August 31, 2005
There is/was a house...
is that this hurricane was always going to happen. They planned for it (albeit poorly). It was talked about the same way that Californians talk about "the big one." Every hurricane that has come close to New Orleans has been feared because THIS is what could happen...and did. Every summer, the slightest temperature deviation from that of the norm arose the speculation...and every year someone was wondering if it was the year of the hurricane that would destroy New Orleans. That year is now. So, you see, this thing- Katrina- was as part of New Orleans as her jazz, as her Creole cooking, as her slow southern ways. But because it is just one part of her, it will not cripple her for long...
This has been a very sad week for USA... My condolances to all the unfortunate people
Andrew was going to destroy N.O. but took a left instead of a right or something like that.
As she said (and has been said on our news this morning, L.O. has been playing "hurricane roulette" perhaps for the past thirty or forty years.
GWB in a soundbite said that it was never expected the levees would go...
I have total sympathy and support for the people who left when they could. I have total sympathy and support for the people who lost their lives because they were unable to leave.
I have no sympathy whatever for those who could leave and refused.
The twin photos - "takers" and "looters" - paint the real picture. Forget the labels and look through the images.
How does one tell the difference?
This has some VERY pertinent comment. Recommended.
Meanwhile, Dubya is doing all he can to deflect any blame from himself and the GOP by stressing the word "natural" in "natural disaster."
Pat Robertson doesn't need to go all the way to Venezuela to find the devil. The devil incarnate lives and breathes in the White House and turns his back towards his "own people:" the great citizenry of the US of A. Hopefully this is the last nail in the coffin of this presidency.
Can we imagine the world without Paris and Venice?
I suspect that many of those people refused to leave because they have been leaving so frequently and coming back home after only a tiny little storm...and they just did not believe that this hurricane would cause the kind of destruction it did. It's kind of the boy who cried wolf scenerio. The media makes every tiny storm a monster. When the monster was coming, many didn't believe.
Having said that, I would have left and I am currently with my best friend from New Orleans who did evacuate. I think this is a lesson to us all to error on the side of safety.
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