September 01, 2005

New Orleans

I am appalled and sicked by the tragedy in New Orleans and the Gulf States area. Particularly at what seems to be a bungled effort on the part of FEMA and the Bush Administration to get off their butts and help the people there. What has happened to the poor folks stranded at the Superdome is beyond comprehension.

It sure does seem like there is serious discrimination going on. If there were 25000 people stuck in the San Diego Sports Arena, or Madison Square Garden in New York, or, well, take your pick of venues around the nation, would the same situation be happening? Are all the delays strictly logistical or due to flooded conditions impeding access, or is there more to it, as in, these people chose to stay, now they should suffer the consequences? I just don't understand the treatment that these fellow United States citizens are having to endure. Why must the mayor practically beg for help? I don't understand.

Posted by brian at September 1, 2005 06:20 PM


It sickens me the Government it taking its sweet time helping New Orleans. I hop ethey will add another 10 billion to the Hurriccane bill they just passsed to build more refiniers here in America

Posted by: Jessica at September 1, 2005 10:33 PM

What happened to all those coordination and preparedness upgrades embodied by the Department of Homeland Security? Or does that not go into effect unless Katrina is declared a terrorist?

Posted by: Chris at September 2, 2005 11:07 AM

What's going on is definitely a tragedy, and I'm sure people aren't at their wisest, but you have to remember: we're talking about half a million people. Half a MILLION.

That's more people than I've met in my whole life, by a factor of maybe 100. I don't think it's possible for such a thing to go smoothly.

I'm sure the president and other people in power are acting unwisely, but look at how many people are being saved by how few people. It's something to build a memorial to: the whole city is dead, but more than 99% of the inhabitants are alive.

Posted by: Craig at September 2, 2005 11:54 AM

Just a comment on how wildly inappropriate the Google Adsense ads are on this particular blog post. I love how Google just doesn't get it at all, matching on the wrong thing and missing the point entirely.

Posted by: Brian Dear at September 3, 2005 12:51 PM

Yea the picture we see on CNN dont even compare to teh real horrors goign on down there. We should have invested more time adn resources and asked the world to do the same faster for this trajedy.

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