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  •  Agreed! (4.00)
    Perhaps I'm too cynical, but New Orleans is a very Democratic city. If a disaster of this magnitude had happened in, say, Salt Lake City, I doubt FEMA would be obstructing relief efforts.

    Thwarting the forces of conservatism since 1978.

    by wiscmass on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 01:11:38 PM PDT

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    •  Disagreed! (none)
      Do not underestimate the power of incompetence. These guys didn't plan anything. Talking and walking tough comes natural to them, because they believe that making the sale by posturing is the only way to go. Like salesmen without real talents. Haven't you listen to the press conferences on CNN. They run like a smart ass kids oral report. No preparation so they just wingit. Pat each other on the back and praise themselves and those around them. If these guys were for real they wouldn't have to spend ten minutes out of eleven praising themselves and one minute delivering actual information. This was a complete surprise to the brass of FEMA. Any kid who has watched Discovery channel documents of impending doom to NOLA by the way of a hurricane could have given a better situation assesment than these jokers. I'm living in Finland and guys on the street give better analysis of the situation and all the implications than what you get from the WH and FEMA fools on the TV.
      •  Incompetence does not explain... (4.00)
        ...the pro-active efforts to block others from providing aid.

        I've got blisters on my fingers!

        by Elwood Dowd on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 02:40:44 PM PDT

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      •  The one thing FEMA got right. (none)
        This was a complete surprise to the brass of FEMA.

        If only the brass of FEMA would have read FEMA's own reports. Indeed, this report looks like the only thing FEMA got right.

        A former official in the Clinton administration, Sydney Blumenthal, has written in Der Spiegel: "In early 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a report stating that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the US, including a terrorist attack on New York City.

        How many people would still be alive had the leaders of FEMA, with appropriate backing from the White House, acted on this report? Imagine how different things could have been. Or maybe just look elsewhere in the world.

        Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died.

        "You can't talk to the ignorant about lies, since they have no criteria." --Ezra Pound

        by machopicasso on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 02:43:41 PM PDT

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      •  Off Topic - Speaking of Walking Tough (none)
        Remember, all of the photos and video of Bush prior to the 2004 election with his arms out from his body as if he were ready to quick draw on someone.  I always thought his walk and stances were unnatural and staged but with all of the video footage of him at his ranch during his vacation (and over the last 6 months) including his visits to LA and MS, I have not seen the phony stances.

        Of course, all of his stances are phony.

        NSARE - National Struggle Against Republican Extremism

        by B obby Boucher on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 03:11:35 PM PDT

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      •  See my comment for another take on (none)
        the politics of FEMA and the GOP:

        Is it FEMA? or Karl Rove?

      •  Why did Bush defund the levee project then? (none)
        Clinton had started the project to build up the levees in 1995. Not only did Bush give away wetlands to business that were protecting new Orleans, he defunded the levee project and used the money for his Iraq disaster. I think they got what they wanted in Iraq and they got what theyy wanted in New Orleans. Rove has ordered the Republicans to all say it was the fault of the Democrats and I saw a poll that showed more people blamed the Mayor and Governor than blamed Bush. If you don't think Rove's ploy will work, then explain how Cheney's friends at Enron destroyed California's economyy, so the Democratic governor had to be unprecedentedly taken out mid-term and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. I've also seen trolls on other sites writing that the Mayor should go to jail! They want to Halliburtonize New Orleans and make it nice and Christian and white.

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