BlogSeptember 2, 2005 11:57 AM ET

What the fuck? (New Orleans)

After several nights of watching news reports regarding New Orleans, I'm truly at a loss. I've seen dying elderly, dying babies, starving children, etc. I feel as if I'm watching reports on Somalia or some third world disaster area. Yet, this is the United States. Unbelievable.

It's actually making me rather angry. We can mobilize thousands of troops for Iraq, yet we can't get supplies to 50,000 Americans because of a few looters and thugs? Get the fucking military down there and clear the way for supplies.

Here's an excerpt from a Fox News (don't ask) story:

After being forced from their homes by flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina, refugees have witnessed corpses rotted along flooded sidewalks and bands of armed thugs thwarting fitful rescue efforts. After days of being near-stranded at the Superdome, waiting for food, water and rescue, evacuees are clinging to hope.

One evacuee told FOX News she witnessed a woman give birth on a New Orleans bridge; the people helping her tied the baby's umbilical cord with a shoestring and sterilized the makeshift tools they had with a lighter.

"I would wish very, very soon that they would send some transportation to remove us from this bridge … this is New Orleans, it's 96 degrees out here, we have no shelter," evacuee Robin Turner told FOX News near the Crescent City Connection Bridge. "It's been five days and the buses have been on the way five days now.

And city officials were seething with anger about what they called a slow federal response following Hurricane Katrina.

"They don't have a clue what's going on down there," New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin told WWL-AM Thursday night. "Excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed."

"I need reinforcements, I need troops, man. I need 500 buses," Nagin said in a television interview Friday morning. "Get every dog-gone Greyhound bus line in the country and get that [expletive] moving to New Orleans ... This is a major, major, major deal. I can't emphasize that enough."

I read that twice. It made no sense to me. This is the government's fault. Yes, it's a disaster down there. Yes, this is a very difficult situation. But four days later, how can people still be dehydrated and starving? There is plenty of water in the country. How much would it cost to get 5 million bottles of spring water down there within two days? $10 million? $20 million? We spend more than that in an hour fighting insurgents in Iraq.

We have an entire government organization (FEMA) whose sole job is to handle situations like this. Yet, nothing is seemingly being handled. I'd love to see their annual budget. What do they do all year? Everybody knew New Orleans was built in a fucking bowl. Was there not a plan for this? As you likely know, we've spent millions and millions of dollars studying the effects of cow flatulance and its effects on our atmosphere and environment, yet nobody sat down and said, "Hmmm, what would happen if New Orleans got a direct hit from a powerful hurricane?" I don't know. I think I've truly lost faith in the United States government. Stop worrying about forcefully spreading democracy to every last corner of the earth, and learn how to take care of your own.


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xirishgodx_ 9/2/2005 9:12:44 AM

first post?

jay_ 9/2/2005 9:13:20 AM

1st..............

deez_nutz_ 9/2/2005 9:13:42 AM

Yeah, I'd think that after any kind of a flood, everything should be totally taken care of 4 days later. "Four days later, how can people still be dehydrated and starving?" Simple, A BIG fckING HURRICANE CAME THROUGH AND FLOODING A fckING CITY AND WASHED EVERYTHING AWAY!! What the hell are you thinking? People can only be as prepared as they want to be. Hurricanes come every year, some hardly do any damage, others are horrible, it's just like Monsoon season in Asia, (i.e. last year's Tsuna

alex_ 9/2/2005 9:18:31 AM

deez_nutz - fck you dude. UPS can ship a package from California to Florida via SonicAir in 8 hours. The United States government doesn't have the resources to get food and water to New Orleans in four days? Bullshit.

xpissangelx_ 9/2/2005 9:23:21 AM

don't wach fox news

shrek_ 9/2/2005 9:30:04 AM

That's what you get for living in New Orleans. God hates you.

racist america_ 9/2/2005 9:39:08 AM

there are 2 reasons that relief efforts aren't happening fast enough 1. they are black 2. they are poor it's as simple and shitty as that.

deez_nutz_ 9/2/2005 9:41:04 AM

I'm sorry Alex, we're too busy drop shipping food to Africa. There was a clip on the news here, they were talking to some people down there who were hit by the catastrophe, and they were bitching about not having any food or water. The newscaster plainy showed them that food and water was readily available to them. They then started bitching because they wanted a hot meal not just sandwiches and that they don't want water, they want coffee and soda. TALK ABOUT BULLSHIT! A major disaster com

alex_ 9/2/2005 9:51:31 AM

deez_nutz: First of all, I wouldn't base your entire view on the entire situation upon one news story. The Mayor of New Orleans claims otherwise. Why would he if it wasn't true? Bush called relief efforts "not acceptable." Again, what motivation would he have, especially when it's practically an indictment of his own administration. I never said the government was purposely withholding supplies. I'm saying that their ineptitude and lack of planning is partially to blame. And if you'd like to bla

deez_nutz_ 9/2/2005 9:59:38 AM

Alex, we're basically in agreement on this issue. I'm not saying things are running smoothly down there. I'm not watching it 24 hours a day to see exactly what is going on down there. Is the region in near total turmoil? Absolutely! Are things working perfectly? Far from it. Is the media going to highlight the worst parts of it so as to get people all worked up and to keep them watching the news? Absolutely! So what we hear about, is what we are spoon fed, to keep us tuned in. The media

deez_nutz_ 9/2/2005 10:06:26 AM

to add another comment, the ineptitude to blame really falls on the states, though you could find fault with federal funding regarding certain programs, relief efforts, etc. But overall, it's more the indivdual state's responsibiity to be prepared for something like this.

panzram_ 9/2/2005 10:06:53 AM

Bush was moved to admit that global warming is at least partly caused by man-made pollution at the last G8 summit. According to many scientists the increased strength of tropical storms is symptomatic of extreme climate change. Maybe now he'll be forced into action and we'll see less disgraceful legislation like the Clear Skies Initiative. Also, it seems the chaos in New Orleans suggests a degree of prescience on the part of the Pentagon, whose 2004 report forecasted global strife in the event o

deez_nutz_ 9/2/2005 10:12:37 AM

I was reading some conspiracy theory stuff about HAARP, the government office in Alaska that works with weather control type stuff, definitely very interesting stuff. Russia has claimed since the 1970's that they have the ability to control weather patterns. There were apparent conspiracy theories regarding last year's Tsunami as well as the hurricane that hit Brazil last year, which by the way, was the first ever documented hurricane in the South Atlantic, before then, scientists had stated t

thegoddamnawesome_ 9/2/2005 10:41:55 AM

we're all pretty much going straight to hell in a handbasket.

Hox_ 9/2/2005 10:58:48 AM

Alex- I couldn't agree with you more. I honestly feel like the federal goverment doesn't really care about the disaster or the survivors. They get nice sound bites, they offer their condolences, they wring they hands, yet their inaction is appaling.

rhino_ 9/2/2005 11:28:32 AM

Alot of good points in this thread, it seems unthinkable that a government would leave all those people without food and water for all this time and thats really what this is about, they will send armed soldiers in there and it will be chaos before it gets any better but people are upset because there is no food and they really have a right to be, heres the thing, I totallt agree that if those people were white they would not be there right now, I know people hate to hear that shit but everyone

panzram_ 9/2/2005 11:39:30 AM

One science writer saw this coming. This article was published May 23. http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=9754

ihatemusic_ 9/2/2005 12:49:23 PM

This all falls on our government, actually, the Army Corps of Engineers. They designed the levee system only to hold a cat. 3 hurricane. In fact, there has been a team studying this for the past couple of years. They knew it would happen, yet as all federal agencies, they pretend it is not their fault. Good job jugheads. I would say this is prime for the next Modern Marvels Engineering Disasters episode.

fk_ 9/2/2005 1:18:11 PM

alex, you made some great points and the feelings are mutual. i disagree with your outlook on the situation, deeznuts, there is no fcking excuse for the lives lost and lack of help and preparation on the part of our selfish, bullshit government. this pitiful situation is totally inexcusable.

jebus_ 9/2/2005 1:51:03 PM

mark this date on your calendar folks because this is never going to happen again, but i must say that i am happy that at least president bush said that the results from aid are "not acceptable". maybe this is finally the time the government says fck the international shit, we gotta take care of this at home, but i doubt it... and the mayor of new orleans is the shit

LukeCubed_ 9/2/2005 2:08:48 PM

Actually, there were numerous studies and reports done indicating that there was extensive work that still needed to be done to shore up New Orleans' sinking levee system. Bush actually passed over the recommendation of the Army Corps of Engineers to slash their proposed budget of the project by 80%. The Corps hasn't tried to hide that the reason for the budget cuts in this project is diversion of funds to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Homeland Security. You can read all about it here: http://www

bolognapony_ 9/2/2005 2:18:58 PM

This situation is a national embarrassment, and not just on the part of the federal government, I'm talking Louisiana state and local governments who knew the levees wouldn't hold for YEARS and didn't do anything, and a large chunk of blame has to go the 60,000 dipshits who insisted on staying and are now braying because the government isn't moving fast enough. Typical American attitude. In the end, my hope is that this incident leads to a period of American isolation from world events. We exp

PrainerTheThird_ 9/2/2005 2:22:26 PM

I know this doesn't apply to the whole of your country, but you voted Bush back in, so now you get to listen to him fumble his way thrugh another press junket, whilst his brain warms up. Maybe now people will see the sheer ineptitude of the government you're living under.

anonymous 9/2/2005 3:24:34 PM

Thank you for saying that it doesn't apply to the whole of our country. I (along with most people who can read) realized the ineptitude of our current administration months after taking office.

john_doe_ 9/2/2005 4:21:12 PM

agleed. gov't moved too slow. and despite all the tragedy and suffering, it's sad to see how people just resort to violence and mass rioting to make a point or survive. sorta like that war of the worlds scene where the mob beat the shit out of tom cruise for his minivan. and it just ended up being guys w/ guns shooting each other to get the van, just to get out or to survive.

anonymous 9/2/2005 4:24:52 PM

a message to the victims of Katrina who voted for Bush.....you got what you voted for.

brad_ 9/2/2005 4:40:46 PM

its fcking disgusting, and they make it look like those people are savage animals for acting the way they do.i cant even wrap my head around it.

loser_ 9/2/2005 4:56:54 PM

i hope eyehategod is ok...

generic_gimmick_ 9/2/2005 5:00:23 PM

I think the local government is more to blame than the feds, Biloxi was hit pretty fcking hard too, but there's none of this craziness there. Yes, I know New Orleans has special circumstances with the below-sea-level thing and all. I read today that 30 to 40 percent of the New Orleans police force is missing or AWOL because of a stupid law that says all New Orleans police officers must live within city limits. Guess what? They're fcked just like everyone else when this shit happens. And l

yourcityliesindust_ 9/2/2005 8:25:56 PM

Bush should be impeached for 1)dereliction of duty and 2)sheer incompetence. This is one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the U.S., and the federal government has handled it in such a way to make it a hundred-fold worse. DON'T TELL ME IT TAKES FIVE GODDAMN DAYS TO GET FOOD AND WATER TO PEOPLE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. And don't tell me race isn't a factor either. If those people were rich and white, they would have gotten the supplies they needed days ago. Racism is most definitely involved

d4n_ 9/2/2005 10:52:31 PM

you'd think after that massive tsunami in sri lanka other countries would be more prepared for something of that magnitude happing to their coastal regions, i guess not... good blog.

anonymous 9/3/2005 1:42:01 AM

Bush is going to be crucified by the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans. The Southern Senators and Reps won't want to take the heat for this shit and lose their votes. They'll pass it off to the figurehead. The political aftermath of this might be fckin massive.

Russ Pt.1_ 9/3/2005 3:44:27 AM

For those of you who think that race/poverty is an issue... can someone please tell me who exactly is withholding help because of race/income? Is it FEMA? Or maybe Louisiana's Dept. of Homeland Security? Perhaps Bush himself said, "Ah, don't worry about those left in New Orleans because they're black and poor we're still white, rich and safe here in TX/DC"? That's preposterous. An entire agency or relief organization isn't going to withhold help based on race nor are the members of those gr

Russ Pt. 2_ 9/3/2005 3:44:44 AM

Why is no one mad at New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for not getting the 500 buses in advance instead of waiting until there were no roads to drive them on? Why didn't he force an evacuation? If he knew that the levees couldn't hold a Category 5 hurricane, why didn't he get those people out of there any way he could? And now those who stayed have gone and fcked themselves because it's nearly impossible to get aid to the people who are in the heart of the city and it might be even tougher to get

Russ Pt. 3_ 9/3/2005 3:45:03 AM

And for those of you who think that I'm just blowing smoke out of my ass consider this... I am leaving at 8 AM on Sunday morning to fly out of DFW Airport en route to Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans as a part of a disaster recovery / rebuilding crew that was created in the early hours of the Hurricane. I will be there a minimum of 2 weeks (could be anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months or more) working 12-18 hours a day every day. We will be doing everything from passing out food, clothes a

Russ Pt. 4_ 9/3/2005 3:45:22 AM

I don't always agree with the comander-in-chief but I am proud to be an American citizen helping out my fellow Americans anyway I can. I know damn well that even a bumbling fool from my home state that happens to run this whole mess feels the same way and is doing what he can to help and what he thinks best for the country he's in charge of. He's not out to deny Americans any aid regardless of their backgrounds. If it had been rich white people that were there instead, they'd be in the exact

Michel Goulet_ 9/3/2005 8:57:12 AM

first post!

Ian_ 9/3/2005 9:56:21 AM

I may be off base here, but doesn't this seem a little reminicent of the LA riots? (keeping the minorities and those less privledged contained in a specific location so they destroy themselves) Everytime I put on the TV or read online nothing has changed, it seems to be getting worse. I can't stop thinking of the LA riots, anyone else see this?

Me_ 9/3/2005 10:02:35 AM

That's why I moved out of the US.

420King_ 9/3/2005 12:48:15 PM

New orleans is sinkin man and i dont wanna swim

generic_gimmick_ 9/4/2005 10:01:28 AM

You've got to be pretty stupid to think race has anything to do with this, rescue crews being shot at tends to slow down the rescue efforts. Stupid people come in all colors.

bastardmaker_ 9/4/2005 11:59:24 AM

you gays are all fcking retarded. you all sit at your comfortable home and watch tv to get second rate information and then form second rate opinions to place blame on an unfortunate event that nobody could prevent. the fact is that NOLA is below sea level. it is also along the mississippi river that floods anually. it is also in a huricane zone. anyone who lives here must realize there are inherit risks with living here. just like people who live in california must realize that they could be c

Lukecubed_ 9/4/2005 5:22:30 PM

Russ and Bastardmaker, professional federal apologists. You can blame the poor all you want for being too "lazy" and "ignorant" to "get out," but you don't seem to have any good ideas where and how these people are supposed to go with what money, and how they were supposed to get back if, say, Katrina had veered elsewhere. Then you try deflecting the blame to local government and the mayor, oblivious to the fact that the dikes depended on federal funding for their upkeep (which was slashed by

thatguy_ 9/4/2005 6:22:18 PM

A lot of people like to jump in and claim that it's the Bush administration's fault for not having better preventative measures in place for hurricanes. But the fact of the matter is: 1) The problem with New Orlean's has been known for decades. 2) Despite this knowledge, funding to prevent this kind of stuff has faced more and more cuts over the last few decades. So yeah, maybe the Bush administration is to blame. But no more than every other administration out there who just ignored the

Kayne_ 9/5/2005 10:41:41 PM

Bush be hatin us

josh_ 9/7/2005 3:44:47 PM

first post!

deez_nutz_ 9/9/2005 2:48:57 PM

holy shit i am not keeping up with this crap, new blog plz