Lost in all the talk about the Cajun Navy and the job that they are doing are a fact that everyone outside of Louisiana seems to have missed that is perfectly illustrated by Pat Austin of DaTechGuy’s Magnificent Seven

A week after the cataclysmic event, the national media is slowly beginning to notice that Louisiana is flooding.

The scale of the disaster is huge:

In Livingston Parish, 87% of the homes there flooded.  In Baton Rouge, at least 40,000 homes are believed to have flooded.  Most of these people don’t have flood insurance.  The numbers are staggering.

Livingston Parish’s web site is here According to Wikipedia:  Livingston Parish Louisiana is 703 square miles just under 58% of the size of the state of Rhode Island, with over 100,000 people living there, and that’s just one parish in Louisiana.

Rod Dreher wrote about it at the time with a headline:  What the Hell is Wrong with the National Media:

The sheriff of Livingston Parish is saying that over 100,000 people in his parish alone lost everything they own. But hey, on CNN, Adele’s not Beyoncé, a sportscaster is on TV in his drawers, and Donald Trump is hearing things. Haw haw!

It’s not just them. On the CBS News webpage as I type this, the lead story is the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Muslims in Queens. If you want to find out the latest in what is shaping up to be one of the nation’s worst-ever natural disasters, you have to scroll way down, past several Olympics stories (including an explainer of why the water in Rio pools turned green), a piece on Hillary’s promise to love Scranton, a piece about a California fire that destroyed 175 structures and left “dozens of families homeless,” and a piece about a New York woman who says her head felt like it was going to explode when she was struck by lightning.

Look, nothing against the lighting-strike lady or those dozens of California families who are without homes tonight. But guess what, CBS? In Ascension Parish, just south of Baton Rouge, 15,000 homes and business are underwater!  

and he followed up a week later noting that even when they bothered to get around to it now that Trump and Obama has visited it still doesn’t reflect how bad things are

 

I watched a report on NBC News last night about what we’re going through here, and was struck by the enormous distance between what they showed on that short clip, and the reality that people here see every day. It is much, much worse than most Americans know (see this for one glimpse, and imagine this multiplied by tens of thousands). The need is so great that there is no way this or any government could respond effectively to it on their own.

There is a simple reason for this and Ed Driscoll nailed it a bit ago

there’s no political angle to beat up Republicans, when the state’s governor is a Democrat, and so is the president.

Or as Jim Geraghty put it 

If you view the national news media, based in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and a handful of other cities, as way too monolithic in its political views and driven by conscious and subconscious agendas, the half-hearted-at-best interest in these stories isn’t that hard to explain. These stories aren’t easily used to advance the narrative that Republicans are bad and Democrats are good.

This is cause and effect at its finest, the flooding and destruction in Louisiana is not helpful to the media’s cause, thus the effects of said disaster, the suffering, the homelessness, even among poor blacks who might be expected to vote democrat simply doesn’t count.

This is what our media culture has become and at National Review a commentator asks the obvious question:

It’s great that we all realize this. But what does one actually do?

That’s on each one of us.


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I was reading R H’s post A robot could replace your crooked real estate agent and fully understand why he wants a robot to replace RE agents.

You see, I’ve been a licensed real estate agent since the late 1980s. I was active for a few years.

The office I worked in closed over a decade ago. I was young and naive back in the 80s, but even to my young and naive eyes it became clear that some of the people I was working with would do anything for money.

And I mean anything.

The thing is, the ones who really outperformed everyone were the most professional and ethical agents.

Having learned that, when it was time to sell my Princeton house, I had a rather long conversation with the local office’s manager to ask him which of his agents he considered the most honest. He recommended Beatrice Bloom.

Home buying or selling is an extremely stressful, emotional experience. The advantage to having a good agent is that you have an experienced person with professional distance working with you.

It all works best when you are prepared. Here are a number of suggestions:

If you are a buyer:

Talk to your bank and find out what you can afford. Stay in that range.

Decide where you want to live.

If your target area is too expensive, are you willing to sacrifice space for location? Do you rather have a larger house in a nearby suburb instead?

Get as much information as you possibly can over the internet.

  1. For instance, here are the best New Jersey school districts. School district ratings and property values are directly related.
  2. Use Trulia, Realtor.com, and Zillow. Look at their listings, and read all the information on each.
  3. Crime statistics are also available online.

Now is time to interview real estate agent(s). Preferably, ask friends to recommend someone they have worked with. Make sure to check references on any real estate agent you interview. Walk away from anyone who does not meet your standards.

Once you have found a house that seriously interests you, make sure  to check out the flood plains map in city hall before you make an offer.

Have a real estate attorney, i.e., an attorney specializing in real estate. A good real estate attorney may find information on the property (not just the routine title search) that you need to know.

Be there for the termite and structural inspection.

If you are a seller:

Make sure you really want to sell. Set a timeline.

Use Trulia, Realtor.com, and Zillow to view the closing price of nearby properties comparable to yours.

Have a house inspection.

Declutter, clean, and invest in having the house staged. Clean some more.

In order to get maximum selling price, your kitchen and bathrooms must be updated, the house must meet all code regulations, and the entire property must be in pristine condition. Do not expect a buyer to pay top price otherwise.

Be realistic about your selling price. If your listing price is too high, no one is going to buy your house. No one is even going to make you an offer.

Before you list, interview your prospective agent(s), and check their references. Get in writing what services the agent provides (video, brochures, open house) aside from the basic multiple listing service. Beatrice even has an app for house showings that includes scheduling and feedback.

Disclose all known problems or defects with both your real estate attorney, and with your listing agent, before you list. If you know, for example, that your septic tank must be replaced, put that in writing to both your agent and your attorney when you list. You can get sued for nondisclosure.

Don’t be home when the house is being shown.

Once you have accepted an offer, make sure to ask your agent what the schedule is (inspections, mortgage commitment) and verify it has been met.

Pay attention to what your agent and your attorney are telling you.

And how did it all work out?

My Princeton house was under contract within six days from when it was listed. It closed on schedule. Beatrice’s commission was 5% of the selling price. She earned every cent.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

 

 

 

One of the great problems with the #nevertrump movement among conservatives is a basic fact of life noted in his post The 2016 conundrum for the Right: Truth-telling or cheerleading? by Ed Morrissey:

In the interests of telling the truth, I’ll disclose now that I plan to vote for Donald Trump. Perhaps I’ll write a separate post explaining how I made that decision, but the short version is that Hillary Clinton must be stopped and he’s the only way to make that happen.

That’s a much shorter version of my Donald Trump or Civil War I Choose Trump post detailing why Hillary Clinton must be stopped.

However thanks to various missteps, a united front by not only the MSM but the primary social media outlets such as Facebook and twitter who have, as expected in an election year dropped any pretense of being unbiased, and the efforts of the #NeverTrump Crowd the odds of us living under a Hillary Clinton presidency are increasing by the day.

And while the MSM and liberal owners of social media giants will rejoice I’ve been flummoxed by the lack of worry by #nevertrump over the consequences of a Hillary presidency, particularly since I see no reason why they should assume that they would be immune to any of the consequences that a newly empowered Hillary Clinton and “justice” department will vent on conservatives in general and Christians in particular.

At least I was until I saw yesterday’s headlines concerning the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s time at State:

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

This being the case, the plan for conservatives in a Hillary administration is obvious.

Rather than spending money on think tanks, electing officials, grass roots organizing or educating the American people on the reasons why fiscal and social conservatism produces positive results for both society as a whole and for individuals in particular, conservatives can instead choose to take advantage of a fact noted by Reince Priebus on CNN:

Since it’s clear that Hillary Clinton can be bought all conservatives have to do is make sure we aren’t outbid.

Worried about taxes? $10 Million in the right hands will keep them low. Upset about gay marriage or the transgender stuff from the feds. Satisfaction is just $25 million away. Concerned about the Supreme Court? $100 million is the difference between Hillary appointing justice Warren or Justice Sessions. Want immigration laws enforced? $250 million will get it done and if you double it you might even get a wall.

And with the drop in oil prices making things difficult for the gulf states it might even be possible to outbid the Muslim Brotherhood’s supporters to make sure help actually gets sent in the next Benghazi situation, bid high enough and she might even denounce islamic terror.

I must commend the #nevertrump crowd for figuring this out before I did.

And to the Bernie Sanders supporters who sent those $10-$50 contributions have decided to Support Hillary Clinton over either Jill Stein, Gary Johnson or even Donald Trump.

You asked for it.


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