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New Orleans [A Warning] CLICK HERE!!!!

July 31, 2007
music and lyrics by WILK
I watched a city go down, [on TV]

I can recall eating gumbo in that town,

I know somebody personally who tried to send food and water to that town and they were turned down,

I overheard a lady on the train say, “how long do they want us to take care of them?”, when some people from that town were asked to leave a hotel out at the airport, that was provided for them after Hurricane Katrina. I thought, “Where are they going to go now, since they can’t go home. They HAVE no home.

I heard Aaron Neville say, “nothing’s going on” in an interview at the Super Bowl, when asked how “things were coming along” in his hometown of New Orleans. Damn, that was about 6 months after Hurricane Katrina.

I’ve heard so many things since that tragedy, and none of it has sounded very positive.

I’m not there, so I don’t know and can’t really speak from any personal experience about the situation, but I know this, it’s scary.
I mean, we’re talking about a major American City, New Orleans.
JAZZ…… that means a lot to me, personally.

You have to admit, no matter where you live, the weather has been crazy lately.
Lakes are disappearing all over the world; my favorite bottled water is no longer available because, “the source dried up”. I’m talking about “Trinity Water”. I spoke to someone at the company directly, and that’s what I was told.
I thought “An Inconvenient Truth” was a brilliant film. It scares me.

This quote scares me from Yahoo news……..

"A young [black] man walks through chest deep floodwater after looting a grocery store in New Orleans..."
"Two [white] residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans..." –captions at Yahoo News, Aug. 30, 2005

This quote scares me from The Wall Street Journal……

"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." –Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) to lobbyists, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal

This quote scares me from Barbara Bush. I mean, I understand keeping a “stiff upper lip”, using humor to get thru tough times, but, well, how do you feel about this?……………..

"What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) – this is working very well for them." –Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 5, 2005

This kind of quote really drives me crazy……….. scares me, the lack of human decency, compassion, common sense…

"Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?" –House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX), to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 9, 2005

Here’s what I think about a lot, COMMUNITY.

"A community is a social group of organisms sharing an environment, normally with shared interests. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.
The word community comes from the Latin communis, meaning "common, public, shared by all or many."[1] The Latin term "communitatus" from which the English word "community" comes, comprises three elements, "Com-" - a Latin prefix meaning with or together, "-Munis-" - ultimately Proto-Indo-European in origin, it has been suggested that it means "the changes or exchanges that link" (Both municipal and monetary take their meaning here), and "-tatus" a Latin suffix suggesting diminutive, small, intimate or local."

com•mu•ni•ty (k -my n -t )
n. pl. com•mu•ni•ties
a. A group of people living in the same locality and under the same government.
b. The district or locality in which such a group lives.
a. A group of people having common interests: the scientific community; the international business community.
b. A group viewed as forming a distinct segment of society: the gay community; the community of color.
a. Similarity or identity: a community of interests.
b. Sharing, participation, and fellowship.
4. Society as a whole; the public.
5. Ecology
a. A group of plants and animals living and interacting with one another in a specific region under relatively similar environmental conditions.
b. The region occupied by a group of interacting organisms.

I think I love the subways here in New York City so much because they feel like the most perfect “community” to me. People of all cultural backgrounds ride the trains everyday. People with a lot of money, people with just a little bit of money, all ride the trains together. People going to work, going to school, going nowhere in particular, they all ride the trains together, everyday. Literally, millions of people ride the subways in NYC together, every day. I’m thinking this is the greatest metaphor for a community that there is. If one train line goes down, the whole system can be impacted. As a matter of fact, if one subway CAR has a problem, it can greatly impact the entire system. We need to start looking at the whole world like that now.

Look at New Orleans.
New Orleans [A Warning]
[music and lyrics by WILK]

Look at New Orleans
I think it's a warning
every morning I wake up
I wonder if I'm gonna see you tomorrow

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