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AmeriCorps Volunteer Shot Down on New Orleans Street
nola.com ^ | 4/3/2013 | Mesarthim

Posted on 04/03/2013 1:26:41 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky

A recent high school graduate from the Midwest who moved to New Orleans in hopes of making a difference in the lives of others, was gunned down on a New Orleans street corner Monday night. Joseph Massenburg, 18, had been eager to embark on his first project in New Orleans as an AmeriCorps member, friends and family said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: americorps; bluezones; darwin; darwinaward; diversity; illinois; murder; neworleans; shooting; stupidisasstupiddoes; teen
He didn't last a month in New Orleans! This post is for all who have churchgroups/organizations who-trying to do 'good works'- send their bright-eyed,wonderful, naive teens to New Orleans to 'help the downtrodden'. PLEASE STOP. If you love your children, keep them home. They are being used here, they are NOT valued. The 'downtrodden' sit and watch as they slave fixing and cleaning things. They are TARGETS- like this young man was. He was an intelligent, valuable, young black man from a small town in Illinois sent here to bring LIGHT BULBS to the 'underpriveleged'. He was walking down a street, on his telephone, at night, when he was shot down like a wild animal would be on a safari. He was killed FOR FUN. The streets of New Orleans are a hunting ground. No sane local walks them at night; but these naive out-of- towners think this is like the polite Midwest. They are stolen from-and sometimes they die. If you love your children, send your idealistic church groups to places that will appreciat them and not kill them. 7 years after Katrina they are being USED and they are prey. I'm tired of seeing the valuable attacked by the worthless. Stay out of New Orleans-help those who will be grateful and not homicidal.
1 posted on 04/03/2013 1:26:41 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky
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To: ClearBlueSky

This is Obama’s army that so many are worried about.


2 posted on 04/03/2013 1:27:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ClearBlueSky

With respect and concern may I suggest..
GET THE HELL OUT OF THAT CESSPOOL!!
Many worthwhile places will welcome with open arms, not closed fists.


3 posted on 04/03/2013 1:30:10 PM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: ClearBlueSky

Katrina didn’t finish the job.


4 posted on 04/03/2013 1:33:13 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

working on permanent evacuation. Although I’m in Jefferson Parish and never set foot in New Orleans, it’s bleeding over. I’m just sick of seeing all these young, bright eyed, do-gooders STILL down here trying to help fix a ghetto that can never be fixed. I have a nephew who is an EMT for the city and I hear 1000% more of what goes on than the news ever reports.
Tell everyone you know who values their lives STAY OUT OF NEW ORLEANS.


5 posted on 04/03/2013 1:33:44 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: ClearBlueSky
As I've noted before on FR, New Orleans was built by pirates, smugglers, cutthroats, slave traders and fugitives.

It is perhaps the only American city that has remained true to the principles and values of its founders.

6 posted on 04/03/2013 1:35:22 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

Saying it once is enough for me; thx.


7 posted on 04/03/2013 1:36:18 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

Oh you mean those yellow jacket clowns? They’re all over L.A. Had one incident back in January where I was really having a bad day and just told him “obama is the biggest idiot in American history”. He was darn shocked thinking we’re all a bunch of Kool Aid drinkers here in L.A.


8 posted on 04/03/2013 1:39:16 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: ClearBlueSky

My best wishes to your nephew. He should remember that he is also in danger.

Yes: There are places where the animals roam that should be avoided at all costs.Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia,Washington DC, and New Orleans have places that are worse that Afghanistan.Places that sane people avoid.


9 posted on 04/03/2013 1:39:53 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: ClearBlueSky

We used to go over to NOLA every now and then, but never since Katrina. And even then, we wouldn’t stay past sundown.......


10 posted on 04/03/2013 1:39:53 PM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Same deal for San Fransicko.......


11 posted on 04/03/2013 1:41:02 PM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: ClearBlueSky

A LONG time ago (20 yrs) I went TDY to Keesler AFB in MS. Some friends and I decided to go to New Orleans for the weekend.

So we got a cheap hotel and walked down to Bourbon street and then a football game on Sunday.

We almost didnt survive the walk. If one of my friends hadn’t been black I’m sure we wouldnt have. haven’t been back.


12 posted on 04/03/2013 1:41:12 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You are exactly right. The mentality is in the DNA of this city. It’s like the Barbary Coast-90% of the citizenry and ALL the politicians out to scam everyone at all times. The mentality is never going to change. The 10% of the population that is decent has as much chance of changing things as two fat missionaries would in a tribe full of cannibals. I call it ‘dancing on the Titanic’. As long as they have their little enclaves, their ‘galas’ and society pages they can pretend they ARE New Orleans. Au contraire! The criminals who elect the judges, supply the police, run the jail and rule the streets are New Orleans.
My ancestors founded N.O. They are in the history books and I can tell you New Orleans is a hole that will soon be reclaimed by the Gulf of Mexico-soon. And I won’t be here when that happens.


13 posted on 04/03/2013 1:42:03 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

Theory, meet practice.


14 posted on 04/03/2013 1:42:05 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: ClearBlueSky

Anyone see that reality show a few years ago called “Architecture School”? Some architecture students were filmed designing and building a house in New Orleans. During filming someone shot out one of their car windows.


15 posted on 04/03/2013 1:42:52 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (Socialism is slavery)
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To: SkyDancer

“Katrina didn’t finish the job.”

Nope Katrina just scattered them to places like Texas.


16 posted on 04/03/2013 1:47:18 PM PDT by Revel
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To: ClearBlueSky

There are areas downtown where the cops roam and protect the tourists. Other than that....you don’t walk anywhere after dark outside of that protected zone. Sadly, none of the locals took this kid under their wing to explain life in N O.


17 posted on 04/03/2013 1:49:14 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: cripplecreek
"in hopes of making a difference" - A commonly used phrase among the soft hearted and soft headed stockpile of good citizens put to bad use by society's progressive engineers.

Kumbayah.......................

18 posted on 04/03/2013 1:50:23 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: blackdog

The only way to make a difference in the inner cities is to run the race baiting social justice preachers out of town, stop getting pregnant without fathers, and start sitting down for dinner as families.


19 posted on 04/03/2013 1:57:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ClearBlueSky

AmeriCorps, nother fed program to shut down


20 posted on 04/03/2013 1:57:52 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: pepsionice

Its kind of like Detroit, some areas are just fine, others are suicide zones.


21 posted on 04/03/2013 1:58:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ClearBlueSky

See “Noble Savage” syndrome. Liberals REALLY think they can do good by “helping” feral savages. They go to Africa or middle eastern countries to “help” the people, and come back raped or dead.


22 posted on 04/03/2013 2:02:16 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: ClearBlueSky

They probably thought he was an Uncle Tom and needed eradicating.


23 posted on 04/03/2013 2:09:00 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: ClearBlueSky
The really sad thing is that my tax dollars are what paid for the bureaucrats, the organizers and the slimeballs who send these young people on stupid and dangerous assignments. And our tax dollars pay for the expenses of moving the kids. I also believe the “volunteers” get paid.

We are paying to send kids to do useless and stupid exercises and possibly get attacked and even murdered.

This is America in the age of Obama.

24 posted on 04/03/2013 2:11:17 PM PDT by detective
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To: ClearBlueSky
Join AmeriCoprse Now.

Visit lovely New Orleans.

25 posted on 04/03/2013 2:11:41 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: cripplecreek

Nailed it!


26 posted on 04/03/2013 2:11:57 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: ClearBlueSky
Remember Kirsten Brydum? The 25 year old idealistic community volunteer from San Francisco? She did not last 48 hours in NOLA.

Remembering Kirsten Brydum

27 posted on 04/03/2013 2:15:50 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: ClearBlueSky

Reminds me of the scene from Vacation,as they are driving through East St Louis:

Ellen: This is so dangerous, we have no business being in an area like this.

Clark: Well look at it this way honey, this is a part of America we never get to see.

Ellen: That’s good.

Clark: No, that’s bad. I mean we can’t close our eyes to the plight of the cities. Kids, you noticing all this plight? This will just make us appreciate what we have. (gun shot and scream) Roll em up.


28 posted on 04/03/2013 2:20:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ClearBlueSky
Their family church is a Reconciliation Apostolic Ministries church. The decedent:

His mother's website:

http://abcpreachers.ning.com/profile/SharonM

29 posted on 04/03/2013 2:28:50 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Joe 6-pack

other than a few who came here for religious purposes I’ve heard that is how most came to America and Australia to begin with.


30 posted on 04/03/2013 2:29:49 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: BBell
Oh, man.

Kirsten, 25, was radiant, altruistic, and wise. [Wise? Who is this guy kidding?]

On her second night in town... she rode with a feather in her hair to see the Rebirth Brass Band perform ...The club’s doorman remembers her leaving alone on her bike at 1:30 am.

Kirsten’s murder recalls the unsolved murder in January 2007 of Helen Hill, a community activist...[Why didn't the flower children learn their lesson?]

For a time, Kirsten’s murder, like Helen’s, generated news. At first I fretted that Kirsten was receiving preferential treatment because she is white. [I'm sorry, but this guy brings moronic to a whole new level]

31 posted on 04/03/2013 2:33:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: cripplecreek

There aren’t any truly ‘safe’ areas in N.O. anymore. Before Katrina Lakeview was nice and rarely saw crime. Now it’s riddled with break-in’s, car thefts and robberies. The east is simply no-man’s-land. Metairie is about the only semi-decent area and there are pockets here of ‘ghetto-ization’ since Katrina that are just as bad as in the city. Criminals in cars have access to EVERY area. There is a young, black schoolteacher from California who has been missing almost a month. She was last seen in a popular bar in Lakeview, drove into City Park and vanished.
Locals know its not safe anywhere- its the naive tourists and newcomers who walk around thinking they are in a ‘funky’ scene from ‘Treme’. And the tourists aren’t safe in the Quarter either- despite the concentration of police there. You only hear about the killings- the assaults, beating, robberies, etc are never in the news. Too negative.


32 posted on 04/03/2013 2:38:52 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

It is safer in Somalia.


33 posted on 04/03/2013 2:39:30 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: cripplecreek
I lived very rural. Very white. Very Wisconsin.

I attended a school board meeting where ways to improve on ACT and SAT were being discussed. I suggested that the four bars serving a town of 1,100 souls should close from 4:00PM until 7:00PM so parents would be home to help kids with homework and have dinner. You might have thought I committed a felony! My crime was to ask people to do for themselves what is their responsibility. I was not very popular after that.

I was however moved up in the ranking by the good teachers in the district. So I had that going for me................

Bad parenting is not a franchaise exclusive to blacks.

34 posted on 04/03/2013 2:41:57 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

I know several people who have had friends murdered in New Orleans.

Why don’t Obama and his Marxist friends go after the gang bangers?


35 posted on 04/03/2013 2:46:32 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: blackdog
Bad parenting is not a franchaise exclusive to blacks.

No its not. I'm seeing an increasingly rabid strain of white kids in the news these days and the reasons are the same.
36 posted on 04/03/2013 2:49:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

She definitely falls in the stupid white girl category. The guy who wrote the article is a civil rights lawyer so that will tell you something. I feel sorry for the poor girl but being a bleeding heart libtard can be fatal.


37 posted on 04/03/2013 3:04:24 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: ClearBlueSky
A post on NOLA.com is probably correct:

IMO this young man was targeted because he (more the likely) talked different, walked a little different, and looked different than the usual (residents) of the Leonidas area.

Being a young black male and an ‘outsider’ is a good way to find all the trouble you could ever want in may places in NOLA. While black on white crime is pretty common white people can move around in many of the black ‘villages’ in New Orleans without expecting to be set upon as ‘an outsider’.

38 posted on 04/03/2013 3:07:11 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: BBell

Maybe the writer of that article ought to just give up everything he has in SF and move to NOLA, experience the love first hand.

My daughter went to Tulane, pre-Katrina. Still, I was ever so happy the day she left that town. Every student in her small off-campus building had had their car broken into, a couple had been mugged. A friend who lived nearby said the very day they reopened Whole Food there was a purse snatching in the parking lot and another inside the store. Bad place to be.


39 posted on 04/03/2013 3:17:33 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: cripplecreek

Too late for that....its at least 3 generations deep...

Wall off the Inner City and let them rebuild a “society”.
Call it Australia the second.


40 posted on 04/03/2013 3:39:04 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

That might be because they’re importing the Somalis over here, and the lefty “social justice” churches are some of the prime culprits in doing so. Guess where one of the main areas they’re importing them to is? Minnesota.


41 posted on 04/03/2013 4:09:15 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

For the same reason judges let the gangbangers go. You don’t want to make VOTERS mad.
I’d like to know why the do-gooders and ‘we can reform them’ types don’t take a couple of the misunderstood darling home with them. Surely a healthy, loving family can make them all sweet and lovable.


42 posted on 04/03/2013 4:20:21 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

****He didn’t last a month in New Orleans!****

This also happened a few years ago when some naive girl went to NO to help with social work there.

She went out alone one night and was found raped and murdered in the gutter the next day.


43 posted on 04/03/2013 4:32:20 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The murals in OKC are destroyed.)
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To: blackdog
You might have thought I committed a felony! My crime was to ask people to do for themselves what is their responsibility.

You did commit a crime against liberty. You suggested forcing folks to do the right thing, and suggesting that folks without kids also change their behavior in communal solidarity.

Do you really think that folks shut out of happy hour won't drink anyway?

Maybe you'd find your ideas more welcomed in NYC.

44 posted on 04/04/2013 8:39:27 AM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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