Skip to comments.New Orleans told "you'll be on your own"
Posted on 09/06/2005 8:50:50 AM PDT by jbwbubba
NEW ORLEANS FLASHBACK: OFFICALS WARNED RESIDENTS 'YOU'LL BE ON YOUR OWN' Mon Sep 05 2005 18:57:15 ET
Before residents had ever heard the words "Hurricane Katrina," the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE ran a story warning residents: If you stay behind during a big storm, you'll be on your own!
Editors at TIMES-PICAYUNE on Monday called for every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be fired. In an open letter to President Bush, the paper said: "Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That's to the government's shame."
But the TIMES-PICAYUNE published a story on July 24, 2005 stating: City, state and federal emergency officials are preparing to give a historically blunt message: "In the event of a major hurricane, you're on your own."
Staff writer Bruce Nolan reported some 7 weeks before Katrina: "In scripted appearances being recorded now, officials such as Mayor Ray Nagin, local Red Cross Executive Director Kay Wilkins and City Council President Oliver Thomas drive home the word that the city does not have the resources to move out of harm's way an estimated 134,000 people without transportation."
"In the video, made by the anti-poverty agency Total Community Action, they urge those people to make arrangements now by finding their own ways to leave the city in the event of an evacuation.
"You're responsible for your safety, and you should be responsible for the person next to you," Wilkins said in an interview. "If you have some room to get that person out of town, the Red Cross will have a space for that person outside the area. We can help you."
This is irrelevant when Bush needs to be blamed. It makes me physically ill. But they are racial shysters so it's to be expected.
I wish we could all forget the finger pointing for now and just concentrate on helping the victims. But it looks to me like the "blame Bush" crowd got the bandwagon rolling, so they will have to accept the fact that people will respond.
The mayor and governor indeed look terribly weak in the face of all this. I'm sure things could have been done better on the federal level also.
I wish we could just fix the problems and point fingers later. But we both know people won't let that happen . . .
The Red Cross is waiting for you in Las Vegas.
It does not matter one single bit to the leftist scum in the media that EVERYONE, including themselves, knows that it takes the feds a few days to mobilize fully.
This is going to backfire on the worthless, treasonous dirtbags.
Who in their right mind would name their newspaper PICAYUNE.
What's their slogan? "All the picayune sh*t thats not fit to print".
500-700 buses, 50 people on each bus. 25,000-35,000 evacuated leaving 100,000 behind. I'm sure you would be happy to tell us who were going to go first and explain the ensuing riots that would have occurred at the pickup location
Seems to me anybody who has time for blaming and fingerpointing is not spending enough time working and/or trying to help the victims.
Anybody who has time to worry about whether "refugee" is the proper term isn't carrying his share of the load either.
Yeah, I guess it's impossible for each bus to make multiple trips. Are they busing them to Alaska?
Somebody said they don't like to guess the number but it's going to be more than Afghanistan, Iraq, and 9-11 all rolled up into one. I think that's probably true by a factor of 3-4.
four round trips to the cities just north of N.O. and no one is left behind.....
I'm reminded of a story Judge Bork told about running into Kennedy after being slimed and savaged and Kennedy saying "nothing personal."
Might as well not use the buses then...Ughhh.
Total Community Action
THEY HAD NO PLAN.
'Bring blankets and food to the SuperDome' doesn't count as a "plan".
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