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  • Raped and Murdered Child In Superdome: What Other Lies Did The Media Tell?

    08/27/2006 1:18:19 PM PDT · by Doctor Raoul · 128 replies · 4,069+ views
    8/27/06 | Doctor Raoul
    Since the media has planned an orgy of finger pointed for the anniversary of Katrina, let's make sure they get a finger in the eye they so richly deserve for their performance. Here's a few I recall, and I'm sure there are more: The media told us of a little girl who had been rapoed and then her throat slit in the Superdome. Photo captions had white survivors foraging for supplies, while black people were captioned as looting. Helicopters were being fired at, which led to a stand down till it became clear that it was untrue. All those...
  • New Orleans sinking faster than expected

    05/31/2006 12:07:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 1,624+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/31/06 | Seth Borenstien - ap
    WASHINGTON - Parts of New Orleans are sinking far more rapidly than scientists first thought, more than an inch a year, new research suggests. That may explain some levee failures during Hurricane Katrina and raises more worries about the future. The research, being published Thursday in the journal Nature, is based on new satellite radar data for the three years before Katrina struck in 2005. The data show that some areas are sinking — from overdevelopment, drainage and natural seismic shifts — four or five times faster than the rest of the city. And that, experts say, can be deadly....
  • Governor Blasts New Orleans Mayor's Performance

    04/19/2006 6:50:14 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 28 replies · 881+ views ^ | 04/19/06 | Jim Shannon
    With the election for New Orleans mayor just three days away, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said Wednesday she is not prepared to endorse any candidate in the race. However, the governor had harsh words to say about certain aspects of current Mayor Ray Nagin's job performance. "He's in a campaign right now and not doing anything but campaigning now, trying to get himself re-elected," Blanco said. She went on to criticize Nagin's understanding of the way the federal government spends recovery money. "The mayor never has understood any of the processes that need to be undertaken in order to get...
  • Government claims FEMA paid $5.2 million to fictitious company to build relief camp

    02/28/2006 9:33:52 AM PST · by LA Woman3 · 12 replies · 1,234+ views
    WWLTV ^ | 02/28/2006 | Associated Press
    BATON ROUGE -- A Virginia company that did not even exist was paid $5.2 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to set up a base camp for disaster relief workers, but most of the work was never done, authorities alleged. On Monday, U.S. District Judge James Brady froze the assets of Lighthouse Disaster Relief and owners Gary Lee Heldreth and Kerry Lynn Farmer after the Justice Department claimed the money was being spent on vehicles and checks were being cashed $10,000 at a time. Lighthouse was one of two companies that bid on the contract to provide food and...
  • Corps: Foundation Problem in Levees Blamed

    03/10/2006 7:23:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 830+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/10/06 | Janet McConnaughey - ap
    NEW ORLEANS - A foundation problem — although not the one targeted by earlier studies — caused the 450-foot-long break in a floodwall and levee on New Orleans' western edge when Hurricane Katrina hit, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday. A naturally occurring, 20-foot-thick layer of clay that helped support the floodwall was too weak for the job, according to a report by a Corps task force set up to find out why the levees broke. Had the floodwall and levee held, much of the western half of the city would have escaped flooding. Previous analyses by other...
  • Louisiana Gov. Stung By New Katrina Prep Video, Gov. Blanco Gave Wrong Information To White House

    03/03/2006 2:40:36 PM PST · by ncountylee · 38 replies · 1,722+ views
    AP/NBC5 ^ | March 3, 2006
    WASHINGTON -- As Hurricane Katrina loomed over the Gulf Coast, federal and state officials agonized over the threat to levees and lives. Hours after the catastrophic storm hit, Louisiana's governor believed New Orleans' crucial floodwalls were still intact. "We keep getting reports in some places that maybe water is coming over the levees," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said shortly after noon on Aug. 29 - the day the storm hit the Gulf coast. "We heard a report unconfirmed, I think, we have not breached the levee," she said on a video of the day's disaster briefing that was obtained Thursday night...
  • New Orleans Katrina Failures from a NO Native

    02/19/2006 4:47:56 PM PST · by anymouse · 7 replies · 1,109+ views
    From a Forwarded E-mail Message | Feb 16, 2006 | Denise M. Dorner
    I was born on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans so you can't get more New Orleanian than me. The failures of government during and after Hurricane Katrina were at every single level. Last year, Gov. Kathleen Blanco and the mayors of New Orleans and surrounding parishes had a trial run with Hurricane Ivan. It was a disaster even though the storm did turn eastward. Gov. Blanco especially blew it then and she blew it this time when the city of my birth was demolished. Mayor Nagin sent thousands of people to the Superdome and the Convention Center knowing that...
  • $375-a-night condos, $450 tattoos purchased with Katrina relief funds

    02/13/2006 6:24:38 PM PST · by Ellesu · 43 replies · 1,459+ views ^ | 02/13/06 | Hope Yen
    The government squandered millions of dollars in Katrina disaster aid, including handing $2,000 debit cards to people who gave phony Social Security numbers and used the money for such items as a $450 tattoo, auditors said Monday. Federal money also paid for $375-a-day beachfront condos and 10,777 trailers that were stuck in mud and unusable. Overcharges, poor accounting and abuses will take "months or years" to rectify, the Government Accountability Office and the Homeland Security Department's inspector general concluded in preliminary reports on how billions of dollars in taxpayer money is being spent. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognizes it...
  • Auditors Find Huge Fraud in FEMA Aid

    02/11/2006 12:04:49 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 20 replies · 933+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2/11/06 | ERIC LIPTON
    Thousands of applicants for federal emergency relief money after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita used duplicate or invalid Social Security numbers or bogus addresses, suggesting that the $2.3 billion program was a victim of extensive fraud, a Congressional auditor will report Monday. The examination of the so-called Expedited Assistance program determined that the Federal Emergency Management Agency failed to take even the most basic steps to confirm the identifies of about 1.4 million people who sought expedited cash assistance, leaving the program vulnerable to the "significant fraud and abuse," the Government Accountability Office intends to report. The auditors did not try...
  • James Carville says Blanco did well

    01/28/2006 1:47:16 PM PST · by WestTexasWend · 19 replies · 602+ views ^ | Jan 27, 2006 | Brett Troxler / Veronica Mosgrove
    Louisiana native and political consultant for the Democratic Party James Carville talked Friday about the image of Gov. Kathleen Blanco and her performances both during and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Carville said there are always things people can do better, but he thinks Blanco did as well as she could, considering the circumstances. "Once you're under water, you're kind of doomed," Carville said. "A flood is a hard thing to look good in." Carville was in Baton Rouge to attend a reception in which a new Democratic Party chairman will be elected.
  • AP Enterprise: Bush administration maps changes for next Katrina [AP Alert]

    01/01/2006 9:40:52 AM PST · by ncountylee · 9 replies · 374+ views
    AP via NOLA ^ | 12/31/2005 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Before the next big hurricane's winds howl ashore, Homeland Security officials want an emergency communications network operating, emergency medical facilities treating patients, and teams dispatched to search for victims at the likely ground zero. In the wake of congressional hearings that exposed the breathtaking failures of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration is retooling its disaster plan to react more quickly to the next catastrophe. Michael Brown, now the ex-chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, became the public face of Katrina's failure. But the administration is reviewing how other leaders also failed last...
  • Feds seek Levee Board papers

    12/17/2005 1:12:49 PM PST · by ncountylee · 16 replies · 785+ views
    Times-Picayune ^ | December 17, 2005 | Frank Donze and Gordon Russell
    The embattled Orleans Levee Board has received from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office two subpoenas for a wide range of documents, a signal that the federal criminal inquiry into the board is proceeding. One subpoena is so broad that it offers few clues to what direction the probe is taking. It requests virtually every shred of paper the agency has in its possession. The other is narrower in scope, asking for a lease agreement and a personnel file. Officials from the Levee Board were required to turn the documents over to the grand jury Friday. They provided, upon request, copies...
  • Sen. Lott Weighing Re-Election Campaign

    12/17/2005 3:32:19 PM PST · by peyton randolph · 102 replies · 1,784+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 12/17/05 | AP via Yahoo
    GULFPORT, Miss. - U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (news, bio, voting record) says personal losses he suffered because of Hurricane Katrina will weigh on his decision whether to run for re-election in 2006. -- snip -- Another consideration, he said, is that he is "so disappointed with the (Bush) administration's response to this disaster that I'm almost embarrassed." ...
  • FEMA outlines La. failures, Agency testifies local officials failed to follow plans

    12/09/2005 12:27:39 PM PST · by ncountylee · 8 replies · 656+ views
    theadvocate ^ | 12/09/05 | GERARD SHIELDS
    WASHINGTON -- Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinators acknowledged before a congressional committee Thursday that they were overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina but blamed New Orleans and Louisiana officials for failing to implement an emergency response plan. The situation was so haphazard that New Orleans failed to identify shelters in advance where hurricane victims could go. "It's the responsibility of the local authority to evacuate their people and set up shelters," said Philip Parr, who coordinated FEMA's response at the Superdome. "I found that there was little preparation." Parr was one of three FEMA officials who testified Thursday before the Senate Homeland...
  • New Orleans Levee Failure Assessment - Part V

    11/07/2005 8:54:03 PM PST · by jeffers · 48 replies · 26,654+ views
    New Orleans Levee Failure Analysis - Part V Contents Introduction and Basic Levee Construction, Section and Elevation Details Section 1. Pre-Landfall Flooding in Kenner and Western Metairie of East Jefferson Parish Section 2. Analysis of the 17th Street and London Canal Breaches and Post Katrina Flood Sequence in Downtown New Orleans Section 3. Surge Sequence for the Industrial Canal Basin, Analysis of the Five Major Breaches and east Orleans Parish Flooding Section 4. Flood Sequence for St. Bernard Parish and the Lower Ninth Ward, MRGO Reach Failure Analysis Section 5. Contributory Causality, Political and Funding Issues Leading to Levee Failures...
  • Hurricane of media mendacity (Mark Steyn)

    10/02/2005 10:04:56 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 4 replies · 750+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-03-05 | Mark Steyn
    Dan Rather was on "Larry King" the other night and was asked about the Katrina coverage. Say what you like about Dan, but he knows his meteorological phenomena. I've always thought there was something quintessentially American about Dan's hurricane editions of the CBS news -- not the part of the show where he's reporting on the actual hurricane, but the bit where he says "And today's other headlines," as if it's the most normal thing in the world to be reading "The Dow closed 19 points down today" while wrapped around a lamppost in your sou'wester with a rusting doublewide...
  • FEMA Katrina Funeral Contractor Desecrated Corpses

    09/28/2005 3:39:32 PM PDT · by Ol' Dan Tucker · 48 replies · 1,560+ views
    Scoop ^ | September 15, 2005 | Jason Leopold
    FEMA Katrina Funeral Contractor Desecrated CorpsesThursday, 15 September 2005, 2:15 pm Article: Jason Leopold Division of Funeral Corp. Charged With Desecrating Corpses Hired to Collect Deceased Victims of Hurricane Katrina By Jason LeopoldA funeral services company which recently learned that one of its subsidiaries is negotiating a lucrative contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to remove dead bodies in areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, paid $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit several years ago alleging the company desecrated thousands of corpses, and dumped bodies into mass graves.Moreover, the company paid $200,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that sought...
  • Fear Exceeded Crime's Reality in New Orleans

    09/29/2005 7:06:47 AM PDT · by Phlap · 14 replies · 737+ views
    N Y Times ^ | 09/29/2005 | JIM DWYER and CHRISTOPHER DREW
    ..A month later, a review of the available evidence now shows that some, though not all, of the most alarming stories that coursed through the city appear to be little more than figments of frightened imaginations, the product of chaotic circumstances that included no reliable communications, and perhaps the residue of the longstanding raw relations between some police officers and members of the public. .
  • N.O. cops reported to take Cadillacs from dealership

    09/29/2005 2:45:17 AM PDT · by abb · 66 replies · 2,981+ views
    Times-Picayune ^ | sept 29, 2005 | James Varney
    Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti's office confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating the alleged looting of a New Orleans car dealership by city police officers. More than 200 vehicles were taken from the Sewell Cadillac Chevrolet dealership in the Central Business District, and in the most chaotic hours after Hurricane Katrina, some New Orleans Police Department officers reportedly pulled up outside the mobile command center at Harrah's casino in bright, shiny Cadillac SUVs. The cars allegedly still had "2004" stickers in their windshields and "Sewell" medallions on the back. The fancy rides appeared at a time when a desperate force,...
  • Bad Boys (FBI finds "deserting" police on New Orleans payroll don't exist)

    09/28/2005 1:11:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 848 replies · 39,375+ views
    Fox News ^ | September 27, 2005 | Tony Snow
    <p>Hours before New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass announced his resignation, Tony relayed some hot information he had heard from his Capitol Hill sources. It regarded an FBI investigation currently under way.</p> <p>You can go to the source above and listen to that segment of his radio show.</p>
  • Gov. Blanco's Approval Rating in Free Fall

    09/23/2005 5:16:49 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 34 replies · 1,535+ views ^ | Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005 11:55 p.m. EDT
    The bottom has fallen out of Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's poll numbers, with her approval rating tumbling sharply in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina crisis. While President Bush's approval rating has fallen by two or three points in most polls, Survey USA found that Gov. Blanco's favorability rating has dropped by a whopping nine points among Louisianans, from 50 to 41 percent since the last survey in August. Gov. Blanco's negative numbers have shot up by an even higher margin - 13 points. In August, 43 percent disapproved of the way she was doing her job. Now, 56 percent...
  • New Orleans Police superintendant step down; Nagin sings his praises; media looks for Moose

    09/27/2005 12:17:49 PM PDT · by RedBloodedAmerican · 765 replies · 32,287+ views
    fox news | Spet 27
    Live conference...
  • N.O. Police Say 249 Officers Left Posts

    09/27/2005 7:50:16 AM PDT · by ARealMothersSonForever · 58 replies · 1,750+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 27, 2005 | JULIA SILVERMAN
    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans police chief says 249 officers — nearly 15 percent of the force — could face a special tribunal because they left their posts without permission during Hurricane Katrina and the storm's chaotic aftermath. Police Superintendent Eddie Compass plans to assemble a tribunal of four of his assistant chiefs to hear each case and sort the outright deserters from those with a legitimate reason for not showing up for work. Lt. David Benelli, president of the Police Association of New Orleans, the union for rank-and-file officers, said true deserters should be fired. "For those who...
  • New Orleans Levee Failure Assessment

    09/23/2005 5:02:54 AM PDT · by jeffers · 64 replies · 15,057+ views
    This is part four of a five part series examining the Hurricane Katrina levee failures. Part 1 is a timeline sequence of who reported what flood events, to whom, and when it was reported. It can be found here: Part I: Hurricane Katrina Flood Report Sequence Part 2 is a discussion of the levee system's viability, or lack thereof, prior to Hurricane Katrina. It can be found here: Part II: Pre-Katrina Levee Assessment Part 3 is a discussion of the overall storm surge sequence, levee failure modes, and causal limitations relating to the 17th Street Canal and London Canal seawall...
  • Truckloads of loot recovered in homes (Nawlins)

    09/25/2005 9:49:52 AM PDT · by freespirited · 71 replies · 3,556+ views
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | 9/25/04 | Michael Perlstein
    Just as Katrina's receding waters revealed acres of ruined houses, flooded cars and pockets of bodies, the post-storm cleanup also raised the curtain on a trail of mass looting that left even the most jaded New Orleans police officers awestruck. As search and rescue crews staged house-to-house searches for survivors during the past two weeks, they repeatedly stumbled upon stacks of merchandise -- from large appliances still in the box to knotted tangles of hastily pilfered jewelry. Much of the loot is being recovered from the drier areas of Uptown and Central City in the 6th Police District. "At first,...
  • Offer of buses fell between the cracks

    09/23/2005 9:22:52 AM PDT · by BJClinton · 2 replies · 710+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09/23/2005 | Andrew Martin and Andrew Zajac
    ...the agency had farmed the work out to a trucking logistics firm, Landstar Express America, which in turn hired a limousine company, which in turn engaged a travel management company...
  • Democrats must seize momentum from Katrina

    09/23/2005 8:36:08 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 50 replies · 1,062+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Friday, September 23, 2005 | Emma Graves Fitzsimmons
    Rev. Jim Wallis says hurricane exposed 'social disaster' of poverty | The Rev. Jim Wallis has been advising the Democrats to make poverty their central issue for years, but he says now they're starting to pay attention because Hurricane Katrina exposed disparities in New Orleans to a shocked nation. "Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to expose a social disaster," Wallis said. "The waves of Katrina washed away cities and people, but they may also wash away our public denial of how many people in the country are poor." Wallis, the editor of Sojourners magazine and author of "God's Politics:...
  • Kathleen Blanco: Beyond Gross Public Dumb

    09/20/2005 11:35:05 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 113 replies · 6,298+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 24 September 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The US military has categories of stupidity. The highest is “gross public dumb.” But a higher category is needed for moments like the “bus interview” by Louisiana Governor Blanco. It is spectacularly stupid. You’ve got to see this to believe it. Interview of Governor Blanco by John Hill of Louisiana Gannett News, 19 September, 2005 “GANNETT: In hindsight, what would you have done differently in the first response? “BLANCO: Well, I would have placed less confidence in a structure elsewhere (the Federal Emergency Management Association) and depended more on ourselves. As an example, when buses were not delivered in a...
  • Tons of British [food] aid donated to help Hurricane Katrina victims to be BURNED by Americans

    09/19/2005 5:42:57 PM PDT · by grundle · 136 replies · 4,174+ views ^ | 19 September 2005 | Ryan Parry
    19 September 2005 EXCLUSIVE: UP IN FLAMES Tons of British aid donated to help Hurricane Katrina victims to be BURNED by Americans From Ryan Parry, US Correspondent in New York HUNDREDS of tons of British food aid shipped to America for starving Hurricane Katrina survivors is to be burned. US red tape is stopping it from reaching hungry evacuees. Instead tons of the badly needed Nato ration packs, the same as those eaten by British troops in Iraq, has been condemned as unfit for human consumption. And unless the bureaucratic mess is cleared up soon it could be sent...
  • The AP: Never Have So Few Kept So Many in the Dark for So Long

    09/17/2005 12:15:26 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 73 replies · 4,168+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 17 September 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    With the all-but-corporate death of the UPI, the AP is the main American source for news in the United States. Associated Press articles are mindlessly quoted by newspapers across the nation. Many local radio and TV stations rip and read either directly from the AP, or indirectly from local newspapers which use the AP. Therefore, it’s reprehensible that the AP, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit, has not found out that there WAS an Evacuation Plan for New Orleans and southern Louisiana which was not followed. The Plan is on the Internet and available to anyone who can push a...
  • New Orleans mayor suspends repopulating of NO

    09/19/2005 1:44:15 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 149 replies · 5,385+ views
    becuase of RITA..says levees very weak, pumping stations still not near 100%..anystorm hitting nearby will cause flooding again
  • post-disaster musings: footnotes to failure

    09/18/2005 8:06:36 PM PDT · by firehat · 21 replies · 536+ views
    firehat ^ | september 16, 2005 | norman liebmann
    POST- DISASTER MUSINGS FOOTNOTES TO FAILURE © by Norman Liebmann Not since the Ark have people experienced just how wet water can be. Officials dithered while Katrina turned New Orleans into a giant car wash. How can we look at the devastation of The Big Queasy and conclude no one is responsible? Despite the timeworn shibboleth, the politicians prattle on that there is enough blame to go around, but do not assign it. It is like the Captain of the Titanic abrogating his personal responsibility by saying there are enough icebergs to go around. In fact, blame is necessary and...
  • Ex-FEMA Chief Tells of Frustration and Chaos (Michael Brown)

    09/14/2005 8:25:34 PM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 125 replies · 3,726+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/15/05
    -snip- In his first extensive interview since resigning as FEMA director on Monday under intense criticism, Mr. Brown declined to blame President Bush or the White House for his removal or for the flawed response. "I truly believed the White House was not at fault here," he said. He focused much of his criticism on Governor Blanco, contrasting what he described as her confused response with far more agile mobilizations in Mississippi and Alabama, as well as in Florida during last year's hurricanes. But Mr. Brown's account, in which he described making "a blur of calls" all week to Mr....
  • Congressman William Jefferson Used National Guard to Visit Home

    09/14/2005 8:19:33 AM PDT · by New Perspective · 47 replies · 1,966+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 13, 3005 | JAKE TAPPER
    Amid the chaos and confusion that engulfed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck, a congressman used National Guard troops to check on his property and rescue his personal belongings — even while New Orleans residents were trying to get rescued from rooftops, ABC News has learned. On Sept. 2 — five days after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast — Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., who represents New Orleans and is a senior member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, was allowed through the military blockades set up around the city to reach the Superdome, where thousands of evacuees had been...
  • Breaking: President Bush taking blame for Katrina response

    09/13/2005 9:10:16 AM PDT · by Millee · 220 replies · 7,536+ views
    President Bush says he takes responsibility for the federal government's failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina. No details yet, but what the??????
  • ABC News Exclusive: Were The Warning Signs Of Katrina Ignored?

    09/12/2005 9:12:21 PM PDT · by SolidSupplySide · 33 replies · 1,546+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 12, 2005
    Federal and state officials have blamed each other for the disastrous response in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. But the official disaster response plan obtained exclusively by ABC News shows that everyone was forewarned, in strikingly chilling detail, about what would happen in New Orleans. The 113-page plan said that there could be "thousands of fatalities," "floating coffins," and that there would be "large quantities of hazardous waste" that "would result in airborne and waterborne contamination" if a large hurricane hit Louisiana and the levees broke in New Orleans. On Aug. 29, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, causing the...
  • Amtrak, Nagin Argue Over Rescue Train

    09/13/2005 7:26:13 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 85 replies · 2,587+ views ^ | Sept. 12, 2005 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    Monday, Sept. 12, 2005 10:34 a.m. EDT Amtrak, Nagin Argue Over Rescue Train Officials at Amtrak say they offered to run a special train out of New Orleans that could have evacuated hundreds of residents hours before Hurricane Katrina struck - but city officials turned the offer down. "We offered the city the opportunity to take evacuees out of harm's way," Amtrak spokesman Cliff Black told the Washington Post on Sunday. "The city declined." The train had room for "several hundred passengers," the Post said. But it left loaded only with railroad equipment - destined for higher and drier ground....
  • Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy (100% Excuses For Local Failures)

    09/11/2005 7:01:56 AM PDT · by Williams · 31 replies · 1,435+ views
    The governor of Louisiana was "blistering mad." It was the third night after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans, and Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco needed buses to rescue thousands of people from the fetid Superdome and convention center. But only a fraction of the 500 vehicles promised by federal authorities had arrived. Ms. Blanco burst into the state's emergency center in Baton Rouge. "Does anybody in this building know anything about buses?" she recalled crying out. They were an obvious linchpin for evacuating a city where nearly 100,000 people had no cars. Yet the federal, state and local officials who had...
  • Katrina Exposes Superpower in Disarray (AP)

    09/11/2005 10:59:50 AM PDT · by nj26 · 24 replies · 655+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2005 | Associated Press
    Rarely in U.N. history has the United States, the organization's chief sponsor and host, looked as awkward or vulnerable to foreign eyes as it does now. With 170 world leaders meeting in New York this week, the Bush administration is scrambling to save lives and restore its can-do image. Hurricane Katrina has produced scenes of devastation and deprivation shocking to the rich and powerful U.S. but all too familiar elsewhere. Televised images of fetid floodwaters in New Orleans and grim-faced U.S. officials, from President Bush on down, are greeting heads of states arriving for the U.N. General Assembly. Bush plans...
  • Hurricane Katrina: Failure At Every Turn

    09/11/2005 12:44:07 PM PDT · by ekwd · 22 replies · 824+ views Mississippi's Home Page ^ | Sep 10, 2005 | Knight Ridder Newspapers
    Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina crashed into the Gulf coast, there is little argument that the response was botched. But an extensive Knight Ridder review of official actions in the days just before and after Katrina's landfall Monday, Aug. 29, reveals a depth of government hesitancy and a not-my-job attitude that may have cost scores of people their lives. The Department of Homeland Security, facing its first major catastrophe since it was created, failed to issue a critical disaster declaration until more than a day after the storm. The White House never appointed a coordinator to monitor disaster developments.
  • Ray Nagin: Flooded School Buses Not My Fault

    09/11/2005 2:54:36 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 126 replies · 4,097+ views ^ | Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005 12:39 a.m. EDT
    Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005 12:39 a.m. EDT Ray Nagin: Flooded School Buses Not My Fault New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Friday that it wasn't his fault city school buses weren't mobilized to facilitate the Hurricane Katrina evacuation he ordered. Appearing on NBC's "Dateline," Nagin was asked by host Stone Phillips: "What was mobilized? I mean were national guard troops in position. Were helicopters standing by? Were buses ready to take people away?" "No. None of that," the Big Easy mayor replied. "Why is that?" an incredulous Phillips asked. Nagin replied: "I dont know. That is question for somebody else."...
  • 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...
  • Documentation of Louisiana Officials Blocking Aid to New Orleans

    09/10/2005 10:34:29 AM PDT · by Miss Marple · 83 replies · 2,457+ views
    September 10, 2005 | Miss Marple
    While cable news and the networks have concentrated their criticism on FEMA for the most part, I thought it would be helpful to concentrate our attention on the state and local actions during Hurrican Katrina and the subsequent flooding of New Orleans. To that end, I have assembled a collection of links which document the lack of action by the state and local authorities, as well as some deliberate efforts to obstruct federal action.This thread is meant to document the actions, and not to speculate on the motives of the State of Louisiana or the City of New Orleans. I...
  • Anderson Cooper stupifies Eddie Compass

    09/09/2005 8:35:58 PM PDT · by Armedanddangerous · 217 replies · 11,557+ views
    CNN | 9-09-2005
    Did anyone just see the exchange between Anderson Cooper and Eddie Compass? He tried to pin the chief down on the evacuation issue and the chief about blew a circuit breaker.
  • Hurricane Katrina: Scapegoating the White Guy

    09/09/2005 2:45:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 40 replies · 1,146+ views
    MEN'S NEWS DAILY ^ | September 09, 2005 | Jim Kouri
    I don't know if FEMA's Mike Brown is just another incompetent bureaucrat or the monster he's being portrayed in the news media. It just seems to me that he's being singled out for immense news coverage because he's a safe target. Mike Brown is a white guy. Governor Blanco, a woman and minority, is obviously an inept -- perhaps dangerously inept -- Louisiana leader. Her missteps before, during and after this disaster in New Orleans may arguably have cost lives. Also, the mayor of New Orleans, an African-American, looked more panic-stricken than some of the evacuees. He's obviously ill-prepared for...
  • Mexico Orders Massive Evacuation of Coast-(Not Immigration Related)

    07/17/2005 5:48:05 AM PDT · by Flavius · 21 replies · 1,188+ views
    ap ^ | 7/17/05 | MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer
    CANCUN, Mexico - A massive evacuation of tourists in one of the world's largest resorts began Sunday, as hundreds of buses were dispatched to move tens of thousands of tourists away from Hurricane Emily, heading toward a direct hit on the coast. ADVERTISEMENT The very size of the task was daunting: about 500 buses were ordered to move 30,000 tourists in Cancun — part of a total of 70,000 to 80,000 mostly foreign tourists to be evacuated statewide to temporary shelters in ballrooms and convention centers. "We have very little hope that this will change course," said a grim-faced Cancun...
  • We Shut Down the Bridge

    09/09/2005 11:06:37 AM PDT · by hipaatwo · 1,026 replies · 25,693+ views
    Washington Times & UPI via NRO ^ | Sep. 9, 2005 | Shaun Waterman
    Think local officials are less to blame for deaths in New Orleans than federal officials? In the most jaw-dropping story of the week, UPI has the police chief of Gretna, Louisiana, admitting that he closed off one of the major arteries out of New Orleans on Monday, before the storm hit: "We shut down the bridge," Arthur Lawson, chief of the City of Gretna Police Department, confirmed to United Press International, adding that his jurisdiction had been "a closed and secure location" since before the storm hit. "All our people had evacuated and we locked the city down," he said....
  • New Orleans Public Schools just admitted they put their employees ahead of NO citizens

    09/08/2005 11:36:07 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 99 replies · 3,081+ views
    email response from Alvarez and Marsal | Sept 08, 2005 | Taxrelief
    I sent an email to Alvarez and Marsal (business managers of New Orleans Public Schools) and asked them why they did not make the school buses available to evacuate the citizens of New Orleans. Their answer: Thank you for your question. School buses were not used as all the NOPS transportation employees were also individuals who evacuated the city. Thanks. The answer is cryptic, but to the point.
  • Mac and Linux users blacklisted from hurricane relief

    09/08/2005 4:11:52 PM PDT · by postaldave · 27 replies · 707+ views
    the inquirer ^ | Thursday 08 September 2005 | nick farrel
    THE NOW very much criticised US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stopped Mac and Linux victims of hurricane Katrina from applying for relief. The agency, which is already in hot water for its lack-lustre rescue efforts in New Orleans, has created a web-based service that only works for users of Windows and IE6. So far only Mac users that have Opera, which can make an attempt to show that it is an IE6 machine, are able to access the claims service. According to online magazine Ars Technica, relief workers are frustrated at being tied to Windows by FEMA's online...
  • Political Issues Snarled Plans for Troop Aid (Blanco: "Nobody told me that I had to request that")

    09/09/2005 5:52:19 AM PDT · by frankjr · 140 replies · 2,993+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/9/05 | ERIC LIPTON, ERIC SCHMITT
    ...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. For reasons of practicality and politics, officials at the Justice Department and the Pentagon, and then at the White House, decided not to urge Mr. Bush to take command of the effort. Instead, the Washington officials decided to rely on the growing number of National Guard personnel flowing into Louisiana, who were under Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco's control. ... To seize control of the mission, Mr. Bush would have had to invoke the Insurrection...