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2005/9/10

"We're seeing people that we didn't know exist"

@ 05:01 PM (107 months, 29 days ago)

From Time magazine:

"For the first time ever, a major U.S. city was simply taken offline, closed down. Food and water and power and phones were gone; authority was all but absent. Most of the people left to cope were least equipped: the ones whose Social Security checks were just about due, or those who made for the Greyhound station only to find it already closed, or those confined to bed or who used a wheelchair. "We're seeing people that we didn't know exist," declared Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael Brown in a moment of hideous accidental honesty."

Memo to Brownie: Just because you don't want to see people who live in poverty, to see people that work 2 jobs and can't make it above the poverty line, doesn't mean they don't exist. 

"Now Tell Me The Truth Boys, Is This Kind of Fun?"

@ 11:15 AM (107 months, 29 days ago)

The Republicans are really on a roll here!

While visiting a shelter in Texas that is housing evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, Representative Tom Delay (R-TX) asked three boys resting on cots: "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?''

According to the Houston Chronicle, the boys "nodded yes, but looked perplexed."

Memo to Tom Delay: The boys you talked to are NOT at camp.  They are not in a shelter to have fun.  They are there because they have been displaced.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/page1/3346041