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NOPD says it never confiscated guns

The TRO that the NRA got to stop gun-grabbing in New Orleans has some statements that seem to run counter to the facts. You've heard of and probably seen video of guns being grabbed, but, as it says here:

Now the appropriate officials [Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans and P. Edwin Compass, III, Superintendent of Police for the City of New Orleans] deny [in the TRO] that they will do it, can do it, or did do it.

So, either your eyes were lying to you, or there's some weird legalistic explanation for their statements in the TRO, or Nagin and Compass lied in the TRO...
Here's the relevant section of the TRO:

Defendants, C. Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans and P. Edwin Compass, III, Superintendent of Police for the City of New Orleans, deny the allegations in the Complaint For Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief and specifically deny that it was or is the policy of the City of New Orleans nor the New Orleans Police Department to illegally seize lawfully possessed firearms from citizens;
Defendants C. Ray Nagin, Mayor of the City of New Orleans, and P. Edwin Compass, III, Superintendent of the Department of Police for the City of New Orleans, specifically deny each and every allegation in the Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief and specifically reserving all rights herein and waiving none, assert the following:
1. C. Ray Nagin has not issued, nor has he any intention of issuing, any order, declaration, promulgation, and/or directive pursuant to the authority granted unto him by LSA-R.S. 29:721, et seq., ordering the seizure of any lawfully-possessed firearm from law abiding citizens, nor has C. Ray Nagin delegated any authority granted unto him pursuant to LSA-RS 29:721, et seq. to any other city official, department head, officer, employee, and/or agent of the City of New Orleans including, but not limited to, P. Edwin Compass, III, Superintendent of the Department of Police for the City of New Orleans and/or Warren Riley, Deputy Superintendent of the Department of Police of the City of New Orleans;
2. P. Edwin Compass, III acknowledges that no authority has been delegated to him by C. Ray Nagin, Mayor of the City of New Orleans, pursuant to the powers granted unto the said Mayor by the provisions of LSA-RS 29:721, et seq. to order the seizure of lawfully-possessed firearms from law abiding citizens and that any and all statements which are allegedly attributed to him in such regard do not represent any policy, statement, ordinance, regulation, decision, custom or practice of either C. Ray Nagin or the City of New Orleans, its agencies and/or departments;
3. C. Ray Nagin and P. Edwin Compass, III affirmatively deny that seizures of lawfully possessed firearms from law abiding citizens has occurred as a result of the actions of officers, city officials, employees and/or agents of the City of New Orleans or any of its departments and further affirmatively deny that any such weapons are presently in the possession of the City of New Orleans, its agents and/or departments;
4. C. Ray Nagin and P. Edwin Compass, III further affirmatively deny that it is the custom, practice and/or policy of the City of New Orleans, either officially or unofficially, to seize and/or confiscate lawfully-possessed firearms from law abiding citizens.

"Ray Nagin, the error-prone mayor"

John Leo from 9/21:

Which politician emerged from the mess of Katrina as the biggest bonehead involved? No, it's not Michael Brown, George W. Bush, or even the bumbling Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.
The clear winner is New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who made every conceivable mistake during the crisis. With plenty of warning, he delayed the evacuation order, had no drivers ready to operate the school buses that stood idle, failed to stock the Superdome with food and water, and let the looters rampage without any interference from police...
...So today the New York Times has a news profile of the mayor. How does it treat Nagin? You guessed it-he's a hero. The lead of the story is "Hurricane Katrina has given the nation a new political celebrity, the mayor of beleaguered New Orleans." (Nation to city: Can we please give this alleged celebrity back?) The headline is worse, a classic in intentional inaccuracy: "A Storm Survivor, Political Reputation Intact." If Nagin's reputation is intact, so are Bush's, Brown's, and Blanco's. Many of Nagin's antics during Katrina are mentioned briefly, well down in the story.
But the article, posing as a news report, is a heavy-handed editorial and a foolish one at that. "Mr. Nagin has emerged as something of a folk hero." The Times is still having credibility problems and seems determined not to do much about them.

NYT: Ray Nagin's "Political Reputation Intact"

From 9/21's "A Storm Survivor, Political Reputation Intact" by Joyce Purnick:

Hurricane Katrina has given the nation a new political celebrity, the mayor of beleaguered New Orleans. And like they say with pride here about most everything, Mayor C. Ray Nagin is just plain different...

Say what now?

...That kind of bravado is classic Nagin, an unorthodox politician of 49...
And of course there was the famous flash of Nagin temper on the Thursday after the storm, when he railed at the federal authorities, "Now get off your asses and do something." In most cities, the public would say, Sure, but why didn't you do it first? But in New Orleans, Mr. Nagin was seen as putting the blame squarely on Washington and as alerting the world to his city's emergency.
Instead of facing political oblivion, Mr. Nagin has emerged as something of a folk hero, a familiar figure with his distinctive shirts and shaved head...

He declined to be interviewed for this puff piece?

"There's no tax base," Mr. Rue [a rug dealer protecting his store] said. Too many people, he added, are too poor.
He was asked why not demand more from the state, more from the wealthy?

Even when surrounded by proof that it doesn't work, the NYT still supports more redistribution.

Mr. Rue, looking as though he wanted to use his claw hammer, sighed. Listen, he seemed to be saying, he survived. And so, it would seem, did Mr. Nagin. - survived a storm that damaged almost everything and everyone in its path, including a president.
But somehow there is a sense of tolerance from his constituents for their mayor, because, they say, at least he tried - considered an accomplishment in their hometown.

AP: Ray Nagin's "erratic course"

Liberals appear to be turning on NO's hapless leader. Adam Nossiter of the AP offers "New Orleans Mayor Faces Leadership Crisis".
He's charted an "erratic course" over the course of the crisis, weeping one moment and "jauntily announcing the city's comeback at another". He got the death toll wrong (as far as is currently known), he invited people to come back then reversed course, he accuse Thad Allen of "trying to make himself the federal mayor of New Orleans", and, horror of horrors, he was late for a meeting with federal officials.

"He hasn't demonstrated a clear vision for what should be happening next in New Orleans," said Melissa Harris Lacewell, a political science professor with the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. She described him as a "kind of a passionate character in this whole story," but added, "He appears to have been pretty unprepared."
Others have said in Nagin's defense that he is dealing with an enormous and unprecedented crisis.
Asked Tuesday about criticism of his leadership after the hurricane, the 49-year-old Nagin laughed.
"I won't even deal with that, man," he told The Associated Press. "It's my style, and I love it." He then walked away...


But his shoot-from-the-hip style has not served him well in a crisis, and has resulted in sometimes ill-informed or premature public pronouncements.
His competence and his ability to work the levers of political power have also been called into question.

Has the AP now fingered Nagin as their scapegoat-of-the-week?

Nagin: Thad Allen overstepped his bounds

From this:

On Tuesday, Nagin had harsh words for the federal government's top official in the city, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen, who he said "stepped outside his lane by talking directly to the citizens of New Orleans."

And, as an example of why some people refused to evacuate before the hurricane:

...Del Juneau, owner of a Bourbon Street lingerie shop in the once-raucous French Quarter, said it would be premature to order another evacuation based on the storm nearing Florida. "Where are you going to go? What are you going to do?" he said. "I'm not going anywhere."


The city requested 200 buses to assist in an evacuation. They would start running 48 hours before landfall from the downtown convention center and a stadium in Algiers.

Nagin has Dallas meeting with business leaders; locals object

The article "Failed Politics Should Not Control Louisiana Rebuild" discusses some of the problems NO had in the past, and suggest not repeating same. It also includes this:

Now that President Bush has made a massive commitment to the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast and the Greater New Orleans area, the usual suspects are moving in to try to secure the federal money. Last week in Dallas, a group of mostly white business leaders met with Mayor Ray Nagin about their vision of how to rebuild New Orleans. Upon his return, Nagin was greeted by complaints by African American politicians who did not appreciate the Mayor's meeting. These politicians want to control the flow of federal funds to the city. So, which group should lead? Actually, neither group should direct the rebuilding of New Orleans because both of them failed the city miserably over the past few years...

Could someone look up who was at the Dallas meeting, and who complained afterwards?


Nagin stops repopulation because of Rita

Nagin has halted bringing people back in to New Orleans, saying: "I am concerned about this hurricane getting in the gulf. ... If we are off, I'd rather err on the side of conservatism to make sure we have everyone out."


Thad Allen questions Nagin's reopening timeline

From this:
Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen said federal officials have worked with Mayor Ray Nagin and support his vision for repopulating the city, but he called Nagin's idea to return up to 180,000 people to New Orleans in the next week both ``extremely ambitious'' and ``extremely problematic.''
...Allen said a prime public health concern is the tap water, which in most of the city remains unfit for drinking and bathing. He said he was concerned about the difficulties of communicating the risk of using that water to people who return and might run out of the bottled water they brought along...
...Another concern, Allen said, was the risk of another storm hitting the region, threatening an already delicate levee system and possibly requiring residents to be evacuated again...

Report on weather forecasts sneaks in snark

The MSNBC article "Katrina forecasters were remarkably accurate" (subtitled "Levee breaks, catastrophic damage predicted, contrary to Bush claims") has an overview of the weather-related timeline and warnings. Plus, it manages to sneak in some anti-Bush asides:

For all the criticism of the Bush administration's confused response to Hurricane Katrina, at least two federal agencies got it right: the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center.

Here are some of their points:
- Aug. 28: while in Crawford, Bush watched a Max Mayfield presentation
- Aug. 29: National Hurricane Center issued warning with "SOME LEVEES IN THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS AREA COULD BE OVERTOPPED". (MSNBC points out that was in capitals, but I guess they all are)
- Sep. 1: Bush says, "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees"

Mayfield and Paul Trotter, the meteorologist in charge of the Slidell office, both refused to criticize the federal response.
But Mayfield said: "The fact that we had a major hurricane forecast over or near New Orleans is reason for great concern. The local and state emergency management knew that as well as FEMA did."


Mayfield also did something he rarely does before a hurricane hits: He personally called the governors of Mississippi and Louisiana and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin two days ahead of time to warn them about the monstrous hurricane. Nagin has said he ordered an evacuation because Mayfield's call "scared the hell" out of him.

Also, for you Rick Santorum fans:

AccuWeather Inc. senior meteorologist Michael Steinberg said emergency managers and the public could have been given an earlier warning of Katrina's threat to New Orleans. He said the private company had issued forecasts nearly 12 hours earlier than the hurricane center warning that Katrina was aiming at the area.

Nagin renting Dallas condo, did not buy house

The previous post "Ray Nagin buys Dallas house, moves" appears to have been incorrect.
Now, NOLA tells us:

Nagin rented Dallas condo: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin did not purchase a house in Dallas, as was stated incorrectly in Sunday coverage. Instead, he rented a condo for his family and then returned to New Orleans, according to mayoral spokeswoman Sally Forman.


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