Originally posted by KaginD
reply to post by fmcanarney
Do you research anything at all???
I think so. Feelings coming through with three question marks.
You pay a FEDERAL INCOME TAX!
Yes I do, have been for thirty years. Emotions showing with all caps.
FEMA is a FEDERAL FUNDED PROGRAM..
Yes it is and staffed by humans not supernatural beings.
Therefore, they should have been there to help the people because the people pay the taxes that keep them going..
The Superdome was a refugee center of last resort, and people were told to bring their own supplies.
As the Guard pre stocked the dome with food and water for three days.
Wow, ignorance is bliss.
It could be bliss...but I would not know that. Why don't you tell me if it is, oops, you already did. An emotion/passion based jab at me here.
That is all I am going to say to you.
Ok, suit yourself. You could stand some toning down of the excess emotion.
If you still don't get it then you should take a break from ATS and try to catch up..
By the way, are you by chance voting for O____a?
But preliminary figures compiled by the morgue in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, which is the primary facility handling the bodies of Katrina deceased, show that a majority of the dead in New Orleans and surrounding parishes were actually not black.
Of the 883 bodies processed so far by medical examiners at St. Gabriel, 562 have been identified by race. Slightly less than half that number - 48 percent - are African-American. Forty-one percent are white, 8 percent unknown and 2 percent Hispanic. The surprisingly low death rate for black Katrina victims comes despite the fact that New Orleans itself was more than two-thirds black [67 percent] when the storm hit. White residents made up less than a third [28 percent] of the city's population, according to U.S. Census bureau numbers.
The remarkable numbers, which undermine claims that Katrina rescue efforts were somehow infused by racism, have been completely ignored by the national media, with only the Lousiana-based news web site, The Bayou Buzz, devoting any coverage at all to the story.
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.
Medical evacuations from the Superdome stadium have been disrupted after a gun shot was fired at a rescue helicopter.
President George W Bush, who will visit the disaster area on Friday, called for "zero tolerance" against law-breakers.
Map of central New Orleans
His Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said more national guards were being sent in the next few days - more than quadrupling the number of security personnel in the city.
Hundreds or even thousands of people are feared to have drowned in New Orleans, where the hurricane struck on Monday.
The government has declared a public health emergency along the whole of the Gulf coast. In Mississippi, 110 people are confirmed dead, but officials warn the toll is expected to rise.
Suspending the helicopter rescues at the Superdome, a spokesman for the Louisiana ambulance service told the BBC the crowd had grown unruly and he was concerned for the safety of his staff.
Overnight, a national guard was shot outside the stadium, but he was not seriously injured, a National Guard officer said.
People have faced shoot-outs and some reports say martial law has been imposed in some areas. Armed gangs have moved into some hotels.
Some have been breaking into shops, houses, hospitals and office buildings.
[There are rescue workers risking their lives to save people trapped in their homes, and now these heroes and the survivors are in danger from armed looters
CNN.com - New Orleans shelters to be evacuated - Aug 31, 2005Aug 31, 2005 ... New Orleans resembled a war zone more than a modern American metropolis ... officer was shot and wounded when he surprised a looter Tuesday, ...
FOXNews.com - Official: Astrodome Can't Take More Refugees - U.S. ...But across New Orleans, the rescuers themselves came under attack from ... "We' re trying to deal with looters as ruthlessly as we can get our hands on them. ...
Reuters has what appears to be an even later version (or here) of the story:
"New Orleans police killed four looters who had opened fire on them on Sunday as rescue teams scoured homes and toxic waters flooding streets to find survivors and recover thousands of bloated corpses.
A fifth looter was in critical condition but no more details were available about the incident in a city where authorities are slowly regaining control after a wave of looting, murders and rapes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
'Five men who were looting exchanged gunfire with police. The officers engaged the looters when they were fired upon,' said New Orleans superintendent of police, Steven Nichols.