Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Daymare that remains in New Orleans

Thomas Paine's Corner

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It’s “criminal negligence”, leaving people to die!

by eileen fleming

6/23/08

On June 19, 2008, Rob Kall, Editor of OpedNews.com sent his 400+ unpaid writing staff a plea to wake up and report on the devastating flooding in the Mid West.

I replied with a reminder of the following misery when the levees broke after Hurricane Kat blew through three years prior.

Among the thoughtful comments posted on the thread is now a harmonious ending from Vic Sadot, Broadside Balladeer with his rendition of The Nightmare of New Orleans.

But I begin and end with Bob:

“If it keeps on raining the levees are gonna break”

-Bob Dylan

It has been three years since Hurricane Katrina blew in and exposed that the empire has no clothes.

What happened in the Big Easy was foretold five years prior in a five-part series in the New Orleans Times-Picayune and in the 2004 October edition of the National Geographic.

What had been published as a fictional story became fact; for it laid out the scene of the aftermath of Hurricane Kat that the world viewed in reality on TV.

Local officials and FEMA were well informed about the probability that even a slow-moving category three hurricane would cause catastrophic loss and a lot of human miseries, for 19th-century levees were not designed for that eventuality.

For years, climatologists have predicted and warned us that powerful storms will occur more frequently in the 21st century, because of rising sea levels from global warming.

The hardest-working marsh in America is the Louisiana bayou, and its health has been neglected. For three hundred years, men have built walls and levees to control that mighty force of nature, and it has wrecked havoc on New Orleans’s natural defenses. From the Mississippi border to the Texas state line, Louisiana is losing its protective fringe of marshes and barrier islands faster than any other place in the U.S.A.

Homeland Security should protect the homeland, but the War in Iraq costs American taxpayers millions a day on top of the $135 Billion the ‘war on terror’ began with.

The very innards of our nation are collapsing, and a government that has been commissioned to protect its citizens continues to blow it big time in support of Big Oil and the Industrial Military Complex.

“Any nation that year after year continues to raise the Defense budget while cutting social programs to the neediest is a nation approaching spiritual death.” - Rev. MLK

In 2007, Project Billboard and the Center for American Progress released an analysis of the cost of the Iraq war, detailing exactly multiple projects to make America safer at home and stronger abroad.

“The “Opportunity Cost of the Iraq War” report reveals that for the cost of the Iraq war to date [2007], the United States could have undertaken 18 major projects to strengthen its security in the world and at home. Some of these include:

§ Adding two new divisions to the Army
§ Putting 100,000 new police officers on the nation’s streets
§ Doubling the size of the Firefighters Grant Program
§ Doubling America’s Special Operations forces
§ Undertaking significant improvements to safeguard ports
§ Funding important initiatives to safeguard loose nuclear weapons

“More could be done to better secure or eliminate nuclear weapons, material and technology to prevent terrorists from developing and exploding nuclear or dirty bombs….These are just a few proposals that would have represented a better investment in America’s security than the…Iraq “war of choice.” http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2004/08/b171440.html

No thinking person disputes the oppressive nature of Saddam Hussein’s regime and also understands that Iraq was not involved in the planning or execution of the September 11 attacks and Iraq did not have a collaborative operational relationship with Al Qaida. But, American army bases in Afghanistan and Iraq are based all along the oil pipe line and we the people have a homeland that is under-funded.

On June 20, 2007, Sen. Chris Dodd [D-CT.] sponsored S. 1668: Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act of 2007, a senate bill that required the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to allow specified uses by Louisiana of certain funds under the Road Home Program and set a deadline for the Housing Authority of New Orleans to make a certain number of dwelling units available for occupancy among many other things to benefit those still suffering the aftermath of Hurricane Kat.

From July from July 27-Aug. 2, 2008, I hope to find out how progress is going and will also be reporting from Central City, New Orleans on the good works of committed social justice compassionate Christians who have connected through NEXT International, because their hearts were broken and remain open to the horror we all witnessed when our sister and brother citizens were stranded on roof tops and in squalor after the levees broke.

Our sister and brother citizens on the Gulf Coast have been forgotten by most; for out of sight is out of mind. Hearts turn cold and harden when we forget to remember what had once pierced them apart. But, redemption is always possible and we the people can do something, when we know the truth.

If it keeps on raining, the levee’s gonna break
If it keeps on raining, the levee’s gonna break,
Some people are still sleeping
Some people ARE WIDE AWAKE.
-Modern Times, Bob Dylan

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COMMENT from Vic Sadot, Broadside Balladeer

The Nightmare of New Orleans

Thank you for citing the little known fact that what happened to New Orleans was entirely avoidable and was in fact predicted by the two sources that you cite, The Times Picayune and National Geographic. Most of us did not find this out until after the disaster. I checked these claims out and found them to be true. In fact, the cries before Hurricane Katrina were shrill and completely ignored by the Bush-Cheney regime. It’s just one more impeachable offense in the 35 listed by the truly honorable Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

I write some blogs, but mainly I write topical songs or “Broadsides”. I also play good time Cajun/Zydeco songs from the Louisiana bayou. Here are the lyrics to the The Nightmare of New Orleans, a song that combines the Cajun French and the Broadside traditions. It tells the story of the criminal negligence before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. There are two sites where I have posted the song in full. The first one, Last FM, even offers a free mp3 download. Send it to anyone that you think might get something out of it. You won’t be hearing this song on the corporate radio waves.

Free mp3 download of the song The Nightmare of New Orleans
http://www.last.fm/music/Vic+Sadot/_/The+Nightmare+of+New+Orleans

Forty-one Songs by Vic Sadot at ezFolk.com:
http://www.ezfolk.com/audio/vicsadot

The Nightmare of New Orleans / Le Cauchemar de La Nouvelle Orleans

Do you know what the French word “cauchemar” means!
It’s a “nightmare” like right there in New Orleans!
When they let the levees sink in disrepair
The warnings were shrill, but they still didn’t care
Yes, Bush cut the budget… Sent the money to war
Now the great “Crescent City”… has death at her door

Well, Bush is a Nero fiddlin’ kind of guy
He flew over the city in a plane in the sky
The next day he’s back on vacation again’
Playing golf with his corporate empire friends
It’s “criminal negligence”, leaving people to die!
Now the mighty “Big Easy”’s left wondering why…

Est-ce que vous connaissez “nightmare” en anglais?
(Do you know what “nightmare” means in English?)
C’est la Nouvelle Orleans completement sinistree!
(It’s New Orleans completely destroyed!)
C’est criminelle de laisser les gens la mourir!
(It’s criminal to leave people to die!)
De ne pas les fournir les miens a partir!
(To not provide the means to leave!)
Une tempete sauvage d’eau et de vent!
(A raging storm of water and wind!)
C’est le cauchemar de…la Nouvelle Orleans!
(That’s the nightmare of New Orleans!)

The “Free Market” way to evacuate New Orleans
Was to issue and order without providing the means
For the poor to get out…There was simply no way!
Hard winds and high waters came crashing that day!
Now I see what that singer was trying to say
When he said that “they’re trying to was us away”

Do you know what the French word “cauchemar” means!
It’s a “nightmare” like right there in New Orleans!
When they let the levees sink in disrepair
The warnings were shrill, but they still didn’t care
Yes, Bush cut the budget… Sent the money to war
Now the great “Crescent City”…will never be like before

Est-ce que vous connaissez “nightmare” en anglais?
(Do you know what “nightmare” means in English?)
C’est la Nouvelle Orleans completement sinistree!
(It’s New Orleans completely destroyed!)
C’est criminelle de laisser les gens la mourir!
(It’s criminal to leave people to die!)
De ne pas les fournir les miens a partir!
(To not provide the means to leave!)
Un enfer predit pour les plus indigents!
(A Hell predicted for the most poor!)
C’est le cauchemar de… la Nouvelle Orleans!
(That’s the nightmare of New Orleans!)
Copyright September 3, 2005 Victor Rene Sadot/BMI/Orbian Love Music

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