Saturday, March 28, 2009


French Quarter Fire
~Photograph: Tawnee Lynne

North Dakota Flood Sets Fargo Record, Forces Thousands to Flee
Provisional data from automated station.
Elev. datum 861.80'. (please click pics, always)
Below~Day pass: NOAA-15 2009 Mar 27 22:38 UT

Louisiana Help Headed To North Dakota~WDSU~"North Dakota didn't hesitate to send assistance following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and we're doing the same for them as they face devastating flooding that has caused many to be evacuated," said La Gov Jindal.
"The support we're sending will enable officials in North Dakota to streamline the evacuation and recovery process."

Rising rivers leave residents stranded~Roads in scattered areas across St. Tammany Parish became wading pools Friday, stalling vehicles and leaving some residents stranded, as river levels continued to rise.

Local corps office submits budget for 2010
~Mark Schleifstein

~The New Orleans District office of the Army Corps of Engineers has submitted a 2010 budget to the White House calling for more than three times as much money for construction and maintenance than it will receive in fiscal year 2009.

From the ASCE Research Library
~Up or Out? Economic-Engineering Theory of Flood Levee Height and Setback

~Water Rationing Model for Consequence Minimization of Water Infrastructure Destruction

Spanish Lake basin under duel threats of drainage and the BR loop tollway: coastal implications ignored~lacoastpost
Spanish Lake Conservancy

Levee district making Catch-22
improvements without Corps’
approval~Amy Wold

~The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has repeatedly instructed the South Lafourche Levee District to stop raising its levees without first getting corps review and approval.
But the Exquisite Corps has also informed the levee district that it doesn’t have time to review the levee district’s improvement plans.
(Emphasis and tagging all Editilla's, Y'all Honeys!)

More time for elevations
~Louisiana homeowners will have three more years to elevate and storm-proof their houses with help from the National Flood Insurance Program, and it makes sense to give them additional time to make their homes safer.

New Orleans rally draws thousands to protest violence ~Katy Reckdahl~T'n'T~ WCBF

Population Update
~Your Right Hand Thief

Liprap's Lament - The Line

Firesquito vs. The Grey Ghost!
~Editilla Chin'chillas~ Firesquito will beat the rude, white'bred angry Ghost! We know this because Firesquito is Herolero, born in the Burning Swamp of our fetid, crucified city. 'Squito knows from whence our Maid weeps, where her tears have fallen, to what they return washed away upon the walls our own damn'nation.

N.O. cops accused in grisly storm story ~Laura Maggi

Senate kills Vitter’s ACORN amendment ~Gerald Shields

New Orleans submits bid to host 2013 Super Bowl


Shuttle Discovery streaks toward Earth~In this image provided by NASA the International Space Station is backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere as seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation Wednesday March 25, 2009. Discovery and its crew of seven were due back Saturday afternoon, ending a nearly two-week mission that left the international space station fully powered with a new set of solar wings. (AP Photo/NASA)

How the Nation’s Only State-Owned Bank Became the Envy of Wall Street
~Josh Harkinson
~The Bank of North Dakota is the only state-owned bank in America—what Republicans might call an idiosyncratic bastion of socialism. It also earned a record profit last year even as its private-sector corollaries lost billions.

Debut novel full of New Orleans' musical past~Susan Larson

The Diary: Michael Moorcock
~"Unable to make it to Paris this spring, my wife Linda and I, along with our cats Bill and Betty, are heading towards the Mississippi Delta, via a science fiction convention in Biloxi.
With its tall Greek-columned houses, the holiday homes of southern aristocrats, Biloxi was once a rather genteel resort: Hove to New Orleans’ Brighton. But, after Hurricane Katrina, she is taking longer to restore herself than New Orleans and, sadly, might never come back as she was."

~Editilla T'n'T to

Professional Practice,
the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will receive the Big Easy Foundation Music Heritage Award
~Will Coviello

Kermit Ruffins: Livin' A Treme Life ~all about Jazz

Voodoo Fest, City Park, tourism
officials to meet Monday
~Keith Spera

Mick Fleetwood Hits Da'Road!
~Scott Simon

~The Mich Fleetwood Blues Band ain't stoppin...
fo'da City That Care Forgotten'Notten !?!?! Jeez Louie!
Somebody give the boy a call! Invite him to breakfast!

Friday, March 27, 2009


Midwest Braces for More Floods
~Volunteers worked to raise the dikes protecting the city of Fargo, N.D. They hoped to hold back the Red River, which is expected to reach record high levels by Saturday. Hundreds of workers began building a second set of dikes inside the primary 12-mile long dike to protect Fargo's main services.
Photo: Daniel Barry for The New York Times
~Fargo uses social networks to fight flood waters
ND floods force 2 power plants to shut down
~The Red River consistently confounds forecasters

Fargo, Dallas, New Orleans and the Corps of Engineers ~lacoastpost

Brace for more severe weather
~more weather from WWL

Rain storms cause flooding in Houma, sections of Terrebonne and Lafourche

Follow reporter, photographer as
they travel Bayou Lafourche
~Matt Stamey and Robert Zullo, The Courier and Daily Comet's modern-day version of Lewis and Clark, shoved off into Bayou Lafourche for a four-day, 56-mile canoe expedition. Check back often for updates straight from the banks of the bayou.

USS Hartford and USS New Orleans Undergo Extensive Assessments

Obama nominates ex-Miss. gov for Navy post

Corps shoots down park hog hunt, fears mistaken identity

A Gulf Coast Monitoring and Hazards Decision Support Tool -Enhancements Using NASA Products, Data and Models

Can Shaw Save The Big Easy? ~Jesse Bogan

Highways take back seat at
conference~Allen M. Johnson

~A light rail from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, aging drivers and inner-city development were among the topics at a regional future-of-transportation conference Thursday.

Jarvis DeBerry: Black-on-black hate needs love to match
~If black-on-black hatred and black-on-black violence are the problems, then clearly black-on-black love, black-on-black concern, black-on-black guidance and black-on-black accountability have to be the solutions.

Schwarzenegger Opens California Fairgrounds to Homeless Camp
~Michael B. Marois

New Orleans Gets Its Brews Back ~Nick Kaye
Special Editilla T'n'T to'da Big Chief Editorilla Kevin Allman!

Shiranai hito no yasashisa!
Rich Look will be headlining
Tennessee Williams Festival
~Chris Rose

Liberation Hiphop: Palestinian rap in New Orleans~hawgblawg

Album Review: Marcus Robert's 'New Orleans Meets Harlem,
Vol. 1'~Jacob Teichroew

New Orleans ensemble to perform March 29
~John Culhane
~Musaica, an ensemble of professional New Orleans musicians, are scheduled to perform March 29 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Thibodaux

Cassandra Wilson: Standards Transformed~all about Jazz

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


What's new at this year's
Tennessee Williams Festival
~Susan Larson
~T'n'T Bathrobe named Desire
Tons of authors signing and reading in New Orleans this week

New Orleans Newspaper Man Takes Pulitzer Prize
~Editilla O'Rilla d'Aphasia

...on da'beat~off da'record...
Rudolf Manson Vorkapic, publisher of the city's newest and most high'ly suspected "news" "paper", The New Orleans Levee, was apprehended in advance of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in a French Quarter bathroom (probably Molly's) (more likely The Abbey) (who knows...) with a Pulitzer Prize tucked quickly and surreptitiously in his trousers.
Alleging that he had "borrowed" it from the Tennessee Williams Estate--who itself, according to urban myth, had lifted the Prize from the Truman Capote Estate--who in turn had always maintained that Truman "won" his Pulitzer from Gore Vidal in a game of strip poker--Vorkapic also quite drunkenly noted that this particular sheet is still considered valuable despite its questionable authenticity and condition when discovered on his person by offcifers of the NOPD, to wit: rumpled, stained and covered with "tacky" finger prints.
According to former prosecutor Eddie Jordan, who has been retained to represent the Vorkapic Estate, the Levee publisher was allegedly spotted on a night in question with no answers in Pirates Alley, stalking Festival Luminaries, dressed as a Silver Cowboy and doing Stella Shouts with one of those little robot-sounding whizzlers. Indeed one Faulkner Bookstore employee, who spoke to da'Ladda on the condition of annonymocity due to the sheer'ass creep'ness factor, recalls even being tasked to keep an eye on Mr. Vorkapic as he skulked about the back of the store, leering around the Patricia Clarkson promotional section, loudly queering festival participants, passing tourists, wall paintings, anyone within earshot---"Do'ya really know what it means? Do'ya???"
Apparently Mr. Vorkapic's defense will be that this Pulitzer Prize is not supposed to have even existed, in the first place, and The New Orleans Levee is not a real newspaper, in the 2nd place ...and...and...he was actually just trying to Low-5 the ociffer in the adjoining stall, who he alledges he thought was fellow newsman Chris Rose...really...I swear's true...what?
At Press Time our Perp was last seen being led into OPP, the House of the Rising Pun, wearing the traditional orange jumpsuit but with the added accessory of a white, velcro straight-jacket and mumbling something about wanting to dig up the real Pulitzer
and "blow up real large".
More as events unfold.

Great Muppet Caper
~Your Right Hand Thief

There is no escaping the E-Maelstrom
~We Could Be Famous

“True Life Adventures” of a corporate lawyer~slabbed

Lafitte residents demand levee protection~Matt Scallan

LRA OKs generator program
~Allen M. Johnson Jr.

~State officials did not exactly salute retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré on Wednesday, but they may be on the same page as the “hero” of Hurricane Katrina. The Louisiana Recovery Authority approved a $32 million generator program to help cool the ill and elderly at hospitals.

Hump Day Ump Day
~Pierce O'Donnell

Ice jam break spills more water into Bismarck area
~Blake Nicholson

~One of Doug Stensguard's dogs, Annie, looks out over what used to be a 5-acre yard and an out building that is now flooded by the rising Red River, Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in Fargo, N.D. Stensguard built an earthen and sandbag dike around his home in the hope of holding back the rising floodwater from the Red River. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Pioneering Hospital Opens In New Orleans~The only hospital in the world dedicated to reconstruction for women facing breast cancer

Notes from New Orleans: The Return of the ‘Miracle Mile’ ~Walter Gallas

Two Boots: New York and
New Orleans make sweet pizza
together~Blaze Nutter

Nine Lives~Food Music Justice

New Orleans Rocks
~Barry Yeoman

Monday, March 23, 2009