Friday, September 02, 2005

'get off your asses and do something'

...so plead the Mayor of New Orleans to state and federal officials. Click here to listen to N.O. Mayor C. Ray Nagin's primal, disturbing radio interview.

"Give money till it hurts," I heard someone say this afternoon. As of 2:00pm today, $200,000 has been donated to our Toledo Red Cross for Katrina relief, according to its crackerjack director, Tim Yenrick.

Yenrick also confirmed that 30 refugees have taken up with family in Toledo.

I heard on the radio just before six about a convoy of Toledo buses leaving tonight and loading up provisions & so I dropped off 10 cases of water. Figure out where else to donate water and non-perishable food.

So many have already done so much locally, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has done anything to help.

Resist the urge to just get in your car and drive south. Call the Toledo Chapter of the American Red Cross and sign up for next weekend's Disaster College here in Toledo - get trained and give your time and talents to saving lives. 419-329-6060 or call 2-1-1.

The Salvation Army has an interesting communications tool for families, friends and rescuers down south.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper presses were flooded - it could only publish on-line for three days - and has essential coverage, including a bulletin board for families and loved ones to reconnect. At one point today I heard that over 7,000 people are reported missing.

Offer your home or other places for refugees to stay on ebay.com

Mayor Ford, in the forum with almost a hundred clergy this afternoon at City Hall, asked Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur to appropriate federal resources into permanent housing solutions for refugees, including using some of $10.5 billion to relocate refugees into homes in cities like Toledo. TPS will enroll students immediately. Commissioners President Wozniak pledged the support of the myriad human services offered here in Lucas County. A woman interrupted the forum this afternoon and plead with Rep. Kaptur to make things happen - now - to rescue people. Send in as much military as it takes, send as many planes and buses as it takes, just get those folks out of harms way. I am grateful that Marcy flew in after voting on the emergency aid back in DC for our forum, I am also grateful to the woman who spoke up, for as she said, "being a voice" for those still trapped in their attics and destroyed neighborhoods in oppressive southern summer heat and humidity.

A tough post this morning by Tim Tagaris at GrowOhio.org

Yeah, the Bush Administration's budget slashed flood control programs in Louisiana, slashed money for the Army Corps of Engineers efforts to strengthen the levees, to say nothing of platooning the Louisiana National Guard in Iraq as N.O. and other smaller communities see babies, women, children, men, the disabled and the old & frail perish day-by-day. Corpses float and are being eaten and are rotting on American streets as I type this evening.

But, people in Louisiana have been talking about the "bowl effect" for years - when they saw the storm coming, why didn't Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin and the President demand that supplies, personnel, and contingency plans go into effect before landfall? Why not have 3,000 pound sandbags and jersey berms already at the levees? Our government was not prepared - and they should have been. (Check this memo out, the state asked the feds for help on August 28) We have hard lessons to learn.

As great a calamity as Katrina is, the south once struggled with similar hardships during the Civil War and through Reconstruction, 1866-1877. Race, economics, the organization (and response) of governments - these are enduring, open questions.

12 Comments:

Blogger Frank said...

Speaker Hastert a reincarnated Radical Republican?

1:51 AM  
Blogger historymike said...

Navin's interview was effective. I don't think that people understood how desperate things were getting until that moment.

He has been criticized for the interview's vulgarity and for its bluntness, but it got people to pay attention.

By the way, I like the word verification feature, Frank. I'll have to activate it for my blog; maybe it will cut down on the spammers who keep infesting my site.

12:19 PM  
Blogger liberal_dem said...

The right-wingers have been stunned. In fact, they are so aghast at this crisis that they have encircled the wagons around their hero, Bush, and are on the attack.

They cannot fathom that their 'great and powerful' leader has been spotlighted as a contributing factor to the New Orleans disaster.

Rush, in his typical vitriolic verbiage is still ranting about 'those people' who would loot during this disaster. Our local morning radio jock, Bob Frantz, is 'outraged' at the comment that the rapper made on NBC, condemning Bush. He writes on his blog "UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE. First, according to the liberal scumbags in the Hollywood entertainment industry, the media is full of racists because they won't cooperate and shut off the cameras when black people are filmed looting stores…"

Yes, the right-wing nuts have come loose and they blog about 'these people [Frantz has an entire thread about 'these people'] but they will not allow any blame for this disaster to touch their most revered leader, Bush.

Pathetic? Well, no, it is business as usual with this crowd: never blame the president for anything. In fact, this group is still convinced that stockpiles of WMD's will be found to exonerate Bush in Iraq.

The pages of opinion in this Sunday's Blade tell the real story of this administration and it's so-called Homeland Security Department. I'm afraid that our little dog, Toto, is barking and we citizens are opening the door to the 'control room' wherein hides the Great and Powerful Oz.

9:01 AM  
Blogger historymike said...

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

9:19 AM  
Blogger runnindog said...

Anyone notice how in every one of his hurricane posts, frank always includes comment on what Mayor Ford is doing to help?

Using a tragedy like this to get votes for your guy is low even for you Frank.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Mayor Jack Ford only willing to take some people from New Orleans if the Federal Goverment Pays for rhe Refuges Expenses. This does nothing for the people who need the help. The state of Michigan has just announced will take 20,000 People and they attached no restriction. The Ford Administrations wants to make money off these people as they are doing with the parking area where wrecked or damaged Vehicles are towed. There is no charity offer by Jack Ford. If he wanted to show he deserved to get re-elected, he would ask for a certain Number of People to be sent to Toledo, so that we might help said people. Jack Ford is shown he does not deserve to get re-Elected as our Mayor. He has shown he has no compassion for people.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

These posts include the City of Toledo's responses to the tragedy as I've seen it. What's low are trolls who use our response to tragedy as yet another chance to drag someone down.

No compassion for people? Your the sick puppy.

11:19 AM  
Blogger runnindog said...

Every single post Frank. Every one of them includes a Mayor Ford did this, Mayor Ford did that. Taht's not about compassion for people it's about campaigning for Ford. And you know it because your a career politician and you'll use anything you can for votes

12:38 PM  
Blogger liberal_dem said...

running dog--

Here's a little heads-up for you: Frank is in politics as in Toledo City Council. As a council member, he works with Ford. Get it?

Do you get the connection or do you need some scotch tape [or just scotch?]

3:02 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Appreciate the criticsm. We'll keep working none the less.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Ten Cent Cigar said...

The Nation magazine discovered where "compassionate conservatism" came from--Barbara Bush:

"Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them," Mrs. Bush told American Public Media's "Marketplace" program, before returning to her multi-million dollar Houston home.

On the tape of the interview, Mrs. Bush chuckles audibly as she observes just how great things are going for families that are separated from loved ones, people who have been forced to abandon their homes and the only community where they have ever lived, and parents who are explaining to children that their pets, their toys and in some cases their friends may be lost forever. Perhaps the former first lady was amusing herself with the notion that evacuees without bread could eat cake.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Could you imagine Toledo police looting a store?

http://www.killsometime.com/Video/video.asp?video=Hurricane-Katrina-Looting

12:51 PM  

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