Wednesday, September 07, 2005



By Elaine Meinel Supkis

From Yahoo News:
Brown's memo told employees that among their duties, they would be expected to "convey a positive image of disaster operations to government officials, community organizations and the general public."
Everything with the Bush bureaurocracy is about appearances. Smoke and mirrors. All papered over, glossy surface hiding defective goods, shoddy work, broken promises. It is all photo ops without any operative parts, the ultimate Potemkin President.

This mental illness pervades DC. All they care about is how they are preened by the press and how people view them. Substanceless and ghastly, they are like an old whore with a painted face.
"FEMA response and recovery operations are a top priority of the department and as we know, one of yours," Brown wrote Chertoff. He proposed sending 1,000 Homeland Security Department employees within 48 hours and 2,000 within seven days.
See? The plan was all along to send in as few people as possible. Enough to make it look as if DC had some interest in seeing things done but not enough to do much of anything. And then, after dwadling for two days, send in a pitiful few more a week later? Insane!
Knocke said the 48-hour period suggested for the Homeland employees was to ensure they had adequate training. "They were training to help the life-savers," Knocke said.

Employees required a supervisor's approval and at least 24 hours of disaster training in Maryland, Florida or Georgia. "You must be physically able to work in a disaster area without refrigeration for medications and have the ability to work in the outdoors all day," Brown wrote.
Huh? Whiile people are drowning, they are going to give swimming lessons? What planet do they...oh, Mars.
The same day Brown wrote Chertoff, Brown also urged local fire and rescue departments outside Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi not to send trucks or emergency workers into disaster areas without an explicit request for help from state or local governments. Brown said it was vital to coordinate fire and rescue efforts.
Not only did they force people to wait, FEMA spent most of their feeble energy preventing any rescues. The idea that no one can "ask" when there are no telephones or radios or anything...well, this is the Potemkin Bush team. Phantoms of the Operatives.
Meanwhile, the airline industry said the government's request for help evacuating storm victims didn't come until late Thursday afternoon. The president of the Air Transport Association, James May, said the Homeland Security Department called then to ask if the group could participate in an airlift for refugees.
By MONDAY, the airport was functionable! FEMA and Homeland Security (sic) have laws in place allowing the President to activate the airlines and impress them into service in an emergency! It wasn't even thought of until THURSDAY and only after many people on the blogs and elsewhere screamed themselves hoarse (I included) trying to force these clowns into activating this law!

From Tribune Newspapers:
In the chaos that was Causeway Boulevard, this group of refugees stood out: a 6-year-old boy walking down the road, holding a 5-month-old, surrounded by five toddlers who followed him around as if he were their leader.

They were holding hands. Three of the children were about 2, and one was wearing only diapers. A 3-year-old girl, who wore colorful barrettes on the ends of her braids, had her 14-month-old brother in tow. The 6-year-old spoke for all of them, and he told rescuers his name was Deamonte Love.

Thousands of human stories have flown past relief workers in the last week, but few have touched them as much as the seven children who were found wandering together Thursday at an evacuation point in downtown New Orleans.

In the Baton Rouge headquarters of the rescue operation, paramedics tried to coax their names out of them; nurses who examined them stayed up that night, brooding.

Transporting the children alone was "the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, knowing that their parents are either dead" or that they had been abandoned, said Pat Coveney, a Houston emergency medical technician who put them into the back of his ambulance and drove them out of New Orleans.
The helicopter crew seperated the parents from these children, flew them out alone and then left them on a highway with no one in attendance, nothing. Not a word. And then never picked up the parents!

When the parents finally were saved, they couldn't find the children! Horrors. Eventually, thanks to the press, all were united again, tonight. FEMA is supposed to have someone at a drop off point, taking down names and sorting through them, lining htem up and examining them for injuries, etc. Of course, there were none, not even the appearance of any.

I read in the news today, there is so much, that firemen volunteered to go to New Orleans to help the grossly overworked firemen there. Finally, after agitating about going in, FEMA flew them into...a Bush photo op! They were asked to pose artfully for him to deliver a 9/11 mirror speech, reliving his great moment, his trifecta of death.

Furious, they demanded to be taken to the fires.

This Potemkin Antoinette is now running amock at the scene of the disaster, tying up services, halting rescues so his bubble can extend all over the place, protecting HIM, just so he can get pictures of himself hugging desperate people. Everyone thinks he is bringing help but he doesn't. The bubble moves on and everyone goes with it since massaging his ego is the number one task of his merry men.

From Americablog
The headline, of course, in most of the papers on Tuesday — “New Orleans Dodged a Bullet,” or words to that effect. At that time, when those words were in our minds, we started working issues before we were asked, and on Tuesday, at the direction of the secretary and the deputy secretary, we went to each of the services. I called each of the chiefs of the services. One-by-one I called them and said, we don’t know what we will be asked for yet. The levees and the floodwalls had just broken and we know some of what will be asked because we had some requests for assistance already. There is probably going to be more.
All the image polishers who surround Bush in his bubble are babbling this line. All of them. It pops up over and over. Evidently, no one in DC watches TV or reads the internet. They wait for their pigeons to arrive with messages or maybe the stray Wells Fargo pony to come gallopping up. This is exactly how they operated on 9/11, too. The 9/11 Commission promised to change all that but didn't change a thing.

Here is a Reuters reporter who was on the scene the whole time: From Yahoo news:
After a full glass milk bottle thrown my way crashed to the street about 10 feet away I decided I should keep moving, and that's when I found her. An 89-year-old woman, still in her hospital gown, still sitting in her wheelchair, but slumped over and barely conscious with a crowd around her pouring water on her head. She briefly opened her eyes, groaned and then stopped moving.

A military truck passed with a lone soldier in the back with an automatic rifle on his lap, hunkered down as if to hide from the crowd that was appealing to him to stop for the woman. The truck kept moving. I doubt whether the woman woke up.

I went back to my car to get another camera with a telephoto lens after deciding the crowd was more positive toward the press than negative, but when I got there I discovered my instincts were wrong.

The car's window had been smashed and my second camera and the laptop I used to transmit the pictures were gone.

I found colleague Jason Reed who had come in the day before, and used his laptop to send in my pictures. I now had just one camera and lens to work with, and Reuters determined that after a week covering the storm I had put in my time. I was sent home to rest and resupply.

When I left I took with me two local residents, one of them a 60-year-old veteran with Parkinson's who could barely walk. When I got him to a hotel in Houston five hours later, he said "I'm going to pray for you every night."
He is the photographer who took the sad picture of the dying woman being attended by concerned minority citizens. The beautiful face of the lady holding up her head still fills me with wonder and tears. That such tenderness to total strangers existed in that cauldron of hell shows the vast potential of the human spirit. Unfortunately, like a host of others, the elderly woman died. They took all these old people and simply dropped them off on the street. Overwhelmed by events, virtually no help, they simply tossed them whereever they could, like rag dolls.

From Yahoo news:
"It is going to be a very difficult process, I think the emotional toll is going to be substantial," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned Monday, referring to the grisly process of collecting victims' bodies as the waters of New Orleans recede.

Thousands of people are feared dead in the city of jazz, which was turned into a fetid swamp when its dykes burst after Katrina struck the US Gulf Coast a week ago.

Even ordinary Americans who have watched the devastation and its horrific consequences unfold from afar are not immune from the effects of the storm, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies warned.

"During this time of immense suffering and anxiety, NJAMHA reminds everyone, even those watching on TV far away from the affected areas, to be mindful of their mental health," the association's chief executive Debra Wentz said.
Now here this: the mentally ill, the ones who can understand the news, have gotten the message loud and clear. The sick and disabled are to fend for themselves. The government shows little desire in keeping them alive. This is, to say the least, extremely depressing! It depresses me!

Sweet of Jerkoff to note this!
"It is perfectly natural to feel anxious or depressed at this time, but it is important for individuals to be aware of the symptoms that could indicate a more serious problem," she said in a statement.

Among the warning signs of Katrina-related stress are loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, recurrent nightmares, loss of concentration, irritability, excessive sweating and trembling, irrational fear and a feeling of helplessness, experts say.
There is nothing irrational with being fearful right now. Everyone is on notice that if you are a child or old or disabled, you are doomed if anything goes wrong!

The serious problem is all the Bush people sleeping soundly tonight. This terrifies me. You can see it in their faces. They want to put on a show of caring but even now, like Babs Bush did so famously in Texas, blurt out the truth: they hate the victims of this storm and wish them ill.

Hitler hated the disabled. The first gas chambers were for them, at the hospitals. He murdered his last living cousin! She was a schizophrenic. Garf.
But psychiatrist Thomas Insel, head of the National Institute of Mental Health, insisted there was no reason for Americans to slip into dark defeatism, saying people were more resilient than one might think.
Gods be! What Bush and his crew of murderers fear the most is that no one slips into defeatism but goes on the warpath!

And guess what?

On to the warpath! The Sept. 24th demonstration in DC is going to be a roar to arrest Bush! See you all there!

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