Saturday, September 03, 2005
Laissez les Bonnes Têtes Rouler
Dubya's callousness, FEMA's incompetence, and the usual corruption and cronyism are beyond anything we've seen in this country.
Forget impeachment. It's time for pitchforks and torches.
The one relief is that Laura is clearly not in charge of the president's wardrobe.
I mean, say what you will about his arrogance, blind stupidity, and irresponsibility, *that's* a classy dress.
Three tons of food ready for delivery by air to refugees in St. Bernard Parish and on Algiers Point sat on the Crescent City Connection bridge Friday afternoon as air traffic was halted because of President Bush’s visit to New Orleans, officials said.
The provisions, secured by U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, and state Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom, baked in the afternoon sun as Bush surveyed damage across southeast Louisiana five days after Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 storm, said Melancon’s chief of staff, Casey O’Shea.
“We had arrangements to airlift food by helicopter to these folks, and now the food is sitting in trucks because they won’t let helicopters fly,” O’Shea said Friday afternoon.
Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?
Acess to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.
The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.
Apparently, the city was the agency that decided to open the Superdome and the Convention Center, which ARC says saved countless lives.
FEMA was busy helping Condi pick out new shoes.
The hits just keep on coming in for the Marie file:
British families trapped in New Orleans last night claimed that US authorities had refused to evacuate them as Hurricane Katrina approached the city.
Although assistance was offered to US residents, British nationals were told they would have to fend for themselves.
Good enough to die for us in Iraq, not good enough to be treated the same of us in disaster
Note: Under the honorable Bill Clinton's administration, both Democrats and Republicans prospered. The obvious goal of the neo-con led Republicans under George W. "Head up his Butt" Bush, Dick "Mad Dog" Cheney, etc. is for only wealthy Republican benefactors to prosper at the expense of everyone else below, both Democrats and less well off Republicans alike.
2) I would be intrigued to see a comparison done between Bush's FEMA response to the four hurricanes that struck Florida last year (during a presidential election year) and the Bush FEMA response to Hurricane Katrina this year. Ooops, I think I gave it away, my own supposition. This year is not a presidential election year. It is an off-year. And apparently that is what the Republican leadership in the White House is doing, taking the year off. Especially Bush with so many vacation days. Next year, though, just like last year, they will be busy, busy, busy, campaigning. However, there is another point I'd like to stress. Florida has a Republican as governor, Jeb Bush, who is the president's younger brother, who also appears to have presidential aspirations. Louisiana, however, has a Democratic governor, who's unrelated to Bush.
Therefore, while some people talk about the really slow response by the neo-cons as being racist, I'd also suggest that it has something to do with their blatantly partisan position to not help any Democrats, especially if it might help any Democrats get elected or reelected. Thus, their neo-con ideological bias is like partisanship on steroids...which, for some strange reason, reminds me of the Nazis, the Maoists, the Stalinists, etc etc.
The result: Tragedy for both Democrats and Republicans caught in Hurricane Katrina's destructive path.
We deal with all these issues.
Edith, it was Lincoln who said that you couldn't fool all the people all of the time.
He was also the last Republican who believed it.
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