Sunday, September 04, 2005

don't blame him, he was on vacation. after all....what is he, the president of the United States or something???

American Red Cross Nurse with Baby

*NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 3 - Reeling from the chaos of this overwhelmed city, at least 200 New Orleans police officers have walked away from their jobs and two have committed suicide, police officials said on Saturday

*Waiting for help, Officers keep a lonely vigil

*Survivor struggles to get help for dead family -Matthew's mom, Geno Veva, spent the storm at Southern Mississippi Regional Center, a facility for mentally handicapped adults in Long Beach where she works.

*Babies cried. The sick huddled in the shade in wheelchairs or rested on cots. Dawn Ray, 40, was in tears, looking after an autistic niece who had soiled herself and her son who is blind and has cerebral palsy.

*Yesterday, he explained that management at the hospital decided to selectively withhold food and water from patients. Doctors are being forced to decide who gets to live and who will starve to death. The hospital is surrounded by 8 ft of flood water; there is no more electricity, food or water. Windows are broken out and people are starving.

*ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time. The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF.

*Echoing the mayor's prediction, Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Saturday she expected the death toll to reach the thousands. And Craig Vanderwagen, rear admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service, said one morgue alone, at a St. Gabriel prison, expected 1,000 to 2,000 bodies.

*City of Chicago offered feds emergency help last Sunday - feds said no

*He found an abandoned bus in New Orleans, packed it with survivors, and drove it to the Astrodome. The reaction of the officials? They're going to charge him with theft. Unbelievable.This kid is a hero. They should give him a medal. He evacuated 100 people faster than FEMA.

*He said police had broken into shops to feed survivors.

*Well after midnight, high time for an 8-year-old in braids to be tucked into bed, Yolanda Paul circled the Astrodome hoping to find lost relatives, including her daddy, Larry Paul. "In my heart, I believe they got out," said her mother, Rainee Grant, who had driven in from St. Louis with Yolanda and her baby sister to search the shelters, so far in vain.

*In 2004, the Corps essentially stopped major work on the now-breached levee system that had protected New Orleans from flooding. It was the first such stoppage in 37 years, the Times-Picayune reported.
"It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay," Jefferson Parish emergency management chief Walter Maestri told the newspaper. "Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."

*Newborns from the intensive care and well-baby units at Charity and University hospitals were taken to Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Marvin McGraw, spokesman for the LSU hospital system, wrote in a news release sent Saturday afternoon.
He said mental health patients and staff went to the Central Louisiana State Hospital at Pineville. Employees, students, and residents were taken to Baton Rouge or San Antonio, the statement said.

*New Orleans: Who is jamming communications and why?

*“I understand that the U.S. Forest Service had water-tanker aircraft available to help douse the fires raging on our riverfront, but FEMA has yet to accept the aid. When Amtrak offered trains to evacuate significant numbers of victims – far more efficiently than buses – FEMA again dragged its feet. Offers of medicine, communications equipment and other desperately needed items continue to flow in, only to be ignored by the agency.

*******If I masquerade as an doctor and kill someone through ignorance I would be guilty of manslaughter at the very least. If I am a political appointee who scored a cush job as a high level FEMA employee masquerading as an emergency responder and kill thousands through incompetence what am I guilty of? Let's just hope we find out.

thanks to stealthbadger , via majikthise


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