Despite the continued insistence of public relations hacks employed by the oil company hell known as British Petroleum that all in the Gulf is either well, or quickly on the mend, troubles persist: “Researchers are trying to determine whether more than 100 dolphins stranded on the Texas coast, most of them in Galveston, died because of the BP oil spill, a deadly algal bloom or … Continue reading What’s ten billion dollars between friends?
Ken Feinberg, British Petroleum employee and steward of the BP claims fund wrote himself a little editorial the other day in Bloomberg Businessweek titled: How to Give Away $5 Billion. The article came complete with an illustration of a man, presumably Ken, holding a money bag while outstretched, demanding hands come in from outside the border of the drawing and there, in a nutshell, is everything that’s wrong … Continue reading Feinberg ain’t no Santa Claus…
Though I grew up in Green Bay Packer territory, grew up watching the likes of Lynn Dickey, Don Majkowski and early Brett Farve…to this day, there’s only been one authentic football jersey I’ve ever owned and it was the New Orleans Saints, Pat Swilling #56. Jersey’s long gone by now, but not a loyalty to a team that’s come to define something much more than just a … Continue reading Uh, did somebody say the Saints?!
Back in the first week of January, I wrote a little something about how the reparation money paid to claimants should be tax free. In the hard times across the Gulf Coast, the last thing people need is to budget 25% of their payment to the IRS, especially people receiving the quick payment: 25% of $5000 dollars to an individual or $25,000 dollars to business. Well, … Continue reading Really, Obama? No tax breaks for claimants?
Barack Obama gave his State of the Union speech last night and did his best George W Bush impression by not mentioning Louisiana and coastal restoration. He also did his best to avoid such a foreign concept as global warming, and when it came to Ken Feinberg’s GCCF and that oil spill, that whole British Petroleum thing that happened down there in the Gulf, well… … Continue reading Spill? What spill? Barack Obama already forgets…
Hello. Yes, I still kill people for a living. And first off, I just wanted to extend a hearty handshake, a nod of the head, I’d even be willing to give a little lead time to every French Quarter resident who voted down the French Quarter Security District. Yes, that was nice, too kind and now that those two to three security guards won’t be wandering … Continue reading I’m back! Return of the New Orleans Assassin…
So, couple of days ago, Mr. Hayward was questioned about British Petroleum’s safety record in England by the MPs and apparently, he had more to say to his local pol’s then he did when Congress had their go a few months back, you remember, when he gave an hour-long version of “Oh, I didn’t know.” This time around, he offered up these gems: In discussing all BP had … Continue reading Tony Hayward Speaks at British Commons…and a response
Over the past five months, Gulf Coast residents have been treated to a number of decisions with direct impact on their lives. They weren’t asked to give input at the time these decisions were made. They weren’t asked how they thought it might affect their future. The decisions occurred above their heads and most times, without their knowledge, but they are the ones now paying … Continue reading Changing Course in the Gulf: Bad Lessons in Money and Politics Pt. 2 – Bobby Jindal, Sand Berms and the Shaw Group
Dan Hampton, former Chicago Bear and present day jack-ass, in offering his expert commentary to the NFL network had this to say about the upcoming Thursday night match-up between the Vikings and New Orleans Saints at the Superdome, “If you watch that playoff game last year, the Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina. I think the Vikings go down … Continue reading Dan Hampton, Somewhat of an Ass
I discovered this essay in Quigley’s book: Storms Still Raging – Katrina, New Orleans and Social Justice, but the essay has existed online for quite some time; it was written three years ago. William Quigley is a human rights lawyer and professor of law at Loyola University in New Orleans where he heads the center for Social Justice, the Clinic, and the Poverty Law Center. … Continue reading A Review: William Quigley’s How to Destroy an African American City in 33 Steps