Monday, September 05, 2005

BLAME BUSH POLITICS BLIND THE DEMWITS TO REALITY

The Blame Bush policy of the liberal-left-DNC is certainly not new, we have been witnessing it ad nauseum since he first became president. However, the idiocy of this mania has never been more evident than in the aftermath of Katrina. Other idiotic mind-sets have become painfully exposed during this tragedy as well, but we will deal with those in a different post.

But for this post, let me once again state my favorite quote and siggy... "You have a right to your own opinions, you DO NOT have a right to your own facts."

The following is an interesting accounting of the onset of Katrina by a Brenden Loy as it happened:

July 8, 2005: Brendan Loy on Hurricane Dennis: "A direct hit on New Orleans by a major hurricane would, as we've discussed before, be very, very, very bad. Like 100,000 deaths bad. Like the complete destruction of an entire city bad."

August 25-26, 2005: Katrina hits South Florida.

August 26, 2005, 5:23 p.m.: Meteorologist Jeff Masters: "Threat threat of a strike on New Orleans by Katrina as a major hurricane has grown... It would be no surprise if later advisories shift the forecast track even further west and put Katrina over New Orleans."

August 26, 2005, 11:25 a.m.: Masters: "I'm surprised they haven't ordered an evacuation of the city yet. While the odds of a catastrophic hit that would completely flood the city of New Orleans are probably 10%, that is way too high in my opinion to justify leaving the people in the city. If I lived in the city, I would evacuate NOW! There is a very good reason that the Coroner's office in New Orleans keeps 10,000 body bags on hand. ... New Orleans needs a full 72 hours to evacuate, and landfall is already less than 72 hours away."

August 26, 2005, 1:57 p.m.: Brendan Loy: "At the risk of being alarmist, we could be 3-4 days away from an unprecedented cataclysm that could kill as many as 100,000 people in New Orleans.

August 26, 2005, 9:44 p.m.: Governor declares state of emergency.

August 26, 2005, 11:22 p.m.: Loy: "[I]f I lived in New Orleans, I would definitely leave at this point. Tonight. Barring a major change in forecast, I expect the evacuation orders to come tomorrow." The order would not come for another 24 hours.

August 27, 2005, afternoon: Mayor Nagin says "this is not a test," "batten down the hatches" – but evacuation is still voluntary.

August 27, 2005, 7:34 p.m. Loy: "I can't emphasize enough what a bad decision I think it is for New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to delay the mandatory evacuation until tomorrow morning... Will Ray Nagin go down in history as the mayor who fiddled while New Orleans drowned? Could be."

August 27, 2005, evening: Governor Blanco interrupts Mayor Nagin at dinner Update [2005-9-2 18:54:36 byMachiavellil]: after President Bush appeals for a mandatory evacuation of the city, telling him to call the National Hurricane Center. He subsequently orders a mandatory evacuation for Sunday, 24 hours before landfall.

August 27, 2005, 9:16 p.m.: Masters: "New Orleans finally got serious and ordered an evacuation, but far too late. There is no way everyone will be able to get out of the city in time..." He places New Orleans' chances of being destroyed at 20 percent.

August 28, 2005, 4:31 p.m.: Loy says it may be too late for those who waited for the Mayor's order to evacuate.

August 28, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CDT: National Weather Service dispatch: "MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS... PERHAPS LONGER... AT LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL FAILURE... WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS."

August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall.

August 30, 2005: New Orleans levees fail, flooding the city.

What did mean something is that the Mayor could have ordered a mandatory evacuation 36 hours before one actually took effect. The Governor could have mobilized the National Guard to go house-to-house, Gaza-like, and forcibly gotten people out. People too helpless to get out? No transportation? What about this? This was not a storm one could ride out in the bedroom closet ; staying behind, even in the remote chance of a "worst-case scenario" meant certain-death, not just the dazed look upon awakening to see one's home destroyed. All the studies predicted this, and the government entities charged with disaster preparedness should have known. Did they think they could skate by like any other city?

Criticizing Nagin and Blanco for their failure to recognize the uniqueness of the threat could be seen as hindsight; what came next is unforgivable dismissing the lawlessness sweeping the city as secondary. As we have since discovered in a near-perfect validation the "broken windows" theory, first you had the "victimless" looting of plasma TVs and jewelry. And next you have rape and murder and snipers picking off evacuees. And the best the Governor can do is pout.
Had New Orleans been placed under Louisiana National Guard control on Saturday and Sunday, when the city was dry, thousands would not have died.


Had a leader with half the stones of Rudy Giuliani been there instead of this dim pair of Chamberlains, hundreds, maybe thousands would not have died. Had the Mayor listened to bloggers and evacuated, yes, bloggers! hundreds, maybe thousands would not have died.

Had a "shoot to kill" order for looting been announced prominently early on and a couple of egregious violators been made an example of it would have gone a long way toward eradicating this anarchy.

And by the way, should a few unwelcome guests dismiss this as a raving anti-Democrat rant, let me just state that Louisiana would be in much better hands with Senator Landrieu in charge. She's at least shown courage and resilience in her public statements. A couple of times she's mentioned her brother, the Lieutenant Governor, saving people using a boat in New Orleans and its suburbs. I'm this close to suggesting Governor Blanco step aside.

Strength, courage, and more than a little ruthlessness is what Louisiana needs now. My namesake is rolling in his grave

Let me add a few of my own recollections:

On Saturday, August 27: President Bush declares the Gulf Coast a federal disaster area in anticipation of the onslaught of Katrina. Certain talking heads made statements, implying criticism that the President was overstepping his bounds, considering that the locals must request federal assistance.

"Such early deployment of relief is unusual in disaster-aid work. But damage projections had been so severe - and New Orleans deemed so vulnerable in its dependence on a network of levees, canals, and pumps to keep dry - that President Bush on Saturday went ahead and declared an emergency in the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to mobilize ahead of the storm."

"I want the folks there on our Gulf Coast to know that the federal government is prepared to help you when the storm passes," Bush said during a speech in Arizona, urging people to "pray for the health and the safety of all our citizens."

More than 5,000 National Guard troops were activated in four states to assist with recovery operations along the Gulf Coast.

Sunday, August 27: NEW ORLEANS (AP) In the face of a catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, a mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for New Orleans by Mayor Ray Nagin. Acknowledging that large numbers of people, many of them stranded tourists, would be unable to leave, the city set up 10 places of last resort for people to go, including the Superdome.

The mayor called the order unprecedented and said anyone who could leave the city should. He exempted hotels from the evacuation order because airlines had already cancelled all flights.

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.

SO WHAT HAPPENED? Could these buses unused by the Mayor of New Orleans before Katrina hit be a clue?

You have a right to your own opinions - You do not have a right to your own facts!