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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Friday, September 02, 2005

William S. Martin - Arrest this kid? He deserves a medal!!!

Arrest this kid? He deserves a medal!!!
by William S Martin
Fri Sep 2nd, 2005 at 16:08:56 PDT

I don't write many diaries, but the idea that anybody might be thinking of arresting this kid moved me to write.

HOUSTON -- Thousands of refugees of Hurricane Katrina were transported to the Astrodome in Houston this week. In an extreme act of looting, one group actually stole a bus to escape ravaged areas in Louisiana.

About 100 people packed into the stolen bus. They were the first to enter the Houston Astrodome, but they weren't exactly welcomed.

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Authorities eventually allowed the renegade passengers inside the dome. But the 18-year-old who ensured their safety could find himself in a world of trouble for stealing the school bus.


http://www.newschannel5.tv/2005/9/1/4255/Taking-refuge-in-the-Astrodome


Rather than die on the streets of New Orleans, a young guy named Jabbor Gibson grabbed on an abandoned bus and drove 7 hours straight to Houston, rescuing complete strangers, including women and children, according to the Houston Chronicle.

I'm sick of hearing people who were completely abandoned and left to fend for themselves described as looters for doing what any of us would do in the same situation. I'm not talking about stealing TVs. I'm talking about taking food, water, shoes, and about taking matters into their own hands when the government had left them for dead.

Again, from the news report:

One 8-day-old infant spent the first days of his life surrounded by chaos. He's one of the many who are homeless and hungry.

Authorities eventually allowed the renegade passengers inside the dome. But the 18-year-old who ensured their safety could find himself in a world of trouble for stealing the school bus.

"I dont care if I get blamed for it ," Gibson said, "as long as I saved my people."

Should he have left the bus to be destroyed by flood waters? Left 100 of his fellow citizens to drown or starve?

I hope this idea of this guy being "in a world of trouble" is just some reporter's conjecture. If the news repot is true, he's my hero.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/2/19856/62219

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