Here is a 4 pack of stories that are related just under the surface…….

If you are not from this area like Angela Rouse at the KC Star, and you can get the connection you’ll earn an associate membership in the Slabbed Nation.

Bob Warren at the Times Picayune profiles Sean Payton’s new gated community in the DFW metroplex, a place Louisiana expats describe as a soulless city.

The Sun Herald does an excellent job weaving the War of 1812 and the Louisiana purchase with the Hurricane of 1812 as University of South Carolina Geographer Cary Mock has recreated the storm’s path. Turns out I previously opined on Slabbed that a strike from the southeast would be devastating to the City and as it so happened such a strike was indeed devastating to the City.  Here is a snippet from the story as told by the Orleans Gazette:

“The levee almost entirely destroyed; the beach covered from fragments of vessels, merchandize (sic), trunks, and here and there Continue reading “Here is a 4 pack of stories that are related just under the surface…….”

From the dangers of drinking too much of the koolaid files I offer Sid Salter at the Clarion Ledger

Clarion Ledger columnist Sid Salter wrote a strange narrative for today’s paper where he tosses around various forms of the term “irrational” like its opposite actually means something. Sid here is a news flash for you bubba, we’re all pretty much predictably irrational and that includes you and today’s column. My own experience is the off coast Mississippi media has at best a superficial understanding of what goes on down here on the coast and it shows through today in what purports to be Mississippi’s newspaper. Here are a few of the sillier snippets:

The narrative bears repeating – Bush didn’t visit, he flew over in Air Force One. Homeland Security and FEMA didn’t engage quickly enough and in the right manner.

Mississippi with a Republican governor got preferential treatment over Louisiana with a Democratic governor. Bush didn’t care. HBO is still peddling that narrative in the highly acclaimed drama Treme.

Dubya’s fault?
On the left, that narrative sticks – despite an absence of either facts or logic to support it. Continue reading “From the dangers of drinking too much of the koolaid files I offer Sid Salter at the Clarion Ledger”

"We interrupt this interruption of our regularly scheduled disaster blogging to report that levees have failed above Memphis" – said the Editilla this soggy Sunday morning

SLABBED sadly interrupts the Editilla’s “interruption of  the interruption of regularly scheduled disaster blogging” to report At Least 3 Dead In Severe Weather In Mississippi

Possible tornados have killed three people in Northern Mississippi…Benton County Coroner John Riles identified the victims as 25-year-old Latoya Long and 26-year-old Thomas Catrell Cowan. He said the two lived in a mobile home that “looks like you stuck about four sticks of dynamite on it and it just disappeared.”  Riles said several other people reported injuries after the storm blew through about 2:30 a.m. Sunday…Lafayette County Emergency Management coordinator David Shaw confirmed a death in Abbeville. He said the victim’s house was blown apart. Mississippi remains under a tornado watch through Sunday afternoon.

Returning to the unscheduled interruption of the Ladder’s “regularly scheduled disaster blogging” and the Editilla’s report – the Levees have failed above Memphis: Continue reading “"We interrupt this interruption of our regularly scheduled disaster blogging to report that levees have failed above Memphis" – said the Editilla this soggy Sunday morning”