The shelters may not be the answer for all under the Pontchartrain Expressway…

Like many of you, I have been reading about the coming forced evacuations of the 120 plus homeless people who currently reside nightly underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway in downtown New Orleans. City officials began handing out 72 hour notices on Monday evening, citing health violations, safety concerns and drug use as parts of the problem which are necessitating this move. Outreach workers will be on … Continue reading The shelters may not be the answer for all under the Pontchartrain Expressway…

The Deadbeat Dad of New Orleans…

We’ve all heard the term. Typically it’ll refer to a parent who ignores his children, leaves them behind, is aware of, but does little to nothing to care for those in his charge, regardless of consequence. Well, the city of New Orleans has one of the worst deadbeat dads in history and his name is Sheriff Marlin N Gusman and his charges all occupy New … Continue reading The Deadbeat Dad of New Orleans…

Quick legal question about mudholes and assholes…

So, if a state representative from Tennessee says the following about any possible encounter with someone transgendered in a dressing room: “I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes … Continue reading Quick legal question about mudholes and assholes…

This citizen is officially on overload…Barton potentially chairs house energy panel, and more!

You know that post I wrote yesterday? That whole outreach to your community thing cause its important to know your neighbors in these economic and political times? Yeah, I still agree with what I wrote – even more now because not even on my most cynical day could I have expected the fantastic amounts of utter shit I had to deal with in the headlines … Continue reading This citizen is officially on overload…Barton potentially chairs house energy panel, and more!

The Legacy of Katrina Study – The Kids Aren’t Alright

As a social worker, you develop a really dark sense of humor, a mindset often used as a coping mechanism for some of what you see and the stories you hear. During Katrina, I was living on the West Coast and at conferences, or in simple conversations with co-workers a statement I heard more than any other went something like this: “New Orleans? Jesus, that … Continue reading The Legacy of Katrina Study – The Kids Aren’t Alright

About F’in Time…BP Gives 52 Million Dollars to Fund Mental Health in Gulf Coast

Give credit where credit is due, and I will..just check back with me in two months and I’ll give British Petroleum all the credit in the world for doing what it is they morally should have done from the beginning. From Channel 6 News in Houston: BP announced on Monday a $52 million award to fund behavioral health support and outreach programs across the U.S. … Continue reading About F’in Time…BP Gives 52 Million Dollars to Fund Mental Health in Gulf Coast

Mental Health on the Gulf Coast…the numbers keep coming…

A new survey, conducted between July 19th and 25th by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia found what most have suspected, confirming the results of the Ochsner survey released last week… people in the Gulf Coast are feeling it. When your livelihoods, culture and earning potentials are taken away or reduced…when your overall quality of life is severely impacted to the point of survival…anxiety … Continue reading Mental Health on the Gulf Coast…the numbers keep coming…