The she being well known local publicity hound Sandy Rosenthal whom evidently still has a case of hurt fee fees after government employees dared to disagree with her assertion Hurricane Katrina was somehow a “man made disaster”. I don’t even try to figure out the logic because there is none but while Hammerman was chasing Buddy Caldwell, Lee Zurik was publishing an email sent to Sandy by Sal Perricone. Such is the sad state of the investigative department at Fox 8 these days.
It appears Levee.org has morphed into a crusade against Silence Dogood instead of its former equally silly mission of trying to hornswoggle journalists into saying Hurricane Katrina was somehow made by man. Should she and her dangerous ilk have their way community sourced topics that appear on Slabbed like the DMR Scandal would not occur and as such she is dangerous to the first amendment.
Now Slabbed is at a disadvantage here because our man love for Sal Perricone is largely unrequited due to certain, unfortunate circumstances but I get the faintest of bat signals that Sal has not destroyed his membership card in the greater Slabbed Nation so there is hope. Sal just know we love you dude despite the fact it looks as if you are soon to be run over by a freight train.
With that off my chest check out Jason Berry’s post on the same topic as he was so moved by the inanity of it all that he unloaded shortly after last night’s 10:00 pm news.
Levees.org has learned new information regarding U.S. District Judge James Brady’s decision not to require Louisiana State University (LSU) to rehire Dr. Ivor van Heerden immediately.
“This is encouraging news,” said van Heerden in a phone interview with Sandy Rosenthal. “Judge Brady has ordered an injunction trial on May 19 which means early in the litigation process, LSU will be forced to articulate exactly why they fired me.”
By allowing the injunction trial, says van Heerden, Judge Brady is indicating that he feels there are grounds for keeping him employed. Furthermore, using stern words, the Judge let LSU know that he will order a restraining order requiring LSU to rehire van Heerden if he is harassed.
When asked about LSU’s portrayal of van Heerden as ‘temporary labor,’ van Heerden said that was ‘non-sense.’
“I had a permanent hard-money academic position,” said van Heerden. “It was funded by the state for the last 15 years.”
SLABBED reported on “LSU’s portrayal of van Heerden as ‘temporary labor'” in yesterday’s post on Judge Brady’s decision. After picking up Levee.org’s “EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Ivor van Heerden on recent federal judge’s decision” on the Editilla’s New Orleans News Ladder, SLABBED went to the source documents for more.
LSU’s attorneys with the reindeer-sounding name of Kantrow, Spaht, Weaver & Blitzer removed van Heerden’s case from State court on the 5th of March – and, in doing so, LSU made it much easier for SLABBED and others to follow as the case make its way through the Federal court.
In a step below “the dog ate my homework”, LSU offered the Court this excuse for Igor van Heerden’s pending unemployment:
LSU officials said in their court-filed response this week that van Heerden has not been fired, but added that his research contract will not be renewed when it expires May 21.
The LSU response also denied that “van Heerden’s criticism of the Corps or speech on any other matter was a substantial or motivating factor in the decision not to renew his employment.”
van Heerden, according to the Advocate, “wants a federal judge to block the expiration of his LSU contract next month”: h/t Editilla
A vocal critic of the Army Corps of Engineers, van Heerden sued the LSU system in February. He alleged he is being forced out of his job because of his argument that the Corps’ levees in New Orleans had design flaws that caused their failure during Hurricane Katrina’s 2005 surge across the city…
LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said Wednesday that LSU officials will not comment while the lawsuit is pending….
This week, the nearly 50,000-member American Association of University Professors notified LSU that it will establish a committee to investigate the school’s action against van Heerden, former deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Center.
Editilla had more on the AAUP story, too.
In a strongly worded letter, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has alerted Michael Martin, Chancellor of Louisiana State University (LSU) that, in its opinion, the firing of Professor Ivor van Heerden “raises significant issues of academic freedom, tenure and due process.” Continue reading “from the bowels of academia comes this s#!% – LSU officials say van Heerden not fired but contract won’t be renewed”
Well, sort of. I snitched the great video Ken McCarthy posted in comments and “wrapped” it in this post. Please take a look and Be Mine – pass it on!
Be a First Responder! Read what MRGO attorney Pierce O’Donnell had to say about the decision LSU made to terminate Ivor van Heerden.
On the eve of the historic Robinson v. United States trial set to begin next Monday, one of the Army Corps’ most vocal and knowledgeable critics has been fired. Dr. Ivor van Heerden, a research professor at Louisiana State University, was recently informed that his contract would not be renewed. The professor has been sharply critical of the Corps’ mismanagement of the flood protection system that was supposed to protect Greater New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. ..
LSU is the beneficiary of substantial research grants from the Army Corps. The Chancellor and his minions have made no bones about the fact that van Heerden was rocking the boat by biting the hand that fed the university’s coffers.
Dr. van Heerden has also served as a valued scientific consultant to our trial team in the Robinson case. LSU prohibited him from being a testifying expert at our trial. It is hard enough to defeat the most powerful adversary—the United States of America that prints the money and makes the laws—but heavy-handed tactics to suppress the truth make the challenge even more daunting.
This story is not finished.
If you’re wired for change, follow the link and join Steve in signing on – and, if you’re in New Orleans, join Levees.org for the rally tomorrow, .
Many moons ago Editilla at the Ladder turned us on to Ms Rosenthal and her website Levees.org. Those that follow the Ladder and Levees.org also know there are several problem areas at the intersection of the NOLA Levees and USACE that Ms Rosenthal and Editilla have expressed genuine citizen concern. Evidently some of the people at USACE headquarters took exception that Ms Rosenthal took exception and the end result was this story which ran on WWL last night in New Orleans.
You can get more details from Editilla here and Ms Rosenthal here.
Nowdy, we’ve been flamed so many times by people in the insurance industry and certain governmental agencies that our fannies are charred, black and very crisp. That said I have mixed emotions regarding going public with the info. One thing that can not be denied Continue reading “Blogging and Commenting: US Army Corp of Engineers Takes it on the Chin Courtesy of Blogger Sandy Rosenthal (Updated)”