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THE LESSON OF KATRINA
boblonsberry.com ^ | 08/29/06 | Bob Lonsberry

Posted on 08/29/2006 8:27:05 AM PDT by shortstop

The lingering lesson of Hurricane Katrina is the great value of self-reliance and the terrible danger of dependence.

It was a huge storm. Possibly the largest natural disaster ever to hit the United States. It was the storm of the century.

But it taught us more about human nature than it did about the power of nature. More frightening than the storm itself, was the widespread personal failure demonstrated in its wake.

It was a peek into the entitlement culture and a sad display of the unwillingness and inability of some Americans to take the slightest responsibility for themselves and their wellbeing.

Certainly, this is a generalization. There were clearly many people and communities who stood up to the storm and its damage stoically, pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and working tirelessly to clean up and rebuild.

But they didn’t make the news.

Instead, the year since Katrina has been a national sob session. It’s as if we’re all paralyzed by some giant fit of post-traumatic stress disorder. We have made whining an art form, and a year’s news coverage has been an endless rehash of just two stories – the pathetic helplessness of individuals and the incompetent failure of government.

We have spent a year celebrating weakness, enthroning entitlement and demanding sympathy. It has been a shameful time, not for what the government didn’t do for the people, but for what they seem too good or too lazy to do for themselves.

First of all, this wasn’t the world’s first disaster. Certainly it was historic, but it was not unprecedented. Calamity has been humankind’s near-constant companion. All peoples in all times have been faced with incredible challenges, large and small. Fires, earthquakes, floods, tidal waves, plagues, blizzards, droughts, famines and even hurricanes.

And through them all people have survived. They have dug deep and found in themselves the grit and determination necessary to survive. And if they didn’t, they didn’t. They died. And stouter, tougher people took their places.

Because we are a species of survivors. At least we used to be.

But the example of Katrina was something else altogether. Instead of displaying the best of human strengths, it highlighted the worst. Instead of showing people’s native toughness, it showed their selfish weakness.

At least it did on the news.

Countless sob stories talked about displaced people whose highest ambition seemed to be sitting on a cot in an evacuation center angrily wondering when they were going to get their FEMA trailer. Sometimes you didn’t know whether it was the wake of a disaster or a giant welfare scam. People angrily demanded that somebody come do things for them.

It was the welfare mentality at its worst. A selfish, chip-on-the-shoulder sense of entitlement that recognized nothing but unreasonable desire. There was no consideration of the difficulty of relieving an entire region of the country, of the physical impossibility of serving so many people instantly. A sub-culture of dependent people, demanding instant gratification, bit the hand the feeds them.

Even now, after a year, the only politically correct perspective on the hurricane is the one regurgitated nightly by the evening news – sob story after sob story of people demanding that somebody do something. While invariably the people involved have done nothing to help themselves or anyone else.

And don’t expect to hear a word of gratitude.

After astounding amounts of taxpayer money were sent for relief, more hundreds of millions were donated by concerned Americans. And all that has been heard from anyone is a cry for more, more, more.

Compounding it all has been a relentless attack on the federal government with the seeming intent of damaging public confidence. That has presumably been done as a partisan media attack on President Bush, but it has come at the cost of national peace of mind. A year’s worth of trashing in the press has reduced public confidence in the government’s ability to respond to a disaster by between a quarter and a third.

Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster.

Our response to it has been a national disaster.

Not the government response that has been the staple of a year’s newscasts, but the personal response which those newscasts so often showed to be shameful and failed.

Those who have done best in the wake of this disaster are those who were self-reliant, who took the cards they were dealt and made the most of them. The ones who worked and cleaned and rebuilt.

While those who were dependent, whose mindset was based on the assumption that others had an obligation to take care of them, have failed miserably. They have whined for bigger payments and more services, gotten both and insisted that it was not enough. Each new largesse has engendered not gratitude, but anger. Each new benefit has created more dependence and personal failure.

It hasn’t been a pretty year.

We learned about the ravages of nature and the weaknesses of men.

At least according to what we saw on the news.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
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We've all been reading and hearing about Katrina for the past few days. It's been a direct or sometimes indirect wall to wall bash of the Bush administration from the start. This editorial by Lonsberry is the best and most accurate of anything I've heard yet.
1 posted on 08/29/2006 8:27:06 AM PDT by shortstop
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To: shortstop

"While those who were dependent, whose mindset was based on the assumption that others had an obligation to take care of them, have failed miserably. They have whined for bigger payments and more services, gotten both and insisted that it was not enough. Each new largesse has engendered not gratitude, but anger. Each new benefit has created more dependence and personal failure."

This author NAILED it!


2 posted on 08/29/2006 8:29:53 AM PDT by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: shortstop

bttt


3 posted on 08/29/2006 8:30:13 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: shortstop

Lesson-----Chocolate Cities don't work well.


4 posted on 08/29/2006 8:32:23 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: shortstop

It's been a direct or sometimes indirect wall to wall bash of the Bush administration from the start.

Your right... I am sick of hearing anouy Katrina cry babies. I know there are many heroes but mdm wants to focus in on the down and needy who can not TAKE CARE of themselves.............. nbc is first in the blame Bush game..........


5 posted on 08/29/2006 8:35:57 AM PDT by JFC (Land of the FREE because of our BRAVE)
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To: shortstop; snugs; Txsleuth; Soul Seeker; anita; Trueblackman; mhking; bray; Bush gal in LA; ...

Thank you so much for posting this.

To paraphrase Forrest Gump, "Media is as media does." They just can't wait to bash the administration on anything and everything, from actual faults (to which they have no better idea) to imagined ones (where only they see an imminent threat...which, ironically, is how many of them described Iraq prior to us going in there - not the President's description.

So we ride the wave, hopefully countering the lies and the spin, and continuing to contrast our plan for victory to the Democrats' plan for defeat - of Bush and the Republicans.

I think it's time for a "high-up" in the Administration to say what is painfully obvious to most of us, and let political correctness be damned: Perhaps we could finish the war much faster, and start to bring some of our brave troops home, if the Democrats were as committed to defeating America's enemies as they are about defeating America's leaders.


6 posted on 08/29/2006 8:36:36 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (The only way to bring a permanent peace is to eliminate the permanent threat. - FReeper Optimist)
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To: shortstop

I suggest for next mardi gras they should make floats that really do float.


7 posted on 08/29/2006 8:36:59 AM PDT by edzo4
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To: shortstop

The only lesson of Katrina is that the next time there is a disaster and you see a news van and reporters, run the other way.

Reporters are the scum of our society, they are leaches, punks, agitators, bastards, political hacks, commie-vampires, elitist snobs, creeps, and should have their teeth knocked out whenever they approach.


8 posted on 08/29/2006 8:37:35 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: poobear
Bob Lonsberry wrote a super great poem about the president after 9/11, titles Captain my Captain.
9 posted on 08/29/2006 8:39:49 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Christian4Bush
Perhaps we could finish the war much faster, and start to bring some of our brave troops home, if the Democrats were as committed to defeating America's enemies as they are about defeating America's leaders.

Ditto!

10 posted on 08/29/2006 8:41:25 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: shortstop

the lesson of Katrina
is to put floodgates on the canals


11 posted on 08/29/2006 8:43:16 AM PDT by greasepaint
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To: poobear
I like this language:

"It was the welfare mentality at its worst. A selfish, chip-on-the-shoulder sense of entitlement that recognized nothing but unreasonable desire. There was no consideration of the difficulty of relieving an entire region of the country, of the physical impossibility of serving so many people instantly. A sub-culture of dependent people, demanding instant gratification, bit the hand the feeds them."

There is a sub-culture of dependent people that started with the New Deal, increased tremendously by years of government largess and The Great Society. Welfare reform was a good start. We need to cut the blood suckers off.
12 posted on 08/29/2006 8:46:33 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: shortstop
My favorite Katrina quote.

“Watching cradle-to-grave liberalism shred itself to pieces in the calming breeze of reality” by FReeper BureaucratusMaximus 9/2/05

13 posted on 08/29/2006 8:48:59 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero ╗ with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: greasepaint

The lesson of Katrina is to clean up cesspools of Demagogic political decadence and corruption before they collapse into such weakness and helplessness.


14 posted on 08/29/2006 8:50:31 AM PDT by Enchante (There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Mainstream Journalism)
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To: greasepaint

No the lesson of Kartina is, never live in a gulf coast city surrounded by a lake, and a river 10 feet below sea level!


15 posted on 08/29/2006 8:51:05 AM PDT by Bommer
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To: shortstop
Excellent column, and certainly dead on.

Another lesson is that the scumbags of the Democrat "mainstream" newsrooms will sink as low as they have to in order to smear Republicans by editorially morphing an agency like FEMA into a "first responder" while at the same time asserting that Bush and the Republican Congress reacted poorly (and subliminally suggesting that maybe the Republicans in fact caused the hurricane by their environmental policies).

Naturally, most of these Democrat newsrooms also went into full spin cycle to protect the Democrat mayor and the Democrat governor from responsibility, and no way would these Democrat newsrooms examine the welfare-state's role in the New Orleans circus as neighborhoods full of government-dependent illiterates flailed their arms in helplessness.

16 posted on 08/29/2006 8:57:43 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: shortstop

The Gulf Coast is in the hurricane zone. It has always been in the hurricane zone, and it always will be.

Katrina, as bad as it was, was not a unique event. Hurricanes come every year, several times a year. If you are going to live on the Gulf Coast, you accept this and devise strategies for dealing with it. If you are going to be a public official in a Gulf Coast community, hurricanes are a part of your bailiwick, just as surely as roads, sewers, and trash pickup.

Four states were hit hard by several hurricanes in close succession. In three of four states, people have set about to rebuild with little fanfare. They are essentially the same people spread across the region, but only in New Orleans, under the disastrous watch of Nagin and Blanco do we have this ugly example of what happens when unworthy people hold office.

The press are doing their best to re-write history, but in doing so they have to ignore the fact that New Orleans was only one city out of several hit, that Louisiana was only one out of four badly hit. And it was only there that the people went out of control, the police went out of control, rescue workers were denied entry at the governor's order, and the victims sealed in and prevented from escaping.

The Katrina situation in New Orleans was criminal, and Nagin and Blanco should be removed from office in shame. Instead their party and a dishonest press have rallied to their defense.


17 posted on 08/29/2006 8:59:11 AM PDT by marron
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To: shortstop

I'd like to buy the author a drink. He has spoken the truth. I can only imagine the hate mail he's gonna get on this one but it needs to be said, shouted from the rooftops. Well-written piece.


18 posted on 08/29/2006 9:09:27 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: shortstop

Another lesson from Katrina is that the Press will not hold Democrats accountable for their failure to perform their sworn duties.

How much money was allocated by the Federal, State, and local governments to keep the levies in shape?

How much of that money was diverted for more glamorous projects by the Democrats in the House and Senate, by Democrats at the State level, by Democrats at the local level?

How much oversight was actually given to how the money was spent (for example, there are at least 8 local Levy boards in New Orleans responsible for different parts of the Levy, each independently elected, each accountable to no one).

This cries out for an investigatory reporter to extract the information and lay it out for the public to see. But the Press is on the side of the Democrats, so it won't happen -- better to just blame George Bush.

Between New Orleans Levys, Big Dig Tunnel, and the lack of illegal immigration law enforcement, there is plenty of evidence that you can't trust the government to protect its citizens.


19 posted on 08/29/2006 9:17:49 AM PDT by Mack the knife
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To: shortstop

"Certainly, this is a generalization. There were clearly many people and communities who stood up to the storm and its damage stoically, pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and working tirelessly to clean up and rebuild.

But they didn’t make the news."

****

That's right. There are those still recovering from storms which occurred almost 2 years ago. Where I live, we still have flood damage from Hurricane Ivan in October 2004. But people aren't waiting around for a handout. They are getting themselves together. I'm really sick and tired of all this whining and moaning from and about New Orleans. If the other places hit hard by storms can rebuild, so can they. I think we've pumped enough money into NO's recovery. It's time they do their part and get their act together.


20 posted on 08/29/2006 9:21:39 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: shortstop
Another important thing to remember about Katrina is never ever say that a member of the press is "Stuck on Stupid".

Ever since General Honore said that he has disappeared down the press's memory hole as a non person.

I have not seen even a picture of him in recent coverage.
21 posted on 08/29/2006 9:24:12 AM PDT by Swiss
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To: shortstop

While channel surfing last night I came across a CNN Katrina story as it started and it immediately went into Bush bashing mode.


22 posted on 08/29/2006 9:39:08 AM PDT by 38special (I mean come'on.)
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To: Mack the knife

You nailed it 100%, In addition these clowns will steal and mis use much of the money coming into Louisiana for recovery!

Stupidity is a Louisiana trait! goes back to Huey Long!


23 posted on 08/29/2006 9:41:32 AM PDT by tiger63
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To: shortstop

I am sick of the whining and gnashing of teeth over Katrina. The people with the responsibility to secure the safety of the citizens did nothing. Bush pushed Blanco to declare a state of emergency and order an evacuation.

And he got bashed for not doing enough.

Bush offered Amtrak trains to move people out of New Orleans (since Nagin couldn't find the keys to all of those buses), but Blanco/Nagin turned him down.

And Bush gets bashed for not doing enough.

Any number of private citizens with equipment, boats, trucks, food, water, etc., INCLUDING the Red Cross tried to get into Nawlins in the immediate aftermath of Katrina and they were turned away by Lousyana NG trrops, state and local police.

And Bush gets bashed for this as well.

Any number of nutjobs (including Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan) claimed that the Bush administration blew the levees and turned their backs on the people of Nawlins because they hate blacks (a despicable charge, at best!).

And Bush gets bashed.

In the meantime, Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin gets away with continuing to do nothing and, in fact, even gets re-elected for doing nothing then makes comments about NYC not fixing their big "hole" after 5 years.

What part of this sordid story does the MSM not get and when are they going to point fingers at the REAL cuplrits - Blanco and Nagin???


24 posted on 08/29/2006 10:02:07 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Swiss

Just 20 minutes ago, President Bush was thanking General Honoré from a podium somewhere in New Orleans - and I thought to myself "Gee, I hadn't heard his name since a year ago."

Hope the general is doing well.


25 posted on 08/29/2006 10:28:45 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: DustyMoment

Notice how all the Katrina anniversary coverage is geared towards New Orleans, too - when the major portion of Katrina didn't even hit there!


26 posted on 08/29/2006 10:31:17 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Rte66
Does anyone remember a little ole storm called Rita. Doesn't seem to get much media time. People in western Louisiana and eastern Texas haven't had time to complain that Uncle Sugar short changed them. They have been too busy getting off their asses and rebuilding.
27 posted on 08/29/2006 10:51:55 AM PDT by River_Wrangler (Nothing difficult is ever easy!)
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To: marron
"The Gulf Coast is in the hurricane zone. It has always been in the hurricane zone, and it always will be. "

Downtown Mobile was under 14 feet of water. Did you hear about that? I bet you didn't hear that you can now go downtown and not even know it was underwater. Imagine that.

28 posted on 08/29/2006 11:05:29 AM PDT by blam
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To: poobear

I'll never forget the 39-year-old welfare parasite (surrounded by her 13 (!) children) complaining about the free food she was given. She snarled,"I don't like hot dogs" to the tv reporter. I felt so sorry for her, surely those evil first responders were saving the steak and lobsters for themselves .


29 posted on 08/29/2006 11:21:41 AM PDT by ilikebiscuits
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To: Lancey Howard; All
Another lesson is that the scumbags of the Democrat "mainstream" newsrooms will sink as low as they have to in order to smear Republicans by editorially morphing an agency like FEMA into a "first responder" while at the same time asserting that Bush and the Republican Congress reacted poorly (and subliminally suggesting that maybe the Republicans in fact caused the hurricane by their environmental policies).

Naturally, most of these Democrat newsrooms also went into full spin cycle to protect the Democrat mayor and the Democrat governor from responsibility, and no way would these Democrat newsrooms examine the welfare-state's role in the New Orleans circus as neighborhoods full of government-dependent illiterates flailed their arms in helplessness.

Well said. Have you noticed that whenEVER the DemocRATS cause a disaster the MSM helps them blame it on Republicans anyway?
"[During the Hurricane Katrina Catastrophe Louisiana Governor Kathleen] Blanco -- whose political style relies on appointing commissions, studying problems and taking a long time to make decisions -- did not exactly inspire confidence as a leader in a crisis."-- Byron York, HERE     Mayor Nagin slams Blanco for wasting 24 hours before allowing in the Feds HERE.   She didn't even invite EMAC in until it was too late.
SHAME on the media for burying this story about [the Democrat-led] Louisiana authorities preventing the Red Cross and Salvation Army from delivering food, water, medicine, and care to the people trapped in the Superdome, Convention Center and all throughout New Orleans.
[Why] "Did the press miss the most damning aspect of the Katrina video, namely: How could anything serious (e.g. "Louisiana can't handle this. Get that f-----g governor to let us take over") get done at a videotaped meeting?" -- Mickey Kaus, HERE
----> KATRINA: WHAT WENT RIGHT  <----
(Hint for the terminally clueless: The Coast Guard was the ONLY FEDERAL"first responder" there; the rest were supposed to be STATE and LOCAL (City and County).  FEMA was NEVER supposed to be a "first responder.") (Duh)

30 posted on 08/29/2006 11:25:11 AM PDT by FreeKeys ("When looking for a reason why things go wrong, never rule out sheer stupidity." -- Brian M. Wilson)
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To: Swiss; All
Another important thing to remember about Katrina is never ever say that a member of the press is "Stuck on Stupid". Ever since General Honore said that he has disappeared down the press's memory hole as a non person. I have not seen even a picture of him in recent coverage.

You're right. Here's an old one taken when he made his famous (accurate) accusation:

BTTT !
31 posted on 08/29/2006 11:30:59 AM PDT by FreeKeys ("Against stupidity the very Gods fight in vain." -- Schiller)
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To: shortstop

From a year ago:

The Stone Age Press is facing a disaster of historic proportions and do they strengthen their failing levies of credibility? Of course not, they report this natural disaster as if it were Abu Grabass as their George Bush billy club of the Month. This was by far the worst case of news reporting in the history of this country. Within 24 hours of the breaking of the levy the Samestream press were reporting this as President Bush was willingly killing New Orleans.

They are like skydivers w/o parachutes who rather than flap their arms they have decided to do a delta tuck into the deck and make a dramatic splash of self importance. There could not been a more cut and dry story about a natural disaster than hurricane Katrina, yet they could not put away their extremist politics for a day. Most people wanted to see the disaster and witness as much of the rescue as they could possibly see. Nobody expected to have the worst hurricane to hit America be without suffering but we knew that Americans would come together to help the victims. It was a very simple story to report yet from the minute the levy broke it became a story about the reporters raging hated of President Bush.

The only question left with PravdABDNC is whether they are getting their marching orders from HilaryCare’s or the DNC’s war room? Anyone who is in business knows that if you are offering a product to the consumer you must make it attractive or useful. They obviously know that you must put attractive people in front cameras, but that has not translated into the actual product which has become unwatchable.

Most people would rather spend a night in the Super Dome than watch Spitball or Shepard Sheep & Georalldo. While watching Smith and Whereswaldo’s metrosexual hissy fit we were waiting for a chair to come flying across the stage. Did Whereswaldo get divorced and married again while he was down there? The only people who were not going nuts were the people in the stadium who kept nervously looking for the Rubber Truck to take these 2 Crackpots away. And they were the best of the reporting.

When there was a Big 3 monopoly these clowns could get away with their agenda, however those days are long gone. Now, Rush is America’s anchorman while he and Drudge reach tens of millions of Americans who are sick of the liberal diet of hatred. We can go to the same sources the reporters have and get the information that would have never seen the light of day. The Dinosaurs’ time has passed and this story was the final nail in their glass coffin. From Franken to Russert they walked lockstep with a message that was so far removed from the story as their credibility is from reality. In their world you have the execution before the investigation, when all we want are the facts since there will be plenty of time for reflection. They want everyone who made a mistake wired, well ok; look into your well used mirrors.

Finally, these knee jerk; heavy on the jerk reactionaries had to go to the race deck. President Bush is trying to kill Blacks because everyone knows that Republicans are racist, sexist, xenophobes as opposed to the all loving Democrats. You know that they are running out of evidence when they have to drag a Blackman behind a pickup again. Prove to us you are not a racist! Well since I am a racist, although not as racist as most Blacks, Hispanics or Democrats; I will say that this hurricane was not a racist hurricane. No it didn’t hit Boston, it hit Louisiana and Mississippi which are predominately Black. You could make an argument that God is a racist yet since he made Blacks it is a hard one to make. We know much of the rescuing was of Blacks by Whites in the hurricane that should mean that this was a non-racist event. If they were using dogs, batons and water hoses to push them back into the water, THAT would be a racist event.

The fact is that there were thousands of Whites risking their lives and reaching out to these people because they were people who were suffering. This was a colorless disaster where people didn’t ask who was who, but are you hurting? America is the most caring and giving Country in the World no matter which part of the racial gumbo you are. Why anyone would bother to reach for this card just a desperate an attempt to damage a story of inspiration and courage that will last throughout the ages. It will be up to The Space Age Press to report the truth, while the Stone-age levy pours over it’s sodden banks of hatred once more.
Enough braying.

Pray for W, New Orleans and Our Freedom Fighting Troops




32 posted on 08/29/2006 11:44:30 AM PDT by bray (Koffi 4 Food has Failed.......Again)
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To: 38special

you had to channel surf to find katrina bush bashing, ithought it was on every channel


• Bringing Back the Bayou
• 60 Minutes
• After Katrina
• Animal Cops Houston - "Hurricane Rita Response"
• Book TV - "Douglas Brinkley"
• Book TV - "Eyes of the Storm: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita"
• Book TV - "The Katrina Collection: An Afternoon With Authors"
• Bringing Back the Bayou
• Engineering New Orleans
• Eye of the Storm: The 2005 LSU Tigers Football Season
• Frontline - "The Storm"
• Good Morning America
• Hope and Recovery ... After the Storm
• Hurricane Katrina Babies
• In the Sun: Michael Stipe and Special Guests
• It Could Happen Tomorrow - "Katrina: The Lost Episode"
• Katrina: A Health Disaster
• Katrina: American Catastrophe
• Katrina: Send in the Guard
• Katrina: The Long Road Back
• Killer Hurricane: Anatomy of Katrina
• Life After Katrina
• Meet the Press
• MSNBC Special - "Rising From Ruin, Revisited"
• Nature - "Katrina's Animal Rescue"
• New Orleans Music in Exile
• New Orleans: My Home, My Life, My Love
• Noticias Univisión Presenta ... - "Primer Aniversario de Katrina"
• Nova - "Storm That Drowned a City"
• Proyecto Katrina
• Rebuilding New Orleans
• Religion & Ethics Newsweekly - "Katrina One-Year Aftermath; Sperm Donation"
• S.O.S.: Saving Ourselves: One Year Later
• Sharp Talk With Al Sharpton
• Storm Stories - "Coast Guard Storm Stories: Katrina: After the Flood"
• Storm Stories - "Coast Guard Storm Stories: Katrina: Stranded"
• Storm Stories - "Coast Guard Storm Stories: Katrina: the First 24 Hours"
• Storm Stories - "Katrina Anniversary Special"
• Storm Stories - "Postmark Katrina"
• Surviving Katrina
• The Dog Whisperer - "Isis & Tina, Nugget and Katrina Dogs"
• The Dog Whisperer - "Katrina Dogs Part 2, Major Jones and Josie"
• The Early Show
• The Seven Days That Changed New Orleans
• To the Contrary
• Today
• Trading Spaces - "Mississippi: Southern Hospitality"
• When Disaster Strikes - "New Orleans: Flood of the Century"
• When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts - "Acts I & II"
• When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts - "Acts III & IV"
• When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts - "Acts I-IV"


33 posted on 08/29/2006 11:49:23 AM PDT by edzo4
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To: poobear
This author NAILED it!

He sure did. IMO, the only lesson to be learned from Katrina is EVACUATE -- especially when you have 3 days' notice.

34 posted on 08/29/2006 11:49:32 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: poobear
"Each new largesse has engendered not gratitude, but anger. Each new benefit has created more dependence and personal failure."

And that is the way it has always been when you give people something for nothing. They will never appreciate, value or care for things that they've not earned. I guess it's just human nature.
35 posted on 08/29/2006 11:52:47 AM PDT by pepperdog
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To: shortstop
The lingering lesson of Hurricane Katrina is the great value of self-reliance and the terrible danger of dependence.

It is a lesson that those who most need to learn it, have not learned. Those whose life before Katrina was subsidized by government handouts unfortunately see no need to change now.
36 posted on 08/29/2006 1:46:46 PM PDT by D1X1E
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To: edzo4

Make those Krewes man some oars instead of just tossing beads.

New Orleans is missing the chance to turn itself into the American Venice. Forget about rebuilding those levees, just put the houses on stilts and give everyone a boat.


37 posted on 08/29/2006 6:48:03 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion immigrants)
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To: shortstop; All
This story about trying to blame the people who remained in New Orleans is relevant, but frankly is overplayed. The real story is the failure of the State of Louisiana, who in my opinion were guilty of the worst civil rights crime committed in a generation, but which may never be told because the so-called "Civil Rights Lobby" will never let a Democrat be investigated for an offense as egregious as that which Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and her administration actually committed in the Katrina disaster response.

I'm a Louisianian. I live in Lafayette some 180 miles WNW of New Orleans and I'm still not finished addressing the damage Hurricane Rita, which so many of you have forgotten about and which would have been the most powerful hurricane to hit the country in 13 years if it weren't for Katrina less than one month earlier. (Boy, weren't we lucky here?) I have personally endured no fewer than four Category 3 or better storms in my life and at least four others of lesser strength. I know hurricanes very well and to this date I am amazed that the most basic aspect of any hurricane recovery story has still not been addressed regarding Katrina. And I want all of you to hear me clearly when I speak the most simple truth about hurricanes and post-storm recovery.

It's always about the access roads connecting a striken area to the outside world.

No matter how much anyone and everyone tries to complicate the story and turn heads in one direction or another to suit their personal agenda or to attempt to show something profound which they see regarding Katrina, the most basic fact of life in a hurricane recovery scenario remains the same.

It's always about the access roads connecting a striken area to the outside world.

I have been able to glean bits and pieces of the story of the access roads connecting New Orleans to the outside world from local TV news stories, newspaper articles, first-hand accounts given to me by my relatives on the scene, accounts of individuals involved in rescue and relief in the area immediately after the storm and more. Here are the basics:

1. After Katrina passed New Orleans the I-10 West bridge connecting western Jefferson Parish and the greater New Orleans area with La Place and 1-10 West to Baton Rouge was down and would not be restored for days.

2. The Ponchartrain Causeway bridge connecting the greater New Orleans area to Mandeville and the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain was down and would not be restored for weeks.

3. Both the 1-10 East and U.S. 90 East bridges connecting eastern New Orleans to Slidell and the approaches to the Mississippi Coast, across the straits known as the "Rigolets," were down and would not be restored for weeks.

4. Overland access into New Orleans east via St. Bernard Parish was irrelevant because St. Bernard Parish was underwater (over 90% of it in fact).

All of the above leave only two access roads remaining permitting relief coming into New Orleans: the Airline Highway (U.S. 61 North to Baton Rouge via the east bank of the Mississippi River), which was itself covered with small amounts of water in spots, but was still passable; and the so-called "Crescent City Connector" bridge (Business 90) connecting Gretna and the West Bank with the center of the city. Since the West Bank was almost entirely above water, this was the truly important bridge.

As I watched the Katrina coverage on TV -- to be honest our family was very active in trying to locate numerous relatives who were dislocated and we were participating in local relief drives, so we didn't watch as much as we could have -- I kept asking myself that most basic question; "what access roads are available and who is controlling them?" And all I saw on the national news was footage of the helicopter rescues and the awful scenes at the Superdome and the Convention Center and up on the I-10 expressway near the Superdome with one TV commentator after another asking the same question -- "when is help going to get here?" It somehow never seemed to occur to those news commenators that they might just get up off their a$$e$ and go find out what the holdup was by looking at the access roads, because what they would have seen would have told them everything they needed to know.

Simply put; the State of Louisiana controlled the Airline Highway and did not permit all relief and rescue which people wanted to bring into New Orleans the opportunity to get there. They forbade the Red Cross and Salvation Army -- who were both loaded up, gassed up, and ready to go by Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge -- from going to New Orleans until Saturday, six days after the storm and following the arrival of the National Guard. In the first 48 hours after the storm passed they turned back numerous private relief convoys with boats and hospital supplies who attempted to go to relieve the situation. And they did not permit the press to show their roadblocks and emergency management on-site. Just ask yourselves this question: have you ever seen a picture of a roadblock or access road into New Orleans following Katrina beyond the shots from the air of the rebuilding of the bridges? It was a press blackout of the worst kind, because the State of Louisiana was using a "stick" -- and that "stick" was deprivation and starvation -- to force the population remaining in New Orleans to get up and evacuate because they were convinced they wouldn't leave otherwise.

And the scene with the other bridge, the "Crescent City Connector" was even worse. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office, the City of Gretna, and numerous other police agencies -- I still don't know the full role the Louisiana State Police may have played in all of this -- closed the bridge down on the Tuesday after the storm, preventing all access to the center of the city from its most easily-accessible bridge. Part of that closure was legitimate fear on their part of violence and looting migrating across the bridge from central New Orleans into their community, a local shopping mall was in fact torched the day before. But the problem with their action is that they were occupying a federal highway bridge that crossed parish boundaries and, as local governments, they did not have the authority to exercise this kind of police power. That belonged to the State of Louisiana and/or the federal government and, I assure you, there were NO federal police agencies active in controlling road access in the aftermath of the storm. Those policemen in Gretna and the West Bank had the right to control the entrance and exit ramps to protect their municipalities, but that is not what they did. No; they seized control of the bridge itself and denied the right of free passage to those people stranded at the Superdome and Convention Center -- and that right of free passage is a civil right -- as well as denying the right of rescue and relief efforts to reach the city overland. Next time you hear Mayor Nagin discuss the seizure of that bridge, listen carefully. Nagin made some HUGE mistakes, but they were before the storm hit in his failure to execute a proper evacuation. His complaints about the closure of the Crescent City Connector bridge are very much on the mark.

So in conclusion; may I say that this first anniversary of Katrina is not the one that matters. No; next year's anniversary will be much more important. We'll be conducting a gubernatorial campaign then and there is no way that all of these issues will remain buried. They will get out in the open. There are too many people who want this story told. And that includes Ray Nagin.

You all have one more year to wait for the truth. That truth will focus on the story of the access roads. Because it's always about the access roads following a hurricane.
38 posted on 08/29/2006 10:31:13 PM PDT by StJacques (Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: FreeKeys

Notice also that Bush offered to send Amtrak trains to NO to evacuate residents before the storm and Nagin/Blanco (don't recall who, any longer) turned him down. Don't hear much about that, either, do we?


39 posted on 08/30/2006 3:57:49 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: StJacques

Thanks for your insightful report. It sounds like the LA blame game is just warming up.


40 posted on 08/30/2006 4:06:12 AM PDT by REPANDPROUDOFIT
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To: REPANDPROUDOFIT
There are more than a few of us with axes to grind down here. To some degree the sheer chaos Katrina brought must be understandable. Katrina was a tsunami, mixed with significant rainfall, followed by a devastating windstorm, coupled with a systems-wide failure of a vital levee system. To be fair, one would have to see chaos somewhere. But there is a big difference between recognizing chaos and deliberate intent expressed in real world actions. It is the latter which still represents the untold story of Katrina.

There are bits and pieces of this up on the web now however. Let me give you two links:

Louisiana State Police & Wildlife and Fisheries Dept. Block Major Rescue and Relief Convoy

AllHeadlineNews brief on State of Louisiana Forbidding Red Cross From Going to New Orleans

Red Cross Statement Confirms Louisiana State Officials Ordered Them Not To Go To New Orleans

And beyond all this there is more on the "Crescent City Connector" story, but forgive me if I stop here. But do understand I'm not making any of this up.
41 posted on 08/30/2006 11:14:13 AM PDT by StJacques (Liberty is always unfinished business)
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