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What Went Wrong after Katrina and Rita
2theadvocate.com/scripts ^ | 11/30/05 | VERONICA MOSGROVE

Posted on 12/01/2005 6:18:01 PM PST by Ellesu

PEOPLE IN LOUISIANA HAVE SIX-MONTHS TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT HURRICANE SEASON.

STATE HOMELAND SECURITY LEADERS MET TODAY TO DISCUSS WHAT WENT WRONG AFTER KATRINA AND RITA.

NEW TWO'S VERONICA MOSGROVE WENT TO THE FOLKS IN CHARGE TO GET ANSWERS TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY.

ALL AGREE COMMUNICATION WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST FAILURES. Return to index of stories...

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WHAT WENT WRONG-PKG

As Louisiana tries to pick up the pieces of this devastated region. State officials are reviewing everything that happened right before and in the weeks after the storm hit. U-S Senator Mary Landrieu says while the state is partly to blame for the failures.calling the states evacuation plan inadequate. Landrieu says the federal government is largely to blame.

nothing will change the fact that communication failed.And that was a federal responsibility,.The levee system failed. And that was a federal responsibility.and the emergency response failed.FEMA is the federal emergency management agency and it failed

When New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was asked what three things he would do differently if he could turn back the clock. He said he would order a mandatory evacuation sooner, he would commandeer the buses to move people out and he said he would not wait for the federal government to come to the rescue.

And here's what Governor Kathleen Blanco says she would do differently. She says she'd have a back up communication system.

And instead of waiting for the feds, she'd prepare for the state to handle its own emergency.

The governor says she would activate an automatic phone message, pleading with people evacuate. That calling system would also feature an option for those with no way out to notify them and get help. Return to index of stories...

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WHAT WENT WRONG-CKEY TAG

THE GOVERNOR ADDS. THE STATE WILL HELP PARISHES CREATE A PLAN TO EVACUATE THE AT-RISK POPULATION.

AND SHE SAYS WITH THE NEED TO HAVE STRONGER HURRICANE PROTECTION. THERE SHOULD BE ANNUAL INSPECTIONS OF THE LEVEE SYSTEM. Return to index of stories...

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SURVIVORS REACTION-VO

KATRINA SURVIVORS AGREE.THINGS COULD HAVE BEEN HANDLED MUCH BETTER THAN THEY WERE.

THOSE WHO LIVED IN NEW ORLEANS BEFORE THE STORM WANT CHANGES TO EVACUATIONS.

SOME SAY THE CITY AND STATE SHOULD HAVE ISSUED MANDATORY ORDERS DAYS EARLIER.

AND. THEY FEEL BETTER COMMUNICATION WITH CITIZENS WILL HELP NEXT SEASON.

Angela Favorite / Hurricane survivor

"letting people know, you know, where to go cause I really didn't know where to go. And I guess a little bit earlier than what they did causing the mandatory evacuation."

THE STATE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MET TODAY TO REVIEW ITS RESPONSE.

LEADERS SAY CHANGES WILL BE MADE IN TIME FOR NEXT HURRICANE SEASON.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: blanco; katrina; landrieu; nagin; rita

1 posted on 12/01/2005 6:18:02 PM PST by Ellesu
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To: LA Woman3; spkpls4

When New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was asked what three things he would do differently if he could turn back the clock. He said he would order a mandatory evacuation sooner, he would commandeer the buses to move people out and he said he would not wait for the federal government to come to the rescue.


2 posted on 12/01/2005 6:18:47 PM PST by Ellesu (www.thedeadpelican.com)
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To: Ellesu
Simply amazing how the corrupt and incompetent Louisiana State Bureaucracy that did virtually everything wrong thinks they can "fix" it by doing more of the same and blaming THEIR screw ups on the Feds.
3 posted on 12/01/2005 6:23:38 PM PST by MNJohnnie (Senator John Kerry is a slobbering buffoon on Iraq Rush Limbaugh 11-30-05)
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To: Ellesu

The people of Louisiana have screwed themselves. The majority of New Orleans refugees are the lowest dregs of society that one can imagine. The American people have seen this, some of us, close up and personal!!! Fact is: the overwhelming number of American citizens could care less about New Orleans and its restoration. America has seen what New Orleans was really like, and they don't like it one bit. Mayor Nagin, Governor Blanco, Mary Landrieu are whistling in the wind. No one in America cares!!!


4 posted on 12/01/2005 6:25:22 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Ellesu
When New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was asked what three things he would do differently if he could turn back the clock. He said he would order a mandatory evacuation sooner, he would commandeer the buses to move people out and he said he would not wait for the federal government to come to the rescue.

Did it take him this long to figure it out??
5 posted on 12/01/2005 6:34:16 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: caryatid; NautiNurse

*ping*


6 posted on 12/01/2005 6:35:34 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: JLAGRAYFOX


I like the way you think. Let's send in a special train in the middle of the night. Those subhumans obviously are incapable of taking care of themselves so perhaps by putting them in a camp where we can concentrate and isolate their population, we can find a solution to this problem. /s


7 posted on 12/01/2005 6:38:46 PM PST by james500
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I still say: "Let the Mississippi flow down the Atchafalaya". Morgen City may have to be moved.


8 posted on 12/01/2005 6:39:31 PM PST by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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To: ncpatriot

Bump


9 posted on 12/01/2005 6:40:56 PM PST by ncpatriot
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To: Ellesu

What went wrong is still wrong and will still be wrong next hurricane season. New Orlenians elected an idiot for Mayor and Louisanans elected an idiot for Governor and both are still in office.


10 posted on 12/01/2005 6:42:09 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Okay, bring our troops home. But don't feign suprise when the terrorists tag along.)
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To: LA Woman3

Landrieu and Blanco are worthless as a couple of sacks of Ol' Man River mud.


11 posted on 12/01/2005 6:47:10 PM PST by NautiNurse (The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy - Ramsey Clark)
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To: Ellesu
Both of those incompetent elected officials wasted their 3rd choice by blaming the Federal Government. Blaming them for their own failure.

Part of their plan should be to do a practice and see what is in place and what is missing.

That is every State's responsibility. It is every citizens responsibility.

12 posted on 12/01/2005 6:49:29 PM PST by malia (another issue .. stop instant citizenship .. it should mean more than a SS check..)
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To: Ellesu

"When New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was asked what three things he would do differently if he could turn back the clock. He said he would order a mandatory evacuation sooner, he would commandeer the buses to move people out and he said he would not wait for the federal government to come to the rescue."

#1 is stupid. An earlier evacuation wouldn't have gotten more people out. Everyone left behind either chose to stay or had no way to get out (in their minds).

#2 is something he was required to do because it is part of the EOC protocol handbook (guess they lost the protocol book just like they did during Ivan the year before).

#3 is just ridiculous. If your local people are overwhelmed and the state is sitting around unable to decide what to do, you have no choice but to wait for federal help. And federal help wasn't going to come until the situation was not life threatening to the rescuers.

Nagin proves he is an idiot. We already knew Blanco was one.

What Nagin should have said was:

#1 certify that the feds properly constructed the levees and floodwalls.

#2 made sure the local emergency responders would have all the materials (water, food, medicine, rescue boats, etc) and manpower needed to respond to the situation for a minimum of 5 days without any outside assistance.

#3 made sure that there was sufficient funds set aside for reconstructing the basic infrastructure of the city.


13 posted on 12/01/2005 8:23:15 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Kirkwood

§1300.2. Petition for recall election; campaign finance disclosure

A.(1) Whenever the recall of any public officer is sought, a petition shall be directed to the governor. The petition shall be limited to the request that an election be called and held in the voting area for the purpose of recalling the officer. No recall petition shall seek an election for the recall of more than one public officer, individually, in the same recall petition.

(2) The secretary of state shall provide a form approved by the attorney general to be used for the petition for a recall election. Such form shall be in conformity with the provisions of this Chapter and R.S. 18:3. All recall petitions shall be on an approved form or on a form which contains the same information as required by the approved form and any petition not on such a form shall be invalid.

B. All signatures on recall petitions shall be handwritten. [b] This petition shall be signed by a number of the electors of the voting area as will in number equal not less than thirty-three and one-third percent of the number of the total electors of the voting area wherein and for which a recall election is petitioned; [/b]however, where fewer than one thousand qualified electors reside within the voting area, the petition shall be signed by not less than forty percent of said electors.

C.(1) Prior to the entering of any signatures on a petition, the chairman designated to represent the petitioners shall file with the secretary of state a copy of the recall petition which will be used and upon receipt of the recall petition the secretary of state shall endorse thereon the fact and the date of filing. A copy shall be transmitted by the secretary of state to the registrar of voters for each parish in which the recall election is to be held. The chairman shall list on the petition every parish which is wholly or partially within the voting area in which the recall election is to be held. The petition shall be deemed filed when it is received in the office of the secretary of state, or at the time it is postmarked by the United States Postal Service or is receipted on a return receipt request form, if it is subsequently received in the office of the secretary of state.

(2) The signed and dated petition shall be submitted to the registrar of voters for each parish within the voting area not later than one hundred eighty days after the day on which the copy of the petition was filed with the secretary of state; however, where fewer than one thousand qualified electors reside within the voting area, the petition shall be submitted to the registrar of voters not later than ninety days after the day on which the copy of the petition is filed with the secretary of state. If the final day for submitting the signed and dated petition falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the deadline for filing such petition shall be on the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

(3) The chairman shall file notice with the registrar on the third day before the petition is submitted to the registrar that he will submit the petition and the date of such submission, unless such submission is made within three days prior to the expiration of the period for submitting such petition. Such notice of submission shall be a public record. If the notice filed with the registrar on the third day before the petition is submitted includes a date for submitting the signed and dated petition which falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or other legal holiday, the registrar shall so inform the chairman and advise the chairman of the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or other legal holiday and on which the petition is to be submitted.

D. Each elector, at the time of signing the petition, shall enter his address and the date on which he signed beside or underneath his signature; however, if a person is unable to write, as provided in R.S. 18:1300.4, the two witnesses shall date their signatures. In addition, each petition shall be in compliance with the provisions of R.S. 18:3. In determining the number of qualified electors who signed the petition in any parish, the registrar of voters shall not count any signature which is undated or bears a date prior to the date on which the copy of the petition initially was filed with the secretary of state or after the date of the submission of the petition to the registrar except as otherwise provided in R.S. 18:1300.3(B). The registrar shall not receive or certify a petition submitted to him for certification unless it is submitted to him timely.

E. The secretary of state shall notify the Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure of the filing of a copy of a recall petition to be used to seek the recall of a public officer, including the date of such filing, the officer who is the subject of the petition, and the names and addresses of the chairman and vice chairman designated on the petition. The Campaign Finance Disclosure Act shall be applicable to persons supporting or opposing the recall of a public officer as provided in R.S. 18:1486.

Amended by Acts 1968, No. 590, §1; Acts 1977, No. 473, §1; Acts 1979, No. 148, §1; Acts 1984, No. 672, §1; Acts 1985, No. 754, §1; Acts 1986, No. 669, §1; Acts 1988, No. 909, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1989; Acts 1990, No. 107, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, No. 555, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1996; Acts 1995, No. 1046, §1, eff. June 29, 1995; Acts 2001, No. 1032, §7; Acts 2002, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 130, §1, eff. April 23, 2002; Acts 2003, No. 1220, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

NOTE: See Acts 2001, No. 1032, §17.


14 posted on 12/01/2005 8:33:48 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Blanco won with 52%, or 730,737 votes, to Jindal's 48%, or 676,180. More than half of Louisiana's 2.7 million registered voters cast ballots, a higher turnout than predicted.


15 posted on 12/01/2005 8:36:22 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Pikachu_Dad

"This petition shall be signed by a number of the electors of the voting area as will in number equal not less than thirty-three and one-third percent of the number of the total electors of the voting area wherein and for which a recall election is petitioned; "

There were 1,406,917 electors. So thirty three and one third of this is 468,503 signatures that must be obtained.


16 posted on 12/01/2005 8:38:13 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Ellesu
"What Went Wrong after Katrina and Rita"

Nagin, Blanco, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, etc.

17 posted on 12/01/2005 8:42:04 PM PST by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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To: Ellesu

What went wrong? A brain-dead, liberal governor and a New Orleans Mayor who was apparently a crack baby, were in charge. That's what went wrong.


18 posted on 12/01/2005 8:59:09 PM PST by no dems (43 muscles to smile, 17 to frown, two to pull a trigger; I'm lazy and tired of smiling.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
"The people of Louisiana have screwed themselves. The majority of New Orleans refugees are the lowest dregs of society that one can imagine. The American people have seen this, some of us, close up and personal!!! Fact is: the overwhelming number of American citizens could care less about New Orleans and its restoration. America has seen what New Orleans was really like, and they don't like it one bit. Mayor Nagin, Governor Blanco, Mary Landrieu are whistling in the wind. No one in America cares!!!"

Actually I have been around the US in the last 3 months and found the majority of Americans to be very caring and want the people of New Orleans to get back on their feet. The issue of rebuilding New Orleans is a different story and you get a variety of opinions and because most people are not well-informed about the city and gulf region, you get some strange opinions based on personal prejudices, wild conjecture, MSM lies, and sadly few opinions based on facts.

Finally I have to take you to task for your comment that the refugees are the lowest dregs of society. That is simply untrue. There are many "refugees" who are in the upper 5 to 10% of income earners. For example, the Lakeview region (and the surrounding neighborhoods) are still unlivable being directly between the 17th and London canal breaks. These neighborhoods held a substantial number of the high income residents of the city. Homes in this area were anywhere from $300K to $3M. As long as these residents are in temporary housing and families split apart and kids living in other cities to attend school, I would call them evacuees or "refugees" by your definition. There are other pockets all over SE Louisiana and Mississippi of very well-off residents who lost their homes and many lost both their first and second homes. You and so many others seem to be fixated only on the poor black population, or think that the area is only made up of destitute people living on welfare, but I blame that perception mostly on the media and politicians trying to make political hay. Sadly, there are also too many FReepers who are totally mischaracterizing the situation either out of sheer ignorance or for political purposes.
19 posted on 12/01/2005 10:05:51 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Kirkwood

I know New Orleans, having spent significant time there either doing business with corporate aircraft brokers, attending the convention center for both the amusement park and aviation industry, or visiting long time personal friends. The cabbies used to tell me, "sir, don't go walking around at night here, you take your life in your hands". Blacks folks, whom I know very well, and who really loved the city tell me the place is a cesspool of welfare clients living in a world of crime, drugs and sub-human culture. Folks have I have seen and had contact with can barely read, cannot communicate effectively, and don't have an ounce of credit to their name. The women have the credit cards, if they have any at all. The men hang out in the background, wards of the welfare state created by their "Black" leaders in NO and the Louisiana Democrat Party. It is distressing to watch humanity sinking so low!!! This is the way it really is. I could write a book of what these eyes have seen, but the American people are not going to subsidize a society that is dependent on Democrat political hacks for their survival, if one can call the way Black folks lived in New Orleans survival. Sadly this scenerio is repeated to a somewhat lesser degree in cities like Baltimore, Washington DC, Detroit, etc. My friend, this is what the Congressional Black Caucus and the Democrat Party have created, a new form of slavery and oppression. Too bad "Black" folks don't have the sense to see what has happened to them!!! New Orleans is not going anywhere until a "sea change" of political, economic and social change takes place. That is reality!!!


20 posted on 12/02/2005 2:26:49 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Ellesu

What Went Wrong after Katrina and Rita



-------Mayor Nagin, Governor Blanco, Mary Landrieu


21 posted on 12/02/2005 3:18:22 AM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man.)
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To: Ellesu

This article did not mention one word about how SWLA handled the evacuation and recovery for Rita. Believe me when I say that if the media spent half as much time reporting on Rita and the local leadership here then it wouldn't seem so bleak for the whole state.

I have had to stop relying on the MSM for my information because they leave out the things that are working well. Calcacieu and Cameron Parish are solvent because we have excellent leaders who planned ahead yet do we hear anything about that? Nope, just the same old negative crap. People are not getting the whole picture and it's simply too time consuming to refute things.

One good thing in the Rita aftermath that has not been reported on was how Cameron Communications was able to get the communications up and running within a couple of days because they were proactive in burying all the lines and had a fiber optic loop around Cameron Parish. My cousin works for the company and said that the feds have been very interested in how the company handled the aftermath.

Blanko and Landrieu are playing by the DNC talking points book. Blaming the feds is all the dems have. I don't remember the last time Miz Mary even showed her ugly mug here, Vitter has visited many times though as has Boustany.


22 posted on 12/02/2005 6:34:02 AM PST by CajunConservative
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

As Kirkwood said, New Orleans is not made up only of destitute black people living on welfare. That is a small part of the population of New Orleans. The rest of us are just like you,working people trying to raise our familys. Unfortunately that's the only part of the city the MSN shows. Apparently the only parts of NO the you have been is downtown, French Quarter and the inner city.That is a small part of New Orleans. It kills me that you people can't or won't understand this.You so cavalierly write off 10s of thousands of people like so many pests.The are a lot of good productive people struggling to survive here.


23 posted on 12/02/2005 7:26:39 AM PST by Saints fan
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Go ahead and write your book. I can't understand how ppl can be so cruel. My house in Lakeview was submerged in 9 ft of water for over 2 weeks as was the entirety of Lakeview with different water levels of course. We trusted the Corps of Engineers to make sure the levees were safe and could hold back the Lake and the River.
I could write a book also on how it makes me feel to have ppl say such terrible things about my City. You just do not understand the absolute devastation we have suffered. I'm not sure this City will ever be the same. And you know what ... I pay taxes and high ones at that. I am a responsible law abiding citizen and living in Jefferson Parish until I can return to Orleans Parish. I will rebuild. It is going to cost me and I was just 8 years away from paying off my mortgage. In case you haven't noticed, we are doing things to make it safer. As a matter of fact, I am going to have to build a house that can withstand 150 mph winds. That's gonna cost me a heck of a lot more than I anticipated. I will also raise my house 12 feet as my home was over 50% damaged (53.91%).
We are good ppl down here. Please don't kick us while we're down. Mayor Nagin is not the jerk that he appears to be in these posts. He is a caring man. I just hope that we can rebuild and prosper and ppl can be happy for us.


24 posted on 12/02/2005 11:59:08 AM PST by stacieanne
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I have heard and read STORY after STORY of Katrina refugees who, when given a FREE place to stay, repaid the kindness by theft of property or by trashing the place. There is a video clip today on the Atlanta Journal website (www.ajc.com) about a woman who gave a family from NO a free apartment for 3 months and they TRASHED it and left an ugly note to her! They were apparently P.O.'d when the 3 months were over and they had to start paying rent or find another place. They wanted to continue the free ride.

I know a Ga. state mental healthcare worker who took in a woman and children from NO and they robbed her blind while she was at work.

I know a Red Cross worker who is a very BIG HEARTED (but as liberal as they come) individual who will help ANYONE who needs it. After 2 or 3 days of trying to help process paperwork for Katrina refugees (he was earnestly trying to help them get financial aid, a place to stay, etc.), he refused to go back and help with that effort. He said SEVERAL women got in his face and cursed him out when he tried to get detailed information from them in processing the paperwork. It became evident to him they were falsifying claims.

Any other freepers have stories like this?


25 posted on 12/02/2005 12:49:21 PM PST by Muzzle_em (I'm an island awash in a sea of stupidity)
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To: Muzzle_em

Do you really think all people in NO are like that? If you do then it appears your island is sinking into the sea. (your tag line)


26 posted on 12/02/2005 5:00:15 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: stacieanne
Stacieanne, welcome to Free Republic. If you came here looking for sympathy, forget it. There isn't much of it here. I have a constant head ache from beating my head against a wall trying to convince these people.

By the way, I am also from Lakeview. My house was raised 4 feet and I still had 6 feet in my house.

27 posted on 12/02/2005 5:14:24 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: stacieanne

"We trusted the Corps of Engineers to make sure the levees were safe and could hold back the Lake and the River."

The levees were never designed for Cat 4 or 5 storms. I have seen the flood map. What happened was predicted.

"As a matter of fact, I am going to have to build a house that can withstand 150 mph winds. That's gonna cost me a heck of a lot more than I anticipated. I will also raise my house 12 feet as my home was over 50% damaged (53.91%). "

Both excellent ideas.

I would like to suggest one more. That you build in an emergency exit to the roof. Many of the people died because they were trapped in their houses as the water rose. If they had a build in egress to the roof they would have been able to get out.


28 posted on 12/02/2005 6:16:22 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: stacieanne

I'll tell you what is cruel. It is cruel for Black leaders and the Democrat Party to nurture and foster people to become sub-humans dependent on the government for their very existance. Believe me, I feel deeeply for these people. They are lost forever, and...worse so are their children. And...it is people like you who fail to face reality that enables this Democrat vermin to enslave people in economic and opportunity bondage for generation after generation. You ought to look at them close up and personal, and you will see what current Black leaders and the Democrat "Slavery" party have wrought. If you think the majority of American people don't see the real world, you are only fooling yourself. New Orleans is going nowhere, until there is a "sea change" of ideas and policies, and the installation of effective leaders across board. Until Louisiana dumps Governor Blanco, Mayor Ray Nagin , Senator Mary Landrieu, William Jefferson and the Congressional Black Caucus you'll continue to wallow in an environment you created yourself. And.....why should I have to support your return to being whole. You elected to live in an endangered environment, just as I did when I lived in Florida for seven years. No one put a gun to your head to live in New Orleans, I knew the risks going in, and protected myself and family as best as I could. You should realize the consequences of your personal choice, and ante up the bucks and effort to either move somewhere else or rebuild on your own. I fail to see why I, or any other American should bail you out for a choice you made!!!


29 posted on 12/02/2005 6:43:52 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Did I ask you to bail me out? I wouldn't take a red cent from you. You are an inhumane unsympathetic individual. One who hates Democrats so much has issues. I'm a Democrat, but totally support what our Republican congressman Bobby Jindal and our Senator (also Republican) David Vitter is doing for the cause, not to mention Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu. Don't look at it as black and white; there is grey area too. You forget that LA is a red state. May you forever be miserable and point fingers instead of taking an active lead in trying to do something for your fellow countrymen.


30 posted on 12/02/2005 7:17:46 PM PST by stacieanne
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To: Saints fan

No, I don't think that ALL people in NO are like that.
I DO, however, think a very large number of people from NO are like that, just by the sheer number of stories I've read and heard. I think 50% of the population of NO is a safe bet.


31 posted on 12/02/2005 7:52:53 PM PST by Muzzle_em (I'm an island awash in a sea of stupidity)
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To: Muzzle_em

I would say it's more like 35%. 50% is a little high. No doubt there are a lot of people like that, but not half. During the hurricane all the MSM showed was poor blacks looting and tearing up the Superdome and Convention Center. They reported many tales of horror that have since been exposed as either lies or gross exaggerations. What they didn't show was thousands of brave people helping others survive, black and white. Why would that surprise anyone. The MSM only shows the bad and sensational news. That will never change. Please don't believe any of what you hear on the national news. I don't want any of your money. I only want you all to open your minds and think about what you are saying.


32 posted on 12/02/2005 10:10:40 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: stacieanne

IMHO anyone that is a Democrat is a traitor and guilty of treason to the USA!!! My heart cries to see "your Democrat" vermin aiding and abetting the enemy in the war on terror. My heart breaks with every family that goes through the heartbreak of losing a son or daughter, or having their loved one maimed for life in defense of our great country and your family, children and loved ones. Every word that comes out of the mouths of the likes of Nanacy Pelosi and John "Jack" Murtha, Democrats, etc. further puts our magnificent fighting forces in mortal danger, as it outrightly encourages the enemy to inflict more damage on the very people that are trying to prevent the "terrorists" from coming here to the USA to rape, abuse, behead and murder innocent Americans and children.

As a sidebar, your "great" Louisiana Governor Ms. Kathleen Blanco (Nineteen percent approval) has just cancelled the February local elections in New Orleans. I guess that mental retard/midget figures the whole NO Democrat political machine would go down the toilet without the NO Democrat riff-raff there to vote to keep the corrupt Democrat vermin in power.

Now, don't get me wrong, I am all for debate and discussion on the war and other political subjects, but not when I see politicians advocating things that are going to put our country and people in harms way for political gain. You Democrats should be ashamed to even be associated with such vermin. JFK, HST and FDR, God rest their wonderful souls, must be turning over in their graves to see where their beloved Democrat Party has sunk to. I suggest you vote for someone like Howard Dean or John Kerry. Then, your rebuilding problems will shortly disappear, and so will you and all your loved ones. You will, in fact, have nothing to worry about!!!

Just one person's opinion!!!


33 posted on 12/03/2005 1:44:41 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Saints fan

Just a brief one. You ought to come to North Texas and see how the New Orleans legions of Mayor Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco have trashed our hotel rooms and apartments. The proof is in the pudding, and what has left NO is nothing but trash and the low life of society that is looking for something for nothing. Your state needs a "sea change" now!!! The inmates are in charge of the nuthouse, while you good folks stand by and do nothing!!!


34 posted on 12/03/2005 1:49:57 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Saints fan

I agree with you about the media.
That is why I get all my news from the internet.

One thing is true.
The MSM and/or NO leadership LIED about many things happening at the SD and Convention Center. In the beginning, there were many reports of children being raped and killed, and people dying at the SD. Hell, Jesse Jackson even announced several in NO had now resorted to CANNIBALISM!! That what the point when I KNEW the rumors were totally out of hand.

Even the chief of police and the mayor were on Oprah's show talking about all the deaths at the SD. Then, a few weeks later, the police chief said "No, that didn't happen. There were only 2 deaths by natural causes." Was he lying in the beginning or lying later? Why?


35 posted on 12/03/2005 5:30:16 AM PST by Muzzle_em (I'm an island awash in a sea of stupidity)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I can't argue with any of that, but I maintain, not nearly all of New Orleanians are like that.Now that all our riff raff are somewhere else, maybe we can get that sea change.


36 posted on 12/03/2005 7:46:46 AM PST by Saints fan
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To: Muzzle_em

I would think that is obvious. The chief resigned.


37 posted on 12/03/2005 7:50:59 AM PST by Saints fan
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To: CajunConservative

CajunConservative,

I have relatives in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, and I spent many years in Lake Charles.

What I have heard from my relatives there is the FEMA response has been excellent, local govt. response was also.

I have a niece in Cameron Parish and we lost contact with her until the communications system was back up. She slept through Rita, can you believe it?

Dang, a conservative in SW Louisiana? Counting my relatives, that makes three in all of Calcasieu Parish:)


38 posted on 12/03/2005 12:36:29 PM PST by girlangler (I'd rather be fishing)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
The people of Louisiana have screwed themselves.

They voted to do so.

The "Cat in the Hat" if on the ballot should have been the taker of Louisiana office.

More would have been done in such a case to prevent the concerns that the state holds now.

39 posted on 12/03/2005 12:48:43 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: Saints fan

You ought to read the article that was in the LA Times about how Washington has lost interest in NOLA and Louisiana. Your magnificent, braindead Senator Mary Landrieu has ticked a lot of folks off. And...it's not worth talking about Nagin and Blanco. Both are a total waste and loss of humanity!!! On this very post, many times, I urged the good people of Louisiana to rise up and throw out all the Democrats, but my plea has fallen on deaf ears. Now, as you can see, you have lost Washington, and your riff raff has destroyed any good image around the country you ever had. It is really a shame because I love NOLA and the entire Cajun country. You have been done wrong by the current Black leadership and certainly the corrupt Demopcrat Party!!! I hope you guys wake up to take action before all is lost in this historic, entertaining and necessary city in the USA!!! Good luck!!! I hope for the best. Courage and action is what is needed!!! Get rid of Landrieu, Balnco, Nagin Jefferson and the Congressional Black Caucus, and you'll be amazed at how quickly the city comes back to vibrant life!!! Let them remain is power, and you guys are toast!!!


40 posted on 12/03/2005 1:27:00 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: girlangler

I can't imagine staying through that storm. It was bad enough in Lafayette. FEMA has mostly been good but there are a few folks who have had problems.

As to the number of conservatives, SWLA has quite a few conservatives now.


41 posted on 12/03/2005 8:53:54 PM PST by CajunConservative
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