Saturday, February 19, 2011

25 Years Wasted! Krewe du Vieux Rolls
~The Krewe du Vieux parade is simultaneously the most individualistic and the most traditional of all New Orleans parading Krewes. It starts in the Marigny and winds its way to the French Quarter.
Starting time: 6:30 PM. Please start your drinking early.

It’s Always Darkest Just Before The Shaun ~moosedenied

Gulf Coast Claims Facility creates tension as lawyers scramble to line up plaintiffs in BP litigation
~Rebecca Mowbray

LSU coastal scientist Gregory Stone dies at 54~Florida Oil Spill Law

Oil dispersion researched~Amy Wold

'Treme's' Wendell Pierce to deliver Loyola's unified commencement address

Friday, February 18, 2011

Our View: In Louisiana, the risk of flooding is everywhere
~The Town Talk

~Retweet @~On my way to London Avenue Canal breach site (east) on Warrington to assess possible locations for Historic Plaque.

Own a Home, But Not the Land?
~The energy-efficient homes of the Make It Right Foundation stand out on the landscape, their contemporary designs contrasting with weed-filled empty lots. There are approximately 5,000 lots in the community, some with homes and some without, according to Patricia Jones, executive director of the Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association. To repopulate the 9th Ward and bring the dream of home ownership to those who wouldn’t otherwise qualify to buy a home, Jones’ organization is partnering with the Greater New Orleans Foundation to establish a community land trust. Under the trust, a person can purchase a home, but the land underneath the structure would be leased from the trust.
But some longtime residents oppose the project, saying that the Lower 9th Ward has no need for anything other than traditional home ownership. And, the Holy Cross section of the community would seem to support this. While he had come to appreciate the community land trust concept, Willie Calhoun of the New Life Intracoastal Community Development Corporation feels “’s not in the benefit of this community. If you have children, would you recommend that they buy but don’t own the land?” he asked. Calhoun and others in the community argue that since property values are currently so low in the Lower 9th Ward — lots can be had for as little as $8,000 — it makes no sense for someone to buy a home for $100,000 and not to own the land it stands on.

Sheriff’s eyes bigger than inmates’ bellies~Matt Davis, The Lens

New Orleans police officer had the tools of a predator~Jarvis DeBerry

A Wisconsin Conversation…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Report blames BP~Gerard Shields

For New Orleans artist, the human body is his canvas

Playing Hooky (Sung to the Tune of Makin Whoopee)~Blackened Out

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Homeowners blast flood protection board over losing use of land. Levee Board says Fuck You New Orleans, we work for the Corps of Engineers
~Dennis Woltering, WWL

~Editilla nails his tongue wit'a hammer!~
John Barry in particular shovels the hubris and bullshit here: "We feel your pain" ---my lily white ass! This is absolute corruption here. Gone gone is the Levee Board. I mean, goddamn! What are these fakirs for? What? What The Fuck Are These Levee Board Fakirs For? This is RIDICULOUS!
Are we not men? Are we mfkn DEVO???
Hey Newsweek! FY.....eehhh ~~American Zombie
~Editilla Notellas~ We don't usually paste an entire post, but this one really set my opening Mardi Gras weekend into gear! Thanks Zombie!

They don't even deserve the full's fucking Newsweek. They've become even more redundant than...well....never mind.

America's Dying Cities

I'm actually going to lift my FB post on this one as I don't think much of anything Newsweek says deserves too much attention:

A dying magazine in a dying empire proclaims New Orleans the #1 dying city in America. A note to Newsweek...this city is no stranger to death, in fact we celebrate it. We were here before this country was born and we will be here after it's gone....and Newsweek probably won't be here by this time next year.
That pretty much says it all. Oh...and I'm not really sure I'm happy we're being called an American city. I haven't felt too American since Katrina and I certainly don't feel like I'm dying.

It's Mardi Gras season in my town....what's going on in your shitty suburb? Coach Payton?

Not long ago on Slabbed, Longshanks said the American people were in reality slaves…

PAR warns against redistricting abuses
~Naomi Martin, The Lens

Lawmakers meet to discuss New Orleans-area districts~WWL

Really, Obama? No tax breaks for claimants? ~Disenfranchised Citizen

BP knew of problems, but left them unattended before Gulf oil well blowout, new report says

U.S. wants to sell oil stored in faltering Louisiana cavern

Spillway spillover will aid restoration
~Using the Bonnet Carré Spillway flood-control structure for coastal marsh restoration has been a topic of discussion for years, but now the first steps are being taken to put that water to use. Above, sediment 3rd day of opening in '08.

Judge dismisses levee lawsuit against FEMA by Alexandria and Pineville

The Angel waits for Saint Ann to begin
with her masque made of sorrows
and her laugh made of sin.

A Camellia in the Quarter
~Blackened Out

New Orleans chefs and restaurants named James Beard semi-finalists

notes from old metry
~the hungry termite

The Prettiest Tree in the Forest: Oak
~Ne Said/She Said NOLA

Carnival Reflections, Or, Mardi Gras In New Orleans Is The Last Bastion Of Civilization On Earth And Not Just A Bunch Of Chicks Flashing Their Breasts For Beads (Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That)~Pontchartrain Pete

New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival and Showcase at La Nuit Comedy Theater (Photo Feature)~Uptown Messenger

5 Questions with New Orleans trombonist Glen David Andrews

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Mississippi River system as subway map~Kevin Allman, Gambit
~Click for full size.
Corps using floodwall design that failed in Katrina? ~Dennis Woltering, WWL

Corps of Engineers says Louisiana must help pay increased cost of levee repairs
~Mark Schleifstein

New group will lobby for levees, flood insurance founder to speak at Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Center

~Arthur Raymond Smith ~Karen Apricot

America's #1 Dying City
~“Take care when you handle Cliche’ lest you draw offense of Metaphor, as neither will honor what they seem in life nor what you would wish of them in death.” …said Down the Gravedigger
His words fall like pennies on a damp vault floor, amidst the scattered sounds of fat raindrops as they plant themselves along the tiny streets and little stone buildings of this city of the dead. Above, dung-brown clouds fly over the rooftops of the Quarters like the surface of a dirt road as seen from three inches away at thirty mph.
Yet he feels neither breeze nor disparate sigh from the rain falling now straight and steady down into the cemetery.
~Mayor takes issue with New Orleans listed the #1 Dying City

“If it’s mine, it will never belong to anybody else, no matter what” – River Birch Plaintiffs file Memo on Seized Items to be Returned ~slabbed

Workshops plan for coast’s long-term viability~Nikki Buskey

Guidepost Solutions…thanks David…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

An Italian Groove~Blackened Out

NOLA History: Mardi Gras Parades
~Edward Branley, GO NOLA

Krewe du Vieux's offer you can't refuse

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What the New Census Data Can, and Can't, Tell Us About New Orleans ~Harry Shearer
Jazz Fest 2011 poster unveiled~Gambit
Art4Now, which produces the annual posters for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, this morning unveiled the poster for Jazz Fest 2011: an image of a young Jimmy Buffett busking on a French Quarter street corner with a sign that says "Will Play for Gumbo"(an allusion to Buffett's song "I Will Play for Gumbo"). The poster was painted by Garland Robinette.

Festival International de Louisiane 2011 announces musical

For Mardi Gras 2011, Krewe du Vieux selects Don Marshall to reign as king

Tuesday Music: Target letter edition~slabbed

Numbers don’t support Jindal’s fears on drilling moratorium
~Michelle Millhollon

Guidepost Solutions...
~American Zombie

Gabrielle in Purgatory~Blackened Out

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Back into Charity - Back on the Table
Grassroots support invigorates push for 'Coastal' congressional district

Who Dat Nation has every right to be upset with New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton's move~Jeff Duncan
~Either you get New Orleans or you don't. Lafcadio Hearn got it.
The Ohio native moved to New Orleans more than 100 years ago and famously chronicled its happenings for a newspaper called the Daily City Item. He wrote about the good, the bad and the ugly of New Orleans, and loved all of it.
"Times are not good here," Hearn wrote to a California friend in 1879. "The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under a lava flood of taxes and frauds and maladmin- istrations so that it has become only a study for archaeologists. Its condition is so bad that when I write about it, as I intend to do soon, nobody will believe I am telling the truth.
But it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes, than to own the whole state of Ohio."
Times Picayune’s Jeff Duncan has earned our Seal of Approval

Don't give the bigots a reason to gloat ~Jarvis DeBerry

Generous carmaker drove into a trap ~Stephanie Grace

Change some of the names and you got Jefferson Parish ~slabbed

Enrollments rising at La. schools —mostly~Jordan Blum

Disaster center takes off in BR

Riki Ott: Dispersants and gentically engineered bacteria are still in use — “We need cease & decist orders across the Gulf”~Florida Oil Spill Law

Different place, same result, other end of the Delta equally challenging, warming slowly

Krewe of Attakapas

Zulu Announces Lundi Gras Activity Highlights ~WDSU

New Mardi Gras app will help monitor parades

Mardi Gras Parade
SATURDAY, February 19th

Krewe du Vieux
French Quarter 6:30 p.m.
2010 Pictures

Krewe Delusion
French Quarter 7:15 p.m.
2010 Pictures

Krewe of Bilge
Slidell 12:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, February 20th
Krewe of Little Rascals
Metairie 12:00 p.m.
2010 Pictures

Mystic Krewe of Perseus
Slidell 1:00 p.m.
2010 Pictures

Pearl River Lions Club
Pearl River 1:15 p.m.

Post-production special effects movie company opens in Covington

Voice of the Wetlands Brings an Urgent Message to Santa Cruz

'Treme': Sold-out benefit combines music and food for good causes
~Dave Walker