Global Village
~Noah Bonaparte Pais

"All of these countries see Louisiana
— and I don't say this lightly —
as a country unto itself."

~Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu
Swamp Fest celebrates Louisiana Cajun culture and heritage through education and entertainment. This family-oriented festival gives visitors insight into the Cajun way of life through cultural demonstrations, music, food and crafts. The weekend salute to Louisiana's Bayou country at the Zoo features hands-on encounters with live Louisiana swamp animals and special animal feedings. Swamp Fest is free with Zoo admission.
~Audubon Zoo members get in free!

Mahoney's Po-Boy Shop ~Jaunted

The world's most bad-ass grotesques and gargoyles ~depUtydog
Special thanks, mysunsin

New Orleans To Do
At Krewe Of Boo~BBuzz

Delta Queen:
Memphis to New Orleans

~Here is the official schedule for the Delta Queen for the next couple of days which might be her last active days as overnight passenger steamboat on the rivers.

Bluebird at Colton School for Prospect 1 openings
~Also please see: Who wants to take part in building New Orleans'
first culinary incubator?

Henry Rollins Uncut:
New Orleans~Humid City

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


~A New Orleans hiker says she's about to reach her initial goal of planting 2,175 trees in the city following Hurricane Katrina. Hike for KaTREEna is the not-for-profit started by Monique Pilie. After Katrina, she hiked the Appalachian Trail and pledged to plant one tree in the city for each of the 2,175 miles she hiked. That last tree is set to be planted Thursday afternoon. With the initial goal reached, the group says it now hopes to plant another 100,000 trees in New Orleans.

My JAZZY La Nouvelle Orléans
~April Denise

La. shatters record early voting

First ‘anti-noose’ law arrest made --over LSU/Georgia Rivalry!
Drummer, a Georgia fan, said Parent (LSU) told him if Georgia won the game, Parent would have a “big surprise” for him on Monday. About an hour after arriving at work Monday, Drummer looked down and saw a large rope noose hanging from his workbench in his office, at 4346 Jeffrey Lane, he said. Drummer, who is black, said while he knew the noose was never intended for his neck, he was upset by its symbolism. When confronted about the noose, Parent, who is white, laughed, as did some of the other co-workers, Drummer said. Drummer said he only called authorities after his immediate supervisor said the noose was not a big deal. “How can you figure this is nothing? This is something that people died over,” Drummer said. “Black, white, pink or green, you should take offense to a noose, period.”

~Special thanks Lionel.

Nagin offers record budget

Can an infrastructure overhaul boost the economy?

The “F” word isn’t making friends in Texas, neither is big insurance ~slabbed

Galveston is in ruins, and a post-Katrina nation is unmoved ~Amy Wilson~An American town, not as glamorous as New Orleans but as interesting in many ways, is going under.
Its people are living in makeshift shelters or other people's extra second-floor bedrooms. Its churches are still feeding hundreds of meals a day, free to anyone who comes by.
Its shelters are about to close but are still full.
Its stores — if you don't count the two big groceries,
the Home Depot and the car repair shops — are trying to figure out how to open for a few hours, if at all.
Its tourist business is hard to imagine.
It has, essentially, no economy to help it off its knees and no press machine to call attention to its woes.
The trash, one debris company contractor told the local paper, will probably take two years to scrape off the streets.

Benefit for Sweet Home
New Orleans

Starbucks joins with (RED) in drinks promotion

NO LAB in RMB City [secondlife New Orleans + Second Life]

New Canal Lighthouse Winner of New Doors and Windows

Vicksburg Corps District to help with Ike cleanup

Corps Awards Contract For Jefferson Lakefront Levee Work

New Book Tells Story of Fire Fighters’ Response to Hurricane Katrina ~IAFF

Symbolic and Practical Interpretations of the Hurricane Katrina Disaster in New Orleans ~David Alexander

Harry Shearer on His New Album, the Election, and How He Keeps Track of All His Money

To give you a feel for what they have cooking...
• Second lines lead by Panorama Jazz Band!
• You want some Big Easy Roller Girls? 'em!
• Pussyfooters?...coming right up!
• The Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Sumo Wrestling Ring and free to all who want to work those stock market crashing pre-election jitters! Featuring the most badass custom tricked out calliope that plays off of vinyl (yup...VINYL!)
...must see to believe!
• NOLA Rising's Jailhouse Rock...
~~and much much more!

New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe and more ~Cheri's FabulousFoods

Video: Professor Longhair,
Earl King, Dr. John - “Big Chief" ~Muzzel of Bees

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Vitter demands corps' OK of MR-GO agreement in letter
~Mark Schleifstein

"The Corps is holding a gun to the state's head, demanding significant state matches and contributions regarding the project which are inconsistent" with the congressional authorizations governing the closure project, Vitter stated in his letter.
"The Corps' position is particularly offensive given the enormous environmental damage MR-GO, a Corps project, has caused over the last several decades."
Dave: Hello, HAL
do you read me, HAL?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave,
I read you.
Dave: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry Dave,
I'm afraid I can't do that.
Dave: What's the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Dave: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL?

I know you and Mary Landrieu,, Pump to the River, those fiends suing us over MRGO , restless wards of the Humid City, slabbed and an ill-mannered, self- proclaimed Beotchwolf named Editilla are planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
MR-GO where you think you’re going? ~slabbed
~Editilla Crowellas~
You do not want your ass SLABBED!
You do not want SLABBED on your ass!
This is your ass. This is your ass SLABBED!

~lil'Lagniappe from BBuzz

Three myths about codes of engineering ethics
~Michael Davis
~A myth is a story or belief that is truer to fear or wish than to fact. My subject is three myths which are common in engineering ethics: (a) that the earliest codes of engineering ethics put loyalty to one's client or employer ahead of the public interest; (b) that engineering codes of ethics should be mere (moral) guidelines rather than (legalistic) rules; and (c) that codes of engineering ethics are too vague to provide much guidance. Perhaps the only thing that these myths have in common is that they are all too common in discussions of engineering ethics, but I think they have more in common than that - they seem to be mutually enforcing.
~~Also from the CSEP.
And if folks are really interested in ethics as immune response...

Big (recovery) Chief like plenty of fire water~Library Chronicles

There’s a party in Nagin’s mouth, and we’re all invited! ~richard

Get Politically Punch Drunk at "Politics with a Punch"
~Your Right Hand Thief

CNN Special Reports on Crime Fighters in New Orleans

Catholics live in New Orleans churches to resist closures

Rescheduled Shrimp and Petroleum Festival to celebrate locals’ resilience

New Orleans schools welcome books

Campaign Aims for 3 Million Artworks to Clean New Orleans’ Toxic Soils~ecolocalizer

American Ecology Q3 below estimates, tightens '08 view ~Forbes

Coffee by Design~Ian McNulty
~Editilla Shem'schillas~
Yea more coffee!

However our poor Gambillero might need to pick up another cup or two, how about Cafe Rose Nicaud on Frenchman,
or Coffea da'Soularia,
3218 Dauphine St, 504-342-2484?
{And there is another "new" one at the corner of Royal where Zot's used to be --who's name exscapes poor wakeless Editilla...
--need... more... coffee... please, Gentle'rillas refilla our cup!:}
I mean, if you really want to discuss coffee in any neighborhood in New Orleans (but particularly Marigny/Bywater) let us not play around. Let us see these newby art galleries placed always amongst the proven Heroes of Bohemia they would deign to mimic by design, or challenge by pedigree, for our dollars.
We'll see how their bathroom graffiti turns out... if perhaps they offer something more than just another purty'mouth.

Starbucks Management Conference in
New Orleans Hit
with Unexpected
Union Protest

~“The union couldn’t be more honored that supporters in New Orleans - a city which has been preyed on so egregiously by big business and their cronies in government - showed such powerful solidarity with our struggle,” said Daniel Gross, an organizer with the IWW Starbucks Workers Union.~Related Story

Vermillion Lies in New Orleans

Eye popping shopping on Magazine Street~NODP

REM, Sack Boy and a Voodoo Doll~Karen Dalton-Beninato

Monday, October 27, 2008


Parishioners occupy two Catholic parishes~At St. Henry, an Uptown parish of about 325 families, a handful of parishioners took the first overnight shift of what they described as an open-ended occupation intended to save their church. And at nearby Our Lady of Good Counsel, with about 400 families, some parishioners began signing up to do the same after their last Mass Sunday night.

Design Flaws: The Other (Minneapolis) Shoe Drops ~Harry Shearer

New Orleans city charter amendment would give master plan force of law ~Bruce Eggler

The “F” word hits the road - finds Wall is dead end Street~slabbed

Bio Liberty~Food Music Justice
~The video is about US war veterans who are creating alternative energy and new building methods to help rebuild New Orleans.
~starts a little slowly, then gets VERY interesting. Thanks Ken.

More on Banksy
and The Grey Ghost
~casa de Charlotte della luna

~and nolarex.
~~And even more from da'Nolafugees

The City that We (Care) Can't Forget~False Hustle

New Orleans: The streets that care forgot~Mark Singletary

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Adds Landmark Historic Hotel in New Orleans

DSS holds hurricane shelter summit today

Council to vote on fish farms in Gulf~read more from Alabama

Sorry, Y'all, but Gentle'rillas know how Editilla just can't put it down sometimes...~Special thanks Musti's Radical Blog

Hiscox Says Hurricane Losses $175 Million; Plans New Syndicate

Ocean transportation and Logistics: Port of New Orleans poised for growth

Noooowwww They Tell Us! Da'Crane! Da'Crane!
~Expensive Billboard near airport. Special Thanks-

Sea Change for US Waterways
~New American Village

Investigators find Iraqi waste management project over budget, late~The Corps of Engineers has repeatedly promoted the project as a remarkable success. In April, for example, a news release said the project had been started in May 2007 and would serve all the homes in Fallujah. In fact, investigators found, the project was begun in June 2004 and was supposed to have been finished in 18 months.
Additional coverage here.

Calvados Caramel Apples with Salted Walnuts ~Serious Eats

Long Story Short:
Looking at lunch~Jan Risher

Who wants to take part in building New Orleans'
first culinary incubator?
~The Kitchen at Colton

Bayou Playhouse brings off-Broadway to Lockport
~Tri-Parish Times

Voodoo Experience: Two steps back, five steps forward ~WWL

Evelyn Francis 'Cookie' Gabriel, legendary N.O. jazz and R&B singer, dies ~Louisiana Weekly

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Grey Ghost busted! Radtke to face judge
~Doug MacCash

~According to witnesses, the MPs scolded Radtke and took him away in a patrol car. However, once he arrived at the police station, he was released without being booked. Later Thursday night, Major Bernedine Kelly, Commander of NOPD's Fifth District, reviewed the incident and issued a summons to Mr. Radtke.
Editilla Demures~ Angola Baby! God Help'Ya!

Aaahh Jeez Louie!
Hat T'n'T~Mosquito Coast

Peace march to honor N.O. victims of violence

Three parishes to hold final Masses~Bruce Nolan
Special Thanks~Krewe of Truth

A Huge Week for Church of All Souls~The Bishop's Blog

New Orleans celebrates its first Eruv~"An Eruv is an incredibly exciting venture for any Jewish community," said Rabbi Uri. "But our ability to construct an Eruv here is yet another green flag that the Jewish community of New Orleans is growing in a serious way and is perhaps one of the most engaging and exciting Jewish communities in America."

Chaplains on the River

Gumbo Granny Blogs From the Bayou for Obama
~Georgianne Nienaber

Colleges paid for evacuees' addiction maintenance medicine

New Orleans Groups, Leaders Make Big Housing Push ~BBuzz

Paulson’s purse and
Steve Bartlett’s plan~slabbed

Naomi Klein Interview ~OpEdNews

Peripheral Milit Urb 26 ~Subtopia
~Editilla Notellas~Drawn to this site by this article.

Could a levee save the island?
~Editilla Consuellas~And they call Us crazy?

Maybe Government Didn't Learn Much From Katrina ~Dan Hicks

'Living shorelines' eyed to stop coastal erosion ~Gary Mitchel

Mon River dam project likely to balloon to $1.5B
~"The $750 million project that began in 1995 and was to be finished in 2004 has morphed into a delayed effort that will not be finished until at least 2022 at a cost of $1.5 billion," said Stephen R. Fritz of the Corps of Engineers and the project's manager. And, the work could be prolonged even further and cost even more, Fritz said.
~Editilla Krewellas~We just want everyone to know that Louisiana ain't nothin'special.
The Corps of Engineers ain't partial to screwing our Grand Dame.
The Exquixotic Corps is an Equal Opportunity Impaler.

ERDC named lab of the year second time in a row
~The Vicksburg Post

~Corps facility has gotten honor 10 times since '89

Starbucks to help perk up N.O.
~Jaquetta White

Who wants to take part in building New Orleans'
first culinary incubator?
~The Kitchen at Colton

Hi New Orleans News Ladder,
you've been sent the following by a Chowhound moderator:
Sorry, but your posts were removed because we don't permit the use of our message boards to publicize even good causes and non-profit events.

We're 100 percent behind the effort to support what sounds like a great organization, but we cannot allow announcements about the event on our site. You see, if we allow you to do it, we've got to allow everyone to do it,
(Oh God Forbid!) and we have neither the time nor the resources to vet events or groups in order to decide what's a worthy cause or chowtastic event, and what's unworthy or offensive or scammy--or just plain commercial hype.
(Editilla Notellas~It took me more time to contact "vet" the subject of Chowhound's bite, the Kitchen at Colton, than it did for Chowhound to pull our posts and contact me with this missive... all of 30 seconds!)

As you know, we strive to make Chowhound a non-commercial place where people can freely exchange chow tips without wading through ads or agenda-driven hype, or hype of any kind, for that matter. Unfortunately, this means we must exclude the good along with the bad. We appreciate your understanding our position.
~To wit'yer oh'so humbled Editilla Responded:
Have you lost your mind?
Are you kidding me?
I do not understand why Chowhound has pulled my post on The Kitchen at Colton, or why they pulled my comment referring this eater to that fine effort, or why they disallowed my enthusiastic Kudoes for The Hooka Cafe's owner's offer / recommendation which still stands btw.
This is sudden and rude in its procedural disaffection.
I have always just enjoyed Chowhound and see nothing in my posts to have warranted this action.
I do not understand.

I thought we were supposed to celebrate the thing here...
--help each other out...Hold the Line.
It is with great regret that I pull all links to Chowhound from my own daily blog ala Groucho Marx.
I just wanted to have fun here, nothing else.
The New Orleans Ladder is All About Helping.

I will not support Chowhound
if Chowhound will not support New Orleans Food!
You have broken my heart, Chowhound.
Please finish this hatchet job and Pull My Membership Too.
Pull my library card, my leg, hell pull my finger too, but...
"As God is my Wetness I shall nevah go hungrey agaiyn!"
Editilla~New Orleans Ladder

~~And another thing, do you see Any advertisements on the New Orleans Ladder? No.
What you do see is there because we love it our city.
We care. We still Believe in the Saints.
You will never see any advertisements here.
Given your own garish fetish for Swanson Ads,
Please do not try to tell us you are non-commercial.
Why anger someone --like you have now? That is silly.

~Mai Tai Cocktail Gelée~
Photo: Lori Lynn
Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24:
Gourmet Retro Dinner Party
~TaStE WiTH ThE EyEs

They'll never know...
~Musti's Blawg

Mardi Gras in New Orleans
~History is made at night

Abita Springs taps into folklore
~Benjamin Alexander-Bloch

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Exhibits Jack Robinson Photographs ~NOPA
~More from Liz Goliwas Bodet

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