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What a truly repulsive, thoughtless, and poorly reasoned article. So New Orleans has one of the highest murder rates in the country? Well, given that the federal government repeatedly disregarded warnings of natural disaster from a variety of informed sources (including its own), and compounded this criminal negligence with inexcusable and continuing delays in its response to the disaster, I would say that New Orleans has completely reset the bar for murder of its citizens. Although it may be months before we know how high.
Cops neutered by the NAACP and the ACLU? Not based on what I’ve seen on Bourbon Street. I’ve never noticed excessive gentleness there.
Currents of chaos and lawlessness have run through New Orleans throughout its history? Agreed. And so it was ripe for collapse? The same could be said of Baltimore, New York City, or Washington, D.C. Are we then due for a hurricane?
And the city’s collapse is the result of a “politically correct culture?” I thought it was due to the collapse of the levees. (Although perhaps if vouchers had been approved, all those poor kids could have gone to parochial school, there would have been no looting, Katrina would have hit somewhere else, and they could have patched the dikes with the vouchers after they were processed.) Absolute insanity.p>And politically correct? You have obviously never been to New Orleans, as I have many times. Decadent, perhaps. Wild and crazy, sure. Tough and dangerous? Absolutely. I live in the Bronx, so I’m used to a state of urban alertness, and I keep my eyes open when I’m there. But politically correct? I don’t think so. Ever been to Mardi Gras? No one I’ve ever met in NOLA would ever let political correctness get in the way of having a good time. br> — Andy Bassford br> Bronx, New York /p>
Re: George Neumayr’s “Masques of Death,” et al.
While not being surprised by the ad-hominem attacks on President Bush, FEMA, the military, state and local government, the police, etc., I am thoroughly, and sickenly disgusted. There are plenty of lessons to be learned, however, criticisms from the omnipresent popular media are fatuous at best.
Pardon me (not) for observing that all of the media personalities seem to be very well off after spending eight days supposedly “on location”. Brian Williams (just to pick on one in particular), seems, every night, to be hygenically hearty, have a perfect coiffure, and be well sated and hydrated. As well, the innumerable outlets always appear to have more than enough power to supply their cameras and microphones to cast critical reproach upon picayunish vitriol.
As soon as the NBCs, CBSs, ABCs, FOXes, Weather Channels, CNNs and the rest of the usual suspects depict scenes of their own helicopters, trucks, and sundry other conveyances laden with relief supplies, especially medicine, I might, just might, think about granting them the opportunity to opine.p>SHAME ON ALL OF THEM. I’m more sickened at “the media” than I have been at any other national tragedy in my lifetime of nearly 50 years. May Almighty God spare the suffering as well as those striving to save them, and forgive the rest of the “no-good-doers”. br> —
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?