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    Between 2007 and 2009, I lived in Los Angeles after living in Paris for many years. My Paris blog (before and after my Los Angeles sojourn) is Rue Rude.

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    29 August 2007


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    Hi, I stumbled on your blog through one that was in Paris....

    Anyway, great pictures and you're so right... people are still suffering there, and I suspect this won't change any time soon. Bush went in and gave something akin to a pep rally, but what can you say to someone still living in a FEMA trailer after 2 years? "We'll get to you soon?"

    Anyway, great blog, good take on LA. I've met more than my share of idiots here, but then, they're everywhere....

    I was in an electronics shop on my lunch hour yesterday. All the flat panel televisions were showing a documentary about New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina and I was instantly riveted. A member of the sales staff joined me, and we started to chat; neither of us could understand the failure of the American government to act.

    Every country has something to be ashamed of - in Canada, it's the way we treat First Nations people.

    But I cannot fathom the way in which New Orleans has been abandoned to its fate.

    I don't know how George W. Bush can show his face in public.

    New Orleans is the shame of the whole United States. Sure Bush is a dope and will never help the people of New Orleans because in his mind they're poor and don't count. However, whatever happened to the United States I grew up in where people cared about each other. If we still cared about our neighbors most of New Orleans would be repaired by now.

    Don't know if you read mystery novels, but James Lee Burke's Tin Roof Blowdown is worth reading just for his no-punches-pulled indictment of the Bush administration's handling of Katrina and its general treatment of New Orleans. I'm a Canadian and not as well-informed of American politics' nuances as I'd like to be, but I found it very damning. Hope it sells well enough to keep this issue front and centre in the voting public's mind.

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