thought you might like an inside view
after watching the coverage of the insanity and incredible mismanagement of
the astrodome situation by the federal agencies, margaret and I put together
two bags of clothing, one of men's and one of women's and we headed to the astrodome
to drop it off. This was around 1:30am. we get to the dome and they had already
let in all the buses to the parking lot (after the fire marshall cocksuck tried
to send over 120 buses away saying there was a fire hazard with so many people
in the dome, even though there was just under 8000 at the time. The mayor told
the fire marshall to fuck himself. this is bigger than laws and regulations)
it looked like cops were turning away people who tried to drive in, so mags
and I parked outside the dome and walked in with our bags of clothes. there
was no official anything on the way in. very few cops, no federal oversight
whatsoever. we walked to the dome and asked arund about where to take these
clothes only to be told by cops that they were not accepting donations. I thought
that to be BULLSHIT. The administrators and politicians kept saying they did
not need anything that they had enough of food and clothes, but anytime the
eporters managed to talk to any volunteers or doctors or red cross people, all
they could say was "we need EVERYTHING" and "whoever is telling
you that there are adequate or suficient supplies of ANYTHING, from food to
manpower, is delusional." so I found a red cross worker and asked and she
said if we took it into the dome someone would definitely use it. so we walked
down the east ramp, into the saddest, most surreal scene I have ever witnessed
in my life. we found a volunteerr who took the clothes we brought and told us
how much they were appreciated and we went over and signed up to volunteer.
First of all, the Red Cross is the ONLY organization doing anything remotely
organized. they ahve NO federal help. NO national guards, NO military personnel,
Nothing at all. they are stretched to the limit in every possble way.the federal
government is screwing these people over. it was chaos, but a slightly controlled
chaos, and while it was inded heart wrenching to see those people, the babies,
the SMELL (not B.O. It was the smel of sewage from these people's clothes. the
ones who had not yet gotten to the showers weer weatring the same clothes they
have had on for 4 days.) the sight of the babies, the little children, the elderly,....
and yet it was also uplifting because there were literally hundreds of regular
Joe Houstonians, regular people saying FUCK THIS who showed up to help. That
made it better, and yes, while it was rough in there, the conditions were a
MILLION times better than where these people had come fro, and let me tell you,
to a man, to a person, they were grateful and appreciative and humble.
so we got a badge and a wristband (orange wristbands designated volunteers)
and looke dfo someone to help or someway to help. we were told that they needed
hep in the astro arena, or reliant arena, whataver, but they were setting it
up as shelter and as a medical facility to aid those ill getting off the bus
and those ill in the dome. I was told to try and notifiy the firemen and paramedics
at reliant arena that they needed to find mor transport to carry the ill and
sick. they had just two of those short handicapped accessible Metro buses ferrying
people to the arena to get treatment. Mags and I waljke dover there and it was
just crazy. cops standing around sitting on their ass. somehow the command center
for red cross had managed to set up tables and computers to get medical info
on these people, andthey had set up a large area with beds, essentially a makeshift
there is NO oversight over there. volunteers showing up were just jumping in
and helping where they could. I spent an hour unloading 3 18-wheelers full of
cots and blankets and stuff like that, Red Cross stuff. the volunteers were
incredible. Just regular people, just dudes and ladies. margaret spent that
time in another area setting up hundreds if not thousands of cots with a small
army of volunteers, and keep in mind most of these volunteers showed up after
midnight, having seen and heard the news. I got word that 3:30am was the deadline
for then they would open the doors and start letting refugees in. we unloaded
the trucks (heavy heavy shit) and everyone got to setting up cots and tables
and places for the to sit and stuff.
the people there...the people who showed up to help, just people who live close
to the dome, it was nowhere near enough, but we all managed to get it done.
the situation was drastic. volunteers will be needed from now on for months,
but the first days are the most insane, the most hectic and urgent, and it was
crucial that someone show up to help set up reliant arena.
there was a sigma phi epsilon chapter, there were half a dozen high school air
force ROTC kids in uniform, there were dozens of single older men, men who were
awake late enough to see the news and the need, there were women and burly guys
and young dudes, lots of young dudes.
we go th e trucks unloaded and I found mags and helped put up the rest of teh
cots. around this time it was 4:30 am and Maga nd I were spent. we could barely
walk our feet hurt so bad. we had been awake for almost 24 hours already, so
we headed out. we walked back to thecar and saw that around 4:30am, there were
just a dozen or so buses still to unload their passengers.
we made it home around 5:00am, and coud not sleep for a bit, and passed out
around 6:15am. we woke up at 8:10am and came into work.
this is happpening to US now, to Houston, and these people may be here to stay.
it was overwhelming to see the heart of Houston, which ted koppel on nightline
was mentioning over and over again, how the people of houston, the regular people,
have taken it into their hearts to help. how people were just showing up all
day and night at the dome asking "what you need?' then leaving and coming
back a few minutes later with $500 worth of baby clothes, or water, or food,
or bread or whatever 3as needed. the generosity is amazing. the city of houston
alone has already raised over 9.6 million. That is TWO DAYS worth. Two fucking
days. The channel 11 (CBS)pledge drive raised 6 million in one day alone. Once
all the people are settled in and the most urgent needs are met, it will not
neccesarily be so crucial to have a lot of voluteers at one time, just a steady
stream of them day and night.
My rage and indignation is aimed squarely at our retard monkey president and
his fallacious supposed homeland security organization, who have bungled this
from the get go, whether due to complete ineptitude, or willful ignorance, it
is a horror that we should never let those fucking greedheads live down. the
only, and I mean ONLY, reason that the federal government is slackin on this,
and not doing EVERYTHING they can to help, is that the people thar are and were
left in new orleans, the poorest whites, poorest blacks, are POLITICALLY WORTHLESS.
that is the only thing this adminitration cares about, maintaining, through
political rhetoric, the false front that they are caring compassionate people,
when in fact they just want to maintain their near-stranglehold on power. I
want to see an uprising, I want to see that fucking GRIN smacked off that retard
monkey fucks face. he has yet to vist any sites in person. he has flown overhead
in air force one like the priviledged fucking bastard he is, gaining a bird's
eye view that allows him to stay away from teh real human tragedy, the suffering,
the rapes, themurders, they were and are raping CHILDREN in teh new orleans
convention center. it is a state of total anarchy. He choose to fucking harp
on stopping looters. FUCK THE LOOTERS! They are taking things, worthless things.
take care of the fucking people. He gets on TV and gives a press conference
and GRINS> That retard monkey fuck GRINS during this. all has done is make
up excuses and excuses for why the federal government and FEMA have not reacted
with speed. the head of FEMA himself tried to actually lay the blame on the
people who did not leave. how do you leave a city, a city surrounded by impassable
swamps and lakes and shit, when you are dirt poor, have no car, have no way
to get around? How did they expect these peoplem to fend for themselves? This
is the sickest thing I have ever seen and I will never forget it and everyone
need sto do as much as possible, even if it is just taking a carload of paper
towels or white bread, over to a shelter, but they realy need it at the Dome.
do not listen to the talking heads teling reporters that they do not need donations
or support. they are not in touch. they are not IN teh dome. They are fuckig
bastard fucks. Take whatever you can to the dome yourself. The red cross managed
to finally set up a somehwat organzed drop off point at the dome for donations
of items and food. the government has left not only the poor refugees high and
dry, but also the people of Houston and every other town and city that seeks
to help, high and dry. May their supposed souls rot in fucking hell.
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