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Gaynell Tipado, your boy is tough

January 21, 2009

This story broke my heart this morning.  If anyone knows Gaynell Tipado, please contact the Romulus, Michagan PD.  The story indicates that they are looking for relatives.

Mich. police: Boy, 8, spent 10 days with dead mom

Buildings in an apartment complex where an 8-year-old boy who survived Hurricane AP – Buildings in an apartment complex where an 8-year-old boy who survived Hurricane Katrina spent more than …

ROMULUS, Mich. – An 8-year-old boy lived for more than a week with the body of his dead mother before telling a concerned shopkeeper his mom was “in a better place,” police said. Gaynell Tipado, 41, apparently died Jan. 9 in their apartment in the Detroit suburb of Romulus, and the boy survived in part by eating dried rice, butter and flour, authorities said.

The family moved to Michigan from Louisiana after surviving Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Foul play was not suspected in Tipado’s death, and an autopsy was pending.

Lee Saco told The Associated Press that the boy and his mother came into Romulus Liquor regularly for about a year and a half. But four times during the past week the boy uncharacteristically walked about a block to the store by himself — sometimes through Arctic cold and other times wearing pajama bottoms.

“I questioned him, ‘Where is your mom?'” Saco said when the boy first came into the store by himself to buy milk, chips, candy and bread with cash. During the next two visits, he said the boy bought a number of items, including bread.

Saco, who co-owns the store with his brother Sam, said he was curious from the beginning but his concern heightened on Monday when the boy tried to buy $34.80 worth of grocery items — including nacho cheese dip, a package each of processed ham and turkey, hamburger buns, milk, doughnuts and candy — with his mother’s credit card.

Saco then asked the boy if he could speak to his mother. “Is she alive?” Saco asked the boy.

“She’s in a better place,” the boy replied, who later told Saco he’d tried to revive his mother by pushing on her chest in an apparent attempt at CPR.

“I sat him down, gave him chocolate milk. Then I called Romulus PD,” Saco said.

Police arrived and took the boy home. They called Saco about 10 minutes later to tell him the boy’s mother was dead.

The boy was home-schooled, has no siblings and his father died several years ago, authorities said. The child is in foster care while police try to locate his other relatives, Romulus police Lt. John Leacher said.

“It’s sad. It’s very hard. It’s very unfortunate for him,” said Lee Saco, 36, a father of three young children. “I just feel bad. What he had to see for 11 days.

“He came from a good home,” Saco said.

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Associated Press Writer Ben Leubsdorf in Detroit contributed to this report.

 

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What is discrimination of marital status according to FEMA?

February 21, 2008

The IHP Program discriminates against applicants who are divorced and who have evacuated to live with “family.” Family is defined by FEMA. Estrangement and divorce prior to the disaster play no role in this law. It makes no sense. Because FEMA declares and defines “family” . . . its actions are discriminatory.

I thought this was America.

The IHP Program and FEMA determine the definition of “family” where this definition excludes the applicant.

I’m out of words.

Section 218 –
Amends the Stafford Act to prohibit the President from denying housing assistance to a displaced individual or household because a member of the predisaster household has already received assistance if such individual or household: (1) has evacuated the predisaster residence and resides in a different location than such member of the predisaster household; (2) is a victim of domestic violence and resides in a different residence than such member of the predisaster household; or (3) has other good cause for maintaining a separate household.
Provides that temporary housing assistance may include the payment of utilities, excluding telephone service, and that security deposits may be taken into consideration in determining the amount of assistance. Directs the President to provide assistance in an amount up to 120% of fair market rent plus specified costs if the President determines that, as a result of rental market changes caused by the major disaster and its consequences, the fair market rent does not accurately reflect the reasonable cost of rental units available. Permits the President to provide assistance over that percentage in extraordinary circumstances.
Directs the President to issue public guidance in simple terms explaining the types of housing assistance available under the Stafford Act to individuals and households affected by a major disaster, eligibility requirements, application procedures, relevant local conditions, and modifications of previous policies or procedures.

What is wrong with using the N word?

February 21, 2008

FEMA moving policy attacked.My head spins around.  My heart races.  My thoughts focus.  A former New Orleans resident used the word just yesterday, according to The Advocate.  “There’s no sense of community. We want to go back to our normal way of living before Katrina.” There is nothing like having normalcy ripped out of your heart, life and mind in a hurricane.  you’ve lost everything else . . .  so what’s left?  Not normal.  Normal exited stage left.

NBC broadcasters produced a story on dirty coffee cups and Shreveport dirty cops, but didn’t really focus on the dirty little secret at Renaissance Village. After two and one half years, nearly exactly to the day, Americans get shuffled into hotel rooms… again.  That’s normal?  Yup.

No one really understands what the N word has become or what the N word really means.  So read it again to get the full feeling for it. An NBC “jackass salute” for posting Shreveport dirty cop video instead of what America doesn’t want to hear more about.

My Post From June 27, 2007 ~

“Normal” is So Yesterday – Finally, recognition of FACTS indicates the rest of America wears those blinders you see on jackass’s.

Normal is not snow.
Normal is not below 80*.
Normal is not rain that sprinkles daily.
Normal is not my pillow.
Normal is not underfoot.
Normal is not my yard.
Normal is not my flower bed.
Normal is not my grocery store.
Normal is not mine anymore.
Kiss my a** normal.
Normal is not the National Guard parked outside.
Normal is not the crime rate.
Normal is not living here.
Normal is not at home.
Normal does not live here.
Normal is not my school.
Normal is not my school board.
Normal is not my new friends.
Normal is not my neighbor.
Kiss my a** normal.
Normal is not the formaldehyde level.
Normal is not my shoes.
Normal is not my furniture.
Normal is not my memory.
Normal is not the trees.
Normal is not the bus.
Normal is not the radio stations.
Normal is not the latitude or longitude or wind speed.
Normal is not Katrina.
Normal is not the Road Home.
Kiss my a** normal.
Normal is not my local Government.
Normal is not my Federal Government.
Normal is not my levee.
Normal is not my canal.
Normal is not my city.
Normal is corrupt.
Normal is self rightious.
Normal is proud.
Normal is a sense of humor.
Normal is not laughing.

What is a Federal demotion?

February 10, 2008

Would everyone please turn to page 152  or ESF #6-1 of the National Response Plan dated December 2004 and strking from the 426 page document the words American Red Cross effective March 2008 and noted on January 22, 2008. The revision dated January 22, 2008, is also now referring to the National Response Plan as the  National Response Framework.

  • (a demotion) The American Red Cross is NO LONGER a primary agency for mass care.
  • This responsibility has been given to DHS/FEMA.

I’ve also looked up S3721 the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act 2006.  Some of the issues present should have been grandfathered in in order to assist, however, it appears that S3721 takes effect January 1, 2007.   I’m happy to read that it gives the appearance of assisting victims in the future whereas eviction and divorce are concerned, but it basically does nothing for Hurricane Katrina victims.

I appreciate the removal of the American Red Cross as a Primary Agency, due to certain FAILURES of the AGENCY.

What does insensitivity and this blog author have in common?

February 8, 2008

Katrina bashing and Clueless Katrina commentary, that’s what. This blog made me puke today. “Why New Orleans Should Have Drowned”. The author appears to be jobless after this post. Gee, I wonder why?

What is blight? Don’t you think it’s premature to move forward with demolitions before all the money from the LRA is collected?

January 14, 2008

Well, to you money grubbing, demolition crazy, corporate whores that’d be my house yer talkin ’bout foo. Just cause you have a place to live doesn’t mean everyone does. Check out posts in katrina info on Live Journal from just a few months ago. If you check in with these peeps, its likely not much has changed. I understand that there was a housing problem even PRIOR to Katrina – DUH.

Recent developments and better questions

From NOLA.com and David Hammer of the Times Pic

“Don’t you think it’s premature to move forward with demolition before all the money from the LRA is allocated?”

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Who’s side are you on anyway?

December 21, 2007

The housing situation in Louisiana must’ve peaked someone’s interest in the news recently. This is beyond riot time. Two years or less in a FEMA trailer demands attention. Two years plus living away from “home” demands much more media attention. The fact remains that there was a big issue with housing prior to Katrina. So what. No one gave a damn. Now its news because its a “Katrina” story.

The issue that I have with recent events is that as a Katrina Victim I’m still labeled a Katrina Victim. In other words, local school district has put me into a demographic catagory called “Hurricane Katrina”. Yeah, big of them wasn’t it? That’s what I discovered this week. I’m pissed off! Instead of what type of dwelling my children and I live in..apt. house, duplex, etc. I get “Hurricane Katrina”. Yeah! My label under the “type of dwelling catagory” ~ Hurricane Katrina. No kidding folks. Nice of them. Just what exactly do they intend by putting me in this catagory? Are we special?

Really, this is how special we are here. The Urban League sent me a letter last week saying that there was a deadline Nov. I missed. In fact, they addressed me as “Hi, new neighbor”. I’d like to slam the SOB’s upside the head and tell them off! The letter went on to say that there was a deadline ( in three days ) for another program they were offering for Christmas. These a******* first contacted me in March or so of 2007 to let me know they were offering “assistance”. In other words, jump through our hoops so that you can wait further, we can decide whether or not you DESERVE our help and we can keep harassing you in the ure. These people suck! These organizations accepted FEDERAL FUNDING from FEMA and others to assist “Hurrican Katrina VIctims” ~ at their leisure, and at Victims expense. Instead of getting assistance to those who requested it at the time of the crisis, government authorities decided the best way to handle the issue was to outsource to these charitable ( ha ha ha) organizations ( ha ha ha). The Urban Legaue. I have a brand new taste in my mouth for them. PUKE. These big shots are getting a paycheck everytime they send me a letter. I asked them how they received my info back in March and to please remove it. They couldn’t give me a phone number for local people in Louisiana to call to gain assistance, at the time. These agencies rival the other non-profits who don’t really have to give back 100% of their funding. They can pocket all but 3% and say they did their job. Meanwhile, people in New Orleans and elsewhere in Louisiana – are homeless. Meanwhile, I’m still not home.

OH! And another thing. There is supposed to be a Katrina Memorial at Charity Hospital Cemetery for those who perished in the hurricane. The Earth Institute at Columbia University headed by John Mutter, jmutter@ei.columbia.edu – this project has some posts in details that are really disrespectful. “Drowned, duh.” for davis, taylor who was 79 female is way outta line. Columbia needs to address the issue PRONTO.

PS Michelle Malkin is flippin clueless on this issue.  She’s still my favorite, though.