Thursday, May 22, 2008

Old Wounds Reopened, Covered in Salt

Then, doused with gasoline and lit on fire.

You know that if it's a post about FEMA, it's probably going to make you angry as hell.

Unfortunately...

Oyster and Judy B. refer to FEMA's new plan to sell trailers to residents at $13,000 a pop with the nothing but the most concrete assurances that the trailers they're planning to sell aren't the ones that have poisonous levels of formaldehyde:

Henderson is shocked the agency would do that after a FEMA test of her unit found elevated levels of formaldehyde gas, which she says has made her kids sick.

"One day I get a letter telling me my trailer is contaminated; the next day they want to sell it to me," Henderson said.

FEMA spokesman James McIntyre said the agency won't sell units that test high for formaldehyde. He could not say what FEMA has determined to be a safe level.

WOW! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!!!!

I don't even know where to start.

Judy B. mentions that FEMA, in a panic, had already sold tons of its trailers to the public but was forced to buy them back in January after they FINALLY admitted what we had known for a year or more: that the trailers were making people sick.

Now FEMA is restarting the sale agenda though they won't say what constitutes a contaminated trailer and at least one family in Mississippi is being repeatedly asked to purchase a unit that has caused illness in the little ones.

Yet there's something else to remember here from only three months ago:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency misspent millions of dollars it received from selling used travel trailers, government investigators have found.

Instead of buying more trailers — as allowed under the law — FEMA used more than $13 million toward fully loaded sport-utility vehicles, travel expenses and purchase card accounts, according to a draft report by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general obtained by The Associated Press.

Did Brownie get his job back somehow too?

No, but R. David Paulson seems to be doing a heckuva job as well.

How is this crap being allowed? This is absolutely sickening.

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In other news about the Federal government's push to murder the citizens of the Gulf Coast . . .

dsb reports that one of the levees that breached during Katrina but has since been repaired is leaking once again. Is that wall stuffed with newspaper as well? Is that the reason?

It's important to know right now because, well there's bad news here. Sorry.

There is a sales tax holiday for the purchase of evacuation supplies in Louisiana THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

HERE is a list of useful evacuation items you can purchase without the additional burden of the state sales tax.

1 comment:

mominem said...

The primary result of the furor over FEMA trailers will be the elimination of used FEMA trailers from the market, something the RV industry wants. There will also be fat contracts to haul all of these trailers to a landfill, disassemble them and bury them. All at immense cost to us the taxpayers.

Oh yes and trial lawyers will eventually collect large settlements on behalf of many people not harmed by the FEMA trailers, ans many people actually harmed will go uncompensated.

Typical overnment operation.