A disturbing pattern

News & Politics

The good folks at Bellacio put these headlines together -- and it doesn't include other reports that Castro's offer to send doctors and Chavez's offer to sell cheap oil were rejected as well..

  • Airboaters stalled by FEMA
  • A "floatilla of aid" TURNED BACK from New Orleans
  • Fearing riots, Guard rejects food airdrops
  • Homeland Security won’t let Red Cross deliver food
  • US won’t let Canada help Katrina victims
  • On BBC: Northern Command was in position, waiting for Presidential orders
  • Confirmation of BBC report: Navy Ship still unused 6 Days after Katrina!
  • Daley ’shocked’ as feds reject aid
  • Virgina Team turned away- others efforts wasted
  • FEMA prevents water, fuel delivery- cuts communication lines!
  • Paperwork from DC late to arrive- prevents National Guard from helping
  • Guardsmen ’played cards’ amid New Orleans chaos: police official

Now compare that with the actions of ordinary citizens:
"Some guys commandeered their neighbor's big flat boat. They had been going deep into the neighborhood to rescue folks from 8 feet of water, usually from their second floors. These guys were wild. They hauled me with them for their last run of the day as the sun was setting. Imagine the sight -- 3 guys, unshaven, the driver with a 12-gauge shotgun strapped to the driver's console and the other two with pistols strapped to their sides, heading into an area known for looters and gunshots fired at rescue boats. On their last run of the day, they rescued 6 people -- one a 94-year-old invalid who could not walk."
(Bellacio and Jesse Kornbluth)

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