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    This is right on the money!

    I dont kno wif this was posted yet, but its pretty sharp!

    It has taken four long days for state and federal officials to figure
    out how to deal with the disaster in New Orleans. I can't blame them,
    because it has also taken me four long days to figure out what is going
    on there. The reason is that the events there make no sense if you think
    that we are confronting a natural disaster.

    If this is just a natural disaster, the response for public officials is
    obvious: you bring in food, water, and doctors; you send transportation
    to evacuate refugees to temporary shelters; you send engineers to stop
    the flooding and rebuild the city's infrastructure. For journalists,
    natural disasters also have a familiar pattern: the heroism of ordinary
    people pulling together to survive; the hard work and dedication of
    doctors, nurses, and rescue workers; the steps being taken to clean up
    and rebuild.

    Public officials did not expect that the first thing they would have to
    do is to send thousands of armed troops in armored vehicle, as if they
    are suppressing an enemy insurgency. And journalists--myself
    included--did not expect that the story would not be about rain, wind,
    and flooding, but about rape, murder, and looting.

    But this is not a natural disaster. It is a man-made disaster.

    The man-made disaster is not an inadequate or incompetent response by
    federal relief agencies, and it was not directly caused by Hurricane
    Katrina. This is where just about every newspaper and television channel
    has gotten the story wrong.

    The man-made disaster we are now witnessing in New Orleans did not
    happen over the past four days. It happened over the past four decades.
    Hurricane Katrina merely exposed it to public view.

    The man-made disaster is the welfare state.

    For the past few days, I have found the news from New Orleans to be
    confusing. People were not behaving as you would expect them to behave
    in an emergency--indeed; they were not behaving as they have behaved in
    other emergencies. That is what has shocked so many people: they have
    been saying that this is not what we expect from America. In fact, it is
    not even what we expect from a Third World country.

    When confronted with a disaster, people usually rise to the occasion.
    They work together to rescue people in danger, and they spontaneously
    organize to keep order and solve problems. This is especially true in
    America. We are an enterprising people, used to relying on our own
    initiative rather than waiting around for the government to take care of
    us. I have seen this a hundred times, in small examples (a small town
    whose main traffic light had gone out, causing ordinary citizens to get
    out of their cars and serve as impromptu traffic cops, directing cars
    through the intersection) and large ones (the spontaneous response of
    New Yorkers to September 11 ).

    So what explains the chaos in New Orleans?

    To give you an idea of the magnitude of what is going on, here is a
    description from a Washington Times story:

    "Storm victims are raped and beaten; fights erupt with flying fists,
    knives and guns; fires are breaking out; corpses litter the streets;
    and police and rescue helicopters are repeatedly fired on.

    "The plea from Mayor C. Ray Nagin came even as National Guardsmen
    poured in to restore order and stop the looting, carjackings and

    "Last night, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said 300 Iraq-hardened
    Arkansas National Guard members were inside New Orleans with
    shoot-to-kill orders.

    "'These troops are...under my orders to restore order in the streets,'
    she said. 'They have M-16s, and they are locked and loaded. These
    troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do
    so if necessary and I expect they will.' "

    The reference to Iraq is eerie. The photo that accompanies this article
    shows National Guard troops, with rifles and armored vests, riding on
    an armored vehicle through trash-strewn streets lined by a rabble of
    squalid, listless people, one of whom appears to be yelling
    at them. It looks exactly like a scene from Sadr City in Baghdad.

    What explains bands of thugs using a natural disaster as an excuse for
    an orgy of looting, armed robbery, and rape? What causes unruly mobs to
    storm the very buses that have arrived to evacuate them, causing the
    drivers to drive away, frightened for their lives? What causes people
    to attack the doctors trying to treat patients at the Super

    Why are people responding to natural destruction by causing further
    destruction? Why are they attacking the people who are trying to help

    My wife, Sherri, figured it out first, and she figured it out on a
    sense-of-life level. While watching the coverage last night on Fox News
    Channel, she told me that she was getting a familiar feeling. She
    studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Chicago, which is
    located in the South Side of Chicago just blocks away from the Robert
    Taylor Homes, one of the largest high-rise public housing projects in
    America. "The projects," as they were known, were infamous for
    uncontrollable crime and irremediable squalor. (They have since,
    mercifully, been demolished.)

    What Sherri was getting from last night's television coverage was a
    whiff of the sense of life of "the projects." Then the "crawl"--the
    informational phrases flashed at the bottom of the screen on most news
    channels--gave some vital statistics to confirm this sense: 75% of the
    residents of New Orleans had already evacuated before the hurricane,
    and of the 300,000 or so who remained, a large number were from the
    city's public housing projects. Jack Wakeland then gave me an
    additional, crucial fact: early reports from CNN and Fox indicated that
    the city had no plan for evacuating all of the prisoners in the city's
    jails--so they just let many of them loose. There is no doubt a
    significant overlap between these two populations--that is, a large
    number of people in the jails used to live in the housing projects, and
    vice versa.

    There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans when the
    deluge hit--but they were trapped alongside large numbers of
    people from two groups: criminals--and wards of the welfare state,
    people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and
    self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep--on
    whom the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of

    All of this is related, incidentally, to the apparent incompetence of
    the city government, which failed to plan for a total evacuation of the
    city, despite the knowledge that this might be necessary . But in a
    city corrupted by the welfare state, the job of city officials is to
    ensure the flow of handouts to welfare recipients and patronage to
    political supporters--not to ensure a lawful, orderly evacuation in
    case of emergency.

    No one has really reported this story, as far as I can tell. In fact,
    some are already actively distorting it, blaming President Bush, for
    example, for failing to personally ensure that the Mayor of New Orleans
    had drafted an adequate evacuation plan. The worst example is an
    execrable piece from the Toronto Globe and Mail, by a supercilious
    Canadian who blames the chaos on American "individualism." But the
    truth is precisely the
    opposite: the chaos was caused by a system that was the exact opposite
    of individualism.

    What Hurricane Katrina e exposed was the psychological consequences of
    the welfare state. What we consider "normal" behavior in an emergency
    is behavior that is normal for people who have values and take the
    responsibility to pursue and protect them. People with values respond
    to a disaster by fighting against it and doing whatever it takes to
    overcome the difficulties they face. They don't sit around and complain
    that the government hasn't taken care of them. They don't use the chaos
    of a disaster as an opportunity to prey on their fellow men.

    But what about criminals and welfare parasites? Do they worry about
    saving their houses and property? They don't, because they don't own
    anything. Do they worry about what is going to happen to their
    businesses or how they are going to make a living? They never worried
    about those things before. Do they worry about crime and looting? But
    living off of stolen wealth is a way of life for them.

    The welfare state--and the brutish, uncivilized mentality it sustains
    and encourages--is the man-made disaster that explains the moral
    ugliness that has swamped New Orleans. And that is the story that no
    one is reporting.

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    Im just glad my state can help out. i feel for those people! That has got to be the worst feeling in the world. My prayers go out to them every night and i hope everything goes well.

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    good read

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    "My wife, Sherri, figured it out first, and she figured it out on a
    sense-of-life level. While watching the coverage last night on Fox News
    Channel, she told me that she was getting a familiar feeling. "

    Their choice of news channel says it all.

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    good read bro

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    No new's station is going to show you the raw reality of this world full of "politricks."

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