Thursday, September 01, 2005
NEW ORLEANS (AP)- New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday, as corpses lay abandoned in street medians, fights and fires broke out and storm survivors battled for seats on the buses that would carry them away from the chaos. The tired and hungry seethed, saying they had been forsaken. 'This is a desperate SOS," mayor Ray Nagin said.
The shit has hit the fans, my followers, and George Bush is covered head to toe in it. The completely bungled and inept response to the disaster in the gulf coast states cannot be spun even by the master spinners that got Bush elected, got us attacked on 9-11, got us into a war for profit in Iraq and got this country split in two and headed downhill since election day 2000.
Here's what Jack Cafferty said a couple of hours ago on CNN:
"I'm 62. I remember the riots in Watts, I remember the earthquake in San Francisco, I remember a lot of things. I have never, ever, seen anything as bungled and as poorly handled as this situation in New Orleans. Where the hell is the water for these people? Why can't sandwiches be dropped to those people in the Superdome. What is going on? This is Thursday! This storm happened 5 days ago. This is a disgrace. And don't think the world isn't watching. This is the government that the taxpayers are paying for, and it's fallen right flat on its face as far as I can see, in the way it's handled this thing."How could this have happened? That's an easy question to answer. It's because we have a con artist acting as President who has none of the skill set or honest humanity required to rise to this ocassion. Up till now, plenty have bought the bullshit, but the Matrix has now been forever exposed, this emperor not only has no clothes, he has no balls or brains either.
People are dying right and left of lethal neglect from New Orleans across the Mississipi coast and the Alabama coast. The primary reason why they are is our head-up-his-ass, mind still on vacation President.
He and fellow destructionists don't give a flying fuck on a rolling donut for ANY of the people you are seeing die right before your eyes on TV. Why? Because they are mostly black and poor.
If these were Bush people - rich white people - we would have already parachuted tens of thousands of troops into the area to save them.
It these were white people who worked in New York City, he'd be standing atop the rubble waving a flag and playing patriot. Guess the people we see living on freeways, walking among the destruction, packed like rats in the so-called "Super" Dome or the convention center just didn't trade enough stock and bonds.
And because they're not part of those phony crowds you see at Bush events drooling over themselves to get the chance to cheer him, because they do not donate money to the Bush/Cheney Republicans, because they are just mininum wage people, most of whom don't even own a car, well then they can just rot in the dark with no food, no water, no medical help.
Make no mistake about it - these people are being treated far worse than animals. Animals are treated like royalty in this country. These people are being treated as if they were completely disposable.
That's what this bullshit "compassionate conservatism" has wrought. There's the result of your "Christian" "Born Again" President. Safe and dry in his cushy surroundings. Just like he was during the Vietnam war.
It's been 4 days now and the man responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in Iraq - for no good reason at all, with not a single good thing resulting - is now bringing his act home for the American people. Only this time the KoolAide didn't take and the critics are letting him have it:
You might say the Angry Buddhist is being unfair, that I'm rudely harsh on Bush, that he doesn't deserve this kind of reaction. But the Angry Buddhist would have to say that YOU have your head up YOUR ass if you're ignorant enough to think that.
This is the same Bush league President who cut funding for the poor, for hurricane prep in New Orleans, for environmental controls in the area.
The same inept President whose administration reduced funding for upkeep and maintenance on the flood control systems in the Gulf. Everyone knows that the system in N.O. was not capable of handling anything over a category 3 hurricane.
The same unaccomplished man who has the bulk of our National Guard fighting his own personal war against an enemy who doesn't live in the place he bombed and invaded.
The same dumb ass coward who will have vital help arriving in New Orleans and on the gulf in five or six days. Too little, too late, too lame.
Do not just take my word for it gentle readers, listen to what the New Hampshire Union Leader, the most conservative newspaper in the most conservative state in America, has to say:
AS THE EXTENT of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation became clearer on Tuesday — millions without power, tens of thousands homeless, a death toll unknowable because rescue crews can’t reach some regions — President Bush carried on with his plans to speak in San Diego, as if nothing important had happened the day before.This empty suit of a President, who the dumbest half of America has worshipped up till now couldn't plan a fart after eating a can of beans. The reason the response is so fucked up is because, as he and his people admit, they just did not foresee the worst case scenario.
Katrina already is measured as one of the worst storms in American history. And yet, President Bush decided that his plans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of VJ Day with a speech were more pressing than responding to the carnage.
A better leader would have flown straight to the disaster zone and announced the immediate mobilization of every available resource to rescue the stranded, find and bury the dead, and keep the survivors fed, clothed, sheltered and free of disease.
The cool, confident, intuitive leadership Bush exhibited in his first term, particularly in the months immediately following Sept. 11, 2001, has vanished. In its place is a diffident detachment unsuitable for the leader of a nation facing war, natural disaster and economic uncertainty.
Maybe that's because he and his people ARE in fact, the worst case scenario.
Doubt it? Then you're just flat out wrong again. Read this:
"The administration and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives pushed this year for the largest ever cut to funding for hurricane protection and flood control in Louisiana, a stance that is likely to draw fresh criticism after the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina."
"Overall, federal funding for hurricane-control projects in the region has fallen by almost half since 2001, from $147m to just $82m in the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30."
Need more convincing? No problem:
"'I'm not saying it wouldn't still be flooded, but I do feel that if it had been totally funded, there would be less flooding than you have,' said Michael Parker, a former Republican Mississippi congressman who headed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from October 2001 until March 2002, when he was ousted after publicly criticizing a Bush administration proposal to cut the corps' budget." - from the Chicago Tribune, noted by Josh Marshall.Get used to this state of things in the United States, my friends, because there will be plenty more to come.
The same thing you've seen happen to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, is what Bush and his destroyers are doing to our National Parks and the great public lands that your kids won't miss anyway because they'll all be too fixated on their Gameboy screens and cell phones.
It's the same thing Bush and company are doing to air quality, to water quality, to endangered species, to ethics, to honesty, to character and integrity and to the fundamental freedoms Americans have enjoyed for generations.
Don't tell me you think I'm going overboard. Not when the evidence mounts every day. Not when the first request Bushy boy responded to was from the oil companies asking for oil from the strategic reserve. Not when one of his first moves was to suspend air pollution rules for refineries - a move he's been dying to make since taking office.
I warned you when he stole the first election. I warned you during the last election and I'm warning you now. This President will continue down his same path of destruction and clueless activity. He and the supporters he cares about will be well taken care of. Everyone else is on their own.
Act accordingly. Act now.