A lot of interesting conversations going on in the local media around South Louisiana. Im not the only one appalled at the way congress is treating us. Bush was willing to do not only the right thing but also what made economic sense. The right thing is to rebuild any American region hit by a natural or any kind of disaster even if they dont have natural resources. Why? Because they are Americans and part of this country. It should be as simple as that. I think a lot of people that have been down here take the generosity and hospitality of the people on the gulf coast as a sign of ignorance. It is not but simply part of the culture and the way we were reared. If you push us into a corner we will fight back. Many people on the radio and in the newspapers have realized that if the federal government will not protect us and they will not allow us to protect ourselves then we have no choice but to fight back. One plan that I would support is to shut down the oil industry in the state for a few days or a week to get the attention of congress. Im not sure how much damage it would cause the country to lose thirty percent of its oil supply. I wouldnt support it beyond getting some members of congresses attention that those Coonasses (As someone on this board so eloquently referred to us) and rednecks are serious. I guess the country could dip into the strategic oil reserves oh wait they are in South Louisiana. Some callers from a New Orleans radio talk show are actually advocating the destruction of the pipelines, rigs and refineries. This is coming from callers not newspaper columnists or other credible sources. This does show however the level of frustration. I would never support violence or vandalism. Also it would destroy the leverage we have and in the end hurt the state and the country. Its simply amazing to me that a region of the United States needs leverage to get protection from the federal government. Many of you have never experienced anything like this. Those of you that fled from Rita in Southeast Texas got a taste of it but our society and civilization are very fragile. I will never forget a near riot that broke out over gas at a station in Baton Rouge four days after Katrina hit. Knifes and guns were pulled in the half mile line and the local police were called out to maintain order. If you push people in a corner even the easy going people from South Louisiana and Mississippi, they will strike back. Interesting article from the L.A. Times http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion...0,2886301.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions He makes some sense showing how coastal erosion has destroyed the protection New Orleans use to have but he blames Bush for everything. This disaster was manmade but you can hardly point the finger at Bush since it has been coming for the last fifty years. Im not sure why Bush didnt support a coastal erosion bill other than the mood in congress is basically screw New Orleans. Perhaps he is picking his battles and he wants the levees done right first. I support him and trust him. Its those wonderful folks in congress I have a problem with. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!