- The Gulf States look as though a nuclear bomb was dropped
over the area. Hundreds of people are trapped in their homes and waving
for help from rooftops. Buildings are burning, barges filled with toxic
chemicals have capsized, and levees are breaking, flooding impoverished
areas. Roads are totally closed off. There's no getting in or out.
- It was announced on the news, that many people trapped,
could not expect help until next MONDAY! Meantime-you might take note of
the drumbeat for money taking place by the Red Cross and Operation Blessing.
I would advise anyone thinking of donating money to either of these organizations,
to do a little research. The Red Cross sure made a bundle out of the 9-11
catastrophe! Giving to Pat Robertson's Operation Blessing-just might see
your money being invested in an African gold mine!
- But the real chutzpah in all of this, that all Americans;
be you a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or a purple ice bound Libertarian
Eskimo, is witnessing first hand, the lack of any coordinated, organized,
efficient, civil defense or crisis management in this nation. I'm asking
people to put aside their dyed in the wool politics. Throw off your elephant
ears, climb down off your jackass and see these people and this horror
for the incompetence that it is. Freedom isn't freedom when you're drowning,
or sloughing around in swamp piss, dodging alligators with no place to
- Who can forget Gulf War I, when approximately 500,000
troops were mobilized? Tent cities and mobile hospitals [with operating
rooms] were set up overnight in Kuwait. But then that was for war! How
is it that there can be such efficiency in taking life and not saving itespecially
here on American soil? Like I remarked to a friend of mine, 'It's not like
this disaster wasn't imagined! It's not like an asteroid had struck the
place, which would cause confused panic. In fact, these past few days,
have had FEMA personnel on TV remarking that they'd been 'planning' an
event like this for some time! Fine-so where are the results of all this
planning. I can't imagine, most especially in states most prone to natural
disasters that the major one priority, wouldn't see to having several Crisis
Centers-Emergency Hospitals-Food Stations etc; set up in places removed
from the threat of levee breaks or surges from surrounding waters! One
doesn't, as we can see, prepare for a crisis in the midst of one.
- Somebody tell me, in this surreal scene of melting clocks;
with highways and byways inundated [from the swamps], with poisonous snakes
and alligators seeking dry ground, why the hell we're spending billions,
upon billions, upon obscene billions, for some desert people to 'supposedly'
celebrate FREEDOM [this weeks reason] when we can't care for FREEDOM'S
PEOPLE right here at home? And what is the help that hundreds of thousands
of American citizens are experiencing? Tens of thousands of the poor, elderly,
dispossessed, handicapped, and special needs people, have been herded into
a place called the Superdome, where gladiator sports take place. 'Keep
off the grass'---or rather the turf, takes precedent over caring for sick,
cold, tired, and fearful citizens! Is this unbelievable?
- Because of the flooding the toilets can't be flushed.
Due to the water treatment facilities being contaminated, they can't drink
the water. The electricity is out, so people gasp in this Superdome hot
house, where temperatures, in 1000% saturated Louisiana humidity, are in
the nineties today. Barrels are overflowing [and this the first day] with
trash. UNCONSIONABLE in this Super Power nation, in the 21st century, is
the treatment and conditions being suffered, by the frail and elderly;
in wheelchairs, who are lined up in rows five feet deep along one wall.
One patient's IV bag is attached to a stadium seating sign. You can bet
your last dollar, that had Cheney suffered another clogged line, in his
rusty leaking heart, in New Orleans, you wouldn't find him in this Superdome
field hospital, beneath the scoreboard!
- Dr. Kevin Stephens Sr., head of the medical shelter in
the Superdome states, "This is just too hot, too primitive, and too
uncomfortable for the patients". Some have already died here. So much
for our wondrous civil defense program! No billion dollar mountain retreat
bunkers for the common folks. These refugees spent Monday night, with their
children and plastic garbage bags of belongings, sitting in the bleacher
seats of the 77,000-seat stadium-home of the NFL's New Orleans Saints or
sprawled out on the concrete floor. With the roof ripped open and leaking,
along with elevators and stairwells flooded, the folks have been shuffled
around to different seats. Officials have stated that citizens shouldn't
see this as a permanent shelter! Of course, with their homes gone, the
streets flooded, and them with no transportation--------maybe a convoy
to the Crawford Ranch is in order?
- There's plenty of acreage there for a temporary tent
city. Hey, maybe the President can hold a Cajun style BBQ, and everyone
could sing Kumbaya around the campfire? Kumbaya, means, 'come by [h]yuh
my Lawd ' which I find more than appropriate given the impossible suffering
and death being reported hourly! "Someone's dying Lord-Kumbaya-someone's
dying Lord, Kumbaya." Better yet, a song for the nation in these
- In the midst of all this, we had President Bush showing
up in Arizona; as the winds, rains, and citizens were a-dying in the South-----in
Arizona, with a birthday cake [it melted] for Senator McCain! He should
have used a plastic prop, like the plastic turkey [true]; he delivered
to the troops at Thanksgiving! Hard to believe, Mama, but at the first
sound of the trash can lids, careening down Bourbon Street, the oil companies
et al, were announcing a raise in gas prices. Now there's a touch of Freedom's
patriotism for you! These gilded, bejeweled, pompous-asses, sausage finger,
hucksters, have cleaned up in PROFITS these past months by the BILLIONS!
Citizens down south, were told to pack up and move on out, with no considerations
given to the monetary crisis this would have on work-a-day people. Instead
of having FREE GAS [or $1.00 a gallon] in a mandatory evacuation, they
were charged top dollar.
- The advice from the President, on his way to deliver
a melting birthday cake to McCain was to, "stay put". GWB and
those of his ilk, in the politico/corporate world are, by choice, totally
detached from reality. The President certainly doesn't have to concern
himself with filling up his tank, and ending up at a rest stop. Few families,
especially those on unemployment, or holding minimum wage jobs, can afford
an extended stay at some distant motel! He and his buddies don't have a
dust, as to the desperate situation people have been thrown into. There
they are in some parking lot, with children to feed, trying to secure needed
medicines, no money, no gas, and no place to turn. "Stay where you
are". Where? On the rooftop of a flooded home, the Superdome hot house,
in a wheelchair in a stadium corridor, in the branches of a tree? It's
not like any of these folks can take off for their second or third home!
They don't have the choice of riding this thing out at their Kennebunkport
family estate, fly fishing with Cheney, and the other corporate honchos,
in their trophy homes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming or a ski lodge in Colorado.
- Hey maybe 'democracy' for a desert people just isn't
worth the cost, when Freedom's Citizens, are accommodated with platitudes,
slogans, and patronizing, sniff, 'this is a terrible time. While those
on the road to nowhere, are being charged top dollar, to keep their gas
tanks filled [even in a national emergency], the Washington crowd could
care less. The cost of gas, no matter how high it goes, isn't coming out
of their pockets. President Bush's jaunts around the country/world are
costing a fortune. While the citizen's ordered to evacuate are scrounging
for gas money, GWB, never gives it a thought, as he takes off on Air Force
One. Almost every vehicle Bush uses is custom-made to add security and
communications capabilities, and the heavier weight of these guzzlers drives
up gas and jet fuel costs.
- He has visited 46 countries, some of them several times,
during his presidency. So far this year he has made 73 domestic and foreign
trips, including crisscrossing the country on a 60-day city tour to promote
his Social Security plan. The Ford truck which he putters around in, costs
[us] $75.00 to fill up. Whenever he's out on the road, he's escorted by
a caravan of well over a dozen-gas, guzzling vehicles. Starting with his
inaugural in January, Bush began tooling around in a new 2006 Cadillac
DTS limos. The outside company customizes the DTS for presidential use
by 'stretching' it to limo length, adding bulletproof glass, HEAVY ARMOUR
[missing on soldiers at war vehicles] and other bells and whistles-all
making it significantly heavier and less fuel efficient.
- In the air, Bush most often flies on a Boeing 747-200B
laden with, among other things, an anti-missile system. Like gas for cars,
fuel costs for the largest plane in the Air Force One fleet have gone up
dramatically [for us-not him, from $3,974 an HOUR in fiscal 2004 to $6,029
per hour now. As the nation is told that the hurricane and war are driving
up gas costs by the hour, on their vehicles, making it a bit difficult
to escape in an emergency, the President advises that freedom is worth
the cost [be it lives or gas prices]. "Someone's lying Lord, Kumbaya,
someone's lying Lord KumbayaHmm-hmm-hmm"