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  •  So much for states' rights, huh? (4.00)
    Funny how a federal government comes in handy sometimes!

    "Nature favors the apt, not the strong or the weak." Louis Sullivan

    by Lilibeth on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:36:08 PM PDT

    •  Armando (none)
      It wasn't '2 days ago' - this was just last night. Friday midnight was 24 hrs ago
      •  Explains Witt on the scene (n/t) (none)
        •  Seems the Governor (3.33)
          needs backup. Hiring Witt sounds like the setting up of a shadow gov't since the 'real' one can't fucking handle anything
          •  Nonsense (none)
            and don't buy into the blame game of Fox News, et al, badmouthing the state and local officials.

            The governor has the rest of the state to keep moving forward -- even more important now in such a poor state which has lost its major economic center.

            Witt is an expert, the former director of FEMA when it worked under Clinton, and the governor has made a good hire of a guy who can focus on rescue, relief, and rebuilding of that economic center.

            Or would you have her neglect the rest of her state the way that her major city was neglected by the feds?

            "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

            by Cream City on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:07:47 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think that's true (none)
        Right now it's just past Sunday, midnight. Saturday, midnight was 24 hours ago. Friday, midnight was 48 hours ago.


        "It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them." - Dame Rose Macaulay

        by Zackpunk on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 09:56:30 PM PDT

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      •  Can you please (none)
        explain this away for me? " Louisiana disaster plan, pg 13, para 5 , dated 01/00 'The primary means of hurricane evacuation will be personal vehicles. School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating'..." http://junkyardblog.net/archives/week_2005_08_28.html#004752
    •  Seizing control is absolutely essential ... (4.00)
      The Bush Administration must certainly seize control from the state and local government to reinforce their case that once the President saw how poorly the rescue and evacuation effort was going ... he moved to take action.

      I have heard several Bush administration people say that the President saw how poorly the efforts of the state and the local government were going and personally stepped in to take action.  And notice how after his photo-ops on the scene .. the aid started pouring in?  

      Remember all of those trucks sitting outside New Orleans .. supposedly unable to enter the city b/c of the chaos and anarchy in New Orleans .. well, as the media cameras rolled, in rolled the trucks ... after Bush's photo-ops. Yes, there was President Bush .. taking control .. bringing help to the long-suffering people of New Orleans ... the Presidential Cavalry had arrived. Nevermind that the security situation at that point had not improved. In fact, one could imagine that the security situation would have deterioated over the 2 days that the aid trucks had sit out there on the highway. For two days, the trucks couldn't enter the city b/c of FEMAS's fear of the situation on the ground ... but yet after the President's photo-op ... that fear evaporated and in went the trucks. Then in went the national guard units to restore order.        

      And what were people saying about the relief pouring in after five days? Thank goodness President Bush has taken control. So there you have it ... control is essential to reinforce the case that the President rode to the rescue of New Orleans ... five days later.

      Cynical? No, because that's the reality in this unreal world now. If only this administration had been half as clever and efficient and ruthless in executing an evacuation and rescue plan for the victims of Hurricane Katrina as they are at myth-making after the fiasco.

      •  Do they really think that will fly? (none)
        Bush came in to save the day.  That is truly laughable.  Is that the best they can do?
      •  Then Bush won't be very happy (none)
        with the governor's appointment of Witt, the head of FEMA under Clinton.

        I.e., this appointment keeps NOLA in Dem hands.

        "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

        by Cream City on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:09:21 PM PDT

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      •  This is why we got stories of mayhem and gangs (none)
        The Bush administration could take control away from the state and local governments if they could not manage an insurgency.

        "I don't do quagmires, and my boss doesn't do nuance."

        by SteinL on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:47:26 PM PDT

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      •  three points stop this shite dead in its tracks (none)
        a)  FEMA's own website says

        Preparing America

            In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort.

        b) FEMA had the authorization to do their thing as early as saturday - at least 2 days before katrina hit.  which puts their response time at one week.  and squarely in the "pathetic" column.

        And just as importantly, why are the White House and FEMA now claiming that they had no idea Katrina was going to be this bad when the president declared an emergency in Louisiana last Saturday, two days before the storm even hit?

        Note the specific language from the White House Web site:

            Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

        c) Bush can't have it both ways

        1. Bush, through the director of FEMA, FOX News, and other surrogates, is pushing the spin that the people of New Orleans brought this disaster on themselves by NOT evacuating the city.

        1. But Bush is also pushing the spin that no one could have known the disaster would be THIS BIG, so it's unfair to blame Bush for not preparing adequately for the disaster.

        2. But if no one could have known the disaster would be this big, then why should we have expected people to evacuate the city?

        go americablog!

      •  Their angle will be... (none)
        ... same as it was with 9/11: Bush is a take-charge type of guy.  Like it or despise it, that's the perception out there that got him re-elected.

        They're counting on the fact that people will remember the "taking charge" and not the delay in doing so and the damage caused by the delay.

        Besides, who in the GOP really feels sorry for all those poor people?  

        They ought to just thank God a disaster didn't suddenly hit some ritzy suburbs and trap thousands of wealthy folk before they could escape.

        "I intend to live forever. So far, so good." Steven Wright

        by gsbadj on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 06:26:37 AM PDT

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