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New Orleans to Sell Flooded Buses on EBay
AP ^ | 03/28/06 | Ap

Posted on 03/28/2006 7:31:36 PM PST by Pikamax

Starved for cash, the New Orleans school district is taking a long shot and hoping to sell its flooded, unsalvageable school buses on eBay.

Some submerged to their roofs in the black flood waters, the yellow school buses were widely photographed in the days after Hurricane Katrina and have become an icon of the city's devastated school system.

School officials acknowledge the sale of the buses on the Internet auction site may puzzle some people used to more traditional school fundraisers like bake sales.

"There's no shame in it. Not one bit," said school board president Phyllis Landrieu. "This is a new mechanism for selling things. I think it's very upbeat what we're doing."

Only 23 of 117 Orleans Parish public schools have reopened. They face a $111 million shortfall - about a quarter of the district's $430 million annual operating budget. The district also has $264 million in outstanding debt, carried over from before Hurricane Katrina.

A total of 85 schools flooded, and wind damaged many more. It took three months for the first public school to reopen. Now, the schools that are holding classes have around 9,500 students, about 15 percent of the 60,000 enrolled before the storm.

The school district plans to put one bus up for sale on eBay this week. If it succeeds, more of the 259 ruined buses will be offered.

"It's an example of how bad the situation is that we would have to come up with this idea," said Richard White, schools spokesman.

The district plans to contract out its student transportation.


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KEYWORDS: auction; bakesale; boondoggle; buses; busing; ebay; katrina; mayornagin; neworleanflood; neworleans; pubilcschools; taxdollarsatwork; youpayforthis
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1 posted on 03/28/2006 7:31:39 PM PST by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax

Does each bus come with a chocolate bar?


2 posted on 03/28/2006 7:32:25 PM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: Pikamax

We should buy the first one, re-name the Ray Nagin evacuation bus and get a lot of press out of it.


3 posted on 03/28/2006 7:33:11 PM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: Pikamax

Well, how are they going to market them....as Nagin's "unused" buses.

Nagin ought to be horsewhipped.


4 posted on 03/28/2006 7:33:58 PM PST by Neville72 (uist)
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To: feefee

ping to self


5 posted on 03/28/2006 7:34:05 PM PST by feefee (rovian salt carrier)
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To: Pikamax
"There's no shame in it. Not one bit," said school board president Phyllis Landrieu

Thus, the problem. And is Phyllis any relation to the gov?

6 posted on 03/28/2006 7:34:09 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Pikamax
...Phyllis Landrieu

Landrieu? I'm sure she's not related to the rest of the Landrieu family.

7 posted on 03/28/2006 7:34:28 PM PST by nunya bidness (“Unsung, the noblest deed will die.” - Pindar)
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To: Pikamax
Uhhh, the chocolate city can pay me to come down there and take them off of their hands.

I'm sure I could sell them to some boss hogg types who need some extra chicken coops and make a tidy profit.

Oh, wait. I'm not connected to the corrupt system down there.

Sorry, maybe next time.

8 posted on 03/28/2006 7:34:34 PM PST by Looking4Truth (Radical Muslims and Illegal Mexicans: Too stupid to create so they invade or destroy.)
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To: Pikamax

I remember the good old days when Louisiana had politicians who were just colorful and/or corrupt...


9 posted on 03/28/2006 7:35:08 PM PST by VOA
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To: gondramB
We should buy the first one, re-name the Ray Nagin evacuation bus and get a lot of press out of it.

If I could get down there with my tools, I'd personally contribute the labor to repair it for free.

Out of work and broke ain't no way to be, son. Hey wait, I've got time to 'protest' all day. No wait, got to eat.... Just Damn!

10 posted on 03/28/2006 7:36:35 PM PST by Looking4Truth (Radical Muslims and Illegal Mexicans: Too stupid to create so they invade or destroy.)
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To: Pikamax

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction.


11 posted on 03/28/2006 7:38:10 PM PST by Torie
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To: Pikamax
Phyllis Landrieu

How is Phyllis related to Mary and the other Landrieu clan trying to lock up LA politics?

12 posted on 03/28/2006 7:39:52 PM PST by newzjunkey (All I need is a safe home and peace of mind. Why am I still in CA?)
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To: Pikamax

"The district plans to contract out its student transportation"

Here's an idea. Contract out services to the whole damn city. It's a disaster.

I'm going to a wedding in the Chocolate City a week from this Saturday. I can't wait to see with my own eyes what kind of shape its in.


13 posted on 03/28/2006 7:41:01 PM PST by Neville72 (uist)
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To: Pikamax

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. . . school board president Phyllis Landrieu . . .
<<

HEY ZEUS CHRISTO! Is Landrieu a Louisiana translation of Gotti?!?


14 posted on 03/28/2006 7:41:27 PM PST by noblejones (Ben Stein for President, 2008.)
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To: neodad

Aw jeez, they should just name the state...Landreiusiana...and get it over with.


15 posted on 03/28/2006 7:42:03 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Pikamax

That just seems disrespectful


16 posted on 03/28/2006 7:42:09 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: neodad

Aw jeez, they should just name the state...Landreiusiana...and get it over with.


17 posted on 03/28/2006 7:42:43 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: nunya bidness; Pikamax
Pikamax posted: "There's no shame in it. Not one bit," said school board president Phyllis Landrieu Thus, the problem. And is Phyllis any relation to the gov?


nunya bidness posted: ...Phyllis Landrieu

Landrieu? I'm sure she's not related to the rest of the Landrieu family.


Pikamax, no. The gov is Kathleen Babineaux Blanko. I think you must mean the Lt.Gov. Mitch Landrieu.

nunya bidness, Phyllis is related [aunt] by marriage to "the rest of the Landrieu family". Specifically, she is the wife of Joseph Landrieu [and the mother of ten Joseph/Phyllis Landrieu children].

Joseph's brother Moon and his wife Verna are the parents of Sen. Mary Landrieu and Lt.Gov. Mitch Landrieu [and the other seven Moon/Verna Landrieu children].


18 posted on 03/28/2006 7:48:01 PM PST by caryatid (Jolie Blonde, 'gardez donc, quoi t'as fait ...)
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To: Pikamax

Yellow School Bus for Sale... Never Used!


19 posted on 03/28/2006 7:48:05 PM PST by F-117A
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To: Pikamax
They are not yet on EBAY!
20 posted on 03/28/2006 7:48:55 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO")
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To: Txsleuth
Talk about incestuous:

Mitch Landrieu, who won the 2003 lieutenant governor's race, brings to an already crowded field of candidates his 16 years of experience as a state representative and unmatched name recognition in the city: His father, Moon Landrieu, was mayor from 1970-78; his sister, Mary, is a U.S. senator, former state representative and ex-state treasurer; and his aunt, Phyllis, is president of the Orleans Parish School Board.

21 posted on 03/28/2006 7:52:29 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Pikamax

Perfect campaign tour vehicles for challengers to Nagin and Blanco.


22 posted on 03/28/2006 7:53:07 PM PST by thoughtomator (Pacifism is objectively pro-terrorist; Amnesty for illegals is objectively anti-American)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

We on the coast ought to buy them and clean them up. There may not be any free little houses left after the next storm blows in.


23 posted on 03/28/2006 7:54:14 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: Pikamax

….rarely used....low mileage....never driven in rain....a real creampuff....


24 posted on 03/28/2006 7:55:31 PM PST by Niteranger68 ("Only 4 out of 3 Democrats actually vote.")
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To: Pikamax

Why don't they just make them part of the levee system?


25 posted on 03/28/2006 7:56:50 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: neodad
Talk about incestuous:

Well known that everyone in LA is related to everyone else ;-)

I think this is a great idea. Finally, someone in NO is using their noggin. Heck, I'll bid on one!

26 posted on 03/28/2006 7:56:56 PM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Whoever lights the torch of War in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos.")
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To: Pikamax
I hope the Smithsonian gets one,this pic and quote would be perfect for the display.


New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

"I need 500 buses, man," he told WWL. "One of the briefings we had they were talking about getting, you know, public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out of here."
Nagin described his response:
"I'm like - you've got to be kidding me. This is a natural disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans."

27 posted on 03/28/2006 7:57:22 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: neodad

"Talk about incestuous:"

Their last name might as well be Corleone. Jindal better strap it on tight if he wants to mess with this bunch.

Just glad I don't pay taxes to that bunch anymore.


28 posted on 03/28/2006 7:57:46 PM PST by Neville72 (uist)
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To: Nightshift

ping a ling...


29 posted on 03/28/2006 7:58:07 PM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping List Freepmail me if you want on or off this ping list.)
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To: neodad

I think Phyllis is the senator's mother.


30 posted on 03/28/2006 7:58:47 PM PST by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Pikamax

Gee, if the bids aren't high enough maybe they'll demand that the federal government pay them for their losses.


31 posted on 03/28/2006 8:00:59 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: newzjunkey

See Post No. 18.


32 posted on 03/28/2006 8:01:04 PM PST by caryatid (Jolie Blonde, 'gardez donc, quoi t'as fait ...)
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To: Pikamax
Some submerged to their roofs in the black flood waters...

Oh goody! They even come with that authentic 'school bus' smell!

33 posted on 03/28/2006 8:01:08 PM PST by uglybiker (Don't blame me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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To: CindyDawg

Actually I read about a guy who buried old schoolbuses in his back yard as a storm/fallout shelter.

If I knew how much it would cost to transport one to TN, if I had land with enough dirt to bury a school bus, I'd buy one as a tornado shelter.


34 posted on 03/28/2006 8:02:17 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Pikamax; King Prout

Where is the Ebay link?

The laughter never stops!


35 posted on 03/28/2006 8:04:33 PM PST by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: Pikamax
"There's no shame in it. Not one bit,"

Sure there is. They represent a failure of leadership and civic responsibility.

Up next on the block, Nero's fiddle.

36 posted on 03/28/2006 8:05:13 PM PST by weegee ("Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.")
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To: DannyTN
Not a bad idea.

Remember that kid that drove a school bus out with a bunch of babies? It was after the storm, right? That bus was running.

37 posted on 03/28/2006 8:05:29 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: ladyjane

Odd that they didn't carry insurance on the fleet. Oh that's right, they finance things with OPM (other peoples' money).


38 posted on 03/28/2006 8:06:34 PM PST by weegee ("Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.")
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To: Delta 21; Dawsonville_Doc

oh, LAWDY


39 posted on 03/28/2006 8:06:47 PM PST by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal. this would not be a problem if so many were not under-precise)
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To: gondramB

Rename it the SS Ray Nagin.


40 posted on 03/28/2006 8:08:32 PM PST by Mogengator (That government is best which governs least. --Thomas Paine)
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To: DannyTN

"...buried old schoolbuses in his back yard as a storm/fallout shelter."

Koresh had one buried at Waco....Bunker/Arms room.


41 posted on 03/28/2006 8:10:11 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: gondramB

Rename it the SS Ray Nagin.


42 posted on 03/28/2006 8:11:04 PM PST by Mogengator (That government is best which governs least. --Thomas Paine)
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To: Pikamax

Those eBay ads may be interesting to read. "Flooded bus for sale dirt cheap. Engine block is rusted. Only 25,000 miles on odometer. Bus was never driven over 40 mph. It was parked during Katrina."


43 posted on 03/28/2006 8:11:22 PM PST by ex-Texan (Matthew 7:1 through 6)
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To: Txsleuth
Aw jeez, they should just name the state...Landreiusiana...and get it over with.

LOL. Good One!
44 posted on 03/28/2006 8:12:25 PM PST by uncitizen
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To: Pikamax
They face a $111 million shortfall - about a quarter of the district's $430 million annual operating budget. The district also has $264 million in outstanding debt, carried over from before Hurricane Katrina.

But have no fear......when they come at the voters with yet another gazillion dollar school bond, they'll assure the masses that they'll spend that money wisely.

And the dummy voters will believe them.

45 posted on 03/28/2006 8:12:36 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Pikamax
Could these LA politicians be any tackier??
46 posted on 03/28/2006 8:13:16 PM PST by uncitizen
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To: Pikamax

I thought I saw that as a joke somewhere.


47 posted on 03/28/2006 8:13:19 PM PST by AmishDude (Amishdude, servant of the dark lord Xenu.)
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To: gondramB

"If they were a fleet of school buses, why the hell didn't they float??!!!"
48 posted on 03/28/2006 8:16:08 PM PST by weegee ("Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.")
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To: F-117A

ONLY SUBMERGED ONCE!


49 posted on 03/28/2006 8:18:00 PM PST by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: Mogengator

"Rename it the SS Ray Nagin."

Even better


50 posted on 03/28/2006 8:19:35 PM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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