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Sep. 3rd, 2005

I am listening to Michael Chertoff making nothing but excuses for the planning that didn't go on before the hurricane. He's making me sick. His comments that they didn't anticipate the levee break are especially upsetting. He said the President declared a state of emergency before the storm hit - as if that was really doing the job. He suggested that "forces were put in motion" but he is not specific. What was actually on the move?

Mary called, said she and Marty have been unable to stay away from the news. They turn it off, then turn it on again. She has been having nightmares and is crying frequently. That reminds me of when I was a small child and we were just learning about radiation sickness. I had nightmares on top of nightmares then.

Another thing Chertoff did was to divert. He repeated how hard everyone is working, all the folks on the ground. I don't think anyone disputes that. What we dispute is that any real work was being done at the highest levels before this storm hit.


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Sep. 3rd, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
That reminds me of when I was a small child and we were just learning about radiation sickness.

was this when there were bomb shelters and we were not to eat snow under any circumstances? i remember those days. we had a large crawl space next to the basement to store things, and that was to double as our shelter should we ever need it. gah.

re: chertoff - he was pissing me off too, yesterday. i would have liked to see him give that speech from canal street. assholes, the entire buch of them - !
Sep. 3rd, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yes. Everyone was talking bomb shelters. I dreamed about our basement being used that way, and I worried about the radiation seeping in. I had dreams about the "night air", partly because of the info on the bomb and partly because of a television play about poisonous night air. It wasn't until years later that I remembered how afraid I was and for how long.

One of the pluses I am seeing now is that the media, for the most part, has "turned". Rove can no longer control it. Even Fox is asking the hard questions.
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