September 5, 2005

Monday Katrina notes

From the Washington Post:

The Times-Picayune, in an open letter to President Bush, called for the firing of every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, saying they failed to rescue thousands of citizens stranded by Katrina.

"We're angry, Mr. President, and we'll be angry long after our beloved city and surrounding parishes have been pumped dry," the editorial said. "Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That's to the government's shame."

"Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially," the letter said. "No expense should have been spared. No excuses should have been voiced."
Besides the lawlessness, civilian deaths and uncertainty about their families, New Orleans' police have had to deal with suicides in their ranks. Two officers took their lives, including the department spokesman, Paul Accardo, who died Saturday, according to Riley. Both shot themselves in the head, he said.
In New Orleans' Garden District, a woman's body lay at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Magazine Street _ a business area with antique shops on the edge of blighted housing. The body had been there since at least Wednesday. As days passed, people covered the corpse with blankets or plastic.

By Sunday, a short wall of bricks had been built around the body, holding down a plastic tarpaulin. On it, someone had spray-painted a cross and the words, "Here lies Vera. God help us."






John Lambert toasts an overhead helicopter as he carries his "Life Goes On?" sign through the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, La., Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005.

photos from N.O. Times-Picayune

3 Comments:

At 9/05/2005 5:55 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Well maybe dead bodies are acceptable on the streets of India but not in the United States!!!

How horrible - and George Bush was too busy chopping wood on his ranch in Crawford to pay any attention....

We are supposed to have some health and human standards. As with many things under Bush's lack of leadership, we step backward instead of forward.

 
At 9/05/2005 5:58 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Well maybe dead bodies are acceptable on the streets of India but not in the United States!!!

How horrible - and George Bush was too busy chopping wood on his ranch in Crawford to pay any attention....

We are supposed to have some health and human standards. As with many things under Bush's lack of leadership, we step backward instead of forward.

 
At 8/31/2008 10:20 AM, Anonymous DJ_Abrasax said...

Guess what? Word on the streets three years later, as we brace for Gustav, is that George W was not cutting trees in Crawford, but was rather celebrating John McCain's 72 Birthday with some cake and smiles.

 

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