“We’ve got a lot of rebuilding
to do … The good news is – and it’s hard for some
to see it now – that out of this chaos
is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast,
like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott’s house
– he’s lost his entire house –
there’s going to be a fantastic house.
And I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch.
” (Laughter) -President Bush, touring hurricane damage,
Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005
Iran Election In Dispute as 2 Candidates Claim Victory
Ahmadinejad Official Leader, But Mousavi Alleges Fraud
By Thomas Erdbrink
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, June 13, 2009
TEHRAN, June 13 — A pivotal presidential election in Iran ended in confusion and confrontation early Saturday as both sides claimed victory and plainclothes officers fired tear gas to disperse a cheering crowd outside the campaign headquarters of opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.
With votes still being counted in many cities, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was leading by a 2-1 ratio in early returns, according to Iranian Interior Ministry officials. But Mousavi’s supporters dismissed those numbers, saying the ministry was effectively under Ahmadinejad’s control.
North Korea says it will ‘weaponize’ its plutonium
11:55 PM PDT, June 12, 2009
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea vowed on Saturday to embark on a uranium enrichment program and “weaponize” all the plutonium in its possession as it rejected the new U.N. sanctions meant to punish the communist nation for its recent nuclear test.
North Korea also said it would not abandon its nuclear programs, saying it was an inevitable decision to defend itself from what it says is a hostile U.S. policy and its nuclear threat against the North.
The North will take “resolute military action” if the United States or its allies try to impose any “blockade” on it, the ministry said in a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
The ministry did not elaborate if the blockade refers to an attempt to stop its ships or impose sanctions.
North Korea describes its nuclear program as a deterrent against possible U.S. attacks. Washington says it has no intention of attacking and has expressed fear that North Korea is trying to sell its nuclear technology to other nations.
Permanence Eludes Some Katrina Victims
Many Still Live in Trailers, Rentals
By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 13, 2009
GULFPORT, Miss. — James Johnson can look across a grassy field here and see acres of empty pastel “Mississippi cottages,” each house an architect’s vision of how government can provide safe, low-cost and permanent housing to families made homeless by Hurricane Katrina nearly four years ago.
At 74, Johnson would like nothing better than to move one of the nearly 700 vacant cottages onto his land, where he now lives in a temporary trailer provided by the government. The cottages — with picturesque white fences and wide front porches — are designed to be set on a permanent foundation and can withstand winds of 150 mph.
Johnson’s daughter helped him apply for a cottage, but the request to the state has gone nowhere.