George Carlin died yesterday at the age of 71

H/T Thinkprogress.org “Counterculture comedian George Carlin died yesterday of heart failure at the age of 71. Carlin, who began his comedy career in the 1950s, was recently named the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Here’s a clip of one of his classic routines”:

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Judge Barbour clears Provost & Umphrey for Katrina RICO case

Here comes the Judge and this time it’s Judge Barbour denying the motion to disqualify Provost & Umphrey from Shows et al – the Katrina RICO case.

Barbour’s decision followed that of Judge Senter who ruled against State Farm’s motion to disqualify Provost & Umphrey, in Alford v. State Farm.

Provost Umphrey would be subject to disqualification had it become associated with Barrett, the SKG, or the KLG on any of the Katrina cases before the order of disqualification. But I see no evidence in the record before me that this is the case.

Renfroe then filed a reply in further support of their motion to disqualify Provost Umphrey in the Shows RICO case under Judge Barbour. Continue reading “Judge Barbour clears Provost & Umphrey for Katrina RICO case”

The Intelligencer Reports on Coast Chorale’s Trip to Pennsylvania

With today’s return of the group we’ll start looking for the WLOX reporting.  For now we have the reports from the hosts in Pennsylvania. We’ll start first with the arrival of the Chorale in Doylestown and this news story:

Well, they’re here. A busload of folks from Hancock County, Mississippi, in town this weekend to thank those involved with the Bucks-Mont Katrina Relief Project, have arrived at The Intelligencer office in Doylestown for the weekend’s grand finale: A Southern-style picnic complete with a Dixieland jazz band and all sorts of down-home Southern cookin’. Those from the Mississippi delegation say they’ve been overwhelmed by the hospitality they’ve received this weekend, which was supposed to be for them to say thanks for all the generosity they’ve received since Katrina shattered the Gulf Coast region in August 2005. “We have some news for ya’ll,” said Tish Williams, the executive director of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re not leaving. We’re moving here now.”

With the arrival of the group Friday the paper rolled out the editorial welcome mat too as they give those who stepped up for us a well deserved pat on the back:

YOU READ THE STORIES about how so many Gulf Coast victims of devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005 are still struggling to survive day to day. You see the pictures of almost 3-year-old destruction that has yet to be addressed. And you have to wonder how such could be the case in the greatest, richest nation in the world. Continue reading “The Intelligencer Reports on Coast Chorale’s Trip to Pennsylvania”

A rising tide lifts all ships – but we can’t have ships without a port

Although I couldn’t have been more than eight or nine when I made my first trip to the Coast, I’ve worked there for various periods of time since the year I graduated from college but I’ve never been a full-time resident. Yet, any time I’ve taken 49 to the point I either have to turn or swim, I am a woman-child so taken by the view that it’s amazing those behind me have been so patient – but likely they were looking, too.

So much since Katrina has been day-by-day that it’s difficult to believe in just sixty-eight more each of us in our own way will have lived a thousand ninety-five as if the storm were just a yesterday away.

Spending $600 million Katrina dollars to rebuild the Port of Gulfport while some are still living in FEMA trailers is a fight for something that never was on the Coast or anywhere else in our State that I can think of and perhaps not even the nation – a supply of adequate housing affordable for those with low and moderate incomes.

If by some miracle, we had been able to meet that need the first year after the storm, the solution would be outdated now by the higher cost of gas and groceries alone.

When a problem can not be solved or easily resolved, it can became a roadblock or it can be transcended so that progress can continue.

Why? Because we have convinced ourselves the only way to solve the problem is to dramatically increase the supply of affordable housing.  Sop will shortly tell me if I’m wrong; but, I contend there wouldn’t be nearly as large a problem if the middle and upper income people living in the low-moderate income housing would move out and back into a home of their own. Continue reading “A rising tide lifts all ships – but we can’t have ships without a port”

About the Gift of Being Slabbed…….

When asked about the totality of being slabbed by Katrina my response is invariably, “It is an expereinece I would not wish on my worst enemy nor one I would trade for any amount of money.” The statement sums up the duality of the experience and I think many of the slabbed feel that way.

Very early on after the storm a good friend from Coral Gables Florida gave me some of the best advice I recieved in dealing with our losses, “Count each day’s blessings beginning with your lives being spared”. Early on it was tough finding anything positive but each day was a bit easier than the last. Before 2005 was done the task became very easy and it wasn’t long before we began to return the blessings.

The old saying it is better to give than receive still resonates with me in a more personal way to this day because of Katrina. It also resonates with Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City Ohio as Bruce Nolan of the Times Picayune reports:

It is not that Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church sits in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield that makes it notable. Nor even that its pastor preaches in jeans and sandals to a working-class congregation sipping coffee in shorts and T-shirts.

More to the point: Of the hundreds of American churches, ministries and local faith-based organizations that for nearly three years have poured themselves out on behalf of wounded New Orleans, few have matched the sustained commitment to Hurricane Katrina victims of this megachurch 15 miles north of economically depressed Dayton, Ohio. Continue reading “About the Gift of Being Slabbed…….”