Saturday, April 3, 2010


“How do you get people who are afraid of water to accept more water?” ~Amy Wold

Sen. David Vitter Objects Promotion Of New Army Corps of Engineers Chief
~"I have been talking to the Corps about very specific instances in which they have virtually vetoed critical protection projects actually mandated by Congress - like Morganza to the Gulf - through bureaucratic games. So far, their response has been largely more of the same," said Vitter.
"It's just like the 14 critical deadlines they've missed since Katrina and Rita. So I decided that the Corps leadership should be impacted by their own mistakes and delays just like Louisianians have for years."

Northeast Hit With Devastating Floods, As Federal Flood Insurance Expires Due To GOP Obstruction~According to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, there are 5.5 million flood insurance policy holders in flood plains, and as of this week, homeowners were rendered unable to renew their policies.
If any of those homeowners were victims of the current flooding, they will “face complications” filing claims.

Slidell voters' rejection of emergency-response measure puzzles leaders

Rotten eggs in the bunny-basket of news – Allstate, River Birch, Chinese Drywall plus a sniff of Congress ~slabbed

Brooklyn Bridge 2nd Line Parade brings 504 love to the Big Apple
~Greg Rhoades

~Also~this from Thursday's Humid Beings
~Editilla Rotellas~We just spoke to the director of this upcoming film, James Demaria, about its connections to the Treme, the upcoming David Simon series (or not), as well as the Karmaphor of their planning this 2nd Line well before the passing of chief Treme Writer David Mills this week. As you all can imagine, there is some spiritual overlap as with so much about our City of Living Metaphor. Thus, nobody's got the only ticket to ride here.
Editilla found James Demaria very open and Cool As All Get Out.
Contact him and say Thanks Youz. As Gentle'rillas can well imagine, Mr Demaria is fielding tons of questions on this subject, with great concern as to any confusion between these 2 Distinctly Different Complimentary Artistic Tributes of Life in the Treme.
We have only this to say: Go Check Out Their Website.
Make sure to hit the Big Arrow at the bottom and peruse the photography. Kermit Ruffins is Herollero to Editilla. We've eaten his BBQ, smoked his weed and loved his music for years.
If Kermit is involved in something, then we will want to see it and hear it, and I think you all will too.
What about a Parade for David Mills in New Orleans?

Treme and Frank’s Place
~Liprap, Back of Town

We Lost Our Undercover Black Man…

For the Birds ~Slimbolala

Check NOLAFemmes new Look!

Local writers' conference continues to hit the mark with attendees~Thad Angellos
~Anyone wanting to receive a critique, or simply find out more about writing, should head to this year’s 2010 Jubilee Jambalaya Writers’ Conference and Book Fair.

Zombie Blogs and How They Can Hurt You
~Editilla due'deferellas~ Well! We all know they aren't talking about our American Zombie blog, there only to help you.

Hat TnT~Bayou Buzz

Before, Now, Soon... in Central City, New Orleans

BR company Digital FX growing

Compressed natural gas has local potential ~Katerine Schmidt

Feds: Homes with Chinese drywall must be gutted

Tiki returns with Tales of the Cocktail's official drink
~Todd A. Price

Zatarain's Recalls Rice

Cornbread Nation
~Rex Nelson's Southern Fried

Festival International de Louisiane launches free app for iPhone~Jason Brown~The free application software, available for download in Apple’s App store, brings the free Lafayette festival, which begins April 21, to the iPhone.

Hidden attractions at Jazzfest

Devo gives red cone hat to Ohio
John Ellis, the Headhunters, Little Freddie King and more music in New Orleans for Sat.
~Keith Spera

Friday, April 2, 2010


Sarah Palin demands RNC remove Her Nameth from N.O. Fundraiser, fears competition from Party Fetishistas.
~1st Lady of the Coming Palinate, Dumbonitrix of the Young Eagles, Half-Governor of Alaska and One Fine Piece of Handmaiden's Tail Sarah Palin has asked the Republican National Committee (RNC) to remove her name from an official invite to a New Orleans fundraiser scheduled to be held next week.
{click da'pics}
Liprap has it the RNC has organized a four-day fundraising effort around the New Orleans conference titled Pachyderms on the Pontchartrain.

According to reports, Palin's staff has twice asked the party to remove her name from the invitation, and they also insisted that the request had nothing to do with the Bondage Voyeur nightclub controversy currently hand-cuffing headlines.

Orleans lawmaker Arnold wants the fox to guard the henhouse
~Alexandria Town Talk

~That's happened again this year, as legislators prefiled more than 1,900 bills covering the full range of important issues, including making it illegal to wear low-riding pants.
Hidden in this blizzard of paperwork is an attempt to hide the public's business from the public. This premeditated assault is in House Bill 1212 by Rep. Jeffrey J. Arnold of Orleans Parish, a place that knows something about hiding things from people. Arnold's bill would replace the state's newspapers of record as the required venue for publication of certain public information. In place of the newspapers, Arnold says: "The official journal of the state shall be a public website, maintained by the Legislature of Louisiana or its designee."
We wonda what The Lens thinks of this Paper of Record Stuff?

Treme: the review~Kevin Allman
~Set three months after Katrina and the federal flood, Treme announces from its opening credits that it’s not a dirge for the city (the theme is John Boutte’s joyous “Treme Song”), and yet it’s serious. Within the first 20 minutes, a Tulane English professor played by John Goodman (and based not so loosely on the real-life professor and blogger Ashley Morris) corrects a smirky British TV newsman about what inundated the city:
the failure of the federal levees, not Katrina itself.

Treme Captures the New Orleans Funeral Only Too Well
~Julian Sancton

"Treme" creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer talk about the late David Mills

A Conversation With David Mills
~Emilie Nussbaum

New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, Disaster Scholars: what remains?
~Editilla turns like a worm in a lawnmower~
What happened to the Federal Flood? The Engineering Failures? The Man-Made Disaster that Devastated New Orleans?
That is my main problem with this article and this geographer,
to wit: it wasn't Katrina --IT'S THE LEVEES, SILLY!
If you don't get past the Fact that Katrina did not devastate New Orleans, then all your data that comes after is nothing more than White Sugar Icing on an Ivory Tower.
We aren't going to hold it against Campanella because the rest of the excerpt as well as Part 2 is really interesting, and we should give him the benefit of the doubt until reading his book.
But he really should know better. It was a Federal Flood.
Disaster Scholars seem to be sprouting up lately all across the country making their Names on Katrina, how that compares to Haiti, Chili, the Tsunami, selling myths without engineering.
We call this Katrina Longhand, instead of Katrina Shorthand.
Journalists and Editors do Katrina Shorthand to Frame the Flood.
Disaster Scholars use Katrina Longhand.
But the Times-Picayune Knows Better!
It's the Levees, you Silly Geese, Not Katrina.
Stop Saying Katrina Devastated New Orleans.

Federal post-Katrina aid office closes~Gerard Shields

Louisiana National Guard Assists With Coastal Restoration

Subtask: Geologic Framework and Holocene Coastal Evolution – Eastern Louisiana Region

MS River Flood Alert Memphis

Hey, Congress, quit messing around with flood insurance
~Jarvis DeBerry

Citizens insurance rates to rise ~Ted Griggs

A Matter of Perspective:
Times Are Tough All Over
~Cliff's Crib


Port expansion plans~Anita Lee

Louisiana's Oil-Services Industry shocked, pleased by drilling plan

V-Vehicle project 'probably dead'
~Monroe News Star

Efforts to save AL oyster reefs

Most levee fixes made in Dallas

UMCOR releases final funds for Katrina relief

March to Fulfill the Dream:
New Orleans to Detroit!

Happy Good Friday NOLA!

Even Jesus wishes he had a little'mo time...

*And lest we forget, without the Mother what of ReBirth?

With your mercury mouth in the missionary times,
And your eyes like smoke and your prayers like rhymes,
And your silver cross, and your voice like chimes,
Oh, who among them do they think could bury you?
With your pockets well protected at last,
And your streetcar visions which you place on the grass,
And your flesh like silk, and your face like glass,
Who among them do they think could carry you?
Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands,
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes,
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums,
Should I leave them by your gate,
Or, sad-eyed lady, should I wait?

With your sheets like metal and your belt like lace,
And your deck of cards missing the jack and the ace,
And your basement clothes and your hollow face,
Who among them can think he could outguess you?
With your silhouette when the sunlight dims
Into your eyes where the moonlight swims,
And your match-book songs and your gypsy hymns,
Who among them would try to impress you?
Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands,
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes,
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums,
Should I leave them by your gate,
Or, sad-eyed lady, should I wait?

The kings of Tyrus with their convict list
Are waiting in line for their geranium kiss,
And you wouldn't know it would happen like this,
But who among them really wants just to kiss you?
With your childhood flames on your midnight rug,
And your Spanish manners and your mother's drugs,
And your cowboy mouth and your curfew plugs,
Who among them do you think could resist you?
Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands,
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes,
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums,
Should I leave them by your gate,
Or, sad-eyed lady, should I wait?

Oh, the farmers and the businessmen, they all did decide
To show you where the dead angels are that they used to hide.
But why did they pick you to sympathize with their side?
Oh, how could they ever mistake you?
They wished you'd accepted the blame for the farm,
But with the sea at your feet and the phony false alarm,
And with the child of a hoodlum wrapped up in your arms,
How could they ever, ever persuade you?
Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands,
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes,
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums,
Should I leave them by your gate,
Or, sad-eyed lady, should I wait?

With your sheet-metal memory of Cannery Row,
And your magazine-husband who one day just had to go,
And your gentleness now, which you just can't help but show,
Who among them do you think would employ you?
Now you stand with your thief, you're on his parole
With your holy medallion which your fingertips fold,
And your saintlike face and your ghostlike soul,
Oh, who among them do you think could destroy you
Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands,
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes,
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums,
Should I leave them by your gate,
Or, sad-eyed lady, should I wait?
~Bob Dylan

Will Bernard Trio at D.B.A.

Music crosses the social, political divides of Louisiana
~Carol Forsloff

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Hurricane on the Bayou
~Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep and driven by a rousing Jazz, Blues and Gospel-fueled soundtrack, Hurricane on the Bayou is both a haunting document of a storm’s human effects and a compelling call to restore Louisiana’s wetlands, rebuild New Orleans, and honor the place where America’s most vibrant home-grown culture was born.

Environmental groups seek fix for Gulf dead zone~Nikki Buskey

Everglades deal in jeopardy after judge’s ruling

Contract awarded on first of seven delayed levee projects in eastern New Orleans
~Mark Schleifstein

Food Access Five Years After the Storm and Federal Flood
~Center for American Progress

~The Circle Food Store in New Orleans sits idle in this photo made February 23, 2006. Five years after the Federal Flood, many New Orleans residents still struggle to gain access to basic amounts of food, despite their rich food history and resources.
Editilla Potellas the billboard above the Vacant Food Store.

*Special thanks to Scout Prime at First Draft

'Treme' 'Do What You Wanna' clip focuses on John Goodman's character, levee failure
~Ashley on How insensitive.
~Ashley said on August 4th, 2007 at 12:00 am
Hey Nance, way to include a ton of pub­lic works projects, but omit the one that killed over 4000.
It’s going to take shit like this hap­pen­ing to peo­ple who live in Amerika, as opposed to those of us who “should have known bet­ter than to live there” for you all to real­ize that infra­struc­ture matters.
Oh, and we’re the UNITED states, last time I looked.
To quote the cover story in Time this week: “The most impor­tant thing to remem­ber about the drown­ing of New Orleans is that it wasn’t a nat­ural dis­as­ter. It was a man-made dis­as­ter, cre­ated by lousy engi­neer­ing, mis­placed pri­or­i­ties and pork-barrel pol­i­tics.”
Wow. 5 whole peo­ple dead. Call me when 800 more bridges col­lapse, then I’ll give a fly­ing fuck.
Our fate is your fate, and we’re fucked.

More details emerge on why will love TREME

What's the New Orleans stereotype that you're most tired of seeing on screen?

New Orleans Second Line over the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend! ~Treme Life

David Mills, ‘Treme’ Writer, Remembered By Peers

The New Orleans Levee and Gambit to merge operations
~Angus Lind

N.O. Avoided Catastrophe in '73 ~Simon Sez

“Charters are doing a heck of a job,” post-Federal Flood of NOLA ~Fred Klonsky

Misunderstood, like Jesus ~Monkeyboy

Tit for Tat and boobs in the news! ~slabbed

State Farm of Louisiana seeks 9.9% increase for home coverage

Judge won't stop hospital projects ~Project Nola

Conference to Explore The Rightful Place of Science

Facebook rhetoric reveals mindset of beleaguered NOPD officers and supporters
~Eli Ackerman, The Lens

~Editilla Bow Wowrillas~
It appears that Mr. Ackerman may have waxed Eponymous?
Based on the nearly incomprehensible idea of “Facebook Rhetoric” (still can’t get my Mind around that one:) we now have the phenomenon of getting “FACEBOOKED”. Or, in the case of our Ferrel 5-O, we might hear…FACEBOOK’EM DANO!
Sorry, Editilla was born on April Fool’s Day.

Disgraced lieutenant killed

"Black Rage in New Orleans" ~HEPPAS Books
~New from Louisiana State University Press: Black Rage in New Orleans: Police Brutality and African American Activism from World War II to Hurricane Katrina by Leonard N. Moore.

Eastern New Orleans typewriter repairman is last of a breed
~Danny Monteverde

Use this recipe (or your imagination) with shredded phyllo dough~Judy Walker

Women’s Spring Literary Salon ~NOLAFemmes

AASL Seeks School Library Presentations for ALA 2011 Annual Conference in NOLA

"Bellona, Destroyer of Cities"


Wednesday, March 31, 2010


David Mills, Treme writer and "Undercover Black Man" blogger dies of a brain aneurysm
~‘Treme’ is less than two weeks away.
~Comments from Deadline Hollywood
~New York Times~
Huffington Post
Your New Orleans Ladder extends our deepest sympathies to David Mill's Family, David Simon, the loss of his close friend, and the entire Krewe Treme for the loss of their generous Master Artist and his creativity on future episodes.

New Orleans Second Line over the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend!

'Treme' 'Do What You Wanna' clip focuses on John Goodman's character, levee failure
Landrieu transition team:
"We’re not required to follow state sunshine laws"
~Steve Beatty, TheLens

Levee clay stockpile plans chafe some residents of St. Charles and St. John parishes~Matt Scallan

Levee lowered, debris removed?

River’s levels trigger precautions

Dutch Dialogues 3 April 7 - 11

Hurricane storm-surge warning under consideration

Community Meeting on Sustainability in New Orleans: Mar 31st~Help Holy Cross
~Hat Tweet~Environmental Defense Fund Louisiana

Black residents of Mossville win hearing in legal battle over industrial pollution
~Mark Schleifstein

Forked! “Bifurcation for Dummies” – a Rigsby qui tam Update (part 2) ~slabbed

Mid-City hospital momentum should stop immediately, preservationists tell judge
~Bill Barrow

State closes oyster harvesting areas in Jefferson and Lafourche parishes

Students seek to improve coastal environment~Daily World

Louisiana wetlands loss: Landsat
~In a recent survey of 17 wetlands using Landsat satellite imagery, Jim Coleman, a coastal geologist at Louisiana State University, found that all had declined very quickly in recent years. Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, shown in this pair of Landsat images, are among those that are steadily disappearing.

UK 'Climategate' inquiry largely clears scientists
~Hat Tweet~Mark Schleifstein

9 Surprising Fish Farming Facts

Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time

Offshore oil expansion to include N.C. coast~Barbara Barrett

Source says production starting at big Gulf hub~Brett Clanton

Registration And Housing Is Now Open For WEFTEC 2010
~The Water Environment Federation's 83rd annual technical exhibition and conference will take place October 2-6, 2010 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. As the largest water quality conference in North America and largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, if it's about water (particularly the Drinking Water Industry) it will be at WEFTEC.

Haiti: Addressing Atrocities Following the Quake
~Suzan Song

NYers begin recovery from vicious rainstorm

As Flood Waters Rise, Writers Pitch In to Save New England ~Con Chapman

Director, New Orleans Field Office (Part Time)~Nat. Trust for Historic Preservation

Once envied, America's aging infrastructure is in alarming shape~Michael Godfried


A Second Big Bang In Geneva?
~Michio Kaku

Meet The Authors in New Orleans at McDonogh 42

N.O. Brew – French Vanilla 64 oz. New Orleans Style Fresh Cold-Dripped Iced Coffee

Benefits featuring music and wine to help disenfranchised workers in South Africa
~Brett Anderson

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


So noowww the Times-Picayune editors see a problem with Corps Floodwall Delays? Oh Shap!
Maybe they should not have Mixed their Paper Mache so thoroughly into those Corps floodwalls meetings.
Rather than the canary in a coal mine, this paper is more the addled parrot in the crows nest of a sinking ship.
Why, just ask Jarvis:
Jarvis DeBerry Sheds Alligator Tears for delayed floodwalls in East New Orleans

“Home” wins Best Documentary again!

*Sinn Féin!

Managing water and flood protection for New Orleans:
A new paradigm
~Royal Netherlands Embassy

~The outcomes from the Dutch Dialogues 3 will be presented at a public forum during the American Planning Association's National Planning Conference form 10 a.m. @ noon on Sunday, April 11, at the Hilton Hotel, New Orleans.

Interactive Map of U.S. Population in the 100-Year Coastal Flood Hazard Area ~NOAA~Hat Tweet~ EDFLouisiana

Environment is key for ex-Saint
~Hat Tweet~GRN HealthyGulf

Excellent Data Base for Louisiana Coastal Wetlands

Bayou Manchac Mitigation Bank opens

Black Bayou Mitigation Bank Phase IV Now Online

Corps says it finds little bank erosion in Plaquemines Parish
~Amy Wold

Hurricane storm surge risk report points to south Florida damage potential
~Mark Schleifstein

~The most dangerous ZIP codes in the New Orleans area -- 70003 and 70005 in Metairie, each with a potential $2.3 billion in residential property damage -- rank 14th and 15th among those in the study. Northline Drive in Metairie, in ZIP code 70005, was photographed with about 3 feet of standing water on Sept. 6, 2005, a week after Hurricane Katrina.
~Editilla Notellas~Of course we covered this study on yesterday's Ladder, from an article on Corpus Christi.
But also, here's another take on this Surge Meme,
and here: Too-Big-to-Fall American Insurance Giant.
~Regarding the beautiful photograph above, I at first thought that was City Park, or near it. I spent a long afternoon during the Flood inside City Park. I have not written much about that scene.
It was deep, and dark and very still, unquiet water.
I really even now don't know how to describe those trees in the interior of the park. It was very much like that photograph in the way everything reflected what floated above with what lay below.
I saw things I cannot describe, and heard things I cannot repeat, save one sentence that kept sitting in my ears like a chant you can't get out of your head: "Broken Limbs Follow Broken Roots."
I heard this the whole time in the woods --but not after leaving,
over and over as I waded in, not a whisper or wail, a declaration.
I mean, people really shouldn't doubt that Editilla came about our broken sanity honestly, at least for the most part.

McKinsey consulted with State Farm on Xactware estimates following Katrina – Schafer v State Farm ~slabbed

Vicksburg, MS acquires former useless Flabship Towboat from Corps of Engineers
~Editilla schwwwwwi'nolas~
I know that readers may wonder (to put it nicely) about my visceral hatred for the Exquixotic Corps and their fuckmook minions. I do not do this for fun. But this is the criminal gang who flooded my city, almost killed me and killed a few of my friends.
These are the same assholes who look us right in the eye while they drown the baby in the bywater.
But then there is this stuff ya'jus can't make up!
They are unloading the Mississippi MV IV since they have the "newer" model, the Huger and Mo'Expensive MV Mississippi V.
since they don't actually use USGS flow data, they don't even know the current levels of the very river they have ruined from their own failed flood control policies, they were unable drive their poor Flabship towboat to a Public Relations Function upstream of the bridges in St Louis during the Corps Midwest Flood of '08! And Batter My Butt, She is a Behemoth!
Bwhahahaha... I ain't makin' this stuff up!
I am angry that these creep murderers can get away with this shit while our levees are still Leaking, not "seeping", not "bubbling", LEAKING! Yet, this goddamned hugemungous thingfish boat is too large to navigate the river during flood season! Hahaha!
This would be funny if it weren't so...ostentatious and actually too large for effective towing as well, as the channel is nowhere wide enough for the size tows that Thing is built to push.
I have built towboats and barges for a living. So while I can certainly appreciate the Yacht'see Staterooms and excellent boat-building, I have to tell you: commercial shipping doesn't fuck around with vessels this size for obvious reasons of operating costs. Too big for just the couple of barges that the Corps pushes,
this Fat Lady Flabship is just Bling'in Expeeeensive PR!
But that's the Corps, eh? All they use it for is Public Relations.
Looks reeeal impressive to ride around (where it can fit), and show up in the largest towboat in the nation, if not the world.
One can only wonder how much the Corps stuck it to Vickburg for the previous model of this worthless piece of tax-fraud?
The Corps sure has its funding priorities square there, huh?
Not enough funding for adequate flood protection --yet enough to keep this Ho'float until you unload it on some small river town that had the happenstance to become a District HQ. What'say the next "Get To Know The Corps" meeting be held in Congress with the 8/29 Investigation?

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize and Stay on the King's Highway
~Riverside Nola

~Are we not men?

Marva Wright to lie in state at Gallier Hall on Today

Calypso music event launches Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Invoking Ireland - the Sound of Avoca ~WWOZ

Monday, March 29, 2010


Corps' stalled projects in eastern New Orleans increase flood risks, endanger residents
~Mark Schleifstein

~Editilla Rotellas da'Hotella on da'Cotella~
See the Corps. See the Corps play 3 Card Monte.
Please see how the Corps of Engineers is very skillfully playing all these sides against their middle, to wit: has established Conflict with the City of New Orleans City Council, Levee Authority, the State Coastal Restoration and Flood Protection Authority, the state highway dept, the Railroad, the contractors and their own Corps Justice Dept lawyers...Oh, and We The People.

Plaquemines Parish eyes upcoming hurricane season warily~Maya Rodriguez

Study commissioned by accepted for presentation at LSU conference

Yay! is now following Editilla on Twitter!
~Editilla Croons Crowtellas!~
Talk about getting smacked by an Angel! Ha! Yer'Ho'So Humble Editlla greatly appreciates this kind gesture. Mushy me,
we understand how the machinery can get kinked.

Corps branding Levee standards in St Louis

American Farm Bureau sues Corps in Clean Water rule

Could an Urban “Jobs Surge” Boost Storm Surge Protection for Coastal Cities?

We Can Learn Some Things From The Europeans

About the Dust Jacket of The Mississippi: A Visual Biography
~Quinta Scott

Finally! Monday Slabbed

Police chief search a controversy in New Orleans

Big Dog Mayor Mitch Landrieu may appoint deputy dogs

~Editilla Bo'tellas~This is a funny'fun'fun'haha tribute.
We wanna like Mitch Landrieu, and we do appreciate the way he is setting up his administration with a lot of smart people from all over NOLA--particularly his Flood Protection Task Force.
Let's face it, after 2 terms of He Who Shall Remain Nameless,
we may take some getting used to actual executive government.
We'll see if losing Charity Hospital will become his Term Limit.

Child-Governor Bobby Jindals says we are all Freidmaniac Disaster Capitalist now, in dire need of Shock Doctrine

*Notella~The above film was made before the US Army Corps of Engineers flooded New Orleans 8/29/05. Naomi Klein has since expounded specifically on New Orleans here.

Obama's Bagram Fly-In: What He Didn't Visit~Harry Shearer

McCain False On Katrina Investigations~“I have supported every investigation and ways to find out what caused the tragedy.” McCain Voted Twice Against Establishing A Commission To Study The Response To Hurricane Katrina. McCain voted against amendments establishing a Congressional commission to examine Federal, State, and local response to devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in US Gulf Region, especially in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama.

Republican National Committee Chillin' $1,900 for night at bondage-themed bar
~Your Right Hand Thief

For the second time this year, Congress allows National Flood Insurance Program to expire
~Rebecca Mowbray

Insurance Industry Study says Surge damage could hit $4.7B
~The figures are based on damage not from wind but from storm surge, the rise in sea level caused by large tropical storms, from a study by First American Co., a large company that offers title and specialty insurance and property information. The study included only residential property, so Corpus Christi’s total risk including commercial and industrial properties is much higher. The dollar amounts include only real property, not other belongings that likely would also be lost in the storm.

AIG Increases Concentration of Storm Risk With Divestitures ~Bloomberg

Natural Gas Gaining 50% for Goldman as Exxon Bets $28.5 Billion~Reg Curren

Is Our Water a Commodity More Valuable than Natural Gas?

'Han Dynasty' Refuses China Pullout ~Hammond Action News

Popetrator opens Holy Week, urges fleeing flock not to follow petting rumors

Chocolate Easter Bunnies:
Taste Test ~Serious Eats

Passover Crawfish Boil Pics

Picturesque town makes you think of New Orleans, but smaller~Carol Rust

Pictures at a Revolution
~Citizen K

Why Treme Matters: HBO Preparing NOLA for its Close-Up ~Karen Dalton-Beninato

Big movie closes part of French Quarter ~WWL

Cat People (1982) Film Review ~Michael Doherty

*Video dedicated to the Krewe of CATs

Guitarist back in music after tragedy~Hope Rurik

Rad Gumbo: A New Orleans All Star Tribute to Little Feat

Louis Prima Centennial Tribute at this year’s French Quarter Fest

Music community loses two more icons only days apart
~Geraldine Wycoff

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Crooks want to work for NOLA? Let them sue~Jarvis DeBerry

State possessed with demonic $1.7 billion shortfall
~Michelle Millhollon

~Governorcist Jindal’s Repeal of Stelly Plan Was Previously Predicted to Cause Serious Budget Problems ~CenLamar
PAR, CABL assess activity ~Mike Hasten

Bob Marshall: Louisiana lawmakers seek to divert funds from Conservation Fund - again
~So, how would you feel if your hunting and fishing license fees were helping staffers at, say, the Department of Education, enjoy steak dinners while on the road? Or, maybe defraying the cost of Gov. Jindal's fancy car?

LSU scaling back?

Reasons for Hope in NOLA: Money to be Spent, Things That Have Been Done
~World Class New Orleans

Why can't Corps of Engineers leave our trees be? ...or, Fo'Whom Da'Bell Be'Tollin Next? ~Stuart Leavenworth

Analysis: Dallas' crucial levees only grew weaker as city debated park, toll road plans
~Michael A. Lindenberger

Numbers show fewer homes, higher prices since Katrina
~Katherine Schmidt

Images of New Orleans Neighborhoods 2010 Part Six: The Columns Hotel~Bill Ives
~Okay, the Columns Hotel is not a neighborhood but it is located between the fifth and seventh neighborhoods in this series. It located on the edge of the Garden District on St. Charles Ave. and the edge of the Uptown area above St. Charles that I will cover next. My grandmother was the manager in the 1950s and I would visit her often. Her room was on the top floor and I remember the sky light and stairs. I have stayed there a number of times in the past few years, including once in my grandmother's old room on the top floor. It is located at 3811 Saint Charles Avenue. Click pic to enlarge and magnify.
~Editilla Gotta Bellatella~ I Lived Here! Yes! Way back in 1979, we moved to New Orleans after dropping out of our first semester at college, got a job at Pat O'Brien's the day we came to town, and found a room at The Columns about 2 weeks later. Back then the house sat, ahem, well before its latest grace of unbelievably beautiful restoration.
Still very green to the City, 19 years old fresh outta the MS Delta cottonland, I had gotten off the street car at random right in front of the place. It was a dark and stormy night (HA!) and the Columns was hosting a Wake for W.B. Yeates... so I rushed in to get out of the rain, having no idea at the time who this Yeates had been nor when. They had set up a casket in that Front Left Room. There was nothing really of the configuration displayed today, it was much more of a Big House, but with a Check-in desk.
New Orleans used to have a Lot of these type check-in desks.
And there was a Real Body in that casket as beautiful people laughed about the corpse like old friends. Yet, just as I had begun to think I'd stumbled into an actual Family Wake, someone in an Undertaker's tuxedo stood onto a chair as if to recite poetry...
Now as at all times I can see in the mind's eye,
In their stiff, painted clothes, the pale unsatisfied ones
Appear and disappear in the blue depth of the sky
With all their ancient faces like rain-beaten stones,
And all their helms of silver hovering side by side,
And all their eyes still fixed, hoping to find once more,
Being by Calvary's turbulence unsatisfied,
The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor.
The Magi
Hooked, Lined and Sinkered. That was it for me.
Got laid in a room upstairs that night, and Lived in that beautiful place for about 3 months before moving further uptown after kicking Pat'Os if ya'know what I mean, as some doubtless do.
I just fell in love with that house the first second of waking up there. At first we rented just a room per night which though cheap at $30 would still weigh down even a Green Jacket Pocket.
Soooo, they gave us that very room on the top floor where they did some of the movie Pretty Baby. Indeed, it was even Pretty Baby's Room, complete with the false vaulted ceiling and such.
Top floor, so you can imagine coming home from work and getting to climb those huge old stairs with the first morning's sunrise falling down through the stained glass like a posse of vengeful nymphs that has finally got you cornered.
Really though, I'd stop on each landing sometimes and just stare at the pieces of that window, knowing there must be well over 1000 leaded together. Somebody wanna help us out here?
I mean that window is Really Big, like at least 10 feet across.
Later over the decades I have stayed there many times, following the evolution of the Hotel into its One of a Kindness today.

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