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Saturday, September 03, 2005

They're Trying To Divert Attention

What you see pictured here are enough New Orleans schoolbuses to carry every man, woman, and child currently stranded in the Superdome to safety in Houston.

These buses sit idle because nobody in the city thought, when the mayor ordered everyone to evacuate the day before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf coast, to provide a means for the poorest of citizens to make their escape. Instead, the buses were ruined.

In addition, the Governor of the state of Louisiana, a cowering lightweight by the name of Blanco, had the means by which to prepare fully for the coming destruction by calling out the Louisiana National Guard. The Guard too could have effected the evacuation of New Orleans before the city flooded. They weren't called upon; they weren't there; their trucks set idle.

In neither case did government officials act appropriately in response to what everyone knew was an impending disaster. Now both the mayor of New Orleans and the governor complain about the federal government's lack of preparation and follow-up. What gall.

Although it has become clear that the national government was caught flatfooted when the hurricane wreaked destruction on the Gulf coast, it has also become clear that the governors of the states of Mississippi and Alabama - where the full fury of the hurricane hit and where the greatest devastation occurred - quickly brought their situations under control and are executing - already - rebuilding efforts. This while the mayor of New Orleans sends out a pitiful and feckless SOS and the governor of Louisiana wrings her hands in despair.

All this is lost on the mainstream media. They'd rather go after their favorite punching bag - the President.

Here the Roanoke Times editorial staff, all of whom are working like hell to get out of town and hire on with a real paper like the New York Times, follows along obediently with what has rapidly become boilerplate criticism of President Bush:

Not only did the government know that the city would suffer tremendous flooding, it knew at least 100,000 of New Orleans' poorest citizens would be trapped as the water rose to the rooftops.

These are not obstinate folks who refused to heed warnings of an impending Category 5 storm; rather, they had no means of escape [my emphasis]. (
I refer you once again to the photo above. Those are not federal buses that went unused and were allowed to be flooded. It wasn't the responsibility of the federal government to commandeer the necessary transportation to evacuate the poor and indigent in the city of New Orleans. It was the responsibility of the mayor, working in comjunction with the governor, who was to have made that happen.

Instead the mayor issued a proclamation and retreated to his bunker, knowing that his backside would be protected by the entire mainstream media. He was right in his assessment.

The mayor of New Orleans failed to properly prepare for the hurricane that was hurtling toward his city. The mayor of New Orleans failed to order the utilization of all those hundreds of buses to accomplish that which he ordered. The mayor of New Orleans failed to organize a rescue operation after the hurricane had passed through his city. The mayor of New Orleans failed miserably to organize his police force in such a manner that they would protect the citizenry and maintain order.

The mayor of New Orleans simply failed.

Let the Roanoke Times and the other dying news outlets try to change the subject. Their monopoly on thought is long past. Blame will ultimately be laid where it belongs.

Photo courtesy of Yahoo News.
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Get Your Skinny Ass Down There & Help

Maureen Dowd joins the "the government has failed the people of New Orleans" chorus this morning with this (in The New York Times):
W. drove his budget-cutting Chevy to the levee, and it wasn't dry. Bye, bye, American lives. (link)
This is the sort of inanity that Dowd is known for. And on the left, for some inexplicable reason, is revered for.

Normal people read this sort of drivel and see only a cold-hearted, snide, mean-spirited, uncaring individual; the kind that stands staring in front of a woman being raped in Central Park and says, "The police are never here when you need them."

Maureen Dowd feigns compassion for the citizens of New Orleans and reeks of sorrow for the dead when, in fact, she doesn't give a damn about the people suffering and dying. While relief workers and national guardsmen and the military police and first responders and FEMA and the Coast Guard and medical aid workers and the New Orleans police attempt to secure the city, evacuate the remaining inhabitants, and build shelters for the displaced - to create in a matter of seven days a series of shelters, the aggregate size of which will be equivalent to that of the city of New Orleans - Dowd bitches about "budget cuts" and President Bush's having not anticipated a natural disaster the likes of which this country has never experienced before.

I heard excerpts yesterday from Jesse Jackson and some moron of a Maryland congressman (Elijah Cummings) in which they complained in a similar vein about the President not doing enough, the President not caring about black people, the President being focused only on Iraq, about "compassionate conservatism," blah, blah, blah.

And yet I strain my eyesight as I watch Fox News for the first glimpse of any one of them actually helping in the relief effort. I saw Billy Graham organizing a massive church assistance campaign. I saw Ed McMahan making a plea for donations to the Salvation Army. I read about a whole host of entertainers who are assembling to perform in a fund drive telethon. And I saw President Bush amid the rubble yesterday offering hope to the displaced and directing a multitude of relief workers who are struggling to help the people whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

But nary a loudmouth from the left swinging a hammer, bailing water with a bucket, ... donating blood. None. Nothing.

My suggestion to Maureen Dowd is simple: Get your skinny ass down to New Orleans and assist the effort. Or do what Paula and I and millions of other Americans who anguish over the misery of those poor souls in New Orleans have done in recent days - donate cash to the Salvation Army and to the Red Cross. And in Paula's case, to the ASPCA.

Do something besides bitch and moan about everyone else not anticipating this and that. Do something besides carp about the fact that the thousands upon thousands of relief workers who are, at this very moment, risking their lives to save our American brothers and sisters, are not doing enough to suit your fancy.

Get out of that luxury apartment in Manhattan and lend a hand.

Or at least shut up and get out of the way and let those who truly care solve this monumental problem.

And Then There Are Those Inside

In addition to the complainers on the periphery like Maureen Dowd, there are those citizens in the city of New Orleans who could be doing something to assist those who are unable to help themselves, but instead would rather whine that the government isn't doing it for them.

This from The New York Post:
... 46-year-old Michael Levy said, "They should have been here days ago. I ain't glad to see 'em" - words that brought shouts of "Hell, yeah!" from others. He added: "We've been sleeping on the . . . ground like rats. I say burn this whole . . . city down." (link)
The article doesn't tell us whether Mr. Levy's legs were broken or if he was blind or on a respirator.

All we know is that, while the elderly at the Superdome suffer, and little children there are enduring privations no American should ever have to tolerate, he's "been sleeping on the ... ground."

My suggestion to Mr. Levy would be the same as that which I furnished to Maureen Dowd (see above).

Get up off your ass and help.

Then There Are The Talking Heads

You'd think, if there was anyone who would see his or her responsibility as involving - in a time of crisis - clear, rational, sober thinking, it would be the talking heads on television. I'm referring to the news anchors and, in some cases, to on-site reporters who are paid - and trained - to deliver dispassionate accounting of events unfolding.

I was sitting in a terminal at O'Hare the other day, waiting for my flight to Charlotte and was forced to watch on the monitor overhead - until I got up and walked over to a different part of the building - some wild-eyed and incoherent old man on CNN flailing and ranting about the relief effort - or lack thereof - and about how the lack of response to the hurricane was somehow a black/white race issue, about the government's utter failure, etc. My thought at the time was, "This guy is hysterical. They need to pull him off the air."

I don't watch CNN - ever - so I didn't know who this guy was but, as it turns out, he made the papers with his rant. In this case, the Detroit News:
On CNN's "The Situation Room," commentator Jack Cafferty snorted derisively when [Wolf] Blitzer announced on Tuesday that Bush was cutting his vacation short by a couple of days. On Thursday, Cafferty went even further, noting that Bush had returned to Washington in the spring to sign a bill reinstating Terry Schiavo's feeding tube but didn't approach Katrina with the same urgency. "It's all about what's important to you, isn't it," Cafferty said.

On Wednesday, Cafferty intimated that the slow response had something to do with the fact that most of those stranded in New Orleans were poor and black. (The city is 67 percent black, with 30 percent living beneath the poverty level.) "No one says the federal government is doing a good job," he said on Thursday. "It's a disgrace." (
This is what passes for journalism on CNN. It's the kind of thing I used to expect from the World Wrestling Federation. In a more recent time, it was what I came to expect - just before I forever tuned out the network - from the Cable News Network.