August 31, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Update with Linkishness (genghis)
— Open Blog

I spent some time this morning (all of 10 seconds on Google) hunting down Brendan Loy’s blog regarding this storm. You may recall that he had some excellent and comprehensive coverage during Katrina three years ago (and even got a little famous from it) on his blog “Irish Trojan.” That blog no longer exists, but he’s split it up into two separate ones.

The one we’re concerned with for this post is called Weather Nerd. He’s got a fairly comprehensive set of links there along with a couple of updates which seem a little more hopeful concerning NOLA’s impending doom.

I’m trying to track down my other favorite blog from Katrina which was done by the head of security of an ISP in downtown NOLA, in a high-rise bulding, during the worst of the storm and its aftermath. If anyone can remember the name of that firm, whether they still even exist and are doing the same thing this time, please stick it in the comments so I can update this. That blog read like a thriller at the time.

Mr. Loy’s other, more general blog is called Ash Blog Durbatuluk, subtitled “One Blog to Rule Them All.” He’s an attorney, so maybe that’ll keep Gabe busy for a while. If you decide to visit, try not to act like the baboons you usually are and shit all over the furniture.

Update #1 In the comments, Brass has been following Bayou Renaissance Man which looks like another good link. Keep posting them and I'll add to the list as they come in.

Update #2 Here's some more good links:

Dr. Jeff Master's WunderBlog at Weather Underground. Thanks to MesaBlue (WU is generally my go-to site for all things weather related) which also did a killer job of reporting during Katrina. Thanks to SlaveDog (I didn't know Laura's pets were allowed to comment...go figure).

John Doh reminds me that the ISP firm that did the hairy-ass liveblogging during Katrina was "Interdictor" (which is also a class of Sith Cruisers from Star Wars...who knew?) It doesn't appear they're liveblogging this time. They might still have the old archives from Katrina on their site which is here. Good reading.

Update #3 More more more!

National Hurricane Center's site (NOAA) courtesy of Dave (but not the one who seems to be cursed to live in Texas)

Ridin' Gustav which appears to be a live barblog from NOLA. You can also chat with him on Yahoo if you're so inclined. Thanks to Arthur .

And from tmi3rd, a retired shrimp boat deckhand (I love the old coot), comes some local live teevee coverage in the form of WWLTV and KPCLTV. Thanks, stay safe ol' timer!

Flashback: As I'm watching (well, sort of ignoring) current coverage on FNC, I see that Shepard Smith is currently stationed in NOLA, ready to take action again. Can Shep rise to the occasion again, along with his fellow soldiers Coop and Scar? Or have we asked too much of them? Is it fair to ask them to put their outrage on the line again, after so little time? Only three years have passed and I question whether or not the mental scars have healed, but again, they've been called to serve, uh...something.

I ask you to revisit the story of these brave men as documented by Howard Kurtz a mere three years ago.

May God help them in their trials and tribulations to come over the next few days. None of us, sitting in the comforts of our homes tonight, can possibly understand the depth of feelings and outrage and lack of make-up departments they are about to go through on these unforgiving assignments.

Posted by: Open Blog at 10:56 AM | Comments (46)
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I've been following this one.


Posted by: Brass at August 31, 2008 11:03 AM (v/Ofr)

2 McCain on live now: The GOP will suspend most convention activities for tomorrow. Keep the victims and volunteers and first responders in our prayers. Good sober speech stressing American interests over party politics. Good move

Posted by: Frank G at August 31, 2008 11:06 AM (P0rQD)

3 I watched the live feed that the ISP had up for over a week.  Hopefully, I can remember.

Posted by: mesablue at August 31, 2008 11:11 AM (5yNaE)

4 Jeff Masters at Weather Underground is a is a great source for information -- linky.

Posted by: mesablue at August 31, 2008 11:13 AM (5yNaE)

5 I believe the ISP in question was Interdictor,

Posted by: John Doh at August 31, 2008 11:30 AM (NFNQx)

6 is the online content provider of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, and has a lot of up to date information on the storm in the City.

Posted by: SlaveDog at August 31, 2008 11:34 AM (6Gy0q)


4 Jeff Masters at Weather Underground is a is a great source for information --linky.

WU is always a great source, regardless. I forgot they had blogs now...will add.

5 I believe the ISP in question was Interdictor,

That sounds familiar. I'll hunt around, but I think you're right.


Posted by: genghis at August 31, 2008 11:34 AM (HwY1l)

8 Good luck to everyone down there

Posted by: dave at August 31, 2008 11:34 AM (6yGxX)


...I usually go here for the hurricane tracking:


Posted by: dave at August 31, 2008 11:36 AM (6yGxX)


5 I believe the ISP in question was Interdictor,

John Doh, looks like they're still around, but not liveblogging this time. As I seem to recall, the security guy (who I think was former Special Forces) moved on to another position afterwards. Like Mesa said, that was some pretty harrowing shit. Here's Interdictor's site...I'll keep an eye on it if they do start liveblogging.

Posted by: genghis at August 31, 2008 11:42 AM (HwY1l)

11 Here's a live blogger in New Orleans. He's got pictures from a bar that WILL NOT CLOSE and a philly cheesteak joint that's overrun with National Guard troops. Lots more pictures from the eerily deserted French Quarter. Oh, crap. He's got a semi-live radar scan in his left column showing the monster bearing down.

Posted by: Arthur at August 31, 2008 12:44 PM (nKJNN)

12 The first drops of rain are hitting Mobile Bay.  Hard enough to knock out satellite tv on the eastern shore.  We should be far enough east to be fine though.

Posted by: toby hussein 928 at August 31, 2008 12:49 PM (evdj2)


Hey guys-

Something that's going to be even more fun is the disappointment on the left when they see how ably this storm is responded to. Jindal has been front and center just about every four hours; the heads of the Corps of Engineers have been doing press conferences daily; state and local officials have been crowing about how well everyone has been working together; and the individual sheriffs have been making it very clear that they are going to deal with anyone breaking curfew as swiftly and as harshly as necessary.

It's going to come ashore in Terrebonne Parish at this point- nowhere near as intense as we were horrified it was going to be- and the Westbank is going to take a beating. But this is not going to be a repeat of Katrina- that has been made ultra-clear.

The big station in town to watch is WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate. They're wall to wall, and will be until the storm is past. You can watch them at Also, if you want SW LA coverage, I highly recommend KPLC... check 'em out at

Okay, my fellow swamp chickens and coonasses- we will be seeing shortly what a difference a real governor makes.


Posted by: tmi3rd at August 31, 2008 01:28 PM (Gz0u5)

14 I'm coming, make sure George W. blows up the levees before I get there.

Posted by: gustav at August 31, 2008 02:01 PM (Jd0Cx)

15 used my link...I'm famous   Nope, not from Texas...from Montreal...have relatives in Texas though (no, not the other Dave)

Posted by: dave at August 31, 2008 02:42 PM (6yGxX)

16 used my link...I'm famous   Nope, not from Texas...from Montreal...have relatives in Texas though (no, not the other Dave)

Uh...actually, commenting here generally gets you put on FBI and Secret Service watch lists. But I suppose that's a sort of fame, or infamy, in its own way. So, whatever works for ya.'

Posted by: genghis at August 31, 2008 03:05 PM (HwY1l)


Uh...actually, commenting here generally gets you put on FBI and Secret Service watch lists.

It might if the Democrats get into the White House =:O

Posted by: dave at August 31, 2008 03:21 PM (6yGxX)


>>Thanks to SlaveDog (I didn't know Laura's pets were allowed to comment...go figure).<<

Only in Laura's dreams.

Does the FBI do pets?

Anyway, back to the topic.  As tmi3rd noted above, Jindal is doing a stellar job of managing the storm effort in LA.  When this is all over the big story ought to be the stark difference between how Jindal handled the planning and execution of the Gustav evacuation and clean up vs. how the sobbing Kathleen Blanco collapsed.

But it won't fit the MSM/Demo Katrina History Revision agenda.  Am I being too cynical?

Posted by: SlaveDog at August 31, 2008 03:25 PM (6Gy0q)

Since the convention has been delayed this will give McCain a chance to act presidential.
So were will Barry Zero be during all this? On Vacation?

Posted by: Yikes! at August 31, 2008 03:25 PM (/6k+t)

20 I remember that dude in the ISP in downtown NOLA.  It was like a reading the script to a real-life zombie movie.

IIRC, he had a smokin hot gf.

Posted by: Purple Fury at August 31, 2008 03:34 PM (Fu0ST)


But it won't fit the MSM/Demo Katrina History Revision agenda.  Am I being too cynical?

No...the whole liberal thing is about 'inclusiveness' which means putting un-talented people into positions that demand talent.  When things inevitably go down the toilet, then comes the 'nuance'.

Posted by: dave at August 31, 2008 03:37 PM (6yGxX)


Since the convention has been delayed this will give McCain a chance to act presidential.
So were will Barry Zero be during all this? On Vacation?

Last I heard, McCain was considering giving his acceptance speech from Mississippi. BO was scuttling north, saying that his presence and hangers-on would be a "distraction" in the hurricane areas.

The GOP convention is paring down its activities and preparing to give all kinds of support to storm-tossed locations.

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