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Tale of Two Cities

The violence seems never ending. Law enforcement officials seems powerless to stop it. The local authorities are unable or incompetent. Even with US military presence, death continues its dark course.

Baghdad? No. New Orleans.

New Orleans has had its sixth murder so far this year. And we are only 12 days into the new year. Mayor Ray Nagin, the most incompetent mayor in the nation and the one mostly responsible for Katrina foul-ups, continues his legacy of not knowing how to respond to a bad situation. His city administration and police department equally perplexed.

Yesterday, people from all walks of life in New Orleans protested against the violence. The murders have cut across all racial and social lines. Nagin did go to the protest rally but was not invited to speak. Nagin had to sit there and take it.

The violence appears so bad that the National Guard was sent in to shore up local enforcement.

That's right, our troops are in New Orleans!

There is not going to be any quick solutions or easy fixes to the problem. Any city like New Orleans that looks and feels like a war zone will take time to heal and repair - it can't be done in a 60 second sound bite. Just like in Baghdad, authorities have to take responsibility and the intiative.

The first thing I suggest is to redeploy the National Guard from New Orleans since they seem not to have too much deterence to the violence. Then and only then will the problem get solved. Let's wash our hands of New Orleans once and for all.

That would be the Democrat thing to do.


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Jan. 13th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Your post made me think of an email someone sent me recently. Sorry, it's very long, but I think you will like it. By the way, I can't verify any of it and don't look at it as anything but entertaining food for thought.

Denver News

This text is from a county emergency manager out in the western part of Jefferson County after a snowstorm.


Up here, in the Northern Plains, we just recovered from a Historic event--- may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions"--- with a historic blizzard of up to 44" inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.


George Bush did not come.

FEMA did nothing.

No one howled for the government.

No one blamed the government.

No one even uttered an expletive on TV.

Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.

Our Mayor did not blame Bush or anyone else.

Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either.

CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not visit - or report on this category 5 snowstorm.

Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.

No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.

No one looted.

Nobody - I mean Nobody demanded the government do something.

Nobody expected the government to do anything, either.

No Larry King, No Bill O'Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera.

No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand, No Hollywood types to be found.

Nope, we just melted the snow for water.

Sent out caravans of SUV's to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars.

The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny.

Local restaurants made food and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snowbound families.

Families took in the stranded people - total strangers.

We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.

We put on extra layers of clothes because up here it is "Work or Die".

We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for 'sittin at home' checks.

Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early, we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.

"In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 40 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world's social problems evaporate."

It does seem that way, at least to me.

I hope this gets passed on.
Jan. 13th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
I heard about this email just this past week. I like the last sentence:
"In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 40 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world's social problems evaporate."
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