a citizen’s journal by Thomas Nephew

"Before we actually lose a city"

Posted by Thomas Nephew on November 29th, 2006

Displaying the shameless chutzpah characteristic of the GOP, Newt Gingrich used a First Amendment award dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire to warn that a “different set of rules” would be needed to reduce terrorists’ ability to use the Internet.

Gingrich then went on to say what might just happen if we don’t take his advice:

We need to get ahead of the curve before we actually lose a city, which I think could happen in the next decade.

Why wait a decade? Heck, put his party in charge and add a hurricane, and that’s already happened. But it’s “tougher” and more “thought provoking” to shred the Bill of Rights than it is to do sissy stuff like build levees right, safeguard ports, conduct constitutional law enforcement, and put experienced, competent professionals in charge of disaster prevention, response and relief.

Via Jim Macdonald (“Making Light”) — with the New Orleans rejoinder by two of the first three commenters.

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