Saturday, April 16, 2011

President Barack Obama won't be in Louisiana to mark Deepwater Horizon explosion anniversary
~At right: US President Barrak Obama squats to take another dump on Louisiana. It was bad enough when he finally visited New Orleans to tell us what didn't flood the city, but he doesn't even have the balls to come here now to commemorate what did in fact poison the whole Gulf Coast. The man simply doesn't give a damn.
Travel a small price to pay for levee oversight~H.J. Bosworth Jr.
and Sandy Rosenthal
Tornado Rips Jackson, MS
~Storm destroys historic Malaco Records

Terre aux Boeufs, the Violet Canal, and Fixing MRGO~Quinta Scott
~Map of MRGO and the Bayou Terre aux Boeufs Ridge

AmeriCorps funding cut could hurt Katrina recovery ~WLOX

FEMA mulling Abita Springs response to critical audit over Katrina recovery spending~Bob Warren

Prior owner of 1 demolished “Treme” house says city seized double he was trying to fix~Ariella Cohen, The Lens
~Hat Tweet @~Well of course they figured NOLA would be an excellent place to park the "Nutmobile"

Louisiana helps mend 9/11 Flag
~Amy Wold

Of Gettysburg and shrimp

~John Desantis

BP says it's not responsible for paying to reseed oyster beds
~Mark Schleifstein

Things are not alright…in the words of Capt. Louis Bayhi
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Sick fish suggest oil spill still affecting gulf seafood

BP anniversary: Toxicity, suffering and death~AlJazeera

~Hat Tweet @~Remember the lives lost, livelihoods disrupted. RT: @: 30 pics of Gulf oil spill almost one year ago

~Careless Love~Joe Roberts/ Glenn Smith ~Hat Tweet @captainswallow

Eight spots to get fresh Louisiana oyster a year after the oil spill
~Brett Anderson

Best Chefs of Louisiana April 19

~Wednesday May 4th! Advance tickets here

~Hat Tweet @~Sailor Mouth Saturday looks at sheets aboard ship, and what "a sheet in the wind" really refers to

Happy Easter Everyone! And I'm not kidding.

~Special thanks to Slabbed

Lafitte Corridor Hike, Jazz 'n the Vines, Big Easy Rollergirls and more today in New Orleans~Mark Lorando

Friday, April 15, 2011

So, what if the Saints miss the Mark? ~moosedenied

Notes on the 2011 Tulane Engineering Forum

Oyster industry: BP has yet to honor $15 million commitmen
~Also~Some Workers Lost In Claims Process~BP’s Broken Promises
Emails expose BP's attempts to control research into impact of Gulf oil spill
~Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show BP officials discussing how to influence the work of scientists
~Editilla Archivellas~Ivor van Heerden, the Compromised Cassandra of the Gulf~Ben Sandmel, Politics Daily
~Many harsh critics of BP – including Leonard Bahr, a former Louisiana State University marine sciences faculty member and coastal policy adviser – vouch for Van Heerden without reservation, praising him as "well-respected."
But other observers disagree, especially those with more of a fringe perspective
. Last month the blogspot New Orleans Ladder commented "now that it appears that Ivor van Heerden is into the Jury-Tainting Business with BP, I sincerely hope that our readership may [serve on his jury] in his own case against LSU." (:?Fringe?Us?:)
~Editilla Fringellates~ A few more of my past "Fringe Perspectives":
~"We have a toybox in Hell where we keep those words for just this sort of liaises fairer scientry."
But! But! What Would Ivor Say? WWIS????"
~"OVERSTATED"??? I still can't get my mind around that.
Ivor van Heerden...
I just can't do the et tu Judas thing.
But my sense of abject betrayal by someone I threw it all for is Nothing compared to the pain our coast will feel as a result of this bull shit. That is what really bothers me. The babies who will be born into this hell with defects, the grain belt stained by the blood of this black swan, our people with their 100 year stares. The Pelican, blinded by the gobs of oil that Van Heerden has said is only on "tens of miles" of coastline. The Devil is actually honest in the details.
This is another Contract all together."
What's under Elmer's Island?
~John Sepulvado
~"It turns out that while Elmer's Island belongs to Louisiana, for all intents and purposes it's managed by BP."
~Hat Tweet @The_Gambit

Sen. Landrieu and Sen. Vitter want BP fines to help Gulf Coast

Coast Guard says it's still battling beach, marsh oil

Another BP shareholder meeting, another load of Dudley
~Disenfranchised Citizen

In a changing New Orleans, the scales of justice worked for Raymond Robair ~Jarvis DeBerry

SUNO-UNO merger bill would create University of Louisiana at New Orleans

Judge orders Blaine Kern Sr. to turn over control of float-building company to his son

David Simon himself wades into comment section to defend his honor

The first ever Slabbed readers choice

La. congressmen examining impact of revised districts

Vitter, others balk at budget

Noise, disruptions expected as permanent pump construction begins

~Hat Tweet @~The best way to preserve New Orleans culture is to support the people who make the culture. ~ Kalamu ya Salaam

What is the 'AVANT GARDEN'? Founder Erik Kiesewetter explains a 'curated shopping experience'

Champagne Sunday ~Blackened Out

What Makes a Restaurant Good?
~He Said/She said NOLA

Smoke Dogg (a tribute to Nate Dogg) at Tipitina's~Humid Beings

Thursday, April 14, 2011

David Simon: We heard from 'no one' in mayor's office about demolition of 'Treme' homes~WWLTV
~Central City houses featured by HBO's 'Treme' meet the wrecking ball ~Michelle Krupa

My brother Darryl and my brother Darryl and the Spillionaires are all in this together ~Slabbed

Atlas flexes ~American Zombie

The Gulf Coast Leadership Forum
~We are currently planning the details for the Gulf Coast Leadership Summit, to be held on April 19 – 21, 2011 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, during the first anniversary of the BP oil spill.

Experts fear another disaster like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Oil from BP spill remains threat to birds, Audubon Society officials say
~Mark Schleifstein

BP faces protests at AGM in London
~Oil giant BP faces a wave of protests at its annual general meeting on Thursday, which come just days before the first anniversary of the Gulf disaster.

More Cries for Help
~Liprap's Lament

Gulf Coast Fisherwoman "Disrupts the Peace" at BP Shareholder Meeting~1 arrest as BP bars door to Gulf Coast protesters.

From the mouths of babes…where Feinberg throws another tantrum…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

BP Claims Process Still Plagued by One Big Problem

Marking a Year of Hell on the Gulf: Tracking Oil Spill Impacts Is More Critical Than Ever~Stuart H. Smith

BP, government win First Amendment Muzzle awards

City set to demolish houses used on "Treme" first-season DVD set
~Ariella Cohen, The Lens

New Orleans City Council to discuss redistricting at 6 p.m. meeting

Ex-La. wildlife official set to change plea ~A Feb. 25 indictment claims the 64-year-old Lafayette resident hid his financial motives when he lobbied members of Congress for their help in keeping the Old Gentilly Landfill closed. He allegedly wrote letters to more than a dozen U.S. senators, an official with the Environmental Protection Agency in Dallas and a colonel with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Corps of Engineers awards contract for three permanent lakefront pumping stations

Corps is facing an unsustainable future

High Speed Rail: 1.3 Million Jobs?
~Buuut~New federal budget eliminates high-speed rail funding

Fat City strippers fall on hard times ~Chris Rose

Magazine names City Park as one of country's 'coolest' city parks

Women At Sea: The Mysterious Mme Beluche~Pauline's Pirates & Privateers

Beer Rumor: Glazers to sell NOLA Brewing distribution rights to Crescent Crown~Beer Buddha

Madame, It is Time for Your Closeup ~Blackened Out

New Orleans Food Co-op campaign

A Taste of Mid City ~Invade Nola

The 8th Annual PATOIS! New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival ~Urban Orleans

Johnny Cash Music Festival

New Orleans Musicians' Clinic trumpets satisfying recipes for diabetics
~Judy Walker

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Cries for Help~American Zombie
~Last Saturday I spent the day at Dr. Michael Robichaux's farm in Raceland talking with well over 60 offshore workers, fisherman, and family members who are experiencing extreme health effects from the BP oil spill. Many of the workers who came into direct contact with the oil and the dispersant, Corexit, are experiencing similar health problems ranging from mild sypmptoms to life threatening conditions. It's not only the men who were out on the Gulf during the spill that are sick, family members are experiencing health problems as well. Even people who swam in the ocean are stricken.

Corexit Poisoning is Killing Dolphins and People in the Gulf~Bayou Girl

Who needs Rush Limbaugh when you've got ProPublica?
~Kevin Allman, Gambit

And the Attorneys General continue the attack on Feinberg and the GCCF… ~Disenfranchised Citizen

Dispute heats up over BP's $20B oil spill fund~Holbrook Mohr

The Long Voyage to Including Sociocultural Analysis in NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service

Recovery in Japan: Will it be heavy- handed or hands-off?
~Robert R.M. Verchick
~Japan's leaders have two contrasting models for disaster recovery from recent history: post-Katrina New Orleans or post-earthquake Kobe, Japan. But Japan needs an approach that strikes a balance between authoritarian takeover and laissez-faire makeover.

Corps of Engineers subcontractor employee killed in levee rebuilding accident at pump station
~Mark Schleifstein

akefront pump repairs
~Fix the Pumps

~Hat Tweet @ John McQuaid~Why there's no accountability with the Army Corps of Engineers, part LXVIII
~Special thanks to da'Masqued E'vinga! for the killa illustration.

Corps of Engineers evicts Coconut Beach volleyball from West End

Irish Bayou residents fear speeding Corps-contracted truckers

2 NOPD officers convicted on all counts in 2005 beating death of Treme man

BioDistrict Issue Heats Up

Redistricting inspires meddling from Gov. Bobby Jindal~James Gill

Congressional remap may wait until next year~Jeremy Alford

Hump Day on the Slab

On the Internet, feral chickens are tweeting instead of clucking
~ Alison Fensterstock

~Editilla Crowtellas~ Sounds like a clucksterfuck to me.

~Hat Tweet @ RT @superdeformed
"Most quotes I've seen on Twitter have been completely unreliable." - Thomas Jefferson

Avant Garden~Humid Beings

Only In New Orleans ~NOLAFemmes

Nola "Alts" in Hipister Runoff

wordifcation~the hungry termite

Artist Mel Chin defends his 'Safehouse' at KKProjects~Doug MacCash

Gulf Alive! at the French Market
~Colleen Rush,

~Seafood, goat, alligator, crawfish and more Louisiana specialty foods are the guests of honor at Gulf Alive!, a series of seminars and food demonstrations at the French Market from April 18 – April 20.
~Hat Tweet @Fleur_dLovely RT @SpringBreakJake
A wondrous bird is the pelican. His beak can hold more than his belican, and I don't know how in the helican

Like Mom always said, don’t forget to eat your sushi
~He Said/She Said NOLA

Winesday~Blackened Out

J’anita’s~Judy B, NOLAFemmes

Kermit Ruffins + COOT today for Wednesday at the Square

Show to benefit Krewe of Eris arrestees

~Polly Jackson~"Curve in the Road", acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20"

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Big Uneasy Out on DVD!
~Hat Tweet @LeveesOrg

Show to benefit Krewe of Eris arrestees~Alex Woodward
Don’t go off the grid with second hospital ~Maggie Tishman and Jack Davis, The Lens

Vitter says planned teaching hospital too big, financing too uncertain

Companies plead guilty to dumping ship wastes into ocean through 'magic pipe,' agree to $1 million penalty
~Mark Schleifstein

One year after BP oil spill, The Lens & WWOZ want to hear your stories

BP money bought local Gulf Coast officials millions in gear
~Slabbed has the AP video of this story.

Feinberg tells Cao to stop being so available to claimants
~Disenfranchised Citizen

LSU, SU faculty pay low in nation

Rapides Parish jurors reject proposal to display Ten Commandments
~Alexandria Town Talk

General McChrystal's New Job: How Tone-Deaf Is This Administration?
~Harry Shearer
~How tone-deaf do you have to be to appoint a man tainted by the cover-up of the friendly-fire death of a hero as head of an advisory panel helping service members' families? The juxtaposition almost seems like a bad joke. So what is it? Lack of institutional memory, or Google skills, in the White House? A desire to "look forward," the well-ingrained habit of the Obama administration to ignore misdeeds of the past (e.g. waterboarding, the Corps of Engineers' failure in New Orleans, etc.)? Or just an unlucky push-pin stabbed in a familiar name?

Happy birthday, Eudora ~Gambit
~Update~The celebration of Southern author Eudora Welty's 102nd birthday has been canceled. The event was scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, April 13) at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone.

Moises at the Mansion~Blackened Out

Monday, April 11, 2011

Before the Flood, More New Orleans Residents Had Flood Insurance Than the Rest of the Nation
~Sandy Rosenthal

The grand delusion--“The levees will protect me.”~Keith Magill
~One of the dumbest things an otherwise-smart person can do is fail to buy flood insurance. But more than half of Terrebonne and Lafourche residents have made that choice —at their own peril.

Japan to reconstruct instead of restore

Feral chickens have proliferated in N.O. since 2005 Corps of Engineers Flood

~Wild chickens roam the streets of many downtown neighborhoods!
More chicken:
Our best chicken recipes | N.O. best fried chicken
~Hat Tweet @skooks

Woke up one morning, saw a rooster strutting by my house
~Library Chronicles
~Hat Tweet @

Relief groups are gutting, rebuilding homes found with Chinese drywall
~Hurricane relief organizations whose volunteers built or repaired hundreds of damaged houses after Hurricane Katrina have found they installed toxic Chinese drywall in more than 200 buildings, requiring hundreds of low-income families to move out for months while the houses are gutted anew and rebuilt.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter to feds: Don't grant Louisiana more support for Charity successor~In his letter, Vitter advocates first for gutting Charity Hospital down to its frame and limestone shell, then building anew within the old structure. That's the same option that historic preservation groups and several advocates for the poor have pushed since Hurricane Katrina. The second option, Vitter said, is to build a new hospital with a lower bed count and smaller footprint.~Also

Sometimes, Doing Things Right Doesn’t Help~The G Bitch Spot

Old Universal Furniture store morphs into "community healing center"

The Silicon Bayou, a Phoenix Rising
~Hat Tweet @

Oil Spill Cleanup~Officials disagree about pace, effectiveness of efforts one year after millions of gallons of oil poured into Gulf.~The work is not living up to the $100 million advertising campaign BP is running about “make it right,” said Garrett Graves, “I think they’re trying to ‘make it right’ to shareholders.”

~Hat Tweet @ Capt. John Swallow~ RT @: I don't care what anyone says, those guys are jerks. RT @ Damn U BP!

Locals air continuing worries on BP Oil Spill's health effects
~Naomi King
~Paul Doom was one of several who gave their testimonies on the lawn of Dr. Mike Robichaux, a Raceland ear, nose and throat doctor who is seeing a trend of symptoms in his patients, especially those who have worked on or in the Gulf of Mexico since the spill a year ago. Of the more than 100 people at the gathering, about 20 to 25 people are suffering from suspected oil-related illnesses, according to Robichaux. Many more are sick but scared to speak out or seek medical help, he said. Doom, a 22-year-old from Navarre, Fla., once bound for the Marines, swam in the Gulf this summer and now has up to 15 seizures daily. He suffers vertigo and headaches and is confined to a wheelchair after suffering what doctors believe was a stroke. His mother, father and brother, who live 700 feet from the Gulf of Mexico, also have higher blood pressure, heart rates and levels of chemicals found in oil in their blood, said his mother, Kathryn Doom, an intensive-care nurse. They're all on detox herbs and medicines.“No one can tell me why I was paralyzed and why I have lesions on my brain,” Paul Doom said.

How to ensure coastal restoration…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

New Orleans Earth Day Festival 2011!
~Thanks to our friends at WORKagencies for making this beauty happen! If you don’t know about them, WORKagencies is a talented brother/sister design team from Lafayette who do it all (Web design, logos, CD packaging, etc.) with a style that’s fun, hip and celebrates South Louisiana.
Be on the lookout for their New Orleans Earth Day Festival poster all across the city. And at the festival, be sure to check out the booth for their side project: Parish Ink.

Monday Music: Gone but never forgotten ~slabbed

French Quarter Fest 2011 Recap: Sunday~He Said/ She Said NOLA

Patois Film Festival~Humid Beings

River of Love: Susan Cowsill at French Quarter Fest~Karen Dalton-Beninato

Napoleon Ave
Gargoyle perched above
Sending his silent message
Find your happy place

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Last Day of French Quarter Fest 2011! Recap: Saturday, April 10th
~He Said/She Said NOLA

Majority of La. congressmen ask for remapping postponement~Billy Gun

The railroad doesn't have to do anything... so the won't
~Library Chronicles

Let’s “think dirty”: James Gill covers the genesis of the River Birch deal. Slabbed gives a plausible answer.

RT @ the Pun~@ ~Brass Balls Tour

Ruling that restricts business interruption claims could cost workers during hurricane evacuations

So, they’ll get it right this time? Oil spills, mine disasters, levees and forgetfulness~Disenfranchised Citizen

Longtime oil industry champion now calls BP liars, almost a year after oil spill~Bob Marshall

A year after Gulf oil spill, Congress is sitting on its hands~Bruce Alpert

Dolphin Deaths Designated An 'Unusual Mortality Event'

Naomi Klein
~In recent years two things have happened.
One, that battery wound up on the first Earth Day has finally wound down: congressmen, it turns out, can tell the difference between an aging membership list and a vibrant political movement. As the DC political bible Politico put it last month: "green groups are being forced to play defense in a world where D.C. pols aren't scared of them."

Second, the key issue has changed. Forget acid rain and Superfund; these were important but relatively easy fights that didn't directly confront anyone's business model. You could clean up acid rain by putting a filter on your power plant. But global warming is different -- you'd have to shut down that power plant, and replace it with a windmill or a solar panel.

Thomspon on Connick v. Thompson
~NOLA Defender

New Orleans Saints' Jonathan Vilma staying focused on next season

The Malaprop Master~Adrastos

I just can’t stay inside!!!
~Judy B, NOLAFemmes

~If Editilla had to pick a favorite it would be this one.

Community center brings magic to the Lower 9th Ward

History of New Orleans Blue Letter Street Tiles~Fig Street Studio

Curtain could drop on opportunity to restore Municipal Auditorium
~The Lens

Get Down! Get Back Up Again!

~Hat Tweet @~2nite @ @ @ @ @ @ Japanese drummers+ celebrity bowlers +more

Eric Clapton & Wynton Marsalis make sweet music in Lincoln Center concert