Bobby Jindal and FEMA

Bobby Jindal takes up the case against FEMA. My take is that these things get slapped together in a hurry in an emergency. Many people looked the other way with regards to health hazards in the wake of disasters like Katrina. That doesn’t mean problems and mistakes should be swept under the rug. He may only be grandstanding, but I don’t see any other congressmen or Senators taking up the case here, if any other representatives are speaking out about this.

“Further, case studies show that even if residents followed FEMA’s guidelines on appropriate ventilation of trailers, high levels of formaldehyde can remain,” Jindal said.

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After Hurricane Katrina, guess who wasn’t in Maryland

A great article/lovefest over Bobby Jindal. I think any state would be lucky to have this guy as a serious candidate for governor.

An excerpt:

Bobby Jindal doesn’t tell a lot of stories about what he did during Katrina. Seeing the devastation firsthand does that to you. You have to hear it from the people around him, the people who saw what he did.

A few days after the storm, there was a meeting of the Louisiana principals. Blanco was there, FEMA’s soon-to-be-infamous Michael Brown, a handful of Congressmen, and every local political staffer worth shaking a stick at, and some not even worth that. It was supposed to start at Noon. At 12:30, it still hadn’t. People were milling around, chatting, giving quotes to reporters.

Jindal surveyed the room for a few minutes. Then he saw Blanco and the others pause to look at a television in the corner—it was footage from another press conference they’d had the previous day, broadcasting on CNN. The politicians all stood around, watching themselves on the screen.

Jindal turned to his chief of staff, and said, “Let’s go.”

You can imagine where it goes from there. Worth an honest read.

Bobby Jindal; making sense again

While John Breaux works hard to save the Democratic Party in Louisiana, Bobby Jindal works hard to save New Orleans and keep drug dealers and sex offenders out of the housing projects. The advocate calls it “controversial”, thankfully, the democratically controlled congress didn’t think so:

Specifically, his motion denies the right of return to public housing for individuals who “have been convicted of dealing drugs, a sex crime, or a crime of domestic violence, or who pose a direct threat to public safety, such as gang members”. However, the motion and the bill has passed a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Props to all who voted “yea”, a small but important victory.

Ready for Governor Breaux?

Blanco officially quits. She’s always been one to listen to what the Democratic party guys tell her, much to the detriment of her state. I guess the party guys told her to make way for the Senator from Maryland to run. My plea to those living north of I-10, I entreaty you, give Bobby Jindal a chance!

Update: Just to be clear, what I’m tryin to say is, please vote for Bobby Jindal!

Rep. Jindal announces run for Louisiana Governor

To continue the Louisiana trend. It appears that Jindal is going to run for Governor again. Given all the trials and tribulations that Louisiana has gone through, “a new approach to governing” should be welcome.

And forgetting the whole Katrina thing just for a moment (give it a try) Jindal is an extremely smart guy, and should have won the last time he ran. My hunch is, he would bring a welcome change to the intellectual bankruptcy that has plagued Louisiana politics. And one result of Katrina is the lack of the same democratic block in Orleans Parish. It’s going to be a little tougher for Cleo Fields, Donna Brazille, et al., to get on a conference call at 4:00pm and step up the bus runs to bring this election to the Democratic side.

Geaux Jindal!

Rep. Jindal announces run for Louisiana Governor

Oil Revenue in LA continued

Don’t know how well researched this is, but an interesting story over at TheInd, about how little tax revenue LA gets from oil and gas production.

Posted at 08:40 pm by Johnny B

Jindal mention

Hey guys,

I was reading Jay Nordlinger, resident anti-communist at National Review (as well as classical music critic). He keeps track of dissidents and human rights abuses in China and Cuba and the like. Here is what he talked about today:

Last week, I did a piece on the Indian Americans, for the current National Review. When I say Indian Americans, I mean South Asia, not the rez (those are “American Indians,” unless you like “Native Americans,” but that’s a whole “nother” piece). Indian Americans are probably the most prosperous ethnic group in the country, and they are among the most successful however you measure them. They are becoming increasingly involved in politics — and are thought ripe for the Republican party.

Anyway, in preparing this piece, I talked to the great Thomas Sowell, who knows a lot about Indians, Indian Americans, ethnic groups, politics, and everything else under the sun. No big deal, the man is just a genius.

Unsurprisingly, he had many interesting things to say, e.g., about the role of “racial middlemen” throughout the world. Where there are few of a certain group — where they are perceived as unthreatening — they can flourish. I remember liking to cite the fact that Seattle had a black mayor. (This was in the 1980s.) And Sowell gave me a fascinating tidbit: On some Caribbean islands, where there is great black-Indian strife, the referees of soccer games are Chinese.

Anyway, our conversation turned to the election of Bobby Jindal, the Indian American from Louisiana. On Nov. 2, he was sent to Congress, from the district once the base of Klansman David Duke. Jindal — a Reaganite Republican — won 78 percent of the vote. Sowell said that, when he was young, he “would have bet you dollars to doughnuts” that Jindal could not be elected. “The Marines took me to Atlanta in 1952, and we went to this restaurant. The people called the police.” (Sowell is black.) “Then, in 1974 — only 22 years later — I was in Atlanta, and went to this posh restaurant. The place was crowded, so we doubled up at tables — white and black.”

Sowell’s point was that, in America, “the idea that things are fixed in concrete” is nonsense. The pace of change in this country is breathtaking, and nowhere is that truer than in the South.

Nicely observed, huh? By the way, Jindal is the second Indian American elected to Congress. The first was Dilip Singh Saund, a Democrat, who was elected in 1956 — in the middle of what was supposed to be the stifling Eisenhower era. Saund was a Sikh immigrant to California, who went door to door in his turban — and won.

Just something to ponder, on this pre-Christmas Monday morning.”

Later,

JIB

Posted at 09:30 am by Johnny B