That's pretty funny.
As usual, everyone is quick to blame the president and federal government for everything. Seems like the local gov dropped the ball on this one. I was forwarded the pasted e-mail below, along with this picture. The picture is pretty amazing, and I searched on it and confirmed it is legit. These busses were meant to be used for the initial local government evacuation of New Orleans. Check this out:
OK, here's the forward. Sorry if I offend anyone. I'm not very political, but you can't really argue with where this guy is going:
Last week in this space, I wrote how I was disappointed in George W.
to some degree, for being a bit behind the curve in providing federal
assistance to New Orleans. While some of this sentiment remains, I am
away at how over the top certain elements of the Democratic left and the
MSM are taking this. Furthermore, as a rational human being, I am able
to amend opinions based upon facts - many of these facts only became
known to me by watching the news and reading articles over the long
weekend. Here's what I found.
Here's Ten Things you perhaps did not know, that might make you think
differently about exactly who is "at fault" for "all of this." (Two
overly-general, and constantly thrown around terms I've heard all week.)
1. In the case of Katrina, there was huge fleet of school buses the
mayor could have dispatched to aid in evacuating people unable to leave
on their own. Instead, the buses sat in parking lots that later flooded,
unusable when tens of thousands were stranded in the flooded city.
2. One of the primary reasons why the National Guard did not arrive
was the fact that the Governor (Katherine "Cry, Cry, For Us.." Blanco)
HAD TO ASK for the troops from the federal government, and that she
refused at first, fearing that it would "complicate" the security
situation on the
ground. Contrary to popular belief, the President does NOT command the
National Guard in any state. State governors do. Until she authorizes
the Guard to be "federalized" they can't do anything at the behest of
the president. Such niggling details.
3. Though the city's crime rate is ten times the national average, U.S.
news outlets downplayed the connection between New Orleans' outsized
criminal element and delays in rescue efforts. Even as murder rates
continued to decline in other cities in recent years, the murder rate in
New Orleans crept up. The police were plagued by allegations of
corruption and brutality, and, according to The Associated Press, only
had ''3.14 officers per 1,000 residents - less than half the rate in
4. Though the U.N.'s own top official for disaster relief has called
Katrina one of "the largest, most destructive natural disasters ever,"
shamefully only a handful of nations - at last count just 25 nations of
191 countries in the United Nations - have come forward to offer
5. Guess who IMPLORED Governor Kleenex to issue a rare MANDATORY
of the city BEFORE the Hurricane struck, saving tens of thousands of
That's right, the Dunce In Chief, George W. Bush.
6. The same guy who Kanye West claims "doesn't care about black people"
more black people in higher positions of authority in his cabinet than
Clinton had in two terms. Pesky facts.
7. Despite a modest cut in funding to the Army Corp. of Engineers and
the levee projects in New Orleans, the Corps admitted last week that the
two levees which failed were both complete and in "good condition" and
of the levees that were targeted for improvement.
8. I love how people say that Bush should have "known this was coming"
and done more to avert it. Well sure, I suppose, but how about the f'ing
Mayor and Governor taking a beating first? Go to www.nola.com
5-Part series written by the Times Picayune in 2002 (FIVE PARTS!) that
basically laid out this disaster in shockingly accurate detail well in
advance. How about the fact that the city and its leaders learned almost
NOTHING from what was a dress-rehearsal last summer on Hurricane Ivan.
lesser hurricane Georges in 1998 did a lot of flooding damage in parts
of the city. But yeah, it's Bush's fault.
9. No matter how long it took for rescue buses to arrive, how can you
combat the off-the-charts ignorance of the following snippet from a news
article. When asked if he was glad to see rescue workers finally arrive,
a man said: "Hell no, I'm not glad to see them. They should have been
here days ago. I ain't glad to see 'em. I'll be glad when 100 buses show
up," said 46-year-old Michael Levy, whose words were echoed by those
around him yelling, "Hell, yeah! Hell yeah!" "We've been sleeping on the
.. ground like rats," Levy said. "I say burn this whole ... city down.".
REACT: Why yes indeed, burn that sucker down! And then we'll blame
George W. Bush!
10. In the end, some 100,000 estimated people were evacuated from a
major metropolitan city that was 80% flooded with toxic waters. All
told, there will be far less than the ESTIMATED 10,000 to 25,000 deaths
predicted by government agencies in their simulated "models" of a Cat 4
or 5 hurricane hitting New Orleans on the nose. This was done under the
strain of a hostile criminal element in the city that went unchecked by
local police. This was done under the strain of a mayor and governor
that made both critical mistakes in the early hours of the crisis.
Do I think we could have done better? Sure. But what exactly would have
been "par" for such an unprecedented, dangerous, and complicated
evacuation? Three days? Two? BOTTOM LINE IS THAT AS AMERICANS, OUR TWO
BIGGEST FAULTS ARE IMPATIENCE AND ARROGANCE. We somehow expected our
president to unleash a fleet of magic red carpets to somehow whisk away
an entire inner-city in time for our re-runs of "Friends" at 7 p.m. We
have the arrogance to believe that nothing bad should ever happen to
America, and that such calamity only happens to "other countries."
Here's my challenge to any critic, or any other nation talking shit
about "how can America not take care of its own refugees better than
this. I'll challenge any other country, or any other administration with
Pick a large, mostly poor, urban city and flood it with water to 80%.
Knockout all power, all telephone communication (land line and cell),
and water. Make sure that hundreds of city owned emergency vehicles like
ambulances and fire engines are stranded in waist deep water. Take out
several key bridges leading into the city. Make sure that you have no
good place to put the 100,000 people you are taking out of the city,
except for one place that holds about 20,000. Make sure that place is
350 miles away. Make sure your hardened criminal/drug element of the
city has free reign to
loot and terrorize in the first 48 hours. Be sure to remember that this
same element will murder cops, shoot at firemen, and even try to shoot
relief helicopters. Set some buildings on fire and a chemical plant,
just to make it interesting. Then set daytime temperature to 93 degrees
Okay, you've got everything in place, ready to go? You've got a thousand
more buses, all staffed with qualified drivers, all of them with a full
tank of gas, and all of them with the necessary police escort to keep
from getting hijacked once in the city? Good. Now, you've got the
all ready, prepared to swoop into the flooded city and restore "order"
even though the minute one of them shoots a gun-toting looter beating up
old woman in a wheelchair, there will be a national outcry the likes
that has never been heard? Make sure that a considerable amount of the
people left in the city, are refusing to leave, saying they have nowhere
else to go.
Good. Get started. I'll sit here with my stopwatch, and see how quick
and smoothly it will go with perfect "preparation" for such an enormous
The biggest disgrace in all of this, is that there are THOUSANDS of true
heroes doing unbelievable work, and they are being completely ignored by
the "instant media blame game" and the utterly inflammatory
"professional race-baiters." There are helicopter pilots flying nonstop
in dangerous conditions. Doctors keeping people alive by
hand-ventilating them for a
week. Police trying to keep a city in chaos from completely imploding.
Average citizens, wading through a hellish soup of toxins and dangers to
pull fellow citizens to safety. If you read enough on the web, and see
enough photos like I have, you'll see lots of whites helping blacks and
blacks helping whites.
While I believe that last week was not our country's finest hour, it was
certainly not our worst. We did the best we could, given human
imperfections and less than flawless local leadership. Thousands
their time, money, and sometimes lives to help others. And while the
first response will be debated for a long time, I am confident that the
follow through efforts this week, the next, and many weeks after that
will showcase America's better qualities. Money will be offered
generously. Homes will be opened to those who are
displaced. Care will be given by those who know how. Let the critics and
cynics say what they want. Those who matter in this relief effort, are
probably too busy helping out to even care.