There have only been a handful of times in my life that I've been truly offended. Call me happy-go-lucky. However, every so often I'm reminded of the last time I nearly, and truly, snapped. I was at a bar for happy hour the weekend after Hurricane Katrina struck, and some
So I'm reading a football message board which is, of course, full of
While I'm not sure who "they" are, or why "they" moved from NOLA to Iowa City (unlucky), I thought I would just lay out the facts that are indisputable without getting into the he said/she said blame game of left vs. right:
1. The United States federal government rejected hundreds of millions in aid from various countries. We knew this immediately afterward, but apparently it wasn't a big enough story until the WaPo "uncovered" the story a year ago.
Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors.
The current administration sure likes to "go it alone."
2. Recently reported, $85 million in supplies was just given away after sitting in warehouses for years afterwards, still unpacked but ready to head to NOLA. It just never made it.
3. The levees around New Orleans had never been upgraded since the 60's. I might as well have been out there holding back flood waters with a supersoaker. See what other "first-world" countries were able to construct.
4. Our rail system, as Kunstler puts it would shame Bulgaria, and was unfit to evacuate the tens of thousands who were without means to