Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

July 12, 2006

Braving the Storms

Filed under: New Orleans — Tags: — Morwen Madrigal @ 1:59 pm

Ani DiFranco: Braving the Storms

By Deanna Zandt, AlterNet
Posted on July 7, 2006, Printed on July 12, 2006

“First leak it out about the president
then stand up and shout ‘Impeachment’
Pulling coat tails out from under that little VP
Before he has a chance to get in the driver’s seat”

– “Millennium Theater”

Ani DiFranco has never been one to mince words in her lyrics, and the wallop of an album that is her new release, Reprieve, hits the stores on Aug. 8. . After recording the album in her New Orleans studio, mostly before Katrina left her stranded and unable to finish it, DiFranco did what everyone else in the Gulf Coast did after the storm: She improvised.


July 11, 2006

Negligent Homocide?

Filed under: Corps of Engineers,New Orleans — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 4:20 pm

Well, if this is the way it will go down in Boston, why can’t it happen here? (Emphasis mine)
“Mass. Attorney General Tom Reilly said he plans to treat the site as a crime scene that could lead to negligent homicide charges. The attorney general’s office has already begun to issue supoenas to those involved in design, manufacturing, testing, construction, and oversight of the panels and tunnel.

“What we are looking at is anyone who had anything that had to do with what happened last night,” Mass. Attorney General Tom Reilly said. “No one is going to be spared.”


July 10, 2006

“Dollar” Bill Gets Frozen Out by Court

Filed under: New Orleans — Tags: — Morwen Madrigal @ 5:24 pm

I expected this to happen, and it couldn’t be a better case against elected Officials believing themselves above the Law.

Judge upholds FBI’s search of lawmaker’s office

A federal judge on Monday upheld the FBI’s unprecedented search of the office of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson,  a Louisiana Democrat who is the target of a bribery investigation.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Thomas Hogan also denied a request by Jefferson’s lawyers to have the materials seized in the May raid returned.

Hogan rejected the argument by Jefferson’s lawyers that the search violated various constitutional protections. It marked the first time U.S. law enforcement agents raided the office of a member of the U.S. Congress.

The search caused on uproar in Congress, where bipartisan leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives expressed outrage that the FBI had seized a computer hard drive and two boxes of papers from Jefferson’s office.


Independance Day in New Orleans- A Film

Filed under: Community Planning,Event,New Orleans — Tags: , , — Morwen Madrigal @ 3:31 pm

I picked this up from TruthOut. Nice little film concerning the bad dealings of HANO over the fate of the St. Bernard projects.

Also, it shows the tenacity of the tenents in getting back their homes in a New Orleans’ style.

Sinn Fein!

Thousands Return to N.O. on Katrina Anniversary to Demand Housing

This could be something that we NOLA Bloggers could help support via our work during the Rising Tide Convention:

“Survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the People’s Organizing Committee are organizing a Come Back Home Campaign for the week of the one-year anniversary of the devastating hurricane. Displaced survivors who are living all over the country will gather in Washington, DC from August 24th through 26th. They will pitch tents and camp out on the federal government to demand their right to return home. On August 27th and 28th, these survivors will be pitch their tents in Baton Rouge, LA, in front of the state capitol to put pressure on the state government of Louisiana for their right to return home. On August 29th, 2006, the anniversary of the Katrina Disaster, survivors will make their demands to return home heard by the city council of New Orleans, and they will camp out on city hall.”

Read more…

Other Links-

Rising Tide Convention

July 9, 2006

Bloggers Wanted For Geek Dinner!

Filed under: Civic Blogging,Event,New Orleans — Tags: , , — Morwen Madrigal @ 5:06 pm

Five days to go folks, and then we will have the first Geek Dinner Friday night. (No, this is not a Hellenic dinner.)

Contact Maitri, Alan, or me for details and RSVPs. You can also check out the event here.

See’s ya’s there!

July 7, 2006

Officials decry editing of storm-surge report

Filed under: Corps of Engineers,Levees,Louisiana,New Orleans — Tags: , , , — Morwen Madrigal @ 6:42 pm

Now why doesn’t this surprise me?  The protection of a valuable portion of the U.S. is subject to policy neoconservative  desires over science?

Folks down here have lived in the wetlands for centuries. They produced products for the Nation, doing little to harm the environment. Then comes along the oil companies, digging thousands of mile of canals in order to drill exploratory wells which allowed the Gulf waters to enter the wetlands, killing aquatic and plant life… allowing storm surges to eat away at what the River took 1,000 years to build up… endangering all who live here in SE Louisiana. Most of the drillings were complete failures, and the oil types weren’t required to repair their damages to the area or give money to the State to do so. This was all under Federal oversight.

Now the Senate gets to vote over giving us the oil revenues that we deserved in order to rebuild the wetlands, and the Adminstration is rewriting the Corps report concerning the Deluge and it’s causes. Fuck Neocons!

Sinn Fein!

“State leaders used a congressional field briefing Thursday to air their dismay with White House editing of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report on how to protect south Louisiana from a Category 5 hurricane.

State officials expressed concerns with the delay of the report, which was due to Congress June 30 but now is expected to be submitted Monday.

After Hurricane Katrina, Congress directed the corps to work with Louisiana to develop a plan to develop Category 5 hurricane protection across the state.

The state has been working with the corps for the past six months to prepare the preliminary report. The final version is due in December 2007.

However, the White House edited the preliminary report before it could be submitted to Congress, rewriting much of the document to focus more on federal policy than science when determining how to best protect the state, said Sidney Coffee, executive assistant to the governor for coastal activities.

Coffee spoke Thursday before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science during a hearing in New Orleans on Louisiana’s hurricane-recovery efforts. The state has not seen the version of the report to actually be submitted to Congress, said Coffee.”


Free Cat Neutering & Spaying

Filed under: Gentilly,New Orleans — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 6:13 pm

Starting Sunday, 7/09 through Thursday, 7/13, the Big Fix Rig will be in Chalmette at the St. Bernard Unified school campus. Pet owners from all Parishes are accepted. Neutering and spaying of cats will be free at a mobile clinic.
Call for an appointment- 504-401-0709.


The Donated Cars Plot Sickens… I Mean Thickens

Filed under: New Orleans — Tags: — Morwen Madrigal @ 5:22 am

More news on the car donation affair down here.

I wonder how deep Dollar Bill’s tenacles run. Same for the other NPs the other Council folks deal with. This kind of poop cannot stand. Too many names are reported in common with too many people… how big is this circle of “friends”?

July 6, 2006

LRA urged to back coastal amendment

Filed under: Louisiana,New Orleans — Tags: , — Morwen Madrigal @ 6:21 pm
It earmarks revenue for protection efforts
Thursday, July 06, 2006

By Mark Schleifstein

A Louisiana Recovery Authority committee recommended Wednesday that the agency’s full board adopt a resolution supporting a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would funnel any new federal Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas revenue received by the state to coastal protection efforts.

The LRA’s Coastal Protection Committee also endorsed a second resolution supporting Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s recent actions aimed at blocking sales of federal oil and gas leases until the federal government accurately assesses the environmental impact of offshore drilling on coastal Louisiana and takes “serious steps” to mitigate it.

The second resolution also endorses recent efforts in Congress to share a portion of the federal revenue from offshore oil and gas leases with Louisiana and other coastal states.


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