Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Like Katrina, Like Ike

And the MSM goes on with the "it's not that bad, the feds were better this time."

Hey, what is ONE MORE LIE, huh?

Also see:
FEMA Handles Ike Like Katrina While Chicago Floods

"Ike's impact is revealed, measured by the misery" by Andre Coe and Chris Duncan Associated Press

While the number of confirmed deaths attributed to the storm was remarkably low at 39 in Texas and nine other states, including one in Oil City, Pa., the distress was considerable.

Nearly 37,000 people were in shelters in Texas, and there was no word on when those living in the most devastated towns, such as Galveston, might return. About 2.2 million people in Texas alone remained without power. Many service stations had no gasoline, or no electricity to pump it.

With no running water, some residents were dumping toilet waste directly into the sewers. Major highways were still underwater. Victims grew irritable as they waited for food and water. Some relief stations ran out of supplies, leaving thousands hungry and panicked.

Lines of cars stretched two hours or longer at Texas Southern University for packages of bottled water and bags of ice, the only supplies on hand until three 18-wheelers showed up about noon. Cheers broke out when it was announced there were boxes with chili, a small bag of Frito chips and a cookie.

"Why didn't they call for volunteers when they knew this was going to hit?" said Irene Makris, who waited in line but was told to drive to a station in another part of Houston, closer to her neighborhood.

Snapshots of damage were emerging everywhere: In Galveston, oil coated the water and beaches with a sheen, and residents were ordered off the beach. Dozens of burial vaults popped up out of the soggy ground, many disgorging their coffins. Several came to rest against a chain-link fence choked with garbage and trinkets left behind by mourners.

Galveston officials guessed it would be months before the island could reopen and warned that mosquito-borne diseases may begin to spread. Cows that had escaped flooded pastures wandered around a shattered neighborhood. An elderly man was airlifted to a hospital, his body covered with hundreds of mosquito bites after his splintered home was swarmed.

"Galveston can no longer safely accommodate its population," City Manager Steve LeBlanc said. "Quite frankly, we are reaching a health crisis for people who remain on the island."

If they can't handle this, then WTF good is this government?!!!!

And Bush says "this ain't so bad!"

More than 1,300 people, who had spent several nights at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center, complained they could not get information about how to find food and clean clothes.

Michael Stevenson, 37, said that at one shelter, he had barely eaten. "They give you a little cup of water every four hours," he said. "They feed us one peanut butter and jelly sandwich."

This got cut. I wonder why
: The Silver Lining of Ike

At a shopping center in Houston, honking motorists in a line of cars stretching for more than a mile advanced quickly to the front, as if in a fast food drive-in, as some 15 Texas National Guardsmen rushed to load food, ice, drinks and other nonperishable supplies into the trunks.

"Let's go, let's go, let's go!" guardsman barked at the motorists, rushing to fill their cars and move the line quickly. Search and rescue teams worried that the worst devastation has yet to be found.

Yeah, no need for AmeriKans to be told of the slowly-encroaching and expanding police state -- by any means available!!!!

In Texas, rescue crews were still going door-to-door in the hardest-hit neighborhoods, looking for the dead and alive, and the days after the storm were proving to be riddled with their own dangers: Three people were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.