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Friday, March 31, 2006

CD of the Month

Ok Todd....I have been milling over and over in my mind as to what CD should I send you (It's my perfectionist nature)....I wanna make a good impression on you....Then I decided to send you a CD for the next twelve months so I can possibly present a well-rounded view of Louisiana's musicians past and present....I figure if I can spend over a grand sending letters and Cds to Congress (concerning the dire need for coastal protection and restoration) I might as well spend 16 bucks a month at the most on promoting Louisiana culture....Then so be it!!!!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Anger Management

AP Bush Katrina Tape




"Cynicism is anger's ugly cousin"---Adam Sandler in Anger Management

I am seriously considering forming an organization called "Concerned Cajuns for Louisiana"....At least that is what I told Kat Landry the name would be....Perhaps I'll make it more eloquent sounding....I am also considering forming an organization for the relocation of the majority of the United States Congress to Mars or the planet of their choice for that matter....I am stuck for a name though....Hmmmmmm....I need help on this one.....How about CRAPOLA??

Congressional
Relocation
Away (from earth)
Program
Offering
Lax
Attitude

One of the slogans and commercials would be "Mars--a place that only Congress could call home."

Big Bad (Cajun) Mama


Well I think I am going to do the damn thang....It looks as though I am off to qualify with a handgun....This most likely will be a good thing...With your Cajun temper??? Yes...With my Cajun temper..Besides the job will be low stress anyway....I'll most likely will never fire that weapon....Maybe it is better if I invest in a weapon anyway....I'd hate to be standing in a pawnshop line when the shidt all of a sudden takes a turn for the worse....

Reprobate Minds


Congress and the President loves to drag azz when it comes to Louisiana but when it comes to bombing the hell out of Iraq, creating chaos here in the U.S. through illegal immigration and in the Middle East and generating all the "negative" loosh that they can for the New World Order and PNAC to build on they will cut to the chase in a heartbeat....We should start a campaign to send most of those jokers to Mars....Oh but wait that is exactly why PNAC, our government and the NWO want to go to Mars....Even Dubya can do the math on this one.....

Since the "shifty folks" believe that the earth was inhabited from the moon by way of mars so it would make sense to reverse the process.....Back to the moon and then off to Mars....Try solving problems on earth first you "shifty" freaks!!!! Charity starts at home and then spreads abroad or off into the wild blue yonder even....You freaks have your priorities all wrong and I won't feel sorry for you when you reap the consequences....In fact the Bible says that I don't have to feel sorry for you at all---just pray for you...."Only with my eyes shall I behold the reward of the wicked"--Psalms 91.....So tell me that I can't ask to see your reward in hell!!! It's scriptural!!!! And besides many of you are NOT human anyway!!!! You're vile and unrighteous beings and you are Satan's seed so that makes you a breed and a whole race apart from me.....We all know why Princess Di was murdered....So screw your blue blood!!!! Don't worry in due time you'll soon be with your daddy---the Devil--you and also the rest of those freaks who think having sex with reptilians or any other "enlightened" beings is alright!!!!! The forbidden fruit was carnal knowledge!!!! It definitely was NO apple!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Interview

Desire--EnVogue



I had an interview--no it was not my dream job---that job would be Ministry of (Louisiana) Tourism...:o) But my potential boss (ie the interviewer) called me an "over qualified" and a "perfectionist"....I guess I am but I never thought myself to be that way (overqualified for the job "yes")....He also said that my son sounds a lot like me (perfectionist)....I guess during my over two hour interview with him I said a little too much....I don't dispair because unlike San Antonio I am NOT moving from Louisiana....A category 29 hurricane can be barreling down the coast "I shall NOT be moved"!!!! The only thing worse than a category 5 hurricane is a category 5 hurricane of illegal Mexicans!!!! And for that matter why does my ex-husband keep calling me every other damn day?!!! No he is not illegal he is Tex-Mex....Some people just insist in imposing themselves in your life!!! They are actually emotional energy (loosh) vampires!!!! Now "he hemed and he hawed" about the money that he was going to send me but never did....Hell!! All he actually wanted was a damn conversation!!!! Like I said before my ex-husband and I have really nothing much in common besides the fact that somewhere during his life he got "hooked on Black bodies" (ie "some black woman put it on him real good").....Now remember what I said about men....They can phuck you and also despise you at the same time....Does he hate me? Nah...But thanks to white society Hispanics have been given a "pass card" and he is one of the many Hispanics who think that they have "arrived"....My ex is pretty arrogant and he has always been (a quality that I couldn't stand from the day that I met him)...The ladies (White ladies) that work at the truck stop in my town can't stand him!!!! I am not being mean!!! If he is lonely then GET A GIRLFRIEND!!! There are two things that I won't go back to and that is Texas and my ex-husband!!!!

Pride and lust had always been the downfall of both angels and men....I was trying to get information on the blond Pleiadian Nordics and redheaded Nordics when I came to a site where--well you know what---now it all makes freaking sense!!!! A clear example of pride and lust...And you wonder why these kinda fools get abducted, raped and probed by "aliens" !!!! THEY FREAKING DESERVE IT!!!!! You all deserved to be tormented by aliens(demons) and demons!!!!! This "I'm above every woman" attitude gets their asses in trouble every time....Eve was beguiled by evil (seduced)....Desire is a form of lust....I don't want to be above every woman, I just want--as a Black woman--to be counted amongst women!!!! Governor Blanco and Senator Landrieu thank God each and every day for your less than blue blood "Cajun/Creole Blood" (don't ever think that there isn't a connection betwen the Illuminati "NWO and PNAC" and Mexico and the Illuminati and Texas)....Thank God every day for the "crawfish mud" in your blood....When the aliens (demons as mentioned also in THE BOOK OF Revelation) whisks these prideful and lustful freaks off we'll have a good laugh--the three of us....BUT IT IS NOT LIKE THEY DIDN'T ASK FOR IT!!!!! Maybe it is just me but I see something wrong with having sex with your "gods" or "higher powers" or even "enlightened beings".....

You TARES are so busted!!!!

I was right when I said that our United States Congress hardly does any work!!!! Check this out!!!! In fact they are on break even as this post is published!!!! YOUR GAME WILL SOON BE UP TARES!!!!!! Somebody get out the ROUND UP!!!!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

U.S. House Hardly Working
To date, the House of Representatives has worked less than 25 days this year. What do you think?

The Bayou Buzz


It seems as though Louisianians are hitting the blogs more after hurricanes Katrina and Rita....Now that Bayou Boy has been hitting his blog more with his Swamp Stories I'll have to put him up in my side bar....He even loves his crawfish....Ooops somebody forgot to tell him that crawfish was running damn near extinct this spring.....The home on his weblog picture is a bit more modern than how the ancestors used to do it....

The Wheat and the Tares


U.S. Planning Base on Moon To Prepare for Trip to Mars
Scientists Hard at Work On Technological Hurdles

By Guy Gugliotta
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 26, 2006; Page A10

HOUSTON -- For the first time since 1972, the United States is planning to fly to the moon, but instead of a quick, Apollo-like visit, astronauts intend to build a permanent base and live there while they prepare what may be the most ambitious undertaking in history -- putting human beings on Mars.

President Bush in 2004 announced to great fanfare plans to build a new spaceship, get back to the moon by 2020 and travel on to Mars after that. But, with NASA focused on designing a new spaceship and spending about 40 percent of its budget on the troubled space shuttle and international space station programs, that timetable may suffer.


Still, NASA's moon planners are closely following the spaceship initiative and, within six months, will outline what they need from the new vehicle to enable astronauts to explore the lunar surface.

"It's deep in the future before we go there," said architect Larry Toups, head of habitation systems for NASA's Advanced Projects Office. "But it's like going on a camping trip and buying a new car. You want to make sure you have a trailer hitch if you need it."

Scientists and engineers are hard at work studying technologies that don't yet exist and puzzling over questions such as how to handle the psychological stress of moon settlement, how to build lunar bulldozers and how to reacquire what planetary scientist Christopher P. McKay of NASA's Ames Research Center calls "our culture of exploration."

The moon is not for the faint of heart. It is a lethal place, without atmosphere, pelted constantly by cosmic rays and micrometeorites, plagued by temperature swings of hundreds of degrees, and swathed in a blanket of dust that can ruin space suits, pollute the air supply and bring machinery to a screeching halt.

And that says nothing about the imponderables. Will working in one-sixth of Earth's gravity for a year cause crippling health problems? What happens when someone suffers from a traumatic injury that can't be treated by fellow astronauts? How do people react to living in a tiny space under dangerous conditions for six months?

"It's like Magellan. You send them off, and maybe they come back, maybe they don't," said planetary scientist Wendell W. Mendell, manager of NASA's Office for Human Exploration Science, during an interview at the recently concluded Lunar and Planetary Science Conference here. "There's a lot of pathologies that show up, and there's nobody in the Yellow Pages."

In some ways, the moon will be harder than Mars. Moon dust is much more abrasive than Mars dust; Mars has atmosphere; Mars has more gravity (one-third of Earth's); Mars has plenty of ice for a potential water supply, while the moon may have some, but probably not very much.

Still, the moon is ultimately much more forgiving because it is much closer -- 250,000 miles away, while Mars is 34 million miles from Earth at its closest point. If someone needs help on the moon, it takes three days to get there. By contrast, Mars will be several months away even with the help of advanced -- and as yet nonexistent -- propulsion systems.

Not having to pay as dearly for mistakes is one key reason why the moon is an integral part of the Bush initiative. The other, as even scientists point out, is that if the United States does not return to the moon, others will.

"The new thing is China, and they've announced they're going to the moon. The Europeans want to go; the Russians want to go; and if we don't go, maybe they'll go with the Chinese," Mars Institute Chairman Pascal Lee said in an interview. "Could we bypass the moon and go to Mars while India and China are going to the moon? I don't think so."

U.S. Planning Base on Moon To Prepare for Trip to Mars
Bush's 2004 "Vision for Space Exploration," by calling for a lunar return and a subsequent Mars mission, set goals, which, if achieved, would keep the United States in the forefront of space exploration for decades.

Since then, mishaps and delays with the space shuttle and the space station programs have shrunk both the moon research budget and the rhetoric promoting the mission.

Instead, NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin has focused agency attention and resources on the design and construction of a new "crew exploration vehicle" and its attendant rocketry -- the spacecraft that will push U.S. astronauts once again beyond low Earth orbit.

Despite the moon's current low profile, however, NASA continues to plan a lunar mission and to promote the technological advances needed to achieve it. Toups, one of the moon program's designers, said NASA envisions that a lunar presence, once achieved, will begin with two-to-four years of "sorties" to "targeted areas."

These early forays will resemble the six Apollo lunar missions, which ended in 1972. "You have four crew for seven to 10 days," Toups said in a telephone interview. "Then, if you found a site of particular interest, you would want to set up a permanent outpost there."

The south pole is currently the top target. It is a craggy and difficult area, but it is also the likeliest part of the lunar surface to have both permanent sunlight, for electric power, and ice, although many scientists have questions about how much ice there is. Without enough water, mission planners might pick a gentler landscape.

Site selection will mark the end of what McKay calls Apollo-style "camping trips." "There's got to be a lot more autonomy, so we keep it simple," McKay said. "We're going to be on Mars for a long time, and we have to use the moon to think in those terms."

The templates, cited frequently by moon mavens, are the U.S. bases in Antarctica, noteworthy for isolation, extreme environment, limited access, lack of indigenous population and no possibility of survival without extensive logistical support.

"The lunar base is not a 'colony,' " Lee said. " 'Colonization' implies populating the place, and that's not on the plate. This is a research outpost."

Once planners choose a base, the astronauts will immediately need to bring a host of technologies to bear, none of which currently exist. "Power is a big challenge," Toups said. Solar arrays are an obvious answer, but away from the poles 14 days of lunar sunlight are followed by 14 days of darkness, so "how do you handle the dormancy periods?"

Next is the spacesuit. Apollo suits weighed 270 pounds on Earth, a relatively comfortable "felt weight" of 40 to 50 pounds on the moon, but an unacceptable 102 pounds on Mars. "You can't haul that around, bend down or climb hills," Lee said. "Somehow we have to cut the mass of the current spacesuit in half."

And the new suit, unlike the Apollo suits or the current 300-pound shuttle suit, is going to have to be relatively easy to put on and take off, and to be able withstand the dreaded moon dust.

After three days, Apollo astronauts reported that the dust was causing the joints in their suits to jam, "and we're not talking about three outings," Lee said of the next moon missions. "We're talking about once a week for 500 days -- between 70 and 100 spacewalks."

Dealing with dust is also a major concern in building shelters on the lunar surface. Toups said it might be possible to harden the ground by microwaving it, creating a crust "like a tarp when you're camping." Otherwise, the dust pervades everything, and prolonged exposure could even lead to silicosis.

Dust also makes it virtually impossible to use any kind of machinery with ball bearings. Civil engineer Darryl J. Calkins, of the Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, warned that the combination of dust, low gravity, temperature swings and the high cost of flying things to the moon is going to define the lunar tool kit in unforeseen ways.

"You can't put a diesel up there; you can't put a 20,000-pound bulldozer up there; and none of our oils or hydraulic fluids are going to survive," Calkins said in a telephone interview. "We may have to go back to the 19th century to find appropriate tools -- use cables, pulleys, levers."

And even then, it will be difficult to level a base site and haul away the fill because there's not enough gravity to give a tractor adequate purchase. Instead, Calkins envisions a device that can "scrape and shave" small amounts of soil and take it away bit by bit.

But in the end, "you have to learn how to do it, with real people," McKay said. "This is hard, but we can learn it. And if we do it right on the moon, we will be able to answer my ultimate question: Can Mars be habitable? I think the answer is 'yes.' "


President Bush needs to put himself on Mars or the moon and get the hell off of this planet....Please exit stage left Mr. (tare) President....

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Get the Hell out of Dodge

Blanco noted that a number of bills filed for the session would expand gambling, which she said she would oppose.

"I want to reiterate my position on that: No!" Blanco said, eliciting a mostly positive vocal reaction from the House chamber, where representatives, senators and other state leaders gathered for her speech.

"And if I'm not clear: Veto!" she said, referring to her power to kill legislation unless two-thirds of each house votes to overrule.



Governor Blanco says her answer to gambling expansion is NO and if you have trouble understanding NO then try (UNDERSTANDING) "veto"!!!! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Me likes!!!!

Fear No Evil

I was feeling free from the "shifty" folks watching and carrying on their vile activities....Actually I was more worried where God's Spirit had gone....Wow I haven't sensed their presence in two weeks but of course that didn't last....I can feel when I am in danger....God presence can be felt....His Holy Spirit, his protection you can feel it...His Spirit feels as though He is gripping you and hugging, holding you and guiding you (His Spirit actually has a Shekinah "female" feel to it...This is more than guardian angels (yes I believe that they are around also) although they exist but you wouldn't feel their presence in and upon you as you would God's Spirit......President Bush blasphemes God's Holy Spirit and calls it "shock and awe")....King David of the Bible felt it and asked God not to take his Holy Spirit from him....When people say that God's Spirit (annointing) comes upon you and you feel drunk it is true....If that presence is very strong then you feel as though you can't stand up (such as what happened when Solomon dedicated his temple unto the Lord) and I am not talking about just in church on Sunday....His Spirit ebbs and flows and feels that way like you are in an ocean with waves washing over you.....Does this presence just come upon you in church so that you can "get happy" and flip over pews...Not even!!! You can sense that presence and it gets stronger when you are in danger....Such as I feel it now....I just came from the store and I know the vile entities are watching again ( I so can't wait until Jesus tap dances on their heads)....Now I am going to the store at almost 11:30 at night and when I get out of my car and go inside my house I turn around to shut the door there is a huge dog right outside behind me as I turned to shut the door....I didn't even hear that dog behind me....I don't know if it is my neighbor's pitbull because it was dark and the dog never made a sound....It has been rumoured that the shadow government has infiltrated every aspect of our lives and where ever there is a gathering of more than two people then there is at least one infiltrator....Makes sense since Jesus said that "where ever two or three are gathered in my name there shall I be in the midst"....Satan wants to make sure he "represents" also (This was confirmed by Michael Moore and other sources)....I always thought this kinda stuff was the White man's burden but lots of people believe that in the last days many and many will be witness to this kind of activity....Let's pray that you are ready when it is your turn....There are too many things happening right now for folks to remain ignorant....Even if you listen to Randi Rhodes I mean really listen to her you can catch exactly what is going on by her "buzzwords" even if you fail to take notice to the "shifty" folks "buzzwords".....Some may laugh and find this funny but my friend who is a pedriatric urologist takes what I am saying very seriously and he hasn't even read my weblog.....

Monday, March 27, 2006

Sadie Dog--The Hound of the Baskervilles

















"She's evil I tell you!!! She's evil!!"--Corey

Spirits of Addiction

Insiders of the Hollywood scene say that drugs actually make you more susceptible to demonic possession...Well they would definitely know....Drugs definitely have deep roots in that they grip and hold down entire communities, societies and nations!!! I have said this once before and I'll say it again "Dick Cheney and Condoleeza Rice are bound by spirits of addiction." Meaning that they are both addicts of some kind.... You can discern them!!!! Hello!!! Cheney's little "Elmer Fudd" episode has proven me to be at least half right.... So Condi don't give up on that NFL commissioner job after all....I hear professional athletes can score the best "stuff" if you know what I mean....

Maque Choux


Me: "Corey do you want some (Crawfish) Maque Choux??"
Corey: "What's that???"
Me: "It's got corn and crawfish in it (knowing that upon hearing this he wouldn't even dare refuse because he loves both corn and crawfish)"....
Corey: "Corn and Crawfish??? I'm loving Cajun food!!!!"

Maque Choux (Louisiana French)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 sliced onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 large fresh tomatoes, chopped
6 cups fresh corn
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Heat shortening in saucepan. Add onion. Cook slowly until transparent. Add remaining ingredients. Cook covered over moderate flame, stirring frequently. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Serves 4.


Sunday, March 26, 2006

A very intelligent statement

A culture of sociopaths
by: jar_jar_bush (F/uck Bush) 03/26/06 03:01 pm
Msg: 812 of 832
4 recommendations

When the BushCo/PNAC cabal facilitated the attacks in this nation on 9/11, they also facilitated the change in the culture of America. It allowed them to openly operate a culture of fear, intimidation, pre-emption, greed, theft, incompetence, overtly unconstitutional behavior, lawlessness and lies.

The censure call does not go nearly far enough to bring any accountability to this crime family who have hijacked their own party, the exectutive branch, the concept of Democracy, and Christian religion, when GW Bush accepted Jesus Christ as his personal weapon.
They have ignored and marginalized the same Constitution they swore to uphold, protect and defend.

We, as a nation, could not expect to have fared worse if we ourselves had been invaded and occupied by a foreign government, as we are faring under this Bush crime family and it's occupation.

Censure is not the solution, although it's a good start.

Blanket impeachment is the only solution to reclaim our democracy.

The Drama

If you teach children to be more introspective, more abstract thinkers and not just solely concrete thinkers it goes a long way in establishing a proud cultural heritage, a pride in themselves, a sense of value and a sense of what is right and wrong and what is meaningful to them....My son will go off on children at his school who even try and mock or slight their Cajun heritage....

Drama---Erykah Badu



SAVING A CITY'S SOUL
Organizers, revelers ache to bring the second line back without the violence
Friday, March 24, 2006
By Chris Rose
If any good can come from violence at a second line parade -- and that is tricky language, to be sure -- it is awareness of the value of second-line culture and from awareness maybe we can get closer to a cure for our cancer.

The problem is not the parades. Not even close. The problem is young men completely disengaged from their own history and community who use these massive gatherings as proving grounds to settle old scores.
They are a threat to the delicate fabric that is our city right now. Even if you weren't at the second line and have never been to a second line and don't really understand what it's all about, you must have felt the report of gunfire in your sternum Sunday afternoon.
A friend of mine's wife watched it on TV from their comfortable home in Mandeville that night and cried heavy tears. You don't have to live in New Orleans to understand that to go back to the old ways is to deliver a death sentence to this city in a way that even a hurricane cannot.
We cannot go back to the routine nightly gunfire in our streets, which is where we seem to be headed.

Why are the thugs back here? What have they come home to?
Michael Rocks, a community activist in Algiers, puts it this way: "The word is going out how broken law enforcement is in this town compared to, say, Texas. It's not easy being a criminal in Texas."

So what do we do about it? To combat our legacy of political waste and incompetence, we have the power to vote to change things. To combat our legacy of litter, we have self-starter groups such as the Katrina Krewe who go out and clean up the mess themselves.
There's a guy out on Louisiana 11 near Lake Catherine who has taken to stopping traffic on his own and shaking down drivers about their intentions. Looting has so devastated his village that he is no longer content to wait until the deed is done to act.

But what of the killers? The predators?
Some have suggested canceling the second line parades, but that is so far from the answer that it borders on perversion.
Did we talk about canceling Mardi Gras when revelers were gunned down at Muses and Bacchus parades in years past? Did we talk about canceling Jazzfest in 2004, after a music lover was shot as he was walking to his car?
The cool rhythm and brass shuffle of the second line parade is inextricable from our culture. Essential. Vital.
Says Norman Dixon Jr., the administrator of the second line foundation named after his father: "I'm not willing to surrender our culture to the bad element. Second lines are not just about a Sunday afternoon activity. It is a feeling in the soul. It is our spirit."
As Jazzfest producer Quint Davis, a co-founder of the Norman Dixon Second Line Foundation, puts it: "In New York, they have a jazz industry. In New Orleans, we have a jazz culture. And it's the only one in the world. It's what makes us different from any place else."
There will be another second line parade this Sunday. The tradition -- older than anyone remembers -- will not stop. The Revolution Social Aid & Pleasure Club will meet at Armstrong Park at 1 p.m. and will follow a meandering route toward Uptown.
Bands will play. People will dance in the street. I don't know the exact route; the fun in these things was always trying to find it.

On Saturday morning at 9 a.m., the New Orleans Second Line Task Force will hold a prayer vigil at the New Orleans Baptist Church, 1616 Carondelet St.
Organizers had not, as of press time, secured the necessary permits for a parade. But they hope to march the same route that last Sunday's second-line took; the one that ended with some punk -- who didn't march and who likely does not know why people march -- shooting another guy for reasons known only to the way of the gun.

"There will be no music in our parade," task force organizer Gilda Barze said. "It is a silent march to make a point."
A silent march doesn't sound nearly as fun as a rollicking second line. But it represents people coming together, people who care, people who are willing to do what they can to fix what is broken.
It is people in the streets. New Orleans people. New Orleans streets.
This is a mission we must accomplish.
. . . . . . .
Columnist Chris Rose can be reached at chris.rose@timespicayune.com; or at (504) 352-2535 or (504) 826-3309.

Bush and the "Self-checkout" Machine

I told ya'll that he had one....

Group sues to block budget law that never passed House

By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post

WASHINGTON - For anyone who took fifth-grade social studies, how legislation turns to law always seemed pretty simple: The House passes a bill, the Senate passes the same bill, and the president signs it.
But last month, Washington threw all that old-fashioned civics stuff into a tizzy when President Bush signed into law a bill that never passed the House. The bill -- in this case, a major budget-cutting measure that will affect millions of Americans -- became a law because it was ``certified'' by the leaders of the House and Senate.
After stewing for weeks, Public Citizen, a legislative watchdog group, sued Tuesday to block a law that aims to cut $40 billion over five years, charging that Bush and Republican leaders of Congress flagrantly violated the Constitution when the president signed it into law knowing that the version that cleared the House was $2 billion different from the Senate's version.
The issue is bizarre, with even constitutional scholars saying they could not think of any precedent for the journey the budget bill took to becoming a law. Republicans are evoking an obscure Supreme Court ruling from the 1890s to suggest that a bill does not actually have to pass both chambers of Congress to become law.
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Pimp My FEMA Trailer

Only in Louisiana!!!! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

Impeach!!!!!

>>HELP IMPEACH TODAY<<
by: rtqii (45/M) 03/25/06 11:19 pm
Msg: 1731042 of 1731126
2 recommendations

Sen. Feingold's Censure Resolution is alive and kicking hard. We need to dig up all the grassroots support we can give Russ. Find his petition at the tinyurl link below... But we also need letters to Congress:

There is no limit on the number of letters you can send.

Spread the word!!!

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

^^^ Write a short letter (save it) and send a copy to your both your Senators and House Rep. This is excellent software. Plug in your zip code, hit everybody with a fax, email, or hard copy letter.

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/mail/?id=540&type=CO&state=TN

Senate Majority Leader ^^^

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/mail/?id=370&type=CO&state=NV

Senate Minority Leader ^^^

http://tinyurl.com/a6erq <-- CENSURE-IMPEACH BUSH

^^^ Grassroots Petition Drive

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10562904#survey

^^ MSNBC Impeachment Poll ^^

Will _YOU_ help? Are you American?

List of impeachable felonies:

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Don't worry about threats from Cons that 18% approval Cheney will become President. Cheney is dirty, he will go down too.

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^^^ Grassroots Petition Drive



Re: >>HELP IMPEACH TODAY<<
by: cajundelyte (38/F/Bayou land. Cajun Country) 03/25/06 11:32 pm
Msg: 1731212 of 1731427
1 recommendation

I think Russ is the best Senator (and the best looking Senator definitely a plus with me) to kick this off...And President Bush don't try anything sneaky like you did with Senator Paul Wellstone and Mel Carnahan!!!!!!


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Re: >>HELP IMPEACH TODAY<<
by: rtqii (45/M) 03/25/06 11:34 pm
Msg: 1731229 of 1731455

Mel Carnahan was a good man. He died near my house. I will never forget that night...

I heard the plane.


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^^^ Grassroots Petition Drive


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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Bringing Politics to a whole other level (snicker)


Re: ? FAX CONGRESS HERE
by: cajundelyte (38/F/Bayou land. Cajun Country) 03/25/06 12:24 pm
Msg: 1848096 of 1848123
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Yeah...Let's torment Congress (ie the synagogue of Satan) the way they torment us....Ken Mehlman sucks!!!! Russ Feingold rocks and he is hella sexy on television!!!!! What can I say....I'm a sucka for a good looking man and besides he doesn't even "shape-shift" or "bleed through" on television or camera when he is angry....I never knew politics could be so delicious!!! Two thumbs up for Russ!!!!! I'm gonna visit his government website and I'm going straight to the pics!!!! (licking lips) How your policies be looking boo?!! I think I'm gonna fantasize about you tonight!!!


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Doing It--LL Cool J (This song is very explicit)

Papillion


It's a common name in Louisiana....It means "butterfly"....Papillion is actually a creole name.....My boyfriend always did like dragonfly or butterfly navel rings on me....I kinda like this one.....

Ken Mehlman

Hmmmmmm.....Come here and let me unzip you.....

The subject that just won't go away

But then again this tragedy shouldn't have gotten to this point in the first place!!!

All levees should be re-evaluated, report says

By Bob Marshall
and Sheila Grissett
Staff writers

The safety of the New Orleans area hurricane protection system is “open to question” until the Army Corps of Engineers evaluates every levee and floodwall in light of recent findings on how the 17th Street canal failed during Hurricane Katrina, the agency’s own external review panel said Friday.

“We conclude that a determination of the overall safety of the hurricane protection system cannot be made until such time as the remainder of the system can be evaluated with the benefit of this new information,” the American Society of Civil Engineers’ panel said in a letter to Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, the corps’ commander.

The corps has said it is rebuilding the system to “pre-Katrina standards” by the start of hurricane season June 1. But evidence of engineering problems at the 17th Street canal project, including inadequate soil strength analysis and designs “too close to the margins for a critical life-safety structure” raise grave concerns about the methods employed to build the system, according to the panel.

Asked if the critique means that the city’s hurricane protection system is not safe, Lawrence Roth, Society of Civil Engineers deputy executive director said, “That’s what this is all about; it’s certainly suspect. I think the letter speaks for itself.”

A spokesman for the corps’ New Orleans District said the agency agreed with the panel’s concerns in general, and had already begun implementing some of its recommendations.
Of particular concern to the review panel was a recent claim by a corps task force that the forces that caused the floodwall collapse could not have been foreseen by project designers. Those forces included a flexing of the wall under pressure from rising water that allowed a water-filled gap to form between the wall and the canal, and a layer of weak soil at the land-side toe of the levee that went unnoticed by designers and later failed as water pressure from the canal increased, bringing down the levee and the wall.

The failure was related to the “I-wall” design, a vertical concrete barrier anchored by steel sheet pile driven into the levee, a common structure in the New Orleans area system.

Echoing criticism by other groups, the review panel said that type of failure had been studied by corps researchers as early as 1988. Noting that the corps missed the assessment then and has since not required designers to account for it, the panel said “the ability of any I-wall in New Orleans to withstand design flood level loading is unknown.”

Roth did note that the floodgates being installed by the corps at the 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue canals should take the pressure off those floodwalls by preventing storm surge from entering the waterways.

That and other vulnerabilities exposed by Katrina prompted the panel to make a list of recommendations it said warrants the corps’ immediate attention, including:
-- Re-evaluating the design of all I-walls to include a water-filled gap on the canal side of he wall. The corps said there are about 38 miles of I-walls in the system: 30 in New Orleans, one mile each in St. Charles and St. Bernard parishes, 2.5 in East Jefferson, and 4 on the West Bank, which includes Algiers, West Jefferson and Plaquemines Parish.
-- Reevaluating the designs for levees taking into account the soil strength at their toes.
-- Identifying and redesigning all sections of the system that were designed with a safety factor considered too close to the acceptable margin for protecting populated areas.
-- Redefining the definition of the hurricane threat using design criteria for other infrequent but potentially catastrophic disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

The review panel also warned that the “standard project hurricanes” on which the levees were designed were inadequate and outdated. The corps based its levee and floodwall designs on assumptions resulting from 1959 and 1979 studies of historical hurricanes that hit New Orleans.

But the panel said the corps should not look only at past storms, but needs to consider the effects of future storms, some of which may be larger than the city has ever experienced.

National Hurricane Center hurricane specialist Jack Beven told corps engineers in December that even based on the last look at historical data, the risk of larger storms hitting the area has risen. He said there’s a chance of a Category 5 hurricane coming within 75 miles of the New Orleans area once every 53 years, and of a Category 4 once every 39 years, which is a much shorter return period than in the older studies. Corps officials said that that still may translate into a smaller risk number for a specific stretch of levee or levee wall.

Ivor van Heerden, assistant director of the LSU Hurricane Center and a member of the Team Louisiana group investigating the levee failures, said all I-walls in the region are of critical importance and should be evaluated as quickly as possible.

In recent weeks, van Heerden has twice taken geotechnical engineers to examine 1,600-feet of skewed and sagging canal floodwall on the Jefferson-St. Charles parish line where the corps used I-walls on either side of the Vintage Drive pedestrian gate. Most of the rest of the West Return Canal floodwall was built of sturdier a T-wall design and doesn’t show disfigurement.

“We have major concerns here, and we will do testing,” van Heerden said Friday. “It looks like the wall is sinking under its own weight and suggests very, very weak soil or too-short sheet pile he said.

“We know that 169 out of 350 miles of the system were compromised, damaged, and destroyed, but I don’t know how many more I-walls like the (Vintage gate) wall there are,” he said. “But all of them must be identified, assessed and fixed.”

The corps has said that it will drive 60-foot-long sheet piling and add another 5 feet of grassy berm — as well as a paved, erosion-resistant apron — to protect the I-wall in Kenner this hurricane season. But van Heerden said independent review teams should evaluate to make certain that’s the best short-term fix.

The corps has already implemented some of the recommendations. Corps officials last week said the agency had begun conducting soil borings at the toe of levees protecting floodwalls to check soil strengths at those critical points. Other engineers were re-evaluating levee stability work done by the original design teams.

But some work suggested by the society of engineers review panel goes to the problem it says was built into the system: a design that wasn’t strong enough considering the risk to human life of failure. For example, armoring the land side of floodwalls and levees could have prevented breaches caused when the structures were overtopped by the storm surge. Choosing a design without such protection “is another indicator of a lack of conservatism,” the panel said.

Concerned that decision was a pattern, the panel “believes that the safety offered by the levees and floodwalls in New Orleans is open to question until it can be established that a sufficiently high degree of conservatism for critical life-safety structures has been incorporated into the designs.”

Bob Bea, an engineering professor who is part of the University of California-Berkeley team that has been highly critical of the corps, said the review team’s findings are “right on” and hoped the corps would follow the recommendations.

“They are throwing some important, additional logs on the fire of understanding this failure ... and when you flood 90 percent of the city, even from many sources, I call it a single failure,” Bea said. “The challenge now is to get the corps there with us. They’ve got to get on that page if there is to be hope for providing sufficient protection to the New Orleans area. “

Bea said the findings should provide New Orleans area residents with hope as well as concern. “They should take hope that there are people who are seriously and deeply concerned about what happened and what should happen going forward to make them safer,” he said.

Van Heerden said Team Louisiana members want to see a sort of “superboard” of forensic engineers and scientists appointed to begin making assessments and recommending changes to the corps’ chosen methods of repair, when investigators think it warranted.

The society of engineer review team’s findings also mean that all independent teams are now on the same page and can move together, and with urgency, to assess the safety of corps repairs and the hurricane system itself, van Heerden said.

“We may disagree on whether or not the slippery surface was in the peat or the clay,” he said. “But that’s academic. What we all agree on is that it was a catastrophic structural failure, and the design was at fault.”

Staff writer Mark Schleifstein contributed to this report.

Bob Marshall can be reached at rmarshall@timespicayune.com or (504) 826-3539. Sheila Grissett can be reached at sgrissett@timespicayune.com or (504)883-7058.


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Take me higher

This post goes out to Irene (in particular) and also Summer....

Higher--D'Angelo



I am going to post something and quite possible expound on this later that is based on a very profound statement as said by Albert Einstein....I doing some researching on the word "loosh" and why I never heard of it before and what it meant and why it seems that we have a large percentage of the population (ie the rednecks and white racist trash) that reside in the South and how they generate so much negative "loosh" (just look at the South and the stance it held towards slavery) that enables governmental entities (actually the "shadow government", principalities and powers, the rulers of darkness of this world are the ones that are really capitalizing on all the negative energy that the Southern states generate) to capitalize upon....The New World Order is actually based on enslavement with 92 percent of the world's population either enslaved or dead (The only great news is you get to choose your poison).....

William Faulkner himself (William Faulkner was soooo handsome!!!) said that "the South was possessed with a spirit of necromancy"......

Einstein said that the solution to a problem can never come from the same level as the problem.....It makes sense in what the Bible also says about how we "overcome evil with good".....Good always exist on a higher plane than evil.....In order to overcome problems we must always find the answer to problems at a higher level and even take the solutions to problems at higher level....Which is why I never get mad for long.....Righteous indignation is not a bad thing but we must never stoop to nefarious peoples' level....So when people (and you know who are :o) ) try and take pot shots at Louisiana's culture or at my governor I really do order a set of 20 stamps with her picture on it or order a set of 20 stamps with something representing Louisiana on the stamps....It's one way to "lick" unrighteousness, stupidity and ignorance....Evil and fear confines, it puts people in bondage.....Goodness always multiplies, is fruitful and goes forth and reaches world wide......Jesus said that the gospel (gospel means good news) would be preached to the ends of the earth....

More Cultural Attacks against Louisiana




La. Residents Ponder Life Without Crawfish By CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press Writer
Fri Mar 24, 3:28 AM ET





Un Coeur Fidele--Zachary Richard



FORKED ISLAND, La. - Cajun rancher Charles Broussard needs a favor from the good Lord: Oodles of rain to wash away the salt Hurricane Rita deposited in his crawfish and rice ponds, ruining them.


Broussard is not alone after Rita pushed the Gulf of Mexico more than 17 miles inland, inundating 6,000 acres of crawfish and about 140,000 acres of rice, the Louisiana State University AgCenter says.

A drought has worsened matters because the salt left behind isn't being flushed out. Broussard says it might take years for production to get swinging again.

Their plight has Louisianans facing the unthinkable: life without crawfish. Already, fewer crawfish boils lace the air of parks and church yards this year with the smell of mudbugs stewing in cayenne pepper and paprika.

"I'm praying for rain just like (Gen.) Patton prayed for sun in the Battle of the Bulge," said Broussard, 81.

He flips out a pocket-sized calendar. He's recorded yearly rainfall averages, and on the opposite page a list of Louisiana governors.

Politics and rain. That pretty much sums up this Cajun heartland, a savanna-like territory west of Louisiana's swamps.

Broussard and his fellow large landowning ranchers belong to an unusual class of cowboys. He's Roman Catholic, spoke French to the farmhands in the old days and traces his roots to the 1700s when Acadians showed up and bred cattle. Later came rice, crawfish and gator crops.

These ranchers also supply the bulk of the state's crawfish, and they're hurting. So far, the harvest is down by about 70 percent.

"The best way of getting rid of the salt is what Mother Nature can do for us. And that's rainfall," said Steve Linscombe, a rice breeding expert. "We didn't have a record dry winter, but it's been below average."

Prices are in overdrive and some restaurants are skimping on crawfish offerings because Chinese imports are sometimes the only thing on the market.

Faced with the shortage, people are digging out crawfish tails (the meaty parts) squirreled away in freezers. Thankfully, crawfish etouffee and crawfish bisque are still on the table in many places.

"We love crawfish round here," Dean Stelly, a grandmother in Abbeville, said. "They're delicious and you can cook them so many ways. If you want to have a good party, have a crawfish boil."

Stelly remembers how it was before crawfish were farmed in large-scale operations. The family threw burlap sacks over their backs and hit the highway to catch the critters scurrying over the blacktop from one swamp to the next.

Crawfish grow in rice fields, or paddies, and make a second crop. Good years bring in $50 million for the farmers.

But the countryside all the way to the Texas border is awfully quiet this year. Usually in February and March, workers are hard at it, hoisting traps dripping with crawfish into their boats. Instead, the fields are brown, and biologists and agricultural specialists are pondering how to get the salt out.

And not much relief will come from another source of crawfish: the Atchafalaya Basin swamps.

"There's no season at all," said fisherman Greg Guirard. "It's very quiet."

The problem isn't salt, but the drought. You need plenty of water in the basin to crawfish, and the river levels are too low, Guirard said.

He said crawfishermen are making up the difference with bowfin fish (the eggs are called "Cajun caviar," he said) and alligator skins.

"Crawfishing in the Atchafalaya is like the last refuge of true Cajuns," he said. "All other aspects of the Cajun lifestyle have been copied and exported."

But don't despair, crawfish lover.

"The typical consumer shouldn't give up on the crawfish boil this year," said Greg Lutz, an aquaculture specialist. "They might just have to wait a bit longer."

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There's always some shidt coming against us Louisiana....What is it about Louisiana that the rest of the world is jealous of?!!!! What makes them rail and assail against us?!!! I don't freaking get it!!!!!

Somebody shole forgot to tell us about this year's pitiful spring crawfish season!!!!! "Louisiana ponders life without crawfish?" (Translation: phuck your Louisiana culture!!) Who the hell is coming up with this crazy azz stuff?!!!! If I'm to ponder "life without crawfish" then why in the hell am I eating Louisiana crawfish at this present time at least twice a week?!!!





Crawfish crop rebounding somewhat from Rita
March 20, 2006


(AP) -- Hurricane Rita got this year's Louisiana crawfish season off to a bad start, but the industry says recent warmer and wetter weather have put the crop on somewhat of a rebound.

More crawfish translates into lower consumer prices and allows producers to offer larger crawfish instead of having to meet demand by using smaller crawfish that would normally be culled for the tail-meat market.

Because of salt water pushed in by Rita, the current season originally was projected to be in line with the 1999-2000 season when the crop bottomed out and prices soared. That season was widely blamed on a drought and a pesticide used by rice farmers near crawfish pons.

Currently, estimates are that this season's crop is 30 percent to 40 percent off last season's catch.

Greg Lutz, an aquaculture researcher with the LSU Agricultural Center, said the 2005-2006 year is different, because the crawfish are already rebounding, both in population and size. The crawfish population didn't regain anything like its 1998-1999 size for a couple years after the 1999-2000 season.

"That year, we certainly seemed to have some fields that were completely out of production, while some were just lower," Lutz said.

This season, the crawfish population was in trouble long before Rita's wind and storm surge hit the fields of southwest Louisiana because dry weather kept the pond water too low, Lutz said. Recent rounds of rain and warmer weather have meant more food for the crawfish population, which could also mean bigger crawfish, Lutz said.

"At this point, things can only look up from a production standpoint," he said.

Adam Johnson, president of Bayou Land Seafood in Breaux Bridge, said that the wild crawfish crop from the Atchafalaya Basin - as opposed to the pond-raised part of the crop - is down to almost nothing.

The basin catch normally comes in later than the pond-raised crawfish, but this year looks to be later than usual because of dry weather up north and low river levels, Johnson said.

Johnson said that through the first portion of the crawfish season he's had to mix smaller crawfish that normally would be set aside for peeling into orders for the live and boiled market just to meet demand. Higher prices have not put much of a dent in demand this season, he said.

"The demand's been such that we haven't been able to supply everything," Johnson said.


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Friday, March 24, 2006

Songs for Irene

Remember to use what God gave you....What did he give you??? God gave to each one of us a "measure of faith"....It's a "growing" faith....God is a God of infinity and order.....Some of the things that make him omnipotent is the fact He weighs and measures....I think the world is full of infinite possibilities people just need to have faith...Our nation's leaders and even a large part of the population who guided by unseen powers are trying to trick us into believeing that resources are limited, that aquiescence is the key and that resistance is futil...Where there is no struggle there is no progress...God renews his promises each day....Life can be scary sometimes....We all need encouragement at times....

This is Your Life--EnVogue



Yesterday--John Lennon (Sung by Envogue)



P.S. Don't we all wish EnVogue were still around???

Meats and Treats


The full meal deal.....This is Cajun Country.....







Lullaby

QQn (Looking) around....Congress shole been quiet lately....I got it!!! They must be on break one mo' gin....Sigh...No flair and no drama coming from Capitol Hill?!! Even the "shifty folks" ain't cuttin' up!!!!! I can't stand it!!!! I won't be able to sleep at night without my entertainment!!!!! I miss Congress lullabying the nation....I think the last exciting thing that happened in D.C. was when Senator Vitter tried to snatch Senator Landrieu's wig off (talking smack about Senator Landrieu) right on the floor of the Senate.....Heavens me!!!! Me wonders if me has an appropriate song for this blog post.....Well Congress if you all aren't going to entertain me than I'll just have to entertain myself for the moment......Hmmmmm.....I wonder if someone is talking trash about Congresswoman Katherine Harris.....Hmmmmm....(Snicker)....What I really think is going on is dat all dem mean Republicans in da House have Senator Russ Feingold in one of dem Congress cloakrooms while dey all tackle him and try to give him da beatdown.....Somebody toupe shole gone get knocked off on dis one!!!




Lullaby--Billy Joel

Thursday, March 23, 2006

A Little Less Talk and a Lot more action


Little Less Talk and a Lot more Action--Toby Keith

I guess they are all waiting for a booming voice from heaven to sound before Congress and others start to act on this.....What part of start restoring the wetlands doesn't their azzes understand?!! What part?!!! Not only do we have a detached President it seems as though we have a detached Congress as well!!!! Alright Congress let's get to work!!!!! How come these people get it but yet Bush and Congress can't?!!!




Restoring wetlands as important as rebuilding levees, expert says

By Bob Marshall
Staff writer

The 20 Arpent canal levee runs straight as a green arrow through the wetlands of eastern St. Bernard Parish, its sides covered with a thick carpet of grass, its crown dry and firm enough to support the SUV Hassan Mashriqui has just stepped from to begin his lecture.

With a wide wave of his arm the Louisiana State University researcher is explaining that on Aug. 29 the western edge of Hurricane Katrina’s eye wall passed over this spot, its 85 mph winds driving 5-foot waves across the top of a storm surge that would rise to 17 feet on the nearby Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet. Levees just to the north and east of where Mashriqui stands crumbled under the shock of waves and water, allowing a flood of death and destruction to swamp the parish.

But the only evidence of that violent night on the 20 Arpent Canal levee is a line of marsh grass that rests about 10 feet from its crown.

“Why the difference?” asks Mashriqui, who quickly provides the answer by pointing to the thin line of trees and marsh beyond the debris line. “It is this marsh and those trees that saved this levee.

“This is called greenbelt defense. On soils like we have, marsh and trees — even small amounts — can be better armoring than concrete and steel, because they don’t sink, and don’t have to be rebuilt.

“Katrina has proven these are things we must start considering.”

In the months since Katrina took only a few hours to humble the system of levees and floodwalls built by the Army Corps of Engineers over 40 years, most of the headlines have been generated by investigations focused on “what went wrong.” But a quieter, equally important story is being written by researchers studying what went right.

Storm specialists want to know why Katrina’s fury reduced some levee sections to warm Jell-O while others nearby stood tall and strong. The answer, they are finding, comes in two parts.
The most obvious reason, according to Texas A&M researcher Jean-Louis Briaud: Some levees were built of tougher stuff than others.

In lab tests developed by A&M, core samples from levees that withstood Katrina consist of clays that are highly impervious to water. Conversely, samples of levees that evaporated in the storm were built of highly organic materials offering little resistance to water.

But another lesson emerging from Katrina is that the presence of wetlands — wooded wetlands as well as marshes — proved to be effective natural armoring for levees. From the MR-GO to eastern New Orleans levees with a buffer of wetlands had a much higher survival rate than those that stood naked against Katrina’s assault.

“If you travel the area and look at what survived and what didn’t, it becomes obvious,” Mashriqui said. “And this is not news. Other countries have been using natural barriers to protect against storms for many years.”

The concept of wetlands as storm buffers certainly is not new to Louisiana. In the late 1960s the corps produced a report that has become gospel for coastal wetlands advocates: 2.7 miles of coastal marsh reduces storm surge by 1 foot. And while many storm researchers today consider that report to have been widely misinterpreted, there is no disagreement on the statement that wetlands can reduce the worst effects of a hurricane: wind and rising water.

The problem is that much of the wetlands that once stood between New Orleans’ levees and the Gulf of Mexico have been destroyed by manmade developments. And while environmentalists for years fought a lonely battle against wetlands abuse, Katrina provided a deadly demonstration of their importance in storm protection — not just in huge swatch many miles wide, but even in relatively narrow borders adjacent the levees, researchers like Mashriqui contend.

Marsh and wooded wetlands reduce the impact of hurricanes in different but essential ways.

Friction from marsh grass reduces the speed, or current, of the surge as it travels across an area, but not as most people would imagine. The common concept of a storm surge is a wind-driven wall of water rolling across the landscape. That isn’t the case. A storm surge is a dome of water that rises over hours and days as a hurricane nears the coast. The direction and speed the surge travels is determined by the path and speed of the storm — not the winds aloft.

For example, during Katrina northeast winds drove huge waves against the southwest shoreline of Lake Borgne and the MR-GO levees. But below the surface the surge was actually moving — flowing — in a northwest direction.

It’s a critical distinction, because moving water will eventually erode a levee the way a rushing river cuts into its banks. The faster a storm surge current brushes the surface of a levee, the more danger it is in. So reducing the speed of that surge is important.

Mashriqui said data collected by the state showed the speed of the surge in the open water of the MR-GO approached 7 feet per second as it flowed over the shoulders of the levee at the Bayou Bienvenue floodgates. But in the marshes across the channel, friction from grasses and shrubs reduced that speed to 3 feet per second.

“If you can reduce the surge speed by half, this is very important to protecting levees,” he said. “Had there been marshes in front of the MR-GO levee instead of the (2,000-foot) wide canal, they would have had a much better chance.”

In addition to being a speed bump to storm surge, large expanses of marshes also provide a de facto rise in ground elevation, Mashriqui said.

“If the top of the marsh grasses is 3 feet, then in effect you have raised the land elevation by 3 feet,” he said. “To build waves, the surge must first flood that marsh with 3 feet of water, then add water to the top of that. And the marsh grasses are so thick, if they stand 3 feet tall, the surge must be 3 feet higher to gain momentum, force and speed.

“So, far all practical purposes, you are gaining elevation for your levees and your communities with marshes.”

Wooded wetlands such as the cypress swamps that once ringed New Orleans, are even more effective at reducing the impact of storm surge, researchers said, because their height and size act as natural breakers for wind as well as water. A study done by Japanese scientists showed an area about the size of a football field (100 yards by 50 yards), with a tree density equal to what is found in most Louisiana swamps would reduce the wave energy in a storm by 90 percent, LSU researchers said.

“If you had a border of even small trees like willows, you can significantly reduce wave energy,” LSU researcher Paul Kemp said. “The waves are breaking against trees instead of against levees. That’s really important in our areas, because the levees are not armored.

“Natural systems are very effective at protecting levees and other storms defenses, and they have the added benefit of offering other environmental benefits, such as helping fisheries. ”

However, quantifying the storm-dampening effects of wetlands is tricky business, experts said. Much depends on the size of a storm as well as its forward speed.

“You’ll get a lot more benefit from wetlands during a fast-moving storm, because the surge has less time to build,” Kemp said. “But in a slow-moving storm — something that just sits over the area for days — then you’ll eventually just be overwhelmed.”

The type of wetlands in a storm’s path also are important. For example, that 1960s study by the corps was based on storms that had come ashore in southwestern Louisiana, which has many miles of healthy freshwater marshes crossed by natural ridges called cheniers that are forested with oak trees. Southeastern Louisiana’s coastal marshes are built on young river deltas, and are much thinner and more fragile, with few ridges.

“Even before the amount of erosion that has taken place in southeastern Louisiana, you probably wouldn’t see that level of surge reduction (in southeast Louisiana) as they did in that study,” said Joe Suhayda, a retired LSU professor. “So the type or quality of the wetlands is very important.

“The reduction in surge will depend on the characteristics of each storm, and the wetlands it crosses.”

But by comparing actual storm surges against predictions, LSU researchers can provide an estimate of what wetlands could have meant to metro New Orleans area during Katrina. Their sophisticated storm-surge models, while accurate for areas that are not protected by wetlands, consistently over-predicted surge heights in areas that were protected by wetlands.

For example, the surge prediction for St. Charles Parish adjacent to the Bayou Labranche wetlands were 2 feet to 3 feet higher than those actually experienced, Mashriqui said.

“You have this very large area of wetlands that have been rebuilt over the last 10 years or so that really knocked down the surge,” he said. “Also, during Hurricane Rita, our models predicted storm surge 2 to 3 feet higher for Lake Charles than they actually got. And once again, it’s a city with miles of wetlands out in front of it.”

An LSU study done on Hurricane Andrew showed that storm’s surge, estimated at between 10 feet and 12 feet when it came ashore at Pointe au Fer on the central coast, was only 8 feet when it reached Morgan City, just 25 miles inland. The only thing standing between Morgan City and the eye of the storm was the flooded forests of cypress and tupelo in Atchafalaya Basin, and its delta of freshwater marshes.

“So it’s easy to deduce that (New Orleans) could get that same kind of reduction in surge if it had the wetlands that existed many years ago,” Mashriqui said.

Re-establishing or building even narrow buffer zones of wetlands near levees could dramatically increase protection, Mashriqui said.

“If we had to look at putting dredge material down near a levee and planting it with willow trees, that is something we need to consider,” he said.

"(Hurricane planners) should start thinking outside of its box of concrete and steel. They have to do what many parts of the world are already doing with success. They must consider restoring and building natural defenses.”

Staff writer Mark Schleifstein contributed to this report.

Bob Marshall can be reached at rmarshall@timespicayune.com or (504) 826-3539.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

There is something here




I keep coming back to this image....But I'll see it in due time....:o) (snicker) "Ooooooohhhh....I'm mad!!! I think I'm about to shape-shift!!!!"

Mayor Nagin


Sharon's Delights Sweet Cajun Fire's Cajun Hideaway
Cool Bone---Nothing But Strife



Sigh....That man can very quickly divorce himself from reality can't he??? Let me let you in on a little secret Mayor Nagin: "When President Bush comes off sounding more intelligent (wise) than you are then you're in big trouble!!!!!" Sigh....Sometimes you need to think before speaking and making unwise decisions Mayor....If I done said this once in my weblog I done say it twice before: "Be slow to speak and quick to hear; slow to make impulsive choices..." These words will once again come back to haunt you....Listen up!!!! Quit making impetuous decisions concerning the city of New Orleans....Aren't you tired of making yourself look foolish and unwise?!!! Governor Blanco Mayor Nagin needs much prayer....I need you to come together in agreement with me on this one Governor.....Pray that God grants him wisdom, knowledge and understanding so that he can make Godly choices concerning the city of New Orleans....I just have this feeling governor that he isn't through being tired of crying....Self-inflicted pain is mainly his problem!!!! And now he is passing that pain off onto the city of New Orleans!!!!

I Love Randi Rhodes

She does a mean impression of President Bush although her impression of Cheney is not as good as the one she does of Bush.....Lawd when she said (as if to say it to Bush's face) "You are one strange bird, sir..." I laughed until I cried.....That shiot was funny!!!! She does a great impression Bill Frist also.....This one on Huricane Katrina is hillarious also!!!!!! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
ahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

Senator Vitter is right


Vitter says La. needs unified plan
Consolidation urged for N.O. government
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
By Ed Anderson
Capital bureau


BATON ROUGE -- The state has taken steps to shore up its image in Washington, D.C., but more changes should be enacted at the upcoming legislative session to give Congress more comfort that New Orleans and Louisiana are on the same page on hurricane recovery, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said Monday.

Speaking to the Press Club of Baton Rouge, Vitter said that the state "needs to a have a single, unified, clear plan" on how it will help communities bounce back from the hits of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"There has been great progress in developing a plan," he said, "but we all need to keep pushing. We need to go further and do better" especially with greater cooperation between the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the state agency overseeing recovery efforts, and groups in the New Orleans area that have come up with their own rebuilding plans.

Vitter said that elected officials "on the ground" need to adopt more changes like the legislation pushed by Sen. Walter Boasso, R-Arabi, and adopted by the Legislature in the February special session to consolidate levee boards in southeast Louisiana to better coordinate flood protection.

He said the bill will go a long way to proving the state is "getting away from cronyism and politics. . . . We need bold reforms to prove to the nation . . . we are getting our act together in Louisiana government."


Merging offices is called key

The next step should be the consolidation of government in the New Orleans area, Vitter said, especially consolidating the jobs of seven assessors into one, and merging the civil and criminal courts, combining the jobs of the civil and criminal clerks of courts into one, and combining the civil and criminal sheriffs' jobs into one.

"That would be at the top of the list" of things Congress may be eyeing when the Legislature meets in its general session starting next week, he said.

Vitter said the defeat of bills merging the assessors, courts and court officials at the February special session "got noticed" in the nation's capital, almost as much as the passage of the consolidated levee boards.

"They (federal officials) perceive that seven assessors (and other overlapping offices) are a waste of taxpayer money," Vitter said.

He said Washington also wants to see "more forceful leadership on the ground in New Orleans" on deciding how the city is rebuilt. He said city officials have to quickly decide "where people can build or not rebuild" because of the possibility of flooding in the future. "That is necessary to build confidence," the state's junior senator said.

"There is a concern (in Washington) that there is no consensus on rebuilding and how to redevelop New Orleans," Vitter said.


Targeting 'enormous waste'

The state also needs to show fiscal restraint in how it spends money, such as by using more than $400 million in one-time federal Medicaid money to plug budget holes, Vitter said.

The federal government also needs to change the way it spends money through the Federal Emergency Management Agency such as by issuing major contracts for debris removal and roof-patching to large corporations, which then hire multilayers of subcontractors who actually do the roof work and debris-hauling, he said.

"There is enormous waste and inefficiency on the federal level," he said. Vitter proposed that FEMA hire one major corporation as a project manager, which would hire one or two firms of subcontractors to get the work done faster, saving money on various contractors overseeing one another.

"That money (spent on roof-patching and debris removal) still gets counted against us" as a state by federal officials, he said.

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Ed Anderson can be reached at eanderson@timespicayune.com or (225) 342-5810.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

My Cultural Gumbo

People might wonder why I am so intense about the "cultural" side of things....Because I like thousands of Louisianians have been displaced from Louisiana even if my times were just short periods...I remember back in 1999 when the internet was not vast as it is now and being stationed in North Carolina I couldn't get all the delicious comforts that I could being in Louisiana....Now don't get me wrong I loved my time in N.C. as the people there are wonderful people....I could even enjoy boiled crawfish, jazz and beer on Sundays at a place that brewed their own beer....Shouts out to Fayetteville, North Carolina!!!! One of the few websites that had links to streaming websites was Chuck Taggart's but the live streams were not as proficient and lacked the quality that they do today....Nowdays everyone is streaming something....So that is why I post so much in my sidebar and it is to help displaced and dispossessed peoples from Louisiana who just can't come home right now....I know it is tough and in fact I slept in my house for about a week with no electricity after Rita hit just to sleep in my own bed but I worked nights so that wasn't so bad (Yes this was after I had evacuated for 8 days so there you go FEMA)....Many folks are still states and thousand of miles away and their only sources of information about Louisiana are still slim and none....So many are lucky to have access to the public library's computer so I am trying to provide aa effort to bring concentrated information to them...Even if they only get to listen to just one live streaming blues, zydeco or jazz song from a link that I provided to them on my weblog before logging off their access acount at the public library....We can all thank Chuck Taggart for providing the example even back in 1999...I was very impressed with his Cajun/Creole Recipe Page....In fact Chuck has been weblogging longer than I have....I really do have this feeling after reading his weblog and devouring his site that he is an INFP also.....Anyway, thanks Chuck....And thank you Louisiana just for allowing me to partake of all that you have to give.....:o) Yeah I know that sounds maudlin......:o)


Cultural revival is essential to recovery too

By BRUCE COLE

When disaster struck the Gulf Coast community, the human and financial tolls exacted were staggering. So, too, was the cultural toll.
As families from Biloxi to Tougaloo cared for their loved ones and took stock of their personal losses, communities also began looking at the cultural heritage that had been destroyed or been put at risk of being lost forever: the millions of documents, artifacts, books and works of art that for centuries have been central to this region's unique identity.
It doesn't take a bureaucrat from Washington to tell the people of Mississippi the importance of place to one's cultural identity. A state tourism guide in 1949 referred to the Mississippi Delta as being less a geographical unit than a whole way of life.

Within days of Katrina's wrath, the National Endowment for the Humanities authorized the award of $30,000 to the state humanities councils in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and made available $1 million in emergency humanities grants to help museums, libraries, historical societies and cultural agencies salvage and preserve what was nearly lost. In December, we released an additional $250,000. In all, more than 30 grants have been awarded, 14 of them here in the Magnolia State.
Here's how some of NEH's emergency grants are helping:
At the Biloxi Public Library, funds are being used to clean and restore local artifacts, books and historic documents. Elsewhere, they're helping restore and preserve the irreplaceable collections of Jefferson Davis's Beauvoir, and conserve damaged American art at the William Carey College's Sarah Gillespie Gallery. The Department of Archives and History is using its grant money to help three small communities ravaged by wind and water - Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and Pass Christian -to save the only existing papers documenting their civic and public history.
And just last month, NEH issued our third $30,000 grant to the Mississippi Humanities Council, which is serving as a clearinghouse of information and distributing funds to the communities hardest hit.

The Mississippi Humanities Council, led by Barbara Carpenter, executive director, and Willis Lott, MHC chair and president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, deserve all our gratitude for never veering off course in their mission - to keep this state's rich stories and traditions accessible to all Mississippians. Many of these folks have lost their own homes and livelihoods. Yet, they have shown how a small organization with strong-willed, talented people can mount an effective response to help meet the vital needs of communities.

Earlier this week, I toured the state with Barbara, visiting communities and seeing first-hand the progress that's being made, and gauging what assistance is still needed. We will be announcing that the NEH will provide a round of smaller Preservation Assistance Grants, of up to $5,000, to help small cultural institutions get back on their feet. NEH is also sponsoring a nationwide conference through the nonprofit Heritage Preservation organization to take the lessons we've learned from Katrina and Rita, and help train librarians, archivists, and curators to preserve their collections and prepare for future disasters.

Last fall, as the rebuilding process was just starting, Barbarasent me an email, in which she spoke of the devastation many communities had seen, of the staff members displaced, out of work, living in cars and shelters, and of the priceless parts of our past that overnight were reduced to memories. In the midst of all this, Barbara cited a spirit and sense of giving that never faltered among her employees, volunteers, and counterparts in neighboring states. She wrote of a meeting she organized in Hattiesburg to bring together cultural and historical agencies with people who could provide technical and funding support. Hoping for 50 to 60 folks at that meeting, Barbara instead got 96, and the beginning of some lasting relationships.

"What we have confirmed," she wrote, "is that state councils are uniquely positioned to take leadership roles in crisis and disaster situations. We can immediately...act as a center. We can seek and distribute special funds, and serve as information clearinghouses. The immediate sense of renewed community that arose at that meeting can potentially have long-lasting, very positive effects.
"But in truth," she concluded, "this recovery, if indeed possible, will be a very long, very difficult process, fraught with economic, moral, ethical, practical, philosophical, and ultimately political issues."

The network news has moved on to newer, fresher stories. But we don't have that luxury, for this isn't a problem that's going away anytime soon. It will keep us occupied for years to come. And it is incumbent on all of us as public servants to see that this cultural rebuilding continues. Too much is at stake.

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Bruce Cole is chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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By Gillian Flaccus
ASSOCIATED PRESS

12:18 a.m. September 7, 2005

LOS ANGELES – Wilda Little speaks Creole with her cousin two or three times a week and listens to her favorite zydeco bands on aging vinyl records, but that's about as close as the Louisiana transplant gets these days to the Creole culture of her youth.
Little, 80, is one of the last standard-bearers of the once-vibrant Louisiana Creole community in Los Angeles that has faded a little more each year as the zydeco dance halls shut down and native Creole speakers died.


Now, after Hurricane Katrina dealt a devastating blow to New Orleans and its teeming culture, Creoles who left decades ago are vowing to preserve their endangered language and music.

"The parents who moved here have all passed on, and the kids of these families did not keep up the traditions," said B.J. Deculus, a Creole-speaker who founded the Bonne Musique Zydeco band in 1992 in Los Angeles.

"But there are a whole lot of people living here from Louisiana who have a connection to Creole culture. Katrina will have an impact on bringing those people closer together."

The Creole community in Los Angeles is one of the largest in the nation outside Louisiana but has splintered since thousands of people migrated West to escape racism and find jobs after World War II.

No one is sure exactly how many Louisiana Creoles live in greater Los Angeles, but some estimates have put the number as high as 15,000. Louisiana Creoles are loosely defined as people of mixed African, French and American Indian heritage who share a melange of French and African culture.

The U.S. Census indicates more than 41,000 speakers of some form of French Creole, French patois or Cajun lived in Los Angeles County in 2000, but some may be Haitian or West African immigrants.

There are also significant numbers of Louisiana Creoles in Chicago, Detroit and Houston – a transit point for those who migrated to California decades ago, according to Marion Ferreria, 79, who founded the Los Angeles-based Association for the Preservation of Creole Cultural Heritage in 2003.

All those cities will likely grow as hurricane refugees rejoin family and friends and decide to stay.

In Los Angeles, the transplants brought their language and their music – the upbeat pulse of zydeco tunes played on accordions and "rub boards" from the Louisiana flatlands, as well as the jazz of New Orleans.

The first arrivals settled in Central Los Angeles and soon the nearby Roman Catholic parish was holding hopping zydeco concerts featuring Louisiana legends such as Clifton Chenier, the "King of Zydeco," that would draw 600 people a night.

Crenshaw Avenue was soon dotted with Creole-owned restaurants and barber shops and zydeco dances were held almost every weekend in South Pasadena, Gardena and San Diego.

Big-name zydeco bands from southwest Louisiana frequently flew to Los Angeles to play a round of concerts in each city before heading home.

But those who love the music and language say the old traditions started fading two decades ago, as the elderly Creoles born in Louisiana began dying without passing on their heritage.

Now, zydeco dances are held once a month or less at an Elks Lodge in Gardena, and it's hard to find a fluent Creole speaker.

To keep the culture alive, Ferreria now holds a Creole picnic in Los Angeles every year and has tried to educate her children and grandchildren about their heritage.

"We are losing the culture and we need to get people back together," she said. "This is an identity we want."

Little, who used to attend zydeco concerts at a Watts church, said her husband never wanted her to speak Creole in the house so her three adult children didn't learn it. "My children were never interested," she said.

The legacy of the heady early days is still reflected in the multiple Creole-themed festivals held around Southern California each year, from the Long Beach Bayou Festival to the Simi Valley Creole-Cajun Music Festival to the best-known of all, the Louisiana to Los Angeles Festival.

Catholic churches in pockets of central Los Angeles – Leimert Park, Jefferson Park and Crenshaw – still draw large numbers of Louisiana Creoles as well. At the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Jefferson Park, for example, nearly half the 1,100-family parish has Creole roots.

Lolita Domingue, 51, moved with her family to Los Angeles from New Orleans in 1955 when she was an infant. She was the last of her siblings to be born there – in a house with no hot running water.

Domingue said she acutely feels the loss of her parents' heritage – so much that she videotaped her mother making gumbo before she died so the recipe wouldn't be lost. Her extended family also started an annual reunion that last year drew 100 relatives to the Los Angeles area.

"We're trying to re-establish those connections because we felt something missing," Domingue, a marriage and family therapist, said from her home in suburban La Verne, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

"The generation that we used to collect around, to which we oriented ourselves, are dying," she said.

Ferreria, Deculus and others hope that the tragedy in New Orleans will affect second- and third-generation Creole transplants. Already, there are some signs of renewed interest in the culture.

Deculus' band is booked nearly every weekend in September playing relief concerts around greater Los Angeles.

And Norwood Clark Jr., the owner of Uncle Darrow's Creole and Cajun restaurant in Marina del Rey, says his phone has been ringing nonstop since Katrina struck with offers of help and support.

"We're a part of that culture of New Orleans and now it's gone," he said. "I'm standing on the shoulders of a lot of my kinfolk right now who never made it out. ... No matter how successful you are or you become, you didn't do it by yourself. We have to remember that now."



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On the Net:
– Bonne Musique Zydeco Band: www.bonnemusiquezydeco.com