DEFENDING NEW ORLEANS; Here we go again…

Jan 8, 2010 by

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.

Original email:

“The Mining Journal,Marquette, MI

WEATHER BULLETIN
Up here in the Northern part of Michigan we just recovered from a Historic event — may I even say a “Weather Event”
of “Biblical Proportions” — with a historic blizzard of up to 44″ inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke
trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads,
isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10’s of thousands.
FYI:
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 category 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 snow engulfed cars.
The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn’t ask for a penny.
Local restaurants made food, and the police and fire 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 lanterns or Coleman lanterns.
We put on an extra layers of clothes because up here it is “Work or Die”.
We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by
a welfare program that trades votes for ‘sittin at home’ checks.
Even though a Category 5 blizzard of this scale is not usual, we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.
I hope this gets passed on.
Maybe …..
SOME people will get the message ……
The world does Not owe you a living.”

My response:

Whoever wrote this has no fucking idea what they’re talking about.
I live in New Orleans, and have for almost 15 years.
I was here and FORCIBLY EVACUATED during the post Katrina flood.

I didn’t see any reference there to Haliburton & Blackwater mercenaries coming to town and forcing everyone to give up their guns, stealing their cars, takingover their homes, etc.

Instead of cleverly melting nice clean snow for drinking water, people here waded through chest deep cesspools of filth,
filled with feces, rats, snakes & even some alligators. Instead of being pulled happily from a snowbank, many were
left on their roofs for days on end, unable to carry the sick, elderly, infants and the disabled through these treacherous waters.

Those who made this excruciating journey were met by militia, private mercenaries and corrupt police who either herded them like animals or openly shot at them.

Many, many murders by the NOPD are still be investigated by the US Attorney General, Jim Letton.

Please keep in mind that not only New Orleans, but most of coastal Louisiana has withstood hurricanes for better than
two centuries without ever calling for government support. The post Katrina Disaster was THE FAILURE OF LEVEES BUILT & MAINTAINED BY THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.

Even their own investigations prove that they were mismanaged, poorly built against the advice of levee experts, and warnings about their imminent failure were ignored for decades.
The State of Louisiana was NOT ALLOWED to enter into this vetting process at the time construction plans were made.

Furthermore, the coastal wetlands of Louisiana have been systematically raped by the Federal Government, on behalf of the oil and natural gas companies who pipe these fuels from the Gulf of Mexico through our wet lands to rest of America, to the tune of about 1/3 of the power coming into this country as a whole.

Those plows, police cars, fire trucks, etc. in Michigan would have had no fuel to run on were it not for the State of Louisiana’s crippling environmental burden, run by huge profiteers, associated with the Feds.
Dick Cheney, for instance, is on the Board of Directors of Haliburton, as well as a huge share holder. George W. Bush has many personal connections to Blackwater USA, now accused of murdering it’s own employees to cover up the blatant killing of civilians in Iraq, through his conservative right wing christian associations.

The destruction of these wetlands, equaling an area about the size of Rhode Island every decade, continue now, providing a direct unprotected path for hurricanes, and will as long as huge energy corporation aligned with the federal government continue to make 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 city or state, especially through slander & innuendo, do a little
homework first.

Otherwise you might come off sounding like a self righteous, albeit ignorant, asshole.

We love America, too, kids.
And tell me again how no one in Michigan has been supported by government bailouts, or unemployment & welfare.
I suppose you never heard about the Auto Industry Bailouts, or the tens of thousands of Detroit residents on welfare
& unemployment.

Granted, a small portion of the population of New Orleans (let’s say, for argument, about 10%) are unemployed, with
a small percent of them being lazy welfare cheats. 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 about 500 empty rooms during the Post Flood New Orleans nightmare.
When about a dozen unarmed men, women and children, including infants and sick elderly people, showed up asking for one night’s stay, after spending three days on a roof without food or water, they were driven off at gun point by marines with m-16s. President George W. Bush gave the marines medals for ‘protecting the National Interest’.

Lord David
Skull Club
New Orleans

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22 Comments

  1. Holy Feck’in Canoodles Batman…WTF?!?

    That original post from the knucklehead in MI just made me head spin, and I tell you, I deal with bigoted, arrogant, small-minded folks everyday! It’s hard to make me blink twice when it comes to the pea-brained things people will say.

    But this…this is just a *whole* different level.

    Lord David…I’m sorry you even had to formulate a reply. I’m glad you did. Because I’m still speechless, but good show ole’ chap. Give ’em Hell.

  2. i’d love to sit down with whoever wrote this and tell them my story…
    mine is really no different than anyone else. i’m just an average person who comes from a very large Lakeview family. we all lost everything and came back to rebuild our homes, our lives, our city.

    life is good.

  3. Interpid shit stirrer that I am, especially when some redneck with a snow plow starts flinging the dung at The City I Love With All My Heart, I sent a link to this post to the editor of the The Mining Journal of Marquette, Michigan.

    I would like to think that, after sipping a cocktail of lovely clean melted snow, they might like to chime in and tell us where their expertise on the Federal Flood, the People of New Orleans, and the Rape of the Wet Lands comes from.

    Assuming they did any research at all.

    I sincerely hope that some crackpot posted this shite and left the newspaper’s name on it to temporarily hide their deep and willful cowardice.

    Otherwise, it’s not really news at all, but the ignorant ranting of a small tortured mind, clueless and dim, filled with hate, and completely without merit in the American Dream.

  4. i’m thinking this guy’s just jealous cause he doesn’t have king cake for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

    poor soul.

  5. blairkolb

    that story is about 4-5 years old. Old, self-replicating meme. The good folks in the UP are probably wondering what in the hell you’re ranting about. The best clue is the fact that there isnt a category system for snow. Just temp readings, wind chill, and snow amounts. Let this kind of shit slide right on by. People who didnt live it, dont know it.

  6. greg p

    I’m actually from Marquette, MI, and while there are no doubt residents of the UP who hold similar beliefs, this isn’t from the Mining Journal. It’s a piece of widely circulated email snark that’s been making the rounds since the winter of 05, always attributed to different sources:

    http://www.snopes.com/katrina/soapbox/snowfall.asp

    By the way, Nugent is a troll — meaning he lives under the (Mackinaw) bridge. We Yoopers will claim Cub Koda, but don’t saddle us with Drop Dead Ted, kthx.

  7. Snark or otherwise (thanks for the link Greg, great work) it pisses me off to no end to read this low life kind of shit.

    Snowbank Cocktails and Helpful Deputies?
    Try this on for size:
    http://www.nola.com/crime/law_and_disorder/

  8. This is an old meme. I’ve seen it several times after extreme weather events since Katrina but it doesn’t diminish the ugly, negative sheite that repeatedly gets thrown our way. The fools who perpetuate this need to STFU ALREADY.

  9. doctorj2u

    Thanks for responding but those people and most of America don’t have a clue and don’t want one. I gave up on “my country” a long time ago. I consider myself a New Orleanian, not an American. I appreciate that you are still trying, though.

  10. cheezwhiz8

    fuck this douchebag. he would be singing a different tune if he let the army corps of engineers build his cabin on the ice to go fishing for small ass perch in the wintertime. the fucker would have sank for sure.

  11. This email just came in this morning;

    Hello,
    I received your message in The Mining Journal’s Virtual Newsroom
    regarding the supposed blizzard and our community’s response (not
    calling in the National Guard, not requesting FEMA aid, etc.).
    The story is false. There was no such storm and no such story in our
    paper. This �article� has been circulating on the Internet for years and no one knows its origin. We certainly do get blizzards here, but none so severe that our cities cannot function, and certainly none on the scale of a national disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina or other weather events.

    Deb Pascoe, editorial assistant
    The Mining Journal

  12. Sassy

    Does the truth hurt?
    This world does not owe anyone a living.
    If people would put in, as much time working as they do complaining about what they think they are owed, they might have the money to be able to support themselves.
    No more excuses!! Just shut up and go to work.

  13. Why Sassy, I have not had my coffee yet so I will not be gentle here.

    You puling moron. Pay attention to what this post is about. It is about falsehood and slander that even the members of the community it is attributed to deny it vociferously.

    Truth hurts alright, the truth of the funerals following the levee failure. The truth of the total failure of infrastructure and organization at all levels of government. The truth that there are way too many insensitive, uncaring scum like yourself that are so eager to write it all of as those lazy Southerners (something suspiciously like the “code words” used for “lazy negroes.”)

    If you have nothing to offer but tripe like you just posted I see no need to bother reading your words when next I see them posted. If you care to join the conversation with some facts or actual argument then you are welcome to join in.

    Acting superior and self righteous simply outs you as a worthless example of humanity, the type that we as a species need to to evolve past.

  14. Dear Sassy;

    I have been constantly gutting and rehabbing homes since the day after I returned (make that ‘was allowed to return’) to New Orleans.

    At first, this was very sow going, because I had to be home by 8 pm or face arrest at the point of m-16s by militia, just back from Iraq, some of whom prevented a couple of State Police man from killing me at one point. All of this with a shattered hip.

    Many of these jobs were done for less money than one makes working the fry-o-later at McDonald’s, and some were done for free.

    For the first several months, I had around half a dozen people living in my apartment, because their homes were uninhabitable. Many of them worked with me, also, at times for free.

    My point in telling you these things is not to make you like me, agree with me, or understand me. It certainly isn’t to justify my actions of beliefs.

    It’s simply so that I can feel I did everything necessary before I told you this:

    Shut the fuck up, you thick fuck.
    You don’t have a clue how hard people here have worked or what they’ve lost. Thousands of us were on ladders & roofs, wearing respirators as we tore through melted piles of our history, shoveling our life’s work into dumpsters as mews came of yet another dead friend or relative, sitting by candle light in unairconditioned rooms as humvees rolled by, 50 caliber’s on mount, making sure we were locked up tight by sundown.

    The Truth?
    I’ve never seen people pull together so much or work so hard with so little back up. Ever. In over fifty years.
    The truht is that you weren’t there & don’t have a clue and you’re spewing bullshit form your little chair like you know something.

    You’ve just proved the opposite.
    You don’t get a fucking vote here.
    In fact, fuck you, you fucking whiney asshole.
    Ya heard it?

    Viva New Orleans!
    Forever may she stand in glory.

    Lord David
    Skull Club
    New Orleans

  15. walk away from the troll….. walk away from the troll……

  16. Fuck the Troll.
    Say that shit in front of room full of us, asshole, and look at the knowing eyes who have stared down The End and come back to tell the tale.

    You’re an internet crybaby punk bitch.
    In case I wasn’t clear the first time.

    LD

  17. I have sparred with this meme many times using my Katana, all to no avail. It is a demon that will not die, but it should be dead already due to the many, many refutations of it’s falsehoods and slander.

    Tne disaster that befell New Orleans was not a “Natural” event, it was a man-made cataclysm. Our floodwalls failed way below their design threshold. Our wetlands which protect us have systematically been destroyed for the gain of energy companies and the needs of the Nation.

    We as a people were sold to the fledgling U.S. for a minimal price and because of that our area has been bled almost to the point of death. Alone we cannot defend ourselves without some form of help. When will the Nation return the energy, spirit and some form of Justice to those who have given so much to the rest of the country?

    Sinn Fein

  18. Sassy

    Anyone that cannot state his or her option without using foul language comes across as an illiterate person. Everyone is entitled to his or her option. I really do not care if you agree or disagree.

  19. Oh my, Miss Sassy!
    Now you’ve got game.
    Except…

    “Just shut up & go to work” is not an opinion.
    It’s a command that implies superiority.

    An illiterate person would not use any written language at all.
    An illiterate person wouldn’t know how to spell moronically self righteous & clueless asshole, for instance.

    And what ever your ‘option’ is (we hope it’s going the fuck away), your opinion that we’re lazy and need your verbal whip needs to be firmly and quickly nestled far up inside your colon.

    As for how I, personally, come across; why don’t you come across my path with some of that superior commanding chatter and tell me to jump to it? I could certainly get busy with that. Watch me work.

    If you have a problem with me calling you a crybaby punk bitch fucking asshole, ranting bullshit from behind an anonymous screen name, well, I too, really don’t care. As you so very cleverly pointed out, the truth sometimes hurts.

  20. Elspeth Ravenwind

    Oh, my…”Sassy” – someone who is anything but…more like “Dumbassy”

    Now, listen here darlin’ sASSy – you can’t argue any facts. All you can do is jab at folks with a decidedly blunt stick and then go hide and watch for any growling we might emit. You are typical, you are an idiot, you are not even worthy of cleaning the usual trolls that tromp through here’s collective toilets.

    If you don’t like New Orleans (and it’s obvious you care nothing for the City) then STFU and go back to your grandma’s basement and get BENT.

    Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out…or then again, DO!

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