[percy-l] hurricanes

J Rivas-Pita juliorivas at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 11:59:16 EDT 2005

Mr. Pauley, I've seen often that when some members of this list subtly want 
to dismiss as irrelevant something posted by some other member, they -quite 
politely, á la Anglaise- address the mentioned member as "Mr. -----", while 
the rest of the time it's just Tom, Willie or Jack -more brotherly fashion, 
that is to say, "We", as opposite to "They". Just some food for thought, á 
la Percy...
 This said, Mr. Pauley, your remark of "inept, third-world city hall" is 
extremely peculiar, given the fact that all over he world we are watching 
with utter dismay -via CNN, for instance- the grossly inept (not to say 
criminal) reaction or lack of reaction of Mr. Bush's administration and the 
also grossly inept (not to say criminal) lack of preparation to cope with 
what was for weeks an announced disaster -not something unexpected as a 
tsunami or an earthquake.
 Among those who are doing something for the victims is, Mr. Pauley, 
Venezuela, which has already donated $ 1 million dollars via Citgo and which 
is still waiting the approval of Mr. Bush's administration to fly in a 
highly experienced and skilled rescue team, an offer that was made the day 
after Katrina struck.
 So perhaps Mr. Pauley you'd do well to think twice in the future when you 
emply the term "third world" in such a stereotyped way. You might find 
yourself surprised to discover that you too are living these days in a third 
world country -if you still have doubts about it, please turn on your TV 
 With all best wishes,
 Julio Rivas-Pita

 On 9/2/05, Robert_Pauley at oxy.com <Robert_Pauley at oxy.com> wrote: 
> Agreed, Mr. Mitchell. And while we are human and fallible, some of us also 
> are exceptionally corrupt and incompetent, as, for example, the entire 
> political infrastructure of New Orleans, which knew about its weak sea walls 
> for years and did nothing, and which tolerated also for years a violent and 
> increasingly brazen criminal element (a violent crime rate 10 times the 
> national average). New Orleans cannot manage itself on a good day, and so if 
> one wants to know why it could not coordinate a swift and effective response 
> on a sequence of very bad ones, one may of course look for blame to the 
> distance as it one's predictable political cant, but it would make more 
> sense to look no further than an inept, third-world city hall. 
>  -----Original Message-----
> *From:* percy-l-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:
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> *Sent:* Friday, September 02, 2005 7:56 PM
> *To:* percy-l at lists.ibiblio.org
> *Cc:* peirce-l at lyris.ttu.edu
> *Subject:* [percy-l] hurricanes
> well since both list are talking about it, and since both share common 
> readers... why not chime in a piss people off. 
> yes your all correct. did you know that our federal government, has strict 
> guidlines on how it must respond to the suffereings of african-american 
> people. the lack of help, was actually due to a specific wait time, we must 
> follow, whenever there is a crisis involving poor black persons such as just 
> happened. our governing officials actually sit and watch and chuckle at 
> their suffering. then at the last moment, decide to send in help. oh wait, 
> actually, they knew what was going to happen, and could have prevented it. 
> we are human and fallible, and im certain mistakes were made and will be. 
> but if you think this is race driven... call me cold, kick me off your 
> listserves, but your full of shit! 
> my rant amidst a time of great sadness for those hit by a hurricane, 
> ken mitchell 
> quotes: 
> "It's the first week of school and I am utterly haunted by the horrors 
> of the Gulf Coast area (Why is help taking so long? Why isn't the 
> media asking the class or race questions?) I know these are not 
> direct Percy points, but I think there are parallels. Your point 
> about mimetic desire would be a lovely thread at which to pull. 
> Surely this applies to Tom More and the man on the train (pre-crash) 
> and even Will Barrett." 
> "IMHO the most significant anachy assoicated with the disaster in New 
> Orleans is the US Federal government's woefully indifferent and criminally 
> inadquate response to the suffering of poor black americans. As an american 
> I'm ashamed of our religious and racial bigotry. First Iraq and now this. 
> May god forgive us. " 
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