Monday, October 08, 2007


According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a shyster is a person "who is professionally unscrupulous especially in the practice of law or politics." Being from the dirty, i have met a many of shysters both in the streets and in the work place. From my recollection, the governor of Mississippi gives new meaning to this word.

We all recant of August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina “Dropped the Bomb” on parts of the Dirty. It was one of the catastrophic storms in the history of the U.S. In many places, it did so much damage that it lead to the displacement of tens of thousands of people. In fact the U.S. Census Bureau, noted that after the event, the population of the state of Louisiana declined by 219,563 (almost 5%). Almost 80% of New Orleans was flooded (neighborhoods that ranged from 75 to 100% African American – see pg 2) by Hurricane Katrina, with some parts documented to have been submerged under 20 feet of water.

Total city of NO displacement was close to 500,000 persons (200,000 households). Mississippi was hit hard too, where the hurriciane leaving almost 300 people dead and about $125 billion in damages. However, it was not hit as hard as Lousiana, in particular New Orleans where the LA Department of Health document at least 1,464 deaths (like im supposed to belive this) across the state.

A recent GAO report I just read (came out end of August) suggest that the Federal Emergency Management Agency administered an alternative housing program that unfairly directed $275 of the available $388 million to residents in the state of Mississippi. A little bit more than 70 percent of the 275,00 homes destroyed or rendered unlivable due to Katrina were located in Lousiana alone. Add in Rita to the mix, 217,245 housing units were destroyed compared to approximatelly 68,000 in Mississippi.

We also know that there are many reports of massive fraud in the state. Take the State Farm insurance Example. Two auditors, in an exclusive interview with ABC news show 20/20, alleged that audit reports that concluded that damage was caused by wind were hidden until new reports could be fabricated to show otherwise – so SFI would not have to pay.

I guess it does pay to be a friend of GWB and the governor of the State of Mississippi (Haley Barbour) as it has been suggested by other writers. I just wonder how much loot in kick backs both them folks got from the Feds and State Farm - go figure


ester said...

hi thx for ur comment... nice post u got here...hope to see u again..have a nice day

Yaller Dog said...

Thanks for the coverage, but you're only seeing the tip of the iceburg. It is worse than you think: Click here for all the facts on Haley Barbour

Anonymous said...

u aint never lied. Barbour Founded and i guess still ownes lobbying firm called Barbour Griffith & Rogers which had as a client AshBritt -who was authorized to do up to $500 million in work, with an option for another $500 million to help with disaster relief for Katrina and its all on he public record and I bet a loot of the loot u tal;k about went in his pocket.

Girly_Girl said...

Hey, RDB, long time. Thanks for your darling comments. Book sales are going well, I think. Actually, I really don't know.

Your post is amazing and provocative as always. Thought of you last week when I was reading Voltaire.

Anonymous said...

Plain and simple. Bush ain't for the people. Our country is in so much debt because of this a__hole!

Femigog said...

Amen to that brother! Shysternomics is an understatement!

BloggersDelight said...

I wonder if you can "coin" that phrase? You should because it is SO descriptive of this era! If you have the time we would be honored if you would be one of our guest authors. Thank you in advance.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

ester - u are so welcome

YD - Thank for the link.

Anon1 - we in the wrong buisness, 500 million? dang.

Girly - again congrats on the book and dont be a stanger again or else....

Marcus - Thanks, and maybe they were profectic back in the day when they coined the term "bushwack."

Femi - u always got my back, when we roll remind me to teach u how to load my SKS clips

Bloggersdelight - sugarhill would be proud, and i would be honored to coin the term and be a guest

GC said...

thanks for the story
I never really paid much attention to the continuing pillaging of NO

Don said...

Damn, good post. Everytime I see Bush, I can't help but think back to when he made the infamous "Saddam tried to kill his daddy" comments. That one senseless statement showed me Bush was a man of hidden agenda. And how could he, one minute, praise the efforts of FEMA then the next drop the ball on dude. Either way it played it, it wasn't real. Die for what you believe in Dubya. I'd respect that.

GurlNexxDoor said...

You put your foot in this post! Excellent as always.

Truer words were never spoken.

dc_speaks said...

see man..i tried to get out of the mindset of nonsense yesterday and you pulled me right back in.

thanks a lot, T!

now i can go write a nasty letter to some politicians.


Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

GC - yep it kind of slips our mind

Don - thanks, he his a recovering cocaine addict and alcoholic LOL

GND - Thank you for the accolades. But I wanted to write it last week.

DC - You a fool main, Im sorry folk, I can't clean my guns every day. LOL

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