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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin asks judge to go easy on sentencing

    06/13/2014 6:32:46 PM PDT · by topher · 33 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | By Robert McClendon
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is asking for leniency ahead of his July 2 sentencing. New court filings say Nagin is looking at a minimum of 20 years in prison, based on federal sentencing guidelines. That's a "virtual life sentence" for the 58-year-old former two-term mayor, defense attorney Robert Jenkins wrote in a Friday filing to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan asking her to hand down a lighter term.
  • Hurricane Sandy vs. Hurricane Katrina

    11/28/2012 1:51:07 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies
    NY Times Blogs ^ | November 27, 2012, 4:17 pm | ANDY NEWMAN
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made headlines and raised eyebrows Monday when he said that while Hurricane Katrina was deadlier than Hurricane Sandy, the latter storm was “more impactful” over all and “affected many, many more people and places than Katrina.” Mr. Cuomo added that Hurricane Sandy had a greater economic impact, destroyed or damaged more units of housing, affected more businesses and caused more customers to lose power. For our part, City Room decided to undertake a little truth-squadding. While apples-to-apples numbers for the two storms are very difficult to come by, especially given that Hurricane Sandy’s costs are still...
  • Lessons Learned From Superstorm Sandy

    11/13/2012 8:36:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 12, 2012 | Peggy Layton
    In an emergency evacuation, there will always be people who stay behind to protect their personal belongings. People who ignored evacuation warnings had to be rescued and some lost their lives in one of the worst storms in the history of natural disasters in the United States.The biggest challenges were hunger and cold because of electrical outages. More than 8.1 million homes and businesses lost power.In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, city leaders across the country are asking how their city would respond to a similar disaster and examining their preparedness and self-reliance needs. Sandy would have resulted in much...
  • Obama going to Missouri to offer help in healing

    05/29/2011 9:28:05 AM PDT · by upchuck · 77 replies
    Ass Press/Yahuh ^ | May 29,2011 | Erica Werner
    President Barack Obama is pivoting from diplomacy on the world stage to the intimate and delicate domestic task of acting as healer-in-chief to a devastated community. The president travels to tornado-wrecked Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, a day after returning from a six-day European tour of Ireland, England, France and Poland. After days of focusing on the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world, he'll turn to an even more critical connection: his own, with the American people. The president will visit with survivors and family members of the worst tornado in decades, a monster storm that tore through Joplin...
  • Texas: Gov. Rick Perry Takes Massive Money Lead over Bill White

    10/05/2010 5:54:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 5, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    People talk about wanting to get the money out of politics, but fundraising totals can tell us a lot about who's hitting their stride and who will soon be hitting the bench. We are now within striking distance of November 2, so much so that Muse’s “Uprising” is my ringtone. “Rise up and take the power back/It’s time the fat cats had a heart attack … .”As we get down to the wire, polls matter, block walks matter, enthusiasm matters — and money matters. In fact, money tells us a lot about the health of a candidate and where he...
  • (Spike) Lee Screens New Katrina Film In New Orleans

    08/18/2010 11:41:40 AM PDT · by Abathar · 48 replies
    AP/theindychannel.com ^ | 08/18/2010 | Mary Foster
    NEW ORLEANS -- Five years after he documented the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, Spike Lee returned to New Orleans with his new movie showing the city's agonizing efforts to return to normal. The premiere Tuesday included hours one and four of the HBO documentary, "If God Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise." "The first hour was very, very emotional," said Sharon Starks, 53, who said she had a purse full of tissues after seeing the first Lee film on the hurricane. "But the second hour I was just angry. It was about the BP oil spill and I just felt...
  • 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....
  • An 'Earth-Shaking' Election in New Orleans

    02/11/2010 9:37:41 AM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,466+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 10, 2010 | Abigail Thernstrom
    Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu is the next mayor of New Orleans. The city is two-thirds black, and he will be the first white elected to the office since 1970, when his father, Moon Landrieu, won the seat. The election was a true post-racial moment. Four and a half years after Katrina, black voters decided competence trumped race. The prospect of a white mayor would be “an earth-shaking event,” a politically active black lawyer told a New York Times reporter before the election. In January 2006, when the first post-Katrina election was held, Mayor C. Ray Nagin took the occasion...
  • Ed Blakely lambastes New Orleans, saying its residents are racist, lazy

    11/02/2009 11:33:02 AM PST · by trumandogz · 67 replies · 3,333+ views
    Times-Picayune ^ | 11.2.09 | David Hammer
    Just months after leaving New Orleans, former recovery czar Ed Blakely gave a television interview lambasting the city, saying its people are racists, its city workers are unsophisticated and its residents lazy.
  • Obama visit to New Orleans stirs up strife

    10/14/2009 6:12:31 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 65 replies · 2,716+ views
    Nola.com ^ | October 14, 2009 | James Gill
    In Norway they may think that President Barack Obama has a great knack for peace, but around here his forte seems to be stirring up strife. New Orleans is mad because Obama's visit tomorrow will be little more than a whistlestop. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is mad because New Orleans gets all the attention, such as it is, while the lingering effects of Katrina over there are ignored. And from southwest Louisiana comes the cry, "What about Rita, Gustav and Ike? The president really needs to take a look at Cameron Parish." Obama is also being denounced for an apparent...
  • Closing arguments set for ex-congressman's trial (William 'Cold Cash' Jefferson, a Democrat)

    07/29/2009 8:38:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 438+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/29/09 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments Wednesday in the bribery trial of a former Louisiana congressman .. William Jefferson, a Democrat .. is accused of receiving more than $400,000 in bribes .. Jefferson's attorneys argue that their client was essentially acting as a private business consultant and never violated bribery laws.
  • Deletions violate Nagin's own policy

    02/19/2009 6:59:43 AM PST · by rvoitier · 8 replies · 410+ views
    NOLA.com ^ | Feb. 19, 2009 | Frank Donze
    The decision by Mayor Ray Nagin's administration to delete virtually every e-mail sent and received by Nagin last year was not only an apparent violation of the state public-records law, it also flies in the face of a detailed policy recommendation prepared less than a year ago by the mayor's own technology office.
  • (Houston Mayor Bill) White announces (Texas US) Senate campaign via Web video

    12/16/2008 4:29:39 PM PST · by weegee · 44 replies · 1,090+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec 16, 2008 | ROLYN FEIBEL
    Houston Mayor Bill White used a Web video to announce his plan to run for U.S. Senate today.... He cites turbulent economic times, a rising federal deficit and high unemployment rates in the video, saying "this may be an opportunity for our nation to do things it has only dreamed of before..." White previously worked as deputy secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy under President Clinton and as chief executive of the Wedge Group, a Houston-based holding company with interests in oil-field services, engineering and real estate. In comments today, he also highlighted signature domestic issues such as health...
  • Judge upholds bribery charges against Jefferson

    05/28/2008 7:25:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 277+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/28/08 | Susan Crabtree
    A federal judge has refused to dismiss bribery charges against Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.). Jefferson is accused of orchestrating a complicated, and multi-layered scheme to receive bribes from companies seeking business in Western Africa. Proving bribery against a lawmaker is difficult because prosecutors must show that the defendant provided an “official act” such as a voting a certain way or sponsoring legislation in return for money or items he received. His lawyers argued that Jefferson didn’t do anything in his capacity as a congressman that could be considered a bribe. U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III turned that legal...
  • New Orleans on track to be nation's deadliest city (it's a quagmire, all is lost, Bush's fault)

    01/02/2008 8:20:15 AM PST · by tobyhill · 70 replies · 133+ views
    Commercialappeal.com ^ | 1/2/2007 | Mary Foster/ap
    <p>NEW ORLEANS -- The bloodiest city in the country in 2006, reeling from crime in its struggle to recover from Hurricane Katrina, got even worse in 2007.</p> <p>New Orleans registered 209 homicides last year, a nearly 30 percent increase from the 161 recorded in 2006.</p>
  • New Orleans cracks down on corruption

    12/29/2007 5:38:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 160+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/29/07 | Alan Sayre - ap
    NEW ORLEANS - Fed up with crime and political corruption, New Orleans' business leaders in 1952 organized to flush out the twin poisons they believed were harming economic development. It was a time when illegal gambling and the Carlos Marcello crime family operated openly in a city that was a bustling business hub. Fast forward 55 years. Gambling is legal and the mob has faded into obscurity. The city's economy is a shadow of its former self, thanks to the 1980s oil bust, an exodus of big businesses and the shattering blow of Hurricane Katrina, which ran off at least...
  • Caption This Picture (Ungrateful N.O. Welfare Bum)

    12/21/2007 7:44:06 AM PST · by Lurker · 51 replies · 207+ views
    www.nola.com ^ | 21 Dec. 2007 | unknown
    "You owe us you no good cracker! 50 billion dollars ain't enough!"
  • William Jefferson D-La tries to get case thrown out (no "official act" for bribe)

    11/13/2007 2:56:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies · 98+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 11/12/07 | John Bresnahan
    Jefferson tries to get case thrown outBy: John Bresnahan Nov 12, 2007 07:35 PM EST Jefferson has been indicted on a litany of federal charges, including bribery. Photo: AP Who says lawyers aren’t creative? Attorneys for indicted Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) are citing new Senate legislation designed to make it easier to prosecute corrupt pols as a reason to throw out parts of the bribery and corruption case against the lawmaker. Jefferson has been indicted on a litany of federal charges, including bribery, in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. His trial is set to start in mid-January, but...
  • Katrina Aid Goes Toward Football Condos (Lying Headline Alert)

    08/13/2007 2:15:41 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 2 replies · 417+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 08/13/2007 | JAY REEVES
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - With large swaths of the Gulf Coast still in ruins from Hurricane Katrina, rich federal tax breaks designed to spur rebuilding are flowing hundreds of miles inland to investors who are buying up luxury condos near the University of Alabama's football stadium. About 10 condominium projects are going up in and around Tuscaloosa, and builders are asking up to $1 million for units with granite countertops, king-size bathtubs and 'Bama decor, including crimson couches and Bear Bryant wall art. While many of the buyers are Crimson Tide alumni or ardent football fans not entitled to any...
  • New Orleans Council Member Pleads Guilty

    08/13/2007 9:34:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 798+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/313/7 | CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press Writer
    New Orleans (AP) -- The vice president of the City Council, once thought to be a likely candidate for mayor in 2010, pleaded guilty Monday to a federal bribery charge. Oliver Thomas entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance, and prosecutors were to discuss details of the case later Monday. Bond for Thomas was set at $25,000.
  • Pelosi Delays Decision on William Jefferson (D-La.)

    03/01/2007 4:58:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies · 1,208+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/01/07 | Susan Ferrechio
    Pelosi Delays Decision on JeffersonBy Susan Ferrechio Published: March 1, 2007 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has postponed until at least next week action on a resolution that would place embattled Rep. William J. Jefferson on the Homeland Security Committee after Republicans said they would demand a roll call vote that could be potentially embarrassing for some Democrats. Leadership aides confirmed Thursday that the vote has been tentatively scheduled for sometime next week. Democrats acknowledged that their move to give the seat to the Louisiana Democrat, who is under federal investigation for bribery, would not happen via the simple and fast...
  • In Setback for New Orleans, Fed-Up Residents Give Up

    02/16/2007 3:58:58 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 105 replies · 2,796+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 16, 2007 | SHAILA DEWAN
    Lee Celano for The New York TimesDylan Langlois, center, and Kasandra Larsen said goodbye to a friend as they prepared to move out of New NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 15 — After nearly a decade in the city of their dreams, Kasandra Larsen and her fiancé, Dylan Langlois, climbed into a rented moving truck on Marais Street last Sunday, pointed it toward New Hampshire, and said goodbye. Not because of some great betrayal — they had, after all, come back after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina — but a series of escalating indignities: the attempted carjacking of a pregnant friend;...
  • Obama blasts Bush adminstration on Katrina recovery

    01/29/2007 2:18:30 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 64 replies · 1,274+ views
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE ^ | 29 JANUARY 2007 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama blasted the Bush administration Monday for the slow pace of Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and what he saw as a lack of urgency at the White House. "There is not a sense of urgency in this administration to get this done," said the Democratic senator from Illinois. "You get a sense that will has been lacking in the last several months." Obama, the nation's only African American senator, was in New Orleans for a field hearing conducted by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The devastation in New Orleans and...
  • Katrina evacuees say they need more than extension

    01/23/2007 9:12:12 AM PST · by weegee · 98 replies · 2,281+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 22, 2007, 11:39PM | By MIKE SNYDER
    Katrina evacuees say they need more than extension They welcome more time with housing help but say the problem is more long-term A six-month extension of emergency housing assistance will stave off an immediate catastrophe but will not solve the underlying problems preventing hurricane victims from rebuilding their lives, evacuees and their advocates said Monday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed that assistance would continue through Aug. 31 for about 128,000 households living in trailers, mobile homes or apartments, including about 14,000 in the Houston area. The assistance was scheduled to expire in February for victims of Hurricane Katrina and...
  • New Orleans baby boom following Hurricane Katrina (96% Uninsured Immigrants)

    01/11/2007 6:58:51 AM PST · by nckerr · 59 replies · 1,420+ views
    Irish Medical Times ^ | 11 Jan 2007 | Emer Mullins
    By Emer Mullins The large increase in babies being born to immigrants in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is putting maternity hospitals in that city under strain, The New York Times has reported. Hundreds of babies are being born to Latino immigrant workers, who flocked to the city to work during the reconstruction. “The throng of babies gurgling in the handful of operational maternity wards here has come as a big surprise — and a financial strain — to this historically black and white city, which before the hurricane had only a small Latino community and virtually...
  • Radio ad asks Houstonians to arm themselves against evacuees

    09/22/2006 1:06:05 PM PDT · by weegee · 33 replies · 1,420+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 22, 2006, 1:47AM | By JUAN A. LOZANO
    A radio commercial for a local gun shop advises Houstonians to arm themselves against "Katricians," adding to the growing tension between Houstonians and the Katrina evacuees who have been blamed for a rising crime rate. Gun shop owner and radio talk-show host Jim Pruett said Thursday he started running the ad a few weeks ago after hearing a local television interview with a Katrina evacuee living in Houston who implied he would have to turn to crime if his government assistance ran out. "There are many evacuees here who are working," said Pruett, who has owned Jim Pruett's Guns &...
  • Kinky tackles allegations of racism

    09/11/2006 11:29:03 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 129 replies · 1,932+ views
    AUSTIN — Days after being criticized for derogatory comments about Hurricane Katrina evacuees, independent gubernatorial hopeful Kinky Friedman struck back at candidates who pander to minorities. "I don't eat tamales in the barrio, I don't eat fried chicken in the ghetto, I don't eat bagels with the Jews for breakfast," said Friedman, who is Jewish. "That to me is true racism." The comment last week was intended to reflect that he's not afraid of risking a little unpopularity for the sake of being honest, campaign spokeswoman Laura Stromberg said Monday. "He's not going to become the politician that people in...
  • Activists vow to make Kinky pay

    09/09/2006 10:12:24 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 75 replies · 1,725+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9-9-06 | ALLAN TURNER
    Seething at what they consider racist slurs against African-Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina, activists here Friday took verbal aim at gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman and west Houston residents who last week urged city officials to send evacuees back home. "The nerve of the white man to talk about shipping anyone anywhere," Houston activist Quanell X told a small group of reporters and the public Friday at a Texas Southern University news conference. "This is disgraceful." His comments came as local and New Orleans activists gathered in Houston to craft a response to the comments, which they said smeared the estimated...
  • 69% of poor evacuees are here to stay (Houston)

    09/08/2006 9:10:11 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 75 replies · 1,349+ views
    Houston Comical ^ | 9/8/06 | ALLAN TURNER
    Life in Houston hasn't been easy, with many lacking health insurance, jobs, survey finds Houston may be hot, unfriendly and frustratingly difficult to navigate, but more than two-thirds of the poorest New Orleans evacuees who fled to the city after Hurricane Katrina plan to stay, a Rice University survey released today shows. Almost 69 percent of the 1,081 people queried in the National Science Foundation-funded study conducted in July by political science professors Rick Wilson and Robert Stein said they likely will remain in Houston. That figure is up from about 57 percent in October and 51 percent in September...
  • Kinky Friedman addresses immigration, crime, taxes, state spending

    09/06/2006 12:22:44 PM PDT · by Shermy · 160 replies · 2,398+ views
    Chron.com ^ | September 6, 2006
    The number of National Guard troops on the Texas-Mexico border would jump from 1,500 to 10,000 under a plan to combat illegal immigration proposed today by independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman. "We've waited 153 years for the feds to help us," Friedman said. "They haven't yet. We have our own army. I want 10,000 Texas National Guard troops on the border and I want them now." The immigration proposal was one of four broad policy issues Friedman outlined today. The independent is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry, Democrat Chris Bell, and another independent, Carole Strayhorn, the state comptroller...
  • Katrina Rescuer is sued by Boat Owner

    08/26/2006 10:48:53 AM PDT · by bwteim · 86 replies · 3,080+ views
    WREG TV - Memphis ^ | August 26, 2006 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS A New Orleans man may have thought he'd get a thank-you for rescuing more than 200 people from Hurricane Katrina floodwaters. Instead, he got a lawsuit. John Lyons Junior is suing Mark Morice (mohr-EES') for taking his boat without permission and not returning it. Lyons' lawyer says Morice made no attempt to return the boat. Morice says he left it for other rescuers to use. Lyons' 18-foot boat was one of three Morice said he commandeered after water started rising. Morice said one of the other boat owners told him he was glad he'd been able to hot-wire...
  • Police Chief Says He Exaggerated Post Katrina Crime

    08/21/2006 8:04:16 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 47 replies · 1,580+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 8/21/06 | Cahnning Joseph
    New Orleans police chief during Hurricane Katrina, Eddie Compass, says he unnecessarily "heightened people's fears" by repeating unconfirmed reports of out-of-control crime in the city during the aftermath of the storm, adding to the confusion caused by the disaster and potentially hampering rescue efforts. "There were reports of rapes and children being raped. I even got one report … that my daughter was raped," Mr. Compass says in a Spike Lee documentary scheduled to air on HBO tonight. "In hindsight, I guess I heightened people's fears by me being the superintendent of police, reporting these things that were reported to...
  • Katrina victims blamed for Houston crime

    08/14/2006 12:03:17 PM PDT · by My2Cents · 115 replies · 2,773+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 8/14/06 | Paul J. Weber, AP
    Katrina victims blamed for Houston crimeBy PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press Writer A letter to inmate No. 1352951 and a cell phone bill for $76.63, both found in a soggy New Orleans duplex ruined by Hurricane Katrina, led Louisiana bounty hunter James Martin to Texas. Again. It marked the seventh time since Katrina that Martin, whose pursuit of bail jumpers often begins with clues salvaged from abandoned New Orleans homes, has followed a trail to Texas. "I don't think Texas really knows what they got," Martin said. Katrina sent a lot of bad guys to Texas, as Houston is finding...
  • New Orleans has evacuation plan for next storm season

    05/03/2006 9:02:07 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 41 replies · 888+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 3, 2006 | associated press
    NEW ORLEANS -- Mayor Ray Nagin unveiled a new evacuation strategy for New Orleans on Tuesday that relies more on buses and trains and eliminates the Superdome and Convention Center as shelters. "There will be no shelter of last resort in the event of a major hurricane coming our way," Nagin declared. The mayor, facing a runoff election May 20, has been widely criticized for failing to get the city's most vulnerable residents out of town as Hurricane Katrina approached. The Superdome and Morial Convention Center became a scene of misery for days after the Aug. 29 hurricane as thousands...
  • New Orleans R&B star begins posthumous mayoral bid (Ernie K-Doe of 'Mother-In-Law')

    04/10/2006 10:40:13 AM PDT · by weegee · 3 replies · 499+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Sun Apr 9, 3:03 PM ET | By Jeffrey Jones
    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Ernie K-Doe has some big hurdles to overcome to win his bid for mayor of hurricane-ravaged New Orleans: he lacks the political experience and financial clout of many of his rivals. He's also been dead for almost five years. No matter, said the widow of the flamboyant rhythm-and-blues singer and one of the city's most enduring characters as she launched his tongue-in-cheek campaign for the April 22 vote. "He's the only one qualified -- that's my opinion," Antoinette K-Doe said on Saturday at a rally outside the Mother-in-Law Lounge, the nightclub that bears the name of...
  • Jackson Rallies Against New Orleans Vote

    03/22/2006 6:11:06 AM PST · by mathprof · 38 replies · 936+ views
    ap ^ | 3/22/06 | ERRIN HAINES
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson is touring Southern cities this week to rally opposition to next month's mayoral election in New Orleans, saying too many Hurricane Katrina victims scattered around the country will be unable to vote. He is asking black churches, black colleges and other organizations in cities like Atlanta, Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn., to encourage their members to march on New Orleans on April 1. The election is set for April 22. Jackson and other civil rights leaders have demanded that the election be postponed. But they have not said when they believe the balloting should be held....
  • Guilty Whites

    09/30/2005 10:26:54 AM PDT · by rmlew · 72 replies · 2,266+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | September 30, 2005 | Lawrence Auster
    The worst guilt is to accept an undeserved guilt—and that is what you have been doing all your life. (Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged) In the aftermath of the worst natural disaster in American history, we have seen a spectacular resurgence of the indictment against white merica that has been an organizing theme of our national discourse since the 1960s. Starting from the liberal assumption that any undesirable outcome for black people is the result of white racism, black leaders and spokesmen—supported, according to one poll, by 66 percent of all blacks—have charged in the most virulent terms that white...
  • Doug Giles: God Hates New Orleans and Biloxi?

    09/18/2005 1:52:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 50 replies · 1,441+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 9/17/05 | Doug Giles
    Hey, lunatic-fringe-self-proclaimed-prophet-of-gloom—can you please stop with the “God struck down New Orleans because of Mardi Gras and Biloxi because of their gambling” blather? With that line of reasoning, how would you explain the hurricane that leveled Pensacola last year? Pensacola is no South Beach, nor does it have a Bourbon Street. In fact, I don’t think you can find a city in the US that has more churches per capita than Escambia County, and yet they got the blunt end of the pool cue eleven months ago. Go figure. Look, I realize that drunken college girls flashing their chests for...