Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Blaming residents and local and state officials for the carnage from Katrina is like blaming early toddlers for crapping in their diapers.

They have a sense it's coming, they've been told what they should do but they can't help it, they poop in their pants anyway.

Let's say you wake up all alone after an angst filled night with dreams of ghosts and howling winds; your baby legs can't climb over the railing; and with no help on the horizon, you release your tiny bowels.

This is what happened, both literally and figuratively, to folks who were trapped in rising waters in New Orleans; and local officials who kept waiting for the National Guard.

The Houston Chronicle reported, "as many as 100,000 inner-city residents" were believed to be stuck without transportation and several thousand tourists were stranded when officials closed the airport."

In soiled diapers, assurances made to the children of New Orleans during story time with a hurricane careering towards New Orleans about Barbie beds with racing stripe bedspreads that would protect them, rang hollow; and it made the tots howl and poop all the more after the storm hit.

Surely government agency mission statements that professed immediate federal resources to local and state governments during a natural disaster applied equally to Louisiana as to Florida during Hurricane Andrew, cried city and state officials...

A pre-hurricane story in the Chronicle on Sunday said the first to be evacuated to the Superdome in anticipation of the tempest were the infirmed. “[F]rail, elderly people on walkers, some with oxygen tanks…were told to bring enough food, water and medicine to last up to five days.

About 16,000 eventually sought shelter at the Superdome ; but by early Tuesday, their safety haven became a pool of despair, living like beasts, with children being raped, one man reported killing himself, and several more dying inside. No government official was in charge.

For more than four days, mommies and daddies failed to drop off fresh diapers for Loquesha or DeShawn or Germaine or Corvetta or Myesha or their little sisters and brothers. The tykes were left to their own devises and to the the squalor of their shit pen.

Read the following headlines and weep, from dailykos.

FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid
FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board
FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck
FEMA turns away generators
FEMA: "First Responders Urged Not To Respond"
FEMA won't accept Amtrak's help in evacuations
FEMA turns away experienced firefighters
FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks
FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel
FEMA won't let Red Cross deliver food
FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans

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