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Crime, high rents and what many say is dissipating hope are driving away the best and brightest. Photo: Dylan Langlois, center, and Kasandra Larsen said goodbye to a friend as they prepared to move out of New Orleans.


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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday February 17, 2007, 9:54 pm
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 15 — After nearly a decade in the city of their dreams, Kasandra Larsen and her fiancé, Dylan Langlois, climbed into a rented moving truck on Marais Street last Sunday, pointed it toward New Hampshire, and said goodbye.

Not because of some great betrayal — they had, after all, come back after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina — but a series of escalating indignities: the attempted carjacking of a pregnant friend; the announced move to Nashville by Ms. Larsen’s employer; the human feces deposited on their roof by, they suspect, the contractors next door; the two burglaries in the space of a week; and, not least, the overnight wait for the police to respond.

A year ago, Ms. Larsen, 36, and Mr. Langlois, 37, were hopeful New Orleanians eager to rebuild and improve the city they adored. But now they have joined hundreds of the city’s best and brightest who, as if finally acknowledging a lover’s destructive impulses, have made the wrenching decision to leave at a time when the population is supposed to be rebounding.

Their reasons include high crime, high rents, soaring insurance premiums and what many call a lack of leadership, competence, money and progress. In other words: yes, it is still bad down here. But more damning is what many of them describe as a dissipating sense of possibility, a dwindling chance at redemption for a great city that, even before the storm, cried out for great improvement.

“The window of opportunity is closing,” Ms. Larsen said, “before more people like us give up and say it’s too little, too late.”

Mr. Langlois, who has repeatedly called the health and sanitation departments, the police and City Hall, said he despaired of receiving any response. In November, the couple bought their first house, and in December, they bought their first handgun.

“My friends here are just the greatest, hard-working, tax-paying people,” Mr. Langlois said, “and I think a lot of us are feeling under siege.”

The couple are unlikely to make any money on the sale of their house.

For every household that, like this one, has given up, there is another on the verge. Tyrone Wilson, a successful real estate agent and consultant, said he and his wife, Trina, a lawyer, had given post-storm life a fair chance. But, Mr. Wilson said, at the end of the school year they are likely to take their three children back to Dallas, where they took refuge after the storm.

“We came back, we tried,” he said. “It’s really draining, and at a certain point you sit down and you say, ‘We don’t have to go through this.’ ”

As a city in flux, New Orleans remains statistically murky, but demographers generally agree that the population replenishment after the storm, as measured by things like the amount of mail sent and employment in main economic sectors, has leveled off. While many poorer residents have moved back to the city, the “brain drain” of professionals that the city was experiencing before the storm appears to have accelerated.

Some say the overall effect is negligible. Greg Rigamer, a demographer who has done work for the city, said that the lack of housing had constrained the recovery, but that many residents remained fully committed to the city.

“The pattern in is certainly stronger than the pattern out,” Mr. Rigamer said.

But in December, the number of houses on the market peaked at a high not seen since the late 1980s, while the number of sales has trended downward since last June, according to data tracked by the Brookings Institution in Washington. Statistics kept by commercial moving companies show a net loss to New Orleans. Employers say they have raised salaries for skilled workers.

One oft-cited survey by the University of New Orleans found that a third of residents, especially those with graduate degrees, were thinking of leaving within two years.

Susan E. Howell, who conducted the survey, cautioned that the sample was small and that the poor were underrepresented. There are indications that low-income New Orleanians — those who will need the most help from a cash-strapped city —are making their way back, despite a lack of affordable housing, piling into relatives’ homes and trailers.

U-Haul, the rental company that is more affordable than commercial movers, has had more inbound trucks than outbound, according to the company’s records, and the number of public school children and new applications for food stamps in Orleans Parish are rising. In Houston, a task force that helps Hurricane Katrina residents resettle has paid more than $1 million in moving expenses for 350 families returning to New Orleans.

“This is a serious problem for the city, because one of the things we had pre-Katrina was the lack of an educated population,” Dr. Howell said. “We had too many people at the low end and not enough at the high end, and Katrina sort of fast-forwarded that trend.”

Because many poorer people have taken longer to return, they have not dealt with as many months of frustration as families with higher income and more mobility, so their staying power has yet to be determined.

Reganer Stewart, 30, a hotel maid, said she had been living with her cousin and her cousin’s mother and four children since November. In January, Ms. Stewart’s 12-year-old daughter, Brandi, joined them, but was put on a waiting list for school and could not enroll until earlier this month.

Houston, which Ms. Stewart had not liked when she evacuated there, was growing more attractive as her search for an apartment here grew longer. “Most likely, we going to leave,” she said.

In battered but proud New Orleans, abandonment is a highly emotional subject, in part because many have made sacrifices to stay and rebuild. To some, leaving now is tantamount to treason. When a report appeared a year ago that Emeril Lagasse, the famed chef, had said the city would “never come back,” reservations at his restaurants were canceled and strangers berated him. He insisted he had been misquoted.

And in response to an article in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans about a woman who had decided to move on, Poppy Z. Brite, a New Orleans novelist, wrote: “This isn’t an easy place to be right now, and the decision to stay or go is deeply personal. But why must some people use the media to take a parting shot at the city?”

On another occasion, Ms. Brite said, “If a place takes you in and you take it into yourself, you don’t desert it just because it can kill you. There are some things more valuable than life.”

Such fierce sentiments help explain why a dozen people who were planning to move or had already done so declined to speak on the record for this article or allow their name to be used. One man, a chef, said he wanted to remain anonymous because he was likely to return someday. A university professor said she did not want to compromise her employer’s ability to recruit.

“If I was going to be really politically savvy,” she said, “I would say that I was going to do a job search about this time anyway.”

The decision to leave is especially difficult for natives, said Elliott Stonecipher, a demographic analyst in Shreveport, La., even if they are going no farther than the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

“They just won’t talk about it; they do not want to talk about it,” Mr. Stonecipher said, adding that the reluctance shows just how unusual the city is. “It’s remarkable that they just don’t want anybody to know that they gave in.”

Others have unimpeachable reasons: Paul Gailiunas, a doctor whose wife, Helen Hill, was murdered in their home last month, left immediately for South Carolina.

As for Ms. Larsen and Mr. Langlois, they have taken in all the fury at those who are leaving, in newspapers, neighborhood forums on the Internet and even in the bars and cafes of their neighborhood, the Ninth Ward. But while many of their own friends had expressed disappointment, none had blamed them.

“Not only do they understand why we’re leaving,” Ms. Larsen said, “but they say, ‘You know what, I’m thinking about getting out of here, too.’ It’s like they’re waiting for that one more bad thing to happen.”

Brenda Goodman contributed reporting.


Heather L (16)
Sunday February 18, 2007, 5:48 am
That's, again, if Bush weren't so busy with nosin into Iraq's business, I think New Orleans & other town across the Gulf would have been better, by now.

Janet K (28)
Sunday February 18, 2007, 6:35 am
a damn shame!!

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday February 18, 2007, 12:03 pm
Worst. President. Ever. . . . . Atrios points us to this commentary by USA Today founder Al Neuharth: “A year ago I criticized Hillary Clinton for saying ‘this (Bush) administration will go down in history as one of the worst.’ ‘She’s wrong,’ I wrote. Then I rated these five presidents, in this order, as the worst: Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan, Ulysses Grant, Hoover and Richard Nixon. ‘It’s very unlikely Bush can crack that list,’ I added. I was wrong. This is my mea culpa. Not only has Bush cracked that list, but he is planted firmly at the top.”

Frederick Hammacott (0)
Sunday February 18, 2007, 2:09 pm
A sad story...from Canada some years back we visited your great city. A wonderful vacation,
a city of smilinhg helpful people, and then on to Biloxi. If the current US administration is
responsable for this sorry state...shame on them. Just a portion of the money pushed into
the Iraq fiasco could be a godsend to those beautiful people in New Orleans.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 18, 2007, 8:01 pm
And, just where has his almighty the honorable chicken Ray Nagin been during all this exit from his chocolate city? Remember he fouled up as much as anyone else did! I believe his chocolate city remark on the city couthouse steps gave liscense to those who are running rampant against all those who are trying to make N.O. a home again. The man is a purebred double talking idiot.........Where was he when Katrina was about to hit?...............He hi-tailed it out of there faster than one could say the alphabet.........He abandoned the people and they still re-elected him!

Also, it has been known for years that N.O. is slowly slipping into the gulf all the way to the ocean. People in the know can tell you to rebuild N.O. is a lost cause because there is nothing but silt underneath every step in N.O. Nagin knows this very well. But, he wants to be a mayor and he will be mayor of a ghost town in due time..............

These people need to be informed on the geographics of what they are living on, and Nagin isn't about to stand on the city steps and say that!!

Think of tomorrow-
Plant a seed
grow a forest
for Mother Nature
and her animals.........

tammymarie h (24)
Sunday February 18, 2007, 10:34 pm
I've been to New Orleans five times since Katrina, and I lived there about three years ago. . It is going to take New Orleans much longer than a year to recover from Katrina. Each time I've been there, I've been shocked by the fact there is hardly any traffic once you get off the interstate. It made me feel a certain bout of loneliness and sorrow for the people and the city. However, I did speak with some of the Sisters I love and adore, and they told me their school is up and running with about 800 middle school, jr. high, and high school students, so there are families returning and remaining in New Orleans. Some professor friends say they are staying; they will try to keep on with their lives as normally as possible. I believe there is still hope for the city. The main thing is getting more police, period. All the law abiding citizens I know there agree on this point. There is the same destruction along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. These places are also still suffering, but we don't hear much about these smaller places. As far as Major Nagin, I thought he remained in New Orleans in a hotel during Katrina as I understand. (If there is a source that says differently, please point it out.) Everyone will be feeling emotions on so many different levels in New Orleans for years to come. Many in New Orleans remain grateful they are simply alive, and remember all the men and women who helped to save them. We can point to Bush, to Fema, to Nagin, to the governors, and other goverment officials, but it's so complicated, yet they sure need to answer for their irresponsibility. It would be wonderful if they could get as enthused about rebuilding and helping New Orleans as much as organizations like Habitat for Humanity, who is making a mark upon the New Orleans landscape. No one in New Orleans or along the Gulf Coast ever imagined or dreamed Katrina would be so destructive. I guess in a way, we are so used to Hurricane Season until we have an attitude of "whatever" when the warnings are on TV and on the radio. I think now, all of us, will began to take the weather men and women, much more serious. People in New Orleans know what they live on the top of silt, but for families who have lived in New Orleans for generations, it doesn't matter. I understand leaving for good and is to be expected, but I also hear this all the time, I was born in New Orleans, and I'll die in New Orleans.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 19, 2007, 5:19 am
Because of the type of land (silt) N.O. is built on and with there being no doubt of another BIG ONE to come it would be suicidal thinking for anyone to stay.

When N.O. was originally settled there was no such thing as knowing what the land was like nor that it was silt in its composition. With the knowledge weathermen now have, they can tell you the only thing that should be living there is swamp animals as they have been doing for centuries.

Common sense must prevail to get out. The federal government knows this but will continue to dole out monies to appease the masses who don't fathom the magnitude of what is still yet to come...........A wall a hundred feet high will not save N.O. or any other area hit by a hurricane.
After all common sense should override devotion to a concept/love of an area that may kill you...........And, you can bet your bottom dollar politics will play a persuasive role in who stays by the likes of Ray Nagin and his followers. Remember Nagin will promise you anything to keep you there whereas Mother Nature won't!

Think of tomorrow-
Plant a seed
grow a forest
for Mother Nature
and her animals..........


Past Member (0)
Monday February 19, 2007, 8:02 am
This is sad news. I have always wanted to visit N.O. but the ways things are going I don't think it will happen. But I am not suprised. It was handled wrong from the start.

tammymarie h (24)
Monday February 19, 2007, 11:43 am
There are lots of celebrations going on right now during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I know it does seem like it's not a good use of common sense to remain in New Orleans, but the people who live there and have returned, have hearts and souls devoted to their city. Everyone knows about New Orleans being unstable, but yet, they will not leave a place where they feel so connected, and who can tell you right away how many generations have preceded them in New Orleans. I think many of these residents would be offended that many in other places in the world think they are just foolish and not exercising good common sense by staying in New Orleans. I know it appears that way to people in other places. There is no way they will change their minds. If another natural disaster heads for New Orleans, though, there is no doubt in my mind, that the people will take it more seriously. We had 100s of evacuees come to our town for food, clothing and shelter after Katrina. Some of them stayed here, but most of them returned to New Orleans, especially lifetime residents. Several of the churches here were hosting Katrina survivors as well as the a church campground about two miles up the road. Katrina was a great learning experience for most everyone, but then there are some who never learn anything, too. Dollar politics always plays a role, but for it doesn't matter to many who will remain and rebuild their lives as best as they can. They will stay regardless. I don't think they should be given a hard time for it either, but we should respect their choices and help them as much as we can...

Past Member (0)
Monday February 19, 2007, 12:16 pm
New Orleans should be left as Katrina devored it. For those who chose to stay few will have as much mercy as before except to tear an eye long enough to whisper blame it on somebody this time around too.

The entire region should be made into a beautiful garden land for all the animals/birds who have witnessed this through the ages. Rid the land of steel & cement, trash of broken china amid drunks of sordid squalor.....The animals will not live the same, but drinks pure water, nest made from natures basket.

What will make the next one horrific is there will be bodies by the thousands and everyone will sorrow of a lost life. The loss doesn't have to be if there is a grain of sense left in the untaught mind led around by sympathies of a tradition that dies with the flood tide rising high................

A storm did not destroy New Orleans, man did with his twisted tongue and pantomine lips of listen to me.......

Think of tomorrow-
Plant a seed
grow a forest
for Mother Nature
and her animals..........

tammymarie h (24)
Monday February 19, 2007, 12:59 pm
I certainly didn't comment to begin anykind of argument. I'm only trying to convey what the people in New Orleans have said to me when I return to visit friends. Have you thought of writing a letter to the editor down in New Orleans, and let the people there know what you think is best for them. I certainly didn't mean to upset anyone. This is not a story about what we think is best for New Orleans. This is a story that should make us continue to pray and do as much as we can for people here along the Gulf Coast, to let us see what they are still going through. It's all about them, not us. So far, the best coverage I've seen of post Katrina New Orleans is done by Anderson Cooper 360. He has taken so much time to go there and listen to the people. And as an Indian, I know how hard it is to give up what you'd call your traditional home and lands. I believe that's the same way so many lifelong residents see it in New Orleans, too. This story has given me the urge to visit friends in New Orleans once again. I'll share your opinions with them, and let you know what they think if you wish.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday February 19, 2007, 1:25 pm
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tammymarie h (24)
Monday February 19, 2007, 1:29 pm
I can live with this Pat. Please send a note to remind, ok. I'll be more than happy to participate! :)

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday February 19, 2007, 1:36 pm
Please, Tammy, don't reoly on me ... click on the link above your message and get involved!

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I will do what I can for this initiative, and do solemnly commit my support.


Felieca Cordle (8)
Monday February 19, 2007, 1:38 pm
It is not up to the Federal Government to take charge of rebuiliding and controlling New Orleans. What else can be expected when the citizens reelected the same non leader Nagin again. How in the world could they begin to think that the was capable of rebuilding a city as grand as New Orleans when he couldn't even get the people out safely, and put them in harms way? Not to mention the totalling incompetant Governor Blanco. If the Federal Government did step in - NO would need to be under Marshall Law to get the crime back under control - and then everyone would start screaming about their rights. What ever happened to common descency and helping your neighbor? If more people would quit demanding handouts and start working together as a community - not black vs white - but as a community that had been through a tragedy together - then things would start to improve.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 19, 2007, 1:46 pm
Tammy....Respect much your thoughts on N.O.

I'm not the least bit mad, you have an opinion as I have mine. It is bewildering to me why anyone would want to live in N.O. before Katrina & even more so afterwards. The entire area is dead and going to be alot deader down the road wether anyone chooses to live there or not.

Politically the leadership is such that the dumber the masses are the richer those in power will be.......For those in power know to be elected you have to be one of the masses to be believed, only a bit smarter to get them to believe you . So, the masses believed and the leader left for higher ground knowing there were so many buses available to rescue those in need and left them stranded.
When the next BIG ONE hits hopefully there won't be as many people left holding their breath and not knowing what to do. Also, it is not my concern what happend there, I'm here and they are there.................I'm merely expressing that N.O. should be totally abandoned to save lives and money.

But, if Nagin has his way he will go out on a limb to keep as many people there as possible so he can get his pockets lined while the masses get their pockets drained left and right. It is obvious the masses in N.O. don't have the guts to run Nagin right out of Louisiana, or at the very least make more demands from him if they choose to stay!!

Think of tomorrow-
Plant a seed
grow a forest
for Mother Nature
and her animals..........


tammymarie h (24)
Monday February 19, 2007, 3:09 pm
Well, I would go live in New Orleans again, not sure when, but I wouldn't mind it. I do understand why it woul be hard for people to understand. There are certainly no easy answers, none at all. I don't know why Nagin was reelected, but he only won by a margin. I visited a church once, and to my surprise, Nagin was there. I didn't try to speak to him or huddle around him after mass, though. It's obvious it's up to private citizens to help each other in New Orleans, and I'm so happy of the help that has been and is offered by so many here where I live. (It only takes us about three hours to drive to New Orleans.) It is the faith based organizations, other charitable organizations, and volunteers from all over the US and different parts of the world who are striving to make New Orleans a livable place again. It certainly isn't the government. Mayor Blanco is more concerned with politics than helping, and she played big politics when Bush went to New Orleans to meet with Nagin and her for the first time after Katrina. It was disgusting the way she conducted herself, playing one side against another. One man told his story on TV of how his house was under water, and had to be redone from the ground up. He's had people from all over the USA sending him wood and all kinds of supplies he needs to rebuild his house. If all goes well, he will be back in there in a few weeks, and his wife will rejoin him at that time, too. It's the humanspirit that has urged people, not the government, to help people along the Gulf Coast....Pat, thanks for info. I didn't realize there is a link to click on in your post. I will go do that now to make my pledge. :)

Lorraine Ewart (162)
Monday February 19, 2007, 5:20 pm
I feel that the people that are still living in New Orleans are still in shock over Katrina's violence, that as has been said they are rooted to the land through the herritage. It's easy for the public to decide what should be done and what shouldn't be done; but the final decision has to be from the rooted ones, who have been there for how many generations? It's fine to say to them as a people that they have to leave because there is going to be a bigger and worse catastrophy than what Katrina brought, but to say to these people that they should leave in order to make better landscape for the animals/birds who's going to even listen to that? I know that I wouldln't leave my homeland for something like that, I would be saying that if the animals want to live here, they can live around me like they have always done. If you say to the people that "you should move because your house isn't a house anymore because of what Katrina has done so you need to move because it's causing for you to have bad health, I might listen with half an ear. If my children were at risk, then I would be moving right away. But if you say something like this then you have to back it up with where they can find a better place to live so that everyone will stay healthy as well as do better for themselves.

It's time to get the people to understand that Katrina is done and over; it's time to move on, moving on doesn't necessarily mean that they have to pack up and move away, it means that someone has to go and find work once again, the laundry has to be done regularly, the meals at proper times etc. This is a form of moving on, if the public saw reports of this happening, then I don't think that there would be as much worry as there is. The public are making certain sugestions for the good of the people that are there, but the sugestions can only be made based on what information we know. If we don't know anything new, then we are going to assume that it hasn't changed since the last report and no one wants any other lives lost from this tragady.

tammymarie h (24)
Monday February 19, 2007, 8:39 pm
I meant to write Governor Blanco, not Mayor Blanco in my comment above Lorraine's! As well, attacking public figures like Nagin and Blanco will not bring any change, but only, in my opinion get people to think they have to rely on the gov't to rebuild their lives just as Lorraine has put it. Personally, if I were the mayor I don't know what I'd do in his position. That is why I try not to point fingers or place blame. I feel this only leads to more bitterness and hate. The people of New Orleans know what they have to do to rebuild their city, and they know it takes more than a Superdome or a fancy convention center to make New Orleans the historical and unique place that it is. It's about the fiesty human spirit that has always been native to New Orleans that makes it New Orleans. You'd have to go there and see what I mean to get it.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 19, 2007, 9:30 pm
Tammy.......Again I'm dumbfounded of the allegience so many have for this city. N.O. historically has the highest murder/crime rate in the country, the literacy rate is far below the national average, the welfare rate/birthrate of single mothers is higher than most most major cities, corruption is rampant as nationally reported over the years. So, I'm wondering is it the easy life of dancing in the street of a funeral procession, the bourbon street smell of fried shrimp & gumbo soup walking barefoot on a hot day. Granted one can not make another safer N.O. someplace else to satisfy the gathering of memories past............I was in N.O. as a child, I caught some of the beads from the floats & for some reason everytime I've seen those beads left me with an indescribable feeling I have to this day; I was only there once to catch those beads & the sense of N.O. as only a child can. I can relate to the desire to stay but not at the risk of life & limb because of crime or Mother Natures wrath............Mother Nature has become extremely unforgiving at the changes man has made of what once was a paradise, a paradise the animals respected without false imitated needs............

Think of tomorrow-
Plant a seed
grow a forest
for Mother Nature
and her animals..............

tammymarie h (24)
Tuesday February 20, 2007, 7:40 pm
you know i see no need to comment anymore because you are not going to understand what it means for people to be connected to their land and home, their traditions and culture, and history. there is much more to new orleans than mardi gras or an "easy life" of dancing behind a funeral procession or during Mardi Gras, or walking barefoot and being insatiated by the smell of fried foods and gumbo in the french quarter. people actually do work and go to school in new orleans, too. i mean, who's making all that gumbo down on bourbon? the title of this article is insulting, too, because i don't think people who are leaving are giving up because they are still surviving even if they move to another place. giving up is believing that life has gotten the better of you no matter where you are. i don't see how you can come to understand new orleans or her people at all. many many people there would be so hurt and insulted by the ways you view them and their city, especially referring to them as untaught, dumb, lame, having no guts. it's great to have opinions but not at the expense of ridiculing people and something you don't understand as you stated. and i also mean, not even ridiculing mayor nagin who anyways has a very thick skin. i'm a single mother, was unwed when i had my son, and i had just left new orleans not too long before i became pregnant. i guess that makes me just another indian or cajun girl who got pregnant and waits for a gov't handout. i'm certainly not scared to live in new orleans any more than i am in central america, but as anywhere, it pays to be aware of your surroundings. another thing is that faith plays so much a part of the lives of people in new orleans, and it is their faith that surpasses fear, even for people taking off for what many do not even know. they are courageous, too. the ones who are committing the crimes, on the other hand, could care less about anything, but that's everywhere, too. it seems like you want to force your beliefs on people in new orleans as i said before, like you know what is better for them than they could know themselves. that reminds me of the gov't officials and indian agents who thought they knew what was best for us indians, too. people in new orleans who have returned and stay, have should have the right and freedom to live there. i mean, what can be done. should they be rounded up and forced to be relocated and also cry a trail of tears for their homes and a culture that is unique from any other in the usa and around the world? it's not just new orleans. are we along the gulf coast who also face crime and hurricanes and tornadoes just suppose to pick up and leave because we live in a hurricane prone place? i am sick of this discussion anyways. i could write until being blue in the face, and still, you wouldn't get it. i'm not putting anymore of my effort into this discussion. i could have been crocheting and knitting things for afghans for afghans or my unwed 15 yr old neighbor who is expecting a baby any day, or using the time i put into this to play with my son and pull him in his wagon, or loading up my car and my son and moving back to New Orleans.

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 20, 2007, 7:45 pm
GeeDumbya's mother, Barbara Bu$h, didn't understand that "refugees" from New Orleans really wanted to go home again ...

Barbara Bush: Things Working Out "Very Well" for Poor Evacuees from New Orleans NEW YORK Accompanying her husband, former President George H.W.Bush, on a tour of hurricane relief centers in Houston, Barbara Bush said today, referring to the poor who had lost everything back home and evacuated, "This is working very well for them."

. . .

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this [she chuckles slightly]is working very well for them."

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday February 21, 2007, 12:10 am
Glenn Beck attacks New Orleans. . . . . “I find it very difficult in some ways to feel bad for New Orleans,” said CNN Headline News pundit Glenn Beck, who once called Katrina survivors “scumbags.”
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