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Why did Gov. Jindal bring up Katrina?

February 26, 2009

KIRO Talk Radio attempted to make fun of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s speech yesterday evening. That part of the radio show was a success. Here is where KIRO talk radio invited chaos...they discredited Sheriff Harry Lee and they made fun of HURRICANE KATRINA victims and survivors by questioning , “Why did Bobby Jindal bring up Hurricane Katrina, again in his speech? What does Katrina have to do with it?”

I started crying inside. I wish that I had a cell phone handy at the time of the show when they said that they were taking calls and opened a discussion. I was busy at the time and couldn’t. They should be very, very, thankful that I didn’t call.

“As the president made clear this evening, we’re now in a time of challenge. Many of you listening tonight have lost jobs; others have seen your college and your retirement savings dwindle. Many of you are worried about losing your health care and your homes. You’re looking to your elected leaders in Washington for solutions.” –Bobby Jindal

Here is what KIRO didn’t understand. People lost their jobs, their transportation, their homes, their lives, and everything about their lives changed … INSTANTLY during Hurricane Katrina. Many are still fighting insurance companies, even today. Many are still rebuilding. Many cannot rebuild. Many are still not home. Many are still fighting bureaucrats.

When Mt. St. Helens blew, 50 people died. I didn’t hear KIRO making fun of that natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina killed three times that number of people. Some of those were children. No children died when Mt. St. Helens blew.

KIRO Talk Radio discredited Sheriff Harry Lee and laughed about the fact that he has since passed on. “We’re trying to….get….let’s call him.” they said. They actually wanted to call Harry Lee and confirm the conversation that he had had with Jindal during Hurricane Katrina. Then KIRO realized that Harry Lee was dead. KIRO doesn’t understand how well liked and well respected Sheriff Harry Lee was and still is in Louisiana. KIRO Talk Radio screwed up. Maybe if Harry had better health care he would still be here today. Many people in Louisiana didn’t have access to health care prior to Hurricane Katrina as Louisiana was one of those states that was deemed a “healthcare shortage area.” I can’t expect KIRO to understand what that means after Katrina.

“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from across the nation for our ongoing recovery efforts.” KIRO Talk Radio wasn’t listening. And for those of us who cannot “go home” and are forced to listen to KIRO instead of WWL? It is because people “ignored the bureaucrats” that “There’s a lesson in this experience: The strength of America is not found in our government. It is found in the compassionate hearts and the enterprising spirit of our citizens.”

Making fun of Jindals diction, tone, and meter in his speech was okay with me.

Making fun of Bobby Jinda’s RED WHITE AND BLUE TIE, was even okay with me. (Even though I’d like to wrap it around KIRO TALK RADIO’s NECK.) The fact that Bobby Jindal has ALWAYS worn a RED WHITE AND BLUE TIE, escaped KIRO listeners and KIRO Talk Radio.

Making fun of Hurricane Katrina victims and the travesty that REMAINS WITH US DAILY by KIRO TALK RADIO PERSONALITIES asking, “Why did Bobby Jindal bring up Hurricane Katrina, again?” shows complete and total, utter disregard, disrespect, ignorance, and poor taste in broadcast journalism. I can go on and on. I won’t. KIRO Talk Radio, like many other Americans, unfortunately, have no inkling.

The current so called “financial crisis” that America is facing cannot be compared to anything else but Katrina. The banks closed after Katrina. There was no cash to be had, no credit, NOTHING. KIRO couldn’t put up a radio station from scratch, I’d be willing to bet on it.

I’d like to see WWL interview these KIRO Talk Radio folks. I’d like to see KIRO get GRILLED.

I’ll show you mine cowboy, if you show me yours. (I think I already know who won this fight.)

KIRO,? You’re FIRED.

One question for me, two questions for you

August 28, 2008

I see from viewing my blog stats people are looking for public transportation evacuation numbers. I didn’t know there were any, however, I searched and found a few numbers. I had to Ask Louise from the website:

2008 Hurricane: 311 Information line for the City of New Orleans
Information center during emergencies or disasters affecting the City of New Orleans
311 is the non-emergency information line for the city services of New Orleans. 311 is designed to be your one call to City Hall to gain information or inquire about city services. The 311 Call Center also serves as the information center during emergencies or disasters affecting the City of New Orleans. Residents who require evacuation assistance must register with the 311 Call Center.
The hearing impaired can dial 504-658-2059 or 1-800-981-6652. Spanish and Vietnamese language assistance is available.

The specially trained 311 representatives are available from 7AM to 11PM Monday – Friday, and 8AM to 5PM on Saturday. Outside these hours, you can leave a message and a representative will return your call within 48 hours.

What happens if Gustav hits on Sunday?

Now this guy, Mr. Evans has posted a question from Gulfport, Mississippi via Los Angeles Times in blue tape across the side of an  “old” FEMA trailer. The LA Times had this to say:

“While other protesters carried signs demonstrating against U.S. involvement in Iraq or conditions at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Derrick Evans arrived from Gulfport, Miss., hauling an old Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer bearing messages with a different sort of theme.

One, in blue tape on the side of the trailer, read:  (This is Question One) “Where did $129 billion for Gulf Coast hurricane recovery go?

and…Evans said, “would have no recovery if not for volunteers.

So I surf on over to another article, New Oxfam Report on Eve of Katrina Anniversary Details Roadblocks to Gulf Coast Recovery. Read the report yourself here. I don’t doubt the fact that finding adequate housing is a problem as it was a problem BEFORE Katrina.  I don’t doubt, too, that outside agencies are sucking all of the funds out of programs designed to help Hurricane Katrina victims.  I’m seeing it with my own eyes.  They hire these people to send me late fliers, ask me to fill out more paperwork so that they can evaluate whether or not I’m “eligible”. Meanwhile, these folks collect a pay check.  Their bosses collect paychecks.  And your paperwork gets shuffled around another group of people who are getting paychecks.  All of these people are reaping the rewards of the “Hurricane Katrina Fund” compliments of the US Government.  And this leaves me with question two: Why not Louisiana based organizations that had establishment prior to Katrina?

Meanwhile, if that doesn’t interest you go and visit the Katrina Memorial where 54 of 85 bodies have been identified. Or you can go to Biloxi, Mississippi an visit their Katrina Memorial, too.