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  • Black 'leaders' caught in Katrina lie

    12/17/2005 12:35:43 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 28 replies · 2,348+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, December 17, 2005 | Kevin McCullough
    Some intriguing numbers came out this week proving that race played no role in the response to Hurricane Katrina. Of course, this bit of news never saw the light of day among America's leading news providers. They couldn't even tell the amazing news of 15 million people going to the polls in Iraq with only scattered violence. No, they had to concentrate on the feckless John McCain and his sympathy campaign for the terrorists. But I digress ... The numbers were released from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. What they indicated was worthy of front-page coverage in...
  • Roundup of buses for storm bungled (by Blanco)

    12/06/2005 6:50:53 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 42 replies · 1,779+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 12/6/05 | Laura Maggi
    BATON ROUGE -- Two days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, thousands of people were trapped in the city without food, water and medical care and growing increasingly desperate for rescue. But a top aide to Gov. Kathleen Blanco sent out an e-mail informing his colleagues that his staff had stopped calling for the buses needed to evacuate people from the Superdome and other places of refuge. "NO MORE CALLS FOR BUSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Ty Bromell wrote Wednesday morning, Aug. 31. "My people are not calling for buses now." Bromell, who heads Blanco's Office of Rural Development, said he had gotten word...
  • Mike Rosen: Katrina media madness

    10/21/2005 8:38:12 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 16 replies · 1,021+ views
    Rocky Mountain News column ^ | October 21st, 2005 | Mike Rosen
    Louisiana National Guard Col. Thomas Beron tells The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune of his encounter with a doctor from FEMA. The doctor and three others arrived at the Superdome with a refrigerated 18-wheeler prepared to process 200 bodies that were reportedly stored in a freezer, there, following accounts of murder, mayhem and rape. The real total was six, Col.Beron explains. Four died from natural causes, one from an overdose, and one was an apparent suicide. (Four other bodies were found, nearby, outside the Dome.) The Times-Picayune went on to expose a long list of wild exaggerations and false claims of carnage...
  • MEDIA MADE MESS OF STORM NEWS

    09/27/2005 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 25 replies · 990+ views
    LA times - via Drudge ^ | 09.27.05 | Susannah Rosenblatt and James Rainey
    <p>Katrina Takes a Toll on Truth, News Accuracy Rumors supplanted accurate information and media magnified the problem. Rapes, violence and estimates of the dead were wrong.</p> <p>BATON ROUGE, La. — Maj. Ed Bush recalled how he stood in the bed of a pickup truck in the days after Hurricane Katrina, struggling to help the crowd outside the Louisiana Superdome separate fact from fiction. Armed only with a megaphone and scant information, he might have been shouting into, well, a hurricane.</p>
  • Katrina Takes a Toll on Truth, News Accuracy (LATimes staggers into sanity)

    09/27/2005 6:24:16 AM PDT · by smonk · 37 replies · 1,391+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 27, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt and James Rainey
    Katrina Takes a Toll on Truth, News Accuracy Rumors supplanted accurate information and media magnified the problem. Rapes, violence and estimates of the dead were wrong. BATON ROUGE, La. — Maj. Ed Bush recalled how he stood in the bed of a pickup truck in the days after Hurricane Katrina, struggling to help the crowd outside the Louisiana Superdome separate fact from fiction. Armed only with a megaphone and scant information, he might have been shouting into, well, a hurricane. The National Guard spokesman's accounts about rescue efforts, water supplies and first aid all but disappeared amid the roar of...
  • Brown Blames 'Dysfunctional' Louisiana

    09/27/2005 10:26:28 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 86 replies · 3,260+ views
    AP via AOL News ^ | Sept. 27, 2005 | Lara Jordan
    WASHINGTON (Sept. 27) - Former FEMA director Michael Brown aggressively defended his role in responding to Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday and put much of the blame for coordination failures on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. "My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional," two days before the storm hit, Brown told a special congressional panel set up by House Republican leaders to investigate the catastrophe. The storm slammed into the Gulf Coast on Monday, Aug. 29. Brown's defense drew a scathing response from Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. "I find it absolutely...
  • Political Sitrep: Tactical and Strategic

    09/18/2005 1:53:44 PM PDT · by jeffers · 14 replies · 814+ views
    Tim Russert and a couple of other Sunday show hosts pretty much let the cat all the way out of the bag this morning, outlining the Liberal MSM overall strategy, and how they plan to implement it. First a timeline, to avoid confusing seperate issues: 1. Blanco and Nagin led off the Blame Bush attack, a preemptive strike to avoid responsibility for their monumental failures in safeguarding Louisiana and New Orleans before, during and after the storm. 2. The Liberal MSM picked this up and ran with it, partially to support the Dems in Louisiana, and possibly partly as the...
  • Money that Congress set aside for New Orleans evacuation plan went instead to studying bridge

    09/17/2005 10:35:29 AM PDT · by THEUPMAN · 119 replies · 6,557+ views
    AP ^ | 9/17/05 | RITA BEAMISH
    RITA BEAMISH Associated Press Writer As far back as eight years ago, Congress ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a plan for evacuating New Orleans during a massive hurricane, but the money instead went to studying the causeway bridge that spans the city's Lake Ponchartrain, officials say. The outcome provides one more example of the government's failure to prepare for a massive but foreseeable catastrophe, said the lawmaker who helped secure the money for FEMA to develop the evacuation plan. "They never used it for the intended purpose," said former Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La. "The whole intent was...
  • AMERICA - The Right Way!! (Day 1700) [Remember the Trade Center!!]

    09/16/2005 4:55:51 AM PDT · by Chairman_December_19th_Society · 327 replies · 12,267+ views
    Various News Sources and FReepers | September 16, 2005 | All of Us
    We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail!Good morning!!Do not let the victims of the attacks on New York and Washington, nor the brave members of our Nation's military who have given their lives to protect our freedom, die in vain!!The Sinking of the City of New OrleansAs I am sure we all know by now, unless you've been living in a cave, the city of New Orleans was reminded, in the most brutal of ways, that man is not the master of nature, but that he lives within the will of his surroundings.  That...
  • The Facts About Katrina (this should make the libs scream)

    09/16/2005 1:25:06 PM PDT · by George Stupidnopolis · 26 replies · 2,083+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/17/2005 | Ron Marr
    The lesson of Hurricane Katrina is not about a failure to help. It’s not about a lack of desire to be compassionate, to save lives. It is not about the speed of response. The lesson is about an American culture that has forgotten how to think for itself, to act with personal authority and responsibility. The lesson, is about the deadly legacy of dependence. Too many Americans, used to soft living and the asinine wisdom that taking care of one’s self is politically incorrect, think that government is an all-seeing Santa who will care for their needs from cradle to...
  • Why did it take Clinton 8 DAYS to visit the flood area in 1997?

    09/14/2005 2:27:29 PM PDT · by JohnRand · 28 replies · 1,044+ views
    "...April 14, 1997 Web posted at: 2:05 p.m. EDT (0605 GMT) (CNN) -- The flooded Red River was past its high-water mark at Fargo, North Dakota, and nearby Moorhead, Minnesota, Monday, as Fargo moved into a post-flood cleanup mode." http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/9704/14/floods.update/index.html "GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AllPolitics, April 22) -- President Bill Clinton, in his role as consoler-in-chief, toured the flood-ravaged upper Midwest today and declared the federal government will help people there rebuild their homes and lives." http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1997/04/22/earth.floods/
  • Flashback to 1996: A Day When Buses Were Used in New Orleans

    09/14/2005 11:18:36 AM PDT · by pkajj · 79 replies · 5,895+ views
    Baton Rouge Advocate | Nov. 10, 1996 | Unknown
    Political Machine Turned Out Votes N.O. Style 10 November 1996 The Baton Rouge Advocate NEW ORLEANS - Red beans, parades and a thousand people all were part of the push that got nearly 186,000 voters to New Orleans polls on Election Day and gave Democrat Mary Landrieu a U.S. Senate victory. Republican Louis "Woody" Jenkins has refused to concede defeat to Landrieu, who had an unofficial 5,899-vote lead after voting machines were opened Friday. The statewide tally released by the secretary of state on Friday was Landrieu 853,076, Jenkins 847,177, the closest Senate election in Louisiana history. Campaign manager Tony...
  • The federal response to Katrina was NOT as portrayed

    09/14/2005 8:20:35 AM PDT · by batmast · 4 replies · 801+ views
    Post-Gazette ^ | September 11, 2005 | Jack Kelly
    Jack Kelly: No shame The federal response to Katrina was not as portrayed Sunday, September 11, 2005 It is settled wisdom among journalists that the federal response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina was unconscionably slow. Jack Kelly is national security writer for the Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio (jkelly@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1476). "Mr. Bush's performance last week will rank as one of the worst ever during a dire national emergency," wrote New York Times columnist Bob Herbert in a somewhat more strident expression of the conventional wisdom. But the conventional wisdom is the opposite of the truth. Jason...
  • Clinton's Disaster Response Took Longer Than Bush's

    09/13/2005 8:26:42 AM PDT · by kddid · 16 replies · 817+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Sept. 13, 2005 | NewsMax.com
    Critics say President Bush's personal response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster was too little, too late - with an Air Force One flyover the day after New Orleans' levees broke and a trip to Baton Rouge two days later. President Clinton, other the other hand, got glowing reviews for responding to his administration's biggest disaster, the Oklahoma City bombing - even though he took a day longer to arrive on the scene than Bush did last week. New Orleans' levees broke on a Tuesday - and Bush had his own boots-on-the-ground just three days later on Friday. When the Alfred...
  • Look Who Voted For It!!!!

    09/12/2005 3:50:55 PM PDT · by TheRobb7 · 14 replies · 1,433+ views
    House and Senate Websites ^ | 09-12-05 | TheRObb7
    With all the caterwauling about how President Bush was wrong to put FEMA under DHS, I thought a little research would be in order. I know you've heard here and there about who did what and when during the process of creating DHS. Here are the FACTS you can arm yourself with (and spread around to other media outlets): S.2452 Sponsor: Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT] (introduced 5/2/2002) National Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism Act of 2002 Establishes the Department of National Homeland Security as an executive department to be headed by the Secretary of National Homeland Security who shall...
  • When Chicago Baked Unheeded Lessons From Another Great Urban Catastrophe.

    09/12/2005 11:27:48 AM PDT · by texianyankee · 22 replies · 979+ views
    Slate ^ | September 2, 2005 | Eric Klinenberg
    Sept. 11 was an epochal event in American culture, so it's no surprise that it's everyone's favorite comparison to the destruction of New Orleans. But the more instructive analogy is another great urban catastrophe in recent American history: The 1995 Chicago heat wave, when a blend of extreme weather, political mismanagement, and abandonment of vulnerable city residents resulted in the loss of water, widespread power outages, thousands of hospitalizations, and 739 deaths in a devastating week. --- Affluent and middle-class Chicagoans had little trouble getting out of harm's way. They either turned on their air conditioners or fled for cooler...
  • More on Katrina [Ben Stein]

    09/12/2005 6:00:49 AM PDT · by Quilla · 180 replies · 4,744+ views
    American Spectator ^ | September 12, 2005 | Ben Stein
    Fact: Katrina was a devastating storm. It left terrible damage to innocent people's lives and to property throughout the Gulf South. Fact: There have been other storms as damaging and some far more damaging. What, then, is different about this storm? Here are a few tentative thoughts. First, the incompetence of the local and state authorities in Louisiana and especially New Orleans was breathtaking. To issue a mandatory evacuation order without providing means of transport is almost criminally irresponsible. To take citizens to shelters where they would be beaten, robbed and raped and to provide no police protection for them...
  • Jack Kelly: No shame. The federal response to Katrina was not as portrayed.

    09/11/2005 2:16:27 PM PDT · by motorola7 · 60 replies · 2,383+ views
    Post-Gazette ^ | Sept. 11, 2005. | Jack Kelly
    "The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne." For instance, it took five days for National Guard troops to arrive in strength on the scene in Homestead, Fla. after Hurricane Andrew hit in 2002. But after Katrina, there was a significant National Guard presence in the afflicted region in three. Journalists who are long on opinions and short on knowledge have no idea what is involved in...
  • Mary, Mary, Quite (To The) Contrary

    09/10/2005 9:09:47 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 101 replies · 3,203+ views
    Politics: Louisiana's senior senator, whose brother is lieutenant governor and whose father was New Orleans' mayor, is blaming President Bush for "the staggering incompetence of the federal government." Come again? It's understandable that on the Sept. 4 edition of ABC's "This Week," Mary Landrieu said of President Bush, "I might likely have to punch him — literally" if he or members of his administration made any more disparaging remarks about local authorities and their pre- and post-Katrina efforts. Some are and were family. Brother Mitch Landrieu is lieutenant governor of Louisiana. Father "Moon" Landrieu was not only mayor of New...
  • CYA is a Big Job [Katrina madness]

    09/10/2005 5:36:36 PM PDT · by Enchante · 11 replies · 541+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 7, 2005 | Steve H. Graham
    Let's start with one simple fact. States and cities bear primary responsibility for preparing for and responding to their own problems, and Louisiana and New Orleans get a big fat "F" for their efforts. They can blame Bush all they want, but the fact remains, they blew it big-time and caused a catastrophe to which an adequate federal response was virtually impossible. It's amazing, how talking heads and Democrat politicians-and even some Louisiana Republicans-are trying to make this a federal failure. When did the federal government become society's diaper? If you don't take reasonable care of yourselves, shouldn't you expect...
  • Legal Expert-Blanco was legally in charge of Disaster Relief

    09/10/2005 6:27:25 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 281 replies · 5,954+ views
    Fox News | Sat 9-10-05 | ME
    Just watched a legal expert on Fox go thru the disaster event by event. Based on the Law Gov Blanco is legally liable. If lawsuits are filed, there is no way she can duck it. In addition, when Bush went went down there, he offered her immediate deployment of Reg Army troops, she told both him and Nagel that she "needed 24 hours" to decide. This is DC politics. As everyone from Bush to Clinton to Carter learned, Washington Politics are a whole lot tougher then local politics. Blanco is toast. EVEN if the National Dems get the "Independent Commission"...
  • New Orleans Ignored Its Own Plan

    09/09/2005 7:48:53 PM PDT · by Daralundy · 48 replies · 1,314+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 9, 2005 | DaraLundy
    The city of New Orleans followed virtually no aspect of its own emergency management plan in the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans officials also failed to implement most federal guidelines, which stated that the Superdome was not a safe shelter for thousands of residents.
  • City had evacuation plan but strayed from strategy - Houston Chronicle

    09/09/2005 8:20:13 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 20 replies · 1,284+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 8, 2005, 10:15AM | By LISE OLSEN
    The mayor's mandatory evacuation order was issued 20 hours before the storm struck the Louisiana coast, less than half the time researchers determined would be needed to get everyone out. City had evacuation plan but strayed from strategy By LISE OLSEN Copyright 2005 Houston ChronicleCancer patient Earl Robicheaux, his immune system depleted by radical chemotherapy, lay in a hospital bed as Hurricane Katrina bore down on New Orleans.Trying to leave, he thought, seemed suicidal.But after four days in the hospital's reeking darkness, he escaped via a Black Hawk helicopter that landed on the roof of the University Hospital under heavy...
  • A Barrier That Could Have Been (environmentalist suit stopped New Orleans project)

    09/09/2005 9:15:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 74 replies · 2,646+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/09/05 | Ralph Vartabedian, Peter Pae
    KATRINA'S AFTERMATH A Barrier That Could Have Been Congress OKd a project to protect New Orleans 40 years ago, but an environmentalist suit halted it. Some say it could have worked. By Ralph Vartabedian and Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer September 9, 2005 latimes.com In the wake of Hurricane Betsy 40 years ago, Congress approved a massive hurricane barrier to protect New Orleans from storm surges that could inundate the city. But the project, signed into law by President Johnson, was derailed in 1977 by an environmental lawsuit. Now the question is: Could that barrier have protected New Orleans from...
  • Fault Lines - Hillary Clinton says FEMA was more effective during Rodham-Clinton administration

    09/09/2005 10:21:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies · 1,442+ views
    Fault Lines Ibd Thu Sep 8, 7:00 PM ET Katrina: Hillary Clinton says FEMA was more effective when her husband was president. The victims of Hurricane Floyd might venture a different opinion, and it wasn't FEMA that kept supplies from the Superdome. During a post-Katrina conference call with reporters, Sen. Clinton said, "Helping localities do what they needed to do to mitigate damage -- that philosophy governed FEMA during the Clinton administration. It obviously was rejected by this administration." Does that mean Clinton's FEMA was the model of government efficiency and effectiveness? Or was it closer to the DMV and...
  • Subsidiarity and the New Orleans Tragedy: Bishop Gracida right on target

    09/09/2005 1:33:48 PM PDT · by fabrizio · 24 replies · 711+ views
    The principle of subsidiarity was evidently ignored by those holding responsibility for the government of the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans. This principle was first clearly defined by Pope John XXIII and then later by the Second Vatican Council. The principle is valid for both the secular as well as the ecclesiastical realm. The principle of subsidiarity is the principle by which those in authority recognize the rights of the different members of society. Those in higher authority respect the rights of those in lower authority. And of course, with rights go responsibilities. It was the...
  • Drudge-Developing: WHITE HOUSE MULLED SEIZING RELIEF MISSION

    09/08/2005 6:57:07 PM PDT · by sissyjane · 405 replies · 15,617+ views
    <p>"WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 - As New Orleans descended into chaos last week and Louisiana's governor asked for 40,000 soldiers, President Bush's senior advisers debated whether the president should speed the arrival of active-duty troops by seizing control of the hurricane relief mission from the governor.</p>
  • Major Garrett new blockbuster----Salvation Army efforts at supplying the evacuees BLOCKED.

    09/08/2005 4:42:37 PM PDT · by Dog · 615 replies · 19,139+ views
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | Sept 8 2005 | Hugh Hewitt
    The Fox News Channel's Major Garrett made another appearance on the program this evening, following up on his blockbuster story yesterday. Among other things, Garrett got confirmation --on camera-- of the Louisian State department of Homeland Security's blocking of the delivery of relief supplies to the Superdome and the Convention Center. In addition, Garrett received confirmation from senior Salvation Army officials in Washington, D.C. that the Salvation Army's efforts at supplying the evacuees were also repeatedly blocked. Radioblogger will have the transcript up later, but the key takeaway was when I asked Garrett if characterizing Louisian's preparation for the storm...
  • Who's to Blame for Delayed Response to Katrina?

    09/08/2005 6:57:33 AM PDT · by mtrott · 21 replies · 977+ views
    ABC news ^ | ABC News' Dan Harris
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 6, 2005 — In New Orleans, those in peril and those in power have pointed the finger squarely at the federal government for the delayed relief effort. But experts say when natural disasters strike, it is the primary responsibility of state and local governments — not the federal government — to respond.
  • Ray Nagin: School Buses Not Good Enough

    09/08/2005 8:46:29 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 176 replies · 6,462+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 11:38 a.m. EDT
    Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 11:38 a.m. EDT Ray Nagin: School Buses Not Good Enough New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin garnered a ton of publicity with a profanity-laced interview he gave to WWL radio last Thursday, where he blasted President Bush and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco for not coming to rescue his city in time. However, Nagin's most newsworthy comments - where he explained why he didn't used hundreds of city school buses to evacuate his city's flood victims - went almost unnoticed. Turns out, Nagin turned his nose up at the yellow buses, demanding more comfortable Greyhound coaches instead. "I...
  • NEW ORLEANS: A GREEN GENOCIDE-- Environmental Activists Sacrificed New Orleans Poor For Wetlands!

    09/08/2005 9:13:29 AM PDT · by clintonbaiter · 12 replies · 1,032+ views
    As radical environmentalists continue to blame the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina's devastation on President Bush's ecological policies, a mainstream Louisiana media outlet inadvertently disclosed a shocking fact: Environmentalist activists were responsible for spiking a plan that may have saved New Orleans. Decades ago, the Green Left - pursuing its agenda of valuing wetlands and topographical "diversity" over human life - sued to prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from building floodgates that would have prevented significant flooding that resulted from Hurricane Katrina......
  • FNC's Major Garrett: Red Cross Blocked by Order of the Louisiana State Government

    09/07/2005 6:23:26 PM PDT · by finnman69 · 340 replies · 18,502+ views
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | 9/7/05 | Hugh Hewitt
    The Red Cross Blocked The Fox News Channel's Major Garrett was just on my show extending the story he had just reported on Brit Hume's show: The Red Cross is confirming to Garrett that it had prepositioned water, food, blankets and hygiene products for delivery to the Superdome and the Convention Center in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, but were blocked from delivering those supplies by orders of the Louisiana state government, which did not want to attract people to the Superdome and/or Convention Center. Garrett has no paper trail yet, but will follow up on his verbal confirmation...
  • The governor procrastinates (Governor Blanco)

    09/07/2005 2:43:19 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 84 replies · 3,648+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, September 7, 2005 | House Editorial
    Before hurricane Katrina made landfall, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco of Louisiana appears to have been more focused on securing federal funds for post-hurricane relief than ensuring that necessary troops were deployed to carry search and rescue missions, deliver food and water, and protect the citizens of Louisiana against marauding street thugs. President Bush had offered the governor federal aid, including additional troops. He declared Louisiana a disaster area before Katrina arrived. To the dismay of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the governor told the president she wanted 24 hours to decide whether to accept the offer because Mr. Bush, as...
  • Blame Amid the Tragedy: Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin failed their constituents.

    09/07/2005 6:05:01 AM PDT · by freelancer · 17 replies · 1,158+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 7, 2005 | BOB WILLIAMS
    "As the devastation of Hurricane Katrina continues to shock and sadden the nation, the question on many lips is, Who is to blame for the inadequate response? As a former state legislator who represented the legislative district most impacted by the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, I can fully understand and empathize with the people and public officials over the loss of life and property. Many in the media are turning their eyes toward the federal government, rather than considering the culpability of city and state officials. I am fully aware of the challenges of having a quick...
  • Rush Limbaugh: NY Times Backed Bush Cut of "Boondoggle" Flood Control Bill (FReepers Mentioned!)

    09/06/2005 6:05:03 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 53 replies · 2,747+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 9/6/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    I got this from Power Line. It's another great blog out there and it was also on Free Republic. The Freepers are doing great work on all this. "The New York Times is leading the shameless Bush and Republican bashing with respect to the response to Hurricane Katrina. One of its themes is that Congress didn't pay enough attention to flood control in the Gulf. But Donald Luskin reminds us of this bit of wisdom from the New York Times editorial page earlier this year." If you've been paying attention -- and I don't know how long you can before...
  • Rush Limbaugh: The Evacuation Plan Mayor Nagin Failed to Implement (Text/Audio)

    09/06/2005 6:08:25 PM PDT · by jdm · 12 replies · 1,950+ views
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | September 06, 2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    The Evacuation Plan Mayor Nagin Failed to ImplementClick here to listen to the entire transcript detailed below via Windows Media Player stream (from the guest/free section of Rush's site) RUSH: Folks, I'm sorry. I would have led off the program with this. I have been under a terrible misconception. I thought by now everybody would have known that there was a documented, detailed evacuation plan for the city of New Orleans that was not implemented at all. But I'm reading my e-mail, "Well, I never heard of this." Now, I didn't get a chance to spend the whole weekend watching...
  • Liability fears delayed evacuation order (Lawyers killed thousands in New Orleans)

    09/06/2005 3:48:27 PM PDT · by FormerACLUmember · 55 replies · 2,300+ views
    Overlawyered.com, Times-Picayune ^ | 9/6/05 | Bruce Nolan, Ted Frank
    Hundreds, and perhaps thousands, died in New Orleans because Mayor Ray Nagin did not issue a mandatory evacuation order until Sunday morning, well after the Saturday mid-afternoon order issued by neighboring parishes. The blogosphere has been wondering what took Nagin and the city so long; Glenn Reynolds has found the answer: President Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, authorizing federal emergency management officials to release federal aid and coordinate disaster relief efforts. By mid-afternoon, officials in Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne and Jefferson parishes had called for voluntary or mandatory evacuations. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin...
  • Myths of Hurricane Katrina

    09/06/2005 3:56:17 PM PDT · by BMC1 · 10 replies · 774+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 06, 2005 | James Taranto
    HURRICANE Katrina was a horrific natural disaster. To America's Angry Left it was yet another occasion to score political points against President George W. Bush. In the same spirit of opportunism that animated looters who stole television sets, Bush's political foes frantically sought to blame the devastation on him. A measure of the anti-Bush Left's derangement is that it blames him for bad weather. "Complacency will no longer suffice, especially if experts are right in warning that global warming may increase the intensity of future hurricanes," The New York Times editorialised on Thursday. "But since this administration won't acknowledge that...
  • New Orleans myths: The numbers tell a different story

    09/06/2005 12:37:16 PM PDT · by Tolik · 62 replies · 6,308+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 6th, 2005 | Richard Baehr
    There will be plenty of time to argue about who was responsible for the slow response in New Orleans this week in dealing with those who did not choose to leave, or were unable to leave the city before the hurricane hit. The catastrophe that followed, when the levees gave way, and 80% of the city, and many of the surrounding suburbs flooded, was far worse than the hurricane itself.  Already many seem to have forgotten that New Orleans officials thought they had escaped Katina’s wrath as the storm moved north from the Gulf on Monday, prior to the levees...
  • Is Katrina Racist?

    09/02/2005 7:37:15 PM PDT · by NavySEAL F-16 · 52 replies · 2,926+ views
    Opinion Journal /Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 September 2005 | James Tarantino
    Al Sharpton showed up on Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" on MSNBC last night, and the pair sounded a theme that's becoming depressingly familiar in the effort to demagogue hurricane Katrina: Olbermann: I actually heard a commentator this afternoon--it was that Limbaugh--suggest that the issue of class and race in those who were left behind in New Orleans was irrelevant, because, as he put it, those people were not forced to live there and they weren't bused into New Orleans. And I was thinking, A, this guy is even more clueless than I thought he was, which is saying something. But, B,...