We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
re: NYT editorial. The constitutional confusion that exists out there on the left is mind boggling. No surprise of course. The tri-state area is heavily populated by leftish folks who form their opinions through the op/ed pages of the NYT. What is said there is what they believe. If the NYT wishes to quote phrases from the Declaration regarding '...life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", they'd do well to be less selective and acknowledge the source of those rights and not confuse the Declaration with the constitution. Their most loyal readers are confused enough. Can't wait to read their 'clarification'.
RE: The Anniversary of the Destruction of New Orleans....
I see Ms. Pie is on point about the failure of the levees in N.O. I have not studied it much but I read that some were not topped by the storm. They failed. They were underbuilt and folks knew that before they failed.
If I understand correctly, (big if). in a structure like that levee the ratio of the height of the retaining wall above the ground to the depth of the footing is usually somewhere around 2 to 1. So a 17 foot wall above ground would have about 34 feet of wall below ground to the footing and, again, if I understand correctly, that was the original recommendation for that levee, but then the specs changed a few times and it was actually built somewhere around a 1 to 1 ratio, or if there is 17 feet of concrete retaining wall above ground then there was only 17 feet below instead of 34 feet.
Now, IMHO, they can fill N.O. or float it since they can't build a levee worth a dam. Sad. BD, you are right about those who choose to live or work below sea level or in a flood plain. The Netherlands does show us it can be done but it takes constant vigilance and money and N.O. seems to lack the vigilance.
Here is a scan of another good old calendar print from The Travelers, Hartford Connecticut, March, 1949 featuring a Currier and Ives lithograph of a painting called The Levee-New Orleans by W.A. Walker.
Good points Patina. I have but one point, or rather question.
What rational thinking person builds a city that is six feet underwater and in the path of beaucoup hurricanes?
They do have alternatives. They could move the city up river to higher ground.
Can were get a three destructions and you're out law passed? I just love my tax dollars going for these types of projects...I think Buddy did some math yesterday..something like ten gazillion dollars spent per person so far, and few with an IQ over 80.
Also, Montana is too cold. Winter starts right about now.
Here is an funny creepy thread from FreeRepublic with a spooky picture too.
Sprawling Spider Web Engulfs North Texas Park Trail
WILLS POINT — Entomologists are debating the origin and rarity of a sprawling spider web that blankets several trees, shrubs and the ground along a 200-yard stretch of trail in a North Texas park.