Louisiana legislature: Rannah Gray & Christopher Tidmore

Vice President Biden is visiting the Gulf Goast today under a storm of anger and a natural one in the western part of the Gulf of Mexico.
Across the that region, members of the seafood industry are upset and concerned about the growing desperate plight of their families and businesses.   
As each day goes by, another seafood industry icon closes while the industry  leaders assert that there is plenty of shrimps and fish safe to eat and available to go to market.  
And, as June now makes way for July, and as days of this crises mount, local  government officials are getting more frantic, disillusioned  and upset at what they see as BP and the federal government’s slow, inadequate and sometimes feeble response.   

Darling friends,

Where else in the world can you attend, in one week, among others, a three-hour-long patriotic concert at Trinity Church, a NO Pride concert and parade, the French-American Chamber of Commerce Louisiana Chapter's Summer Wine Festival, Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival presenting Macbeth, and a wonderfully informative tasting of absinthe with mixologist Ted Breaux? For a transplanted New Yorker like myself, New Orleans doesn't have to envy any other city. What we do in a month is what some cities do in a year.
Here are some of the changes in tropical storm Alex according to the Weather channel as of 10 pm  cst:
Alex should become a hurricane Tuesday.

On Monday, Governor Bobby Jindal's Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary issued this press release in relationship to the DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BATON ROUGE - In a letter to BP America's Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles on Monday, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine requested $10 million from BP to provide mental health services to Louisiana residents affected by the oil spill.

Last night, long serving U.S. Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) passed away at the age of 92. Byrd was first elected 52 years ago in a much different era. Before his Senate career, Byrd was a recruiter for the KKK. Three years after he supposedly left the organization, he was still writing letters on behalf of the organization. In 1946, Byrd wrote the Imperial Wizard of the KKK, “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia” and “in every state in the Union.”

The  chamber of Martin Feldman, the US District Judge in New Orleans, who overruled the very controversial six-month moratorium overturning the ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill has released a statement that refers to his prior ownership of Exxon stock.

"The judge was told by his broker that the stock was sold at the opening of the market in New York on Tuesday, June 22nd and several hours before the Court made its decision.

He only learned about his stock ownership at 9:45 pm Monday the 21st and because he remembered that Exxon,  who was not a party litigant in the moratorium case, nevertheless had one of the 33 rigs in the Gulf, the judge  instructed his broker  to sell Exxon and XTO as soon as  the market opened  the next morning.
The judge doesn’t know whether there was a profit or a loss on the sale."
Chamber of Judge Martin Feldman

Last week, Bayoubuzz published the  following column

Judge Faces Death Threats After BP Gulf Oil Drilling Moratorium Ruling


What began as an attempt for the long serving assessor of Jefferson Parish to resign early--allowing his successor to take office prior to 2012's re-assessment process--has exploded into a political chain-reaction that could impact the statewide race for Lt. Governor and change the landscape of the hotly contested Jefferson Parish President's contest.

Giants director of player development, Charles Way, has visited Chas Jones in the hospital and both coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese have spoken to him by phone.

Though the injury occurred as Jones was ending a detour along street car tracks which has become an unfortunate driving hobby for New Orleans, the Giants have no cause to recover any of his signing bonus, because under the current labor law signing bonus money can be recovered only  if a player holds out, retires or violates the steroid policy.

Sean Payton almost was the first coach in the 44-year history of the Super Bowl to skip the morning-after news conference.

Payton's book "Home Team -- Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life,."written with New Orleans native Ellis Henican, Newsweek columnist and Fox News channel analyst, details the near-miss.
Joe Horn, one of the Saints' all-time leading wide receivers and fan favorite, will retire as a Saints.  Saints GM Mickey Loomis made the announcement.
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