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  • Louisiana has lost nearly $1 billion in sales tax since Katrina

    10/28/2005 1:08:35 PM PDT · by caryatid · 45 replies · 757+ views
    AP ^ | October 28, 2005 | AP
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's budget deficit got an official number Friday, nearly $971 million lost in state tax income that the governor and lawmakers will have to slash from state spending in the remaining eight months of the budget year. Economists warned the budget problems could worsen as they get more concrete details of the lost sales, income, gambling and business taxes from the back-to-back blows of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Southwest Louisiana Joins Fight for Levees

    10/28/2005 1:20:06 AM PDT · by caryatid · 12 replies · 514+ views ^ | Oct 27, 2005 | Marie Centanni
    Hurricane Katrina destroyed close to 30 miles of Louisiana's levees, and while the state and the nation debate over how to rebuild them, people in southwest Louisiana wonder why they've never had them. As he sits through meeting after meeting about how to rebuild New Orleans, a state lawmaker from the other side of the state feels left out. With Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, if you think about it, we're the middle child, Rita," says Senator Nick Gautreaux from Vermilion Parish. Rita's storm surge wreaked havoc on much of his district. In New Orleans, much of the flooding happened because...
  • Gas retailers slow to drop prices, reap big returns

    10/24/2005 11:22:08 AM PDT · by JZelle · 73 replies · 1,671+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-24-05 | Brad Foss
    When pump prices skyrocketed after Hurricane Katrina, gasoline retailers were caught in an uncomfortable paradox -- they were accused of gouging at the same time their profits were being squeezed by runaway costs at the wholesale level. Now the reverse is true. The outrage from consumers and Congress has died down just as gas stations across the country are reaping some of their best returns at the pump in years by passing along huge savings at the wholesale level as slowly as possible.
  • Many sex offenders evacuated during hurricanes remain at large

    10/24/2005 10:41:50 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 6 replies · 721+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | 10/23/5 | Beth Musgrave
    Michael Guirdy Allen was one of more than 400,000 people who fled the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina crippled the city's levees and flooded its streets. The 40-year-old man from Harvey, a suburb of New Orleans, still hasn't returned. But Allen left behind a string of warrants for charges as far back as 2000, including attempted murder, false imprisonment, three counts of child molestation and aggravated assault. Allen is one of more than 2,000 fugitives and sex offenders whom local, state and federal authorities are trying to locate and, in cases such as Allen's, arrest. Two months after Katrina...
  • Oil drops, Wilma spares Gulf ($59.70/bbl)

    10/24/2005 2:59:40 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 1,044+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 24, 2005
    LONDON (Reuters) - Oil shed nearly a dollar on Monday, sinking below $60 after Hurricane Wilma bypassed storm-battered U.S. oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. light crude fell as low as $59.56 a barrel, the lowest since July 28. It was down 93 cents by 0922 GMT to $59.70, reversing a gain of 61 cents on Friday on fears Wilma could hinder the recovery of oil operations in the Gulf. Prices were 16 percent below the record-high of $70.85 a barrel struck in late August in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. London Brent crude lost 96...
  • Hurricane Heroes

    10/23/2005 10:20:38 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 4 replies · 420+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 10/21/2005 | Tony Carnes
    Government may have been tripped up by Katrina and Rita, but the Southern Baptists, among others, are standing tall. -s- Americans associate the Red Cross and the Salvation Army with home-front disaster relief on a grand scale. After Katrina, much of the $1 billion in private giving for relief efforts went to those two high-profile organizations. The Southern Baptist North American Mission Board (namb) has been less known for disaster relief. No longer. The extent of Southern Baptist relief preparation was clearly evident after Katrina hit in late August and the less potent Hurricane Rita in late September. From Mobile,...
  • Don't get soaked with flooded autos

    10/23/2005 12:21:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 1,111+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 23, 2005 | PATRICIA SABATINI
    Some of the estimated half-million cars and trucks buried and broken by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina could be headed to used car lots in your neighborhood. Don't get snookered. Flood-damaged vehicles are supposed to be branded with "flood" or "salvage" titles so they aren't simply spruced up and sold to unwitting consumers. Most of the hurricane-hobbled vehicles intended for resale undoubtedly will carry such a warning. But the con artists are out there. And they have gotten good at hiding the checkered pasts of wrecked cars. Unscrupulous dealers and wholesalers buy vehicles at auctions and fix them on the...
  • 'God's retribution' — Is nature used to punish sinful acts?

    10/21/2005 11:28:26 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 69 replies · 1,790+ views
    AP ^ | October 22 2005
    With the most powerful storm in recorded history weakening but every bit as devastating as its predecessors, saint, sinner and blogger alike are again wondering if God really does use nature in retribution for sin. Bill Moyers, late of PBS and CBS television and the day's keynote speaker, cited the incredible devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and linked it with the Genesis flood. He noted that millions of conservatives believe the biblical teaching that God brought the deluge to punish human sin and also accept "God-ordered genocide" elsewhere in the Old Testament. Others also used the Katrina moment to level...
  • Big Easy 5K Run Aids Hurricane Victims

    10/21/2005 4:30:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 243+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Army Staff Sgt. Robert Timmons
    Big Easy 5K Run Aids Hurricane Victims The run raised more than $6,200 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Timmons 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq, Oct. 21, 2005 — While Iraqi citizens were helping themselves take a step forward to a representative government during the constitutional referendum, some U.S. soldiers were helping those struck hard by Hurricane Katrina by donating time and money to the Big Easy 5K run held here Oct. 16. "I like to run and it was a good cause." U.S. Army...
  • Rep Leach blames hurricanes on Global Warming

    10/19/2005 6:46:27 PM PDT · by LinnKeyes2000 · 32 replies · 956+ views
    Jim Leach | 10/19/2005 | Greg Happel
    Dear Greg, Thank you for contacting my office about Hurricane Katrina and the situation along the Gulf Coast. I appreciate hearing from you. Katrina was the most devastating natural disaster to befall this country in generations. As with any catastrophic event, a certain amount of discombobulation was inevitable at the outset. But the leadership failures and chaos that ensued after the levees gave way in New Orleans were inexcusable. Katrina exposed a shocking lack of preparedness in our emergency-response systems at the local, state and, most importantly, federal level. It almost defies belief, for example, that help was delayed for...
  • Stennis Sailors Help Community, Remove Refrigerators, Lift Spirits

    10/18/2005 5:03:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 233+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Oct 18, 2005 | Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Gabriel Owens
    ABOARD USS JOHN C. STENNIS (NNS) -- Sailors from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), assisted a grateful community in Pearlington, Miss., in October by removing old refrigerators from the area, which had become a health hazard after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast coastline. Stennis, homeported in Bremerton, Wash., sent 50 volunteers to the hurricane-ravaged area of southern Mississippi. The aircraft carrier is named for Senator John C. Stennis of Miss., and considers the state its adopted home. "These smaller communities receive little attention after [Hurricane] Katrina," said Rick Hines, a FEMA volunteer from the West Indianapolis, Ind., fire...
  • 2 States, 22 Observations

    10/18/2005 8:32:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 292+ views
    email ^ | current | Anon
    2 States, 22 Observations Things I have noticed while watching media coverage of the recent hurricanes. 1. Texas: Productive industrious state run by Republicans. Louisiana: Government dependent welfare state run by Democrats. 2. Texas: Residents take responsibility to protect and evacuate themselves. Louisiana: Residents wait for government to protect and evacuate them. 3. Texas: Local and state officials take responsibility for protecting their citizens and property. Louisiana: Local and state officials blame federal government for not protecting their citizens and property. 4. Texas: Command and control remains in place to preserve order. Louisiana: Command and control collapses allowing lawlessness. 5....
  • Numerous Violations Alleged in Bus Fire (Texas/Rita Bus)

    10/18/2005 6:29:58 AM PDT · by TCats · 4 replies · 423+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/18/2005 | Bill Brubaker
    Twenty-three Hurricane Rita evacuees died in blaze. The chartered bus that exploded near Dallas last month, killing 23 elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees from a long-term-care facility, had a defective brake, an illegal license plate and a driver -- charged yesterday with negligent homicide -- whose Mexican license wasn't valid in the United States, according to state and federal officials. The operator of the bus, Global Limo Inc., had a low federal driver safety rating. A government investigation after the accident found 168 alleged violations involving the four other buses in Global Limo's fleet, and the federal Department of Transportation has...
  • Oil drops $1, Wilma threat eases ($63.43/bbl)

    10/18/2005 4:47:33 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 589+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 18, 2005
    LONDON (Reuters) - Oil fell $1 a barrel on Tuesday as a threatened hurricane was expected to miss rigs and refineries in the U.S. Gulf and the world's top banker said record prices were eroding demand. U.S. crude lost 98 cents to $63.38 a barrel by 1125 GMT, after a gain of 2.8 percent on Monday. London Brent crude was $1.06 down at $59.51 a barrel. Tropical Storm Wilma gained strength in the Caribbean Sea and was expected to become a full-blown hurricane, but its path was set to shift east toward Florida and away from the heart of U.S....
  • Charges in Rita Bus Fire Deaths

    10/17/2005 12:58:04 PM PDT · by publana · 8 replies · 862+ views
    CBS News ^ | 10/5/2005
    (CBS/AP) Charges are being filed against the driver of a bus that caught fire near Dallas while carrying people fleeing Hurricane Rita. The driver is being charged with criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of 23 passengers.
  • Storms Alter Louisiana Politics: Population Likely to Reduce Influence of Black Voters

    10/14/2005 6:17:29 AM PDT · by no dems · 19 replies · 879+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2005 | Michael A. Fletcher / Spencer S. Hsu
    The massive population shift caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita holds seismic political implications for Louisiana, which faces a near-certain reduction of its congressional delegation and a likely loss in black-voter clout that could severely affect the state's elected Democrats. In a public service announcement released yesterday, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen, who is in charge of the federal government's recovery effort, said: "In many areas, like the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans . . . the areas will be uninhabitable for many years." The unprecedented population shift is likely to have its first political impact in...
  • Campus Commies

    10/13/2005 7:05:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 210+ views
    Professor Stephen Bainbridge ^ | October 13, 2005 | Professor Stephen Bainbridge
    A poster on campus here at UCLA. Last time I checked, it was the government that was in charge of disaster preparation, levees, and the like... I would sooner put my trust in Adam Smith's invisible hand than in the competence and good will of some civil servant... Maybe levees and so on are a public good that must be provided by government, but whether or not that's true, it's still unfair of SPARK to blame capitalism when capitalism hasn't been tried.
  • Displaced People Should Stop Griping

    10/13/2005 10:47:04 AM PDT · by trillabodilla · 31 replies · 1,159+ views ^ | 10/13/05 | J.A. Oliver
    In regard to the hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, the havoc they caused to our state and neighboring states is catastrophic. I truly feel sorry for the people who lost all their worldly possessions and also the loss of loved ones. It must be traumatic to be displaced and have to live in an unfamiliar location, but I believe the state and federal governments are doing the best they can with such a monumental task. Some of the displaced people are griping about the accommodations made available to them, such as "we are too crowded," "not enough privacy," "debit card and...
  • New Orleans floodwater is not “toxic soup” ; Corps finishes pumping out New Orleans

    10/12/2005 3:24:57 AM PDT · by AFPhys · 45 replies · 1,594+ views
    ACS Environmental Science and Technology ^ | 10/11/2005 | American Chemical Society
    Shortly after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Louisiana coast, flooding the city of New Orleans, journalists began reporting on a “toxic soup” of chemicals and dangerous microbes bathing the city. Based on no reported data, these stories nevertheless seemed reasonable; the city’s sewer system had flooded, and thousands of cars, houses, and chemical storage tanks lay beneath water, which in part of the city reached more than 3 meters in depth. In addition, 24 Superfund sites are in the affected area, and the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard have tallied more than 400 oil and hazardous chemical spills....
  • Bush Leaves Louisiana After Spirit-Lifting Trip

    10/11/2005 6:37:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 576+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Oct 11, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON — President Bush expressed his pride Tuesday in military servicemen and women who have been helping with Hurricane Katrina relief. Speaking in Belle Chasse, La., to National Guardsmen representing 49 states, the president thanked the soldiers for their service. "I am incredible proud of those who wear our nations uniform and I am incredibly proud of the job you have done. You have brought great credit to your units, credit to your family and credit to our nation," Bush said....
  • Oil up after IEA says demand resilient ($62.30/bbl)

    10/11/2005 5:03:23 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 457+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 11, 2005 | Janet McBride and Peg Mackey
    LONDON (Reuters) - Oil climbed back above $62 on Tuesday after the International Energy Agency said it saw no lasting damage to demand that has pushed producers and refiners to the limit and could lead to fuel shortages this winter. There have been signs recently that persistent high prices are taking their toll on the economies of the world's big consumers. Hurricanes that battered U.S. Gulf rigs and refiners catapulted oil to new record highs, finally crimping fuel use. But the IEA, adviser to 26 industrialized nations, forecast demand growth would quicken to 1.75 million barrels per day next year...
  • Miers, the Iraq war and hurricanes prompt GOP to confront Bush

    10/09/2005 5:30:56 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 9 replies · 473+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | 10/8/5 | James Kuhnhenn
    The conservative rebellion against Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers widens the split between the White House and Republicans, sowing fears among party strategists that President Bush is jeopardizing ten years of GOP congressional dominance. Republicans are speaking out and voting against the administration with defiance unseen since he's been in the White House. In recent days, the Senate reined in the administration on the treatment of foreign detainees, forced it to jettison no-bid reconstruction contracts in the Gulf region and gave Miers a tepid welcome as Bush's choice to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. This emboldened stance comes amid mounting...
  • Miss. Gov. Barbour: Louisiana Aid Package Seems 'Very Excessive'

    10/07/2005 1:40:10 PM PDT · by bigsky · 45 replies · 1,386+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | October 7, 2005 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In an exclusive interview with HUMAN EVENTS Editor Terence Jeffrey this week, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R.) outlined the combined state-and-federal effort to rebuild the vast area in his state damaged by Hurricane Katrina, saying his government would not use the disaster “as a way to gouge the taxpayers.” Barbour said he hoped the federal government would pay 90% of the tab for repairing public infrastructure in Mississippi, but estimated the total federal costs for relief, recovery and rebuilding in his state would be under $50 billion and might not be much more than $30 billion. The $250 billion aid...
  • Regarding Those Hurricanes

    10/06/2005 6:47:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 343+ views
    evil white guy ^ | September 30, 2005
    I can't say I agree with the premise of the photo completely. Houston is run by liberals just like New Orleans is. But at least Texans have the good sense to come in out of the rain. Or, get out of its way, as the case may be.
  • "Bayou Farewell" The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast

    10/06/2005 10:42:26 PM PDT · by HoHoeHeaux · 8 replies · 365+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 2003 | Mike Tidwell
    Quote from book "In my estimation, the Cajun Bayou region of Louisiana, at least before Katrina, was the most distinctive and culturally rich region in America. You have three quarters of a million people throughout Cajun land, and they are utterly self-reliant people, especially the ones who live in the marshes. They build their own boats, build their own homes, live according to the rhythms of the natural world. Many of whom don't know how to read or write, yet they can spend hours discussing the intricate inner workings of wind, current, and tide, or build a wooden boat with...
  • Aircraft maintenance platoon searches for potentially dangerous cracks

    10/06/2005 6:04:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 251+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 6, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Alec Kleinsmith
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2005) -- The CH-46 D/E Sea Knight helicopter is one of the Marine Corps’ most valuable assets, providing expedient transportation of critical cargo loads as well as providing troop transportation. Because of the valuables these high-powered machines carry, as well as their importance in military efforts such as the Global War on Terrorism, inspections must be conducted continuously to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew. The Marines who conduct these inspections are called non-destructive inspections technicians. Their job is to perform non-destructive testing of various metals in aircraft structures and...
  • Effectiveness of Tax Breaks Is Questioned

    10/06/2005 6:16:53 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 3 replies · 241+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/6/5 | Edmund L. Andrews
    Proposals to use tax breaks for rebuilding areas devastated by the recent hurricanes may provide only limited help to people and businesses that suffered actual losses, according to many economists. The biggest beneficiaries could turn out to be companies from outside the devastated areas that have big federal contracts to carry out cleanup and reconstruction work. President Bush has proposed a plan to turn much of the Gulf Coast into a giant "opportunity zone" in which businesses would receive special tax write-offs for new equipment and construction. In Congress, some lawmakers are pushing more ambitious plans for the damaged areas...
  • GOP Divided Over Range and Severity of Spending Cuts

    10/06/2005 6:06:17 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 6 replies · 432+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/6/5 | Jonathan Weisman
    President Bush's call for spending cuts to offset the cost of hurricane relief has sharply split the Republican Party, with small- government conservatives emboldened to scale back the overall reach of government while moderates drive for more anti-poverty spending, not less. The rift is growing wider as Congress moves toward a late-October deadline to produce legislation saving at least $35 billion from social welfare and health care programs over the next five years. That target was set this spring by a budget blueprint that narrowly passed Congress, largely along party lines. Now, House Republican leaders, with Bush's encouragement, hope to...
  • Oil eases toward $62 ($62.08/bbl)

    10/06/2005 3:57:34 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 54 replies · 882+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 6, 2005 | Jiwon Chung
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices fell for a fifth day on Thursday, dipping to their lowest level in two months after U.S. government data showed a drop in oil demand in the world's largest consumer. U.S. crude futures for November slid 19 cents to $62.60 a barrel, having earlier traded as low as $62.23. London Brent crude was down 32 cents to $59.80. Oil prices have fallen sharply from their August 30 record high of $70.85 on signs that soaring costs are eroding demand, offsetting fears over tight supplies in the wake of hurricanes that toppled production platforms and shut...
  • In the eye of Katrina. Wonderful photos.

    10/06/2005 2:00:22 AM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 7 replies · 1,522+ views
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | ---- October 5, 2005 | Not known
    Wonderful photos out of the eye of Katrina. Use the link
  • Navy Building Homes, Paying Leases to Help Homeless Employees at Stennis

    10/05/2005 4:32:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 525+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Oct 5, 2005 | Journalist 2nd Class Barrie Barber
    STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- The Navy will build a 100-home community and offer to pay leases for hundreds of employees to keep a highly skilled workforce intact at the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command after Hurricane Katrina left about 450 workers homeless. In response to the unprecedented destruction, the command has set up a Navy Housing office to find places to live for Stennis-based military personnel and civilian workers at the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC), the Naval Oceanographic Office, the Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Special Boat Team 22 and Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training...
  • High-Tech Swift and Crew Support Relief Efforts

    10/05/2005 4:28:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 279+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Oct 5, 2005 | Navy Seaman Marissa
    NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 5, 2005 – High-speed vessel Swift, homeported at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Va., played a major role in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Swift was pierside at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, when the crew learned they were needed to deliver fresh food to federal, state and local agencies assisting with the relief efforts. “You can only eat MRE’s (meals ready to eat) for so long,” said Lt. Cmdr. Phillip Pournelle, Swift’s executive officer. " You can build all the high tech ships in the world, but unless you have the crew that’s capable and willing to...
  • Texas Guard relief mission begins drawing down

    10/05/2005 4:23:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 257+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Oct 5, 2005 | Maj. Joye Haun
    CLEVELAND, Texas (Army News Service, Oct. 5, 2005) – With power coming on throughout the area, Texas National Guard Soldiers with Task Force Seguin transferred food and water distribution duties Oct. 4 to other groups and local authorities. The team is scheduled to begin redeploying home today. “There are still a few rural areas requiring assistance, and in those cases we’ve handed off responsibility to another National Guard task force,” said Lt. Col. Philip Vaneau, the task force commander. Task Force Seguin, with 300 Army and Air National Guard members from throughout Texas, has been assisting the Federal Emergency Management...
  • Illegal aliens doing Katrina rebuilding update

    10/05/2005 2:22:48 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 18 replies · 556+ views
    The Immigration Blog ^ | October 04, 2005 07:10 PM | Chris Kelly
    Illegal aliens doing Katrina rebuilding update By Chris Kelly   ·   October 04, 2005 07:10 PM As previously discussed, illegal aliens are being allowed to take Katrina rebuilding jobs. Since that time, Senator Harry Reid supported amnesty for illegal aliens, and in his speech he specifically referenced those Hispanic immigrants who are "living in the shadows." The only problem is that he was refering to those illegal aliens in Biloxi who are taking jobs that could and should go to those Americans who were affected by the storm. Linda Chavez said something similar. And, Gregory Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Times...
  • Biggest Loss from Katrina and Rita

    10/05/2005 4:35:55 AM PDT · by sure_fine · 8 replies · 307+ views
    10/05/05 | self
    IMO; Social Security Reform, that is something that will affect generations to come
  • NMCB 40 Helps Restore School in Plaquemine Parish

    10/04/2005 4:10:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 335+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Oct 4, 2005 | unattributed
    By Journalist 2nd Class Barbara Silkwood, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40 Public Affairs NEW ORLEANS (NNS) -- Nearly a month after Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 deployed to Southern Louisiana in support of Joint Task Force Katrina relief efforts, the Seabees continued working in October with Parish residents and local government officials to help rebuild the surrounding communities as quickly as possible. Crews from NMCB 40's Air Detachment finished a project restoring St. Rosalee elementary - one of the largest schools in the New Orleans Archdiocese. “After the storm hit, debris, roofing and fallen trees scattered the courtyards,” said...
  • Comfort, Local NOLA Doctors Establish Trauma Treatment Unit

    10/04/2005 4:05:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Oct 4, 20055 | unattributed
    NEW ORLEANS (NNS) -- Medical staff on board USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and local New Orleans physicians began treating trauma patients aboard the hospital ship Oct. 3 in a landmark partnership between the Navy and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Defense and the supervisory health government organization within the state of Louisiana is a resource-sharing partnership to conduct humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations. The agreement is designed to help smooth the transition going from shipboard health care to civilian health care in local hospitals throughout the city of New Orleans....
  • (Just Announced On Fox) N.O. Mayor Nagin City Laying Off 3000 Workers

    10/04/2005 11:52:57 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 83 replies · 2,070+ views
    Fox News | Oct. 4, 2005
    Blame Bush !
  • 63 offshore platforms destroyed by Rita

    10/04/2005 11:22:01 AM PDT · by nwctwx · 11 replies · 872+ views
    Oct 4, 2005 — WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A total of 63 offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were destroyed by Hurricane Rita and a further 30 fixed platforms were damaged, the U.S. Interior Department said on Tuesday. In a briefing on the damage done by Rita, the department also said that 13 offshore rigs were adrift, one was destroyed, 10 were damaged and three rigs were unaccounted for.
  • Crude Oil Prices Slide ($64.83/bbl)

    10/04/2005 4:01:29 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 12 replies · 629+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 4, 2005 | GILLIAN WONG
    SINGAPORE -- Oil prices slipped Tuesday after the U.S. government indicated it might release emergency stockpiles of heating oil to combat supply disruptions from recent hurricanes. But energy futures were not expected to continue their retreat for long, analysts said, because a U.S. petroleum inventories report due later in the week was likely to show that Hurricane Rita hurt supply ahead of the coming Northern Hemisphere winter. Midmorning in Singapore, light, sweet crude for November delivery fell 16 cents to $65.31 a barrel in Asian electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 77 cents to settle...
  • Texas National Guard relief efforts move to rural areas

    10/03/2005 7:52:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Oct 3, 2005 | unattributed
    10/3/2005 - CLEVELAND, Texas (AFPN) -- As power is restored to smaller cities, Texas National Guardsmen are moving further into rural areas of Texas to assist Federal Emergency Management Agent officials with distribution of food, water and ice to Hurricane Rita victims. Task Force-Seguin, which comprises 300 Army and Air National Guardsmen from throughout Texas, is currently distributing commodities in various Texas towns. Since Sept. 28 the team has distributed 19,214 meals to area residents, along with more than 30,000 bags of ice and almost 35,000 cases of water. “As the electricity comes on and grocery stores open for business,...
  • Bush's job approval bounces back a bit

    10/02/2005 4:43:57 PM PDT · by I8NY · 17 replies · 797+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10-2-05 | Dan Froomkin
    Poll Watch All those trips down to the Gulf Coast appear to have had the desired effect. Richard Benedetto writes in USA TODAY: "President Bush's response to Hurricane Rita won overwhelming approval in a USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll, a marked contrast to his low marks on handling Hurricane Katrina. "Overall, 71% of those polled said they approve of Bush's response to Rita, which included presidential trips to the region before, during and after the storm. . . . "The approval of his handling of Rita also affected his overall job-approval rating.
  • French Quarter Cathedral Holds Sunday Mass

    10/02/2005 1:26:02 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 184+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/2/05 | AMY FORLITI
    The bells of historic St. Louis Cathedral rang out across New Orleans on Sunday, calling the faithful to the first Mass since Hurricane Katrina hit more than a month ago. The Mass had a dual purpose: to mourn the more than 900 who perished, and to bring hope to those who remain behind and face the task of rebuilding. "The St. Louis Cathedral is a symbol that really unites all of our city, and this is what we're going to need to move forward," said archdiocesan spokesman the Rev. William Maestri. Katie Mello, 30, came to church with her fiance...
  • P.J. O'Rourke: Two, Three, Many Katrinas (Rita disappoints the liberals)

    10/01/2005 2:43:16 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 1,771+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 10, 2005 | P.J. O'Rourke
    CHIEF AMONG THE MARVELOUS QUALITIES of liberalism is its ability to see the good in human suffering--and make a good thing of it. How like the early Christians, if the early Christians had been in politics. Hurricane Katrina was a blessing to liberals, a consecrated opportunity to make advocates of small government look small, to enlarge largess with a public dole of private goods, to expand the elemental purview of politics to include earth, water, air, and (with gas at $3) fire, and to shrink the reputation of a despised president. Hurricane Rita, with its sensible actions by state and...
  • Finding His Floor

    10/01/2005 11:19:42 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 8 replies · 603+ views
    Newsweek ^ | October 1, 2005 | Marcus Mabry
    It had to happen. Just as a declining stock finds its “floor,” the point where the faith of hard-core supporters buttresses the price from falling any farther, President George W. Bush had to find his. And the new NEWSWEEK poll suggests he has. In the wake of what was widely seen as an inept government response to Hurricane Katrina, the president’s approval rating sank three weeks ago to a NEWSWEEK poll record low, dipping to just 38 percent. But the new NEWSWEEK poll, taken on Thursday and Friday nights, after the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, shows the...
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    09/30/2005 8:47:36 PM PDT · by gpapa · 11 replies · 644+ views ^ | September 30, 2005 | Horace Cooper
    The differences between what happened in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Rita are night and day. But if one were to accept the mainstream media’s take any differences were solely or primarily the result of lessons that government at all levels learned from the disastrous failures of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Accounts of N.Orleans violence questioned (In Two Storms, Same Media Morons Seen)

    09/30/2005 3:48:13 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 21 replies · 922+ views
    Reuters ^ | Friday, September 30, 2005 | By Daisuke Wakabayashi
    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Horrific tales of murder, rape and gang violence emerged from the New Orleans Convention Center and Superdome where survivors from Hurricane Katrina took refuge from floods that devastated the city. But a month later officials said those stories seem to be exaggerated accounts derived from a chaotic situation, created by uncertainty and paranoia Continues...============================================================== In Two Storms, Same Media Morons Seen Associated Press writer Stephen Ohlemacher, in a piece entitled, "Rita's Victims Wealthier Than Katrina's," notes that "Hurricane Rita smashed into a region that is wealthier, more mobile and much less densely populated than the...
  • Recovery Efforts Could Dampen Hurricanes' Impact on the Economy, CBO Reports (good news)

    09/30/2005 7:04:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies · 256+ views
    Congressionl Quaterly vi John Batchelor ^ | Posted September 30, 2005 | By Liriel Higa from The Congressional Quarterly
    Devastating back-to-back hurricanes are expected to cause the gross domestic product to slow about half a percentage point during the second half of 2005, but the storms' long-term economic effects probably will not be significant, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported Thursday. In fact, as a result of private and government support for recovery and rebuilding efforts, GDP growth "could even be somewhat higher than was projected before the hurricane," said Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin, CBO's director, in a letter accompanying his office's report. "Overall, GDP will return to its previous trend by early 2006, CBO projects, and subsequently rise above...
  • Texas National Guard distributes food

    09/30/2005 5:14:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 37 replies · 460+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sep 29, 2005 | Maj. Joye Haun
    CLEVELAND, Texas (Army News Service, Sept. 29, 2005) – The Texas National Guard is assisting FEMA with food, ice and water distribution for hurricane victims. Area residents in Liberty County are still without power after Hurricane Rita ravaged the area Sept. 24. “There have been people coming through (the food distribution point in Cleveland) who told me they hadn’t eaten in three days,” said Capt. Eric Cox, who was loading cars with food. Texas National Guardsmen with Task Force Seguin, commanded by Lt. Col. Philip Vaneau from the 149th Fighter Wing in San Antonio, had pre-positioned in College Station before...
  • NMCB 40 Builds Tent City for FEMA, Parish

    09/30/2005 5:09:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 265+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Sep 30, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class (SCW/SS) James G. Pinsky
    PLAQUEMINE PARISH, La. (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 built a 500-man tent city in September for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials in Plaquemine Parish so the officials could relocate from temporary accommodations at Belle Chasse Primary School. The tent city, which includes air conditioned tents, showers and a 40 ft. by 60 ft. dining facility, will allow FEMA to conduct their day-to-day operations while Belle Chasse Primary School concentrates on getting their students back in class. “Disaster recovery is part of our job,” said Steelworker 1st Class (SCW) James Reddinger, project crew leader. “And we know...