[SATLUG] OT - Keep a lookout
geoff at w5omr.shacknet.nu
Fri Mar 28 15:10:22 CDT 2008
> You know that hurricane could have just as easily hit Houston as it did
> New Orleans. Had it done so we here in San Antonio could have been the
> refugees. Furthermore, not all the victims of Katrina are criminals
oh, puh-leeze. I've worked in/out of New Orleans for the last 6 years.
AFTER the storm, before the work started on Windsor park Mall, I was by
there and saw about 50 ~ 75 able bodied, young (18 ~ 25) men, mostly,
with shorts (of different waste height), mostly white socks, with
sandals on, hats on sideways or backwards and most everyone had jewelry
around their neck, and they were standing around, and -every- one had a
'40' in their hand, in a plain brown wrapper. I would venture to say,
that by -that- time, those who WANTED to help themselves, had already
left the shelter and were headed out to do -something-. It was a/the
group of 'do-nothings' that were all standing around. And as I drove
by, drawing on my experience in New Orleans in the last 6 years, this
thought came through my mind, Todd... 'The only thing that's changed for
these people, is location'.
> most of the refugees are in fact hard working Americans who had their
> lives torn asunder by the hurricane and then were left to fend for
> themselves by the federal government.
You really don't have a clue, do you? It's not taking a long time for
the people in New Orleans to recover. Hell, the business infrastructure
was back up and running in just a few weeks. After the storm(s) at/near
the end of Q3 2005, I went back to work to setup a major tradeshow, 'The
Library Show', in June of 2006. That's not even a year after Katrina.
And, it wasn't even the storm that did the damage. It was the woefully
non-maintained and inadequate levy system. The US Government GAVE the
state of Louisiana enough money (because the couldn't raise it for
themselves) to build a levy system around Lake Ponchartrain that would
withstand a Catagory 5 Hurricane. Katrina, when she hit land, was a 3.5
~ 4. It wasn't the storm, but rather the back-surge of water across the
lake (thats only 6 to 10 feet deep, on average, for 32 miles
north/south, and 50 miles wide, east/west) that was pushed up and over
the levies by the winds of the storm.
If the state of Louisiana had actually BUILT a Catagory 5 levy system,
they (and us) wouldn't have the problems that we are all having right
now. No, they built a Catagory 3 levy system, and spent the remaining
amount of money on a river barge, a casino and other money that just
'disappeared' that was earmarked for 'entertaining dignitaries'.
I can name you people in Kenner, LA (near the New Orleans airport)
that's 30 miles WEST of where the storm came in, that are claiming flood
damage, and roof damage and are getting 'Road Home' money, and this
grant, and that loan and money coming out of their ears that they aren't
even sure where it's coming from, and how many of 'em have actually
rebuilt? THEY'RE WAITING FOR THE NEXT CHECK, BECAUSE THEY'VE ALREADY
SPENT THE PREVIOUS MONIES!
> So if you have to blame someone blame God for the hurricane and President Bush for the inept response.
Oh, PLEASE tell me you did NOT go there!
Protocol dictates that The GOVERNOR of the state HAS TO REQUEST
assistance, in such a disaster. The Whitehouse was on the phone with
Kathleen Blanco off/on for *48 HOURS* waiting for her to say "ok, we
need help". GET YOUR FACTS straight.
> Don't blame out mayor or gove for showing christian charity by trying to help out fellow Americans in need!
We helped, no doubt. There's -never- been an issue with every one in
America doing their part to help the 5th and 6th generation of
government welfare handout people of New Orleans... but how long are
they going to ride that gravy train? I know of -one- family, living in
Houston, in an Apartment, that is now -complaining- that they're
actually going to have to start paying rent in the apartment they've
been in, for the last TWO PLUS YEARS, because no one has helped them get
back to New Orleans.
Ready or not, those folks that are screaming to go back to New Orleans,
need to be let loose, and let 'em go back. Get 'em out of -our- hair,
and out of our houses and off our streets!
I KNOW of where I speak on this issue. I'm making plans on -moving- to
New Orleans, simply for the pure economics of living and working in the
same geographical area. I've been in and out of that town since Jan of
2002, and had even moved down there, for a time, but left the May
-before- the storm.
I had a checkbook with a Chalmette address on it (that house was under
20' of water). I -could- have claimed that I was displaced, even though
I was renting, and gotten my $2+,ooo debit card, applied for, and gotten
disaster relief, extended unemployment benefits, foodstamps, welfare,
etc... with just that checkbook, and my ID. Did I? No. How many
people do I know, that live in the GNO that would have? 90% of 'em.
So, don't sit there and tell me that the storm only displaced the good
and decent people of New Orleans, and that it was our Nations Government
that was at fault for not replying or responding any sooner. Nature
CAUSED the storm. The Government of Louisiana (the best politicians
money can buy!) let it's people down, and the people of Louisiana and
New Orleans have got their hand out, like they have for the last 50 or
60 years, looking for someone to bail them out of trouble, yet again.
The people of SE Louisiana have forgotten what boot-straps are, let
alone how to pull them selves up by them!
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