Thursday, September 01, 2005

"These are good people. These are just scared people."

NOPD Captain Ernie Demmo told the NOLA Times Picayune this (see NOLA.com) of a man who scuffled with an MP over his rifle.

NOLA.com reports people have fired at rescue craft and police, saying "you getter come get my family." In the abesnce of an adequate response, people have paniced. Someone told me last night that "people in Fargo would never behave that way." I would love to drop this gentlemen into the Ninth Ward for a week as an experiment in whether that is true. I believe it would be instructive to us all.

If you want to try a simpler experiment, go up into your attic next July, with one bottle of water, and a gallon of water out of your uncleaned toilet bowl. All one teaspoon of gasoline. If you can find a dead animal, add a bit of that. Stay there for four days. See how long it takes you to break down and drink the toilet water.

When you come out, you may not have the water bottle I will be holding until I decide to give it to you. We will see how long it will take for you to try to take that water bottle from me. For my own protection, I plan to wear full moto-cross body armor.

More from NOLA.com:

An old man in a chaise loung lay dead in a grassy median as hungry babies wailed around him. ARound the corner, an elderly woman lay dead in her wheelchair, covered up by a blanket, and anothe rbody lay beside her wrapped in a sheet.

"You can do everything for other countries but you can't do nothing for your own people. You can go overseas with the military but you can't get them downhere", said 47-year old Daiel Edwards.

"We are out here like pure animals. We don't have help," said Rev. Issac Clark, 68, standing outside the Convention Center where corposes lay in the open and evacuees complained that they were dropped off and given nothing.

People chanted, "Help, help!" as reporters and photographers walked through. The crowd got angry when journalists tried to photograph one of the bodies, and covered it with a blanket. A woman, screaming, went on the front steps of the convention center and led the crowed in reciting the 23rd Psalm.


Call me next July when you're ready to try my experiment.

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