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Landrieu may block holiday recess until levees dealt with
nola.com ^ | 11/28/05 | BRETT MARTEL

Posted on 11/28/2005 4:54:06 PM PST by Ellesu

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said Monday she is prepared to prevent the U.S. Senate from taking Christmas and New Year's break until Washington has approved money to pay for flood protection improvements along Louisiana's coast.

"We may be getting to a point where we've just got to raise the level of attention" on Louisiana's critical flood control needs, Landrieu said Monday while touring damaged neighborhoods here with Boudewijn J. van Eenennaam, the Dutch ambassador to the United States. "We've got to get people down here to walk through these neighborhoods, to see these houses, to see the stretch of devastation along the whole Gulf Coast."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: 109th; marylandrieu; obstructionistdems
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1 posted on 11/28/2005 4:54:08 PM PST by Ellesu
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To: LA Woman3

Mrs. Piggy ping


2 posted on 11/28/2005 4:54:50 PM PST by Ellesu (www.thedeadpelican.com)
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To: Ellesu

Aren't the levees a Louisiana problem?


3 posted on 11/28/2005 4:54:58 PM PST by Tarpon
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To: Ellesu

That would be good in photoshop.


4 posted on 11/28/2005 4:56:26 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Ellesu

Mmmmmm, I'm sorry Senator the only diplomat we have that's
free to tour the neighborhoods is a Dutchman.

Ok, Ok, it will be good enough for a photo op.


5 posted on 11/28/2005 4:56:42 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Ellesu

Sounds like she's running scared. Dem politics in LA has been dealt a sharp blow, and she only won by the skin of her teeth last time.


6 posted on 11/28/2005 4:57:08 PM PST by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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To: Ellesu

Hahahahahahahaha....What's she going to do, punch them all in the mouth? Bulldoze all the ruined homes, there's your new levees.


7 posted on 11/28/2005 4:57:49 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: Ellesu
Otherwise, she said she will resort to procedural motions permitted by Senate rules that would prevent the body from going into recess. It's a move rarely done, especially during the holidays when lawmakers want to return home to family.

Are there such procedural motions? I would think that sixty senators eager to go home for Christmas would be enough to squash this idea. But the Senate is so baroque and bizarre, who knows what she might do?

Any experts care to comment?

8 posted on 11/28/2005 4:58:39 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Ellesu

The LA State House just blocked a bill to clean up levee corruption.


9 posted on 11/28/2005 5:00:41 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Cicero

I don't know. However, I'm certain that she's got a plan that will ensure that she's the least popular senator in Washington.


10 posted on 11/28/2005 5:01:09 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Normal4me

What happened to all of the money LA has gotten in the past for the dikes???
Also, why should I pay for a local issue?


11 posted on 11/28/2005 5:01:20 PM PST by flixxx
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To: Ellesu

This corupt, insane bitxx should use the time to determine WHY all the money already sent to Louisiana for the levees -- ended up in some other pork project or Democrat's pocket..

Folks, I remain convinced we should blow all the levees -- allow the water to rise to it's natural level, and then rebuild ONLY productive businesses on the "high ground"...

Semper Fi


12 posted on 11/28/2005 5:02:26 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Ellesu

I hear HER family has millions...let HER donate her money, NOT ours!!!


13 posted on 11/28/2005 5:02:33 PM PST by Jewels1091
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To: Ellesu

The state of Louisiana needs to deal with the levees (and tell the greens to get lost). It is not a federal responsibility!

I get so tired of her whining.


14 posted on 11/28/2005 5:03:34 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Ellesu
Lemme see. Senator Landrieu's aunt was on the School Board which said the school buses could not be used to evacuate NO residents from the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina. Landrieu is connected at the hip with many parts of the nest of corruption known as NO and LA politics.

So what is going on here? I suggest that she's trying to force the Senate to approve a pot of money for the usual suspects in LA right away. The more time that the Senate takes to consider this issue, the more likely that it will design an aid program that keeps the money out of the hands of the usual crooks and liars.

Did I miss anything?

Congressman Billybob

Latest column: "MSNBC Gets It Right on Illegal Immigration"

15 posted on 11/28/2005 5:04:09 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (Do you think Fitzpatrick resembled Captain Queeg, coming apart on the witness stand?)
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To: tet68

welllllllllllllllllll, given that Holland, like New Orleans, is below sea level and, after especially bad flooding in '53 had to rebuild levees and dams that have protected the country ever since, it makes sense their Ambassador would be in LA, as they are going to have to do what Holland did.


16 posted on 11/28/2005 5:04:14 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: flixxx
What happened to all of the money LA has gotten in the past for the dikes???

Oh man, theres an opening in there somewhere.......

17 posted on 11/28/2005 5:05:59 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude ()......Politically incorrect by Intelligent Design........()
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To: Tarpon
Aren't the levees a Louisiana problem?

Yes, however Sen. Mary Landrieu is a national problem.

18 posted on 11/28/2005 5:06:04 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: Ellesu

why wasn't she this worried about the levees before the hurricane???


19 posted on 11/28/2005 5:06:26 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Ellesu

After you tell us what happened to the 1.2 BILLION we sent you to fix the levees, more than CA received for its flood control, we will consider it, Little Miss Muffett. Until then, not another dime. By the way, you can't build levees on jello. There is precious little stable soil in that swamp, so this is throwing good money after bad.


20 posted on 11/28/2005 5:07:05 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: flixxx
"What happened to all of the money LA has gotten in the past for the dikes???"

Isn't that why God sent Hurricane Katrina, to punish the dikes?

21 posted on 11/28/2005 5:07:28 PM PST by rvoitier ("Hug your babies tight"--Luanne Platter)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Re-election wasn't at stake at the time.


22 posted on 11/28/2005 5:08:22 PM PST by rvoitier ("Hug your babies tight"--Luanne Platter)
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To: Ellesu
Mrs. Piggy ping

You mean she's taking all the attention away from "Kermit", the Mayor of NO?

23 posted on 11/28/2005 5:08:25 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: Ellesu

Let her try it. And watch what happens when she tries to screw with her colleagues' recess...


24 posted on 11/28/2005 5:08:48 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Ellesu
Oh, please, oh, please let her do this.

I cannot think of a single thing more certain to create yet further disarray in the DemocRAT party than this.

25 posted on 11/28/2005 5:09:23 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Ellesu

"We've got to get people down here to walk through these neighborhoods, to see these houses, to see the stretch of devastation along the whole Gulf Coast."

It should actually read, "Our dem-o-rat base is no longer here and unless we throw money to get them back, our political careers are f*****."


26 posted on 11/28/2005 5:11:08 PM PST by alarm rider (Irritating leftists as often as is humanly possible....)
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To: kittymyrib

Good point. If they want real levees, they might need to do what the Japanese did when they built Kansai International Airport—drill all the way down to the bedrock and remove the water from the subsoil before building on top of it. Even then, the airport is slowly sinking and it cost mega billions.


27 posted on 11/28/2005 5:11:33 PM PST by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Landrieu is connected at the hip with many parts of the nest of corruption known as NO and LA politics.

Thank God someone brought this revelation to the light of political discussion.

28 posted on 11/28/2005 5:12:01 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: Ellesu


Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and New Orleans City Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis, right, leave a damaged home in St. Bernard Parish near New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 28, 2005. St. Bernard Parish sheriff Jack Stephens. left, follows the pair while on a tour of Hurricane Katrina damaged areas.
29 posted on 11/28/2005 5:12:30 PM PST by LA Woman3 (I will be known as one of the most effective governors Louisiana has ever had. Kathleen Blanco)
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To: Ellesu

Why didn't she try this before the recess for Thanksgiving? Why wait until the Christmas recess?

Everything I read says they are in Thanksgiving recess for two weeks. They recessed after the house vote on pulling out of Iraq and will return on December 12th. That is three weeks on my calendar. No wonder we have trouble communicating with these people in DC.


30 posted on 11/28/2005 5:13:34 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Ellesu

---if one minority member can do this to the "world's greatest deliberative body" we are in even deeper trouble than I thought--and I think we are in awfully deep trouble--


31 posted on 11/28/2005 5:15:19 PM PST by rellimpank (Don't believe anything about firearms or explosives stated by the mass media---NRABenefactor)
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To: Ellesu

---if one minority member can do this to the "world's greatest deliberative body" we are in even deeper trouble than I thought--and I think we are in awfully deep trouble--


32 posted on 11/28/2005 5:15:42 PM PST by rellimpank (Don't believe anything about firearms or explosives stated by the mass media---NRABenefactor)
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To: mewzilla

Sounds like a bank holdup. Book her.


33 posted on 11/28/2005 5:19:18 PM PST by Carolinamom
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To: EGPWS

LOL!


34 posted on 11/28/2005 5:20:10 PM PST by Ellesu (www.thedeadpelican.com)
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To: river rat
This corupt, insane bitxx should use the time to determine WHY all the money already sent to Louisiana for the levees -- ended up in some other pork project or Democrat's pocket

but..but..how else were they going to rebuild the altar to Mardi Gras, build the roadways and bridges to the casino boats, do an unneeded study on a bridge that had nothing to do with the levees? They'll worry about the levees tomorrow. Ooops.

35 posted on 11/28/2005 5:22:11 PM PST by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

36 posted on 11/28/2005 5:23:19 PM PST by Ellesu (www.thedeadpelican.com)
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To: LA Woman3
Nobody's cleaned up the mess? We're only a month from Wilma, which redecorated everyone's yards and lawns with roof tiles, destroyed most trees and fences, and we've worked out rear ends off to at least pick up the mess.

I guess we'll be seeing pictures like this until Landrieu gets her money -- or until next hurricane season -- whichever comes first -- Landrieu pushing hard to get the bucks before NO gets hit again, the levees give way again, and the public realizes it's a lost cause.

37 posted on 11/28/2005 5:26:22 PM PST by browardchad
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To: kittymyrib

The weight of the levees themselves in that bog contributed to the failure. However, I want New Orleans rebuilt enough to send the evacuees home from Baton Rouge (now known as New Orleans North) at least. After spending a few days last week amongst them - my heart is not the soft touch that it was.


38 posted on 11/28/2005 5:29:22 PM PST by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: Ellesu

Without New Orleans this POS would have never been elected in
the first place. She depends on the housing projects to
keep her in office.


39 posted on 11/28/2005 5:29:32 PM PST by RWCon
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To: Ellesu

She needs money for her christmas "corruption" break. You can't buy votes for gumbo anymore. Well maybe, really good gumbo.


40 posted on 11/28/2005 5:32:24 PM PST by FFIGHTER (Character Matters!)
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To: Ellesu

Louisiana is YOUR STATE mareeeee

Louisiana is BLANCO'S STATE also mareeeeee

NO is NAGIN'S city mareeeeee


You guys deal with it. If you had dealt with it correctly from the very beginning BEFORE Katrina things might have been different but NONE OF YOU DID ANYTHING and so now you want to stop the Christmas break? Go ahead and try. This should be very interesting.


41 posted on 11/28/2005 5:32:35 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He's done more for our country than we will ever know. He's the man!)
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To: browardchad
Nobody's cleaned up the mess? We're only a month from Wilma, which redecorated everyone's yards and lawns with roof tiles, destroyed most trees and fences, and we've worked out rear ends off to at least pick up the mess.

You have Jeb.....enough said.
42 posted on 11/28/2005 5:32:47 PM PST by LA Woman3 (I will be known as one of the most effective governors Louisiana has ever had. Kathleen Blanco)
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U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said Monday she is prepared to prevent the U.S. Senate from taking Christmas and New Year's break until




How to win friends and influence people via extortion is that it?


43 posted on 11/28/2005 5:37:12 PM PST by deport
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To: LA Woman3
"You have Jeb.....enough said." AHHHH, not exactly. I think you need to say more!
44 posted on 11/28/2005 5:38:14 PM PST by harpu
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To: Windcatcher

And those skin of her teeth voters have been moved out of New Orleans. Her base is no longer in New Orleans to vote 100% in precincts!

Why should we rebuild the levies when they misspent the money the last time?


45 posted on 11/28/2005 5:39:01 PM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII MOM -- Istook for OK Governor in 2006!)
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To: Ellesu

It'll probably be very lonely in D.C. for Missed Landrieu! But, her vote will count! For what, I don't know!


46 posted on 11/28/2005 5:43:58 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: EDINVA
as they are going to have to do what Holland did. Or not. The under sea level portions of Holland are a huge part of the county. New Orleans is a pimple on the butt of the USA. We could, if we wanted to just condemn large parts of N.0. (all those slum housing districts, for instance) and make them a park. With no one living there the need for super-leveys goes away. It could even be restored to "wetlands" possibly.

A much smaller "botique new orleans" could be left. Most of the good land is where (surprise!) the good buildings are. Many of the high rises were not flooded.

I don't see why US Taxpayers should pay to rebuild below sea level slum housing, or replace it with anything more ambitious than .. a golf course.

47 posted on 11/28/2005 5:44:29 PM PST by Jack Black
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To: harpu
"You have Jeb.....enough said."

AHHHH, not exactly. I think you need to say more!

____________________________________________________________ OK, so that was my compare/contrast hurricane governors bumper sticker......
48 posted on 11/28/2005 5:51:13 PM PST by LA Woman3 (I will be known as one of the most effective governors Louisiana has ever had. Kathleen Blanco)
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To: Ellesu

The horse is long gone and now this dizzy ditz is screaming for somebody to close the barn door. Geeeeesh. Stupid people.


49 posted on 11/28/2005 5:53:07 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's no coincidence that the Democrat mascot is a jackass.)
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To: Ellesu

Didn't I read that Nagin just went on a vacation to Jamaica? Maybe she better call him back...


50 posted on 11/28/2005 5:53:30 PM PST by 04-Bravo
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