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  •  The difference? (1+ / 0-)
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    Would you believe one to ten million dollar homes as opposed to Black folks more humble housing in New Orleans? You can bet you boots Bush will be all over this fire disaster with tons of federal aid. A ten million dollar home destroyed, now Bush and Cheney can feel that homeowner's pain.

    The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool. George Santayana

    by Bobjack23 on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 10:39:10 AM PDT

    •  I'm not sure I buy that. (3+ / 0-)
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      Statusquomustgo, doctorj2u, chigh

      Or maybe I should say, I'm in denial?  

      There were plenty of very valuable homes destroyed here.  There were quite a few wealthy people who were left without their home.  But the news reporting made the rest of the country think it was only a black issue.  That did disservice to black people, I think.  It's not their fault that we don't get help.  (Some feel that way, though).  Weird how self-hate and prejudice can hurt people that way.

      But...I think it's more sinister.  I think it has to do with our oil and the chance it gave Bush to put us at his mercy.

      Blanco refused to go along with him and now our whole state blames her instead of respecting her for standing up to his attempt at a coup.

      •  the whole Blanco story needs to come out...... (1+ / 0-)
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        if she was a man, the outcome in
        New Orleans would have been
        very different.

        "Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner" --James Bovard -6.5 -6.75

        by Statusquomustgo on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 10:51:04 AM PDT

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        •  That and a Republican. (3+ / 0-)
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          Statusquomustgo, doctorj2u, chigh

          But then that leaves the whole Catholic/Protestant battle, too.  When will this crap ever end.

          We know things aren't perfect down here but New Orleans is a place where you can live and if you want to be among tolerance, you can find it.  Maybe Bush doesn't like that about us.  Maybe all he's ever seen is Bourbon Street.

          Well, as far as I'm concerned, Long Live Bourbon Street in that case!!!

          •  Dark skin and Democractic Governor (1+ / 0-)
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            There it is in a nutshell.

            Besides, the areas that the fire hit in California are majority Republican.

            Though I must say, fire is a very fair enemy and doesn't discriminate as do the low-lifes at 1600 Pensylvaia Ave.

            Where the mind is without fear ... Where knowledge is free... Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake -- Rabindranath Tagore

            by horatius on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 11:37:45 AM PDT

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      •  I'm sure ther was some of that involved... (0+ / 0-)

        ...however the basic reason was that the vast majority of the victims in New Orleans were black poor and basically Democrat voters in a otherwise red Southern state not only did Bush's lack of attention save Government money to be throw away on Halliburton et. al. it pleased his large bigoted constituency.

        It wll been interesting to see how poor white Republican voters in the south react to Bush throwing money at wealthy home owners in California. Glen Beck hair trigger mouth was wrong about who in CA was affected but the southern white Republicans heard him and will continue to believe him. These people in Bush Inc. constantly amaze me with their ignorance which one has to assume come from hubris rather than native stupidity.

        The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool. George Santayana

        by Bobjack23 on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 11:01:09 AM PDT

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      •  Oil and Stolen Elections (0+ / 0-)

        That is why Jindal had to win.  We were robo called relentlessly with multiple mailers every day. I cannot believe that people in LA would vote for a "brown" person.  Strangely enough, the Secretary of State website went down around 9:30PM last Saturday at the same time the TV was reporting Foster Campbell at 60%, very wierd. The secretary of state is also an R, the prior guy who was a D&R, McKeithan died from a fall at his home.  His temporary replacement was a D and he supervised all elections and made sure even refugees were able to vote at satelite sites. Not this time, we had a voter purge.  God help us now!

        My deceased grandfather was a lifelong IBEW member.

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