Friday, September 02, 2005


FEMA chief: Victims bear some responsibility The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday those New Orleans residents who chose not to heed warnings to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina bear some responsibility for their fates. . . "Unfortunately, that's going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings," Brown told CNN. "I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but, you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans," he said. "And to find people still there is just heart-wrenching to me because, you know, the mayor did everything he could to get them out of there. "So, we've got to figure out some way to convince people that whenever warnings go out it's for their own good," Brown said. "Now, I don't want to second guess why they did that. My job now is to get relief to them." Please excuse me but for this but, "Oi! You stupid twat! They didn't get out because the couldn't afford to. Not, oh, I think it will be pleasant to ride out a hurricane and floods and fire ants and potential DEATH? More like, I do not have the cash in the bank account to get out. I have no options. Literally. Here are some stats for you from Wikipedia The median income for a household in New Orleans is $27,133, and the median income for a family is $32,338. Males have a median income of $30,862 versus $23,768 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,258. 27.9% of the population and 23.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 40.3% of those under the age of 18 and 19.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. So Mr. Brown, Herr Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency? Go Fuck yourself.


At 9/03/2005 08:08:00 PM, Blogger melusina said...

Yea, for one thing, what is the point of throwing any blame around now when officials need to get their asses in gear and save people. There isn't time for such bs.

Secondly, how unprofessional is it to make a statement like that? I don't know what happened, but it seems such officials have gotten really unprofessional with such comments over the last few years (and no, I am not talking about Nagin going apeshit on CNN either, its about time an official goes on like that).

At 9/04/2005 06:57:00 PM, Blogger Vol Abroad said...


I'd appreciate it you'd post for American expats that the Salvation Army is allowing direct Katrina donations to attract Gift Aid - a 28% top up on whatever you give if you pay taxes in the UK.

Here's more:


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