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“Welcome to Krakow”

This is a page from the original version of Pagan Vigil. There are some formatting differences.

Originally published at

UPDATED TO ADD: Much of the information in the original piece was either a misunderstanding or an exaggeration. This is from before I routinely fact checked. - NW

"Welcome to Krakow"

A blog with a first hand look at one of the Katrina refugee camps

Be frightened. Be very very frightened.

From timiathan (the original link doesn't seem to be working)

We then started lugging in our food products. The foods I had purchased were mainly snacks, but my mother - God bless her soul - had gone all out with fresh vegetables, fruits, canned goods, breakfast cereals, rice, and pancake fixings. That's when we got the next message: They will not be able to use the kitchen.

Excuse me? I asked incredulously.

FEMA will not allow any of the kitchen facilities in any of the cabins to be used by the occupants due to fire hazards. FEMA will deliver meals to the cabins. The refugees will be given two meals per day by FEMA. They will not be able to cook. In fact, the "host" goes on to explain, some churches had already enquired about whether they could come in on weekends and fix meals for the people staying in their cabin. FEMA won't allow it because there could be a situation where one cabin gets steaks and another gets hot dogs - and...

it could cause a riot.

It gets worse.

He then precedes to tell us that some churches had already enquired into whether they could send a van or bus on Sundays to pick up any occupants of their cabins who might be interested in attending church. FEMA will not allow this. The occupants of the camp cannot leave the camp for any reason. If they leave the camp they may never return. They will be issued FEMA identification cards and "a sum of money" and they will remain within the camp for the next 5 months.

My son looks at me and mumbles "Welcome to Krakow."

My mother then asked if the churches would be allowed to come to their cabin and conduct services if the occupants wanted to attend. The response was "No ma'am. You don't understand. Your church no longer owns this building. This building is now owned by FEMA and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. They have it for the next 5 months." This scares my mother who asks "Do you mean they have leased it?" The man replies, "Yes, ma'am...lock, stock and barrel. They have taken over everything that pertains to this facility for the next 5 months."

Thanks to sunfell for the heads up.

Something is desperately wrong when government does something like this. And it is not a matter of "my" government or "my" president. This doesn't happen because of the election of one man or even one Congress.

What we are seeing is the inevitable result of 90 years of statism. Of government deciding to take action "for our own good." Of politicians so afraid of the "necessary" decisions that they delegate bureaucrats and special agents without any accountability.

Table stakes, friends and neighbors. Ante up.

Posted: Thu - September 8, 2005 at 08:08 PM

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