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Tracey
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50 posted 03-05-2006 10:19 PM       View Profile for Tracey   Email Tracey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tracey

God bless you Karen. I donít know who has culpability in this crisis, as Iím much too far away to pretend to know. From what I have read, it seems there is plenty of blame at the local, state, and federal camps. I just thank God that you are safe, but I feel for the loss of friends and way of life that you have experienced. You have had to find a strength that the rest of us donít know if we could have mustered. Love and hugs to you, your mother in-law, and your familyÖI donít know where you find the strength, but I thank god that you do.

You can never win or lose
If you don't
Run the race

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51 posted 03-05-2006 10:33 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

smile...

another first responder, folks.



Thank you Tracey. Bettie was waiting for a reply. This stuff amazes her, and so much of her amazes me

We can all do a better job of and in life, I think. grin

I'm sure making that a personal goal, anyhow.
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52 posted 03-05-2006 11:10 PM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes


Karen?...

Bettie is beautiful...

*smile*

I wish I could hug her...
and you too...

and the sight of that flag?...
just breaks my heart...

What a story it tells...
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53 posted 03-06-2006 12:17 AM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

what so proudly
we hailed
at the twilight's
last
gleaming...



Hi Bettie! Glad you and OUR flag are still here.
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54 posted 03-06-2006 12:25 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

hugging Bettie
and the remnants of that flag
such a sad reminder of what has been lost
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55 posted 03-06-2006 12:31 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

What a wonderful picture of Bettie!  Kacy's comments -- sadly perfect.   ...jo
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56 posted 03-06-2006 12:55 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Karen, give Bettie my very best. If she can still smile and hold up the flag like that, that alone speaks volumes. There may be stars missing but I know where two of them are....you and her. Bless you both
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57 posted 03-06-2006 01:20 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Thank you for posting Karen, and answering what you could indeed answer.  Sometimes you just have to be there, and the answers we seek will never be known.  This was one of those times, of course it was.  How long?  Until some lies get answered I guess.  Until someone feels at ease there, so right there that tells me the answer to that question. This is now part of history, and a very sad, sad part.  

Bettie, you look just like you sound!  LOL, and you just wait until I lift you off that ground, and give you a squeeze. Now all I can picture is you telling someone to move their car when it's blocking yours.     Karen, you explain!  

Good Morning New Orleans!
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58 posted 03-06-2006 02:09 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

serenity: If you only knew how much I wish I could reach through this monitor and hug both you and Bettie. *S*

As for Rita... you know... Katrina broke my heart... Rita ripped it out. But... the death toll from Rita would be so much higher if Katrina had not taught such harsh lessons. Homes were torn apart, forests were devastated... but the counties and parishes in the direct path had an almost 95% evacuation. Some won't go, no matter what... but... no one was left behind.
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The grave concerns raised in the meeting were that the levees could be "topped". What wasn't discussed or "imagined" was that the levees would breach, totally fail, and cause the level of distruction that happened.
No lie.

I can't imagine a more compassionate person than Balladeer. I don't see that presenting the facts concerning culpability diminishes his concern for the victims.  
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60 posted 03-06-2006 11:01 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi


Beneath it all
is the the indifference
of a vast amount of water.

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61 posted 03-07-2006 01:51 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Denise, if you're looking to be Mike's bodyguard, I'm afraid the job is already taken. By ME.

I believe way back when Open Poetry was in single digits, I sorta claimed that job as my own. (I know WRASTLIN' moves yanno!   )

Can't blame ya for tryin' tho...it is a very nice body to guard.  

And Mike? Bettie says give us a call anytime. She loves to talk, and would love to "meet" you.

She was very proud and happy to show everybody how grateful she is to be a citizen of the United States.

So no...laughing, I wasn't trying to flog Balladeer with a little old lady and a flag.

She WANTED to do it. She's ALIVE and damned happy about it.
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62 posted 03-07-2006 06:30 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

LOL! Bettie sounds like a woman after my own heart. What a wonderful outlook to have after having gone through so much. She is what I call a true American. Tell her a call is definitely on the way.
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63 posted 03-07-2006 07:49 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Laughing here too.

She's been waiting.

She was pretty confident that you'd want to call her. grin

She wants me to tell you that she is the former Lake Ponchartrain Jitterbug Champion--1948!

And nope, folks, I do not make this stuff up.



*peace to all*

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64 posted 03-07-2006 08:00 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Now I'm really impressed!

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65 posted 03-07-2006 08:20 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I'm too old for wrastlin, Karen, and I don't think Mike needs me as a bodyguard anyway, even if I wernt too old!

The only points of my post were that Bush did not lie (different catastrophes were being discussed..."topping" verses "breaching"...hence...no lie) and to try to clarify what Michael was saying about the respective roles of the local, state and federal governments. He's right. And his pointing that out, the proper respective roles, does not diminish his compassion.  
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66 posted 03-07-2006 08:45 PM       View Profile for Tracey   Email Tracey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tracey

Balladeer and Bettie dancing the jitterbug ... now this I wanna see!!! Woohoo!!! Sounds like Bettie was quite a fiery lady in her younger days, and most certainly still is today. Give her a hug for me Karen

You can never win or lose
If you don't
Run the race

Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way

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