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  • June 6, 1944: The Greatest Day of the 20th Century

    06/05/2016 9:22:52 PM PDT · by pboyington · 49 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 5, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in...
  • 1961 speech Eisenhower Warns us of New World Order

    10/10/2015 12:02:13 PM PDT · by 100American · 16 replies
    Himself via You Tube ^ | 1961 | Dwight David Eisenhower
    To All, Please view this video as it sets the stage for where we are now from a 1961 perspective, from the Top down... Watch and See...
  • Donald Trump says 1950s 'Operation Wetback' is model immigration plan

    09/30/2015 4:32:12 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 83 replies
    Donald Trump said that if he were to become president of the United States, part of his immigration policy would be modeled directly after a 1950s policy called "Operation Wetback." In an interview published online for 60 Minutes Overtime, Trump told CBS anchor and correspondent Scott Pelley that his immigration plan to deport all undocumented immigrants in the country and allow them to come in on a per-case basis can work because President Dwight D. Eisenhower did it more than half a century ago. "We are rounding them up in a very humane way, in a very nice way, and...
  • How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico

    09/09/2015 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    THe Chriustian Science Monitor ^ | July 6,2006 | John Dillin
    WASHINGTON — George W. Bush isn't the first Republican president to face a full-blown immigration crisis on the US-Mexican border. Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America's southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond. President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today's force. The operation...
  • How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico

    08/23/2015 3:33:06 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 166 replies
    CSMonitor ^ | July 6 2006 | John Dillon
    How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico By John Dillin JULY 6, 2006 Save for later WASHINGTON — George W. Bush isn't the first Republican president to face a full-blown immigration crisis on the US-Mexican border. Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America's southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond. President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively...
  • No One Like's Ike's Memorial

    07/30/2014 3:26:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7-29-14 | Stephanie Wang
    House report could doom Frank Gehry design After more than a decade of planning and $44 million spent, a proposed memorial for President Dwight D. Eisenhower may never be built. A House Committee on Natural Resources report published last week revealed the extent of the money wasted on the already controversial project. Construction for the Eisenhower memorial has not begun and the proposed design has not been approved, but the Eisenhower Commission, which was established as a staff of 12 in 1999, has already spent tens of millions of dollars on the project. Much of that money has gone to...
  • PETER LUCAS: Obama's D-Day (satire)

    06/16/2014 9:23:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Sentinel & Enterprise ^ | 6-3-14 | Peter Lucas
    Here is a transcript of the trans-Atlantic telephone conversation that would have taken place between General Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower, commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, and President Barack Obama on the eve of the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944. Friday is the 70th anniversary of the landing. President Obama: General, are you sure we are doing the right thing by going ahead with this invasion? Ike: It's too late to turn back now. Obama: I should have flown to Berchtesgaden and talked with Mr. Hitler. Or at least called. Ike: He won't take your calls. Obama: OK, Ike. But...
  • Masters landmark Ike's Tree suffers major damage, removed

    02/17/2014 5:45:35 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | 2-16-2014 | John Boyette
    Golf’s most famous pine tree is no longer guarding the 17th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. The Eisenhower Tree suffered major damage in an ice storm and was removed over the weekend, the club confirmed Sunday. Photos showed major limb damage, particularly on the left side and top of the tree. “The loss of the Eisen­hower Tree is difficult news to accept,” Augusta National and Masters Chairman Billy Payne said in a prepared statement. “We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible.” The Masters landmark, also known as Ike’s Tree,...
  • Ike's Son Remembers George S. Patton Jr.

    12/22/2013 10:26:40 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 23 replies
    American Heritage Magazine ^ | Summer 2012 | John D. Eisenhower
    <p>On the morning of December 19, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower strode into the gloomy school building in Verdun that housed the main headquarters of General Omar Bradley’s Twelfth Army Group. He had called a meeting of all the senior commanders under Bradley. More than just the building was gloomy; the weather outside was a dark gray, and the tactical situation facing the American Army in Europe was also dark. Adolf Hitler’s gigantic Ardennes counteroffensive had been launched three days before, and German Gen. Hasso von Manteuffels’s Fifth Panzer Army was about to surround the all-important road junction at Bastogne. The news had reached the United States, and near panic reigned from across the ocean.</p>
  • John Eisenhower, Historian and Ike's Son, Dies

    12/21/2013 8:17:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | December 21, 2013 | Douglass K. Daniel
    John S.D. Eisenhower, the son of a five-star general turned president who forged his own career in the U.S. Army and then chronicled the history of the American military in numerous books, died Saturday. He was 91.
  • Censoring Eisenhower and Religious Freedom in the Military

    07/29/2013 5:40:02 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7-29-13 | Tony Perkins
    If President Eisenhower were alive today, the five-star general may be shocked to know that his own speeches are too offensive to be quoted in the military he used to command. A military chaplain has been taken to task for fulfilling the job description that most spiritual leaders (until recently) were hired to do: talk about faith. In a harmless post for his online website, "Chaplain's Corner," Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes (USAF) of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska wrote an inspirational piece called, "No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II." The phrase, which President Eisenhower...
  • Forcing Us To Face The Horror...Gosnell

    When future President, General Dwight Eisenhower oversaw the liberation of German run concentration camps, he commanded his troops to round-up as many German civilians as possible, and forced them to tour the camps, so that none of them could say, "We didn't know what was going on out there...". Eisenhower wanted to force the German population to fully face the evil that they had allowed in their midst. They had to march through the camps, in order to witness the stacks of bodies, the louse infested barracks, the massive crematoriums, the human survivors who looked like skeletons. Ordinary German citizens...
  • Hamburg First German Ship to Deploy in U.S. Carrier Strike Group

    04/05/2013 12:50:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Navy News Service ^ | 4/3/2013 | Lt. Timothy Gorman
    Hamburg First German Ship to Deploy in U.S. Carrier Strike Group By Lt. Timothy Gorman ABOARD FGS HAMBURG (F220) AT SEA (NNS) -- The German Sachsen-class frigate Hamburg (F220) is the first German ship to fully integrate and deploy with an American carrier strike group, and April 3 marks her second week of operating in the North Arabian Sea with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE). The Hamburg will stay a part of the strike group until the group's completion of operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. Both Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, commander CSG 8, and...
  • Eisenhower Family Wants Ike Memorial Scrapped

    03/20/2012 11:58:56 PM PDT · by iowamark · 21 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | March 20, 2012 | Brian William Greene
    Susan Eisenhower tells Congressional hearing that her grandfather wouldn't understand proposed memorial At a Capitol Hill hearing on the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on Tuesday, Susan Eisenhower, the 34th president's granddaughter, recommended designers of the space go back to the drawing board. She argued that the current design—which features a depiction of Eisenhower as a boy flanked by stone blocks—has more in common with the socialist realist memorials of the Soviet Union and Moaist China than current U.S. monuments to great American presidents. "A re-design is the only way to make this process acceptable," Susan Eisenhower told lawmakers. "Ike...
  • Eisenhower family demands stop to planned memorial

    03/20/2012 8:27:37 AM PDT · by Doogle · 58 replies · 1+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | 3/20/12 | FOX
    The family members of Dwight D. Eisenhower are upset over a memorial for the late president that prominently features a small monument showing "Ike" as a child and barefoot rather than giving greater attention to the war hero and world leader he became. "President Eisenhower's contribution to this nation is not the central theme to this design," Susan Eisenhower, the president's granddaughter, testified Tuesday to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.
  • Eisenhower's Family Objects to Memorial Design

    02/07/2012 7:57:00 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 67 replies
    Newser ^ | Feb 7 2012 | John Johnson
    A memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower is scheduled to be unveiled on the Washington Mall in 2015, but first a thorny dispute needs to be resolved between Eisenhower's family and renowned architect Frank Gehry. Ike's relatives think Gehry's design—which features a statue of Eisenhower as boy in Kansas looking out on vistas of his future accomplishments—as a country bumpkin. They are demanding changes before the project moves forward, and Gehry has yet to comment publicly, notes the New York Times. (The AP had a similar story last month.) “He was chief of staff of the Army; he was a two-term...
  • How Eisenhower Solved Illegal Border Crossings from Mexico

    11/27/2011 4:46:13 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 82 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 6, 2006 | John Dillin
    Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America's southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond. President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today's force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol. Although there is little to no record of this operation...
  • Obama Increased Debt More in 4 Days Than Truman and Eisenhower Did in 10 Years

    08/10/2011 9:19:06 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 7 replies ^ | Aug 10 2011 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    In just four days last week, President Barack Obama’s administration increased the national debt by more in inflation-adjusted dollars than the administrations of Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower increased the national debt over the entire decade of the 1950s. At the start of business on Tuesday, Aug. 2, according to the Daily Treasury Statement, the national debt subject to the legal limit was $14.293975 trillion. Obama signed legislation that day lifting the limit by as much as $2.4 trillion—with an initial and immediate increase in the limit of $400 billion. By the close of business on Friday, Aug....
  • Going Home To Glory

    11/22/2010 6:00:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | November 22, 2010 | David Stokes
    The snow had fallen in massive quantities the night before and the temperature had plummeted to single digits. And the man who had provided steady and unruffled guidance to the United States of America during a potentially turbulent time, likely found himself watching the weather every bit as much as his sense of duty drove him to keep an eye on the very world itself. He had a trip planned that day—one he had been looking forward to for a while. It was more than an excursion from one place to another; it was a journey from glory to glory....
  • Would President Eisenhowers Successful Government Program Used To Deport Illegal's Work Today?

    07/06/2010 7:04:51 PM PDT · by Retired Intelligence Officer · 33 replies
    Think about it. Back in the mid 1950s, President Eisenhower was faced with a mass influx of illegal aliens crossing over the Mexican border into the United States. People were complaining of the same thing back then like they are doing today. That the illegals were taking jobs for less pay compared to what the average American was making and that also they were dangerous to society. Ike proposed a plan and had one of his generals inpliment it. The plan was to round up and deport the illegals deep into Mexico by ships and once word got out that...
  • Roger Waters on wheat-pasting over the Elliott Smith memorial wall...

    05/05/2010 11:05:33 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 36 replies · 715+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 5, 2010 | | August Brown
    ...his recent campaign to wheat-paste an anti-war quote from President Eisenhower across American cities to promote his touring revival of the Floyd staple “The Wall” unexpectedly proved his point, after his employees pasted the quote over the storefront of Solutions speaker repair in Silver Lake. The wall has served as an impromptu fan memorial to the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith for nearly a decade. Smith passed away in Los Angeles in 2003, and fans have left personal messages and quoted lyrics on the wall, the backdrop to the cover art of his album “Figure 8,” ever since. But as of...
  • New York Post: Truman, Ike, Reagan: Next Up, Sarah Palin!

    03/17/2010 7:46:25 AM PDT · by MaxCUA · 298 replies · 3,160+ views
    THE ISSUE: Whether presidential candidates today have character, as their predecessors did. In looking for a president with the character of Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan, Ralph Peters asks, "Will we ever again have a president who didn't go to an Ivy League school, who knows what it's like to struggle -- as so many Americans struggle every day -- and who's tasted defeat, but got back in the ring with his dukes up?" ("Why Our 'Post-Modern Presidents' Fail,"). The answer is "yes." Her name is Sarah Palin. etc...
  • How to Cure Illegal Immigration: Bring Back President Eisenhower's 'Operation Wetback'.

    Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America's southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond. President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today's force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol. on June 17, 1954, what was called "Operation Wetback" began....
  • Declassified Ike documents show '50s not so serene

    07/29/2009 1:39:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies · 1,532+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/29/09 | John Milburn - ap
    TOPEKA, Kan. – President Dwight D. Eisenhower grappled with topics like relations with Iran and stability in Iraq during an era that was far more complex than thought, newly declassified documents show. The papers illustrate that the 1950s, long viewed as an idyllic time of "I Love Lucy" and cars with tail fins, were fraught with delicate policy challenges. "What's ironic is that the issues that Eisenhower was dealing with 50 or so years ago are the issues that the Obama administration is dealing with today," Eisenhower Presidential Library director Karl Weissenbach said Wednesday. "The records show the U.S. has...
  • Galveston residents still rebuilding a year after Ike

    06/05/2009 1:30:04 PM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 26 replies · 860+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 5, 2009 | Juan A. Lozano
    GALVESTON — Another hurricane season is the last thing Galveston wants to think about after last year's devastation from Hurricane Ike.
  • Obama admits US involvement in Iran coup in 1953

    06/04/2009 1:32:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 283 replies · 11,006+ views
    AFP ^ | 6/4/2009
    US President Barack Obama made a major gesture of conciliation to Iran on Thursday when he admitted US involvement in the 1953 coup which overthrew the government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. "In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government," Obama said during his keynote speech to the Muslim world in Cairo. It is the first time a serving US president has publicly admitted American involvement in the coup. (snip) Obama also said: "For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to...
  • President Eisenhower Meets the Aliens? (from space, not Mexico)

    05/30/2009 10:47:29 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 32 replies · 1,995+ views
    ufo evidence dot org ^ | 5-2009 (orig 1989) | Moore
    President Eisenhower Meets the Aliens? William L. Moore, Gazette, Hollywood, California, March 29, 1989 original source | fair use notice Summary: The story about Eisenhower's February 1954 trip to Palm Springs for a winter holiday, and his subsequent late Saturday night disappearance, has fueled rumors that Eisenhower traveled to nearby Edwards Air Force Base to meet with aliens. One of the best recounting of this rumor was done by William Moore a prominent California researcher who traveled to the Eisenhower Library to do research and actually interviewed the wife of one of the key witnesses to the story. UFOS...EXPLORING THE...
  • Texas Sees Baby Boom After Ike

    05/12/2009 10:59:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies · 497+ views
    AOL News ^ | May 12, 2009 | None Attributed
    Some nine months ago, as Texas was walloped by Hurricane Ike, many residents took advantage of being stuck at home with no electricity and started making babies. According to the San Antonio Express-News, doctors who work in Houston's busiest maternity ward said they're seeing a 25 percent spike in pregnancies that are due in June. "There’s about a 25 percent increase in the number of deliveries coming up in mid-June to mid-July," a physician at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas said. One pregnant mother who's due June 10 put it this way: "You can only do so much when there’s...
  • Galveston delegation seeks fed dollars

    02/06/2009 11:59:18 AM PST · by mnehring · 18 replies · 528+ views
    ...The Galveston officials also sought congressional support Thursday for more than $25 million in the massive economic stimulus package working its way through Congress. The money, officials said, would go toward "shovel-ready" construction projects. Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison promised to continue to help the city recover from Hurricane Ike. ...Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said he believed that lawmakers could persuade Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano to waive a requirement that the community must pay a share of recovery costs, just as the Bush administration forgave Louisiana communities' share following Hurricane Katrina. ...Tom Lizardo, chief of staff for...
  • In 1900, Galveston was nearly erased

    01/15/2009 12:07:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies · 1,068+ views
    nydailynews ^ | Saturday, September 13th 2008, | CORKY SIEMASZKO
    It was the storm of the century - the 20th century.  Before Katrina became shorthand for nature's fury, there was the unnamed hurricane of 1900 that nearly wiped Galveston, Tex., off the map. An estimated 6,000 people were killed when the Category 4 storm packing 135 mph winds made landfall on Sept. 8, 1900, making it the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history.  Now it could get whacked again by Hurricane Ike.LIVE TRACKER: FOLLOW IKE'S PATH In 1900, Galveston, located on a flat island off the Texas coast, was a boom town with 42,000 residents. It was then the biggest...
  • Public can address lawmakers about Hurricane Ike

    12/28/2008 9:57:59 PM PST · by BellStar · 16 replies · 705+ views
    Galveston The Daily News ^ | December 29, 2008 | From staff reports
    County residents next week will have a chance to air concerns to state lawmakers and area leaders about Hurricane Ike recovery efforts. The committee on Hurricane Ike will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, allowing the public to tell state lawmakers and area leaders what issues and obstacles they face almost four months after the storm struck Southeast Texas on Sept. 13, causing catastrophic flooding from storm surge and displacing thousands of people from their homes. The storm was the third most destructive to ever make landfall in the United States. The committee has...
  • Kemah Family Spends Christmas In FEMA Trailer

    12/26/2008 8:24:15 AM PST · by BellStar · 75 replies · 1,453+ views
    CLICK 2 HOUSTON ^ | DEC 26, 2008 | By Elizabeth Scarborough
    KEMAH, Texas - A family of 15 spent their Christmas morning opening presents in a 14-by-60-foot trailer provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, KPRC Local 2 reported. "Normally, we don't go real big, but we allowed them to because we haven't bought anything since the house flooded,"
  • Ike Videos

    11/23/2008 7:12:55 PM PST · by ru4liberty · 5 replies · 407+ views
    My aunt, who used to live in Texas City, moved to Austin this summer. I collected these videos for her and thought some of my fellow Gulf Coast FReepers as well as some of those on NN's ping list might be interested in viewing them.
  • (Galveston) County Defers Justice Center (FEMA) Trailer Plan

    11/20/2008 12:16:27 PM PST · by anymouse · 2 replies · 675+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | November 20, 2008 | T.J. Aulds
    Two large land tracts that had been eyed as possible locations for temporary mobile home communities for those displaced by Hurricane Ike look to be off the table. County commissioners Wednesday deferred considering a plan for the federal government to conduct a detailed assessment of property in front of the County Criminal Justice Center in Galveston and on Monday, the city of Hitchcock rejected a plan to put a community at Jack Brooks Park. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had eyed those two locations to place mobile homes for 319 of the estimated 1,000 people eligible for temporary housing in...
  • Kemah Tx. Boardwalk partially reopens. The Boardwalk Bullet is up and running!

    11/19/2008 8:04:20 AM PST · by BellStar · 53 replies · 2,087+ views
    Kemah.Net ^ | Nov. 19, 2008 | BellStar
    Kemah Boardwalk partially reopens. The Boardwalk Bullet is up and running! Check it out!One of Kemah's greatest assets is its location on Galveston Bay. The Bay and Kemah waterfront draw visitors to Kemah from throughout the world. Hurricane Ike’s storm surge caused roughly $450 million in damage to Kemah homes, businesses and city infrastructure, this does not include the Kemah Boardwalk or Marina. Many restaurants and business have already re-opened and the Boardwalk is opening a few restaurants at a time should be in full swing well before spring break "Better than ever"!
  • Recovery, Ruin Visible in Texas a Month After Ike

    10/12/2008 7:11:57 PM PDT · by anymouse · 14 replies · 768+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2008
    A month later, piles of Sheetrock, appliances, furniture and family mementos dot most streets in this island town. Electronic road signs in southeast Texas flash, "Watch for cows next 20 miles," a reminder that few fences remain to hem in livestock. Blue tarps cover 11,000 roofs for 100 miles from Houston to the Louisiana line. (snip) The storm is the most expensive in Texas history, with an estimated pricetag of $11.4 billion — so far.
  • MMS Cites Less Than Half of Gulf Oil Production Shut-In {48.2%}

    10/06/2008 10:45:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 238+ views
    Rig Zone ^ | Oct. 6, 2008 | Minerals Management Service
    Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 a.m. CDT on October 3, personnel are evacuated from a total of 116 production platforms, equivalent to 16.7% of the 694 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Personnel from 1 rig are evacuated; this is equivalent to 0.9% of the 116 rigs currently operating in the Gulf. From the operators' reports, it is estimated that approximately 48.2% of the oil production in the Gulf is shut-in. As of June 2008, estimated oil production from the Gulf of Mexico is 1.3 million barrels of oil per day. It is...
  • Islanders who insisted on staying died in Ike

    10/04/2008 3:16:00 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 45 replies · 2,502+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 10/04/08 | MONICA RHOR
    GALVESTON, Texas - The final hours brought the awful realization to victims of Hurricane Ike that they had waited too long. This storm wasn't like the others, the ones that left nothing worse than a harrowing tale to tell...
  • open carry (of a long gun) saved me during Hurricane Ike

    10/04/2008 12:18:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 73 replies · 6,757+ views ^ | 28 Sept, 2008 | Tico
    Hello all -- Sorry to post these stories much later than they occurred, but things have been crazy around here (Houston), what with Hurricane Ike knocking out power and telephones (to say the least). Part 1: On Friday night (the night of the hurricane) I stopped by a neighboring apartment complex a couple of blocks away to check on two of my new friends. It was about 10PM and the winds had already picked up quite a bit and it was spitting rain in bursts. Pretty much all businesses had been closed and shuttered since noon the day before in...
  • More Ike pics

    10/03/2008 9:35:02 AM PDT · by chuckles · 11 replies · 1,110+ views
    vanity | 10/03/2008 | chuckles
    More Ike pics.
  • Tales of The Tape: Ike Battle Seen As Oil Producers' Victory

    10/01/2008 10:57:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies · 495+ views
    Dow Jones Newswire via Rig Zone ^ | October 01, 2008 | Isabel Ordonez
    Although Hurricane Ike wreaked damage to energy infrastructure and halted oil output, the storm's toll is seen as a partial victory in oil producers' battle with Mother Nature. Preliminary damage assessments indicate that Ike had a smaller impact than past major hurricanes - such as Katrina and Rita in 2005 - on crude oil and natural gas production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. While it's still too early to quantify the impact, analysts say the hit to oil companies' bottom lines isn't expected to be substantial, and Ike will turn out to be less costly than previous storms. Katrina...
  • TxDOT might be in the money again

    09/30/2008 7:43:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 296+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 29, 2008 | Ben Wear
    The Texas Department of Transportation, which has alternated between fiscal gluttony and subsistence the past few years, may be about to belly up to a feast again. A feast paid for with money to be borrowed, mind you. Given the state of credit markets, one hesitates to reach for the salt right away. But absent the financial Armageddon that the president and others have been gabbing about, TxDOT might be sitting on an $8 billion stash this time next year. Even in the zero-laden world of government spending, $8 billion would be a significant infusion into TxDOT's budget. Without that...
  • 13 0f 17 Houston Refineries back online.

    09/28/2008 10:59:32 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 30 replies · 627+ views
    MSNBC | 9/28/2008 | DGHoodini
    Just heard it reported on MSNBC that "4 of the 17 Hoston area refineries that were taken off line, and were damaged to varying degrees by Ike, were "stiil down"". And it is these refineries that are the cause of the shortages in the mid eastern states, and that while on the downside of the hump, it will probably take another week to 10 days before supply lines are operating at normal capacity. But before then, Virginians should expect to see *their* gas stations reflect shortages for a brief time too.
  • Cleanup spurs labor need-Undocumented workers will be linchpin in efforts[TX][Illegals]

    09/27/2008 9:03:41 AM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 363+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 25 Sep 2008 | JENALIA MORENO and SUSAN CARROLL
    All across southeast Texas, roofs need repair, debris must be discarded and towns hope to rebuild. Hurricane Ike's destruction is sparking one of the largest rebuilding efforts the state has seen in decades, but at the same time is highlighting a thorny facet of the region's labor force: A lot of the recovery work will be done by illegal immigrants. Homeowners have already turned to day laborers — many of whom are undocumented — to help clear brush, tent roofs and repair other storm damage. Contractors have hired them to rebuild or restore businesses and the city's infrastructure. And the...
  • Reflections on Ike: where’s the shooting and looting?

    09/26/2008 10:05:31 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 49 replies · 909+ views
    Townhall ^ | Sept. 26, 2008 | John David Powell
    One of the disadvantages of being a writer and former journalist is that I’m always sharing news and information. It’s also an advantage in times of crisis by providing instant therapy. Recipients of my Hurricane Ike email updates may have less flattering names for it. I attended a meeting on the Tuesday before Ike invaded our shores. One participant said we shouldn’t worry, because the Gulf is big and the chances of Ike hitting us were small. I predicted we’d see a lot of wind, rain, and flooding, something akin to Tropical Storm Allison back in 2001. Only without the...
  • Federal hurricane aid coming to Texas, but is it enough?(Ron Paul Votes No!)

    09/25/2008 12:30:33 PM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 42 replies · 603+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 24, 2008 | BENNETT ROTH and STEWART M. POWELL
    Thirty of Texas' 32 House members — and eight of the Houston area's nine lawmakers — supported the emergency aid package. The sole local dissenter was Rep. Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson, whose district includes some of the areas hit hardest by Ike, including Galveston.
  • Ike Aftermath & the Houston Media (ANGER ALERT)

    09/25/2008 11:54:10 AM PDT · by MississippiMan · 51 replies · 410+ views
    Firsthand Knowledge | September 25, 2008 | MM (in TX)
    An attitude of optimism and relief filled a semi-rural neighborhood northwest of Houston yesterday. After losing power on September 12 when Ike rolled in and , the tree and power experts had finally arrived. When asked for an estimated time on a return of power to the neighborhood, the electrical workers were upbeat and gave an "in a little while" answer to the eager residents. Given the progress they were making, it was reasonable to expect that power would be restored within a couple of hours. People would be able to have their first hot shower in nearly two weeks....
  • Roughly 75 Percent of Galveston's Homes Are Uninhabitable

    09/24/2008 11:46:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 53 replies · 1,272+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sept 24, 2008 | NEAL KARLINSKY
    For the first time since Hurricane Ike blew away much of the city, residents of Galveston began streaming home today. But the city is in such bad shape, those hurrying back home were given an ominous warning: Bring tetanus shots, rat poisoning and don't bring children. If that's not enough, planes are spraying the city with insecticide to prevent a boom in the mosquito population, the water isn't drinkable and people are urged to wear face masks to guard against inhaling toxic mold that is proliferating in the sweltering city. Nevertheless, highways into Galveston were jammed with cars today as...
  • After Ike, to rebuild or not?

    09/17/2008 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Westlander · 19 replies · 235+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9-17-2008 | Patrik Jonsson
    "It's a very positive sign for sensible management if the State of Texas does take a new look at how we rebuild extremely vulnerable shorelines," says Rob Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. "But I'm also skeptical, because the people who are being shut out of rebuilding tend to be wealthy and politically influential. People say, 'Those people must be nuts to build on the West End of Galveston,' but it's actually the taxpayers who are nuts for subsidizing that development."
  • Report: Reliant Stadium damaged in hurricane; game postponed

    09/13/2008 11:06:17 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies · 352+ views
    ESPN ^ | Updated: September 13, 2008, 12:40 PM ET
    Hurricane Ike, which swept through Galveston and Houston overnight, caused substantial damage to Reliant Stadium, so the Texans game against the Baltimore Ravens will not be played Monday night. The home opener, originally scheduled for Sunday, had been pushed to Monday night because of the storm. "The facility will not be usable," Shey Guinn, president of SMG, the company that manages Reliant Park, told the Houston Chronicle. "There's some structural damage to the roof. Part of it is off," Guinn said, according to the paper. "There's also some other damage on the property caused by wind and water. We're in...