Friday, September 02, 2005

NOW the military arrives....sheesh

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From CNN NG truck finally arrives with supplies! (Not enough for over 20,000 people, just a tiny bit but better than nothing!)

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

With great fan fare, our military finally rides to the rescue. It certainly took long enough. Just like on 9/11, as precious minutes ticked past, everyone floundered even though the authorities knew there were multiple hijackings while the first two planes were still over Mass. airspace, so in this case, over a week after we all knew a catagory 4/5 hurricane was going to nail New Orleans, the military finally drags themselves over to the scene of destruction.

This reminds me when NYC was going bankrupt and they let the ambulance service deteriorate. I was bleeding to death. I had to wait 20 minutes for one to come, the Police Capt, Hill, sat with me, yelling on the radio, he was about to go drive me in his own car when the ambulance showed up and broke down. He ordered another and I survived.

Barely.

I then threatened to sue NYC but the deal was, they would fire the head of the ambulance services and revamp it to work and then fund it properly. I went with my Congress people to DC to demand the Feds provide basic services so we could survive.

From CNN:
Police outnumbered and outgunned

Overnight, police snipers were stationed on the roof of their precinct, trying to protect it from gunmen roaming through the city, CNN's Chris Lawrence reported.

One New Orleans police sergeant compared the situation to Somalia and said officers were outnumbered and outgunned by gangs in trucks.

"It's a war zone, and they're not treating it like one," he said, referring to the federal government. (Watch the video report on explosions and gunfire -- 2:12)

The officer hitched a ride to Baton Rouge Friday morning, after working 60 hours straight in the flooded city. He has not decided whether he will return.

He broke down in tears when he described the deaths of his fellow officers, saying many had drowned doing their jobs. Other officers have turned in their badges as the situation continues to deteriorate.

In one incident, the sergeant said gunmen fired rifles and AK-47s at the helicopters flying overhead.

He said he saw bodies riddled with bullet holes, and the top of one man's head completely shot off.

Lt. Gen Steven Blum of the National Guard said that as many as 2,600 National Guard troops were expected to arrive in Louisiana Friday to join the nearly 2,000 who went in Thursday.
Deaths of fellow officers? We know so very little. I read one story about how some police are in the Ritz, literally, and happy as can be, they are not patrolling. From CNN:
Black members of Congress expressed anger Friday at what they said was a slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

"It looks dysfunctional to me right now," said Rep. Diane Watson, D-California.

She and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, along with members of the Black Leadership Forum, National Conference of State Legislators, National Urban League and the NAACP, held a news conference and charged that the response was slow because those most affected are poor.

Many also are black, but the lawmakers held off on charging racism.

"The issue is not about race right now," said Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio. "There will be another time to have issues about color."
Bubble boy just got his selected black person being comforted by the Big White Dude photo op and now he is armed and ready for any charges of racism. Condi isn't there, of course.

Showing patronizing comfort while withholding real aid is a common tactic. They do this all the time. It makes it very difficult to be angry when the Boss Man is in the room, shedding tears for your situation which HE caused in the first place. As soon as he leaves, Boss Man wipes his boots and shoves from his mind, the person he was with. They never see or hear from him again and when he screws with them from far away (do you really think they will rebuild housing for the very poor in New Orleans and move them back in????) they can't do anything, being scattered and with no resources.

This is a dangerous time for minorities. The white majority is fading and already, in Texas, there are more minorities than whites but they don't vote heavily enough to get anyone past the gerrymandered districting designed to keep their influence at a minimum. Now a tidalwave of poor blacks are going to tip Texas' scales even more. I see real trouble ahead.

Foreseeing problems is what I exist to do. Analyse social/politcal/economic and scientific matters and set events into the framework and then make predictions.

I am betting that when New Orleans is all fixed up, the number of poor miniorities will be trimmed very severely.

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