Monday, November 29, 2010


Although attention seems to have slowly drifted away from the BP oil spill and its effect on the Gulf Coast, musician Dr. John (also known as Mac Rebennack Jr.) is spearheading a coalition of artists hoping to redirect Washington's interest back to the region (89 bands, including R.E.M., Ozzy Osbourne, OK Go, My Morning Jacket and Bonnie are on board).

"Everybody thinks that everything is fine here," Rebennack told POLITICO. "I am outraged. ... This is probably the biggest disaster that's happened." Rebennack and the other artists have sent a letter to the White House outlining five key demands, including that a portion of BP's penalties to be steered toward Gulf coast recovery.

"I just pray that the president might listen to us and actually make a concerted effort towards giving us our wetlands back, our barrier islands back." But Rebennack says he's not hopeful.

"I’m not optimistic at all, I am a realist." And he thinks President Obama could stand to benefit from taking a closer look at the fallout from the Gulf oil spill.

"If he came and would actually see the amount of oil that's floating in the Gulf and not be hidden from his eyes, he'd be amazed."

The issue is particularly personal for Rebennack, who's a New Orleans native.

"We gave the world jazz, the blues came out of here," said Rebennack. "And given everything else we gave this country and the rest of the world, if they don't care about it, let the people here know so we can try to do something else."

For Rebennack, much of his frustration has to do with the influence of special interests in Washington.

"It's ridiculous the amount of pressure oil companies are putting on Washington," said Rebennack. "It's like having the criminals in charge of the crime site. ... When you have enough money you can do that, but that makes it OK? I'm upset with that."

DMR asks kids to name the Gulf Safe Egret

Posted: Nov 29, 2010 11:56 AM CSTUpdated: Nov 29, 2010 11:56 AM CST
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From the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – In an effort to promote interest in Mississippi Gulf Safe Seafood, the Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program, under the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR), will hold a Name the Gulf Safe Egret contest for Coast children ages 12 and under.

The Seafood Marketing Program is looking for a creative name for the shrimp-eating egret featured on the new Gulf Safe Mississippi Seafood billboards, which are located along U.S. I-10, U.S. 90 and U.S. 49 in the three coastal counties.

The winning entry will receive a fishing rod and reel, a t-shirt from the Biloxi Seafood Museum and four tickets to a 2.5-hour walk-on sail aboard a 65-foot two-masted gaff-rigged Biloxi schooner, the Glenn L. Swetman or the Mike Sekul. If the winning name has multiple entries, a drawing will determine the winner. All children ages 12 and under are encouraged to participate.

Click here, or visit to print out an entry form. Entries must be returned by Dec. 6, 2010, to:

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Seafood Marketing Program's Name the Gulf Safe Egret Contest
1141 Bayview Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530

The Name the Gulf Safe Egret contest is organized by the Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program under the DMR-led campaign to reverse negative perceptions about Gulf seafood. The message of the Gulf Safe Seafood campaign is that Gulf seafood is safe, only harvested from open, regulated waters, tested extensively and is of the highest quality.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Very Interesting - Photos Taken November 27 in Louisiana

(By Cherri Foytlin - November 27, 2010)

So today I went to the pow wow. It was great. The REALLY weird thing was in the same place we usually have the pow wow BP had a center for their equipment. The super weird thing was that ther was acres of natural non- toxic stuff rotting away, while there were 176 empty containers of COREXIT 9527A, with barge and boat dispensers right by them. Weird, huh? I so happened to have a camera, of course.. so here ya go, draw your own conclusions folks... btw, can you say SERENDIPITOUS! All things to the Father.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PETA seeks Long Beach pigeon shooter

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to find out who has been shooting birds at the Long Beach Harbor.

Several photos sent to WLOX News Friday show two pigeons living with darts in their bodies. At least one blue heron has also been shot.

The darts in their bodies apparently came from a blow gun. PETA officials tell us although the birds are still alive right now, they will eventually die from such an injury.

Cruelty to pigeons is a state violation, while the cruelty to the blue heron is considered a federal offense with much stiffer penalties.

PETA is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to a conviction. If you have any information, contact PETA at (757) 622-PETA.

Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Please Help Get Denzel Home!!!!! Sunday, Nov. 14th

Please help replace this driver if you can! We had a committment for 3 1/2 hours from a driver who has had an emergency and will not be able to make the trip now. This leg can be divided into as many legs as necessary. Please reply ASAP and let me know what section of this leg you can drive. Thanks so much!
Leg 2 NEEDED - lost this driver!!!!!
Depart: White House TN 12 noon CST
Arrive: Birmingham AL 3:30 pm CST
3 hours 30 min

Denzel transport KY - FL Nov 14th
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Emily Cherry Goff (cherryharley) 334-744-5590 (no spaces
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Day and Leg(s) you are offering to take:
How many crates will fit into your vehicle:
Home #
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Can you receive text messages?
Do you have email access after 5 pm and on weekends?
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Suggested meeting place at the end of your leg:

Passenger: Denzel, a Beagle

**Route and Legs**

SUNDAY NOV 14, 2010

15 minutes has been added to each leg for water/potty breaks
All legs are flexible! Please let me know if you need to change anything!

Leg 1 Filled, thanks Beth!
Depart: Owensboro, KY 10:00 am CST
Arrive: White House TN 11:45 am CST
1 hour 45 min

Leg 2 NEEDED - lost this driver!!!!!
Depart: White House TN 12 noon CST
Arrive: Birmingham AL 3:30 pm CST
3 hours 30 min

Leg 3 Filled, thanks Marsha! - confirmed
Depart: Birmingham AL 3:45 pm CST
Arrive: Greenville AL 6:00 pm pm CST
2 hours 15 min

Leg 4 Filled by New Adoptive Home (Cameron and Kevin Legnon) - confirmed
Depart: Greenville, AL 6:15 pm CST
Arrive: Milton, FL 8:15 pm
2 hours

End of Transport
THE FINE PRINT: As a volunteer transport coordinator, I am dependent on what the
senders tell me about our passengers' temperaments, The very nature of rescue
transport creates some risk for those who participate in it; even a good-natured
dog may find it stressful to be passed from stranger to stranger and cooped up
with unfamiliar dogs, and in consequence may act in uncharacteristic ways.
Neither I nor anyone associated with this transport can accept liability for any
accidents or incidents that may occur during the transport.

Dog(s) or Cat(s): 1 Dog
Name - Denzel
Breed - Beagle
Sex - Male
Spayed/Neutered - Yes
Age - 3 years
Weight - 25 lbs
Rabies tag - yes
Health Certificate - yes
Dewormed - no
Microchipped - Yes - 24 petwatch
Temperment tested - Yes
Ok with dogs - yes
Ok with cats - ?
Ok with kids - Yes
House trained - ?
Crate trained - ?
Will a crate be provided - No
Note: Leash with collar and tags provided
please confirm this will be provided by sending- Will be sent
Other items provided - will be traveling with paperwork and health certificate
Does dog ride well in car - Yes
Special needs - None
Reason for transport - ADOPTED! Going to new forever home

Pirates shoot Pass Christian man off coast of Nigeria


James “Butch” Johnson , 58, of Pass Christian was shot in the leg early Monday when pirates stormed the oil rig where he was working off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped five of his crew.

Johnson was airlifted out immediately and taken to one of the best hospitals in London. On Thursday, he was out of ICU and in a regular hospital room, but faces another surgery next week.

The bullet from a machine gun that one of the kidnappers wielded during the kidnapping splintered the bone in his leg, he said.

He works for Afren, an African independent oil and gas company, as a drilling supervisor. The company said the “security breach” happened on the High Island VII jackup rig about seven miles off the coast of Nigeria on Monday. Johnson and another man were shot and five taken hostage. The company also said a supply boat was attacked, but gave no details.

“Until we get those people back safely,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to say much.”
But he said the company has the best medical specialists working on this leg and they flew his wife Elizabeth to London from Pass Christian right away.
“They’re taking care of us both,” he said.

A tight network of friends on the Mississippi Coast has been waiting on word and watching as the events unfold. Johnson said it was his first time in 41 years of oil field work to be airlifted out in an emergency.

Because there is a hostage situation, the U.S. State Department has been in touch with him. The hostages include two from France, two from the U.S. (at least one from Mississippi) and one from Canada.

Johnson said he believes the group that burst in was after money and didn’t intend to shoot him.

“They came in to be intimidating, shooting into the floor,” he said.

The recoil forced the barrel of the gun up, “and he shot me.”

“If you shoot a machine gun straight down, it will come up,” he said. “You can’t hold it down.”

Johnson said wounding or killing potential hostages was counterproductive for the gunmen. He said hurting someone makes it harder to get money.

He said kidnappings are typical in Nigeria.

When asked Thursday, safe now in his hospital room in London, if he regrets working in a volatile area so far from home.

He said, “No.”

And he said if he heals, he would go back.

“Originally I’m from New Orleans,” he said. “I walk down Canal Street.”

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Oyster catch is coming in slowly


PASS CHRISTIAN — Local fishermen and seafood wholesalers promise there will be plenty of oysters for the inaugural Pass Christian Oyster Festival this weekend, despite the huge challenges they are facing.

Normal for October is up to 75 boats a day bringing thousands of burlap sacks of oysters to the Pass Christian Harbor, said Darlene Kimball with Kimball Seafood. “This year we didn’t even work in October,” she said. By Thursday of opening week, she hadn’t yet unloaded 100 bags a day.

“It’s hard to make a living today with only this amount coming in,” she said.

The oyster season opened Monday for tonging only, with no dredging, to conserve the oysters in Mississippi waters. On Wednesday a wastewater discharge forced the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to close the St. Stanislaus and Waveland oyster reefs in Area II B, off the coast of Hancock County. Kimball said 90 percent of her business is from oysters and she is doing everything she can to get fishermen back to work. Some have their names on a waiting list to get tongs made so they can catch oysters. Others have dredging boats that aren’t suitable for tonging and not everyone who goes out comes back with bags of oysters. “It’s hit and miss out there,” she said.

When DMR took fishermen out to the reefs off Pass Christian Harbor in early September, 80-90 percent of the oysters were dead. The officials stopped short of blaming the Gulf oil spill or the dispersants used to break up the oil.

Fishermen returning to the docks Thursday said they were finding oysters and most brought in their 10-bag limit.Albert Ellis of Pass Christian started about 7:30 a.m. and caught his limit by 1 p.m. He gets about $30 a bag, and the $300 pays for his gasoline, his helper and himself.

“We have nothing else to do,” said Ellis, a third-generation fisherman.Kimball said some of the Alabama reefs are closing and that will bring more out-of-state fishermen to Mississippi. George Anderson of Baldwin County said the oystering was much better in Mississippi water Thursday than he had seen in Alabama.

There were plenty of oysters but they were full of mussels, said Phil Rodrigue of Ocean Springs. He and Paul Pavlov scraped off the mussels and had a bucket of clean oysters they planned to cook that night. Rodrigue said he is one of about three fishermen who have recreational oystering licenses in Mississippi and he believes the commercial fishermen are collecting a check from BP rather than tonging, which is harder than dredging. BP treated her “very unfairly,” said Kimball. “I’m sucking it up and getting back to work. I want my normal life back.”

Government officials and fishermen replenished the oyster reefs after Hurricane Katrina. She isn’t sure the oysters will recover after the oil spill. “I’m praying it gets better,” she said. “I don’t see it coming back like before.”

One of the biggest challenges for the Gulf seafood industry is public perception, and Kimball said Thanksgiving will tell if people are comfortable using oysters in dressing, soup and gumbo.

“We’ve got to prove to people our products are safe,” she said. Alderwoman Renee Brooks is betting there will be plenty of people in town this weekend eating seafood. She helped organize the Pass Christian Oyster Festival to celebrate the city’s French heritage and emphasize the importance of seafood to the town.

“Almost every business in Pass Christian is impacted by seafood,” she said. Kimball Seafood, Crystal Seafood and other suppliers and restaurants in town will be preparing all kinds of oyster dishes along with shrimp, crawfish and alligator during the VIP celebration tonight at the harbor and the festival Saturday and Sunday.

“We love our oysters in Pass Christian,” she said.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Heard County Animal Control - Please Adopt or Rescue Us


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