With hurricane season approaching, concerns raised about pumps at massive West Closure Complex
~Editilla Rotellas~ Once again the Times-Picayune is Sparky Come Lately in following up on the Corps' various project-shell-games. Though we know he ducks and covers when he hears me say it, Matt McBride is my Herolero at Fix the Pumps. He began totally nailing down this particular Pump Scheme to the ground back on January 7th and continues with updates.
Unfortunately we are witnessing the fruits of the Corps Shitcanary.
Allow Editilla to put it more bluntly, we find our testicles in the Vice of the Cinch (the Closer) of their Con, to wit: they've got our money, they've got our family jewels clamped into the West Closure Complex, into Option 1 and strapped down with the new Levee Safety Program... and we've got no way to stop them from doing it wrong again! Hell, nothing happened to the Corps after they built it wrong the first time and flooded New Orleans, killing 1000s. McBride's been blogging about this for years and Maria Garzino had to take the Lakefront Pump Fraud all the way to the Office of Special Council, only to have the report ignored by our President. Thankfully Harry Shearer came to the rescue with her on The Big Uneasy. But all this time the Times-Picayune has had its coverage get thinner and thinner from what was already arguably Journalism Lite on the Corps' various slight-of-hands. Yeah, they do articles, but they rarely if ever get beneath what the Corps gives them in the press releases. It's a little late in the game to be saying this, but the Times-Picayune's failure at news gathering as regards our flood safety is sad, it is incompetent and it is dangerous.
Republican Congressman Daryle Issa Proposes Tracking Freedom of Information Act Requests
~Editilla the Pun @LeveesOrg as someone who has waited, I can see this as a good thing, esp consider his "45 days pending" aspect. Also, #Issa is an Engineer.
~Editilla Hotellas~ Lest anyone concern themselves with a perceived threat to privacy in Issa seeing who files requests for federal information under the FIOA... it is supposed to be an open and public process by definition.
Every FOI Request is public, that is their function in a thriving democracy.
Yet, Swords of Truth cut both ways, so I'm not worried about this Repugnican getting too much of a grip on that handle. If Issa can find out why Barty Obama has sat on his ass in answering FOIRs on Corps of Engineers N.O. District's continued malfeasance, then more power to him. If Daryle Issa, himself an Engineer, can get His'O'ner to answer why he has thus far refused to take note of the OSC Study/Affirmation in '09 of Corps Engineer Maria Garzino blowing the whistle on those Inoperable Pumps the Corps installed in all 3 of our outfall canals (cited above)... then I might wonder if he should think of a run for President!
I've said before that I'd vote for the Devil himself if it would mean sending the Corps of Engineers to Hell for their Rape and Crucifixion of New Orleans.
Despite reservations, Gusman wants council to consider ordinance to let him build new jail~Steve Beaty, The Lens
~Also~ Please read everything Herolero Reporter Matt Davis has been covering for The Lens on the nefarious exploits of this bastard rogue lawman.
~Aaaand here comes the local MSM just in time!
~New Orleans City Council action on new jail in doubt after sheriff's criticism
~Debate continues as council prepares to vote new Orleans Parish Prison
The man behind the curtain…Lest we forget~Disenfranchised Citizen
Thanks Katrina @ NOLAFemmes!
Gone Crabbing~Pontchartrain Pete
~Editilla Pelicanellas~We just so love the Brown Pelican that we got one tattooed on our arm. They just look at you like, WTF Yous Lookin'AT?
Special thanks to Pete for this great photograph!