I. Am. Pissed.
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.
The National Guard and the Department of Homeland Security will not let the Red Cross into NOLA.
The official release on the American Red Cross Website.
Here's why Homeland Security will not let the Red Cross in, according to the Red Cross:
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.
So, let me get this straight:
They won't let people leave NOLA. (see the rest of this post)
They're not getting aid to the people at the Convetion Center and other areas, which every 24-hour news network has been covering in detail. (see the rest of this post)
But to encourage people to leave (which they can't) and to prevent people from comming in to the city (can't do that either), Homeland Security will not let the Red Cross into the city. The National Guard has ordered the Red Cross to stay away.
What country am I living in right now? Because I don't remember living in this country last week.
People are not allowed to leave NOLA
naol posted on this on his LJ earlier this evening. I wanted a link for proof because I couldn't believe this was true, but he didn't have one. It took some patience to wait for it to come up on the Web, but the indispensible Crooks and Liars finally has it.
Be patient for the video to load.
Shepard Smith and Geraldo Rivera lose their shit on the air over on FOXNews. They then proceed to shout down Sean Hannity who tries once or twice to head back to the White House talking points.
Refugees have now been at the NOLA Convention Center for six days. No food. No water. No help.
The Feds have locked them in the Convention Center.
There are dead bodies on the second floor.
People are dying.
There is a blockade around NOLA and troops on the ground are not letting people leave.
Watch this video right now.
Then we've got to start making some goddamn noise because this is fucking inhumane.
FEMA knows they're there. Troops on the ground know they're there.
This is what Mayor Nagin was yelling about.
No less than Paula Zahn and Ted Koppel told our loser of a FEMA director about it. On Thursday.
It gets better.
That whole, "We had no warning"? On August 28 the Governor of Louisianna sent this letter with a list of things the state figured they'd need when Katrina took aim at NOLA. That would be Saturday. Yet another bullet (one of many I've found in my half-assed Google-fu-ing) in the brain of this little "we didn't know" lie.
Oh, remember the Heroic Bus Thief? The one who saved 70 to 100 complete strangers by grabbing the bus and hauling ass out of town? The kid may be charged with a crime.(audio only)
CNN is calling on administration officials for lying to us.
Tim Russert smells a rat too and he says what I've been thinking all week.
AP notes that the administration's happy face on relief efforts is just one more lie on top of the tissue of whoopers we've heard from this administration for five years. Then it catalogs all of them. Think about it. AP. A-fucking-P, the newswire service that wouldn't say shit if its mouth was full of it, is calling bullshit.
Heads should roll.
The incompetent rescue efforts ranging from NOLA to the people abandoned in Mississippi.
The Senate sure as hell isn't about to forget, it looks like.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Joseph Leiberman, D-Conn., are starting an inquiry next week when the full Senate is back in session.
Do not let this fall off the radar.
This isn't just incompetence. This is criminal incompetence.
I'm now officially too pissed to sleep.