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No Escape from the Super Dome

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Watching Shepard Smith and Geraldo Rivera proclaim their outrage at what is happening to the poor souls trapped in New Orleans on Hannity and Colmes Friday night, I couldn't help but think of an old movie, John Carpenter's "Escape from New York." It's a film about the city of Manhattan being turned into a Prison Island that's protected by the military and anyone who tries to breach its borders is shot on sight. That is the plight of the people trapped in the Super Dome. They are locked in a decrepit, rotting structure, without their consent and told to stay there by our government, with no food, water, electricity, surrounded by violence and the screams of hungry babies, yet they are told that they should be patient. Didn't they see President Bush in his nice clean clothes telling the country and NOLA that help is on the way? People are soiling themselves as dead bodies litter the second level, but don't worry. Help is on the way.

Idiots like John Gibson proclaim that all looters should be shot on sight. I bet he hasn't missed a meal for more than two hours now. Not all the people trapped and rummaging for food and clothes in NOLA are criminals. (read Arthur's post) This ingrate didn't learn from his Five in the Noggin column, when he jumped for joy like a jubilant adolescent as the London police put not five but seven bullets in the head of a suspected terrorist. Only to find out later that he was an innocent. Oh well, too bad for you. Bill O'Reilly proclaimed, "A lot of the people -- a lot of the people who stayed wanted to do this destruction. They figured it out. And that's -- I'm not surprised."

Bill, I'm not surprised at your callous, insipid brain that allows you to verbalize thoughts like these in front of millions of people who actually believe you are a moral person. Did you look at the situation, Bill? Did you see these helpless people who live in the land of the free, the greatest nation in the world, who are holed up like wild, caged animals. When Shep painted the picture of despair for you, you asked why he was bitter. Seeing human beings suffering in unconscionable circumstances does have that effect on some people, Bill. I thought you knew the common man. Brent Bozell should be worried about ideas like yours and John Gibson's that infect the morality of our society instead of tawdry food fights on Gilligan's Island and Janet Jackson's nipple flash. Unlike Escape from New York, there is no Snake Plissken to save the day. There's only Shepard Smith with a microphone yelling, "I don't understand."