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Sometimes you have to just leave the car while it's moving…….

Check out this video….A car starts sliding…and won’t stop…so the occupants decide to leave it before stopping…the video was shout somewhere in Europe it looks like……

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January 28, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Entertainment, Health, Media, Other Things, Weather, Women | , | Leave a comment

Sometimes you have to just leave the car while it’s moving…….

Check out this video….A car starts sliding…and won’t stop…so the occupants decide to leave it before stopping…the video was shout somewhere in Europe it looks like……

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Entertainment, Health, Media, Other Things, Weather, Women | , | Leave a comment

The Sexiest New Orleans Saints Football Fan……..

From Maxim…….

And she gets my vote….Hands down!…….
The Sexiest Saints Fan

And they don’t have to win…just show up…that’s enough……..

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Travel, Women | , , , | 8 Comments

After 5 Years ……Louisiana wins money to rebuild a Hospital damaged by Hurricane Katrina……

Five years!!!

With FEMA fighting to not replace a Hospital damaged by the Countries worst storm in modern history……

 

Cheryl Gerber for The New York Times

The waiting room of Charity Hospital in New Orléans, closed since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Mario Tama/Getty Images

Charity Hospital in New Orleans in May 2008. The hospital has been closed since it suffered water damage during Hurricane Katrina.

 

Ending one of the longest-running disputes left by Hurricane Katrina, a federal arbitration panel ruled Wednesday that Louisiana would receive $474.8 million — nearly all it had requested — to pay for the replacement of Charity Hospital in New Orleans, which has been closed since the storm.

The ruling is a significant victory for state and city officials, and gives a major boost to plans to replace Charity, a state-owned hospital for the indigent, with a new $1.2 billion academic medical center in the Mid-City neighborhood.

“This is a great week in Louisiana,” Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, exulted in a statement. “First, the Saints’ victory, and now we finally get the funds we need to replace Charity Hospital.”

The plan to build a new Charity has pitted economic development advocates, who hope to transform New Orleans into a biosciences center, against neighborhood preservationists, who oppose the planned destruction of historic houses in Mid-City. The preservationists argue that Charity’s 70-year-old art deco tower downtown could be reoccupied for less money, reinvigorating the central business district in the process.

The state’s ability to afford the new center, which would be built adjacent to a Veterans Affairs hospital, had been linked to the outcome of the arbitration. An additional $300 million has been appropriated by the State Legislature, and the rest is expected to come from the sale of revenue bonds.

State officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been locked in a dispute for more than four years about whether Charity was so damaged that it had to be replaced, and how much Washington would owe.

The state argued that Charity met the federal standard for replacement because damages caused by the 2005 storm amounted to more than half its value. State officials estimated the replacement cost at $491.9 million.

FEMA had projected it would cost $126.1 million to repair Charity, and had offered $150 million to settle the dispute. With the sides making little headway, Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, inserted language in the stimulus bill last year to create a binding arbitration process.

The arbitration panel, consisting of three judges from the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, ruled quickly after a weeklong, closed-door hearing in Washington that ended on Jan. 15. The only victory for the emergency management agency was that the judges accepted its slightly lower estimate of the hospital’s replacement cost.

In their ruling, the judges noted that the agency’s officials “were less experienced and less credible” than the consultants hired by the state to assess damage at Charity.

While FEMA questioned whether some of the damage was storm-related, “the witnesses and record offered inadequate support to make the skepticism reasonable,” they wrote.

The panel noted that some of Charity’s systems were operating “at a sub-optimal level” before the hurricane and that the state’s protection of the building after the storm “may not have been perfect.” But it indicated that its ruling had not been a close call.

“It’s unfortunate that it took this long to get to this point, but we’re glad that we’re finally there,” said P. Raymond Lamonica, general counsel for the Louisiana State University System, which would own the newly constructed hospital.

Jack Davis, president of Smart Growth for Louisiana, which opposes the new medical center, said the arbitration ruling should spur the state to rebuild the old Charity, which he said would be faster and less expensive to construct. Among other things, Mr. Davis said, it would save the time and cost of defending lawsuits that have challenged the new site on environmental grounds.

“Sometime soon, it will dawn on the political leadership that they can’t do the big expensive L.S.U. plan,” he said, “and that they’re going to have to settle on $800 million of new hospital, using Charity.”

 

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Health, Healthcare, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , | 8 Comments

U.S. Ambassador to Haiti……Moving the Food and supplies…not HOW MUCH is the problem there……

From the Cable.ForeignPolicy……..

Problems with food distribution and infrastructure, rather than a lack of food supplies, are responsible for rising unrest on the ground in Haiti, U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten (the man looking into the camera at right) told The Cable in a phone interview from Port-au-Prince.

“The amount of food we have is sufficient; the issue is getting it out to people in a form they can most easily use and eat and getting it to certain distribution points in sufficient numbers,” he said.

Merten confirmed that on Monday Brazilian personnel used tear gas on a crowd of Haitians at a food-distribution point. He said that aid groups were reevaluating the system for how much food to send where.

“People need to understand there’s a great deal of frustration among people here,” Merten said. “They have to wait longer. Their anger is understandable; it’s unfortunate.”

He also said he completely shared Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s sentiment that she “deeply resented” criticisms by other countries about the military face of the U.S. relief effort.

“The fact of the matter is the military is here because they have the immediate capability to bring humanitarian aid to the area,” Merten elaborated. “They’re close, they have the capability, that’s why they are here.”

“I would suggest that other countries maybe haven’t thought that through.”

The number of flights landing at the Haiti airport has actually gone down recently, but that’s not due to a decrease in demand, according to Merten. There has been a rise in “no shows” — planes that asked for landing clearance but then for whatever reason missed their appointed slots. U.S. Southern Command is still running the airport, but coordinating flight priorities with USAID and the U.N., he added.

Food distribution is the top mission right now, but in a few days that will shift to increasing the amount of temporary shelter. It’s been fortunate for the relief effort that not much rain has fallen since the earthquake, but that luck won’t last forever, Merten said.

It will still be several weeks, however, before any plans for large-scale reconstruction will be developed. The U.S. is evacuating orphans by the hundreds and the main challenges there are linking up the orphans with the correct foster families and making sure they really are orphans in the first place.

Overall, the aid mission is hampered most by poor roads and facilities that weren’t in good shape in the past, but are now also covered in rubble. It takes an hour to travel just 5 miles, Merten said, and traffic congestion is horrendous.

“The infrastructure is a huge limitation here and there’s a lack of appreciation of what the infrastructure challenges here are and were even before the crisis occurred.”

There are now 56 confirmed American deaths in Haiti and 36 more reported but not confirmed. One embassy official, four local hires, and three dependents of U.S. government employees have perished since the crisis began.

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Family, Food, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Military, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Life in Haitian 'tent' cities' is hard…….

Haitian boy

A rooster crows, and two street preachers stand near the gates of a new tent city. They are both women, both wearing black kerchiefs over their hair. One shouts hoarsely into a bullhorn while the other sings sweetly from a “singing bible,” a book of hymns. The sounds clash and blend, grate and harmonize, and the result is, incongruously, achingly beautiful, a sort of Haitian hip-hop gospel.

It is 6:30 a.m., and the refugee settlement known as the Daihatsu camp is coming to life for another day.

“God is looking for you!” the first preacher shouts in Creole. “God needs you! . . . Give him your life! Give him your life! Because he lets you borrow it, he can take it whenever he wants!”

The other woman sings: “The world is not easy. The world is not easy. But God is with us, God gives us grace, for he is looking at you.”

About 20 yards away, a group of teenage girls is in line at the one portable toilet in this camp of about 8,000 refugees from the Jan. 12 earthquake, one of about 500 such tent cities that have sprung up around the Haitian capital.

“You have to listen to them,” one is telling another, nodding toward the street preachers. “You have to have faith.”

That might seem hard, two weeks after the magnitude 7.0 quake shattered the world of everyone in this camp and killed at least 150,000 of their fellow Haitians, including many close relatives and friends. Life is not easy here at the Daihatsu camp, which is named for an adjoining car dealership and marches up a rocky, snake-infested hillside not far from the Port-au-Prince airport.

There is still very much to do in that poor country……and this is only the beginning for the large numbers of surviours…who started mostly with little and now have nothing…….

Note:….there are more fortunate people in the country…..In this piece the rebuilding of the country is being planned.….

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Family, Food, Government, Haiti, Health, Home, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Life in Haitian ‘tent’ cities’ is hard…….

Haitian boy

A rooster crows, and two street preachers stand near the gates of a new tent city. They are both women, both wearing black kerchiefs over their hair. One shouts hoarsely into a bullhorn while the other sings sweetly from a “singing bible,” a book of hymns. The sounds clash and blend, grate and harmonize, and the result is, incongruously, achingly beautiful, a sort of Haitian hip-hop gospel.

It is 6:30 a.m., and the refugee settlement known as the Daihatsu camp is coming to life for another day.

“God is looking for you!” the first preacher shouts in Creole. “God needs you! . . . Give him your life! Give him your life! Because he lets you borrow it, he can take it whenever he wants!”

The other woman sings: “The world is not easy. The world is not easy. But God is with us, God gives us grace, for he is looking at you.”

About 20 yards away, a group of teenage girls is in line at the one portable toilet in this camp of about 8,000 refugees from the Jan. 12 earthquake, one of about 500 such tent cities that have sprung up around the Haitian capital.

“You have to listen to them,” one is telling another, nodding toward the street preachers. “You have to have faith.”

That might seem hard, two weeks after the magnitude 7.0 quake shattered the world of everyone in this camp and killed at least 150,000 of their fellow Haitians, including many close relatives and friends. Life is not easy here at the Daihatsu camp, which is named for an adjoining car dealership and marches up a rocky, snake-infested hillside not far from the Port-au-Prince airport.

There is still very much to do in that poor country……and this is only the beginning for the large numbers of surviours…who started mostly with little and now have nothing…….

Note:….there are more fortunate people in the country…..In this piece the rebuilding of the country is being planned.….

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Family, Food, Government, Haiti, Health, Home, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Dem's reach out to Lou Dobbs on Immigration???

WTF?……Did I really see this????

Senate Democrats have reached out to former CNN anchor and prominent illegal-immigration opponent Lou Dobbs in an effort to build broad bipartisan support for immigration reform.

Winning the support of Dobbs, who became a prominent critic of illegal immigration and proposals to grant amnesty to illegal workers, could provide a significant boost to reform efforts.

And even though the victory of Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R) in Massachusetts appears to have diminished the chances of passing far-reaching, controversial immigration reform, Democrats are not giving up.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is spearheading the Democrats’ effort to put together a comprehensive reform bill, met with Dobbs on Wednesday.

“We’re meeting with all different kinds of groups, trying to get everybody together to come out for one bill,” Schumer said.

Dobbs built up a large viewership for his show, “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” by striking a conservative populist stance and frequently criticizing the flood of illegal workers into the nation.

Dobbs was an outspoken critic of waiving penalties against illegal workers

but has since said that government officials should consider legalizing illegal immigrants “under certain conditions.”

Schumer noted that Dobbs, who left CNN in November, is “changing his views on immigration.”

The third-ranking member of the Democratic leadership said he is looking for two Republicans to co-sponsor legislation.

“We have to have this bill be a bipartisan bill [and have] two Democrats and two Republicans to introduce it,” Schumer said. “We’re not there yet; we’re still working on getting our Republicans.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he supports efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, but he declined to set a timeline.

“You get into trouble by setting deadlines,” Reid said. “It’s something we’re committed to do, and we’ll do it as soon as we can.”

Senate Democratic leaders say they have discussed their strategy for immigration reform with President Barack Obama.

The Democrats have gone batshit crazy!

Really……

Lou Dobbs????….The Guy with a Mexican America wife that ragged on Hispanics and Latinos for his last few years on the air?????

I give up…………

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Dem’s reach out to Lou Dobbs on Immigration???

WTF?……Did I really see this????

Senate Democrats have reached out to former CNN anchor and prominent illegal-immigration opponent Lou Dobbs in an effort to build broad bipartisan support for immigration reform.

Winning the support of Dobbs, who became a prominent critic of illegal immigration and proposals to grant amnesty to illegal workers, could provide a significant boost to reform efforts.

And even though the victory of Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R) in Massachusetts appears to have diminished the chances of passing far-reaching, controversial immigration reform, Democrats are not giving up.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is spearheading the Democrats’ effort to put together a comprehensive reform bill, met with Dobbs on Wednesday.

“We’re meeting with all different kinds of groups, trying to get everybody together to come out for one bill,” Schumer said.

Dobbs built up a large viewership for his show, “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” by striking a conservative populist stance and frequently criticizing the flood of illegal workers into the nation.

Dobbs was an outspoken critic of waiving penalties against illegal workers

but has since said that government officials should consider legalizing illegal immigrants “under certain conditions.”

Schumer noted that Dobbs, who left CNN in November, is “changing his views on immigration.”

The third-ranking member of the Democratic leadership said he is looking for two Republicans to co-sponsor legislation.

“We have to have this bill be a bipartisan bill [and have] two Democrats and two Republicans to introduce it,” Schumer said. “We’re not there yet; we’re still working on getting our Republicans.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he supports efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, but he declined to set a timeline.

“You get into trouble by setting deadlines,” Reid said. “It’s something we’re committed to do, and we’ll do it as soon as we can.”

Senate Democratic leaders say they have discussed their strategy for immigration reform with President Barack Obama.

The Democrats have gone batshit crazy!

Really……

Lou Dobbs????….The Guy with a Mexican America wife that ragged on Hispanics and Latinos for his last few years on the air?????

I give up…………

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

'Making Home Affordable Program' will require prequalification examinations by banks starting June 1st……..

Starting June 1, borrowers must prove they qualify for the mortgage help upfront, providing two pay stubs and other paperwork, before their payments can be lowered. The change attempts to prevent a repeat of the current backlog of borrowers who received mortgage relief after a phone conversation with their lender but did not satisfy the government’s documentation requirements within three months.

More than 300,000 borrowers were at risk of losing their aid under the Making Home Affordable program by the end of January because they had not submitted required paperwork. But lenders were given new flexibility Thursday to make these loan modifications permanent despite the lack of documentation, Treasury officials said.

“Increasing the number of borrowers receiving permanent modifications under [the government program] is critical to our efforts to preserve affordable and sustainable homeownership,” William Apgar, a senior adviser for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said in a statement.

While lenders blamed borrowers for not submitting their documentation on time, homeowners and housing counselors have complained that banks often lost the paperwork. In some cases, lenders have been slow to complete the loan modification even after the borrower met all the requirements, they have said. Government officials said the new paperwork requirements will be easier to understand and less onerous for borrowers.

Hopefully this will speed up any backlog in processing applications which have been really behind from what Dog hears…..

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Home, Law, Men, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment