Ten years after, a tribute to New Orleans

PMO-Katrina-GOES

Ten years ago, I remember staring in awe at a weather radar map much like the one posted above and thinking “Holy $$##&!”, that thing is just going to wipe New Orleans off the face of the map!”  I also remember being surprised at the relative lack of concern being expressed by local, state and federal officials at the time, as if this Katrina were another run-of-the-mill hurricane.

Because it sure didn’t look like just another run-of-the-mill hurricane.

More than 1,200 people died in Katrina and its aftermath, and a decade later New Orleans has yet to fully recover. Tens of thousands of people were forced to flee the region and find shelter for months in other parts of the country, and many have never returned, either by choice or lack of opportunity. But others, thank goodness, have stubbornly insisted on renewing New Orleans, its traditions and its unique state of mind, or as some would point out, state of mindlessness.

So here’s to those remaining in exile, and also to those who have insisted that Katrina will not have the last word.

Have a good weekend everybody.

 

 

 

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LaKeisha
LaKeisha

Let's see:  The federal government sent enough busses to New Orleans to get everyone out of the city.  But the mayor (Ray Nagin) refused to order the evacuation until it was way too late...although he had sure gotten his butt out of town and safely in a hotel (at city expense).  Then after the ordeal, he came back and said "Let's be sure to keep New Orleans a "Chocolate City".  So all the Black people re-elected his sorry self, and he later went to prison for all the corruption during his second term.
That about covers it...

juvenal
juvenal

nawlins that important a port still? could have spent the billions moving eveyrone........ 

kayaker71
kayaker71

Kanye West for president and the Ultimate Air Head for First Lady


BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

I've been calling it "Denali" for years. 

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@LogicalDude 
"The state of Alaska has had a standing request to change the name to "Denali"  — a native Athabascan word meaning "the high one"  — dating back to 1975, The state of Alaska has had a standing request to change the name to "Denali"  — a native Athabascan word meaning "the high one"  — dating back to 1975,

If that's what they wanted, should have went with Willie Nelson.

straker
straker

PudHead - "did everything they could"


And, Brownie did one heckuva job.


Right?

PudHead
PudHead

But the democratic local government did everything they could. They put the mayor up in a 5 star hotel and locked up the school busses. What more did you expect?

skydog12
skydog12

Good stories below Libs.

I think you made the right decision to separate from this guy. I will help anybody, anytime, but violence is above my pay grade.


We had to separate a few years ago from my sons guitar player. They became friends and band mates 15 years ago when they were 15 year olds. This kid had ADD and other things as a teen and it progressively got worse, way worse, to the point of violent episodes.

My son saw the need to separate first and did.

This kid was with Sean Costello the night he OD`ed.

Dusty2
Dusty2

Hillary has to be protected from MEN? That's the biggest laugh tonight.


And women have to be protected from Bill?  Whoo hooo...do get it right!!!



Dusty2
Dusty2

Well, since this seems to be the poetry hour, here's one or two: 


I think that I shall never see,


A president more suitable than Jeb will be.

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A  loaf of bread, a  jug of wine and thou beside me,


Wondering what the government will give thee free.

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The moving finger writes and having writ,


Says Trump is just a man of wit!

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How do I love thee, let me count the ways;


The aroma of old socks and your mindless  haze.

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Take me out to the ball game,


But not with a  20 to 6!  Aint that a shame!

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NOT CLAIMED  BY  CONFUCIUS OR SHAKESPEARE





YouLibs
YouLibs

I spent the last several years playing in a band that mostly covered singer/songwriter music. It isn't exactly what I love but these guys had really good taste and we did some great songs together. There was a grudge that went back three decades that exploded a few weeks ago (July 4 to be exact) and there's no doubt that we'll never all play together again.


I think Jackson Browne is one of the best singer/songwriters ever and this song has been in my head for the past few days. Listen to the words:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgZsfm_9KHk

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@YouLibs 

Thanks for sharing your sad, but true, personal testimony about your musical group's long-standing grudge and break-up.  However, nothing must be permanent.  Perhaps, it was good that the long-festering grudge was brought into the open, since it was there anyway.


How can reconciliation ever come from that?  The only way I know is through forgiveness.  I have a hard time with forgiveness with some, myself, and the only way I have been able to work through it has been through allowing the Holy Spirit's spirit to enter my mind and soul and try to change through the Spirit's help.  I could not do it by myself.


The 14th Dalai Lama has also written on "Forgiveness," and I believe the Middle Eastern prophet writer, Kahlil Gibran of years ago, has written on forgiveness.  Of course, most know that Jesus said, "Judge not that you not be judged," and "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."


I noticed a day or two ago that an animated film version of Kahlil Gibran's words from his book, "The Prophet," will be in metro theaters this week.  I hope healing can come for your group.  Never give up in trying for reconciliation.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@MaryElizabethSings @YouLibs


"Never give up in trying for reconciliation."


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I had a teacher tell me back in the mid-seventies that the people you surround yourself with have a profound influence on you, whether you know it or not. He compared it to a metal rod.


He said if you put a metal rod in close proximity to a fire, it will take on the properties of that fire; it will become hot and glow red. Likewise, he said, if you surround yourself with bad people, their confusion will take a toll on you.


Our vocalist/flautist lost his business because he was found guilty of beating up and threatening to kill his ex-wife. After he came to us all with tears in his eyes and promises to become a better person, well, he sings really well and we wanted to believe him. There were several subsequent episodes where he threatened violence toward others.


If you want to try to save him, I'll give you his contact info.


We're all moving on.



dbm1
dbm1

@MaryElizabethSings @YouLibs 

I prefer "Judge, and be prepared to be judged."  But judging should be done with appropriate care and thoughtfulness.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@YouLibs 

I hear you. Then, he must change.  Not the group.  He sounds like a man with some degree of mental illness.  As his friend, you perhaps could share my thoughts with him and ask him, for his own good, to seek help (maybe medicine combined with personal counseling).


You are right, you (and the others) must move on from this man for his kind of toxicity will adversely affect you all and your health.  I can't take him on.  I am just trying to help myself and my own little circle as I can. I can't even take on a dog, though I love dogs!  ;-)  I don't judge myself or others on this.  I don't even feel the necessity to judge this man, bad as his actions have been.  I only wish to see those action and him, with open eyes in truth, but also with compassion - but from afar.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@MaryElizabethSings @YouLibs


My wife and I look at the evidence we have seen and conclude that his mother left the family while his father was serving in Germany. He was always told that his mother abandoned them but after talking to his sister once, we believe she feared for her life.


He's a psychological hot mess and I know I can't fix him. I too, wish him the best, from afar.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@YouLibs 

I understand. Sad. Genetics can wreak havoc on lives, too.  The child plays out the sins of the father, for generations, often through genetics as well as environment.  But then, we don't live in Heaven on Earth.


Thanks for sharing, YouLibs.  My best to you and to yours, Mary Elizabeth.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@dbm1 

We all must assess (for we all have minds with which to reason) but the act of "assessing" carries a more compassionate connotation than "judging."  Read what the Dalai Lama wrote on "Compassion," below.  That part about thinking of ourselves as "above" others is what happens when we judge rather than simply "see" or assess.  We all kill people daily (maybe not their bodies but their spirits, which later can take its toll on their bodies) in ways we do not even understand in the mystery of life.  Only God knows the reason for and the extent of our various sins.  Only God can truly judge.  That is why in the Bible is written, "Vengeance is mine (not yours)," said the Lord.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@dbm1 

You are right on that, but I could only think of that Bible verse, and there is a connection, nevertheless, in that judgment dilutes compassion.  The degree is what you are correct on.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

For Gotalife and Kamchak (and for any other interested reader. I hope Josef sees my note to him at the end of this selection, too.):


COMPASSION

Usually, our concept

of compassion or love refers

to the feeling of closeness we have with our friends and

loved ones.  Sometimes

compassion also carries a sense of pity.

This is wrong,

any love or compassion which entails looking down on the other

is not genuine compassion.

To be genuine, compassion must

be based on respect for the other,

and on the realization that others

have the right to be happy and

overcome suffering, just

as much as you.  On this basis,

since you can see that others are

suffering, you develop a genuine

sense of concern for them.


H.H. The XIVth Dalai Lama


(Also, this weekend I saw an Italian film by Roberto Rossellini with Ingrid Bergman which depicts through film what is in this writing.  I did not realize until seeing the film what a mind/spirit Rossellini had.  The film is "Europa 51.")

Note to JOSEF:  Josef, I hope you, especially get a chance to see the Rossellini film, "Europa '51" because the content reminded me very much of the Argentine film you told me about about 5 years ago, "Man Facing Southwest."  I believe you and Unmentionable would see the similarity in the films and be glad you saw it.) 

gotalife
gotalife

Lets move past our crazy drunk uncles.


We can do better.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Today, Sunday, I was reading some of the words of the Dalai Lama, which I wanted share here. The selection is entitled, "The Paradox of Our Age."


THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE


We have bigger houses but smaller families;

more conveniences, but less time;

We have more degrees, but less sense;

more knowledge, but less judgement;

more experts, but more problems;

more medicines, but less healthiness;

We've been all the way to the moon and back,

but have trouble crossing the street to meet

the new neighbour.

We built more computers to hold more

information to produce more copies than ever,

but have less communication;

We have become long on quantity,

but short on quality.

These are times of fast foods

but slow digestion;

Tall man but short character;

Steep profits but shallow relationships.

It's a time when there is much in the window,

but nothing in the room.


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

straker
straker

gotalife


As long as we have the best Congress money can buy, there will be no meaningful change in our gun laws and the shootings will just keep on happening.

gotalife
gotalife

@straker Have to keep showing up to the fight but government should shut up about keeping the people safe to allow gun massacres. That dog don't hunt.

gotalife
gotalife

Sunday Roundup

This week brought powerful reminders of what happens when a government fails its citizens. On Wednesday, as the nation continued to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's unnecessarily tragic destruction of a uniquely American city, the nation woke to yet another uniquely American tragedy, as two Roanoke-based news staffers -- reporter Alison Parker, and cameraman Adam Ward -- were gunned down on live television. It was the beginning of a news cycle we know all too well: shock, outrage, calls for sensible guns laws, and then, if past is prologue, nothing. Since the Newtown shootings in 2012, nearly 85,000 Americans have been killed by guns -- yet common sense gun legislation proposed at the time by President Obama continues to languish. On Thursday, the president called Katrina "a man-made disaster, a failure of government to look out for its own citizens." The same could be said of Roanoke.

gotalife
gotalife

"You supported Obama. How do you think he’s done?

I think he’s fantastic. He’s my favorite president, hands down, of my lifetime. He’s been awesome this past year. Especially the rapid, one-after-another-after-another-after-another aspect of it. It’s almost like take no prisoners. His he-doesn’t-give-a-s hit attitude has just been so cool. Everyone always talks about these lame-duck presidents. I’ve never seen anybody end with this kind of ending. All the people who supported him along the way that questioned this or that and the other? All of their questions are being answered now."

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

New Orleans La., where the world goes to throw up.

alexander2
alexander2

I visited NO twice before  Katrina and enjoyed the good food, but the odor, crime and grime was overwhelming. Perhaps The city is now better, but if it's returned to what it was, I have no desire to return.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

New Orleans is the poster child for graft, corruption and incompetence, but worst than that, IT"S sinking even more below sea level and NOTHING will reverse that, There needs to be a process started of relocating the City northward across the lake on higher ground if another disaster is to be avoided. Another major hurricane will hit New Orleans, its just a matter of time and coupled with a mostly poorly educated and welfare population, the results would be the same or worst 

straker
straker

Bill - "incredibly incompetent"


I hope you're just being sarcastic, and don't honestly believe what you posted.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

@straker It's true. Kathleen Blanco and Ray Nagin destroyed thousands if not millions of lives. They dropped the ball while Mister Brown and President Bush tried to work with them. Amen, Bill 

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

It's phenomenal how that Democrat governor and mayor were incredibly incompetent throughout the NOLA Katrina Debacle of 2005. They were so incompetent that they had the audacity to blame the honorable President George W. Bush and the honorable Mister Michael D. Brown, the legendary, talented Director of the once-useful Federal Emergency Management Agency. During Mister Brown's rightful head of FEMA, Mister Brown properly administered the then-successful Agency. Once He was run out of town by that incompetent governor and very incompetent and corrupt mayor, FEMA quickly went downhill. Today, FEMA needs to be cut along with the EPA, The Fed, Commerce and the rotten-to-the-core Department of Miseducation. Listen closely, the honorable President George W. Bush and the honorable FEMA Director Michael D. Brown were never to blame for Katrina's atrocities! Fully blame the mess on the dishonorable "mayor" Ray Nagin and the failed Democrat party Governor Kathleen Blanco. 


Being a Hattiesburg native, I wept for Katrina's victims, but noted back then as I do now, the Mississippi victims, pulled themselves up by the jockstraps and rebuilt WITHOUT INCOMPETENCY AND COMPLAINT! The honorable Governor Haley Reeves Barbour showed to the world how God-fearing individuals can come together to not only strengthen a beautiful state, but also to create a proper Road to Prosperity.


Good night. Amen, Bill 

Normd
Normd

@Bill OrvisWhite 


Wow, Bill, just wow...still got that parody going, I see...good for you.  We all need a good laugh every now and then...Thanks!

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

@Normd Guess what: Over 500 naive secular-progressives served... and converted to the right side. Amen, Bill

apsLilburn
apsLilburn

Japan had a nuclear meltdown and a tsunami and was back in business within a year.  Here we are ten years later still talking about the "progress" in New Orleans.  People live below sea level and depend on the government to protect them from floods.  Yet another example of "we are from the government and we're here to help".

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@apsLilburn New Orleans will never be anything more than what it is today ( unless it's under water )