Thursday, September 01, 2005



By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Here it comes! The collapse!

National Guard troops in armored vehicles poured into New Orleans on Thursday to curb the growing lawlessness that included shots fired at a helicopter airlifting people out of the Superdome and carjackings of buses helping with evacuations.

The operation to bus more than 20,000 people to the Houston Astrodome was suspended “until they gain control of the Superdome,” said Richard Zeuschlag, head of Acadian Ambulance, which was handling the evacuation of sick and injured people from the Superdome.

He said that military would not fly out of the Superdome either because of the gunfire and that the National Guard told him that it was sending 100 military police officers to gain control.
“That’s not enough,” Zeuschlag. “We need a thousand.”
Holy hell. When things collapse, you don't do the minimum, you do the maximum. It is so simple. When a catagory 4/5 hurricane comes, one just looks at pictures of Galveston and one knows what will happen next! They didn't have much looting at Galveston because virtually nothing was standing! But in San Francisco a few years later, they had the military occupy the city and shoot anyone that did anything forbidden! They moved the population over to Oakland and beyond and the military guarded them so they wouldn't be attacked or fall apart. And they brought in help. Like today, our military was being sent to far lands like the Philippines, to fight peasants.

It was a dangerous time but the cities hit were miniscule compared to modern New Orleans!
He said medics were calling him and crying for help because they were so scared of people with guns at the Superdome.

Shots were fired at a military helicopter over the Superdome before daybreak, he said, adding that when another evacuation helicopter tried to land at a hospital in the outlying town of Kenner overnight, the pilot reported that 100 people were on the landing pad, and some of them had guns.
Let's review the history of using helicpoters to move great masses of scared people: the Fall of Saigon.

Same problem, people clinging to it, people trying to hijack the helicopters, panic. People trampling each other. A ghostly echo in Iraq as a thousand people are trampled to death yesterday. Jets falling out of the sky all over the place this month. It is like we have fallen into a psychic black hole here as we approach 9/11.
In New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin on Wednesday night ordered the city's 1,500 police officers to leave their search-and-rescue mission and focus on stopping the looting.

Looters and armed gangs “are starting to get closer to heavily populated areas — hotels, hospitals and we’re going to stop it right now,” Nagin said.

Looters used garbage cans and inflatable mattresses to float away with food, blue jeans, tennis shoes, TV sets — even guns. The driver of a nursing-home bus surrendered the vehicle to thugs after being threatened.

Police were asking residents to give up any firearms before they evacuated neighborhoods because officers desperately needed the firepower: Some officers who had been stranded on the roof of a hotel said they were shot at.
Chalk up another win for the NRA. They are the lunatics who claim, an armed society is a polite society. Personally, I have noticed some of the most impolite people I have ever met were men pointing guns at me. Trust me, I have been shot at more than once in my life.
Wikipidia: The Newark riots---I used to lecture in the Central Ward there, talking about the police and how to take control of the community to make it safer. The scars of that riot were very obvious even in the mid 1980's.

Now look at what is happening in New Orleans!
Tempers were beginning to flare in the aftermath of the storm. Police said a man fatally shot his sister in the head over a bag of ice in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Case closed.

From Bloomberg news:

President George W. Bush moved to marshal federal resources in response to Hurricane Katrina, a natural catastrophe that holds economic and political peril for a leader already facing rising gasoline prices and falling approval ratings.

After cutting short his vacation and viewing the devastated region from the air on his way back to Washington, Bush yesterday braced the country for a recovery that ``will take years'' as he announced steps to launch federal agencies into the relief effort.

Bush's moves to demonstrate concern and engagement reflect a stark political reality, according to experts.

``There aren't a lot of votes to be gained by overseeing a disaster relief that is handled the way it should be, but there is a political downside to not doing enough, or not doing it fast enough,'' said Sacramento-based Republican consultant Dan Schnur, who worked for former California Governor Pete Wilson in the 1990s when that state was plagued by a series of natural disasters.
Showing concern after screwing up. Charming. Sort of like if Bush drove the car into the ditch yet again while drunk and telling his dad, "Geeze, I feel so bad about this! Maybe we can pull it out!"

Showing emotion or a picture of concern is a waste if it isn't stopping bad events. "Geeze, I feel so bad about the attacks," Bush said on 9/11. Then two years later, we learn that he was warned about the very same attacks a month earlier and did nothing to prepare for them and kept silent about it until the 9/11 Commission forced Condi Rice to spit it out. Then Bush did so only in secret.

And he wasn't impeached, he was "reelected"!

We are being punished collectively for allowing this man to run things. The fall out from the vast price gouging going on right now will be huge and insidious. Price inflation, anyone?

People paying for low interest loans will be happy but there won't be any future low interest loans, trust me on this. Already, loans are below the rate of inflation thanks to the Chinese but they are angry with us over the failed oil company purchase and they want to buy things like nuclear subs and missile technology from us so the extra $20+billion we now need for losing our major city will not be forthcoming unless we cough up some goodies for them.

The whole world is going to writhe under the whip of Americans bidding up the price of oil. If the government steps in and stops this by either rationing or nationalizing the oil companies (HAHAHAHA) then it might abate. Venezuela and Mexico are going to get very rich from all this. The utter irony is Venezuela who is offering us heating oil for the poor this winter. Amazing, isn't it? That old Socialist fox, Chavez.

Of course, like the Chinese, he has a demand. That we send Pat Robertson to Venezuela to stand trial. Ahem.

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