September 02, 2005

Messages From The Edge

I have no concept how to begin, what to say, and where to end.

The Storm
I grew up on the Gulf Cost, or next to it, rather. I was, myself, the victim of a few storms. I remember one, in particular, that shattered the glass skyscrapers of downtown Houston. They closed that portion of the city so bulldozers and dump trucks could remove the glass that had piled into two and three foot drifts like snow in places. I remember the taped off windows in my house bending, looking as if theyíd implode at any minute. They were like soap bubbles on a plastic frame waiting for a kid fill his lungs and blow. But they didnít break. No. After a couple days withouth power, we settled back into our normal lives with an experience under our belts but no last effects or residual terror.

I'm looking for my sister who is a resident in Meryville,La. nursing home..we haven't been able to telephone the facility the lines must be down..wondering if they are safe..please call her sisters if they get this message...

I never saw this much devastation. No one has. Not in the United States, at least.

The Reaction
I'd say this if there was a Democrat or a Republican in office - there are too many mysteries. Why wasnít the military or national guard deployed sooner? Why arenít there bunkers of MREs and water, cots and blankets and medical supplies scattered along the Gulf and Midatlantic coasts? Hurricanes, while unpredictable, only hit certain areas of the country. Why didn't we see this coming? Why were calls to improve the levees around New Orleans, known to be insufficient for storms stronger than category three hurricanes, unanswered? Why is there a vacuum of authority and communication?

My mother is missing. Last known place was her residence in 527 Burgundy #1 in the French Quarter. She is 63 years old, 5'0, 95 lbs., light brown hair, and in ill health. She has Emphysema (oxygen dependent) and needs daily high blood pressure medication. Please help find her. She will more than likely be in a nearby hospital or at home. I am very concerned for her well-being and need to know where she is. I can pick her up anywhere as soon as possible. Please Help!

The Breakdown
Maybe what surprises me most is the complete societal breakdown. And the fact that in this, the most prosperous country in the United States, there are convention centers, schools, makeshift-shelters, all filled with the poor, the starving, the orphaned and even the dead. In this country, a country which can drop precision guided missiles on foreign targets, there are hundreds of thousands with, literally, nothing including food or water. There are people who donít know where their kids are, there are kids without diapers or formula, and there are once-rational adults looting stores and assaulting their neighbors. The majority are trying to help. But theyíre all desperate in a country not used to seeing desperation. At least not within its own borders. Itís what you read about in dystopian fiction novels. It's not reality. Or wasn't.

Itís hard to deal with the truth that none of us are too far removed from such desperation. Weíre a storm, electricity, food, and water away from being them.

I'm living in a one bedroom apartment with a big living room. Survivors are welcome to stay in my living room (includes sofa, sofa-bed and twin size bed) for as long as they need, for free. (For those who lost everything, I can give the sofa-bed and twin size bed away for free). However, I can not afford food, money or transportation to Ames. I can help out with food a little. If you can make it to within a 3 hour drive of Ames, I can pick you up at a location. Can take up to 4 people.

The End
As I said when I started typing, I donít know how to start, what to say or how to end. I know that whatever I sit down and type will be inadequate. Iím horrified. I watch the news and have to keep reminding myself Ė this is our country. The only thing most of us can do, is give money. So please. Give. Please.



Here Comes The Flood by Peter Gabriel

my father, is a pharmacist at memorial medical center on napoleon ave. we lost communication with him 8/30/05 when their landlines went down. looking to find out if the hospital has been successfully evacuated and the location where evacuees from this hospital are being brought to. please email. none of our phones are working properly.

I will pick up and care for your pets while you are in transition. Several of my friends are willing to do the same.

My brother in law is missing. he did not leave with my sister and the children. He is a Black male, 36 years old. If anyone knows how we can find him please reply.

I am willing to make any phone calls and send emails for any victims...FEMA, loved ones.. etc. I'll help anyway that I can.

i am looking for a friend from louisiana i have not spoken with him for years, but i am very concerned for him and his family. his parents are older and i do not know exactly where he may live at this time, but almost certain it would be southern louisiana. any info would be appreciated.

I am very concerned and cried when I seen this, I cry when I see all of those babies and children over there. I want to know if there is any way to find out if the baby is okay. I am really concerned. It was the mother holding the baby and saying it was getting harder and harder to wake him up. I pray for all of you, I wish I could get you all food and water, my heart goes out to you all. I am so sorry this has happened. Please if anyone finds out about this baby and his mother let me know.

Looking for a sweet 80 something lady with a heart condition and her 54 year old son. Any information is greatly appreciated.

TIMCO aviation services inc. has openings for aircraft mechanics. Permanent openings with excellant benifits. Relocation available and housing and travel assistance for qualified individuals. We will help you to relocate to Greensboro NC, Lake City FL, Goodyear AZ. We will assist you in relocating your family in this most desperate situation. Hotel and travel assistance.

We have 1 bedroom AND 1 sleeper and 2 regular couches ...... Plus room for horses, cats, dogs, other animals..... etc. extra barns available..... We are anxious to offer any help we can. Churches and others in my area are open and willing to help..... Would love to help and know of others that can and will open homes to help.

I have lots of kid's toys & clothing (from newborn to 4 yr size). I would be happy to send them to anyone who is in need of them. I live in Chicago. Please tell me what you need & I'll send it to you.

I am looking for my brother to see if he is alive. I can have him moved to Jackson if we can locate him. He is ill and has been in the hospital there.

looking for any infomation about OB patience in New Orleans. Pregant with young daughter. She is due to give birth next week. Last know location Hanes Blvd in New Orleans East.

messages in italics were taken from craigslist.com's New Orleans lost and found section.

Posted by Chris at September 2, 2005 12:54 PM
Comments

I'm at a loss for words. All I have is frustration, tears and sadness. I guess all I can do is give and wait for more information on how the worldwide community can be of assistance.

Posted by: wn at September 2, 2005 01:24 PM

It's too much to even take in. My best friend and her boyfriend thankfully got out and have arrived safely in DC to stay with friends, but they've lost everything. I'm having trouble multiplying that tragedy by a half a million and comprehending what that means. It's just...too much.

Posted by: Heather at September 2, 2005 01:31 PM

For me, anger, anger, anger. I did a post today highlighting some articles about our government's almost incomprehensible fuckups concerning disaster management. I've no patience for those who say that we need to stop with the Blame Game. Far, far too many people are dead, and our goverment needs to be held accountable.

Posted by: Jason at September 2, 2005 01:33 PM

Chris,
For the past few days I've sat numb. Looking at the devistation in disbelief, looking at the desperate acts of human beings to other human beings in horror, looking at the inability of our government to step in and do what we've done so many times before in other places in anger. And I'm rubbed raw by the media coverage.

Your post helped me see the people again. Thank you.

Posted by: wendy at September 2, 2005 01:34 PM

i am just sitting here at work in tears. i've been reading so much about all this, and the more i read the more devestated and saddened i become. sad because i can be there to help. sad because these people have lost everything. sad because it is taking so long for help to be disbursed. sad because these people can't even get water. i just can't imagine what it must be like. my heart is just in pieces. and i don't even know anyone who lives in these areas.

i found this site and bought a CD to try and help him. http://www.lucienbarbarin.com/

Also, for any VA/DC/MD people who may be interested, my Jaycee chapter has organized a Bake Sale to help raise money to send to the Red Cross. it will take place at the Giant in Warrenton, VA on Sunday Sept. 11th from 10am-5pm. all are welcome to come out and help (or donate baked goods).

Posted by: Judy at September 2, 2005 01:45 PM

One of our friends and her two year old just moved back to New Orleans in May. Fortunately they were able to evacuate to San Antonio before the hurricane hit. She wasn't able to take much with them and who knows what will be left to salvage, but at least they aren't struggling through the horrifying conditions in New Orleans. They are more fortunate than many.

Posted by: Amanda at September 2, 2005 01:45 PM

I too, am at a loss. We've had the tv on almost 24/7, and it's horrifying. We lost our house in the San Andreas earthquake in 1987, and I remember the sheer horror and displacement -- but we were able to go back and get things out, after a few days and the aftershocks had died out. This takes it to another level. Entire lives decimated in an instant. I can't even imagine. And I'm shocked -- I don't get why it's so hard to get people basic things like food, water, a change of clothes, diapers, etc. We have such incredible resource in this country, and yet, and yet -- here we are. I really and truly don't understand. It's so heartbreaking. And it's hard to be so far away and feel like you can't really do anything tangible to help.

Posted by: Kelly at September 2, 2005 01:47 PM

Thank you for making these posts.

Posted by: Angelia at September 2, 2005 01:56 PM

Beautifully and eloquently done. My heart is just breaking.

Posted by: jen at September 2, 2005 02:12 PM

With every passing day, these feelings of desperation, despair, and helplessness rise. I am beyond words at this point. I read this morning on a Livejournal community about reporters throwing themselves in front of moving vehicles so the police and guardsmen would stop to help a dehydrated baby. I mean...what can any of us say that could even sum up what we're witnessing?

Posted by: Rhonda at September 2, 2005 02:18 PM

You spoke (wrote) my thoughts much better than I could have. I've been avoiding blogging about Katrina because I am just so saddened/sickened/angry about how things have been handled. I lived in FL for 9 yrs, I know all about hurricanes, and their devestation, why wasn't the gulf coast better prepared? Why did it take until TODAY for the nat'l guard to start rolling in with supplies (just saw it on the news). Why do people lose all sense of right and wrong in a castastrophe. There are just too many unanswered questions.

Posted by: A.K. at September 2, 2005 02:23 PM

To say this blows my mind would sound too trivial. It's disgraceful and I am ashamed at the lack of preparation, the lack of response and the lack of leadership.

Posted by: Ms. Q at September 2, 2005 02:27 PM

I heard two good suggestions today, if anyone is unable to donate money. First, local foodshelves in my area are coordinating donations from their own shelves to send to the Gulf Coast. In return for making these ready-to-go donations, they are asking residents to help restock their shelves to support local needs.

Second, on one donation site I saw someone offering their frequent flier miles to stranded refugees.

Personally, I found a lot of relief in those suggestions. After making our own donation to the Red Cross, it didn't seem like there was much else we could do in the short term, and it's such a relief to be able to do anything at all.

Posted by: Julie at September 2, 2005 02:29 PM

my heart breaks...i've only just begun to be able to really let in the images and the stories and i ache...

Posted by: suze at September 2, 2005 02:30 PM

I am originally from NO. Most of my relatives live(d) there. I haven't heard from or about too many of them. Yesterday, one cousin's husband found a condo in Baton Rouge to rent...there will be four adults and one child living in a two bedroom place. My aunt is sick, is a liver transplant patient who is now on dialysis, she will be in the sofa bed of the living area. My brother who lives in Baton Rouge says that he was just called back to work yesterday and his kids to school. They were out of electricity for so long, things are just not really back to normal there yet. He sayes that the population of Baton Rouge has doubled this week. I've invited my cousins/aunt's family to stay with me here near Houston, but they are used to being independent and don't want to impose!!!! They haven't heard from one of their brothers and his family yet, so are just hoping for the best. What a mess.
I think the government did a good job of warning people ahead of time. People chose not to heed the warnings. That is a shame. I think that the local officials have and are doing everything possible to help those that are in need. But, where is the federal disaster help? We got military personnel into Indonesia in no time to help them... Where are they now? Why weren't they in there immediately to help restore/maintain order and to work with the locals in the rescue - it is inexcusable. They are paid to serve and protect US! However, there needs to not be so much blame, but a really hard look at how to prevent this in the future (everything from keeping levee's up to spec to forcible evacuations prior to storms) and what plans ahead of time need to be in place. It is wonderful that we can predict where and when approximately the storms will occur(50 years ago, people didn't know when they were coming), but we need to be able to use that information more effectively and be better prepared.

Posted by: Theresa at September 2, 2005 02:39 PM

Bush should be impeached for his lack of reaction/assistance. It's inexcusable to treat anyone like this, let alone your own people/animals!
I noticed the last poster mentioned that some people chose not to heed the warnings to evacuate. That's not necessarily the case for a lot of them - they are poverty stricken, do not have cars or any means of transportation, so how exactly were they supposed to get out of town? Why didn't the gov have emergency transportation arrangements as soon as they realized what was coming? It's inexcusable - absolutely & totally.

Posted by: Lainey at September 2, 2005 03:04 PM

Also, the red cross is looking for volunteers - so if anyone can't afford to donate money , they can donate time to help out in the shelters. They will provide transportation down there. I beleive the number was 1-800-help-now.

Posted by: Lainey at September 2, 2005 03:07 PM

Chris,

I couldn't have said it better myself. In fact I already have not said it better on my blog. I too am horrified that this situation is this bad in New Orleans. I have been to N.O. a few times now and always found it to be a city of helpful friendly people. It shocks me that a city that has given so much joy to our country is being what seems to be totally ignored after this storm. I grew up in a relatively hurricane prone area so I am keenly aware of the devastation they bring, but to have people dying in the streets days after the storm is just shocking. I just hope that the people of New Orleans will forgive after life gets just a little better. My wife and I have hatched a plan to visit New Orleans at the first moment possible in order to try and revive the life of the city but will give generously now. I know that my house would be a pile of sticks if it were hit by a strong category four or five storm and that's what I will keep in mind when I break out my check book.

Posted by: j.tonic at September 2, 2005 03:12 PM

What I'm curious is, how many other states, other than TX and Utah, are taking in those displaced? There's not been any reports in the national media that I've seen. All over East and North TX and the Houston area, we've got churches and schools and colleges jumping to do what they can, and Utah has announced they'll do what they can as well...but I've yet to hear of any other states offering similar assistance. We've got a budget crisis with school funding in TX, but schools all over the state are enrolling kids from LA and MS without a second thought. Same with many universities and community colleges as well. As the governor and many of the mayors of the larger cities have said, we're gonna be there for our neighbors.

And, I like to point out what someone I was talking with earlier said (this is a paraphrasing of an half hour convo), whenever we've (being the US as a whole) has reacted to a natural disaster here or abroad, it takes TIME to gather the necessary supplies and manpower and to actually get there. National guardsmen aren't like active duty military, they have to stop their lives and get there as soon as they can. Same for many other volunteer relief workers, they are giving up their days off to help, for what? To be shot at for trying to help. We can be mad at the government for lack of psychic ability, but that won't do any good. Rather than complain and all, write your congressmen and the various agencies that are involved in situations such as this. There will never be sufficient planning for a natural disaster--we can plan as much as we want and all, but that doesn't mean we've planned for the very worst, because we can't predict the very worst that can happen. We're not in the shoes of those in Louisiana and Mississippi, so the five days to us not in the midst of the chaos is a year to them. The fact so many are reacting as they are able to do so is what's important. As is the reactions of those we're trying to help. Many are grateful for our help, but by the reports in the news, there are just as many who were 'raised in a barn' as my grandmother used to say. If I were a volunteer rescue worker (as one of my coworker's sons has left today to do) being shot at by those I was trying to help, I would think twice before I'd risk my life again after this to help those help those that clearly aren't coming across as grateful for the help that is being provided as it can be. I do feel for those who were unable to get out or couldn't afford to, but those are the ones that are grateful to be alive and for anything at all at this point. I can't say the looters and those shooting the relief workers will have any of my empathy.

Posted by: christina at September 2, 2005 03:55 PM

Christina asked "What I'm curious is, how many other states, other than TX and Utah, are taking in those displaced? There's not been any reports in the national media that I've seen."

I live in central Arkansas. I can state for a fact that there are many, many people from Louisiana here. Shelters and churches across the state are opening their doors for people arriving here. Citizens are even opening their homes for people. One of our stadiums is serving as a make-shift shelter. Schools and colleges here are accommodating the students. The pharmacies are even allowing people to refill their prescriptions without medical records (one refill). Every radio and television station (at least in central Arkansas) are running drives to collect supplies. One of the local trucking companies have donated tractor trailers to take the supplies down. One of the local tour bus companies have committed their buses to go down to move people out of New Orleans. The people here in Arkansas are really stepping up to the plate. I know that a lot of people in Tennessee are stepping up too. We are close enough to get supplies down there. I guess my reason for the response was to let you know that there are other states helping out. I'm glad that all the people who have been affected by Katrina have so many people across the world reaching out to help. I only hope that we can help these people out in their time of need.

Posted by: Jennifer at September 2, 2005 04:25 PM

Not to single out Christina, but I've seen anumber of similar comments across the Blogiverse saying the same thing: "There was no way of knowing. There was nothing that could have been done."

Yes. There was.

http://www.nola.com/washingaway/thebigone_1.html

In March 2002, Michael Parker, who was the head of the Army Corps of Engineers, was "asked to resign" after publicly criticizing the Bush's administration's proposal to cut the Corps' budget. Among the projects on the chopping block - refit work on the levees surrounding New Orleans.

Like I said earlier - there's accountability here. And there needs to be a reckoning.

Posted by: Jason at September 2, 2005 04:40 PM

To answer a poster above who commented on other states helping other than TX and Utah... YES, TENNESSEE is offering as much help as we possibly can.

Memphis alone already is housing and helping more than 10,000 hurricane refugees. There are countless hotels, churches, families and businesses opening their doors to help those displaced.

Every hospital in Memphis and the surrounding metropolis is opening its doors to those who are being evacuated from gulf hospitals and those who are injured and in need of medical attention.

MLGW crews have been down in LA and MS since Monday. We were hit with a hard storm as a result of Katrina and thousands here lost power that couldn't be restored because so many of our crews were down there. We received help from Arkansas and Missouri crews as they also made their way down to the gulf regions.

So, in response, yes, MANY are helping. But so much more is left to be done that it is incomprehensible...

Posted by: Charlotte at September 2, 2005 05:56 PM

Thank you Chris. Though I have my own rant about people forgetting all the other tragedy in the world, I would certainly be remiss to forget this one as well. If you keep writing like this though, I'll have to reccomend that you buy some stock in Kleenex.

Posted by: Heather at September 2, 2005 06:20 PM

Well said as usual Chris!

Posted by: Kelly M. at September 2, 2005 06:49 PM

For the record, the people shooting at relief workers are not ungrateful victims they are drug addicts/junkies that have lost their minds, they are in withdrawal and mentally unstable because of that on top of the circumstances. That's why they had to issue "shoot to kill" orders, you can't reason with the unreasonable. It's absolutely tragic. Did you hear the Mayor of New Orleans this morning, he's livid at the bush adminstration also. They should have stepped up to the plate immediately, even before hand - had buses, planes and trains to get the poverty stricken people with no means of transportation and the helpless animals - pets, farm animals, ect - out of there in the hours before it hit.
Is this how we treat our own???

Posted by: Lainey at September 2, 2005 07:10 PM

Very well said. I agree 100%.

Posted by: Zandria at September 2, 2005 07:40 PM

Well said Chris. It's really an inconceivable tragedy. I recommended Blindness to a co-worker, (jose saramago, a disutopian novel) and you can't help but compare. you read it, and you think it would never happen. But here it is.

someone posted about people not being willing to leave. From the media coverage I've seen, it's not really a question of willing, it's a question of not being able to... the poor, the disenfranchised and yes, the drug addicts too. It's just too much to take in, 80 per cent of NO gone...

N.

Posted by: nat at September 2, 2005 09:55 PM

It's so terrible it hurts to think about it. I can't even imagine what those people are going through.

Posted by: Dawn (webmiztris) at September 2, 2005 10:55 PM

I still can't even put my thoughts together on this disaster. Sure, I can talk about this tidbit or that tidbit with coworkers, friends, family, etc., but I still cannot organize my thoughts about it all. I can't even blog about it for many reasons, but mainly because it's already been said or I don't know what to say.

Thanks for attempting a task that I simply cannot. You have (yet another) gift, my friend.

Posted by: ironic1 at September 2, 2005 11:04 PM

what is going on is just deplorable and almost unimaginable

Posted by: bellacara at September 2, 2005 11:05 PM

When I first heard about the hurricane coming, I have to admit that I didn't pay attention at all. I didn't think things would end up being this bad. You see all these people on TV asking where the help is and you just want to pick up a family and offer them room and food at your home. I've heard that people in the New Jersey area are actually offering to do that and help them find jobs to help them start over.

Posted by: Denise at September 2, 2005 11:29 PM

I work for an answering service and we answer for the local chapter of the american red cross. I hate to turn things down, but the red cross does not need clothing or food right now. What they need is money, plain and simple. Money with which then can purchase exactly what they need. I hear so many people willing to donate their homes, and things. And so many donating money. Amazing.

Posted by: Mary Jo at September 3, 2005 12:41 AM

Chris...I am so sad and angry. It is a disgrace that our Federal Government is that clueless... ill-prepared and quite frankly heartless! I just don't understand how media can get in...but food and water couldn't? I don't want to rant here...I am at a loss for the pride I used to have...this is disgusting...and so raw to me. I am just so heartbroken. The Prez worries about terrorism...what the fuck are we going to do about THAT when we can't even help our own citizens! Sorry...I will stop now.

Posted by: Gypsy at September 3, 2005 01:25 AM

I have never had to live through any kind of natural disaster. I've never experienced any kind of great personal loss. Never lost a close friend or family member, never lost a house or belongings to fire or flood.
I can't even begin to imagine the horror and pain suffered by residents of the Gulf Coast. My heart goes out to each and every person affected by this tragedy. I simply canít understand though, why aid is taking so long to get to those who need it. When terrorists struck on 9/11 the entire US rallied together to support the victims and their families. As bad as that wasÖ this is worse, and there isnít nearly as much support. 9/11 showed everyone the standard of aid that American is capable of, and right now, America is not living up to that standard.

Posted by: Erin at September 3, 2005 01:14 PM

I'm sorry and still can't believe the amount of devastation katrina has left behind.
hope things get better quickly and soon
all the best
your text is touching,nice writing!
In Europe we get the images to talk about Katrina , or scared people asking for help in despair, your testimonial gave me another view, from there!
best luck

Posted by: albuquerque at September 3, 2005 05:42 PM

i just watch the coverage and cry...it is soooo terrible and unbelievable...i sent a donation to red cross and donated again at the grocery store...will keep donating what i can.

Posted by: lizabetty at September 3, 2005 09:21 PM

More people should read this.
want it translated
or can I cite you?
if it is any help!?
best luck

Posted by: albuquerque at September 4, 2005 12:19 PM

No need to feel like you have to stop and start.

I follow you just the same.

I just found out that three of my cousins (one who works for the Times Picayune) are all safe. Displaced nonetheless, but alive.

It's truly amazing how deep this transcends all of our lives.

Blog on, Chris.

Sam

Posted by: Sam at September 4, 2005 06:36 PM

I'm with you, why wasn't help sent out sooner? I just don't get it. Some bloggers are upset that Clinton has joined Bush Jr. & Sr. to raise money, but think nothing of the people who died of starvation and dehydration waiting for help...it really baffles me.

I pray that all the victims of this horrible tragedy make it and put their lives back together.

Posted by: Cindy at September 4, 2005 11:35 PM

Christina, I read today that there are 5000 at least coming to Minnesota and another group coming to Wisconsin, although I did not see a total number for that group. So other states are definitely also accepting as many of the displaced as we can.

Chris, as always, wonderfully written. You definitely write from the heart, which makes your words so eloquent.

Posted by: Keri at September 5, 2005 02:42 AM

I'm bit slow on responding to this one--but I have to say that I've read it out loud to several people, including my husband, and I feel that this post defines what "empathy" means.

Thanks for alerting us to the depths of despair on Craigs list and for sharing your take with us.

Posted by: wavybrains at September 5, 2005 10:02 PM

Can I just ask that it be remembered that people who work for the federal government have families, hearts and feelings just like everyone else, they are human beings, not an entity. And I can't think of a single federal, or military person that delights in what happened.

Posted by: wlfldy at September 6, 2005 09:25 AM

Yeah. What you said. This is enormous.

Posted by: verucaamish at September 6, 2005 10:42 AM

i am calling all new jersey residents to write or email your congressmen about a man by the name of dune jones from new orleans who went out and found photojournalist tony zumbado and convinced him to come and document the horrible situation at the new orleans convention center it was not untill this aired that the very next next food water and medical supplies arrived this man is truly a american hero and should be nominated for the presidents medal which is the highest medal a civilian can recieve this been an absolute embarresment to my beutiful country and its beutiful people lets forget what reads at the bottom of the statue of liberty "...give me your tierd your poor your huddled masses yearning to breath free..."
i know she faces towrds the atlantic ocean with her back to us, but she now become a symbol of how my goverment takes care of thier people, "We The People" i implore write to congressmen the goverment works for us

Posted by: bill nash at September 7, 2005 03:45 PM

i am calling all new jersey residents to write or email your congressmen about a man by the name of duane jones from new orleans who went out and found photojournalist tony zumbado and convinced him to come and document the horrible situation at the new orleans convention center it was not untill this aired that the very next day food water and medical supplies arrived this man is truly a american hero and should be nominated for the presidents medal which is the highest medal a civilian can recieve this has been an absolute embarresment to my beutiful country and its beutiful people lets not forget what reads at the bottom of the statue of liberty "...give me your tierd your poor your huddled masses yearning to breath free..."
i know she faces towrds the atlantic ocean with her back to us, but has she now become a symbol of how my goverment takes care of thier people, "We The People" i implore write to congressmen the goverment works for us

Posted by: bill nash at September 7, 2005 03:48 PM