The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

06 September 2005

For Refugees, Tough Questions

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What Becomes Of Relocated Refugees?


Is it possible to move an entire region's population overnight, scattering them all across America?

With the immediate needs of Hurricane Katrina's refugees quite obvious, it's fascinating to watch this unprecedented relocation effort. A Seattle Times graphic today demonstrates just how generous American states have been.

Very few aren't expecting Gulf residents, with the glaring exception of Blue New England, where only Massachusetts will be taking them (2500 to Cape Cod this week through an effort led by Gov. Mitt Romney).

New York and New Jersey have also sat out this human airlift.

Even Washington state, about as far away from Louisiana as one can be on the American mainland, is taking in thousands.

While there don't seem to be many ideas about what to do once they arrive, not much time was available to map out a strategy.

Will they remain once children are enrolled in local schools, after new friends have been made and employment possibly obtained? Or will they want to return home for the rebuilding of their home towns?

It's hard to know what might happen, it's simply never before been done.

Also:


--- Will gas prices quickly settle back down? It looks that way today.

--- Common sense from Ball State U:


I feel a bit reluctant to write about Hurricane Katrina. After all, I didn’t lose any family or friends, my house or my car. The only thing Katrina made me lose is my patience.

I’ve lost patience with the chorus of groups whose first response to this disaster was to try to score political points against the Bush administration.

No, this is not the United States’ “comeuppance” for not signing the Kyoto Treaty — which, by the way, would have done little or nothing to stop “global warming” and everything to cripple the U.S. economy.

To those who’ve said Katrina wasn’t a tragedy — or that blue-staters shouldn’t donate relief — because Katrina hit red states, I have no words to express my disgust at your lack of humanity.


--- Radio's cruelty seems to know no limits. From RadioDailyNews today:


Fifteen minutes before he headed out the door on a Labor Day weekend, the acting PD telephoned me so I could 'hear it” (?) from him, rather from other sources. I was on the other phone with family; we had a brother stranded in the French Quarter, heart of the Katrina devastation, so I missed the call.

When I returned it -- no answer, everyone gone. They had all left for their 3-day weekend. Never did hear 'it' from him.

I turned on the station, heard another guy doing the liners. I got 'it.'

After being associated with KFRC for 33 years, I rated an afterthough 15 minutes before the long weekend.



---NBC's Bush outburst non-apology/apology seemed to please no one.


For updates on Hurricane relief efforts in the blogosphere, see Hugh Hewitt's site. Check here for the latest, or here for Michelle Malkin's suggestions.

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9 Comments:

  • Liberal talk show host, Ed Schultz and his wife went down to Gulfport and brought back two families into their homes in Fargo, ND.

    Story here

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 06 September, 2005 15:50  

  • MoveOn.com has set up HurricaneHousing.org. To the minute, they have 168,976 beds promised to help people get back their lives. It doesn't matter where you live, as many LA, MS, and AL schools and colleges are transferring children to functioning schools, and these kids will need housing.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 06 September, 2005 15:55  

  • "Very few aren't expecting Gulf residents, with the glaring exception of Blue New England, where only Massachusetts will be taking them (2500 to Cape Cod this week through an effort led by Gov. Mitt Romney)."

    I see that even in the current emergency, you don't miss the cheap shot. Why take exception with the Red mountain states, as long as you're taking the low road?

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 06 September, 2005 15:59  

  • Isn't it amazing how people shine in one of our darker hours (looters excluded of course). Bring in people you have no clue about into your home to live is one of the most amazing things I seen. In Kansas City, some refugees were set up in their OWN house.

    P.S. Can someone answer this for me?

    - During a press conference officials stated that New Orleans police are NOT forcing people to leave their homes if they want to stay. Mayor Naglin stated that he wanted everyone to leave and would be withholding water and food drops in areas where residents haven’t left, but physically can.

    Did I miss the definition of mandaory evacuation? They can't enforce an evac AFTER the hurricane either. Now who's largely at fault?

    N.O officials get 30% of the death toll.
    Residents 65%
    FEMA 5% for collateral deaths from a late arrival after the Mayor gave the levy the all clear.
    FEMA

    By Blogger Owen, at 06 September, 2005 16:09  

  • Unless we want these people to become double victims, it would be nice to ween them off government programs and the victimization mindset inculcated by "liberals".

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 07 September, 2005 01:27  

  • I see that even in the current emergency, you don't miss the cheap shot.
    What, don't like somebody poaching on your territory Dicky?

    By Blogger SCSIwuzzy, at 07 September, 2005 07:15  

  • Well, Brian - they've refused to come here.

    Reading the Cape Cod Times editorial page Bush Bashing, it seems entirely possible that they'd rather stay in the Astrodome than relocate to our snotty, condescending ultra-blue state.

    It's a shame when the Liberati impair our ability to help - I hope they'll at least give money.

    By Blogger Peter Porcupine, at 07 September, 2005 13:24  

  • Unless we want these people to become double victims, it would be nice to ween them off government programs and the victimization mindset inculcated by "liberals".

    By Lonewacko, at 1:27 AM


    Good idea. Tell Trent Lott not to accept any of that federally subsidized flood insurance to rebuild his mansion. He should be a man and do it himself.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 07 September, 2005 14:57  

  • Tuck-You just can't help making snide remarks can you. It shows you are not interested in constructive dialog, just snide remarks and attacks.

    It's unlikely federally subsidized flood insurance money is what Lonewacko was talking about, and I think you know that.

    When you do this, do you realize how stupid and immature appear?

    By Blogger Linn, at 07 September, 2005 19:24  

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