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Ms. Jane

My mother sent me two pictures from Yahoo news this morning. One was of an african american guy chest high in water carrying a case of diet pepsi and a garbage bag of food with a caption saying "New Orleans resident with spoils from looting" or something like that.

The next picture was essentially identical, only had two white people, with the caption "New Orleans residents with food they found in a grocery store."

Black people loot. White people find.

lori

I half-believe General Dilbert is a hoax.

e

amen. only I think it might be 1927, the last time this happened. Just like this time. Bravo, keep posting!

badgerbag

I know, Lori, I kept thinking "plain layne, surely..."!

Melissa Gira

Did you see his LJ community memberships?

"conservatism, debate, father_figures, guns, liberal2, libertarianism, loyno, madbardmusic, nawlins30plus, neworleans, real_men"

Right.

Hoax or no hoax, the guy's a mediapig.

Iris

From the news here it is obvious that large numbers of people are looting (or stealing) huge amounts of stuff that is not necessary for survival.Like ripping steel shutters off small shops and filling garbage bags with jewellery or coming out of stores with wheelbarrows full of trainers and then selling them on the street.I haven't read the person you are talking about and trust your judgement implicitly but in general terms stopping all looting as fast as possible seems crucial even if done in an 'uncaring' manner.

Madeline

I looked over that guy's site just now when I realized that what he was doing was keeping my DNS up. Came to the rapid conclusion that he was a total dick. There's a certain tytpe of ex-military people who let you know very soon that's they're ex-military and they could kill you if they wanted... The idea is for you to be all impressed and fawning and turn over the decisions to them. I've met several. Sounds like he's one.

As for the looting, have you seen this beautiful essay?

I figure, people without the money to get out of New Orleans: why begrudge them TVs and jewelry that are going to be totalled by the sewage water and mold anyway? Reminds me of "Beckett", when he's giving away his clothes to the poor... "May it keep you warm, my son." "They're just going to sell them to buy booze!" "Well, then, that will keep them warm."

The police are better used to rescue real living humans.

Iris

I won't comment on any of this any more because I am not some hateful far right bastard but nor do I see the 'poor' as an extended holy family who can do no wrong.The looters that we see on the news are not desperate single mothers they are armed, organised gangs.I am sure that many of them have now stolen enough money to leave the city but why waste this golden opportunity.Anarchy isn't a useful background to any cleanup operation.
I am obviously missing many nuances of American feeling about this whole tragedy but there does seem to be an element of .. as badger says in a later post .. hyperempathy, (was that the word?), in the air.

ginmar

I've had encounters with the guy in question, and he's a rightwing nutjob with huge issues about feminism and so forth. He posted a vicious essay about Cindy Sheehan and he may in fact be a sock puppet: I seem to remember seeing that mentioned elsewhere.

So, yeah, his credibility as an eyewitness is pretty damned suspect.

Iris

Badger has explained in kindly detail that I am totally wrong and understand nothing of the background to this situation. Which I now accept.Another example of people generally having no real clue about what goes on in other countries.You might be scared to know that I am considered a minor authority on American stuff because of constant blog reading ...

badgerbag

Oh I don't know... I just sent you about a million emails about the history of racism and conservative politics... I don't know if that constitutes "explanation" but it's sure complicated! And... note that all my "British expertise" comes from reading 1920s girls' books....

I like hearing your perspective Iris and your bitterness and sense of humor are crucial!!!

Iris

As nothing has changed here since the days of Elsie J. Oxenham, you can feel perfectly confident in basing your views on British politics etc. on her wide-ranging stories.
('Bitter'? I always thought more 'objective'.)

Lea

Iris: Beer's bitter. Chocolate without an excess of sugar is bitter. We have taste receptors just for bitter.
Bitter is what people say when they mean, "Man, you tell it like it is." and sometimes when they're uncomfortable with another's jaundiced take on things.

Bitter's good. My own "bitter" take on Katrina relief: http://www.webcomicsnation.com/divalea/nlexd/series.php

As for Himself, I've followed his blog for news, but as someone else pointed out, the dude's userpic is a -knife-. As I pointed out, his interests include "assassination."

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