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.
"We're going to rebuild the coast bigger and better than ever," he said. "But it's not going to get done next month. It's probably not going to get finished next year. It's going to be a long time. We're in it for the long haul."
Do you call that "learning from experience"?
And a quote from Powerline(we rarely quote them, since we assume you read them, but I can't help it:
"Dr. David Caskey writes from Louisiana. We can't vouch for what he says; all I know is, he's there and we're not:
A lot is going on down here that is not in the news. First, our esteemed governor and the mayor of NO are both idiots. This is the real reason for problems. Second, the NO police force is second only to the mafia in corruption and much of the looting and theft are coming from them as well as their lassitude in doing their job. Third, all Louisiana communities need clothes of any kind. See if your local Salvation Army will send to the shelters throughout the state and blog to give any clothes to the [Salvation] Army. You notice I did not say the Red Cross, they do not have a sizable presence here and are only fishing for money like after 9/11."
Confirmation of above from a reader:
"That's right--cops are seriously corrupt and if you do not act like a racist - avoiding black neighborhoods, which is most of the city - and being careful of where you go and what you do - by the time you have lived in New Orleans one month, you will be forced to. Expect no help from their cops. Its' a big dirty secret. Relief does not get in because they are scared shitless and they should be--I personally know over ten people held at gunpoint including my best friend and roommate while I lived there. You don't garner a name like the Big Easy for nothing. NO is the crime capital of the US, and it has never bothered the Mayor. This isn't about race - I am not white - it's just a black city, and a city with minimal morals."