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post Sep 3 2005, 07:47 PM
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I wanted to make another thread for this, because my point wasn't really relevant to the other one. My point is that this disaster has been so catastrophically mismanaged that so many people need to be fired (or possibly imprisoned, or shot) as a punishment for allowing it to happen that it's not even funny.

I've heard people say "this is an environmental disaster, it's not a political issue". It's political as hell. I'm gathering a little compendium of failures, idiocies, and horrific neglect. In no particular order:

The Red Cross is banned from entering New Orleans. Highly questionable.

The FEMA official in charge got his job through nepotism, has no relevant experience, and was in fact fired from his previous job overseeing horse shows. There's a guy you want looking after you.

The same lovely gentleman blames the people who didn't get out. Because absolutely everybody, no matter how poor they are, or how elderly or infirm, or whether they've got a car, everyone is perfectly capable of leaving their home for an indefinite amount of time.

But wait, these dispossessed folk could always get a Greyhound out of there, couldn't they? Well, sure, except that they closed the Greyhound station on Saturday. It's almost as if somebody didn't much care.

"In addition to Guard help, the federal government could have activated, but did not, a major air support plan under a pre-existing contract with airlines. The program, called Civilian Reserve Air Fleet, lets the government quickly put private cargo and passenger planes into service." No comment.

The IEM, the company to whom the job of protecting New Orleans from hurricanes was delegated, is suddenly trying to hide the fact that it ever had that job. What on Earth could they be trying to hide?

But in the face of all this, the President sees a ray of light. I'll quote:

The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)

What's that you say? You can't afford to just rebuild your house from scratch then invite the President over for tea? Huh. Sucks to be you, I guess.

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post Sep 6 2005, 10:47 AM
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Update: Meet the Press, Sept 4. I'll quote relevant portions:

Let me give you just three quick examples.  We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water, trailer trucks of water.  FEMA turned them back.  They said we didn't need them.  This was a week ago.  FEMA--we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish.  The Coast Guard said, "Come get the fuel right away."  When we got there with our trucks, they got a word.  "FEMA says don't give you the fuel."  Yesterday--yesterday--FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines.  They cut them without notice.  Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, "No one is getting near these lines."  Sheriff Harry Lee said that if America--American government would have responded like Wal-Mart has responded, we wouldn't be in this crisis.

So, FEMA refuses water and fuel to survivors, then cuts off their emergency communication lines. Lovely.

And I want to give you one last story and I'll shut up and let you tell me whatever you want to tell me.  The guy who runs this building I'm in, emergency management, he's responsible for everything.  His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, "Are you coming, son?  Is somebody coming?"  And he said, "Yeah, Mama, somebody's coming to get you.  Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday.  Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday.  Somebody's coming to get you on Friday."  And she drowned Friday night.  She drowned Friday night.

MR. RUSSERT:  Mr. President...

MR. BROUSSARD:  Nobody's coming to get us.  Nobody's coming to get us.  The secretary has promised.  Everybody's promised.  They've had press conferences. I'm sick of the press conferences.  For God sakes, shut up and send us somebody.

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- CommieBastard   Hurricane Katrina   Sep 3 2005, 07:47 PM
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