GOP leader: New Orleans 'not worth rebuilding'
To Dennis Hastert who declared -- in the midst of an in-progress tragedy no less -- that rebuilding New Orleans "doesn't make sense to me," and to rightwing pundits who question the wisdom of New Orleans' location as a place to call home, August J. Pollak says:
"You all sound like idiots."
Which he follows with a tart list of six reasons why those ideas are as bankrupt and inadequate as, say, a right wing columnist's call for the murder of looters ...
"First of all, port location -- you can't exactly build ports and naval infrastructure further inland -- being on the coastline is sort of a necessity..."
"Second, the idea that you can 'shift' a city is sort of ludicrous. Are you imagining the end of that Simpsons episode or something? It's an entire city; it's not like there's a perfectly suitable 350 square miles off to the left ..."
"Third, the government and the media is actively not giving a shit about several thousand people who are still there -- you think they're going to care about the plausible logistics of telling them to move? Why not just ask why the homeless don't move to where it's warmer during the winter?"Other helpful links:
- Times-Picayune forum reveals the true horror and chaos in New Orleans.
- Footage captured by cameraman too awful for broadcast.
- Times-Picayune blog
- Heartbreaking footage of the damage
- Americans think the government isn't doing enough to help the victims
- The pressure gets to this weatherman who snaps at the anchor and throws his notes to the floor.
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