Mix of flavors
makes New Orleans great
People’s stupidity continues to
amaze me. Without fail, there is
always someone who comes along and
says the most unintelligent thing at
the worst time imaginable.
And now, when New Orleans is
divided, torn by people’s uncertainty
about coming back and risking the
flood once again, Mayor Ray Nagin
stepped to the plate, swinging strikes
the entire way.
In his speech on Martin Luther
King Day, the mayor said, “I don’t care
what people are saying Uptown or
wherever they are. This city will be
chocolate at the end of the day. … This
city will be a majority African-American city. It’s the way God wants
it to be.”
So much for American tolerance and equality.
When Hurricane Katrina smashed ashore last
August, Louisiana teen Samantha Perez started writing about the
storm that washed away much of her old life. Her journal,
chronicled in the pages of The Tattoo, is all online at
Read it for an eye-opening and intensely personal look into the
eye of the worst storm in recent history.
Lessons learned from
The closer we got to the Mississippi coast, the more
damage we saw. More trees were down, and billboards were history.
There were abandoned cars on the side of the road.
As we neared our destination, there were no trees
Everything was brown. The trees didn’t uproot like
you would think. Instead, the trunks just snapped about 15 feet off
the ground, no doubt where the water level reached during the storm
Every now and then, we saw a lawn chair or something
maybe 15 or 20 feet off the ground, stuck in a tree — washed there
by the waves.
We were dumbfounded by the sheer power of this
– By Josh Gales
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