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Saturday, November 24, 2007

New Orleans Deserves To Be Number One Choice...


And why was New Orleans being considered for a Presidential Debate? From what I can tell from the many stories I've posted about, articles I've read, links I've created and documentation I've archived since 2005, please someone tell me how New Orleans got on the list in the first place. (mega sarcasm)

Of Course....

New Orleans 'Deserves' to be at the top of the list and should have been given an instant nod of agreement by everyone on that so and so --so called-- commission!

November 19, 2007
Commission on Presidential Debates P. Kirk, Jr. and F. Fahrenkopf, Jr., co-chairmen of the Commission on Presidential Debates

Left Off Debate List, New Orleans Sees Politics at Play By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE NYT November 24, 2007
"But the omission of New Orleans this week from the roster of four cities that will hold the 2008 debates raised the question of whether politics was behind the site-selection process."

Please tell your friends about the
New Orleans News Ladder "...Stitch-hiking the Web for Daily New Orleans News, Bloggery, Videos, Poetry, Photography, and Humor"

TAKE A JOURNEY DOWN MEMORY LANE..... (I haven't forgotten a thing)

House Speaker Offers Hope for New Orleans By SUSAN SAULNY NYT March 4, 2006
34-member Congressional delegation on a fact-finding tour.....
"Six months after he said it did not make sense to rebuild parts of New Orleans, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert stood amid the rubble of the Lower Ninth Ward on Friday and, in a reversal, spoke words of comfort."

The Delay of the Department of Defense - Hurricane Katrina Monday, March 06, 2006

New Orleans Election ~ Are Absentee Voters Up Against A Care Less or Careless System? Sunday, April 16, 2006

"No telling how many people will give up their right to vote as the writer indicates, because they just simply can't afford to spare money or time or test their stamina any further. Food or vote, gas or vote, any necessity or vote, including work or vote; creates a sad, sad snapshot that could mushroom into a mural of "The forgotten Citizen Voter."

NOLA Missing Persons Forum 8 MONTHS Later Friday, April 21, 2006

Utah Senator Bob Bennett ~ Going Through New Orleans Tuesday, July 18, 2006

"Women of the Storm are still working behind the public scenes to pop the bubble that Capital Hill lives in, to get them to New Orleans. Still having to chase down Unites States Senators and House Representatives to visit an area of America that suffered horrific devastation?"

NOLA Photo's "Visiting Fire Station No. 3 in Chalmette, Sen. Lieberman, right, and Sen. Collins, left, greet fire fighters and rescue workers who have been working in the area."

Women of the Storm from New Orleans will Thunder over DC Monday, January 30, 2006

Elected MN Leaders Please Go To Gulf Coast - New Orleans... Sunday, January 29, 2006
"What happens in the Gulf Coast does affect the entire nation. Thank you."

Losing Face When devastation Hit the Gulf Coast Thursday, May 25, 2006

New Orleans - EVICTIONS in the Chill of the Night.... Sunday, February 12, 2006
"It is still a disturbing fact in the effort to mass evacuate the survivors from New Orleans."

No Different than when........

"People in the twin cities were suspicious and whispered rumors abound about all those new Illinois license plates showing up around the first of the month, for many, many months in a row."

Silence After the Storm Monday, August 28, 2006

Just Another Democratic National Committee Love Letter Saturday, May 06, 2006
"A candidate could look and act exactly the way I'd want, tell me things I'd want to hear. But that doesn't mean good or great things will come of it."

From The GEDIT Files..... Saturday, December 31, 2005
"The following is a reminder of what people were talking about during the first days after the hurricane struck the gulfcoast and after the levees collapsed in the City of New Orleans."

Citizens Paying For Unfinished Business... Friday, March 17, 2006 "It just doesn't make sense to have blank pages, especially for something as serious as this awful endeavor you and your colleagues have painstakingly committed to investigate."

Brown University Study Reveals a Civic Tragedy Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Ripple Affect
Taken from "The First Days Five Months Later" Thursday, March 09, 2006

"Shameful elitism seems to be oozing out all over the place, growing as fast as the infamous black mold."
Link to a story about the budget cuts to the US Army Corps of Engineers 6/2005...

Update ~ "Hurricane Pam" Not Finished, Not Funded Monday, March 06, 2006

FEMA Says One Thing ~ Does Another...All In A Day's Work Thursday, April 27, 2006

And the Real Reason FEMA is Leaving New Orleans? Tuesday, May 02, 2006

"This could mean that FEMA is fading out and something else will take its place? Just look at the new head of the Small Business Administration, a corporate handler minding the store for prospective small businesses."

From Bush Criticizes Congress over New Orleans Levees...Thursday, March 09, 2006
"Good Intentions ~ Bad Follow Through? Still Thinking On This One..." 12/22/2005 - Associated Press

More Homework Needed for this Brain Teaser... Friday, March 10, 2006
"Last week, Bush pledged to rebuild New Orleans' shattered levee system taller and stronger than before Hurricane Katrina struck, requesting an additional $1.5 billion to buttress the system that failed and left the city flooded."

REMEMBERING XV ~ Congress's Sorry Session Saturday, November 04, 2006


From 3/7/2006 - Bully for Profit aka Lawmaking American Style

March 2006 - The Louisiana Connection - Might makes Right?

March 18, 2006 - The Eye of the lens Captured the Eye of the Storm

April 29, 2006 - Capital Hill Trying Hard To Do The "Right" Thing for Themselves

Creative Crazy Making Wednesday, March 22, 2006

"Only a skeleton crew of Engineers would remain on the job in the projected 2006 year. Fast forward to 8/2005 the hurricanes and levee collapse."

"With the deep federal cuts to last year for this year, in combination with an already struggling financial picture for New Orleans alone, it begs to be pondered, how many local level municipalities across this nation were federally scooped and gutted too?"

Part Two of "The Earth Is Not Flat - We Just Think It Is" Sunday, May 14, 2006

The LRA -vs- Senior Citizen Wisdom Sunday, May 14, 2006
"Shame on the LRA if they are pushing the Senior New Orleanian around."

Louisiana Weekly Takes DNC To Task Tuesday, May 23, 2006
"....and they did not take a position on challenging the impediments to the right to vote for thousands of New Orleans' citizens."

FACE Facts Washington Posts Eugene Robinson Tuesday, May 30, 2006
"This American City, its Port, its Culture and Historical significance must be 'Preserved' at all cost. Link.....The Washington Post...."

Corps Confess ~ New Orleans Saturday, June 03, 2006

The Lady In White ~ New Orleans Sunday, June 11, 2006
".....but may not escape the hands of those that want to erase her history."

" eclectic quilt called the "Big Easy."

Letter to all Democratic Senators.... Sunday, January 15, 2006
Censored: "Senator Clinton being brought to the heights of a floor battle when fighting for a Hurricane Katrina relief bill and the Senator from Ohio, who caused a stampede on the senate floor."

"Instead, we get an odd string of hearings that persecute survivors from New Orleans and soft pat big business."

Etched In My Memory ~ New Orleans Thursday, July 27, 2006
"A heart wrenching exodus of hundreds of thousands of citizens. An awful exhibit of American corporate greed and the defining moment that floated an entangled red reel of government tape out to a horrified national and global audience of sympathizing neighbors."

July 27, 2006 - The Times Picayune Leadership Speaks

July 27, 2006 - US News Wire Small Business Bridge Loans

July 27, 2006 Reuters Wise Old New Orleans

July 27, 2006 - The Independent Florida Alligator Lets Talk Trash

July 26, 2006 - KLFY Channel 10 Residents First

July 26, 2006 - The Times Picayune A Starting Point for Front Line Protection

July 26, 2006 - The Advocate Letter

July 25, 2006 - Bayou Buzz New Orleans Mayor Plans Chat

July 25, 2006 - US Newswire Volunteers Still Needed

July 25, 2006 - Prime Zone Home Grown ~ Home Made Hospitality

July 25,2006 - Your Libraries Get Help

July 24, 2006 - The Daily Advertiser Art and Life in Louisiana Exhibit

July 23, 2006 - The Times Picayune Too Few Grave Diggers

July 21, 2006 - Kerry and Obama The Times Picayune

New Orleans City Leaders ~ Somewhere Under the Radar Monday, July 31, 2006 "More of your constituents are at risk of losing their homes, unless you are alert enough, insightful enough, connected enough and courageous enough, to take action. Your renters are at the most immediate risk, as they have little power to do anything except comply with unfortunate increases."

"...where I smile out of joy for another's fortunate daily happenings and shed tears of shame at someone's selfish reason for taking 'better' for themselves alone."

A Savvy New Orleans Initiative for Housing Needs Wednesday, August 02, 2006 "News Flash - City Leaders Coming Up to the Radar Times Picayune...."

~THE END~ for now...

read the articles below for a few candidate commitments to New Orleans....

From All American Patriot

Hillary Clinton: Clinton Statement on Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Thu, 08/30/2007

"Rebuilding New Orleans is not a local obligation, it is an American obligation. And we must finally begin to fulfill it. As President, that will not just be my goal – but my mission.

John Edwards: When I am the Democratic nominee, I will push to make sure we hold a presidential debate in New Orleans.

"I have made rebuilding this city a central part of my presidential campaign because I believe we cannot stand on the sidelines as President Bush continues to fail the people of New Orleans."

The Huffington Post
New Orleans Is Not a Partisan Issue. Really. John McQuaid Posted November 21, 2007

"Holding a debate there -- at the Convention Center! -- would automatically put the Republican nominee on the defensive. That prospect clearly gave the vapors to the establishmentarians on the debate commission."

"The fact that our political system can't process this is a sign of more problems to come."

Comments (20) Click on Article to read all of the comment....

ljsfolly: "New Orleans should be the perfect place for a debate"....

deedrdo: "it's unfathomable to me to watch a city be destroyed and then just walk away as if nothing happened....while we're sending over $2B to bangladesh for their hurricane relief".....

Crooks and Liars
FEMA Protecting Its Employees, Not Evacuees by billw on Thursday, November 8th, 2007 "There are still 50,000 families forced to live in FEMA trailers ever since Hurricane Katrina." Trailers in which the levels of formaldehyde present in the air are so high, CBS has obtained emails that indicate the agency is prohibiting its employees from even briefly stepping inside them, and despite agency claims “that it is still working on the formaldehyde problem,” it isn’t."


Anonymous New Orleans News Ladder said...

That was such a great huge post. Burning the Midnight Oil. Thanks.

I posted it today onto the New Orleans News Ladder, my new daily news site for Nola News and lagniappe.
I really enjoy your blog. Please check out the site and say hello.

Thanks again,

November 24, 2007 8:10 PM  
Blogger Awakening said...

Thanks much for the nod Bruce. Well worth the x-tra cost of oil. One piece I couldn't find, was when the House Of Rep's took their bus through the 9th Ward, the next year 2006 - first time and didn't get out to acknowledge one soul on the street. Not a hug, a hand shake or a shared sympathy. I believe it was a Times Picayune story, but can't find it now. I visited your blog and will again....looks really good! Linked your site to this post too. Take care and best wishes to you. awakening

November 25, 2007 8:06 PM  
Blogger Awakening said...

Thanks much for the nod Bruce. Well worth the x-tra cost of oil. One piece I couldn't find, was when the House Of Rep's took their bus through the 9th Ward, the next year 2006 - first time and didn't get out to acknowledge one soul on the street. Not a hug, a hand shake or a shared sympathy. I believe it was a Times Picayune story, but can't find it now. I visited your blog and will again....looks really good! Linked your site to this post too. Take care and best wishes to you. awakening

November 25, 2007 8:06 PM  

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