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Katrina Aftermath....It's Bad......

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Well I initially thought it didn't look too bad when I went to bed last night but the first news reports this morning are telling a different story.

In New Orleans a two block long section of a levee along a canal from the lake has failed up on the northwest side of the city. Water is flowing into New Orleans and most reports indicate that 80% of the city is now flooded and the water is still rising. Water is all the way into the downtown area including around the Superdome. Water depth ranges from a few inches to 10-15 feet depending on which part of the city. Some houses and structures are completely under water others are on small islands of dry land. Most highways appear to be elevated and are being used to lauch rescue boats into the flooded areas. Eastern side of the city appears to be hardest hit with major flooding. Many people have been rescued from their rooftops and still many others remain trapped on roofs, up in attics and clinging to trees. Their have been victims spotted in the flood waters who appear to have drowned. Multiple structure fires are buring around the city. Some are in flooded areas and can not be addressed at all. Looting is taking place, power is out throughout the city and most of the flooded water looks to be contaminated with oil and fuel as the sheen can be seen floating on the surface. Not sure how the city will be able to get rid of the water anytime soon. Phone service is out and cell phone service is very limited in the city itself.

Further east along the Gulf coast the damage is extreme. Most of coastline south of I-10 is reported to be destroyed. Storm surge in Gulfport was confirmed to be at least 25 feet along the coast. Surge into the city of Mobile was approximately 8-10 feet. Floating Casinos along Miss coastline were picked up and moved half a mile inland. All beachfront property in Miss is reported to be "gone".

Reporting is spotty in the rural areas. N.O. is getting most of the attention. Hardest hit area appears to be along Miss coastline.

It's going to be a long recovery.
 
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Irish Pilot

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Im sorry to hear that...my prayers are with you guys over there.
 

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One thing that I wonder about is, how much 'aid' can we expect from all those countries who we helped out when they had their crisis?

Maybe its petty, but goshdarn it seems like whenever Moggoboda has their tsunami/earthquake/terror attack we are sending cash/food/supplies personnel and the lack of appreciation has been less than astounding so I got to wondering how much reciprocity exists.
 

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How many times do you need to say how "unfair" it is? How many diffferent threads do you need to populate with your rant?

Petty, indeed. And that's being kind about it.
 

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GravityHater said:
One thing that I wonder about is, how much 'aid' can we expect from all those countries who we helped out when they had their crisis?

Maybe its petty, but goshdarn it seems like whenever Moggoboda has their tsunami/earthquake/terror attack we are sending cash/food/supplies personnel and the lack of appreciation has been less than astounding so I got to wondering how much reciprocity exists.

Waaaaaaa waaaaaaaaa!!
 

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GravityHater said:
One thing that I wonder about is, how much 'aid' can we expect from all those countries who we helped out when they had their crisis?

Maybe its petty, but goshdarn it seems like whenever Moggoboda has their tsunami/earthquake/terror attack we are sending cash/food/supplies personnel and the lack of appreciation has been less than astounding so I got to wondering how much reciprocity exists.
When something like this happens somewhere else, we are expected to help, but now that it happend to us.....well, I'm sure you can hear the crickets chirping.
 

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Well ... let's get real here: what's Abbiss Dadda Doodoo gonna do for New Orleans or for Gulfport? Send a care package of three green bananas ... a dead, boney-assed chicken ... and some used condoms?

I'm sure they're waiting with anticipation down on Canal Street. :(


Minh
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viper548 said:
When something like this happens somewhere else, we are expected to help, but now that it happend to us.....well, I'm sure you can hear the crickets chirping.
I got an idea...since the nation is in a crisis over prison overcrowding lets get all the non-violent felony offenders, both state and federal, a pick axe and a shovel and put them to work. Those who are productive and go the distance, get half off their sentence with the guarantee of a pardon five years after they are released, if they meet the terms of their pardon and stay out of trouble.

What do you guys think?

Non-violent offenders only...not sex criminals or murderers.
 

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GravityHater said:
One thing that I wonder about is, how much 'aid' can we expect from all those countries who we helped out when they had their crisis?

Maybe its petty, but goshdarn it seems like whenever Moggoboda has their tsunami/earthquake/terror attack we are sending cash/food/supplies personnel and the lack of appreciation has been less than astounding so I got to wondering how much reciprocity exists.
You have a great point, regardless of what others have said here. I have not seen any report of these countries that seem to always benefit from our help even offer a word of sorrow. If we are not giving them anything they could care less.
 

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Used condoms................will they be rolled up again?
 

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Back on topic please....

Still glued to the TV and it's getting worse.

N.O. mayor now quoted as saying best case scenario to get water out of N.O is two weeks.

Best case scenario to plug up all the breaks in the levees that have been breached, two days.

Best case scenario to restore power completely, two months.

There will be no school in N.O. for at least two months.

Water is now waist high at Superdome and still rising.

KMSY airport is under water.

Looting is widespread and police presence is nill (too much flooding).

Mayor is calling for a total evacuation of the entire city of New Orleans.

30,000 people now seeking refuge at the Superdome.

City has no power, no running water, no safe dirinking water and very little communications.

Mayor indicated that this is worse than their "worst case scenario".

This is only in New Orleans, appears to be much worse damage wise in Miss and Alabama.

This is aweful news. This is going to be the worst natural disaster ever in this country's history and we may need some help from the outside world.
 
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FN FAL said:
I got an idea...since the nation is in a crisis over prison overcrowding lets get all the non-violent felony offenders, both state and federal, a pick axe and a shovel and put them to work. Those who are productive and go the distance, get half off their sentence with the guarantee of a pardon five years after they are released, if they meet the terms of their pardon and stay out of trouble.

What do you guys think?

Non-violent offenders only...not sex criminals or murderers.
I've got a better idea. Why don't we take those people we find illegally crossing the border and put them to work? Instead of a free ride to the south side of the border, how 'bout 200hrs community service as the punishment for an illegal crossing. Many are repeat offenders. I don't want our criminals out on the streets again so they can break into cars and houses.
 

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viper548 said:
I've got a better idea. Why don't we take those people we find illegally crossing the border and put them to work? Instead of a free ride to the south side of the border, how 'bout 200hrs community service as the punishment for an illegal crossing. Many are repeat offenders. I don't want our criminals out on the streets again so they can break into cars and houses.
Life sentence for car burglary and "B and E"...no problemo. Next time you look at your property taxes and notice you're paying 5,000 a year, just remember...we're waging a war on drugs and your wages help.
 

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FN FAL said:
Life sentence for car burglary and "B and E"...no problemo. Next time you look at your property taxes and notice you're paying 5,000 a year, just remember...we're waging a war on drugs and your wages help.
Property tax? I'm an FO living in CA, can't afford to buy a place. I agree that some people stay in too long and others not enough. The career criminals can stay in for life for all I care. I like the 3 strikes law. We need to find a way to reduce the cost of keeping someone in prison.
 

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viper548 said:
Property tax? I'm an FO living in CA, can't afford to buy a place. I agree that some people stay in too long and others not enough. The career criminals can stay in for life for all I care. I like the 3 strikes law. We need to find a way to reduce the cost of keeping someone in prison.
How about if legislators would quit creating new laws...wouldn't that kinda sorta keep the prisons a little less occupied?

Think about it...5 years ago, if somone a bayonet lug on a certain rifle, they were in violation of federal law. Today, you can put bayonet lugs on till you get blue in the face. WTF is really going on? "net-widening" and "overcriminalization".
 

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FN FAL said:
How about if legislators would quit creating new laws...wouldn't that kinda sorta keep the prisons a little less occupied?

Think about it...5 years ago, if somone a bayonet lug on a certain rifle, they were in violation of federal law. Today, you can put bayonet lugs on till you get blue in the face. WTF is really going on? "net-widening" and "overcriminalization".
I completely agree with that. Unless you're using weapons illegally, I think you should be able to have whatever you want. I have a .50 cal revolver myself. I bought it because at the time there was talk of banning it (like anyone is gonna take this thing to rob a liquor store)
 

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WTF are they looting. TV's? Where you gonna plug it in? Car's? Where you going to drive it?

Note to self. Don't buy a car from New Orelans or surrounding areas even if it has a really really good price.

You know some a hole is going to try to sell his car and say that musty smell is a leak in the roof.
 

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The Silence Is Deafening

The Silence Is Deafening

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

By Neil Cavuto



Maybe I missed it, but I have a question: Where's the global relief effort for us today?

New Orleans (search) is under water. Mississippi (search) is a disaster. Scores are dead. Homes are destroyed. Businesses are shut down.

When this kind of stuff happens to other folks, we're there. When this kind of stuff happens to us, who's here?

I know we're a rich country. But I think it a bit rich so few call to wish us well in this country. Perhaps some have and perhaps I've missed it.

Still, others never miss a chance to bash us if we've done something wrong or done nothing at all.

All I know is a lot of poor folks here got hit here. Would it kill the same foreigners we've helped there, to offer support here?

I don't expect a telethon. But how about a call on a telephone?

Maybe some countries have offered rescue personnel. I just haven't seen them. I'll keep looking. I'll keep waiting. I'll keep wondering.

All I know is for now, the silence is deafening. And the water in New Orleans isn't the only thing that stinks.
 

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Hey. Another one on the bandwagon. How "original".

Yeah, you "misssed it" alright.:rolleyes:
 

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Yes, yes, you're right...the entire world is against us. We are the last of the rugged individualists, alone in the fight for what's right and good. Must make you feel all warm and validated inside.

Just not particularly true is all.
 
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