The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not allow land barriers to be built to protect the state’s coastline, Plaquemines Parish Billy Nungesser told The Lens today.
“They turned it down,” Nungesser said. “They denied the plan to do the barrier islands, so I don’t know, so we’ll have to come up with something else. We’re going to plan B, but I don’t know what plan B is.”
This is the same type of project that folks have said would help rebuild the wetlands and protect the people living in southern Louisiana from flood surges and hurricanes.
I suspect the real reason it was denied was money. BP won’t pay for it. The federal government doesn’t want to pay for it. So it doesn’t happen.
I got in a nice drunken argument with Dave over the weekend about this. I don’t know how anyone who has paid a speck of attention to the Gulf Coast in the past five years can say that the federal government has any attention of helping. They have repeatedly hung us out to dry (or drown). Dave insisted that surely they are doing the best they that they can, that they have the best minds around working on the problem.
I agree that they have the best minds working on the problem. Unfortunately for us, the problem as the government sees it is saving money and maintaining their cozy relationship with the oil companies. They will do everything they can to make sure that they fix the problem.
Inside the portrait, painted by Mr. Newt Reynolds, two symbols emerge from a shadowy background. A hurricane graphic, representing Hurricane Katrina, and an image of the Lombardi trophy, symbolizing the Saints first-ever Super Bowl victory, signify the challenges and difficult times as well as the unity and resiliency of New Orleanians. Mayor Nagin’s one-of-a-kind portrait reflects the distinct legacy he will leave in history.
I think that blue thing above his shoulder is the hurricane graphic.
Two years ago at Mardi Gras, Leslie tackled my Mom on the neutral ground of St. Charles as shots were fired into the crowd. Seven people got shot.
Today, charges were dropped against the shooters, because the cop that confiscated the gun found on the suspects is one of the cops that recently pled guilty to planting a gun in the Danzinger bridge case.
Cannizzaro said the dismissal took place only because of a “breakdown in communication” between him and Pipes, and that his office will bring Brooks, 21, Lewis, 19, and Gray, 19, to trial for discharging a firearm along the parade route.
What kind of idiot is that Assistant DA? “Yeah, sure let them go, we don’t care.”
I hate to move Baylen Brees down, but this really pisses me off.
Claude Mauberret, who made it to the runoff for the city assessor’s office, dropped out:
Claude Mauberret, a district assessor since 1994, will abandon his bid to become New Orleans’ first citywide assessor today, according to a source close to Mauberret.Mauberret’s exit, expected to be announced before noon, will mean that Erroll Williams — like Mauberret a longtime district assessor — will claim the new post, expected to be one of the city’s most powerful political jobs.
Mauberret spent his entire campaign attacking the reform candidate, Janis Lemle, with flyers unfairly associating her (via a campaign aide) to Dollar Bill Jefferson. He also used the “scary for white people” picture of her with dreadlocks as opposed to her official portrait. At first he denied association with these shitty flyers, but the second round that came had his name on them. He just barely edged her out of the race to get into the primary.
And then he dropped out, handing the race to his buddy Errol Williams. Thanks a lot, dickhead. Thanks for ensuring more of the same in New Orleans.
I suppose that we were given our chance to make a change in the assessor’s office during the race and we squandered it. But Mauberret’s dropping out just makes it feel like the fix was in.
Bring it on. We’ve seen worse. We heard it all after Katrina.
Remember Chicago, 2006?
I was pissed off about that then. Now, I’ve just grown used to it. I heard all the “Why rebuild in a flood zone?” idiots in Atlanta. I let it eat me up inside.
Not anymore. You want to taunt us with the Federal Flood? Go right ahead. We took it for the past five years, and we will keep on taking it. In that typical New Orleans way, we will wear it with pride:
In other news, I am so fucking excited about the Super Bowl that I am totally mentally crippled. Can’t focus, can’t concentrate, can’t sleep. I just sit and think of new things about Saints football.
PS: Raheem Brock, go fuck yourself. Thanks for the motivation.