Grief management in four easy steps

Shock: Complete change of life in twelve little hours? Yeah, that counts as shock in my book.

Denial: I’ve been studiously avoiding the newscasts today. I’m a firm believer that no news is good news, even if the only reason there’s no news is because I’ve got the TV turned off and I’m not checking email and I can’t get cell reception. Of course, when curiosity finally got the better of me at 7:00 this evening, the headlines were worse than dire: efforts to sandbag the 17th Street Canal have failed, water is rising, and there’s a mandatory evacuation order for the whole city. It’s stupid to even ask, of course, but the superstitious side of me has to wonder: if I hadn’t picked up that remote, would things have turned out differently?

Anger: Tonight on Fox News (why it was on, I don’t know), a bunch of clean-shaven crackers were discussing the whole disaster relief thing for New Orleans, and from the get-go, the tone was one of, “Why should we help these people out when they knew this could happen? Why should we help people who choose to live in dangerous places?” At which point I was screaming at the television (it felt good), “Where in the Jesus H. MacGillicuddy would you rather we live? Florida? More hurricanes. California? Earthquakes, wildfires. Kansas? Tornadoes. New York? Terrorism hot-spot, asshole.” I mean, really, is there anyplace fun to live that’s immune to disaster?

Acceptance: Yeah, right…. We’ll talk in a couple of months.

Today’s bonus event: Shopping at the Lafayette SuperTarget (who knew there was such a thing?), I spotted Frank Trapani, the owner of Frankie & Johnny’s furniture store (the one with the Special Man) in line behind me. I wanted to ask if he’d pose for a photo, but Jonno thought it might be tacky, seeing as how we’re essentially refugees at the moment–kinda like asking Molly Brown for an autograph as she’s watching the Titanic go down. Still, I coudn’t resist taking a pic on the sly with my crappy cameraphone…

I got yo' fifty dollars!

42 Comments so far

  1. NHL (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 9:58 pm

    Let’s skip directly to anger–

    WDSU on the phone with Nagin a few minutes ago (some paraphrasing):

    There is not a solution right now for the 15,000 people now moving to the upper levels of the Superdome. “The situation has escalated to a new level.”

    …Excuse me, there are way to many frickin, excuse me, cooks in the kitchen. They should have gotten this sandbagging done first thing this morning, and it was not done, and I am very upset….All the helicopter had to do was pick the sandbags up and drop them in the breached areas…About 4pm I got a panicked phone call from Sewer and Water saying the copters never showed up. They called us back in an hour [and said the pumps would stop]…

    The copter that was supposed to go to sandbag the levee was diverted to a rescue mission in New Orleans East. I do not know why.

    The levee break pushes us back 4-5 weeks on what was an 8-10 week schedule just to get back to basics…The President is establishing a task force to deal with the disruption in the oil supply, which will now be MUCH longer than though [and, in so many words, this national security threat is what caused the president to end his vacation].


  2. Diana (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 10:05 pm

    Here in NYC our thoughts are with you. My law firm just sent everyone in the firm an email from an employee who’s from Lousiana giving us the email address of charities to which we should donate, and we’re doing what we can. The only thing that kept me focused on my job on a time like this is the fact that my firm has an office in Baton Rouge and its overall profits help pay the rent and employ people there, so I told myself the best thing I could do was contribute to charity, stay informed, and keep working. (I know exactly one person who lives south of the Mason-Dixon line, and she’s in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve never been to visit any of the states hit by the hurricane.)

    I appreciate your comment about Fox News. Here in sapphire blue NYC everyone I know hates it.


  3. Marcia (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 10:14 pm

    Man, I feel so bad, but I can’t stop watching.
    Ditto on the anger.
    When you declare martial law, shouldn’t you follow up with martial support?
    Water, food, engineers & equipment. Where are the C130s and Chinook helicopters bringing supplies and support staff in and survivors out?
    Hang on…


  4. JD (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 10:29 pm

    The first disaster was the hurricane. The worst disaster is your leadership. All the governor can do is cry and pray. She says clear out the Superdome and the Mayor, who must be incompentent or corrupt or both, says leave those people in there for another week.

    You have cops looting wal-marts and all he can talk about is money for coastal erosion.

    Helicopters needed to dave the city are diverted to pick a fool up off a roof and you divert manpower to take care of prisoners while you have men roaming the quarter with rifles and a complete breakdown of society in less than 48 hours.

    Beleive me, Fox is the least of your worries. A great city is sinking under incompetent government. Bush should delare the area a federal district, declare martial law and move troops in to maintain order and rescue people.


  5. Michael (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 10:34 pm

    The Fox News idiots probably drove to their studios in gas guzzling SUV to ask such a ridiculous question…and tomorrow they’re going to complain about “the high price of fuel.” Geez.

    And that doesn’t even begin to explain the historical significance of New Orleans…or the cultural significance.

    I’m hoping for the city–it’s my favorite in the “US,” at least in part because it’s the only city in the country that isn’t really in the country…NOLA is its own world.

    I’m already missing it…


  6. Cyberslug (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 10:47 pm

    JD – do you even know anything about Louisiana?

    Coastal erosion is a significant part of _why_ hurricane strikes hurt the state so much; the marshes that are eroding (an area the size of some New England states gone over the last few decades) are the main buffer that would weaken the storm as it comes inland.

    Oh, and you’re about a day late calling for martial law – already been done (and I learned that from FNC!)

    Go troll some other blog.


  7. Keith (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 10:58 pm

    Evidently no one knows anything . . . the levee breach is several hundred feet long and dozens of feet wide and several feet high . . . that takes *many* helicoptors to fill . . .

    The cops need to eat and drink too, because the Cafe St. Charles isn’t open . . . grabbing something at WalMart, and not shooting looters because they will be overwhelmed and *killed* is survival . . .

    As to the looting and breakdown of civil order . . . well, when 97,000 people too stupid or ignorant to try to evacuate meet a city and state gov’t so rife with corruption it boggles the mind, I’d expect nothing less.

    I pray for my friends who are trapped in New Orleans, or who are on the road. You have given us a glimpse, sadly, of what could happen to us all if we do not get our collective acts together and start to take care of each other.


  8. JD (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 11:04 pm

    I know enough to know that when your house is on fire, you don’t stand outside and blame the match. You put out the fire – THEN deal with the issue. You don’t go on CNN and when asked what is most crucial thing while your city sinks, burns and is looted bare – discuss more money from the government for your environmental policy. The man is an idiot.

    Yes, we’ve seen the effectiveness of the local and state government idea of martial law. Cry and pray. Cry and pray. Grab a few extra X-boxes at Wal-Mart while you’re at it.


  9. GetaGrip (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 11:32 pm

    THIS IS NOT THE TIMES FOR POLITICS IDIOTS
    Its sick to make everything that happens political.
    Im a republican who has been well wishing you and your mother.
    Ive spent most of th enight crying over this tradgedy and trying to figure out how i can help people.
    IF FOX NEWS HAS SAVED LIVES WITH THIER COVERAGE THATS A GOOD THING.

    AND DONT REFER TO WHITE PEOPLE AS CRACKERS.


  10. sandra (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 11:36 pm

    Are there any blogs, or does your blog plan on matching up people looking for people with people found in the red cross shelters? I wonder if the Red cross has a list of names from those they’ve rescued giving the names of people who are still left behind, so that bloggers online can help by listing people who are looking for people. The news stations are going over and over the same stories, but like 911 I think it’s time for them to start matching people up with each other.


  11. Greg Schultz (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 12:20 am

    The special man in the supermarket, was he a politician or something?


  12. Cookie (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 12:27 am

    This looks horrible – and that’s not even a word that begins to describe what it must be like in the city. I’ve never visited but have long wanted to.

    Our thoughts here in MO/KS are with you down in NOLA and all along the Gulf Coast areas affected by Katrina. This is devastation on a scale that’s unimaginable. Let’s quit dragging politics in and just help our fellow human beings as we’d want to be helped in a similar situation.


  13. Keith (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 12:42 am

    Frankie was at Target, not the Special Man.

    The “Special Man” is the other Discount Furniture pitchman, a big black guy in a stetson whoreplies to pleas such as “I don’t have any cash, and my credit is bad. But I want a new stereo.” Frankie dances toward the camera and says “go see the special man.” The special man takes his cigar out of his mouth and says “LET HER HAVE IT.”

    Really le-bad TV . . . a NO legend.


  14. C (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 12:44 am

    I caught the idiot of Fox News. He is a professor at a community college in Florida. He’s not a PhD, but a professor. And nothing against community colleges, but Fox could have found someone more credible to espouse such a ridiculous opinion. Oh wait – no they couldn’t – no one credible would be blathering on about how the Constitution outlaws government assistance during natural disasters.

    Anyway here is his contact info:
    http://www.valenciacc.edu/contact/Search_Detail2.cfm?ID=195


  15. Dawn (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 1:37 am

    Please Help

    Dr. Roderick Bennett, trapped at Charity Hospital in New Orleans says there are over 1000 people still trapped there, including patients, doctors, nurses, staff. Grim outlook, retreated to second floor and need help.

    Talked with Doctor Roderick Bennett Emergency Room doctor from Charity Hospital at 12:35am.

    41 patients plus 14 doctors plus many nurses have had to evacuate the second floor due to flooding and broken windows.

    Currently there are 41 patients plus doctors, staff and nurses on tje 2nd floor with no water, electricity, and a grim outlook.
    Complaints of no AC and glass everywhere. Reportedly, 1000 people are still in Charity Hospital at this time.

    The Emergency Room Doctors and residents that are there are:
    DR Granville
    Dr Odinat
    Dr Pam
    Dr Legas
    Dr Wooley
    Dr Fisher
    Dr Voight
    and several other residents

    Please let authorities know the situation at Charity Hospital! These people need your help and have little outside contact and are getting cut off quickly.


  16. Aaron (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 1:40 am

    EDIT THE COMMENTS! Get rid of the guy labelling himself “Hitler,” this is ridiculous, this is America and the xenophobes and racists shouldn’t be front and center.


  17. James T. Struck (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 1:46 am

    Sent to FEMA too.

    We may need to use a Navy or Coast Guard vessel to evacuate the last
    few people from the Superdome etc.

    I told FEMA and Landrieu via email/web form that we may need to use a Navy or Coast Guard vessel to evacuate the last people in the Superdome etc.

    Is this an overstatement? I fell asleep during the news tonight.

    Here is part of what I said.

    If the bowl fills too quickly.

    Possibly to evacuate the Superdome.

    It may have bad effects though. Those have to be considered. do not want to damage the levies further.

    James T. Struck


  18. Fair N Balanced (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 4:06 am

    I work in New Orleans every other week. The City is beautifull, smelly, fun dirty and dangerous. The people that ignored the very early warnings to leave have learned a lesson–some are happy to loot and con but most probably wish they left. I only feel bad for the people that couldn’t leave. Those I feel for even though many would probably rob me in a dark alley.

    M. Moore lies in Farhenheit 911–watch the movie Fahrenhype to expose some of his silly propaganda.

    It’s funny that those that drive a car that gets 25-35 MPG believe it’s bad to drive an SUV getting 15-20 MPG–what’s the good/bad cut-off?–I guess anything less than they drive. I use my SUV to carry 6 people around–they probably drive with 1-2 in their cars.

    Fox News leans conservative but non conservatives don’t seem to mind that media like CNN, PBS and the New York Times lean liberal. Stop hating Bush more than loving your country. We’re in this war against terror together–extremist Muslims hate all Americans–even liberals.


  19. terrible (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 6:59 am

    hello new orleans, this whole hurricane thing that hitted you and yours is a desaster and I hope most of you will get out of it and be well again. but I have to pay you some credit as a member of the metblog familiy. as seen on german tv yesterday the public broadcast station in german refers to neworleans.metblogs.com as their prime source of information about what is really going on over there. so I send my best wishes for all of you and hope you will keep on blogging as there is no other job for a journalist as to do exactly that.
    greetins
    terrible
    ps: tell hitler to fuck the hell off or even better, just erase his stupid and dumb comment as I think noone is interested in this.
    pss: what caught my interest this morning was a military spokesman talking about the army having problems to get enough staff togther to get going with the helping as most of them were busy with the “overseas game” (he meant the iraq war) and that they will do their best in order to get busy on the “home game” a.s.a.p. Don’t get me wrong, I do not want to raise discussions about that stupid war in the iraq but isn’t it kind of strange to refer to it as a “game”??? take care.


  20. netdragon (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 7:29 am

    I’m sorry if this offends anyone: I don’t think our federal tax dollars should be used to rebuild or even clean up New Orleans, and instead a new New Orleans should be built above sea level next to Baton Rouge. New Orleans, once drained, should be cleared of debris and glass, structures should be taken down and moved to the new site, and then New Orleans should be cordoned off as a national park, with the highest areas used for park structures and monuments. Otherwise, after billions are spent to rebuild, there will probably be irrepairable damage to the infrastructure, and problems that arise for years on out — things that were missed in the initial assessment, whenever that happens. This is without mentioning carcinogens, mosquitos, and biohazards floating around and perhaps remaining stuck to structures after the water is pumped out. Things like unknown water damage to foundations of buildings, etc. Plus, time constraints will make the rebuilding very expensive, as opposed to building a new planned city from scratch, where residents can re-locate, near the already-existing infrastructure of Baton Rouge. The truth is that it’s just a matter of time until New Orleans sinks permanently, and businesses are already moving to Baton Rouge so anyone remaining in the area will be unemployed for months. Besides, it’ll just flood again when the next hurricane hits, and in the meantime New Orleans will continue to sink further below sea level.


  21. James T. Struck (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 7:43 am

    More life preservers on hand may help. While one person is being rescused by helicopter another is thrown a life preserver. Provides stability in water for awhile.

    Do not know geography of New Orleans. I am seeing a lot of looting on one picture and then a lot of flooding in another picture.

    Sites are up and down. Audubon Zoo down yesterday and day before appears to be up today.


  22. Brendan (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 7:55 am

    This, this strangely has touched me more than anything else I’ve read. I remember Frankie and Johnny, and the special man. Sitting in Boston now, I am happy to know that they are alive and well in Lafayette. At least Frank is.

    And I’m already tired of sensible people constructing various paragraphs that all begin with a sentence that contains the words “tax dollars” and end up concluding that we shouldn’t rebuild New Orleans. People just don’t work that way, and America is not the kind of nation that takes a half-million people from their homes and plops them down somewhere sensible. Do we remember how hard it was to get a few thousand people to leave their homes in Gaza? Do we think it’s going to be any easier here?

    And while we’re at it, a planned city? For a half-million people? Doesn’t that strike anyone as a bit fantastic? New Orleans is about to receive the sympathy and love of a nation, as well as — and this is much more important — many billions of dollars of insurance settlements, money that city needed desperately without the hurricane. We should make sure that money is spent well.

    And in the meantime, for God’s sake, you sensible people, Mid City and the 9th ward are underwater, and there are 20,000 people in the Superdome without power or water. Can’t you just watch TV and be horrified like a normal person, instead of coming up with dumb-ass proposals like a new planned city near Baton Rouge?


  23. Ray Wert (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 8:25 am

    Almost as a public service announcement that everyone should think before making hasty generalizations…although there are a number of reports of looting and if not being done to find food to survive, it should be punished as harshly as possible, we need to be very careful about the words and terms that we use. Specifically, take a look at the two AP photos I have up.

    Permalink: http://raywert.blogspot.com/2005/08/finding-versus-looting.html


  24. orionoir (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 10:03 am

    just an irrelevant aside re 4 stages of grief management — as a terminal cancer person, i’ve found no terminus to stage recursion. you get to acceptance, head right back to shock. it never ever ends. i’d say this is true of post-911 new york, eg their reaction to the blackout wh was quite some time later.

    in an emotional sense my experience has been that you can never go home again.


  25. HITLER (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 11:10 am

    the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can


  26. pieraud (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 3:52 pm

    think about it……..we are not REALLY getting news from INSIDE the dome……..all we know is that they have to evacuate them….they were still ENTERING the dome this morning but once inside…….no way out????????the goverment was able to go into Irak and do what they did but they have trouble getting people out of the dome?????they were probably the first to help with the tsunami but what about America the great land of freedom???….and IN the dome…..no water,electricity….sweltering heat…toilets overflowing no longer in use i imagine!…and they keep moving people up….where do these people go pee???? on each other damn it????there is presently approx 20 000 people in the dome…..the dome holds 70 000….yet they keep moving them up….ever wonder how much room is LEFT in there?????….i’d say there are dead bodies in the dome…and once people leave the dome than the true horror stories will come out…..i strongly believe that the dome is probably worst than being stuck on a rooftop at the moment….I am not strong on prayer but am certainly sending warm heart filled wishes towards New Orleans….and another thing…..most of those people stranded on rooftops DECIDED to stay……grab the children and save those very stupid adults last who put those children’s safety after what they thought was heroism….given the choice those children would have probably made a wiser choice than some of those dumbassed parents who decided to stay by CHOICE!!!


  27. pieraud (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 3:59 pm

    and another thing…….those looters….yes most of them ought to be shot….but on the other hand, if I were there, yes i would steal FOOD,WATER for my family………..but an x box is not necessary……especially with no power….


  28. richard (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 4:26 pm

    SIDE NOTE: Y’all, I’m all for everyone having their say, but I’m gonna delete comments from folks who have clearly misread the comments of others, or who just wanna spread a little hate. Those of us who maintain this blog–and many of those who read it–are dealing with a lot of uncertainty and anxiety and grief right now, so you’ll excuse me if I wanna pull hatred out of the equation…


  29. Florian Ernst Kirner (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 10:06 pm

    To spread a little bit of something else: I am a young German living in Tokyo and I want to express my practically useless, but hopefully otherwise helpful feelings of support and solidarity. My hometown Munich as well as Tokyo have – for good reason! – been almost completely destroyed, as you all know, and I assure you: even a city that has to be given up, will never give up itself. The Big Easy will come back to live.
    Hope & Light
    florian


  30. jeremy (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 1:01 am

    Major Update from Uptown/Garden District
    I just spoke with my roommate who has been at our apartment uptown near the small Rue coffee shop since the storm hit. He was comfortable and had running water (to take showers and boil drinking water) until today – by morning the tensions on the streets was so intense he no longer felt safe or like he could get out if he waited longer.

    His car had been stored in the Saulet parking garage, which is severely damaged. The five story wall on the edge of the structure has cracked and toppled over. The National Guard told him a route out of the city (taking 90 to a I10 West – he was able to drive to Baton Rogue and eventually get a flight out from the BR airport). There were many relief vehicles entering the city but no one was leaving, indicating that possibly those who have the means to leave are gone.

    Unfortunately he had to leave my cats but he left them the remainder of his drinking water, a heaping bowl of dry food and a 3 lb turkey he cooked (gas stove). The water stopped running but he left the bathtub dial open to a trickle in case it comes back on. They have a large bowl of boiled water and the water left in the toilet boil. I think that should do them for a week and hopefully by then the rescuers will be there to save them. He left a secret window cracked, so with a ladder they can access the apartment. I’ll call them with revised instructions for finding them first thing in the morning.

    Last night he started noticing a major increase in bugs, lizards, etc. I suppose they are fleeing the water as well. My cats have access to go out to a deck, so hopefully if they run out of water they can catch bugs till help arrives.

    During the Storm
    The whole house shook… swaying 3-4 feet left and right for eight hours. The chandeliers were swinging, ceiling fans swaying. A tree in the front yard banged against the home next door, causing major damage. After the eye passed he noticed the winds change direction and the tree beat against our home. But it held tight and there was no damage to our house whatsoever.

    Flood report
    There is no flooding (it’s dry) around Constance and Race Streets (the area around the Small Rue) for at least a 5-6 block radius. Outside of that range the farther away from the river you go the deeper the water gets, becoming impassible around Tulane Ave.

    In the CBD (near the area you see so much violence on television) the survivors had zombie-like appearances. They walked out of chest deep water… they are dazed, glossy eyes. Some carry bags over their heads but they all have one thing in common. They looked totally lost and stunned. There was no one to help or guide them. Cops pass and don’t say a word. They emerge from the water and just sit there, lost.

    Looting in the Garden District
    There was been no apparent looting of Magazine shop stores.

    Robert’s is totally empty inside from looters. Wal Mart is taking longer to clear out but there is a constant flow of looters. (I find it poetic justice that after such resistance to Wal Mart b/c it would put local stores in danger, it’s turning out that Wal Mart has helped delay looting of those local stores… hopefully enforcement will gain control of the situation and spare some of these businesses).

    Violence and Destruction
    The
    CBD looks like it has been bombed. Complete devastation with shards of glass and debris everywhere.

    Until last night my roommate never felt unsafe. But as flood waters rise the madness on Canal Street is trickling to our neighborhood where it’s dry. Last night there was a knife fight on the street corner in front of my house and he heard screaming like he’s never heard before.

    Staying sane, Death Toll and the Avenue Pub
    He started a diary to pass the time and plans to document the experience on HIS BLOG. He also said having two other heartbeats from the cats kept him sane. The cats seemed very upset during the storm, but since then they have been relaxed and don’t seem to realize anything is wrong.

    From what he’s heard he predicts 1000+ are dead in Orleans parish alone.

    He was drinking warm draft one night post-storm at the Avenue Pub and ran into one guy plucked off a roof in Lakeview. They lifted him from his roof and dropped him on a dry patch then moved on. While waiting to be rescued he heard people banging on their roofs from the inside. They have no axes to get out.


  31. gigi (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 6:39 am

    Everyone has this false belief about the people who “decided to stay”. I lived in New Orleans, and left it during the mandatory evacuation for the impending Hurricane Ivan last September. I vividly recall the words “if you have the means to leave the city you must do so”…. Those left are the impoverished, sick and elderly. They did not own a car or have the means to book a flight out. This was not a choice for them.


  32. Beachie (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 8:17 am

    My heart is with everyone in NOLA. For those without means who were left behind to those trapped in the life they now have.
    Living on the east coast of these great United States, and in constant fear of a hurricane as you have been stricken, with my greatest fears have all been recognized.
    There are no words that can be given, all I can offer is my prayers, as I sit glued to the televisioin for another day.


  33. Canadian Boy (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 8:28 am

    Now remember your President finally decided to cut his vacation short and return to work 72 hours after the fact. How many people died in that 72 hours?

    He can care less about the citizens of NO, he only cares about his oil. Don’t you guys get it.

    Move to Canada.


  34. Keith Bumgarner (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 9:54 am

    Currently there are over 800 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters resident on reserve, natiional guard or active military bases in the continental US that are NOT deployed in Iraq. If you add Boeing’s commercial version of this air frame, which is primarly owned by the oil companies for transport to the off-shore rigs, the number may grow to 1000 or more that could be deployed.

    The Chinook, and its variants, have fly speeds of up to 150 knots and possess better vertical lift than any other similar air frame or aeronautical device. Sounds perfect for the Gulf coast disaster.

    Given the logistical nightmare of lack of warehouse, staging, and distribution space, as well as land-based access, the Chinook is the perfect tool to help start solving some of the problems in New Orleans resulting from the hurricane and subsequent flooding. Where are they? Georgia’s National Guard, just today (9/1/05), dispatched 3 of them to the area but where are the rest of them?


  35. Jay (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 10:08 am

    When all is said and done, whether it takes a year or a decade, I’ll come to New Orleans and relish in its rebirth.
    I hope some of you — especially Richard — will meet me at the edge of your city, and show me where my money is best spent.

    All the best to you.


  36. Connie Dassinger (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 3:31 pm

    I have so much anger with the president and FEMA as well as Homeland Security. Where are the food drops that could happen in Indonesia etc. How can these people be left without any help. Where was the disaster planning. Why are government officials waiting 72 hrs to help those in need. Since all our National Guard are in Iraq who is going to keep order. I feel helpless to do anything for these people. What can the red Cross do immediately. Is the problem that these people are too poor and many are black. Is there no wonder ther is looting. Wouldn’t you do the same if you were desperate


  37. A (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 7:37 pm

    Director of FEMA said the Federal Officials were not even aware there were people at the Convention Center to the early hours of this morning. What the F? Does none of them watch CNN? I’m sorry, but I have to agree with the other Canadian here, your President, the one who continued his vacation for days after, is so misguided. I feel for all you Americans affected.

    Still shaking my head over your government’s response.

    A

    Richard, my heart goes out to you and Jonno.
    I use to read both your blogs years ago and i started reading yours again when it happened. Stay strong.


  38. HITLER (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 11:37 pm

    What should the residents say to God in their prayers? I suppose that

    the Gulf Coast folks might pray along the following lines:

    “Dear God, We thank thee for sparing our lives, even though we are

    miserable sinners. We thank thee also for taking the lives of so many
    who

    were obviously worse sinners than we are. We thank thee for destroying
    our

    homes and everything we own, to teach us a lesson about thy wondrous
    power.

    We thank the for allowing us to see the suffering and torment of those

    without food or water or air conditioning, as a warning of the torments
    of

    hell which thou hast prepared for us if we don’t do what you tell us to
    do.

    We thank thee for destroying that wicked cesspool of sin and depravity

    called New Orleans, and turning it into a real cesspool. We also thank

    thee for destroying all the church buildings there which were centers
    of

    heresy and blasphemy and false religion. We pray thee to continue to

    destroy and devastate across this wicked nation until all the
    blasphemers,

    fags, abortionists, feminists, evolutionists, atheists, Jews and

    intellectuals are wiped off the face of the land so that Christ can
    come

    soon in glory! Thank you JESUS! AMEN!”


  39. james (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 2:42 am

    i cant read anymore of these – i read another thread and it was the same – racial, political, hate blab. i really think i’m gonna be sick.
    you can choose to believe it or not, but what the people of NO and the rest of America need the most is our prayers. God always has and always will take care of His people.
    now go ahead and say what you want, cause you will anyway. but if you are putting your faith into anyone or anything other than God to get NO AND America through this, then you are the one in need of help.
    and as for the sarcasm about prayer, Hitler, i am assuming that you dont try it too often or at least not whole-heartedly, or else you wouldnt be speaking of it like it’s worthless and powerless.


  40. tyler parks (unregistered) on September 12th, 2005 @ 5:36 pm

    “a bunch of clean-shaven crackers ”
    ok, you must be an older man because not many people i know still use that ancient racial slur. like that other one that used to be popular down here too.


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  42. telegra (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 1:55 am

    nice blog



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