A Tale of Two Cities 

A Tale of Two Cities

There have been a lot of comparisons about the response from 9-11 and hurricane Katrina. I donít know you can really draw too many comparisons. Although 9-11 was horrendous the destruction was really in a small area of New York City whereas the hurricane impacted thousands of square miles. One comparison that can be drawn though is the leadership. Rudy Giuliani was out there obviously in control while the mayor of New Orleans was obviously overwhelmed. Another thing to keep in mind that at that time NYC was a city on the rise. The economy was humming and crime had been decreasing for years. New Orleans had the exact opposite trend. Crime had been on the rise. The police department was considered to be corrupt. The economy was poor. It was ripe for a societal breakdown. Once that happened it was all over but the chaos. It will be an interesting study 10 years ago to see what has happened with those that relocated and what the city of New Orleans looks like.

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Comment Check this out.... see I told you so but nooooooo , you wouldn't believe me Katrina Debit Cards Spent On "Essentials": Strip Clubs, $800 Handbags We knew it was a bad idea. On the heels of a report earlier this week that Atlanta area Katrina victims were using $2,000 debit cards to purchase luxury items like Louis Vuitton handbags, Houston police yesterday discovered the cards, provided by FEMA and the Red Cross, being used at local strip clubs. The Houston Police Department just formed a task force to investigate the abuse of the cards, which were distributed to thousands of Katrina hurricane victims to provide for necessities, such as food, clothing and toiletries. On the first day, the police found the cards being used to buy beer while ogling exotic dancers. According to a report by KPRC, Channel 2, in Houston, a manager at Caligula XXI Gentlemen's Club said he has seen at least one debit card used at his club. A bartender at Baby Dolls, identified only as "Abby," said she has seen many of the cards used at her establishment. "A lot of customers have been coming in from Louisiana and they've been real happy about the $1.75 beers and they're really nice," she said. She couldn't say for sure whether the cards she has seen were from the Red Cross or from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but she found no fault in using federal dollars to guzzle beer at a strip club. "You lost your whole house, then, why not?" she said "You might want some beer in a strip club. There are a lot of guys out there that like to do that." The wife of the manager of another strip club told KPRC that her husband has seen patrons from Louisiana offering Red Cross and FEMA debit cards, but she declined to reveal the club's name. The FEMA and Red Cross cards have few restrictions, but some evacuees have gotten into trouble when they tried to get additional cards. Meanwhile, Houston police are going undercover as evacuees to keep their eyes on those who get in line more than once. "There may be some individuals who use some false identifications or providing false information on the forms, so we're targeting those persons also," said Lt. Robert Manzo. Officers handed out a warning that falsifying government documents could result in a 20-year prison sentence. Supposedly breast implants were bought with the debit cards. Your glorious tax dollars at work

Mon Sep 19, 2005 9:30 pm MST by JohnKerryIsAnIdiot

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