New Orleans – Sewer system needs a lot of work

From Nola:

A long-awaited report sizing up the post-storm condition of New Orleans’ water, wastewater and drainage systems said it will take $5.7 billion to repair the massive infrastructure systems — much of which the Sewerage & Water Board has no idea how it will finance.

The 92-page report by management consultant Black & Veatch, delivered Wednesday to board directors, offers the most comprehensive picture to date of the massive task of rebuilding the city’s winding web of pipes, pumps and canals, a job consultants estimate will take 25 years.

It also includes a detailed request for additional money from the Louisiana Recovery Authority to cover a gap of nearly $1 billion between estimated near-term repair costs and federal rebuilding aid that has already been approved.


It seems that we, as a nation, are going to let New Orleans and the Gulf Coast wallow in their misery.  Funding for this huge project is coming from where?  Federal government can’t even do the simple things. 

We can win in Iraq says President Bush

We can win.  The question is at what cost. 

So, today, I was travelling across Illinois.  No less than 5 AM stations were playing Rush Limbaugh.  Air America (or any progressive radio) was no where to be found.  So, I took some Pepto and listened to Rush.  First, Democrats hate the military.  (One of the things that I can’t stand about Rush is that he just says stuff.  He has no data and doesn’t try to even bring data.  He pulls stuff out of his a$$.  He then serves this stuff up to the American listener as proof.)  I really didn’t know that I hate the military.  He then said that Dems pretend that they are supporting the troops but just wait and you see their true colors.  Then he said, like Kerry (he called him by some French name.  I’m sure it was a running joke with his audience.  I laughed…NOT.)  He pointed to Kerry’s blotched joke as proof of Kerry’s real colors.  He didn’t mention Kerry’s voting record which clearly does support the troops.  He didn’t mention that Kerry voted against cutting the VA budget which the R’s did.  But it was Rush, I would have been surprised if he tried to be balanced.  Secondly, Dems want America to lose.  We are all pacifists and therefore we want America to lose.  Thirdly, we can win.  (Rush offers no data to support this position.  He does not define winning.  Killing all the Iraqis?  Causing peace to spread around Iraq?  What is winning?)  Then he puts the cherry on top.  Anyone with a brain can see we can win.  WOW.  BTW, who still listens to Rush…willingly?

From WaPo:

President Bush acknowledged today that 2006 has been a disappointing year for U.S. troops and the Iraqi people, as the optimism of a newly elected government in Baghdad gave way to a successful strategy by “the enemies of liberty” to foment sectarian violence. And he warned that “difficult choices and additional sacrifices” lie ahead in 2007.

In a year-end news conference at the White House, Bush also said he is leaning toward increasing the “permanent size” of the Army and Marine Corps to meet the challenges of a long struggle against Islamic extremists. But he said he has not yet made up his mind whether to boost U.S. forces in Iraq in the short term.

Despite his comment yesterday in an interview with The Washington Post that the United States is currently “not winning” in Iraq, he said today that he continues to believe that “victory in Iraq is achievable” and that U.S. forces will eventually prevail.  more

Al Qaeda raises its ugly head

Where’s Ben?  Why haven’t we silenced this knucklehead yet? Oh, now I remember we diverted resources away from chasing down this murderer and toward Iraq.  That’s right. 



Al Qaeda’s second-in-command released a new videotaped statement Wednesday that said “holding elections won’t lead to Palestine’s liberation,” CNN Arabic experts confirmed.

“Those who try to liberate Muslim land through elections … will not liberate one grain of sand of Palestine,” Ayman al-Zawahiri said in video footage aired first by the Arab-language Al-Jazeera television network. Continue reading