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6 Months Later, New Orleans Far From Whole
Guardian Unlimited UK & AP ^ | February 25, 2006 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI

Posted on 02/25/2006 10:48:07 PM PST by Saints fan

Edited on 02/25/2006 11:38:38 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

NEW ORLEANS They're throwing Mardi Gras beads again - so many strands, they're landing in tree branches and getting snagged on the trellised balconies of the French Quarter.

You'll find them adorning the arms of Spanish statues. Tourists are wearing them, but these days so are contractors and the National Guard. It's hard to walk on Bourbon Street without stepping on them. You're likely to crunch them underfoot, long necklaces of plastic pearls brightening the asphalt.


(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: katrina; missinglink; neworleans; sinkhole

1 posted on 02/25/2006 10:48:12 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan

RE: The Headline

Wow, a whole 6 months later and a city nearly destroyed by a natural disaster isn't whole...what a shock.


2 posted on 02/25/2006 10:50:16 PM PST by ECM
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To: ECM

We should pull out now.


3 posted on 02/25/2006 10:51:41 PM PST by The Worthless Miracle
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To: Saints fan

Please provide correctly named sources and working links for each of the two articles you have included above.


4 posted on 02/25/2006 10:55:16 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Saints fan
Quagmire!!!!
I for one am sick of this, the current liberal cause of the month, frankly other cities are all cleaned up, I am appalled this city has not been cleaned, broke is one thing, this is just appalling. This city reminds me of a third world country in Africa
5 posted on 02/25/2006 10:58:10 PM PST by Roverman2K
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To: The Worthless Miracle

You're right. We can't win so we might as well...


6 posted on 02/25/2006 11:03:43 PM PST by DoughtyOne (If you don't want to be lumped in with those who commit violence in your name, take steps to end it.)
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To: Roverman2K
I am appalled this city has not been cleaned,...

The politicians are too concerned that they will be voted out come April. The entire liberal base is gone, hopefully never to return. The Dems of the state will use every dirty tactic in an attempt to maintain their grip, so I expect we'll be seeing more of the 'Help New Orleans' whining.

Most of us in the state could care less if New Orleans fell into the ocean.

7 posted on 02/25/2006 11:03:49 PM PST by CrawDaddyCA (There is no such thing as a fair fight. Thou shall win at all costs!!)
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To: ECM

And how long before they rebuilt Atlanta after Sherman took it in 1864?


8 posted on 02/25/2006 11:06:19 PM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Admin Moderator

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5647343,00.html

Sorry


9 posted on 02/25/2006 11:06:46 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: CrawDaddyCA

Just as Houston became the new center after the destruction of Galveston, so Baton Rouge should replace New Orleans. What's gone is gone.


10 posted on 02/25/2006 11:08:26 PM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Saints fan

Man, I'm sick of New Orleans.


11 posted on 02/25/2006 11:09:51 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Saints fan

If I understand this correctly there is a huge problem because there are more jobs than workers? And there is a huge demand for housing? Only liberals can screw this up!


12 posted on 02/25/2006 11:13:11 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Saints fan
His neighborhood, where homes had water up to their roofs, is one of many that are now in limbo, waiting for government officials to determine whether residents can rebuild.

Which government?

13 posted on 02/25/2006 11:19:03 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Lancey Howard

Me too. I'm getting sick of all the "victims" waiting for the gov't to come save them. I'm sick of the MSM and their constant coverage. I'm sick of Mardi Gras.


14 posted on 02/25/2006 11:21:19 PM PST by bonfire
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To: Grizzled Bear

The totally lack of housing is the reason that there are more jobs then workers.


15 posted on 02/25/2006 11:23:22 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan
Thanks for that one link, but you have included two unsourced, unlinked stories in this one thread.

The thread may need to be removed unless you can provide the correct source and link for both stories.

Thanks.
16 posted on 02/25/2006 11:23:30 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: CrawDaddyCA

How are things going in the rest of the state (since nobody every bothers to talk about that)?


17 posted on 02/25/2006 11:26:08 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Admin Moderator

I copied this post from a yahoo group message board. I am sorry if I was not supposed to do that. I am not experienced in posting articles. This is a link to that message.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rebuild_lakeview/message/12501


18 posted on 02/25/2006 11:36:02 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Roverman2K

I know.

I get depressed every day I leave my neighborhood.

:-(


19 posted on 02/25/2006 11:37:52 PM PST by Emmet Fitzhume (Nagin is to stupidity as Blanco is to incompetence.)
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To: Saints fan
I'm far from whole either. But you don't see me demand people baby me over my loss. Its life, we have to move on and it won't stand still for us. New Orleans needs to get the same message.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

20 posted on 02/25/2006 11:40:53 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Howlin
The rest of the state is doing great, Lake Charles, Lafayette, and most of the southern towns clean ups are coming along quite nicely.

The biggest job is repairing the platforms and pipelines off the coast, and the oil & gas industry is repairing them at a rapid pace.

Thanks for asking, BTW.

21 posted on 02/25/2006 11:42:05 PM PST by CrawDaddyCA (There is no such thing as a fair fight. Thou shall win at all costs!!)
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To: goldstategop

I don't think the article is asking anyone to baby them. The point is that people see Mardi Gras going on and they think everything in NO is back to normal. Believe me, it is not.


22 posted on 02/25/2006 11:43:51 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: Saints fan
Frankly, I am just all out of NOLA sympathy factor as of late. Getting damned tired of seeing healthy, robust and well fed adults sitting on their sorry arses whining, hep me, hep me. In the real world, many of us have had to belly up and take a big bite out of the old $h!t sandwich, chew it, swallow it, digest it, and then get the hell on with living.

In short, root wild hog or die.
23 posted on 02/25/2006 11:45:04 PM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis (Does)
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To: Saints fan
My friend, nothing there is normal. And it will never be. You think this country is normal after 9/11? Every time something bad happens in a community or to a family, there's never going to be return to the way things used to be.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

24 posted on 02/25/2006 11:53:19 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Ursus arctos horribilis

I agree with you totally. I am just as damned tired of seeing healthy, robust and well fed adults sitting on their sorry arses whining. But these sorry arses are the only ones you see on the MSM. They are a very, very, very small percentage of South Louisiana residents who are just as outraged at the slow pace of recovery here.I still don't have electricity at my house yet. That is apalling to me but there is nothing I can do about that but bitch and complain to Entergy. I might as well complain to a brick wall for all the good it does. All you people say you're sick of hearing about New Orleans. Try living through this nightmare.


25 posted on 02/25/2006 11:59:21 PM PST by Saints fan
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To: ECM
Wow, a whole 6 months later and a city nearly destroyed by a natural disaster isn't whole...what a shock.

The People demand an investigation.

26 posted on 02/26/2006 12:44:35 AM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Who is it, really, making up your mind?")
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To: Saints fan
I read somewhere with the money government has spent so far on N.O., they could have gave each displaced person a million bucks.

...
27 posted on 02/26/2006 12:58:11 AM PST by Boondock_Saint
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To: RobbyS
And how long before they rebuilt Atlanta after Sherman took it in 1864?

Who was head of FEMA then? Wait, Atlanta was in a foreign country. That would require foreign aid. Wrong department. Down the hall and to the left.

28 posted on 02/26/2006 1:15:01 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Saints fan

I'm Confused! I thought it was renamed "Chocolate City"


29 posted on 02/26/2006 2:46:18 AM PST by RaginRak
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To: Roverman2K
This is the best I have seen, so much politics and they never cease the 'blame game'. Until they develop a plan the city will be like this for years.

The sad part...price gouging by the contractors. $750 for a hot water heater, $350 to install it. No one that it can be reported to, and permits, must have one before Anything can be done and it takes months to get an inspector out to inspect the work, the city is using this excuse to bring in money. The workmanship is far being professional. It is a sad thing to see.
30 posted on 02/26/2006 3:43:28 AM PST by gulfcoast6
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To: Howlin
How are things going in the rest of the state (since nobody every bothers to talk about that)?

Don't forget Mississippi.

31 posted on 02/26/2006 3:50:10 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Roverman2K
I am appalled this city has not been cleaned

IMHO the people of New Orleans are waiting for someone else to come in and clean it up. It's not gonna happen.

I know two church groups (about 15 men in each) that went down there for a week and got little or no help from the locals. These groups were composed of carpenters, masons, electricians etc.

Most of the work done was in homes that were not completely destroyed, and consisted of tearing out wallboard, removing destroyed contents etc. Jobs that the locals could have done so these groups could start putting it back together.

God helps those that help themselves.
32 posted on 02/26/2006 4:22:23 AM PST by chainsaw ( ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - H. Clinton))
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To: Saints fan
The lack of housing is the reason that there are more jobs then workers.

True. We have some workers in St. Bernard Parish, helping with the cleanup. They are living in trailers parked in a church parking lot and running generators for electricity.

It is a big job. It will take a while. But work is being done and, eventually, New Orleans will be nicer than it ever was.

I was in New Orleans a month ago for a week and I was just in New Orleans last week. In some ways things look worse now, but that is just because in order to rebuild the city, one has to rip out all the damaged material, and much of what has been ripped out is stacked up on the curb. Still, I saw crews and trucks going around and picking up the piles of trash and debris from the curb.
33 posted on 02/26/2006 4:35:55 AM PST by Ninian Dryhope ("Bush lied, people dyed. Their fingers." The inestimable Mark Steyn)
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To: Saints fan
I can't imagine that the local are too into Mardi gras this year. 4 months after Wilma and we are "full-blown" into rebuilding mode for our hurricane damage, it took this long for the majority of us to get our first post-hurricane coverage checks. Their devastation was so severe that I can't imagine they'd be distracted by all those tourists. Heck usually I'd be partying for Carnaval this week, but we've only just finished repair on the master BR. Roof, screen, pool, windows...other...are still pending. And that's a not-so-damaged by comparision home. I wish the hard-working people hurt by Katrina well...
34 posted on 02/26/2006 4:36:56 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Saints fan
"The point is that people see Mardi Gras going on and they think everything in NO is back to normal."

Trust me....
Most of America hopes New Orleans NEVER gets back to what Louisiana calls "normal".

Especially on Federal taxpayer's money...

Semper Fi

35 posted on 02/26/2006 5:22:52 AM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Saints fan
All you people say you're sick of hearing about New Orleans. Try living through this nightmare.

Well said Saints fan. I was thinking the very same thing as I read post after post from "....healthy, robust and well fed adults sitting on their sorry arses whining".

36 posted on 02/26/2006 11:09:20 AM PST by Ima Lurker
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To: Saints fan

There are literally millions who would swap their personal nightmares for those of the Katrina survivors, and feel themselves blessed in the bargain.

Life is often a bitch, but in the end, it is what you make of it.


37 posted on 02/26/2006 11:48:39 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis (Does)
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To: Saints fan
send them another $50 billion. Nagin and blanco will love that.

how long did it take s. Florida to recover from hurricane Andrew? a lot more then 6 months. and the press is still ignoring those who suffered in Mississippi.
38 posted on 02/26/2006 2:09:08 PM PST by Coleus (What were Ted Kennedy & his nephew doing on Good Friday, 1991? Getting drunk and raping women)
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To: Right_in_Virginia

What's Mississippi? /sarc


39 posted on 02/26/2006 2:13:04 PM PST by realpatriot (Some spelling errers entionally included!)
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To: Right_in_Virginia
Don't forget Mississippi.

Or Alabama.

40 posted on 02/26/2006 2:16:07 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: All

As a 76 year old Brit I was astounded when I saw on the TV last night shots of the Mardi Gras and then scenes showing the broken houses and rubbish still piled up in other areas of the city.

I can't understand how this could be so in the richest country in the world..I would have thought that everyone would have pulled together to get the place up and running.

My city was badly bombed during WWII and I remember the next morning right after the raids men and women would be out on the street tidying up the rubble and stacking the bricks ready to rebuild the houses. We had a US army base close by and they came out with dozers and helped us clear up the mess. This was much appreciated I can tell you.

Now..when the disaster strikes one of your own cities nobody seems to care..I don't get it!!


41 posted on 02/28/2006 3:47:11 PM PST by Brit
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To: Brit
Now..when the disaster strikes one of your own cities nobody seems to care..I don't get it!!

It's what happens when folks get used to expecting someone else to take care of them.

42 posted on 02/28/2006 3:52:01 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: RaginRak; All
I thought it was renamed "Chocolate City"

Oooh. Somebody should gin up a picture of Mayor Nagin dressed up as Willie Wonka....
43 posted on 02/28/2006 3:57:32 PM PST by uncitizen
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To: mewzilla

The report said there was still no electricity and water to the homes..surely this would have been the first thing restored so that rebuilding could commence wouldn't it?

Who is responsible for these services? Maybe a well aimed rocket up their sixes might be in order!


44 posted on 02/28/2006 4:00:13 PM PST by Brit
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To: All

What kind of a place is it, that lets tour buses drive around 7 days a week gawping at your own peoples misery?

Surely 5 days would be sufficient?


45 posted on 02/28/2006 4:04:22 PM PST by Brit
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To: Saints fan

NO can GO...

Really don't care about a corrupt bunch of Dems that don't have a CITY to rape and pillage for their own personal gain anymore...

Those 100,000 people in Houston have already put down their roots there and started the next crime rampage.


46 posted on 02/28/2006 4:26:34 PM PST by GRRRRR (ACLU, Hitliary and DemonRats are the Enemies of AMERICA and FREEDOM)
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