How much have GW Bush and Barbara Bush personally donated from their millions to hurricane relief funds? And to which funds?
Wow. That didn’t take long. Bush gives a press conference this morning and says,
Question: Did they misinform you when you said that no one anticipated the breach of the levees?
President Bush: No, what I was referring to is this. When that storm came by, a lot of people said we dodged a bullet. When that storm came through at first, people said, whew. There was a sense of relaxation, and that’s what I was referring to. And I, myself, thought we had dodged a bullet. You know why? Because I was listening to people, probably over the airways, say, the bullet has been dodged. And that was what I was referring to. Of course, there were plans in case the levee had been breached. There was a sense of relaxation in the moment, a critical moment. And thank you for giving me a chance to clarify that.
In no time at all, the blogs expose this as a inconsistent with the facts we know. Or, if you prefer, a real whopper.
One issue that looks pretty raw right now was the local effort by neighboring Gretna to keep (black, poor) New Orleans residents from walking to safety–apparently because the route would have taken them right past (white, wealthier) people’s neighborhoods.
Start with the summary account offered by Kevin Drum — he has a good map. Then read Digby at hullabaloo for the details, and the outrage. Also Making Light. Ice the cake with this excerpt from an interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in which he talks about the closing of the bridge:
That says that people value their property, and were protecting property, over human life. … I’m pissed about it. And I don’t know how many people died as a result of that.
DenverPost.com reporter Diane Carman’s story — a reliable source — begins like this:
If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought I was peering through the fence at a concentration camp.
The conditions of the camps where Katrina’s victims are being herded is, or should be, a matter of pressing concern.
Escapable Logic points to an impressive offer from Pfizer:
Victims of Hurricane Katrina who have lost access to their Pfizer medications can receive an emergency supply at any Walgreens, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, Sams Club or CVS pharmacy.
From now until September 16th, Pfizer and these pharmacies are helping survivors obtain their Pfizer medicines. No matter where patients may be residing, if they are from the affected areas, they can go to any Walgreens, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, Sams Club or CVS pharmacy and ask the pharmacist for help. Many independent community pharmacies will also be participating.
Patients without prescription drug coverage will get their medicines for free.
And it seems to be a genuine offer. Nice.
Boing Boing links to this account of a Lockdown in the Astrodome:
They locked out the people out of the dome, evacuees and volunteers. we have not had volunteers able to come in all morning. people just screaming broke into the gate to get in and all the people and volunteers ran into the dome. hundreds, at least 200 or 300 people started pushing in. no one was on the other side of the locked gate, no traffic no guards, etc. my volunteer guy telling the story from the human rights campaign ran in too. finally one police officer tried to corral people and push them back out. and in ffact everyone was pushed out. except my guy who pretended he had been in all along. and the people who had been in were pushed out and locked out.
No reliant empolyees, no one , no officers, no one to ask, people screaming and panicking, locked out of what is now their home, their kids are in here, etc. no one in the dome knows what is happening.
If our fellow citizens are being locked into a large cage, this is pretty serious stuff.
Just wait until someone dies for lack of medical attention because they were locked in or the EMT were locked out…
JURIST has the links on Legal aid for Katrina victims (thank you, Elliott!).