Washington, DC (January 11, 2011) – The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling is releasing its final report today, calling for a national commitment to restoring America’s Gulf Coast. The report also warns an oil disaster “may well recur” absent extensive reform of drilling practices and regulation.
I am sure that we are all as disappointed as I am about the Saints losing our chance to go to the Super Bowl. But the team worked very hard and next year will be another year for them to achieve. Go Saints! I Believe!
I started my week, by attending a very moving and well-attended funeral service in honor of Drex Brumfield. He will be missed dearly. Unfortunately, that week I lost another friend that I have known for years: Russell Henderson. Russ was a certified social worker, a political consultant and activist, and a legislative lobbyist for progressive causes. We will miss him.
BATON ROUGE- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal issued a state of emergency in preparation for winter weather conditions. According to the Order, "the National Weather Service reports a strong arctic weather system will move into Louisiana during the late night hours of January 8, 2011 and the early morning hours of January 9, 2011. The severe winter weather system is expected to produce freezing temperature and precipitation in the form of freezing rain, sleet and/or snow. These conditions are expected to continue through the early morning hours of January 10, 2011."
Here is the Executive Order signed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal:
New Orleans Saints will not be the Super Bowl champs for 2010 as the Matt Hasselback shreded its defense as the Saints lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the first wildcard game of the season in the NFC playoffs.
Drew Brees passed for 404 yards and two touchdowns but the defense gave up four touchdowns to the Seahawks.
Here are post-game notes from NewOrleansSaints.com .
What's happening in New Orleans this January 7? The LSU Cotton Bowl game. Art events at the museum. Drinks in the Frenc Quarter. Here's a list from Frank Stansbury, Publisher of LaFete News:
Summary: It is a new year but an old story. Plenty of budget issues for the United States and for Louisiana which will be a major challenge to Louisiana Governor Bobby indal and the Louisiana legislature.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu helped kicked off Mardi Gras Thursday night at the third annual Twelfth Night at the Mardi Gras World East. Twelfth Night is traditionally observed in New Orleans as a time of merriment marking the end of Christmas festivities, the coming of the Epiphany, and the beginning of Mardi Gras.
The Twelfth Night Magic celebration launches a Mardi Gras season, which promises to be even grander and more elaborate than previous years. The Carnival season culminates on Fat Tuesday, which falls on March 8th this year.
Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu displayed his Saints spirit during a call with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn regarding Saturday’s NFL playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. The losing team’s mayor will send the winning team’s mayor a package of hometown products including local seafood.
“The Saints are truly a source of pride for the Who Dat Nation and we look forward to them beating the Seahawks, the first in the road to a Two Dat,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Like our Saints, we also pride ourselves on our cuisine, especially Louisiana seafood. But we don’t expect to be sending any to the ‘Emerald City’ anytime soon. We look forward to some of Seattle’s salmon next week.”
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain and other law enforcement officials to announce that a series of dangerous chemicals being marketed as “bath salts” or “plant food” have been added to the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act, making it illegal to possess, manufacture or distribute them in Louisiana.
Ripley’s believe it or not would not believe it. Or would it?
Everyone seems to have a theory why birds have been falling from the sky with one Louisiana official thinking the birds probably hit a power line to another official from Arkansas suggesting the thousands of birds that died in its state were somehow affected by New Year’s eve fireworks.