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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...