Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Scouting for Reality in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Scout prime, now with first-draft, is doing an outstanding job of following the aftermath of, as well as the racial and political issues swirling around, the government's inept response to the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. She has established quite a reputation for her research and analysis in the aftermath of the hurricane, and many blog readers follow her stories to acquaint themselves with the details that the "so called liberal media" fails to report. Scout prime has been following the story closely from her home in Wisconsin, but she has not had an opportunity to visit New Orleans to post about her impressions.

To that end, several kind folks who post at Eschaton thought that maybe it'd be a good idea to pool our funds and send Scout to New Orleans, if Scout would agree to go. Fortunately, she said, "yes." So here we are, embarking upon a fund-raising effort to help send Scout to New Orleans so that we can read about her first hand perceptions of the hurricane. Scout is committed to gathering and reporting as much information as possible during this trip, and I know it will be a rewarding experience for those of us who have been following her posts on New Orleans. In an upcoming post on this blog, we'll be asking you what you'd like Scout to look into while she's in New Orleans, so stay tuned!

Thanks to lb0313, Scout has been offered a place to stay. Scout and lb0313 have determined that the best time for a visit is March 1 - 8, 2006, right after Mardi Gras. That's three weeks away. We figure we'll need about $ 1,000 to cover the cost of air fare, a rental car, gas for the automobile, and a modest food allowance. As stated above, lb0313 has generously offered a room, as well as use of laptop and Internet access. The break down of the expenses will be listed in an upcoming post.

Click on the "Make A Donation" link to the right, under my profile to contribute through Pay Pal, but if you would prefer to send a check directly to Scout Prime, that will be more than welcome, as well. You can contact me at moonbatmi@comcast.net or Scout directly at scoutp@charter.net for the address to where the check should be sent. In addition, if you have air miles that you'd be willing to donate for this worthy cause, please contact one of us! Donation of air miles will help to cut down the overall all cost of this fundraising effort by at least a few hundred dollars.

For accountability, we will update and share with you the money we receive on a daily basis, and we once we hit our goal (the goal will be lowered if air miles are donated), we will cease fund raising.

One last thing, this blog has been created for you, the people who are interested in and care about the tragedy that happened to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. When Scout visits New Orleans, this is the place where she will post about what she finds. So check back often during the week of March 1 - 8, 2006!

Thank you for your generosity and kindness.


Blogger dave said...

As soon as you post that Paypal link, I'll hit it for 25 big ones!

I know, I know... my generosity is overwhelming!

4:33 PM  
Blogger dave said...

And I've mentioned this earlier, but I hope Scout is set up with the ability to at least create podcasts "on the scene". Video would be ideal. Any chance?

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same as dave, get teh PayPal up, or sumpin... I'm in. Scout should, though, manage to at least once get on off to The Columns, on St. Charles, right on the trolley, for the best damn Bloody Mary in the entire universe.

And please tell me that NOLA ain't just gone. I won't be going down there for rebuild, 'cause I've promised skrlt I'm going to the Mississippi gulf coast. So near...

minusp, who is too lazy to look up his blogger pass...

5:00 PM  
Anonymous WalterNeff said...

Hello. Nothing more. Just hello.

1:30 AM  
Blogger karmicjay said...

Sent a few $ your way. You go Scout :-). Thanks Vicki!

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sent this a.m.

ql in ny

Also pimped it to the early crew.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, minusp - we'll make sure she gets to The Columns - though the street car ain't running these days and the best Bloody Mary will be found at my place.


4:48 PM  
Blogger GWPDA said...

Can you-all find out for me if the wonderful little parfummiere's shop is still alive, in the Quarter? It just had my heart, that joint...

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Do you remember the name?


6:26 PM  
Blogger scout prime said...

GWPDA...be glad to. What's the name?

6:37 PM  
Blogger NYMary said...

Dirk gently was talking about possibly joining scout in NOLA with some more sophisticated audio and video equipment. We'll follow up on that.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous TheaLogie said...

Much kudos, scout, for this. Looking forward to your reportage. Have you been in contact with Dr Otter (otterside.blogspot.com)? He might have some tips on places to go and see.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scout, I'm glad to see the $ has been raised to send you down to Lousiana.

My friends down there are mostly ok, but they're still picking up so many pieces, literally, coping with living away from NOLA or dealing with the influx of many NOLA residents in places like Baton Rouge, sometimes it's hard for them to look at the greater picture.

Things I'd like to know about:

how badly wrecked are the bayous and the water and land? One thing I feared in the long term was all the toxic substances that got into the soup -not just industrial chemicals but everybody's old paint cans, charcoal fluid and Roundup out in the garage. What local environmental groups still exist? Are there way we can help them? There are most likely coverups going on, where can we find those who are working to bring those crimes to light?

what's going on with the politics of NOLA and the surrounding areas? Can you meet and talk with local Dems, DFAers and others about the short and long term impacts the Disapora will have on the politics of the city and surrounding parishes?

Ask folks what are the 2 most important things we can do to pressure the Congress and this administration to live up to the promises made in the weeks after Katrina. Are there a couple of Senators and Congressmen we should picket until they release funds or allow new legislation to be enacted to help the people of the region?

and how, please tell us, how are the people, the musicians and artists and Mardi Gras Indians? How can we help them? I'm making contributions to Tipitina's relief fund, and hope that the music and songs and dances are beginning to be performed again.

Well, this should help you with a couple of story ideas. Go well, and tell the truth in your writing. That's all we ask.

2:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone remember Ripley, who used to post regularly at Echaton? Didn't he head off to NOLA to try to help in the reconstruction, or am I misremembering?

Assuming he's down there, might be cool to hook up with him. He might also have some decent story leads, if he has in fact been involved in recovery/reconstruction all these months.

Just a thought ...assuming it is even possible to contact him.

Steve-MD/DC (Echaton lurker)

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good wishes to you Scout, have a safe trip.

9:13 AM  

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