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    The wrecking of New Orleans was both tragic and preventable. At the core of the problem was a long standing belief by any and all officials in charge that it just wouldn't happen - and if it did - it wouldn't be so bad. They were wrong - it happened and it was terrible.

    Even as the storm approached America and world came face to face with a sea of patheticness that it either had refused to see - or pretended it wasn't there. The poor and the sick and the elderly flooded the Super Dome as the storm approaced and the Mayor was most concerned with - vandalism. As people waited in the rain for hours the country saw something it hadn't seen before.

    For a generation in their 40's and 50's who had seen waterhoses turned on children and attack dogs turned on citizens - this was a first mass look on a predominately poor and black populace that filled the dome. No longer where the individuals marching for opportunity or rights - they were standing in line to preserve their lives and not much more. The regalness and majesty and honor of the 60's was replaced with a quiet and disturbing patheticness that was just as disturbing as the dog's and waterhoses. We assumed this patheticness would be gone in less than 24 hours - we were wrong. It got worse and worse and worse. Unlike the 60's - there were no leaders - no organization - and basically no planning.

    Not only was New Orleans the city's luck about to run out - but also any and every Black leaders hope that the underclass might be okay in the event of an emergency. So the hurricane hits and after an initial sigh of relief the water starts to rise - and the despair with it. Now people were basically trapped in the Superdome but there were worse places to be in New Orleans - the convention center - sight of the second sight for people to evacuate to (known to all but the former head of FEMA) was becoming a bit of makeshift town.

    People heard the mayor and knew they couldn't stay were they were. Many walk their hoping to find relief and only found more confusion and chaos. The only thing that was clear - was things were dangerous and that these people had been left to fend for themselves. A task that might have been managable had they had any time to plan and if they had any tools.

    By Wednesday it was a foregone conclusion Bush wasn't moving fast enough to take over, Brownie might have been doing a hell of a job but it wasn't in NO, Nagin wasn't doing much more than complaining, Blanco was pointing fingers and a large mass of people sunk another notch deeper into tragedy.

    The sea of patheticness kept swelling and swelling - they lost family members - were running out of medicine - were dying from rising water - but mostly were dying because there was no help on the way - only pity. In the first 24 hours the New Orleans 911 switchboard was so overwhelmed they stopped taking calls. This would be repeated throughout a hellish week in which the NO police fought a battle with limited materails but unmatched heart. They actually conceded areas of the city to looters to protect what they could while living and sleeping in hell themselves.

    By the time the calvary came - the sea of patheticness was all but burned into the eyes of America. Young children clutching together - Sick people waiting for hours for no one - Young able bodied men distributing water to their clan.

    I will have to continue later.
    Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

    Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
    God is stronger and the problem knows it.

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    Even as the calvary was sending people out and about the country I began to wonder if this was a good thing.

    While living in a shelter is bad and lacks privacy - it also afforded a tremendous opportunity for family counseling on a wholesale level. Obviously, living in housing units has lefts some wholes in family education. Since we have people displaced anyway - why not start on some reeducation for a month or two.

    Instead - we get the a similar response to all tragedies. People are asked to give to charities without the major ones having even a working plan on what they plan on doing because a tragedy of this scale is brand new.

    I think this could have been the Internet's finest hour - linking people's needs with resources - and while the world wide web did well in finding people - I fear many people will be right back in the same boat or worse in a couple of months.

    Meanwhile - to no surprise - non competitive bids are being handed out to some friends of some friends of the President.
    Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

    Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
    God is stronger and the problem knows it.

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