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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 usaspending.gov (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
    breitbart.tv ^ | 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 (www.JDL.org) 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
    examiner.com ^ | 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
    MSNBC.com ^ | 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 NOLA.com ^ | 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
    bostonherald.com ^ | 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
    Slate.com ^ | 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...
  • NRA: The Untold Story of Gun Confiscation After Katrina

    04/05/2011 10:42:27 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 40 replies · 1+ views
    I know this video is several years old, but people need to know that the govt is ready and willing to take your rights away. This abomination can never happen again.
  • Orderly disaster reaction in line with deep cultural roots

    03/12/2011 6:10:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    cnn ^ | March 12th, 2011
    The layer of human turmoil - looting and scuffles for food or services - that often comes in the wake of disaster seems noticeably absent in Japan. “Looting simply does not take place in Japan. I’m not even sure if there’s a word for it that is as clear in its implications as when we hear ‘looting,’" said Gregory Pflugfelder, director of the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University. Japanese have “a sense of being first and foremost responsible to the community,” he said.
  • Aaron Broussard's attorney says he received target letter

    02/17/2011 2:38:12 AM PST · by abb · 8 replies
    Times-Picayune ^ | February 17, 2011 | Richard Rainey
    An attorney for former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard said Wednesday he received a target letter describing charges that the federal government is pursuing against his client. Julian Murray said the letter, delivered to his Metairie office, lists wire fraud, a conspiracy charge and a third charge relating to misuse of federal money. Broussard's ex-wife, Karen Parker, also received a target letter, her attorney, David Courcelle, confirmed. Some of the allegations against Broussard involve Parker's employment as a paralegal for the parish. Coming 15 months into the FBI's inquiry into Jefferson Parish political corruption, the letters represents official notice that...
  • 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 | msnbc.com 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    bayoubuzz.com ^ | 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.