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  • Clinton adviser urged using hurricane to boost Obama's re-election bid

    01/08/2016 10:02:58 AM PST · by 5150 FREEPER · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/8/16 | The Guardian
    One of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers told her that Barack Obama should use a deadly hurricane to boost his re-election campaign, a proposal that she agreed to pass on to the White House, a new tranche of emails reveals. Blair and Clinton transcripts reveal global concerns of two buddies Read more Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend of the Clintons, sent a memo in 2012 presenting a strategy for turning Hurricane Isaac to the Democrats’ political advantage by contrasting it with President George W Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
  • In Katrina commemoration, Obama to cite inequities 'brewing for decades'

    08/27/2015 9:34:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/27/15 | Kevin Liptak
    ....Obama returns to an outwardly thriving New Orleans Thursday to mark strides 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. But underneath the visible recovery lie persistent racial and economic inequities that haven't receded.... ...according to one analysis, African-American households in the city earn more than 50% less than their white counterparts -- well above the national average. Those barometers of racial inequality aren't unique to New Orleans, and haven't dampened the city's enthusiasm for what has otherwise been a steady recovery that includes new construction, jobs and visitors. But the now-chronic gaps between rich and poor, and whites and blacks, were poised...

    08/05/2014 4:34:18 AM PDT · by Liz · 24 replies
    IRS disgrace, Lois Lerner once held a position at the Federal Election Commission. She was helpful to Senate candidate Dick Durbin (Dem-Ill). Lerner used her FEC position to help save Durbins US Senate seat back in 1996. Lerner used her govt position and tax dollars to conduct a bogus inquisition into Durbin's opponent for alleged election law violations....creating a shady charge against Durbin's opponent. And it worked. Dicky triumphed and was returned to the Senate. Fast forward to 2014---Dicky Durbin's running again---considered a shoo-in. But he should start worrying. As far back as 2008, at the presidential debate in Nashville,...
  • Two US embassy personnel shot in Venezuela

    05/28/2013 3:18:36 PM PDT · by knak · 45 replies
    AFP ^ | May 28, 2013 | AFP
    CARACAS Two employees of the US embassy in Venezuela were shot and wounded early Tuesday in the capital Caracas, in a murky incident that local media and a police source said took place at a strip club. "We can confirm that two members of the US embassy in Caracas were injured during an incident early this morning," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters in Washington. "Medical staff inform us that their injuries are not life-threatening," he added, noting that they were hurt at "some sort of a social spot" but without specifying the venue or nature of their...
  • Cocaine godmother Griselda Blanco gunned down in Colombia

    09/04/2012 7:25:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 3, 2012 | DAVID OVALLE
    Griselda Blanco, the drug kingpin known for her blood-soaked style of street vengeance during Miamis cocaine cowboys era of the 70s and 80s, was shot to death in Medellin by a motorcycle-riding assassin Monday.
  • Blanco responds to Bush's criticisms in memoir (and lies about Hurricane Katrina)

    11/09/2010 10:49:36 PM PST · by STARWISE · 68 replies · 1+ views
    WWLTV ^ | 11-9-10 | Katie Moore
    *snip* The Katrina chapter expresses Bush's clear frustration with then-Governor Kathleen Blanco, who refused to federalize the National Guard for the incident. I did not need the federalization of the Guard because that would've taken police powers away from the National Guard. And goodness knows, we needed that, she said. Bush said on Oprah, I said to the governor, give me the authority to send in federal troops. By law, the president cannot send federal troops to conduct law enforcement without a declaration of insurrection." An insurrection declaration would've given the military police powers. He didn't discuss that with me....
  • Lauer to Laura Bush: Is It 'Painful' to Be in New Orleans, Since So Much Blame

    08/27/2010 3:13:11 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 126 replies
    / ^ | Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:45 ET | Geoffrey Dickens
    Lauer to Laura Bush: Is It 'Painful' to Be in New Orleans, Since So Much Blame Is Laid At Your Husband's Feet? Today co-anchor Matt Lauer traveled to New Orleans, on Friday, to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and interviewed the likes of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, former FEMA Director Mike Brown, current Democratic Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, but saved any sort of direct shots at George W. Bush for his interview with Laura Bush.
  • [South Texas:]Alleged Zeta slashed his own throat but survived

    08/19/2010 11:59:29 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 1+ views
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | August 19, 2010
    Jose Ezequiel Galicia Gonzalez, an alleged member of the Zetas criminal organization, was in federal court Wednesday for a competency hearing after he tried to kill himself with plastic cutlery. According to testimony given before U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio, Galicia used either a plastic knife or a plastic spoon to cut his wrists and then slit his throat. According to defense attorney Reynaldo Cantu, Galicia almost succeeded and ended up in intensive care. Cantu stated that Galicia might suffer from a mental disease or defect and requested a psychiatric evaluation. Galicia will be evaluated by a court-appointed psychiatrist on...
  • Ex-La. governor (MeeMaw Blanco) halted hospital reopening (Katrina news)

    07/14/2009 6:45:04 PM PDT · by abb · 15 replies · 782+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 14, 2009 | Cain Burdeau
    Weeks after Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans and worsened the medical plight of the city's poor, then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco said the publicly run Charity Hospital would not reopen, even though the military had scrubbed the building to medical-ready standards, the retired Army general who oversaw the work said. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore said Blanco told him in late September 2005 the 20-story building that served the region's poor residents would not reopen. "'Ma'am, we got the hospital clean, my people report ... if you want to use it,'" Honore recalled telling Blanco....
  • Honore: Ex-La. governor halted hospital reopening

    07/14/2009 6:56:35 PM PDT · by Mr. Jazzy · 7 replies · 872+ views
    AP ^ | 14 July 2009 | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Weeks after Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans and worsened the medical plight of the city's poor, then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco said the publicly run Charity Hospital would not reopen, even though the military had scrubbed the building to medical-ready standards, the retired Army general who oversaw the work said. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore said Blanco told him in late September 2005 the 20-story building that served the region's poor residents would not reopen. "'Ma'am, we got the hospital clean, my people report ... if you want to use it,'"...
  • Video: Condi Rice Defends Bush On Katrina

    01/29/2009 12:25:59 PM PST · by careyb · 32 replies · 1,866+ views
    The View ^ | 1/29/09 | Condi Rice
  • The Disgrace of Hurricane Katrina

    01/29/2009 11:43:00 AM PST · by cardinal4 · 41 replies · 1,274+ views
    artorius castus blog ^ | 29 Jan 09 | Patrick Truax
    One cant reflect upon the recent changing of the guard in Washington, without recalling the previous one. And in this instance, one cant judge the previous guard without bringing up Hurricane Katrina.
  • Blanco gave controversial Road Home contractor a secret raise

    03/17/2008 3:40:15 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 13 replies · 706+ views ^ | 03/13/08 | southernstudies
    While former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco is making the most of her time out of office delivering speeches and writing a book, there's more trouble brewing for her back in the capital. From today's New Orleans Times-Picayune: In the final weeks of Gov. Kathleen Blanco's administration, state officials quietly increased the size of the Road Home management contract from $756 million to $912 million, rewarding a contractor the Legislature wanted to fire, auditors questioned and thousands of homeowner applicants cursed. The Blanco administration never told the public about the 25 percent compensation increase for ICF International that was added to...
  • (Ex-Gov)Blanco asked to battle Vitter

    02/03/2008 8:32:21 PM PST · by BerniesFriend · 24 replies · 127+ views (Baton Rouge, La) ^ | 02/02/08 | PATRICK COURREGES
    Blanco asked to battle Vitter By PATRICK COURREGES Advocate Acadiana bureau Published: Feb 2, 2008 LAFAYETTE Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco said this week, among the many things on her post-governorship schedule, shes been fielding phone calls from people asking her about a 2010 run for the U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La. Blanco, a Democrat, chose not to run for a second term for governor in 2007 and turned over the reins of state government to Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in January. She said that shes been enjoying herself in the weeks since Jindal took...
  • Jindal era begins with high hopes (Bobby Jindal R La. Inauguration today)

    01/14/2008 6:26:39 AM PST · by chemicalman · 12 replies · 150+ views ^ | January 13, 2008 | Bill Barrow
    BATON ROUGE -- If Bobby Jindal is searching for a way to define his inauguration today as Louisiana governor, he might choose "Great Expectations." He's said as much himself. On the campaign trail and since, he's promised to make Louisiana, a state known nationally for its colorful and corrupt political icons, "the gold standard for ethics." Embracing victory in the Oct. 20 primary, he declared a "fresh start" for a state often derided -- sometimes by candidate Jindal -- as an underachiever and even an embarrassment in many national comparisons. Although he concentrated his campaign efforts in northern Louisiana, he...
  • Departing Louisiana Governor Defends Her Record [Blanco]

    01/03/2008 8:37:04 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 24 replies · 131+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 1/2/2007 | Ed Anderson
    Departing Louisiana Governor Defends Her Record By ED ANDERSON Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco listens to President Bush during a post-Katrina news conference on Sept. 12, 2005. (Photo by David Grunfeld) BATON ROUGE, La. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who saw Louisiana through two monster hurricanes in 2005 only to see her own political career take a hit in their aftermath, turns the Governor's Mansion over to Republican successor Bobby Jindal on Jan. 14, but she says she will not fade away nor go very far.The Democratic governor, whose four-year tenure will always be bound to the state's darkest...
  • Bush takes shot at Blanco while touring wildfires

    10/26/2007 4:29:42 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 66 replies · 96+ views ^ | 10/26/07 | Jan Moller
    BATON ROUGE - As the California wildfires continued to rage Thursday, so too did the political feud between President Bush and Gov. Kathleen Blanco that has smoldered since the federal government's slow response to Hurricane Katrina. The latest flare-up came when Bush, while touring the California disaster area, took an apparent swipe at Blanco's post-Katrina leadership as he complimented California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "It makes a significant difference when you have somebody in the statehouse willing to take the lead," Bush said, according to the Associated Press. The president's statement, coming from a White House that seems determined to avoid...
  • Tipping Louisiana to the Republicans

    10/23/2007 11:34:41 AM PDT · by JZelle · 30 replies · 72+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-23-07 | Wes Pruden
    Bobby Jindal, who was elected governor of Louisiana last Saturday, may not be a freak of unnatural Louisiana politics, but he's an unsoiled anomaly. The temptations of office, which flower in abundance along the bayous, lie still ahead. That's the cynical view, but one widely held in Louisiana, a state battered by nature (most recently Hurricane Katrina), and human nature (the examples never end). "Corruption in Louisiana," a one-time agent in charge of the FBI office in New Orleans once said, is "epidemic, endemic and entrenched." Graft three ways, as it might appear on the menu at a Chinese takeout....
  • Foti out as (Louisiana) attorney general

    10/21/2007 5:08:03 AM PDT · by abb · 2 replies · 170+ views
    Times-Picayune ^ | October 21, 2007 | Bill Barrow
    Unable to withstand the fallout from two Katrina-related prosecutions, Attorney General Charles Foti narrowly missed a runoff that will leave the former Orleans criminal sheriff out of public life for the first time in three decades. Foti fell short of second place in a three-man field, with Republican Royal Alexander, a Shreveport lawyer, emerging to face primary leader James "Buddy" Caldwell, a Democrat and longtime district attorney from Tallulah. The two will meet in a battle sure to be vitriolic, judging from the increasingly caustic tone of the campaign leading up to Saturday's vote. Another longtime statewide official, Agriculture Commissioner...
  • Bobby Who? National Media Skips La. Governor Campaign -- Again

    10/21/2007 11:19:21 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 33 replies · 61+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | October 21, 2007 | Tim Graham
    The national media completely obsessed over Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, conducting an amazing propaganda campaign which suggested a la Kanye West that George Bush hated black people, demonstrated it by the government's "neglect." They paid little attention to the incompetence of state and local officials, like Gov. Kathleen Blanco. She was so tarred by her response that she didn't even run for re-election. Yesterday, Republican Congressman Bobby Jindal, who lost to Blanco by four points in 2003, easily won the governor's race. Bobby who? That's right, the national media that obsessed over this area (and we mean...
  • Miracle on the Bayou

    10/20/2007 4:39:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 91+ views ^ | October 20, 2007 | Patrick Ruffini
    Tonight, the man who may well be the Republican Party's brightest hope could take the reins of America's most ungovernable state. If you haven't heard of Bobby Jindal, almost certain to be the next Governor of Louisiana, it's partly because his sense of action and purpose about Louisiana post-Katrina is so strong that it's scared off any credible challengers, making this a boring race. The question is whether Jindal can do the next-to-impossible, clearing 50% plus one and winning Louisiana's "jungle primary" outright. No gubernatorial candidate in an open seat race has ever done that before in Louisiana history. Normally,...
  • We need to help Bobby Jindal fight back

    09/24/2007 4:34:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies · 145+ views
    Red State ^ | September 24, 2007
    Having gotten little out of attacking Bobby Jindal for being a Christian, the Democrats in Louisiana and Walter Boasso in particular, have found a new avenue -- attacking Jindal for cleaning up Louisiana's objectively corrupt hospital system. Along the way, some things happened that should not have happened. as Vladimir notes, Boasso is highlighting one of those tragic cases now. Keep in mind that Jindal was sued in his official capacity, not personally. Jindal, having learned his lessons from going against Kathleen Blanco, has been quick to fire back. Keep in mind that Jindal was sued in his official capacity,...
  • Governor Refuses Blame in 35 Hurricane Deaths

    08/28/2007 9:15:55 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 5 replies · 630+ views
    nyslimes ^ | 08/29/07 | ADAM NOSSITER
    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La., Aug. 28 Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco was summoned to a courtroom on Tuesday to testify in a homicide case over Hurricane Katrinas single biggest loss of life, and she refused to take blame for the deaths of 35 patients who drowned at a nursing home.
  • (Louisiana AG) Foti scrambles to keep (MeeMaw) Blanco off witness stand

    08/11/2007 12:19:36 PM PDT · by abb · 10 replies · 671+ views
    Times-Picayune ^ | August 11, 2007 | Paul Rioux
    Having missed a deadline to challenge a subpoena requiring Gov. Kathleen Blanco to testify in the St. Rita's nursing home trial, the state attorney general's office asked for an emergency extension and, barring that, requested that Blanco give a closed-door deposition rather than be cross-examined on her response to Hurricane Katrina in open court. Defense attorneys subpoenaed Blanco on July 10 in connection with the upcoming negligent homicide trial for Sal and Mabel Mangano, who owned the St. Bernard Parish nursing home where 35 residents drowned during Katrina. snip Judge Jerome Winsberg is expected to issue a ruling on the...
  • Ex-FEMA chief profiteering on Katrina? - (James Lee Witt)

    07/23/2007 9:19:02 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 23 replies · 1,236+ views
    MSNBC (excerpt) ^ | July 23, 2007 | Tim Sandler and Lisa Myers
    Excerpt - Ex-FEMA chief profiteering on Katrina? Witts firm charges Louisiana double its costs for subcontracted services In the traumatic days after Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco turned to one of the most respected names in emergency management: James Lee Witt, the so-called Master of Disaster. But an eight-month investigation by NBC News into the performance and billing practices of Witts firm, James Lee Witt Associates, raises questions about profiteering, cronyism and possible falsification of records by one of Witt Associates subcontractors. ~ snip ~ Witt Associates reaps its biggest windfall, however, from billing the state double what...
  • Louisiana Becomes First State to Ban Late-Term Abortions

    07/14/2007 4:40:58 PM PDT · by shield · 28 replies · 863+ views
    FoxNews ^ | July 13th, 2007 | AP
    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana Louisiana became the first American state to outlaw a late-term abortion procedure on Friday, when the governor approved legislation allowing doctors to be prosecuted for performing the surgery. The new law allows so-called "partial birth" abortions in only one situation: when failure to perform it would endanger the mother's life. The procedure would be a crime in all other cases, even if the pregnancy is expected to cause health problems for the mother. Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed into law criminal penalties for doctors who perform the surgery: fines of between $1,000 and $10,000, and jail...
  • La. outlaws 'dilation and extraction' abortion

    07/14/2007 10:22:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 1,182+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 14, 2007
    State becomes first to ban controversial procedureBATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana became the first American state Friday to outlaw a controversial abortion procedure that involves partially removing the fetus intact from a woman's uterus, then crushing or cutting its skull to complete the abortion. The new law allows the procedure in only one situation at any time during pregnancy: when failure to perform it would endanger the mother's life. The procedure would be a crime in all other cases, even if the pregnancy is expected to cause health problems for the mother. Anti-abortion activists call the procedure "partial-birth abortion;" surgeons...
  • Louisiana Legislature Sends Partial-Birth Abortion Ban to Governor Blanco

    06/28/2007 10:55:26 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 271+ views ^ | June 27, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Baton Rouge, LA ( -- The Louisiana state House put the final touches on a bill that would ban partial-birth abortions and sent it to Governor Kathleen Blanco after approving it unanimously. If Blanco signs the bill, it would prohibit more than 300 such abortions that are done in the state on an annual basis. Lawmakers there hope to put a new ban on the books after an April Supreme Court decision saying such bans are constitutional and that a federal ban on the gruesome abortion procedure is valid. The ban prohibits all such abortions unless necessary to save the...
  • Blanco: up to $700 M found in state money for Road Home (won't say where it came from)

    06/02/2007 6:47:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 1,024+ views
    KATC ^ | 6/02/07
    Blanco: up to $700 M found in state money for Road HomeAssociated Press - June 2, 2007 8:54 PM ET BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Governor Blanco says her administration has found up to $700 million in state money to put into the state's hurricane rebuilding program for homeowners. The program faces a possible deficit of as much as five billion dollars. This evening's (Saturday's) announcement is the first time the governor has backed off from a stand that the federal government should cover the entire Road Home program, which provides rebuilding grants to people whose homes were damaged or...
  • Katrinafying Kansas

    05/09/2007 11:08:55 PM PDT · by peggybac · 14 replies · 1,132+ views
    Leadership: Democrats are starting to blame the federal government every time their governors get caught unprepared for natural disasters. Nowhere is that more blatant than in the Greensburg tornado aftermath. Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco blamed the feds after the 2005 hurricane that devastated New Orleans. Now Kansas' Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is doing the same. It's become a pattern: Democrats blaming President Bush for their own lack of disaster preparedness.
  • Blanco's "Road Home" replacing FEMA as favorite Katrina villain

    05/08/2007 5:37:47 AM PDT · by rvoitier · 11 replies · 919+ views ^ | 10:28 AM CDT on Monday, May 7, 2007 |
    However, since it was revealed last week that the program is probably a few billion shy of the funding it needs to meet the obligations of homeowners, it has been open season. Their incompetence is breathtaking, said State Treasurer John Kennedy(D) on the Eyewitness Morning News last week. Remember Otis of Mayberry, the town drunk, I think Otis is secretly running the Road Home program.
  • Goodbye and Good Riddance, Gov. Blanco

    03/22/2007 6:37:34 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 16 replies · 688+ views ^ | 03/22/07 | Julia Reed
    In New Orleans, they aren?t shedding a tear over Louisiana Gov. Blanco?s decision not to seek a second term. A letter from the Garden District. WEB-EXCLUSIVE COMMENTARY New Orleans, 18 months after Katrina, is still a city of considerable ups and downs. Tuesday was no different; as usual, the bad news came first. The first e-mail I received informed me that a block and a half from our new house, at 1:30 in the afternoon, two hold-ups occurred in less than 10 minutes?and I live in Garden District, still perceived as a ?nice? neighborhood, despite the alarming frequency of similar...
  • Blanco will not run for re-election

    03/20/2007 6:39:36 PM PDT · by pleikumud · 18 replies · 866+ views
    Decision comes amid low polls, party pressure Governor makes announcement at evening broadcast
  • Louisiana's Blanco won't run again

    03/20/2007 5:34:53 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 28 replies · 874+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 20, 2007 | By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press Writer
    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, whose popularity plummeted after two hurricanes devastated Louisiana during her term, announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election. ADVERTISEMENT The decision will let her get what she called important initiatives through an upcoming legislative session without having to worry about political considerations, she said. "I am doing this so we can work without interference from election year politics," Blanco said. She had already broken the news in phone calls to legislative leaders, a meeting with her Cabinet secretaries and in a letter to her staff.
  • Blanco Out!!! (Louisiana's Governor steps out of this years election)

    03/20/2007 3:10:21 PM PDT · by Founding Father · 47 replies · 1,530+ views
    The Dead Pelican ^ | March 20, 2007 | The Dead Pelican
    Blanco out!!!!!!!! Breaking....will not run for reelection
  • Blanco Will Not Seek Re-Election(Louisiana)

    03/20/2007 12:50:09 PM PDT · by catholicfreeper · 67 replies · 1,627+ views
    wafb ^ | 3/20/07 | WAFB
    Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco will formally announce this evening that she will NOT seek re-election, numerous political sources tell WAFB 9NEWS. Blanco was elected Governor of Louisiana in November 2003, becoming the first woman to ever hold the office. As recently as last week, Blanco said she would be a candidate. "My plan is to continue running," Blanco told reporters last Wednesday
  • John Breaux to decide within 2 weeks whether to enter gubernatorial race (Louisiana)

    03/10/2007 4:32:21 PM PST · by Ellesu · 15 replies · 668+ views
    03/10/07 | john hill
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  • Blanco: HUD should reopen N.O. public housing projects

    02/12/2007 4:34:29 PM PST · by Ellesu · 33 replies · 827+ views ^ | 01/12/07 | katc
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Monday that she wants to temporarily reopen the New Orleans public housing projects that have been closed since Hurricane Katrina, despite federal plans to demolish them and make way for new housing developments. Blanco said the projects that can be repaired should be reopened to families who were driven out by Katrina floodwaters _ at least until the federal government gets closer to its goal of replacing them with new structures. Blanco said she got encouragement for the idea last week, when she met on Capitol Hill with the chairman of the...
  • Caption this Photo

    02/08/2007 4:16:46 PM PST · by Ellesu · 45 replies · 2,039+ views
  • In New Orleans, Dysfunction Fuels Cycle of Killing

    02/04/2007 7:33:38 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 66 replies · 1,966+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5 February 2007 | By ADAM NOSSITER and CHRISTOPHER DREW
    ...There were 161 homicides in this city last year, and there have been 18 so far this year, making New Orleans by most measures the nations per capita murder capital, given its sharply reduced population. Many of the victims and the suspects are teenagers. About two-thirds of the deaths have gone unsolved: the killers, in many cases, continue to walk the streets and are likely to kill again, the police say. Other cities have plenty of murders. But only in New Orleans has there been the uniquely poisoned set of circumstances that has led to this citys position at the...
  • (Denton, Texas) Athlete who fled Katrina jailed for making bomb threat

    01/25/2007 1:58:11 PM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 13 replies · 829+ views
    ESPN ^ | January 25, 2007 | Associated Press
    Updated: Jan. 25, 2007, 1:11 PM ET Athlete who fled Katrina jailed for making bomb threat Associated Press DENTON, Texas -- A high school basketball star is accused of calling in a bomb threat to the school the night of a game he was missing because of a suspension for fighting. Howard Stirgus, an 18-year-old who came to Denton in 2005 after fleeing New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, was jailed on suspicion of making a false alarm and abusing the 911 system. Authorities said he called Denton High School on Tuesday night, claiming there was a bomb in the building...
  • Barbour Wisely Dismisses Brown's Katrina Conspiracy

    01/25/2007 4:26:24 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 48 replies · 1,397+ views
    The Sun Herald ^ | January 25, 2007 | Editorial
    Michael Brown, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is shooting off his mouth again. Last week in New York City, he claimed that Mississippi and Louisiana were treated differently after Hurricane Katrina because of their politics. Unfortunately, Louisiana's Democratic governor, Kathleen Blanco, jumped on the suggestion, claiming that Brown had "broken the code of silence about the political conspiracy to hurt the people of Louisiana." Fortunately, Mississippi's Republican governor, Haley Barbour, took the time to consider the source of this conspiracy theory and said Brown's "credibility has been worn pretty thin over the last couple of years...
  • People Living in FEMA Trailers Respond to State of the Union Address

    01/24/2007 4:19:17 PM PST · by Ellesu · 81 replies · 1,924+ views ^ | 01/24/07 | wafb
    President Bush miffed some people in Louisiana, not necessarily by what he said in Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, but by what he didn't say. He did not mention Hurricane Katrina recovery. Governor Kathleen Blanco was visibly angry on Wednesday. In last year's State of the Union, you heard the president speak of Katrina, but people who remain in FEMA trailers say the lack of mention this year leaves them angry. One person we spoke with says, "It doesn't make no sense what he is doing. And now he's asking for more money for troops to go to...
  • Louisiana Governor Lashes Out at Bush

    01/24/2007 10:04:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 104 replies · 2,394+ views
    Gov. Kathleen Blanco angrily criticized President Bush on Wednesday for not mentioning 2005's destructive hurricanes in his State of the Union speech, and said Louisiana is being shortchanged in federal recovery funding for political reasons. "I guess the pain of the hurricane is yesterday's news in Washington," Blanco said at a news conference.
  • Governor Blanco addresses White House criticism and further discusses Michael Brown's revelation

    01/23/2007 11:50:25 AM PST · by Ellesu · 33 replies · 1,282+ views ^ | 01/23/07 | Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
    A Statement by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco: "The White House indignation over Michael Brown's whistle-blowing is very revealing. He has broken the code of silence about the political conspiracy to hurt the people of Louisiana. Their target was me, but the real victims have been the people of our state. "For eighteen months, the Washington Republicans have consistently punished and discriminated against our people. All for partisan political purposes. A state with 80 percent of the storm damage from two hurricanes received barely 50 percent of federal relief funds. Mississippi, with far less damage, received far more money proportionately and...
  • Blanco demands Katrina probe

    01/23/2007 3:54:01 AM PST · by Ellesu · 62 replies · 1,543+ views ^ | 01/23/07 | GERARD SHIELDS
    WASHINGTON Gov. Kathleen Blanco called on Congress on Monday to create a bipartisan commission to see if Republican Party politics factored in the federal response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Blancos call comes just days after former FEMA Director Michael Brown said the White House considered politics while planning to deal with Hurricane Katrina. Brown said Friday that the White House was considering federalizing Louisiana because Blanco was a Democrat. Similar measures were not considered for Mississippi, which was headed by Gov. Haley Barbour, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, he said. On Monday, Brown wouldnt name...
  • Republican Congressman Bobby Jindal announces he's running for governor (Louisiana)

    01/22/2007 7:36:07 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 43 replies · 1,002+ views
    KPLC TV ^ | 1/22/07
    From: The Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal, who lost his bid for governor in 2003, announced to supporters Monday that he would seek the job again this fall. "Our state, our communities, and our families have been through some very tough times. There is clearly a hunger for a new approach to governing," Jindal said in an e-mail to his supporters announcing his intentions. Jindal, R-Kenner, will try to unseat Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who has said she is running for re-election. Blanco defeated Jindal in 2003, but she has faced criticism since hurricanes...
  • Is Bobby Jindal Closer to Running in LA?

    01/20/2007 6:50:02 PM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 23 replies · 611+ views
    Though Bobby Jindal hasn't announced whether he will run enter the upcoming governor's race in Louisiana, I am encouraged that he will once again challenge Kathleen Blanco for the position. Earlier today I received the following email message from Diane, We are looking to recruit a few individuals to help us organize our Grassroots efforts for Bobby Jindal in your parish. We would love to have your help and input! Essentially, the Grassroots Leadership Team will be the organization of the campaign in your parish. The team will help organize and coordinate the grassroots efforts of the parish. It...
  • Brown: Politics played role in Katrina

    01/20/2007 6:31:27 AM PST · by Ellesu · 24 replies · 754+ views ^ | 01/20/07 | NAHAL TOOSI
    NEW YORK Political storm clouds gathered again over the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina as former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown said party politics influenced decisions on whether to take federal control of Louisiana and other areas affected by the hurricane. Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said the partisanship Brown described was "disgusting," while a White House spokeswoman said Brown was making "false statements." Brown told a group of graduate students Friday that some in the White House had suggested the federal government should take charge in Louisiana because Blanco was a Democrat, while leaving Mississippi Gov....
  • Blanco lags in governor's race poll; Jindal takes lead (Jindal 59% - Blanco 35%)

    01/16/2007 8:03:44 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 45 replies · 1,078+ views ^ | 1/17/06
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- A new poll shows only about one-third of Louisiana's voters would vote to re-elect Gov. Kathleen Blanco in a race against U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal. Jindal, who lost the governor's race to Blanco in 2003, had strong support in the poll conducted by Southern Media and Opinion Research and released Tuesday. Though he hasn't announced whether he will run for the position, Jindal garnered nearly 59 percent of the vote, compared to Blanco's 35 percent in the survey. "To say the least for an incumbent governor, this is obviously not good news for her," said pollster...