Is anyone else horrified at what's been going on in New Orleans? I can't believe the stories that have been filtering through, of children and the elderly dying in the streets, helicopters trying to airlift out hospital patients being fired upon, and some of the awful things regarding people being attacked/raped etc at the Superdome.
Worst about all of this is that much of it could have been avoided - on one hand people have been warning the government for years that a disaster like this was waiting to happen if preventative measures weren't undertaken (and were ignored), and in addition to this, emergency services just took so long to get involved. The mayor of the city has been enraged by how the Bush administration has handled this event. And it is just atrocious.
Today I read that Chicago (and some other states) had offered hundreds of staff and much-needed emergency equipment, and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has been rejecting that assistance, saying that things are under control - when they are running out of buses and don't have nearly enough national guardsmen, emergency workers and helicopters! People are dying while they reject additional help that could be invaluable. I also find it INCREDIBLY questionable that second on the list of FEMA's approved charities for this disaster is run by Pat Robertson, the evangelist demanding the President of Venezuela be assassinated a few months ago, and who agreed with Jerry Falwell that 9/11 was a message from God to depraved liberals in America.
The Bush administration just repulses me. They are incompetent, misguided zealots and fools, and must be held to account over the severity of this disaster and their inept reaction to it. You just can't help but be furious watching this.