Saturday, September 03, 2005

Man Made Diaster

Well since I know the leftist media and Democrats will continue to hammer at the FEDERAL government and Bush as being responsible for the mess in Louisiana, ole Snoop will focus on the real culprits. Mayor Nagan and Governor Blanco.
I’ll just say this; If these two stupid fucks are elected to their posts for another term, then the state of Louisiana deserves what it gets. Sounds cold and harsh but that is the truth.
I tried to look up the current members of the New Orleans city council because I want to eventually post the names of every city official. They ALL need to be fired.
Mayor Nagan, while you were on the radio yelling at the federal government where were you dumbass? He did not set his black ass back in New Orleans until the president arrived.
Yup you got a chance to ride in Marine One, made you feel like a big shot huh?
Did you get a chance to point out all of your former hangouts? Places that were frequented more than the Mayors office apparently.
He was not very visible. You saw the former Mayors of New Orleans on TV more than him. Also where was Governor Blanco? I hope you know that your incompetence killed those people. Oh and lets not forget the past city officials either, you are also at fault.

Before we pump billions of dollars back in that state we better get a grip on the incompetence down there.
You people were too damm busy drinking Hurricanes rather than preparing for one.


New York Times Editorial
David Brooks

The situation in New Orleans, which had seemed as bad as it could get, became considerably worse yesterday with reports of what seemed like a total breakdown of organized society. Americans who had been humbled by failures in Iraq saw that the authorities could not quickly cope with a natural disaster at home. People died for lack of water, medical care or timely rescues - particularly the old and the young - and victims were almost invariably poor and black. The city's police chief spoke of rapes, beatings and marauding mobs. The pictures were equally heartbreaking and maddening. Disaster planners were well aware that New Orleans could be flooded by the combined effects of a hurricane and broken levees, yet somehow the government was unable to immediately rise to the occasion.

Watching helplessly from afar, many citizens wondered whether rescue operations were hampered because almost one-third of the men and women of the Louisiana National Guard, and an even higher percentage of the Mississippi National Guard, were 7,000 miles away, fighting in Iraq. That's an even bigger loss than the raw numbers suggest because many of these part-time soldiers had to leave behind their full-time jobs in police and fire departments or their jobs as paramedics. Regardless of whether they wear public safety uniforms in civilian life, the guardsmen in Iraq are a crucial resource sorely missed during these early days, when hours have literally meant the difference between evacuation and inundation, between civic order and chaos, between life and death.

The gap is now belatedly being filled by units from other states, though without the local knowledge and training those Mississippi and Louisiana units could supply. The Pentagon is sending thousands of active-duty sailors and soldiers, including a fully staffed aircraft carrier, a hospital ship and some 3,000 Army troops for security and crowd control (even though federal law bars regular Army forces from domestic law enforcement, normally the province of the National Guard).

But it's already a very costly game of catch-up. The situation might have been considerably less dire if all of Louisiana's and Mississippi's National Guard had been mobilized before the storm so they could organize, enforce and aid in the evacuation of vulnerable low-lying areas. Plans should have been drawn up for doing so, with sufficient trained forces available to carry them out.

It's too late for that now. But the hard lessons of this week must be learned and incorporated into the nation's plans for future emergencies, whether these come in the form of natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Every state must now update its plans for quick emergency responses and must be assured by the Pentagon that it will be able to keep enough National Guard soldiers on hand to carry out these plans on very short notice.

Things would have been even worse if a comparable domestic disaster had struck last year, when an even greater percentage of National Guard units were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some states had more than two-thirds of their Guard forces overseas. After several governors protested, the Pentagon agreed to adjust its force rotations so no state would be stripped of more than half of its guardsmen at any one time. That promise has been kept so far. But honoring it in the months ahead will be extremely difficult with active-duty forces so badly overstretched in Iraq, and prospects for any significant early withdrawals looking bleak.

One lasting lesson that has to be drawn from the Gulf Coast's misery is that from now on, the National Guard must be treated as America's most essential homeland security force, not as some kind of military piggy bank for the Pentagon to raid for long-term overseas missions. America clearly needs a larger active-duty Army. It just as clearly needs a homeland-based National Guard that's fully prepared and ready for any domestic emergency.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Malibu Jones said...

The Blame game as got to stop, people can go around blaming this person or that person for the next 10 years, and probably will do so, but that is not helping the situation at hand, if everyone would stop pointing fingers, media, columnists, gov't officials and start and start lending hands, we can help these people, this city recover, I have heard, read and seen many efforts underway to help out, you don't hear these people/organization say, oh because the mayor fucked up, I am not gonna help New Orleans, I am going to Mississippi, (NO), or because Bush didn't respond, I am not going to either, (NO), Think about this people, right now, other countries are looking at us laughing, Bin Laden is watching a close circuit TV in his Cave saying "now is the time", we have got to get out shit together, Plus if you watch TV, you see the same images over and over again, This crazy brother with the nappy hair screaming at the camera, this elderly black man with no shirt on and black women holding a bottle of water, this white guy with a tattoo on his side, this white woman crying wiping away a tear,THE MEDIA IS ONLY SHOWING YOU WHAT THEY WANT TO SHOW. SHIT IS MISERABLE DOWNTHERE, I can only imagine, so to everyone, QUIT BITCHING, Donate Time, efforts, conforting words, whatever, SNOOP, CAN YOU POST WEBSITES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE TAKING DONATIONS?????????? Now some of you are probably saying, well what have you done? My company is matching donations dollar for dollar and also may send some relief efforts down there, we don't know yet, but if they do, yes I will thrown my name in the hat/SO FOR THE LAST TIME, SHUT THE FUCK UP, QUIT SPREADING THE BLAME AROUND AND HELP OUT - Sorry I got long winded, but I am a little pissed at this point

3.9.05  
Anonymous Terrymum said...

RED CROSS. It's legit, will actually spend the bulk of the $$ on what is needed, and you can earmark funds for specific locales or projects. On top of giving them $$, get trained as a RC volunteer - then the next time something like this happens (and it will) you will be ready to dig in and provide direct assistance. I have one friend who is 82 years old. She went to NYC twice, during the 911 crises (from Manhattan Kansas) and helped pass out checks (screeming for scam artists) working as a Red Cross volunteer. She's a sweet heart and not the type who is "black widow" about being near a disaster.

As for being pissed - everyone I know is upset. Some folks aren't even sure why or at whom to be pissed. It's the karma folks. Something real awful happened (and is still happening) and the bad karma waves it started are still rippling around all of us. Remember the ghost buster movie where the bad sludge under the city was making everyone do and feel bad things? It's like that.

We can either sit around and feel bad (or angry) or we can figure out what we can contribute to making the bad karma go away. Be good to each other. Always.

3.9.05  
Blogger MALIBU JONES said...

Red Cross is an excellent suggestion, but unfortunately we all have other responsiblities, work, jobs, kids, etc, This isn't bad karma, Karma has nothing to do with it, THIS SHIT IS REAL AS IT CAN GET, Ghostbuster was a movie, a script to entertain, No one could have ever written this for a movie, bodies floating, gangs running the superdome, families separated, see in movies, the families are reunited at the end and normally one secondary character dies, in this, there is no secondary characters, everyone is a major star, REAL LIFE ISSUES
FORGET talking about Sean Penn, Kayne West, Bush, Blanco, Even the fucking owner of the Saints is taking about moving the team, Just kick those people a little harder OK, No one has solutions, including me, but someone has to start somewhere

5.9.05  

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