Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

May 31, 2006

Contractors rake it in as they clean it up

Filed under: Corps of Engineers,FEMA,New Orleans — Tags: , , — Morwen Madrigal @ 3:05 pm

Like DUH!

They call this news? (Note to self: Stop reading MSNBC)
“For companies in the disaster business, 2005 was a very good year. And if preseason predictions are correct, it could be the first in a series of profitable years for a rapidly growing industry that encompasses engineering firms, debris haulers and logistical specialists who rush in whenever disaster strikes… ”


May 27, 2006

Secret FEMA Plan To Use Pastors as Pacifiers in Preparation For Martial Law

Filed under: FEMA,Progressive News — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 6:43 pm

I’m not usually in the “It must be a Conspiracy…” camp, but I ran across this today on Prison

Considering some of the response and actions perpetrated on N.O. after the Deluge, this kind of crap frighteningly seems possible to me considering the current Ruling Elite to me. I don’t like thse kinds of threats to our liberties as citizens of this country.

Figures… I thought we had already been screwed enough here, and it looks like it could be worse nexttime. Fuck!

Read on:

Secret FEMA Plan To Use Pastors as Pacifiers in Preparation For Martial Law
Nationwide initiative trains volunteers to teach congregations to “obey the government” during seizure of guns, property, forced inoculations and forced relocation

Paul Joseph Watson/Prison | May 24 2006

A Pastor has come forward to blow the whistle on a nationwide FEMA program which is training Pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to “obey the government” in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation.

In March of this year the Pastor, who we shall refer to as Pastor Revere, was invited to attend a meeting of his local FEMA chapter which circulated around preparedness for a potential bio-terrorist attack, any natural disaster or a nationally declared emergency.

The FEMA directors told the Pastors that attended that it was their job to help implement FEMA and Homeland Security directives in anticipation of any of these eventualities. The first directive was for Pastors to preach to their congregations Romans 13, the often taken out of context bible passage that was used by Hitler to hoodwink Christians into supporting him, in order to teach them to “obey the government” when martial law is declared.

It was related to the Pastors that quarantines, martial law and forced relocation were a problem for state authorities when enforcing federal mandates due to the “cowboy mentality” of citizens standing up for their property and second amendment rights as well as farmers defending their crops and livestock from seizure. It was stressed that the Pastors needed to preach subservience to the authorities ahead of time in preparation for the round-ups and to make it clear to the congregation that “this is for their own good.”


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May 26, 2006

I’m back online…

Okay… my laptop died a few days ago, or at lteast the power switch died. I’ve been almost insane since then.

Today Betts got her new IBM, and I got her laptop. This puter is different: there’s only one of them in the world. It’s a prototype for the company Betts works for. Life is good.

Speaking of prototypes, we here in the Isle d’Orleans have the once in a lifetime chance to be just that as we restore our homes, infrastructure and that strange life culture that flourishes in the old French-held territory along our part of the Gulf Coast.

We get to reinvent ourselves and our cities and towns. We have the chance to show the world how things can be done and still preserve our ways of life. New Orleans can flower into the best city on the globe. Our schools and universities can become cutting-edge, but… we have to be willing to dare to be creative.
Unfortunately, Willy Wonka announced his 100 day plan for N.O., and is calling for a revitalization of the BNOBC Plan. This cannot stand: It will kill our culture and replace it with the same old bland crap that litters America’s landscape. This must be fought against and forgotten.
Look at the concepts produced by the Gentilly Charrette. Think outside the old Neo-con money box. Let’s rebuild smart and inclusive of all here. Get rid of those damn Projects. Remove blight. Tell the carpetbaggers to go screw themselves. Bring everyone home…

It’s not going to be easy. There will be hurdles to jump, but I believe we can pull it off when no other place in this country could. We are special… New Orleans made us that way. Let’s celebrate and honor Her, and do the best damn job we can.


May 21, 2006

The Day After…

Filed under: New Orleans — Tags: — Morwen Madrigal @ 6:31 pm

First off, you have no idea how much whisky I poured down my throat last night watching the returns from the election. Overall the results weren’t that bad, but Nagin got re-elected. (Wish I had a hang-over to match my mood.)
To the fools that voted for Willy Wonka’s stand-in: You will never see the Lower Ninth or East N.O. rebuilt, or if it is, it won’t be for you folks. Can we say Cannizaro?

For those folks from the Projects that voted on race: you’re never coming home again. You won’t be able to afford to live here in the new New Orleans. You have helped undo everything that this city stood for over the centuries. I hope you like living in Detroit.

Well, at least we have a new City Council… maybe they can overcome the insanity of ‘Chocolate City’ Ray and his bid’ness buddies. (Batt and Clarkson are gone… sweet zombie Jezus, yes!)

Those of us here will live, it just means we will have to fight harder to save our city. For those who voted for Nagin, stay the fuck away from our city. We don’t want you here.

May 20, 2006

Conservatives to My Community: F*** U!

Filed under: Inter/Trans-Sexed — Morwen Madrigal @ 1:27 pm

Okay… I don’t write about this kind of stuff here: I have a massive info site and many E-lists where I can pontificate about Inter & Trans- sexed people. (Been public for over five years and been doing the research since ’74.)

But… I am freakin’ pissed off right now. Vermont’s Gov. just vetoed protections for my community. (So did Hawaii’s Gov.)

I can’t help that I was born with all of the girl parts and the boy parts. That’s freakin’ biology. I just am, but to discriminate against my kind? Screw off!

We are engineers, investment brokers, veterans… we produce and protect. (You have no idea how many of us are Trans-sexed in the military.) We are everywhere and you don’t know it.

Can you understand what it feels like being unwanted? Being a part of Society, contributing, and then forgotten?

I didn’t ask for this. Neither did my brothers and sisters: we just are.

Please understand the variences of Bio-Chem. Understand that anomalies exist. Please don’t shut us out.

I will explain anything for those that are curious about this subject. I stand in the front line. I have nothing to hide. I AM, and nothing else matters.

This was nevr my intention. I’m an ‘out’ intersexed person, but I don’t proseltize… now I must.


May 19, 2006

‘Twas the Night Before…

Filed under: New Orleans — Morwen Madrigal @ 7:37 pm

the Election, and this crazy girl has some thoughts about the future of our fair city and the rest of the Isle d’Orleans.

I hate to sound so dramatic, but what happens tomorrow during the voting will give direction to how the rebuilding will go down. The ruling paradigm for the next few years shall be set in stone: we’ll have to live with it. (And what happens to us will be the harbinger of what happens to the rest of the Gulf Coast.)

Here are my choices for the polls tomorrow:

Mayor: Landrieu

District A: Midura

District B: Head

District C: Booth

At Large: Fielkow

Clerk of Court: Varrecchio

It’s now the electorate’s turn…. get the vote out!

May 18, 2006

Robert’s is reopening!

Filed under: New Orleans — Tags: — Morwen Madrigal @ 1:55 pm

In today’s T-P there’s an article about Jay Batt-shit’s announcement concerning a grocery store on S.Carrollton.

The important part is down near the bottom. Marc Robert II said that the grocery stores on St. Claude, Canal, and Robt. E. Lee will be remodeled and will re-open. The latter he said will be operational by Oct.1.

This is darn good news. Outside of going to Whole Foods and Dorignac’s, all of our grocery shopping can remain in the city, and with local businesses no less. (We cook alot!)

This is very nice.

Environmental group says some FEMA trailers unsafe

Filed under: FEMA,New Orleans — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 1:36 pm

I just knew something was wrong with my still-unpowered FEMA trailer… formaldehyde!

Before they locked it up I went in to see what living in a little white box would be like, and suddenly I couldn’t breathe. (I have asthma.)

Here’s a breaking story:

Environmental group says some FEMA

trailers unsafe

An environmental group says thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims in Mississippi and Louisiana may be living in unsafe conditions after tests it conducted showed dangerous levels of formaldehyde in some government trailers.

The Sierra Club on Wednesday asked for a congressional hearing after it claimed that 30 out of 32 Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers it tested had levels of formaldehyde that were unsafe.

‘‘We started doing this testing because people were getting sick, having nosebleeds and having constant coughs,” said Mississippi Sierra Club spokeswoman Becky Gillette. ‘‘The government is making people sick. They are putting people back in harm’s way.”

May 16, 2006

Nagin’s Performance Timeline…

Filed under: New Orleans — Tags: — Morwen Madrigal @ 7:06 pm

Humid Haney has turned me on to a fairly accurate timeline of Mr. Chocolate City’s actions and inactions during his time as the “Mayor” of New Orleans. Promises made and broken. Pledges reneged upon. Total cluelessness in a time of crisis, and in the aftermath of the Deluge, a more than willingness to funnel much needed funds from N.O. for Big Bid’ness instead of accepting offers that would have generated $$$$ to the City whilst cleaning up one of our biggest probs here Post-Flood.

On Saturday, just go to the polls and say, “C. Ray? NO WAY!”.

‘Nuff said about that one…

Here’s the link:

May 13, 2006

Congress Targets Social Network Sites

Filed under: Civic Blogging,Progressive News — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 9:56 pm

Those fun-lovin’ Conservatives on Capital Hill are at it again. Using the concept of better protection for Minors who use the Web, they are trying to pass a new law… sounds good, but it is the thin edge of the wedge as far as freedom of speech goes on the Web.

You know how much these concerned folks would love shoot Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert… (and most of the folks in the Blue states), they don’t like us Bloggers very much either. It also could hinder Civic Blogging and our efforts here. Many of the folks from the city use Public Libraries to keep up on what is happening down here.
Read the piece. It’s one from the Raw Story. (excerpts below) is facing a new threat on Capitol Hill.

MySpace and other social-networking sites like and Facebook are the potential targets for a proposed federal law that would effectively require most schools and libraries to render those Web sites inaccessible to minors, an age group that includes some of the category’s most ardent users.


That’s a broad category that covers far more than social-networking sites such as Friendster and Google’s It would also sweep in a wide range of interactive Web sites and services, including, AOL and Yahoo’s instant-messaging features, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which permits in-game chat.

Fitzpatrick’s bill, called the Deleting Online Predators Act, or DOPA, is part of a new, poll-driven effort by Republicans to address topics that they view as important to suburban voters. Republican pollster John McLaughlin polled 22 suburban districts and presented his research at a retreat earlier this year. Rep. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, is co-sponsoring the measure.


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