Are you tired of hearing about the hurricane yet? Too bad, because you're about to hear my two cents.
I've only been to NOLA once, about 3 years ago. Walking along the waterfront with my friend, I had the following conversation:
My friend: You know, this city is a big bowl. They say that if there's ever a direct hit from a hurricane, the whole city will fill up with water.
Me: That can't be true. That's like saying one day there's going to be a big earthquake and California's going to fall into the ocean.
My friend: No, I swear it's true.
As it turns out, that had been the conventional wisdom in NOLA for 40 years, and not a single person in a position to do anything managed to do a single thing about it. Certainly not the federal gov't, and definitely not their mayor. The only person I've seen on TV who is dumber than the mayor of NOLA is the Atlanta sheriff, whose incompetence incidentally was the proximate cause of a quadruple homicide at the Fulton county courthouse a little while ago.
And before you send me angry emails about how he really is a smart guy and he just doesn't speak well, keep in mind that that is the same excuse conservatives use to justify Bush's intellect.