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Thursday, September 01, 2005

New Orleans on Our Minds

I did a bit of "Next Blog" navigating. A large number of the random blogs that came up had posts about the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina.Many blogs have links to the Red Cross, the Humane Society and other organizations for the support and rescue of humans and animals.

All of them were angry at President Bush and FEMA. Some of you in my blogsphere have also posted about it. All seem to agree that things are not being done right.

Several covered this incident:
FEMA Director Mike Brown just stated on CNN that "the federal government only learned of the people at the Superdome today [September 1]."

I missed this news conference - did any of you see/hear it? Is this true? Those people have been there for three or four days and just now FEMA learns about it? An expert (I need to start noting names) said "if your journalists can get to these places to do your reporting, why can't [the military, FEMA, etc.]?" A woman in the Conference Center in New Orleans said to a reporter "we can drop food and water to people in Iraq, but we can't take care of our own people here?" She certainly has a point.

All kinds of Katrina-New Orleans images are on these blogs, too. I came across a few in other languages, too. Some go on for awhile, some just mention quietly how sad it all is. One simply said FIRE GEORGE BUSH!

I went thru quite a few before I thought about actually saving the addresses. In case you're curious:

http://svenvaterhous.blogspot.com/
http://halloweenpark.blogspot.com/
http://ob-la-blog.blogspot.com/
http://keepingthehome.blogspot.com/
http://standinthetrenches.blogspot.com/
http://abudiwa.blogspot.com/
http://wasitsomethingisaid.blogspot.com/
http://austinobserver.blogspot.com/
http://detroitdude.blogspot.com/
http://plaidthumbtack.blogspot.com/
http://akosiatche.blogspot.com/
http://rezags.blogspot.com/
http://draggletail.blogspot.com/
http://mootmontage.blogspot.com/
http://adisciplesdeliberations.blogspot.com
http://www.warrentonwatch.com/

AND I discovered that today is Hurricane Katrina: Blog for Relief Day. I didn't realize that. At that site there is a long list of blogs that registered for the event. I did know from doug's blog that a4g was having an Offend-a-thon to raise funds for relief.

7 Comments:

At 12:39 AM, Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Bush has yet to answer to the public about why the federal response has been so poor. Is there even a FEMA anymore?

And what is being done to get people the stuff they need? Airdrops maybe? How about sending in the Marines with landing craft to get people out? Land C-130 cargo planes on the remaining highways, and airlift people to the planes using those large "banana helicoptor" things - then fly them to someplace with food and water.

It all makes me too angry to think.

Bush will not be able to deflect blame on this matter. There are no terrorists to blame, cant blame France or Germany, can not blame the U.N., and cant blame Clinton. He WILL have to answer to the people.

I hope someone throws an egg at his ass when he does.

 
At 2:04 AM, Blogger schnoodlepooh said...

If you go to alwaysvictoria.com, she is a blog relief thing going on. She will contribute $1 for every comment she receives.

It's VERY VERY sad to see the city of New Orleans. I'm just overwhelmed by the magnitude of it all, totally evacuating the city, finding/removing the dead, drying out, rebuilding the entire city and infrastructure - I can't even imagine how it will all be done. And what will happen to all of those people in the meantime - no homes, no jobs, no money, no car, no clothes, no nothing... Pretty devastating.

 
At 8:14 AM, Blogger Doug said...

How could FEMA have not known about the people in the Superdome? They don't get basic cable?

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger United We Lay said...

They knew. BBC and Spanish news reported it on Tuesday.

 
At 10:49 AM, Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Thank you for all these links.

It is amazing to me, how this president, has yet to go to the ravaged area even for a visit. Can you imagine if this diaster would have occurred in Texas.

It is shameful how this govenment is failing to repsond to this disasster.

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I can't go along with all this blaming stuff.
I support those who are working to help.
Thousands have been rescued and helped, and there are thousands more who desperately need help.
Those from the Pres down to local officials are working hard and will be blamed by others who are sitting on the sidelines hunting for things they didn't do right.
Blame, blame, blame...
Those who are working hands-on flying rescue missions, setting up thousands of cots, unloading boxes, preparing food, administering medical help, etc...don't have time to blame.
The magnitude of this natural catastrophe is unlike anything our nation has faced. There are problems, huge ones, and resolving them is what matters.
I have only read one blogger that is working hands-on with refugees at this moment. Others are on the sidelines just like I am.
I am so thankful for those who are there and for what they are doing to help.

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Yes, the president needed to act faster.

However, my main beef is with the State of Louisiana. Why didn't the governor shut all the schools for a week, direct all the busses to N.O., and evacuate those people?

And the mayor of New Orleans? What was he doing to prepare his city? I've seen pictures of hundreds of school busses underwater. Why didn't he use those to get people out BEFORE the storm hit?

The best government is local. Yes, this was unprecedented and requires federal help, but I get tired of listening to those who want to sling the mud only at Washington.

Don’t forget to send your cards and letters to the governor of Louisiana if you want to play the blame game. Ask them what they were doing, knowing that the "big one" was only a matter of time.

Thanks for the links dddragon, I'll be visiting them.

 

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