Tag Archive for Hurricane Season 2005

Future of New Orleans Under the Microscope

Most of the national news media has now turned its attention away from the aftermath of America’s worst natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina, although much good and bad work is still being done to plan the future of New Orleans and the Louisiana coast. For starters, there is this story today from the Times-Picayune: The proposed…

From One Horse’s Ass to Another

This story starts at the rear Now it can be told: the real reason the federal government bungled its disaster response to Hurricane Katrina. It was because of that horse’s ass guy. When the defrocked director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown, testified to Congress this week, he blamed the usual suspects –…

Alabama Senator Claims Storms are Punishment From God?

Shelby County State Senator Hank Erwin has pronounced that the storms Katrina and Rita are God’s punishment for our sins. Birmingham News story “He somehow doesn’t believe in the loving, forgiving, redeeming God of Christianity. I hope his voters investigate and find out what religion he actually practices,” said the Rev. Jack Zylman. “Maybe his…

BBC Radio Segment on New Orleans Canceled

That’s broadcasting for you. It is not unusual to get bumbed by some movie star. Here’s the note: Sorry to have to say that we are no longer able to do the New Orleans story as a topical local story has come up with Tom Hanks filming the Da Vinci Code in Mid Lothian Scotland.…

New Orleans Culture on the BBC’s Radio Cafe

Editor’s Note: If you are awake and online at 7 a.m CDT on Monday, go to the British Broadcasting Corporation Web site and find the show “The Radio Cafe” from the BBC Radio in Scotland. Locust Fork Editor and Publisher Glynn Wilson will be interviewed by presenter Lamont Howie on the topic of the evacuation…

Mayor Pressured to Drop N.O. Reopening Plan

With President Bush and other top federal officials warning that New Orleans is still unsafe and could flood again in an approaching storm, the mayor came under increasing pressure Monday to abandon a plan to reopen large portions of the city over the next few days, according to this AP story. He just held a…

Good News on the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans

This just in from Penelope Staples: psapb1 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Maple Leaf bar owner Hank Staples is alive and well, and the Maple Leaf bar appears to have weathered the storm with no flooding, she said. He’s also promising to put on the first nightclub show in New Orleans after Katrina, an acoustic show…

FEMA Outsources Katrina Body Count

FEMA Outsources Katrina Body Count to Body-Dumping Firm The Federal Emergency Management Agency has hired scandal-ridden Kenyon International to set up a mobile morgue for handling bodies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following Hurricane Katrina, according to Raw Story. Kenyon is a subsidiary of Service Corporation International (SCI), a Texas-based company operated by a friend of…

Conservative Says ‘Impeach Bush Now’

The raison d’être of the Bush administration is war in the Middle East in order to protect America from terrorism and to insure America’s oil supply. On both counts the Bush administration has failed catastrophically. Bush’s single-minded focus on the “war against terrorism” has compounded a natural disaster and turned it into the greatest calamity…

Whose Head Should Roll First: ‘Brownie’ The Intern?

Before joining FEMA, Michael Brown’s only previous stint in emergency management, according to his bio posted on FEMA’s website, was “serving as an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight.” The White House press release from 2001 stated that Brown worked for the city of Edmond, Okla., from 1975 to 1978 “overseeing the emergency services…

Louisiana Governor Begged For Federal Response Early

For all those passing around stupid, bad information and pro-Bush propaganda for the GOP blaming local officials in Louisiana for the slow responde to Hurricane Katrina, chew on this Times-Picayune story. This will be a part of the record on the investigation that may very will finish off Bush’s presidency as a total disaster for…

Clusterfuck In New Orleans Beyond Imagining

A Boing Boing reader who owns an environmental cleanup services company – and asks to remain anonymous here – says. “My company cleans up waste industrial gas cylinders and specialty chemicals. As such we are in contact with the EPA regularly and often work for the government. As you might imagine, there is expected to…

Hang On To Your Wallets Folks: Massive Corruption in Katrina Relief

This just in from Aaron Viles, who says, “What a jackass!” WASHINGTON, DC. – Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) wrote a letter to Speaker Hastert, urging him to direct federal hurricane relief aid through channels other than Louisiana public officials. Citing incompetence and a history of corruption, Tancredo said a bipartisan select committee of the House…

Pentagon Jams Communications in New Orleans?

For all you conspiracy theorists out there, how about this one from Tab Gilbert? “Does anyone know if this is on the main stream media yet?” Did the Pentagon jam communications in New Orleans? If so, why? Who is jamming communications in New Orleans? Ham radio operators are reporting that communications in and around New…

Dave Stueber Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

This just in from Michael Justin: justin (dot) michael (at) cingular (dot) com: A fund has been set up to help Hurricane Katrina evacuee Dave Stueber. He needs a new transmission for his Ford Taurus and money for other expenses in this time of need. If you know of anyone who would like to contribute,…

Katrina Tales of Woe: Photographer Dave Stueber

“The water kept rising,” he said. “It kept on rising.” Dave Stueber, a free-lance photographer and college professor in New Orleans, got trapped in his house on Dupre Street during Hurricane Katrina. In the morning hours of Monday, August 29, as the perfect storm jogged east of the city and swirled into Lake Pontchartrain, Mr.…