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KATRINA: FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSIST LOCAL POLICE

 

 

 

 

Joyce Morrison
September 29, 2004
NewsWithViews.com

Seasoned reporters hardened from years of reporting devastation have been brought to tears while walking the New Orleans streets which once boasted frivolous living.

As Harry Connick, Jr. waded through water trying to help those in need, he told Today Show’s, Katie Curic that parts of the French Quarter stand as though nothing had happened and he had actually seen a bar on Bourbon Street open and people were drinking.

Jim Bramlett from In Jesus.com reported, “Southern Decadence 2005, an annual Labor Day weekend filled with 100,000 homosexuals gathering there to commit unspeakable acts in public was scheduled for New Orleans. Previous events were photographed and sent to the mayor and police officials but they did not care. They had their own lust: The $100,000,000 the event brings in.” Unspeakable acts in public should not be tolerated from homosexuals or heterosexuals.

World Net Daily reported about a dozen gay activists celebrated in the midst of the death and destruction. “The shocking callousness of New Orleans' gay activists towards the severe suffering of its fellow citizens cannot be adequately articulated in a news report," says James Hartline, a former homosexual, who describes the "Southern Decadence" festival as being "replete with tens of thousands of men and women engaged in public nudity, prostitution, illegal drug use and destructive public S & M sex."

While the pleasure seekers satisfy self-centered desires, tears will be shed for years over the unthinkable losses suffered. New emotions will surface for decades as they reflect on what they have endured.

Strangely, Katrina means “purity.”

Fingers are being pointed in all directions as to “who is to blame?” Hindsight is always better than foresight. Hurricane warnings are not taken seriously in the New Orleans area because they have had many warnings in the past, but the ‘big one” had never happened.

Living in a bowl below sea level, surrounded by water, was certain disaster waiting to happen. No matter how many wetlands or barrier islands there are, when hurricane of that magnitude hits, there would be nothing that could hold it back.

We are thankful family members who lived in the New Orleans area evacuated before the hurricane and they are safe. They have no idea the condition of their home they left behind. Another member of our family is a Chaplain’s Assistant in the Army and he has been sent there to deal with death and destruction. Not only the victims, but also the responders will need to be consoled.

We were directly affected by the Flood of 1993 in the Midwest. For two years following the flood I worked as a trained crisis counselor for Farm Resource Center, which was funded by FEMA. The flood was 12 years ago but the memories are still vivid.

With that flood, people had two weeks to make preparations, but most did not believe it would happen. Many people lost everything because the river had never reached that level in its recorded history. Although people were warned to move everything out, it was beyond comprehension since it had “never happened before.”

No amount of preparation prevented unexpected problems. It was difficult finding housing for those who lost their homes and some victims had to resort to tents in a park. One state park charged them $19 per night for the tent. There was price gouging for those who were fortunate enough to find a place to stay.

Pumps were slow in coming and it was 4 months before some of the highways could be traversed. It took a couple of months to prepare infrastructure to bring in FEMA trailers. Unfortunately, coordinating takes time and the needs are difficult to predict ahead of any disaster.

We have heard many stories about FEMA blocking the help of organizations such as the Salvation Army and Red Cross the first days following Hurricane Katrina. Were they waiting for the area to become safe from gunfire and looters before they permitted volunteers in to help? Were they afraid people would stampede and trample anyone in the way to get food and water unless they had troops to protect them? At this time, no one knows why supplies were not permitted to come through and these are only speculations.

A report in “The Vanishing Automobile” said New Orleans was more vulnerable to catastrophe due to its low rate of auto ownership. “But in the end, it was auto ownership, not race that made the difference between safety and disaster.” The 2000 Census reported nearly a third of New Orleans households do not own an automobile.

“Bureaucracy has committed murder and must stand trial now…" said exhausted and emotional Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish on a Meet the Press interview. He said Wal-Mart sent 3 trucks of water - FEMA turned them back. And, a truck with 1,000 gallons of fuel…FEMA wouldn’t give it to them. Broussard said FEMA cut their emergency lines, but Broussard’s people wired them back together and put a guard up to protect them from being cut again. He broke down in tears telling of the horrors and the promise of help that did not come.

Rev. Richard Blanton, a pastor in Biloxi, Mississippi said, “we are known to 'let the good times roll' in our casinos.” He questioned the possibility of a prophetic purpose to get the attention of the people by permitting this great destruction. Although they had lost their church building, he said the “Church” was not lost.

We have heard many questions asked:

  • If the convention center and the Superdome were designated shelters, why were they not pre-stocked with food, water and porta-potties?
  • Were these the shelters designated for Homeland Security plans?
  • Was local disaster planning abandoned and replaced with plans against terrorist attacks?
  • How was New Orleans using their Homeland Security funds? Did Jefferson Parish have disaster plans made?
  • Did this area suffer from a welfare mentality and, therefore, people were not equipped to take care of themselves?
  • Before Katrina hit and when the population of New Orleans was ordered to evacuate, why were the city's buses not utilized to evacuate at least the sick and elderly?

Although there are many unanswered questions, what we do know is there are hundreds of miles in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida where people need help.

Looting was to be expected. Nothing could have stopped it, as there was no way to have an organized effort put together by policemen and officials who were struggling for their own survival as they weathered the storm. Electricity and most telephones were virtually wiped out, so communications was basically non-existent.

If you have been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras season, you have seen policemen traveling in large groups. Are they in groups to keep the rowdy tourists in line, or to protect the tourists from roaming gangs?

Disaster brings out the best and the worst in people. We will see churches and caring people sacrificially volunteering with monetary and physical help. It is doubtful we will see organizations such as the ACLU or environmental organizations reaching out to give their brothers a helping hand.

Many people would deny God’s hand could any way be connected to this travesty. But IF it was the wrath of God that was unleashed, could there possibly be a connection with the United States' role in the removal of the Jews along the Gaza strip?

Couple weeks ago 8,500 Jews who lived in Gaza were forced to be evacuated as their “covenant land” was given to the Palestinians, at the urging of the United States. Early reports were 8,500 in shelters in Mississippi while Mississippi and Florida reported that each area had 850,000 people without power . That is a hundredfold the number of Gaza evacuations.

Do these numbers hold any significance, or are they just coincidence?

Could New Orleans' disaster be as the words God had for Nineveh in the book of Nahum?

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“The Lord is slow to anger and great in power; he will not leave the guilty unpunished…. “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into darkness.”

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Joyce Morrison is a weekly columnist and news reporter for the Illinoisleader.com, an online conservative news source. She also writes for SOWER magazine, NewsWithViews.com, as well as various other publications. She is a weekly participant on the teleconference of the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank and is a pro-life, pro-family activist.

Morrison attempts to educate the public regarding the dangers coming to their local communities through Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 programs which are designed to gradually take control of all private property through undue regulations.

She is a chapter leader for Concerned Women for America as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Rural Restoration/ADOPT Mission, a national farm ministry located in Sikeston, MO. FarmersRuralRestoration.com. Her most enjoyable time is spent teaching a senior adult Sunday School class which is a focus on hope and encouragement.

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Many people would deny God’s hand could any way be connected to this travesty. But IF it was the wrath of God that was unleashed, could there possibly be a connection with the United States' role in the removal of the Jews along the Gaza strip?