How many of you are more than offended by this...
"We ask black people It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans, the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans! This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans."
"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country."
~Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans
Now my question is this. Just what do you suppose would happen if this had been a white mayor in a predominately white city, say Frostbite Falls, Minnesota proclaiming that his city would again be "All White"?
I just want to know where the outcry is for this obvious racist statement? Please do not insult my intelligence by telling me he was taken out of context. His meaning was very clear to me.
But you say there is no double standard in this country...
Now for something completely different.
Q: What's white with a blue & gold stripe and sleeps four?
A: A WVDoH truck.
All last night at work in rained pretty good. Temperature was in the mid 40's but the weather service was calling for plummeting temps and the rain changing to snow overnight into this morning. Around 4 AM the rain did indeed change over to snow, and walking home this morning is was really slick. So slick I fell on my ass in the parking lot.
Do you think I saw one DoH salt truck? Christmas Day was the last time I saw one, and they laid down so much salt it looked like it had snowed, but there wasn't snowflake to be seen and the temperature hovered around 55 all night.
I know why they were out that night. Triple overtime.
Anyway, it iced up pretty good this morning and no salt on the roads. The Turnpike isn't much better. Last winter when I was still driving to Bastian, VA for work, I had to travel the pike. The several snowstorms we had last year, coupled with the DoH's lackluster performance in removing snow made the 22 mile drive into a three hour white-knuckle ordeal. Especially when the salt trucks and plows would turn around at the I-77/ Rt-460 overpass, leaving the last twelve miles in West Virginia untouched. The most treacherous twelve miles to be more specific. I had a semi jackknife right in front of me last February it was that bad.
One would think that a state in the middle of the Appalachians, with hundreds of miles of mountainous roads would take better care of them in inclement weather. Growing up in Pennsylvania it was only marginally better, and the city of Philadelphia was absolutely clueless on removing snow. I guess that's because it was left up to the garbage men... One year they actually did this. They were dumping all the snow removed from the streets into the Schukill River, and within hours there was a huge ice-dam built up along the Market St. Bridge. Water from the river was flowing over the city streets and it took an Army Corps of Engineers detatchment to blast the dam away with TNT to avert coating most of Center City Philly with ice.
It's not rocket-science.
The worst part of this is the one state I lived it, Arizona, who'd you would think would have no clue on snow removal, actually had their shit together when it came to the white stuff. It didn't snow that often, but when it did, we'd get feet of snow, not inches... And ADoT would be out and have the major roads cleared within hours of the snowstorm passing.
And they didn't use salt there either.
Copyright 2006 Thomas J Wolfenden