Saturday, September 24, 2005

Hurricane Rita Photos

Some of the latest photos from SW LA. Pretty bad... I remember hearing stories all my life about the tragedies of Hurricane Audrey, now its relived!

Latest news from Calcasieu Parish

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Tribute to "Big Daddy's"

Don't burn the LeRoux! (Especially on Chef's Hwy)

New Orleans ladies
A sassy style that will drive you crazy
And they hold you like the ligh
tHugs the wick when this candle's burning
Them Creole babies
Thin and brown and downright lazy
And they roll just like a river
A little wade will last forever

All the way
From Bourbon Street to Esplanade
They sashay by...
They sashay by...

New Orleans ladies
A flair for life, love, and laughter
And they hold you like the night
Holds a chill when this cold wind's blowing
Them Creole babies
They strut and sway from dusk til dawn
And they roll just like the river
A little wade will last forever

All the way
From Bourbon Street to Esplanade
They sashay by...
They sashay by...


I remember going to St.Martinville in the third grade on a field trip. The souvenir that I chose to bring home was a piece of wood that was on the original Acadien House. This 24 inch piece of wood that was like a piece of petrified driftwood was something that I was very fond of growing up...a piece of history. Cajun history! It remained in my closet for years...until I lost track of it when our home flooded with over four feet of water, I was seventeen at the time.

Upon returning to our home after the water receded, I went to my room to survey the damage. I found a pile of mud, beside the mud on the floors that was the remains of a clay pot that I had made when I was a freshman.

Inside an old book I found written...

Ashes to Ashes...

Dust to Dust,

If Alegebra doesn't kill us...

Ancient History must.

This song written by Randy Newman (any relation to Paul or Jimmy C. ?) is very timely...

What has happened down here is the wind have changed
Clouds roll in from the north and it started to rain
Rained real hard and rained for a real long time
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

The river rose all day
The river rose all night
Some people got lost in the flood
Some people got away alright
The river have busted through cleard down to Plaquemines
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tyrin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away
Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away

President Coolidge came down in a railroad train
With a little fat man with a note-pad in his hand
The President say, "Little fat man isn't it a shame what the river has done
To this poor crackers land."


Sunday, September 11, 2005

EM (Effective Microorganisms) for Hurricane Katrina Area

I heard a piece on the air about Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods offering to purchase this for NOLA, but this post from another site was the best reference. The organic way would be more effective long-term than bleaching everything and everyone within the zone! Read on...

I had heard of EM some years ago and certainly this could radically improve the situation with the putrid waters of New Orleans. Please send this to anyone who could help or contact any representatives or senators that could help this happen!

EM (Effective Microorganisms) was used extensively throughout the Tsunami Wave Disaster. Despite the World Health Organization had originally warning that more deaths would occur from the spread of pathogen diseases than occurred from the Tsunami Waves, which was over 150,000 deaths,the deaths from the pathogen diseases never happened. The death rate was actually lower after the disaster than before. EM saved tens of thousands of lives. EM was also used by the German government after the flood disasters a couple of years ago that resulted in over $20 Billion in damage. Also, EM has been successful in cleaning up the inland seas of Japan. EM was also used by the German government after the flood disasters a couple of years ago that resulted in over $20 Billion in damage. Also, EM has been successful in cleaning up the inland seas of Japan.

We are getting very close to applying "Effective Microorganisms" (EM) to the disaster site in New Orleans. Jon Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, is willing to purchase all of the stocks of EM from the production plant in Tucson, about 25 tons, and ship it to the New Orleans Disaster Relief. Once there, each gallon of EM can be activated 2000 times from its original quantity, which would total 50,000 tons. The final hurdle is in getting the authorization to begin applying it.

EM is relatively new to the US, although it is being used in over 120 countries around the world and has been in use for over 25 years. The final hurdle of getting EM applied to the disaster site in Louisiana is crucial. Whole Foods has been very generous in offering to purchase and transport the EM to New Orleans. The flooded area will take at least six more weeks to pump and drain.

However, in about a week, the stagnant waters combined with sewage, poisons, and other contamination sources in New Orleans will begin breeding pathogen bacteria that will begin spreading diseases throughout the region. The government is currently planning on spraying bleach to control the spread of pathogens, but bleach will only add to the long-term deleterious damage of the disaster.

EM is an all-natural, organic solution that has no negative side-effects. This is why Germany and South Asia resorted to its usage rather than chemicals in their disaster decontamination relief. At this point, we simply need authorization from FEMA and federal relief agencies to move forward. Senator John McCain is from
Arizona, where EM is produced in the US. Many top officials are telling us that he is the most influential individual to gain approval in these emergency circumstances. We currently have friends of Sen. McCain contacting him and apprising him of the situation.

But other contacts are needed. We need top officials from around the country encouraging this proven technology to be used immediately, before this disaster evolves into a horrendous catastrophe from the spread of pathogen diseases. Please, this is a call to everyone to use your personal resources and personal contacts to prevent a tragedy of much greater proportions. Help us to get FEMA to authorize the application of EM as soon as possible!

The EM website is: They can be contacted
>at: 1-866-369-3678.

(posted by) s manley

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Evacuation Plan

After listening to various accounts and seeing the aftermath of this catatrophic hurricane, I wondered how could there be no plan to execute. There was a plan that apparently wasn't executed due to some unknown reason, or this hurricane had varibles that weren't easily adaptable to any scenario previously planned for.

It was a plan that was to begin locally and involve the state if needed to accomplish the task through a step process utilizing all resources locally then expanding statewide befor the federal government was involved.

We are in rescue-recovery mode and the days leading into the hurricane are slated for discussion later after immediate needs are met.

My local government without any help has sheltered. fed, put kids back in school, and begun the process for getting people into housing and jobs solely in the last few days under the authority and direction of the mayor, and with the powerful help of the private sector along with uncountable citizens. The plan was laid out, executed, and peoples lifes are being put back together at the local level.


Sunday, September 04, 2005

Imagery of Katrina

These links are to NOAA and NGS that were taken after Hurricane Katrina show imagery of the aftemath. On google, you can search your address and perhaps assess the damage.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Chief Justice Rehnquist has died

In this time of crisis, our President faces yet another great challenge laid before him. I pray that he will seek advisement from God in moving forward. I will pray for him in this time of mourning for our fellow countrymen on the Gulf Coast, and for the family of Chief Justice Rehnquist in their time of sorrow.

Today was my loving mothers birthday, and the florist failed to deliver the roses that I'd ordered for her. It may be related to the hurricane, or they just dropped the ball. (alot of that going around)

Happy Sunday!


No Big Easy

Finally, it seems that things are happening to a greater degree to give relief to those that have suffered these past five days. It would have been truly amazing to have had all aspect of rescue and recovery occuring at one time.

It seems that maintaining order and supplying food and water was secondary to rescuing those trapped and stranded. There should have been enough boots on the ground to perform all these missions at once, which would have lessened the chaos of the past days.

Who failed to execute the crisis management plan?

First, the Mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana should worked in concert afterHurricane Katrina passed over Florida and began it path into the Gulf of Mexico strengthening. Knowing that New Orleans couldn't withstand a Cat 5 hurricane, the mandatory evacuations should have been truly mandatory to include airlifts, and all assets necessary to avoid leaving 100,000 people, to weather the storm.

Second, failing the first test, Governor Blanco should have declared "Broken Arrow", and diverted all resources necessary to aid in the aftermath immediately.

Thirdly, even if the state didn't make all the right request in a timely manner, FEMA should have awoke itself readily to execute its plan PDQ.

President Bush, having the perfect vantage point, should have been raising hell like Ray Nagin to get things rolling quicker.

Trust in your people to execute the plan is vital, but the "Follow-Up" is most important if you're not leading the charge.

The relief will have involved nearly everyone across the nation, proudly committing whatever resources are needed, to ensure the relief needed for those affected.

Along with the Greater New Orleans area are many places in as great a need, including Mississipi and Alabama areas that are equally devastated.

Restoration efforts will begin in areas that will benefit the greatest number immediately. People are helping themselves, while others will whine forever. Let us be sure not to forget the people in the rural areas that will not depend on Big Brother.