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Yesterday I threw out a post. It got slammed by some cause he wasn't sourced a lot. By others cause the premise wasn't accurate (in their opinion), which is that New Orleans and Katrina isn't talk about here.

I love this place ...

But I can't recall a single front page story on this topic. Can you recall one? Can you find one? Heck search for "Katrina" as a tag and you get a ton of daries, not ONE releated to the actual storm much less the aftermath.

Nothing, nada, zero ...................

Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters ruined everything Jessica Horne had in her New Orleans dorm room at Dillard University, so like more than 1.7 million other evacuees, she applied for disaster assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency came through with a check for $2,000, which helped defray the cost of her clothes and laptop computer. Then, unexpectedly, another check arrived. And then another.

Horne eventually received $9,500 from FEMA. Now the agency wants the money back -- and is prepared to play hardball to get it, holding out the threat of collection agencies and criminal prosecution.

Need a certified copy of a birth certificate? You may be in for a wait. State health officials are still trying to clear out a backlog of requests since Hurricane Katrina. The storm and its ensuing flooding put the Department of Health and Hospitals’ New Orleans-based Vital Records Registry out of commission for a while.

Originally posted to webranding on Sat Feb 24, 2007 at 05:53 AM PST.

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  •  Just like with any other agency, if they pay you (1+ / 0-)
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    more than you should receive and they discover it, they want the money back-today and plus interest.

    It may have been a nice surprise to be receiving more money than her losses, but she knew it was wrong and even if she didn't take the time to try to make it right immediately, she should have put that money aside to return when things calmed down.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sat Feb 24, 2007 at 06:08:18 AM PST

  •  It is a shame (5+ / 0-)

    on this site that New Orleans' plight has been largely forgotten. There are a few NOLA people who have posted diaries here, the brave ones who, while trying to keep their own sanity in the midst of destruction, have tried to call attention to what is really going on down there. There have been those who have tried to keep the story up front, but they all scroll off fast. I have asked Kos & others here to help keep Katrina diaries on the front page, to keep the spotlight, but that, too has been ignored. No one cares much.

    Unlike many other efforts here to rally the troops for a cause, efforts to rally for New Orleans are nil. To this site's shame, no one can point to a single thing this site has accomplished for the people of New Orleans- no pressure brought on Congress, no campaign to expose how Bush is responsible for the failure of the levees, no emails to reps, no marches, no fund raisers; just a few diaries that disappear in a few hour's time.

    I will post this in expectation that, once again, nothing here will happen. I will bet this will scroll off in a couple of hours. Long ago I faced the fact that this site could not care less about the destruction of a major American city or the plight of its people as they fight to rebuild their lives & their beloved city, with about no help from the federal government. Oh yeah, let a Republican, screw up, and their will be a dozen diaries for days examining him or her and the idiocy, with links to articles, places to email and a hue & cry raised until the media finally pays attention and action is taken. But New Orleans? Nah. Who cares, that is so, like, in the past.

  •  Colorado storm victims didn't request help.... (0+ / 0-)

    That was the subject of a bullshit email I got from a rightie family member. As usual it's not completely true. The ranchers in CO asked for help airlifting feed to their stranded animals... the animals were (and still are, I think) getting air-lifted feed. The people stranded in NOLA got zilch air-lifted to them. I saw one film taken from a helicopter which tried to give a stranded group some bottled water. The bottles kept hitting the building and breaking - then the copter flew off, outrageous!

  •  Eh. (4+ / 0-)
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    Fabian, OneCrankyDom, Step Beyond, chigh

    I do a diary series every week on post-Katrina recovery.  I include all diaries written during the week by Kossaks -- this past week there were 13 of them.

    If you are really interested in what's going on, all you have to do is search the tags for New Orleans, Mississippi, Katrina or Gulf Coast Recovery.

    Don't matter if it's front paged or not.  Last week there was a recommended diary on NOLA -- and it was an important one having to do with how the Republicans are trying to turn Louisiana red and the democrats who are trying to stop that.

    If you are really interested in this topic, don't blame Daily Kos for not featuring it -- write more diaries on it, keep plugging away.  The local NOLA blogs are fantastic when it comes to keeping this story alive.  I'm committed to keeping the spotlight on it and I'm grateful to Daily Kos for the opportunity to keep blogging about it in a venue where a lot of folks can read it.  I also link to leftyblogs (in the blogroll here) and thus it gets even more exposure.

    Quit bitching and start blogging!  Hee.

  •  P.S.: (1+ / 0-)
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    I've read many diaries with this theme ... a lot of anger, guilt-tripping folks to pay more attention.  The situation in Darfur comes to mind.  And I see short-term results using that strategy -- folks get all riled up for a day or two, make a lot of promises and ultimately no real work gets done on the issue except for the folks who were committed to working on it to begin with.

    Anger is not the best fuel for a long term project, you burn out too fast if that's your main motivation.  You can get a lot of attention for a short period of time, and that isn't going to help when it comes to Gulf Coast Recovery.

    That's not to say I'm not angry because I am very very angry about what's happened in the affected areas.  But I want long term solutions and long term commitment.  So add some love to the mix, please, add some inspiration and some real ideas for problem solving.  And if you want this issue front paged, write about it politically, find a candidate and back them and do research on the political aspect, the Democratic angle.  If you do a good enough job on it, I think it could indeed get front paged.

  •  I'm proven right (1+ / 0-)
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    suicide blonde

    Yep it's not even noon time EST and this diary is already last one on the list, and no calls to action. point proven. NPK- you may diary a lot, but look what happens to yours, NOLalily, Luckydog,, mine, & others. No concerted Dkos response. We can diary all we want to, but, until this site's participants show the same passion and activism that they show when going after political miscreants, as they should show towards helping to fix New Orleans, my point remains valid.

    •  Nope. (0+ / 0-)

      You are not proven right.  Fact is, it was luckydog's, nolalily's and others diaries here at Daily Kos that prompted me to write my own series -- and that took time, a lot of time and a lot of reading.

      And I have had several of both my Lagniappe diaries and my Katrina related diaries either on the recommended list or rescued.  No, not front paged, but me and folks like me are keeping this issue alive and folks are reading about it.

      I haven't read too many diaries by you on the subject, so I think it's kind of rash of you to assume that yelling and shouting about it are going to magically attract folks to do something about this issue.

      This is a site that was built to elect democrats, and yes, it is frustrating that important issues aren't front paged.  But it is still a platform where we get far more attention than we would otherwise, and I don't see railing against it not being front paged as very productive.

      Do you read the local NOLA blogs?  Have you gotten involved on this issue aside from writing a couple of diaries?  I'm not trying to put you on the spot, but I've been here long enough to know that ranting in this way just doesn't solve the problem.

  •  Sign the dam 829 petition (2+ / 0-)
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    Nightprowlkitty, suicide blonde

    If you want to help go here

    Barbara Boxer and her senate committee will be in NO on Monday and the 829 Committee is on the agenda.

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