This series should now, technically, be referred to as the Katrina/Rita for Kaitlyn Blog series but hey, we’re getting to the point where all this alliteration is tongue tying.
Let the record show that on this day of our Lord, Monday, 9/26/05, follows a weekend where another killer storm roiled up the Gulf of Mexico and smacked BOTH Texas and Louisiana right in the mouth.
This time it was southern Louisiana that took the big hit. Although New Orleans, for reasons still unclear, become flooded yet again in the 9th ward.
They’ve called it seepage, Kaitlyn, and Grandmother saw flooding.
The moonbats are all out and about, proclaiming that the Army Corps of Engineers only fixed the 17th street levee and left the levee guarding the former ghettos to a state of weakness.
Which might well be, Kaitlyn, in that the former ghettos are all empty in the 9th ward. The other levee breached by Katrina was in an area of the city containing office buildings and viable businesses. When working within a limited period of time, a decision to concentrate on the savable while giving shorter shrift to the ruined, well it would make sense.
Of course the moonbats have to make it all into some grand conspiracy to kill and destroy even more black and poor people who weren’t even there!
The bigger point, what with New Orleans AGAIN under water and now southern Louisiana, well I ask you again, Kaitlyn, IS THERE A NEW ORLEANS SOMEWHERE IN YOUR FUTURE WORLD?
A few more examples of state ineptness, Kaitlyn. Then on to outright thievery.
Gov. Kathleen Blanco lashed out at the federal government, accusing it of moving too slowly in recovering the bodies. The dead "deserve more respect than they have received," she said.
However, Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman David Passey said the state asked to take over body recovery last week. "The collection of bodies is not normally a FEMA responsibility," he said.
Congress Critter Tries to Get National Guard to Haul Out His Cash Booty
The lovely Congressman Jefferson, already under indictment for passing huge packages of pure cash on to a foreign country, tried every trick in the book to get the National Guard to fly out a box the size of a washing machine.
Even to the detriment of his own life, Jefferson would not allow himself to be airlifted to safety without that big box so important to him.
First he snookered the National Guard to taking him to his house. Then he has them back up their truck to his door and proceeds to unload some laptop computers and this big, strange box.
The National Guard truck then gets stuck so they hail down a rescue helicopter.
But Jefferson doesn’t go because, well there was that big box you see.
Maybe he had his wife in that box?
Perhaps a few cherished pets?
This all while the man constituents awaited rescue on rooftops while that chopper fooled around with this “servant of the people”.
Anybody taking bets on what was in that precious box?
Lt. Col. Pete Schneider of the Louisiana National Guard tells ABC News that during the tour, Jefferson asked that the truck take him to his home on Marengo Street, in the affluent uptown neighborhood in his congressional district. According to Schneider, this was not part of Jefferson's initial request.
Jefferson defended the expedition, saying he set out to see how residents were coping at the Superdome and in his neighborhood. He also insisted that he did not ask the National Guard to transport him.
"I did not seek the use of military assets to help me get around my city," Jefferson told ABC News. "There was shooting going on. There was sniping going on. They thought I should be escorted by some military guards, both to the convention center, the Superdome and uptown."
The water reached to the third step of Jefferson's house, a military source familiar with the incident told ABC News, and the vehicle pulled up onto Jefferson's front lawn so he wouldn't have to walk in the water. Jefferson went into the house alone, the source says, while the soldiers waited on the porch for about an hour.
And How About That Levee Board?
Well hey, a new fountain for two and a half million dollars because why waste money fixing the levees with money appropriated for same from taxpayers?
"The unveiling of the Mardi Gras Fountain was celebrated this year in typical New Orleans style.
The cost of $2.4 million was paid by the Orleans Levee Board, the state agency whose main job is to protect the levees surrounding New Orleans -- the same levees that failed after Katrina hit. "They misspent the money," says Billy Nungesser, a former top Republican official who was briefly president of the Levee Board.
"Any dollar they wasted was a dollar that could have went in the levees." Nungesser says he lost his job because he targeted wasteful spending. "A cesspool of politics, that’s all it was," says Nungesser. "[Its purpose was to] provide jobs for people."
This Fine Fellow Steals Donated Supplies!
At least Jefferson’s big box was not donated by kind Americans who want to help victims of the New Orleans’ flood.
Yeah the fellow’s got some lame explanation why truckloads and truckloads of donated supplies were in his living room but nah, we don’t believe it.
KENNER, La. (AP) -- The city official accused of diverting food and other supplies meant for hurricane victims says he was keeping them for a church, and only the minister's evacuation and the need to get his own sons to school in Natchitoches kept them at his house more than a day.
Cedric Floyd said Friday that he planned to go to the police station for booking on a felony malfeasance charge following a planned noon news conference with the Rev. Mark Mitchell.
Cops as Looters
This is still being spun by the New Orleans police department, Kaitlyn. When the final truth comes out we’ll be documenting right here for you.
from the Nationalreview.com:
On CNN's "Paula Zahn Now," a deeply troubling story about how gangs of New Orleans cops are going around looting apartments in the city -- and how a group of 8 cops harrassed and robbed people at an Amerihost Hotel during the storm. The spokesman for the police department told CNN there are two sides to every story. Which is true. Can't be fun being a spokesman for the New Orleans police department these days.
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A Katrina Political Cartoon
There’s lots of them, Kaitlyn. We’ll keep you updated with the best.
First Katrina/Kaitlyn post-the Beginning-9/6/05
9/7/05-H urricane Folklore/Wisdom and Nastiness
9/12/05-Hillary's "Katrina Kommission" and the Debacle of the Debit cards
9/14/05-FEMA Email; Dumb, blond Louisiana Senators
9/15/05-Ophelia and Grandmother
9/16/05-Katrina and the Helpless Pets
Stop Blaming FEMA-a pictorial explanation
What Will Become of New Orleans?