Archive for September, 2005

Will Blanco pay the fiddler?

Monday, September 19th, 2005

There’s at least one guy who thinks she should. He setup an ImpeachBlanco site. Somebody needs to figure out EXACTLY what happened in the days leading up to the storm. They could have evacuated the entire city but for some reason they didn’t. Sorry Mayor Nagin, when you say you didn’t have bus drivers you are either lieing or are confused. See, those us drivers WORK FOR YOU sir. So either they all quit en masse or your are alittle confused.

Have you forgotten?

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

It is a real shame that shows like Inside 9/11 have to be shown to remind Americans of the enemy we face. It’s a shame that we allow ourselves to be dilluded by the political bullcrap that takes place in Washington and Frankfort and forget that almost 3000 Americans were killed in 3 hours one morning not to long ago.

Here in Kentucky the media focuses on the latest bumbling by our Governor, the latest news from the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky football camps, and the latest news of the American dead from the battlefield. The last one is almost unforgivable because we never hear of the good being done in the cities and countries that have been liberated by these fallen heroes.

As I write this I have friends in Iraq, Afghanistan, places in depths of the ocean onboard Submarines, and places high above being the eyes behind satelites. All of these people are out there serving YOU dear reader. Whatever your political beliefs. Regardless of whether you would love to see something bad happen to America so your political fortunes rise. Regardless of whether you believe President Bush is evil. Regardless if you cheer while Israeli settlers weep as they are torn form their homes in Gaza. My friends, brothers and sisters in arms, serve and protect you even though you are offering nothing to them in the way of support. My friends, brothers and sisters in arms, die for you while you wave your “BusHitler” and “Talk to Cindy” signs.

Have you forgotten what these animals can do?

Nick Berg

Have you forgotten what they made our neighbors endure?

Trapped

Have you forgotten?

FEMA thefts

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

While this has a serious side to it, there’s a quote in the article that made me burst out laughing.

Some badges, uniforms, and letterhead was stolen and is now being used by self described “FEMA Procurement Agents” to rob people. Sometimes these people are armed. And then this…

FEMA officials said that if an armed person claiming to be from the agency approaches you, ask for photo identification, but also cooperate with their demands to avoid being hurt.

Uh…yeah…”Excuse me gun wielding badguy, can I see some photo ID?”

Sean Penn to the rescue!

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

Sean Penn bailing his boat out

I’m sure he meant well…what with his photographer in tow and all…

With the boat loaded with members of Penn’s entourage, including a personal photographer, one bystander taunted the actor: “How are you going to get any people in that thing?”

ROTFLMAO!

Buses

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

Flooded buses in New Orleans

So we have 205 buses with a maximum of 77 and a minimum of 47(hard to tell the size of the buses in the picture. The guess on the seating of these buses come from a Blue Bird Floorplan). Let’s assume 1(ONE) evacuation trip for each of these flooded buses.

Maximum of 15,785 additional lives saved from last week’s nightmare.
Minimum of 9,635 additional lives saved from last week’s nightmare.

While the Blame Game rages on I just wanted to provide alittle math for Mayor Nagin to chew on.

Okay. All sniping aside. I’m not sure ANYONE could concieve a plan to deal with what happened in New Orleans. As Commissioner Keane said after the 9/11 (C)Omission investigation, “This was a failure of imagination.” to a point. The flooding of the city has been talked about for a very long time but all the research in the world can’t predict what WILL happen when the event actually takes place. The concept of “Biblical Proportions” has been kicked around. Not sure I’d go quite that far…I mean the standard for floods in the “Biblical Proportions” category was alittle deeper and far ranging. This flood was unprecedented and turned an overnight stay in a confined space(superdome, convention center) into a week long stay. There is NO ONE who could have predicted that and had anyone predicted it they would’ve been asked, “where are we going to put that much food, water, diapers, meds, etc…”.

What someone could have, and in fact DID, do was setup an evacuation plan. Either that plan failed, wasn’t thought through properly, or wasn’t implemented properly. While I will not condone, tolerate, or take part in the Blame Game surrounding the events AFTER the Hurricane, I do believe that some hard questions have to be asked about the way the PRE Hurricane activities were carried out.

Questions like why did it take a call from President Bush to get Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin to order a mandatory evacuation from New Orleans? That call was placed sometime either late Saturday, Aug27 or very early Sunday, Aug28. My big question here is with this threat being out there forever, with the fact that a flooded New Orleans was a VERY VERY REAL threat from a hurricane, why in the WORLD did Governor Blanco NOT do this earlier so…as she says in the article:

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

“There doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight,” Blanco said.

She said Interstate 10, which was converted Saturday so that all lanes headed one-way out of town, was total gridlock.

[H/T: Glenn]