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September 01, 2005

Those who indecently blame Bush for Katrina

are just as despicable, and as deranged, as the asshole/criminal "Repent America" group that claims Katrina is God's wrath for New Orleans "decadence" and gay-friendliness and Islamists declaring Private Katrina is part of the jihad.

All of you? Shut up. Shut the fuck up and crawl back under the rocks from which you first slithered.

Posted by Darleen at September 1, 2005 01:11 PM


I would think even you would be appalled by Bush's statement on Good Morning America today:

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees"

Posted by: Brad at September 1, 2005 07:58 PM

Look, when an Administration shuts down funding for raising levees and preventing floods, and then a big hurricane floods the area, the Administration can be blamed for leaving the people unprotected.

In early 2004, as the cost of the conflict in Iraq soared, President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for Lake Pontchartrain, according to a Feb. 16, 2004, article, in New Orleans CityBusiness.

On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; told the Times-Picayune: It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us...

In its budget, the Bush administration proposed a significant reduction in funding for southeast Louisiana's chief hurricane protection project. Bush proposed $10.4 million, a sixth of what local officials say they need.

The theocrats are wrong because Mardi Gras partying has nothing to do with the impact of the natural disaster. The liberals are right because improving hurricane protection has a whole lot to do with it.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf at September 1, 2005 08:16 PM

(looks like I ended the blockquote too fast, the next 2 paragraphs are also from the article)

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf at September 1, 2005 08:17 PM

Nice try darleen. This hurricane has exposed every single flaw of the conservative dream for a Darwinian paradise. It is the end of conservatism in America as we know it. All Americans can now see the results of starving the beast. Eyes are opened.

Posted by: Anon at September 2, 2005 04:46 AM

I just don't believe you fuckers. A disaster in a town that has had a huge target on it since the French first built it, and then it was exacerbated by the building of the levees in the first place in 1927 and it's all BUSH'S fault??

An Army Corp of Engineer official was interviewed and said EVEN IF everything that people have been blueskying for years to build up the levees had been done, it probably wouldn't have made that much a difference.

New Orleans is in the wrong place. Up and down the Mississippi for years now when a town is flooded out, they don't get to rebuild on the old site.

Fuck you all for making this about your pet obsessive neurotic HATE of everything Bush.

Conservatives and Darwin?? Hey, Anon, didn't you get the left cult memo that Conservatives don't believe in Darwin. Asshole.

"Liberals" and hurricane protection... don't make me laugh.

Posted by: Darleen at September 2, 2005 06:57 AM

Darleen, I don't know who "anon" is, but I think what he/she was getting at was the concept of survival of the fittest...

after all, when you declare that government is part of the problem, when conservatives call for funding cuts for programs that help the less fortunate (while also proposing to remove taxes on the top 1% in America), and when Bush appointees like Michael Brown make statements that blame the victims (for "not leaving town" when they were warned -- as if they had the means to leave town), thinking which is premised on the idea that agencies like FEMA are not supposed to plan for these catastrophes but simply help the clean up--well, then you're talking about every man, woman and child for himself. i.e., survival of the fittest.

I know all this Bush bashing has turned you off to all reasoned debate from the liberal Left, but I challenge you to consider how actions have consequences: for example, how the Bush administration's policy of turning over wetlands to developers contributed to the heightened level of the storm surge. How funding for the Iraq war depleted funds for projects like the flood control work by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Don't blame the victims, Darleen. "They had it coming." That's too easy.

Posted by: Brad at September 2, 2005 09:10 AM

The only problem with impeaching the incompident fool is that you then get his handler the even bigger crook Cheney. But impeach the clown we must. We must give voices to those who died of dehydration and neglect due to mishandleing of the public trust. If we can't depend on the gov't
aid after a disaster what do we need them for. Walmart was at New Orleans door Monday with three trucks of bottled water only to be turned away by FEMA. Friday FEMA finally got around to distributing water. We need Sam Walton not Michael "Charlie" Brown. Scream for their heads before they scamper away like the rats they are.

Posted by: JimK at September 4, 2005 02:04 PM

The fact is that SCIENTISTS anticipated Katrina's devastation. This administration isn't interested in science. All they are interested in is religion and rolling back civil rights for unchristian Americans.

Bush's comments reminded me of Cuntholezbo Rice's comment that "No one could have anticipated that terrorists would have crashed airplanes into buildings."

As a matter of fact, the INTELLIGENCE community laid out a number of dots which could have been connected but the Bush administration has no interest in intelligence either.

Posted by: Tim Rauch at September 4, 2005 09:20 PM

Q. Why was the Bush administration so slow to respond to the tragedy
in New Orleans?

A. What do you expect when you put Gomer Pyle in charge at FEMA?
B. Because Cuntholezbo Rice was on vacation in New York.
C. The Fox News Channel kept telling them that everything was fine.
D. All of the above

Posted by: Tim Rauch at September 4, 2005 09:23 PM


Don't you ever actually feel the effects of cognitive dissonance while posting those two pieces of mendacious offal while completely ignoring my post on the 200+ buses Mayor Nagin forgot about?

Posted by: Darleen at September 4, 2005 10:22 PM

You all sit here and argue about who's at fault....i dont care who should be blamed for what happend before the storm, who built what, when...how much. Does any of that help the poor who are still dying? Does that help the poor souls who are still trapped on their decaying roof tops. Does that help the thousands without homes spending their days and nights in over-crowded domes without food or water. The fact is, is that someone at a federal level droped the ball. Period. I live in NY...9/11 was an event that shook us all to our core and after leanring how much this government actually knew and did nothing about was horrific. This storm and its aftermath serves to show us we learned NOTHING after 9/11. Is bush to blame. Again....i dont care. Blaming bush dosnt help anyone...however, why is it that we could rush help to the tsunami half an ocean away in days..and there are still people dying in america and the storm was 8 days ago?

Do i blame bush.....i dont know. I do know it is in his hands to fix this mess, he has the power and i dont see him doing whats right.

Posted by: jay at September 6, 2005 10:13 PM

"The fact is, is that someone at a federal level droped the ball. Period."

Actually, try a Question Mark. Bush DID NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY to go in until the Governor of Louisiana asked him to. That's how our country works -- the authority and responsibility to evacuate the city, and to have proper precautions in place, was at the _local_ (city and state) level, not the federal. To be blunt, it would have been ILLEGAL for Bush to have sent in the Feds without the state government asking him to do so, and the state government DID NOT DO SO until well after the mess got about as bad as it possibly could.

Because the aforementioned governor was playing politics while one of her cities drowned, federal help was much delayed. After that permission _was_ given (a couple days after the fact), getting in was impeded by the fact that all the roads were destroyed.

There is a laundry list of ways that the local governments screwed up in this, starting with all those NOLA busses that should have been full of evacuees BEFORE THE STORM HIT, rather than sitting in submerged parking lots _after_ the storm.

Now, that same local government is sending it cops on vacation, now that the Feds are here to do the heavy lifting. All part of the same mentality: "It's not _our_ job to take care of our own city!"

Posted by: Strider at September 7, 2005 11:32 AM

Darleen: I don't how you can even STAND to read such unfiltered bile from those who would blame Bush for everything, much less post them. You're a better man than I am.

BTW, I'm really glad I found your blog today. You're salty.

Posted by: Jack at September 7, 2005 03:48 PM

From what I hear ... it is the responsibility for the local and state government to handle natural disasters... FEMA and the federal government comes in to aid the relief... I think the mayor and the governor messed up didn’t realize how bad it was going to be and then needed someone to blame because "they" couldn’t be responsible of course... so they picked on the nations natural scape goat the president. I don’t know I just think people are ridicules...
It’s a tragedy I know but blaming people is not fixing it... it is slowing down the relief.

Posted by: Jason at September 9, 2005 07:47 AM