[lit-ideas] Re: New Orleans
- From: Paul Stone <pas@xxxxxxxx>
- To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 04 Sep 2005 10:16:31 -0400
> Press dismay at Katrina chaos
> Newspapers around the world see Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath
> as a defining moment for the presidency of George W Bush.
As usual, Andy, you have lost sight of the facts, the reason, and WHAT
other people have said about the case. You have tunnel vision. You plow
ahead, questioning my manhood, comparing be to Geraldo? completely
disregarding ANY fault of the poor sacks who are still there. I have said
from the beginning that this is a pathetic mishandling of the situation by
the people (Bush &C, the Governor of LA, even the emergency crews in N.O.
itself). It's reprehensible that they were so lax and STILL really haven't
done anything to do anything. Their subsequent denial is unconscionable and
I agree, a defining point of George's [un-]presidency. His continuance of
his vacation is unfathomable.
MY point was that the people there need to take a little responsibility for
themselves and NOT act like criminals. They ARE in the situation they are
in, so, instead of standing around, crying, feeling sorry for themselves --
acting like babies without mothers -- DO SOMETHING -- ANYTHING to alleviate
the 'actual' helpless people's suffering (you know, the sick and children).
Even a 5 year old can HELP out. A pregnant women who was ready to drop
SWAM. The problem is that people have become so desensitized that they
can't recognize a REAL danger, a REAL dire situation until they find
themselves in it.
You ask me what I would do if I was in that situation? I don't know. I'm
NOT in it. And, truth be told, if I had lived in New Orleans last week, I
wouldn't BE in it now. Because I'm not the kind of person who gets trapped
in some ridiculous situation like that.
But if I were, I certainly wouldn't stand around shooting the finger to the
rescue helicopters, hanging my head, yelling on television and BLAMING
others. I would be organizing things in my own little clique of people --
whomever I was stranded with. I'd come up with ideas and try SOMETHING.
Like I said, the first concentration would be on getting water for everyone
around me. There are many ways to do this. I'd figure out a way. There's
water all over the place. Do you know how many things you can use to carry
water? Do you know how USEFUL water is -- especially when it runs downhill?
Do you know how many things you can turn into a boat? If I were trapped,
after the first day or two, when it was becoming evident that I'd been
abandoned by my government agencies, I'd probably be inclined to get the
hell out of the city. I'd probably make a boat and paddle. It might take me
ten hours, but I'm a big strong boy who can do endurance sports pretty
well, so I'd take the chance. I'd even take some people who could also swim
with me. If they WANTED to go. What's a bit of water anyway? No, I'm not
trvializing the fact that there are billions of gallons of water in New
Orleans right now. It's just that at this point, it's only standing water
and it's not TOTALLY, everywhere. I could portage my makeshift boat across
those areas that were relatively dry. I'd look for animals. I'd follow
them. If the distances weren't too far, and I couldn't find a "boat", I'd
fashion a sort of lifejacket and swim for it. Didn't you ever go to
cubscouts? They taught us all these things.
I'm just thinking here. I'm not under duress. I'm not in that situation. I
just know that if I were, I certainly WOULD NOT sit in a stinkhole with a
bunch of other people and complain. And I certainly wouldn't sit there for
A.A. I was in an Indian restaurant yesterday and I have to say, I didn't
feel the same sense of being an American that I used to feel in that same
restaurant. BTW, after yesterday's meal, excellent though it was, I was
thirsty. I didn't drink much in the restaurant and after a while, I was
downright uncomfortable. I can't imagine if I couldn't drink for a few
Did the fact that it was an "Indian Restaurant" have anything do with it?
Or did you just 'throw' that detail in? If so [to number 1], why?
Just like the rest of the world was right about Bush's invasion, they're
right about this hurricane too. Only Americans (and Paul Stone) blame the
people for the government's inaction.
Only people like YOU (aren't you an American?) blame the government WHOLLY
for people's plight.
[insert pithy quote here]
Leamington, ON. Canada
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