There are elements of free speech in America. They can be found in alternative media and National Public Radio. I listen to NPR through AM970 in Buffalo. This morning at 8:20 a.m. I heard a piece that should be sending shock waves through America. The Gretna P.D. seized the bridge from New Orleans with Jefferson Sheriffs Deputies and bridge police and opened fire on escaping refugees from New Orleans. Canadian citizens were among them. So much for our detractors. The truth shall be known by those with the courage and fortitude to speak.

I am sympathetic to the plight of a small town. There was rioting and looting going on. We live with falisies that we are a kind and noble people, but like rats under pressure we frequantly regress. The mayor and police chief of Gretna did call upon the state and federal governments for assistance. Their pleas fell on deaf ears. The town did organize the evacuation of 5-6,000 previous refugees. However, Crescent City Connection bridge was the only way out for many. Some arsonists set fire to a local mall precipitaing the chief of police to decide to close the bridge. NPR specifically stated the refugees were fired upon to hold them back. Back to where is the hell they had escaped from. Safe and sheltered we chastised people for not leaving. Drown if you stay; get shot if you leave - o what a wonderful world.

Police Chief Denies Race Role in Blockade

 http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/K/KATRINA_BRIDGE_BLOCKADE?SITE=VACHA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2005-09-16-22-10-16

Town defends move to block evacuees
 http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05261/573061.stm