Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The truth comes out - slowly

  • When you see a burglar breaking into your neighbor's garage, you don't call the FBI to come and arrest the asshole. You call CPD (or shoot him yourself).
  • When the sewer backs up or the water main breaks, you don't call the Army Corp of Engineers to come and fix it. You call Streets and San (or the aldercreature does).
  • A giant car-eating pothole appears on the Dan Ryan. The trucks that arrive have the IDOT logo, not the seal of the United States government.
LOCAL and STATE authorities handle these problems. Disaster relief works the same way. The FEDS operate from the TOP DOWN, not the BOTTOM UP. Even if every stockpile of water, food and fuel was stacked up and ready to go, FEMA doesn't have trucks parked in every state waiting to distribute aid. That is a LOCAL function. The FEDS deliver massive quantities of supplies to prepositioned depots, usually airports, and the LOCAL authorities arrange distribution. It is assumed that the local authorities will have the buses and trucks fueled up and ready to go, not parked in flood prone parking lots. And yes, the Federal response was slow. It always has been. When has it ever been otherwise? Bush has admitted it was slower than he would have liked, but again, you don't hire the federal government to do things rapidly. That's why private industry always works better, cheaper, and faster.

And the final word (maybe) that we'll say about New Orleans is this (from NOLA.com):
  • "Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor (Nagin) 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." (emphasis added)
The date of this article? 28 August 2005, over 24 hours BEFORE Katrina hit! Or how about this one:
  • City, state and federal emergency officials are preparing to give the poorest of New Orleans' poor a historically blunt message: In the event of a major hurricane, you're on your own. In scripted appearances being recorded now, officials such as Mayor Ray Nagin, local Red Cross Executive Director Kay Wilkins and City Council President Oliver Thomas drive home the word that the city does not have the resources to move out of harm's way an estimated 134,000 people without transportation. (emphasis added)
The date of this article? 24 JULY 2005, over 35 DAYS BEFORE Katrina hit. They never even got the DVD done before hurricane season.

The feds were slow, big deal. The FEMA guidelines call for LOCAL infrastructure to have 3 days food, water, plumbing and fuel ON HAND because the Feds know how slow they are. The people screwing the pooch hardest here are the mayor of New Orleans, the Governor of Louisiana and the local infrastructure. They are complicit in the deaths of countless thousands. End of story.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing supporters of President Bush will never admit whem he makes a mistake. The feds should have done something aloooooong time ago about the levees. It was a screw-up, plain and simple. Can't Bush ever do anything wrong with you guys? It's disgusting. Open your eyes! Bush f***** up.

9/06/2005 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then maybe its Clinton's fault. The levees were there when he was president too. As someone said on another post, this was not the feds problem it was a state and local issue. Everyone knew this could happen. You lived in N.O. at your own risk, just like people in California. Tell me you liberal fool, what other disaster, has any government in this country or any other responded to in such a timely manner(or saved so many). Quit blaming the MAN for everything. Any able bodied person caught in that city should be publicly mocked for their stupidity and charged for the chopper ride out. Bush can and does many things wrong, but this isn't his f'up.

9/06/2005 07:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The hatred for Bush runs so deep that he is personaly held responsable for everything and anything while former pres. Clinton is forgivin everthing common sense and a little insight are lost on the left that's why the next Pres. will be another Republican

9/06/2005 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Bush walked on water tomorrow, the headlines would read "Bush can't Swim." Fuck the media, fuck the democraps, fuck the leftist mentality

9/06/2005 11:04:00 PM  
Anonymous hurricane harbor said...

You may be right- the next P.O.T.U.S. m-i-g-h-t be a Repugnantcon... but odds are he/she could never be as inept as "the Shrub"... this guy governs like Gerry Ford traipsed down a staircase- CLUMSILY!

PLEASE break out some COMPETENT Repub names for 2008... just to make me forget THIS CLOWN! (I'd take GIULIANI R-I-G-H-T freaking NOW compared to this out-of-touch pinhead... he pretty much walked on water after 9/11... GWB ain't never gonna float like that!

9/06/2005 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bush backers,
In my first post I said something should have been done a loooooong time ago about the levees. That would include Democrats too.

The Bush backers however immediaedly start to cry boo hoo, you're picking on the President. Stop drinking the Kool Aid and look at the facts. FEMA messed up big time but the Bush backers think the president is a god.

9/07/2005 01:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Adolph said...

why blame Bush for something that was screwed up hundred years ago when they dyked the Mississsippi.

Blame Roosevelt

9/07/2005 02:01:00 AM  
Anonymous rants in my pants said...

Hey- S.C.C.- Q-U-I-C-K...
(oh- it was you again... s-i-g-h... not again!)
You must really love that darn Dubya! Don't feel bad- all our heroes have feet of clay in the end. With all that water his were bound to get soggy. Oh well- so much for the illusion of free expression and open debate here on this latest "bathroom wall". I guess it's just not "POLITICALLY CORRECT" to criticize the commander-in-thief on your blog. I guess the "P.C. Police" really are everywhere these days- even here! Tsk Tsk Tsk... ;-( Let's see- no extreme profanity, no racial slurs, and no criticism of George W. Bush... anything else? It's even okay if we slam the hell out of each other personally and constantly ream the department and Daley & company, but GWB... heaven forbid! Hell, I may as well just give up, start watching Faux News and just trust in the Crawford Jesus who walks on water... Let us pray! (...for no more rain!...)

9/07/2005 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go rants. These goofs here actually think Bush is a decent fellow. He's the worst president in my life-time. Even worst than Ray-gun. Old Man Bush is a distant third. At least he served his country, unlike his yellow, draft-dodging son.

9/07/2005 07:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Bush boy said...

whats the matter lefty? too scared to sign your name anymore?

9/07/2005 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do agree the federal gov should have responded faster but most of the blame goes to THE STORM shit happens. Remember

9/07/2005 08:51:00 PM  
Blogger 1096 said...

I agree the federal gov. could of responded faster But most of the blame goes to THE STORM. yes a majority of the people who stayed in new orleans were poor should the city and state made plans to get them out? yes. What is the lesson to be learned here GET A JOB BUY A CAR AND YOU CAN LEAVE WHEN YOU WANT!!
P.S. I think the French new that New Orleans was defective (It's below sea level with water above it on three sides) I BLAME FRANCE!
P.P.S. What is the over/under on Tinley parks crime rate going up after welcoming there new residents.

9/07/2005 09:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tinley Park, forget about it. just look at 1300 So. Racine, in 012. Tent City. New victims for the bangers. Lots of new gang recruits, too

9/07/2005 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give em a pack and go to 1440 w. 13th. There are plenty of places to "work"

9/07/2005 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Work gimme a break. The news said that the refugees are here to get their lives back. They have a cot and 2 grand of heiron munny. Their lives are back.

Did ya see boo boo spitting to the ground on wgn? Just what w need... 10,000 more welfare checks for Il.. Makes me wanna puke when they say we lost everything! everything of what?? NOTHING!

9/08/2005 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9/10/2005 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many Bush eaters out there actually have brains? From this site it seems none. Why is it that everytime Bush fucks up, they have to bring up Clinton? Clinton is not the president anymore. You assholes already had 8 years of Clinton bashing. Give it a rest. Focus on the asshole thats running the country into the ground presently. George Bush and his stupid mother ruin this country daily by their words and deeds. Bush lickers open your eyes and get out of the Bushes.

9/10/2005 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you assholes who think that all the victims that you see on TV in New Orleans are poor are truly ignorant people. There are thousands of hard working people who have fled to Chicago and other cities. If your home was underwater and you read some of the comments here on this site, how would you feel? Im sure youre one of the flag waving patriotic assholes who ran to New York on 9/11 and cried with Rudy G. If you can show compassion in that instance then why cant you show it now when it should really be shown? I guess it proves that racists are alive and well in Chicago and the bad thing about it, is that you have a badge.

9/10/2005 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess just to show the douoble standard that exists. The left crucifies Bush for thinks Slick Willy always got away with because slick willy was a democrat.

9/10/2005 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Orleans and Lousiana have both been run by Democrats FOREVER! Just like CHICAGO. For years these political pirates have been stealing money that should have gone to improving the levy, developing evacuation plans, preparing their emergency first responders etc. These political pirates used the police force as a jobs program and social experiment laboratory for feminization and diversity; is it any wonder that 1/3 of these cops walked off the job when it was time to really be a policeman! This is what happens when the people elect pretenders ( like Clinton...RE Somolia). They are good at talk, theft, posturing, patronage, but AWOL when it is time to meet a crisis. Incompetent leadership, cowardly cops, zero planning, handwringing, crying, blame gaming, an orgy of violence and looting. Chicago, don't smirk, don't laugh, instead, consider yourself WARNED!

9/12/2005 09:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: 9/06/05 5:47
Don't blame Bush for the levee's breaking. You'll see in the very near future how much money was given to the city of New Orleans by the feds to maintain the system. But they chose not to. The money went everywhere but into the levee system. F---ing democrats.

9/15/2005 06:24:00 PM  

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