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oyster

I hate it when you think it necessary to sugarcoat.

Jeebus. I think I'll listen to some Dead Kennedys (Biafra!) to BRIGHTEN my mood.

GentillyGirl

Right on Ashley!

As usual, you peg the situation for what it truly is.

Sinn Fein!

Brian

You think the red(der) states are to blame?

You don't agree with self-defense of a community?

I've got to take issue with you on a couple of these, amigo.

The lack of funding is as much a problem due to forces outside of Louisiana as it is due to forces inside Louisiana. The majority of our senators and representatives in Baton Rouge haven't made the short trek to come look at what's going on down here.

Why would they want to spend money to rebuild NOLA when they could have their potholes in Ruston fixed? Why would they want to spend money to re-shore up and augment the flood defenses for the state's largest economic center when they could buy new desktop computers for public school children in Alexandria?

The length of legislative foresight is precisely the length of their terms. And if the timetable for rebuilding NOLA and getting it back into a profitable state where it again provides 25% of the state's revenue takes longer than their terms, it's not going to be as valuable a goal as their constitutents' pet projects.

Sad but true ... the red(der) states have so much influence, but our own lawmakers have so much more.

As far as the defense of a community against those attempting to invade it ... I can't find a problem with it. If a group of people from a historically high-crime area were attempting to make their way into a community whose safety was my mandate, my response would have been similar.

The valuation of human life is a series of amorphous concentric circles (phrase and concept copyrighted by ME), and with that in mind the community is going to be regarded more highly than and more forcefully protected than those attempting to invade said community.

And it's true that those in necessitous circumstances could have received greater provisions from those who had them to give. But only as long as those provisions could be spared by the community. The law enforcement officials had to make a hard decision and I think their decision was appropriate.

But that's just my ol' redneck opinion. :-)

Will

I see a lot of finger pointing at outsiders here, Ash. But...

- It has taken New Orleans nearly a year to come up with "a process for a plan" for rebuilding, and the plan itself won't be ready for months to come.

- Nagin did the right thing and brought in the Urban Land Institute shortly after the storm, and they produced a plan that was near-universally hailed as the right way to go. But the plan wasn't "free candy for everybody," so Nagin immediately put his tail between his legs (that particular spot being apparently uncrowded) and shelved it.

- Those big bad multinationals gave us $1M worth of utility vehicles deperately needed by first responders to replace the ones damaged in the flood, and our elected officials
F*&KING STOLE THEM.

- Meanwhile, our state reps are busy adding midnight provisions to re-route tax dollars to support the TPC golf course, our judges take taxpayer-sponsored vacations to Jamaica while 6,000 cases pile up, and we're focused on putting in free WiFi for all the empty buildings downtown.

And that big, bad Republican-controlled US Congress...they have approved more than $10B in recovery spending.

So explain to me again who is responsible for the current state of affairs in New Orleans? At what point do we start to accept a little responsibility for ourselves instead of pointing fingers?

saintseester

Will keleher? From Auburn Univ.(late 80s, early 90ish)?

Ashley - when you coming home? It had been pretty quiet around here - at least until today.

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