September 04, 2005

Breaking Our Hearts

We should expect a death toll in the thousands, emphasis mine:

... This morning, a woman's body remained lying at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Magazine Street - a business area in the lower Garden District with antique shops on the edge of blighted housing. The body had been there since at least Wednesday.

As days passed, people covered her with blankets or plastic.

By Sunday, a short wall of bricks had been built around her body, holding down a plastic tarpaulin. On it, someone had spray-painted a cross and the words, "Here lies Vera. God help us."

The president of Jefferson Parish on Meet the Press, emphasis mine:

.... MR. BROUSSARD: Sir, they were told like me, every single day, "The cavalry's coming," on a federal level, "The cavalry's coming, the cavalry's coming, the cavalry's coming." I have just begun to hear the hoofs of the cavalry. The cavalry's still not here yet, but I've begun to hear the hoofs, and we're almost a week out.

Let me give you just three quick examples. We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water, trailer trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn't need them. This was a week ago. FEMA--we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. The Coast Guard said, "Come get the fuel right away." When we got there with our trucks, they got a word. "FEMA says don't give you the fuel." Yesterday--yesterday--FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, "No one is getting near these lines." Sheriff Harry Lee said that if America--American government would have responded like Wal-Mart has responded, we wouldn't be in this crisis.

... that have worked 24/7. They're burned out, the doctors, the nurses. And I want to give you one last story and I'll shut up and let you tell me whatever you want to tell me. The guy who runs this building I'm in, emergency management, he's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, "Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?" And he said, "Yeah, Mama, somebody's coming to get you. Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday." And she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night. ...

Why the Red Cross wasn't in New Orleans, emphasis mine:

  • Acess to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.

  • The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.

  • The Red Cross has been meeting the needs of thousands of New Orleans residents in some 90 shelters throughout the state of Louisiana and elsewhere since before landfall. All told, the Red Cross is today operating 149 shelters for almost 93,000 residents.

Jeanne at Body and Soul has been too angry to write some days, though she has found some choice words about the racism on parade and the Republican plan to help Katrina victims by cutting taxes.

Pharyngula (hat tip to the Daou Report) points out that the Republican agenda is to turn the United States into a third-world shithole by governing badly. He said it, but we were all thinking it. How could they do this to our country?

Maybe they can do it because the religious right is jumping for joy over this disaster. Click over to become a believer in evil incarnate.

Posted by natasha at September 4, 2005 02:22 PM | US News | Technorati links |

Thank you - reported portion of MTP transcript at my digest.

Why was the earlier part of that transcript all over the media yesterday but not where a mother died?

It is under a photo of my nephew and his new daughter. He has been sent back to Iraq for a 3rd time because of his commander wanting a promotion.

Breaking My Heart,


Posted by: Easter Lemming Liberal News at September 6, 2005 06:30 PM