And I'm not talking about that Honey Drippers song either . . .
Words cannot describe the frustration and the disgust that I have with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s handling of rescuing people -- not refugees -- who were left behind after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, Mississippi and the surrounding areas.
I would like to give props to Oliver Wang, kris ex, Jay Smooth and other bloggers who have offered their thoughts and stories about the Katrina disaster. For me, I just don't know where to begin or what to say -- I have so many emotions and so many opinions rattling in my brain right now.
But I'll tell you this . . . I'm very angry. What is happening down there in New Orleans is unacceptable. And I wish there was a call to impeach President George W. Bush. Yep, that's right -- impeach that motherfucker! Fire that son of a bitch! There are NO excuses for his reaction or inaction to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
I'm in total agreement with the editors of the Times-Picayune, Louisiana's largest newspaper:
"We're angry, Mr. President, and we'll be angry long after our beloved city and surrounding parishes have been pumped dry. Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That's to the government's shame.Now that's Real Talk.
"Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially. No expense should have been spared. No excuses should have been voiced."
And while you're at it, fired President George Bush, too.
President Bush fuck up big-time. People can defend Dubya all they want, but the facts remain -- this President really drop the ball and should be held accountable for his slow-to-react relief efforts to help the people -- not refugees -- of New Orleans. The Federal Government also shares the blame and should also be held accountable, as well.
And I could rant on and on and on and on.
It's just a tragic situation and my hearts go out to those families who have survived their ordeal in the aftermath of this horrific devastation.
This tragedy is a BIG reminder that:
1) Racism is still alive and will never ever go away.
2) Yes, what has happened in New Orleans, Mississippi and the surroundings areas has everything to do with race and class in the United States. Remember, there are two Americas -- one black, one white/ poor and rich/ separate and unequal.
3) Charity begins at home.
4) Love thy neighbor.
5) Keep God in your hearts and keep your heads up.
And finally, this tragedy is also a reminder that:
Word to Kanye West. Don't hate . . . emulate. I told you this man was a genius.
And if you still don't think that Dubya bear some fault in this horrific American tragedy. Well, check this out. In 2004, Dubya cut funding on a project to help strengthened the levees in New Orleans and diverted the money to fund his war in Iraq.
On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, La., told the Times-Picayune: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."Okay, so let me try to understand this:
Bush sat on his ass while reading a children's book during the 9/11 attacks.
Bush lied about WMDs.
Bush is allowing thousands of soldiers to die in Iraq . . . and for what?
Bush was a no-show during America's most historical and horrific natural disaster.
Holy shit. It's time to impeach the President. NOW!
But enough of the ranting . . .
In other news, and this is fascinating to me . . .
In the midst of the hell that was left behind by Hurricane Katrina; there are people down in ground zero New Orleans blogging about their experiences. I don't know how they stayed so focused, but keep it up.
And here are some blogs that caught my eye:
There are local bloggers who are still living near New Orleans(!!) that are now able to blog since internet connection has been restored in the area. They are currently posting stuff at metroblog/New Orleans.
Attorney Ernest Svenson use to have a law practice in New Orleans but his firm is no longer there. He managed to get himself and his family out of N.O. before the hurricane hit. He's currently blogging about his reflections on his life post-Hurricane Katrina.
The guys and gals over at 2 Guys, 2 Cities, 2 Sidekicks blog discuss Kanye West's outburst during NBC's relief effort telethon last Friday. Inappropriate or not, Kanye's statement was on point.