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Friday, September 02, 2005

We Want Help!



"This is a Desperate SOS"








[Gov. Kathleen Blanco and President Bush need to stop holding] "goddman press conferences" and "get their ass[es] on a plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now."



"I don't know whose problem it is. I don't know whether it's the governor's problem. I don't know whether it's the president's problem,"






"But somebody needs to get their ass on a plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now,"



"I don't want to see anybody hold anymore goddamn press conferences,"



"Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city. And then come to this city and stand with us, when their are [so many] military trucks and troops that we can't even count."






"Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here. They're not here. . . . I'm at the point now where it don't matter. People are dying. They don't have homes. They don't have jobs. The city of New Orleans will never be the same in this time."



New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin







Anderson Cooper Demands Answers




ANDERSON COOPER: Joining me from Baton Rouge is Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu. Senator, appreciate you joining us tonight. Does the federal government bear responsibility for what is happening now? Should they apologize for what is happening now?



SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D), LOUISIANA: Anderson, there will be plenty of time to discuss all of those issues, about why, and how, and what, and if. But, Anderson, as you understand, and all of the producers and directors of CNN, and the news networks, this situation is very serious and it's going to demand all of our full attention through the hours, through the nights, through the days.



Let me just say a few things. Thank President Clinton and former President Bush for their strong statements of support and comfort today. I thank all the leaders that are coming to Louisiana, and Mississippi, and Alabama to our help and rescue.



We are grateful for the military assets that are being brought to bear. I want to thank Senator Frist and Senator Reid for their extraordinary efforts.



Anderson, tonight, I don't know if you've heard -- maybe you all have announced it -- but Congress is going to an unprecedented session to pass a $10 billion supplemental bill tonight to keep FEMA and the Red Cross up and operating.



COOPER: Excuse me, Senator, I'm sorry for interrupting. I haven't heard that, because, for the last four days, I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated.






And when they hear politicians slap -- you know, thanking one another, it just, you know, it kind of cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman had been laying in the street for 48 hours. And there's not enough facilities to take her up.



Do you get the anger that is out here?



LANDRIEU: Anderson, I have the anger inside of me. Most of the homes in my family have been destroyed. Our homes have been destroyed. I understand what you're saying, and I know all of those details. And the president of the United States knows those details.



COOPER: Well, who are you angry at?



LANDRIEU: I'm not angry at anyone. I'm just expressing that it is so important for everyone in this nation to pull together, for all military assets and all assets to be brought to bare in this situation.



And I have every confidence that this country is as great and as strong as we can be do to that. And that effort is under way.



COOPER: Well, I mean, there are a lot of people here who are kind of ashamed of what is happening in this country right now, what is -- ashamed of what is happening in your state, certainly.






And that's not to blame the people who are there. It's a desperate situation. But I guess, you know, who can -- I mean, no one seems to be taking responsibility.



I mean, I know you say there's a time and a place for, kind of, you know, looking back, but this seems to be the time and the place. I mean, there are people who want answers, and there are people who want someone to stand up and say, "You know what? We should have done more. Are all the assets being brought to bare?"



LANDRIEU: Anderson, Anderson...



COOPER: I mean, today, for the first time, I'm seeing National Guard troops in this town.



LANDRIEU: Anderson, I know. And I know where you are. And I know what you're seeing. Believe me, we know it. And we understand, and there will be a time to talk about all of that. Trust me.






Shepards, Women and Children 1st





On Fox News, Shepherd Smith was on the phone, talking about how he was trapped in a hotel with thousands of New Orleans citizens. He was practically begging to be helicoptered out as his voice cracked. He said it would be unfair for him to remain there any longer because he and his crew would be taking needed food and water from others in the hotel. Why do I think that wouldn't exactly have been the response of the top reporters of the previous generation? If Smith and his crew stayed, but offered transportation that would have been given to him and his crew to the most elderly or needy citizens at the hotel, then he could stay and do his job and a few lives could be saved. Instead, he wanted out. He came there for a photo op, not to be stuck in a hotel without food and water and flushing toilets. Dan Rather, as cooky as he could be, wouldn't have been worried about clean underwear and a five-star meal. He wouldn't have been admitting on national TV he wanted a proverbial lifeboat before the women and children.


Wade Keller






God is Looking Down on This




NAGIN: I told him we had an incredible crisis here and that his flying over in Air Force One does not do it justice. And that I have been all around this city, and I am very frustrated because we are not able to marshal resources and we're outmanned in just about every respect.






You know the reason why the looters got out of control? Because we had most of our resources saving people, thousands of people that were stuck in attics, man, old ladies. ... You pull off the doggone ventilator vent and you look down there and they're standing in there in water up to their freaking necks.



And they don't have a clue what's going on down here. They flew down here one time two days after the doggone event was over with TV cameras, AP reporters, all kind of goddamn -- excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed.



WWL-AM: Did you say to the president of the United States, "I need the military in here"?



NAGIN: I said, "I need everything."






Now, I will tell you this -- and I give the president some credit on this -- he sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done, and his name is [Lt.] Gen. [Russel] Honore.



And he came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving. And he's getting some stuff done.



They ought to give that guy -- if they don't want to give it to me, give him full authority to get the job done, and we can save some people.



WWL: What do you need right now to get control of this situation?



NAGIN: I need reinforcements, I need troops, man. I need 500 buses, man. We ain't talking about -- you know, one of the briefings we had, they were talking about getting public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out here.






I'm like, "You got to be kidding me. This is a national disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans."



That's -- they're thinking small, man. And this is a major, major, major deal. And I can't emphasize it enough, man. This is crazy.



I've got 15,000 to 20,000 people over at the convention center. It's bursting at the seams. The poor people in Plaquemines Parish. ... We don't have anything, and we're sharing with our brothers in Plaquemines Parish.






It's awful down here, man.



WWL: Do you believe that the president is seeing this, holding a news conference on it but can't do anything until [Louisiana Gov.] Kathleen Blanco requested him to do it? And do you know whether or not she has made that request?



NAGIN: I have no idea what they're doing. But I will tell you this: You know, God is looking down on all this, and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are going to pay the price. Because every day that we delay, people are dying and they're dying by the hundreds






The National Guard, the People Whose Job it is, Can't Help. They Don't get CNN "Spreading Freedom" in Iraq.


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2 comments:

Sansarya Caligari said...

Thank you for posting this because it is a piece of art. It is truth, it is shocking and alarming, and it wakes a person up to the human needs that get ignored in favor of posturing on behalf of politicians. Don't even get me started on race and poverty, you know my views there.

Mulch said...

Thank You so much Sans, I hope the world appreciates it. It took a lot out of me to create it, and I am emotionally spent (I lost some material when I posted the FIRST time when blogger required me to log in and erased over 2 hours of work)

You have no idea how angry I am on this, and don't think for a MINUTE I don't know exactly what this is about.

I let other peoples words and the images of the week state my opinion at this time, and if you saw and heard what I did, I apologize on behalf of my fellow taxpayers for that ill feeling you have right now.

I limited my commentary to 2 sentences as really, nothing was needed to illustrate the point I have, it was all there.

When 2/3 of an area are a, hmm, how do I put this, not part or your constituency, and it takes you 5 days to get them the 1st signs of help, it is time to rethink who this government represents and ask ourselves why we gave them this power.

Wake up people I am a white man but at this point I seriously hate "my kind."

I think it it is obvious who "the Man" is, and now what lengths "the Man" will go to (or not go to)

I am sickened, and trust me I will keep my eye on the ball

I haven't really gotten into the race thing yet as I will be gathering some more pictures, quotes, and probably putting a timeline of some sort, so you can hear about those we untrust this nation were doing while the citizens suffered (did you enjoy the play Condi, before Massa Bush called you out to hold a press conference after being accused of Racial bais?)

In the words of Harry Belefonte:
"There's an old saying, In the days of slavery, there were those slaves who lived on the plantation and were those slaves that lived in the house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master... exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him."

We shall overcome people.

I appeal to the decency inherent in everyone not to forget the things you saw this week. This speaks volumes.

To do so, poor people, would be to sell out your own future generations. I don't think thi$ i$ a$ black or white a$ it $eem$, but it does show the color of prejudice

More to come as I gather some thoughts, some materials, and my emotions. I don't know if a blog is a good place for this, as this could be a website all on it's own.

(Headline of the Drudgereport at this moment :

KANYE WEST ON NBC FUNDRAISER: 'GEORGE BUSH DOESN'T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE... They're saying black families are looting and white families are just looking for food...they're giving the (Army) permission to shoot us')

Drudge also tried to blame the Mayor on this... developing...

 

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