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Tuesday, November 22

Katrina Victims Still Missing: Congress Still Missing

A reservist I know was recently deployed to New Orleans. He called one day, the week before last, to tell us that he was going into houses that were never even looked at by rescue workers. In one day, they recovered 76 bodies. I think we'll call him this week to find out more.

Today I read in the USA Today that 6,664 are still missing. The number may be inflated because of government record keeping problems. There are 1,300 unaccounted for people however in areas that were heavily damaged. They are still trying to find out what happened to 1,000 of the unaccounted for children. It is feared that some will be listed as dead.

Meanwhile in the NYTimes today, it's being reported that relief efforts seem to be fading in Louisiana. What really frosts me is this passage:

"Congressional leaders have been scrambling to rein in spending, and many in Washington have grumbled that Louisiana's leaders have asked for too much, while failing to guarantee that the money will be spent efficiently and honestly."
And this too:
"Few people in Congress are openly threatening to block money for reconstruction. More typical are sotto voce mumblings about whether federal money will be squandered through incompetence or graft by Louisiana officials. And some lawmakers have openly wondered whether each neighborhood in New Orleans needs to be rebuilt and protected with expensive floodwalls."
Puhlease. I think we have heard quite enough bullshit from "congressional leaders". Why aren't they finding out what happened to the 9billion missing in Iraq if they are so concerned about money. They are more interested in politics and their jobs in the 2006 elections. I think it's time for another protest in DC and this time against congress.

And this from that asshole in Alaska that I can't stand:

"Senator Ted Stevens, Republican of Alaska, raised concerns about Congressional commitment to New Orleans when he said during a tour of the city that Alaskan towns damaged by storms were often relocated. Mr. Stevens also warned that the spate of recent natural disasters meant that Louisiana might not receive money as swiftly as it would like."
Comparing New Orleans to an Alaskan town? Good one.

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