>I say, any dumbass who actually wants to stay behind, gets left behind. It’s one thing to not have the means to evacuate due to your financial or health condition, it’s another to be stupid and stay in a toxic wasteland with no running water, electricity, food, or semblance of law.
Then again, I guess it’s just fear of the unknown that is keeping people in their useless homes. Part of me can’t blame the people for not wanting to leave their homes and surrender to the care of the government. The government hasn’t done a great job of taking care of people, lately.
“There will be ample time for people to figure out what went right, and what went wrong. What I’m interested (in) is helping save lives,” he said.
I see George Bush is using the Gambler spin on this crisis. Sing it with me…”Gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em…know when to place the blame, know when to strum. You never count your money when you’re corrupted by the oil biz. There’ll be time enough for blaming, when the rescuin’s done.”
It doesn’t quite rhyme, but you get the drift.
By the way, we don’t need a commission to figure out what happened. I know what happened…NOTHING.
“FEMA response and recovery operations are a top priority of the department and as we know, one of yours,” Brown wrote Chertoff. He proposed sending 1,000 Homeland Security Department employees within 48 hours and 2,000 within seven days.
That quote is just reinforces the stupidity of the people running things. Do these people have access to special government documents known as ENCYLCOPEDIAS? Jesus Christ! Just google the population of the cities along the Gulf Coast, use basic arithmetic, and any nitwit would know that 1,000 people are not going to cut rescue efforts. By seven days, most people stranded will be dead if they don’t have fresh water. You can only go three days without water before you die. Apparently, Brown and Chertoff missed that episode of CSI.
>Here’s some of the things that FEMA did in its first few days:
Refuse seven truckloads of water trucked in by Wal-Mart
Cut the communications lines to the Jefferson Parish emergency response HQ
Not allow a Coast Guard cutter loaded with diesel fuel to dock and distribute the fuel.
Oh, and on another note: The head of Northern Command, who was in charge of deploying troops in an emergency, had troops and personnel ready and waiting for two days to go to the disaster area. All that he needed was the go-ahead from Bush. Just a one-page fax. A signature. A phone call. None came. For two days.
Nice country we live in.
>i’m really beginning to believe what kanye west said was true.
‘george bush doesn’t care about black people’
>You should believe that Bush doesn’t care about anyone, black or white, who isn’t wealthy.
>It’s all about the cash. Whoever has it, has George Bush’s interest.
>what you said about the people that actually want to stay in NOLA – how they’re afraid of what would happen if they left or where they’d end up – a fear of the unknown – this is so true. but i can’t help getting moved emotionally by the stories of the communities who are taking in the displaced… and thinking of how drastically their lives have changed. for the kids, it’s new schools, new friends… but for the adults, this might just be the beginning of a new and better life, you know? maybe their circumstances in NOLA weren’t that great, but now they’re in brand new places with a chance to essentially start over… i can’t help wondering if some of these people, though they all they had before, if they’re not in some way excited or relieved to get this second chance… you know?
jesus, that was a long post… sorry, sfchick 🙂
>that should say “though they lost all they had before”