Friday, December 28, 2012

Report: Saints and Sean Payton have reached 'agreement' on new contract
Carrollton Station owner says "goodbye" with two free shows
Saints say NFL bounty probe took a toll on season ~Brett Martel

Saints agree: In spite of record, 2012 team a favorite of players, coaches 

Reality check time for Trout Point Lodge. A Eco-Libel Tourism Update ~Slabbed

Sinkhole burps up organic material!

New Orleans native Lisa Jackson leaving EPA after pushing to send BP fines to Gulf states

Corps of Engineers: Mississippi River could be closed as soon as next week
~The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has told shippers that the Mississippi River could be closed to barge traffic as soon as next week.
The river must be at least 9 feet deep to maintain a channel for commerce, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The latest forecasts indicate that the water could fall beneath the required minimum depth Jan. 3 or 4 in the Thebes area about 125 miles south of St. Louis. Contractors are currently working in that area to remove rock pinnacles from the river bottom in effort to keep the waterway open to traffic.

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U.S. longshoremen strike looms

Lee Zurik Investigation: Ethics charges filed in `Playing With Fire` case

Company under state investigation doing inspections without proper license

The latest synthetic drug: "Blue Brees." Panic!

Krewe of Barkus exhibit is open to the public

Beaucoup Music calendar for Dec. 27-Jan. 2

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Self control was never one of Aaron Broussard’s strong points ~Slabbed

Wash, rinse, repeat: Aaron Broussard’s former property managers in Canada again sue Slabbed for defamation in Nova Scotia

With Letten gone, ’tis the season for intrigue and wild rumors ~Mark Moseley, The Lens
Week 15, Bucs at Saints: Trouble No More ~SaintsWin~The past 11 months have been neither enjoyable nor encouraging but, like many things in life, they turn for the better after awhile. In a seeming moment the discontent and disillusion faded, with hope and a promise of redemption assuming their place.
So begins the transition to the 2013 Saints' season.

We are hope despite the times ~moosedenied
~So much for the ridiculous notion that the Saints had "given up" or "don't give a shit anymore." So much for fans resigning themselves to 1970s-style Saints football for the next ten years because Roger slammed the window shut. So much for the offense having lost the Magic. So much for the defense being hopelessly, irredeemably shitty. So much for Mark Ingram being The Next Troy Davis. So much for Joseph Morgan being The Next Onome Ojo. So much for Jimmy Graham being a one-year-wonder. So much for the 100 Million Dollar Man being in the early stages of being washed-up and/or having lost his edge. So much for this team being a shell of its former self. Sunday's performance reaffirmed that the killing machine of the last three years is still in there somewhere. Feel free to exhale now.

Saints vs Buccaneers: A Skunk Never Smelled so Sweet ~Saints Tailgate
~One really cool thing about the game is the perception that the players were playing for their jobs. I didn’t see that today; I saw guys playing for pride. I saw guys who remembered they were supposed to protect their home turf, and thanking the fans who bought the tickets and came to see them play.
NOPD Katrina racial killing case retrial ordered

City of NOLA overtime payments for Isaac raise eyebrows

Hey Blake,Why is the URL for the New Orleans Public Library website ""?

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to blast rock along Mississippi River

Hungry for crawfish: Nation enjoying longtime

Craig Giesecke: Entrepreneurial spirits La. favorite ~Uptown Messenger

Restaurant August: Is It Worth It? ~Blackened Out

Rosanne Cash makes BR stop while traveling Blues Highway

Party like it's the end of the world at the Cosmic Convergence Festival

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Silence Is Deafening ~Ignatious Jeff Reilly
I just read that for the second time is less than a year, SLABBED has, for all purposes, been taken down by the actions of a foreign court for actions that arise on US soil and fall under US law. It should scare the living day lights out of any American citizen if these actions are allowed to stand. 

Imagine a world where the media is censored by crooks ~Slabbed
NOPD: Dat Dog employee shot after refusing to give robber cash ~Uptown Messenger
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints not close on contract ~Greg Rosenthal

Cop Convictions Overturned in Henry Glover Case ~NOLA DEFENDER

9th Ward goat farmer’s gripe: butting heads with powers that be ~The Lens

CBS NEWS: Oil Still Leaking From BP Gulf Of Mexico Spill

Sinkhole prompts 6-month road study

Review: Bouligny Tavern ~Gambit~Ian McNulty relaxes at a sumptuous spot where you can keep the party rolling

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fuck You, Pelicans Are Awesome
~Oh, it splashes around in the water and gulps down fish that are just swimming by, that's not hunting, is a thing that fools say. While it's true that the White Pelican dips its head underwater and scoops out the fish, that's not the pelican we're talking about here. The Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, and it's the only species of pelican that dives to catch its prey. The Brown Pelican is a raptor, without the stupid purple dinosaur logo.
It cruises above the water, its eyesight so good that it can see fish beneath the surface from 60 feet up. Then it spirals into a death dive, streaking down upon the unsuspecting prey before it knows what hit it. The last thing that fish ever sees is the light blinking out as the pelican's gaping beak closes around it, and it's swallowed—while still alive.

Week 14, Saints at Giants: A Weary Pantomime

Storm-damaged rentals await repairs

New Orleans leads one of country's biggest migration turnarounds

Mississippians are being robbed blind by Phil Bryant’s political cronies. Exactly where are all the bucks stopping? ~Slabbed

Officials say proposed marina would be a boon to Port Eads

Fest revelers converge on Freret

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Levee Podcast, Episode 4:
Harry Shearer (center between founder Sandy Rosenthal and engineer H.J. Bosworth) will talk about's latest campaign on his radio show called "Le Show." Harry will talk about our demand that the Army Corps of Engineers reveal the whereabouts of 50-80 deficient levees as described on Page 1 of this Engineering Letter.
When: Sunday, Dec 9 at 12 noon CST on KCRW
also at 8pm on WWNO

Corps of Engineers rejects request for more water from Missouri River

Video: Spud reads the ''Cajun Night Before Christmas'' on the air 

Today: New Generation and Brothers of Change Annual Second Line!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cut me, Mick ~Moosedenied
~Look, I understand that for the most part this team has been a barely-legible facsimile of itself all season, and that's not likely to change over the next month. Sean Payton ain't walking though that door until February. Even Drew has had his head up his ass lately. And if you can't trust Drew, who the hell can you trust? I get it.
But, goddammit, there just has to be a reason why the Football Gods and the other NFC wildcard hopefuls simply refuse to put the Saints down for good.

Dangerous gas discovered at sinkhole Thursday

Government agency has yet to conduct audit of safety systems for offshore oil operators

Water wars pit thirsty Dakotas against barges for Missouri flow

Philippines typhoon toll tops 500

PERIQUE - Photographs by Charles Martin

Where Y'Eat: The Grapefruit of Wrath

Historian, raconteur, guitarist Ned Sublette plays songs from new album tonight at Siberia

Bonfire concert kicks off Holidays on the Point

My Spilt Milk

Saturday, December 1, 2012

It appears Bruce Wayne moved to Tel Aviv ~American Zombie~That's interesting.  We [the Corps of Engineers] have enough money to build a fucking batcave for another country half a world away but we don't have the money to protect the lives of our own citizens in South area of the country that is absolutely critical to our nation's energy supply.
Judge rules voucher funding is unconstitutional

S&WB re-states need for big jump in water rates 

Plaquemines Parish citrus farmers prepare for Orange Fest

Drought-Parched Mississippi River Is Halting Barges

Artist, writer Neal Adams draws up love for fans at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Big bill for levee upkeep comes to New Orleans
~This Aug. 27, 2012 file photo, shows a teddy bear at the base of a marker for the 17th Street Canal Floodwall in New Orleans. By the time the next hurricane season starts in June 2013, New Orleans will take control of much of a revamped protection system of gates, walls and armored levees the Army Corps of Engineers has spent about $12 billion building. The corps has about $1 billion worth of work left. Engineers consider it a Rolls Royce of flood protection, comparable to systems in seaside European cities such as Venice and Rotterdam. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Explainer: How budget fight stalled negotiations over Orleans Parish jail consent decree ~Tom Gogola, The Lens

New floodwalls protect south Lafourche 

Teachers group to push repeal of Jindal’s laws

Still eying playoffs, Saints get ready for Falcons

Encyclopedia of Louisiana

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Deke: Saints will win by two scores

Six-alarm fire razes most of city block in Uptown New Orleans

La. IDs not in line with U.S.

Sounds like Déjà vu all over again?
Thousands of families still struggling in the aftermath of Sandy are learning that some insurance companies don’t seem to think the storm was a hurricane.

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Some insurance companies to Sandy victims: You are covered for hurricanes, not floods

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~Thousands of families in the aftermath Sandy are learning that some insurance companies don't consider the storm a hurricane.

Researchers trace activity of rare whooping cranes

What Could Disappear
~The gulf shore advances to Interstate 12.

Dog bite sidelines 'Dirty Dozen' trumpeter Towns

Sunday: Men, Ladies and Junior Buckjumpers second line parade ~Big Red Cotton

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Reveals That Evacuating Is No Holiday ~Sandy Rosenthal

Federal Prosecutors Let It All Hang Out On The Internet ~John McQuaid 
~Update: There’s also this, also in New Orleans: evidence people working for the Corps of Engineers took to to anonymously attack those criticizing the Corps and urging accountability for the 2005 levee failures during Katrina. Looks like a trend to me!
Saints Nation Guru: Fan Predictions for 49ers Game!

I Hate The San Francisco 49ers And Everything They Stand For ~Jack Sharkey
Resident questions why S&WB employee was swapping out iconic meter covers

Texas Brine sinkhole plan would plug well

Sandy's impact on east coast fisheries still playing out

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Undead ~moosedenied
Bourdain Blasts Blackened Blog ~NOLA DEFENDER
Queries on the cosmology of New Orleans politics ~American Zombie
Concert to boost Sandy recovery tonight

Storm Victims, in Cleanup, Face Rise in Injuries and Illness ~NYT~It is impossible to say how many people have been sickened by what Hurricane Sandy left behind: mold from damp drywall; spills from oil tanks; sewage from floodwater and unflushable toilets; tons upon tons of debris and dust. But interviews with hurricane victims, recovery workers, health officials and medical experts over the last week reveal that some of the illnesses that they feared would occur, based on the toxic substances unleashed by the storm and the experience of other disasters, notably Hurricane Katrina, have begun to manifest themselves.

Outrage over dolphin deaths spurs $5,000 reward

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BP spawned new company supplying oil, aka: Black Elk Energy

People of Lafitte give Corps officials an earful

Corps of Engineers Considers Options for Much-NeededMaintenance, Rehabilitation of Hydropower Plants

2012 New Orleans Bar Guide ~Gambit