Sunday, August 28, 2005

I'm glad I voted for Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu just tore the CNN announcer
a new asshole. The CNN people are so stupid,
they tried to make a flippant/funny comment
"what a funny place to build a city, between
a lake and a river, why would they do that?"

Senator Landrieu turned it around with the
comment that without New Orleans in that
location we wouldn't have had a United States,
New Orleans is a center of commerce, and
Louisiana is a producer of the nation's energy.
"we aren't down here sunning ourselves on the
beach". [The main reason New Orleans is where
it is, it is a deepwater port that is mostly
sheltered from storms, and compared to the land
in the rest of SE LA has some fairly high spots.
The french quarter and mid-city are above MSL]

The announcer responded with "thanks for the
historical perspective".

Senator Landrieu made several other good points,
that much of the coastal erosion has been caused
by the energy industry, while almost all of the
royalties have gone straight to the federal
treasury. We need more of that money to build
(or now rebuild) the coastline and infrastructure.

A pet peeve of mine is that States like Florida
can say they don't want energy production
offshore because it will dirty their beaches,
while they get the benefit of cheaper oil and gas.

Now back to the normal worrying of hurricane
coverage.

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