Friday, April 22, 2011

Mickey "Slewfoot" McLaughlin RIP

~Hat Tweet~@~Cartomancy Friday: Ace of Spades

FMIA: Strange Days~New Orleans Slate
Levee authority gives corps access for pump station construction

New Orleans First in Nation to Place Experts on Local Levee Boards
~Sandy Rosenthal, Huff Post

Invest 91 ~Weather Underground

N.O. lawmaker files bill to ban bullying of gay, lesbian and disabled students

How ironic that on the day after the drive by shooting of the M&M sisters by the Times Picayune ~Slabbed
~Those that live in glass houses should take care when casting stones. The news cycle is a target rich environment about now but that can wait as Slabbed will take Rich Rainey’s now retracted reporting on the Aaron Broussard/Nova Scotia connections to a new level.

AG says officials’ emails protected
~Personal emails written by government officials on their taxpayer-owned computers are exempt from public disclosure, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell wrote in an opinion released Thursday.

Would Gov. Bobby Jindal pass muster with the birther crowd?
~Jarvis DeBerry

Westboro Baptist Church Goes To Mississippi – And Loses~The Hayride
~Hat Tweet @fofalex

The IRS Does British Petroleum Good
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Coast Guard investigative report on Deepwater Horizon oil rig fire, sinking blasts rig owner Transocean

BP coastal restoration down payment of $1 billion includes $100 million for Louisiana~Mark Schleifstein
~Also~Parishes getting tourism payments from BP

Gulf Groups Applaud Landmark Agreement for $1 Billion Down Payment of Restoration Funds
~Delta Dispatches

Actor Kevin Costner promotes plan for oil-spill readiness~Nikki Buskey

Veteran-Turned-Oysterman Fights to Preserve Life on the Bayou
~Louisiana Seafood News

outdoor screening of the Disney nature film EARTH
~In the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden on the grounds of NOMA. The film will start at dusk (around 7:45 p.m.).

Dakinikat's Friday Morning Reads: Postcards from My Family On Earth Day ~Sky Dancing

Thirty-Eight Months~editor b. rox
~Hat Tip~NOLAFemmes' Noteworthy

Mardi Gras Indian documentary 'Bury the Hatchet' is as moving as it is pretty

Sno-Bliz is Sno-Bliss
~Kelly Ryan, Invade NOLA

Gumbo Z’Herbes!~NOLA NOTES

Chef Brian Landry leaving Galatoire's to join Seafood Marketing Board
~Brett Anderson

Steve Earle, Renaissance Hillbilly ~David Schemkie

Original Pigeontown Steppers Easter Sunday Second Line Parade 1-5pm
~Red Cotton, Gambit

Takin' it to the Streets

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Burning Down The House ~slabbed
"This is my city, my life. In the grand scheme of things, I am: Louisiana proud.
Laissez the whole damn thing rouler."
And so it begins: Year Two…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

BP agrees to $1 billion advance payment for restoration projects

~Hat Tweet @30,000 Government Documents About Now Available - style. Nice @

Beyond the Oil Spill, the Tragedy of an Ailing Gulf~Campbell Robertson

Oilspill Anniversary updates
~Bayou Woman

Speaking of access "Saving Pelican 895" ~Dave Walker

Lakefront could be shutdown 4th of July weekend~Liz Reyes, Fox 8

Bob Breck: National Hurricane Conference

Birth certificate bill isn't benign
~Stephanie Grace

~Hat Tweet @ the Pun~If Donald Trump wants a birth certificate from the POTUS then he should sign a pre-nup with the nation before seeking that office.

41 Nobel Laureates Call for a Repeal of the LSEA~As Nobel Laureates in various scientific fields, we urge you to repeal the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) of 2008. This law creates a pathway for creationism and other forms of non-scientific instruction to be taught in public school science classrooms.

New Orleans City Council president Arnie Fielkow denounces the recent court decision against a gay couple

In which we have an existential discussion about the upcoming Saints season~Alejandro de los Rios

The Neighborhood Story Project Holds Write-a-Thon~NOLAFemmes

Putting on the clown suit, Dave Eggers isn't finished with fiction just yet
~Sophie Elmhirst

Library Thing

Roaches: A personal narrative on moving back home~Brett Ashley

The Sons of Tennessee Williams, how New Orleans drag balls shaped history

Meet us at MiLa: New Orleans Wine and Food Experience 2011
~He Said/She Said NOLA

Severson salutes Leah Chase for her faith in 'Spoon Fed' memoir
~Judy Walker

The Secrets of Boiling Great Crawfish ~Blackened Out

Photos by Julia Pretus: Pete Yorn and Ben Kweller @ The Howlin’ Wolf – 4/19/11~NOLA Live Music Blog

Jesse Moore twilight concert at City Park, Jimbo Mathis at the Ogden

The Jon Bon Jovi Shrine
~Humid Beings

BIG FREEDIA – “I wanna thank all my fans and haters for making me famous”

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Aaaand here we go! First tropical weather bulletin of the 2011 hurricane season is issued
~Special thanks~ Defend New Orleans

4.20.10 ~Humid Beings

New Orleans, five other Louisiana cities and two parishes sued BP, Transocean and the other oil spill defendants this week~Courthouse News

BP sues maker of blowout preventer

Gov. Jindal demands immediate payment from BP for Gulf oil spill damages~Mark Schleifstein

Sobering trip finds marshes still polluted from spill

~Hat Tweet @ Dirty Coast Press~Don't let the media tell you the Gulf is fine! The Oil is still here! Here are our photos: ...
~Reply @ the Pun~ @ But! Buuut! WWIS? What Would Ivor Say?

~Hat Tweet @~?!? RT @:What. The. Frack. RT @ BREAKING: Fracking blowout causes massive spill in Pennsylvania

More than 3,200 Gulf wells unplugged, unprotected

The latest from Delta Dispatches

Lake Charles residents upset by plan to create new wetlands

~Hat Tip~ Adrastos, First Draft

Harry Shearer 3 word remedy to a news media stuck on Katrina Shorthand

Lakeshore Drive maintenance and security funds are running low

Dispute could delay start of building lakefront pumping stations

I found a new friend underneath my pillow… ~moosedenied
~Today we continue pre-emptively bitching about our anticipated kneejerk disappointment with any number of potential consolation prizes the Saints are likely to end up with once Mark Ingram goes off the board next Thursday.

Louisiana lawmakers are up to official folderol~James Gill

Could ‘Trumped’-up birther campaign be a secret deal with Dems?
~Mark Moseley, The Lens

Train collides with 18-wheeler in Slidell

Hump Day Slabbed

Saturday in Mamou~eaa photo
~Hat Tweet @

Winesday ~Blackened Out

~Hat Tweet @~1 year since Deep Water Horizon. @ SOS has raised $275,000 so far. Go to & post SOS msg to mark this day.

Music Today in New Orleans
~Kevin Costner, Voices of the Wetlands All-Stars at HOB, Dr. John at Tips and Anders Osborne at Wednesdays on the Square

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Local oil spill advocate still waiting for claims check~WVUE
~Kindra Arnesen is an outspoken advocate for oil spill victims and she’s also one of thousands of people who filed a claim with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility for a restaurant she owns that was forced closed by the spill.
“I brought all my tax papers in, everything from the three years, I brought them three, not two, and they didn't give me a reason. I just got a letter of denial in the mail three weeks after I submitted my claim,” Arnesen explains.

People continue to be left behind by the GCCF ~Disenfranchised Citizen

~'Feinbergisms' reflect the czar's bad attitude~Mobile Press-Register
~Also~A Year After Gulf Tragedy, Offshore Oil Companies Still Shielded by Liability Limits
~10 Reasons to Still Be Pissed Off About the BP Disaster~Kate Sheppard
~BP's Back in the Electoral Game
~A wasted chance for safer waters ~Stephanie Grace
~Barataria shrimpers hoping for bounce back after lost season ~WWL
~‘Designer' oysters may help industry~Nikki Buskey
~For many in Louisiana, the real disaster of 2010 wasn't the oil spill but the drilling moratorium
~Gulf seafood industry sputters back to life, a year after oil spill
~Survey: Most businesses impacted by the Gulf oil disaster~WWL

Thousands of Gulf Coast Residents Sickened by Effects of Oil Spill ~NOLAFemmes

Is this fo'real? Naaah~HHS also announced a ban on the use of dispersant in the U.S., similar to bans on dispersant in the United Kingdom.

Do not sip this poison *Updated*
~Library Chronicles

~Hat Tweet @
~One year ago, the worst oil disaster in US history began. BP's oil is still here! Help restore the Gulf at

Bird's Eye View:
The Truth 1 Year Later
~Gulf Restoration Network

Announcing: the Gulf Monitoring Consortium ~SkyTruth

Harmony for Health Concert Benefit produced by Guardians of the Gulf on April 20th!

4/20 Second Line for the Gulf
~Memorial Events

How ironic part deux: Paige St John of the Herald Tribune wins Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism ~Slabbed

Anti-creationism crusade gains support --Capitol rally slated~Mark Moseley

April showers bring…the need for stormwater calculators!
~Watershed NOLA

Entertainment tax credits’ value touted

David Mills Scholarship Established
~Lolis Eric Elie
~On March 30, 2010, David Mills collapsed on the set during the filming of an episode of 'Treme.' He died shortly thereafter of a brain aneurysm.

The Jewel in the Lotus of the Ordinary
~Poetry Before Breakfast

The Stage~Reckless Endangerment

A Tale of One Great Meal
~Blackened Out

~Hat Tweet @FoodRush~Dear lobster sashimi at Little Tokyo: You were a very nice piece of raw tail. Thank you for giving it up. Love, Me.
~Hat Tweet
@ FrenchMarket_LA~Order our famous Killer Tomato Seasoning and other spices online at

Aaron Walker's "Bury the Hatchet"
~Will Coviello on a new documentary about Mardi Gras Indians

Second Line Jump : New Orleans brass bands and hip-hop
~Defend New Orleans

Jimbo Mathus April 21st!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Local Blog "Slabbed" gets C&D Letter from Times-Picayune lawyers!
~@ I have a reply for the Times Picayune and their lawyer Steve Gaynor
~Editilla says S.L.A.P. da Monkey!~ Such mercenary legal action is all the rage these days amongst the Free Corporate Speech Club.
As ground is broken today for new medical complex, new analysis criticizes project's scope

Travel a small price to pay for levee oversight~H.J. Bosworth Jr.
and Sandy Rosenthal

~Hat Tweet @ @ When will Pres respond to detailed letter from Corps of Engineers whistleblower abt defective pumps in new NO system?

New Orleans murder victim was homeless, but not friendless
~Jarvis DeBerry

Councilman connected to nine blighted buildings in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood~Ariella Cohen, The Lens

Decaying Bayou St. John bridges get help from their neighbors
~Stephanie Bruno

New Orleans Employees' Retirement System Announces Settlement of Celera Takeover Litigation~Stockhouse

Behind the Curtain: The Louisiana Science Education Act (Part One) ~CenLamar

Redistricting Maps must get federal OK, survive other challenges
~Naked display of political power' drew the lines in Louisiana

The Feds Are Hampering Study Into Dolphin Deaths~Humid Beings

Saving Pelican 895 on HBO debuts on anniversary of BP Oil Spill
~Hat Tweet @liprap

Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Workers Report Mysterious Illnesses Year After Disaster

~Hat Tweet @~On BP blowout anniversary, nobody seems to be paying attn to this: Report of independent scientific panel on spill.

Why smart investors made money on the BP oil spill~Hat Tip~

BP is looking financially strong a year after Gulf oil spill

~Hat Tweet @ ~Halliburton profits soaring despite being involved in 2010 BP and 2009 Montara blowouts

Shrimpers will test area waters starting today

Scientists Propose Large-Scale Expansion Of 'Rigs To Reefs' Programs
~Underwater Times

Seems rather apropos

The New Orleans Underground Guide

The Perfect Steak ~Blackened Out

Passover At Guy Fieri’s House

John Fogerty Heads to New Orleans Bayou to Celebrate Anniversary on the "Proud Mary"

Louisiana's music legends bring crowds to Natchitoches~Carol Forsloff

Grayson Capps: New Album, Tour

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Discretionary orders
~Lunanola, NOLAFemmes

Chickens -- farm, not feral -- are turning West Bank backyards into barnyards
~ Kari Dequine

What’s the truth when it comes to BP? ~Kandace Graves, Gambit

Oil spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg is 'bloodied, but unbowed'
~David Hammer

Feinberg, “We’re achieving what BP and the administration want to see done.”~Disenfranchised Citizen

One year later
, along Gulf, spill still defines state of mind~Adam Geller

A life’s journey~Ed Cullen
~Phi Truong named her yoga and meditation studio on South Acadian Thruway “Agame.” “I should have called it ‘Blue Earth,’” she said, setting cups of steaming Sweet Thai Delight tea on the kitchen table in her house near the Perkins Road Overpass. The muted sound of traffic from the interstate under Truong’s soft voice made her story seem to come from far away. In miles, years and cultures, her story comes from far beyond the interstate. “I don’t know why I didn’t call my studio ‘Blue Earth,’” she said. “‘Blue Earth’ made everything in my life possible.”

The family-leavened success at Haydel's Bakery catches the eye -- and the acclaim -- of the SBA

The Slow Noon Burn of June 16
~Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans

Second line Sunday: Ole & Nu Style Fellas & WestBank Super Sunday
~Big Red Cotton

New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo
~The 2011 New Orleans Earth Day Festival and Green Business Expo will be held on Sunday, April 17 from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Bayou St. John on Orleans Avenue.

~"Unrelentingly Cheerful", acrylic on linen, 9 x 12"~Polly Jackson