I am mad about New Orleans and the Katrina disaster, but perhaps not for the reason you think. In support of that, I present some links below that I consider worthy of a browse. Most of them show an anti-Bush, leftist, black-apologist slant. Others reveal atrocities that the American press largely ignored.
The interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is revealing. He works overtime to criticize the president when it is his fault exclusively that the people of New Orleans were neither prepared nor willing to evacuate the city, and they had plenty of advance notice. Nagin just did not take it seriously enough to plan, drill, and prepare effectively. Apparently, neither did the governor.
Frankly, I'm mad about how the mayor and governor honored the trust placed in them by the public. I think they did a bad job and want to blame anybody but themselves and the people in the community. I also think I have identified the trouble.
The Real Problems Revealed by Katrina
There are three key problems in the Hurricane Katrina issue:
1. Lack of adequate preparation and response on the local and state level for handling the emergency.
Hurricanes, even bad ones, are no surprise. The city of New Orleans has or should have an enormous income from tourism. The city officials, including police, are so corrupt and self-aggrandizing that they do not properly manage the money and demographics to keep the city safe. They failed to enforce the evacuation requirement or to demand assistance from the state and federal governments sufficiently BEFORE the hurricane hit, and they had plenty of notice. They also failed to do anything to elevate the city or bolster its levees and dikes, blaming the federal government for that.
2. Bad public policy.
All major coastal cities have the prerogative to enact and enforce zoning and building laws that make housing relatively impervious to hurricanes and floods. The policy has been to allow massive welfare projects (neighborhoods) in the city rather than making the taxes and zoning so restrictive that impoverished welfare recipients people must settle elsewhere, away from the coastal areas.
Instead, officials do everything in their power to mollycoddle them. In the case of New Orleans, as TV clearly showed, 99% of the people who remained in the city during the hurricane are black, and as documented in some of the below links by eye witnesses, many blacks raged not only against other blacks, but specifically against the few feckless whites (principally tourists) that got stuck in the city.
It is unconscionably stupid for a city's officials knowingly to allow its communities to be populated mostly by impoverished or criminal blacks, for those are the people who will loot, rape, rob, and murder once law and order breaks down. Police themselves are guaranteed to become looters, brigands, or deserters, rather than to stand firm to their responsibilities, if the city makes a policy of hiring mostly black police officers, and of relaxing quality requirements in the people they choose, as did New Orleans. New Orleans is known to have one of the most corrupt governments and police departments in America. That is because of bad public policy.
Bad public policy is also the reason the states bordering Mexico are subjecting themselves and the rest of America to an invasion from Mexico of illegal immigrants. All of those states should jack up taxes, hire non-Hispanic state border guards, and implement a plan to shoot anyone crossing the border into the US without going through an authorized entry facility. That would stop the invasion within a week or two. Yes, a few people would die, but those would be Mexicans violating the law, not the innocent Americans who fall victim to illegal Mexican immigrants committing crimes in order to get by.
3. Bad genes.
It is an unfortunate realty, as Steve Sailer has so aptly pointed out here, that the average IQ (75 to 80) of New Orleans blacks is lower that the already low IQ (85) of the blacks of the rest of America - its demographic profile is more like that of Haiti. Why? Becasue stupid people cannot and will not evolve or maintain a superior civilization.
While blacks are not alone in being relatively stupid (plenty of Mexicans fit that category, as do plenty of Caucasians), they are 67% of the population of New Orleans, and 99% of the survivors who remained in the city, and they are therfore 99% responsible for the crimes committed during and after Katrina.
One way to see this is that, as much as black civic and religious leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson decry white discrimination against blacks, only truly enlightened blacks like Bill Cosby rise up to denounce blacks for their criminial and derelict behavior. Meanwhile, Sharpton and Jackson are doing and recommending absolutely nothing to elevate the IQ of blacks.
They are also fools for ignoring the fact that IQ is a genetic endowment, and for pretending and posturing that whites are the cause of the problems of blacks. They should get down on their knees and thank Almighty God that whites enslaved and brought to America their ancestors. Otherwise, they'd be suffering with the average IQ of 70 that blacks "enjoy" in Africa.
People who distrust blacks, who try to avoid hiring blacks, who don't want to give undeserved handouts to blacks, and who are against affirmative action on behalf of blacks, do so rightly, for the most part. Stupid people make wrong decisions, regardless of what race they are. Since so many blacks are relatively stupid, in general, blacks cannot compete for good jobs, they will always be relatively impoverished, and they will often resort to crime or welfare abuse in order to have their share of the American dream at the expense of others.
I think the question all Americans, including blacks and Mexicans, should ask is: "Would you really want America to be 100% populated by people of your race?" If the answer is yes, then America is in for a bumpy ride down the slippery slope to civilizational oblivion like that being visited upon Mexico, Central America, and sub-Saharan Africa.
The smartest thing (of course it is too much to expect a "smart" decision) the majority of blacks and Mexicans could do is to have themselves permanently sterilized. America does not need more stupid people.
In the final analysis, stupidity, not wind and flood, is the primary cause of the Katrina disaster.
No Bone to Pick with Race
Ooops! Does it seem like I have a bone to pick with blacks and Mexicans? Perhaps I do. Am I unjustified? Look, this is not a racial issue. It is merely coincidental that the average IQ of blacks is 85 and the average IQ of Mexicans is 87. It is not coincidental that people of various races tend to conglomerate in their own communities and endow those with their cultures. It is therefore not coincidental that black "ghettos" are ghetto-like because the residents are poor, and that many are criminal and/or welfare abusers.
There are plenty of stupid white people too. To me it does not matter what a person's race is. It only matters to me that they are not too stupid to come in out of the rain, or to leave when a category 4 or 5 hurricane is bearing down on them.
Charity - a Legitimate Function of Government?
Regardless of who people are, I don't want to pay for their upkeep during normal times, or pay quintuple that cost for evacuating / rescuing them and supporting them after they fail to come in or evacuate when bad weather hits. I believe charity is not the function of government, but rather of the individual, and there are plenty of charities to whom people can and do give money to help survivors of disasters like Katrina.
But note this: if all those survivors had known in advance that there would be no government help, and if they had been forced to leave or prevented from living in the danger zone to begin with, they would either not have been in harm's way, or they would have shouldered the responsibility of relocating themselves, and not relied on society to do it.
My opinion is that if the rest of America has to pay for the support of someone, then those who pay should be entitled to lay down the rules of support, such as where they shall live, the extent to which they shall enjoy the privileges of liberty, and the conditions under which the support will be given. And all of that should be decided by the responsible people living among or near the recipients of the support, not by the recipients themselves, and not by a government.
However, if government is going to rob from those who have and give to the have-nots, then government rightly should impose stiff requirements on the recipients.
Most of the cost of dealing with the hurricane victims who stayed in the city is going to borne by American taxpayers. Not only are most of them welfare recipients or criminals now, but the welfare cost has just risen enormously.
The Philosophy of Government and Property Rights
Government's job is to prevent injustice, not to feed, clothe, and house the misfortunate, lazy, stupid, indigent, or miscreant. Feeding, clothing, and housing are responsibilities of the individual or the individual's guardians.
In our constitution the Fourth Amendment guarantees the right to be secure in our 'persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.' That is why the government has no right to evacuate people who want to stay in their homes.
On top of that, individuals are rightly obliged to live with the consequences of their actions, however stupid those actions may be. If they choose to live in an area frequently exposed to raging tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes, and all their stuff gets destroyed or blown away every few years, that's their choice, and people in other parts of the nation should not have to pay the cost. That is why government morally should not evacuate people from their homes who do not want to leave. Exceptions to this include the owner of the dwelling demanding evacuation because of being unable to fulfill contractual obligations to keep the dwelling safe, or evacuating children whose parents are negligently exposing them to harm such as epidemic disease.
The Deserved Fate of New Oleans and its Stupid People
It does not have to be this way, though. What if New Orleans were to have had a law that stipulated anybody on public assistance must move 20 miles north, away from the most dangerous hurricane zone, or pay a residence and care tax of $1000 a month? What if the City were to prohibit the erection of public housing that is government subsidized anywhere within 20 miles of the city center? What if the City were to elevate taxes on real estate so high that no building owners would have to raise rents to a level so high that welfare recipients and other poor people would have to move elsewhere?
Frankly, I think New Orleans levees should be blown and the city should be flooded permanently. The state government should give residents 60 days to evacuate all their remaining belongings, then condemn the area against any and all permanent residency. Mississippi and Alabama should do the same to their coastal areas.
The entire coastline from Galveston to Pensacola should be condemned from permanent housing. If it were, there would be no people to evacuate when a storm comes because people would already live farther inland. If it were my choice, I'd convert it all to national parks that people can camp in and visit, but not live in except temporarily as vacationers.
Racial Reality and the New Orleans Nightmare
Gangstas in My Neighborhood
Charles Murray and Racial Inequality
Mexicans Murdering Women
Thousand word picture.
Michigan Swat Squads Lay Down Law in South
Europeans Badmouth America's Rugged Individualism
Katrina Sets Record in State-to-State Help
Editorials, Including Those at Conservative Papers, Rip Bush's Hurricane Response
Why So Few First Responders in New Orleans? They're in Iraq!
"Police" Looting a Wal-Mart
UN Peacekeepers in the U.S.?
Why did help take so long to arrive?
New Orleans Mayor... AUDIO
Email From Doctor In New Orleans Reveals Much Horror
Rapes, killings hit Katrina refugees in New Orleans
Homeland Security won't let Red Cross deliver food
White Genocide in New Orleans!
Angry New Orleans Mayor Says Feds Don't Have A Clue
Bush Rejects French Offer of Medical Aid, Water Filters
New Orleans rocked by huge blasts
Bush personally scrapped a multi-million dollar program to strengthen the dikes
Don't Give Your Hurricane Donations to the Red Cross
Help New Orleans; Bush Won't Do It
Airboaters stalled by FEMA
Gallup Refuses To Run Poll Asking Americans If Bush Should Be Impeached
LA National Guard Wants Equipment to Come Back From Iraq
Anger in New Orleans as tens of thousands of people left homeless
A Can't-Do Government
Edgar Steele Audio
UPDATED: TRANSCRIPT of mayor's damning interview by Karen Wehrstein
Fri Sep 2nd, 2005 at 07:46:04 PDT
Did this by myself because I couldn't find it: Transcript of NOLA mayor Ray Nagin's interview with Garland Robinette of WWL Radio. Rushed -- I don't know that I got everything right -- but here it is. It's more striking, what he says, when you read it over (or transcribe it ;-) )
Anyone know a way to get it to him, or to WWL -- let me know -- or just send it!
Thanks to santoriello whose audio I used.
Media audio links:
Via Air America
Update: Added more at the top that wasn't included in the clip I heard, thanks to Black Max. Apparently what we have is only the second half of the interview.
Karen Wehrstein's diary :: ::
Ray Nagin: ... and to give me executive powers, to authorize me to dictate and to manage military resources down here, and I'll fix this for you.
You call him right now, and you call the governor, and you tell them to delegate the powers that they have to the mayor of New Orleans and we'll get this damn thing fixed.
It's politics, man, and they're playing games and they're spinning, they're out there spinning for the cameras.
Garland Robinette: But can't they just, if nothing else, look at 25 per cent of their energy coming from the state, is not flowing through the pipelines. We're on the verge of anarchy. Can't they understand, if nothing else, they're going to be hurt politically?
RN: I don't know what they're doing. I mean the air conditioning must be good, because I haven't had any in five days. Maybe there's some smoke coming out of the air conditioning unit that's clogging some folks' vision.
GR: Have you talked with the president?
RN: I've talked directly with the president --
GR: What did he say?
RN: -- I've talked to the head of Homeland Security, I've talked to everybody under the sun. I've been out there, man, I flew these helicopters, been in the crowds, talking to people, crying, don't know where their relatives are. I've done it all, man, I tell you man, Garland, I keep hearing that it's coming. This is coming, that is coming, and my answer to that today is: B.S. Where is the beef? Because there's no beef in this city, there is no beef anywhere in southeast Louisiana, and these goddamn ships that are coming, I don't see them.
GR: What did you say to the president of the United States, and what did he say to you?
RN: I basically told him we had an incredible crisis here, and that his flying over in Air Force One does not do it justice. And that I have been all around this city, and I am very frustrated because we are not able to marshall resources, and we're outmanned in just about every respect.
You know the reason why the looters got out of control? Because we had most of our resources saving people, thousands of people, that were stuck in attics, man... old ladies... when you pull off the doggone ventilator vent, and you look down there, and they're standing there in water up to their fricking neck...!
And they don't have a clue what's going on down there. They flew down here one time, two days after the doggone event was over, with TV cameras, AP reporters, all kinds of goddamn -- excuse my French, everybody in America, but I am pissed.
GR: Did you say to the President of the United States, I need the military in here?"
RN: I said I need everything. I will tell you this, I'll give the President some credit on this: he sent one John Wayne dude that can get some stuff done, and his name is [Lieutenant] General [Russel] Honore. And he came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving. And he's getting some stuff done. They ought to give that guy -- if they don't want to give it to me, give him full authority, to get the job done and we can save some people.
GR: What do you need right now to get control of this situation?
RN: I need reinforcements. I need troops, man. I need 500 buses. Man, they were talking about... you know, one of the briefings we had, they were talking about getting public school bus drivers to come down here ... I'm like, you've got to be kidding me! This is a national disaster! Get every doggone Greyhound busline in the country, and get their asses moving to New Orleans. That's them thinking small, man.... this is a major major major deal!
And I can't emphasize this enough, man -- this is crazy! I've got 15,000-20,000 people over at the Convention Centre, it's bursting at the seams. The poor people in Plaquemines parish... they're air-vacc'ing people over here in New Orleans... we don't have anything and we're sharing with our brothers in Plaquemines parish. It's awful down here, man.
GR: Do you believe that the President is seeing this, holding a news conference on it, but can't do anything until [Louisiana Governor] Kathleen Blanco requests him to do it, and do you know whether or not she's made that request?
RN: I have no idea what they're doing, but I'll tell you this. You know, God is looking down on all this... and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are going to pay the price. Because every day that we delay, people are dying... and they're dying by the hundreds, I'm willing to bet you.
We're getting reports and calls that are breaking my heart, from people saying, 'I'm in my attic...I can't take it any more. The water's up to my neck. I don't think I can hold out. And that's happening as we speak.
And you know what really upsets me, Garland. We told everybody the importance of the 17th Street Canal issue. We said, please, please take care of this, we don't care what you do, figure it out.
GR: Who did you say that to?
RN: Everybody -- the governor, Homeland Security, FEMA... you name it, we said it.
They allowed that pumping station, next to Pumping Station 6, to go underwater. Our sewage and waterwork people [unclear] stayed there and endangered their lives. And what happened when that pumping station went down, the water started flowing again in the city, and started getting to levels that probably killed more people.
In addition to that, we had water flowing through the pipes in the city, that's a power station over there. So there's no water flowing on the east bank of Orleans Parish, so critical water supply was destroyed because of lack of action.
GR: Why couldn't they drop the 3,000-pound sandbags or the containers that they were talking about earlier? Was it an engineering feat that couldn't be done?
RN: They said it was some pulleys that they had to manufacture but you know, in a state of emergency, man, you are creative, you figure out ways to get stuff done. Then they told me that they went overnight, they built 17 concrete structures, and they had the pulleys on them and were going to drop them.
I flew over that thing yesterday [Wednesday] and it's in the same shape as it was after the storm hit. There's nothing happening. And they're feeding the public a line of bull. And they're spinning and people are dying down here.
GR: If some of the public called, and they're right, that there's a law that the president, that the federal government, can't do anything without local or state request, would you request martial law?
RN: I've already called for martial law in the city of New Orleans. We did that few days ago.
GR: Did the governor do that, too?
RN: I don't know. I don't think so. We called for martial law when we realized that the looting was getting out of control and we redirected all of our police officers back to patrolling the streets. They were dead tired from saving people. They worked all night because we thought this thing was going to blow wide open last night, and so we redirected all of our resources and we held it under check... I'm not sure we can do that another night, with the current resources.
I'm telling you right now, they're showing all these reports of looting, and doing all that weird stuff, and they are doing that. But people are desperate. They're trying to find food and water. The majority of them.
Now you've got some knuckleheads out there, taking advantage of the lawlessness, this situation where, you know, we can't really control it, and they're doing some awful, awful things. But that's a small [minority] of the people. Most people are looking to try and survive.
Nobody's talked about this: drugs flow in and out of New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan area so freely it was scary to me. That's what we have an escalation in murders. People don't want to talk about this, but I'm going to talk about it. You have drug addicts that are now walking around this city, looking for a fix. That's the reason why they were breaking into hospitals and drug stores. They're looking for something to take the edge off of their jones, if you will. And right now they don't have anything to take the edge off, and they've finally probably found guns. So what you see is drug-starving, crazy addicts, drug addicts, that are wreaking havoc. And we don't have the manpower to adequately deal with it. We can only target certain sections of the city, and form a perimeter around them, and hope to God that we're not overrun.
GR: You and I must be in the minority, because apparently there's a section of our citizenry out there that thinks because of a law that says the federal government can't come in unless requested by the proper people, that everything that's going on to this point has been done as good as it can possibly be.
GR: I know you don't feel that way.
RN: Well... did the tsunami victims request? Did they go through a formal process to request? Did Iraq -- did the Iraqi people request that we go in there? Did they ask us to go in there?
What is more important? I tell you, man, I'm probably going to be in a whole bunch of trouble, I'm probably going to be in so much trouble it ain't even funny. You probably won't even want to deal with me after this interview is over.
GR: Well, you and I will be in the funny place together.
RN: But -- we authorized $8 billion to go to Iraq, lickety-quick. After 9/11, we gave the president unprecedented powers -- lickety-quick -- to take care of New York and other places. Now you mean to tell me that a place where most of the oil is coming through... a place that is so unique, when you mention New Orleans anywhere around the world, everybody's eyes light up... you mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died, and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can't figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on, man.
You know I'm not one of those drug addicts, I am thinking very clearly. And I don't know whose problem it is. I don't know whether it's the governor's problem, I don't know whether it's the president's problem. But somebody needs to get their ass on a plane, and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now."
GR: What can we do here?
RN: Keep talking about it.
GR: Okay, we'll do that What else can we do?
RN: Organize people to write letters, make calls to their congressmen --
RN: -- to the president, to the governor. Flood their doggone offices with requests to do something. This is ridiculous.
I don't want to see anybody do any more goddamn press conferences. Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city, and they come down to this city, and stand with us, with their military trucks and troops that we can't even count. Don't tell me 40,000 are people coming here, they're not here! It's too goddamn late!
Get off your asses and let's do something. Let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country!
GR: I'll tell you, right now, you're the only politician that's called, and called for arms like this. And whatever it takes, the governor, the president... whatever law precedent it takes, whatever it takes... I bet that the people listening to you are on your side.
RN: Well, I hope so, Garland. I am just... I'm at the point now, where it don't matter. People are dying. They don't have homes. They don't have jobs. The City of New Orleans will never be the same. And it's time.
(Then there's silence. Background studio noise comes up as the microphones self-adjust to pick something up. You hear sniffling... Nagin's in tears. Interviewer too.)
GR: We're both pretty speechless here.
RN: I don't know what to say. I've got to go.
GR: Okay. Keep in touch.