Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Fix the f'ing levees, already!

All attempts to rebuild New Orleans are doomed unless business can build in New Orleans with reasonable assurance that they'll be safe. My favorite hot sauce maker, Baumer Fine Foods, was basically put out of business by Katrina. I can't get their product anymore. They're just one of the thousands of businesses destroyed by the Katrina-related flooding. I'd love to go down to New Orleans and build my own business down there, but how can I do that, when there is a good chance that another hurricane will come along and swamp the city again?

Yet the Busheviks not only are refusing to commit to Category 5 protection for New Orleans, they're not even adequately repairing the *current* levees, the ones that failed when basically a Category 2 hurricane (not even the Category 3 that the levees were supposed to hold against) hit the city?

Look, I'll make you a deal. I'll go down to New Orleans and help rebuild it without a dime of federal money, if you folks in the rest of the United States build the levees to hold off the hurricanes that the wetlands you destroyed while searching for oil and gas used to protect New Orleans against and furthermore take steps to rebuild those wetlands so that storm waves don't pound directly against the levees. But we need those f'ing levees, dammit!

- Badtux the Louisiana Penguin

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