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Cottage News…….

August 31, 2009

Day One…….

Today is the first day in our cottage being raised. We had 1 week to get a storage/shop/shed (Graceland on 603 in Bay St. Louis) put on to our property. We had to take out everything in our cottage so MEMA and TL Wallace can move our cottage over to the side so they can dig the trenches and put pilings down with cement. They will be bolting our cottage to its new foundation after the cement has hardened for 3 to 4 days. So far all they have done is cut the straps and moved all the blocks from under the cottage. They arrived here this morning at 7 am and it is 11:10 now.  I guess I need to go over and see what is going on.

12:05pm     Monday       August 31, 2009

The A/C  man just arrived.  Hopefully it wont be long now.

12:15 pm

The Cable man finally came to unhook the cable. They said they would be here at 8 am this morning (WE would be the first ones on the list today) to cut our cable off at the pole.  I guess being late is better then not comming at all. The MEMA guy who does the mesureing of the property has been going round and round, mesureing every little square inch of our property. Mesureing over and over, takeing down numbers after numbers. They did move ourcottage over to the side of where it will finally go. We are moving up 4 feet (City said we had to) and 6 feet over to the side (incase the city lets us get a tag/add on/pod) so we will have the right variance on the side. So many people here watching. While others are doing the work. Supervisors from every nook and cornor, plus passres by slowing down to see and others stopping on the side of the road and watching. Some came from the bar on coleman just to watch. So much construction going on between us and coleman. Work trucks and crews everywhere. Just a few lots down from us, someone is having a house built. Good to see another house going up in this place. Only 5 (counting ours) on our street and now another one. Great for the city of Waveland.

3:pm…….

The guys who are going to dig the trenchs and put in the pilings are here. It;s now 4:30 pm and finally they are marking off the area where the construction will be going on. Hubby is home and he’s getting filled in on what is going to happen.

More tomorrow.

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Four Years Later, Let’s End the Human Rights Crisis in KatrinaRitaVille digg Share this on Facebook Huffpost – stumble reddit del.ico.us ShareThis RSS

August 31, 2009

This will be the first year that Congressional Leadership and the President of the United States do not travel to the Gulf Coast to honor the anniversary of our nation’s largest disaster. Hurricane Katrina caused over 1,800 deaths, more than $150 billion in damages and displaced over one million Americans from their homes. Four years and three hurricanes later, many communities along the Gulf Coast are still devastated.

If they did visit today, they certainly would find some progress. This Administration has succeeded in clearing up bureaucratic squabbles stalling millions of dollars for projects such as rebuilding Southern University in New Orleans. Yet if they visited places like East Biloxi or the Lower Ninth Ward and met with the region’s most vulnerable people — residents with disabilities, poor, elderly, minority and immigrant communities —they would find that the federal government still has a long fight ahead to make good on promises to rebuild a stronger, safer and more equitable Gulf Coast.

Thousands of residents still live in toxic government-issued trailers as they struggle to rebuild their homes. Affordable housing construction has ground to a halt with the crash of financial markets. Homelessness has doubled in New Orleans since 2005 to roughly 12,000. Health care facilities, particularly in mental health where needs have skyrocketed, remain limited. Eighty percent of our nation’s coastal erosion each year occurs along the Gulf of Mexico, destroying tens of thousands of acres of wetlands. When combined with climate change, the very existence of coastal communities and cultures which depend on the vitality of the bayous for their livelihood and flood protection are now at stake. Tens of thousands of internally displaced survivors lack the resources to return and reunite with family and many more are unable to access proper training and living wage work to lift their families out of poverty. The result is a domestic human rights crisis.

These issues have implication even beyond our borders. After the United States joined the U.N. Human Rights Council in April, the first report heard by the body castigated the U.S. for abuses including discriminatory recover policies and failing to provide displaced survivors of Hurricane Katrina with the resources they need to return and rebuild. The treatment of hurricane survivors continues to be a black mark on our nation’s reputation and threatens to undermine America’s ability to lead the world on human rights issues.

Without stepping foot on the ground and talking with survivors it is difficult fully grasp the enormity and diversity of the challenges still facing Gulf Coast families and the vital need for new solutions. Leaders in Washington could still learn from community leaders on the ground working every day to restore their neighborhoods.

To fill the gaps left by the federal and local government response, heroic community and faith-based organizations, backed by thousands of volunteers, have responded to this crisis with innovative and cost effective programs to rebuild lives across Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. They have led some of the most successful efforts in the recovery to date but unfortunately often the lack of funding to grow their efforts in scale.

Looking to build on local successes and tackle recovery issues, diverse grassroots leaders from across the region working with students, policy experts, and a bipartisan group of legislators including Representatives Zoe Lofgren, Rodney Alexander, Joseph Cao, Charlie Melancon, Gene Taylor and Bennie Thompson developed the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act. This legislation would create 100,000 green job and training opportunities for residents and displaced survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to rebuild and sustain their communities. The federal government would partner directly with local officials and non-profits to address remaining challenges like infrastructure, affordable housing and flood protection. It would focus on building resilience to climate change, mitigating the effects of future deadly storms and confronting poverty. This plan is supported by 250 community, faith, environmental and human rights organizations along the Gulf Coast and across the nation like the NAACP, ACLU, National Council of Churches, Jewish Council on Public Affairs, NETWORK, Global Green, 1SKY, the Equity & Inclusion Campaign, Oxfam American and Amnesty International USA. Last September over 100 Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Mainline Protestant and Muslim leaders urged Congress and the next Administration to support this innovative policy as a national moral priority.

Over 30 members of the U.S. House are now urging their colleagues on Capitol Hill and at the White House to remember the people of the Gulf Coast and our duty as Americans to ensure every community has a right to recovery with this legislation. As we approach the 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, there is no better way to utilize the lessons learned since 2005 and support our brothers and sisters along the Gulf Coast than by passing and funding the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act.

Click here to support to urge your Member of Congress to support the Gulf Coast Civil Works Act.

The Lobbyists-First Healthcare Reform Bill

August 31, 2009

August 31, 2009

In the vernacular preferred by most men I know, Obamacare could be called the “Screw-You” plan.  Just about every special interest in this Country will make out like bandits, while you and I will be…well yes, I hate to say it, but here goes:  we taxpayers will be royally screwed.

We pay; they play.
The special interests that elected this president are conducting multi-million dollar ad campaigns to seal the deal on Obamacare.  Every one of them has had a very cushy seat at the power table where the bill was written, not on C-SPAN as candidate Obama promised, but behind closed doors.
Good ole boys, whether from Chicago or New Orleans, play ball by the same slimy rules.
Big Pharma, according to Forbes, is expected to spend as much as $150 million on ads supporting Obamacare.  The 1997 FDA rule change that opened the door to direct TV ads aimed at patients, rather than their doctors, heralded a golden age of unprecedented profits.  But many of those so-called miracle drugs developed in the 90s are about to go off patent and this will shrink Pharma’s profits.  The president has promised the drug companies that if they give $80 billion discounts up front, then there will be no haggling with the government over pricing in the future.  Good deal for Big Pharma; bad deal for taxpayers.
Can we use the word, “fascist,” yet?
If you wonder why the union bosses are sending thugs to harass, intimidate and assault Obamacare dissenters at townhall meetings, there are billions of reasons hidden in the legislation.  Union bosses spent so much money – about $65 million — getting Democrats elected last year that they are now on the financial ropes.  Obama’s campaign got $28 million from the SEIU alone.  Unions now have only about 30 cents for every dollar of projected costs for member pension plans. Buried in Section 164 of Obamacare is the anticipated $10 billion taxpayer bailout that helps these union bosses make up for their profligate political spending.  And that’s only the first-on-the-table figure.  It’s sure to get bigger and bigger as time passes.
In the real world, we call that political payback.  And, honey, it’s anything but transparent.
Health insurance companies, who have mysteriously been one of the Democrats’ favorite targets in the reform sales blitz, are also on board with the plan.  The reason for this may seem shortsighted on their part, since every sentient observer well understands that the so-called public option is sure to eventually put them out of business, but in the short term, they stand to be guaranteed millions of young, healthy, government-mandated customers to help offset the expense of also-mandated coverage for all comers, regardless of pre-existing conditions. And it should not be forgotten that HMO executives gave more than $1.2 million to the Obama campaign.  Perhaps the boomer insurance execs are counting on the inevitable bankruptcy-tsunami coming after they’ve gone to their own golden parachutes in the sky.
Smelling fishier and fishier, honey.
Trial lawyers are in greedy-rapture mode, dreaming up schemes to convince even more patients to file malpractice suits, since there’s not even a shred of tort reform in ObamaCare.  The multi-million dollar abortion industry is all aflutter, as FactCheck.org has confirmed, abortions would be covered by the federal plan and also by federally subsidized private plans.  Pro-illegal immigrant groups are purely salivating over Obamacare, since there isn’t a solitary provision in this bill that would require anyone signing up for benefits to prove he is indeed a U.S. citizen.  And George Soros, a multi-billion-dollar special interest unto himself, will get the eugenics-lite approach he favors to end-of-life decision making.
So, what we have here, dear readers, is a gargantuan failure to communicate.  The trio of Statist Tyrants in charge — Obama, Pelosi and Reid — have decided that saying the opposite of what they mean, all the while accusing others of lying, is indeed the way to have an “open debate” about healthcare reform.
As these Democrats put on their plastic smiley faces in public, they are screaming the figurative, “Screw You,” behind closed doors.  Shameful.  Purely plum shameful.  And this from that nice young man who promised transparency and a new kind of politics.
Someone get me my smelling salts.  Hypocrisy of such magnitude has given me the vapors.
Kyle-Anne Shiver is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and a newly syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate.  She welcomes your comments at kyleanneshiver.com.

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Protecting homeowners is the right course

August 31, 2009

U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor

Bay church dedicates new steeple

August 31, 2009

BAY ST. LOUIS

The Main Street United Methodist Church dedicated its new steeple Sunday on the Katrina anniversary weekend. The old one, toppled by the storm four years ago, spent a considerable amount of time on the front lawn of the church and could not be repaired. The 114-year-old church has a new one with steel interior reenforcement, which holds the delicate, completely refurbished stained glass windows. Its ready for another 100 years, said church leader Bill Pitcairn. Pitcairn said it took most of the four years to settle with insurance, get city permits and then build a tower that would withstand wind, lightning and storms. Sunday, the church congregation and visitors gathered inside and out to celebrate the new steeple. Former pastor the Rev. Rick Brooks said, There’s just some things that belong on Main Street and the steeple’s one of them. It’s a community symbol, Brooks said. And for me, it’s a symbol of great hope. The steeple has been up for about four months. Pieces of the old one were used to make crosses and to frame prints of the church as gifts for church members who helped after Katrina devastated downtown: Mayor Les Fillingame, C.C. McDonald, Pitcairn, Cindy Eberhart, Brooks and Harold Carver. Carver is the legendary elder who held off the street cleanup crews who wanted to take the fallen steeple along with the rest of the storm debris. Legend has it, he pulled a gun. Pitcairn says that’s an exaggeration. He just stuck it in his waistband, Pitcairn said. Carver was just letting the cleanup crew know he was serious about them not taking the steeple, he said. The weather was clear outside as the congregation and the Rev. Heather Hensarling officially dedicated the structure and afterwards, it was food in the reception hall.

Members of the Main Street United Methodist Church raise hands toward the new steeple to consecrate it during a dedication ceremony in Bay St. Louis on Sunday.

Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame gives his remarks during the dedication ceremony for the new steeple atop the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bay. St. Louis.
Members of the Main Street United Methodist Church stand as they sing in praise during the dedication ceremony for their new steeple to replace the one destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.
The Main Street United Methodist Church dedicates its new steeple to replace the one knocked down by Hurricane Katrina.
Members of the Main Street United Methodist Church raise hands towards the new steeple to consecrate it during a dedication ceremony in Bay St. Louis on Sunday.–


Man dead in Moss Point shooting

August 31, 2009

MOSS POINT

One man was killed early Sunday morning and six were wounded in a shooting that erupted during a fight at a club on Shortcut Road in Moss Point.

City police said the shooting was at the Paradise Lounge at 3:30 a.m. The night spot is in the 6500 block of Shortcut Road.

Of the wounded survivors, two were admitted to Singing River Hospital, Moss Point police confirmed late Sunday.

When law enforcement officers arrived, they found a man dead on the floor inside the club and several wounded patrons walking around outside.

Police investigators believe that an argument between two patrons escalated into a gunfight, according to a statement released Sunday. The cause of the fight was hadn’t been determined and the shooting was still under investigation Sunday night.

Moss Point Police Chief Sheila Smallman said late Sunday that more details will be available today.

Also responding to the shooting was the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Pascagoula police.

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus said Sunday that she could not positively identify the man who died on the lounge floor.

“He had absolutely no identification on him,” Broadus said, so she was unable to release a name, age or home town.

But according to more than one report, the six who were wounded, were wounded by gunfire.

CAMPAIGN AIMS TO NAB DRUNKEN DRIVERS

August 31, 2009

Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson, right, and Capt. Jimmy O’Banner work at a checkpoint Friday night on U.S. 49, which was part of the Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest campaign.

Sharing a sunset

August 31, 2009

Ocean Springs resident to accept award at Jerry Lewis MDA telethon

August 31, 2009

SUBMITTED PHOTO Gregory Smith has won a state award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for his achievements.
OCEAN SPRINGS

Gregory Smith of Ocean Springs has received the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 2009 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award for Mississippi.

Smith, 45, was selected for the honor because of his personal and professional success, and for his advocacy for people with disabilities.

He’ll accept the award during the local broadcast of the 2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

“I’m happy to have an opportunity to be an example for people with disabilities across the state and I hope my message inspires them to seek out full inclusion in community life,” he said. “I also hope that people who do not have disabilities can realize that disability is a beautiful part of the natural diversity that is human life.”

The single father of three travels the country about twice a month as a motivational speaker, sharing his life story with corporations, colleges and universities, high schools, elementary schools, associations and at other conferences and meetings, and teaching his audiences how to build their inner strength.

Initiated in 1992, the national awards program recognizes the accomplishments and community service of people with disabilities caused by any of the diseases in MDA’s program.

Smith has Becker muscular dystrophy, a degenerative genetic disease that causes generalized weakness and muscle wasting.

He received a diagnosis of muscular dystrophy as a baby; as an adult his condition was specifically identified as BMD. He had three metal rods inserted in his back at age 13 and since then has used a power wheelchair to maintain mobility and independence.

Known as “America’s Strength Coach,” he’s also the author of “On a Roll: Reflections from America’s Wheelchair Dude with the Winning Attitude,” and subject of the PBS award-winning documentary film, “On a Roll: Family, Disability and the American Dream.” Smith also hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, “On a Roll: Talk Radio on Life & Disability.”

He ended the radio show in 2006 after 14 years, but is considering a return to the airwaves.

He’s also helping others with disabilities pursue opportunities in broadcasting and publishing.

County will bury animals that pose a health threat

August 31, 2009

GULFPORT

Harrison County supervisors are advising residents that the county can’t bury large animals unless they pose a health threat to the community.

For years, county workers have buried animals for residents at county expense as long as the animal’s owner had a certificate from a veterinarian. Most of these animals were livestock, such as horses and cows.

But board attorney Tim Holleman recently discovered that not all the animals pose a health threat, and that an ordinance prohibits the county from burying the animals.

“In order for the county to use road equipment to bury an animal, a veterinarian has to certify that there is a threat of disease if the animal isn’t buried,” he said. “The statute is more restrictive than people believe, in my opinion.

“If the veterinarian doesn’t provide that certificate, then the county doesn’t have the authority to bury the animal.”

Holleman said after he became board attorney July 1 he looked at some of the certificates and saw that the animals didn’t pose a health threat, although that’s not always the case.

He brought it to the board’s attention at a recent meeting. County officials estimate that they bury one to two animals each month.

Marlin Ladner, president of the board, said if the county buries animals it isn’t allowed by law to bury, supervisors can be held personally liable for the cost.

He added that it also can cost the county overtime, as well as the cost of using the equipment.

“Many of the burials happened on the weekend or in the late afternoon, so sometimes we ended up paying overtime for that,” Ladner said.