Sunday, August 27, 2006

Hurricane Katrina / New Orleans is still not released...1 year later ! ! !

What has happened down here is the wind have changed
Clouds roll in from the north and it started to rain
Rained real hard and rained for a real long time
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

The river rose all day
The river rose all night
Some people got lost in the flood
Some people got away alright
The river have busted through clear down to Plaquemines
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangelne

Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away
Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away

President Coolidge came down in a railroad train
With a little fat man with a note-pad in his hand
The President say, "Little fat man isn't it a shame what the river has
To this poor crackers land."


lyrics from Randy Newman's great song, " Louisiana, 1927 "

Hello there good people....

Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and it's aftermath on our beloved American soil....

Today, I woke up to NBC's "Meet The Press" and moderator Tim Russert interviewing Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans.

For the most part, it was a respectful interview, and compared to some of the politicos that have run their jaundiced game on the media, and on that show, it was an informational, yet sobering episode once again about the big cloud of not making any big movement toward solving the Katrina crisis within these shores.

New Orleans, LA is a city that basically still looks like it was hit by a nuclear bomb, and during this episode of MTP, Mayor Nagin was asked about his recent remarks about New York City and the World Trade Center site compared to NOLA's plight....his answer (and I am paraphrasing here) juxtapositioned NOLA's situation against NYC's still having a 'hole in the ground". It was a thinly-veiled reference to the bureaucratic stifle that still exists after to this day, with regards to any movement by the current administration, or movement by local government to remedy the situation.

Mr Nagin apologized on the show for his pointed remark (which I thought were more "spot-on", than insensitively pointed...
When Mayor Nagin answered the NYC gentlemen (in a replayed clip for all....(to me) it felt like the answer of a man who had seen as much devastation in a different arena, in full consort with his NYC counterpart).
This felt like the man just wants to continue his work to help rebuild his beloved city, as he has always postured.

He (to me) seems to be a kind man, and he has been a rudder that NOLA has needed through this debacle....a person who is not afraid to show his pain over the devastation of his beloved city.
His remarks at times, I think, are sometimes the dagger of reality that the right-wing leaning media needs to have shoved in it's face from time to time.

Moreover, I personally didn't think that he was being disrespectful to the "sacred ground" (the pundits words, not mine) of the World Trade Center crater that still exists, this amongst the end fighting of bureaucracy and political maneuvering, as to what should occupy the crater (new, higher paean to a building or memorial...).

He also went on to say (in response to a question by Russert about being satisfied with the response of /direction of said monies, from the Government so far, in regards to disaster relief) that the Federal money that has FINALLY been released by the government is being funneled through endless bureaucratic channels, and is NOT getting to the proper place with enough speed.
(Hasn't this been the general norm, and the usual ticky-tacky-ness with the current administration... RIIIIGHT????
(you should've heard the voice of Bill Cosby doing the Lord talking to Noah with the delivery of the last word).

NOLA, or any city (there are others that went through Katrina also!!) on American soil shouldn't be in this position of wondering...

I do also agree with Mayor Nagin's remarks a while ago that if this were upstate NYC, or the more privileged areas of South Florida like West Palm Beach, you would have seen Gabriel blowing trumpets to signal all help to come down and save these people.

It is a blatant, total disregard for human life (some were White, and there were tons of people who are 'darker' than blue, as it were), and this country should be (or at least most of us) extremely ashamed enough to not 'sweep it under the rug'.

We, here in Portland, Oregon have seen some of NOLA's residents sprinkled like ashes on the wind, to land in our fair city, and I do truly hope that they are experiencing some balm to their soul, but this is not Wanderlust-by-choice....
these people were FORCED to leave their city and homes, and their lives to try and make life anew elsewhere. I am sure that these people were not on the economic large end of the food chain, as it were.

In this country, on the news, I continue to see references of another dead body from NOLA, another person found in their attic trying to outrun the water and dying, others found under rubble and floorboards, and it brings me to a maddening resignation, but not quiet enough to not share with you my feelings.

In my opinion, we don't need this current, lying through their teeth government to be allowed to go on with it's insensitivity to many of it's people in this country (not just only NOLA...we could talk about the seniors and the Medicare debacle, the state of all the children left behind with education and it's underfunded atmosphere, the Iraq war and it's profit mongering...and the maneuvering to start another war in Iran for more war machine about spying on it's own people...I could go on...).

The link below is a story from the New York Times today, and it does have a graphic nature to it, but needs to be seen to be taken in and meditated upon. We need to see this. Be sure to grab the whole link and paste it in your URL slot.

If you choose to read this story, please remember this tale when you vote in November for change.

We, as Americans should continue to be outraged, even in the face of a repeat of the images of the President on "Meet The Press", lying his ass off many months ago in a national speech on TV,
saying for all to hear in the town square of Jefferson Parish that help was on the way....

As the B.B. King song says, "I got some help I don't really need"

Tell that to the 140,000 people still displaced, dead or missing from the original numbers of NOLA's occupancy.

The help they really need, it not only is non-existent...

...It's virtually been washed away.



Blogger sandrajeanpoet said...

Beat that drum!

1:53 PM  

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