We traveled further into southern Louisiana where I was interviewed by the Houma Diocese Catholic newspaper. After explaining the Pro-Life part of my platform, I was asked how I differed from “conservative Republicans” on other issues. I said St. Benedict believed we should treat the environment as we do the “sacred vessels of the altar.” I said I believed that too. (We’d actually like to end pollution, altogether.) I said with 24,000 people starving to death worldwide that we’re asking Americans to cut back dramatically on their lifestyles and help much more in the Third World. I said we’re spending millions on “weapons of mass destruction” to keep oursleves safe, while these people starve. And I said I thought that was a social justice travesty… We then headed further into ‘Cajun Country’ where I interviewed Steve Harrington. He said during Hurricane Rita (which hit shortly after Katrina), his Vermilion Parish was totally flooded in swells that were as high as those of Katrina. Steve said right after the storm hit — and before the government got there — some 300 pleasure and fishing boats were scrambled by local people to pick up everyone in their homes. As a result, there were no drownings in Vermilion Parish. “We’re Cajuns. We take care of our own,” Steve smiled. Note: I asked Steve what was the most poignant thing he encountered during Hurricane Rita. He said during the height of the storm, he couldn’t get his dog, a Labrador Retriever, to come in from off the porch. Steve said every time another piece of siding, or a shingle, or whatever… blew off his home, the dog would race into the yard, retrieve it, and bring it back to the porch.