The â€˜Boo ainâ€™t no N.O.
Plus: George Bush, Flame Retard
What color is your disaster? It makes a difference. A life and death difference.
Population of San Diego fire evacuation zone: 500,000
Population of the New Orleans flood evacuation zone: 500,000
White folk as a % of evacuees, San Diego: 66%
Black folk as % of evacuees, New Orleans: 67%
Size counts, too. Size of your wallet, that is:
Evacuees in San Diego, in poverty: 9%
Evacuees in New Orleans, in poverty: 27%
The numbers would be even uglier, though more revealing, if I included evacuees of the celebrity fire in Malibu.
The President didnâ€™t do a photo-strafing of the scene from 1700 feet this time. Instead, we have the photo op of George, feet on the ground, hanging with Arnold the Action Man. (However, Iâ€™m informed that the President was a bit disappointed that he didnâ€™t get to wear one of those neat fireman hats like Rudi G got at Ground Zero.)
In 2005, while the bodies were still being fished out of flooded homes in New Orleans, Republican Congressman Richard Baker praised The Lord for his mercy. â€œWe finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldnâ€™t do it, but God did,â€ he said about the removal of the poor from the project near the French Quarter much coveted by speculators.
But as this weekâ€™s flames spread, no Republican Congressman cried, â€œBurn baby burn!â€ to praise the Lord for cleaning up them â€˜Boo, the sin-and-surf playground of Hollywood luvvies.
In New Orleans, Godâ€™s covenant with real estate developers has been very profitable. Over 70,000 families