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SOTU: A Complete Waste of Time
January 29th, 2008 under Bush, Katrina, Louisiana, New Orleans, Politics, Recovery, violence, War. [ Comments: 4 ]

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I’m with Editor B, with so many lies from Bush about how he would take care of the Gulf Coast after Katrina, I can’t trust Bush. Not to mention the WMDs, the cakewalk in Iraq, punishment for the one who “outed” Valerie Plame, etc.
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It would be insane to think that a man with no grasp of reality could accurately describe the state of our union and figure out how to fix what’s wrong with it unless the problem is that corporations need a handout and the rich are overtaxed.


The Great Iraq Swindle
September 4th, 2007 under NewOrleans, Politics, Recovery, War. [ Comments: 3 ]

For those who whine about giving money to those who live in a bowl (again, I’m not including the link), here’s a bit of reporting in Rolling Stone about how taxpayers are getting screwed while some politically connected businesses are making billions off Iraq:

In March 2004, Parsons Corp. magically wins a contract from the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq to design and build the Baghdad Police College, a facility that’s supposed to house and train at least 4,000 police recruits. But two years and $72 million later, it delivers not a functioning police academy but one of the great engineering clusterf*cks of all time, a practically useless pile of rubble so badly constructed that its walls and ceilings are literally caked in shit and piss, a result of subpar plumbing in the upper floors.

Interesting how those who want New Orleans to go away seem to look the other way in regard to corruption in the Federal government. Wish we had $72 million to set up a crime lab or something for our police. Just don’t ask Parsons Corp. to build it.


Latest New Orleans Stats from Brookings
May 17th, 2007 under Katrina, Recovery. [ Comments: none ]

Infrastructure

  • One additional public school opened in Orleans Parish this past month, but 70 schools remain closed.
  •  Fifteen public libraries remain closed across the five-parish area including in the least affected parishes. Five librariesare still closed in Jefferson Parish and one library is still closed in St. Tammany Parish.
  • The New Orleans area continues to struggle with only 64 percent of its health care facilities now open. And noadditional state-licensed hospitals have reopened since October 2006.
  • This past month, two child care centers have opened in Orleans Parish and one in St Tammany bringing the total number of open child care centers in the metro area to only 60 percent of the pre-Katrina number..

More information can be found here.


New Orleans: Blame It on the Rain
May 5th, 2007 under Katrina, NewOrleans, Recovery. [ Comments: 1 ]

Pretty scary way to enter the hurricane season. Yesterday I had to travel the 8.4 miles from my house to pick up my son at Archbishop Shaw High School. Because of the severe flooding, it took me an hour and a half. Eight flippin’ miles!

It seems that we have a severe problem with pumps. I would think that in the wake of Katrina, there would be an attempt to fix the levees and the pumps. Go figure. Marcia St. Martin, executive director of the city Sewerage & Water Board said, “But the real key to this afternoon is, irrespective to our problems, the rainfall event was greater than our capabilities with everything working perfect.” Strike up the Milli Vanilli!

Great answer Marcia! Ever think to fix the pumps so that the rain might not have such an impact? We had a bad rain. It showed you really haven’t done your job. Why not do something about it? Why haven’t you done your job? Shouldn’t doing all you can to decrease flooding be a priority?

Sometimes I hate this place. Glad I’m going to Jazz Fest today.


Permanently Damaged?
April 26th, 2007 under Katrina, NewOrleans, Recovery. [ Comments: 5 ]

Flooded and BurnedI’m riding into work today with two major things on my mind. I will begin my vacation tomorrow and head for a symposium in beautiful North Carolina and I have only two weeks of employment left at the job I hate. I’ll be going back to a job I love.

Then why am I stressed and sad? I’m fatter than pre-K. I have more health problems due to stress. I should be thrilled. For the most part, I enjoy the festivals and food and music and culture of New Orleans much more than before pre-K. But everything else….not so much.

I live with the hope that my return to Xavier and only one job will be such a relief that I’ll be transformed. I’ll eat less, exercise more, and be happier. God help me.


Katrina Stats: 2000 What?!?
April 12th, 2007 under Katrina, Recovery. [ Comments: none ]

Katrina SignTHE KATRINA INDEX: Tracking recovery of New Orleans & the Metro Area
by the Brookings Institution is available at the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.

The stats have proven pretty reliable over the last couple of years. I’ve used them in my research and grant-writing. Take a look! Also available is the two-page summary here.

Interesting fact: Still only 5.7 percent of Road Home applications have gone to closing. At its current pace, the contractor won’t finish distributing the $7.5 billion in federal homeowner assistance funds until June 2009.

Here are some stats about infrastructure:

Infrastructure
**Public transportation recovery remains stalled with less than half of all routes open in New Orleans and only 17 percent of pre-Katrina buses running.
**One more public school opened in New Orleans this month, but 75 public schools remain closed in that parish.
**The number of open hospitals in New Orleans remains at 52 percent of pre-Katrina levels and has not changed in five months. There are still no hospitals open in St. Bernard Parish.
**Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Tammany Parishes each gained one child care center this past month. But still 191 child care facilities remain closed in Orleans Parish. One more child care center closed this month in Jefferson Parish.


Louisiana Road Home Program: STOP COMPLAINING!
February 10th, 2007 under Katrina, NewOrleans, Recovery. [ Comments: 3 ]

Road HomeThis week I went to a Case Management Training session. There was a representative from Blanco’s Road Home Program there to explain how the program works. During the session, one of the participants asked her about the progress of the program. The representative got a bit testy and began to explain that the program in Mississippi wasn’t giving out much money either.

She then bashed New Orleans television stations and newspaper and said that the major problem in Louisiana is that all these folks are complaining about the program. She explained that Louisiana asked for over $200 Billion and ended up with only $10 Billion. She warned that we’d never get any more if those in Washington keep hearing bad things about the program.

There it is…quit bitching about our incompetence or you’ll get screwed even worse!


Free WiFi, but Paying for TV?
February 3rd, 2007 under NewOrleans, Recovery. [ Comments: 1 ]

I saw this cool way to create free access to those who are held hostage by airport WiFi at Boing Boing. I had to rely on the free New Orleans WiFi (that you can’t get in areas that need it most) this week because someone ran over the cable box next door to my house.

It’s kind of strange how so many are beginning to see free WiFi as a right, but that free TV (which is supported by advertisers) is not really an option any more. When my cable was out, we could only get one channel.

Kind of ironic I guess.


Let’s Let Craigslist Run New Orleans
January 31st, 2007 under NewOrleans, Recovery. [ Comments: none ]

According to SmartMobs, Google has 10,000 employees. eBay has 12,000 employees. craigslist has 23 employees.

Can the craigslist CEO please come to New Orleans and show us how to get things done?


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