Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Media, Public Barred From Public Meeting at Charity

I'll say more later. Until then, watch WWL's report. In spite of LSU's attempt to restrict the proliferation of opposition opinion, it doesn't seem like legislators are particularly convinced that Charity is irreparable.

LSU stooge Charles Zewe, a WWL anchor in the '70s and a CNN Headline News anchor in the '90s, claims that Rep. Fannin, chairman of the appropriations committee, made the decision to bar the media and the public.

He derisively answers a WWL question:

"Representative Fannin and his committee made the decision that it was limited to the committee members only, Dennis."

But Rep. Jim Fannin says LSU told him it was unsafe for anyone to enter Charity other than legislators. Fannin goes on to say that as a former contractor, he couldn't see any structural problems with Charity.

So someone is lying.

I think it was Zewe.

WWL caught up with Bobby Jindal later
in print form (emphasis mine):

After returning from Tuesday's meeting in Philadelphia with President-elect Barack Obama, Gov. Bobby Jindal told reporters he had not heard about the problems but would encourage LSU to let the media and others into the facility. Jindal said he believes having others see the building's condition would bolster the state's arguments that Hurricane Katrina did extensive damage to the facility.



Clay said...

Structurally, that place could almost withstand a nuclear blast.

But, the interior might not be recoverable. Modern hospitals require lots of utilities that that building might not have space for.

The interior is probably dangerous, but with proper PPE and common sense, there's no reason why a team of engineers can't roam around in safety.

The shell of Charity is built, as the saying goes, like a brick shithouse. Now, the interior might be a completely different matter.

Karen said...

Inside may be a different story BUT FEMA is not going to pay for damage which are not the result of the storm.

The State has played this game all along and it amazes me that they think they can squeeze extra money from FEMA to pay for the construction of the new hospital while the old one withers away.

Also I can't believe they would let a bunch of legislators in there if it were dangerous..really.

Editilla said...

Duly composted onto da'Ladder, Noble E.
Along with this cool video from Food Music Justice:
Clay is correct.
It would take approximately 340 tons of today's ordinance to bring down Charity, and that if placed correctly without crowds of citizenry surrounding the building in protest.
Where did I get that blast figure? Pulled it out of my ass of course, but I do believe that the building used to have one of those Civil Defense Shelter signs on the outside, but can't remember when.

I am sick of this bald'ass foolishness...getting stuck on stupid.

E said...

What's upsetting about Charity's interior condition is that because the state refused to secure the building after the storm, it has continued to sustain damage. One of the legislators laments this fact in the WWL report.

Superdeformed said...

The way I see it, this is all about some people wanting their names on plaques on shiny new buildings along Tulane Ave. and Canal St.

This whole thing will be a work in progress until I'm an old man. Blah

Puddinhead said...

"...but I do believe that the building used to have one of those Civil Defense Shelter signs on the outside, but can't remember when."

I'm sure it did, Fifties through Sixties...the latter of which would be the same time frame during which I was attending and elementary school here in the city that also had a Civil Defense Shelter sign. Of course, that elementary school building was in such danger of collapse that it was demolished and replaced roughly a decade after I'd left...

Of course, in actuality the Civil Defense Shelter designation had nothing to do with a building's ability to resist the forces of a nuclear blast (really, now...) and everything to do with it's being considered "massive" enough to absorb a fair quantity of the nuclear fallout before it reached the citizens sheltered within.