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Friday, March 03, 2006

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Tom

I know, it's considered impolite to call the president of the United States a liar when he lies.

Unlss he's a Democrat, and it's about sex.

Tom

Oh, by the way, remember those missing billing rcords from the Rose law firm. The ones that were going to send Hillary Clinton to jail? Remember the Congressional investigations of obstruction of justice? Do you remember that when they turned up they cooroborated what Mrs. Clinton told Congress? Do you remember Safire calling the former First Lady a "congenital liar"? You don't? That's some liberal media we've got.

Scott

I always did like The Mailman. He always delivered. Looks like he still is.

MALONE BULLDOZES OVER KATRINA RED TAPE: NBA star brings trucks to haul away debris despite resistance from FEMA.

When former Utah Jazz all-star Karl Malone brought his logging company in Arkansas into Pascagoula, Miss. to clear out debris left behind by Hurricane Katrina, his team was met by a brick wall named Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and orange cones nicknamed the Army Corps of Engineers. Both said Malone wasn't authorized to bring his machinery into the area to clear private property.

Bob Anderson, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, said FEMA and the corps by law could only allow approved contractors to clear debris and that only government agencies could work on "public rights of way."

The Mailman wasn't trying to hear it.

"There was a lot of red tape, and I ain't got time for that," he told AP. "I found out that if you're going to do something good, just go ahead and do it. Once I get in my machine, no one is going to get me out. We just said 'the hell with it.' FEMA didn't approve, but we did it for the people."

Malone, an experienced truck driver and logger born in Bernice, La., spent 12 hours a day behind the wheel of his heavy machinery clearing 114 lots via the 18 vehicles he brought into Pascagoula, including a backhoe, three bulldozers and several RVs for him and his crew.

"We were totally self-contained with our own food and everything," said Malone. "We didn't want to take even one bottle of water away from these people. When we told them we were doing this for free, they looked at us like we were crazy or something."

Malone said landowners were told that debris had to be moved out to the street before it could be hauled away.

"How is a landowner who just lost everything going to pay $15,000 or $20,000 to have a lot cleared?" he asked. "I mean, there were two or three houses on top of one another in some places."

The one-time power-forward, who spent 18 seasons with the Utah Jazz and one with the Los Angeles Lakers, said he was moved by the indomitable spirit of the people who vowed to rebuild.

"Everything about this just felt right," the NBA vet tells AP. "My mom died two years ago, and in our last conversation, she told me that one day I would have to step up on a grand scale and help people. I knew this was it."

Scott

Well, this is pretty much unbelievable, now, innit? Or don’t you at least wish it were unbelievable?

Lott Lawyer: State Farm Destroying Papers
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer
Monday April 10, 2006

A lawyer for U.S. Sen. Trent Lott said Monday that State Farm Insurance Co. is destroying documents that could show the insurer has fraudulently denied thousands of claims by Lott and other policyholders whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Zach Scruggs, one of Lott's attorneys, says his client has a "good faith belief" that several State Farm employees in Biloxi are destroying engineering reports that gave conflicting conclusions about whether wind or water was responsible for storm damage.

Like thousands of Gulf Coast homeowners, Lott's claim was denied because State Farm concluded that Katrina's flood water demolished his beach-front Pascagoula home. State Farm says its policies do not cover damage from rising water, including wind-driven water.

But lawyers for the Mississippi Republican claim Bloomington, Ill.-based State Farm has routinely pressured its engineers to alter "favorable" reports that initially blamed damage on hurricane's wind, which the company's policies cover.

A State Farm spokesman said Monday he couldn't immediately comment on Scruggs' allegations.

Lott's allegations come on the heels of a lawsuit filed by Kiln, Miss., couple who claimed they had obtained copies of conflicting reports prepared by State Farm's engineers on what damaged their home. They said one report traced the destruction to Katrina's winds while a later report said flooding was the culprit.

Copyright © 2006 The Associated Press.

But...but...but the porch! Sweet Jesu, what about his porch?! Where we will sit when we come to visit? Where on earth will we sip mint juleps?

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