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Katrina Live Threads, Part XV
Various ^ | 4 September 2005 | Various

Posted on 09/04/2005 6:14:35 PM PDT by NautiNurse

U.S. commercial air carriers continue transporting tens of thousands of evacuees from the New Orleans airport to destinations throughout the nation.

Rooftop air rescue efforts continue. One rescue chopper crashed late today. Crew members are reported safe. Gunmen who fired upon bridge repair contractors were killed by law enforcement.

To date, an estimated 70 countries and U.S. businesses have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars, supplies, food and equipment to assist the United States' efforts in Katrina's aftermath. Lt. General Honore described the damage to Mississippi today, "all infrastructure south of Jackson, MS is either damaged or destroyed." Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice visited the devastated areas, and attended Sunday church services in Mobile, Alabama.

Elsewhere, Sean Penn's rescue boat, sans plug and full of his personal entourage,reportedly sank during launch in New Orleans. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) threatened to punch President Bush, and Jefferson Parish President Broussard decried that the bureaucracy of FEMA has committed murder.

Links to various news, local and state government websites:

WLOX TV Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagula has link to locate family and friends
2theAdvocate - Baton Rouge Includes Slidell, St. John Parish, St. Bernard Parish updates, and other locations.
NOLA.com
Inside Houma Today includes shelter and volunteer updates
WLBT.com Jackson MS
WALA Channel 4 Mobile, AL Includes links to distribution centers, Emergency Ops, etc.
Sun-Herald Gulfport MS Includes link to town by town reports
Gulfport News via Topix.net
WAFB Baton Rouge
Mobile Register via al.com
Mississippi updates via Jackson Ledger
Lafayette LA Daily Advertiser
Pensacola News Journal
St Bernard Local Government
Alabama Homeland Security Volunteers can sign up online
Alabama DOT
Alabama.gov
Louisiana Homeland Security
Louisiana State Police road closure info
State of Mississippi Website has traffic alerts, emergency contact numbers

New Orleans Emergency Operations Center - is now open:
504-463-1000
504-463-1001
504-463-1002

Streaming Video:

All information is subject to change. Many stations are relying on their corporate parents to configure and maintain Internet streaming. Because of the intense interest in the feeds, they may be unavailable at times because of network congestion or a problem feeding the video to the streaming servers.

WWL-TV New Orleans - WWL-TV is operating from studios at Louisiana Public Broadcasting. CBS has a relay during the morning and afternoon. When available, use the CBS relay first as they have greater streaming capacity. They have a secondary stream from Yahoo. WWL-TV is also offering a special low-bandwidth audio-only stream for dial-up users.

WDSU-TV New Orleans - The news staff has started to return to temporary news studios near New Orleans. However, expect evening coverage from Hearst-Argyle sister stations WAPT Jackson and WESH Orlando when the New Orleans staff needs to take a break.


WGNO-TV New Orleans - New Orleans' ABC affiliate has returned to the air with WBRZ-TV and launched video streaming with continuous Katrina coverage.

WPMI-TV Mobile, AL - WPMI is webcasting from 5:30am - 10:30pm CDT. When off air, you can view pre-recorded reports on demand. This feed is often unreliable.

WKRG-TV Mobile, AL - This station is providing good coverage of the situation to the east in Mississippi and Alabama. However, the station is now signing off at around 10:30pm CDT like WWL and WPMI.

WJTV-TV Jackson, MS - The CBS affiliate in Jackson is providing live coverage for both the Jackson area and south Mississippi (knowing a lot of media in that area is off the air).


WFAA-TV Dallas, TX - WFAA-TV is here because Dallas is one of the evacuation cities.

United Radio From New Orleans: WWL-AM, WNOE-FM, "KISS-FM," WRNO-FM, WYLD-FM, and WJBO-AM (Clear Channel & Entercom) who have joined forces as United Radio From New Orleans, and they are streaming.

Gulf Coast Storm Network (Clear Channel Radio) - Clear Channel offers radio listeners across the gulf coast access to a simulcast emergency radio service. This service seems primarily focused on Alabama and Mississippi, but does cover Louisiana to some degree.

Related FR Threads:

FYI: Hurricane Katrina Freeper SIGN IN Thread FReeper Check In thread
Discussion Thread - Hurricane Katrina - What Went Wrong?!?
Post Hurricane Katrina IMAGES Here
Katrina Link Archives Nice work by backhoe
Mary Landrieu-"I'll Punch Bush"
Sean Penn's Rescue Bid Sinks
Hurricane Katrina HOUSING Thread
Martial Law Declared in New Orleans


Due to the number of requests to assist, the following list of some charities is provided.
This is not intended as an endorsement for any of the charities.

www.redcross.org or 1-800 HELP NOW - note: website is slow, and lines are busy
Salvation Army - 1-800-SAL-ARMY or Salvation Army currently looking for in-state volunteers - (888)363-2769
Operation Blessing: (800) 436-6348.
America's Second Harvest: (800) 344-8070.
Catholic Charities USA: (800) 919-9338, or www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee: (800) 848-5818.
Church World Service: (800) 297-1516 or online at www.churchworldservice. org.
Lutheran Disaster Response: (800) 638-3522.
Nazarene Disaster Response: (888) 256-5886.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: (800) 872-3283.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is accepting donations at its 3,800 stores and Web site, www.walmart.com.
National Black Home Educators Resource Association http://www.nbhera.org/ Southern Baptist: NAMB - http://www.namb.net/
Samaritan's Purse - http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

Previous Threads:
Katrina Live Thread, Part XIV
Katrina Live Thread, Part XIII
Katrina Live Thread, Party XII
Katrina Live Thread, Part XI
Katrina Live Thread, Part X
Katrina Live Thread, Part IX
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part VIII
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part VII
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part VI
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part V
Hurricane Katrina, Live Thread, Part IV
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part III
Katrina Live Thread, Part II
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part I
Tropical Storm 12



TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: aftermath; cary; enoughalready; hurricane; katrina; leveefunding; notbreakingnews
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Baton Rouge Statewide Police + US Customs/US Coast Guard Operations (subject to congestion - try again later if it doesn't load) - Note: Two different radio services air concurrently - police on the right speaker channel and Customs/Coast Guard on the left.:

http://mirror1.ev1helps.net:8080/lspbtr.m3u - 2000 users max
http://stfunoob.com/nola/scanner.pls - 2500 users max
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http://hostamazing.com/nola/scanner.pls


Houston AstroDome Operations:

http://radio.artplz.com:8000/NewOrleans.mp3.m3u
http://www.goodphuck.com:8088/listen.pls
http://egg.dishnuts.net:8000/NewOrleans.m3u

San Antonio Shelter Operations Feed Unreliable - More Relays Coming:

http://aurora.foghaven.net:8000/san_antonio.m3u

Gulf Coast ARES Emergency Net:


http://ve3nsv.no-ip.org:8000/canwarnlive.m3u

Hurricane Welfare Information:

http://207.44.198.6:8000/listen.pls

Hurricane Katrina Watch Net - Health and Welfare:

http://209.189.239.77:8048/listen.pls


(You may need to install Winamp to listen to these scanner broadcasts. Visit http://www.winamp.com to download the free player.)

1 posted on 09/04/2005 6:14:35 PM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: aberaussie; Alas Babylon!; Alia; alnick; Amelia; asp1; AntiGuv; Bahbah; balrog666; blam; Blennos; ..

New thread


2 posted on 09/04/2005 6:15:00 PM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: NautiNurse

Thank you!


3 posted on 09/04/2005 6:18:14 PM PDT by tapatio (The cowards think of what they can lose, the heroes of what they can win)
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To: NautiNurse

In First Bumpitty?!?


4 posted on 09/04/2005 6:18:19 PM PDT by Right Winged American (No matter how Cynical I get, I just can't keep up!)
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To: NautiNurse
From another poster: You're going to love this: guess who was with him: DOUGLAS BRINKLEY!!!

Yup, watch for Sean Penn to run for President in 30 years based upon his valiant exploits in the Battle of New Orleans.

Prayers for ALL!

5 posted on 09/04/2005 6:18:28 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: NautiNurse

I had been off and when I went to XIV there was no sign of continuance I got worried;)
Thanks for you work, NN. And thanks, JR, the tech staff, and the mods.



6 posted on 09/04/2005 6:18:41 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: NautiNurse

Thank you so much for starting the new thread!!!


7 posted on 09/04/2005 6:19:17 PM PDT by Laverne
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To: NautiNurse

Posting on a thread that has been locked is like talking on the phone when it disconnects and you don't know it...exasperating...LOL


8 posted on 09/04/2005 6:19:28 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: NautiNurse

2 new tropical systems may be forming off the FL coast..gulf of mexico waters still warm..even 82-85 degrees where Katrina upwelled cool water


9 posted on 09/04/2005 6:19:36 PM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: NautiNurse

Thank you, ma'am...


10 posted on 09/04/2005 6:19:47 PM PDT by mhking (The world needs a wake up call gentlemen...we're gonna phone it in.)
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To: NautiNurse
I was just watching a live interview by a FOX info-babe (Molly Henneburg)with the black mayor of Baton Rouge. She says to him, “I hear you have a very important person to visit tomorrow, tell us about it.” Mayor: “Oh yes, John Travolta is coming tomorrow to inspect the refugees.” “No,” says the interviewer, “It’s somebody bigger than that!” The mayor blushes and apologized as he answers, “Oh, of course, Oprah is coming tomorrow.” “No,” repeated the pretty blond, “Somebody bigger than that! The President is coming tomorrow!!” “Oh yeah,” the mayor quietly says “ Yeah, the president is coming…”

Need I say more?

11 posted on 09/04/2005 6:20:09 PM PDT by Davis
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To: NautiNurse

An Osprey just flew over my house.

They would be an asset there.


12 posted on 09/04/2005 6:20:10 PM PDT by Tobor
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To: NautiNurse
Start shopping for a nice dress to wear to the 2005 FReeper Awards.

You're gonna win something for sure!

13 posted on 09/04/2005 6:20:19 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: grey_whiskers

I eagerly await the arrival of Oprah. (Rolling my eyes in disgust.)


14 posted on 09/04/2005 6:20:30 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: NautiNurse

Thank you NN!
You are wonderful for all your hard work on these threads!!! ;-)


15 posted on 09/04/2005 6:20:33 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my Pardon with HIS BLOOD!!! Hallelujah!!! What a Savior)
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To: NautiNurse

Thanks for the new thread. I've been monitoring all week, but seldom post, since I didn't want to clutter it up.


16 posted on 09/04/2005 6:20:45 PM PDT by Iowa Granny (Feeling BLESSED to live in Tornado Alley)
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To: NautiNurse
One rescue chopper crashed late today.

FOX just clarified this...it was a private helicopter company, not military. Nonetheless, only minor injuries.

17 posted on 09/04/2005 6:20:51 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: NautiNurse
Hi,

Just adding my thread to the bunch.

Why Didn't Louisiana Follow it's Required Emergency Plan?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1477374/posts

Thanks for keeping the Live Thread Going.

Regards,
Joe
18 posted on 09/04/2005 6:20:55 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: Davis

I HEARD THAT!!! Disgraceful!!!!


19 posted on 09/04/2005 6:21:37 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: janetjanet998
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 530 PM EDT SUN SEP 4 2005

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IS ISSUING ADVISORIES ON HURRICANE MARIA... LOCATED ABOUT 530 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA.

AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE CENTERED ABOUT 330 MILES SOUTH OF BERMUDA IS DRIFTING NORTHWARD. ALTHOUGH THE ASSOCIATED SHOWER ACTIVITY IS STILL NOT WELL ORGANIZED AROUND THE CENTER... CONDITIONS APPEAR FAVORABLE FOR THIS SYSTEM TO DEVELOP INTO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO.

SURFACE OBSERVATIONS AND SATELLITE IMAGERY SUGGEST THAT A BROAD SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM COULD BE DEVELOPING JUST OFF THE SOUTHEASTERN COAST OF FLORIDA AND OVER THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS. THE ASSOCIATED SHOWER ACTIVITY HAS BECOME A LITTLE MORE CONCENTRATED TODAY... AND UPPER-LEVEL WINDS ARE SOMEWHAT FAVORABLE FOR ADDITIONAL AND GRADUAL DEVELOPMENT. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THIS NEARLY STATIONARY SYSTEM COULD DEVELOP INTO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO.

20 posted on 09/04/2005 6:21:47 PM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: Miss Marple
I heard that John Travolta will be there tomorrow also
21 posted on 09/04/2005 6:21:50 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Davis

Did that really happen?


22 posted on 09/04/2005 6:22:44 PM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg.)
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To: Laverne
Joe Scarborough just "speculated" that over 10,000 may have died in NO...

THEN, he said that is too bad....that 4-5 years ago (coincidently, Bush's length of presidency), it was KNOWN that those levees wouldn't hold, and "the government didn't do anything about it"...then he shook his head.

Ostensibly making a connection between the 10,000 dead, and Bush Administration not fixing the levee....just pitiful, Joe!

You should be ashamed of yourself.
23 posted on 09/04/2005 6:22:47 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

LOL


24 posted on 09/04/2005 6:23:56 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: All

Probably old for most but here are some WWL Updated

WWL Updates as they come in on Katrina

06:41 PM CDT on Sunday, September 4, 2005
Tom Planchet

6:41 P.M. - Dallas Morning News: Can New Orleans rebuild?
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/katrina/stories/090405dnkatpsyche.20a24f49.html

6:34 P.M. - New York Times article: Bush tries to quell political crisis.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/04/national/nationalspecial/04bush.html?ei=5090&en=92e1db22850b28f9&ex=1283486400&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

6:30 P.M. - (AP) -- There may be no better way to explain the desperation on the city's ravaged streets than this: In the past few days, two police officers took their lives with their own weapons and dozens have turned in their badges.

New Orleans' thin blue line is frayed at the edges.

Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley on Sunday identified two officers who committed suicide as Sgt. Paul Accardo, the department's spokesman, and Patrolman Lawrence Celestine. He called both "outstanding cops" and friends. Asked how they died, Riley put a finger to his temple, then paused.

"Both of them," he said, shaking his head slowly. "Used their own guns."

6:24 P.M. – Saints GM Mickey Loomis – we would like to play our games in Baton Rouge but we have to see what is possible. The NFL will have a lot of say. No decision has been made.

6:23 P.M. – Loomis – Saints form Hurricane Katrina relief fund and owner Tom Benson and his wife will make the first contributions, the specifics to come in the next few days.

CUT CUT

6:06 P.M. - Police shot and killed at least five people Sunday after gunmen opened fire on a group of contractors traveling across a bridge on their way to make repairs, authorities said. Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley said police shot at eight people carrying guns, killing five or six.

Fourteen contractors were traveling across the Danziger Bridge under police escort when they came under fire, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers. They were on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain to help plug the breech in the 17th Street Canal, Hall said.

None of the contractors was killed, Hall said.

6:04 P.M. - Army Corps of Engineers spokesman - We know that people in the field took fire. Nobody has been able to go out there and verify.

6:03 P.M. - HOUSTON (AP) -- With a shattered New Orleans all but emptied out, an unprecedented refugee crisis unfolded across the country Sunday, as governors and emergency officials struggled to feed, shelter and educate more than a half-million people dispossessed by Hurricane Katrina.

In Texas, where nearly a quarter-million refugees have filled the state's relief centers, Gov. Rick Perry ordered emergency officials to airlift some evacuees to other states willing to take them.


25 posted on 09/04/2005 6:23:58 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: Davis

You must be joking. These people make me ill.


26 posted on 09/04/2005 6:23:58 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: Txsleuth

I am beginning to wish that the CIA really DOES have people to take out people like Joe and Nagin. (Not really, but honestly, I am so disgusted!)


27 posted on 09/04/2005 6:24:16 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Davis

Travolta is going to *inspect* the refugees...WTH is that all about...


28 posted on 09/04/2005 6:24:31 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Home of the free, because of the Brave.....do you understand that Cindy?)
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To: NautiNurse
New thread


29 posted on 09/04/2005 6:24:40 PM PDT by tomkat (sorry if the bottom part looks like a Nutty Buddy cone ;-)
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To: Petronski

Yes, it happened about an hour ago. Molly Henneburg was obviously trying to help the guy alone and finally had to come out and say, "It's the president!" Wish we could get a copy of the interview...


30 posted on 09/04/2005 6:24:51 PM PDT by Davis
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To: NautiNurse

When you posted the first Hurricane Katrina thread at 9:30AM on August 24, you probably had no idea how big this thing was going to become. Here we are 15 threads and nearly 50,000 replies later! This is certainly the biggest news event we ever have gone through here in Free Republic. Yes, bigger than 9/11, bigger than the 2000 election fiasco, the 1998 impeachment and yes, bigger than even all those Hobbit Hole threads.



31 posted on 09/04/2005 6:25:51 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Mid-life crisis in progress...)
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To: Davis

That pretty blonde is Molly Henneburg and my future wife... just as soon as Karl Rove calls me back about that thing I asked him to do for me.


32 posted on 09/04/2005 6:25:54 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Txsleuth

He'll never be the Republican nominee for anything ever again, that scum-sucking traitor.


33 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Davis

I saw that interview, and thought it was funny at first, then I realized that between the idiocy of this Mayor, and the Mayor of New Orleans...

The people of Louisiana might want to stay in their new states and cities...

That man didn't have a clue...and he is a MAYOR!!!!


34 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:09 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth
Sept. 2: New Orleans native Harry Connick, Jr., tours his hometown then talks to “Today” show host Katie Couric about his reaction to the devastation and ongoing struggles in the city.

Sept. 2, 2005 NEW YORK - Harry Connick Jr., who grew up in New Orleans, pleaded with Americans to “be kind to these people” after touring the hurricane-ravaged city on Thursday.

In an interview Friday on NBC’s “Today” show, a visibly shaken Connick recounts the devastation he witnessed throughout the city, including the besieged convention center.

This is sad, man. It's pathetic,” Connick said. “It feels as hopeless as it's going to get. ... Be kind to these people. Just be kind to these people.”

snip

“How hard it is to take a helicopter or a truck ... it's easy to get to the convention center, we got there with no problem ... how hard is it to take a truck with water or food for these people. I don't understand,” Connick said in an interview ith “Today” host Katie Couric.

“They told these people to go to the convention center for help and it's been five days. It's unbearable,” Connick said. He said that while he was at the convention center on Thursday he saw no water or food being distributed to the victims.

Connick was born and raised in New Orleans, developing his music in jazz bands and at clubs in the French Quarter. His father, Harry Connick Sr., served as district attorney of New Orleans for 29 years before retiring in 2003.

“Everything that I have professionally, and so much of what I have personally, is because of this great, fair city,” Connick said. “And to see it being drowned like this is almost unbearable.”

snip

“It is hard to sit in silence, to watch one’s youth wash away,” the statement said. “New Orleans is my essence, my soul, my muse, and I can only dream that one day she will recapture her glory.”

35 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:21 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: tomkat; hole_n_one
:::blush:::

Thanks for all your support.

36 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:52 PM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: Petronski

Yes, this is a true story. I saw the live report about an hour ago. I wish we could get the footage and mail it around...


37 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:57 PM PDT by Davis
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To: Davis

Honestly, wasn't that absolutely disgraceful?


38 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:57 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Mo1

John Travolta? What is he bringing? 10,000 copies of Dianetics?


39 posted on 09/04/2005 6:27:18 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Txsleuth

Scarborough has been blaming Bush all week...I hate that man..


40 posted on 09/04/2005 6:27:46 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Home of the free, because of the Brave.....do you understand that Cindy?)
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To: kcvl

Barf...


41 posted on 09/04/2005 6:28:15 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless all who defend America and Friends, the rest can go to hell.)
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To: Txsleuth
I heard that! Joe Scarborough has gone over to the dark side...

sw

42 posted on 09/04/2005 6:28:48 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (50,000 refugees to AR)
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To: Txsleuth

They've been spiking Joe's coffee with Kool-aid at PMS/NBC


43 posted on 09/04/2005 6:29:07 PM PDT by digger48
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To: NautiNurse
In the hurricane relief effort, the U.S. deployed over 30 thousand troops with equipment and provisions for an entire city, restored order in the city, and evacuated it at the same time levee repairs were underway.

They did it in less than a week! And let's not forget that all land operations moved over hurricane ravaged terrain equal in size to the entire country of Great Britain.

This has been one of the most impressive operations in history.
44 posted on 09/04/2005 6:29:15 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: Ellesu; LA Woman3
I'm taking the freedom to repost your post #7,022 at the end of the last thread. It needs wider circulation and opportunity for discussion:

The Times-Picayune of New Orleans on Sunday published its third print edition since the hurricane disaster struck, chronicling the arrival, finally, of some relief but also taking President Bush to task for his handling of the crisis, and calling for the firing of FEMA director Michael Brown and others.

In an "open letter" to the president, published on page 15 of the 16-page edition, the paper said it still had grounds for "skepticism" that he would follow through on saving the city and its residents. It pointed out that while the government could not get supplies to the city numerous TV reporters, singer Harry Connick and Times-Picayune staffers managed to find a way in.

Here is the text.

*** We heard you loud and clear Friday when you visited our devastated city and the Gulf Coast and said, "What is not working, we’re going to make it right."

Please forgive us if we wait to see proof of your promise before believing you. But we have good reason for our skepticism.

Bienville built New Orleans where he built it for one main reason: It’s accessible. The city between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain was easy to reach in 1718.

How much easier it is to access in 2005 now that there are interstates and bridges, airports and helipads, cruise ships, barges, buses and diesel-powered trucks.

Despite the city’s multiple points of entry, our nation’s bureaucrats spent days after last week’s hurricane wringing their hands, lamenting the fact that they could neither rescue the city’s stranded victims nor bring them food, water and medical supplies.

Meanwhile there were journalists, including some who work for The Times-Picayune, going in and out of the city via the Crescent City Connection. On Thursday morning, that crew saw a caravan of 13 Wal-Mart tractor trailers headed into town to bring food, water and supplies to a dying city.

Television reporters were doing live reports from downtown New Orleans streets. Harry Connick Jr. brought in some aid Thursday, and his efforts were the focus of a "Today" show story Friday morning.

Yet, the people trained to protect our nation, the people whose job it is to quickly bring in aid were absent. Those who should have been deploying troops were singing a sad song about how our city was impossible to reach.

We’re angry, Mr. President, and we’ll be angry long after our beloved city and surrounding parishes have been pumped dry. Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That’s to the government’s shame.

Mayor Ray Nagin did the right thing Sunday when he allowed those with no other alternative to seek shelter from the storm inside the Louisiana Superdome. We still don’t know what the death toll is, but one thing is certain: Had the Superdome not been opened, the city’s death toll would have been higher. The toll may even have been exponentially higher.

It was clear to us by late morning Monday that many people inside the Superdome would not be returning home. It should have been clear to our government, Mr. President. So why weren’t they evacuated out of the city immediately? We learned seven years ago, when Hurricane Georges threatened, that the Dome isn’t suitable as a long-term shelter. So what did state and national officials think would happen to tens of thousands of people trapped inside with no air conditioning, overflowing toilets and dwindling amounts of food, water and other essentials?

State Rep. Karen Carter was right Friday when she said the city didn’t have but two urgent needs: "Buses! And gas!" Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially.

In a nationally televised interview Thursday night, he said his agency hadn’t known until that day that thousands of storm victims were stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. He gave another nationally televised interview the next morning and said, "We’ve provided food to the people at the Convention Center so that they’ve gotten at least one, if not two meals, every single day."

Lies don’t get more bald-faced than that, Mr. President. (CD bold)

Yet, when you met with Mr. Brown Friday morning, you told him, "You’re doing a heck of a job."

That’s unbelievable.

There were thousands of people at the Convention Center because the riverfront is high ground. The fact that so many people had reached there on foot is proof that rescue vehicles could have gotten there, too.

We, who are from New Orleans, are no less American than those who live on the Great Plains or along the Atlantic Seaboard. We’re no less important than those from the Pacific Northwest or Appalachia. Our people deserved to be rescued.

No expense should have been spared. No excuses should have been voiced. Especially not one as preposterous as the claim that New Orleans couldn’t be reached.

Mr. President, we sincerely hope you fulfill your promise to make our beloved communities work right once again.

When you do, we will be the first to applaud.


45 posted on 09/04/2005 6:30:02 PM PDT by CedarDave (MLKing, Jr: "I have a dream!", Howard Dean: "I have a scream!", Jesse Jackson: "I have a scheme!")
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To: nhoward14
Scientologists, as far as I have seen, do nothing but "listen". Oh, and offer massages.

I am comforted by the fact that few of those people in the shelters will even know who the heck he is.

46 posted on 09/04/2005 6:30:27 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Miss Marple

I never, ever watch Oprah-----

Is she gonna give all of the refugees a new car???

It is amazing how these celebrities will use these circumstances to get publicity for themselves...she has billions..she could give money anonymously..(maybe she has) but do NOT make a TV show out of these people's pain.

Is September a "sweeps month"?


47 posted on 09/04/2005 6:30:40 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: kcvl
I'm sitting here watching Dr. Phil on LKL and rolling my eyes

This is pathetic ... who are they gonna roll out next .. John Edwards, the psychic guy?
48 posted on 09/04/2005 6:31:05 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: NautiNurse

LOL! Sean Penn's boat sank because he forgot to put in the plug...... that is priceless....... the best news I have heard in days. Excuse me while I guffaw! HA HA HA HA HA!


49 posted on 09/04/2005 6:31:05 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Davis

John Travolta is coming to "inspect" the refugees? What's that about? Is he bringing Tom Cruise along to inspect the prescriptions too?


50 posted on 09/04/2005 6:31:18 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Mid-life crisis in progress...)
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