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LOUISIANA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD - what did Gov. Blanco do and not do?
globalsecurity.org ^ | 2005

Posted on 09/02/2005 11:05:34 PM PDT by doug from upland

Louisiana Army National Guard

Today's Louisiana Army and Air National Guard consists of 74 units spread among 43 cities and towns of the state and numbers some 11,500 Army and Air Guardsmen. As a result of various reorganizations the present Army Guard is composed of a State Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 204th Area Support Group, the 256th Separate Infantry Brigade, the 225th Engineer Group and various Medical, Maintenance, Aviation, Military Police, Armored Cavalry and Special Forces units and the 156th Army Band.

The National Guard of the United States is the only component of the Armed Forces with a dual federal - state role. The Guard is organized, trained and equipped to be available in times of national emergency, upon the call of the President. It can also be called upon by the Governor for state duty, to preserve peace and order and protect life and property in the event of natural disasters or civil disturbances. The federal Government is responsible for equipping, training and paying the Guardsmen (except the state pays them for active state duty). The state is also responsible for providing Guard personnel and training facilities.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, the Louisiana Army National Guard opened its armories for two days to collect goods from concerned citizens. More than 500,000 pounds of medicine, water, clothing, food and personal items were collected.

Task Force Aguan deployed to Honduras in February for New Horizons 99-2, a six-month engineering rebuilding exercise. The LAARNG led the exercise by repairing roads, bridges and culverts and building schools and clinics. Medical personnel also conducted medical exercises to provide basic care to the population.

In April 1999, a tornado tore through the community of Benton in North Louisiana. The LAARNG provided security, clean up and debris removal support. The LAARNG also hauled 4.3 million gallons of water to several communities during droughts and more than 18 tons of day to drought-stricken cattle farmers throughout the state. the LAARNG launched a second Youth Challenge Program for high school dropouts and will conduct a Starbase Program for select New Orleans public schools. Finally, the LAARNG was recognized for an unprecedented 10th year in a row as one of the top three National Guard organizations in the Army communities of Excellence competition.

Today's Louisiana National Guardsmen have fifty million dollars worth of Army and Air Force equipment and the federal Government provides fifteen million dollars in supporting funds each year. The Louisiana National Guard has state owned or controlled training facilities valued at over twenty-five million dollars. The National Guard Bureau serves as the channel of communications and funding between the states and the Departments of the Army and Air Force. The Governor, by virtue of his office, is the Commander-in-Chief of the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard. The Adjutant General, appointed by the Governor's orders, performs his duties under the laws of Louisiana and applicable federal laws and regulations. The Adjutant General and his staff are full-time employees of the State-funded Military Department. They are, in addition, in drill status as officers of the federally recognized National Guard.

Since its original organization to assist in maintaining law and order within the various states, the Guard has extended its responsibilities to assist in natural disasters. Louisiana has had its full share of disasters ranging from the great Mississippi River floods of the 1920s to the tornadoes, fires, explosions and vicious hurricanes of more recent years. The Louisiana National Guard, strategically located in all major communities of the state, possesses the organization, manpower, training and equipment to handle such emergencies. The Guard keeps alert plans in a constant state of readiness to enable it to assemble members quickly and hurry manpower and equipment to critical areas in an emergency.

The Louisiana Army National Guard dates back to the 18th Century when a militia was formed from among the civilian inhabitants of Colonial Louisiana to assist Royal French and Spanish troops in protecting the colony and preserving the peace. Our oldest unit still serving today is the famed 141st Field "Washington Artillery" whose lineage dates back to 1838. The Louisiana Army National Guard has more than 11,000 soldiers who serve part-time in one of the oldest traditions in America, the National Guard.

A militia was formed from among the civilian inhabitants of Colonial Louisiana throughout the 18th Century to assist Royal French and Spanish troops in protecting the colony and preserving the peace. The militia was largely responsible for the success of the Galvez expedition which wrested Baton Rouge from the British in 1779. In 1786 there were militia companies in New Orleans, Opelousas, New Iberia and Iberville, Pointe Coupee and Attakapas Parishes, and on the German Coast. Predecessors of the Amercan militia were the 300 young Frenchmen and Americans who formed a Volunteer Battalion to preserve order pending arrival of United States troops upon the acquisition of Louisiana from France in 1803.

Territorial Governor William C. C. Claiborne wasted no time in organizing the militia throughout the Orleans Territory, and in 1813 the General Assembly of the new State of Louisiana passed a far-reaching act to create an effective militia which two years later played an important part in the defeat of the British on the plains of Chalmette. Militia units from Louisiana made up a sizeable part of General Zachary Taylor's victorious army in the Mexican War--1845-1848.

In 1860, immediately preceding outbreak of the War between the States, Louisiana militia troops totaled five divisions whose companies, battalions, regiments and brigades were spread among nearly every parish of the state. With the outset of the war, many militia units, including the Washington Artillery (initially organized in 1838), immediately volunteered for Confederate service, and were accepted. Other units remained in the state as home guards and subsequently engaged in numerous clashes with federal troops in South and Central Louisiana after the surrender of New Orleans in 1862. A total of 982 military companies were organized in Louisiana during the Civil War of which some 400 were militia companies.

During the Reconstruction, the state was controlled by federal troops which in many areas sponsored and organized militia units to help keep peace and quiet, but many of these militia units were carpetbaggers and adventurers from outside. Plus federal sympathizers and formerly disenfranchised colored citizens. It was not until 1877, upon withdrawal of federal occupation troops, that the native population of Louisiana regained control of the state and elected a Governor and Legislature and passed laws to re-create the Louisiana State National Guard in the pre-war tradition.

Upon the outbreak of war with Spain in 1898, the First and Second Regiments of Infantry and the Louisiana Volunteer Artillery, composed of Battery A (Louisiana Field Artillery), Battery B (Washington Artillery) and Battery C (Donaldsonville Cannoneers) entered federal service. The Second Louisiana Infantry moved into Havana on New Years Day, 1899.

When hostilities erupted on the Mexican Border in 1916 the Battalion Washington Artillery, First Regiment of Infantry, 1st Separate Troop of Cavalry and 1st Field Hospital answered the call and moved to the border, and then in 1917, only a couple of months after being mustered out, were called back for overseas service in World War I, largely with the 39th and the 42d Infantry Divisions.

Reorganization of the Louisiana National Guard began in 1920, two years after the war, and by the time it was called into federal service in 1940 for World War II, consisted of: 31st Division Headquarters and Headquarters 61st Infantry Brigade - New Orleans; 156th Infantry Regiment - New Orleans, Pineville, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Jennings, Baton Rouge, Morgan City, Houma, Jeanerette, Breaux Bridge, New Iberia, Lafayette and Crowley; 106th Medical Regiment (part) of New Orleans and 106th Quartermaster Regiment (part) of Alexandria (both served overseas in New Guinea area); 141st Field Artillery (AntiAircraft) - Shreveport, Monroe, Minden, Ruston and Natchitoches; 105th Separate Battalion Coast Artillery (AntiAircraft) - New Orleans, Franklinton, Bogalusa and 122d Observation Squadron of New Orleans (served in French Morocco area).

The accomplishments of the Louisiana National Guard in World War II were brilliant and numerous, and space is limited, but an idea of them can best be illustrated by listing the Battle Honors accorded three of its units: 141st Artillery - Algeria-French Morocco with arrowhead, Tunisia, Sicily with arrowhead, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Po Valley, Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, and Distinguished Unit Citation Streamer embroidered Colmar. 105th Separate Battalion CA - Algeria, French Morocco with arrowhead, Tunisia, Sicily with arrowhead, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Po Valley. 156th Infantry - Northern France, Central Europe, Rhineland and Normandy, and the Asiatic-Pacific theatre streamer without inscription.

The post-war reorganization of the Louisiana National Guard began in 1946. The following major units were organized. 39th Infantry Division (in part), 156th Infantry Regiment, 199th Infantry Regiment, 141st Field Artillery Battalion, 935th Field Artillery Battalion, 105th AAA AW Battalion, 204th AAA Group, 527th AAA AW Battalion, 769th AAA AW Battalion, 773d Heavy Tank Battalion, 122d Light Bombardment Squadron, and 135th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. When the Korean Conflict broke out in 1950 the 773d Tank Battalion, 122d Light Bombardment Squadron and 135th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron were called into federal service. The 773d and 122d were returned to State control after Korea but the 135th was retained by the AirForce.


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Can someone please explain the responsibility Gov. Blanco had relative to the Louisiana National Guard? Why is the President being blamed for a late response, when the governor should have ordered her National Guard units to rescue people, deliver food and water, and keep the peace.
1 posted on 09/02/2005 11:05:36 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

Because the President is George Bush, and the Governor is a democrat. There are a lot of things Bush and FEMA are being blamed for that they are not responsible for. But I guess I'm preaching to the choir.


2 posted on 09/02/2005 11:07:46 PM PDT by Rokke
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To: doug from upland

Furthermore, the federal government may not intervene until asked by the governor.


3 posted on 09/02/2005 11:09:20 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: doug from upland
Why is the President being blamed for a late response...

The President is hated with intense veracity by most of the media and all of the left. EVERYTHING BAD is his fault and NOTHING GOOD is do to his efforts.

4 posted on 09/02/2005 11:09:45 PM PDT by msnimje (TAKE CNN OFF YOUR REMOTE - THEY ARE THE ENEMY OF THE US)
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To: doug from upland

It can also be called upon by the Governor for state duty, to preserve peace and order and protect life and property in the event of natural disasters or civil disturbances.

forgive Blanco, she did not read that important part of the manual. she just read the part about NG carries M-16's, their locked and loaded and they can shoot.

Oh and she forgot something about Marshall Law too. dont blame her, blame Bush. Blanco is just a first term, one term governor.


5 posted on 09/02/2005 11:13:23 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore)
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To: msnimje

Thats it in a nutshell..The gov of LA seemes to be totally incompetent.


6 posted on 09/02/2005 11:13:35 PM PDT by hoboken109
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To: All
I might have found part of the answer. The governor asked for declaration of emergency on Saturday, Aug. 26. The President complied.

Bush Declares State of Emergency for Louisiana
By VOA News
28 August 2005

President Bush has declared a state of emergency for the Gulf Coast state of Louisiana, as it braces for the expected onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, set to make landfall on Monday.

Saturday's emergency declaration authorizes federal officials to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and provide appropriate assistance in several Louisiana parishes ...

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What does it mean to "coordinate"? Were the Feds giving orders to the Louisiana National Guard? Were federal officials responsible for not getting water to those people for three days?

7 posted on 09/02/2005 11:14:29 PM PDT by doug from upland (The Hillary documentary is coming -- INDICTING HILLARY)
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To: doug from upland

She didn't do shit. (who can say it in fewer words?)


8 posted on 09/02/2005 11:15:44 PM PDT by TheOtherOne (I often sacrifice my spelling on the alter of speed™)
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To: doug from upland

Wasen't the mayor of NO told to evacuate the city on friday ?
If thats the case , there is the big blame..


9 posted on 09/02/2005 11:16:02 PM PDT by hoboken109
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To: TheOtherOne

She did nothing.


10 posted on 09/02/2005 11:18:00 PM PDT by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: doug from upland
"Were the Feds giving orders to the Louisiana National Guard?"

No. And they still aren't. That is the role of the Governor.

11 posted on 09/02/2005 11:18:52 PM PDT by Rokke
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To: TheOtherOne
Part of the key here is who was responsible for deploying the National Guard and directing their activities? Did the emergency declaration give a Homeland Security bureaucrat that power? As soon as they began rescue operations, they should have been providing water and food.

Who can remember when the first people were plucked off rooftops?

12 posted on 09/02/2005 11:20:18 PM PDT by doug from upland (The Hillary documentary is coming -- INDICTING HILLARY)
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To: doug from upland

It is so obvious that it's the governor's and mayor's fault that people are starting to laugh at the MSM. Everyone except the "reporters" and "Democratic Morons" know where the responsibility lies.

My two sentence letter to the MSM and DNC will read as follows: If according to Media reports and fellow democrats, the Fed's are responsible for everything then there is no need for local or state governments anymore. I believe we can do away with them and inaugurate President Bush as Mayor of Chicago and Governor of Illinois immediately.


13 posted on 09/02/2005 11:20:34 PM PDT by Chgogal (Congressmen who willfully...during war...damage moral...should be arrested, exiled or..." Lincoln)
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To: rineaux
Marshall Law

I got in a hurry the other day and typed the same thing.

Boy did I get slapped around.

Its Martial Law, as in Martial arts, as in Military Law enforcement.

14 posted on 09/02/2005 11:21:14 PM PDT by konaice
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To: doug from upland
What does it mean to "coordinate"?

That is when you want to claim credit without accepting responsibility. (I am still not sure how Homeland Defense fits into the org chart)
15 posted on 09/02/2005 11:21:39 PM PDT by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: Chgogal
If according to Media reports and fellow democrats, the Fed's are responsible for everything then there is no need for local or state governments anymore.

They would propose this be studied..... Until a Democrat is elected president.

16 posted on 09/02/2005 11:22:53 PM PDT by konaice
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To: konaice

your right, thanks for the correction.


17 posted on 09/02/2005 11:23:09 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore)
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To: doug from upland

Actually, some were picked up off roofs late Monday


18 posted on 09/02/2005 11:23:20 PM PDT by flowergirl (Trust in the Lord with all your heart)
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To: doug from upland
How come when hurricanes happen in Florida, its always Jeb Bush's fault(The Governor), now in Louisiana it's Bush's fault(The President)... Guess they just like to bash Bushes.
19 posted on 09/02/2005 11:23:21 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: doug from upland
Can someone please explain the responsibility Gov. Blanco had relative to the Louisiana National Guard? Why is the President being blamed for a late response, when the governor should have ordered her National Guard units to rescue people, deliver food and water, and keep the peace.

That's an easy one. The democrats don't like Bush. He's Republican.

Thank God Bush showed up there today. Those people are finally getting the help they need. Imagine how many would be left to die had the Republicans not shown up to do something, an it's not even their job! The state is heavily democrat, and there's not one brave democrat to be found anywhere!

Thank you on behalf of the people in NO, Mr.President.

20 posted on 09/02/2005 11:23:43 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: ARCADIA

And now people are defending the looters and turning it into the race game..Jesse has opened his mouth finally..So I guess we're supposed to NOT see the black looters acccording to Jesse..Piece of sh*t he is ..And the public will believe all this new race hype.


21 posted on 09/02/2005 11:24:03 PM PDT by hoboken109
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To: doug from upland

BUMP


22 posted on 09/02/2005 11:24:15 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: rineaux

...umm, I think it's martial law.


23 posted on 09/02/2005 11:24:21 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops...)
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To: doug from upland
After the mayor declared "Mandatory Evacuation" he needed to provide transportation. He had the means but not the brains. Here is a picture from RasterMaster to support this claim.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1475499/posts?page=1265#1265
24 posted on 09/02/2005 11:25:14 PM PDT by Chgogal (Congressmen who willfully...during war...damage moral...should be arrested, exiled or..." Lincoln)
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To: doug from upland
The MSM has laid all of its cards on the table and dropped all attempts at objectivity. Why is it that they hate President Bush so? Where does this hatred come from? Is it just because he is a Republican? Is it the Florida fiasco in 2000, even though it was obvious that Al Gore and the totally insane Florida Supreme Court were doing their best to snatch victory from defeat? Was it President Bush's strong leadership after September 11 when you think that should have been Clinton's time to shine? The tax cuts for the rich? Is it because he wears his Christian nature on his sleeve. Are you in a particular prickly mood because 'Mother Sheehan' didn't pan out despite all your efforts? What, what is it? Why do you hate him so? It can't just be because you think he is dumb; one would think that would be an advantage for you. Well at least you have played your cards now. Unfortunately for you I don't believe we are exactly seeing a Royal Flush, in fact I don't even think you were holding a pair of deuces.
25 posted on 09/02/2005 11:25:15 PM PDT by sydbas
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To: ArmyTeach; konaice
Yes, Konaice pointed the error out to me on an early post. Thank you. A thousand pardons and camel for your forgiveness.
26 posted on 09/02/2005 11:26:48 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore)
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To: flowergirl
Thanks. So late Monday were they in a position to deliver water and food? If not, why not? Not enough helicopters?

When did the levees break so that ground transporation was impossible? Could they have gotten in food and water late Monday or early Tuesday by land?

27 posted on 09/02/2005 11:26:59 PM PDT by doug from upland (The Hillary documentary is coming -- INDICTING HILLARY)
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To: Echo Talon
How come when hurricanes happen in Florida, its always Jeb Bush's fault(The Governor), now in Louisiana it's Bush's fault(The President)... Guess they just like to bash Bushes.

Yep.

28 posted on 09/02/2005 11:27:24 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: doug from upland
I'm still reviewing the City of New Orleans Disaster Preparedness

Certain hazards, such as a hurricane, provide some lead time for coordinating an evacuation. However, this can not be considered a certainty. Plus, the sheer size of an evacuation in response to an approaching hurricane creates the need for the use of community-wide warning resources, which cannot be limited to our City's geographical boundaries. Evacuation of major portions of our population, either in response to localized or citywide disasters, can only be accomplished if the citizens and visitors are kept informed of approaching threats on a timely schedule, and if they are notified of the need to evacuate in a timely and organized manner. If an evacuation order is issued without the mechanisms needed to disseminate the information to the affected persons, then we face the possibility of having large numbers of people either stranded and left to the mercy of a storm, or left in an area impacted by toxic materials.

29 posted on 09/02/2005 11:28:23 PM PDT by NautiNurse ("I'd rather see someone go to work for a Republican campaign than sit on their butt."--Howard Dean)
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To: Chgogal
Yes. I wrote a story about the buses. GALVESTON HAD A PLAN TO USE THEIR BUSES BUT APPARENTLY NEW ORLEANS DID NOT.
30 posted on 09/02/2005 11:29:01 PM PDT by doug from upland (The Hillary documentary is coming -- INDICTING HILLARY)
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To: doug from upland

Bush put active duty soldiers in at least 24 hours prior to his visit today. I bet he made BLANCO sign some type of paperwork today....Having the 4th ID from Fort Hood, TX roll in while Fox News was rolling was hilarious.

And DELTA FORCE did secure the hospitals.


31 posted on 09/02/2005 11:30:16 PM PDT by BurbankKarl (u)
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To: doug from upland
The MSM et al. need to confront the mayor and the governor why they were not used. May be Brit Hume will next week.
32 posted on 09/02/2005 11:30:49 PM PDT by Chgogal (Congressmen who willfully...during war...damage moral...should be arrested, exiled or..." Lincoln)
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To: hoboken109

The Mayor of Waterworld was encamped in BATRON ROUGE when the hurricane hit.


33 posted on 09/02/2005 11:31:38 PM PDT by BurbankKarl (u)
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To: doug from upland

The Governor of Louisiana has deployment control of the LA NG at her discretion .
This fact is still not getting out to the pea brains in the media.
Col Hunt of FOX News investigated Blanco for Bill O'R.

He found :
Gov Blanco had her Louisiana National Guard troops and assests prepositioned-but, did not pull the trigger.
President Bush should have realized the collapse of state govt ( my words ) and federalized troops.
Legal considerations here, but, that could have been overcome.
Louisiana National Guard were staged 30 miles north of NO- Governor had no eyes on the ground, no communication in NO to assess the situation-people not evacing, levees breaking,etc.
Everyone had 5 days notice storm was coming at state level and no prep was done.
Blame falls on Gov Blanco, Gov Blanco, Gov Blanco and secondarily -President Bush- for trusting that Democrat Governor Blanco had situation in hand and failing to step in earlier and federalize the entire military situation.
And of course, had President Bush stepped in and legally usurped Blanco- the Democrats would have gone ballistic.


34 posted on 09/02/2005 11:31:49 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: doug from upland
Doug, here are the supporting documents that spell out the relationship between the Guard and the various levels of State and local government in Louisiana and New Orleans. I hope you can find what you are looking for:

City of New Orleans Disaster Plan Hurricane Annex

State of Louisiana Federal Response Plan

State of Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan

35 posted on 09/02/2005 11:31:52 PM PDT by Species8472 (A life lived to help others is the only one that matters)
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To: hoboken109
And now people are defending the looters and turning it into the race game.

Louisiana Law allows looting for survival (as do most states). This means food essentially.

But I saw one buffoon (who's racial makeup need not be mentioned here) on The Factor today justifying the looting of wide screen TVs on the claim they were going to be "bartered" for food.

And he did this with a straight face!!!

36 posted on 09/02/2005 11:31:56 PM PDT by konaice
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To: BurbankKarl
So federal troops were sent in to secure hospitals. I remember that report.

I still would like to know whose responsibility it was to order Louisiana National Guard troops to deliver water.

37 posted on 09/02/2005 11:33:11 PM PDT by doug from upland (The Hillary documentary is coming -- INDICTING HILLARY)
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To: concerned about politics

By the way....(I know this will change) did anyone hear the jobless rate today? 4.9%


38 posted on 09/02/2005 11:33:54 PM PDT by sabatino28 (God save us all!!!)
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To: TheOtherOne
"She didn't do shit."

She failed.

39 posted on 09/02/2005 11:34:16 PM PDT by de Buillion (Perspective: 1880 dead Heroes in 3 yr vs. 3589 abortions EVERY DAY , 1999, USA.)
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To: BurbankKarl

yes, I noticed that and hardly a hair out of place!


40 posted on 09/02/2005 11:35:55 PM PDT by tina07 (In Memory of my Father - WWII Army Air Force Veteran)
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To: doug from upland
Read up on the Posse Comitatus Act and specifically the Insurrection Act. The Governor (bless her heart) directs the National Guard. But she or the LA legislature can request federal troops. So far she and they haven't.
41 posted on 09/02/2005 11:35:58 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: hoboken109

You forgot the Mayor of NO.


42 posted on 09/02/2005 11:36:38 PM PDT by de Buillion (Perspective: 1880 dead Heroes in 3 yr vs. 3589 abortions EVERY DAY , 1999, USA.)
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To: tina07

disregard, I was talking about the governor, hair and makeup, perfect.


43 posted on 09/02/2005 11:37:11 PM PDT by tina07 (In Memory of my Father - WWII Army Air Force Veteran)
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To: doug from upland

"Robert Modean Says:
September 2nd, 2005 at 12:24 pm
Sorry Joel & ROE, but you guys are WAAAYYY off base in criticizing FEMA. Disaster preparedness is the responsibility of State and Local authorities – in this case LEMA (The Louisiana Emergency Management Agency). There is a state-wide director for disaster relief in every state – that person is called the Governor. There is a local director for disaster relief in every municipality – that person is called the Mayor.

FEMA is a coordinating body that assists State and Local authorities in getting the resources they need. Because they are the “go to” people most folks are under the impression that they are in charge, and in fact if the State and Local authorities abdicate control over a disaster area they will take over. Typically after the initial response to a disaster the local guys do just that, leave FEMA in control. That’s because they have the experience and personnel to manage disasters of this scale.

Disclosure: I’m a volunteer coordinator for MEMA (The Missouri Emergency Management Agency), I’ve been through three major floods and a few big storms that generated enough tornado damage to get the affected counties disaster relief – believe me when I tell you what we are seeing from FEMA now is lightyears ahead of what I’ve seen from them in the past. Typically it took two to three days just to get the disaster declaration, then another two to three to get FEMA deployed – of course by then the local guys had been on the ground working around the clock for five or six days and we were more than happy to dump everything in FEMA’s lap. That’s the way the system is designed. Bush saw that and tried to skip a few steps to speed things up, he pre-declared the areas disaster areas. So what we are seeing in NO is the result of a convergence of factors:

First, the storm damage was bad, but the flooding has made relief efforts ten times harder than anything they could have imagined. Second, Mayor Nagin’s performance has been pathetic. This is the worst case of poor planning and criminal incompetence I’ve ever seen.

Like I said, Bush declared the gulf coast area a Federal Disaster area on Saturday – two days before Katrina hit. That freed up FEMA resources for local and state coordinators and allowed for the pre-positioning of supplies so they could be rapidly deployed to the affected areas. Mayor Nagin waited until the last minute to call for an evacuation of the city, but the poorest people could not evacuate – why weren’t school busses used to get them out of town?

Mayor Nagin made the last minute decision to declare the Superdome and COnvention centers as refuge relocation points – why weren’t they stocked with water, food, bedding, generators, and fuel? Why weren’t hospitals offered additional resources by the Mayors office?

Mayor Nagin made the decision to allow looting and told the police to focus on Search and Rescue – but looting hinders S&R efforts (as we’ve seen) and no one I know could believe that decision – it’s emergency management 101, preserving order preserves life. There’s plenty of blame to go around – Blanco deserves her share too – but the real culprit in the aftermath here is Nagin."


44 posted on 09/02/2005 11:37:19 PM PDT by Rokke
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

Thanks for that info. Governor Blanco had the power and responsibility to deliver food and water. If that is the case and the troops were under her control, why is the President at fault for failure to deliver water for three or four days? Why is the President at fault for the transportation failures?


45 posted on 09/02/2005 11:38:09 PM PDT by doug from upland (The Hillary documentary is coming -- INDICTING HILLARY)
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To: doug from upland
Hey Doug. Called Louisiana last night. Blanco only fully committed NG last night (Thursday).

Waiting for the dime......our dime.

46 posted on 09/02/2005 11:38:10 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but recently have come to my senses.)
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To: RobbyS

Furthermore, the federal government may not intervene until asked by the governor.
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Exactly the president of the US may not invade Louisiana or any other state. Now I guess Bush could have Federalized the LA National Guard like Ike did with the AR national guard for desegregating Little Rock Central, but he had to give the LA authorities a day or so to act.

Had he federalized them the first day he would have been rightly accused of grandstanding. And the Louisiana and New Orleans officials know the territory. They know or should know where to allocate the troops and what neighborhood is what. Some out of state FEMA manager does not know this.


47 posted on 09/02/2005 11:40:16 PM PDT by JLS
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To: doug from upland
I can explain it,it's really very simple..to call in the guard makes it look like your not "in control" (martial law)
although with a natural disaster such as this... there's really no excuse. Basically she couldn't get her knickers untwisted to make a decision.

Now and only NOW things are moving because of George W.Bush
..remember he said when he landed today..."if things aren't right,were gonna make things right"
Have a black mayor who couldn't find his way out of a cab, make serious decisions...first off waiting till the last minute to warn people to evacuate..remember even the nervous,stage frighten governor said the President called and URGE both her and the mayor to EVACUATE...thats been recorded as happening..watch the time line...the mayor told people to go to the now famous dome of ill repute and because he couldn't handle the immense pressure of a major
disaster...now he shouts out about the feds blowing it..(in other words don't look at my total incompetence) Lets find a scapegoat...it's the guard..where are they?...no can't blame them, they've shown how responsive and how caring they are....no it's the white governor and bush..lets blame them... the facts fall with the governor and him...but lets make it a racial thing..then the MSM will pick up on it and have print and sound bytes for weeks....
Meanwhile the deer eyed governor who's responsible for calling in the troops....sits and babbles about what ever she's told to say


Doogle
48 posted on 09/02/2005 11:40:24 PM PDT by Doogle (8th AF...4077thTFW....408MMS....Ubon Thailand "69"..Night Line Delivery ..AMMO)
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To: doug from upland

bttt


49 posted on 09/02/2005 11:40:39 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: doug from upland

i think Blanko was politically chicken (as a white person) to bring the NG and their guns into her city of black persons. Fearing she'd be blamed for bullying them. Not expecting of course that the situation would go from bad ("oh let them steal food") to worse (OMG they've got the police under seige). A purely selfish political decision imo. Not caring at all for "her people".


50 posted on 09/02/2005 11:40:42 PM PDT by uncitizen
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