Monday, February 05, 2007

The most encouraging headline of the weekend

Residents of the three areas flooded worst by Hurricane Katrina can sue the Army Corps of Engineers over claims that a poorly designed navigation channel caused catastrophic flooding during Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge ruled today.

The Corps and federal government had argued they were immune from claims that the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet caused the damage to the Lower 9th Ward, eastern New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish.

The feds have always claimed immunity from civil suits. I'm obviously no legal scholar but this is the first time I have ever heard of a judge ruling that such a suit can go forward -- it may not be unique but it's uncommon.

In other news, Blanco and the administration had another "come to Jesus" meeting with ICFI, and they promised to close an a bazillion cases this month. Where have we heard this before. Oh, yeah, last month. It may slow recovery down to fire these rascals, but I sure would like to see them taken to the woodshed. Hey, if we can now sue the federales, maybe we can sue ICFI for non-performance.

And the murder rate keeps on pace for a record year. What the hell is happening???

On the bright side, there are now challengers to both Blanco on the left and Jindal on the right. I have high hopes for a hugely nasty gubernatorial campaign next year.

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