Incompetent, Arrogant Weasels

Wednesday, 1 March 2006, 20:45 | Category : Hurricane Katrina, Politics
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The latest revelation: a videotape of President Bush being warned ahead of time of the potential disastrous effects of Hurricane Katrina:

“In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans’ Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.

Bush didn’t ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: “We are fully prepared.” “

And who was one of the primary people delivering the warning? Then-FEMA chief Michael Brown, who is beginning to look more and more like just another scapegoat for yet another Bush Administration failure:

“”I’m concerned about

A Brisk Breeze And A Brief Rain

Wednesday, 25 January 2006, 13:59 | Category : Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi
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Jackson, MS Clarion-Ledger columnist Sid Salter wrote this morning what many in Mississippi are feeling these days.

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the venerable New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Louisiana residents feel “shortchanged” in the federal government’s provision of hurricane relief and feel that Mississippi enjoys more political “clout” in Washington than does their state.

First, let’s address the “clout” issue. Does Mississippi have more Capitol Hill political clout than does Louisiana?

Answer: Yes. Cochran, Lott, Barbour, Wicker, Pickering, Taylor and Thompson trump their congressional delegation big time.

Who is responsible for that “clout” deficit down on the bayou?

Answer: Louisiana voters, take a good look in the mirror and

Buy The Book

Wednesday, 14 December 2005, 14:54 | Category : Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi
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When the waters of Hurricane Katrina retreated back to the Gulf of Mexico last August 29th, when the wind died down, they left, as has been shown and described over and over, massive devastation. Among the things ruined in the storm were many library facilities on the Mississippi coast. The details are staggering:

  • The Hancock County Library System lost nearly it’s entire 117,000 volume collection, along with severe to total damage to 3 of the 4 facilities

  • The Harrison County Library System lost perhaps half of it’s 315,000 volumes, 3 of 5 facilities destroyed.

  • The Long Beach Public Library lost all 60,000 volumes and the library building.

  • The East Mississippi Regional Library lost all 97,000 volumes and it’s only building. [Correction – thanks to James for pointing this out – EMRL does have facilities in other area towns, and I’m guessing that the 97,000 volumes were for the entire system, not just the one facility that was lost, so they weren’t completely wiped out]

  • The Jackson-George County Library System lost about 20% of it’s 300,000 volumes.

While the numbers may seem relatively small when compared to, say, the New York Public Library’s 49 million holdings, the effects of the loss of even small systems like these can be severe and long-lasting on the communities they serve, and replacing the holdings will be difficult when all public resources are stretched beyond breaking by more immediate needs. So, I think it’s important to get the word out about an opportunity to directly help rebuild these libraries. A fund has been set up for this purpose:

Rebuild Mississippi Libraries Fund
c/o AmSouth Bank
210 E. Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Contributions are tax-deductible. If you love libraries like I do, please consider making a donation.

More Mississippi Coast Library News

Thursday, 13 October 2005, 11:30 | Category : Hurricane Katrina
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James at Apropos Of Nothing posted this in a comment, but I thought it deserved a separate post, so I’ve moved it up. James, send me those links you mentioned and I’ll add them.

Harry made reference to my posts regarding the Hancock, Harrison, and Long Beach library systems. I responded by stating that Jackson-George had placed some information regarding the status of their libraries post-Katrina and that I would make it available here on my blog. Since I can’t access it at the moment, I’m posting here– hopefully Harry won’t mind too much. I’d also wanted to provide some handy links to various websites, but Harry’s blog won’t let me. You’ll have to check my blog later today for the post with all the bells and whistles.

Hurricane Katrina and the Jackson George Regional Library

October 2005

When the staff of the Pascagoula Public Library began hurricane preparations on Saturday, August 27th, they fully expected to return to work by the following Tuesday. Hurricane Katrina was only a Category 1 storm, and they

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Katrina vs. Libraries

Monday, 10 October 2005, 21:13 | Category : Hurricane Katrina
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James at Apropos Of Nothing has a series of posts giving information about three library systems on the Mississippi coast in the aftermath of Katrina….

Harrison County

Long Beach

Hancock County