January 17th, 2006

Ray Nagin and NOLA

The right is buzzing about this right now. I'll start by agreeing that some of his words during this speech made him sound like a black seperatist:

"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," the mayor said. "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."

Not that having a majority black city is wrong, if that's just the way the cards fall. After all, there are more than enough majority white cities. I think Nagin could have chosen his words a bit more carefully, such as leaving the above statement out completely. What Nagin had to say didn't really bother me that much, but I can see how it would rub others the wrong way. I will concede that, if there is a god, that god probably could not care less what the racial background of any city is, let alone New Orleans. Nonetheless, NOLA was a beautiful city before Katrina and Rita laid waste to her, and that was because of the people that lived and worked there, day after day, to make her what she was.

Now! Nagin's anger (not his brashness and tactlessness, mind you) is understandable, seeing as there was a shooting at the MLK day parade the day before he made his statements - symptomatic of the lack of unity among the black populace that the good Doctor would have been swift to condemn. Nagin condemned it as well (non-italic commentary is mine):

Nagin described an imaginary conversation with King, the late civil rights leader.

"I said, 'What is it going to take for us to move on and live your dream and make it a reality?' He said, 'I don't think that we need to pay attention any more as much about other folks and racists on the other side.' He said, 'The thing we need to focus on as a community — black folks I'm talking about — is ourselves
(ah, self sufficiency. Perfect.)."' Nagin said he also asked: "Why is black-on-black crime such an issue? Why do our young men hate each other so much that they look their brother in the face and they will take a gun and kill him in cold blood?" The reply, Nagin said, was: "We as a people need to fix ourselves first. (again, self-sufficiency, something Dr. King was all about)" Nagin also said King would have been dismayed with black leaders who are "most of the time tearing each other down publicly for the delight of many. Agreed."

So, were Nagin's comments taken out of context? Can anyone really know how Dr. King would react to this situation? We can only hope that we are following his example. We can only hope, furthermore, that we are operating on the ambition to simply leave this world in a better condition that we found it. That's all we can do.
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Gore... and stuff.

Gore tells it like it is and is ignored by the mainstream media and Democratic lapdogs, to no one's surprise.
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell


Geico is charging too much and making up any excuse to jack up the price further. Corporate greed should be kept under control, seriously, to slightly steer from the subject. I read the following written by a gentleman I've met from time to time through a good friend of mine:
"Personally, while I don’t think that unfair regulation of this sort is appropriate, needed, or beneficial, I think corporations *must* be regulated to some extent, since they are at root, inhuman entities that have the moral compass of an amoeba, that have been granted a whole suite of rights under the constitution as a ‘person’, which as potentially immortal organisms with far greater resources available, they have a far greater ability to excersize than any actual human being.
Deregulate corporations by all means, as long as their ‘human rights’ are removed in equal measure."

Well said, time to move on...

Speaking of money: We (me and my mate) spend too frivolously. We know what is needed and what is not needed. What we lack is the self-discipline to apply that knowledge. From me, that ends now. I think my mate will follow suit. We can make better use out of the money that comes in than we do.