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Quotes of the week


  "His administration initiated progressive policies that focused on honesty, transparency, fiscal accountability, and technological enhancement; eliminated back-to-back budget deficits; and launched a highly acclaimed city website." — From the biographical blurb on the back of former mayor Ray Nagin's memoir Katrina's Secrets: Storms After the Storm. The book is set for release June 22.

  "Hurricane season just started, and on June 1 the [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] announced the incompletion of a version of Option I as outlined in the film. It's officially rated as '100-year protection' — which sounds good until you find out that the Japanese and the Dutch are both building to 10,000-year standards. It turns out that levees built to 100-year flood standards are at the lowest level of protection in the Western world." — Filmmaker Harry Shearer, promoting The Big Uneasy, his documentary about the 2005 levees collapse in New Orleans.

  "Former Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has been diagnosed with choroidal melanoma, a rare eye cancer that affects roughly six in 1 million people. It was discovered in one eye during a comprehensive eye exam and confirmed by cancer specialists in early June. The Blancos are grateful for your support and ask for your prayers." — A statement from former Gov. Blanco's office June 8.

  "People saw on TV the same brown pelican coated with what looked like three inches of oil, I mean, looked like a chocolate pelican. And they showed it every hour, every day, 24 hours a day for weeks and weeks and weeks. And the news media, particularly 24-hour cable TV, gave citizens the impression the whole Gulf Coast was coated in oil." — Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour, blaming the oiled-pelican photograph for damaging Mississippi tourism.

  "[Gov. Bobby] Jindal says folks in Washington have a spending problem .... thank goodness they do! Otherwise LA wld be in bad shape!" — State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson on Twitter, during last week's budget squabbles in Baton Rouge.

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