From New Orleans\"The rescuers in the boats that picked us up had to push the bodies back with sticks,\" Phillips said sobbing. \"And there was this little baby. She looked so perfect and so beautiful. I just wanted to scoop her up and breathe life back into her little lungs. She wasnâ€™t bloated or anything, just perfect.\"
A few hours after Phillips, 42, and five members of her family and a friend had been rescued from the attic of her second-story home in the 2700 block of Painter Street, she broke down with a range of emotions. Joy, for surviving the killer floods; pain, for the loss of so many lives; and uncertainty, about the well-being of her family missing in the cityâ€™s most ravaged quarters.
In a darkened lobby of the downtown Hyatt hotel turned refuge, she hugged an emergency worker closely; a handful of his sweaty blue T-shirt rippling from each of her fists.
She had barely gotten out a fifth thank you when the emergency worker whispered into her ear that \"it was going to be OK,\" and that \"it was our job to save lives.\"
\"I can still hear them banging on the ceiling for help,\" Phillips said, shaking. \"I heard them banging and banging, but the water kept rising.\" Then the pleas for help were silenced by the sway of the current, she said.
I'm as fatalistic as the next guy, but I think there are many other explanations that can be logically assumed other than inadequate resources nationwide.Originally posted by Amos Magliocco
There's little choice left but to assume we don't have the resources stationed here in this country to respond with the overwhelming presence this crisis requires.
I couldn't agree more, but I don't believe that there are no more troops in the entire country. I mean, even if that were true, theres several idle US army divisions sitting around doing nothing, probobly a few marine divisions as well. And thats not even including national guardsmen.Originally posted by Amos Magliocco
I don't know what the freaking answer is, and the excuses sound pretty pathetic. It just has to get done right now. I recognize we can't occupy the whole city overnight, but I know damn well we can secure the perimeter of a handful of structures.
Where are the troops?
I don't think you can have the regular army intervene because of posse comitatus.
I couldn't agree more, but I don't believe that there are no more troops in the entire country. I mean, even if that were true, theres several idle US army divisions sitting around doing nothing, probobly a few marine divisions as well. And thats not even including national guardsmen.
CNN is reading a statement from the Mayor who is saying that it was an S.O.S. for help for these people. "A Desperate SOS", they are out of resources, and they do not have enough busses. "We are now allowing people to march" to the west bank of New Orleans.