I heard the reports, as I am sure you have also, of doctors and nurses in New Orleans giving each other nutrient IV's because they has been without food for so many days but still needed to function. In the small world department, my dear sister is involved with the company that provides the food service to several New Orleans hospitals. Was the problem lack of supplies? Was the problem lack of transportation?
The problem was FEMA. Worse than not helping...FEMA wouldn't let other folks help. My sister's company had trucks loaded with food and supplies ready to go and on the road almost immediately but they couldn't reach their hospitals...not because the road was impassable...They were halted by FEMA officials who refused to allow them to go the last few miles with food for patients, doctors, nurses, and others.
The FEMA officials had guns. They held them up and told the relief drivers that they couldn't go any further. Why? Because there were people with guns in town.
So let me get this straight...If you try to go into town where someone might shoot at you...FEMA will shoot at you?
Then I heard this speech:
"We got a lot of rebuilding to do.... the good news is and it's hard for some to see it now but out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic gulf coast... out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- the guy lost his entire house -- there's going to be fantastic house. I look forward to sitting on the porch. Out of New Orleans is going to come that great city again."
Priorities still in place I see.
And then there's this:
From the Hopuston Chronicle:
Sept. 1, 2005, 8:30PM
Halliburton hired for storm cleanup
The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Halliburton subsidiary KBR will also perform damage assessments at other naval installations in New Orleans as soon as it is safe to do so.
KBR was assigned the work under a "construction capabilities" contract awarded in 2004 after a competitive bidding process. The company is not involved in the Army Corps of Engineers' effort to repair New Orleans' levees.
I could just puke on these people!