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  • How About A Special Tribute To Aaron Broussard Today?

    12/06/2011 9:23:04 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 6 Dec 11 | MacAoidh
    Late last week we were preoccupied with LSU and other things, so we didn’t get an opportunity to be more timely in showing our appreciation for disgraced former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, whose trail of tears likely leads to the federal pen after getting indicted on 33 counts of payroll fraud Thursday. It’s satisfying to see, as Broussard’s time in office made him almost surely the single most disgustingly corrupt public official in the state. He first showed up as a bright green blob on our radar after Katrina, when he concocted a flamingly dishonest story about dead old...
  • Aaron Broussard, ex-wife, lawyer indicted on payroll fraud charges

    12/02/2011 10:40:02 AM PST · by abb · 10 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | December 2, 2011 | Richard Rainey
    A federal grand jury today indicted former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard on charges of manipulating the parish payroll to boost his ex-wife's salary. Also charged were Karen Parker, who divorced Broussard in October 2009, and former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson as part of a sweeping, two-year investigation of the parish government under Broussard's watch. The indictments come nine months after the trio received letters from prosecutors suggesting they could be charged with crimes. Broussard had resigned in January 2010, Parker was fired a month later and Wilkinson quit a month after that. The charges are wire fraud and conspiracy...
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel: Progressives on the march to take over Congress

    11/19/2011 10:45:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2011 | Katrina vanden Heuvel
    Progressives are on the move once more. Wisconsin lit the spark, as workers, students, teachers and farmers occupied the state’s capitol in February and launched recall elections that sobered conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his legislative allies. Occupy Wall Street turned that spark into a conflagration that swept the nation. Last week, in Ohio and Maine and even Mississippi, voters overwhelmingly rejected efforts to trample worker rights, constrict the right to vote and roll back women’s rights. These electoral victories have led pundits to wonder whether Occupy Wall Street will imitate the Tea Party and stand candidates for office....
  • Piers Morgan Tries to Bait Musician to Blame Bush for Katrina Fiasco

    10/25/2011 6:06:10 PM PDT · by DFG · 14 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10/25/11 | Matt Hadro
    Although interviewee Harry Connick Jr. was unwilling to cast blame towards any specific person or agenda over the failed response to the Hurricane Katrina in 2005, CNN's Piers Morgan thrice tried to bait him into doing so on Monday. Connick stated on Piers Morgan Tonight that "at this point, what good is it going to do to blame local or state or federal government?" Yet Morgan emphasized the "scandalously slow" response to the disaster by authorities, and even noted liberal conspiracy claims that "surreptitious racism" was involved.
  • The Big Uneasy On PPV (Hurricane Katrina)

    "Why did it take Bea, van Heerden, and Garzino to shed light on this story?The Army Corps of Engineers, as an institution, is not very receptive to criticism, from inside or outside. It dominates the market for engineering certain kinds of projects, mainly to do with water. So the engineering profession is filled with people whose attitude is, "Better not rock the boat." And inside [the corps], it's arguably worse. It exists in a bubble of impunity. Because, as we lay out in the film, Congress likes the corps the way it is, and it doesn't really give it effective...
  • Eliminate the National Debt by Ending the Flood Insurance Program (/snarc)

    09/26/2011 6:53:52 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 5 replies
    (SNARK)Vanity(/SNARK) ^ | Various | Snarky Dopes
    Whether you believe that man has ruined the earth’s climate or not we can all agree that Washington’s bickering about emergency FEMA funding does nothing to fight the effects of global climate change. According to the New York Times, Hurricane Irene earlier this year was the first US catastrophe of the Obama administration to make the top 10 list, joining the insurmountable Bush catastrophes of Katrina and 911. Climate experts Bill McKibben and Al Gore agree that Obama has failed with only half hearted efforts to reverse the rising oceans. A search at (Sponsored by Senator Obama under the...
  • CBS Presents Former Mayor Nagin as an 'Expert'on Eve of Hurricane

    On Friday's Early Show, CBS somehow thought it was appropriate to bring on former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to offer "lessons learned from other hurricanes," as Hurricane Irene bore down on the East Coast. Anchor Chris Wragge not only failed to ask Nagin about his failures in leadership in the lead-up to Hurricane Katrina, but also twice labeled his guest an "expert in the field".
  • Ray ‘School Bus’ Nagin: CBS Hurricane Expert

    08/27/2011 10:45:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies ^ | Aug. 27, 2011
    On the eve of Hurricane Irene making landfall, CBS News turned to disgraced former new Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and referred to him as an "expert." Nagin used the opportunity to plug his "self-published" book.
  • Really? Ray Nagin lecturing a TV audience on hurricane preparedness?

    08/26/2011 2:09:44 PM PDT · by martosko · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/26/2011 | Jeff Poor
    No, this wasn’t meant to be a joke. Although many believe the 2005 response to Hurricane Katrina was a colossal failure at every level of government, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin appeared on MSNBC on Friday to offer preparedness advice for those in Hurricane Irene’s path. Speaking with Martin Bashir, Nagin gave government agencies and their leaders high marks for their preparations. But he said only time will tell if the public follows their instructions.
  • MAP OF THE DAY: New York City Hurricane Evacuation Zones

    08/25/2011 12:02:37 PM PDT · by blam · 73 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-25-2011 | Dina Spector
    MAP OF THE DAY: New York City Hurricane Evacuation Zones Dina Spector Aug. 25, 2011, 1:44 PM As hurricane Irene barrels toward the east coast, thousands of residents have already been evacuated from the coastal villages off North Carolina. Now New York, New Jersey, and Delaware officials are preparing for the possibility of mass evacuations. New York city officials are still monitoring the storm and won't make any calls until Friday afternoon at the earliest whether to evacuate areas of the city susceptible to flooding, including Battery Park City in Manhattan, Coney Island in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway in Queens....
  • The Criminal Steering of Gun Control

    08/13/2011 5:02:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 11 August, 2011 | Ron Borsch
    World history tells us of tyrants and dictators that have deprived the populace of their God given rights, especially the right to keep and bear arms. The Jewish Defense League ( has advised that everywhere in World history where genocide has been committed, the genocide was always preceded by disarming the population. The party or government responsible for disarming may not always be the same party or government that committed the genocide, nonetheless, genocide was committed on the disarmed and defenseless. There are even certain modern evils in the United Nations that must be monitored with vigilance lest the sovereignty...
  • (Federal) Jury convicts 5 officers in Katrina shootings

    08/05/2011 3:01:21 PM PDT · by The KG9 Kid · 16 replies
    <p>NEW ORLEANS — A federal jury convicted five current or former police officers Friday of civil rights violations in the deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina, but decided they were not guilty of murder.</p> <p>On the Web, your face can tell everything about you . NBC News What's behind all the deaths at Yosemite? . Reuters A Silk Road culture pushed to the brink . No double dip, but economy stuck in low gear Getty Images stock Child a handful? Laid-back parenting can make matters worse . ..All five officers were convicted Friday of charges stemming from the cover-up of the shootings. The four who had been charged with civil rights violations in the shootings were convicted on all counts.</p>
  • The prosecution's version of what happened on the Danziger Bridge

    08/03/2011 8:56:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies ^ | 3 Aug 2011 | Kenneth Cooper
    The Danziger Bridge trial is coming to a close. Both sides have finished presenting their closing arguments, and after the judge gives the jury their final instructions today, they’ll start deliberating sometime this afternoon. The prosecution and the defense have spent the last 5 weeks developing two different versions of what happened on the bridge that Sunday morning. Whose version the jury believes will determine whether the five officers on trial end up guilty or not. While the jury deliberates, here’s a look at those two versions, starting with the prosecution’s. According to the prosecution, this all started on a...
  • Trial: Bullets at Katrina shooting match police weapons

    07/13/2011 8:11:26 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13 July 2011 | Kathy Flynn
    Bullets taken from victims of a fatal police shooting during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and from the scene match guns used by three of the police officers involved, a ballistics expert said on Wednesday. Patrick Lane told a New Orleans jury that his analysis showed with "reasonable scientific certainty" that at least one of the bullets removed from the body of 17-year-old James Brissette matched the rifle fired by Sergeant Kenneth Bowen. Other bullets or shell casings taken from the scene matched guns fired by officers Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso, the Louisiana State Police ballistics specialist said. Bowen,...
  • New Orleans police face trial over Katrina killings

    06/19/2011 7:10:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | June 19, 2011
    Five New Orleans police officers accused of indiscriminately shooting people in the chaos unleashed by Hurricane Katrina face a high-profile trial in the coming week. The deadly 2005 shooting on the Danziger Bridge and resulting cover-up came to epitomize the city's failure to protect its citizens and exposed deep-rooted corruption in the police department which many say remains unaddressed. "This trial is going to show the country and the world that we have a serious problem with our police department," said Eddie Jordan, the city's former District Attorney. "This department is engaged in horrendous acts against its citizens."
  • Creepy, Crusty, Crumbling: Illegal Tour of Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

    05/21/2011 7:49:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 73 replies
    Like little kids, we all experience a happy rush, a delighted thrill, when going to play at an amusement park. Yet when an amusement park is abandoned and an eerie silence settles over the rusty and crusty decay, the setting seems to twist the atmosphere of enthusiastic excitement into a suffocating blanket of dread. The place takes on creepy vibes and freaks people out. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and ripped the heart of fun and the amusement out of this park. Almost six years later, Six Flags in New Orleans is unnaturally silent, no lines and no...
  • Katrina haven becomes home for flood evacuees

    05/17/2011 8:01:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies ^ | May 17, 2011
    A farming community built for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina has become a haven for families driven from their homes by river flooding that has hit states from Arkansas to Louisiana. Twenty-six families have moved into the enclave because their towns were threatened by flooding from the Mississippi River and smaller rivers that spring from it. The haven, informally known as Canadaville, was created by a Canadian industrialist and had a onetime population of around 200 residents displaced by the 2005 hurricane, but it had dwindled to just a handful by the time people from nearby towns began looking for a...
  • Road Home begins taking back grants for homes that were never rebuilt

    05/08/2011 1:30:38 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | May 08, 2011 | David Hammer
    In 2009 and early 2010, Beacon of Hope, a grass-roots recovery support group, surveyed thousands of Orleans Parish properties and found that as many as a third of those with Road Home grants had not begun to rebuild.Grant recipients face may legitimate hardships, but few of their neighbors can stomach their getting Road Home aid only to leave a property blighted. When Beacon of Hope released its survey findings last year, founder Denise Thornton blasted the state for “lackadaisical” enforcement of covenants requiring Road Home grant recipients to rebuild and reoccupy their houses within three years. The state Disaster Recovery...
  • Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin releasing Katrina memoir

    05/07/2011 6:43:16 AM PDT · by massmike · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | 05/07/2011 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is releasing a memoir in June about his experiences dealing with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and its aftermath. He sent an e-mail and Twitter notes Tuesday about the book, "Katrina’s Secrets: Storms after the Storm." Nagin’s press release says the book will be released June 8 "via Amazon" and will discuss "institutional issues of race and class that secretly conspired to control and slow down the recovery."
  • Let's Not Be Judgmental About the Journalist Who Kept Quiet About Racist Murders by New Orleans PD

    04/17/2011 2:54:11 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 21 replies ^ | 04/14/2011 | Tom Scocca
    Sometimes bad things happen in bad situations. That's the message from some people that James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times talked to about the case of New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer Alex Brandon, whose news-gathering work in the Hurricane Katrina–wrecked city in 2005 excluded the news that police were killing unarmed black people. Brandon witnessed the immediate aftermath of the Danziger Bridge shooting—when police gunned down six people, killing two—and endorsed the police account of the incident, according to his former colleague Mike Perlstein: "He was backing the police and saying they were in a gun battle and they were...