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.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.
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]. (link)
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.
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