Well, N'Awleans re-elected Ray Nagin as mayor.
You know, just when I think that humanity can't surprise me anymore, up jumps a village full of idiots to prove me wrong.
During the height of the Katrina debacle, I stumbled across the hurricane contingency plan for New Orleans.
The city of New Orleans not only did not follow their own guidelines for what to do in case of a hit by a hurricane, they actively violated their own plan by doing things specifically warned against in the plan.
Remember all those school busses window deep in the Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool?
The word y'all're looking for is "incompetence". "Ineptitude" is also apt.
Matter-of-fact, the only thing he did which wasn't incompetent was that tap-dancing, smoke-and-mirros act where he managed to shift the results of his own incompetence onto the Federal Government.
And the Media let him. Instead of asking, you know, investigative questions:
"Mayor Nagin, your own plan calls for the evacuation of residents using school busses. Why were none of the school busses used?"
"It's Bush's fault! Where is the Federal Government?"
"Mayor Nagin, your own disater plan calls for using certain schools as hurricane shelters, and you were specifically warned against using the Superdome as a shelter. Why did you authorize the use of the Superdome?"
"The Federal Gummint needs to get their butts down here! Oh my God, the horror!"
A lot of those deaths during- and post-Katrina are laid four-square at Nagins feet, but I guess that doesn't matter to the residents of the Big Easy.
I worked my butt off arranging for supplies to be sent to New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast; I kept up lines of contact between our officers who volunteered their holiday time to help and family and command here; and I wound up hip-deep in N'Awlins refugees who got sent to our fair neighborhood.
It ain't gonna happen again.
Mark my words: This season or next, there's going to be a hummer of a hurricane hit on or near enough to what's left of New Orleans.
Y'all re-elected that incompetent idiot, y'all can sink or swim on your own this time. I wash my hands of the mess.