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  • Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial present the former mayor as predator, or prey

    02/10/2014 9:14:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies ^ | 2/10/14 | Mark Waller
    Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial on Monday centered on whether the former New Orleans mayor was a predator focused on helping himself or prey for an assortment of shady operators. The prosecution portrayed Nagin as an opportunist who pursued businessmen under pressure to win city business, targeting them to line his own pockets. The defense characterized those contractors -- some of whom suffer from their own legal and financial problems -- as scheming to use Nagin without his knowledge, and now eager to testify to help their own situations. After the lawyers made their final pitches, the...
  • Katrina Victims Say Brad Pitt's Charity Homes Are Already Rotting

    01/03/2014 8:51:24 PM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    SFChronicle ^ | January 02, 2013 | Heather Alexander
    Katrina Victims Say Brad Pitt's Charity Homes Are Already Rotting By Heather Alexander, Houston Chronicle January 2, 2014 Actor Brad Pitt visits the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during a trip to lobby government officials to increase the speed of re-construction on July 13, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pitt and Global Green USA created a sustainable design architecture competition to showcase affordable, energy-efficient construction. Actor Brad Pitt visits the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during a trip to lobby government officials to increase the speed of re-construction on July 13, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pitt and...
  • Federal judge dismisses most of remaining Katrina damage lawsuits

    12/28/2013 2:11:22 PM PST · by blueyon · 5 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 12/27/13 | By Mark Schleifstein
    A federal judge in New Orleans has dismissed almost all remaining lawsuits against the federal government for damages caused by the failure of levees and floodwalls during Hurricane Katrina, ordering both sides to pay for their own legal expenses. The clean-up ruling by U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr., filed Dec. 20, marks the end of an unprecedented series of class-action lawsuits aimed at collecting damages from insurance companies or the federal government that could have totaled billions of dollars. The final ruling was not unexpected. In earlier decisions Duval found the Army Corps of Engineers was immune from damages...
  • FEMA forgives $67.8 million loan + interest from Hurricane Katrina for St. Tammany schools

    12/24/2013 3:45:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 12/23/13
    WASHINGTON -- The St. Tammany Parish school district is getting $67.8 million in disaster loans and accumulated interest for Hurricane Katrina forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced Monday. The announcement follows FEMA's earlier decision to cancel a $9.9 million loan for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and a $14.5 million loan to the St. Tammany Parish government. The loan forgiveness is a response to a provision Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, added to a 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations that changed the criteria for loan forgiveness affecting some $211 million in Katrina-related loans.
  • Family watches in horror as city tears down home days before Christmas

    12/20/2013 12:17:05 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 94 replies
    WTAE ^ | 12/19/2013
    KENNER, La. —A Louisiana homeowner watched in horror as city workers in Kenner, La. tore down the house she was rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina. “I'm going to wind up in the loony bin. I've tried for seven years to get back home. This is my home. This is my corner. I own this piece of property, and Kenner does this to me,” said home owner Reba Tullier. But the city of Kenner said it has a zero-tolerance policy on blighted homes. Tullier said she had finally lined up help to fix her house, but it was too late. “It's not...
  • Democrats fear being swamped by 'Obama's Katrina' (Bon Voyage!!)

    11/14/2013 6:50:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies ^ | 11/14/13 | Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli
    (11-14) 16:23 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- President Obama's mea culpa and proposals to fix his health care overhaul Thursday didn't mollify California Democrats furious over the administration's botched rollout of its signature law, which they fear could dash their hopes of retaking the House and jeopardize the party in competitive races in the state. "This is Obama's Katrina," said Democratic strategist Garry South, referring to the 2005 hurricane that inundated New Orleans and robbed then-President George W. Bush of much of his second-term credibility when his administration bungled the disaster response. "If you're a Democrat running in an endangered seat...
  • Ray Nagin: The final chapter (bribery, conspiracy, money laundering trial postponed third time)

    11/03/2013 9:17:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Best Of New Orleans ^ | 10/28/13 | Clancy DuBos, Joe Raspanti
    Former Mayor Ray Nagin's federal trial on 21 public corruption charges was postponed again last week — for the third time. The former mayor is now set to stand trial on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. If and when Nagin does go to trial — or if he pleads to a reduced charge — it will be the final chapter of Hurricane Katrina's political arc. Guilty or innocent, Nagin's fate will bring closure to a city that arguably suffered as much after the storm as during it, thanks in large measure to the former mayor's failure to implement a recovery program...
  • Heck of a job: Obama excuses flubs in his administration

    10/20/2013 8:32:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2013 | By Dave Boyer
    The list of scandals and blunders in the Obama administration is long, but the roster of people who have been fired by President Obama for screwing up is strikingly short. From Benghazi to the Internal Revenue Service to the Fast and Furious gun-running furor in the Justice Department, the president has been loathe to hold high-level aides accountable for major bungling. The latest example is the president’s backing of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose agency mismanaged the crucial launch of the website for people to sign up for insurance under Obamacare. If ever there were a...
  • ‘Grotesque’ DOJ Misconduct: The Holder DOJ stopped at nothing to convict five New Orleans police...

    10/03/2013 6:34:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 3, 2013 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    The Holder DOJ stopped at nothing to convict five New Orleans police officers.In a shocking case of “grotesque” misconduct by federal prosecutors, a federal judge in Louisiana has ordered a new trial for five New Orleans police officers convicted for a shooting on the Danziger Bridge on September 4, 2005 — in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — and for a subsequent cover-up. This is another black eye for the Holder Justice Department that the media have barely covered. Participating in the misconduct that the judge said had created an “online 21st-century carnival atmosphere” was Karla Dobinski, a lawyer in...
  • Judge denies former New Orleans mayor’s bid to delay trial (Ray Nagin)

    09/27/2013 11:08:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:08pm EDT | Kathy Finn
    A judge on Friday denied an effort by former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to postpone his corruption trial, which he said had been compromised by inflammatory comments posted online by prosecutors. Nagin’s argument for a delay stemmed from online postings that recently prompted a federal judge to order a new trial in a murder case involving five New Orleans policemen convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two unarmed people at Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina. … Nagin, who was mayor during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is accused of receiving kickbacks in exchange for city contracts, and wire...
  • Judge Throws Out Officers’ Convictions in Killings After Hurricane Katrina

    09/17/2013 9:22:35 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 13 replies
    NEW ORLEANS — Citing “grotesque prosecutorial misconduct” on the part of federal lawyers here and in Washington, a judge on Tuesday threw out the 2011 convictions of five former police officers who had been found guilty in a momentous civil rights case of killing two citizens and engaging in an extensive cover-up in the days after Hurricane Katrina. In a heated 129-page decision, Judge Kurt D. Englehardt of Federal District Court here declared that federal prosecutors had created a “prejudicial, poisonous atmosphere” in making anonymous online comments before and during the trial at, the Web site of The Times-Picayune,...
  • Photos: Colorado Flood damage aerial views

    09/14/2013 5:01:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 95 replies
    fort morgan times ^ | Sep 14, 2013
    Aerial photos of the flood damage caused by heavy rains along Colorado’s Front Range. A 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman was believed to be the fifth person killed in this week’s historic flooding as authorities scrambled Saturday to reach the 230 people listed as unaccounted for in northern Colorado. Meanwhile, evacuation orders spread throughout the day to communities downstream as rivers continued to flow above flood stage.
  • Katrina “Gun Confiscation” – My Experience

    06/13/2013 10:22:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies ^ | 13 June, 2013 | Brannon LeBouef
    Submitted by Brannon LeBouefExecutive Summary: Yes, some guns were confiscated in New Orleans, LA (NOLA) following hurricane Katrina, but it was nowhere near as widespread as some would have you believe. They were isolated incidents and the majority of those were done by out of town LEO and MIL.What you are about to read are my personal experiences and recollection of events as I saw them. While not all-inclusive, I think they lend a fiar account of what really happened on the ground. Realities:While it has been nearly 8 years since the events of Hurricane Katrina, which in my opinion...
  • Cyber Attack On Utilities Would Be A 'Katrina-Like Disaster Affecting Cities For Days, Months'

    05/22/2013 10:14:22 AM PDT · by blam · 45 replies
    TBI ^ | 5-22-3013 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Cyber Attack On Utilities Would Be A 'Katrina-Like Disaster Affecting Cities For Days, Months' Geoffrey IngersollMay 22, 2013, 12:49 PMHurricane Katrina NASA The possibility of a cyber attack on U.S. infrastructure is a bigger risk than ever, as utility companies report a record amount of vulnerability probing from outside sources in recent months, according to Bloomberg. The attack on critical infrastructure could be as bad as Katrina, experts say. Risk assessment professional Robert Bea warns of a cascading effect: “Should one piece of a system fail, you end up with these cascades, sort of like a game of dominos,” he...
  • Brazile: Bush came through on Katrina

    04/25/2013 1:48:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | April 25, 2013 | Donna Brazile
    Despite the many differences I had with former President George W. Bush on a range of public policy issues, or as he called them, "decision points," I found common ground with him in one area, simply because we decided to put aside partisanship and do something good. Hurricane Katrina's devastation and the bungled rescue efforts are seared in the national memory. Bush's "heckuva job" remark turned into a byword for government incompetence and public distrust. The shallowness of it coming at such a terrible and low point left deep wounds that are still healing. That was what it was. But...
  • Brazile: Bush kept word on Katrina

    04/25/2013 8:18:32 AM PDT · by Raebie · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | April 25, 2013 | Donna Brazile
    (CNN) -- Despite the many differences I had with former President George W. Bush on a range of public policy issues, or as he called them, "decision points," I found common ground with him in one area, simply because we decided to put aside partisanship and do something good. Hurricane Katrina's devastation and the bungled rescue efforts are seared in the national memory. Bush's "heckuva job" remark turned into a byword for government incompetence and public distrust. The shallowness of it coming at such a terrible and low point left deep wounds that are still healing. That was what it...
  • Where did all the money go? How $700 million in Katrina relief money went missing

    04/03/2013 7:25:20 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/03/2013 | Jeff Zeleny, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
    Where did all the money go? “Your guess is as good as mine,” David Montoya, the inspector general of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, says of $700 million in missing taxpayer money that Louisiana homeowners were given in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to elevate and protect their homes from future storms. A new report released from the inspector general’s office shows that more than 24,000 homeowners who received grants of up to $30,000 to elevate their homes either misspent or pocketed the money. “The fact of the matter is that the money they received was for a...
  • Aaron Broussard's likely sentence 5 years in prison, lawyers say

    02/23/2013 2:57:35 AM PST · by abb · 10 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | February 22, 2013 | Drew Broach
    Aaron Broussard might have hoped his story would have been that of a witty, colorful and effective politician whose career in public service spanned 35 years. On Monday, however, a federal judge will write an epilogue that has the former Jefferson Parish president going to prison for what lawyers predict will be at least five years. The 10 a.m. sentencing in U.S. District Court in New Orleans will essentially end a political corruption scandal that burst open in 2009, quickly toppled the Broussard administration and became entwined with any number of unusual side stories. Judge Hayden Head Jr. was brought...
  • FEMA and the National Guard--working for or against the American public?

    01/20/2013 10:08:56 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/20/13 | George Spelvin
    A nationwide flu outbreak could be a sufficient excuse to call up the National Guard Rapid Response Parallel support module to take control of a “national emergency” with possible declaration of martial law protocols. According to a North Carolina police lieutenant, in some three to six months declarations of martial law could be made throughout the nation. In a two part radio broadcast aired by a Virginia pastor, Lieutenant McCoy has attracted the attention of more than 20,000 listeners. “We’re in huge trouble,” he says as he calls up memories of white, granite gravestones all over Europe; gravestones marking the...
  • Former New Orleans mayor charged with bribery, fraud (Updated)

    01/18/2013 10:34:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 107 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2013 | Michael Kunzelman - AP
    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.
  • Democrat Hurricanes Versus Republican Hurricanes

    01/08/2013 5:25:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | January 8, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Just a few days after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the New York Times' Paul Krugman crowed triumphantly about the federal government's response to the disaster. "[A]fter Katrina the government seemed to have no idea what it was doing; this time it did. And that's no accident: the federal government's ability to respond effectively to disaster always collapses when antigovernment Republicans hold the White House, and always recovers when Democrats take it back." What a fairy tale. Mature adults understand that earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters are an unfortunate fact of life. They...
  • Hurricane Sandy vs. Hurricane Katrina

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

    11/06/2012 11:55:11 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 58 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 11/06/2012 | By LUKE FUNK
    <p>MYFOXNY.COM - Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro says the people of his community are in desperate need of fresh underwear.</p>
  • (Heckuva job, Bloomy) Mayor Bloomberg’s Response to Sandy Leaves Many New Yorkers Out in the Cold

    11/05/2012 7:07:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Nov 5, 2012 | Harry Siegel
    Mayor Bloomberg’s Response to Sandy Leaves Many New Yorkers Out in the Cold The mayor has brilliantly stage-managed his handling of the storm, but outside the city’s affluent precincts numerous angry residents feel abandoned by his administration as days have passed and help has remained distant, writes Harry Siegel. “Are you from OEM? Or FEMA?” “No, we’re from Brooklyn.” That was the exchange when, after nearly six hours, the volunteer group I spent Sunday with finally managed to deliver supplies— flashlights, blankets, winter jackets, baby supplies, and pet food—to Staten Islanders who’d been rocked by Hurricane Sandy. On television, New...
  • As a Senator, President Obama Voted against Aid for Hurricane Katrina Victims

    11/05/2012 5:38:43 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 7 replies
    President Obama who has through out his presidency “misspoken”, failed to live up to most campaign promises and has on numerous occasions spoken apparent untruths, is now being criticized for what most say cannot be described any other way than outright lying.
  • Devastated Rockaways residents lash out at Bloomberg during unannounced visit

    11/04/2012 2:09:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 4, 2012 | SALLY GOLDENBERG, DAVID SEIFMAN & PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR.
    Storm-ravaged and weary Rockaways residents cornered Mayor Bloomberg yesterday to angrily demand more aid for their devastated neighborhood. “When are we gonna get some help?” blasted one desperate woman, who had to be held back by the mayor’s security detail as Bloomberg stood by with a deer-in-the-headlights look. “When are we gonna get some bleeping help?” she demanded. “There’s old ladies in my building that don’t got nothing,” lashed out a man on video caught by a NY1 reporting crew. Bloomberg’s trip to the Rockaways wasn’t announced and wouldn’t have been caught on cameras if the news crew hadn’t happened...
  • MUST SEE VIDEO: Bloomberg cursed by Rockaway residents (local news report)

    11/04/2012 11:26:36 AM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 34 replies
    Local news report/YouTube ^ | November 3, 2012 | News reporter/Mayor Bloomberg
  • Barack Obama Fails "Hurricane Katrina" Test - What They Don't Teach in Harvard Policy Seminars

    11/04/2012 5:24:06 AM PST · by Moseley · 23 replies
    Cure Socialism ^ | November 3, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    George Bush as Commander in Chief supplied fuel to the troops fighting in Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, in spite of the complete absence or breakdown of all infrastructure, including electricity. George Bush flew emergency food supplies to many places around the world, including air dropping military Meals Ready to Eat (MRE's) into Iraq and Afghanistan and other countries. After a much milder Hurricane Sandy, Barack Obama cannot supply fuel or supplies to New Jersey, a few miles from some of the busiest ports in the world, where railroad tracks converge from around the country. Unlike Katrina in New...
  • VANITY KFI640AM Lots of Bodies still floating Staten, Election Year thwarts coverage - Lisa Walter

    11/03/2012 4:21:41 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    LIsten to KFI AM 640 The Lisa Ann Walker Show. She has family on Staten Island. KFI will offer the pdcast after the show airs. She reports lots of bodeis still being found. The news is not being reported becuase of the election and the possibiklty of another storm.
  • Huge crowds line up for free gas trucked in by government; Public told to stay away

    11/03/2012 3:36:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/3/12 | Associated Press
    More New Yorkers got power Saturday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck the region, but frustrations mounted over gasoline shortages as refueling sites turned into traffic jams of horn-honking confusion. -snip- "It's chaos, pandemonium out here," said Chris Damon, whose family was displaced from his home in the Queens neighborhood of Far Rockaway and are staying with relatives in Brooklyn. He circled the block for 3˝ hours at the Brooklyn Armory, where the National Guard was directing traffic. "It's ridiculous. No one knows what's going on," he said.

    11/03/2012 12:27:00 PM PDT · by barryobi · 30 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/3/2012 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    <p>FEMA's vaunted "lean forward" strategy that called for advanced staging of supplies for emergency distribution failed to live up to its billing in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.</p> <p>In fact, the agency appears to have been completely unprepared to distribute bottled water to Hurricane Sandy victims when the storm hit this Monday. In contrast to its stated policy, FEMA failed to have any meaningful supplies of bottled water -- or any other supplies, for that matter -- stored in nearby facilities as it had proclaimed it would on its website. This was the case despite several days advance warning of the impending storm.</p>
  • US Government Invited Brazilian Psychic to Avert Sandy

    11/03/2012 12:40:22 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 13 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    US Government Invited Brazilian Psychic to Avert Sandy By Julio Severo After Superstorm Sandy, everybody knows what happened: tragedy. What many ignore is what happened before: spiritual tragedy. According to Istoé, a major Brazilian magazine, Brazilian psychic Adelaide Scritori had travelled in a hurry to the Caribbean Islands by invitation from the US government and an insurance company in New York. Her purposed mission was to weaken Superstorm Sandy. Adelaide Scritori Her husband, who is also the spokesman for Coral Snake Chief Foundation in Brazil, said that her mission was a success, because without her intervention the superstorm would...
  • Davisburg trucker turned away in NYC after hauling power transformers

    11/03/2012 1:53:07 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 132 replies
    the oakland press ^ | november 3, 2012 | dave phillips
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it seems to be pretty clear that residents of New York City and the surrounding areas could use all the help they can get. However, a Davisburg man said some people in the area are more interested in “protecting their turf” than in distributing those supplies to the masses. Mike James, an independent trucker, said he and three other truckers were told to haul a load of transformers to the city to replace equipment anticipated to be lost in the storm. James, two men from Holly and a Flint man arrived in the city...
  • IBEW Members Respond to Hurricane Sandy

    11/03/2012 1:06:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    IBEW ^ | November 1, 2012 | IBEW
    Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the Eastern Seaboard, from North Carolina to New England, knocking down power lines, and flooding coastal communities. Hardest hit were New York and New Jersey, leaving more than a million residents without power and many without homes.   IBEW members from throughout the country are pitching in to restore power and fix damaged infrastructure. “Devastating,” Wall, N.J., Local 1289 Business Manager Edward Stroup, III, says about Sandy. Stroup represents workers at Jersey Central Power and Light – a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. – which provides power to more than 1 million central New Jersey residents....
  • FEMA may not have enough for flood damages

    11/03/2012 1:59:56 PM PDT · by EBH · 33 replies ^ | 10/31/2012 | Jennifer Liberto
    But the key question is does it have enough for flood damage? Sandy has flooded thousands of homes in its devastating path, and estimates are that damages will in the billions of dollars. FEMA, which runs the federal flood insurance program, has to pick up the tab. But FEMA already owes $18 billion to the Treasury Department, thanks to Hurricane Katrina. Currently, insurance experts say FEMA's flood insurance program has access to funds totaling $3.8 billion, much of it in loans. If flood claims exhaust the fund, Congress may have to step in with additional taxpayer money. That will add...
  • Obama at FEMA: "We still have a long way to go" (Hussein's "120 percent effort")

    11/03/2012 1:32:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/03/12 | Lucy Madison
    Obama at FEMA: "We still have a long way to go"By Lucy Madison/ CBS News/ November 3, 2012, 12:42 PM President Obama on Saturday acknowledged the nation has "a long way to go" in the aftermath following Superstorm Sandy, but pledged the administration will be putting in a "120 percent effort" to ensure the impacted regions get the assistance they need. Mr. Obama, speaking after a briefing about ongoing recovery efforts at the FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., emphasized his commitment to restoring power, pumping flooded areas, removing debris, and attending to the needs of those impacted by the storm,...
  • Wal-Mart Praised for Hurricane Katrina Response Efforts (Lots of water-an oldie but goodie)

    11/03/2012 11:33:13 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005 4:44 p.m. EDT | UNK
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. marshaled its massive distribution network to have its shelves stocked and its store inventories bolstered, prepared for tremendous demand for supplies needed before and after Hurricane Katrina struck. The world's largest retailer has struggled on numerous public relations front in a prolonged battle with critics who say the company represents the worst of low-cost retailing. But Wal-Mart's response to the catastrophe - seen as far more effective than government efforts - has drawn praise from nearly all quarters.
  • FEMA Out of Water, No Delivery Until Monday

    11/03/2012 11:03:16 AM PDT · by blueyon · 302 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 3, 2012 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    FEMA's vaunted "lean forward" strategy that called for advanced staging of supplies for emergency distribution failed to live up to its billing in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In fact, the agency appears to have been completely unprepared to distribute bottled water to Hurricane Sandy victims when the storm hit this Monday. In contrast to its stated policy, FEMA failed to have any meaningful supplies of bottled water -- or any other supplies, for that matter -- stored in nearby facilities as it had proclaimed it would on its website. This was the case despite several days advance warning...
  • Union halting power repair crews is top Democratic donor

    11/03/2012 2:45:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/02/12 | Paul Bedard
    Union halting power repair crews is top Democratic donorPaul Bedard - Washington Secrets November 2, 2012 | 12:36 pm The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, cited in news reports for halting nonunion repair crews from helping to restore power in superstorm Sandy's New Jersey-New York path, is one of nation's top union donors to Democrats, a group President Obama last year praised in a visit to an IBEW training Center. The Center for Responsive Politics, a public political spending watchdog, said IBEW has the nation's fifth highest spending political action committee, doling out nearly $2.3 million, 97 percent of which...
  • Katrina was a 5, Sandy was a 1 = FEMA not remotely close to handling a big hurrican

    11/03/2012 4:26:34 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 56 replies
    I've seen an estimate that there is/was up to 300 million gallons of water in NY subway system. Katrina? "The unwatering team successfully removed 250 billion gallons of water from Orleans, St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes after Katrina " Sandy, though wide, was not Katrina... FEMA ain't close to handling a large storm.
  • Lessons From Katrina Boost FEMA's Sandy Response

    11/03/2012 4:09:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    KUHF-FM Houston ^ | November 3, 2012 | Brian Naylor, NPR
    The federal agency has received praise from politicians and storm survivors alike for being prepared before the storm and responsive immediately afterwards - two things the agency was not when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in 2005. ......."FEMA is a very different organization than it was during Katrina," says Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. Lieberman chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which helped spur post-Katrina reforms at the agency. Those changes, Lieberman says, have proved themselves during Sandy. "[FEMA] was proactive, and it didn't used to be. It doesn't wait for the storm to hit, it...
  • (Katrina-Bush Vs Sandy-Obama biased media) S. I. residents angered by slow Sandy response

    11/02/2012 7:42:02 AM PDT · by Righting · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 2, 2012
    Staten Island residents angered by slow Sandy response | Video ... 1 hour ago – Residents of Staten Island, New York, express anger at the slow pace of emergency response efforts to their community after superstorm Sandy ...
  • She took federal Katrina relief money, but was living in Minnesota during storm

    10/26/2012 5:57:43 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-26-12 | john welbes
    Rena McCarter of Kenner, La., pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 26, to wrongly taking $8,600 in disaster relief funds from the federal government after Hurricane Katrina. She was residing in Minnesota when the storm hit. McCarter, 62, admitted in her plea deal that in 2005, she told the Federal Emergency Management Agency that her apartment and personal property had been damaged by the disaster in Louisiana, and that she needed emergency help for housing, food and clothing. In fact, McCarter was living in housing subsidized by the Metropolitan Council from October 2004 through September 2009, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office...
  • Phony in Chief (Sowell on race hustler Obama)

    10/08/2012 1:42:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 9, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    When President Barack Obama and others on the left are not busy admonishing the rest of us to be "civil" in our discussions of political issues, they are busy letting loose insults, accusations and smears against those who dare to disagree with them. Like so many people who have been beaten in a verbal encounter, and who can think of clever things to say the next day, after it is all over, President Obama, after his clear loss in his debate with Mitt Romney, called Governor Romney a "phony." Innumerable facts, however, show that it is our Commander in Chief...
  • Damnable

    10/06/2012 5:43:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 3, 2012 | Jay Nordlinger
    Concerning Obama’s Hampton University speech, just one observation. I don’t care so much about the down-home accent and style. Lots of people slip into different skins, for different purposes. It isn’t necessarily hypocritical or wrong. (That said, I’m not eager to hear Hillary Clinton’s “black voice” again. Will we be treated to it when she runs in 2016?)What is damnable about Obama’s Hampton speech is this: It perpetrates a racial lie. It furthers racial grievance and alienation. It hardens division in our society. It increases bitterness and mistrust.The charge that President Bush and Republicans generally were indifferent to black...
  • Obama Unfiltered [fomenting racial resentment]

    10/06/2012 3:56:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 6, 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ........the Obama campaign has relentlessly portrayed Romney as an inveterate scoundrel:a dissolute shylock—maybe even a felonious one—who fleeced mom-and-pop stores, secreted his ill-gotten gains in offshore vaults,.... The problem for our community organizer–in–chief is the debate setting. With no slavish Obamedia filter between the candidates and the viewers,the Obama campaign’s ludicrous distortion of Romney collided,one on one and for all to see, with the reality of Romney. The challenger’s upbeat energy simultaneously effused respect for the president’s office and sheer joie de vivre at the prospect of laying bare the president’s miserable record...When his moment came,the biggest in his political...
  • Obama voted AGAINST aid to Katrina victims and for Alaska Bridge to Nowhere

    10/03/2012 3:41:56 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 47 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 12, 2008 | youtube OBAMA - busted!!!!!
  • Gibbs: Obama believes Katrina response failures were ‘colorblind’

    10/03/2012 8:12:57 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 26 replies
    Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs dismissed claims from conservative media outlets that the president believed the botched federal response to Hurricane Katrina was influenced by race. In an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday, Gibbs was asked about a video of then-Illinois Sen. Obama delivering a speech in 2007 in which he discussed the anger many African-Americans affected by the 2005 storm’s devastation felt at Washington’s mishandled relief efforts. “The president says the incompetence surrounding the federal government’s response to Katrina in 2005 was colorblind,” said Gibbs. “If the Republicans want to defend the Bush administration’s response to...
  • Video surfaces of Obama in 2007 suggesting racism slowed aid to post-Katrina New Orleans

    10/03/2012 7:18:17 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 15 replies
    FOX News ^ | 10/03/12 | FOX
    It's the Obama speech on race you probably haven't heard. In June 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama told a mostly black audience of ministers that the country's leaders "don't care about" New Orleans residents, suggesting the city was neglected in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina because of institutional racism, according to an unedited video reported on by The Daily Caller. In the address, delivered during the upswing of the Democratic presidential primary season, candidate Obama specifically criticizes in outspoken terms the decision not to waive a federal law known as the Stafford Act that requires communities hit by disasters to match...
  • Aaron Broussard agrees to plead guilty to two corruption charges

    09/24/2012 5:50:56 PM PDT · by abb · 21 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | September 24, 2012 | Drew Broach
    Aaron Broussard has capitulated. He disclosed via his attorney that he plans to plead guilty Tuesday to corruption charges stemming from his six-year administration of Jefferson Parish government. The former parish president, one of the dominant figures in Jefferson politics over the past three decades, will admit conspiring in 2003 to hire his girlfriend into a deadhead job that reaped the couple a total of $323,308 over six years and to stealing about $28,000, her excess pay for one year, defense attorney Robert Jenkins said. Broussard, 63, is the biggest fish of five netted in the federal investigation that ensnared...