Thursday, December 31, 2009


Editilla say, 2010 Bring It On ~Private Symbols
~Editilla Crowwwtellas~New Blogger Alert Thingy Yeah! Blogger In My Back Yard! NBATY BIMBY!
Yaasssah! Show me a Sign! Found a new blog'thingy yea'n'verily to start the new day wit'da JS Day. This fool, ahem, now loyal reader made the mistake of leaving a comment and, yes, complimenting your New Orleans Ladder! Snap Rattle'N'Hum!
Mwhahahaha silly blogger, now we have them!
Do go check out their other blogs too. This one above is just the one I picked for the extremely cool pict'chas.
Bit on that note, we'd like to thank all of our new blogger friends from this past year, many of whom we've seen dis-(ahem), graced, hung up'n'down this Ladder wit'care. And we do care, a precious endowment of hope and survivability, resting in a nuptial bed of Love and Grief, Sinn Féin, New Orleans.

New Year's Eve in New Orleans won't lack for music~Keith Spera
~Also~ Martha Alguera,

Why do people confess to crimes they didn’t commit? ~slabbed

Reflecting On Ten Years Of Change~Cliff's Crib

Listomania: The Decayed Decade

You don't have to put on the red light cameras
~Oyster @ Humid Beings

Process Matters: The Revolver Fund and the Chevron Deal
~We Could Be Famous

Maitri's VatulBlog


DHH to cut 450 jobs
~Michelle Millhollon

Disaster Questions~SEMP

Red River Flooding Solution Is a Problem to Some~Monica Davey

Investors see farms as way to grow Detroit~P.J. Huffstutter

New Orleans, Louisiana -Hurricane Katrina Sculpture

~Scrap House~Thanks Youz, Ponchartrain Pete

Outrageous Fortune~Culturebot

Waxing and Lamenting – Jim Russell Records in New Orleans
~State of the Re:Union

Catching Up: Plunge, Asmussen, Koorax~Rifftides

New Orleans is the One I Love SONOMA
~Business Musician's Blog

Let's All Go Down To New Orleans - Live At the Palm Court Jazz Cafe'
~Louisiana Music Factory

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Cheney's Game~Harry Shearer
Who'dat Just Left Chicago...#1 Glory'Bound for New Orleans

More New Orleans Saints anthems hit the airwaves
~Molly Reid

$3M grant to help rebuild decimated coastal reefs
~Harlan Kirgan

EPA used ‘backdoor' on greenhouse rule, critics say
~Jeremy Alford

Top-rate attorney didn't plan on law ~Kris Wernowsky
~Matt Schultz was part of a legal team of more than a dozen attorneys from across the country who helped secure a federal court ruling against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in favor of families affected by the flooding that ravaged homes in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. "It denuded all of the wetlands that act as a natural surge buffer. The channel grew three times its original design. They didn't take proper precautions along the levees," Schultz said. "It's important to remember that Katrina didn't sock New Orleans. The Army Corps of Engineers socked New Orleans."

New Orleans' venerable jazz joints at risk~Rick Jervis
~Editilla Matrix'lixas~
We just want to give Rick Jervis the Blue Pill.. or the Green Pill... or whateva Pill --until he Gets It that Katrina missed New Orleans and devastated MS but the Corps of Engineers hit New Orleans and killed over 1000 American Citizens. The good folks at, and the new cool blog On Levee Failures and a Weather Event, are nice people, waging a relentless campaign to rid us of such lazy journalists' Corps'pawned Katrina Shorthand misstatements of Fact.
But, after trying that way and contacting these offending parties, Editilla has moved past that and is Not Nice about this anymore and would gladly drag this gadfly faux'gumshoe into the street screaming at him: "You Idiot! Why can't you forking get it right? IT'S THE LEVEES STUPID!" But barring that, I hope our Gentle'rillas will join me in communicating Yet Again to Mr Jervis and his bosses that we expect factual reporting from USA Today. Toll'em I sent'ya!

What would it take to fully recover?~Heber Taylor

Jim Brown on airline security and the latest would be terrorist: Great Balls of Fire! ~slabbed

Levees Proving Less than Reliable to the North WA

Readiness & Survival in an Uncertain World: 3 Things You Can Do to Prepare Right Now!
~General Russel Honore', the commander in charge of the post-Katrina recovery, suggested that the most important lesson we should have taken from the Katrina disaster is that we have, as a population, lost our ‘survival’ instincts.
In a pre-world war II society, argues Honroe’, Americans maintained a ‘culture of survival’ where independence, self-sufficiency and rainy-day preparation were simply a way of life. Long term food and water storage and collection, along with essential survival tools and skills were commonplace in those days; people were realistic enough to know that in a severe emergency, they would have to rely upon themselves, not FEMA.
In fact, FEMA didn’t exist, at least not in the form or function as it does today. Our complacency toward personal survival today, argues General Honroe’, has crippled us.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court outlines emergency powers, duties of county courts
~Jim Hook
~A county judge in Pennsylvania can cancel trials and jury duty in the wake of a catastrophe.
The power is outlined in rules that the state Supreme Court ordered Monday. The 13 pages of rules tell how Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas will operate during a pandemic, natural disaster or other public emergency.

What is Money When the System Collapses?~The Survival Mom

Teacher program taking off in La. ~Will Sentel

My First Tracheotomy
~Crescent City Hack

New Orleans film classic Jezebel named to National Film Registry
~Dominic Massa

Poppy Z. Brite: Second Line
~Will Coviello

~Editilla Crowtellas~ As usual Coviello does the best "reviews" by making them "interviews", so we get the soup on this author along wit'da baguette to handle the rest.
Editilla wants everyone to go check out the comments and Stand On Finn Mac'Fuckmook. It is always those who don't who think they can. Mean People Suck, Nice People Swallow...
--New Orleanians bite back.

Silence is Violence benefit Sat: Dinerral shavers education fund ~Gambit

LiveDaily Interview:
Richard Vogel of Galactic

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


The 2009 Sneaky Snake Countdown~American Zombie

Blue Moon New Year's Eve: 2010 To Begin With Extra Full Moon
~Alicia Chang

~Blue Moon 1/31/99
“First get your facts. Then you can distort them at your leisure.”
~Your Right Hand Thief

Airport Security: Everything but Accountability~Harry Shearer
~If employees at the TSA (or the Corps of Engineers) see that there are no career consequences for dramatic and/or catastrophic screwups (for the latter, see New Orleans, 2005), they will have learned a regrettable lesson: there is no price to be paid for failure. In that direction lies more failure.

A Phrase Sets Off Sniping After a Crisis~Peter Baker

More Photos from Iran Unrest ~Payvand News
An opposition supporter stands near a police motorcycle set on fire during clashes with security forces in Tehran on December 27

World War III museum planned
~The New Orleans Levee

St. Bernard Parish breaks ground on new public works facility in Chalmette
~Bob Warren
~The Public Works Yard will cost around $1.8 million and consolidate the functions of five buildings that were destroyed by the Corps of Engineers in 2005, the parish government said in a news release.

Henry Wants To 'Re-Engineer' New Orleans ~WDSU

A mind is like a parachute. If it doesn’t open, you’re f#@%*d! ~slabbed

Habitat for Humanity Used, Distributed Chinese Drywall in New Orleans Following Hurricane Katrina
~Murphy Law Firm

Audit cites problems with program, Disaster expenses reviewed~Michelle Millhollon

Child-Governor Of Hurricane- Ravaged Louisiana Tries To Block Climate Change Regulation
~Think Progress

The decade that came and to enlarge.
Satellite Imagery from Landsat-7 and WAVCIS...9 years apart.

Shrimp dispute has fishermen confused~John DeSantis

Canal Expansion Sets Off Race Among Gulf Ports~Alan Sayer

Minnesota, Ohio join lawsuit against Illinois over Asian carp
~Mark Guarino

Elder continues Mardi Gras Indian craft~Katherine Schmidt
~Isaac Edwards had been sewing Mardi Gras Indian costumes for 69 years. Mr. Ike, as he is called, wasn't going to let a Corps Flood stop him from continuing that tradition.
Here he sits next to a small sample of his Mardi Gras Indian bead work at his house on Willow Street in Houma.

Dome Field Advantage! ~NOLAFemmes

Lucky dogs in New Orleans
~Safe & Sound blog, adventures of a woman and her seeing eye dog
~I wish y’all could have seen the big smile on my face when a message from the New Orleans Public Library turned up in my “in box” a few weeks ago.
Milton H. Latter Memorial Branch on St. Charles wanted to know if I’d come visit as a guest storyteller on Dec. 29, you know, while the kids are out of school for their holiday break. I couldn’t get my fingers on the y-e-s keys fast enough!

Santa's Little Brother attempts to steal small-plane, escape from Patriot'land, makes it until end.. of runway
~Santa's Little Brother, the one they don'talk about, AKA: Calvin Cox, got himself stranded in Maryland somehow, who knows when, probably a long time ago. Hell, maybe he stole Santa's sleigh one Christmas and couldn't fly it either, made it as far as Maryland? Maybe there is something going on 'tween Santa and him, kinda like a fallen'angel thing,,, like maybe Little'Bra became a Patriot Fan? And, well, obviously Santa is a who'dat... I mean, SAINT Nick... always laughing and callin'hos...
gets dressed up once a year to spread good cheer...

Interview with Walker Percy
~The Truth Will Make You Free

Ray Davies's heaven on earth: New Orleans~I might have been shot while chasing thieves in New Orleans almost exactly six years ago, but that's never put me off the city. I'd walked the same street countless times without incident and New Orleans will always be one of my favourite places in the world.

High school marching bands learn classic New Orleans songs
~Aariel Charbonnet

The Year in Music
~Noah Bonaparte Pais

Keith Spera rolls rock on the best local CDs of 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009


Who'dat!?~Canal St Chronicles
~ "Right now, what's heartache for me ... when you walk off that field and you've got guys out there playing their balls to the wall, and you've got folks in the stands screaming and hollering, 'Y'all (expletive) suck,' you know, you don't do that," Grant said.
"This team has worked harder than anybody I've been around for eight years. This group of men in the locker room, they work hard in the offseason. They do everything to be accountable to each other. Hey, look, we're 13-2 right now, we've still got a chance to go to Carolina and be 14-2.
The New Orleans Saints ain't never been 14-2.

"I mean, we know what we have to do as a team. But stuff like that ticks people off. Players don't want to hear that after they got out there and played over a 60-minute ball game.
Don't be a bandwagon (fan). Don't jump on and jump off. Don't do that. That ticks me off."
~Charles Grant
~Editilla Who'datellas~ Fuckin'A'Dat! Geaux Saints!
I don't even want to talk about all the crappy'doo and Boo'dat that was spewed upon da'Boyz BY OUR OWN GODDAMN FANS in the Sacredome and on the comments pages later last night. At one point I even forgot that this was a HOME GAME ---because I couldn't hear the Who'dats??? Such sudden disregard reminded me of that first week of the Flood in '05. We turned on each other with Nothing to save us from ourselves. That's how this feels.
We don't need that shit. We are better than that. And if y'all don't think you are an integral part of this team then move the fuck out of town, stay home, shut your trap. Go away, go to Hell.
Even dumb sports-challenged Editilla knows the difference between Pre and Post season, two completely different scenes, and I still BELIEVE we could win the Super Bowl! WHO'DAT!

Road Home program still a dead end for some New Orleans homeowners~David Hammer

Curly takes the stand ~slabbed

Birders get set to count area species~Amy Wold

Rain leaves bitter harvest for sugar farmers~John DeSantis

'Certifying' local levees in WA could be costly endeavor
~Andre Stepankowsky

Rise in sea levels forces drastic changes on Florida

Alexandria focuses on building movie business

How to Cook a Perfect Prime Rib ~Serious Eats

A Song for Humanity: Peace at Christmastime by Tina Micula
~Plutonian Mac

~Editilla wishes we'd spotted this one sooner. Thanks Mac!

Peaches Records Stays Rooted in New Orleans Music
~Kendric Perkins

Shamarr Allen–a very good year ~Geraldine Wyckoff

Sunday, December 27, 2009


Never Leave It Up To The Kicker ~Cliff's Crib
Photos of Protests in Tehran
~Payvand Iran News ...

~These photos by Arash Ashoorinia are from the protests held by the Green Opposition Movement supporters in Tehran on December 27 on the occasion of Ashoura. According to reports by the reformist web sites, four people were killed during these protests when the security forces fired live ammunition at the protesters. The nephew of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi is said to be among the dead.
~Death toll rises to 10~NYT
2010 will see unprecedented levee spending~Nikki Buskey

Cleveland Leads to Hell as Austin still doesn't 'Get It' and Time turns to the gods~Of Levee Failures and a Weather Event

Questions continue about construction of Olney Creek levee~Scott Mobley
~Redding, CA~ The Olney Creek dike was never constructed as envisioned. But the earthen berm apparently was built according to plans developed 30 years ago, city documents show. That distinction may not matter much to 648 south Redding households just east of the dike who learned earlier this year that they are losing their flood protection and will have to purchase expensive insurance.

Arkansas Lawmakers say levee data key for plan to avert catastrophe~Rob Moritz
~When excessive rainfall caused a breach in the old Skaggs Ferry levee system along the Black River in late March 2008, hundreds of acres of farmland upstream from Pocahontas flooded.
Randolph County Judge David Jansen initially thought it was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ responsibility to fix the break, but he soon determined that a levee district board was in charge of maintaining the eight-mile stretch of levee along the Lawrence and Randolph county line. Jansen also learned that the board no longer existed. “In the late 1960s or early 70s, the board members, they got tired of getting chewed out, basically, by the Corps of Engineers for not maintaining or operating the levee district, so they just quit,” he said.
Worried that the same scenario could play out across the state, with disastrous results, the Legislature this year adopted legislation requiring an accounting of the status and funding of each levee district in every county.

Tax Advantages Profit Blooming Nonprofits ~NPR
~The number of nonprofits in the U.S. has grown more than 60 percent in just a decade, raising concerns that some are exploiting the tax code's broad definition of charities.

Louisiana doctors working on 'crisis standards' for when medical system is overwhelmed
~Sherry Fink

NY area builders continue to take up tools to help survivors of Federal Flood

Sunday Funnies~Citizen K

5 Lawyer Quotes we loved in '09
~Lawyers and

~Memorable, thought-provoking, grounded in principle—and one that capped off an emotional trial in New Orleans and marked a victory long overdue—the following are some quotes from attorneys we interviewed in 2009…

Fight Back Center Grand Opening & Announcement of New Orleans Take Back the Land Initiative~Communities Rising

Yes, KBR, (and USACE) Congress is Talking About You
~David Isenburg
~"Seems to me WWII went okay, ...Corps of Engineers construction in both theaters. No cost analysis that I recall concerning which approach cost more or less, ... at least not from the CBO or other reliable sources. Then again I didn't hear stories of GI's killed taking showers, until these lunkheads took over."

Bring excess equipment home
~US Rep. Gene Taylor

Red snapper rebounding in Gulf, study finds~Cris Kirkham

Support builds up to return Amtrak's Sunset Limited

Public Relations Society of America Draws Spotlight Online
~Jack O’Dwyer

Payvand Iran News...

The (Blues) Christmas Train #5
~Robert Frost's Banjo

~Editilla Notellas~ Sorry we missed this one on The Day.

On This Day In Jazz Age Music

NolaFunk NYC

A Viper Night on Frenchman
~Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans

The Music of New Orleans Funk'n Blues Legend Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes

Saturday, December 26, 2009


New Painting from PWALLY!
~~and a story too!

"Red-Tipped Agave" 33 x 50" acrylic/canvas~Click to enlarge.

The Pussyfooter’s Blush Ball ~NOLAFemmes
Who wants to start drilling in the lake?~Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

The truth according to FEMA about AR Flood Zones (pdf)

Ivor van Heerden receives award for Civic Courage

Two Whistleblower Awards
Illustrate Need for Post-Katrina
Fixes~Jeeselyn Radack

Katrina the Clown wants mayor's seat~The New Orleans Levee
~Katrina the Clown has published her bumper sticker in all the major publications in town, and the Times-Picayune and Where Y'at?. She's calling on supporters to affix it to car bumpers or windows, home or store windows or wherever. The campaign recommends tape, and not licking the back.
~Editilla Wondabrellas~Will this affect The Skin Flynt?

The Lens: A New News Outlet in New Orleans
~David Winkler-Schmit

Coming up in Gambit:
Year in Review/Mad Men edition

'Islands of poverty' linger when public housing complexes are gone, study finds~Katy Reckdhal

New Orleans turns to Detroit for advice on blight; ranking Katrina
~Michael Luke

New Orleans police monitor answers more questions than she asks~Laura Maggi

New Orleans Hotels & Hostels
~Lonely Planet

La. snake breeder says he's in Oakdale to stay

B.B. King Joins New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Bill ~1960s Psychedelic Hippie Culture and Music

This is why it's so hard in Nola...
~Saturday Antigravity

~Cajun/Zydeco Dance Fest w/ Various Artists, Tipitina’s, 1pm, $10~Dash Rip Rock, Carrollton Station, 10pm
~Dr. John and The Lower 911, House Of Blues, 9pm
~George Porter Jr. and His Runnin’ Pardners, Howlin’ Wolf
~Joe Krown, Wolfman Washington, Russell Batiste Trio, d.b.a., 10pm, $5~A Very Merry New Years, Dragon’s Den (Upstairs)
Whadd'ya gonna'Doooooo????

And, when's the last time you... visited The Swamp?

Friday, December 25, 2009


Singer Vic Chesnutt Dead
Louisiana Land Trust
~Squandered Heritage

America Betrayed featuring voted to Top 50 Documentaries of 2009
~Humid Beings

Local to supply clay to rebuild New Orleans levees
~Greg Hilburn

District begins construction on new Morganza section
~Daily Comet
~Terrebonne levee officials will kick off 2010 by starting construction on their second new section of Morganza-to-the-Gulf since deciding to forge ahead without federal help a year ago.

MS levee plan would require big tax increase to build
~Andrew Oldham
~After being told by the agency's Vicksburg District that it would lose $133 million in federal funding if it didn't support the levee plan, the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District (levee board) voted 5-2 to build levees, not lakes, on the Pearl.
The decision came months after the agency admitted that it never studied the Two Lakes Flood Control and Economic Development Plan, the proposal that it was brought on to study, nor did it have any intention of giving the proposal a fair shot.
So let's get this straight. Instead of the corps being forced to do what it has already been paid to do, the board is now being strong-armed into supporting a plan that won't protect Jackson?
Where's the accountability? Better yet, where's the levee board's backbone? Shouldn't it challenge the corps' legal authority to cut off the millions in funding?

Scrooges and Stooges – State Farm attorneys pack the sleigh! ~slabbed

Cause of Ohio River lock failure

Floating Wind Turbines Set Sail

Oh For God's Sake, as if it's Not About the Money~Bob Dylan joins...
Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow in long list of Jewish musicians doing Christmas music

Cool Music for Christmas
~Plutonian Mac

Henry Butler, Donald Harrison play NYC New Year's Eve

Salutations: Seven New Orleans Images~Karen Dalton-Beninato

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Transparency and the Public Stomach~Harry Shearer
~I'll let the policy wonks continue their year-long exegesis (help me, exegesis!) of the health-care bill's details.
But one thing seems clear after the most drawn-out rush in the history of human legislation: this transparency thing definitely needs a re-think.

But rest easy Who'dats!

YouTube video brings attention to state’s coastal conservation
~Daniel McBride

~In three minutes, Spring Gaines is hoping to save Louisiana's coast. The 24-year-old Nicholls State University graduate recently posted a video on YouTube.
In the video, Gaines calls upon her audience to take an active role to protect Louisiana's rapidly disappearing wetland. Gaines entered the recording as part of Project For Awesome, an annual contest that aims to bring attention to charitable causes. Held this year on Dec. 17, hundreds of videos were posted on YouTube as submissions for the project.

Katrina, levees and Katrina 'shorthand' ~Dallas Digest forum
~Interesting facts here... particularly the fact that more people in S California are endagered by faulty levees than those combined hurricane areas of the SE, dispels a lot of pre-concieved notions.

A Call to Attention
~American Zombie

~Editilla tinks'n'tanks~ Given that we don't believe in a Big Man in Da'Sky wit'a Big Penis and a Big Book wit'our Name in It --and Big Red Check-marks trailing off to Infinity... we still all up and about Wishing Y'all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It is not lost on yer'ho'ho'humble Editilla that those weirdo'ponk celibate men in the early Church would co-opt this time of year for their Birthday God, as we all know the strength of our Mother Goddess upon these days and nights, twixt the zenith of dark and light, our movements now toward renewal, Spring Delights.
Thus within Da'Spirit of Rock'nRoll we thank Ashe Dambala.

Is Chaney the Grinch who stole insurance industry’s Christmas? ~slabbed

Is There an Irony in the House?
~A suspect in a wheel chair surrenders next to a police robot after an day-long hostage taking at a post office in Wytheville, Va.

FEMA-IPET Mississippi Coastal Flood Hazard Project (pdf)

The $500 million question:
Why repairing our levees keeps costing more~Ken West

Water Woes~Alex Woodward

Biloxi finds plenty of debris during inspection of water, sewer lines~Trang Pham-Bui
~Crews are going underground this week to see what kind of junk Hurricane Katrina left behind. The work is starting in east Biloxi, an area known for its aging drainage system.

Vietnamese Americans Battle Landfill in New Orleans
~Kari Lydersen

~Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

is engaged in the exploration of deep-ocean shipwrecks and uses innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology to conduct extensive search and archaeological recovery operations around the world. Odyssey discovered the Civil War-era shipwreck of the SS Republic® in 2003 and recovered over 50,000 coins and 14,000 artifacts from the site nearly 1,700 feet deep. In May 2007, the Company announced the historic deep-ocean treasure recovery of over 500,000 silver and gold coins, weighing 17 tons, from a Colonial era site code-named "Black Swan." In February 2009, Odyssey announced the discovery of Balchin's HMS Victory.

Lawsuit centers on La. carbon plant~Ted Griggs

Disney’s Lump of Coal
~Anthea Butler
~Unlike other critics of Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" who will complain that the princess was a frog for the entire movie, and that Disney stinted on the black princess, I’m going to go all out and say that the entire movie is a wholesale desecration of New Orleans, Creole culture, Cajun Culture, religion, zydeco music, the Evangeline story, and Louis Armstrong (I’ll get to that in a minute.)
Rolled up, Disney hates the South, period.

Photography by Leonard Lopp

~Rex Parade, Mardis Gras '06

Merry Majolica Christmas And How To Make New Orleans Cafe Brulot~*visual*vamp*

Music For Landscapes
~Virginia Prescott

Q&A with Leo Nocentelli

offBeat: Still Stirring Da'Pot
~Jan V. Ramsey

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


St. Scholastica seeking donations for victims of Abita Springs fire
Happy Birthday Harry Shearer!
~Editilla cut our teeth and sharpened our fangs playing
"Kick the Neocon", while Defending our New Orleans against all trollers in the comments section on Harry Shearer's Huff Post Blog that first year or two AD.
It could easily be said that he got me into blogging, though I would hesitate to shovel that dubious honor on such a creative individual.
Finding Harry Shearer online was for me like finally finding one of those huge truck-stops on the road at night in the cold in Wyoming... or stumbling into a bar in Memphis, which was full of Saints fans during this diaspora... or, even, snagging that ride out of town in a pick-up truck on the 7th day of the Flood.
It was such a relief to find a place where we weren't getting ripped to pieces and called all sorts of names, a place where actual issues were being published by Harry (and precious few other outlets) which would draw the usual vitriol but where we were able to respond and confront those stinking trolls and Bury Them.
I say 'we' meaning the commenters, the wounded and angry, the nolafugees, since Harry always plays it straight and smart but always responds --the only major media blogger to work their comments sections in such a way. Really, very few major media bloggers engage their audience in such a way and so quickly.
I have watched him the past 4 years Doggedly repeating the Facts of our Man Made Disaster in the face of Spin'filtration by actual paid Astro-turfers as well as the ignorant masses. Like the lead of a pack of hunting Catahoula, he doesn't back down.
All this other work Harry Shearer has done is funny, masterful and laudable. But, from the view atop this Ladder, New Orleans needs to understand that this man has almost single-handed kept our side of the story in front of the Major Media and Defended our city, his city, before the entire nation --with incredible style, love, intelligence, tenacity and aplomb. Sinn Féin, Harry...
--wit'a Big Happy Who'dat Birthday!

St. Rose drainage pump vandalized~Joy Hirdes

Development of a Multiscale Monitoring and Health Assessment Framework for Effective Management of Levees and Flood-Control Infrastructure Systems

County urged to join effort to require Corps to certify river levees~Saying that property values are at stake, state Rep. Bob Mehlhoff of Great Falls urged Cascade County commissioners Tuesday to get behind a local push to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to resume certifying river levees. New federal flood map rules being created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency require local levees to be certified, but the Corps of Engineers is no longer doing the certifications, Mehlhoff said.

Corps trying to kill viable flood control~Wyatt Emmerich

Insurance Department sues Metairie bond firm
~Rebecca Mowbray

La rice may rival Thai jasmine grain in US~The label of LSU's Jazzmen rice features Louis Armstrong.

State ag department organizes shipments of hay to stranded cattle in St. Charles Parish

Relocated Cajuns get homesick during Christmas

Who Dat? New Orleans in Lights ~Jason Perlow

Carol of the Who'dats
~Dat'Family Spud

Free Saints~offBeat

'Shotgun' nominated for best new American play contributing photographer Jeffrey Dupuis is proud to announce the publication of the 2010 New Orleans Music Festival Calendar. The calendar features the photography of Dupuis, whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, An Honest Tune magazine, and Included are shots of George Porter Jr, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, The Bingo Show, and more. Calendars are available locally at Louisiana Music Factory, Blue Cypress Books, and through
Local delivery and shipping are available.

Woodenhead - The Big Picture [1992]~Fusion Jazz And Something Else

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Corps proposes changes to plans for levee improvements in eastern New Orleans
~Mark Schleifstein

2A: The Only Option~Gambit
~By now it is abundantly clear that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intends to stick New Orleans with the fatally flawed floodwalls the Corps designed and built along the city's three outfall canals — at London Avenue, Orleans Avenue and 17th Street. No New Orleanian who lived through Hurricane Katrina will ever forget that the London Avenue and 17th Street canals catastrophically failed during the storm, playing a part in flooding tens of thousands of homes and killing more than 1,000 people. We also know that, in the wake of the storm, the defective floodwalls have not been fully repaired but merely patched where they failed. That is unacceptable.
~Editilla Rotellas~
We are growing increasingly uneasy about the Corps shifting Flood Funding around between the parishes, as evidenced in this article Friday in the Times-Picayune. This problem with the Pump funding in Jefferson parish was discussed this Fall in articles about the Corps secret, closed-door meetings in hotel rooms to find ways to slash $300 Million.
Now they are saying they won't have all the funding for some parts of Orleans Parish. The Corps will pit Parish against Parish.
They are setting up a scenario where there simply won't be any way to secure funding for Option 2 or 2A, as we will be scrambling with other parishes for the remaining, quickly dwindling pool of money. Thus, we Will Not get those old Failed Floodwalls replaced or dealt with at all.
Ladder Operative, PWALLY, managed to get this footage of one such Corps Secret Contract Summit, this one in Japan.

On May 26th, 2008, in view of the Huge Leaks flowing then, I inspected the 17th Street Canal floodwall Section 1 all the way to 17th Street and back on foot for about 6 or 7 hours, inch by inch.
You may read the rest of my post on this here.
Here is my description from that time, with a challenge to readers to go back today and survey that Old Bad Floodwall to see how it has remained. This is what the Corps would have us maintain:
The older section seams are what worries me. As far down as a foot in many of the seams (I stopped counting at 20 seams between joints) I could see daylight between the old joint compound and the edges of each section of Wall. I could see day light between the seams within 6 inches of the top on most of the sections, from RE Lee to 17th Street. They have done nothing to refit these seams with new compound or even newspapers. All up and down the seams in 3 out of 5 I could stick my index finger up to the first knuckle and on four seams I could stick my thumb up to the first knuckle and on one or two seams I stuck TWO FINGERS UP TO THE FIRST KNUCKLE at about 3-4 feet up from the ground between the compound seal and the old wall. Had I wanted, I could have easily dug out this very old and corroded joint sealant compound with my bare fingers--easily, a child could do it really the stuff just falls away it is so old. I would like to know why with the water down they did not think of replacing this stuff.
I mean on at least half of the seams I looked at along the older sections I could see daylight between the cracks--DAYLIGHT--at the tops and even sometimes little cracks about 2 feet down from the top of the walls.

Please everyone go and see for yourself. Please also check the seams of the wall for yourself as did I. Reach Up and Touch this joint compound and watch it crumble away.
Please do this and get yer hands dirty as We can get our hands around this threat and perchance feel out solutions together.
Plaquemines Parish residents worry about side effects of Chalmette Loop Levee
~Chris Kirkham

Southern California Public Radio uses Katrina shorthand

Melancon: Levee projects funded for SE Louisiana~WVUE

Scruggs files a nothing here, move on Motion to Dismiss Young v Scruggs ~slabbed

Pants'd HOPE, Polished Turds ~Library Chronicles

Ho'NO! We ain't Superstitious NO! Big Thanks, ADRASTOS

It's a Christmas miracle!
~Your Right Hand Thief

Christmas Miracle Needed Here
~Liprap's Lament-The Line

The Ghost of Christmas Future ~Toulouse Street

HELP Needed in the Parish ~Thanks Katrina

I Doubt Other Cities Have This Problem~Signs of Life in New Orleans

Letters I Sent to the Editors in New Orleans and Dallas
~World Class New Orleans

Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund Sponsors Essay Contest ~NOLAFemmes

Nature Center needs people to plant trees

Human trafficking one of local Fulbright studies

Displaced New Orleans Residents in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Results from a Pilot Survey ~SafetyLit

Rated X, For ToXic
~Erin Brockovich

perch. Dec. '09 CUE

New Orleans Sausage and Chicken Soup

Eggs Sardou Offer a Taste of New Orleans~John Griffin

Lunch Break - Second Linin' ~YatPundit

Carla's Christmas Carols
~Alex Rawls
~Jazz composer Carla Bley’s spent a career examining American vernacular music, so it’s just as weirdly inevitable that she’d eventually get around to Christmas music as it was for Bob Dylan. The results on Carla’s Christmas Carols are just as transforming as Dylan’s, though with more melodic results. Obviously.

Mexican Madness – Una Locura Instrumental (2002) ~doctorfuckwit

R.E.M. records in the Garden District, backed by local horns
~Kieth Spera

Mitch Woods’ Rocket 88s to Perform at Snug Harbor Tonight
~Jay Massa

It's coming Y'all! Jus'sayin, Editilla's Christmas is Mardi Gras.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Corps' NOLA 'storm-proofing' running out of money
Although the money was estimated long before any projects were designed, a Hurricane Protection Office supervisor predicted this week that it will be enough to deliver what the corps promised during a lengthy environmental evaluation of stormproofing plans: 15 of Jefferson Parish's 16 priority projects, and 12 of the 15 projects on the S&WB's list.
In New Orleans, where some of the projects are relatively more expensive than in neighboring Jefferson Parish, corps Hurricane Protection Office executive Rick Kendrick said the money should cover a dozen projects. "In Orleans Parish, it's a little more problematic," he said. "We told the Sewerage & Water Board all along, we're confident we can get the top 12 projects there, but we never promised that we could get all 15."

Hurricane-protection levees pit St. Bernard, Plaquemines
~Chris Kirkham

Jon Donley: The Corps is one of most powerful machines in the U.S.

Proposed dock won't hurt spillway operation, consultants say~Matt Scallan

Methodist Hospital rejuvenation deal stalls~Bill Barrow

Oh, what a tangled (Dr.) Webb
Nationwide and USAA are weaving – Hillier v USAA; Politz v Nationwide ~slabbed

Coast is sending a realistic, innovative delegation to the Capitol~Sun Herald

The high cost of hubris
~General Carelessness

Catastrophe Modeling and California Earthquake Risk: A 20-Year Perspective
~Risk Management Solutions

Funeral Tuesday in New Orleans for Chris Henry

It's a Christmas miracle!
~Your Right Hand Thief

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Flashback, 1950: Suburbanizing
New Orleans: the end of Charity?
~Patrice Frey

~The current LSU and VA development plan abandons Charity Hospital, one of New Orleans’ most iconic buildings, in favor of a disjointed and sprawling medical campus located to the west of the Charity and Tulane Hospital (see the proposed development plan.) To make way for this decidedly retrograde development, over 250 homes and commercial buildings in the Lower Mid-City neighborhood will be demolished. (Approximately 165 of these buildings are historic, and the National Trust named Charity Hospital and the adjacent Lower Mid-City neighborhood to its 2008 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.) Stunning.
That’s the best word I can think of to describe the irresponsibility of the proposed development. In a city that has suffered so much loss, so much devastation, how can the further destruction of a viable neighborhood be justified? And for what gain?
~Here is a viable alternative that includes rebuilding Charity Hospital as a world-class institution.

In north Lafourche, floodwaters still threaten homes
~Raymond Legendre

"With trenches full of poets...
Spanish songs in Granada,
oh mi corazón"
~Your Right Hand Thief

Judith Owen and Harry Shearer Holiday Sing-Along