In a devastating act of G-d, hurricane Katrina blew out New Orleans and busted the levees. Historic tragedy. We will never forget it. The media beat us to death with Bush's incompetence (as if he was G-d).
Looking back, he did a damn fine job considering the Dems he had to work with in Louisiana.
Do you remember how the media fought under FOIA to print pictures of bodies floating in the water? They wanted to make every death a case of murder -- perp? Bush. They were relentless. The Democratic state of Louisiana failed abysmally, the "chocolate city" mayor Nagin refused to evacuate. The fact is ................ the loss of life and destruction of Katrina was most glaring proof of the failed welfare state, aka the Democrat statism model. It was a Democrat mayor, a Democrat governor, a Democrat political machine in Louisiana that was responsible for the lack of action, response and coordination of pre- and post-Katrina efforts (and to ABC's surprise, Katrina victims praised Bush and blamed Nagin).
The surrounding Republican states suffered horribly from Katrina and Rita, but you never heard high nor hare of them.
Fast forward to this nation's worst disaster and even more disastrously handled catastrophe -- Oilbama. He has taken the position of a spectator as the Gulf disappears. Amnesty, that's what's important.
Who would you rather be in charge during the BP spill? Bush or Bama? Sure wish Cheney were on it.
First, check out Oilbama's new form of abortion -- and why isn't the media warning Americans of this terrible threat? (From the Center for Disease Control)
Gulf Oil Spill Information for Pregnant Women
I’m pregnant. Can the oil harm me or my unborn baby?
Although the oil may contain some chemicals that could cause harm to an unborn baby under some conditions, the CDC has reviewed sampling data from the EPA and feels that the levels of these chemicals are well below the level that could generally cause harm to pregnant women or their unborn babies. The effects that chemicals might have on a pregnant woman and her unborn baby would depend on many things: how the mother came into contact with the oil, how long she was in contact with it, how often she came into contact with it, and the overall health of the mother and her baby.
People, including pregnant women, can be exposed to these chemicals by breathing them (air), by swallowing them (water, food), or by touching them (skin). If possible, everyone, including pregnant women, should avoid the oil and spill-affected areas. Generally, a pregnant woman will see or smell the chemicals in oil before those chemicals can hurt her or the baby. The EPA and CDC are working together to continue monitoring the levels of oil in the environment. If we begin to find levels that are more likely to be harmful, we will tell the public. For up-to-date information on monitoring data along the Gulf Coast, please visit EPA’s website.
What can I do to protect myself and my unborn baby?
- If you live along the coast, avoid areas where there are reports of oil reaching the shore.
- If the smell bothers you or you see smoke, stay indoors, set your air conditioner to reuse indoor air, and avoid physical activities that put extra demand on your lungs and heart.
- If you find any oil, avoid touching it, as well as oil spill-affected water and sand.
- If some of the oil gets on your skin, wash it off as soon as you can with soap and water.
- If you begin to feel sick after coming into contact with the oil or spill-affected areas, contact your doctor or other health professional.
- Follow local and state public health guidelines and warnings related to the oil spill (see links to resources below).
Can the air make me sick?
Although the oil vapors may contain some things that could be harmful to pregnant women, the CDC has reviewed sampling data from the EPA and feels that the levels of these chemicals are well below the level that could generally cause harm to pregnant women or their unborn babies. EPA is testing the air daily and sending the samples to laboratories for further analysis. CDC is working with EPA to decide if there are any chemicals at harmful levels. In addition, EPA scientists are taking [or checking] air samples every hour so that people can be warned if the levels go up. Visit the EPA’s website for the most up-to-date information on air monitoring results.
Pregnant women may be affected by the strong smell. It can give you a headache or upset stomach, so you may want to stay indoors, set your air conditioner to reuse indoor air, and avoid physical activities that put extra demand on your lungs and heart. If your symptoms do not improve after moving indoors, contact your health care professional, especially if you have asthma or other lung problems.
If you have to be outside, a N95 respirator with an odor control feature may provide some relief from the smell. Based on what we know now, you do not need to use a N95 respirator for your safety, but using one may make you more comfortable. Most hardware stores stock respirators (you should check the label to make sure the mask is a NIOSH certified N95 respirator with odor control or a charcoal layer). Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to be sure you are using the mask properly.
Burning the oil in the Gulf of Mexico is one method being used to ensure that no oil make it to shore and/or to potentially harm people, animals or the environment. As responders burn some of the oil, some “Particulate Matter” (PM) may be created. PM is a mix of very small particles and liquid droplets found in the air. PM varies in size and the smallest PM can get deep into your lungs. PM should not reach the shore because the fires are far offshore. When crews burn the spilled oil they carefully watch the weather, wind, and water conditions and monitor the air. They stop the burn right away if there is any problem. CDC and ATSDR are helping the Coast Guard, EPA, and our other partners to protect the public’s health. Visit this CDC website for up-to-date information about burning oil and public health.
If you smell or see smoke you can take the following steps to protect yourself:
- Leave the area if you are at greater risk from breathing smoke. If you have a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma or cardiovascular disease, you may be at greater risk. Talk to your doctor about ways to avoid this risk.
- Limit your exposure to smoke: stay inside and use your air conditioner set to a recirculation mode. If you do not have an air conditioner you may wish to leave the area until the smoke is completely gone.
- Avoid activities that put extra demands on your lungs and heart. These include exercising or physical chores, both outdoors and indoors.
- Dust masks, bandanas, or other cloths (even if wet) will not protect you from smoke.
And the overview of the BP spill and the horror of it all: VIDEO: the Gulf in the Death Throes
I’ve avoided pictures and video of struggling wildlife, but after being on the coast all week and returning home, I am made aware just how little people outside the coast understand the complete and utter devastation that is taking place right in our own country. If they did I hope that every American would stand up and demand more from their representatives – demand that the federal government admit that the entire Gulf of Mexico is in its own death throes and demand they finally stop putting profit above our people, wildlife and environment. I know of no other way to say we are sitting idly by, as our world dies around us. And I mean “death” in the most literal sense possible.
Have we all become so complacent, so apathetic that we no longer regard nature, life… human life, with enough regard to fight for it? What more must it take to outrage this nation??