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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Samaritan evacuates 82 to S.D.
Sign on San Diego

"A local businessman's concern for victims of Hurricane Katrina compelled him to charter a passenger jet and bring to San Diego 82 people who had lost everything in the disaster.
David Perez, 42, said he was so disturbed by images of ineffective disaster relief that he spent about $250,000 to hire the Boeing 737 and fly the evacuees from Baton Rouge, La., to Lindbergh Field yesterday." (09/05/05)
Need is vast, but so is outpouring
Christian Science Monitor

"The Chatmans popped the trunk on their aging Oldsmobile and pulled out garbage bags bursting with baby formula, clothes, shoes, sheets, and food. The Baton Rouge family didn't know anyone affected by hurricane Katrina. But when they heard a local television station was a designated donation drop-off location, they gathered up all they could and headed into town. The entire region - indeed, the nation - has responded in a huge outpouring of support for those affected by Katrina." (09/05/05)


Churches take charge and care for survivors
Detroit Free Press

" They came to the steps of the altar, wearing dirty T-shirts and muddy flip-flops. They cried and prayed and thanked God for being alive.On the first Sunday after Hurricane Katrina, churches in Baton Rouge were filled with relief workers, volunteer coordinators and survivors.Many churches have found a niche, becoming mini-relief agencies, filling in gaps where the government has failed." (09/05/05)


State failure and human solidarity
Dan La Botz

"Government failed utterly. Homeland Security secured nothing. FEMA-the Federal Emergency Management Administration-managed nothing. The President, finally tearing himself away from his vacation, first dawdled and then dithered while people died. Only after almost a week of tragedy, suffering and shame did government being to respond.
But the people of New Orleans, poor African American people mostly, didn't fail. They gave us a model to live by. They helped each other. Ordinary men and women carried children and the elderly to high ground, built camps in the driest, most secure place, formed bands to forage for food and dry clothing. The strong helped the weak, as all helped each other. They also spoke out in righteous anger to the television cameras telling the world that the government had, after long neglecting them, now deserted them. They demanded to be treated with the dignity they deserved.Not all were steadfast it's true. Some behaved like our society taught them to behave: competed for resources, beggared their neighbors, hoarded their wealth. But most, the vast majority, stood together. The rejected competition and embraced cooperation and collective action." (09/06/05)


Superdome of shame
The Libertarian Enterprise
Jack Duggan

"Watching news coverage of the refugees trying to enter the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans for safety from the approaching force-five Hurricane Katrina, I was incredulous how the people attempting to enter the stadium were being treated by the national guard troops and local police. The people were made to stand for hours outside in the awful Louisiana climate while they were admitted one or two adults at a time so they could be searched "for firearms and alcohol." .... There were thousands of poor, mostly black citizens of the lower Louisiana area, many of them little children and sickly elderly, being forced to stand for hours while the government violated their civil rights with forced searches that were patently unconstitutional, unjust and unreasonable under the dire circumstances. 'Don't want to be searched? That's turn around, go outside and die!' Big choice." (09/05/05)

North Carolina: Weapons counseling stays in bill
Charlotte Observer

"The House decided Wednesday to keep a new policy on advising domestic violence victims about carrying a gun, rejecting Gov. Mike Easley's request to nullify a law he signed a few days ago. The law requires court clerks to give victims information on applying for a concealed weapon permits. Advocates for domestic violence victims wanted something akin to a repeal because they think it's a bad idea to encourage domestic violence victims to get weapons. .... Victims advocates had hoped Easley would veto the bill. Instead, he signed it and his office worked with House leaders to change it. But a bill that would have repealed the section of the new law pertaining to notifying victims about the weapon permit was defeated, 49-57. .... Rep. Mark Hilton, the Conover Republican who sponsored the law, objected to a last-minute change after the legislature had already approved the idea overwhelmingly. "Simple educational information is all we're asking for," Hilton said. "This bill would gut what we're trying to do.'The gun-rights group Grass Roots North Carolina pushed for the law." (09/01/05)

New Orleans: A wakeup call for California
Gun News Daily
Ralph Weller

"The lessons learned from New Orleans are:1. Keep enough food and water to last for a minimum of one month. 2. Keep a lot of flashlights and batteries around along with a couple of portable radios. Keep a well stock first aid kit as well. Keep a portable stove for cooking and boiling water. 3. Own guns and plenty of ammunition. Know how to use them and that includes everyone in your family old enough to handle a firearm. 4. Be prepared to use your firearms in defense of your life and the lives of your family members and neighbors. 5. Share what you can with your neighbors and form a neighborhood security team to keep unwanted people out until government authorities have secured the area.
6. When politicians tell you that only law enforcement and police should own guns in today's "modern society", tell them to go to hell... or New Orleans. There's no difference between either at this point in time." (09/02/05)


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