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  • Decade After Katrina, Pointing Finger More Firmly at Army Corps

    05/24/2015 11:17:19 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and JOHN SCHWARTZ
    NEW ORLEANS — Nearly 10 years on, one might assume that the case of Hurricane Katrina is closed. That the catastrophic flooding of this city was caused not merely by a powerful storm but primarily by fatal engineering flaws in the city’s flood protection system has been proved by experts, acknowledged by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and underscored by residents here to anyone who might suggest otherwise. But the efforts to establish responsibility with ever more precision — to ascertain just how many of those flaws were due to engineering, politics or money — have not stopped....
  • Brian Williams Katrina Diary: No Floating Body Nor Dysentery But Lots of Bush Bashing

    02/08/2015 9:19:43 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 8, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Ironically, the biggest witness against the exaggerated claims of Brian Williams' Hurricane Katrina fabulism turns out to be Brian Williams himself. His diary entries in the NBC News Daily Nightly online journal from the time of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans to the aftermath several days later shows no mention of his many disputed claims. A detailed analysis of Brian Williams' Daily Nightly journal entries from August 29, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans until our puppy-rescuing hero was safely out of harm's way shows no references to a floating body in the French quarter, drinking floodwater, catching dysentery,...
  • Brian Williams and Hillary Clinton have demonstrated their contempt for the American people

    02/07/2015 4:58:02 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 39 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 7, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    The New Orleans Advocate reports: "NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who apologized on the air Wednesday night for lying about an experience covering the Iraq War, is now facing scrutiny over his gripping accounts of Hurricane Katrina, the disaster that burnished his nightly news bona fides almost a decade ago. Williams’ account of seeing a body float by in the French Quarter — which remained largely dry — and even a claim of catching dysentery from drinking Katrina floodwaters have raised eyebrows among bloggers and elsewhere since he took it on the chin this week over a claim that he...
  • Chopper Whopper: Brian Williams Told Eerily Similar Katrina Story

    02/05/2015 10:19:02 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 5, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    A life threatening situation for Brian Williams. Fortunately the danger passes and the NBC News anchorman remains friends with his rescuer to this day. If that sounds like his story about his helicopter supposedly being hit by an RPG in Iraq, a fable that he was forced to apologize for, as well as his subsequent rescue by an army sergeant, it also sounds eerily similar to a story he told about Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The SooperMexican blog made the discovery of Brian Williams' Katrina rescue story. It remains to be seen how authentic this story is but SooperMexican...
  • Why did billionaire pay Clinton $15 million?

    glaringly missing from the summary was mention of $15 million in fees paid by Burkle's Yucaipa Global Opportunities Fund since 2002
  • Obama’s Onslaught Against Non-Profits

    12/14/2014 5:04:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    With the attempt to limit the deductibility of contributions to charities by high-earners, the Obama Administration has opened a multi-front attack against the American tradition of “neighbor helping neighbor” and financially successful people turning large portions of their wealth over to charities that improve the American culture in august manners. The governmental power grab competes with the attempts to control the financial sector for its significance and may exceed it in the long-term effect upon our culture. One first has to marvel at how liberals can twist logic to rationalize a tax increase. It happens regularly from the local government...
  • Clinic worker “my heart breaks” because some women can’t kill their children

    12/07/2014 9:33:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | June 3, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    The Abortioneers is a blog written by abortion clinic workers. One clinic worker discusses what happens when women miss their abortion appointments because of natural disasters: “When Hurricane Katrina hit I was working in the South at an abortion clinic. I remember hearing stories through our networks of women desperately trying to find an abortion clinic after they were evacuated because the hurricane caused them to miss their appointment. … At my clinic when there were a few times we were forced to close due to circumstances beyond our control, we would “freeze” the fee for women so that they...
  • Beyond Single Issues: Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    09/13/2014 6:36:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Indypendent ^ | September 12, 2014 | Deirdre Smith
    It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis. It was all over the news in August: images of police pointing military-grade weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Michael Brown, his family and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and felt the fear I have for my own family. In the wake of the climate disaster that was Hurricane...
  • Ebola Is Obama's "Katrina", And He's More Worried About Africans Than Americans???

    10/04/2014 5:39:16 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    10/04/14
    Where is Obama's Surgeon General? Why is the the Administration silent and allowing a deadly pandemic, that can't be detected for 3 weeks, to come into our country? Why is the border STILL NOT SECURE?
  • Hillary Clinton recalls Mary Landrieu's leadership post-Katrina at New Orleans rally

    11/02/2014 6:39:44 AM PST · by dennisw · 42 replies
    nola ^ | November 01, 2014 | Cole Avery,
    Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton said she learned all she needed to know about Sen. Mary Landrieu by watching her work to get funding for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Clinton recalled she and Landrieu's experience in the U.S. Senate together during a get-out-the-vote rally at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans on Saturday. She touted Landrieu's leadership and how she prioritized Louisiana's women and families while urging the crowd to vote Tuesday. Clinton and Landrieu served in the Senate together from 2001-2009. Clinton said her greatest memories of Landrieu came in the aftermath of Katrina. She remembered Landrieu...
  • In Senate runoff attack on GOP challenger, (still exempt) Mary Landrieu shoots, misses

    11/09/2014 5:57:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/09/14 | Howard Portnoy
    **SNIP** When this hospital needed a champion to build and rebuild, literally out of the rubble of Katrina and Rita, ... where was Bill? In the video found here, Landrieu trumpets her own record, referring to herself in the third person, while damning Cassidy as “wishy-washy, unreliable, undependable, not sure who he is, not sure who he was, and not sure who he wants to be.” It would have made for great optics and might have helped her in a runoff pundits are predicting she will lose if Cassidy hadn't tweeted back an answer to her question: “Mary Landrieu wants...
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu makes big changes in her campaign as runoff vs. Bill Cassidy looms

    11/05/2014 1:13:06 PM PST · by abb · 39 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | November 5, 2014 | Melinda Deslatte
    Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu heads into a Dec. 6 runoff as a clear underdog, struggling for another six-year term against a wave of conservatism and Republicans looking to pad their new Senate majority. Fifty-eight percent of voters chose another candidate on Tuesday over the 18-year incumbent. She has the distinction of being the last Democratic statewide elected official in a state where President Barack Obama remains highly unpopular. And her main campaign theme of clout was undercut when her party was forced into minority status: Even if she’s re-elected, Landrieu will lose her vaunted chairmanship of the Senate’s energy committee...
  • Landrieu Backs Into A Buzzsaw: Attack On Cassidy Backfires Horribly [VIDEO]

    11/07/2014 10:55:24 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 83 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/07/2014 | DEREK HUNTER
    In the fight of her political life, Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu took the gloves off on day 1 of the runoff election between her and Republican candidate Bill Cassidy. Fewer than 24 hours later, the attack Landrieu launched went horribly wrong. The day after neither candidate reached the 50 percent plus 1 vote threshold, Sen. Landrieu held a press conference where she slammed her opponent as absent during the devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Standing in front of a VA Medical Center construction site, Landrieu called Cassidy “wishy-washy, unreliable, undependable, not sure who he is, not sure who...
  • Landrieu off to Bad Start in Louisiana Runoff Election [satire]

    11/09/2014 8:13:25 AM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) got off to a bad start in her desperate bid to hold onto her seat. In an attempt to characterize her Republican opponent Bill Cassidy as “unreliable” and “undependable,” Landrieu demanded to know what he had done to help the state recover from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Cassidy, an MD, responded that he had been working to provide medical aid to refugees of the storm. With help from friends and neighbors he and his physicians’ group set up an emergency treatment center in an abandoned K-Mart. Landrieu shruugged this off as “small potatoes. While my opponent...
  • The new GOP Senate is already gearing up to cause climate mayhem (OHNOZ)

    11/06/2014 5:00:13 PM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    grist.org ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Ben Adler
    On Tuesday night, Republicans won big: They picked up governorships in blue states like Maryland, Massachusetts, and Illinois, and they held House seats in competitive districts with embarrassing incumbents like Michael Grimm of New York, who physically threatened a reporter and is under indictment for tax evasion. But their biggest win by far was taking control of the U.S. Senate. As of this writing, Republicans had already secured 52 Senate seats, thanks to knocking off Democratic incumbents or replacing retiring Democrats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Another GOP pick up is probable in...
  • Landrieu's Katrina Attack on Cassidy Backfires

    11/08/2014 8:02:30 AM PST · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    Fighting for her political life and effectively abandoned by the Democratic Party, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu went on the attack against Rep. Bill Cassidy, the Republican congressman challenging her in next month’s runoff. At a Thursday press conference in front of a Veterans Affairs medical facility, Landrieu tried to contrast her efforts to secure federal money for her state after Hurricane Katrina hit the state in September 2005 with Cassidy’s supposed failure to lift a finger.
  • ‘Stepped right into that propeller': Sen. Mary Landrieu’s #WhereWasBill tweet backfires

    11/08/2014 8:12:27 AM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | november 7, 2014
    As Twitchy reported yesterday, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing a runoff election Dec. 6, has resumed campaigning on Twitter, although her #WhereWasBill tweet racked up only one favorite and zero retweets in its first four hours online. (Nearly 24 hours later, it’s up to three retweets and two favorites.) Landrieu’s resurrected Twitter campaign has finally caught someone’s attention, although that person is her opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, who was happy to answer where he was during Hurricane Katrina. Check out the favorites and retweets on this one. Bill Cassidy        ✔ @BillCassidy Mary Landrieu wants to know where I was during Hurricane Katrina? Setting...
  • 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...