Friday, August 25, 2006

This is starting to look like a landslide

This article in may be a harbinger of anniversary reporting. Yikes.


mchebert said...

I really think it is unfair to ride the city so hard for lack of progress. The scale of devastation is unlike anything any city has faced since the San Franciso earthquake of 1906. We can't forget that. It will take years. More important than how long it takes, is that the rebuilding is done right.

And another thing. I just finished reading Ivor Van Heerden's "The Storm," and was very impressed with it. Van Heerden maintains that if a comprehensive Cat 5 levee system is built, there would be no need to "shrink the footprint." He argues that with proper wetlands restoration and a massive levee system running from Houma to Slidell, Lakeview and the Lower 9th and the East and St. Bernard will be as safe as anywhere.

Van Heerden may be wrong, but I don't think he is. Instead of all this bickering crap about which neighborhoods should be rebuilt, we could all get together and demand a superlevee system that keeps us all safe. Then we could throw a lot of this partisan bickering about city planning out the window.

I REALLY like this idea.

Mr. Clio said...

"Mirabou"??? I can't stand it when USA Today types don't even bother to learn how to spell place names.

What's a "mirabou"?? Some kind of Alaskan wildlife?

dillyberto said...

Claude Mirabou was the first Acadian to play football in the NFL.


No not really

Mark said...

No that Claude Mirabou was Goalie for the Saskwatchewan SheepFondlers.

That is a pretty pathetic editorial, unleaved by facts or any real understanding. That is such perfect Washington in blameless spin, I wonder how many drafts it went through across the river before it made it to the Gannett building.

I think we need to drown them in letters.

Mark said...

My nasty gram:

Your editorial "Leadership fails in uncertain New Orleans" give a completely false impression of the current state of New Orleans, but such a prominent misspelling (it's Mirabeau, not Mirabou) shows you aren't too concerned about the facts on the ground. Yes, the Mayor has failed us, but the City Council sponsored planning process is well advanced, taking up the independent work done by neighborhoods like Broadmoor.

The fact that over half the population has returned without receiving a dime in direct federal assistance or compensation for their government-caused losses is a testament to our commitment to rebuild our city. (All of the money disbursed so far has gone to FEMA and other federal agencies for their costs of immediate disaster aid, and how they squandered those funds without aiding us is well documented).

We will come back with or without your help, and the judgment will then rest upon America. Was this nation able to save a major American city from the greatest disaster in American history, or is the nation's time of greatness behind it?

Mark Folse
Wet Bank Guide (

mchebert said...

I like Garland Robinette's remark in the Spike Lee movie: "Just give us our oil money and you can kiss our ass."