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It's a real advantage to us that Romney's tone-deaf

Imagine the scenario:

Convention's going along & he sends his minions to buy every bit of bottle water & energy bars they can get their hands on..and as soon as the party's over, they truck it in/fly it in/whatever and photo op of them giving it to the red cross & then they leave..

Instead, he tells a woman to go home & call 211

Heckova job, Mittens

Isaac renews old debate about Louisiana levees

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 5:23 pm | Updated: 7:24 pm, Fri Aug 31, 2012.

Associated Press

When Hurricane Isaac whirled into the Gulf Coast this week, the federal levee system protecting New Orleans did its job. But the patchwork of floodwalls shielding subdivisions outside the city and rural fishing and farming communities was no match for the drenching storm. As the cleanup began Friday, an old debate grew more urgent: Is it worth billions of dollars to build better levees in areas that are sparsely populated and naturally flood-prone? Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Army Corps of Engineers has backed away from the idea of extending protection across much of south Louisiana, citing doubts about whether improved levees would work and whether the money could be better spent elsewhere.

None of that sits well with locals, who feel abandoned.

"Each time you have a hurricane, you are going to spend enormous amounts of money on search and rescue, rebuilding churches, schools, everything, just like right here in Ironton," said Charles J. Ballay, district attorney of Plaquemines Parish, as he rode atop an airboat looking for stranded residents. "This was a Category 1 storm and look at what it has done."


About 1 million people in coastal Louisiana live outside the massive levee system that protects greater New Orleans, and almost all of them are at risk of flooding during a major storm. For decades, Louisiana has pressed the federal government to erect larger, stronger levees in areas vulnerable to hurricanes. The calls for better protection intensified after Isaac. "These people don't deserve this," Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu told WVUE-TV near Braithwaite, a community flooded to the rooftops when a nearby non-federal levee was overwhelmed by Isaac's storm surge. "We have to fight harder and stronger for protection for everyone. You know, on one side of the levee it's completely dry. Houses are safe. Families are going back to normal. And on the other side, it's a nightmare." Matt Ranatza, a farmer in Jesuit Bend, a town left out of the federal system in Plaquemines, said the situation makes him "insane." "There's a perfectly good levee right behind my house that they could have fixed, and that's the levee that was in danger of overtopping," he said. "For them to just say we're not going to do it there is criminal."


Besides that, the Louisiana coast is steadily eroding due to rising sea levels, oil drilling and even levee building that stops spring floods from replenishing marshes. The state has lost about 1,900 square miles of land since the 1930s, and scientists warn that more will follow. Paul Kemp, a coastal geologist who heads the National Audubon Society's Gulf Coast Initiative, said many people in Louisiana are drawing back from the coast and behind the better levees systems. "Look at Plaquemines since Katrina," Kemp said. "It has not been rebuilt. It's a bunch of trailers. That's what the future holds: People will have a house behind the levee and then have something more disposable outside the levees."

So, Romney laughed backstage & thought Clint's schtick was funny?

If this is true, is anyone surprised?

The people close to Romney talk about his sense of humor.

He thinks stuff like this is funny:

tripping a pregnant daughter-in-law so he can win at Romney-Olympic games
smashing food into kids' faces
chasing down an outsider kid and scissor-scalping him
pretending to be a cop/sheriff/whatever..using a real uniform gotten his through Dad's connections
cutting in line ahead of the kids so he can eat first
talking about the fun filled trip the dog made on the roof of the car
making snarky comments about el cheapo rain slickers at Nascar
making snarky comments about food offered by hosts on the campaign trail
making jokes about wiping hard drives of journalists (knowing that he did it for REAL as he exited the governor's job)

yep that Mitt..he's a real cut up

Guffaw guffaw guffaw

Coming to America for Freedom

That seems to be the common thread in last night's Lie-a-pallooza. Each speaker tried to impress upon us all , just how hard their ancestors had it, and for most if them it was not even their parents, but their grandparents who had migrated.

The thing they intimated, was that they came to get "freedom"..

Except for a few obvious groups, most came to get freedom from BEING POOR & HUNGRY.

They came here for the EXACT reason that so many Central Americans & Haitians keep trying to come here.. They want a better life.. "Freedom" is a side dish..an appetizer. They want the meat and potatoes of a JOB., a decent place to live, and schooling for their kids.

The one thing that modern day poor immigrants have, is LESS freedom, because the ones who have come here "illegally", have NO freedom. They live lives of constant fear of being "noticed" .

They are the the mercy of the hoity-toities who hire them for yardwork, nanny services, houskeeping, cooking...and the "businessmen" who hire them as day laborers etc... They do the dirty work that bosses refuse to pay living wages for..

The ancestors spoken about last night came here for the same reasons as modern day immigrants, but the rules have changed in the intervening years.

The rich folks last night admired those ancestors who came here with nothing, but they look down their noses at and have no difficulty tormenting the "new" versions of their own ancestors.

Poor Clint.. He was channeling

In his "senior moments" onstage, he apparently thought he was someone else who made a living saying things no one understood.

Clint got the look just about right, but he mangled the content, and made the non-sequitors & gibberish mean and ugly..

Something the Professor would have NEVER done ..

If you are the quarterback, and your teammates refuse to catch the ball

or they hand it off to the other team when you give it to them, or they turn and run to the other endzone with it, can you really be held responsible when the team loses?

A president is like a quarterback...but the team cannot "win the game" unless the rest of the team participates too..

In Obama's case, the "team" he had to work with may have had a few near him who tried to keep him from being tackled, but the rest of the team were actively avoiding carrying, catching the ball... all the while yelling about what a shitty quarterback he was...and when they lost..it was all his fault...even though when he was put into the game, the previous quarterback (who WAS a shitty quarterback) had them down 30 points before the new quarterback came in..

Never trust your future to anyone who uses "guffaw" in "normal" conversation

that about sums it up

with sound:

GOP Convention.."Poor-a-palloozza"...reminds me of this

Treasury's O'Neill, Senator Byrd Trade Barbs
Thu Feb 7, 3:00 PM ET
By Glenn Somerville

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A routine Senate hearing took a
strange twist on Thursday when an infuriated Treasury
Secretary Paul O'Neill traded barbs with Democratic Sen.
Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of U.S. Congress,
over who grew up poorer.


The spat began when Byrd took offense to a cartoon in the
Bush administration's 2003 budget document, released on
Monday, showing Gulliver tied down by Lilliputians, which
the West Virginia senator said implied the interests of
ordinary people were too minor to warrant consideration.
The silver-haired Byrd, renowned for his insistence that
the White House show respect for Congress, then snapped:
"I've been here for 50 years (and) we're here to represent
the interests of the people." Byrd labeled the cartoon's inclusion in the glossy, photo-filled, flag-emblazoned budget document -- a departure from
the usual plain-paper, plain-cover plan the White House usually produces -- "nonsense" and added: "A lot of us were here before you. You're not Alexander Hamilton."


O'Neill, a wealthy former industrialist, was clearly
agitated by Byrd's manner and fired back: "I've dedicated
my life to doing what I can to getting rid of rules that
limit human potential and I'm not going to stop." Sitting ramrod straight at the witness desk, O'Neill rejected any implication that he lacked empathy for
ordinary working Americans and said his own beginnings were


"I started my life in a house without water or electricity
so I don't cede the high moral ground to you of knowing
what life was like in a ditch," O'Neill said in a tightly
controlled voice. Byrd was swift with a riposte. "I started out in life
without any rungs in the bottom of the ladder...I've had
that experience and I can stand toe-to-toe with you," he
said. The West Virginia Senator then threw in a reference to an
early controversy involving O'Neill, who initially resisted
putting his huge personal stock holdings into a trust when
he was appointed Treasury secretary but eventually did so.

"I haven't walked in any corporate boardrooms. I haven't
had to turn millions of dollars into trust accounts -- I
wish I had those millions of dollars." Byrd said. "I grew up in a coal-miner's home and I married a coal-miner's daughter, so I hope you don't want to start down this road and talk about our backgrounds and how far back
we came from," he added.






FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (time for Jindal to take a look at this)

Louisiana has lost so much wetland/marsh land, that it's probably time to start looking into just moving people to safer areas.. It makes NO sense to have people continuing to live in areas that are definitely going to be in harm's way with every storm. the money spent to keep building levees and to rebuild over and over and over has to be more costly than just declaring some areas as off limits for building/rebuilding.


Ill. town finds life does go on after floods

Updated 6/20/2008 1:53 AM

By Marisol Bello and Peter Eisler, USA TODAY
VALMEYER, Ill. Toni Heusohn never thought she would move from her house by the Mississippi River. Then a flood in 1993 wiped out the town. Now, as images of watery devastation play out on TV, she says she has peace of mind knowing she is safe in her new home atop a 400-foot bluff. "I was so thankful the town moved everybody up," said Heusohn, 58, whose double-wide mobile home right off Main Street was among 350 properties destroyed 15 years ago. She and many of the townspeople now live in new homes in a new town that has the old name but looks more like a suburban subdivision with manicured lawns and cul-de-sacs.

Valmeyer's rebirth a mile away was funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, a FEMA project to help communities in flood-prone areas relocate to higher ground. The program, born in 1988 and expanded after the floods of 1993, pays 75% of the cost of moving structures or buying them for demolition. The other 25% must come from matching state and local funding. Since the floods of 1993, FEMA has distributed more than $1 billion in grants to fund the removal or relocation of about 12,000 structures in flood-prone areas across the Midwest, most of them along the Mississippi and its tributaries. Yet that's a small percentage of the number of homes and businesses in flood plains that have been swamped in recent days. Many communities have passed up the grants because they are unable to match federal funding. Under the voluntary program, property owners agree to be bought out so they can use the money to build elsewhere. Then the community must allow the land to revert to its natural state as a park or open space. It cannot be redeveloped.


Jindal cannot find his bootstraps.. wants a promise from federal government for reimbursement

Jindal said he wanted a promise from the federal government to be reimbursed for storm preparation costs.

Read more:(I know it's from Fox, but the article is pretty well-written)

Authorities say a storm surge driven by Hurricane Isaac is overtopping a levee in a thinly populated part of mostly rural Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans.


"The devastation of my house is worse than Katrina and the flooding in Woodlawn is worse than Katrina, so those things tell me that the damage on the east bank is worse than Katrina," Nungesser told The Times-Picayune. Hurricane Isaac knocked out power, flooded roads and pushed water over the top of a rural Louisiana levee before dawn Wednesday as it began a slow, wet slog toward a newly fortified New Orleans, seven years to the day after Katrina.


As Isaac neared the city, there was little fear or panic. "Isaac is the son of Abraham," said Margaret Thomas, who was trapped for a week in her home in New Orleans' Broadmoor neighborhood by Katrina's floodwaters, yet chose to stay put this time. "It's a special name. That means God will protect us."


Isaac promises to test a New Orleans levee system bolstered by $14 billion in federal repairs and improvements after the catastrophic failures during Hurricane Katrina. Isaac posed political challenges with echoes of those that followed Katrina, a reminder of how the storm seven years ago became a symbol of government ignorance and ineptitude. President Barack Obama sought to demonstrate his ability to guide the nation through a natural disaster and Republicans reassured residents they were prepared Tuesday as they formally nominated Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, as the Republican Party's presidential candidate.


There was already simmering political fallout from the storm. Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who canceled his trip to the convention in Tampa, said the Obama administration's disaster declaration fell short of the federal help he had requested. Jindal said he wanted a promise from the federal government to be reimbursed for storm preparation costs. "We learned from past experiences, you can't just wait. You've got to push the federal bureaucracy," Jindal said. Obama promised that Americans will help each other recover, "no matter what this storm brings." "When disaster strikes, we're not Democrats or Republicans first, we are Americans first," Obama said at a campaign rally at Iowa State University. "We're one family. We help our neighbors in need."


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2012/08/29/isaac-thrashes-new-orleans-overtops-levee/#ixzz24w2JL4rd

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