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We Failed You? Try Again. Anne Rice blames America, not local officials.
NRO ^ | September 07, 2005, 8:26 a.m. | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 09/07/2005 1:47:06 PM PDT by .cnI redruM

"To my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed us. You looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us. You want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music. Then when you saw us in real trouble, when you saw a tiny minority preying on the weak among us, you called us "Sin City," and turned your backs.” — novelist and New Orleans resident Anne Rice

Let me get this straight.

Ms. Rice, you live in (what was) a very attractive city which lies below sea level. On one side you have a giant lake; on the other side you have the Gulf of Mexico. Running through the middle is the Mississippi River. All of which are above you.

Preventing those giant bodies of water from flooding and drowning you are levees. These levees are described as “century-old.” People have been warning about the devastating effects of a direct hit from a hurricane for decades.

I’ve heard a great deal of complaint in recent days that the federal government may not have allocated enough money to speed up the upgrades to those levees. This does, however, raise the question of why city and state residents were waiting around for the federal government to send enough money to upgrade this, instead of paying for it themselves. I mean, it was only your homes, businesses, and lives at stake. Perhaps these upgrades would have been expensive. If only this city had some sort of events to attract tourists, from which to collect taxes.

Anyway, your state and local officials decided to spend your tax dollars on something else that they (and presumably you) found more important, and then they waited for the rest of the country to pay for these life-preserving necessities.

Your beloved city and region has a colorful political history, in which there is, oh, a wee bit of corruption. I’m from New Jersey, so I can’t throw stones at that glass house. But you guys have managed to pick leaders who give you the worst of both worlds — they’re scandal ridden and incompetent in a crisis. Look, Rudy Giuliani might have run around with Judith Nathan before his divorce, but he was a hell of a leader in our darkest hours. You know the National Review crowd isn’t a fan of Pataki, but the man was a rock after 9/11 compared to Governor Weepy I’ll-Evacuate-Eventually and Mayor It’s-Everybody’s-Fault-Except-Mine. Nobody’s throwing around the adjective “Churchillian” about any of your officials these days. We didn’t pick your local officials; you guys did.

Rice asks, “how many times did Gov. Kathleen Blanco have to say that the situation was desperate? How many times did Mayor Ray Nagin have to call for aid?”

Ahem. What about those buses left unused, less than a mile from the Superdome? JunkYardBlog notes that it’s written in the Southeast Louisiana Evacuation Plan that buses are supposed to be used for evacuation of those who don’t have personal vehicles. As JYB observes, “there is something very peculiar about a city and a state that have a plan on the books for years that outlines what to do when a hurricane is about to strike, yet when a hurricane comes roaring in, the responsible officials just chuck the plan and try winging it. Delaying and then winging it in the face of a monstrous Cat 4/5 hurricane is never, ever a good idea, especially for New Orleans.” (See more here.) Ironically, Nagin told CNN, “I need buses, man,” when he had plenty sitting around unused before the storm hit. Now they’re flooded and useless.

But it’s not like state and local officials could have seen this coming. They have never had a hurricane bearing down on them before and… oh, wait, there was Hurricane Ivan just last year. And after that dodged bullet, Blanco and Nagin both acknowledged they needed a better evacuation plan.

I would note that we’ve seen some pretty intense disasters in other parts of the country, like planes crashing into skyscrapers and subsequently collapsing, earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards, and yet somehow, none of these disasters had the total breakdown of law and order, civil society, etc. Jonah Goldberg’s early joke about a Mad-Max style post-apocalyptic tribal anarchy may have been in poor taste, but it has turned out to be nightmarishly prescient.

We failed you? No, oh brilliant creator of Exit to Eden, you failed. You might not think of it this way, but: Your leaders failed to upgrade the levees. You elected a bunch of weepers and blame-shifters who lost their head in a crisis.

Over the past decades, your elected officials have let a criminal element incubate and grow until they ruled the streets, instead of the forces of law and order. In pop culture, a New Orleans thief is always a charming rogue with a devilish smile. In reality, they’re a bunch of thugs.

If the number of residents who are looting thugs were such a “tiny minority,” we wouldn’t have seen this widespread, relentless anarchy. Madam, a noticeable number of your neighbors saw this disaster as an opportunity to smash a window and run away with a television, an act that reveals much about the inadequacies of the local school system, since that thief won’t be enjoying that television with any electricity anytime soon.

I would also note that this is one hell of a police force your local officials hired and that you and your neighbors tolerated. 50 percent turned in their badges during the crisis and quit. Your police superintendent is conceding that some cops were looting. Just want to refresh your memory — four years ago, New York and Washington, planes falling out of the sky, thousands dead, no idea what the hell is coming next… and the cops, among others, showed up to work.

To save you guys now, I — and a lot of other Americans — will pitch in. We are witnessing the biggest mobilization of civilian and military rescue and relief crews in history. But I have a sneaking suspicion you’re going to want the rest of us to pay for the rebuilding of your city. (In the near future, we’re going to have to have a little chat about the wisdom of building below sea level, directly next to large bodies of water.) And if you’re going to come to the rest of us hat in hand, demanding the rest of us clean up after your poor judgment, I’d appreciate a little less “you failed us” and a little more “we’ve learned our lesson.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: blamegame; katrina; no; rice; vampire; vampires; voodoo; whine
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That about says all that needs saying to Anne Rice, K. Blanco, Mayor Negligence.
1 posted on 09/07/2005 1:47:13 PM PDT by .cnI redruM
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To: .cnI redruM
"You want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music."

Actually I don't want any of those, but any one would be preferable to your crappy novels.
2 posted on 09/07/2005 1:50:18 PM PDT by Moral Hazard ("Now therefore kill every male among the little ones" - Numbers 31:17)
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To: .cnI redruM

This is priceless - I hope it is widely read.


3 posted on 09/07/2005 1:51:07 PM PDT by RDTF
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To: .cnI redruM

Anne Rice is nothing but a creep.


4 posted on 09/07/2005 1:51:39 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: .cnI redruM
You want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music.

I have never wanted any of those things. Mardi Gras is an embarrassment--that's the nicest thing I can say about it.

5 posted on 09/07/2005 1:52:40 PM PDT by grellis (Femininist. Think about it.)
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To: RDTF
It is apparently being read widely enough for him to receive this threat:
Stay in Turkey, because if you EVER return and I am introduced to you, I will put a bullet in your forehead and then spit on your body.

6 posted on 09/07/2005 1:52:45 PM PDT by mcg1969
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To: .cnI redruM

Miss Rice, I thought vampires bit the necks - not the hands - that feed them.


7 posted on 09/07/2005 1:53:02 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: .cnI redruM
I wonder what ann ricecrispys is contributing to the cause besides her big mouth.........
8 posted on 09/07/2005 1:53:24 PM PDT by marmar (435 CASF..Ramstien Germany.....Bringing the Wounded Warriors Home....)
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To: .cnI redruM
If John Fraud Kerry or Algore had been President, all they would have had to do is snap their fingers and 2,000,000 National Guardsmen would have been magically teleported into the eye of Katrina, prevented the wind and flood damage, and made sure that absolutely no one died are was in discomfort in any way.

Honest.

9 posted on 09/07/2005 1:53:27 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: .cnI redruM

Anne Rice wants the good old N'awlins. where someone can throw her some beads and she can flash her cans.....and if the feds don't protect her right to do that by overriding city and state mandates to ignore the impending apocalypse...its their fault anyway and your all racists too boot.


10 posted on 09/07/2005 1:53:33 PM PDT by Vaquero (a red stater trapped in the body of a blue state.)
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To: .cnI redruM
I'll buy your books *used* from now on, beyatch.

Make money off of *that*.

11 posted on 09/07/2005 1:53:38 PM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: .cnI redruM

Anne Rice writes vampire novels. What more do you need to know about this freak?


12 posted on 09/07/2005 1:53:41 PM PDT by dennisw (***)
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To: atomicpossum

The mass media is getting so desperate,
if you can even imagine a problem,
they'll put you on the front page.


13 posted on 09/07/2005 1:54:11 PM PDT by MikeHu
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To: .cnI redruM

Good response to this kooky, creepy broad.


14 posted on 09/07/2005 1:54:14 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: .cnI redruM

Because of this witch, I have now changed my mind about ever travelling to NO again. I've been there three times, but they'll never get another dime of my money. I will probably also make my intended donation to John Grisham's fund, instead of the Salvation Army, to ensure it is spent in and on Mississippi.


15 posted on 09/07/2005 1:55:41 PM PDT by jocon307
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Anne Rice, queen of the Vampire Moonbats.
16 posted on 09/07/2005 1:56:45 PM PDT by Tim Long
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To: .cnI redruM

Figures someone who glorifies bloodsuckers would write something like this.


17 posted on 09/07/2005 1:57:43 PM PDT by MizSterious (Now, if only we could convince them all to put on their bomb-vests and meet in Mecca...)
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To: Moral Hazard

I don't even want her books. I read one, it was dark, depressing and convoluted. Now that I know she is from New Orleans, I understand.


18 posted on 09/07/2005 1:57:50 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: grellis

The locals in the French Quarter aren't bothered by the trash and stench, it's just like any other night on Bourbon St..


19 posted on 09/07/2005 1:58:39 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: mcg1969

Say what you want about liberals, but they always debate the issues on the merits.


20 posted on 09/07/2005 1:59:09 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Moral Hazard
$10 says Ray Nagin can't pass urinalysis.
21 posted on 09/07/2005 1:59:10 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Troubled by NOLA looting ? You ain't seen nothing yet.)
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To: .cnI redruM

A long time ago she connected with the dark side. Can't really expect someone entrenched in the satanic to do/say the right thing.


22 posted on 09/07/2005 1:59:24 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: atomicpossum
Anne Rice is nothing but a creep.

Agreed. I read her first vampire book, since I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction. It was over the top on the decadence and sex, but what do you expect of vampires? Then I read the second, and it was worse, and worse written, and around that point I decided she was a hack writer who wasn't worth the time of day. She panders to her readers in the worst way.

23 posted on 09/07/2005 1:59:27 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: .cnI redruM

Ms. Rice is really into fiction.


24 posted on 09/07/2005 2:00:00 PM PDT by BamaAndy (Heart & Iron--the story of America through an ordinary family. ISBN: 1-4137-5397-3)
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To: jocon307

Grisham's a leftist. Give money to Mississippi Catholic Charities.


25 posted on 09/07/2005 2:00:04 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: .cnI redruM

So that I never again can be accused of disappointing Anne, we should not piss away a single dollar on rebuilding this city for the next catastrophy. Let's just clean the place up and turn it back to natural wetlands.


26 posted on 09/07/2005 2:02:21 PM PDT by Tacis ("Democrats - The Party of Traitors, Treachery and Treason!")
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To: .cnI redruM
Now what can you expect out of someone who writes a sadomasochistic series of books under a pen name and dresses up as a vampire and comes to a party that they are hosting in a coffin? That was a bunch of "ands" but are we supposed to take her seriously?
27 posted on 09/07/2005 2:02:25 PM PDT by Leapofaith (I am not a radical conservative --- just a pissed off one)
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To: .cnI redruM
— novelist and New Orleans resident Anne Rice

Make that former New Orleans resident. She moved out in early 2004.

28 posted on 09/07/2005 2:02:38 PM PDT by brbethke
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To: .cnI redruM
Yes, indeedie. "A wee bit of corruption."

When I was a kid I remember living in Buras, La. The town was in Plaquemine Parrish. The Parrish was controled then by Mr Leander Perez. In order to get a Louisiana drivers license my mother had to get a written note from Mr Leander. Years later, while stationed in Hawaii I met and old fellow who left Plaquemine Parrish at the beginning of WWII. We talked a lot about the old home grounds. One thing he asked me was, "Is Mr Leander still running things there?"(His son occupied the cat-bird seat for years after Mr Leanders death).Corruption is as much a part of Louisiana as Pelicans and Hughie P Long.

Sorry Ms Rice. Your history failed you not the US government. Maybe now, having kicked the scab off the festering sore that is Louisana politics, something will happen to get it right.

And, BTW, let it be a lesson to all of us. Politicians left unaccountable to anyone soon become incredible costly to everyone. Washington and state capitols should be made to fear and tremble at the suggestion of constituent oversight.

29 posted on 09/07/2005 2:04:54 PM PDT by Adrastus (If you don't like my attitude, talk to some one else.)
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To: mcg1969

I'm sure she's just one of those "peace loving/anti-gun liberal/socialists" that we, unfortunately, all know.


30 posted on 09/07/2005 2:04:58 PM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: .cnI redruM
You want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music.

I do not want or care about those things for the reason that they are things.

31 posted on 09/07/2005 2:07:28 PM PDT by afnamvet
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To: TexasCajun
The locals in the French Quarter aren't bothered by the trash and stench, it's just like any other night on Bourbon St..

That's what I have always imagined, and why I have never wanted to go. Apart from architecture and oceanview v. riverview, if I want to visit NO I can always go to Detroit. It's closer.

32 posted on 09/07/2005 2:08:16 PM PDT by grellis (Femininist. Think about it.)
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To: .cnI redruM

Anne Rice rcently bought a mega million dollar home
in the La Jolla area of San Diego where she now lives.
Open your home to the folks Anne.


33 posted on 09/07/2005 2:09:46 PM PDT by SoCalPol (More Died At Chappaquiddic than Guantanamo)
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To: .cnI redruM

I hope you distributed this letter to editors across the country and sent her a copy personally.


34 posted on 09/07/2005 2:12:36 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Dems: "It can't be done" Reps. "Move, we'll find a way or make a way. It has to be done!")
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To: SoCalPol

And Celine Dion says,

"Let them loot it."


35 posted on 09/07/2005 2:14:39 PM PDT by MikeHu
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To: SoCalPol

They (anne rice, ellen degeneres, etc , all love NO but none of them actually lives there!


36 posted on 09/07/2005 2:16:26 PM PDT by HoneyBoo
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To: .cnI redruM

I wonder if someone like Ann Rice really would ever end up reading this...does she have a website?


37 posted on 09/07/2005 2:29:32 PM PDT by Hildy (a fact to a liberal is like Kryptonite to Superman.)
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To: .cnI redruM

I thought she actually lived in San Francisco. A friend of mine took a class at SF State taught by her husband.


38 posted on 09/07/2005 2:33:05 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: HoneyBoo
They (anne rice, ellen degeneres, etc , all love NO but none of them actually lives there!

Of course not. No self-respecting wealthy white liberal would live with the "poor working class".

Rice and her ilk love to wax philosophic about how "we" (themselves excluded) have failed the Big Easy from the Coco Chanel bedecked rooms in their multimillion dollar gated communities.

She should either put her money where her mouth is or STFU.

39 posted on 09/07/2005 2:35:18 PM PDT by FreedomAvatar (Gravity is only a theory - Teach the controversy)
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To: dennisw
What more do you need to know about this freak?

Her erotic novel, Belinda, feasts on a sexual relationship between a 44-year old illustrator of children's books and his foster daughter, a 16 year old girl.

40 posted on 09/07/2005 2:43:14 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Recall Barbara Boxer)
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To: .cnI redruM

Pssst, Ann Rice; Quite honestly, I haven't gone to your mardigras in 15 years because it is nothing but a good way to get mugged by one of the members of your HUGE criminal population, and I don't admire public nudity and debauchery, besides. People at your jazz fest at least seem to keep their clothes on and are not fornicating in doorways in your truly lovely historical district. I can get your food at any of a number of restaurants within 25 miles of where I live in the middle of rural nowhere in Texas-and I love to read, but I think your books stink-stick to writing your depressing supernatural fantasies and leave the helping of people to those who know what the hell they are doing...


41 posted on 09/07/2005 2:48:34 PM PDT by Texan5 (You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line..)
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To: Jeff Gordon

Disgusting. There are a million things to write about and she wries about older men having sex with teenage foster daughters and she writes about vampires. But the paycheck is good. She's worth millions from the vampire books


42 posted on 09/07/2005 2:51:12 PM PDT by dennisw (***)
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To: .cnI redruM

Is Anne Rice a poor, black woman?


43 posted on 09/07/2005 2:52:57 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: marmar
I wonder what ann ricecrispys is contributing to the cause besides her big mouth.........

Perhaps she has half her brain tied behind her back... leaving her totally incapacitated!

44 posted on 09/07/2005 2:56:53 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup (Hi Marmar and thanks for bringin em' home alive!)
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To: f zero

Anne Rice's take . . .


45 posted on 09/07/2005 3:00:51 PM PDT by pettifogger (donate now (or again) to your favorite relief organization)
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To: HoneyBoo

Ellen Degeneres was born in NO, she grew up in NO, and her entire family lost everything there. So please get your facts right before you make accusations like that.


46 posted on 09/07/2005 3:02:07 PM PDT by Hildy (a fact to a liberal is like Kryptonite to Superman.)
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To: .cnI redruM
"I’d appreciate a little less “you failed us” and a little more “we’ve learned our lesson.” "

Excellent post!!! I'd like to add: Mizz Rice, how about simply saying "thank you"? Then maybe you can tell us all, Ms. Rice, why NOLA deserves more attention than Biloxi or Mobile or any of the other places destroyed by Katrina.

47 posted on 09/07/2005 3:02:59 PM PDT by GBA
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Hi, OCC, I am back in Germany.. And I can still smell the NOLA stench from here........
48 posted on 09/07/2005 3:03:48 PM PDT by marmar (435 CASF..Ramstien Germany.....Bringing the Wounded Warriors Home....)
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To: .cnI redruM
News flash: Race-baiting jumps the shark!

Finally, after all these years, the rabid race-hysteria being retailed by the far Left, the Democrats, and the press over the Katrina aftermath is starting to de-sensitize the rest of us ordinary people.

You no longer have to feel secretly guilty and embarrassed whenever someone asks you if you don't like them because they're black.

Just say: SURE! And I'll bet you think George Bush forced black people to eat corpses to survive!

49 posted on 09/07/2005 3:20:31 PM PDT by blackhedd
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To: .cnI redruM

Aww..... well, I'm sure Ms. Rice had nothing but the best intentions.... heh.


50 posted on 09/07/2005 3:29:19 PM PDT by tarawa
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