liz_marcs (liz_marcs) wrote,

  • Mood:

Hurricane Katrina: Breaking News Links and Ranting

Once more pimping:

The American Red Cross relief efforts. Choose "Hurricane 2005" relief on the donations page.

Second Harvest, the food bank network, relief efforts. To donate funds, go here.

Nice to see Condi Rice has her fucking priorities in order.

Shoe shopping. Always should be a number one priority for high-powered chicks in times of national crisis. And don't forget to get pissed at people who remind you that you've got a job to do and that you're not doing it.

Go the Tough New York Broad who gave Condi what-for and found herself escorted out of the store by security.

Also looks like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Commerce Department also have their priorities in order.

HELLO! HELLO! We have a fucking national crisis going on!

I've got a massively good idea!

Cancel the Propaganda March on September 11 and focus on rescuing people in the Gulf States. I'm pretty sure people will totally understand, especially since HHS is one of the main agencies that should be focused on health and sanitation for refugees as well as dealing with the health situation in NOLA. Just sayin'.

Oh, and by the way, when the staunchly ultra-Conservative Republican Manchester Union-Leader essentially calls Bush on not doing his job, you know that an awful lot of people are going to remember that he ate cake while NOLA flooded and descended into chaos.

I don't care what our Preznit said today, the Times-Picayune is reminding everyone willing to take a peak at their electronic archives that we've known for years something like this was coming. FEMA warned that this very scenario was going to happen in 2001. Oh, and sir, looking out the window of Air Force One while you fly over NOLA at 3,000 feet does not spell "I care" to me. However, it does reinforce my idea that you're incapable of sympathizing with anyone not you.

And before anyone starts playing "blame Clinton" (because you know some right-wing fucker will), in 1995 Congress authorized the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project (SELA), which involved massive funds getting pumped into the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to upgrade flood protections for NOLA. In 2003, that money got cut in favor of tax breaks and for diversion to Iraq.

Kinda like how roughly 3,000 National Guardsmen from hard hit Louisianna and Mississippi combined are in Iraq, along with their equipment. This leaves a mere 3,500 members of the Louisianna National Guard to keep the peace not just in NOLA, but statewide.

Let's put this in perspective: in 1992, President Bush I send 25,000 troops into Florida to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. And by the way, President Bush I was criticized by everyone and their brother at the time for not being responsive enough to the misery following Hurricane Andrew.

Furthermore, we knew on Friday that the Mississippi and Louisianna were screwed.

So if anyone in the federal government claims they had no fucking clue that our fellow citizens in the Gulf States were in the crosshairs, they are lying their asses off.

Don't let them get away with it.

Don't let this go down the memory hole.

The Times-Picayune, WWLTV — NOLA, and Editor & Publisher aren't going to let you.

And whatever you do, do not go to CNN. It'll only make you furious, angry, and you'll want to cry. The people of NOLA have, in effect, been abandoned.

If this pisses anyone off? Tough. I'm just the messenger. I can't make this shit up if I tried.

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.