Thursday, September 08, 2005

Repeated Lies Against Louisiana Governor.

The GOP smear campaign against local Louisiana officials have begun, in order to shift the blame from the doorstep of the White House. The Washington Post reported last Sunday that according to “[a] senior Bush [administration] official” said that “[a]s of Saturday [September 3rd], [Louisiana Gov. Kathleen] Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency. That, of course, is a lie, as Blanco had declared a state of emergency more than a week prior, before the storm hit, and sent it, in writing, to President Bush.

The Washington Post did issue a correction, but failed to acknowledge that the correction had to be issued because a protected source in the Bush administration had purposely mislead the Post, who was providing information that did not in any way warrant to source not to be identified.

Additionally, Newsweek falsely suggested the same thing, reporting that “Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco seemed uncertain and sluggish, hesitant to declare martial law or a state of emergency, which would have opened the door to more Pentagon help.” on page 5 of the story “The Lost City.” To date, Newsweek has not issued a correction of this, but did issue another correction having claimed that Bush first flew over the disaster area on Tuesday, August 30th, when in fact he had not done so until the next day.

Finally, Bill O’Reilly falsely claimed that Governor Blanco “failed to ask for more [National Guard] troops from the feds, knowing she only had about 6,000 to control a city of 1.3 million” and that “[i]t was not until Wednesday, August 31st, three days after the storm hit, that Blanco admitted she didn't have enough security in the city.” In fact, Blanco had requested on August 26th that DOD command centers be set up, followed by an August 28th request from the National Guard Bureau to send in additional security forces. Additionally, the Associated Press reported that Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico offered Blanco additional National Guard troops, which Blanco accepted. However, the paperwork needed to get the New Mexico National Guard into Louisiana was delayed in Washington for five days.

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Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Just to keep your readers well informed I thought this would help keep you fair and balanced....again you can thank me later.

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Don't Blame Bush for Katrina
Christopher Ruddy
Monday, Sept. 5, 2005
George Bush and the federal government are not to blame for the disaster we have witnessed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In fact, the primary responsibility for the disaster response lies with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and other local officials.


Yet leading Democrats and their allies in the major media are clearly using this disaster for political purposes and ignoring one obvious fact.

This fact – which needs to be repeated and remembered – is that in our country, state and local governments have primary responsibility in dealing with local disasters.


The founding fathers devised a federal system of government – one that has served us remarkably well through great disasters that have befallen America over more than two centuries.


But if we believe the major TV networks, George Bush, FEMA and the Republicans in Congress are all to blame for the current nightmare.


Let's remember that FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was created only in 1979. It was formed to coordinate and focus federal response to major disasters – to "assist" local and state governments.


Common sense suggests that local and state governments are best able to prepare and plan for local disasters.


Is a Washington bureaucrat better suited to prepare for an earthquake in San Francisco, a hurricane in Florida, or a terrorist act in New York?


After the Sept. 11 attacks against the World Trade Center, no one suggested that the Bush administration should have been responsible for New York's disaster response or that federal agents should have been involved in the rescue of those trapped in the buildings.


Last year, four major hurricanes slammed into Florida. Governor Jeb Bush led the disaster response and did a remarkable job, with nothing happening like what we have seen in New Orleans.=========>On a personal note having been in Florida during that time we didn't have even one-tenth of the chaos.(miamimiami)

The primary response in disasters has always come from local communities and state governments.


First responders and the manpower to deal with emergencies come from local communities: police, fire and medical. Under our federal system, these local departments answer to local authorities, not those in Washington. These first responders are not even under federal control, nor do they have to follow federal orders.


In addition to local responders, every state in the Union has a National Guard.


State National Guards answer first to the governor of each state, not to the president. The National Guard exists not to defend one state from an invasion by another state, but primarily for emergencies like the one we have witnessed in New Orleans and in other areas impacted by Katrina. (See: http://www.arng.army.mil/about_us/organization/command_structure.asp)



Tim Russert and the Blame Game


The media would have you believe that this disaster was worsened by a slow response from President Bush and his administration, though the primary responsibility for disaster response has always been with local and state governments.


It is true that federal response was not as fast as it could have been. The president himself has acknowledged that fact.


But the press has focused on the first 48 hours of federal response, not uttering a word about the fact that New Orleans had 48 hours of warning that a major Category 4 or 5 would make landfall near the city, yet local officials apparently did little to prepare.

Obviously, Gov. Blanco did not effectively deploy her state's National Guard.

And New Orleans' city leaders did almost nothing to evacuate the portion of the population with no transportation. In failing to follow their own evacuation plan, these officials did little to pre-position food, water and personnel to deal with the aftermath.


I was surprised Sunday to watch Tim Russert, on his show "Meet the Press," tear into Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff. During his encounter with Chertoff, Russert did not suggest once that local government had any role in dealing with the disaster. Russert also asked for Chertoff's resignation.


It wasn't until after the first 29 minutes of his show – 29 minutes – that Russert raised the question of local responsibility. And when he did so with Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, he did so in a passing way. Broussard brushed off his question with a non-answer.


Broussard began his interview claiming that the nation had "abandoned" New Orleans.


That is nonsense and a lie.


Broussard, who was never identified by "Meet the Press" as a Democrat, spent much of his time attacking the Bush administration, as has Democratic New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.


Broussard then ended his performance as he collapsed in tears with a demand: "For God's sake, just shut up and send us somebody!"


His tears didn't wash with me. My sympathies lie with the tens of thousands of people who have suffered or died because local officials like Broussard, Mayor Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco, also a Democrat, failed monumentally at their jobs.


As former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial told Russert, the disaster in New Orleans was "foreseeable."


In fact, New Orleans has long known that such a disaster could take place if a major hurricane hit the city.


The municipality even prepared its own "City of New Orleans Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan."


The plan makes it evident that New Orleans knew that evacuation of the civilian population was the primary responsibility of the city – not the federal government.


The city plan acknowledges its responsibility in the document:


>>>As established by the City of New Orleans Charter, the government has jurisdiction and responsibility in disaster response. City government shall coordinate its efforts through the Office of Emergency Preparedness.<<<


The city document also makes clear that decisions involving a proper and orderly evacuation lie with the governor, mayor and local authorities. Nowhere is the president or federal government even mentioned:



>>>The authority to order the evacuation of residents threatened by an approaching hurricane is conferred to the Governor by Louisiana Statute. The Governor is granted the power to direct and compel the evacuation of all or part of the population from a stricken or threatened area within the State, if he deems this action necessary for the preservation of life or other disaster mitigation, response or recovery. The same power to order an evacuation conferred upon the Governor is also delegated to each political subdivision of the State by Executive Order. This authority empowers the chief elected official of New Orleans, the Mayor of New Orleans, to order the evacuation of the parish residents threatened by an approaching hurricane.<<<



It is clear the city also recognized that it would need to move large portions of its population, and it would need to prepare for such an eventuality:


>>>The City of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas. Those evacuated will be directed to temporary sheltering and feeding facilities as needed. When specific routes of progress are required, evacuees will be directed to those routes. Special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves or who require specific life saving assistance. Additional personnel will be recruited to assist in evacuation procedures as needed. ...<<<

Evacuation procedures for small scale and localized evacuations are conducted per the SOPs of the New Orleans Fire Department and the New Orleans Police Department. However, due to the sheer size and number of persons to be evacuated, should a major tropical weather system or other catastrophic event threaten or impact the area, specifically directed long range planning and coordination of resources and responsibilities efforts must be undertaken. [You can read New Orleans' Emergency Plan for hurricanes at its Web site: http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx?portal=46&tabid=26]


The city's plan also specifically called for the use of city-owned buses and school buses to evacuate the population. These were apparently never deployed, though the Parish of Plaquemines just south of the city evacuated its population using school buses.


The plan, written well before Katrina was even a teardrop in God's eye, was obviously never heeded or implemented by local leaders.


But why should the New Orleans mayor and Governor Blanco take responsibility when they can blame George Bush and the Republicans in Washington?


With congressional elections fast approaching, Democrats who are out of power in every branch of the federal government know they need to change the tide quickly.


They have apparently seized on the Katrina disaster to harm the president politically.


Criticism of the federal government's response is fair and warranted. But putting full responsibility for this disaster on the Bush administration is way over the top.

Primary responsibility for this disaster remains with local officials like Nagin and Blanco, not President Bush.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Miami,
Don’t you find it funny that you reich wingers debate FACTS with OPINION, including inane distortions, if not outright lies?

“the primary responsibility for the disaster response lies with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and other local officials.”
What evidence does he offer to prove this? He doesn’t until several paragraphs later in the piece…which I’ll get to.

“Yet leading Democrats and their allies in the major media are clearly using this disaster for political purposes and ignoring one obvious fact.”
No, nearly everyone except Bush apologists are asking why Bush left thousands of American to die.

“This fact – which needs to be repeated and remembered – is that in our country, state and local governments have primary responsibility in dealing with local disasters.”
Unless that system is undone by declaring a STATE OF EMERGENCY.

“The founding fathers devised a federal system of government – one that has served us remarkably well through great disasters that have befallen America over more than two centuries.”
And one that has survived because the FEDERAL government stepped in when needed.

“But if we believe the major TV networks, George Bush, FEMA and the Republicans in Congress are all to blame for the current nightmare.”
I haven’t seen ANYONE blame the Republicans in Congress, with the exception of a single caller into C-Span’s morning call-in show The Washington Journal. She blamed Congress for the disaster…and she identified herself as a Republican.

“Let's remember that FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was created only in 1979. It was formed to coordinate and focus federal response to major disasters – to "assist" local and state governments.”
Yes, to assist local and state governments in disasters that they do not have the resources to handle. Duh.

“Common sense suggests that local and state governments are best able to prepare and plan for local disasters.”
Except in cases where 80% of your first responders have already been evacuated. Gee, aren’t we seeing the PURPOSE of FEMA here?

“Is a Washington bureaucrat better suited to prepare for an earthquake in San Francisco, a hurricane in Florida, or a terrorist act in New York?”
Apparently not, when it comes to Michael Brown. Of course his qualifications for the job was that he was the former head of the Arabian International Horse Association. He spent ONE YEAR investigating if one mare had liposuction on his buttocks. I wish I was making this up. And Brown? He was asked to RESIGN from that the AIHA.

“After the Sept. 11 attacks against the World Trade Center, no one suggested that the Bush administration should have been responsible for New York's disaster response or that federal agents should have been involved in the rescue of those trapped in the buildings.”
The difference between 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina was that NYC had all it’s resources on-hand to deal with the situation. And 9/11? Bush declared a state of emergency then too.

“Last year, four major hurricanes slammed into Florida. Governor Jeb Bush led the disaster response and did a remarkable job, with nothing happening like what we have seen in New Orleans.”=========>On a personal note having been in Florida during that time we didn't have even one-tenth of the chaos.(miamimiami)
It’s interesting that you should note this Miami, as I will be posting a story about this later today. Stay tuned!

“The primary response in disasters has always come from local communities and state governments.”
Until a STATE OF EMERGENCY is declared. Duh.

“First responders and the manpower to deal with emergencies come from local communities: police, fire and medical. Under our federal system, these local departments answer to local authorities, not those in Washington. These first responders are not even under federal control, nor do they have to follow federal orders.”
Unless a STATE OF EMERGENCY IS DECLARED. DUH.

“In addition to local responders, every state in the Union has a National Guard.”
True, and Jefferson set it up that way so that we wouldn’t have a standing army during times of peace. That’s what the 3rd amendment of the constitution is all about, although he had to compromise on the wording of it.

“State National Guards answer first to the governor of each state, not to the president. The National Guard exists not to defend one state from an invasion by another state, but primarily for emergencies like the one we have witnessed in New Orleans and in other areas impacted by Katrina. (See: http://www.arng.army.mil/about_us/organization/command_structure.asp)”
And the Louisiana’s National Guard’s high water equipment is in….drum roll please…Iraq.

“The media would have you believe that this disaster was worsened by a slow response from President Bush and his administration, though the primary responsibility for disaster response has always been with local and state governments.”
The disaster has horribly worsened by Bush’s slow response, as I have repeated demonstrated on this blog.

“It is true that federal response was not as fast as it could have been. The president himself has acknowledged that fact.”
Unless I missed something, that is a boldface lie. Bush said that the results were “unacceptable”, and that’s about it. He later said of the FEMA Director, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

“But the press has focused on the first 48 hours of federal response, not uttering a word about the fact that New Orleans had 48 hours of warning that a major Category 4 or 5 would make landfall near the city, yet local officials apparently did little to prepare.”
What? What? What? What? What? WHAT? WHAT?!?!?!??!?!?!?
FACT: Mayor Nagin ordered a MANDATORY EVACUATION of the city before the storm hit.
FACT: Governor Blanco ordered a STATE OF EMERGENCY for the state of Louisiana, and the Bush administration acknowledged it and declared one as well.
FACT: the local officials opened up BOTH LANES of the interstate to get as many people out of town as possible.
FACT: Governor Blanco accepted New Mexico’s governor offer of additional National Guard troops, which the White House SAT ON for FIVE DAYS.
If that is “little” then what the hell else are they supposed to do?

“Obviously, Gov. Blanco did not effectively deploy her state's National Guard.”
She COULDN’T effectively deploy her state’s national guard because all of their high water equipment IS IN IRAQ!

“And New Orleans' city leaders did almost nothing to evacuate the portion of the population with no transportation. In failing to follow their own evacuation plan, these officials did little to pre-position food, water and personnel to deal with the aftermath.”
No, they did nothing. Except of course, Nagin asked FEMA to bring down several AMTRAK trains to get those people out of there. What was FEMA’s response? NOTHING.

“I was surprised Sunday to watch Tim Russert, on his show "Meet the Press," tear into Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff. During his encounter with Chertoff, Russert did not suggest once that local government had any role in dealing with the disaster. Russert also asked for Chertoff's resignation.”
THIS IS SUCH COMPLETE BULLSHIT. Is Russert to ask the head of HOMELAND SECURITY what the LOCAL RESPONSE was, or was he to ask the head of HOMELAND SECURITY what HOMELAND SECURITY’S response was?

“It wasn't until after the first 29 minutes of his show – 29 minutes – that Russert raised the question of local responsibility.”
THAT’S BECAUSE BROUSSARD WASN’T ON DURING THE FIRST 29 MINUTES YOU MOTHERFUCKER!

“And when he did so with Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, he did so in a passing way. Broussard brushed off his question with a non-answer. Broussard began his interview claiming that the nation had "abandoned" New Orleans. That is nonsense and a lie.”
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Russert asked in a “passing way?” Let’s see HOW Russert asked, in a “passing way”.

THE TRANSCRIPT:

MR. RUSSERT: Hold on. Hold on, sir. Shouldn't the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of New Orleans bear some responsibility? Couldn't they have been much more forceful, much more effective and much more organized in evacuating the area?

Wow, Russert just GLOSSED over it, didn’t he? And here’s the most outrageous bunch of crap yet in this piece. “Broussard brushed off his question with a non-answer.” Let’s go the TRANSCRIPT.

MR. BROUSSARD: Sir, they were told like me, every single day, "The cavalry's coming," on a federal level, "The cavalry's coming, the cavalry's coming, the cavalry's coming." I have just begun to hear the hoofs of the cavalry. The cavalry's still not here yet, but I've begun to hear the hoofs, and we're almost a week out.

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.
But I want to thank Governor Blanco for all she's done and all her leadership. She sent in the National Guard. I just repaired a breach on my side of the 17th Street canal that the secretary didn't foresee, a 300-foot breach. I just completed it yesterday with convoys of National Guard and local parish workers and levee board people. It took us two and a half days working 24/7. I just closed it.

What? It sounds like the locals not only had to fight the aftermath of the hurricane without ANY HELP, but they had to FIGHT FEMA FROM IMPEDING THEIR EFFORTS. FEMA was not only SLOW, but ACTIVELY PREVENTED THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS FROM GETTING FOOD AND WATER. The jackass continues…

“Broussard, who was never identified by "Meet the Press" as a Democrat, spent much of his time attacking the Bush administration, as has Democratic New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.”
Um, unless I’m mistaken, Nagin wasn’t on Meet the Press. And SO THE FUCK WHAT that Russert didn’t say Broussard wasn’t a Democrat? Is he suggesting that the only people anyone is to listen to are Republicans? Guess what? Russert didn’t identify Chertoff as a Republican either, much less Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi. So what?

“Broussard then ended his performance as he collapsed in tears with a demand: "For God's sake, just shut up and send us somebody!" His tears didn't wash with me. My sympathies lie with the tens of thousands of people who have suffered or died because local officials like Broussard, Mayor Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco, also a Democrat, failed monumentally at their jobs.”
You sorry sick psychopathic son of a bitch. I actually watched Broussard’s “performance” and I guess all I can say is THE EMMY AWARD GOES TO….AGAIN…let’s look at the TRANSCRIPT and see what made Broussard so upset.

MR. BROUSSARD: 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.

By the time Broussard got to his last two sentences here, he was weeping so hard that it was difficult to understand a word he was saying…but everyone knew from the tone in his voice what happened.

I can’t read another word from this sorry piece of shit of a human being. In a just world this motherfucker would be beaten with rocks, taken to the forest, tied to a tree, and be left for the wolves. Miami, don't you EVER put inhuman bullshit like this on here again. At times like this Matthew 25:45 comes into mind.

“‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for the least of my brothers, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment.”

May God have mercy on your sick sorry souls.

9:10 AM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Don’t you find it funny that you reich wingers debate FACTS with OPINION, including inane distortions, if not outright lies?
====>Reich wingers? Wow for a guy who is so supportive of peace you sure sound like a very angry guy....

“the primary responsibility for the disaster response lies with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and other local officials.”
What evidence does he offer to prove this? He doesn’t until several paragraphs later in the piece…which I’ll get to.
=====>Ummm. It's in their own disaster plan that was written long before this hurricane was a tropical disturbance in the Atlantic. But again racism sounds so much more politically expedient doesn't it? And it helps so many people in the process.

“Yet leading Democrats and their allies in the major media are clearly using this disaster for political purposes and ignoring one obvious fact.”
No, nearly everyone except Bush apologists are asking why Bush left thousands of American to die.
=====>Bush did not do that. Here is another fact that you continually overlook.
A.Bush did not cheat in 2000
B. Bush did not lie about WMD's
C. BUsh did not kill anyone
D. Bush didn't cause the levees to break
E. Bush didn't cause the mayor to wait to evacuate people from New Orleans
But again, don't let facts get in the way of a good senseless rant.

“This fact – which needs to be repeated and remembered – is that in our country, state and local governments have primary responsibility in dealing with local disasters.”
Unless that system is undone by declaring a STATE OF EMERGENCY.
=====>Again your lack of local government and emergency response is exacerbated by this stupid statement. A declaration of emergency is used to qualify a local government to receive FEMA funds and aid but it does not relieve them of their primary responsiblity to protect it's citizens. I would know this being an emergency responder and having lived through a few hurricanes including a category 5 storm.

“The founding fathers devised a federal system of government – one that has served us remarkably well through great disasters that have befallen America over more than two centuries.”
And one that has survived because the FEDERAL government stepped in when needed.
=====>Negative, It has survived because the State's rights have, for the most part, been upheld. States are the primary responders in any emergency. Don't believe me? Call 911 for a fire and let me know when the federal government shows up to put it out. On 9/11 it was not the feds that should up and died in the towers.

“But if we believe the major TV networks, George Bush, FEMA and the Republicans in Congress are all to blame for the current nightmare.”
I haven’t seen ANYONE blame the Republicans in Congress, with the exception of a single caller into C-Span’s morning call-in show The Washington Journal. She blamed Congress for the disaster…and she identified herself as a Republican.
======>So kno one has blamed Republicans? You have been doing it for some time now. Sucks to be contradicting yourself all in one sentence.


“Let's remember that FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was created only in 1979. It was formed to coordinate and focus federal response to major disasters – to "assist" local and state governments.”
Yes, to assist local and state governments in disasters that they do not have the resources to handle. Duh.
======>Negative. It was formed under the guise that the local governments would initiate the response and the feds would come in to back them up. That's why FEMA provides grants ahead of time and requires them to submit their plans to them beofore the event of an emergency like a hurricane. In this way FEMA has a head's up of what to expect and what to provide. The problem here is that the plan that was submitted to FEMA wasn't the one that the mayor and governor didn't follow.

“Common sense suggests that local and state governments are best able to prepare and plan for local disasters.”
Except in cases where 80% of your first responders have already been evacuated. Gee, aren’t we seeing the PURPOSE of FEMA here?
=======>When the local government can't the state is supposed to step up and they didn't.


“Is a Washington bureaucrat better suited to prepare for an earthquake in San Francisco, a hurricane in Florida, or a terrorist act in New York?”
Apparently not, when it comes to Michael Brown. Of course his qualifications for the job was that he was the former head of the Arabian International Horse Association. He spent ONE YEAR investigating if one mare had liposuction on his buttocks. I wish I was making this up. And Brown? He was asked to RESIGN from that the AIHA.

=====>Again you missed the point. The feds are not able to handle these emergencis from Washington. I don't care if you have a person that EVERYONE agrees is qualified. They can't do it from Washington. This is why you need qualified people locally to handle the emergency. Simply leaving it up to the feds won't make it.

“After the Sept. 11 attacks against the World Trade Center, no one suggested that the Bush administration should have been responsible for New York's disaster response or that federal agents should have been involved in the rescue of those trapped in the buildings.”
The difference between 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina was that NYC had all it’s resources on-hand to deal with the situation. And 9/11? Bush declared a state of emergency then too.
======>Yes but again you missed the point. The emergency was initially and primarliy handled by the local authorities NOT FEMA. The mayor called in the resoureces locally and made the quick inital steps after it happened. And witrhout prior warning where the mayor had ample time to get those busses to the poor folks and move them.

“Last year, four major hurricanes slammed into Florida. Governor Jeb Bush led the disaster response and did a remarkable job, with nothing happening like what we have seen in New Orleans.”=========>On a personal note having been in Florida during that time we didn't have even one-tenth of the chaos.(miamimiami)
It’s interesting that you should note this Miami, as I will be posting a story about this later today. Stay tuned!
=======>I am waiting with baited breath. But don't take too long because I just got me deployment instructions to leave this weekend to help out with disaster assistance.

“The primary response in disasters has always come from local communities and state governments.”
Until a STATE OF EMERGENCY is declared. Duh.
=======>Duh meaning that you agree or "duh" meaning that you finally get it or what?


“First responders and the manpower to deal with emergencies come from local communities: police, fire and medical. Under our federal system, these local departments answer to local authorities, not those in Washington. These first responders are not even under federal control, nor do they have to follow federal orders.”
Unless a STATE OF EMERGENCY IS DECLARED. DUH.
======>Where do you get this information? How many years have you been in the public response business? Wrong wrong wrong.

“In addition to local responders, every state in the Union has a National Guard.”
True, and Jefferson set it up that way so that we wouldn’t have a standing army during times of peace. That’s what the 3rd amendment of the constitution is all about, although he had to compromise on the wording of it.
====>That amendment does not state that we would not have a standing army during peace time. But I can see how your disgust of the military would lead you to believe that.

“State National Guards answer first to the governor of each state, not to the president. The National Guard exists not to defend one state from an invasion by another state, but primarily for emergencies like the one we have witnessed in New Orleans and in other areas impacted by Katrina. (See: http://www.arng.army.mil/about_us/organization/command_structure.asp)”
And the Louisiana’s National Guard’s high water equipment is in….drum roll please…Iraq.
=====>Drum roll....wrong. Again, Louisiana's national guard is very much still there and they have all the equipment they need.

“The media would have you believe that this disaster was worsened by a slow response from President Bush and his administration, though the primary responsibility for disaster response has always been with local and state governments.”
The disaster has horribly worsened by Bush’s slow response, as I have repeated demonstrated on this blog.
======>What you have demonstrated is your ignornance about the structure and purpose of FEMA. But stick with the "I hate Bush no matter what" thing. It seems to make you feel better i guess.

“It is true that federal response was not as fast as it could have been. The president himself has acknowledged that fact.”
Unless I missed something, that is a boldface lie. Bush said that the results were “unacceptable”, and that’s about it. He later said of the FEMA Director, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”
=====>The president has already stated that he wanted an investigation. And what do you think he meant by "unacceptable?" How is that you interpret this any way but what it is meant to mean?

“But the press has focused on the first 48 hours of federal response, not uttering a word about the fact that New Orleans had 48 hours of warning that a major Category 4 or 5 would make landfall near the city, yet local officials apparently did little to prepare.”
What? What? What? What? What? WHAT? WHAT?!?!?!??!?!?!?
FACT: Mayor Nagin ordered a MANDATORY EVACUATION of the city before the storm hit.
=====>Nagin had a conversation with the President on the Saturday BEFORE the storm where he was urged to evacuate the city of New Orleans. It wasn't unitl later tha Nagin ordered it stating that he had to check to see if he had the authority to order such an evacuation. Truth is that had he read the lwas of the city and their disaster plan he would have already known this.

FACT: Governor Blanco ordered a STATE OF EMERGENCY for the state of Louisiana, and the Bush administration acknowledged it and declared one as well.
======>So how is it that when they ordered everyone who couldn't leave because the busses that could have moved them elsewhere didn't that they didn't provide these people with at least food and water for 48 hours? The evacuees were told to bring their own food and water for 36 hours. That is very hard to do.


FACT: the local officials opened up BOTH LANES of the interstate to get as many people out of town as possible.
======>Again more than enough lanes to bus those people out and away but they decided to stop at the superdome.

FACT: Governor Blanco accepted New Mexico’s governor offer of additional National Guard troops, which the White House SAT ON for FIVE DAYS.
If that is “little” then what the hell else are they supposed to do?
======>The white house doesn't approve national guard deployments the governors do. The national guard is the governor's military.

“Obviously, Gov. Blanco did not effectively deploy her state's National Guard.”
She COULDN’T effectively deploy her state’s national guard because all of their high water equipment IS IN IRAQ!
======>Nice try but that simply isn't the case. What's worse is that i am sure that you knew that before you wrote that makling you that much bigger of a moron.

“And New Orleans' city leaders did almost nothing to evacuate the portion of the population with no transportation. In failing to follow their own evacuation plan, these officials did little to pre-position food, water and personnel to deal with the aftermath.”
No, they did nothing. Except of course, Nagin asked FEMA to bring down several AMTRAK trains to get those people out of there. What was FEMA’s response? NOTHING.
=======>Again you ignore what FEMA's role and what was the mayor's role. But then again he is a black Democrat and the FEMA director is white.

“I was surprised Sunday to watch Tim Russert, on his show "Meet the Press," tear into Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff. During his encounter with Chertoff, Russert did not suggest once that local government had any role in dealing with the disaster. Russert also asked for Chertoff's resignation.”
THIS IS SUCH COMPLETE BULLSHIT. Is Russert to ask the head of HOMELAND SECURITY what the LOCAL RESPONSE was, or was he to ask the head of HOMELAND SECURITY what HOMELAND SECURITY’S response was?
======>It was a complete setup. I think even you can see that.

“It wasn't until after the first 29 minutes of his show – 29 minutes – that Russert raised the question of local responsibility.”
THAT’S BECAUSE BROUSSARD WASN’T ON DURING THE FIRST 29 MINUTES YOU MOTHERFUCKER!
====>Easy easy peacenick. Your anger is starting to cloud your "peacefulness"

“And when he did so with Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard, he did so in a passing way. Broussard brushed off his question with a non-answer. Broussard began his interview claiming that the nation had "abandoned" New Orleans. That is nonsense and a lie.”
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Russert asked in a “passing way?” Let’s see HOW Russert asked, in a “passing way”.

=====>Russert didn't effectively pursue the question in the same manner he did against Chertoff. Typical of NBC.

THE TRANSCRIPT:

MR. RUSSERT: Hold on. Hold on, sir. Shouldn't the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of New Orleans bear some responsibility? Couldn't they have been much more forceful, much more effective and much more organized in evacuating the area?

Wow, Russert just GLOSSED over it, didn’t he? And here’s the most outrageous bunch of crap yet in this piece. “Broussard brushed off his question with a non-answer.” Let’s go the TRANSCRIPT.

MR. BROUSSARD: Sir, they were told like me, every single day, "The cavalry's coming," on a federal level, "The cavalry's coming, the cavalry's coming, the cavalry's coming." I have just begun to hear the hoofs of the cavalry. The cavalry's still not here yet, but I've begun to hear the hoofs, and we're almost a week out.

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.
But I want to thank Governor Blanco for all she's done and all her leadership. She sent in the National Guard. I just repaired a breach on my side of the 17th Street canal that the secretary didn't foresee, a 300-foot breach. I just completed it yesterday with convoys of National Guard and local parish workers and levee board people. It took us two and a half days working 24/7. I just closed it.

What? It sounds like the locals not only had to fight the aftermath of the hurricane without ANY HELP, but they had to FIGHT FEMA FROM IMPEDING THEIR EFFORTS. FEMA was not only SLOW, but ACTIVELY PREVENTED THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS FROM GETTING FOOD AND WATER. The jackass continues…

“Broussard, who was never identified by "Meet the Press" as a Democrat, spent much of his time attacking the Bush administration, as has Democratic New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.”
Um, unless I’m mistaken, Nagin wasn’t on Meet the Press. And SO THE FUCK WHAT that Russert didn’t say Broussard wasn’t a Democrat? Is he suggesting that the only people anyone is to listen to are Republicans? Guess what? Russert didn’t identify Chertoff as a Republican either, much less Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi. So what?

“Broussard then ended his performance as he collapsed in tears with a demand: "For God's sake, just shut up and send us somebody!" His tears didn't wash with me. My sympathies lie with the tens of thousands of people who have suffered or died because local officials like Broussard, Mayor Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco, also a Democrat, failed monumentally at their jobs.”
You sorry sick psychopathic son of a bitch. I actually watched Broussard’s “performance” and I guess all I can say is THE EMMY AWARD GOES TO….AGAIN…let’s look at the TRANSCRIPT and see what made Broussard so upset.

MR. BROUSSARD: 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.

By the time Broussard got to his last two sentences here, he was weeping so hard that it was difficult to understand a word he was saying…but everyone knew from the tone in his voice what happened.

I can’t read another word from this sorry piece of shit of a human being. In a just world this motherfucker would be beaten with rocks, taken to the forest, tied to a tree, and be left for the wolves. Miami, don't you EVER put inhuman bullshit like this on here again. At times like this Matthew 25:45 comes into mind.

“‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for the least of my brothers, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment.”

May God have mercy on your sick sorry souls.




======>Hey asshole let me help you with some facts that may or may not enter you warped racist head. I have lived through several hurricanes including a category 5 which you can't even try to imagine what is like. Even after ANDREW we had to wait for FEMA. But we were smart enough to prepare. We didn't wait for the government to move us. When we hear of a hurricane coming we don't wait for the government to tell us to move and we certainly don't call the government racists when they come to help.

The sad state of affairs is at a time when we ALL need to come together to resolve this human tragedy it's fuckheads like you that only cause divisions. It's assholes like you that only see what's in it for them as far as furthering their political objectives. It's assholes like you that try to make heroes into villians and racists. It's assholes like you that try to separate Americans into backs, whites, red, blue, Republican and Democrat when the rest of us normal folks see Americans. It's assholes like you that are so selfish and so self-centered that the ONLY thing they focus on is how this event can help them prove their politcal ideologies.

What I find most interesting however is that it's assholes like you that aren't there to help. It's assholes like you that criticize the most but t do the least. it's assholes like you that love to point fingers of blame and donate a few dollars but don't do much more than that. It's assholes like you that have no clue what it's like to have ever gone through a Category 5 hurricane and undertsand that it doesn't matter right now about who is a Republican or Democrat. It's assholes like you that l;ove top quote the bible as if they have any room to do such a thing.

Now if you want to quote the Bible to me let's walk the walk asshole. I am on my way to PHYSICALLY be there to help. I am not going as a Republican or a white guy or a Hispanic. I am going as an American. I am sacrificing at least 30-60 days of my life away from the creature comforts or home and family to help. So before you go about quoting scriptures maybe you need to follow the same advice.

May God have mercy on you and forgive you for your tresspasses sir. Your act of trying to divide us now is only proof of your own self-centeredness (if there is such a word) and serves nothing but to feed your own childish ego.

I hope you can sleep at night....


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12:03 PM  
Anonymous charmaine said...

Wasn't it President Harry Truman who said "The buck stops here."? I'm sure he had many faults, but he was at least willing to answer for them himself.

Bush, on the other hand, has neither the character, nor the mental stability, to allow himself to accept blame for anything.

He not only passes what should be his blame to others, but also seems to exist in an alternate reality. The world looks the way he wants it to look. In other words, he's delusional.

This always causes me to wonder about the mental state of his true-believer diehard supporters, as well.

8:39 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Wasn't it President Harry Truman who said "The buck stops here."? I'm sure he had many faults, but he was at least willing to answer for them himself.

Bush, on the other hand, has neither the character, nor the mental stability, to allow himself to accept blame for anything.

He not only passes what should be his blame to others, but also seems to exist in an alternate reality. The world looks the way he wants it to look. In other words, he's delusional.

This always causes me to wonder about the mental state of his true-believer diehard supporters, as well.



=====>Well he took blame for it. You know that feeling that is overcoming you right now? It's the feeling of stupidity.

10:30 PM  

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