add 1pm -- Homeland
Security director Chertoff: We're
still in hurricane season and need to remain alert. Brown
will remain head of FEMA but will return to D.C. Oil spills
still a challenge. Evacuated people: We are working to get
them the kind of support they need.."
Response to Question: Brown has a lot of other responsibilities
but "we cannot afford to let our guard down" about other potential
Refused to respond to the "padded resume" charges, stuck to
the claim that Brown's attentions are needed elsewhere.
Colin Powell regrets WMD speech to U.N. Asked how he felt upon learning that he had been misled about the accuracy of intelligence on which he relied, Powell said, "terrible." He added that it was "devastating" to learn later that some intelligence agents knew the information he had was unreliable but did not speak up.
Powell also implied that the United States did not go to war in Iraq with sufficient troops to secure the country and failed to keep sufficient Iraqi forces to help stabilize the nation.
9/11 recovery loans loosely managed The government promised banks a hands-off approach in overseeing nearly $5 billion in Sept. 11 recovery aid to small businesses. What it got in return was numerous low-interest loans to companies that didn't need terror relief — or even know they were getting it, The Associated Press found.
Some holdouts 'delirious' "It's getting to the point where they're delirious," Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jason Rule said. "A couple of them don't know who they were." He says some don't want to leave unless they can take their pets.
Ten-Foot Poll on Forced Evacuation---RESULT
posted 10a Fri 9/9- 145p Sun 9/11/2005
Should people who do not want to leave their New Orleans homes be physically forced to do so?
Total votes 789-
(Yes, the choice is stark, and hard to answer because there may be so many mitigating circumstances-- but it does really boil down to a Yes or No question for those in New Orleans who must make the decision.)
Top FEMA jobs to political donors, not experts Five of eight top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials came to their posts with virtually no experience in handling disasters and now lead an agency whose ranks of seasoned crisis managers have thinned dramatically
Thank You Ben Stein for pointing out that "President Bush did not cause the hurricane." Had many folks had been wondering about that?
The way they have it set up now, it's best to go to their main page and click the KATRINA BLOG link (because if you try to go straight to the blog you're likely to get an outdated page)
Foreign media question US hurricane response
America's image has taken a hit in some countries, where headlines and news reports questioned how the United States could topple Saddam Hussein in three weeks, quickly mobilize to help tsunami victims in Asia, but fail to rescue 25,000 people trapped in New Orleans.
Army's engineers spent millions on Louisiana pork
Before Hurricane Katrina breached a levee on the New Orleans Industrial Canal, the Army Corps of Engineers had launched a $748 million construction project at that very location. But the project had nothing to do with flood control. The Corps was building a massive new lock for the canal, an effort to accommodate steadily increasing barge traffic.
Except barge traffic on the canal has been steadily decreasing.
posted 10a-1140p Thur 9/8/2005
Is FEMA right to tell news media to NOT show photos of dead Katrina victims?
No. FEMA's job isn't to run the news media
Yes. It's a disaster and FEMA's in charge
Total votes 1,457-
I understand the people from New Orleans need help finding jobs and housing, but it seems to me we have forgotten those people in San Antonio which did not have jobs and housing. I have heard all these company offering jobs to the Katrina victims, but where were these jobs before this. They are also having job fairs for all the flood victims and only the flood victims. It seems to me that a company would want to hire the best for the jobs, not just someone who is a Katrina victim.
I was speaking with a friend who lost his job a few weeks ago, bad timing for him. Everyone is so busy trying to get the flood victims jobs that he can not get any help. He went to get food stamps yesterday, was one of the first in line and was told that the flood victims get priority. I think that we should not forget those people in San Antonio that are victims also, victims of the times, of company budgets, and of the economy.
BARBARA BUSH RELOCATED
Former First Lady Moved to New Location Away From Cameras, Microphones
Just days after former First Lady Barbara Bush made widely publicized remarks about people made homeless by Hurricane Katrina, the White House said today that Mrs. Bush had been moved to "a new location away from television cameras and microphones."
Mrs. Bush, who in talking about Katrina refugees said that "This is working very well for them" and that many of them "were underprivileged anyway," was transported to a facility where she will have plenty of food and water but no more media appearances, the White House confirmed.
"She will be much more comfortable in this new location, surrounded by armed guards on a 24-hour basis, than she was at her compound in Kennebunkport," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "This is working very well for her."
Responding to a reporter who questioned whether Mrs. Bush would be happy being uprooted from her estate, Mr. McClellan said, "She was overprivileged anyway."
While the White House took credit for its success in relocating Mrs. Bush, some congressional critics argued that it did not act quickly enough to relocate the outspoken former First Lady.
"This was an emergency situation," said Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del). "They should have relocated her the minute she opened her piehole,"
For her part, the former First Lady remained out of view, but released the following official statement: "I am doing well, but I remain envious of those who were relocated after Hurricane Katrina - boy, do those folks have a sweet deal."
Elsewhere, President Bush mourned the passing of actor Bob Denver, calling the "Gilligan's Island" star "a great American and a role model for me personally."