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  • Get it Done

    02/11/2011 12:35:22 PM PST · by brothers4thID · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Scarlett Says blog ^ | 02-11-2011 | Scarlett
    We must ask not what our government can, must, or should, do for us. We must ask what we can do for each other without having to be told, or taxed, to do.
  • Supreme Court rejects review of cockamamie global warming lawsuit brought by Katrina victims

    01/12/2011 7:21:21 AM PST · by jpl · 8 replies
    OnEarth Blog ^ | Tuesday January 11, 2010 | Emily Gertz
    The Supreme Court has put the kabosh on a lawsuit brought by Mississippi homeowners against Murphy Oil, Shell, ExxonMobil, and over two dozen other companies, charging them with contributing to the destructive force of Hurricane Katrina by creating greenhouse gas pollution. As Mark Schliefstein reports today in The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the homeowners "claimed that by emitting greenhouse gases, the companies helped cause global warming and exacerbated Katrina’s wrath." The case was decided on the nuances of the appeals process, rather than the substance of the charges. As Schliefstein writes, The Supreme Court was asked to step in after so...
  • Woman gets six months for theft of FEMA money

    01/08/2011 5:53:21 AM PST · by WVKayaker · 3 replies · 1+ views
    SunHerald ^ | 1/7/11 | ROBIN FITZGERALD
    GULFPORT -- A woman who made false claims for disaster assistance, by using the same fraudulent address in Stone County as a relative, has been sentenced to six months in prison. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced Brandy N. Meadows on Thursday, and ordered her to help make restitution of $33,000 to FEMA. The judge ordered her to forfeit $26,200. Meadows faced prosecution on multiple charges but pleaded guilty in October to one count of theft of public money. She falsely claimed she was living in a mobile home on Camp Road in Wiggins when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005....
  • Prodigal kitty returns home five years after Katrina

    12/08/2010 2:28:24 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12-8-10 | staff and news service reports
    BILOXI, Miss. — Five years after wandering away in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a gray and white cat named Scrub has been reunited with his Mississippi family The 7-year-old cat was brought to the shelter by a woman living 15 miles away who'd fed him as a stray the past couple of months but worried about his safety during a cold snap. The Humane Society of South Mississippi said Scrub was identified by an implanted microchip. Scrub's owner, Jennifer Noble, told The Sun Herald newspaper she was skeptical at first when she received a call from the shelter.
  • Ex-cop sentenced in Katrina shooting coverup

    NEW ORLEANS -- Michael Hunter stood quietly as a judge sentenced the former New Orleans Police officer Wednesday to eight years in federal prison for his role in the coverup and deadly shooting of unarmed civilians after Hurricane Katrina. The sentence by U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance was the maximum allowed and nine months more than the sentencing guidelines recommended. Vance called the police shooting on the Danziger Bridge that killed two and wounded four civilians, "sickeningly brutal." "It is hard to imagine a more profound breach of public trust than what happened here," Vance said. Hunter admitted firing at...
  • Bush was awfully thin-skinned for a president (LAUGH ALERT)

    11/10/2010 10:40:07 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 26 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 10, 2010 | RICHARD 'DOPEY' ROEPER Sun-Times Columnist
    Said Kanye’s ludicrous remark was a low point of his presidency Raise your hand if you thought George W. Bush’s memoir would include revelations that Kanye West hurt his feelings and his mother showed him a fetus in a jar when he was a teenager. That’s one sensitive president, and one bizarre move by mom. Making the rounds to promote his book, Decision Points, Bush told Matt Lauer that after his mother, Barbara, had a miscarriage, she showed George the fetus in a jar. “She says to her teenage kid, ‘Here’s a fetus,’” said Bush. “There’s no question that it...
  • 'I forgive him': George W. Bush accepts Kanye West apology (also comments on Ground Zero Mosque)

    11/10/2010 10:13:22 AM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 7 replies · 1+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 10, 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Former president George W. Bush has said he forgives Kanye West after the rapper admitted he 'did not have the grounds' to call him a racist during the chaos caused by Hurricane Katrina. In his book 'Decision Points', Mr Bush wrote that it was one of the lowest points in his life when the rapper told a fundraiser to benefit victims of the 2005 hurricane that 'George Bush doesn't care about black people'.
  • Blanco responds to Bush's criticisms in memoir (and lies about Hurricane Katrina)

    11/09/2010 10:49:36 PM PST · by STARWISE · 68 replies · 1+ views
    WWLTV ^ | 11-9-10 | Katie Moore
    *snip* The Katrina chapter expresses Bush's clear frustration with then-Governor Kathleen Blanco, who refused to federalize the National Guard for the incident. “I did not need the federalization of the Guard because that would've taken police powers away from the National Guard. And goodness knows, we needed that,” she said. Bush said on Oprah, “I said to the governor, give me the authority to send in federal troops. By law, the president cannot send federal troops to conduct law enforcement without a declaration of insurrection." An insurrection declaration would've given the military police powers. “He didn't discuss that with me....
  • He's back! Bush has a book but no regrets

    11/09/2010 9:18:52 PM PST · by ALESSA · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 9, 2010 | By: Julie Mason
    While Bush expressed no regrets about the invasion of Iraq, his book promotion has featured significant self-recrimination about the 2005 federal response to Hurricane Katrina. He has repeatedly expressed anger and pique over rapper Kanye West's claim that Bush didn't "care about black people," calling it the worst moment of his presidency.
  • George W. Bush calls Katrina photo a ‘huge mistake’

    11/06/2010 7:31:22 AM PDT · by kingattax · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11-5-10 | Michael Calderone
    Former President George W. Bush says it was a "huge mistake" to let himself be photographed looking from Air Force One down at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Bush reflected on the iconic photograph during an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer to promote his forthcoming memoir, "Decision Points." The photo was published widely and only reinforced the view that the Bush administration didn't act quickly enough or fully grasp the severity of the problems on the ground in New Orleans after the levees broke.
  • Bush rejects accusations of racism over Katrina

    11/03/2010 12:53:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 1+ views
    reuters ^ | Wed Nov 3, 2010 | Steve Holland
    Former President George W. Bush says criticism from some, including prominent rapper Kanye West, that his handling of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina showed he did not care about black people represented "an all-time low." In his memoir, "Decision Points," to be released next Tuesday, Bush writes that charges flung at him that he was a racist during the Katrina crisis "was the worst moment of my presidency." In excerpts of an interview of Bush by NBC's "Today" show, the former president was asked about West's comment that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." The accusation arose because many blacks...
  • George W. Bush Calls Kanye’s Katrina Comment “One Of The Most Disgusting Moments In My Presidency”

    11/03/2010 7:06:03 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 65 replies
    MEDIA ITE ^ | 11/03/2010 | Steve Krakauer
    Taking a break from election results, NBC News has released a few excerpts from Matt Lauer’s wide-ranging interview with former Pres. George W. Bush as he promotes his new book. He talks about 9/11, about Donald Rumsfeld and a lot more. But he also talks about Kanye West. Yes, that Kanye West. While he’ll probably love the shout-out, his comments after Hurricane Katrina during a live telethon had a profound negative effect on Pres. Bush. Here’s the exchange: PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes, I do. He called me a racist. MATT LAUER: Well, what he said, “George Bush doesn’t care...
  • 'Obama's Katrina' Turned Out Not To Be

    10/20/2010 7:04:21 AM PDT · by facedodge · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/20/2010 | Frank James
    NPR's Scott Horsley conjured a striking image of President Obama in his Morning Edition report on whether the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused significant and lasting political damage to the president. (Scott's report concludes it probably didn't.) Anyway, heres's how Scott's piece began: There was a time this spring and early summer when President Obama seemed like another helpless shore bird, drenched in oil, unable to fly. USA Today asked if this latest Gulf disaster was becoming "Obama's Katrina." And the New York Times drew ominous parallels to Jimmy Carter, as TV's spill-cam offered a round-the-clock...
  • Legislative auditor finds evidence of alleged payroll fraud in Aaron Broussard administration

    10/07/2010 4:55:26 PM PDT · by abb · 13 replies
    Times-Picayune ^ | October 7, 2010 | Richard Rainey
    Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard and former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson may have broken state payroll laws by giving $45,000 in excess pay to Broussard's wife and hiring two politically connected individuals as paralegals who had no qualifications, according to a report released by the state Legislative Auditor. The report also said that an insurance agency owned by Tim Whitmer, Broussard's former top aide, received commissions from the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court, adding to the list of public entities and parish contractors that hired Whitmer's firm for insurance purposes. The report follows a nearly year-long saga of federal...
  • Citizens' Group Helps Uncover Alleged Rampant Voter Fraud in Houston

    09/25/2010 12:58:22 PM PDT · by JohnD9207 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/25/2010 | Ed Barnes
    When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more. So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places. “What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that asked for help. It was fraud, and we watched like deer in the headlights.” Their shared experience, she says, created “True the Vote,” a citizen-based grassroots organization that began collecting publicly available voting data to...
  • Rethinking George Bush?

    09/16/2010 5:06:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 137 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 16, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Former President George W. Bush left office with the lowest approval ratings since Richard Nixon. In reaction, for nearly two years President Barack Obama won easy applause by prefacing almost every speech on his economic policies with a "Bush did it" put-down. But suddenly Bush seems OK. Last week, the president did the unthinkable: He praised Bush for his past efforts to reach out to Muslims. Vice President Joe Biden went further and blurted out, "Mr. Bush deserves a lot of credit." Biden topped that off with, "Mr. President, thank you." Even liberal pundits have now called on Bush to...
  • Five Years Later: Remembering The Gaza-Katrina Expulsions

    08/31/2010 4:29:08 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 3 replies
    Five years ago August 16th-22nd of 2005, television screens all across America and thworld, were filled with the horrible images of thousands of Israelis forcibly uprooted and expelled from their homes and land in Gaza and northern Samaria.In part because of Ariel Sharon's betrayal of the principles of his own Likud Party, but mainly due to American pressure on Israel under the infamous "Roadmap".Seven days to the day later, on August 29th 2005, tens of thousands of Americans were forcibly uprooted and expelled from their homes and land by an act of God called "Katrina"."Mother nature" does not exist.God is boss...
  • A Blogger's Diary of Katrina

    08/31/2010 8:56:59 AM PDT · by Fishtalk · 1 replies
    The FishKatrina Blog ^ | 8/31/10 | Pat Fish
    First Entry-Introduction Letter to Granddaughter about Kaitlyn-9/6/2005 9/8/05-Folk Wisdom from the Storm; New Lyrics to the Battle of New Orleans 9/9/05-All Katrina Gossip-Sean Penn/Michael Jackson 9/12/05-Debit Cards/Hillary's Katrina Commission 9/14/05-Email from FEMA 9/15/05-Ophelia 9/16/05-More Sean Penn 9/20/05-Katrina Kills Natalee Holloway 9/22/05-What Will Become of New Orleans? 9/27/05-Rita!!! 10/18/05-The TRUTH About the Convention Center 10/25/05-Ray Nagin All Atwitter 11/1/05-WILMA/Katrina and Pets 11/15/10-Katrina evacuees murder Good Samaritan12/6/05-Katrina Changes Political Climate in Louisiana 1/7/06-Myths of the Hurricane Katrina now shattered 1/18/07-Major Crime Wave in New Orleans 9/17/07-Two Years AFTER Katrina...Still Not So Much 11/5/07-After Katrina Louisians Elects REPUBLICAN Governor! 9/18/08-Gustav and dig...
  • Haley Barbour Is One of the Heroes of Katrina

    08/31/2010 3:47:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-31-10 | Ellen Ratner
    As one of the almost million volunteers who went to help after Hurricane Katrina (about one out of every 230 adults in the United States) I have seen the devastation and recovery first hand. At first it seemed totally unbelievable, as if the country had moved from first world status to third world status in twenty-four hours. Basics such as clean water and soap, luxuries in places like poverty ridden Sudan were not available. People were stuck in the Superdome without a way out. This, I thought could not be America. What we learned from Hurricane Katrina is that good...
  • Why Did A New Orleans Catholic College Host Obama on Katrina 5th Anniversary

    08/30/2010 5:56:34 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 37 replies ^ | Aug 30 2010
    Summary: Should A New Orleans Catholic College have hosted President Obama's Katrina 5th Anniversary Event?Barack Obama is without question the most pro-abortion President in United States history. In the Illinois Senate, he opposed a bill designed to prevent partial-birth abortion. He was also the only Illinois State Senator to speak out against a bill that would have protected babies that survive late-term labor induced abortions. In the United States Senate, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) gave Obama a 100 percent rating for 2005, 2006 and 2007.  He also favors federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. After his...
  • Five Years After Katrina, Obama's Drilling Moratorium Biggest Threat to Gulf Recovery

    08/30/2010 11:07:51 AM PDT · by Qbert
    Newsmax ^ | 8/29/2010 | Newsmax
    Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf of Mexico, both Republican and Democrat officials in Louisiana say the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, put in place after the BP oil spill, is now that state's biggest problem. In fact, it was the major concern voiced to President Obama Sunday during his speech marking the fifth anniversary of the disaster. Louisiana's congressional delegation – Democrats and Republicans – has a key focus of getting the president to lift the moratorium on offshore oil drilling his administration imposed in the...
  • 5 years later, the dead tell no tales (Katrina Expert says 3500 Killed)

    08/30/2010 9:01:39 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 23 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 08/29/2010 | By LISE OLSEN - Houston Chronicle
    Even five years after Hurricane Katrina, the names of hundreds of the dead remain a mystery and the death toll is mired in dispute. Of an estimated 1,464 victims officially recognized by the state of Louisiana, more than 500 names have not been publicly released. And Louisiana’s once-ambitious efforts to tackle dozens of related cases of missing persons and unidentified bodies ran out of money in 2006 and has never been revived. “We didn’t complete the mission,” said former Acting State Medical Examiner Dr. Lewis Cataldie, a Baton Rouge-based physician who once ran the state’s efforts. “I’m very angry about...
  • On the Fifth Anniversary of Katrina, Displacement Continues [Women, Minorities Hardest Hit]

    08/29/2010 11:57:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Indypendent ^ | August 29, 2010 | Jordan Flaherty
    Poet Sunni Patterson is one of New Orleans’ most beloved artists. She has performed in nearly every venue in the city, toured the US, and frequently appears on television and radio, from Democracy Now to Def Poetry Jam. When she performs her poems in local venues, half the crowd recites the words along with her. But, like many who grew up here, she was forced to move away from the city she loves. She left as part of a wave of displacement that began with Katrina and still continues to this day. While hers is just one story, it is...
  • After Katrina, New Orleans church started over in Burnet (Texas)

    08/29/2010 7:24:58 PM PDT · by comps4spice · 5 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 8/29/2010 | Andrea Ball
    It is a scorching Friday at Smoking for Jesus Ministry, and the church is buzzing with activity. Construction workers hammer away on the frame of a new building. Two men swing pickaxes into the sun-baked soil. Children file out of the church sanctuary, where they have been praying and preparing for the school year. Sundays are for spiritual celebration at the non denominational church in Burnet, but weekdays are for work.
  • Obama pledges Gulf support on Katrina anniversary

    08/29/2010 3:57:16 PM PDT · by jackspyder · 17 replies
    Yahoo!/AP ^ | Aug. 29, 2010 | ERICA WERNER
    NEW ORLEANS – Five years after Hurricane Katrina's wrath, President Barack Obama sought to reassure disaster-weary Gulf Coast residents Sunday that he would not abandon their cause. "My administration is going to stand with you, and fight alongside you, until the job is done," Obama said to cheers at Xavier University, a historically black, Catholic university that was badly flooded by the storm. The president said there are still too many vacant lots, trailers serving as classrooms, displaced residents and people out of work. But he said New Orleanians have showed amazing resilience. "Because of you," the president declared, "New...
  • Anyone other than me got a "belly-full" of "New Orleans/Katrina" WAA WAA stories yet(EXTEME Vanity)

    08/29/2010 7:40:16 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 105 replies
    8/29/2010 | US Navy Vet
    What makes New Orleans so special that EVERY year we get these WAA WAA storie? New ways to bash Bush? Collage Journ-O-Lista MSM types re-living their drunken Mardis Gras past in NO? What?
  • Leadership Amidst Tragedy & Heroes of Katrina (Schoolbus Nagin gets the prize from ABC news) GAG!

    08/29/2010 7:00:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/29/10
    All video - WATCH: Leadership Amidst Tragedy - Former Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin reflects on Katrina. WATCH: Heroes of Katrina - Remembering those who cared for the helpless and rescued the stranded.
  • Obama visiting New Orleans on Katrina anniversary

    08/29/2010 6:19:12 AM PDT · by don-o · 156 replies
    AP via Google ^ | August 29, 2010 | ERICA WERNER
    VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — President Barack Obama is aiming to underscore his commitment to a region weary of calamity as he travels to New Orleans on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Obama ends his Martha's Vineyard vacation Sunday and heads to the Gulf, five years to the day from when Katrina roared ashore in Louisiana. Eighty percent of New Orleans was flooded when the storm tore through protective levees.
  • Polling the spill: Majority say Bush Handled Katrina Better than Obama Handled Oil Spill

    08/28/2010 7:46:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The oil spill in the Gulf may be mostly out of the headlines now but Louisiana voters aren't getting any less mad at Barack Obama about his handling of it. Only 32% give Obama good marks for his actions in the aftermath of the spill, while 61% disapprove. Louisianans are feeling more and more that George W. Bush's leadership on Katrina was better than Obama's on the spill. 54% think Bush did the superior job of helping the state through a crisis to 33% who pick Obama. That 21 point margin represents a widening since PPP asked the same question...
  • Five years later, no accountability for post-Katrina gun grab

    08/28/2010 5:13:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 August, 2010 | Dave Workman
    Five years ago this weekend, Hurricane Katrina slammed into southern Louisiana and Mississippi, devastating the City of New Orleans, killing hundreds of people and setting the stage for an outrage that still angers American gun rights advocates. In the days after Katrina hammered New Orleans and adjacent St. Tammany Parrish, an order was issued that only police would be allowed to have guns. Law enforcement personnel from various other states, as far away as New York and California, along with National Guard troops came in to help restore order. In the process, many citizens’ firearms were seized, sometimes at gunpoint,...
  • Louisiana Voters Think Bush Did a Better Job of Handling Crisis Than Obama by 54%-33%

    08/28/2010 3:20:20 AM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 5 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | August 28, 2010 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Louisiana has face two major crisis in recent years. The first was hurricane Katrina handled by former President Bush. The second was the Gulf oil spill handled by current President Obama. A PPP poll (pdf) asked likely voters who they think is better at handling crisis, Obama or Bush. 54% chose President Bush. Only 33% picked President Obama.
  • Former FEMA head: Gov't didn't tell all on Katrina

    08/27/2010 10:40:35 AM PDT · by South40 · 28 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the federal official at the heart of a firestorm over Washington's slow response is acknowledging the government's shortcomings. Former Federal Emergency Management agency director Mike Brown tells NBC's "Today" show "there was a disconnect" about what the Bush administration was saying about the situation, and how bad things actually were.
  • Is Obama Violating a Catholic Bishops' Position with Katrina Speech Location?

    08/26/2010 7:40:13 AM PDT · by topher · 26 replies ^ | August 26, 2010 | Kimberly Schwandt
    President Obama will be in New Orleans Saturday to remember the devastation of Hurricane Katrina five years after the storm roared ashore, but the location the White House has picked for his remarks is stirring an old controversy -- and it has nothing to do with storm or the rebuilding of the Gulf. Some Catholics don't agree with the fact that the president is being allowed to speak at Xavier University, a Catholic institution, because it is giving a platform to someone who is very publicly opposed to the teachings of the Catholic church. They argue that his positions on...
  • Lauer to Laura Bush: Is It 'Painful' to Be in New Orleans, Since So Much Blame

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

    08/27/2010 9:19:24 AM PDT · by BrewingFrog · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Freepers, I remember a live video of a group of Katrina evacuees who had come to Houston in a school bus. As the bus arrived, all the usual Media suspects were lined up waiting to interview the people as they got off the bus. The first question asked was, "What do you think of Bush abandoning you, etc." (The Media meme). The answer shocked everyone as the woman first off the bus hollered, "Bush? That Ray Nagin left us there to die! Kathleen Blanco left us there to die." (etc.) She finished by saying, "They sure sent the busses around...
  • Hurricane Katrina and the Race Card: Five Years Later

    08/27/2010 4:51:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | August 27, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    This weekend, on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, civil rights activists and hip-hop stars will hold what they call a "healing ceremony" to commemorate the disaster. President Obama will speak at a separate event in New Orleans on Sunday. But don't expect any of these reconciliation-seeking leaders to confront the indelible stain of racial demagoguery left by the left in Katrina's aftermath. Hating George W. Bush means never having to say you're sorry. The Olympic gold medal for racial grievance-mongering went to rapper Kanye West, who railed during a supposedly nonpolitical nationwide telethon that the government was shooting "us,"...
  • Why, Mr. President? Why? (VANITY: Local TV calls out 0bama on Katrina anniversary)

    08/27/2010 1:49:24 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    WLOX ^ | August 27, 2010 | DAVID VINCENT
    Editorial calling out 0bama for ignoring Mississippi citizens who lost everything to Katrina (I'm one of them) while playing up the mess in NOLA. Mr Vincent pulls no punches, calls the levee breaks in NOLA a man made mistake. The media continues to ignore the culpability of decades of democrat rule in NOLA and Corps of Engineers incompetence in the disaster that befell NOLA. Ignored are the peoples of west Louisiana and east Texas who were hit by Rita, right on the heels of Katrina. They ignore the people of Kentucky who froze to death in the massive ice storm...
  • White House Plans Katrina Anniversary PR Blitz

    08/26/2010 10:19:31 AM PDT · by Qbert · 46 replies
    US ^ | 8/25/2010 | Paul Bedard
    New Orleans is about to get hit with another storm, this one made up of administration officials showering attention on city's recovery on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In a well-organized campaign to play up what the administration has done for the city and for the state of Louisiana, President Obama will cap the parade of top officials visiting the area from today to Sunday. Here's the White House schedule of events: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2010 NEW DETAILS: President Obama and Administration Officials to Mark 5th Anniversary of Hurricane...
  • "If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise": Spike Lee's riveting look at New Orleans, now

    08/24/2010 4:08:53 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 49 replies
    Salon ^ | Aug 21, 2010 | By Billy Sothern
    Five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans remains one of the most troubled places in the United States. Its woes are a consequence of the civic collapse that preceded Katrina, the devastating levee failures following the storm, and most recently, the unrivaled environmental devastation from the BP oil disaster. But New Orleans also remains the heart of American culture. It's a place unrivaled in vernacular richness where people come from world around to eat, drink, listen and see — to live for a few days like many of us here live every day. Is it possible that the national seat...
  • New Orleans suburb rises from Katrina's shadow

    08/21/2010 1:09:37 PM PDT · by Freeport · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | August 19, 2010 | Tricia Escobedo and Katie Pyne
    Editor's note: Learn more about how the Woods family and other residents of Pontchartrain Park banded together to help rebuild their community on CNN In America's "New Orleans Rising" airing August 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. ET. (CNN) -- "This can be yours," the black-and-white newspaper advertisement promised above an image of a tree-lined ranch home in Pontchartrain Park. At the bottom, it said "Available to Negroes." It was the 1950s in segregated New Orleans, Louisiana, and the promise of a slice of suburbia for black Americans lured hundreds to the new community. That included Meldon Woods, an Air...
  • Lutherans to Mark Five-year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Aug. 29

    08/19/2010 4:50:16 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    ELCA New Service ^ | 19 August AD 2010 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE August 19, 2010 Lutherans to Mark Five-year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Aug. 29 CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The 4.5 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina during Sunday worship Aug. 29, the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Worship and liturgical resources for the anniversary are available on the ELCA website. The people of the Gulf Coast taught an entire nation about "courage, perseverance and hope," said the Rev. Kevin A. Massey, director for Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR). LDR is a collaborative ministry of the ELCA...
  • Hurricane Katrina research reveals employment lacking on Coast [MS Gulf Coast, not New Orleans]

    08/17/2010 1:37:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 1+ views
    WLOX-TV ^ | August 16, 2010
    Employment in Mississippi's three coastal counties had not yet fully recovered from Hurricane Katrina before it was hit with the recession of 2008, according to a study conducted by two University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast professors. "Our research findings resonate with the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast who know intuitively that their communities did not fully recover from Hurricane Katrina before the recession of 2008 began," said Dr. David Butler, director and associate professor of the International Development doctoral program. The conclusions of Butler and his research partner Dr. Edward Sayre, assistant director and associate professor of the...
  • More cops charged in post-Katrina bridge shootings

    07/13/2010 3:12:12 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies
    hosted ^ | Jul 13 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Four more New Orleans police officers have been charged in the deadly shootings of two people in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath and could face the most serious punishment yet - the death penalty - for the killings that have brought down a string of other officers. Six current or former officers are charged in a 27-count indictment unsealed Tuesday. Five former New Orleans police officers already have pleaded guilty to helping cover up the shootings on the Danziger Bridge....
  • (DOJ Release) Six New Orleans Police Officers Indicted in Danziger Bridge Case

    07/13/2010 2:25:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Dept. Of Justice ^ | 7-13-2010 | Dept. Of Justice
    WASHINGTON –Six officers with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were charged today in connection with the federal investigation of a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina, the Justice Department announced today. The incident resulted in the death of two civilians and the wounding of four others. The indictment charges four officers – Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso – in connection with the shootings, and charges those four officers and two supervisors – Arthur “Archie” Kaufman and Gerard Dugue – with helping to obstruct justice during the subsequent investigations. The...
  • The education renaissance of Post-Katrina New Orleans and the education Dark Ages of DC

    07/08/2010 9:14:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    If we could start over from scratch in building our public education system, how would we do it? In New Orleans, that question was far from academic in 2005 after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. In fact, the question was literal; at the end of the 2005-6 school year, the city only had six schools in operation. Before Katrina, they may as well have had only six, as they had one of the worst-performing school districts in the nation. As one person relates in this Reason TV video, one school had a valedictorian who could not pass a graduation exam...
  • The Laceration of two Presidencies...Zech 12

    THE LACERATION OF TWO PRESIDENCIES…ZECH 12 Posted on June 30, 2010 by billrandles “In that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples to lift, all who lift it shall injure themselves”(Zechariah 12:2 the Tanakh) The Word for “Injure themselves", can be interpreted as “Lacerate themselves”. On the very week that the Ariel Sharon administration succumbed to the years long American diplomatic pressure on Israel to evacuate Gush Katif, the Jewish community in Gaza, hurricane Katrina struck our southern coastal area, ultimately to the detriment of the Bush presidency. The following bullet points are from a...
  • Is Chinese Drywall Making Habitat for Humanity’s Houses Uninhabitable?

    06/27/2010 1:58:52 PM PDT · by Palter · 21 replies · 1+ views
    ProPublica ^ | 27 June 2010 | Joaquin Sapien and Aaron Kessle
    NEW ORLEANS — For more than a year, the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity has insisted there were no defects in the Chinese drywall it used to build nearly 200 houses for victims of Hurricane Katrina, including many in its heavily publicized “Musicians’ Village’’ development in the Upper Ninth Ward.But a house-by-house canvas of Musicians’ Village by reporters from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and ProPublica found several homeowners who reported serious problems and one who said she had complained to Habitat for more than a year about corrosion and electronics failures believed to be related to her drywall.The reporters’ interviews...
  • Amtrak's concrete slab to be replaced with bathroomless station

    06/24/2010 5:54:43 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Beaumont Enterprise ^ | Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | MIKE SMITH
    Waiting for a thrice-a-week Amtrak train should be slightly more comfortable by February. Travelers should find a nice, brick gabled roof and benches for seating. The open, modern design borrows from the train depots of yesterday. Just don't go there too far ahead of the train with a full bladder. The design for the new $1.2 million station near 11th and West Cedar streets lacks restrooms. The new Beaumont station - paid for with federal stimulus money - is a variation of the design other cities are getting, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said. Some of those designs have lavatories; others...
  • Obama's Gulf War: Lackluster response to oil spill exposes poor presidential leadership

    06/15/2010 6:18:39 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 27 replies · 621+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2010 | Editorial
    Five weeks into the Hurricane Katrina crisis, President George W. Bush's Gallup weekly public approval rating stood at 45 percent. Five weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, the same survey pegged President Obama's approval rating at 46 percent. That is bad news for the White House. The worse news is that Mr. Bush's approval rating had increased five points since the Katrina crisis had started; Mr. Obama's has dropped four points. Katrina is sometimes seen as the breaking point for Mr. Bush's public approval ratings. Mr. Bush's general job approval did not plunge into the permanent...
  • Poll: Louisianans think Bush did better on Katrina than Obama’s doing on the oil spill

    06/15/2010 3:38:23 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 35 replies · 841+ views
    HotAir ^ | 6/15/10 | Allahpundit
    Our new Louisiana poll has a lot of data points to show how unhappy voters in the state are with Barack Obama’s handling of the oil spill but one perhaps sums it up better than anything else- a majority of voters there think George W. Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama’s done dealing with the spill. 50% of voters in the state, even including 31% of Democrats, give Bush higher marks on that question compared to 35% who pick Obama. Overall only 32% of Louisianans approve of how Obama has handled