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  • New Orleans Braces For Hurricane Isaac

    08/28/2012 10:03:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies ^ | August 28, 2012 | AFP
    New Orleans, Louisiana: New Orleans on Tuesday braced for another hurricane as a strengthening Tropical Storm Isaac drew near, seven years after Hurricane Katrina left 1,800 dead in the fabled jazz city.
  • Hurricane Isaac

    08/28/2012 9:24:55 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 353 replies
    NHC/NOAA ^ | 27 August 2012 | NHC/NOAA
    Isaac has been slow to organize and attain hurricane status. Slow moving minimal Hurricane Isaac threatens to dump up to 20" of rain in portions of its path. Storm surge of 6-12ft is expected. Media news readers have gleefully reported RNC scheduling adjustments to accommodate public safety during Tampa storm warnings. A water spout formed in the Tampa Channelside area at 4:43PM Monday afternoon, a short distance from the RNC Convention Center. The Florida Atlantic coast was inundated with torrential rain squalls from far-reaching Isaac outer bands. Several tornados were reported in the Florida peninsula. The weather took its toll...
  • Isaac bears down, but no mandatory evacuations in New Orleans

    08/28/2012 5:51:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies ^ | August 28, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    New Orleans officials announced Monday that they've decided not to call for mandatory evacuations in the city ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac's landfall, but evacuations have been ordered for many residents in surrounding parishes, particularly those outside protective levees. Mayor Mitch Landrieu had said that a mandatory evacuation would not be ordered unless the storm was expected to become a Category 3 hurricane. On Monday afternoon, with forecasts still predicting a Category 1 storm, or possibly a Category 2, he announced that no mandatory evacuation would be ordered.
  • Actress Ellen Barkin Hopes Hurricane Kills Pro-Life Republicans (Actress retweets a hateful tweet)

    08/27/2012 4:15:32 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 97 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/27/12 | Steven Ertelt
    Actress Ellen Barkin created a stir on Twitter today when she sent out a re-tweet of a message someone sent saying they hoped Hurricane Isaac would hit the Republican convention and “was every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean.” The reaction from conservatives was quick to her class-less Tweet. “I wonder if @EllenBarkin will feel badly at all when #Isaac doesn’t wash the GOPers out to sea but in fact wipes out New Orleans,” one person responded. Bryan Kemper, Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life, said: “This is why we call pro-abortion people...
  • Isaac menaces U.S. Gulf Coast 7 years after Katrina

    08/27/2012 3:55:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/27/12 | Kathy Finn | Reuters
    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Isaac closed in on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast on Monday, triggering some mandatory evacuation orders and disrupting U.S. offshore oil production as it threatened to make landfall between Florida and Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane. The wide, slow-moving storm swiped south Florida on Sunday and strengthened over the warm Gulf waters. It was expected to reach land Tuesday night or early Wednesday, the anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned that the storm could push vast amounts of seawater over the shore, flooding the...
  • Isaac poised for Gulf landfall on Katrina anniversary

    08/27/2012 1:03:40 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | August 27, 2012 | Staff
    New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast faced the anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina by hunkering down for new storm amid "a high level of anxiety," as the Crescent City's mayor put it Monday. Forecasters project Tropical Storm Isaac will reach hurricane strength before hitting the northern Gulf Coast early Wednesday, seven years to the day after Katrina slammed ashore near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. Residents of low-lying coastal areas from the Florida Panhandle to southeastern Louisiana were ordered to evacuate ahead of storm surges and heavy rain, while the mayor of New Orleans -- which was flooded by...
  • Isaac shutting down production, refineries likely next

    08/27/2012 4:53:55 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 26, 2012 | Jeannie Kever
    Energy companies intensified their efforts to evacuate workers from the Gulf of Mexico, as companies continued shutting down production. The trend is likely to continue Monday with refinery operations also being suspended. BP said Sunday it had suspended production at all of its operated production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, as it and other energy companies scramble to get ready for Tropical Storm Isaac to blast into the Gulf. The storm was moving across the Florida Keys and toward the Gulf Sunday afternoon, and several of the leading storm-tracking models show a westward shift, with a growing consensus that...
  • Eerie similarites: Isaac follows track of Katrina, evacuations ordered for coast

    08/27/2012 4:35:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/26/2012
    Thousands in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were being told early Monday to leave their Gulf Coast homes ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac as forecasters warned it was gaining strength as it followed the same path Hurricane Katrina took seven years earlier. The governors of the three states each declared a state of emergency, with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ordering mandatory evacuations to begin at 8 a.m. for residents who live along the coast and for those in some low-lying areas inland. "I am urging everyone to take precautions now, monitor weather warnings, and be prepared for whatever...
  • U.S. Gulf oil producers shut output ahead of Storm Isaac

    08/26/2012 12:30:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    cnbc ^ | 25 August 2012 | Erwin Seba
    <p>Oil and natural gas producers in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday braced for the first hurricane to affect the U.S. oilpatch in 2012, which could spur shut-downs of nearly half of U.S. offshore oil output.</p> <p>Tropical Storm Isaac's current track takes it to the east of U.S. offshore production facilities, with the U.S. National Hurricane Center forecasting it will reach hurricane strength on Sunday before making landfall on the Florida Panhandle late on Tuesday or early on Wednesday.</p>
  • Tropical Storm Isaac Should Rival Hurricane Katrina

    08/26/2012 11:56:51 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 115 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/26/2012 | Michael Barak, Joseph Bastardi and Alan Lammey
    On August 24th, we warned on Forbes that Tropical Storm Isaac could pose a threat to energy markets and even rival Hurricane Katrina in its destructive power (Could Tropical Storm Isaac Turn Into Another Katrina?). While the computer models are still showing a substantial spread in solutions, it appears more likely that Isaac will make landfall somewhere near the Louisiana, Mississippi Gulf Coast. This track will provide the storm more time to intensify over the very warm water of the Gulf of Mexico. The entire Gulf Coast from Lake Charles, LA to Panama City, FL should be aware of the...
  • La. Supreme Court refuses voucher program injunction [unions in a panic]

    08/22/2012 8:13:07 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    KSLA ^ | August 16, 2012 | news
    <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to stop the launch of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program, which began this month.</p> <p>The high court denied an injunction request by teacher unions and school boards to stall the voucher program as they challenge whether it is constitutional. A hearing in the court case is set for October.</p>
  • (Louisiana Sheriff's Ambush Murder) 'They decide which laws to obey and to ignore -

    'They decide which laws to obey and to ignore - and they don't pay their taxes': Inside the anarchist sovereign citizens movement blamed for murder of two police officers Group is listed on FBI's domestic terror watchlist Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols linked to group Other members were involved in the death of two police officers in Arkansas in May 2010 Four men and a woman charged with attempted first degree murder of a police officer last week Suspects appear to be from the same LaPlace family All arrests are in relation to wounded officer Michael Boyington
  • Ray Nagin (former New Orleans mayor) ordered to appear before grand jury, station reports

    08/20/2012 4:46:45 PM PDT · by abb · 24 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | August 20, 2012 | Gordon Russell
    WDSU-TV reported this afternoon that former Mayor Ray Nagin has been ordered to appear before a federal grand jury on Friday. The source of the station's information is unclear; the report simply says that "the WDSU I-Team has learned" of the scheduled appearance. The station says that the subpoena went out last week. The report says that Robert Jenkins, Nagin's attorney, "declined to confirm the information." Jenkins frequently appears as an analyst on WDSU. He did not immediately return a phone call from The Times-Picayune. It's been well-publicized that the feds have been building a case against Nagin. The Times-Picayune...
  • How the White House Delivered a Crushing Economic Blow to the Gulf

    08/20/2012 4:23:48 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 31 replies
    pjmedia ^ | 20AUG12 | by Sen. David Vitter
    PJM EXCLUSIVE: Louisiana's GOP senator on how the cover-up to trump sound science in favor of political ideology keeps growing with each chapter. Here’s the book-jacket teaser: A major U.S. environmental disaster strikes. As Coast Guard and other heroes struggle to contain the unprecedented damage, a different scene unfolds in a dimly lit conference room in Washington. A small group of high-ranking political hacks and overzealous ideologues see an opportunity to manipulate the situation to advance their agenda. They doctor a key report on the disaster by experts in order to justify shutting down all exploration and new production. They...
  • Let It Fly (story of LSU's Mo Isom)

    08/20/2012 2:38:10 PM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 2 replies ^ | August 20, 2012 | Jordan Conn
    This week, former LSU goalie Mo Isom will try to become a kicker for the Tigers football team. But even if she makes the team, her greatest accomplishment may be surviving the past five years.
  • Suspects in deputy killings linked to extremists

    08/19/2012 1:07:02 PM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 8/19/12 | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least some of the seven people arrested in a fatal shootout with Louisiana deputies have been linked to violent anarchists on the FBI's domestic terrorism watch lists, a sheriff said Saturday. Detectives had been monitoring the group before Thursday's shootout in Laplace in which two deputies were killed and two more wounded, said DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle. His detectives and other law enforcement discovered the suspects were heavily armed adherents to an ideology known as the "sovereign citizens" movement.
  • Picture of suspects in St. John Parish shootings starting to emerge

    08/17/2012 2:05:30 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies ^ | 17 Aug 2012 | Gordon Russell
    A grainy picture is starting to emerge of the suspects involved in the shootings Thursday morning that claimed the lives of two St. John Parish sheriff's deputies and injured two others. Five of them had apparently been under surveillance in DeSoto Parish in north Louisiana two months ago, and at least one of them was considered a fugitive in Nebraska and Kansas for "making terroristic threats" as well as allegedly selling marijuana. Authorities believe that suspect, Kyle Joekel, 29, may have ties to anti-government groups, in particular a loose organization known as Posse Comitatus that generally doesn't recognize authority above...
  • Two deputies killed, two wounded in Louisiana "ambush"

    08/16/2012 7:05:10 AM PDT · by tje · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:50 AM EDT, Thu August 16, 2012 | Rick Martin
    (CNN) -- Two Louisiana sheriff's deputies died and two others were wounded early Thursday in what a state police official described as an ambush. The assailant or assailants were still on the loose, Louisiana State Police Sgt. Ann Dusang said. State police SWAT teams, helicopters and troopers were involved in the search, she said.
  • 4 cops shot, 2 dead, in St. John [Parish] shooting [Valero Refinery]

    08/16/2012 5:40:58 AM PDT · by topher · 61 replies ^ | August 16, 2012
    Two St. John [sheriff] deputies and two civilians were reportedly shot in LaPlace at about 5:00 a.m. UPDATE: WWL-TV reports that two officers are dead and two others were shot in the incident. The incident occurred near Bayou Steel on Highway 3217 in a Valero plant parking lot. That highway remains closed at this time. The parking lot is located in St. John Parish, while the Valero plant itself is located in St. Charles Parish. There is no word yet on the conditions of the officers or the other two people shot in the incident. A witness on the scene...
  • Citizens Call On Jindal To Denounce DHS Reports

    08/15/2012 2:26:28 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 15 replies ^ | 15AUG12 | Posted by: Tom Bonnette
    A group of citizens gathered in Winnsboro Tuesday to ask Gov. Bobby Jindal to speak out against two U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports labeling citizens with traditional American values as potential terrorists. Organizers of the event said that the meeting held at the local VFW Hall was to both inform the public that the federal government has issued the reports to state and local law enforcement and to call on Jindal to publicly denounce them. The first report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” was sent to law enforcement agencies in April...