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Bush was at the coutnry music hall playing when katerina hit ! But he is just on
If you were at all familiar with how our government works, you would then understand MY point of view and the fact that Bush - albeit a fool - has at least stepped forward, owned the fuck up his Presidency has committed, and is now making gain on getting it straightened out and squared away.|
Bush - the fuckup - is but one man with a LIMITED scope of power. He is not the end-all, be-all. He does not have the final say. He has to go before Congress and get approval for virtually every move or decision he makes. It is a system of CHECKS AND BALNCES to ensure that no arm of our Federal Government is any more powerful than the next. Hence, my statements about learning about our Government. If you - not you, personally, stockfisch - don't that elementary knowledge above... then I truly feel sorry for you.
Bush is not God... hate him. love him... I don't care. He is not the only entity to blame for the slow response. The arm of our Government who bears the most blame, though, is CONGRESS... our lawmakers.
And no, I do not live in a dream world. I'm very much in tune with how MY government works. I have voted in every single election since I turned 18. I am now 35. I want my country to be what she once was... but with fools like Bush in office and the idiots who keep getting re-elected to Congress and the Senate, it's highly doubtful that she will ever again be what she once was...
As I stated... people who make foolish, igmnorant comments will get called out every time by me. I have studied many a subject and can speak intelligently on any manner of topics. And it seems to threaten people to the point that they have to resort to name-calling and making statements like "living in a fantasy world"
No, sir... I live, breathe, work, and exust in the REAL world where there ARE imperfections, failures, racism, homelessness, joblessness, and a crime rate so high it makes you not want to step one foot out in the real world.
. Per capita, that former glorious city brings in MILLIONS of dollars every year come Mardi Gras in February each year. Not only that, it has a cultural history that is almost as old as this country.; having been under THREE international flags - Spain, France, and the United States. Did you also know that free blacks owned and amassed some of Louisiana's largest land holdings prior to the Civil War?
More information about the truth of the impact of New Orleans on United States
State personal income (1988): $54.2 billion; rank: 23d. Per capita income (1988): $12,193. Nonagricultural labor distribution (1988): manufacturing--170,000 persons; wholesale and retail trade--360,000; government--314,000; services--327,000; transportation and public utilities--107,000; finance, insurance, and real estate--83,000; construction--84,000. Agriculture: income (1988)--$1.9 billion. Fishing: value (1986)--$317 million. Forestry: sawtimber volume (1987)-- 70.7 billion board feet. Mining: value, nonfuels only (1987)--$4247 million. Manufacturing: value added (1987)--$16.5 billion. Services: value (1987)--$13.6 billion.
Tourism is a major Louisiana industry employing over 87,000 workers. Travelers spend an estimated $5.2 billion in the state each year. Major tourist attractions include the New Orleans French Quarter, the Cajun Country, antebellum plantation homes, Jazz, distinctive food, deep sea and freshwater fishing, hunting, the Mardi Gras and more than 100 other festivals, swampland tours, hiking and camping, canoeing and Mississippi River boat rides.
Tourist traffic to Louisiana is served by a number of airlines, four interstate highways, and state and federal roadways. Tourism is generally focused on the metropolitan centers, with New Orleans most important. The city attracts large numbers of Mardi Gras visitors. The Acadian, or Cajun, country of the southwest is also a popular tourist area.
Oil And Natural Gas And Minerals Production
Louisiana contains just under 10 percent of all known U.S. oil reserves and is the country's third largest producer of petroleum. Its reserves of natural gas are even larger and it produces just over one-quarter of all U.S. supplies. Louisiana also has immense quantities of salt contained in huge underground formations, some of which are a mile across and up to 50,000 feet deep and produce almost 100 percent pure rock salt. The first sulphur mined in America came from Louisiana and the state is still a principal producer of the mineral.
Louisiana petroleum refineries produce enough gasoline annually (15 billion gallons) to fill up 800 million automobile gas tanks, making the state the third leading refiner. The state's 16 refineries include one of the four largest in the Western Hemisphere and among the companies with Louisiana production facilities are Exxon, Shell, Citgo. Mobil, Marathon, Conoco, BP and STAR. In addition to producing gasoline, Louisiana refineries also produce jet fuels, lubricants and some 600 other petroleum products.
Chemicals And Petrochemicals
Louisiana ranks second in the nation in the primary production of petrochemicals. More than 100 major chemical plants are located in the state producing a variety of "building block" chemicals, fertilizers and plastics, plus the feedstocks for a wide array of other products. Synthetic rubber was first developed and produced commercially in Louisiana as were a number of other petroleum-related products.
Louisiana shipyards build every kind of seagoing vessel from giant cryogenic ships used to transport liquified natural gas to some of the largest offshore oil and gas exploration rigs in the world. They also build merchant vessels, Coast Guard cutters, barges, tugs, supply boats, fishing vessels, pleasure craft and river patrol boats. The largest industrial employer in the state is Avondale Shipyards on the Mississippi River near New Orleans where vessels are sometimes built upside down and ships are launched sideways into the river rather than stern first as is the custom elsewhere.
Agriculture And Food Processing
Louisiana is among the top 10 states in the production of sugar cane (2nd), sweet potatoes (2nd), rice (3rd) and cotton (5th).
Louisiana's commercial fishing industry catches about 25 percent of all the seafood landed in America and holds the record for the largest catch ever landed in a single year, 1.9 billion pounds. The state is the largest producer of shrimp and oysters in the U.S. Louisiana waters also yield menhaden, crab, butterfish, drum, red snapper, tuna and tile fish as well as a variety of game fish, including tarpon. The state's freshwater fishery is considered the most diversified in the U.S., and, in addition to fish, its commercial ponds and the Atchafalaya River Basin swamp produce millions of pounds of crawfish annually.
Shipping And International Commerce
Louisiana was originally purchased from France in order to secure the Mississippi River and the port of New Orleans for the safe movement of the goods and produce of the fledgling United States. Today, it remains a major avenue for the import and export of goods. The state's five major ports handle roughly 400 million short tons of cargo a year, including more than 40 percent of all the grain exported from the U.S. More than 25 percent of the nation's waterborne exports pass through Louisiana, and its Superport is the only facility in the U.S. capable of handling ultra deep draft vessels drawing 100 feet of water. More than 5,000 ocean-going ships call at Louisiana ports each year along with a seemingly endless stream of barge tows, some of which carry more than 40,000 tons of cargo, more than many seagoing ships. And more than 185 years after its purchase from Napoleon, Louisiana remains a center for foreign investment with some 200 foreign companies having almost $16 billion invested in the state, the largest amount of foreign investment in any southeastern state and ninth largest among all states.
Not too damned shabby for a second-class state or town, wouldn't you say?
Regardless... I'm tired of indulging in y'all's ridiculous, juvenile nonsense. The lot of you who are stirring up trouble are simply talking out your asses. I sincerely doubt that any of you that are whining and bitching have lifted one finger to help... no, instead, you're content to sit there and fan the flames of hatred and bigotry. I have better things to do with my time. It ain't working with me. People are in need... and I will help them as best as I am able.
I saw women - just like me - yesterday with a far away, haunted look in their eyes as their babies sat crying because they were in a strange, unfamiliar place. I saw young men crying on bended knees as they unpacked what meager belongings they were able to leave with. I witnessed an old man and woman kneeling in prayer; softly whispering to God how grateful they were to be alive yet one more day. I saw a Catholic priest shedding tears as he handed out clothes to a young mother of four children... and she was a child herself; maybe 18 years old at the most.
And you dare to tell me I live a fantasy life? There is no need to send more National Guards to the State of Mississippi. Mississippi is under law and order with minimal looting and gunfight !!!