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Red Cross racist? Yes, if you believe a far-leftie illegal immigration supporter

The DN report discussed in "DemocracyNow shocked by effects of supporting massive illegal immigration" also contains various anti-Red Cross charges from Bill Chandler, president of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, and I have a great deal of trouble believing what he says because of the earlier report WSJ: "Undocumented" workers face struggle to take American jobs. I realize that given the choice I would say that neither a far-leftie nor the WSJ are credible, but as I'm forced to choose I'm going to back the WSJ in this one. Here are some of his charges:

We have had some very, very serious problems with very overt racism on the part of the Red Cross, not only with immigrants, but with other people that were displaced by Katrina, as well. But with immigrants, initially in the application process for benefits, we had a considerable problem in Hadleyburg and in Laurel with people asking for too much information, going, you know, beyond what is required by the Red Cross to certify people for eligibility, and they were asking for documents, they were asking for all kind of things that was irrelevant to their victimization.
We had a situation where undocumented or documented immigrants who had been living on the coast, and I think people need to know that Mississippi has a rapidly growing immigrant population, and we estimate that over 100,000 people are here working. But on the coast there's about 30,000 and of that there were a lot of people that were affected by Katrina. And like the Anglos and like the African Americans and Vietnamese, and so on, they were seeking shelter with the Red Cross. We had an incident late in September where the shelter manager in Long Beach decided he didn't want any of the Latinos to be there, and he called a number of law enforcement agencies, ranging from the Indiana State Police, who were here to supplement local law enforcement, to the ICE, which is the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement which we commonly know as "La Migra" or the INS, what used to be the INS, and had them come, and they pulled the Latinos out of the shelter. Several people were pulled out of showers and were not allowed to wrap themselves in towels, and were pulled into the parking lot and told that they would be deported in 48 hours if they didn't leave the shelter immediately.

WSJ, Shearer, TP on the Orleans Levee Board's failings

The WSJ has a long article on the Orleans Levee Board. To the right you see one of their trademarked line drawings, this time of that board's former head.
To save time, I'll let Harry Shearer summarize the WSJ piece:

concentrates on the fractured responsibility of the levee boards, sewerage and water board, and Port, as well as the Army Corps, for inspection and maintenance of the system. It also points out, appropriately, the failure of the Louisiana Legislature to unify those responsibilities in the recent special session...
What the Journal misses, however, is what the local paper, The Times Picayune, uncovers in Friday's edition, unaccountably not available online (late Thanksgiving?). The highlights: scheduled inspections of the system, conducted by levee board members and officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, were "cursory affairs" that "skipped the floodwalls...exposed by Katrina as the system's Achilles' heel." Beyond these scheduled visits, the agencies relied on grasscutting crews who "know what a good levee looks like".
Says Jerry Colletti, the Army Corps' operations manager for completed works of the admittedly under-thorough inspections his agency helped conduct, "I think it's a good lesson learned." Maybe Mike Brown's new firm has its first hire...
The TP sources its report in both documents and interviews. The WSJ quotes "engineers and others", mainly a National Science Foundation report on divided levee responsibility.
Unfortunately, a lot more people will see the Journal piece than will have access to the TP article.

The TP article he references is now online here.

WSJ thankful for wrecked New Orleans Public School system

If you read thinkprogress (nofollowpolicy), you'd think that. Except, they only provide part of the quote from the WSJ:

Catholic schools in New Orleans. That damaged city's public schools remain closed, but at least eight of its 35 private Catholic schools are already back teaching, less than three months after Katrina. Here's a modest proposal to help that city's poorest kids: Don't reopen any of the old public schools, 102 of 117 of which were performing below the state average in any case.

TP omits the final sentence of that paragraph:

Make the entire city a charter and voucher testing ground, and watch the creative spirit of teachers, entrepreneurs and students start to flow.

If you're going to take a quote out of context, let me suggest only doing it with hard-to-find source articles, not those that are not just online but are linked from your post.
OTOH, maybe these two fine sources could create an alternative universe and just duke it out amongst themselves and do everyone else a favor.

WSJ on our "cumbersome" laws

The WSJ's "Misinformation Slowed Federal Response to Katrina" seems to offer support for (finally!) doing something about all those very archaic laws:

Washington's experience in Louisiana has prompted the White House to seek ways to shoulder locals out of the way if another similar disaster crops up in the future. President Bush has asked Congress to consider mechanisms that would allow him to quickly place the Pentagon in charge of such disasters, making it easier to use assets such as the 82nd Airborne Division, highly trained, regular Army soldiers who specialize in moving to an area quickly and securing it. As it was, cumbersome federal regulations generally prevent Mr. Bush from sending regular Army troops to enforce order in American cities unless they are expressly invited by a state's governor.

It's so much easier in, well, Banana Republics.

New Orleans to become rich, Republican bastion

A couple days ago, the Wall Street Journal reported on the rich residents of NO's Uptown neighborhood. Apparently they've been doing OK, including establishing a helipad. The article is apparently subscriber-only, but a summary is here.
The summarizer (not the WSJ article) ends with this cheery note:

Before the water has been drained from the place, plans are being laid and it's not looking good for Porgy and Bess. It's not just the streets that are going to be sterilized. New Orleans is about to be de-germed and de-poored. Well-to-do African Americans are welcome, but the Ashton-Reiss set are already speculating about how the new New Orleans might just become a Republican bastion.

UPDATE: The full text of the article is available in "Old-line families plot the future".

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