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Re: Katrina cont > today


Re > WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP???

I wrote earlier about an editorial that addressed the destruction of FEMA by
the current administration.
I received an email from Canada that in part said that the article she was
sending didn't address "the fact that 69%
of the citizens of New Orleans are black
Americans, the backdrop to the Bush
administration's decision last year to
drastically cut federal funds to re-enforce the
levees because the money was needed for Iraq. Or
the fact that many of those left behind to face
the storm couldn't leave because they depended
exclusively on public transportation...

The federal govt has dumped much of this on the state and local level which
is just not able to handle something of this magnitude.  Instead they are
twiddling their thumbs while spewing a bunch of platitudes and regurgitated
sound bytes.

Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Franzman" <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 8:12 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Katrina cont > today


> Kitty, THIS IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE!  To think the wealthiest country on
> earth has bungled this so badly.  WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP???
>
> I am not a Bush basher in general but this is overwhelming!
>
> David
> http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "kmrsy" <kmrsy@netzero.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 6:23 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Katrina cont > today
>
>
> > David, Jim alluded to this earlier and said the NG is not enough; I
> > replied,
> > but at that time I was still at work.  Since then I came home, took a
> > quiet
> > stroll around my comfortable dry garden with my cats and then sat down
> > when
> > the 6:30 Natl news came on.  I was astounded at what I saw on NBC.   CBS
> > and
> > ABC made mention, but NBC was very demanding about the circumstances -
> > even
> > got the FEMA director on and fired questions at him point by
point....all
> > of
> > which he dodged with a lot of blather.  He said he just found out today
> > that
> > people were at the convention center and that they were working on
getting
> > food and water to them.  Pushed for a timetable by NBC, he would not
> > commit.
> >
> > Some of the people at the convention center were unbearably desperate.
> > Babies barely able to wake up, diabetics in need of insulin, children
and
> > elderly dying of dehydration.  WHERE THE HECK IS THE HELP?  They showed
NG
> > and police vehicles driving through, but offering no help.  One man,
> > crying
> > said he had swum with his 2 dogs for 8 hrs; boats passed him and refused
> > to
> > pick him up.  People trapped on downtown rooftops wondering where the
help
> > is.  They've seen no one and no respite.
> >
> > While I was at work and pretty much unaware of what others were
following
> > on
> > TV, I didn't realize how bad it is and it will be even worse if this
admin
> > doesn't get off its collective a**.  NBC mentioned that 20 countries
have
> > made offers of food, money, generators, you name it, but the
> > administration
> > has accepted NONE of it because they are busy thinking it over trying to
> > decide what they need most.  Supposedly our govt is making money
available
> > for relief efforts but they can't release it until this weekend after
> > congress members can get back and vote on it. Oh for CRYIN OUT LOUD.
> > People
> > are dying out there and we have to go through channels.
> >
> >
> >
> > Kitty
> > neIN, Z5
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "David Franzman" <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 7:14 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Katrina cont > today
> >
> >
> >> Did you folks see the thousands stranded at the convention center?
> >> Nobody
> >> had gotten to them yet...we're talking thousands of people.  They are
> >> dropping dead on the sidewalk.  No water, no food no FEMA. How
difficult
> > is
> >> it to set up a mobile kitchen and start to feed folks?  They can feed
> >> thousands of soldiers in an airlift why can't they do it here?  They
> > should
> >> have done it three days ago.
> >>
> >> There are towns in Mississippi that haven't seen anything of a federal
> >> presence.  Where are they?  It has been days.  I think that the
> >> Administration has really blown this.  They tried to take a back seat
to
> >> state and local governments somehow not understanding that those
entities
> >> are completely overwhelmed.  This has to be a national effort.  Why
don't
> >> they get that?  The leadership must come from the top.  Enough of the
> >> platitudes they are days late already and each day more people die.
How
> >> long with they wait?
> >>
> >> David
> >> http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
> >> ----- Original Message ----- 
> >> From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 4:00 PM
> >> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Katrina cont > today
> >>
> >>
> >> > Don't want to sound picky, but if you are hungry, thirsty, and
> >> > disenfranchised, "sending in National Guard troops" doesn't quite cut
> > it.
> >> > National Guard troops are what the Fox News thumb suckers say they
> >> > need.
> >> > What the folks really need is help. Real help. Food, water, and a way
> > out
> >> > of that mess. Now. Not when Haliburton gets a contract. Now. Now.
Now.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > On Sep 1, 2005, at 7:33 PM, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing
> > Center
> >> > wrote:
> >> >
> >> >> They are sending in National Guard troops, Jim, but it's a shame so
> > many
> >> >> of
> >> >> our NG are on the other side of the world instead of here where we
> >> >> need
> >> >> them.  We are just spread soooooooo thin.  Yeah, be patient.  I bet
> > many
> >> >> of
> >> >> those people feel so lost and abandoned.
> >> >>
> >> >> Kitty
> >> >>
> >> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> >> From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> >> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> >> Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 12:56 PM
> >> >> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Katrina cont > today
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>> The drama that is unfolding in NOLa today is mind-blowing. Dead
> >> >>> bodies
> >> >>> piling up in the streets, tens of thousands of people isolated
> >> >>> without
> >> >>> food and water, the mayor sending out a national SOS--while his
> >> >>> excellency and his bureaucrats tug at their underwear and keep
saying
> >> >>> "Be patient." Absolutely incredible.
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Island Jim
> >> >>> Southwest Florida
> >> >>> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> >> >>> Hardiness Zone 10
> >> >>> Heat Zone 10
> >> >>> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> >> >>> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
> >> >>>
> >>
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> >> > Island Jim
> >> > Southwest Florida
> >> > 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> >> > Hardiness Zone 10
> >> > Heat Zone 10
> >> > Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> >> > Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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