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  • Ray Nagin: The final chapter (bribery, conspiracy, money laundering trial postponed third time)

    11/03/2013 9:17:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Best Of New Orleans ^ | 10/28/13 | Clancy DuBos, Joe Raspanti
    Former Mayor Ray Nagin's federal trial on 21 public corruption charges was postponed again last week — for the third time. The former mayor is now set to stand trial on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. If and when Nagin does go to trial — or if he pleads to a reduced charge — it will be the final chapter of Hurricane Katrina's political arc. Guilty or innocent, Nagin's fate will bring closure to a city that arguably suffered as much after the storm as during it, thanks in large measure to the former mayor's failure to implement a recovery program...
  • Visit 50,000 Year Old Underwater Primeval Forest Found in Gulf of Mexico (VIDEO)

    07/13/2013 6:53:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 67 replies
    Hispanically Speaking ^ | Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | unattributed
    Imagine swimming in an underwater primeval forest that nature has preserved for over 50,000 years. Now you can if you are willing to dive 60 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, 10 miles offshore of Alabama. Experts believe 2005's Hurricane Katrina unveiled what had been buried under ocean sediment for centuries. And it took some curious fishermen to discover it by questioning why there so many fishing congregating in one area. The discovery was made in 2012 but only recently became public knowledge. The find was confirmed when a dive team and experts from Louisiana State University...
  • Born on the Bayou

    02/09/2013 4:46:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    KRAEMER, La. -- Roland Torres wants you to know a few things. He lives in a rural area where life is pretty straightforward. His family has been active on the bayou for five generations, witnessing a daily battle of survival of the fittest. The birds, animals and reptiles who inhabit the vast swamps of south-central Louisiana live only as long as their wits and luck hold out. They are on their own 24/7. So is Torres. A former game warden, Torres is of Spanish descent and still speaks the language of his Cajun ancestors: French. He makes a decent...
  • The Need for Semi-Automatic "Assault" Weapons

    01/10/2013 3:11:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    By now, we’ve heard the argument about semi-automatic "assault" rifles: nobody needs one. we’ve heard the only reason why someone would obtain this kind of weapon is so they can kill people, which is far from the truth. We’ve also heard the argument from both the Left and the Right that a pistol is how someone protects their home. "I really don’t know why people need assault weapons. I’m not a hunter but I understand people who want to hunt," Republican Rep. Peter King said on Morning Joe earlier this week. "I understand people who live in rough neighborhoods...
  • Reid: Sandy Was Much Worse Than Katrina, You Know

    01/07/2013 3:42:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Whether he's publicly recapitulating the hallucinations of an imaginary friend, or wrongly assuring the public that various government programs are "fully funded," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tends to struggle with the truth.  The recent high-octane bout of partisan wrangling over whether to pass a porked-up Sandy relief bill is finally complete, and Reid is unhappy that Congress didn't spend more money.  To emphasize his frustration, he downplayed the severity of Hurricane Katrina's destruction in order to cast Sandy as far worse -- thus indicting those who opposed even one cent of unrelated "relief" spending as uncaring, heartless bastards:  ...
  • Harry Reid: Hurricane Katrina "Nothing In Comparison" To Sandy (video)

    01/06/2013 7:25:47 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 38 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticizes Congress for not hastily appropriating federal money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey while praising a more prompt response to Hurricane Katrina. REID: It's too bad that it's taking so long. When we had that devastating [Hurricane] Katrina, we were there within days taking care of Mississippi, Alabama, and especially Louisiana -- within days. We are now past two months with people of New York and the people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New England....
  • (Heckuva job, Bloomy) Mayor Bloomberg’s Response to Sandy Leaves Many New Yorkers Out in the Cold

    11/05/2012 7:07:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Nov 5, 2012 | Harry Siegel
    Mayor Bloomberg’s Response to Sandy Leaves Many New Yorkers Out in the Cold The mayor has brilliantly stage-managed his handling of the storm, but outside the city’s affluent precincts numerous angry residents feel abandoned by his administration as days have passed and help has remained distant, writes Harry Siegel. “Are you from OEM? Or FEMA?” “No, we’re from Brooklyn.” That was the exchange when, after nearly six hours, the volunteer group I spent Sunday with finally managed to deliver supplies— flashlights, blankets, winter jackets, baby supplies, and pet food—to Staten Islanders who’d been rocked by Hurricane Sandy. On television, New...
  • Veni, vidi, discessit – I came, I saw, I left.

    11/02/2012 3:13:46 PM PDT · by stoney · 6 replies
    blog ^ | 11/2/12 | monty rainey
    Hurricane Sandy brought with it unfathomable destruction. For the past few days we have endless reports of the suffering that is sure to continue for many weeks to come. As the nation prays for the victims and their lost loved ones and sends whatever support they can muster – I am stricken with the difference I see in the news coverage of Hurricane Sandy when contrasted with what we witnessed with Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans just a few short years ago. In early September of 2005 and the months, even years that followed, the media mantra was loud and...
  • Millions spent on upkeep of empty Katrina lots

    07/16/2012 1:12:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- More than 3,000 lots flooded by Hurricane Katrina and bought with federal money in an emergency bailout sit idle across this city - a multimillion-dollar drain on federal, state and city coffers that lends itself to no easy solution. An Associated Press examination of the properties sold to the government by homeowners abandoning New Orleans after the catastrophic 2005 flood has found that about $86 million has been spent on 5,100 abandoned parcels. *** "Right now nobody on those 3,000-plus properties is contributing. It's costing the city and state government to maintain them. Police got to...
  • APNewsBreak: FEMA trailer litigation nears end

    05/28/2012 7:44:43 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/28/2012 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    A class-action settlement agreement has been reached to resolve nearly all the remaining court claims over allegations that government-issued trailers exposed Gulf Coast residents to hazardous fumes after Hurricane Katrina, a lead plaintiffs' attorney said Monday. In a court filing late Monday, plaintiffs' lawyers and several companies that manufactured FEMA trailers after the 2005 storm asked U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt to approve an expanded version of a multimillion-dollar deal initially announced in April. A separate agreement with four FEMA contractors that installed or refurbished trailers will be filed Tuesday, lead plaintiffs' attorney Gerald Meunier told The Associated Press. Nearly...
  • Crescent City Connection blockade after Hurricane Katrina wasn't illegal, U.S. Justice Department

    09/30/2011 8:58:57 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | September 30, 2011
    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that those law enforcement officers who barred pedestrians from crossing the Crescent City Connection in the hectic days after Hurricane Katrina will not face federal prosecution. After a review of Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti's investigation into the incident, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division found the bridge had been blocked for public safety reasons and that there was no sufficient evidence to prove that the officers intentionally broke the law.U.S. Attorney Jim Letten agreed, and the case was closed. "This is not a commentary on what should have happened or how people...
  • U.S. Supreme Court declines case blaming energy companies

    01/11/2011 10:08:11 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | Jan. 10, 2011 | Joanne Wojcik
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a request to reopen a lawsuit that charged energy companies with contributing to the effects of Hurricane Katrina by emitting greenhouse gases. The result means victory for about 30 energy companies that were being sued by Mississippi homeowners who claimed that by emitting greenhouse gases, the companies helped cause global warming and exacerbated Katrina’s wrath. The Supreme Court was asked to step in after so many members of the 16-judge 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had recused themselves that it could not conduct a rehearing of a partially successful appeal...
  • Jake Tapper Rips Former President Bush Over Katrina Comments

    11/09/2010 5:00:47 PM PST · by kristinn · 17 replies
    Tuesday, November 10, 2010 | Kristinn
    ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper attacked former President George W. Bush over his comments about being called a racist by rapper Kanye West over Hurricane Katrina.Writing on Twitter this afternoon while accompanying Barack Obama on his Asian trip, Tapper wrote a series of comments ripping Bush:President Bush says @KanyWest's comments were "one of the most disgusting moments of my presidency." Really?about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck imagine if in 5 years President Obama said one of the most disgusting moments of his presidency was when Glenn Beck called him racistabout 2 hours ago via TweetDeck the dead body...
  • IHH's Deep, Longstanding Terror Ties

    06/10/2010 3:22:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 138+ views
    IPT News June 9, 2010 SNIPPET: "The Turkish-based charity that helped drive last week's deadly confrontation with Israeli commandos has deep ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups. The Hamas ties are not in question. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and IHH officials simply do not acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist group." SNIPPET: "U.S. officials have expressed concern over the fact that "IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years," but IHH is not a designated terrorist organization in the United States. It's fair to ask, why not?"...
  • Proposed Hawaii law would prevent gun seizures during emergencies

    05/13/2010 7:52:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 415+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2010
    A bill preventing the government from seizing legal firearms during an emergency has been passed by the Hawaii Legislature. Gun-rights activists have pursued this kind of law since Hurricane Katrina, when New Orleans police confiscated guns in an attempt to restore order.
  • Drilling Oil Execs For Answers

    05/11/2010 4:26:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 455+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 11, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    The BP Spill: Tuesday on Capitol Hill, oil executives were subjected to the Senate's latest show trial. Senators did not say the accident in federal waters was a federal responsibility or that nature spills more oil every day. The morning hearing by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and the afternoon session before California Sen. Barbara Boxer's Environmental and Public Works Committee prove White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's dictum that a good crisis is a terrible thing to waste — especially when your goal is exploiting the Deepwater Horizon disaster...
  • Obama's Katrina

    05/03/2010 6:10:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 1,445+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 3, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Media Bias: As the Gulf Coast faced ecological disaster, the president yukked it up with White House correspondents. His Saturday radio address didn't even mention the oil spill. President Bush, call your office. Rarely has media sycophancy been on such sharp display as in the largely indifferent response to President Obama's own indifference to the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The coverage has been far different from that given to President Bush's handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The White House announced Saturday morning that Obama would head to the Gulf Coast on Sunday, just a...
  • A Lawsuit Based on a False Assumption: Class Action Suit Based on AGW

    03/05/2010 4:43:30 PM PST · by ConservativeHideout · 9 replies · 216+ views
    There is a rather interesting development on the AGW front. It seems that a group has filed a class action lawsuit against energy companies for causing global warming. "The class action suit brought by residents from southern Mississippi, which was ravaged by hurricane-force winds and driving rains, was first filed just weeks after the August 2005 storm hit. “The plaintiffs allege that defendants’ operation of energy, fossil fuels, and chemical industries in the United States caused the emission of greenhouse gasses that contributed to global warming,” say the documents seen by the AFP news agency. The increase in global surface...
  • Bush Katrina Economy Obama Haiti Economy

    01/18/2010 1:12:23 PM PST · by Michael Eden · 9 replies · 446+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | January 18, 2010 | Michael Eden
    Yesterday on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos substitute host Jake Tapper interviewed Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Bush could not have been more gracious in praising Obama's relief efforts. In other words, he didn't try to do to Obama what Obama and the Democrats so viciously did to him. And I couldn't help but wonder: if Democrats believed their own crap about Bush and Katrina, why on earth would they be asking George Bush to lead an effort for Haitian relief now? It has now been six days since the earthquake that destroyed Haiti. Obama promised an unprecedented...
  • New D'Iberville city manager hits ground running on first day of work (Former GOP State Rep.)

    09/30/2009 4:35:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 311+ views
    WLOX-TV ^ | September 28, 2009 | Trang Pham-Bui
    D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - It was his first official role as the new D'Iberville City Manager. On Monday morning, Michael Janus helped celebrate the opening of Newk's Express Restaurant in the new Promenade Shopping Center. "It's exciting," said Janus. "I mean, you can't imagine a better job. Within three hours on the job, you already have a ribbon cutting." Janus took the opportunity to learn new names and catch up with some familiar faces. Then it was time to head back to City Hall for a busy afternoon. "I haven't filled out my employment paperwork yet. I was wondering if...
  • Recession another blow to Miss. Katrina survivors

    09/04/2009 7:12:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1,131+ views
    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. -- In the four years since Hurricane Katrina swallowed Barbara Lambert's Gulf Coast house, her family has slowly rebuilt its life - moving out of a FEMA mobile home and to another city, finding a job for her husband and enrolling the kids in new schools. Then, the recession hit. The Lamberts and others in the hurricane-stricken region are struggling through renewed hard times as federal recovery dollars dry up and the recession chokes off jobs and charitable help. For the Lamberts, paying next month's rent is the latest worry as a federal hurricane assistance program ends....
  • Hurricane Katrina: 4 Years Later, Kanye and Injustice(Bush blew-up da levees-Oh, the huge manatee!)

    09/01/2009 7:27:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1,377+ views
    Monday August 29 2005 Black America got her own 9-11. She was hit with an act of terrorism in New Orleans that was just as devastating if not more than what took place when those Twin Towers were felled by planes… Yes, you read that correctly.. Most people mistakenly believe that the city of New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Lets make sure folks understand this once and for all.. Much of neighboring Mississippi was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina which hit the state with its full level 5 impact. New Orleans which was initially in the path of Hurricane...
  • We're Counting on You, Mr. President [call for Hurricane Katrina relief...4 years later]

    08/28/2009 6:36:42 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 76 replies · 2,031+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | August 28, 2009 | Editors
    Dear Mr. President, Tomorrow we will mark the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which claimed the lives of 1,400 Louisianians and nearly killed a great American city. We will miss having you in our midst. We know you don't lack passion for our community and its recovery. Though you haven't been here as president, as a senator you visited five times after Katrina. We remember well the fervor of your speech at Tulane University on your last visit, a year and a half ago. "I promise you that when I'm in the White House, I will commit myself every day...
  • Cap-And-Trade Is Refinery Killer

    08/25/2009 5:59:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 1,936+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy Policy: A new study shows that Waxman-Markey will increase prices at the pump, deepen our dependence on foreign oil and shred our ability to turn crude into gasoline. Even fuel-efficient cars will still need fuel.Oil may bubble up out of the ground, but gasoline does not. It's made in those ugly little NIMBY places called refineries we are loath to build anymore because we're too busy trying to save the Earth rather than our economy and American jobs. When Hurricane Katrina shut down 20% of our refining capacity in a single day and raised gas prices in a single...
  • Mayor Ray Nagin's advice breaks census rules

    07/11/2009 10:44:38 AM PDT · by liberty75 · 79 replies · 7,058+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 7-10-2009 | Michelle Krupa
    Aiming to maximize federal grant money and offer proof of his city's recovery, Mayor Ray Nagin is urging Hurricane Katrina victims still living elsewhere -- and longing to return -- to record New Orleans as their home when the U.S. Census Bureau conducts its decennial head count next spring. Problem is, that strategy doesn't mesh with census rules, federal officials say. In an e-mail response to questions about the much-anticipated count, Nagin spokesman James Ross said this week: "An area of major concern relates to New Orleanians working to return here. Many are repairing their homes, and others are trying...
  • Miss. governor, former Washington lobbyist, testing GOP waters for 2012 in Iowa, New Hampshire

    06/14/2009 3:31:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 737+ views
    WXMI-TV / The Associated Press ^ | June 14, 2009 | Beth Fouhy and Emily Wagster Pettus
    If the Republican Party is in danger of being marginalized as a conservative, white male Southern enclave, is Haley Barbour — the longtime Washington power broker and current Mississippi governor — the best person to turn things around? Many rank-and-file Republicans and party leaders say yes, as the 61-year-old Barbour prepares to ramp up his national profile this month with back-to-back trips to the early presidential voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Barbour will headline fundraisers in both states, but says the visits are part of his duties as incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Both states have...
  • Katrina's FEMA trailers might be going for a buck

    06/03/2009 5:31:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 2,041+ views
    The Miami Herald / The Associated Press ^ | June 3, 2009 | Maira Recio
    In an effort to put the lingering image of a failed government response to Hurricane Katrina to rest, the Obama Administration moved Wednesday to get about 5,000 Gulf Coast residents out of FEMA trailers through $50 million in housing vouchers and, for those interested, a chance to buy a trailer for as little as $1. A joint plan announced by the Federal Energy Management Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development would make the $50 million in newly appropriated money available on a priority basis to low-income Gulf Coast residents of Mississippi and Louisiana. There will also be...
  • You’re Doing a Heckuva Job, Timmy

    03/22/2009 5:55:58 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies · 1,069+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Frank Rich says this might be Pres. Obama’s Katrina moment. That would make Tim Geithner PBO’s Mike Brown. Which in turn might make some people’s blood run cold to hear the president say of Geithner, during his 60 Minutes interview broadcast this evening, that: “he is doing a terrific job.” [snip] Whereas in the case of Katrina, Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco bore much of the blame, in this case it is Geithner alone who apparently pushed to make the AIG bonuses, the ones that PBO has called an "outrage," legal. That's what the president calls a "terrific job"? View...
  • The Possible Mastermind of a Police State in America

    03/06/2009 10:11:25 AM PST · by unspun · 35 replies · 2,401+ views
    therealitycheck.org ^ | 3/4/2009 | Dr. Carl S. Parnell
    There are many government-led events in the United States that would infer that America might be moving in an unconstitutional direction. If AmericaÂ’s leaders were secretly moving in an unconstitutional direction, what government agency would be responsible for masterminding the creation of a police state in the United States? The possible culprit would be the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But, most Americans know very little about the operations of FEMA, except for its disastrous operations in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. However, all Americans should know just how powerful an agency FEMA is. Of course, it is...
  • Obama cabinet members check Gulf Coast recovery

    03/05/2009 1:10:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,189+ views
    The Conway Log Cabin Democrat ^ | March 5, 2009 | Michael Kunzelman
    NEW ORLEANS — Two members of President Barack Obama's cabinet said Thursday they are disturbed by the extent of damage that remains 3 1/2 years after Hurricane Katrina and pledged to speed the pace of rebuilding across the Gulf Coast. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced creation of new federal-state review teams to resolve funding disputes and a five-year, $50 million housing program. "What we have seen today makes us disturbed, angry even, to see some of the families living the way that they have," Donovan said from a 9th Ward housing...
  • Radio operators help replace antenna damaged in ice storms ( Missouri hams )

    12/31/2008 5:46:19 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies · 596+ views
    Southeast Missourian ^ | December 31, 2008 | Peg McNichol
    Cape Girardeau County emergency management director Dick Knaup and three volunteers took advantage of Tuesday's good weather... "We took the pieces of the antenna damaged by the storm off the tower and installed one new antenna and one old one," said Phil Nash, who volunteers for emergency management duties ... Amateur radio operators — nicknamed "hams" — are critical members of the communications process during an emergency. They are able to set up and operate off generators when telephones and other devices are not functioning. Knaup said amateur radio operators have a reputation for finding ingenious ways of creating a...
  • Katrina victims blame racism for slow aid

    12/31/2008 1:28:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies · 2,086+ views
    MSNBC ^ | December 6, 2005
    Black survivors of Hurricane Katrina said Tuesday that racism contributed to the slow disaster response, at times likening themselves in emotional congressional testimony to victims of genocide and the Holocaust. The comparison is inappropriate, according to Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. “Not a single person was marched into a gas chamber and killed,” Miller told the survivors. “They died from abject neglect,” retorted community activist Leah Hodges. “We left body bags behind... The people of New Orleans were stranded in a flood and were allowed to die.” Angry evacuees described being trapped in temporary shelters where one New Orleans resident said...
  • (Houston Mayor Bill) White announces (Texas US) Senate campaign via Web video

    12/16/2008 4:29:39 PM PST · by weegee · 44 replies · 1,090+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec 16, 2008 | ROLYN FEIBEL
    Houston Mayor Bill White used a Web video to announce his plan to run for U.S. Senate today.... He cites turbulent economic times, a rising federal deficit and high unemployment rates in the video, saying "this may be an opportunity for our nation to do things it has only dreamed of before..." White previously worked as deputy secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy under President Clinton and as chief executive of the Wedge Group, a Houston-based holding company with interests in oil-field services, engineering and real estate. In comments today, he also highlighted signature domestic issues such as health...
  • AFTER 3 YEARS, BIOLOGIST FINALLY HAS Date with dolphins (Mississippi)

    11/24/2008 5:33:23 AM PST · by Islander7 · 6 replies · 656+ views
    SUN HERALD ^ | Nov 24, 2008 | By RYAN LaFONTAINE
    The museum area of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies features interactive displays for learning about marine life at the new facility in Gulfport. Marine Life post Hurricane Katrina New research, rehab facility features museum GULFPORT -- Dolphin lovers at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies are flipping over their new state-of-the-art museum and research facility expected to open in the next few weeks. IMMS President Dr. Moby Solangi, a marine biologist who spent more than two decades working with dolphins at Marine Life Oceanarium, said the new 12-acre Center for Marine Education and Research will open as soon...
  • Freddie Mac to Invest $1 Billion in Hurricane Zone (2005)

    09/19/2008 5:01:36 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 7 replies · 139+ views
    WaPo ^ | Oct 13, 2005 | Annys Shin
    Housing finance company Freddie Mac plans to put $1 billion into mortgages and home-repair loans in areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina, an effort praised by critics of the company as Congress considers legislation to increase regulation of Freddie and its larger rival, Fannie Mae. In Baton Rouge, La., yesterday, Freddie Mac chairman and chief executive Richard F. Syron and members of the Louisiana congressional delegation announced Freddie Mac's plan to buy $1 billion worth of bonds from state and local housing finance agencies. By accepting a below-market rate of return on the bonds, the purchase will allow cut-rate financing for...
  • Former President Jimmy Carter in town helping with rebuilding effort

    05/14/2008 4:51:33 PM PDT · by Baladas · 5 replies · 116+ views
    WWLTV ^ | May 14, 2008 | Jill Hezeau
    Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn were in New Orleans Wednesday doing their part to help rebuild the Gulf Coast. Video: Watch the Story Carter was among dozens of volunteers helping Habitat for Humanity rebuild a home in the Upper Ninth Ward. Carter and his wife were in the area last May when the 100th home was built – now they are back to celebrate another milestone: the 25th anniversary of the Carter Work Project.
  • UN Experts Criticize New Orleans Housing

    03/03/2008 9:09:35 PM PST · by BnBlFlag · 28 replies · 131+ views
    AP ^ | 2/28/08 | Bradley S. Klapper
    GENEVA (AP) — Two human rights experts for the United Nations on Thursday criticized a plan by New Orleans authorities to raze public housing projects, saying it will force the predominantly black residents into homelessness. They charged that demolition would harm thousands of people by denying them a place to live in a city where housing already is scarce since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. The joint statement was not a U.N. finding, but only the individual views of Miloon Kothari, a special investigator on housing matters for the U.N. Human Rights Council, and Gay McDougall, a lawyer who...
  • Katrina Nation

    03/13/2008 3:42:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 821+ views
    Townhall ^ | February 29, 2008 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    When Woodrow Wilson went to Congress to ask for a declaration of war in 1917, the U.S. Army was ranked 17th in the world, behind Portugal. On Armistice Day, 19 months later, there were 2 million doughboys in France, where they had helped to break the back of Gen. Ludendorff's theretofore invincible army in its final offensive, and 2 million more in the United States ready to march on Berlin. No other nation could have done that. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, FDR demanded that a disarmed America "build 50,000 planes" -- a seemingly impossible number, but one...
  • For Katrina Evacuees, A Chance to Be Heard: Their Votes May Be Pivotal in Texas (Obama)

    02/24/2008 11:24:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 351+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2008 | Krissah Williams
    HOUSTON -- In a cramped guard booth on the edge of a community of luxury townhouses, the sense of helplessness that has become so familiar to Gregory Sam since Hurricane Katrina uprooted him from his home town of New Orleans can become all-consuming. "I'm struggling," said Sam, 29, a college graduate who took an $8-an-hour post as a security guard after more than 20 job interviews led to nothing. "I feel like I'm isolated in the country somewhere . . . in a time warp." For the nearly quarter-million people such as Sam who were evacuated to Texas after the...
  • Students get Apple laptops

    02/18/2008 11:52:44 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies · 219+ views
    2 the Advocate ^ | Published: Feb 17, 2008 | By JAMES MINTON
    BAINS — West Feliciana Middle School sixth-graders left school last Tuesday with laptop computers and words of encouragement and caution. The students are participating in “Turn on to Learning,” a $5 million initiative to put Apple MacBook computers into the hands of more that 3,500 sixth-graders and their teachers across the state. West Feliciana’s students received their computers last fall, and Tuesday was their first opportunity to use them at home. “I think the kids are so excited about it, that they’ll take care of them,” Principal Darryl Powell said. “The parents are excited, too. They’re so proud their kids...
  • Mission trips open Yorkers' eyes to Gulf Coast destruction

    02/15/2008 11:55:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 402+ views
    The York Dispatch (Pennsylvania) ^ | February 14, 2008 | Eyana Adah McMillan
    Tom Kauffman thought that once a storm blew over people could go home, clean up a few things and return back to normal, everyday life. But two mission trips to Biloxi, Miss., changed his thinking. People are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. "A storm doesn't just blow over and people don't go back to their homes the next day," said Kauffman, 69, of Manchester Township. "There's a lot of pain and suffering and a lot of waiting. I opened my eyes up." Kauffman plans to return to Biloxi a third...
  • Gun Seized After Katrina? NRA Wants You

    12/26/2007 7:42:17 PM PST · by Baladas · 9 replies · 138+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2007-12-26 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Rifle Association has hired private investigators to find hundreds of people whose firearms were seized by city police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to court papers filed this week. The NRA is trying to locate gun owners for a federal lawsuit that the lobbying group filed against Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Superintendent Warren Riley over the city's seizure of firearms after the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane. In the lawsuit, the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation claim the city violated gun owners' constitutional right to bear arms and left them "at...
  • RELIEF EFFORTS FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA (Duncan Hunter Archives)

    11/12/2007 11:57:26 AM PST · by pissant · 13 replies · 161+ views
    Library of Congress ^ | 9/8/2005 | Duncan Hunter
    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from California (Mr. Hunter) is recognized for 5 minutes. Mr. HUNTER. Madam Speaker, I want to talk a little bit about the wonderful people of Rescue Task Force who are headquartered in San Diego, who have been operating in the disaster area in New Orleans, and use that discussion about them to reflect on all the great private efforts and public efforts to help the victims who have been created by this incredible disaster in New Orleans. Rescue Task Force is a small group. It is headed...
  • Damned If You Do: Bush Visit Will 'Distract' From CA Firefighting

    10/23/2007 4:01:54 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies · 111+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    President Bush has shown that he can be empathetic, sensitive and decisive. But those qualities eluded him for days after Hurricane Katrina . . . He didn't cancel his vacation until two days after Katrina struck and didn't visit the region until four days after the storm. -- "A compassionate Bush was absent right after Katrina", USA Today, 9-9-05 USA Today's broadside is typical of the MSM criticism leveled at Pres. Bush for his failure to visit New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. So, now that President Bush has announced that he will be visiting California on Thursday while the wildfire...
  • Brian Williams Defends Gunpoint Katrina Looting: Desperate Heads of Family

    08/29/2007 5:15:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 69 replies · 1,845+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about your bigotry of low expectations . . . Brian Williams has defended armed looting during Katrina as the work of heads of family providing for their own. The NBC Nightly News anchor is in New Orleans on the second Katrina anniversary. He appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" at 7:30 A.M. EDT. Williams first passed along a predictable race-and-classed based explanation of the botched relief efforts. BRIAN WILLIAMS: That's when human life started to degrade. That's when people ran out of of bathroom facilities and started having to use the entire [Superdome]: no power, no circulating air, and worse,...
  • Fed: Trade frictions threaten resilient economy

    08/29/2007 1:25:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 394+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 25, 2007 | Ros Krasny
    BILOXI, Mississippi (Reuters) - Officials from the Federal Reserve on Saturday warned of dangers from a rising tide of trade disputes and the harmful impact on what one otherwise termed a "resilient" United States economy. Three regional Fed presidents steered clear of current economic or monetary policy topics at a panel discussion on the southern U.S. economy at the Southern Governors' Association conference. The presidents of the St. Louis, Dallas and Atlanta Feds, respectively, mostly focused on the dangers of protectionism and the need for an educated and flexible work force to cope with rising foreign competition. The governors convened...
  • Medical experts never testified in Katrina hospital deaths

    08/26/2007 11:12:24 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 234 replies · 2,426+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/26/07 | Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
    (CNN) -- A New Orleans grand jury that declined to indict a doctor on charges that she murdered patients in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina never heard testimony from five medical experts brought in by the state to analyze the deaths. All five concluded that as many as nine patients were victims of homicide. In detailed, written statements, the five specialists -- whose expertise includes forensic medicine, medical ethics and palliative care -- determined that patients at Memorial Medical Center had been deliberately killed with overdoses of drugs after Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005. The grand jury had...
  • Once and Always Trial Lawyer: The lamentable Edwards campaign.

    08/21/2007 7:46:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 953+ views
    The National Review ^ | August 21, 2007 | Rich Lowry
    Francois de La Rochefoucauld had a point when he said, in his frequently quoted formulation, that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. In the case of John Edwards, however, hypocrisy is simply a way of life. The infamous $400 haircut — actually, some of his hairstyling sessions ran as much as $1,200 all told — wasn’t a freak embarrassment for a candidate so self-righteously devoted to the poor. It was part of a pattern so pervasive that it has become the defining aspect of Edwards’s candidacy. When he lambasted hedge funds for incorporating offshore to avoid or...
  • [JOHN]EDWARDS HEDGE FUND $OAKS 'CANE VICTIMS

    08/19/2007 8:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1,315+ views
    The New York Post ^ | August 18, 2007 | ANDY SOLTIS
    Embarrassed presidential hopeful John Edwards promised yesterday to take millions of dollars of his own fortune out of a hedge fund tied to subprime lenders who foreclosed on victims of Hurricane Katrina. The populist candidate - who has denounced such lenders - invested $16 million of his $30 million in assets in Fortress Investment Group. The Wall Street Journal reported that 34 New Orleans homeowners struggling to overcome Katrina's aftermath faced foreclosure suits from subprime-lending units of Fortress. Yesterday, the red-faced Democratic candidate vowed to remove from his portfolio any Fortress funds that have a stake in those lender units....
  • Louisiana Attorney General Won't Drop Hurricane Katrina Euthanasia Case

    07/26/2007 4:52:26 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies · 905+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/26/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) -- Just one day after a grand jury decided not to indict Dr. Anna Pou on charges that she allegedly euthanized patients in the dreadful aftermath following Hurricane Katrina, the state's attorney general will not drop the case. Attorney General Charles Foti has asked a state judge to release previously sealed documents. Foti wants the judge to release documents that has been used in the investigation of the deaths at Memorial Medical Center. The documents were sealed when Foti gave Judge Calvin Johnson the search warrants, subpoena requests and other records in January 2006. Judge Johnson...