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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Looters Strip Stores In Front Of Cops

Looting, what a BIG surprise!

At a Walgreen's drug store in the French Quarter, people were running out with grocery baskets and coolers full of soft drinks, chips and diapers.

When police finally showed up, a young boy stood in the door screaming, "86! 86!" — the radio code for police — and the crowd scattered.

It comes as no great shock that looting is taking place in the aftermath of Katrina. After all, it's a great opportunity to balance out the 'inequity' forced on the urban poor by the man, right? WRONG!

In a city where there are no services functioning, no power, no running water, I can understand the need for getting food, water and medicine any way one can - I'd more than likely do the same. I just hope I never have to make the choice.

That being said...malt liquor, air jordans, gaudy jewelry, and plasma screen TV's are NOT basic necessities. The National Guard and local law enforcement should be ordered to shoot on sight anyone caught looting non-food or medicine items. Regardless of age, gender or race.

As for the terrorists attempting to loot the Children's Hospital in New Orleans - they should be machine gunned and strung up on any dry street as an example.


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