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2010-08-26 03:40:09 PM  
Went to Waveland to help clean up for 2 weeks just after it all happened. It was a sad sight. Saw a jetski 20 feet up a tree, and went to try and get it. That's when we saw a big mound of debris on top of a car with an older couple's bodies still inside.
It was weird watching national guard troops shoot gators on the side of what used to be the road.

/that gator tail was yummy fresh off the grill
 
2010-08-26 04:04:49 PM  
jehovahs witness protection: That's when we saw a big mound of debris on top of a car with an older couple's bodies still inside.


Ugh.
 
2010-08-26 04:04:57 PM  
Awful javascript on that website, couldn't read
 
2010-08-26 04:06:43 PM  
LandOfChocolate: Awful javascript on that website, couldn't read

Get a better browser ...

Anyways, sad story ... the plight of what happened in New Orleans is so completely foreign to most of the US. It literally still looks like a 3rd world country in many areas - 5 years later.
 
2010-08-26 04:09:07 PM  
 
2010-08-26 04:09:08 PM  
Sad story, that's true but some of New Orleans looked like a third world country 5 years ago.
 
2010-08-26 04:09:11 PM  
To me it feels like this happend just yesterday and a hundred years ago all at the same time. That is the best way I can describe this sick feeling. We have just seen so much sheyat.....and it keeps on coming.

I keep toasting to good luck and all i get is toasted. Fark it all man. Fark it all.
 
2010-08-26 04:10:26 PM  
On the plus side, that's a hell of a way to go out.
 
2010-08-26 04:10:29 PM  
seadoo2006: LandOfChocolate: Awful javascript on that website, couldn't read

Get a better browser ...

Anyways, sad story ... the plight of what happened in New Orleans is so completely foreign to most of the US. It literally still looks like a 3rd world country in many areas - 5 years later.


Yes, some parts of it still look like a third world country. Other parts always looked like a third world country. Anyway, this particular article is about the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which took the brunt of the storm, as opposed to us in New Orleans, who just got screwed by faulty levees.
 
2010-08-26 04:10:35 PM  
seadoo2006: LandOfChocolate: Awful javascript on that website, couldn't read

Get a better browser ...

Anyways, sad story ... the plight of what happened in New Orleans is so completely foreign to most of the US. It literally still looks like a 3rd world country in many areas - 5 years later.


parts of it looked like that before the storm.

i HATE writers use that much "decoration" in their stories. its annoying, already!

also hate the "read more" option. just post the whole story. sheesh.
 
2010-08-26 04:16:12 PM  
jehovahs witness protection: That's when we saw a big mound of debris on top of a car with an older couple's bodies still inside.

Who the NOPD shot and covered up the crime.

/Saw the thing about NOPD murders on Frontline last night
 
2010-08-26 04:17:27 PM  
Hey, Louisiana (and Chicago, and detroit, and Baltimore), you get the government you deserve. Those levees would have been fixed before I was born if you didn't have crooks running the show down there for ages (not so bad anymore, I guess).

It is absolutely insane how much dependency on government persisted from Katrina 'victims'. Adults with nothing but their wits manage to deal with the world without free housing and money for ages. I think relief was needed, of course, but this went way out of control, and it's a symptom of the disease.

it's a shame Bush had idiot crony fools appointed at Fema and elsewhere, because that wasn't really the problem that needs to be addressed... it was a scapegoat that a better president would have avoided.
 
2010-08-26 04:17:44 PM  
Noobian Noob:
i HATE writers use that much "decoration" in their stories. its annoying, already!



I enjoyed it. Pearls.


My grandmother lived in Picayune, MS most of my life. She owned condos along the whole MS Gulf Coast area. I grew up in Louisiana, south of New Orleans, and my family still lives there...this whole thing is one distant nightmare I'll never forget. I used to fish off the piers on that coast as a kid. I walked everywhere, had been inside many of the buildings that don't exist anymore. After it was all over I drove down the coast and surveyed the damage, in shock and horror, as every establishment from my childhood was nothing more than a cement slab. I still remember the Waffle House sign without a single letter in it, just a yellow frame on the top of a bent pole.

/not so CSB
 
2010-08-26 04:19:17 PM  
Arcanum: Hey, Louisiana (and Chicago, and detroit, and Baltimore), you get the government you deserve. Those levees would have been fixed before I was born if you didn't have crooks running the show down there for ages (not so bad anymore, I guess).

It is absolutely insane how much dependency on government persisted from Katrina 'victims'. Adults with nothing but their wits manage to deal with the world without free housing and money for ages. I think relief was needed, of course, but this went way out of control, and it's a symptom of the disease.

it's a shame Bush had idiot crony fools appointed at Fema and elsewhere, because that wasn't really the problem that needs to be addressed... it was a scapegoat that a better president would have avoided.


You should have donated some of your bootstraps.
 
2010-08-26 04:20:40 PM  
Rapmaster2000: Arcanum: Hey, Louisiana (and Chicago, and detroit, and Baltimore), you get the government you deserve. Those levees would have been fixed before I was born if you didn't have crooks running the show down there for ages (not so bad anymore, I guess).

It is absolutely insane how much dependency on government persisted from Katrina 'victims'. Adults with nothing but their wits manage to deal with the world without free housing and money for ages. I think relief was needed, of course, but this went way out of control, and it's a symptom of the disease.

it's a shame Bush had idiot crony fools appointed at Fema and elsewhere, because that wasn't really the problem that needs to be addressed... it was a scapegoat that a better president would have avoided.

You should have donated some of your bootstraps.

LOL ,libtard can only repeat a lame meme
 
2010-08-26 04:23:01 PM  
FTFA:

"Diaspora" is not a word I used before Katrina. In fact, I don't even remember hearing it spoken on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in those days before the hurricane sucked our towns into the sea.

Uh, because you failed Western Civ, World History, American History, and didn't look around you or ask what was happening when you were on the Mississippi Gulf Coast?
 
2010-08-26 04:23:09 PM  
Nabb1: seadoo2006: LandOfChocolate: Awful javascript on that website, couldn't read

Get a better browser ...

Anyways, sad story ... the plight of what happened in New Orleans is so completely foreign to most of the US. It literally still looks like a 3rd world country in many areas - 5 years later.

Yes, some parts of it still look like a third world country. Other parts always looked like a third world country. Anyway, this particular article is about the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which took the brunt of the storm, as opposed to us in New Orleans, who just got screwed by faulty levees.


This.

I live in Pass Christian and it's amazing how much devastation is still here. Driving to work is still a daunting task because they're still trying to repair a lot of the roads coming off the beach, and you never know what road's going to be closed on any given day. It drives me crazy that whole towns were wiped out down here, and all you can get the media to cover is New Orleans. The newest slap in the face was the t-shirt fiasco for the Jimmy Buffet concert to benefit the Gulf Coast. Mississippi was left off the shirt completely..it went from Louisiana to Alabama..wtf?
 
2010-08-26 04:23:26 PM  
So the bigger question is, how many people decided to rebuild next to the shoreline? How many rebuilt homes have a first floor elevation of less than +30 feet above sea level?

What happened to those people was a damn travesty. Unfortunately, I expect that all lessons learned will be lost and it'll happen again. What makes it worse is that the worst of the disaster could have been prevented had planners simply used common sense.
 
2010-08-26 04:24:50 PM  
Loved the last line: "Bloom where you got blown."
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Made me want to move back to my old college town and grow weed.
 
2010-08-26 04:26:30 PM  
Noobian Noob: also hate the "read more" option. just post the whole story. sheesh.

It gives them a measure of how many people read the whole think vs how many just clicked on the headline and bailed.

I'm guessing that for this particular unnecessarily verbose body of work, that will be a pretty low ratio.

/did not click to read more
//parts of NO were a shiathole before, so why not after?
///i.e. the doctor who sets your broken hand is not on the hook to make you a concert pianist when all you had mastered beforehand were the C major and Eb pentatonic minor scales
 
2010-08-26 04:27:21 PM  
That's gratitude for ya.
 
2010-08-26 04:30:19 PM  
Poor people were evacuated out of state while FEMA trailers were going to lawyers?
 
2010-08-26 04:30:40 PM  
Someone complaining about a free home (albeit a mobile one)...

Welcome to America...

Maybe if fatty didn't dump all her hygiene products down the toilet it would not have backed up.

/smallest_violin.jpg
 
2010-08-26 04:31:52 PM  
stirfrybry: Rapmaster2000: Arcanum: Hey, Louisiana (and Chicago, and detroit, and Baltimore), you get the government you deserve. Those levees would have been fixed before I was born if you didn't have crooks running the show down there for ages (not so bad anymore, I guess).

It is absolutely insane how much dependency on government persisted from Katrina 'victims'. Adults with nothing but their wits manage to deal with the world without free housing and money for ages. I think relief was needed, of course, but this went way out of control, and it's a symptom of the disease.

it's a shame Bush had idiot crony fools appointed at Fema and elsewhere, because that wasn't really the problem that needs to be addressed... it was a scapegoat that a better president would have avoided.

You should have donated some of your bootstraps.
LOL ,libtard can only repeat a lame meme


You know "tard" is a very offensive term, and makes you sound immature as hell.
 
2010-08-26 04:37:16 PM  
stirfrybry:
LOL ,libtard can only repeat a lame meme


You sound like a virgin.
 
2010-08-26 04:38:15 PM  
So let's see: Dubya farks up and a city is destroyed. Not in the first in his reign of terror, but on American soil. So instead of helping build up a major port, most 'Real Amurricans' do the following:

1) Make racial jokes about black people

2) Find ways to disassociate New Orleans from America because of black people

3) Play games instead of being rightful Christians and help rebuild the city

This is Dubya's America: a bunch of sad white people making excuses for why everything is falling apart. And it's never the rich people's fault, either.
 
2010-08-26 04:39:14 PM  
If it takes you 5 years to move on, you suck. Get a job, biatch, and you won't need the FEMA trailer.

Christ.
 
2010-08-26 04:40:29 PM  
Dinjiin
So the bigger question is, how many people decided to rebuild next to the shoreline? How many rebuilt homes have a first floor elevation of less than +30 feet above sea level?

What happened to those people was a damn travesty. Unfortunately, I expect that all lessons learned will be lost and it'll happen again. What makes it worse is that the worst of the disaster could have been prevented had planners simply used common sense.


In all fairness, you had Civil War-era and earlier mansions that survived MANY hurricanes for over a century and longer, and were right across the street from the beach. Granted with a Catergory 5 hurricane, all bets are off. But still, what kinds of building materials you put into the structures counts a great deal towards it's survival rate.

The bigger question is how many will be allowed to rebuild? Insurance policies post-Katrina at one point were to grandfather in policy holders that were there before the storm, but afterwords there was a moratorium on issuing any policies below I-10. After Katrina, there was a HUGE land-grab up and down US-90. Beautiful mansions destroyed. And once they were destroyed by mother nature, opportunists jumped in buying the properties, hoping to flip them. Except that suddenly they couldn't get anyone to insure them, and no lender is going to hand out loans for land and houses that can't be insured against the kind of catastrophic damage that previously cleared the land.

In the back-bay area of Biloxi, near the Imperial Palace, there were brand-new homes that were built just before the storm that families never got to move into, and suddenly no one could buy because of the lack of insurance coverage. Rumor at the time from a few different, yet unrelated sources was that the Casinos were hoping the insurance policies would remain in effect to clear out Biloxi so that they could bulldoze the entire portion of the city on the eastern peninsula in order to turn it into a giant golf course for hotel guests.

I didn't grow up on the Gulf coast, and I only spent a year there after Katrina. But it was one of the worst years of my life. Not that Mississippi is a bad place, but there was just so much pain and sorrow that you could feel, that it smothered you. I can totally understand why many elect not to go back, yet still hold it near in their hearts.

I miss Waffle House and Sea Gulls in the worst way... Maybe I'll move to Galveston...
 
2010-08-26 04:43:42 PM  
What I want to know, is how's Trent Lott's new house? I heard it's supposed to be fantastic, with a beautiful porch.
 
2010-08-26 04:44:24 PM  
On a side note, "Babycakes" is an altogether underemployed word in the English language.
 
2010-08-26 04:44:43 PM  
Guntram Shatterhand: So let's see: Dubya farks up and a city is destroyed.

Blaming GWB for Katrina's impact on those parts of NO that lie below sea level is like blaming Obama for the current Real Estate market and its impact on the broader economy.
 
2010-08-26 04:47:26 PM  
The worst way is the only way to miss Waffle House.
 
2010-08-26 04:47:51 PM  
damn there's a lot of trolling, do ya'll just wait to shiat this bile out or what?
 
2010-08-26 04:51:26 PM  
stirfrybry: Rapmaster2000: Arcanum: Hey, Louisiana (and Chicago, and detroit, and Baltimore), you get the government you deserve. Those levees would have been fixed before I was born if you didn't have crooks running the show down there for ages (not so bad anymore, I guess).

It is absolutely insane how much dependency on government persisted from Katrina 'victims'. Adults with nothing but their wits manage to deal with the world without free housing and money for ages. I think relief was needed, of course, but this went way out of control, and it's a symptom of the disease.

it's a shame Bush had idiot crony fools appointed at Fema and elsewhere, because that wasn't really the problem that needs to be addressed... it was a scapegoat that a better president would have avoided.

You should have donated some of your bootstraps.
LOL ,libtard can only repeat a lame meme


Libtard is also a meme...
 
2010-08-26 04:51:31 PM  
Am I the only one who reads articles lamenting the people who "didn't come back" and thinks "So what?"

I mean, it's terrible that they lost everything - don't get me wrong - but who cares if they rebuilt there, or somewhere else?
 
2010-08-26 04:51:46 PM  
Guntram Shatterhand: So let's see: Dubya farks up and a city is destroyed. Not in the first in his reign of terror, but on American soil. So instead of helping build up a major port, most 'Real Amurricans' do the following:

Obviously we can conclude that Bush used his godlike powers to lower New Orleans below sea level without anyone noticing.
 
2010-08-26 04:53:48 PM  
For fark's sake America, get your shiat together and rebuild the farking city. It's been five years. Seriously, how long did it take to rebuild Europe? Yeah, I know, some parts are below sea level. When did, "it's too haaaard" become your national motto? It's supposed to be, "America. Fark yeah."

There's still a hole in the ground in NYC, nine years after 9/11. The Empire State Building was done in a year.

Have you collectively forgotten how to build things? What have you guys been doing for the last nine years?
 
2010-08-26 04:53:49 PM  
Rapmaster2000: stirfrybry:
LOL ,libtard can only repeat a lame meme

You sound like a virgin.


Sound virgin?

I am Virgin! I make virgin work!.
 
2010-08-26 04:55:15 PM  
theMagni: For fark's sake America, get your shiat together and rebuild the farking city. It's been five years. Seriously, how long did it take to rebuild Europe? Yeah, I know, some parts are below sea level. When did, "it's too haaaard" become your national motto? It's supposed to be, "America. Fark yeah."

There's still a hole in the ground in NYC, nine years after 9/11. The Empire State Building was done in a year.

Have you collectively forgotten how to build things? What have you guys been doing for the last nine years?


American Idol, Jersey Shore, So you think you can Dance, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, Sarah Palin...
 
2010-08-26 04:57:24 PM  
Claude Ballse: The bigger question is how many will be allowed to rebuild?

Hopefully very few to none. Katrina was not a one of a kind storm. If people are not smart enough to move themselves out of an area periodically prone to this level of destruction, then economics will have to do it for them. It is a relief to apparently see this sink in, finally. Maybe the next time one of these monsters gets loose in the gulf it won't kill as many people, ruin as many lives and displace so many. We can't seem to take no for an answer in this country, which has served us well more often then not. This isn't one of those times.
 
2010-08-26 05:03:52 PM  
CygnusDarius: theMagni: For fark's sake America, get your shiat together and rebuild the farking city. It's been five years. Seriously, how long did it take to rebuild Europe? Yeah, I know, some parts are below sea level. When did, "it's too haaaard" become your national motto? It's supposed to be, "America. Fark yeah."

There's still a hole in the ground in NYC, nine years after 9/11. The Empire State Building was done in a year.

Have you collectively forgotten how to build things? What have you guys been doing for the last nine years?

American Idol, Jersey Shore, So you think you can Dance, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, Sarah Palin...


Those are all on at night. What the fark have you been up to during the day?
 
2010-08-26 05:03:55 PM  
theMagni: For fark's sake America, get your shiat together and rebuild the farking city. It's been five years. Seriously, how long did it take to rebuild Europe? Yeah, I know, some parts are below sea level. When did, "it's too haaaard" become your national motto? It's supposed to be, "America. Fark yeah."

There's still a hole in the ground in NYC, nine years after 9/11. The Empire State Building was done in a year.

Have you collectively forgotten how to build things? What have you guys been doing for the last nine years?


there's a long standing pissin contest that needs to be resolved first, priorities, ya know
 
2010-08-26 05:04:40 PM  
I do not feel sympathy for people too stupid to leave a destroyed town. Social security can be cashed anywhere, and Greyhound is cheap. Nolo residents are dumbasses.
 
2010-08-26 05:06:25 PM  
Thunderpipes: If it takes you 5 years to move on, you suck. Get a job, biatch, and you won't need the FEMA trailer.

You know, in the previous sentence it mentions she's a lawyer employed in North Carolina. I know your reading comprehension must be shiat, but I would hope that you could do basic math and figure out that she wasn't in the trailer for five years as well.
 
2010-08-26 05:06:38 PM  
seadoo2006: LandOfChocolate: Awful javascript on that website, couldn't read

Get a better browser ...

Anyways, sad story ... the plight of what happened in New Orleans is so completely foreign to most of the US. It literally still looks like a 3rd world country in many areas - 5 years later.


It looked like a third world country before Katrina ever hit..

It's still a shame all of that had to happen. People try to say that the ones that died deserved it because they didn't leave. It shouldn't be a fault to have faith and hope. They didn't think the levees were going to break. No one really did. My cousin and her daughter went over there to rescue animals, and my 2nd cousin who was 16 or 17 at the time said she saw things that gave her nightmares that she could never unsee. It's a terrible thing. The city may have needed a good washing, but sometimes overkill is overkill.
 
2010-08-26 05:12:29 PM  
theMagni: There's still a hole in the ground in NYC, nine years after 9/11. The Empire State Building was done in a year.

Have you collectively forgotten how to build things? What have you guys been doing for the last nine years?


9/11 is a toughie - you have a lot of competing problems. One, the developer - the person who actually built the Twin Towers. Two, the businesses of lower Manhattan. Three, the damaged sub-strata, from transportation hubs to the slurry walls holding the River out. Four, politicians, mostly George Pataki, the former governor of NY who wanted a backdrop for the 2004 RNC. Five, some of the victim's families, who don't want a new tower there but basically a giant park to honor their loss, damn the economic consequences. Six, the challenges of building in one of the world's most dense urban zones. Seven, the difficulty in choosing what should be there. Eight, the economic difficulties, both immediately after and again now. Nine, the Port Authority's leasing of the land. Ten, the non-business entities, like say the Greek Orthodox church that is threatening to hold up construction while it gets itself squared away.

Lots of problems with 9/11. And that's about 8 blocks. Katrina is much much larger, hundreds of miles of devistation, and the people there were not wealthy to start, AND the insane idea that homeowners shouldn't cover flood damage means some people who normally wouldn't have had it didn't have coverge, PLUS the Diaspora that happened with hundreds of thousands leaving the areas effected.

Things are not as simple as "rebuild."
 
2010-08-26 05:15:04 PM  
Obama can bail out the Wall Street Tycoons and bail out car companies but he can't help that region.

Pathetic.
It is clear where Obama's priorities are and where they are not.
 
2010-08-26 05:17:10 PM  
Guntram Shatterhand: So let's see: Dubya farks up and a city is destroyed. Not in the first in his reign of terror, but on American soil. So instead of helping build up a major port, most 'Real Amurricans' do the following:

1) Make racial jokes about black people

2) Find ways to disassociate New Orleans from America because of black people

3) Play games instead of being rightful Christians and help rebuild the city

This is Dubya's America: a bunch of sad white people making excuses for why everything is falling apart. And it's never the rich people's fault, either.


We have a .25 Black President now.
So your argument is just stupid!
 
2010-08-26 05:22:23 PM  
Skyd1v: On a side note, "Babycakes" is an altogether underemployed word in the English language.

I have a friend who calls his wife "babycakes." It makes me all stabby to hear it.
 
2010-08-26 05:22:53 PM  
tereklusec: I still remember the Waffle House sign without a single letter in it, just a yellow frame on the top of a bent pole.

You are sad over losing a Waffle House? Those are the most disgusting chain of places to eat in the entire continent. The storm should have blessed the South by tearing every one of those nasty ass places down. I pity the South for having such pride in Waffle House, farking disgusting.

/lived in Biloxi more than a year, been to a few
//never again
 
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