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La. Gov. Jindal: 2012 presidential bid unlikely

December 10th, 2008 . by TexasFred

La. Gov. Jindal: 2012 presidential bid unlikely

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he’s not interested in a 2012 Republican presidential bid and will seek a second term as governor in 2011.

Jindal, who appeared at a news conference to back Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, was asked if he was interested in being president.

“No,” he replied.

Jindal’s trip to Iowa last month fueled speculation that he was laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign, and he did not rule out changing his mind over the next few years.

Instead, he said Americans are weary after the longest, most expensive election cycle in U.S. history.

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That is a huge disappointment. I really like Bobby Jindal. He’s a great guy and a great Governor. And if EVER there was a state in need of a great Governor, it’s Louisiana, well, Illinois too, but that’s another matter.

We’ll still hope, he can always change his mind, I won’t bear him ANY ill will regardless. Give em hell Bobby, Louisiana is much better off with you, and you are a young man, after another term as Governor you’ll be a prime property to run for the White House!


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Gustav no Katrina, but exposes flaws in levees

September 2nd, 2008 . by TexasFred

Gustav no Katrina, but exposes flaws in levees

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Waves crashed high against flood walls Monday and New Orleans’ rebuilt levee system survived its first hurricane in three years, but Gustav exposed weaknesses the Army Corps of Engineers won’t plug any time soon.

Gustav was no Katrina. It was smaller, and the worst rain and wind missed New Orleans. Its storm surge – between 10 and 15 feet lower than Katrina’s – entered New Orleans through navigation channels in the east and washed over the Industrial Canal.

The Industrial Canal has been characterized as the Achilles’ heel in the system, and the corps is spending $700 million on a barrier at its mouth to stop surges. But the barrier won’t be in place until at least 2011. On Monday, water overtopped parts of the canal’s flood wall causing minor flooding in some parts of the Ninth Ward.

Another major weakness in the flood protection system is in the area known as the West Bank, where about 250,000 live. Gustav had been expected to seriously test those levees, but by Monday evening officials said water wasn’t rising as much as was feared during Gustav’s approach. Work on the West Bank is far from complete. The corps has repeatedly said it may be the city’s weakest flank.

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Gustav no Katrina, but exposes flaws in levees

Flaws exposed? That’s a great way of putting it. The main flaw that was exposed was this: Gustav was a near miss, a glancing blow, a Cat 3 that did quite a bit of damage in central Louisiana. Had Gustav come ashore 60 miles to the east of where it did, New Orleans would be under water, right now.

I applaud the Louisiana government for their efforts in evacuating the state and preparing ahead of Gustav, Louisiana did a great job this time, but the New Orleans levee system is not going to hold if a big hit takes place, a stronger storm, or a more direct hit from an even weaker storm, the Industrial Canal was over the top of it’s levee yesterday, from a minimal storm surge and a relatively moderate storm as hurricanes go.

We may get to see just how much the NOLA levee system can take before this hurricane season is over. The ‘Hurricane Train’ is on the move!


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Obama: Let’s hope lessons of Katrina were learned

August 30th, 2008 . by TexasFred

Obama: Let’s hope lessons of Katrina were learned

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Barack Obama expressed hope Saturday that the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina three years ago would help to protect the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Gustav this time. His running mate, Joe Biden, urged people to pray that the levees in New Orleans hold.

Obama and Biden visited a diner in this Youngstown suburb, an area that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton carried during her failed presidential bid. Trying to connect with those who are economically struggling, the Democratic candidates and their wives chatted with diners and told reporters that a properly orchestrated evacuation would be key to protecting the Gulf Coast.

“It wasn’t last time, and hopefully we’ve learned from that tragedy,” Obama told reporters as he left the diner, heading to a memorial service for the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress. She died Aug. 20 from a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

Obama and Biden planned another joint appearance later Saturday in the Columbus area.

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Obama: Let’s hope lessons of Katrina were learned

Barack Hussein Obama is one of the stupidest Dems to ever draw breath! This is the man that would be president of the USA, this is the man of NO experience, NONE. Not military, not business, not as a community leader, not as a Mayor, not as a Governor, NOTHING, other than being a JUNIOR Senator that doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground!

He “hopes” that lessons were learned from Katrina?

Pay attention you dimwitted imbecile! Louisiana learned the lessons, they dumped Blanco, a pandering Democrat that is even dumber than you are, and that is hard to imagine.

New Orleans has learned NOTHING, they still have *Chocolate* Ray, they have Warren Riley and they still have the welfare mentality that made New Orleans the debacle it is.

Here’s something a lot of Dem libs and *nanny state* moonbats don’t understand, 1st response is the job of the city, the Parish and then the state, IN THAT ORDER. 1st response is NOT the job of federal government. During Katrina the government in Louisiana ceased to function, Blanco wasn’t in danger, she was in Baton Rouge with her head buried in her fat ass crying “Oh my God, what do I do? Why isn’t the President helping?”. Nagin deserted his city and took his wife and kids to Dallas, where they still live today.

Lessons learned Barack?? You betcha there were lessons learned! Katrina gave everyone a real hard look at what this nation could be like if the Dems are ever allowed to take full control. The state of Louisiana learned a HUGE lesson, New Orleans didn’t.

Let’s hope that America pays attention to how an effective Republican and Conservative Governor takes care of business, the Honorable Bobby Jindal.

The Guard is in place right now, the entire Louisiana Army National Guard is activated, there are many troops already on station with more troops are on the way. There is a massive response ready to react to any eventuality. Response, or, more precisely, lack OF a response, that was the downfall of the nefarious Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.

Dem Governors sit on their asses and watch as their cities gets washed away, sit on their asses and do NOTHING except wait for someone to come in and do it for them! Conservative Governors are planned out so far in advance that only the hand of God can hinder their full response to the needs of their people!


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New Orleans considers evacuation as Gustav looms

August 27th, 2008 . by TexasFred
New Orleans considers evacuation as Gustav looms

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Three years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Louisiana coast, New Orleans residents on Wednesday again faced the prospect of an evacuation as Tropical Storm Gustav loomed.

Not since Katrina and Hurricane Rita, which followed in its wake, have residents faced government orders to evacuate their homes and businesses. Many are still struggling to rebuild their lives in a city famed for its jazz clubs and Mardi Gras festival.

On Wednesday, two days before the third anniversary of Katrina’s landfall on August 29, 2005, Gustav drifted away from Haiti and the Dominican Republic after killing 23 people. It could hit the U.S. Gulf Coast around Monday.

The storm was expected to strengthen to a hurricane over the Gulf’s warm waters, and U.S. landfall could be anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to Texas.

But Gustav’s most likely track is directly toward New Orleans.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal put New Orleans residents on alert, declaring a state of emergency and saying evacuations could begin as early as Friday, just before the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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New Orleans considers evacuation as Gustav looms

It is absolutely amazing the differences were seeing today as opposed to pre-Katrina, that’s what a REAL government and a GREAT Governor can do for a state.

As a lot of folks know, I am from Louisiana, I don’t live there any longer, I haven’t for years, but I have 3 daughters, a son and 3 grand-kids that are in south Louisiana right now. My son is a SGT in the Louisiana Army National Guard and was in Kuwait processing out with the 256th BCT when Katrina struck New Orleans.

His full time job is that of a Sheriffs Deputy and now that is his 1st responsibility should a hurricane hit. His Parish 1st and Guard call-up 2nd, but only because he is a law enforcement officer. We talked at length last night concerning preparations for this coming possibility and his 1st job will be to get his mother and sisters and the little ones headed to north Louisiana where we have family that they can stay with in the event Gustav turns really nasty.

My son has no choice but to remain and do his duty, they have great shelter, well supplied and equipped and their Sheriff is a great leader too. But as a father and a retired person that’s no longer involved in the actual *hands on* any longer, it doesn’t make this easy, no matter how it goes down.

I wish all the folks on the gulf coast well, our thoughts and prayers are with you, but to the people of New Orleans I say this, if the state orders an evacuation and you don’t go, and if your cowardly Mayor deserts his city again, to hell with you, all of you, maybe Gustav can finish what Katrina started.


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