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TOPIC: New Orleans

New Orleans 11 Oct 2006 19:18 #21972

The biggest disaster in America wasn’t Pearl Harbour or September the 11th.  It isn’t a terrorist boarding your next flight!  Hurricane Katrina killed hundreds, displaced thousands.  It was a failure, not of the earth but of America.  Local, State, and Federal Governments were to blame for ignoring global warming, environmental issues, hurricane preparedness, and social issues.  People that had little money, no transportation were left by the thousands to fend in disaster that would compare for days to Nazi Germany.  Socialist solutions were ignored in a competition society, the poor ignored.  It wasn’t an attack on our America that produced our worst disaster, it was a complete failure of our Government!

Last weekend, I visited New Orleans with my partner.  Here is my story over a year on.  As you drive into the city, you are awed by total destruction.  There are miles upon miles of empty houses, apartments, and buildings.  Windows are broken, roofs are gone, and streets are empty.  The suburbs of New Orleans are a ghost town.  As you enter New Orleans, you notice continue complete destruction in the downtown area, though elements of life are returning and the French Quarter & Canal Street seems alive amid the destruction.  Hotels are reopening, businesses are repairing and a small amount of hope is there.  Canal Street is busy with cars and people, but less than last time I was there.

We parked near Harrah’s, a casino, which has reopened.  We enter a mall nearby and find that about 50% of the stores are open, though continue work is being done and we were walking on new tiles.  Nearby on Peters Street, French Connection & Tower Records are open, though both have huge sales.  I found the sales irresistible, and my purchases would help business in the city.  Tower Records had a rare 1989 Kylie DVD, “On The Go: Live in Japan”, which was in Portuguese.  There was a great collection of Kylie and Dannii singles from which I purchased a few.  They seemed to have more singles than most other artists.  It was great to see rare singles that I don’t find and are imports.  DJ Sammy and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were among other singles I found.

After a quick salad, we entered Bourbon Street which is the main bar street in the French Quarter.  It was completely open, and slightly busy.  The Bourbon Pub, a gay bar, was completely packed for their Drag Show, and in fact was the busiest bar on the street.  Across the street was OZ, another gay establishment, that played Dannii’s “I Begin To Wonder” and later Kylie’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” to me delight!

Overall, though parts of the trip were depressing it was nice to see people rebuilding and people coming out and supporting New Orleans.  It was nice to see the Gay Community out in support, and knowing together we can rebuild New Orleans.  However the Local, State, and Federal governments must now take into account the poor in America, as well as Environmental Issues.  We cannot allow this to happen again.
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Re: New Orleans 12 Oct 2006 08:33 #21979

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Just typical that the US government rapes not only Iraqi people, but it's own people.

You guys must give Bush the Boot!!!! What happened in the aftermath and even in the evacuation process up to this hurricane was absolutely abhorrent!!!
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Re: New Orleans 17 Oct 2006 15:37 #22018

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^^ the fact is that Bush is not going for the next election since he has served two terms.

Bring on Hilary Clinton!!
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Re: New Orleans 18 Oct 2006 00:27 #22021

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Bring on anyone with a social conscience
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Re: New Orleans 19 Oct 2006 16:08 #22027

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such as Al Gore...
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Re: New Orleans 01 Mar 2007 19:15 #22512

True, Katrina was a disaster. I for one do not put the total blame on the U.S. and/or its government. Weather stations  through-out the country knew this was going to be a big one. the citizens in those areas to be hit the hardest were warned in advance to get out. Some did not want to leave and in a sense you can`t blame them for not wanting to leave. This is their home, their livliehood, it`s not easy just to pack your belongings and leave right this minute. But they were warned. We have dealt with many hurricanes and tornados in the past and came out of them with very few deaths and injury. I feel the U.S. has a good system in place to warn people way in advance as to what is coming their way.,But Katrina caught us all off  gaurd. it went down as the WORST in history, not so much as the damage that it caused, but the speed and power which it presented. And you cannot send in help with close to 200 mile an hour wind gusts. Your hand are tied until it passes. I do not feel the U.S. government or any other government is to blame for any natural disaster. I do admit though, the U.S. government and government around the globe really need to sit down and SERIUOSLY start discussing not only global warming, but many other issues that affect our climate world-wide. these issues have been completely ignored for way way too long. as far as 911, please, do me a favor, unless something of this magnitude has ever happened to you or to your country I would not say anything about that day. Alot of us PROUD TO BE AMERICANS are still touched by what happened and those cuts run quite deep, so please, you would have to have it happen to you before you would ever fully understand how any of us really feel. Us Americans have faught and died for the rights and privelages that we have today and I will keep on fighting for what I have here in the U.S.A. I hope I did not sound too rash, but 911 still hurts me, it is hard to think about it sometimes. Anyway, I know there are alot of issues that need some seriuos discussing and hopefully someday(before it`s too late our leaders can sit down and discuss these issues. it was real nice replying to this topic. I hope and pray for all of us.   Good Night.

Let me state first of all that I live in Destin, Florida; United States of America.  I understand we disagree on certain thing but I know we agree that Human Rights need to be respected and that the world should work together to stop Global Warming, Terrorism, Hunger, and Poverty.

I have lived alot of places in my life, including Israel for 3 years.  So I know Terrorism all to well.  In fact I missed a Terrorist attack in Israel because something came up and We couldn't go to the Jerusalem Market that day and rescheduled for the next day.  The next day never came for several people at the market.  During 911 I was in S.Korea attending school at a US Army Base since my father was working at a business in S.Korea.  I do remember rumours of bomb threats a day or two before 911.  We figured it was probably mostly at Army Camps in the Middle East (such as Saudi Arabia) and left it at that.  When I go the call on not to go into school, I didn't think of the USA but that a attack had happened elsewhere.  I wasn't until I turned on the TV that I knew what was happening.  My mom was due to fly out of Florida to Europe a few days later...

During Katrina I was in Destin, FL.  We could actually hear the howling and felt the outer rim of the Hurricane, though it was take approx 4 hours to drive to Katrina.  Ivan the year before devestated Pensacola and Milton (about an hour away from Destin) but it wasn't a big event.  You claim that the Hurricane came upon NOLA so fast, but in fact I remember dire reports (that were ignored) 2-3 days before Katrina Hit.  The difference between NOLA and other cities is the lack of automobiles for most, and the pure poverty.  Yes, there were a few in the suberbs that stayed because of choice but most had no way to get out of the city nor was the seriousness relayed.  Most Hurricanes pass thru with minor damage and don't create Katrina like situtions.  But i destinctly remember watching the Weather Channel with analysts saying that the Levees could break.  Yet no mass effort was taken to evecaute citizens with less fortunate circumstances.  It was a failure of government because nobody wanted to spend the money or effort.  Except this time their ignorance came back to bite them.

I suggest anyone that wishes to believe otherwise go and visit New Orleans.  I have been there several times before and after Katrina.  The devestation is not a Tornado or Snowstorm.  It doesn't even look like Hurricanes zones that I have seen elsewhere including in Penscola with Ivan (which destroyed in the Interstate Bridge I have crossed so many times).  I didn't visit until a year later.  It looks like a warzone and ghosttown.  And the government is still dragging its feat about releasing money that congress approved to held rebuild.  It such a shame that the Government continues to discriminate against the poorer of America.  Aren't we ALL americans?
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