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Save 100 People and Face Arrest.......

OK, there is currently an overload of stories about New Orleans. Most of them absolutely terribly on either a personal level or regarding various authorities complete shambles both before acting and since they've acted.

The news  that the Red Cross have been asked to stop supplying food and water to the homeless in New Orleans because the government is worried they won't then leave is absolutely irresponsible. If The Red Cross stop gupplying food and water people will die and as it's preventable that would also be called murder by most courts.

I was also amused to see that some of the people left behind in New Orleans were called 'insurgents' in a right-wing broadcast. I believe the broadcast was from a radio jock and there are a scarey amount of insane jocks on the air and I've not heard it from an official governemental source (nor a more reliable form of broadcaster). But if America has 'insurgents' I'm guessing there is now a state of Civil War going on....?

I also read a story about an 18-year old called Jabbor Gibson who commandered a vacant school bus in New Orleans, packed it with 100 strangers and drove them out of the city and to Houston, getting there before the officialy evacuated people. He saved 100 people but there is talk of CHARGING HIM FOR STEALING THE BUS!!!! He just SAVED 100 people for Christs sake! The kid should be given a medal. One source of the story is here ... Taking Refuge In The Astrodome (KRGVTV; Thursday 1st September 2005)


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Sep. 4th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
The kid saved 80 people in the version I heard, and there were pics (was on neilh's journal, I think).

It was a bus that was apparently supposed to be part of the rescue effort. He said it was abandoned on a street, but it might have been intended for collecting people once the driver had rested. Can't know until someone looks into it. To be honest, they could solve both problems - 'punish' him by putting him on community service doing exactly what he alreday did, getting people out. That way he does what he clearly wants to do, and the rightwing idiots are satisfied.

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Sep. 4th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
By any normal, reasonably sane person's standards the kid is a hero. How many 18 year old lads would even think about other people in those circumstances?

The kid deserves some sort of award.
Sep. 5th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
I agree with hsb's comment above - it's perfectly possible that the bus was designated for a particular purpose.

While what the guy did is heroic, it's impossible to tell without a greater investigation whether it impacted negatively on other rescue efforts, whether the process of getting people out might have been more efficient if there wasn't a missing bus that was seven hours away in Houston. There's too many variables to simply say "it's crazy, he was a hero".
Sep. 5th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
I wish I could tell you these kind of things were a rarity but the "logic" of our government (at both the state and federal levels) baffles me.

I try to get my news from the BBC. I honestly think it's more realistic than what we get here. Maybe not by much, but probably by at least a little.
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