posted on Nov, 19 2007 @ 04:10 AM
Excuse me folks,
How many of you bloggers were there? You think because you think you have some information, you can talk about Katrina? Who was there?
What? Are you relying on the crap that was put out by most of the media?
They weren't there. Only a few were there and I met those folks, I drove around, and walked, and crawled around with those guys. We slept in the
zinc warehouse and ate MREs. I took pix with them, I looked at the destruction with some really brave news folks. With water lapping at their feet,
Tim and Jennifer from KDRV Medford, were broadcasting from Canal Street while I stood by with my M16.
I was there. I saw what happened. I saw the local law, I saw the local “officials”, I saw the lack of professionalism in the folks who were “in
charge”. It took the military to come in and take control of relief efforts to make things work.
(After Rita, which we stayed around for, the EOC had to use our folks (OREGON NATIONAL GUARD) just to keep track of their Emergency personnel!)
Local Law was a joke. I watched as they sat in their air conditioned vehicles and let the National Guard (from Oregon) man the checkpoints, route the
traffic, keep control......The Mayor of N.O. and the Gov of LA were…..well…… out to lunch. The Mayor had his HQ in one of the huge hotels on
Canal St. Of course he had power, and food, and access to the outside world. You know, most of Canal St was under water, except downtown. I was in a
HUM-V as we worked our way through town from the west, past abandoned FDNO vehicles. (We checked to see if they were occupied.)
I listened to and watched the Mayor, I listened to and watched the Gov. I have pix. I saw, I watched, I recorded.
I was there.
“one of the greatest disasters to occur in modern times.”
Compared to what?
“The political action, or inaction, by the government is viewed by a wide array of people (italics mine) as a chief failure of current executive
Do you mean Federal?
THE FEDERAL GOVT DID NOT DROP THE BALL. THE STATE AND CITY GOV’T DID.
Even before the storm hit, Blanco refused Fed assistance. Nagin thought he was on top of it. I have pix of hundreds of busses under water. They could
have been used to ferry folks out of the city to higher ground. He said, “Well, we didn’t have drivers.” Right. A teenage boy grabbed a bus and
drove folks out…..I believe he was arrested, or at least detained, for “stealing” that bus and rescuing those folks.
CONSPIRACY? GIVE ME A BREAK. Do you have some kind of special information?
” the government's delay in responding to Katrina”
Has anyone noticed that N.O. was the first “natural disaster” to be the responsibility of the Federal Govt? now…. I am not a big fan of the Fed
Gov’t, but since when is it not the State that is responsible for what happens within its borders? The Fed Gov’t only steps in when FORMALLY
REQUESTED by the State, in this case Louisiana.
However, in this case, the people, the media, and seemingly everyone else, were crying for the Fed Gov’t before the storm ever hit. Please recall
that the storm was not an unusual or super strong storm. It hit land as a Cat 3. The majority of the damage was from the failure of the levies.
A large portion of the human tragedy, and I mean the people who were stuck in town, was the result of the Mayor not using all of the resources at his
command. I heard his excuses. BullSh*t.
Good. I think you see the truth.