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Thursday, September 29, 2005The Evil Continues...
Former Republican Education Secretary, Bill Bennett stated "[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down"
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Monday, September 12, 2005A Break From Blogging
If anyone cares, I'm in the last year of my Ph.D. program and I know I've been spending too much time blogging, therefore, I think it would be wise to stop until the beginning of 2006. I've learned a lot through this process, but I must prepare myself for the next phase of my life.
I’m not back yet, but I wanted to let the readers of my blog know my political leaning. The content of this blog reflects this political ideology. You have been warned.
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Apparently, FEMA is hindering efforts in Baton Rouge to help the evacuees. FEMA told Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club not to open their doors until they give them the word. The Sheriff ordered the stores to open their doors and said if any FEMA representatives interfered they will be arrested and thrown in jail.
Under the direction of FEMA, truck drivers who are making $900 day to deliver aide to victims of Hurricane Katrina are driving in circles. After driving to one designation, FEMA would instruct them to go to another location without delivering any of the goods.
Rogers Cadenhead at the Workbench explains why people just didn't walk out of New Orleans instead of waiting to be rescued. The article also shed some light on why some people were found dead on the bridge trying to leave NOLA.
As the situation grew steadily worse in New Orleans last week, you might have wondered why people didn't just leave on foot. The Louisiana Superdome is less than two miles from a bridge that leads over the Mississippi River out of the city.
The answer: Any crowd that tried to do so was met by suburban police, some of whom fired guns to disperse the group and seized their water.
Around 500 people stuck in downtown New Orleans after the storm banded together for self-preservation, making sure the oldest and youngest among them were taken care of before looking after their own needs.
Millions of New Orleans residents may not be insured for the damage to their homes. More than half of the properties may be insured for hurricane damage, but not flood damage. The insurance companies are insisting it was the flood that forced the evacuation of the city and caused the damage to the homes. If the US courts agree, the insurance industry could save as much as $10 billion dollars, leaving more than a million people destitute.
What recourse will these people have? They will not be able to seek assistance from the Federal Government because the Republicans are going ahead with their plan to cut programs that can aid the poor.
A German plane with 15 tons of aid turned back from U.S.
The plane was turned away Thursday because it did not have the required authorization, a German government spokesman said.
The spokesman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, declined to comment on a report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel that U.S. authorities refused the delivery on the grounds that the NATO military rations could carry mad cow disease.
Toxic chemicals in the New Orleans flood waters will make the city unsafe for full human habitation for a decade, a US government official has told The Independent on Sunday. And, he added, the Bush administration is covering up the danger.
And sources have told ABC News that Brown is also expected to be out as head of the agency very soon.
(Adapted from: Katrina Time Line)
Those are the facts. State and local officials BEGGED for help as people in their city suffered. The Bush administration didn't get the job done and when their failure became an embarrassment they attacked those asking for help.
The New York Times reported on Friday that Karl Rove and White House communications director Dan Bartlett "rolled out a plan...to contain the political damage from the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina." The core of the strategy is "to shift the blame away from the White House and toward officials of New Orleans and Louisiana."
This is the same pattern of smearing that the Bush political machine has used for a decade. John McCain and John Kerry had their war records smeared. The CIA cover of Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife was blown after he criticized the Bush Iraq policy. Now, Hurricane victims are attacked when the Bush administration failed to do their duty to help them.
It isn't just the Bush administration. Republican Senator Rick Santorum blamed victims in a TV interview and House Speaker Dennis Hastert suggested New Orleans should not be rebuilt.
We can't let them get away with this.
Please sign the petition today and do your part.
Lives could have been saved.
Each day since Katrina brings more evidence of the lethal ineptitude of federal officials. I'm not letting state and local officials off the hook, but federal officials had access to resources that could have made all the difference, but were never mobilized.
Here's one of many examples: The Chicago Tribune reports that the U.S.S. Bataan, equipped with six operating rooms, hundreds of hospital beds and the ability to produce 100,000 gallons of fresh water a day, has been sitting off the Gulf Coast since last Monday - without patients.
Experts say that the first 72 hours after a natural disaster are the crucial window during which prompt action can save many lives. Yet action after Katrina was anything but prompt. Newsweek reports that a "strange paralysis" set in among Bush administration officials, who debated lines of authority while thousands died.
What caused that paralysis? Continue...
|So far, this is the only article I've found that discusses the poverty on this level about blacks in New Orleans and what is driving that poverty. It is being driven by the corruption and the systemic racist practices against blacks through out the years.|
If you adjust Louisiana for it’s population size, then Louisiana ranks third in the number of elected officials convicted of crimes, Mississippi is No. 1. Recent scandals include the conviction of 14 state judges and an FBI raid on the business and personal files of a Louisiana congressman.
It's interesting to note that Bush has allocated ten billion dollars to the relief effort, however, the author and many others believe these funds are about to be passed into the sticky hands of the politicians in the No. 1 (Mississippi) and No. 3 (Louisiana) most corrupt states in America. If you are worried about looting, you ain't seen nothing yet. This money will disappear without benefiting those who were the most vulnerable (the poor)...
Most of these black people will never see New Orleans again. Some people have already predicted that the flavor of the city will be different once it is rebuilt. What a shame...
A black woman stood outside the city's convention center, surrounded by thousands of hungry, sick and frustrated residents. Javelin Coleman, 20, arrived at the center by canoe. Now, several days later, and with no car, she and her 3-month-old son had no way to escape. "I got stuck here," she said.
Some 600 miles away in Tampa, a white man, Dave Dickson, enjoyed a Diet Coke and a muffin. He and his wife, Barbara, evacuated their $300,000 home in New Orleans and drove to Florida. "I feel very fortunate that my friends and family are safe," said Dickson, 56.
In Hurricane Katrina's baneful aftermath, the dichotomy of New Orleans has become increasingly apparent. In image after image, the victims left to suffer appear to be mostly poor and black.
Why? Part of the answer is that two-thirds of New Orleans' population is black.
But history suggests an uglier explanation:
Black residents long ago were pushed into the swampy, low-lying lands of New Orleans, while rich white residents built on higher plots.
On this post, Soul asked where are the Democrats? Below is a reponse from one of them.
Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) lambasted the Administration's slow response and lack of action to help the Gulf Coast communities destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
"The slow response to the needs of the people in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina is inexcusable. We had several days advance notice that the Hurricane was coming, but where was the preparedness? Why weren't the hospitals, schools, and seniors evacuated immediately? Is this is an example of the Administration's idea of homeland security? If so, we are in trouble.
"If ever anyone doubted that there were two Americas, this disaster has made this division clear. The victims have largely been poor and black. The devastation from Hurricane Katrina only underscores the disastrous consequences of the Administration's failure to take even the most basic steps to alleviate poverty in the United States. The Administration can not ignore this reality.
Where are the black Republicans? Do they still think that the Republican Party care about black people and this is a Party that we should support? This catastrophe shows that there is such a thing as the lesser of two evils...
It's almost as if the planning stopped at the flooding," said Craig E. Colton, a geography professor at Louisiana State University, wondering as many have at the lack of foresight.
Colton - an expert on environmental justice - said that, historically, the poorest groups have lived in the low-lying areas, starting in the 1830s when well-off whites - and their slaves in some cases - built homes on higher ground near Mississippi River levees, while Irish immigrants lived near Lake Pontchartrain at sea level.
Since the 1890s, those lower areas have been largely African-American - most notably the 9th Ward, where the worst flooding occurred this week. Overall, the city is 67 percent black.
And New Orleans is one of the nation's poorest cities, with some 30 percent below the poverty rate.
Scott Gold - A walk through New Orleans is an assault on the senses: distressing sights and smells, an odd quiet in a water-choked urban wasteland.
I wandered out of the hotel Thursday afternoon, plunging into the warm floodwaters as bottles of medicine and pieces of insulation floated by. My high boots filled with water. I walked through the business district, down Loyola Avenue, and ran into John Love, 47, and Rita Burbin, 45.
They are engaged and live in the 9th Ward, a largely African American neighborhood on the east side of the city, site of some of the worst flooding. Love and Burbin stayed home for the storm. They wanted to leave, but they had little money and an aging pickup. So they hunkered down.
They were awakened Sunday morning by the whimpering of their dog, Pup, who had crawled under the house as the storm approached. "That poor dog died," Love said.
In the next two days, the water rose — to ankles, to knees and, finally, to their chins. They made themselves a fort, stacking a sofa on top of two end tables, a futon on top of the sofa and a rubber mattress on top of the futon. The ceiling was a foot from their face when they climbed up the furniture.
Snakes came. Dead squirrels floated by. Love tried to rescue the neighbor's dog that was chained to a nearby fence, but the animal tried to bite him. The dog died, and his carcass, draped over the fence under the blazing sun, began to rot. A body was also drifting nearby. The smell became unbearable.
On Thursday, fire ants floated in and attacked Love and Burbin, crawling onto their legs, into their hair. That was the last straw. They grabbed their last pack of hot dogs and a package of dry ramen noodles and made a run for it, slogging through the water for four hours before reaching downtown.
"This place will never be the same," Burbin said. "It might look the same one day. But it will never be the same."
|Inside New Orleans - Sneaking past the police lines, we find a surreal scene where tourists are sleeping on bridges, restaurateurs are eating high on the hog, and looters lurk on every corner.|
Surrounding this slice of passable streets are scenes of grim destruction. Smoldering ruins, twisted pieces of corrugated metal, hundreds of downed and uprooted live oak trees litter the streets. On the outskirts of downtown, clusters of shellshocked survivors wander down empty thoroughfares, pushing what's left of their belongings in shopping carts and strollers.
"I don't really know where I'm going," says Kendall, a woman from the Ninth Ward neighborhood, who declines to give her last name. "Wherever they take me, I'm going. Anywhere with electricity. At the Ninth Ward, the water is 20 feet. The water ain't draining. We have got to start all over." She rejoins a long, aimless caravan of New Orleanians from the eastern side of the city, who are congregating in the business district.
The Ninth Ward is one of the most flood-devastated neighborhoods. Lying to the east of the French Quarter, the Ninth Ward, which is predominantly African-American, is one of the poorest parts of New Orleans, and was also the area that sustained the most damage from Hurricane Betsy in 1965, in which 200 residents died...
|by Congressman John Conyers|
The devastation along the Gulf Coast caused by Katrina and the ripple effects throughout the entire nation are tragic beyond description. What we are witnessing in Louisiana and Mississippi is the truism that when disaster strikes, the gap between rich and poor becomes a chasm.
In today's lagging economy, far too many hardworking Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, just barely getting by. In that tenuous financial condition, many families are only one tragedy away from being devastated by debt. Many of the families who have now lost their homes, livelihoods, and personal possessions will soon be contacted by credit collection agencies demanding the next minimum payment on a credit card.
Unfortunately, the bankruptcy bill recently passed by Congress makes matters far worse for these families. Continue reading...