Sunday, September 11, 2005

What's Really Happening in New Orleans?

I've already written some about Huricane Katrina Vanden Heuvel and the awful struggles of those who live and work in the areas damaged and destroyed by the storm. Most of what I've written was based on knowledge and news reporting of the time and was admittedly far from complete. The problem is, as we see the tale unfold from day to day, it seems to be less a natural disaster and more a government-made one.

Where do we start? With the French? I think the statutes of limitation are long past. The Louisiana Purchase was an "as is" deal.

Then to now was mainly a momentum thing. New Orleans was there, was a nice city, an "easy" city in which to live.

There was the occasional storm, hurricanes were a recognized danger, but New Orleans pulled through and became bigger and better. The Big Easy was so easy that local government was, in Southern style, corrupt as Mexico. During the Kkklinton administration, lots of money was stolen from all Americans and given to Louisiana for a full reinforcement of the New Orleans levee system, but the money was spent on other things: pundits claim that money was spent on a gambling casino, was spent to facilitate the movement of more river barges in and out of the port while there were actually fewer barges. I'm sure several New Orleans city and Louisiana state officials have enhanced their personal retirement accounts as well, truth be discovered.

Hurricane Katrina Vanden Heuvel brought local government out and fileted it, exposing its rotten guts for all to see.

Mayor Nagin apparently didn't read his own city's disaster plan, didn't take the weather reports seriously, and instead of dealing with the situation in a timely manner, he apparently decided to hide under his desk. When he should've been calling up bus drivers, he was calling tv networks to arrange face time.

The feds can't really invade a state until invited by the Governor. That's sort of like Mina, in "Dracula," had to invite the Count into her room in order that he could bite her neck. Governor Kathleen Blanco was so busy protecting her fiefdom that that she would not make the state Guard available to the President until everyone in New Orleans was dead. My guess: Her last name makes reference to her intelligence quotient.

Once the city was finally opened up to the feds, then the real violations began. While the poor people still remaining in the city are wading around in ultra contaminated water and being robbed and raped by gangs with stolen guns, the feds are systematically rendering the victims unable to defend themselves by means of wholesale violations of Amendments the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th.

Were there ever a high-magnitude disaster in a Western state (other than California, Oregon or Washington) and the feds pull crap like this, it just might turn into a civil war.


Warm regards,

Col. Hogan
Stalag California

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