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Monday, December 12, 2005

Damn Demon!!!

President Bush I don't like you....

Hide your eyes Governor Blanco!!!



Monday, December 12, 2005

Bush advisor to reporter: Katrina "has fallen so far off the radar screen, you can't find it." This according to Washington Post reporter Mike Allen yesterday on "Meet the Press".

This unnamed shitbag is lucky he didn't say this in front of a New Orleanian, because if he had he might not have gotten out of the hospital for a long, long time.

The outrage is building to a level of overload such that I have never experienced in my life. This president is about to kill a major American city. MY city.

Call the White House today. If you've already called them, call them again. Call your senators and congresspersons. If you've already called them, call them again.

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We are about to lose New Orleans. An editorial in the New York Times warns its readers what New Orleanians already know: the city is being murdered as we speak by Bush administration and congressional neglect.

We are about to lose New Orleans. Whether it is a conscious plan to let the city rot until no one is willing to move back or honest paralysis over difficult questions, the moment is upon us when a major American city will die, leaving nothing but a few shells for tourists to visit like a museum.

We said this wouldn't happen. President Bush said it wouldn't happen. He stood in Jackson Square and said, "There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans." But it has been over three months since Hurricane Katrina struck and the city is in complete shambles.

There are many unanswered questions that will take years to work out, but one is make-or-break and needs to be dealt with immediately. It all boils down to the levee system. People will clear garbage, live in tents, work their fingers to the bone to reclaim homes and lives, but not if they don't believe they will be protected by more than patches to the same old system that failed during the deadly storm. Homeowners, businesses and insurance companies all need a commitment before they will stake their futures on the city.

At this moment the reconstruction is a rudderless ship. There is no effective leadership that we can identify. How many people could even name the president's liaison for the reconstruction effort, Donald Powell? Lawmakers need to understand that for New Orleans the words "pending in Congress" are a death warrant requiring no signature.

The rumbling from Washington that the proposed cost of better levees is too much has grown louder. Pretending we are going to do the necessary work eventually, while stalling until the next hurricane season is upon us, is dishonest and cowardly. Unless some clear, quick commitments are made, the displaced will have no choice but to sink roots in the alien communities where they landed.

The price tag for protection against a Category 5 hurricane, which would involve not just stronger and higher levees but also new drainage canals and environmental restoration, would very likely run to well over $32 billion. That is a lot of money. But that starting point represents just 1.2 percent of this year's estimated $2.6 trillion in federal spending, which actually overstates the case, since the cost would be spread over many years.

And it is barely one-third the cost of the $95 billion in tax cuts passed just last week by the House of Representatives.

Total allocations for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terror have topped $300 billion. All that money has been appropriated as the cost of protecting the nation from terrorist attacks. But what was the worst possible case we fought to prevent?

Losing a major American city.

"We are about to lose New Orleans."THIS MUST NOT HAPPEN.

Why the fuck is this president so much more interested in rebuilding Iraq than in rebuilding New Orleans? Because 77% of them didn't vote for him? Because it's predominantly black? Because it's a "city of sin"? Why are they balking at spending $32 billion to protect a major American city from further destruction while they seem to have had no trouble passing four tax cuts in the last week that totalled $95 billion?

CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS NOW. CALL EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND TELL THEM TO CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS NOW.

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Hope this helps. I was thinking about something like this, but a bunch of Lakeview residents of course thought of it already.

A full page ad designed by a group of Lakeview residents will run in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.

The piece is titled, "A message from homeless New Orleanians" and is designed to impress upon lawmakers in Washington DC that residents from all over the New Orleans area want to return to their homes.

Several Lakeview residents came up with the idea last month while chatting online. Within two weeks the group raised more than $10,000 required to pay for the ad. Cherie Franz said the Lakeview group wants members of congress to know that the future of the city is in their hands.

"I'd like to explain the fact that we're not complaining. We just want to raise awareness and make sure that the promises made by our president in front of the cathedral are going to be honored," Franz said.

The ad will run sometime this week.

If the ad doesn't work, then perhaps a large club upside their heads ...

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Rename the storm: Katrina USACOE. Jarvis DeBerry writes in the Times-Picayune.

We know things the rest of the country does not. We know that we lost our homes because of human incompetence and gross negligence. We know that had the floodwalls done what they were designed to do, most of us would never have flooded. We know that the federal government is culpable.

The rest of the country knows there was a hurricane named Katrina.

The name will be never be used for another storm, but I say we stop using it even to explain the destruction that we still see before us.

If we must use a name, the obvious choice is USACOE, an acronym that obviously stands for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

USACOE wasn't malicious. I'll give them that. Just bumbling. But malice isn't always required. People entrusted their lives to the structural integrity of the floodwalls. Those walls turned out to be flimsy.

Some people will argue that the flimsiness of those walls would not have been made evident without Hurricane Katrina, and that therefore the hurricane itself, and not USACOE, deserves the blame. Don't fall for that line of reasoning. It's faulty. If I buy a new car, get cut off in traffic and slam on brakes that don't work, I'm more upset at the automaker than I am at the jerk who cut me off. Aren't you?

Katrina raged, but not so fiercely that we should have been drowned. USACOE sold us a bill of goods. USACOE said, "Hey, trusting public, this here model floodwall is the top of the line. Safe and reliable. You can depend on its safety features. Winds may reach 130 mph, and it will still hold back the water. Believe me. It won't fail."


On Aug. 29, the maximum sustained winds in New Orleans measured 105 mph. USACOE's floodwalls fell apart. We're supposed to blame Katrina for that?

As long as we talk about what happened here as a weather event, some outsiders will view our situation as doomed. So let's not say Katrina did this.

Turns out it wasn't just USACOE, though. Keep reading.

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Canal dredging doomed New Orleans. More depressing news ... and this time it wasn't the Army Corps of Engineers, it was the Sewerage & Water Board, Orleans and Jefferson levee boards. The dredging of the 17th Street Canal in the early 1980s contributed to the failure of the levee.

This is a .pdf file showing how the disaster happened.

Jesus Christ.

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Holy Cross School's campus: 1879-2006. And the final blow of bad news in the last few days ... my high school, although it will reopen in January with about 60% of its previous student body, will abandon its 126-yeaer-old campus in the Lower Ninth Ward as of the fall 2006 semester and seek a new campus elsewhere in Orleans or Jefferson.

This represents a possible death knell for the Lower Ninth, as that school was the cornerstone of the neighborhod, not to mention the loss of all that history on that campus where I spent five years, starting in the 8th grade.

I can't even think about this.

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Richard Pryor, 1940-2005. Quote of the day:

When I was in Africa, this voice came to me and said, "Richard, what do you see?" I said, "I see all types of people." The voice said, "But do you see any niggers?" I said, "No." It said, "Do you know why? 'Cause there aren't any."

Thank you for everything, Richard.

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