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The Missing and the Dead...[Part I] (if you missed it)

The Missing and the Dead...Part III (a continuation)

Hurricane Song - By Allen Watty...

...Beggin you for

water again and

again, please don't

make me drink the

water that I'm

standin in...


Look me in

in the eye,

don't you just

walk on by,

treat me like

I'm nothin,

don't leave me here

to die...

...

Last Update: Update [2005-10-29 4:23:40 by DianeL]:

[The Updates Part II:  Of note (these and more linked below):  10/26-27/05: Not sure what happened, but I not only can't add anymore data, I've lost some that was originally here while trying to add data, I've started a Part III (see link at top) which includes the diaries for the 26th (and related links) which were previously included here.  10/24-25/05: for the 25th: LiberalDad's, "National Disaster League - preparing for the next disaster," USexpat Ukraine's, "New Slavery in New Orleans," Don't miss Cedwyn's, "Action Alert Round-Up!" and the related links: "FEMA Brown still on the payroll," 10/20/05, and...

continue below the horizon...please

[Updates continued: "FEMA official in New Orleans blasts agency's response," (I've also added Cedwyn's 09/05/05 diary, "Chuck D Brings the Words!" and 10/21/05 blog, "Bring Home the Davis-Bacon! [Updated],") rumbacher's, "Class war continues -- New Orleans evictions to begin," and a related link (under "Other Links" below), "Disaster Profiteering: Purging the Poor in the New New Orleans," 09/23/05, and In New Orleans, landlords to begin evicting absent tenants," 10/24/05, gobacktotexas' hot-button issue diary, "No FEMA, Guns aren't a good idea in hurricane shelters," Don't miss Bcgntn's carefully detailed, "Hurricanes Create A Need To Assess Health Care Gap In...," for the 24th leftilicious,' "Katrina Survivor Stories," dynamicstand's, "No Christmas Tree This Year," NOdiaspora's, "Part of 9th Ward flooding AGAIN," bewert's, "Katrina aftermath--death, murder?, bodies, ugliness," and the related 10/24/05 links (under "Other Links" below), "From the Gulf to the Gulf: New Orleans Professor John Clark Testifies on the "Triple Crime of Katrina,""  "Environmental Justice Professor Robert Bullard On How Race Affected the Federal Government's Response to Katrina," and  "Hurricane Katrina Survivor Recounts Days With No Water and Her Son's Ordeal in the Orleans Parish Prison," lastly, I added for the 23rd, lightnessofbeing's, "MarchinIn.org;"  10/21-23/05: If you live in "Hurricane" territory, you may want to go read DarkSyde's Hurricane Wilma: Open Thread, currently on the front page, for the 21st: The Baculum King's, "Nice Windfall for Carnival," occams hatchet's, "FEMA's man in New Orleans: "I was the only one," sandnsea's, "Reid & Pelosi To Host Katrina Survivors Forum," for the 22nd: champlain's, "Assault on Working Families (w/Poll)," greatbasin2, s "Alarm Call: Vote Suppression and Affordable Housing," sandnsea's, "Highly Skilled Workers Key To Katrina Reconstruction, LA Earthquakes Show," for the 23rd: RenaRF's, "Hurricane Benefit Today," melancon's, "The Fight to Rebuild New Orleans Isn't Going Away," please see the corresponding NewStandard link melancon has provided, "New Orleans' Displaced Struggle for Housing, Jobs, Neighborhoods" (under "Other Links" below), Rona's, "Tara at the Edge of the Abyss,"  10/20/05:  Mosquito Pilot's, "Katrina & Rita oil story," le sequoit's, "The Poor Had Their Fifteen Minutes of Fame," VirginiaDem's, "FEMA emails revealed," NathanNewman's, "** Dems to Force Vote on Gulf Coast Wage Cut **- UPDATE Action Item," DowneastDem's, "Brownie Dined While Folks Drowned," Vyan's, "Katrina Fatigue," kos,' "Coburn Amendment, on the floor," here's the pathetically tiny list (from the horse's mouth, the Roll Call) of those of our public servant senators (small case intended), to whom A $223 million bridge serving 50 people was[n't] more important than rebuilding storm-battered New Orleans. (as kos so succcinctly put it.) Roll call of yays on the Coburn Amendment: Allard (CO-R), Allen (VA-R), Bayh (IN-D), Burr (NC-R), Coburn (OK-R), Conrad (ND-D), DeMint (SC-R), DeWine (OH-R), Feingold (WI-D), Graham (SC-R), Kyl (AZ-R), Landrieu (LA-D), Sessions (AL-R), Sununu (NH-R), Vitter (LA-R). Let's give the above a hand for their vote (but for Christ's sake, (many of these are in hurricane/tornado territory, some live in Gulf Hurricane Katrina contract territory) don't make them out to be saints) and remember this travesty forever. kos' story was very appropriately followed by LITBMueller's, "Rant: Pork Addiction," then there's hsawaknow's "Chertoff Blames FEMA," Lot's of links today, FEMA is not bereft of truly good people and today one of those in the person of Marty Bohamonde has been the buzz, starkravinglunaticradical has provided this excellent link regarding Brown/FEMA, "CONGRESS QUESTIONS BROWN [Transcript]," 09/27/05, and kishik has provided this great link "Excerpts from e-mails among Federal Emergency Management officials during Hurricane Katrina," 10/20/05, they say three's a charm, so I've added this  "FEMA's Man on the Ground Criticizes Agency's Katrina Response," 10/21/05, surprise, Haliburton makes use of illegal immigrants in the Gulf, "Immigration detains Katrina workers [Working for a Haliburton Subconractor]," 10/20/05, the continuing saga of the deadly bus explosion (see my scribblings for the 19th, below): "Bus driver's testimony to grand jury delayed - Illegal immigrant is a central witness in a federal probe into 23 fire deaths," 10/20/05, some needed links on young displaced and traumatized kids and the school system:  "KATRINA'S AFTERMATH...As the reality of their situation sinks in, displaced students - and their teachers - struggle with the trauma's effects," 10/18/05,  "Writing helping young Katrina survivors," 10/20/05,  "New Orleans: school staff face massive cuts in jobs, benefits," 10/20/05,  "Gulf Coast businesses left out of Katrina-relief spending," 10/19/05;  10/19/05: please, drop everything, click the link, click play, and  listen, if able... Hurricane Song - By Allen Watty...

 Hurricane Song is also linked under "Other Links" below. I found my way to it via Latino in LAw's, diary today, where he provided an excellent link: "blackprof.com," which lead me to "Admin's," 10/12/05 diary, also titled, "Hurricane Song," which, of course, lead me to that haunting song. Ferreting further into the blackprof.com archives, I found the following 'diary' gems (all, as usual, linked below): Spencer Overton's, "Politics & Rebuilding New Orleans," 09/15/05, Sherrilyn Ifill's, "Louisiana's political balance post-Katrina," 09/19/05, Spencer Overton's, "David Duke Voters in Louisiana," 09/22/05, Darren Hutchinson's, "Racism Phobia," 09/23/05, Tracey Meares', "Parish Divided," 09/28/05, returning to dailykos diaries for 10/19/05 there are: mitch2k2's "Hey Accountant/Lawyer/Fundraiser Kossacks: I Need Your Help," Swopa's, "Workers ripped off by FEMA roofing scams," (that diary led me back to Swopa's 09/29/05 needlenose.com diary, "Operation Gold Roof," PaulLoeb's, "HARD CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG EASY," Patriot for Al Gore's, "Recipe For Poison Stew," and skippy's elated because, "cafe du monde open again in n'awlins! beignets for everybody!" I've added the NewStandard links provided by melancon yesterday: "The NewStandard" and "The NewStandard Katrina coverage,"  "Safety Places a Distant Second in Race to Repopulate New Orleans," 10/14/05,  "Some Neighborhoods Rebuild, But Part of Lower 9th Remains Off-limits," 10/17/05, and Halycon has provided another NewStandard link, "Bayou Towns Still Fending for Selves After Rita's Floods,*" 10/18/05,  AngelNC highlighted highacidity's 09/02/05 poster today, so I added this link for it, "Poster of Grover Norquist's quest come true (Lower resolution PDF), Higher resolution PDF," along with a link to highacidity's 09/14/05 diary "(updated) Norquist poster to become a billboard in DC;" lastly, I discovered an interesting factoid regarding former NFL player, James H. Maples, the owner of Global Limo, Inc., the bus company whose bus which exploded into flames killing 23 of 38 elderly patients fleeing Hurricane Rita, and whose driver, once held as a hero (whom Maples reportedly owes $14K in back pay to), is now being held (scapegoated?) as an illegal immigrant. Despite, a February 2005 bankruptcy filing and IRS back taxes owed of $225k for tax years 1992-2000, the son of a bastard contributed over $11,000 to the Republican Party, (reportedly to Texas Governer, Perry), between April 2002 and June 2004. All I can say is, gee, and please feel free to diarize this, the links are:  "Driver hailed as hero is being held near border," 09/29/05,  "Legal, Financial Woes Dogged McAllen Owner of Burned Bus," 09/23/05,  "Bus operator had financial, driver safety problems - Tour company is in bankruptcy, has numerous violations," 09/24/05  "James H Maples, Global Bus owner, donates over $11k to Republican Party," joined with  "Bus owner contributed to [TX Gov.] Perry, Democrat says," 10/06/05;  10/18/05: As I write this, I learn "Hurricane Wilma" has turned to a Category 5 with 175 mph winds, still expected to hit Florida by the weekend. If you read nothing else, please click the link below for moiv's, "The Katrina Aid That Dare Not Speak Its Name," then, if you're able and willing, click one of the following three donation links provided by her and sassy texan under "Other Links" below (they're also on her diary): "Lilith Fund,"  "Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA)" and  "Address - Lilith & TEA" (to donate by check), PLEASE SUPPORT AN INDEPENDENT NEWS SOURCE - Halycon has thankfully pointed out melanconin's, "On-line newspaper kicking butt in New Orleans seeks new members," (and check out all the links there, which I'll be posting tomorrow due to time constraints), don't miss philinmaine's firsthand, "DEEP IN MS, MEET THE REAL SOUTHERN VOTERS, I'm blogging doing reconstruction work," and Sherlock Google's "Katrina Reconstruction Going the Way of Iraq Reconstruction: In Circles," Kulturvultur Intifada states: "Tell Senate Budget Committee Chair Gregg: "The Wealthy Must Pay for Katrina!" (heh, they're the only ones left with any REAL MONEY), ever resourceful Halycon has pointed out sww92498's 10/17/05, "Another Meditation on Hurricane Katrina," and the following links to previous pertinent articles,  "THE RISE OF DISASTER CAPITALISM," 04/14/05, that article, which pre-dates Katrina, is a primer for this article: "Disaster Capitalism in New Orleans," 09/13/05,  "Hotel Chain Asks Katrina Evacuees to Leave," 10/06/05,  "Lobbyists Advise Katrina Relief - A Senate bill includes billions of dollars in projects for clients of 'experienced experts'," 10/10/05,  "Tracking Katrina Money Proving Difficult," 10/11/05, lastly I've added a link for a very telling 5 page article  "Who Is Coming Back - Class, Color May Guide Repopulation of New Orleans;"  10/17/05: Stirling Newberry's "In The Year of Storms: Meet Wilma" (it looks like Wilma is headed towards Florida at this point), xaxnar's, "Katrina Recovery Watch," see also, the corresponding 10/17/05 link, "Bush Is in No Hurry on Katrina Recovery,"> (under "Other Links" below), unclejohn's "Strategic threat to US economy from Katrina," Magenta's, "Beyond the Storm ...," her husband and a group of volunteer professional writers, artists, etc. have published a book in tribute to New Orleans, the proceeds will go to charity, (the link for the book: "Beyond the Storm: Shadows of the Big Easy," under "Other Links" below), Don't miss Murshed Z's, "Katrina Activism:Stand up for our Police, Firefighters, our First Responders," (regarding the failed telecommunications policy in regards to emergencies,) for c's wonderful generosity, willowby posted a diary of thanks, "A laptop for Josh, thanks to Kossack Santa c,"  expatriot's "Nat'l Response Plan: Fed first responders to be on scene within 12 hours of disaster declaration," shadowgov's, "Bush Still Won't Act to Help," and Barbara, who gave so much of herself in Bogalusa & Slidell, Louisiana, has posted a diary in honor of her faithful Malamute/Wolf, who warmed some broken hearts in Louisiana, "TRIBUTE TO TIRAWA - A Beautiful Spirit...," lastly, under "Other Links" below, I've added numerous links (which, I encourage anyone to wrap a diary around), dated 10/02/05: "New Orleans children are abandoned again, this time in Baton Rouge schools," dated 10/04/05:  "Generation Debt, Back of the Class - College students get short shrift from Katrina aid," 10/17/05: "Afro-American Anger against Washington Mounts,"  "SBA announces speed-up of loan process for some applicants,"  "Katrina legacy erodes culture....devastated a city that has been an important incubator of America's black middle class,"  "Katrina uncovers the forgotten queues at America's soup kitchens,"  "Katrina Recovery Panel Announced (by Gov. Blanco),"  "Report: Katrina Spending Lacked Controls,"  " Euthanasia alleged at New Orleans hospital - Louisiana attorney general investigating all hospital deaths during Katrina,"  "'Mourners' bid adieu to Katrina,"  "Red Cross in critics'cross hairs," and two early birds dated 10/18/05: " Messages Depict Disarray in Federal Katrina Response," and  "Driver charged with homicide in Rita evacuee bus crash;"  10/16/05: Halycon has thankfully reminded me of Kevvyboy's, "What happened to the angry black people? w/poll," see formalist's "Activism: Write and Telephone Larry Craig (R-ID)," KingOneEye's hilarious, "George Bush Voodoo Doll Brings Real Relief," (yes you can actually obtain one and better yet, the proceeds go to charity, see the corresponding link, "The George Bush Voodoo Doll," linked under "Other Links" below,) my personal favorite for the sixteenth bmaples', "Lamentation (poem for N.O.)," (by Louisiana Pastor Clyde Fant, if there were a pastor like that in my neck of the woods I would actually consider going to church again,) Halycon has also pointed out this great comment by devtob, "It can happen here - Bushites made slave-level wages "legal" for Katrina work," and this great link, "Post-Katrina environmental catastrophe: A Diary of Toxic Injustice," both under "Other Links" below, along with some links I've added, dated the 15th: "SUPERIORITY COMPLEX, Welcome to their Third World - What Americans mean when we apply the term to New Orleans," dated the 16th are: "Tulane students mark 'overcoming'"  "In Katrina's wake, threat of defaults dwarfs loan record,"  "Katrina Exposes Orleans Parish Prison's Flaws," and  "SBA announces speed-up of loan process for some applicants,"  10/15/05: Don't miss Elizabeth D's, "The Storyteller of New Orleans" (posted at Street Prophets), TravelerDiogenes', "To the Louisiana National Guard - Where Are Y'All? " or wind's hurricane warning (currently forecast for Monday), "Another Hurricane in the Gulf," wind also provided corresponding link for the "National Hurricane Center," linked under "Other Links" below along with numerous links I've added dated 10/14-15/05 dated the 14th are: "Katrina Inquiry Fractures Into Three Probes,"  "Unsentimental education - Almost destroyed by Katrina, New Orleans' historically black colleges represent more than tradition. They nourish the black middle class,"  "Jobless claims nearing 100K - Deadline [in MS] for filing disaster assistance claim has been extended to Nov. 30,"  "Seeking a Bridge to Somewhere," and "Hundreds of bodies continue to sit in a make-shift morgue," links dated the 15th: 3 more links regarding the dead (each article has something worth reading), "Blacks gathered in D.C. focus on Katrina, response by Bush,"  "Hungry at the granary: Viet Victims of Katrina still struggling,"  "14,500 Katrina evacuees in shelters past deadline," and "Katrina work pits policy against politics."  10/14/05: Additions of diaries written previously: 5 diaries were added for 10/11/05, posted by: xrepub, blksista, BobcatJH, sunflight, and apmiller, 4 diaries were added for 10/12/05, posted by: Janusdog, rosel, blksista, and quaoar, 7 diaries were added for 10/13/05, posted by: kingubu, bullet2382, Doolittle, Rob, niteskolar, badtux, xrepub, 3 diaries were posted for the 14th so far, by scola, quaoar, and bidabunch (don't miss scola's firsthand, "Interview with Louisiana NAACP Pres: what's next"), numerous links were added today, including 3 September dated links specifically referencing Joe Allbaugh (someone had edited out that "tag" I had placed), other links were courtesy of quaoar, "Losing Hope in Louisiana," (09/12/05), wanderindiana, re: October 28th FEMA deadline [MS], (09/30/05), nick d, "Katrina Food Aid Blocked..." (still), (10/14/05), and I posted 3 other 10/14/05 links, "Louisiana residents flocking to bankruptcy," and 2 links regarding a probe into hospital deaths;  10/13/05: so grateful kishik has provided the link to the 09/14/05, LA/Kenyon conract, "State Contract with Kenyon International Emergency Services" see under "Other Links" below), musing grace has pointed out 2 earlier and excellent diaries by rasbobo: on 09/11/05, "dkos cakewalk", on 09/13/07, "mardi kos mambo," along with sockpuppet's eloquent 09/11/05 comment "As the shock of Katrina wears off now..." (linked below under "Other Links"), Halycon has pointed out 2 excellent archives, "Aternative Newsweeklies Katrina Archive," and "Institute for Southern Studies...Blogging for a Progressive South" (also linked under "Other Links"), 3 more diaries: rumbacher's 10/07/05, "Stupid White People - Oh, Ohio, why?" cosmos', 10/12/05, "FEMA's Big Tents...not so big after all," and Ernest T Bass', 10/12/05, "Katrina water quality study released" and jillians link "Fear centered below surface at polluted sites" (under "Other Links"), for 10/13/05 so far, please read - kngdvd's "Taking the War on Terror to Central America and New Orleans" and the corresponding link "Abuse, Forced Labor Rampant in New Orleans Justice System;"  10/12/05: Added 4 diaries previously not linked, so don't miss ilona's exceptional 9/08 diary "ACTION ITEM: Recording Katrina's Death Count;" for the 12th: BornUnderPunches', "Bush Denies Staging Relief-Effort Photo Ops / Signs autographs," brenda's, "New Orleans Beating Victim Returns," (see also the 10/11 link she's provided "Beaten New Orleans Man Revisits Scene," and a hearbreaking 10/09 AP link "Decision haunts family of hurricane victim, 100 [years old]" under "Other Links" below), pontificator's, "Spike Lee to Direct "Katrina 911" Documentary!" ProgressiveSouth's, "Bankruptcy Bill and the Plastic Safety Net," Marisa McNee's "WaPo: FEMA Restricts Evacuee Data, Citing Privacy," and a much needed bleak humor break with BarbinMD's "The body language of Bush: Blink, blink;"  10/11/05:  A personal favorite for the 11th, the eloquent Madman in the marketplace's "So Much Beauty, Born in Evil", but don't miss these: mlkisler puts out a call to reunite a dog with it's family, "LUCKY Dog Needs Help Getting Home To NOLA Family," misterajc's, "FEMA forwarding calls to suicide prevention hotlines," and BrianK's hilarious (we need some humor), "Bush: Can't someone else do it?" (he's provided a corresponding video link also), speaking of links, please see, "Indian Tribes and Hurricane Katrina" (both are under "Other Links" below);  10/10/05: Tinuviel's diary, " Defeat of Heat Assistance for Poor," phillygal's diary, "Wages Skyrocketing w/Sign Up Bonus!" (that would be generally from NOLA fast food joints who lost employees),  one would have to wonder if there's a connection between that and this, same date, NOLA.com piece, "N.O. fires 3,000 city workers - And that could be just the start, Nagin says...," which is linked under "other Links" below along with this, same date, NOLA.com link, "Strict rules cordon off Medicaid for displaced," willowby puts out a call for assistance for a  young hurricane victim at this diary, "16 year old New Orleans evacuee in Montgomery, AL needs a few spare dollars," while allysonta's diary, "I've never had to work this hard to donate something," puts out a call for suggestions/help as to how to donate some much needed refigeraters, and in case you missed it, kos posted this:  we'll finish up a new Jotter-style stats page, which is about half finished right now. And after that, the search will be retooled since it's broken.  (Thankfully jotter, who has done so much wonderful work on the High Impact Diary series, is more than willing to assist on those projects.) Thanks much kos.]


The Missing and the Dead Part II:

On September 10th. I posted a diary originally titled, "Pols Try To Bury Funeral Probe."  That diary was an expose on SCI/Kenyon (the private contractor hired first by FEMA then subsequently by the state of Louisiana)  which was intiated by reading Bob Johnson's September 8th Diary, UPDATED: FEMA hires private contractor to collect bodies.

I thought to myself what a horrid thing, to not be able to search for your missing loved one(s) and then, because it's all one can do to desperatley seek shelter and food, to be forced to trust that a company with such a despicable reputation, is going to honor your loved one(s) in their death, because you have no means to see that it's done.  At some point in time, when some stability is found for those people, they may tear at themselves as to whether their dead were honored, despite the fact that there was nothing they could possibly do.

With those thoughts in mind, I started an archive of diary and other links pertaining primarily to the Missing and Dead and other matters affecting those caught in Hurricanes Katrina (and to a lesser degree, Rita). Consequently, I changed the diary's title to, "The Missing and the Dead?..." (which see), and began archiving diary and other links related to those primarily affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  

Now, I'm unable to edit and add links to that dairy anymore, so I'm posting this Part II diary and continuing with the archive.  

Sweet dreams, to fortify you for tommorrow.


Other Links

THE RISE OF DISASTER CAPITALISM, BY Naomi Klein, THE NATION, 04/14/05, COURTESY OF HALYCON

Poster of Grover Norquist's quest come true (Lower resolution PDF), Higher resolution PDF, 09/02/05, created by, and courtesy of highacidity

Talking Points Memo (re SCI, FEMA, Allbaugh, etc.), by Joshua Micah Marshall, 09/04/05

Former FEMA Chief Is at Work on Gulf Coast - Lobbyist Allbaugh Gives Clients Help, By Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post, 09/08/05

Firms with White House ties get Katrina contracts (cached/Allbaugh), Reuters, via CNN, 09/10/05

As the shock of Katrina wears off now..., 09/11/05, eloquent comment by sockpuppet

State Contract with Kenyon International Emergency Services, 09/14/05, courtesy of kishik

Legal, Financial Woes Dogged McAllen Owner of Burned Bus, By Todd Bensman and Robert Riggs, CBS-11 News, (Dallas/FortWorth), 09/23/05

Disaster Profiteering: Purging the Poor in the New New Orleans, Democracy Now transcript, 09/23/05, courtesy of rumbacher

Bus operator had financial, driver safety problems - Tour company is in bankruptcy, has numerous violations, By Randy Loftis and Steve McGonigle, The Dallas Morning News, 09/24/05

CONGRESS QUESTIONS BROWN [Transcript], Newshour with Jim Lehrer, September 27, courtesy of starkravinglunaticradical

Driver hailed as hero is being held near border, By James Pinkerton, Dudley Althaus and Terri Langford, Houston Chronicle Rio Grande Valley Bureau, 09/29/05

New Orleans children are abandoned again, this time in Baton Rouge schools, Anya Kamenetz, Village Voice, 10/02/05

Generation Debt, Back of the Class - College students get short shrift from Katrina aid, Anya Kamenetz, Village Voice, 10/04/05

Strict rules cordon off Medicaid for displaced,  Times Picayune (NOLA.com), 10/05/05

N.O. fires 3,000 city workers - And that could be just the start, Nagin says,  Times Picayune (NOLA.com), 10/05/05

Hotel Chain Asks Katrina Evacuees to Leave, By Holbrook Mohr, AP, via Yahoo News, 10/06/05, courtesy of Halycon

James H Maples, Global Bus owner, donates 11K to Republican Party from Jan 03 to May 04 [while owing $225K to the IRS and just short of a Feb. 2005 Bankruptcy Filing] The Center for Resposive Politics, and Bus owner contributed to [TX Gov.] Perry, Democrat says, By Steve McGonigle, The Dallas Morning News, 10/06/05

The Slow Drowning of New Orleans,  By Michael Grunwald and Susan B. Glasser, The Washington Post, 10/09/05, via Truthout.org

Decision haunts family of hurricane victim, 100, Gillian Flaccus, AP, 10/09/05, via Boston.com

Indian Tribes and Hurricane Katrina, By Amy Goodman, Demcracy Now!, 10/10/05,  via Truthout.org

Justice Department opens civil rights probe after taped beating AP/CNN, 10/10/05

Fear centered below surface at polluted sites, By Traci Watson, USA TODAY, 10/10/2005, courtesy of jillian

Lobbyists Advise Katrina Relief - A Senate bill includes billions of dollars in projects for clients of 'experienced experts', By Alan C. Miller and Ken Silverstein, Los Angeles Times, 10/10/05, courtesy of Halycon

Matt Lauer asks some tough questions during Photo-Op [10/11/05], (Crooks&Liars, video link), courtesy of BrianK

Beaten New Orleans Man Revisits Scene , By Rachel La Corte, AP, 10/11/05, courtesy of brenda

Tracking Katrina Money Proving Difficult,By Hope Yen, AP, 10/11/05, courtesy of Halycon

Abuse, Forced Labor Rampant in New Orleans Justice System, by Jessica Azulay, New Standard News, 10/12/05, courtesy of blksista & kngdvd

Losing Hope in Louisiana, By Jennifer Moses, Washington Post>, 10/12/05, courtesy of quaoar

Aternative Newsweeklies Katrina Archive, courtesy of Halcyon, 10/13/05

Institute for Southern Studies...Blogging for a Progressive South, courtesy of Halcyon, 10/13/05

Katrina Food Aid Blocked by U.S. Rules - Meals From Britain Sit in Warehouse, By Ceci Connolly, Washington Post, 10/14/05, courtesy of nick d

Louisiana residents flocking to bankruptcy court, AP, via Times Picayune, 10/14/05

...[inflammatory] while floods rose, claims doctor, BY David Chater, UK Times Online, 10/14/05

Hospital deaths to be probed by Foti Reports of euthanasia spark investigation, By John Pope, Times Picayune, 10/14/05

Jobless claims nearing 100K - Deadline for filing disaster assistance claim has been extended to Nov. 30, The Clarion Ledger (MS), 10/14/05

Unsentimental education - Almost destroyed by Katrina, New Orleans' historically black colleges represent more than tradition. They nourish the black middle class. Houston Chronicle, 10/14/05

Katrina Inquiry Fractures Into Three Probes, By Edwin Chen, Los Angeles Times, 10/14/05

Seeking a Bridge to Somewhere, By Edwin Chen, Los Angeles Times, 10/14/05

Hundreds of bodies continue to sit in a make-shift morgue, KLFY 10 (Acadiana, Louisiana), 10/14/05

Disaster tourism, By Mark Childress, Salon.com, (Note: need to register for 1 day site pass if not registered) 10/14/05, courtesy of Kevvboy

Safety Places a Distant Second in Race to Repopulate New Orleans, By Michelle Chen The NewStandard, 10/14/05, courtesy of melancon

New Orleans: After the flood, the hard truths, The Independent, (UK) 10/15/05

Louisiana temporary morge [sic] tries to bring closure (...specialists work under the protection of armed guards...,) Reuters Alertnet, 10/15/05

Officials ask for patience as bodies await autopsies in morgue (The Louisiana death toll stands at 1,035, not counting dozens of evacuees who died out of state ... Bodies arrive daily, often after families return home to find them ...,), BY John Simerman, Biloxi Sun Herald (MS), 10/15/05

Workers begin identifying Katrina victims by dental records, By Melinda Deslatte, AP, via Dateline Alabama, 10/15/05

Blacks gathered in D.C. focus on Katrina, response by Bush, By William Douglas, Houston Chronicle, 10/15/05

Hungry at the granary: Viet Victims of Katrina still struggling, By Vu Duc Vuong, VietNamNet, 10/15/05

14,500 Katrina evacuees in shelters past deadline [hundreds of thousands in temporary housing], By Kevin McGill, AP, via Houston Chronicle, 10/15/05

Katrina work pits policy against politics (...Public school educators are fuming over a plan to spend $488 million on private school vouchers for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.... some congressional Republicans acknowledge that they're using the disaster effort to promote conservative free-market ideas...,) By Rob Hotakainen, Star Tribune, 10/15/05

SUPERIORITY COMPLEX, Welcome to their Third World - What Americans mean when we apply the term to New Orleans, By Lynne Duke, Houston Chronicle 10/15/05

Post-Katrina environmental catastrophe: A Diary of Toxic Injustice, Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN), courtesy of Halycon, 10/16/05

Tulane students mark 'overcoming', By Jill Moon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/16/05

In Katrina's wake, threat of defaults dwarfs loan record, By Kent Hoover, Nashville Business Journal iva MSNBC 10/16/05

Katrina Exposes Orleans Parish Prison's Flaws By Matt Gnaizda, The Epoch Times, 10/16/05

The George Bush Voodoo Doll, (proceeds will be donated to the America's Second Harvest hurricane relief fund.) courtesy of KingOneEye, 10/16/05

Afro-American Anger against Washington Mounts, By Pascal Riché, Libération, 10/17/05

Bush Is in No Hurry on Katrina Recovery, By Peter G. Gosselin, Los Angeles Times, 10/17/05, courtesy of xaxnar

SBA announces speed-up of loan process for some applicants, AP, via The Sun Herald (MS), 10/17/05

Katrina legacy erodes culture in New Orleans - When Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, it devastated a city that has been an important incubator of America's black middle class., By Martin C. Evans, Newsday, 10/17/05

Katrina uncovers the forgotten queues at America's soup kitchens, By David Teather, The GuardianUK, 10/17/05 (GMT)

Katrina Recovery Panel Announced (by Gov. Blanco), Reuters, via Washington Post 10/17/05

Report: Katrina Spending Lacked Controls (Remember Landstar and the ice trucked to New England?), AP, via Washington Post 10/17/05

Euthanasia alleged at New Orleans hospital - Louisiana attorney general investigating all hospital deaths during Katrina, By Carl Quintanilla, MSNBC, 10/17/05

'Mourners' bid adieu to Katrina, Reuters, via CNN.com, 10/17/05

Some Neighborhoods Rebuild, But Part of Lower 9th Remains Off-limits, By Jessica Azulay, The NewStandard, 10/17/05 courtesy of melancon

Red Cross in critics'cross hairs, By Martha T. Moore, USA TODAY, 10/17/05

Messages Depict Disarray in Federal Katrina Response, By Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 10/18/05

Driver charged with homicide in Rita evacuee bus crash (incident offers a cautionary tale about the charter bus industry, demonstrating how Sunrise Senior Living Inc., the largest assisted-living corporation in the nation, can end up relying on a small carrier with a spotty safety record.), Washington Post, via palmbeachpost.com, 10/18/05

KATRINA'S AFTERMATH...As the reality of their situation sinks in, displaced students - and their teachers - struggle with the trauma's effects, By Jennifer Radcliffe and Jason Spencer, Houston Chronicle, 10/18/05

Bayou Towns Still Fending for Selves After Rita's Floods*, By Jessica Azulay, The NewStandard, 10/18/05, courtesy of Halycon

Who Is Coming Back - Class, Color May Guide Repopulation of New Orleans, By Blaine Harden, Washington Post, 10/19/05

Cafe Du Monde, famous for beignets, reopens in French Quarter, By Lee Hill Kavanaugh, Knight Ridder Newspapers, Washington Bureau, 10/19/05, courtesy of skippy

New Orleans: school staff face massive cuts in jobs, benefits (The New Orleans Public School (NOPS) board is moving to break up the city's public school system and force though massive cuts to the jobs, pay and benefits of its workforce in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.), By Tom Carter, World Socialist Web Site, 10/19/05

Gulf Coast businesses left out of Katrina-relief spending, By Thomas Hargrove, Scripps Howard News Service, 10/19/05

Writing helping young Katrina survivors (A high school senior, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, sits down to write about the journey that brought her from the chaotic shelter at the New Orleans Superdome to Tulsa, Okla., where she still feels lost and alone.) AP, 10/20/05

Immigration detains Katrina workers [Working for a Haliburton Subcontractor] (The workers were involved in setting up a tent city at a Navy base outside New Orleans when they were detained), AP, 10/20/05

FEMA official in New Orleans blasts agency's response (In the midst of the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail to Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying), AP via CNN, 10/20/05, courtesy of Cedwyn

FEMA's Man on the Ground Criticizes Agency's Katrina Response (Brown is still on FEMA's payroll as a consultant, Andrews confirmed. He works from home, where he is "pulling all the documentation together" for the investigations into Katrina response, she said, and his original 30-day contract was recently extended for another 30 days.), By Mary Curtius, Los Angeles Times, 10/21/05

Kennedy's La. School Funding Plan Is Criticized (It's that VOUCHER word), By Lois Romano, Washington Post, 10/21/05

New Orleans' Displaced Struggle for Housing, Jobs, Neighborhoods - Part Three, By Michele Chen, The NewStandard, 10/21/05, courtesy of melancon

FEMA Brown still on the payroll, Crooks and Liars, 10/21/05, courtesy of Cedwyn

From the Gulf to the Gulf: New Orleans Professor John Clark Testifies on the "Triple Crime of Katrina", Democracy Now transcript, 10/24/05, courtesy of bewert

Environmental Justice Professor Robert Bullard On How Race Affected the Federal Government's Response to Katrina, Democracy Now transcript, 10/24/05, courtesy of bewert

Hurricane Katrina Survivor Recounts Days With No Water and Her Son's Ordeal in the Orleans Parish Prison, Democracy Now transcript, 10/24/05, courtesy of bewert

In New Orleans, landlords to begin evicting absent tenants, By Travis Tritten, Knight Ridder Newspapers, via Yahoo! News, 10/24/05, courtesy of rumbacher


Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA),  and Lilith Fund, courtesy of moiv

Address - Lilith & TEA (to donate by check/money order), courtesy of sassy texan

Political Switchboard, courtesy of lightnessofbeing, 10/23/05

The Louisiana Activists Network, New Democracy Rising, courtesy of lightnessofbeing, 10/23/05

National Hurricane Center (NOAA), courtesy of wind

The NewStandard, and The NewStandard Katrina coverage, courtesy melancon

Hurricane Song - By Allen Whitty, hurricanesong.com, courtesy of Admin at blackprof.com

Other related Diaries (thank goodness for Jotter):

Pre October 10th, 2005: (see Part I also.)

September 5th, 2005

..by - Cedwyn, Chuck D Brings the Words!

September 6th, 2005:

..by - shumard, 1200 Drowned at Marion Abramson School, Read Blvd, N.O.?

September 8th, 2005:

..by - ilona, ACTION ITEM: Recording Katrina's Death Count

September 11th, 2005:

..by - rasbobbo, dkos cakewalk

September 13th, 2005:

..by - rasbobbo, mardi kos mambo

September 14th, 2005:

..by - highacidity, (updated) Norquist poster to become a billboard in DC

September 15th, 2005:

..by - Spencer Overton, (at blackprof.com) Politics & Rebuilding New Orleans

September 19th, 2005:

..by - Sherrilyn Ifill, (at blackprof.com) Louisiana's political balance post-Katrina

September 22th, 2005:

..by - Spencer Overton, (at blackprof.com) David Duke Voters in Louisiana

September 23rd, 2005:

..by - Darren Hutchinson, (at blackprof.com) Racism Phobia

September 25th, 2005:

..by - quaoar, 'Would you like fries with that flood insurance?'

September 28th, 2005:

..by - Tracey Meares, (at blackprof.com) Parish Divided

September 29th, 2005:*

..by - Swopa, (at needlenose.com) Operation Gold Roof

October 7th, 2005:

..by - rumbacher, Stupid White People - Oh, Ohio, why?


October 10th, 2005:

..by - Swampfoot, N.O. Cops Beat 64 y.o. Black Man Half To Death On Tape

..by - willowby, 16 year old New Orleans evacuee in Montgomery, AL needs a few spare dollars

..by - PhillyGal, Wages Skyrocketing w/Sign Up Bonus!

..by - allysonsta, I've never had to work this hard to donate something

..by - Tinuviel, Defeat of Heat Assistance for Poor

October 11th, 2005:

..by - misterajc, FEMA forwarding calls to suicide prevention hotlines?

..by - xrepub, Louisiania Reconstruction - Politics as Usual

..by - blksista, "Drunk" Davis, attacked by NO police in French Quarter, tells his story

..by - BobcatJH, Making excuses for the inexcusable

..by - sunflight, Katrina Journal, Part III (final episode)

..by - mlkisler, LUCKY Dog Needs Help Getting Home To NOLA Family

..by - apmiller, We missed the boat...but not for good!

..by - BrianK, Bush: Can't someone else do it?

..by - Madman in the marketplace, So Much Beauty, Born in Evil

October 12th, 2005:

..by - Marisa McNee, WaPo: FEMA Restricts Evacuee Data, Citing Privacy

..by - BarbinMD, The body language of Bush: Blink, blink

..by - cosmos, FEMA's Big Tents...not so big after all

..by - Janusdog, Katrina's real numbers - need help

..by - rosel, What a Relief! (for relief workers)

..by - Ernest T Bass, Katrina water quality study released

..by - BornUnderPunches, Bush Denies Staging Relief-Effort Photo Ops / Signs autographs

..by - brenda, New Orleans Beating Victim Returns

..by - pontificator, Spike Lee to Direct "Katrina 911" Documentary!

..by - ProgressiveSouth, Bankruptcy Bill and the Plastic Safety Net

..by - Admin, at (blackprof.com) Hurricane Song

..by - blksista, "New Orleans beating only one example of human rights abuses and forced labor since Katrina"

..by - quaoar, Iberville, Iberia; What's the difference?

October 13th, 2005:

..by - kingubu, POWER GRAB: Pentagon Says Militarization of US Disaster Relief " Inevitable "

..by - bullet2382, NBC POLL: Black America hates Bush (only 2% approve)

..by - Doolittle, Tell FEMA to Extend the Deadline

..by - Rob, Mississippi Gulf Coast To Rebuild As World Class Urban Area (is there a catch?)

..by - niteskolar, Bush Evacuee Deadline Costing $11 Million a Night

..by - kngdvd, Taking the War on Terror to Central America and New Orleans

..by - badtux, Woohoo! Good news for Louisiana businesses!

..by - xrepub, Housing Katrina Victims

October 14th, 2005:

..by - scola, Interview with Louisiana NAACP Pres: what's next [firsthand]

..by - quaoar, Sen. Larry Craig: Louisiana as corrupt as Iraq, abandon N.O.

..by - Bidabunch, Live from New Orleans party deux

October 15th, 2005:

..by - Elizabeth D (at Street Prophets), The Storyteller of New Orleans

..by - TravelerDiogenes, To the Louisiana National Guard - Where Are Y'All?

..by - wind, Another Hurricane in the Gulf

October 16th, 2005:

..by - Kevvboy, What happened to the angry black people? w/poll

..by - formalist, Activism: Write and Telephone Larry Craig (R-ID)

..by - KingOneEye, George Bush Voodoo Doll Brings Real Relief

..by - bmaples, Lamentation (poem for N.O.)

October 17th, 2005:

..by - xaxnar, Katrina Recovery Watch

..by - sww92498, Another Meditation on Hurricane Katrina

..by - Stirling Newberry, In The Year of Storms: Meet Wilma

..by - unclejohn, Strategic threat to US economy from Katrina

..by - Magenta, Beyond the Storm ...

..by - Murshed Z, Katrina Activism:Stand up for our Police, Firefighters, our First Responders (Re: the failed communications sytem)

..by - willowby, A laptop for Josh, thanks to Kossack Santa c

..by - expatriot, Nat'l Response Plan: Fed first responders to be on scene within 12 hours of disaster declaration.

..by - shadowgov, Bush Still Won't Act to Help

..by - Barbara, TRIBUTE TO TIRAWA - A Beautiful Spirit [Please Recommend in his honor]

October 18th, 2005:

..by - melancon, On-line newspaper kicking butt in New Orleans seeks new members

..by - philinmaine, DEEP IN MS, MEET THE REAL SOUTHERN VOTERS, I'm blogging doing reconstruction work

..by - Sherlock Google, Katrina Reconstruction Going the Way of Iraq Reconstruction: In Circles

..by - Kulturvultur Intifada, Tell Senate Budget Committee Chair Gregg: "The Wealthy Must Pay for Katrina!"

..by - moiv, The Katrina Aid That Dare Not Speak Its Name

October 19th, 2005:

..by - mitch2k2, Hey Accountant/Lawyer/Fundraiser Kossacks: I Need Your Help

..by - Swopa, Workers ripped off by FEMA roofing scams

..by - PaulLoeb, HARD CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE BIG EASY

..by - Patriot for Al Gore, Recipe For Poison Stew

..by - skippy, cafe du monde open again in n'awlins! beignets for everybody!

October 20th, 2005:

..by - Mosquito Pilot, Katrina & Rita oil story

..by - le sequoit, The Poor Had Their Fifteen Minutes of Fame

..by - VirginiaDem, FEMA emails revealed

..by - NathanNewman, ** Dems to Force Vote on Gulf Coast Wage Cut **- UPDATE Action Item

..by - DowneastDem, Brownie Dined While Folks Drowned

..by - Vyan, Katrina Fatigue

..by - kos, Coburn Amendment, on the floor

..by - LITBMueller, Rant: Pork Addiction

..by - hsawaknow, Chertoff Blames FEMA

October 21st, 2005:

..by - The Baculum King, Nice Windfall for Carnival

..by - occams hatchet, FEMA's man in New Orleans: "I was the only one"

..by - sandnsea, Reid & Pelosi To Host Katrina Survivors Forum

..by - Cedwyn, (at A Faerie's Farthing) Bring Home the Davis-Bacon! [Updated]

October 22nd, 2005:

..by - champlain, Assault on Working Families (w/Poll)

..by - greatbasin2, Alarm Call: Vote Suppression and Affordable Housing

..by - sandnsea, Highly Skilled Workers Key To Katrina Reconstruction, LA Earthquakes Show

October 23rd, 2005:

..by - RenaRF, Hurricane Benefit Today

..by - melancon, The Fight to Rebuild New Orleans Isn't Going Away

..by - Rona, Tara at the Edge of the Abyss

..by - DarkSyde, Hurricane Wilma: Open Thread

..by - lightnessofbeing, MarchinIn.org

October 24th, 2005:

..by - bewert, Katrina aftermath--death, murder?, bodies, ugliness

..by - NOdiaspora, Part of 9th Ward flooding AGAIN

..by - dynamicstand, No Christmas Tree This Year

..by - leftilicious, Katrina Survivor Stories

October 25th, 2005

..by - Bcgntn, Hurricanes Create A Need To Assess Health Care Gap In...

..by - gobacktotexas, No FEMA, Guns aren't a good idea in hurricane shelters.

..by - rumbacher, Class war continues -- New Orleans evictions to begin

..by - Cedwyn, Action Alert Round-Up!

..by - USexpat Ukraine, New Slavery in New Orleans

..by - LiberalDad, National Disaster League - preparing for the next disaster

And a big round of applause for  jotter's: 'High Impact Diaries' series.

For detail on environmental issues that're missed here, see: jillian's daily diaries.


Some Google searches regarding the missing:
To search the news: Katrina Missing - News Search

To search the web: Katrina Missing - Web Search


For Google Bombers:  (Updated 10/07/05 w/better link and name recognition (added "Kenyon").

Go into your "User Preferences", on your "My Profile" tab, and add the following (or any other truth baring html link you find to SCI/Kenyon) to your "comments signature":

<a href="http://www.hereinreality.com/funeralgate.htm">SCI/Kenyon</a>


Track back to The Missing and the Dead...[Part I]

Continue forward to The Missing and the Dead...Part III


 

     (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

For 13 days in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the body of Alcede Jackson lay on a porch at 4732 Laurel St., wrapped in a plastic bag and covered in a blanket beneath a sign quoting the evangelist John and commending Jackson to "the loving arms of Jesus." --Michelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune, September 13, 2005

(Yes, I know the picture link isn't working; but it seems apropos to leave that little red x there.)


The wheels of justice grind slow, but smooth...

Originally posted to DianeL on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 02:36 AM PDT.

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  •  Diane...excellent, important work. (4.00)
    I'd read your first diary, and saw that you included 2 diaries of mine (thank you); but, I think you missed the diary of mine that might be more helpful than the other 2: ACTION ITEM: Recording Katrina's Death Count. I got busy later that day, and then forgot to bring it to your attention in your 1st diary on this subject.

    A week following Katrina, I'd collected all the press clippings I could find on Google that contained reported deaths/bodies found in NOLA. Something I find to be interesting: if you add up those press accounts, the death toll was estimated at the high end at ~1,009+ -- very close to the official number they want us to buy right now.

    It's almost as if they want us to believe that every single death that occurred was witnessed by a reporter, etc. That no other deaths occurred out of the sight of at least one person who could report on it.

    Exactly how likely is that?

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

    by ilona on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 03:08:07 AM PDT

    •  Thank you ilona, (4.00)
      I'll add your diary the next time I update (I wish I could edit the first one to put things in the proper time sequence).

      And yes, the death count stinks in my mind.

      If you find any links of interest and any diaries I miss (I find alot of the non "recommended list" diaries are excellent but slip through the cracks so quickly), please post the links and I'll add them.

      I'll probably do another diary at some point to add diaries prior to 9/10 when I was on a hiatus from dkos.

      Sweet dreams ilona!

      ;0)

      What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

      by DianeL on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 03:23:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Did you catch this... (4.00)
    from WaPo http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/09/AR2005100901383_pf.html

    Among the many failures in government planning revealed by Hurricane Katrina, one was particularly striking: No one, it seems, figured out ahead of time who was going to pick up the dead.

    When the storm swept through the Gulf of Mexico six weeks ago and left hundreds of bodies to decompose in homes and streets, Louisiana officials looked to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help removing them. But since cities and localities had historically recovered bodies from mass casualties, FEMA says, it had made no arrangements.

    So a week after the monster storm struck, FEMA hired Kenyon International Emergency Services Inc., a Texas company that specializes in mobile morgues. Within a few days, however, Kenyon officials complained that the company still had no contract and that it was caught in a "bureaucratic quagmire," asked to do far more than was called for in the original agreement.

    The company spurned FEMA and went to work for the state of Louisiana.

    Throughout this disaster of a disaster management, I keep on looking for reasons for all these failures.  Don't ask me why.  In any case, I've finally accepted that FEMA simply was not prepared in any shape, form or fashion.  Regardless of excuses.  They weren't prepared.  I accept that - and accept that in the first days - even the first week, everything just fell into chaos and it would take time to crawl forward towards some order.  But as the weeks have passed, I won't accept further excuses.  It's appalled me that bodies were STILL seen uncollected, uncared for more than a month later.  When rescue/recovery teams were there, I don't think they would have hesitated to help retrieve the dead and to bring them to the morgue.  I don't think they would have hesitated to carry them from the homes where they died.  I believe they probably were thinking, "What if these folks were my own family.  Would I want them treated like this?  As if they were just carcasses of dead animals, unburied, unmourned?

    Thanks for all the work you've done on this diary!

    •  Thank's so much kishik. (none)
      Thank you also for pointing out the link.  There are some links I've been omitting due to the noticeable and disingenuos absence of commentary on the disgusting reputation of SCI/Kenyon.  I would bet my life that the mainstream media are perfectly aware of the ongoing crimes of Funeral Gate.  For the Washington Post  to put out that article without a word spoken about Funeral Gate is criminal in my mind. I could do better journalism, and I'm not a journalist by any stretch of the imagination.

      Further, I've been thinking that there's something more than meets the eye with the Kenyon FEMA problem such as:

      Possibility 1.  There were actually some good folks at FEMA who were appalled at using Kenyon and rightfully trying to throw a monkey wrench into that contract?  That I recollect from one article, someone at FEMA took issue about proper religious repect being given the dead, unfortunately, this was wrtten off as over the top right wing zealotry.  (The 'Bush Administration' has turned so many people off regarding Christianity, I've come to the firm belief it is DELIBERATE and if I had to categorize their religious beliefs, my choice would be Satanism.)  Further, religiously honoring the dead in the areas most grievously struck is of enormous import.  Christianity is very, very strong and powerful in the Black Community for one.  Someone very, very near to heart had a Grandfather in New Orleans who used to baptize his congregation in the Mississippi river.

      or

      Possibility 2  There were those at FEMA (and elsewhere) nervous about using Kenyon, because it might open the door to a public inquiry into the doings of SCI/Kenyon and that leads directly to the Bush Family.

      What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

      by DianeL on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 12:06:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I think there may have been.. (none)
        this spice added to the mix...

        That Louisiana (the gov) was desperate to get help to retrieve the dead.  And that she was tired of waiting while FEMA was not-deciding (one way or another)

        I DO (finally) accept that at the beginning of the aftermath of the immediate storm (levees breaking, flooding) all levels of gov't started to scramble - but there was no lead agency (as FEMA was supposed to be) and it became one of those - I can't wait for your decision if you can't make a decision I'll do it things the best way I can and deal with it later.

        It could be that Kenyon was lined up, FEMA hesitated (for whatever reason) and then Louisiana went ahead still using them because at least they'd get immediate (although I think very poor) service.  It WAS emphasized when this all broke in the news that Louisiana set a very limited (timeframe) contract with Kenyon.

        It could also be that Louisiana was being told that under no circumstances would rescue/recovery teams be bringing in the dead.

        All of this - having to deconstruct an event that should not have evolved in the way it did - just makes me sick to my stomach.

        But thanks again for putting this all together.  I think only more info can be coming out in the days, weeks, years to come.

        All I know is I don't think that the folks in the Gulf Coast and NO have even begun to really grieve.  They haven't had the time since they're too busy getting screwed by FEMA!

        •  I just realized (none)
          I had meant to respond to your post and then I sidetracked.

          Yeah, in general I recollect reading that LA used Kenyon because they were already lined up (and have disgracefully been used by 'our' government for many distasters, including a contract regarding 9/11).

          Though I vote democrat (life-long Independent), in major elections, I don't trust POLITICIANS generally (Ceasars All), though I realize their necessity and my responsibility to vote in a manner supportive of what little civilization we have left in this country.  I was incensed (and still am, at the "Locked and Loaded," Blanco battlecry, but consider her small fry in the shark tank.  As you say the facts will eventually come out.

          And about that grieving, those poor people directly affected by this, words aren't enough...

          What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

          by DianeL on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 03:46:21 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  oops sorry.... (4.00)
        I meant to also attach this link.

        http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/publications.asp?ID=145&Detail=741

        it's a copy of the contract between the state of Louisiana and Kenyon

  •  I'm with you (4.00)
    I hate the fact that we witnessed the worst performance of this nation in response to a huge tragedy, and instead of finding and burying the bodies as humans would do, all efforts are made to bury the truth.

    The sock puppets are extraordinary.

    by Miss Devore on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 05:31:21 AM PDT

    •  Yes Miss Devore, (none)
      after these people get at least partially on their feet they're going to find out more and more about how this was handled and feel horribly about it forever.  The company should be put out of business forever.

      What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

      by DianeL on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 12:10:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks for keeping the topic alive (4.00)
    I appreciate having the news collected in one place. I'm sad that the public seems bored with Katrina/Rita news, when so much work is left. In any other year, Rita would have been screaming news, instead of the ho-hum, only a cat 3 response. The displaced keep saying, "I know so many others are worse off than me..." Yeah, they could have been swimming down their streets in sludge, cut off from the rest of the country, and left to die--Katrina sure has lowered the bar on disaster response.
  •  Make a dKosopedia entry? (4.00)
    Then you would not have to worry about your diary expiring and not being able to update. My suggestion: when you have new information, post a diary here with the new info and include a link to the living dKosopedia entry. The new info would be posted there as well.

    Thank you for doing this.

    What chance does Gotham have when the good people do nothing? -Batman Begins

    by pucklady on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 07:51:13 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the support pucklady, (none)
      and the suggestion. I would eventually like to do that (of course first I would have to learn how to use dKospedia ;0) ) after this series has matured more.  Right now, I prefer doing it this way because people notice it more since it's far more interactive.  Also, I think many don't have the time to peruse dKospedia, because they prefer to look at the diaries and interact and there's usualy not even enough time to do that.  I had not realized how time consuming keeping this archive was going to be.

      What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

      by DianeL on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 12:30:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  What beautiful names to warm the heart (none)
    The Following Users Have Recommended This Diary:

    musing graze
    Raybin
    Maryscott OConnor
    Coldblue Steele
    bellatrys
    ilona
    Carnacki
    RubDMC
    Miss Devore
    smintheus
    BarbinMD
    rosel
    ybruti
    cymack
    kishik

    (the faith in me wants to state: in the palm of God(ess)'s hand  Oops, I just did  ;0) )

    What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

    by DianeL on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 12:43:41 PM PDT

    •  Thanks do much for those Halycon, (none)
      When I update, I'll add the pertinent links from jillian's, and the two archives (great links), and 3 others I missed.  So easy for them to fall through the cracks since most of these aren't political and don't end up on the recommended list. I really appreciate the heads up from yourself and others.

      What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

      by DianeL on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 12:49:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Found an interesting thread: (none)
    In Slavery in Iraq scroll down to the comment headed It can happen here. The ensuing discussion compares NOLA to Iraq, as an opportunity for exploitation by big business, with abusive labor practices.

    Also, for those concerned about the environmental aspects: Post-Katrina environmental catastrophe: A Diary of Toxic Injustice.

    by Kevvboy: What happened to the angry black people? w/poll

    Hope you had a good weekend Diane. We had a fright followed by a guffaw when our puppy snuck under the fence and chased the chickens around. But since he's rather inexperienced, he got pecked into submission. He's fine, and I didn't have to scold him!

    •  Thanks for the links Halycon (none)
      I'm not feeling too well, so I'm going to hold off on updating till a bit later today.

      I can just envision the puppy going after the chickens, glad it ended up with no problems.  
      Hope you had a wonderful weekend otherwise.

      Take care,

      What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

      by DianeL on Mon Oct 17, 2005 at 01:07:11 AM PDT

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  •  Wahaaa. (4.00)
    Hate to sound like a crybaby, but I don't much appreciate being called a racist asshole [http://www.dailykos.com/...] for what seems like stating the obvious. Anyone with time to weigh in over there would be appreciated.

    "I think the President should look across the country and find the most qualified man, woman, or minority."-Trent Lott

    by starkravinglunaticradical on Thu Oct 27, 2005 at 09:28:00 PM PDT

    •  Just logged on, (none)
      and way too late to enjoin, but from glancing at some of the commentary there, sounds like the person has some very personal issues, if racism isn't alive and well in this country, the earth is a flat disc.  I'm white, and very privvy to the things too many white people say and do in regards to race, and if that poster really is noticeably half black, I'd bet my life they're in denial as to racism against blacks being prevalent.

      I've seen frequent posters at this site who zoom in on poverty issues and race issues like a fricking magnet, to play the antagonist,in what normally amount to incredibly long threads where much time is wasted arguing with someone for whom clearly the issue is personal (or they have ill intent, and are not personally involved at all), otherwise they wouldn't feel so obliged to read and post on those diaries.  Kind of reminds me of that saying that a Republican, is a liberal who got mugged.

      Sorry I was too late to provide any support, although, I don't know that my posts would have changed anything.

      ;0)

      What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

      by DianeL on Fri Oct 28, 2005 at 01:21:46 AM PDT

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      •  no biggie, dear. (none)
        I'm used to the shit, but troll-rating policy is now in effect.

        The guy is just being insulting and projecting whatever problems he's got on me.

        What the heck? Takes a whole village (of idiots), don't it?

        I admire you for keeping this diary updated tho--truly an incredible resource.

        So the BS served its purpose: caused me to mosey back over here and take another look at your great, great work.

        Keep it up.

        (now. dadadada dada dada.....it's almost Fitzmas time....My hope: Fitz is holding out for Rove to somehow turn on CHENEY....CHeney's the big cheese I like to see turn to curds today!)

        "I think the President should look across the country and find the most qualified man, woman, or minority."-Trent Lott

        by starkravinglunaticradical on Fri Oct 28, 2005 at 08:10:56 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks for the compliment, unfortunately (none)
          when I updated tried to update this morning, I not only couldn't add any more info, some of the info at the bottom portion has disappeared from view, despite removing what I'd added to get it back to how it was; so I guess I'll have to do a Part III and hope that I'm lucky enough to post it when people angry about other groups of people having a spotlight shone on their miseries are not in force.  Hmm, hope there aren't any English teachers around, I don't know about the length of that last sentence ;0)

          Yeah, Fitzmas!  I just pray the whole thing isn't just another deliberate production of allowing the American people to steam vent and dupe them into believing that our 'leaders' are still subject to justice.  Everytime I ponder how so many criminals from the Iran Contra crime are still in quiet power, I get depressed.

          Have a great weekend stark!

          What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

          by DianeL on Fri Oct 28, 2005 at 09:42:52 AM PDT

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  •  more related info (none)
    i, for one, am convinced shrubya tried to invoke the insurrection act in new orleans after Katrina.

    great diary!

    •  Thanks for that Cedwyn, (none)
      I'll link it on Part III, (and if that's too full, Part IV) this one is full and no longer editable without losing data.

      What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

      by DianeL on Wed Nov 09, 2005 at 12:54:01 AM PST

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