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Anger, Sadness Mark Katrina Anniversary

August 29th, 2007 . by TexasFred

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, anger over the stalled rebuilding was palpable Wednesday throughout the city where the mourning for the dead and feeling of loss doesn’t seem to subside.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall south of New Orleans at 6:10 a.m. Aug. 29, 2005, as a strong Category 3 hurricane that flooded 80 percent of the city and killed more than 1,600 people in Louisiana and Mississippi. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

I have great sympathy for the folks of New Orleans, those that lost their homes, their businesses, their fortunes, I have great sadness for the 1,600-1,800 folks that lost their lives, and I extend my sympathy to their families over that loss…

The response by the government over the last 2 years has disappointed the folks of New Orleans, I know it has, I have friends and family from there and have family in South Louisiana, I have seen the damage, 1st hand, up close, not just on the news but with my own eyes and I have to say, when Katrina hit there was nothing that the government, state or federal, could have done to alleviate the damage that massive hit brought on…

The immediate response TO that area could have been a lot quicker in my opinion, but the Louisiana Army National Guard, the organization that is tasked with those type of immediate responses, the 156/256th BCT was in the process of pulling out of Baghdad and were staging in Kuwait for their return home when Katrina hit and there truly was nothing they could do…

The Mayor of New Orleans failed his city, he failed miserably, he left thousands of his citizens in the path of Katrina while he moved himself and his family to a safe place, he left those people there to die, he didn’t issue a mandatory evacuation order and he didn’t enforce that order, but even then there would have been people that ignored evacuation orders, they always do, and Hurricane parties are well know events…

The New Orleans police broke down during the pre-Katrina time period, they were taking their families to safer places as well, and I don’t blame them for taking care of family 1st, but thousands were left behind that may have left New Orleans IF they had had a way to leave, like, oh, maybe all those school buses that were left in place, empty, in ruin…

Protesters planned to march from the obliterated Lower 9th Ward to Congo Square, where slaves were once allowed to celebrate their culture. Accompanied by brass bands, they will again try to spread their message that the government has failed to help people return.

“People are angry and they want to send a message to politicians that they want them to do more and do it faster,” said the Rev. Marshall Truehill, a Baptist pastor and community activist. “Nobody’s going to be partying.”

I know there is sadness and anger in New Orleans, I have sadness and anger too, part of my sadness is caused by knowing that there are people in New Orleans that haven’t got the mental capacity to understand that New Orleans Is Sinking, and as this article points out, New Orleans - The New Atlantis? is a REAL possibility, and make no mistake, New Orleans is ’sinking even faster’ than in the past, and here’s the source of MY anger at those who remain in New Orleans, WHY should I put MY tax dollars into a futile attempt to save New Orleans from it’s inevitable disappearance??

Some estimates I have read state that New Orleans needs a cash infusion in the $30-35 BILLION range just to have a fighting chance, and that’s just to protect against future hurricane damage and doesn’t address the fact that New Orleans is sinking into the swamp…

If the elderly, the infirm and physically ill need a helping hand to get OUT of New Orleans and are willing to leave that sink-hole, great, that’s money I am willing to spend, but to pour BILLIONS of our tax dollars into a place that’s disappearing anyway?? Not MY money, and if the residents of New Orleans are too stupid to see this for themselves, let them stay there, let them pay their own way in life, and let them sink into the mud WITH their beloved city…

Maybe there’s a reason the Feds aren’t pouring BILLIONS of dollars into New Orleans, money that New Orleans says it needs, maybe our government isn’t as foolish as some believe it to be…

Maybe they realize that some things just aren’t worth the cost of saving…

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6 Responses to “Anger, Sadness Mark Katrina Anniversary”

  1. comment number 1 by: Planck's Constant

    Let New Orleans sink into the Ocean…

    For God’s sake, stop contributing Katrina relief money. This only encourages these people to move back into the same sinkhole nature graciously removed them from….

  2. comment number 2 by: fredzilla

    Yes Katrina was bad news and I feel for every person that was affected. However. I am sure that all remember the big Tsunami that hit on Christmas.
    The very next day after the Tsunami tragedy I saw clips on TV of the people that lived in the region. They were out there cleaning and rebuilding. Now why, after two years, all we hear from people in New Orleans is “HELP ME”.
    Get a broom, get a shovel, get a hammer and some nails and get out there and help yourself a little. This is America. The United States. The greatest country with the greatest people. You owe it to yourselves….

  3. comment number 3 by: gunz

    Well said there bro, I wish only the best for the decent folks that have no place else to go for whatever their reasons are, and may the shit that has infested that city, criminals, whores, and the race card playing asshats continue to have a miserable life with the possibilty of becoming sewer rat or gator food one day. Starting with Clarence.

  4. comment number 4 by: jo

    Absolutely fantastic post Fred…I doubt anyone could have said all that any better ! Now….if people would just pay attention…..sigh

  5. comment number 5 by: GUYK

    the only logical reason I can think of to rebuild New Orleans is if the government builds enough “projects” there that it can destroy all the rest of the projects in the USA and move all the losers to one location..and then build a fence around it and not let anyone in or out. I know that we are going to be feeding and housing these losers from now on but it will save on a lot of transportation if they are ALL in one location.

  6. comment number 6 by: sbeene

    I have heard sooooo much on Katrina and much of it was whining “help me” or “come do it for me” that I just HAVE to make a statement.

    When a killer hurricane decimated Galveston, there was NO FEMA. Those who survived got up on their feet, started cleaning up and rebuilding where possible. These were people who did not believe in the Big Daddy government and were not on welfare because it did not exist. No massive giveaway of taxpayer dollars. And Galveston is ABOVE sea level.

    Last winter when a killer ice/snow storm hit Colorado you did not hear screams of do it for me, help me, gimme money. Again people who were not generational welfare people went to neighbors to conserve heat. Many had prepared chaos kits as they often are out of electricity. Since there was no huge outcry it was barely reported.

    5 years preKatrina millions were allocated to LO state and to NO city itself to repair and beef up leeves. The money was taken, evaporated, but no leeves were repaired.

    BEFORE Katrina hit the Governor and NO mayor were asked if they would like the help right then of troops. The feds cannot by law send them in until a state requests them. The stupid Governor and Mayor said no.

    People were warned to get out and the intelligent ones did. The others waited for Big Daddy to take care of them.

    Then the stupid mayor made the idiotic mistakes he made……and blamed Washington. FEMA was very incompetent on this but the mayor and governor lost lives due to stupidity.

    Now $120+ BILLION of taxpayer dollars have been allocated for Katrina. 81 Billion of it specifically for NO. But the generational welfare people voted the same corrupt stupid mayor into office. The money is not being used on the leeve nor on city services like water etc..

    I have lived in hurricane and also earthquake zones. I always had a chaos kit ready and so did every other intelligent person.

    NO is under sea level and has lost 25 miles per year of delta barrier. It will NOT get any taller but continue to sink.

    I for one am outraged that $120 billion of my money is being spent on a fools effort to rebuild the murder capitol of the US. The next cat 2 or 3 hurricane will take whatever they have done with the money and wipe it out.

    I am FOR compassion. But I do draw the line at gross stupidity.