September 5, 2005



Terri Jones tries to cool fellow flood victim Dorthy Divic, 89, who was overheated and exhausted at the Convention Center in New Orleans, Thursday


Item: Rescue workers are dealing with the number of dead bodies left in the water by tying them to street poles to keep them from floating away. Priorities are on the living, the dead can wait.

7 Comments:

At 9/05/2005 6:14 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Does anyone else shudder to think of the images these bodies will bring tied to poles when the water receeds. This is the deep south.....

I thought lynching was against the law. The psychological damage to the people who live down there is going to be deep enough without this type of insensitive handling of the situation.

Can't anyone take charge of this in a way that makes better sense?? We are the USA. We are supposed to have the best of everything. I guess that only applies if you are wealthy.....

 
At 9/05/2005 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you sir are a DUMBASS

 
At 9/05/2005 9:49 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Nice comeback Anon! Oh and real creative name too!

 
At 9/06/2005 4:39 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I understand the handling of bodies in this way and don't have a problem with it. The bodies were only attached to poles or signs or trees in an effort to keep them from floating away.

There was no way, at least at the time this was being done, that relief workers could conceivably take the time to remove dead bodies when there were still hundreds if not thousands of people who needed to be evacuated.

It's unfortunate, but a grim reality of the situation.

As the last sentence said, saving and evacuating the living was the mission, and the proper priority.

Securing the bodies for later collection was the only option.

I noted the story to point up just how unreal, and apocolyptic the situation is when the dead are strewn around a major U.S. city with no way to deal with them.

Facilities and trained mortuary staff are being moved into place and I'm sure sometime soon, if not today, the effort to collect, identify, store, and bury the hundreds of dead will begin.

 
At 9/06/2005 4:53 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Well that may be the truth here but had our leader (if you can call him that) Bush been not sleeping off some party or hangover in Crawford for a month maybe there would have been less death and less sufferring amongst the citizens of our deep south.

And these are the red states, the ones that elevated Bush in for 4 more years. I wonder if those hungry in the streets have connected those dam dots that the Bush handlers liked to talk about so much a few years back??

 
At 9/06/2005 8:56 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

It's clear that Bush can barely care. They take pictures of him sitting with the commanders and agency heads surrounded by charts and maps, but anyone that thinks he gives a good god damn about that stuff is an idiot.
He's not involved beyond telling his underlings to take care of it.

 
At 9/06/2005 8:58 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

It's clear that Bush can barely care. They take pictures of him sitting with the commanders and agency heads surrounded by charts and maps, but anyone that thinks he gives a good god damn about that stuff is an idiot.
He's not involved beyond telling his underlings to take care of it.

While in Bush's case, it's important that he leave decisions to more competent people, the fact remains that he doesn't even want to UNDERSTAND what's going on or what needs to be done. This despite his relentless repetition that he "unnerstans" this and "unnerstans" that at every opportunity.

(at a press briefing yesterday, Bush said he "unnerstans" no less than FIVE times within one minute. I'm not making it up.)

 

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