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Creek Running North
August 31, 2005
Here's another couple of people who were "too dumb to evacuate."
Bowie, 57, a truck driver who had been with Turner for 16 years, had advanced lung cancer and could not be easily moved. When Turner could find no one to take them out of the city, she decided to stay home and hoped the storm would spare them.
"I've got electric and stuff right now," Turner told herself. "I can keep going. I've got oxygen. I can keep going."
But Hurricane Katrina left her neighborhood under several feet of water. By Tuesday, with no phone and only a small tank of oxygen left, Turner slogged out into the streets for help.
By the time she got back, Bowie had died.
Posted by Chris Clarke at August 31, 2005 04:58 PM
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Oh, this one gets me.Posted by: Stephanie at August 31, 2005 05:18 PM
Oh Dear GOD!
Of all the terrible things I've seen and read about on line today, this is the worst.Posted by: handdrummer at August 31, 2005 05:24 PM
I'm so angry and disgusted right now I can hardly see straight. Everywhere I turn on the net, even just bargain-finding boards, etc., I see hateful racist crap... saying the people deserved it, calling the survivors looters and animals... please on sites for donations to the Red Cross are met with comments saying essentially "to hell with them."
They always talk about how disasters like this reveal the true character of people in a society... and sadly I guess its true - if you hadn't already realized it over the last few years, the comments today coming even from TV commentators show that we have a large, severely morally sick group of people in this country.
Sorry, this is really not the right thread for this, but I am just so sick and tired of being sick and tired. As an atheist I don't believe in evil in the supernatural sense, but my non-faith is being tested.Posted by: craig at August 31, 2005 08:42 PM
What we have is a sinister combination of a culture of the public celebration of intolerance and a media culture of "fairness and balance" that invariably shifts "the truth" to an imagined middle ground between the caricaturesque positions of mindless simpletons. It is daring, it is joyous to say something "politically incorrect", and the closer it gets to racism or bigotry without explicitly mentioning the intended target group, the more "fun" it is. And the media gladly accomodates these bigoted voices as perfectly legitimate political commentary, rather than reporting them as alarming news.Posted by: pietro at September 1, 2005 05:53 AM
1500 NO city police have been reassigned from search and rescue operations to arresting looters - because it's important to stop people from stealing that bread before it goes moldy.Posted by: craig at September 1, 2005 09:16 AM
Just to clarify, Craig, that's ALL 1500 NOLA cops.Posted by: Chris Clarke at September 1, 2005 09:37 AM
Are they stopping people from taking food and water from stores, or are they stopping organized and armed groups that are doing far worse than taking the odd TV set? What I'm hearing is that police and rescue helicopters are being shot at. This isn't good.
But, damn. The frustration and sheer horror must be overwhelming.Posted by: Vicki at September 1, 2005 01:36 PM
Why are the fucking cops doing it? Because the fucking National Guard are in fucking Iraq. Fucking marvellous.
See Fox. See Fox spin. Spin, Fox, spin.Posted by: Mentis Fugit at September 1, 2005 03:55 PM