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  • Jeb Bush’s Claim That Blacks Want ‘Free Stuff’ for Votes Insults Our Dignity and History of Struggle

    09/30/2015 12:39:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Root ^ | September 29, 2015 | Pofessor Peniel E. Joseph, founding director, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy
    Jeb Bush’s recent comments in South Carolina about Democrats getting black people to vote for them by promising them “free stuff” during election season is a powerful reminder that a leading Republican presidential candidate is woefully ignorant about contemporary race relations and the history that’s shaped the racial-justice struggle. Ironically, the former governor of Florida’s statement echoed Mitt Romney’s infamous remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who longed for government handouts, said while discussing minority-voter outreach and the Republican Party. During an interview with Fox News Sunday, Bush doubled down on his comments. “We need to make our case...
  • CNN Staffers Complain to Jeff Zucker About Obsessive Trump Coverage, Bumping Anderson Cooper's

    09/10/2015 10:15:41 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    the Wrap ^ | September 10, 2015 @ 11:38 am | Jordan Chariton
    [Full Title] CNN Staffers Complain to Jeff Zucker About Obsessive Trump Coverage, Bumping Anderson Cooper's Katrina Special (Exclusive) “We are not perfect,” network president says about coverage of GOP frontrunner at Thursday town hall, a network insider tells TheWrap Jeff Zucker has guided his producers and talent to cover Donald Trump until the eyeballs start turning away. Apparently, his producers already want to. At a network town hall on Thursday, producers complained about the obsessive coverage the network has given the GOP frontrunner, including airing full campaign rallies and an endless amount of segments dedicated to Trump. One producer expressed...
  • Air Force Veteran Finds Iconic 'Katrina Kid' After a Decade of Heartfelt Searching

    09/03/2015 6:00:51 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 4 replies
    Accuweather ^ | September 3 | Kevin Byrne
    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's calamitous effects, an image of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney locked in a heartwarming embrace with a young girl he encountered during rescue operations became a symbol of hope and optimism. For the last decade, Maroney has been determined to meet the child he hugged in the iconic photo. In March, the Air Force Times launched the "Find Katrina Kid" campaign to help Maroney reconnect with the little girl.
  • Katrina, Ten Years Later

    09/02/2015 8:29:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Ten years have elapsed since one of the most amazing cases of Republican-bashing media bias in the television era began. The media elites laugh when preachers say immorality causes God to send hurricanes, but they suggested with straight faces that Hurricane Katrina was a death sentence President George W. Bush and his cronies brought to the less fortunate. In the early spin, race-baiting rapper Kanye West and "objective" anchors like Brian Williams were in rhetorical sync: George Bush didn't care about black people. On "The Daily Show," Williams told Jon Stewart "everyone" knew Bush would have done better if white...
  • Hurricane Katrina turns 10: Remembering gun confiscation in New Orleans [Video]

    08/31/2015 4:09:06 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    WND TV ^ | 8/31/2015 | Staff
    Hurricane Katrina Gun Confiscation Video
  • Stop Blaming Me for Hurricane Katrina (Thanks Brownie)

    08/27/2015 8:11:40 AM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Ten years later, the name ‘Brownie’ is still identified with the government’s failures. Here’s what really happened.Had I left the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the spring of 2005, my life would be very different today. And I really wish, in retrospect, that I had. But after the 2004 hurricane season, when FEMA’s excellent responses to hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in Florida were widely praised, White House chief of staff Andy Card persuaded me to stay on as director through the 2005 hurricane season. I didn’t want to disappoint President George W. Bush. We’d developed a good relationship....
  • Infamous Katrina figure visible in Jeb Bush campaign video

    08/25/2015 8:55:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 25, 2015 | Tal Kopan
    Jeb Bush's campaign on Tuesday put out a video highlighting his hurricane response record as governor of Florida as the nation marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. But at one point, the campaign spot features Bush standing next to then-Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown, one of the most infamous figures of the George W. Bush administration's widely criticized response to the disaster. The two-minute video features clips of hurricanes and Bush back when he was governor, interspersed with expert testimonials about Bush's leadership during disasters, which frequently affect the state he governed in the early to mid-2000s....
  • Hurricane Katrina proved that if black lives matter, so must climate justice

    08/24/2015 9:54:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 24, 2015 | Elizabeth C. Yeampierre
    The environmental justice and Black Lives Matter movements are complementary. We can’t afford to choose between the two. Those of us from low-income communities of color are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. US cities and towns that are predominantly made up of people of color are also home to a disproportionate share of the environmental burdens that are fueling the climate crisis and shortening our lives. One has only to recall the gut-wrenching images of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath to confirm this. At a time when police abuse is more visible than ever thanks to technology, and our communities...
  • Obama to mark Katrina anniversary

    08/19/2015 12:41:55 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Aug. 19, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, President Obama will visit the city to celebrate its recovery. Obama on Aug. 27 will meet with Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D), tour neighborhoods and meet with local residents. He will deliver a speech hailing the city’s rebuilding efforts and how they have helped spur economic innovation, the White House said. The 2005 storm was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, flooding 80 percent of the city, killing more than 1,800 people and leaving a million people displaced. New Orleans was still reeling from Katrina’s aftermath when Obama first took office, and...
  • 'A Decade on and Hurricane Katrina is Still with us in New Orleans’

    08/17/2015 10:25:55 AM PDT · by Cecily · 25 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 17, 2015 | Josie Ensor
    Scott and Kimberly Roberts clung to each other in the attic of their clapboard home, praying the gale-force winds and rising flood water would not carry them away. With shaking hands, they captured the moment they were hit by Hurricane Katrina – one of the fiercest storms in living memory – on a $20 camera they had bought just days before. “I decided to film because I realised we weren’t going to be able to leave,” Mrs Roberts, 34, said. “And just in case it happened how people said it was going to happen, I wanted to capture it. “The...
  • Rep. Brown: 3K Died in Katrina – Why ‘Don’t We Support Transportation Infrastructure?’

    06/07/2015 5:43:05 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 88 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 4, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    While debating proposed cuts to Amtrak’s budget, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) argued that the government subsidized train system is necessary, especially during disasters. “What is it - that we don’t support transportation infrastructure?” Brown said on the House floor Thursday. “When we had 9/11 – Amtrak was the only entity that was moving people. When we had Katrina – Amtrak. We had over 3,000 people to die because they couldn’t move around the area.” According to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 1,833 people died in relation to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Amtrak...
  • Decade After Katrina, Pointing Finger More Firmly at Army Corps

    05/24/2015 11:17:19 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and JOHN SCHWARTZ
    NEW ORLEANS — Nearly 10 years on, one might assume that the case of Hurricane Katrina is closed. That the catastrophic flooding of this city was caused not merely by a powerful storm but primarily by fatal engineering flaws in the city’s flood protection system has been proved by experts, acknowledged by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and underscored by residents here to anyone who might suggest otherwise. But the efforts to establish responsibility with ever more precision — to ascertain just how many of those flaws were due to engineering, politics or money — have not stopped....
  • #FindKatrinaGirl Is Air Force Vet's Attempt to Reconnect With Girl Rescued in Hurricane Katrina

    03/24/2015 10:26:25 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    ABC GMA via Yahoo News ^ | 3/24/15 | AVIANNE TAN
    An Air Force veteran is asking the Internet's help to reconnect him with a girl he rescued 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina. The hashtag #FindKatrinaGirl has now taken off on social media. A 2005 photograph of the two shows the girl in pigtails and a pink shirt squeezing Michael Maroney, now a master sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The iconic New Orleans image has served as a symbol of hope after the devastation. "When she wrapped me up with that hug, I just melted, and the weight of the world was lifted off my...
  • Jeb Bush cannot escape his brother's undeniably disastrous presidency

    02/17/2015 4:08:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Week ^ | February 17, 2015 | Ryu Spaeth
    Earlier this year, Mitt Romney had a Galadriel moment. He appeared to be briefly seized by a vision of himself as an all-powerful, world-striding President Romney, before turning away from temptation and settling for the plain old Mitt Romney he has always been. It was political theater at its most bizarre, a flack-driven frenzy that doubled as a flashback to the self-delusion that blinded the Romney 2012 campaign in its final days. With Romney now out of the way, Jeb Bush has consolidated the support of the GOP's moneyed class with surprising alacrity. As Politico noted last week, the contest...
  • Katrina-size hurricanes used to hit New England; could it happen again?

    02/12/2015 5:31:06 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 17 replies
    cBS News ^ | 2/11/15 | Michael Casey
    New Englanders are no stranger to hurricanes, enduring the likes of Bob in 1991 and Donna in 1954, which packed winds over 100 miles per hour and caused hundred of millions of dollars in damage. But that was kids' play compared to the storms that hit the region centuries ago. Using sediment deposits from a Cape Cod pond, scientists said Wednesday that hurricanes more powerful than any on record in modern times swamped New England between the years 250 to 1150 A.D. And they were pretty frequent, with 23 hurricanes recorded - one for every 40 years - from what...
  • NBC anchor Brian Williams' Katrina account challenged by ex-French Quarter hotel manager

    02/08/2015 5:40:16 PM PST · by BBell · 92 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/8/15 | Jessica Williams
    The former general manager of the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, where embattled "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams reportedly roomed during Hurricane Katrina, said Sunday (Feb. 8) that neither mass flooding nor floating human remains were near the hotel after the levees broke. Her statement raises questions about Williams' stated Katrina experiences and could add to a pool of public skepticism regarding his tale. Williams recounted his time reporting on Katrina in a 2006 interview with Disney CEO Michael Eisner. "When you look out of your hotel room window in the French Quarter and watch a man float by face down,...
  • Did Brian Williams also exaggerate during his Hurricane Katrina reports?

    02/05/2015 11:32:49 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 83 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 6, 2015 | David Mccormack
    NBC News anchor Brian Williams' 2006 claim that he saw a dead body float past his hotel window during Hurricane Katrina is drawing fresh skepticism in the wake of his own admission on Wednesday that he lied about being aboard a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire during the Iraq war. Despite a swift apology on his Nightly News program, Williams is at the center of a media firestorm after it emerged that his old war story that he has retold numerous times over the past 12 years has become increasingly exaggerated. Williams was forced to apologize this week...
  • 'Selma' director and star to pair for Katrina movie

    01/27/2015 12:34:17 AM PST · by barmag25 · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/27/15 | AFP
    Ava DuVernay, the director of the Martin Luther King historical movie "Selma", is set to again team up with the film's star David Oyelowo for a new project about Hurricane Katrina. DuVernay and Oyelowo, who were both finalists at this year's Golden Globes, will "develop a new narrative feature film chronicling a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina," Participant Media said Monday. The project will mark the pair's third collaboration after "Middle of Nowhere" and "Selma", which has been nominated for this year's Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • The 'American Sniper's' preposterous post-Katrina New Orleans story: Jarvis DeBerry(barf alert)

    01/21/2015 2:28:08 PM PST · by BBell · 40 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/21/15 | Jarvis DeBerry
    Chris Kyle, the now-deceased Navy SEAL who is celebrated in Clint Eastwood's movie "American Sniper" was a proved liar. Jesse Ventura, the former military man, wrestler and governor of Minnesota, sued Kyle before he died, claiming that he defamed Ventura in his memoir, "American Sniper." Kyle claims to have punched out Ventura in a bar after Ventura bad-mouthed the troops who'd been sent to Iraq. Kyle was killed before the trial, but a jury determined that none of what he had written about Ventura was true and awarded Ventura $1.8 million. Because he's a proved liar, we should be awfully...
  • Why did billionaire pay Clinton $15 million?

    glaringly missing from the summary was mention of $15 million in fees paid by Burkle's Yucaipa Global Opportunities Fund since 2002
  • Bush Strategist Matthew Dowd & Katrina vanden Heuvel Agree: Ben Carson Should Run (vid)

    11/23/2014 12:49:38 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 59 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Real Clear Politics
    On Sunday's broadcast of ABC's This Week, there was a consensus moment between former President Bush's chief re-election strategist Matthew Dowd and Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher of the liberal magazine The Nation: Dr. Ben Carson should run for president.
  • ‘Stepped right into that propeller': Sen. Mary Landrieu’s #WhereWasBill tweet backfires

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    10/29/2014 5:14:48 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jordyn Phelps
    While President Obama has returned to the campaign trail to court the black vote ahead of the midterm elections, race has arisen as an issue in two key Senate races, albeit for very different reasons. A new television ad airing in Louisiana makes the case that the nation’s first black president has been bad for the black community. The ad comes from a group called “Progressives for Immigration Reform” and uses images of Hurricane Katrina devastation and blacks standing in unemployment lines to argue that “our own president” wants to allow in millions of illegal immigrant workers to “take jobs...
  • Ebola Is Obama's "Katrina", And He's More Worried About Africans Than Americans???

    10/04/2014 5:39:16 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    Where is Obama's Surgeon General? Why is the the Administration silent and allowing a deadly pandemic, that can't be detected for 3 weeks, to come into our country? Why is the border STILL NOT SECURE?
  • Beyond Single Issues: Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    09/13/2014 6:36:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Indypendent ^ | September 12, 2014 | Deirdre Smith
    It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis. It was all over the news in August: images of police pointing military-grade weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Michael Brown, his family and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and felt the fear I have for my own family. In the wake of the climate disaster that was Hurricane...
  • Mayor during Katrina gets 10 years for corruption

    07/09/2014 9:19:39 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 9, 2014 | Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business. The 58-year-old Democrat had defiantly denied any wrongdoing after his 2013 indictment and...
  • Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets A Decade In Prison For Corruption (Chocolate City)

    07/09/2014 10:22:18 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 7-9-2014 | Kevin McGill
    Kevin McGill, Associated PressJuly 9, 2014 Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering and other corruption charges. Prosecutors said the actions for which he was convicted spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning. (snip)
  • Obama’s Katrina

    07/09/2014 10:11:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-09-14 | DrJohn
    Rep. Henry Cuellar hoped the immigration mess would not become Obama's Katrina moment. It has. The difference between Bush and Obama is that Bush cared. He might have taken too long to make decisions, but he did care. Obama doesn't care about anything other than himself. As we've noted here, Barack Obama has effectively imposed Martial Law on detention sites which house illegal aliens who are flooding across the border. A member of United States Congress was denied access to Fort Sill and was told he has to make an appointment. Then the administration announced put the hammer down. Among...
  • Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

    07/09/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 76 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-9-14 | Campbell Robertson
    NEW ORLEANS — C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday in federal court in New Orleans. Mr. Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts, most relating to kickbacks from contractors looking for city work. The sentence was imposed by Judge Ginger Berrigan of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mr. Nagin, a Democrat, was arrested in January 2013, nearly three years after he left office. He was charged with taking kickbacks in the form of...
  • Democrat hopes immigration crisis isn’t “Obama’s Katrina moment”

    07/08/2014 7:50:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Hotair.com
    George W. Bush was widely criticized for his administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. Among other things, Bush was slammed for praising then-FEMA director Michael Brown by saying “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job” and for a photograph taken from Air Force One in which he was seen peering at the wreckage.
  • Poll Finds Dissatisfaction Over Iraq

    06/23/2014 9:00:03 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 23, 2014 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR and DALIA SUSSMAN
    Dissatisfaction with President Obama’s conduct of foreign policy has shot up among both Republicans and Democrats in the past month, even though a slim majority supports his recent decision to send military advisers to Iraq to confront the growing threat from militants there, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. The survey suggests that most Americans back some of Mr. Obama’s approaches to the crisis in Iraq, including majority support for the possibility of drone strikes. But the poll documents an increasing lack of faith in the president and his leadership, and shows deep concern that further intervention...
  • After conviction, Ray Nagin must forfeit $500K

    05/27/2014 8:55:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 5:14 PM EDT
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will have to pay the government more than $501,000 as a result of his conviction on bribery and other charges, a federal judge said Tuesday. Nagin was convicted in February on 20 counts including bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy during his two terms as mayor. The Democrat served from 2002 to 2010 and was known his impassioned pleas for help for the city after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. …
  • Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial present the former mayor as predator, or prey

    02/10/2014 9:14:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 2/10/14 | Mark Waller
    Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial on Monday centered on whether the former New Orleans mayor was a predator focused on helping himself or prey for an assortment of shady operators. The prosecution portrayed Nagin as an opportunist who pursued businessmen under pressure to win city business, targeting them to line his own pockets. The defense characterized those contractors -- some of whom suffer from their own legal and financial problems -- as scheming to use Nagin without his knowledge, and now eager to testify to help their own situations. After the lawyers made their final pitches, the...
  • Katrina Victims Say Brad Pitt's Charity Homes Are Already Rotting

    01/03/2014 8:51:24 PM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    SFChronicle ^ | January 02, 2013 | Heather Alexander
    Katrina Victims Say Brad Pitt's Charity Homes Are Already Rotting By Heather Alexander, Houston Chronicle January 2, 2014 Actor Brad Pitt visits the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during a trip to lobby government officials to increase the speed of re-construction on July 13, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pitt and Global Green USA created a sustainable design architecture competition to showcase affordable, energy-efficient construction. Actor Brad Pitt visits the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during a trip to lobby government officials to increase the speed of re-construction on July 13, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pitt and...
  • Federal judge dismisses most of remaining Katrina damage lawsuits

    12/28/2013 2:11:22 PM PST · by blueyon · 5 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 12/27/13 | By Mark Schleifstein
    A federal judge in New Orleans has dismissed almost all remaining lawsuits against the federal government for damages caused by the failure of levees and floodwalls during Hurricane Katrina, ordering both sides to pay for their own legal expenses. The clean-up ruling by U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr., filed Dec. 20, marks the end of an unprecedented series of class-action lawsuits aimed at collecting damages from insurance companies or the federal government that could have totaled billions of dollars. The final ruling was not unexpected. In earlier decisions Duval found the Army Corps of Engineers was immune from damages...
  • FEMA forgives $67.8 million loan + interest from Hurricane Katrina for St. Tammany schools

    12/24/2013 3:45:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 12/23/13
    WASHINGTON -- The St. Tammany Parish school district is getting $67.8 million in disaster loans and accumulated interest for Hurricane Katrina forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced Monday. The announcement follows FEMA's earlier decision to cancel a $9.9 million loan for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and a $14.5 million loan to the St. Tammany Parish government. The loan forgiveness is a response to a provision Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, added to a 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations that changed the criteria for loan forgiveness affecting some $211 million in Katrina-related loans.
  • Family watches in horror as city tears down home days before Christmas

    12/20/2013 12:17:05 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 94 replies
    WTAE ^ | 12/19/2013
    KENNER, La. —A Louisiana homeowner watched in horror as city workers in Kenner, La. tore down the house she was rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina. “I'm going to wind up in the loony bin. I've tried for seven years to get back home. This is my home. This is my corner. I own this piece of property, and Kenner does this to me,” said home owner Reba Tullier. But the city of Kenner said it has a zero-tolerance policy on blighted homes. Tullier said she had finally lined up help to fix her house, but it was too late. “It's not...
  • Democrats fear being swamped by 'Obama's Katrina' (Bon Voyage!!)

    11/14/2013 6:50:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/14/13 | Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli
    (11-14) 16:23 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- President Obama's mea culpa and proposals to fix his health care overhaul Thursday didn't mollify California Democrats furious over the administration's botched rollout of its signature law, which they fear could dash their hopes of retaking the House and jeopardize the party in competitive races in the state. "This is Obama's Katrina," said Democratic strategist Garry South, referring to the 2005 hurricane that inundated New Orleans and robbed then-President George W. Bush of much of his second-term credibility when his administration bungled the disaster response. "If you're a Democrat running in an endangered seat...
  • Ray Nagin: The final chapter (bribery, conspiracy, money laundering trial postponed third time)

    11/03/2013 9:17:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Best Of New Orleans ^ | 10/28/13 | Clancy DuBos, Joe Raspanti
    Former Mayor Ray Nagin's federal trial on 21 public corruption charges was postponed again last week — for the third time. The former mayor is now set to stand trial on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. If and when Nagin does go to trial — or if he pleads to a reduced charge — it will be the final chapter of Hurricane Katrina's political arc. Guilty or innocent, Nagin's fate will bring closure to a city that arguably suffered as much after the storm as during it, thanks in large measure to the former mayor's failure to implement a recovery program...
  • Heck of a job: Obama excuses flubs in his administration

    10/20/2013 8:32:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2013 | By Dave Boyer
    The list of scandals and blunders in the Obama administration is long, but the roster of people who have been fired by President Obama for screwing up is strikingly short. From Benghazi to the Internal Revenue Service to the Fast and Furious gun-running furor in the Justice Department, the president has been loathe to hold high-level aides accountable for major bungling. The latest example is the president’s backing of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose agency mismanaged the crucial launch of the HealthCare.gov website for people to sign up for insurance under Obamacare. If ever there were a...
  • ‘Grotesque’ DOJ Misconduct: The Holder DOJ stopped at nothing to convict five New Orleans police...

    10/03/2013 6:34:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 3, 2013 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    The Holder DOJ stopped at nothing to convict five New Orleans police officers.In a shocking case of “grotesque” misconduct by federal prosecutors, a federal judge in Louisiana has ordered a new trial for five New Orleans police officers convicted for a shooting on the Danziger Bridge on September 4, 2005 — in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — and for a subsequent cover-up. This is another black eye for the Holder Justice Department that the media have barely covered. Participating in the misconduct that the judge said had created an “online 21st-century carnival atmosphere” was Karla Dobinski, a lawyer in...
  • Judge denies former New Orleans mayor’s bid to delay trial (Ray Nagin)

    09/27/2013 11:08:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:08pm EDT | Kathy Finn
    A judge on Friday denied an effort by former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to postpone his corruption trial, which he said had been compromised by inflammatory comments posted online by prosecutors. Nagin’s argument for a delay stemmed from online postings that recently prompted a federal judge to order a new trial in a murder case involving five New Orleans policemen convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two unarmed people at Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina. … Nagin, who was mayor during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is accused of receiving kickbacks in exchange for city contracts, and wire...
  • Judge Throws Out Officers’ Convictions in Killings After Hurricane Katrina

    09/17/2013 9:22:35 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 13 replies
    NEW ORLEANS — Citing “grotesque prosecutorial misconduct” on the part of federal lawyers here and in Washington, a judge on Tuesday threw out the 2011 convictions of five former police officers who had been found guilty in a momentous civil rights case of killing two citizens and engaging in an extensive cover-up in the days after Hurricane Katrina. In a heated 129-page decision, Judge Kurt D. Englehardt of Federal District Court here declared that federal prosecutors had created a “prejudicial, poisonous atmosphere” in making anonymous online comments before and during the trial at nola.com, the Web site of The Times-Picayune,...