Closest I managed to find was the link on http://www.haddock.org/
which goes to:http://moolies.zoonies.com/archives/002587.html
that report claims "I'm 1 degree of seperation from these people, so this is not email emoto-spam."
moolies.zoonies.com appears to be a Moveable Type blog, that's been around a couple of years. But I haven't managed to figure out who "cait" is, or who moolies.zoonies.com belongs to. zoonies.com appears to be registered by a UK based person, but that's not inconsistent with the report of being a friend of someone whole was in NOLA for a conference.
It also appeared on the Dave Farber IP list (eg, syndicated to LJ as farber_ip
(which is truncated by the feed source)), which gives:http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/6/132725/8931
as the source, but that URL reports it as third hand, and ends with "If true, needs to be spread.". So I trust the first path somewhat more.
I'm not willing to dismiss it as false yet, but I'd certainly be happier with a more accurate definitive source.