Thursday, January 11, 2007

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

I certainley hope that Anderson Cooper can find his way back to NOLA. It has been months since the show has visited. No one should kid themselves, the place is still as jacked-up as ever. It's easy to send 20,000 troops over to clean up Baghdad, but one of our own cities still lies in ruins. Eat that Mr. President.

"Walk With Us" Update before Tomorrow's March
by Kelly Leahy

The city, state and even federal governments have responded to the recent murders in their own ways. If this much lip service has been given to the threat of a march down Poydras, imagine what the national reaction will be tomorrow evening. From what I've heard, the march is going to be huge. An email from one of the organizers said that even Anderson Cooper will be coming down (America may be fatigued with us but not Mr. Cooper).

The slogan of the march is now "Silence is Violence" and there is a new URL sporting this theme. The Hot 8 Brass Brand will be leading the March from the World Trade Center at the foot of Canal Street up to City Hall. The times have remained the same, meet up at 11 AM, march at 11:30 and rally at City Hall at noon.

Marchers are encouraged to make signs representing their neighborhood or with names and pictures of victims of violent crime.

Parking is tight on a normal day in the CBD so get there early to find a spot.

23 comentarios:

Billie Newman said...

I agree things are still bad in New Orleans, but things are still tough all over the Gulf Coast. I've started a blog to bring stories the media never covers to those who want to know. Check my blog at:

Sorry about the promotion, but I am proud about what I've started and want to pursue all the angles.

Jade said...

Looks like my wish was heard...

Anderson Cooper is live from NOLA on tonight's show.


Anonymous said...

The madness refuses to cease. Just when I think the Ann Sistas cannot get any more barf inducing than they are...along comes another post from them. If BettyAnn has a friend that allows her to visit, I'm the Queen of England.
I've lost all respect for the 360 blog. I don't believe I'm alone.

Hi Kay,
I'm glad the spotlight is on New Orleans again. Maybe CNN could interview Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin. They have some explaining to do. Please don't forget the rest of the Gulf. I'd like an update on Mississippi too. Take Care
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 12:39 PM ET

Hi Kay~
I have a friend who lives in the Frence quarter. When I visit him now he tells me that it is no longer safe to walk at night alone because crime has escalated since Katrina. Indeed when I visit I feel an sense of urgency among the people who live there. They don't feel safe anymore. Thanks 360 for keeping them honest and remembering this city. Keep on until New Orleans is back. I love NOLA!
Posted By Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 12:43 PM ET

Anonymous said...

I knew Anderson would be at that NOLA march, it was announced on another blog Tuesday.

Once again, Betty Ann "has a friend". Does she ALWAYS have a story to tell with each blog post?!

Anonymous said...

@Anon 5:05...

I rarely read other AC blogs now...the fangirl mentality doesn't work for me much. Oh yeah...and work is beyond busy. No time for much of a blog life anymore.

Jade (from her BB)

jr said...

I'm giving up the AC360 blog for lent! I don't think I can handle reading the Ann Sistas any longer!

marie said...

If you are a regular reader here you will understand the following comment:

He is wearing THAT jacket again!

That is all, carry on. ;)

anon 5:05 said...

@ Jade, I didn't see it on the fangirly blogs but on a blog by a gentleman who was connected to the actual NOLA march.

Billie Newman said...

The Anns are getting way out of hand.
I post but only when I really have something to say, but the intelligent stuff gets lost in the idiotic Ann posts.

@Marie I love the puffy coat and the field shirt is back, but is really showing signs of wear.

Jade said...

Very cool Anon 5:05! I'm glad that people were blogging about the march. I hope they can cause some effective change.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me. There are 24 hrs in a day, 365 days/yr. Even if BettyAnn is an old bag, as I suspect, there is not enough time on earth to be the victim of rape, verbal abuse, hold Grams hand as she dies, find a toxic waste dump in your alley, visit friends in every venue AC travels to within the continental USA, realize water in her faucets is contaminated while having the EPA check into the problem, raise kids, send cheques and her 2 cents to every cause AC mentions, have a thriving full-time career and be available to respond to each and every blog entry on the AC360 site for her lame, BS response. There's something wrong with this video.
Hi Anderson,
It will take the people to rise up and demand change. However, it might take a CNN camera to get the people in charge to do some explaining..Call them on the carpet, point those cameras and ask the tough questions. Keep them honest, Keep their feet to the fire and keep the keepers of the city on the hot seat. Until the solutions are given and more importantly..solved..Take Care Good Luck

Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 6:52 PM ET

Hi Anderson~
I am so glad you are in New Orleans. My gosh where will the problems end? New Orleans should be back together by now and yet there are so many compound complex problems with little or no solutions. When I was in NOLA a few weeks ago visiting a friend in the French Quarter, there was a water pressure issue. Also, have you noticed how many rats and cockroaches abound post Katrina? They scurry under your feet as you walk down the street. Gross! Thanks for hanging in there with New Orleans. It's worth saving!

Posted By Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 7:04 PM ET

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to get a mental picture as to what the Ann's did to avoid residency in the looneybin.
I am hoping the admins of the blog have better sense than to provide email addys to the Ann's so they can clog the www with their BS. If AC360 wants to cradle the insane, fine I guess. But to throw the Ann sickos to the innocent is crazy. I bet the Ann's have yet to donate a dime to a cause. First, they are likely welfare recipients. Also, they are both way overzealous in Oprahfying their giving.
It is so difficult to believe all the heartache still surrounding New Orleans. I am trying to get a mental picture of the type of person who would shoot an eleven month old baby! It sounds like frustration, tension, and emotions are overflowing into chaos, total chaos. It will be interesting to see if Mayor Ray Nagin will give you and interview. Thanks so much Anderson, Good Luck!
Posted By Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 9:14 PM ET

Hi Anderson,
TOWN HALL MEETING..Please have one. If all the networks just nixed the air time given to fluff, there would be hours a day to tell the Gulfs story. Please give some links again on the blog where we can donate. Or better yet some email addresses of where we can overwhelm the inboxes of the "Do-Nothing Culprits." Thanks for being there..Take Care
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 9:48 PM ET

Anonymous said...

BettyAnn never runs out of tales to tell.
Hi Rick~
When I have visited New Orleans since Katrina, I noticed that low water pressure is a problem in the city. Trying to fill a tub (forget a shower), flush a toilet, wash clothes, etc. was a test in patience last time I was there. I seems that officials have had plenty of time to correct this situation with water and gas, but the problems for New Orleans just seem to go on and on. Thanks so much Rick for bringing this to the public's attention. Keep 'em honest 360!

Posted By Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 3:07 PM ET

Anonymous said...

The Ann's again. Maybe it's time to respond to their mundane posts on the blog.

Hi Randi~
New Orleans has turned into a cluster nightmare!!! How could it be so difficult to get the money to NOLA? Can this situation get any worse? Maybe if our government could pretend this was a disaster in another country, the money would appear. How bizarre, how bizarre. Thanks Randi.~
Posted By Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 5:15 PM ET

Hi Randi,
Obviously, New Orleans is still hurting. So what are the answers, or at least some of the answers. Keeping them honest is great, it's needed, but the time has long passed to solve some of the nightmare these people have had to endure. If Lou Dobbs and Paula Zahn can have town hall meetings, why not AC360. Have a series of town hall meetings and go at it. From top to bottom. Expose everything and everyone who is causing New Orleans and the whole Gulf a migraine. Sooner the better..Please. I hope the people of the region realize that there are many of us out here who have not forgotten them. Take Care
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif : 6:14 PM ET

Anonymous said...

Wonder if one of the Anns will win the sweepstakes? If they do then we know something isn't kosher at 360.

Anonymous said...

I think we already know that there is an overabundance of traife stuff going down at 360. If anyone else was half as overzealous as the Ann's are, there would be a definite reference to the craziness in an interview AC gave.

jr said...

@Anon 9:39AM: Thanks for the laugh...what a great recap of the Betty Ann memoir brought to us via the 360 Blog!

Unfortunately, the "Ann" phenomenon is at its all time thickest on the 360 Blog right now!

It really amazes me how they constantly get posted when you know that the blog is getting hit with thousands of comments. I decided to send an email to the show asking them about that. I'm sure nothing will come of it. Either that or they will just continue posting more of her lame comments just to annoy me.

I remember one time where some other blogger bashed Betty Ann on one of her comments, it was surprisingly posted and then, of course, Betty Ann responded back apologizing and they posted that too! Violins playing in the background....

Oh well, I either have to give up reading that blog or learn how to deal with the lame comments!

Quietly leaves room to go take some drugs!!!

Anonymous said...

jr - YES! I was hoping someone would do that. Infact, you've inspired me...I think I will do the same next week, so as not to alarm them when they are hounded on the same day. I know several people who desribe the 360 blog as annoying because of the same commenters over and over and over again.

Anonymous said...

Does 360 really believe the public is that gullible? The Ann's solution is always to ask where "WE" can send donations? They are so full of crap.

Hi Charlie,
I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that Mr. Rumsey should be able at 87 years young, to rebuild his home. Is there any contact info where we could send donations? One person at a time, that's probabaly going to be how Katrina survivors will prevail. Slowly, but it will happen. They will rebuild despite the obstacles that seem so overwhelming today. Mr. Rumsey is a real role model and rebuilding your home is not much to ask from life at any age, let alone 87. Take Care

Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif : 11:02 AM ET

Anonymous said...

The 360 blog has gone to the dogs...

God bless Herbert Gettridge. What an inspiring interview! Herbert is not scared of anything! Although he is separated from his wife until he rebuilds, he has courage and determination. I wish him the best. I especially thought it was SO cute that when Hebert was through with his interview with Anderson, he just walked away still hooked up to the mic! While laughing, Anderson had to stop Herbert and unhook him~PRICELESS!!

Posted By Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 1:47 PM ET

Anonymous said...

Either that or they will just continue posting more of her lame comments just to annoy me.

This is what I was afraid of too, but somebody needs to say something about the Ann's regardless because their dumb comments are bogging down the blog.

anon 9:39 am, I agree completely with your comments!

Anonymous said...

I'm also not crazy about this new constant poster "Brandt" from Wisconsin either. AC read one of his comments on 360 last night. Brandt's comments always sound like he would be more comfortable watching the Faux News channel.

Anonymous said...

I think we should all write in to to the feedback and let them know how we feel. Then wait to see if things change. I just sent them off a complaint re: the unfairness of the posting of the comments.


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