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An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State

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by Robert Tracinski | The Intellectual Activist

September 2, 2005

 

It has taken four long days for state and federal officials to figure out how to deal with the disaster in New Orleans. I can't blame them, because it has also taken me four long days to figure out what is going on there. The reason is that the events there make no sense if you think that we are confronting a natural disaster.

If this is just a natural disaster, the response for public officials is obvious: you bring in food, water, and doctors; you send transportation to evacuate refugees to temporary shelters; you send engineers to stop the flooding and rebuild the city's infrastructure. For journalists, natural disasters also have a familiar pattern: the heroism of ordinary people pulling together to survive; the hard work and dedication of doctors, nurses, and rescue workers; the steps being taken to clean up and rebuild.

Public officials did not expect that the first thing they would have to do is to send thousands of armed troops in armored vehicle, as if they are suppressing an enemy insurgency. And journalists--myself included--did not expect that the story would not be about rain, wind, and flooding, but about rape, murder, and looting.

But this is not a natural disaster. It is a man-made disaster.

The man-made disaster is not an inadequate or incompetent response by federal relief agencies, and it was not directly caused by Hurricane Katrina. This is where just about every newspaper and television channel has gotten the story wrong.

The man-made disaster we are now witnessing in New Orleans


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 outstanding post. In my hometown of Fresno,CA (another welfare happy state) they are moveing about 500 of these "folks" from New Orleans. This is the wisdom of our fearless mayor Bubba(Alan Autry from "in the heat of the night") so be ready folks cause their comin to a welfare line near you!  http://forums.fresnoracing.com/ Go to lounge and look down a couple post. Sorry i dont know how do do it any other way.
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I have already had a run in with one of my new neighbors from Louisiana.  At 10:30 PM I was working on my computer and looked up and there was someone looking in my front window.  I went out to confront the guy and he began demanding money.  I told him no and he persisted.  Mind you, I am 6'4" 300+lbs and I had a .45 in my waistband.  The guy was not the least bit concerned, which makes me wonder what he was carrying.  The guy hadn't actually threatened me, so I wasn't going to shoot him yet.  But enough was enough.  Some of you will remember the pictures of that cute little South African Boerboel puppy that I was getting about nine months ago.  Well, he is now 11 months old and 135lbs.  I had left him in a hold at my front door.  I whistled for him and all of a sudden my new gang banger neighbor changed his tune.  He literally began to shake and just kept repeating "Sir I am so scared".  I told him that if I was that scared I would probably leave.  He did and I called the police.  He apparently went around the corner and was checking out another neighbors house, who also called the police.  The police showed up and caught him and then promptly let him go back to his church shelter.  My herat goes out to the good people who lost their homes.  But a large percentage of the people that we have received in the Houston area are the absolute dredges of society.  Crime in the Astrodome area has skyrocketed.  I fear that we will be stuck with the criminal element from now on.  My suggestion is to get a big gun and a bigger dog!

 

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I feel the same way you do ranburr, its a shame the cops just let him go back to the shelter because we both know that guy prolly went back out after awhile , the only diffrence is he knows whos house NOT to go too.It makes me so mad that they let these animals into our city after seeing what they did to their own. Their has been rapes and murders in the superdome only after a few days, these subhumans couldnt keep their hands to themselves for 48hrs! Now their in our citys and neighborhoods. They should of machine gun the streets of NO when they had the chance to do away with these animals.
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Excellent article and responses from OT members!

 

We,(tax payers) will supporting these people for the rest of their natural born lives.

New homes, money, food, etc, ect....

 

I hate that so many people were effected, especially the kids and animals. I mean that.

But, MOST of the people that were affected the most, have made bad choices over a period of years and thus didn't have the resources to get out of the way of the storm.

 

No sin being poor. But, as the article implied, the hurricane was a symptom, not the disease.

 

And shooting at rescue personnel and helos!! Insane!!

I can't conceive of that happening!!



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Excellent post Chris!
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Excellent Post, we're getting a lot of local news here in Biloxi.  We have not seen the chaos and looting in New Orleans, but the difference is the abundance of God-fearing gun toting citizens here (many were carrying openly when I returned 9 days ago).  There was one shooting a little farther up north, a police officer took out a derranged armed idiot, but so far things are quiet.  My house was unscathed, pretty good for only being a mile from the beach and almost as importantly, no one had broken into it while I was gone.  The really annoying thing now is that the mayor of N.O. has the stones to try and point his finger at the Federal government.  N.O. spent years not upgrading their levies, never thinking that a storm of this magnitude would hit, not planning for evacuation (school buses and other forms of mass transportation were not moved, and were flooded/unusable).  N.O. is a democratic welfare state bastion, and what we saw last week was the result of not making hard decisions or taking the threat seriously.  It is the local leadership that should face the music and it is not the federal government's resposibility to do anything until asked to do so (or it becomes painfully clear that local/state "leadership" is incapable of acting).  What is truly unfortunate now is the "displacement theory in action" seen by Ranburr in Houston.  I'm betting they could have cut down on the number of refugees with a simple "wants and warrants" check.
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good reply sandsock and im glad youre house made it. you are very correct in pointing out the mayors failure too rescue these people and evac the people that did not have the means,it makes me sick to see these old folks left for dead.what kind of human being can just walk away from the elderly people or loot and steal from them, i guess that reenforces my stance on shooting looters.
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and on a lighter note......

 

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Wild Hogs
(The Wild and Free Pigs of the Okefenokee Swamp)

Some years ago, about 1900, an old trapper from North Dakota hitched up some horses to his Studebaker wagon, packed a few possessions -- especially his traps -- and drove south. Several weeks later he stopped in a small town just north of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. It was a Saturday morning -- a lazy day -- when he walked into the general store. Sitting around the pot-bellied stove were seven or eight of the town's local citizens.


 
The traveler spoke. "Gentlemen, could you direct me to the Okefenokee Swamp?" Some of the old-timers looked at him like he was crazy. "You must be a stranger in these parts," they said. "I am. I'm from North Dakota," said the stranger. "In the Okefenokee Swamp are thousands of wild hogs." one old man explained. "A man who goes into the swamp by himself asks to die!" He raised his leg. "I lost half my leg here, to the pigs of the swamp." Another old fellow said, "Look at the cuts on me; look at my arm bit off! Those pigs have been free since the Revolution, eating snakes and rooting out roots and fending for themselves for over a hundred years. They're wild and they're dangerous. You can't trap them. No man dare go into the swamp by himself." Every man nodded his head in agreement.


 
The old trapper said, "Thank you so much for the warning. Now could you direct me to the swamp?" They said, "Well, yeah, it's due south -- straight down the road." But they begged the stranger not to go, because they knew he'd meet a terrible fate. He said, "Sell me ten sacks of corn, and help me load it in the wagon." And they did. Then the old trapper bid them farewell and drove on down the road. The townsfolk thought they'd never see him again. Two weeks later the man came back. He pulled up to the general store, got down off the wagon, walked in and bought ten more sacks of corn. After loading it up he went back down the road toward the swamp.


 
Two weeks later he returned and again bought ten sacks of corn. This went on for a month. And then two months, and three. Every week or two the old trapper would come into town on a Saturday morning, load up ten sacks of corn, and drive off south into the swamp. The stranger soon became a legend in the little village and the subject of much speculation. People wondered what kind of devil had possessed this man, that he could go into the Okefenokee by himself and not be consumed by the wild and free hogs.


 
One morning the man came into town as usual. Everyone thought he wanted more corn. He got off the wagon and went into the store where the usual group of men were gathered around the stove. He took off his gloves. "Gentlemen," he said, "I need to hire about ten or fifteen wagons. I need twenty or thirty men. I have six thousand hogs out in the swamp, penned up, and they're all hungry. I've got to get them to market right away." "You've WHAT in the swamp?" asked the storekeeper, incredulously. "I have six thousand hogs penned up. They haven't eaten for two or three days, and they'll starve if I don't get back there to feed and take care of them."


One of the old-timers said, "You mean you've captured the wild hogs of the Okefenokee?" "That's right." "How did you do that? What did you do?" the men urged, breathlessly. One of them exclaimed, "But I lost my arm!" "I lost my brother!" cried another. "I lost my leg to those wild boars!" chimed a third. The trapper said, "Well, the first week I went in there they were wild all right. They hid in the undergrowth and wouldn't come out. I dared not get off the wagon. So I spread corn along behind the wagon. Every day I'd spread a sack of corn. The old pigs would have nothing to do with it."


 
"But the younger pigs decided that it was easier to eat free corn than it was to root out roots and catch snakes. So the very young began to eat the corn first. I did this every day. Pretty soon, even the old pigs decided that it was easier to eat free corn. After all, they were all free; they were not penned up. They could run off in any direction they wanted at any time."


 
"The next thing was to get them used to eating in the same place all the time. So I selected a clearing, and I started putting the corn in the clearing. At first they wouldn't come to the clearing. It was too far. It was too open. It was a nuisance to them." "But the very young decided that it was easier to take the corn in the clearing than it was to root out roots and catch their own snakes. And not long thereafter, the older pigs also decided that it was easier to come to the clearing every day."


 
"And so the pigs learned to come to the clearing every day to get their free corn. They could still subsidize their diet with roots and snakes and whatever else they wanted. After all, they were all free. They could run in any direction at any time. There were no bounds upon them." "The next step was to get them used to fence posts. So I put fence posts all the way around the clearing. I put them in the underbrush so that they wouldn't get suspicious or upset. After all, they were just sticks sticking up out of the ground, like the trees and the brush. The corn was there every day. It was easy to walk in between the posts, get the corn, and walk back out."


 
"This went on for a week or two. Shortly they became very used to walking into the clearing, getting the free corn, and walking back out through the fence posts." "The next step was to put one rail down at the bottom. I also left a few openings, so that the older, fatter pigs could walk through the openings and the younger pigs could easily jump over just one rail. After all, it was no real threat to their freedom or independence. They could always jump over the rail and flee in any direction at any time."


 
"Now I decided that I wouldn't feed them every day. I began to feed them every other day. On the days I didn't feed them the pigs still gathered in the clearing. They squealed, and they grunted, and they begged and pleaded with me to feed them. But I only fed them every other day. And I put a second rail around the posts." "Now the pigs became more and more desperate for food. Because now they were no longer used to going out and digging their own roots and finding their own food. They now needed me. They needed my corn every other day. So I trained them that I would feed them every day if they came in through a gate. And I put up a third rail around the fence. But it was still no great threat to their freedom, because there were several gates and they could run in and out at will."


 
"Finally I put up the fourth rail. Then I closed all the gates but one, and I fed them very, very well. Yesterday I closed the last gate. And today I need you to help me take these pigs to market."  -end of story
 
The price of free corn is Federal welfare.
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Emergency planning and response begins at the individual and at the local level

. . . not at the state or federal level.


 


An aerial view of flooded school buses in a lot, Thursday, Sept.1, 2005, in New Orleans, LA.
The flood is a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Cost of 127 buses in a New Orleans parking lot..............      $ 6,300,000.00

Gas to fill their tanks ...........................   .................$11,112.50

127 drivers to drive them all day August 26 and 27..     ........$152,000.00

Having a Mayor with the foresight to use them...............Priceless

127 buses x 50 people each = 6350 people 60,000 people who could have been evacuated by the City of New Orleans on the above buses had the Mayor of New Orleans used the foresight he is accusing others of not using.

60,000 / 6350 = 10 round trip bus trips to evacuate people to higher ground prior to the storm hitting. 

Instead, the buses sat, and the Mayor now complains about the lack of transportation,

and blames those in charge of responding to the crisis for not getting him buses after the storm!
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357mag:

 

Awesome!!!!

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Things I have learned from watching the news on TV during the last 14 days -

 

 

The hurricane only hit black family's property

 

New Orleans was devastated and no other city was affected by the hurricane.

 

Mississippi is reported to have a tree blown down.

 

New Orleans has no white people.

 

The hurricane blew a limb off a tree in the yard of an Alabama resident.

 

When you are hungry after a hurricane, you'll do desperate things like steal a big screen TV.

 

The hurricane did 23 billion dollars in improvements to New Orleans: now the city is welfare, looter and gang-free and they are now in your city....gotta love what native Houston, Barbara Bush said, "What Iím hearing which is sort of
scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality."And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

White folks don't make good news stories.

 

Don't give thanks to the thousands that came to help rescue you, instead b*tch because the government hasn't given you a debit card yet.

 

Only black family members got separated in the hurricane rescue efforts.

 

Ignore warnings to evacuate and the government will come get you and give you money for being stupid.

 

According to Wolf Blitzer there are different degrees of "being black".  "These people are so poor and so black...."

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Good work 357mag you live up to youre name. lol

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My thoughts and prayers are with those of you in SE TX.  It would really be better if Rita was coming this way again since this place is pretty tore up already (in Biloxi) and I'm not looking forward to seeing what will happen to gas prices if the TX refineries go off-line like the ones in MS and LA.  What will be also interesting to see if any of Houston's "new" residents try to misbehave like some of them did after the last storm.  They might find out that TX is a little less friendly to that type of behavior than the welfare-state of N.O. was.
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Well stated, 357mag.

 

I'm starting to get dizzy from all the spin surrounding this disaster.

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Here's a couple more e-mails that are going around.

 

Local Sheriff's perspective on New Orleans!
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I am a Sheriff's Deputy who is part of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in the New Orleans MSA.

Mayor Nagin has been speaking furiously about the lack of everything from the State and Federal Government. Here is some info:

1. There are two States here. Louisiana and the City of New Orleans/Orleans Parish. Always has been and always will be. When a State Law passes, Law Makers ALWAYS write whether Orleans Parish will allow the Law or not.

2. When the MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) meets for Disater Planning and Equipment Purchases (6 times a year for the last 15 years), we all agree how we will spend the Federal Money as a team since we are in this together. Orleans Parish DEMANDS they will choose how they will spend their portion.

3. During Communication Infrastructure Planning we ALL (N.O. MSA) purchased Satellite Phones. We all pay several hundred dollars a month as a "Just In Case Measure". Orleans Parish said their Infrastructure was TOP NOTCH and the money would be better spent on Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks. I dunno what they bought, but it wasn't satellite phones. 

4. The looting, Rape (Newly Wedded European Woman who was raped and beaten as well as MANY others), etc. That is life in New Orleans. Why people find New Orleans a romantic, cherishable place is beyond 90% of all Louisianians. It is hot, it stinks, none of us even go into New Orleans without a sidearm and we prefer to leave our women at home. Rapes, thefts, and murder in New Orleans are as common as a High Speed pursuit in California. 

5. When we enter New Orleans to issue an arrest warrant, the SCAT (Street Crime Arrest Team) is ALWAYS present. Me and/or other officers have been  part of 18 arrests in New Orleans and been shot at 17 times. Eleven of those were with AK-47s and 3 of those 11 had two 40-round clips taped together.

6. Even before Mayor Naggin took office the Fed's  and State were never allowed to do anything to improve New Orleans. New Orleans ALWAYS wanted the  cash to do their own improvements, their way.

7. There was no way in Hell the State was gonna make a move until New Orleans asked for help. There was No way in Hell the Fed's were gonna make a move until the Governor asked for help. That is Law.

8. The people looting and shooting have it better than ever. Those areas are known for people living in crappy homes without electricity. Now they have some flood water in their home. They stole guns, ammo and food. They have never had it so good and don't want to leave. 

9. The people whining the loudest about racisim are the same people who always whined about racisim.

10. Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard declared martial law Monday Night. Mayor Ray Naggin didn't want to alienate any refugees and allowed all this to happen. We sent officers in to help. After a report of an officer being shot, and supplies and a boat stolen, we BEGGED Mayor Naggin to pass Martial Law. NOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!! After two days, our department left New Orleans to die, then Mayor Naggin decided to declare Martial Law. 
 
In our own Parish, we have arrested several refugees. We have recovered stolen Corvettes, Escalades, Mercedes Benz, BMW's, etc. A young black female ran over one of our officers. She was driving a Nissan with a VIN from an Oldsmobile 88 and a Plate from Alabama registered to a Ford Van. An elderly white man died because our Hospital was unable to fill his Oxygen Bottle. Refugees have stolen an EMS Generator at the Mobile Command Center. Refugees have stolen an Entergy Truck trying to restore power. Most Parishes are out of gas at all stations, and most of us cannot drive to work. All gas stations have a 15-20 minute wait for gas. Some stations are selling only 2 gallons per customer. One station raised prices to $5.64 a gallon. The owner refused to lower prices, we promptly hooked him in the cuffs and dumped him in jail. There is tons more.

Mayor Haggin had years and so did his predessessor's to prepare, but they refused and they refused everyone elses help. Now he is bitching because no one is coming and everything is falling apart.

The media is asking why was the State and Fed's not prepared, New Orleans NEVER allowed us to hold drills. All other Parishes and Baton Rouge have drills just for this. The media is asking why no help is coming for the dead. Their Dead, we are only  worried about the living. We are tying the dead to a tree or pushing them aside in an attempt to save the living.

I say, if you want out, we'll get you out.
You wanna stay, then stay.
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Now this is a Crocodile !

This crocodile was found in New Orleans swimming down the street. 21 FT long, 4,500 lbs, around 80
years old minimum.

Specialists said that he was looking to eat humans because he was too old to catch animals. This crocodile was killed by the army last Sunday at 3:00 pm, currently he is in the freezer at the Azur hotel. The contents of it's stomach will be analyzed this Friday at 2:30pm.

 

 

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I cannot verify source, however, it doesn't have the bad grammar and mis-spelling of some of the other "reports".

Unfortunately, Katrina has given vent to racists of all stripes.

Yours in Freedom,

Ken

REPORT FROM A HELICOPTER PILOT IN NEW ORLEANS

TO ALL:   Another first hand  report.  
       Here are some interesting and  revealing observations from a helicopter pilot in action during the early days  in
New Orleans. A quick debrief  from a Helo Pilot with the DC National Guard - pretty revealing!
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       I'm  back home for a few days while we work on our helicopters and wait for the  crowd at the naval air station in NO to thin out.  I flew Wednesday, Friday, Monday, and Tuesday with the D.C.  Guard before we  left.  My crew had 81 saves in the days we flew.  

       Tuesday, I  couldn't find anyone alive who needed to come out, but we marked the  location of 5 bodies for retrieval.  My unit got into NO as soon as  the wind abated, and as soon as we could get fuel to sustain  operations.  I
've heard that the National Guard did nothing, but the "Red Cross" helicopters did a great job.  Guess what's painted on  the side of our aircraft?

Some observations:

1)   The mayor of NO, Nagins, dropped the ball in a huge way.  The  whole fiasco at the Superdome and the people left there is in his  lap.  The Governor also is culpable.

2)   We trained our enlisted men, specifically the Medics and Crew  Chiefs, very hard on the rescue hoist.  During our deployment in  Operation Enduring Freedom, we only had 2 hoist missions.  The same  number is typical for an experienced Medic in a Guard Medevac unit over  his whole career.  

       We now have Medics and Crew Chiefs with 50 hoists  under their belts - many of them difficult precision hoists onto car  hoods, 18 wheeler cab roofs, and onto covered porches. We kept our  Crew Chiefs and Medics together as battle roster crews and they developed  advanced techniques early and amazed me with their skill and bravery.

3)   Some people just don't get it.  
Yesterday, I flew over people  with grills and coolers on their roofs, and they raised signs saying, "We  OK." Two houses down, bodies were floating.

4)   The violence you heard about was only the tip of the  iceberg.  One of our Guard members was with the Fish & Wildlife  and deployed early to NO as security.  They encountered four dead men  in a neighborhood who had been shot, execution style.  Their wives  had been raped.

5)   Our hangar in
Baton Rouge housed 300 Border Patrol agents with all  kinds of exotic weaponry.  They were inserted into the bad  neighborhoods and reportedly nailed about 25 of the goons from roving  armed bands.  They then just withdrew and let them lay.

6)   Some have claimed that racism caused black people to be left while  white people were brought out.  Of the 81 people I brought out, 2  were white.  Both thanked me.  Only 3 other people thanked us,  as I recollect.  

       When we cruised over flooded neighborhoods, we'd say  to each other, "Hey, this is a high dollar neighborhood.  Let's go  back to the projects." We never pulled anyone out of a good  neighborhood.  They left before the storm. We were trying to maximize the number of saves we had, so we'd go to the "hood."

7)   There were more helicopters in NO than I've ever seen  before.  We lost one of our Hueys doing a rooftop pickup.  He  rocked back on his skids and broke through the roof, and was unable to  free himself.  They hoisted the crew out and recovered the aircraft  with a CH-47 a few days later.

8)   We all have personal firearms.  I briefed my crews to expect  a "Blackhawk Down" scenario if we went down.  Unbelievable over a
US
 city.

9)   I flew within 100 yards of Air Force One at Louis Armstrong Int'l airport.  Bush flew in and out without shutting down the  airspace.  I was cautioned by ATC to "not over fly THE AIRPLANE." I  complied by flying back behind THE AIRPLANE and the following SUVs full of  instant death.

10)       Two things would have made things better for us.  The first  is Iridium phones.  10 at each flight facility would have made all  the difference.  Our radio communications sucked.  The second is  getting our own refuel tankers in place early.  By the time they got  ready to refuel us, the Naval Air Station and Louis Armstrong Int'l were  pumping fuel.

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Say a hurricane is about to destroy the city you live in. Two questions:

  1. What would you do?
  2. What would you do if you were black?

Sadly, the two questions don't have the same answer.

To the first: Most of us would take our families out of that city quickly to protect them from danger. Then, able-bodied men would return to help others in need, as wives and others cared for children, elderly, infirm and the like.

For better or worse, Hurricane Katrina has told us the answer to the second question. If you're black and a hurricane is about to destroy your city, then you'll probably wait for the government to save you.

This was not always the case. Prior to 40 years ago, such a pathetic performance by the black community in a time of crisis would have been inconceivable. The first response would have come from black men. They would take care of their families, bring them to safety, and then help the rest of the community. Then local government would come in.

No longer. When 75 percent of New Orleans residents had left the city, it was primarily immoral, welfare-pampered blacks that stayed behind and waited for the government to bail them out. This, as we know, did not turn out good results.

Enter Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan. Jackson and Farrakhan laid blame on "racist" President Bush. Farrakhan actually proposed the idea that the government blew up a levee so as to kill blacks and save whites. The two demanded massive governmental spending to rebuild New Orleans, above and beyond the federal government's proposed $60 billion. Not only that, these two were positioning themselves as the gatekeepers to supervise the dispersion of funds. Perfect: Two of the most dishonest elite blacks in America, "overseeing" billions of dollars. I wonder where that money will end up.

Of course, if these two were really serious about laying blame on government, they should blame the local one. Responsibility to perform - legally and practically - fell first on the mayor of New Orleans. We are now all familiar with Mayor Ray Nagin - the black Democrat who likes to yell at President Bush for failing to do Nagin's job. The facts, unfortunately, do not support Nagin's wailing. As the Washington Times puts it, "recent reports show [Nagin] failed to follow through on his own city's emergency-response plan, which acknowledged that thousands of the city's poorest residents would have no way to evacuate the city."

One wonders how there was "no way" for these people to evacuate the city. We have photographic evidence telling us otherwise. You've probably seen it by now - the photo showing 200 parked school buses, unused and underwater. How much planning does it require to put people on a bus and leave town, Mayor Nagin?

Instead of doing the obvious, Mayor Nagin (with no positive contribution from Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the other major leader vested with responsibility to address the hurricane disaster) loaded remaining New Orleans residents into the Superdome and the city's convention center. We know how that plan turned out.

About five years ago, in a debate before the National Association of Black Journalists, I stated that if whites were to just leave the United States and let blacks run the country, they would turn America into a ghetto within 10 years. The audience, shall we say, disagreed with me strongly. Now I have to disagree with me. I gave blacks too much credit. It took a mere three days for blacks to turn the Superdome and the convention center into ghettos, rampant with theft, rape and murder.

President Bush is not to blame for the rampant immorality of blacks. Had New Orleans' black community taken action, most would have been out of harm's way. But most were too lazy, immoral and trifling to do anything productive for themselves.

All Americans must tell blacks this truth. It was blacks' moral poverty - not their material poverty - that cost them dearly in New Orleans. Farrakhan, Jackson, and other race hustlers are to be repudiated - they will only perpetuate this problem by stirring up hatred and applauding moral corruption. New Orleans, t

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 Thanks .357 mag I think you have hit it on the head. I see this is a old post but maybe some one will look at it any way. I am from Louisiana. I can honestly tell you that the entire STATE is just like New Orleans. Sure you can find a few small towns that are ok. I am not a racist but I am tired of looking at my check stub and seeing the taxes that are held out to feed these jerks that I know would shoot me in the head if I left the main roads in Shreveport, Monroe, Jonesboro, etc. We are so over taxed. Has anyone ever driven through Louisiana? The roads suck also. Louisiana politics suck. It's not just N.O. I could go on for ever but, I'm not. I would just like to say that I want what Texas has. There tax rate is awsome. The police can intimidate a criminal because they still exersize the right to kick a crook in the ass if they want to. So if you dont mind the next time you talk bad about N.O. please go ahead and talk about the whole damn STATE. Thanks and good day.
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MISSISSIPPI'S INVISIBLE COAST

As Aug. 29 recedes into the conscious time of many Americans, the great storm that devastated 70 miles of Mississippi's Coast, destroying the homes and lives of hundreds of thousands, fades into a black hole of media obscurity.

Never mind that, if taken alone, the destruction in Mississippi would represent the single greatest natural disaster in 229 years of American history. The telling of Katrina by national media has created the illusion of the hurricane's impact on our Coast as something of a footnote.

The awful tragedy that befell New Orleans as a consequence of levee failures at the time of Katrina, likewise, taken by itself, also represents a monumental natural disaster. But, of course, the devastation there, and here, were not separate events, but one, wrought by the Aug. 29 storm.

There is no question that the New Orleans story, like ours, is a compelling, ongoing saga as its brave people seek to reclaim those parts of the city lost to the floods.

But it becomes more and more obvious that to national media, New Orleans is THE story - to the extent that if the Mississippi Coast is mentioned at all it is often in an add-on paragraph that mentions "and the Gulf Coast" or "and Mississippi and Alabama."

The television trucks and satellite dishes that were seen here in the early days have all but disappeared.

While there has been no study to quantify the amount of coverage accorded to the plight of so many here or in New Orleans, it is obvious to any observer that the number of news stories on New Orleans is many times that of those focused on Mississippi.

So, why does that matter?

It matters first as it relates to journalism's obligations to cover human beings whose conditions are as dire as those that exist here.

The depth of the suffering and the height of the courage of South Mississippians is an incredible story that the American people must know. But, in the shadows of the New Orleans story, the Mississippi Coast has become invisible and forgotten to most Americans.

Could it be possible that the ongoing story of an Alabama teenager missing in Aruba has received more coverage on some cable networks than all of the incredibly compelling stories of courage, loss and need of untold thousands of Mississippians? Maybe a lot more coverage?

The second reason that the coverage matters is in the realm of politics. If the American people and their elected representatives do not truly know the scope of the destruction here, and if they are not shown the ongoing conditions afflicting so many, then there are consequences which are playing out even this week in Washington, where Congress will act, or not act, to relieve the incredible pain that has reduced the condition of so many American citizens to Third World status or worse.

If the people do not know, they cannot care.

We believe if they are shown the extent of the devastation and the suffering, they and their representatives will respond.

So the coverage matters. A lot.

The problem, to some extent, is that you have to be here and see it for yourself to comprehend the utter destruction that is so much like Berlin or Tokyo after World War II.

We would like to invite our news colleagues from across the nation to come and view the Coast with us. It is impossible to comprehend this disaster from afar. A television can display only a single screen of the damage. When you have driven mile after mind-numbing mile and viewed the complete nothingness where cities and homes and businesses once stood, only then will you begin to understand what has happened here.

Then you will begin to wonder, where are all the people who used to live on this beautiful shore? What has happened to their families and all of those shattered lives? That is when you will understand that the story of Katrina in South Mississippi isn't over, it has only begun.

On the third day after Katrina crushed us, this newspaper appealed to America: "Help us now," the headline implored. America answered with an outpouring of love and help. That response saved us then.

Our plea to newspapers and television and radio and Web sites across the land is no less important today: Please, tell our story. Hear the voice of our people and tell it far and wide.

We are here. Do not forsake us.

We are no footnote.

And one more thing...

Thank you. To every out-of-state volunteer, to every friend and family member who has sent supplies or prayers, we sincerely thank you.

And we ask that you do one more thing: Call your senators and your congressional representative and ask them to support additional aid for South Mississippi's recovery.

We couldn't have gotten off our knees without you. But we can't get back on our feet without federal help.

Katrina's toll in Mississippi
$125 billion   Estimated dollar amount of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina
231   Identified dead statewide
5   Unidentified dead
67   Missing
65,380   Houses in South Mississippi destroyed
383,700   Mississippi insurance claims filed (Katrina and Rita)
$5 billion   Claims paid (as of Nov. 21)
141,000   Insurance claims filed in South Mississippi
$1.3 billion   Claims paid in South Mississippi
44 million   Estimated cubic yards of debris in South Mississippi
21.8 million   Cubic yards removed as of Dec. 5
20,447   Red Cross staff and volunteers in Mississippi
5,543,006   Red Cross meals served
42,768   People sheltered by Red Cross
229   Red Cross shelters opened
$185 million   Red Cross money spent in South Mississippi as of Nov. 30

 

   -  From the Sun Herald

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 I understand What you are saying and I pray that everyone gets back on there feet. I would just like to say again that I am not Racist but, if you want action You need to have a mad black man of some power get on the TV and declare that he wants the coast to become chocolate again. If you can get that then you will get the money. That is what America likes. They will pay out of there teeth just so they can say they love Black people. This gets them votes. I hate it but thats the way it is. Follw my advice and you will get the backing.
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