The news for New Orleans citizens dying just got better. The AP is reporting that all buses transporting people out of New Orleans have been halted. Reason? Nobody is quite sure. But people have been told that buses may not be rolling again until Sunday. With 2,000 people left at the Superdome and still 30,000 at the convention center, what started as a government failure has turned into border line government manslaughter.
The New Orleans convention center has turned into a sight of vast rapes and murders. Quoting a Reuters report by Mark Egan, “Sitting with her daughter and other relatives, Trolkyn Joseph, 37, said men had wandered the cavernous convention center in recent nights raping and murdering children. She said she found a dead 14-year old girl at 5 a.m. on Friday morning, four hours after the young girl went missing from her parents inside the convention center. ‘She was raped for four hours until she was dead,’ Joseph said through tears. ‘Another child, a seven-year old boy was found raped and murdered in the kitchen freezer last night.'”
So where is the help? Where is the Calvary? A U.S. military hospital ship left Friday from the east coast and is expected to reach New Orleans in the middle of next week. Are you trying to tell me this ship couldn’t have been put to sea as early as August 27th, when many meteorologists began to predict landfall of Hurricane Katrina to be on or near New Orleans? Lt. Gen. Steven Blum said the National Guard troop count is expected to be at 7,000 by the weekend. 7,000? Makes the 40,000 troops serving in Iraq seem a bit important now, doesn’t it? Not to mention the other 15,000 stationed in Afghanistan and other middle east regions.
I have a lot of issues with FOX News but their on-site reporters got the job done tonight. Geraldo Rivera broke down in tears standing outside the convention center holding a baby and pleading to whoever in power that would listen to get these people out of there. Shepard Smith echoed similar remarks and FOX News producers back in New York and Washington couldn’t hit the cut-off switch fast enough. Rivera and Smith are seeing first hand what anybody not there can’t even imagine. Rivera described the scene in and around the convention center as “Dante’s Inferno” and “hell on earth.”
If the problem of moving people out of New Orleans right now is where to take them, I have a couple ideas. That nice ranch that Bush has in Crawford, Texas I’m sure has some extra room. With around 1600 acres, I assume they do. The White House lawn doesn’t look too crowded these days. Pitch up a few tents there but be careful of the putting green, W takes his golf game seriously. The Vice President is still on vacation, his house should have a couple spare beds. The baseball season ends soon and the Texas Rangers aren’t going to make the playoffs. Why doesn’t George just pull a couple strings on the team he use to own and open up the stadium?
But in all seriousness, 30,000+ people in New Orleans have had to beg and plead just for water and what can loosely be called food. And we are 5 days into this! If it isn’t obvious that Bush doesn’t care for the lives of these people, look again. If this was Orange County California, instead of the 9th poorest city in America, do you honestly think over 30,000 people would still be stranded?
In the immortal words of Joseph Welch, “Have you no sense of decency at long last?” Have you no sense of decency Mr. Bush? You are killing thousands of people and not only don’t you care, you do it all while talking about gas prices, getting oil refineries back up, your good-old times back in Houston and once in awhile throwing in a line or two about getting help to these people. For christs’ sake, it took you two attempts to get a New Orleans fly-over right and you still haven’t set foot there. Wake up people, we are watching the killing of thousands unfold before us.Powered by Sidelines