Friday, September 09, 2005

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm....

Consider this Google News search for a moment. For days now, we've had a report from a couple of eye-witnesses in New Orleans that the Gretna sheriff's police department prevented pedestrians from evacuating on foot over the I-10 bridge out of downtown by threatening them with gunfire.

Because the eye-witnesses were from San Francisco, and they're known to be weird people— no, we have no idea whether they're gay, but it's worse than that: they're socialists— their report has been easily disregarded as the fantastic ravings of, well, socialists. Everyone knows socialists are congenital liars. No serious people question that anymore, right?

Anyway, so it turns out today that UPI posted a story by one Shaun Waterman that confirms the account of our friendly neighborhood socialists. Here is an excerpt:
WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- Police from surrounding jurisdictions shut down several access points to one of the only ways out of New Orleans last week, effectively trapping victims of Hurricane Katrina in the flooded and devastated city.

An eyewitness account from two San Francisco paramedics posted on an internet site for Emergency Medical Services specialists says, 'Thousands of New Orleaners were prevented and prohibited from self-evacuating the city on foot.'

'We shut down the bridge,' Arthur Lawson, chief of the City of Gretna Police Department, confirmed to United Press International, adding that his jurisdiction had been 'a closed and secure location' since before the storm hit.

You can probably find a copy of that story in the list returned by that Google search I linked above. Unfortunately, as I write this, the link to the original on the UPI website is returning an error. The Washington Times appears to have picked up the story. The kids on NRO appear to be talking about it. Some columnists have made mention of it. But nothing else. Nothing. Like it never happened. The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he didn't exist.

Honestly. When Americans stop using 1984 as their operations manual, I will stop calling them Orwellian.

Update 1.0: On Saturday, September 10, America's newspaper of record, Pravda On The Hudson, finally picked up the story.

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