Friday, February 17, 2006

 
There will be sparse blogging in coming days as I hunt for flying moonpies.

In the meantime, in honor of our State Treasurer's fascination with Kierkegaard, why not "work out your own salvation in fear and trembling"?
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Thoughts on Katrina from House members 

"Katrina was a national failure, an abdication of the most solemn obligation to provide for the common welfare." --Rep Tom Davis (R-VA).


"I would ask all our fellow Americans if they can accept having within its shores a great American city and a substantial area of a culturally and economically important state lying in ruins for years to come.

"Think about that: American ruins."
-- Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) via
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

 
Last Friday Ashley Morris went to Home Depot, and became a bit testy.

Maybe we all should. From PusBoy, we received the following press release dated January 18th from GNO Fair Housing.


HOUSING AUTHORITY DENIES PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS BUT PROVIDES AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO HOME DEPOT

The Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC) announces it opposition to the decision by the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) to lease property located in the former C.J. Peete housing development to Home Depot. The vacant land is a prime location for the development of housing, be it placement of FEMA trailers or development of permanent affordable housing.

In response to HANO’s decision, FHAC submitted the following letter to the editor of the Times Picayune:

Affordable Housing for Home Depot

Nearly 90% percent of public housing residents remain displaced after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Moreover, less than ten percent of the over 9,000 Section 8 voucher holders have obtained housing in New Orleans. HANO’s failure has done little more than fuel New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis.

However, HANO has succeeded in finding someone a home: Home Depot. At its board meeting Wednesday, HANO announced and then approved over strong objection its decision to lease property located in the former C.J. Peete housing development to Home Depot. The vacant land is a prime location for the development of housing, be it placement of FEMA trailers or development of permanent affordable housing. Instead, HANO denies New Orleanians desperately in need of affordable housing, in favor of Home Depot.

Further, HANO’s lease with Home Depot for an initial period of 364 days blatantly circumvents the regulatory requirement of a public disposition and comment period required for 1-year leases. Aparently Hennas mandate to provide affordable housing to poor New Orleans residents is a thing of the past.
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Because in a time of larger and deadlier hurricanes, we could use fewer Nash Roberts 

Via an informed email tipster, we find this article, which tells how veteran forecasters at the National Weather Service will be offered early retirement in order to find some budget savings.

"That's the most ridiculous budgetary policy decision I've ever heard, when you're dealing with a matter of life and death, of inbound hurricanes," said Sen. Bill Nelson, the Florida Democrat who sits on the Senate subcommittee that oversees the agency.

"That's the kind of thing you don't want to scrimp on because of budget reasons," he said.


Correct.
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Dick Cheney accidentally shoots a guy in the face, and neither Paw Paw nor World Class give him a pass. Michael furnishes a classic visual storyboard that you're not gonna want to miss, er, somehow not see.

This incident naturally reminded me of a 2004 post about hunting in Tejas, when I had the opportunity to talk to a guy who hosted LBJ and eight or ten legislators at his Texas ranch, while they enjoyed a weekend of hunting... and more, no doubt.

And, sadly, thinking about that post reminded me of mysterious incidents in the Texas countryside. Like the one involving convicted murderer Mac Wallace, the corrupt LBJ associate Billie Sol Estes, and the unbribable bureaucrat Henry Marshall.
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