Friday, January 14, 2011

Nola Is You

Judge allows 17th Street Canal homeowners to seek relief in federal court
~Press release~Homeowners on the 17th Street Canal who sued the South East Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East were pleased with the court’s ruling today. While Judge Kern Reese denied the plaintiff’s request for an injunction, he also voided his original judgment, thus opening the path for the property owners to amend their lawsuit to include the Army Corps of Engineers and to continue their case in federal court.
At the end of the hearing, Judge Reese had some positive words for the homeowners. He said he felt they had been wronged, and that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was using the levee board to avoid compensating for private property loss and damage.
Judge Reese said he was encouraged by people who are willing to stand up and not allow their rights to be violated.
“We all are in favor of hurricane protection,” said Randy Smith, the attorney representing the homeowners “We should all also be in favor of maintaining the constitutional guarantee of just compensation for the taking of private property.” Smith said he will amend the lawsuit to include the Corps of Engineers.
The case will then move to federal court.

Good Luck Oliver~Cliff's Crib

Ed Blakely, failed New Orleans recovery chief, offers Australians advice on rebuilding Brisbane

Could the Chehardy PR blitz be a prelude to a run for Parish Prez ~slabbed

On Louisiana Coast, Damage From Oil Goes Much Deeper Than Spill
~Chris Kirkham

Boustany announces $350,000 for marsh restoration in Horseshoe Lake

New supply boat launches amid uncertain market~Katherine Schmidt

First commercially-owned windmill unveiled in Mandeville
~Defend New Orleans

And now, a word from our sponsors… Five Days Version
~Disenfranchised Citizen

~First painting of 2011! "Elms at Altura Park"
acrylic on canvas, 22 x 33", $800 ~Polly Jackson

Cafeteria/Concessionaire Services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District

Levee safety standards in the U.S.
~Dry Feet

California's "Big One" might be a flood
~California has more risk of catastrophic storms than any other region in the country – even the Southern hurricane states, according to a new study released Thursday by the USGS.

“When White People Are Here, We Can Get Milk”~Mac McClelland

Making Connections in New Orleans

Tremé Under the Bridge Market

Drink Cult -- Meet Jeremy Shockey

The Beer Buddha's Beer Geeks Guide To Mardi Gras

French Quarter Festival 2011 expands to include Thursday

Mannie Fresh Seasoning Mystikal LP With New Orleans Flavor

~~ RT @ Big show: Tipitina's & WWOZ present @ + @

Editilla welcomes everyone to the New Zodiac,
the 13th House of Arachnid, Sign of the Black Widow!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bad Corps data blamed for failure to predict Nashville flood
~Also by the way~Healtheon, Inc., New Orleans, La., was awarded on Jan. 10 a $6,994,305 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for a pumping station, temporary retaining structures, levee embankment, discharge piping, back fill and access roads. Work will be performed in Waggaman, La., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 21, 2011. Eleven bids were solicited with four bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-09-D-0043).
~Editilla jus'axin~ Who is Jasmeet S Walia?
Please read~ "West Bank facing pumping shortfalls in 2011" at Fix the Pumps

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival January 26-30

Q and A on Gulf Narratives ...the skeptic’s lament.
~Disenfranchised Citizen

The Search for BP's Oil~Naomi Klein

GNO Inc. study says economic impact of drilling moratorium was not as dreadful as had been feared

It’s Official, Anderson Cooper joins Bobby Bermdoggle Jindal as an oil spill idiot. Snookered again: How the National Media let us down after the Oil Spill ~slabbed

Berms and boom were largely ineffective responses to oil spill

Fishermen Say BP Owes Them Money

The “devastation” continues says Oil ‘Spill’ Commissioner
~Florida Oil Spill Law

Gulf Residents to Oil Industry and Government: Our Health is Not a Tradeoff --BWAHAHAHA

EPL gains Gulf of Mexico assets

New oil industry rules face obstacles
~Gerard Shields

Breaking news: EPA vetoes Spruce Mine permit~Ken Ward Jr.
~Word is just coming down that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has vetoed the largest single mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history.

Comparing Detroit to NOLA after Katrina not so far off
~Mark Moseley, The Lens

Pilates studio on Magazine Street seems to be stretching the rules
~James Gill

$100 million in bonds to fund MO levee improvements

Ice Ice Baby~Traveling Mermaid

Turkey Meatloaf~Blackened Out

Mini King Cake Wars, Part Deux...
--A Butcher AND a Baker?~Nola Notes

~~I'm Loving this @ Mardi Gras Bock. Yes, smooth to da'Fine.

Etta James gravely ill, Husband seeks control of her money

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Creating Our Own Climate For Violence
~Cliff's Crib

Truce~Alex Woodward, Gambit

Washington Monthly magazine evaluates Mayor Mitchmo's first months in office~Frank Donze

Judges, clerk apologize for computer system crash~Matt Davis, The Lens

Can two conflicting emotions exist in the human mind at the same time?
~American Zombie

B.A.S.S. Backs Wildlife Federations’ Coastal Restoration

Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act - A Federal Assistance Program

Oil spill's health effects raise concern, but are unproven, commissioner says?

As problems persist in the Gulf, listening ain’t hearing…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Man on knees begs Ken Feinberg for help - It was standing room only in Lafitte~Defend New Orleans

BP Says Suttles, Former Leader of Oil-Spill Response, to Retire

~In this image, acquired by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite on January 9, 2011, isolated islands of cityscape poke through murky brown flood waters. The Fitzroy River cuts through the upper right quadrant of the image, and just west of the river, relatively high land remains above the flood. All around that area, flood water predominates, including areas east of the river. ~Hat Tweet~

How about a Wednesday Slabb-a-leak..
~Aaand~Boss Hogg finally wants to build a civil rights museum

Who's Illegitimate? The Presidents. Who Says?~Harry Shearer

Oops. She did it again.
~Dakinikat, Sky Dancing

Italian Barrel~Blackened Out

From New Orleans to New England by Emily LaFond of Bunt Youth Radio


Historic Mardi Gras costumes

Cornmeal at Tipitina's and more music in New Orleans for Wed.~Keith Spera

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

17th Street Canal homeowners sue to stop floodwall project
~Meanwhile, in December, the corps awarded a $10.2 million contract to New Orleans-based Bailey-CKY JV to strengthen the 17th Street Canal floodwalls, which were rebuilt after Katrina.
~Editilla Rotellas~ Pulitzer Prize Winner Mark Schleifstein reports here that the 17th St Canal Floodwalls were rebuilt after Katrina! Really? When?
Ah Say, Ah Say, BOY! a little due diligence heah? Ya'Tink??? Could we get him to at least walk the wall from the 'repaired' breach?

Hardship and Hope

from TTNO Creative Services on Vimeo.
~'s La. State Historical Marker shows up at :35 seconds!

Cinema on the Bayou Festival comes to ACA~The festival closes that Sunday afternoon with a special screening of New Orleans based actor Harry Shearer's "The Big Uneasy" with Mr. Shearer appearing as the festival's special guest at the closing reception. All events on Sunday at AcA are free. ~Hat Tip~Sandy Rosenthal

Officials move forward on south Lafourche levee safety~Nikki Buskey

Saints Pride~WDSU

Nice Meeting, Feinberg…now what? How about a petition?
~Disenfranchised Citizen

'The Biggest Cover-Up In The History Of America' ~Humid Beings

Rebuilding Haiti for the Rich
~Mac McClelland

Oliver Thomas stars in play about his political downfall at Anthony Bean Theater

Twitter is full of regional 'accents,' study finds ~John Kelly

Abita, treasure from the Southland
~The Rootbeer Brothers

Mardi Gras King Cakes

The Paris Dispatches: Chocolate Roses ~Blackened Out

Mardi Gras Around the World ~WWOZ

Sunday, January 9, 2011

~Editilla Who'tellas~Putting our last game into perspective from Canal Street Chronicles. Personally, I'm completely happy with our team all things considered. Getting to see them play in the Sacredome, with two of my best friends --and dem 1000s of other dressed whodats-- Jan 2nd, ranks for me as the best start to a New Year that I've had in a long time. They lost that game too, but went to the Playoffs with a record of 11-High-5! Whodat?
When I missed Lombardi Gras, just could not get to New Orleans from my hole on the long road home, my heart kicked a few beats... it was a close call, really. But this past season healed all dat pain and longing ---I don't know how exactly... could be due to the feeling every game day of sitting together with friends no matter where... because I haven't seen a Saints game in Nola since the flood... perchance it is the way Our New Orleans Saints stick with it always whateva...
Whodat? We'dat... and we coming home!

HANO subsidies may be driving up rental rates in New Orleans
~Katy Reckdahl

N.O. library accountant says she was fired after pointing out financial irregularities ~WWLTV

Sunday slabbed

Jindal's actions speak louder than words~Stephanie Grace

Feds push back in flap over blowout preventer test

Illnesses linked to BP Oil Disaster: Widespread Sickness due to Toxic Chemicals ~Dahr Jamail
Images of New Orleans Musicians
~African Diaspora in SL