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Saturday, September 3. 2005
The Anchoress has two good pieces on the failure of local and state govt (thanks for the intro, neo-neocon). And Neo-neocon addresses the failure to prepare. View from 1776 discusses the moral failures of NO. Right Thinking has a little debate with the reflex Bush-bashers. Vilmar agrees with us - don't rebuild. RWNH covers the territory - the Bush-bashing, the immature blame-game, the racism issues, and mainly, money-raising to help out. And of course Michelle is on top of things.
My humble opinion: Despite total incompetence, ignorance, stupidity, and corruption of the local hack, low-life politicians, and unprofessional police (one third abandoned their posts, and many joined in the looting) no-one can quickly manage a natural disaster on this scale. Even if they weren't such losers. That's why they call it a "disaster." If it were manageable, it would be called a "problem." This is beyond a "problem." This is the nature-imposed destruction of a city, with a local response which was an embarrassment, both practically and morally. And why didn't Bush know they were too incompetent to handle things? Don't know. He should have been told they were incompetent losers who would pass the buck and give him the blame for their failures. Still, he was the guy who told the gov. to order evacuation, but she had no plan to do so even though everyone knew this would be a problem, for decades. And the mayor - forget it - what a pathetic grandstanding, alligator-tears, manipulative schmuck who evades responsibility for his shortcomings and errors like a seasoned politico-sociopath. I'm surprised he didn't bring out a dead puppy or dead ma or drowned grandma to the cameras, to emotionally strong-arm people in an amateur political way in a pathetic effort to save his political life. Who took care of 9-11? Guiliani and Pataki. Who has taken care of all of the hurricanes in Fla? Jeb. What is the purpose of local and state govts, if not to protect their folks? Hello. Well, I guess this isn't New York City. It's Amateur Hour. No local heroes here - too bad. They had their chance-of-a-lifetime to be national heroes instead of whining crybabies, and they flunked the test of life. And they know it, too - hence their immature blaming to conceal their shame: that's usually what blaming is all about. Well, the nation is now on the job, and those local "officials" should get out of the way and hide themselves in disgrace. Including the NO sleazebag cops and sleazebag politicians. Get out of the way. The grown-ups are arriving, now that these people have made a mockery of the concept of federalism and the notion of state and local responsibility. Because of local corrupt politics and idiot politicians, it is Bush's, and OUR, problem now.
But fear not - we will pick up the slack. For donations, we still prefer the Salvation Army - always first to arrive and last to leave. Still annoyed with the Red Cross. The $ is flowing in like a hurricane's flood. $5 or $100 - it all helps people, regardless of their characters.
And thanks, Editor Bird Dog, for unleashing me. You may need to kennel me up when you return, with a good whack with a newspaper, if you get any of them anymore.
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Re "no plan" - the plan for evacuating New Orleans exists, and is even on the web - but the mayor and governor seem to have ignored it and be making stuff up on the fly. EG, the plan calls for using city buses and school buses, and advising people by radio and TV to gather at intersections for the buses: instead, the transit authority was closed and no effort made to do anything with the school buses. Indeed, no effort at evacuation of those who do not own cars/trucks/whatever seems to have even been suggested (except by Bush, Aug 28!) until after flooding.
#1 John Anderson on 2005-09-03 17:04
A fine rant, and true. It is unconscionable that there was so little preparedness and/or follow-through on the local level despite so much warning. And yet even the best preparation (as I wrote in my post) isn't going to be able to cope with a disaster on this magnitude. Although we wish everything could always be under control, it's can't be, even with the best-laid plans--and these were not the best-laid plans.
Uh, "immature blame game" N.J.? Take a read back through this entry, plus your earlier endorsement of the "blame-the-victims" logic.
#3 Anonymous on 2005-09-03 20:43
Yes, sometimes you must blame victims, when they are victims of their own poor judgement and lousy choices. Being a "victim" does not confer nobility or any other specialness. On the other hand, the mayor and the gov. showed no leadership or competence whatsoever. But (on the third hand), it's a tragedy and a mess, and would be, regardless.
#3.1 news junkie on 2005-09-04 09:07
So true. Bad luck and/or bad choices confer no privilege. But they do deserve Christian compassion and help.
#3.1.1 anonymous on 2005-09-04 09:56
I grew up in Huey Long's home town, a very poor north Louisiana area. Huey was a populist turned socialist (Every Man a King).
He instituted the severance taxes on Louisiana's natural resources: oil, natural gas, salt, and sulphur. His constantly expounded political pitch was, "Why shouldn't Rockefeller's Standard Oil pay for our schools, health care, text books, and a clothing allowance." He built New Orleans's Charity Hospital, then the largest in the world, to provide free medical care and to employ the blacks, who always backed him politically. Real estate taxes, which in most states support the local schools, were almost non-existent, because everything came to local communities from the state government, courtesy of the severance taxes.
The ethos of the state, particularly in the southern, river delta half, became entirely one of "eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die." New Orleans was a great commercial city (the south's largest and richest as recently as 1945) that rebounded swiftly from the devastating 1927 Mississippi River flood. The self-reliance of that day is long gone.
You really nailed the political approach to the world. Pure manipulation and a world of lies and deception. Disgusting. Good rant - made me feel much better. Thanks.
#5 Anon. on 2005-09-04 10:01
Sadly true. Watch the Bush-bashers try this one in an effort to nail his pelt to the barn wall - nothing else has worked. And your take on small-time politicians, or big-time for that matter - is right on. But it's not "news." Everyone knows this. And I like Brewton's comments.
#6 Tim C. on 2005-09-04 10:06
Crybabies is right. If they make you feel sorry for them, they divert you from their failures. It's a classic maneuver of the weak. Next thing you know, they're on top of you. Thanks for having the courage to tell it like it is.
#7 Jim Wilkinson on 2005-09-04 10:12
Hahaha. Very funny and pointed, too. We have a local (town) politician out here who won't show up anywhere without his dog. He's a dumb a-hole, but everybody likes dogs.
#8 Cape Cod Girl on 2005-09-04 10:46
Nice try, News J., to let Georgie off the hook - but he goes down on impeachment, this time, for being off duty and for abandoning his post while Americans died. The buck stops here, right? We got him this time.
#9 A Happy Bush Basher on 2005-09-04 11:09
So I guess GW should have driven the busses instead of leaving them in the flood. But he was too busy gloating over the deaths, right? And cashing his checks from his oil investments, right? Maybe Bush should have been Mayor, eh? Well, now he is, and Governor of LA too.
#9.1 Jim Wikinson on 2005-09-04 12:30
Nice try, JW. Try this: "Bush golfed while New Orleans burned." Like that?
#9.1.1 Happy Bush Basher on 2005-09-04 12:39
Hey, JW. You couldn't answer that one, could you? Or are you too busy golfing too today, while people die? You Repub hypocrite scumbag.
#220.127.116.11 A Happy Bush Basher on 2005-09-05 09:20
Good post. All true. They needed a Guiliana, but they had a crybaby. The Bush-haters will run this one like every other one, but I'd like to see the admin defend themselves once in a while, in a spirited manner.
#10 Amy L. on 2005-09-04 16:27
Nice blog. Good variety.
#11 Carol S. on 2005-09-05 07:49
You got it. Federalism fails when local governments fail. A damn shame, and an embarassment to Louisiana and the so-called govt of NO.
#12 Tom B. on 2005-09-05 09:02
Funny piece. Nice blog, too. Can;t tell what your blog is, but you gave your News Junkie a whack today. We are in NH, and your view of the local pols is so on-target. They tend to be losers who cannot do much in life and are looking to make a name for themselves, but once in a while we get good people who are doing the noblesse-oblige routine and are incorruptible. Problem is, they are arrogant as hell. The others are just sleaze, usually local realtors or insurance guys and the like who do it with the schmooze. No-one who works in Boston - they have bigger fish to fry. Gotta go and golf now - haha. Another Repub golfer - man, aren't we EVIL?
#13 Prime Tee Time on 2005-09-05 09:31
Hey, PTT: Please do not vote. Never, OK? You f-ing weenie.
#13.1 Happy Bush Basher on 2005-09-05 10:59
Got to you via a link. This Bush-Basher is one of those mosquitoes. Ignore them.
Hey, local politics here is as dumb as it is there. I tried to get involved when our family moved here from Worcester MA but you better play ball or they will kill you, literally or politically. They are all about the local game and $ and contracts and real estate and small-time power and could care less about principles, no matter what BS they feed you - and they do feed you BS, endlessly, and flattery and opportunities that never quite work out. You wouldn't believe it, but we have Mafia-types here, which we did not have in my area of MA. Mostly moved from from NY, NJ and CT area, but now they jump into in local politics down here and make pals with the cops and the pols, wine and dine them, and impress them with their invisible powers from New Jersey and NY, etc. You would not believe what they will do...girls, etc. Favors, drugs, too, I suspect. So I gave up on it in disgust even though I was valued in MA as an articulate and rational person - cute, too! With excellent Fortune 100 resume and managerial experience, minimal ideology - although Republican in name - , time and energy to use, and with very cute kids. My husband thinks I was a jerk to even try. He's a senior executive and got moved down here. He says "Get a life." I will! Nice informative blog - will bookmark it. Bless you all at The Farm!
#14 Anonymous on 2005-09-05 13:56
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
You sound like a wonderful person.
God bless you too.
#14.1 the news junkie on 2005-09-05 14:32
Hey, Bush-Basher -
Fu.. off unless you have some facts and some info. Jeez. We are a civil blog. Or intend to be. I forget. Which planet did you arrive from?
#15 Bird Dog on 2005-09-05 14:47
Carefully anonymous, from above, but I should add that I am living now somewhere in Arizona. FYI. And thanks for the thanks...and the good wishes. You are good people - I can just tell.
#16 Anonymous on 2005-09-05 14:52
Hey, "Anonymous" - you self-congratulating probably-WASP privileged Country Club Ivy League political loser - you obviously do not understand the drive and motive of the dirty-hands underclass that has been excluded from the politcal process for years, and needs social and political justice, at any cost. Get out of the way, and stop with the anti-Italian thing which is pure racism and I do not care to be pegged with that Mafia deal and that Arizona shit just because I am from Providence and have a name that ends in a vowel. I know you were takling about me, but you didn't leave an email, did you? For me to reply? Yes I have friends but everyone does and we have done a good job with politics in RI esp with the unions, while you Repubs would rather have us all back in Sicily, and the blacks back in Africa too. OK Your Bush puts in Hispanics and mexicans who have no business being in the USA anyway but how many Italians? We make it on our own, any way we can. And you fancy Repubs make me sick with that sickening altruism and that "I have time" BS. We will win, and your Bush-scum people will go down and your clubs too and also your Praise Jesus shit and your educated manners etc. Viva Italia and viva the Democratic Party and Viva Chavez and to hell with you Mggies Farm Rehnquist-Roberts superior assholes. We will win, because we want it and need it more than you do and we can outlast you and, guess what, we have bigger families....and you have bigger liars.
#16.1 Happy Bush Basher on 2005-09-05 16:49
Yes, very excluded, like Rudy Guiliani, right? Currently in the lead for the Repub nomination for Pres.
Gimme a break, and get off our bandwidth and find another blog to pester with your pathetic game. Please? Or Bird Dog will block your posts. Better yet, find something to DO!
#17 news junkie on 2005-09-05 17:13
and how did I forget SCALIA?
#17.1 news junkie on 2005-09-05 17:16
what's wrong with me? why am I responding to this moron? Enough. Done.
#17.1.1 news junkie on 2005-09-05 17:32
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