DEFENDING NEW ORLEANS; Here we go again…
I received the following email as part of a ‘group send’ that somebody figured I would enjoy reading. Wrong. Fail.
My response, sent to a rather extensive ‘reply all’ list, follows.
“The Mining Journal,Marquette, MI
Up here in the Northern part of Michigan we just recoveredÂ from a Historic event — may I even say a “Weather Event”
of “Biblical Proportions” — with a historic blizzard ofÂ up to 44″ inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke
trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundredsÂ of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads,
isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10’sÂ of thousands.
Obama did not come.
FEMA did nothing.
No one howled for the government.
No one blamed the government.
No one even uttered an expletive on TV.
Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.
Our Mayor’s did not blame Obama or anyone else.
Our Governor did not blame Obama or anyone else either.
CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, or NBC did not visit
– or even report on this categoryÂ 5 snow storm.
Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.
No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.
No one looted.
Nobody – I mean Nobody demanded the government do something.
Nobody expected the government to do anything either.
No Larry King, No Bill O’Reilly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews
and No Geraldo Rivera.
No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand,
No Brad Pitts, No Hollywood types to be found.
Nope, we just melted the snow for water.
Sent out caravans of SUV’s to pluck people out of snowÂ engulfed cars.
The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banksÂ and didn’t ask for a penny.
Local restaurants made food, and the police and fireÂ departments delivered it to the snow bound families..
Families took in the stranded people – total strangers.
We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanternsÂ or Coleman lanterns.
We put on an extra layers of clothes because up hereÂ it is “Work or Die”.
We did not wait for some affirmative action governmentÂ to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by
a welfare program that trades votes for ‘sittinÂ at home’ checks.
Even though a Category 5 blizzard of this scale is not usual,Â we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.
I hope this gets passed on.
SOME people will get the message ……
The world does Not owe you a living.”
Whoever wrote this has no fucking idea what they’reÂ talking about.
I live in New Orleans, and have for almost 15 years.
I was here and FORCIBLY EVACUATED during the postÂ Katrina flood.
I didn’t see any reference there to Haliburton &Â Blackwater mercenaries coming to town and forcingÂ everyone to give up their guns, stealing their cars, takingover their homes, etc.
Instead of cleverly melting nice clean snow for drinkingÂ water, people here waded through chest deep cesspools of filth,
filled with feces, rats, snakes & even some alligators.Â Instead of being pulled happily from a snowbank, many were
left on their roofs for days on end, unable to carry the sick,Â elderly, infants and the disabled through these treacherous waters.
Those who made this excruciating journey were met by militia,Â private mercenaries and corrupt police who either herded themÂ like animals or openly shot at them.
Many, many murders by the NOPD are still be investigated byÂ the US Attorney General, Jim Letton.
Please keep in mind that not only New Orleans, but most ofÂ coastal Louisiana has withstood hurricanes for better than
two centuries without ever calling for government support.Â The post Katrina Disaster was THE FAILURE OF LEVEES BUILT &Â MAINTAINED BY THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.
Even their own investigations prove that they were mismanaged,Â poorly built against the advice of levee experts, and warningsÂ about their imminent failure were ignored for decades.
The State of Louisiana was NOT ALLOWED to enter intoÂ this vetting process at the time construction plans were made.
Furthermore, the coastal wetlands of Louisiana have been systematicallyÂ raped by the Federal Government, on behalf of the oil and natural gasÂ companies who pipe these fuels from the Gulf of Mexico through our wetÂ lands to rest of America, to the tune of about 1/3 of the power comingÂ into this country as a whole.
Those plows, police cars, fire trucks, etc. in Michigan would have hadÂ no fuel to run on were it not for the State of Louisiana’s cripplingÂ environmental burden, run by huge profiteers, associated with the Feds.
Dick Cheney, for instance, is on the Board of Directors of Haliburton,Â as well as a huge share holder. George W. Bush has many personal connectionsÂ to Blackwater USA, now accused of murdering it’s own employees to cover upÂ the blatant killing of civilians in Iraq, through his conservative rightÂ wing christian associations.
The destruction of these wetlands, equaling an area about the sizeÂ of Rhode Island every decade, continue now, providing a directÂ unprotected path for hurricanes, and will as long as huge energyÂ corporation aligned with the federal government continue to makeÂ huge, multi-billion dollar profits at our expense.
The state of Louisiana has not been paid any of it’s due,
yet tiny, percentage, in over ten years.
Not one fucking dime.
So next time you want to cast dispersions on an entire cityÂ or state, especially through slander & innuendo, do a little
Otherwise you might come off sounding like a self righteous,Â albeit ignorant, asshole.
We love America, too, kids.
And tell me again how no one in Michigan has been supportedÂ by government bailouts, or unemployment & welfare.
I suppose you never heard about the Auto Industry Bailouts,Â or the tens of thousands of Detroit residents on welfare
Granted, a small portion of the population of New OrleansÂ (let’s say, for argument, about 10%) are unemployed, with
a small percent of them being lazy welfare cheats.Â That’s about 25, 000 people unemployed, at best.
I would place the figure of dead beats at less then 7,000.
How many people in Detroit, alone, are on the dole?
Resources tell me it’s double that.
As for murder, drug dealing, street crime, etc, Detroitis at #2, nationally, right behind New Orleans.
Considering the information at hand, I feel no remorse,in fact, feel compelled to say to whoever wrote this bullshit:
Stick it up your ass.
You don’t have a clue.
I suggest you consider that the Naval base here had aboutÂ 500 empty rooms during the Post Flood New Orleans nightmare.
When about a dozen unarmed men, women and children, includingÂ infants and sick elderly people, showed up asking for one night’sÂ stay, after spending three days on a roof without food or water,Â they were driven off at gun point by marines with m-16s.Â President George W. Bush gave the marines medals forÂ ‘protecting the National Interest’.