Some things seem obvious to me. If you live below sea level you are going to get wet.
Did the elected officials of New Orleans not
realize this? Based on the devastation being wreaked on that
town, I think we should sue them for negligence. What they have failed
to do to keep the deluge out will ultimately affect all of us.
For some reason they chose not to
put a thorough effort into bolstering the ancient levees down there.
Not just to protect the people of the city, but to protect the economy
of the country. I can hear echoes of "not my job" even as cars are
being swept away.
It is becoming very apparent that New Orleans wanted us to think that the town was just a great place to party.
Turns out it's the largest and most important port in the United States. The fifth largest in the world.
Didn't somebody in charge know this?
Didn't it occur to anyone to take steps to build a better
infrastructure to protect the port and keep it open?
One might also think safeguards
would be in place to insure the quick recovery of the city's
transportation and power. It doesn't sound like that's going to happen.
The failure of these systems is beginning to give new meaning to Roll Tide.
One levee has already given out.
Throughout this whole mess, people have been talking with assurance
about the damage the water can do when left to its own devices. If they
knew this, why wasn't that city better prepared?
Did you see the footage of the Super Dome? How the skin peeled off the roof, raining down a ton
of water on all those people who trusted they would be safe when they couldn't get
out of town? How could that not shake the confidence of anyone
who lives and works there? What an embarrassment.
Apparently the magnanimous gesture
of the Mayor to offer refuge failed to include providing extra toilets,
or any kind of generator to keep the air circulating. So the smell of
sewage mixed with the odor of all those bodies in the heat and humidity
is conspiring to make every breath the refugees take seem like their noses are
firmly planted in the crotch of a pair of sweaty shorts.
For a town that lives at the mercy
of Mother Nature, it's surprising that the walls around the city haven't been
built a little better. I guess someone figured if
things only get destroyed every forty years or so, no big deal.
Water has been causing trouble in
those parts for quite some time. There's a tradition in New Orleans to
keep a axe in the attic. That's so you can break through the roof when
the water hits the rafters. We could see where one guy did just that
before the Coast Guard helicopter was able to get to him.
Some poor man, Harvey Jackson, lost his grip on his
wife as she was swept away. This didn't have to happen. I live in a
town that lost 700 people one summer because of the heat. The
city learned its lesson and put cooling centers in place, and began to
do house checks on the elderly among other things. People rarely die
from the heat now.
New Orleans and the nearby cities have been hit hard by hurricanes before, what lessons have they learned?
The bigger issue is that this
hurricane damage isn't just a problem for the people in New Orleans.
It's going to affect us all way more than I realized until I
started watching some of the coverage.
I remember the seventies when OPEC
withheld production and gas prices tripled and quadrupled. The gas
stations instituted a cost savings program that included pumping one's
own gas. O-o-o-o-o, that helped. I was waiting for OPEC to pull another
stunt again and render our SUVs useless, except to the very wealthy. They sure got up a head of steam recently.
But who knew we would end up doing most of the economic damage to ourselves when Katrina came along.
Now that we see how vulnerable and
unprotected New Orleans was, Katrina makes OPEC look like a bunch of
fat old men sitting around smoking cigars.
That bitch is not only messing with
the refineries, but New Orleans turns out to be the major port in the
country for delivery of grain to the world, steel for our cars, and a conduit for
all the major waterways in the heartland. In fact if you look at
the country's arterial-like rivers, the HEARTland not only looks
like a huge circulatory system, but it has just suffered a major
One quarter of everything the US
exports passes through the port of Louisiana. Disrupt the port and you
disrupt our whole economy. Terrorists couldn't have dreamed up a better
scenario for taking us down.
Our own sense of invincibility has left us vulnerable again. And this time we did it to ourselves.
New Orleans has dodged so many
bullets with hurricanes heading their way then turning left or right
that they probably thought they were immune.
The powers that be probably knew they were
gambling with the safety of their citizens, but did they consider they
were also gambling with the economy of the entire country? Turns out they lost. Now it's going to cost New Orleans
many lives and the rest of us more
than we possibly imagined.
I say sue the bastards.