There are at least three good blogs going on right now with great assessments of the situation in New Orleans and the complete ineptness of Nagin, Riley, and Thomas (yeah, Oliver, I’m adding you now) in how they “plan” to handle crime in the Crescent City. Ashley Morris, as usual, hits my reaction square on the head. Adastros does as well. Harry Shearer’s assessment mimicks how I felt when I got back to the City on December 20.
On New Year’s Eve, the Clan White-Thomas spent a wonderful night watching one of the best, if not THE best, fireworks shows ever produced on the River. Incredible fireworks. My little son Devin was laughing the whole time, saying to me “broken” to mean that the fireworks were doing all sorts of wonderful things (I guess I’m the only one who understands what he means at 3 years old). As we walked away from the Moonwalk, we wandered over to our favorite watering hole Molly’s and cheered with others the New Year. The favorite saying we all had for each other was “Happy New Year—2007 has got to be better than last year—it can’t get any worse….”
By January 4, it had gotten worse…
It wasn’t until Saturday, January 6 that Nagin and Riley had some sort of “reaction” to the crime spree gripping the City—it must have taken them two days to get back into the city from their safe-houses located probably in snowed-in Colorado…. And what a “lukewarm” reaction it was, with Willy-Wonka asserting that if you didn’t believe he was busy doing his job, you could follow him around for one day to see exactly what he does (another idle-promise).
As Ashley states, Tuesday’s press conference is nothing more of the same old shit. I want Riley OUT. I want Nagin OUT. I want Pendleton back as Police Chief. I want order and safety made THE priority in New Orleans. I want the brave residents rebuilding the City to be RESPECTED AND PROTECTED.
For those who forgot, let me refresh your memory about C-Ray?—Not Lately Nagin. He didn’t do a damn thing in his first four years in office—not one damn thing. Oh, yeah, he did bust a bunch of taxi-drivers and brake shops for malfeasance…. Wow!!! But here was a mayor so “wishy-washy” that he didn’t even call for a Mandatory Evacuation of the City during Katrina until he had “consulted” with his legal experts so that his ass was covered—and by the time he DID call for a Mandatory Evacuation (I heard him finally do it around 9am Sunday, August 28 while we were midway through our evacuation journey), it was TOO LATE.
Yeah, Nagin made me proud when he finally went mental with Garland Robinette on WWL. But that got NAGIN more than anyone else. Hell, he even got to “relax” with a shower and shave on Air-Force One. Once coddled with Bushy-Boy, he came back to his patronizing, whimpering, indifferent self.
Please, March on City Hall on Thursday if you are in the City of New Orleans. Please let there be a HUGE show of people disgusted with what’s going on in New Orleans that day. Please, just go up to the podium and call for Nagin’s and Riley’s heads on a pike and post them at the entry-ways to the City. Barbaric? Yes. But what has the city come to right now? Frontier Days and the Wild West!!! (hell, if YOU aren’t packing heat these days to protect yourself, you aren’t totally safe) .
I am still pissed off. I am still angry. I am still sad to the point I was after the storm when I saw NOONE in any position of authority doing a damn thing to save our residents and our city. This is a chance for all of us to actually plan something and work to see it through.
THIS IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF US TO TAKE BACK OUR CITY. LET’S NOT SCREW THIS OPPORTUNITY UP.
Oh, and by the way, here’s a message from my son Devin to all you thugs and politicians who want to take my city away from me: