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General roars into action in New Orleans
AP ^ | 9/4/5

Posted on 09/04/2005 9:09:38 AM PDT by SmithL

ATLANTA - When the cavalry finally arrived in New Orleans to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, a cigar-chomping three-star general led the way.

That was Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, commander of the 1st Army, based at Fort Gillem in Atlanta. Normally he oversees training for all deploying troops on the East Coast.

For the time being, the Louisiana native is the man in charge on the front line in New Orleans. He is also coordinating military relief efforts for all storm-ravaged areas along the Gulf Coast.

Honore is winning over even some of the government's harshest critics, including New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who blasted the Bush administration's initial response to his city's disaster.

"He came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing, and people started moving," Nagin told a radio station. "I give the president some credit on this. He sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done."

Honore and thousands of National Guard troops rolled in Friday and Saturday, bringing food, water and a sense of safety.

The general was careful to show he was leading a humanitarian relief mission in his home state.

"Put those ... weapons down!" he yelled to troops rolling in on trucks.

He repeatedly strode up to soldiers, and sometimes the local police, telling everyone to point their guns down, reminding them they were "not in Iraq."

Honore is from Lakeland, La., northwest of Baton Rouge. He also has a daughter and other relatives who live in New Orleans, according to CNN.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: honore; katrina; nationalguard; neworleans; relief
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1 posted on 09/04/2005 9:09:38 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Great! Make him Mayor!
2 posted on 09/04/2005 9:11:08 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SmithL

So I guess the looters have been rounded up?


3 posted on 09/04/2005 9:12:33 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: SmithL

---"He came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing, and people started moving," Nagin told a radio station. "I give the president some credit on this. He sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done."---

Mayor Nagin, bush's biggest mistake was not replacing you with a 'john wayne dude' a week ago. However, federal law gets in the way of dethroning a mayor, no matter how incompetent he really is.


4 posted on 09/04/2005 9:12:35 AM PDT by flashbunny (Defending the free market on free republic is like having to defend the flag at a VFW convention.)
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To: SmithL
hmmm...Nagin confesses to complete incompetence!!


Doogle
5 posted on 09/04/2005 9:13:03 AM PDT by Doogle (8th AF...4077thTFW....408MMS....Ubon Thailand "69"..Night Line Delivery ..AMMO)
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To: SmithL

Yet consider the WaPo article saying that Blank-o doesn't want to cede control to someone who knows what they are doing. Criminal!


6 posted on 09/04/2005 9:13:30 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Freedom of speech makes it much easier to spot the idiots." [Jay Lessig, 2/7/2005])
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To: SmithL

>>>Honore is from Lakeland, La., northwest of Baton Rouge. He also has a daughter and other relatives who live in New Orleans, according to CNN.

Is his family safe? Does he know where they are?


7 posted on 09/04/2005 9:13:40 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SmithL

I'll end my Sunday morning news on a good note.


8 posted on 09/04/2005 9:14:03 AM PDT by jwh_Denver (The MSM, turn off, tune out, and drop it.)
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To: SmithL

Good thing he's doing this in New Orleans. If it was Austin, he'd be told he couldn't order anyone or anything until he got rid of his (swwooooon) cigar....

Sounds like an awesome commander.


9 posted on 09/04/2005 9:14:56 AM PDT by CarolTX (Onward through the fog)
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To: SmithL

More evidence that the military can accomplish what the rest of the government can't.


10 posted on 09/04/2005 9:15:31 AM PDT by American Quilter
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To: NonValueAdded

pssssst....martial law



Doogle


11 posted on 09/04/2005 9:15:35 AM PDT by Doogle (8th AF...4077thTFW....408MMS....Ubon Thailand "69"..Night Line Delivery ..AMMO)
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To: flashbunny
---"He came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing, and people started moving," Nagin told a radio station. "I give the president some credit on this. He sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done."--- <

Well said Liberace Mayor Dude...

12 posted on 09/04/2005 9:16:15 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: SmithL

Lt. Gen. Russel Honore barks at troops as a convoy arrives Friday in dowtown New Orleans.


13 posted on 09/04/2005 9:22:32 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Many Democrats are not weak Americans. But nearly all weak Americans are Democrats.)
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To: flashbunny

I really find issue with the way Nagin throws around words like "dude", and ",man". He tries way too hard to appeal to the people on the street.

And in New Orleans, that's not necessarily a good thing!


14 posted on 09/04/2005 9:23:01 AM PDT by mcg2000
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To: martin_fierro

Mayor Nagin,

Remember that movie "Patton" where in one scene a balky donkey was holding up a convoy trying to cross s bridge... so Patton walked up, shot the donkey in the head, and dumped it over the side? Hmmm. Maybe don't you be messing with John-Wayne dudes.


15 posted on 09/04/2005 9:26:15 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: SmithL

The word had it that this guy gets off the plane and he starts off with ffffing and ffffing that and we're getting up off of our *** and we're going clean this mess up.


16 posted on 09/04/2005 9:29:12 AM PDT by putupjob
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To: mcg2000
I really find issue with the way Nagin throws around words like "dude", and ",man". He tries way too hard to appeal to the people on the street.

That's his job:...... He's a demagogue.

17 posted on 09/04/2005 9:29:21 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: mcg2000
I think we'll find that Nagin is one of the "people on the street." He has been a completely inept mayor, at least in times of emergency. And he's going to say that the CIA is after him. He's pitiful.
18 posted on 09/04/2005 9:29:30 AM PDT by Clara Lou (In this order: Read. Post comment.)
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To: SmithL
He sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done.

See, even girly-men respect the real deal.

19 posted on 09/04/2005 9:31:21 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: CarolTX
If it was Austin, he'd be told he couldn't order anyone or anything until he got rid of his (swwooooon) cigar....

Not to mention he would also have to say "Pretty Please?"


20 posted on 09/04/2005 9:31:42 AM PDT by unixfox (AMERICA - 20 Million ILLEGALS Can't Be Wrong!)
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To: Calpernia

His family could be dead and this soldier would still do his job.


21 posted on 09/04/2005 9:32:38 AM PDT by I got the rope (Jabbar for Governor of Lousiana!)
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To: martin_fierro

Yeah that's what I thought. Fire that incompetent Mayor and put an adult in charge.


22 posted on 09/04/2005 9:35:11 AM PDT by Tarpon
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To: American Quilter

Damn right; lead, follow, or get the Hell out of the way. Looks like NO mayor and LA governor decided to get out of the way.


23 posted on 09/04/2005 9:35:28 AM PDT by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: I got the rope

Like Black Jack Pershing?


24 posted on 09/04/2005 9:35:54 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: AmericaUnited

---"He came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing, and people started moving," Nagin told a radio station. "I give the president some credit on this. He sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done."--- <

And I also heard the mayor say something to the effect that if they want him (meaning the John Wayne dude) to take his (the Mayor's) place, it was okay with him (the Mayor). Sounds like the first good plan the New Orleans' mayor had.


25 posted on 09/04/2005 9:36:56 AM PDT by Auntie Toots (The GOP is still the best we've got))
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To: unixfox

Isn't it amazing that in a crisis strong leadership is demanded by the Women folk and the public. The touchy feely I feel your pain leadership is not what you need. When lives are at stake Strong Male Leadership is what the public expects.

Girly Men take a hike this is a job for "Real Men". And the Media is wanting to know when does the Military arrive? The hated Military when things are going well, we are not at war and we don't feel threatened. But let the crap hit the fan and the question is where is the Military?


26 posted on 09/04/2005 9:39:22 AM PDT by Khankrumthebulgar
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To: CarolTX
Think he'd have a few "Pattonesque" words for the PC type that tried that crap on him ending it with the phrase PROVOST MASHALL! LOCK THIS IDIOT UP FOR AWHILE in D-CELL!
27 posted on 09/04/2005 9:40:27 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: flashbunny

---"He came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing, and people started moving," Nagin told a radio station. "I give the president some credit on this. He sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done."---

Well gol darn. You mean there's a place in our country for a genuine male man to kick some butt?? As I live and breathe. The let's-just-give-everyone-a-great-big-group-hug-to-solve-every-problem crowd will have a stroke!


28 posted on 09/04/2005 9:40:52 AM PDT by hardworking
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To: SmithL
Uh huh, methinks we have a Storming Norman camera/headline wannabe in the making here.

The NG is under control of the LA gov, she issues statements she has ordered the NG is to go into NO locked and loaded with orders to shoot to kill looters. Along comes General Honore, (always with the MSM cameras rolling) yelling put those guns down. So, who in the hell is really in charge in NO?
29 posted on 09/04/2005 9:41:31 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: mcg2000

Surprised he used John Wayne not Super Fly.


30 posted on 09/04/2005 9:43:29 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: I got the rope

That much I know. I was just hoping he didn't have the extra baggage of personal loss or worry.


31 posted on 09/04/2005 9:44:33 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SmithL

It doesn't hurt that the John Wayne dude is an African-American born in New Orleans, but I guess that had nothing to do with the choice.


32 posted on 09/04/2005 9:44:40 AM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: ncountylee
God Bless John Wayne
33 posted on 09/04/2005 9:44:45 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar
And its Tommy this and Tommy that and "chuck him out, the brute!"
But its "savior of his country" when the guns begin to shoot

- Kipling

34 posted on 09/04/2005 9:46:29 AM PDT by JasonC
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To: SmithL

He's my new favorite general. He was on Fox News, and the anchor mentioned how the U.S. couldn't use regular army for Law Enforcement because of posse comitatus. Then, he complimented her on getting the right answer and said he liked journalists who did their homework. Very, very amusing guy even if he might be a grandstander.


35 posted on 09/04/2005 9:48:35 AM PDT by Accygirl
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To: Just mythoughts

No, you point your weapon at an enemy not a refugee.

When they go into town, then weapons should be loaded.


36 posted on 09/04/2005 9:49:21 AM PDT by Prost1 (New AG, Berger is still free, copped a plea! I still get my news from FR!)
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To: Clara Lou
I think we'll find that Nagin is one of the "people on the street."

I wonder how many plasma TVs he's got stashed in his house?

37 posted on 09/04/2005 9:49:36 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Ursus arctos horribilis

The NG is under control of the LA gov, she issues statements she has ordered the NG is to go into NO

As the husband of a wife who is strong and self-made, I can say this: Govornor, you are a disgrace to every strong American woman who has worked hard, raised a family and plants their feet firmly and makes decisions daily on the management of their family. Get lost.


38 posted on 09/04/2005 9:50:47 AM PDT by hardworking
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To: ncountylee

LOL


39 posted on 09/04/2005 9:53:33 AM PDT by Popman (In politics, ideas are more important than individuals.)
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To: SmithL

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1477087/posts?page=10

Waiting for the Louisiana Governor's mea culpa.


40 posted on 09/04/2005 9:54:16 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: SmithL
"Put those ... weapons down!" he yelled to troops rolling in on trucks.

He did not say to put them down. He said to point them down.

41 posted on 09/04/2005 9:55:14 AM PDT by independentmind
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To: SmithL

Love it!


42 posted on 09/04/2005 9:56:02 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Malesherbes

It doesn't hurt that the John Wayne dude is an African-American

Holy Hanna! Are you serious? He is?? That is the best news I've heard in a l-o-n-g time! Finally, a black male who can be an example to put in front of the lazy-a$$ed, sperm-spreading, shiftless, low-life black males in the black 'community' that are a disgrace to every respectable black family in America.


43 posted on 09/04/2005 9:56:24 AM PDT by hardworking
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To: Prost1

Agree, I have not heard the status of the looters inc., so was curious if these orders were because they had been rounded up.


44 posted on 09/04/2005 9:57:40 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Can we get his home address and Google Earth it?


45 posted on 09/04/2005 9:58:41 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Khankrumthebulgar
Excellent point on the "Where's the Military?"

As far as the other comments on "Women get out of the way", I just put in a bag of micro-wave popcorn for this one...

46 posted on 09/04/2005 10:03:48 AM PDT by sit-rep (If you acquire, hit it again to verify...)
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To: battlegearboat

I reckon so.


47 posted on 09/04/2005 10:05:10 AM PDT by I got the rope (Jabbar for Governor of Lousiana!)
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To: martin_fierro

Mayor? Why stop there. Senator! Dare I suggest President?


48 posted on 09/04/2005 10:07:37 AM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops...)
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To: Doogle
hmmm...Nagin confesses to complete incompetence!!

The funniest part is that he doesn't realise that he did! lol

49 posted on 09/04/2005 10:07:40 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Ursus arctos horribilis

Time will tell if he's a 'wannabe' or a genuine article. Right now, he's got my vote.
Regarding my senate-president previous comment, I meant all in good time and in the normal order of events. Our current President in his quiet way is pulling this situation out of the mire of incompetence.


50 posted on 09/04/2005 10:14:54 AM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops...)
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