Katrina and the knaves

Sometimes, really, no commentary is needed. The story speaks for itself.

JACKSON, Miss., July 17 (UPI) — The Mississippi Gaming Commission received relief supplies initially intended for Hurricane Katrina victims, official documents indicate.


CNN reported that the commission, which regulates casinos in the state, is one of 11 state agencies that obtained supplies, including kitchen appliances, pillows and dinnerware, from Mississippi’s surplus agency.

.  .  .

Two years after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was still holding 121 truckloads of supplies intended for those affected by the disaster, a CNN probe found.

I’d almost been able to forget the related story that popped up about a week ago, but it was quickly called back to mind. I’m strangely glad to have been reminded, as we’ve collectively done a heck of a job forgetting about the devastation and ineptitude from almost three years ago.

A leading U.S. trailer manufacturer failed to disclose to Hurricane Katrina evacuees or the government its internal findings that formaldehyde in some units exceeded a federal health standard by as much as 45 times in 2006, its chairman acknowledged to Congress yesterday.

Jim Shea, chairman of Gulf Stream Coach, which built 50,000 trailers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency for $520 million, said his company decided that its results were “irrelevant information” because FEMA already knew about high formaldehyde levels. The agency and the company were working together to improve ventilation, he said, and FEMA later turned down company offers to conduct more tests.

. . .

Committee Democrats cited a March 20, 2006, plea to Gulf Stream in which a Katrina trailer resident wrote: “There is an odor in my trailer that will not go away. It burns my eyes and I am getting headaches every day. . . . PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME!!”

My previous post was a fast, furied, flash of a brief fiction brain dump about a cadre of sociopathic clowns–at least one of whom suffering from cognitive impairment wrought by heavy substance abuse–all doing their best to continue their shenanigans and avoid legal consequences.

Let me be clear: you are not seeing a pattern here. There is absolutely no thematic tie-in from last post to the present one.

After all, the above is not fiction.

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About dave bois

Freelance writer with a strong pull towards environmental matters (water issues especially) that remains fueled by my study of and early-career practice in geology and hydrology. Music, food, dogs, current/political events, and visual arts combine to command much of the portion of attention not ceded to ecological concerns. Also Monty Python. I've sold a few pieces of original art and have made cab fare home playing saxophone. Native Mainah

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