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Oh, Katrina

Well, as good a place to start as any is with my thoughts on the disaster of Hurricane Katrina.

This is worse than 9/11. Worse, and very similar. Once again, our government totally ignored all evidence that this disaster would happen, and absolutely no preparation was taken to avoid it. The levees in New Orleans have needed repair for years, and every year they ask for money from Congress to fix them, and they are given only enough to pay the workers who couldn't do any work the year before.

The Bush administration dropped the ball on this and there is no way for them to sugar-coat it. The President was on vacation at the time (His unlimited vacation time will be a topic for a later discussion.), and chose to continue his political agenda and totally disregard that people's lives were being destroyed in Louisiana and Mississippi. He finally realized that it was impossible to ignore this and returned to Washington. No trip was made to New Orleans until he could get a good photo op out of it.

This is to say nothing of (former) head of FEMA, Michael Brown ("Brownie" to his friends), a man with no emergency management experience in his life. I can't bring myself to really chew out a man who was so grossly unqualified. It's like giving a cub scout a scalpel and telling him to perform neurosurgery. When it all goes wrong, you don't blame the scout, you blame the idiot who gave him the scalpel.

As the number of confirmed deaths currently stands at 423 and will undoubtedly continue to rise, we will see many fingers pointing blame at different people. But let's not forget that it is the Federal Government that must shoulder the most blame.

But the most important thing is not who is to blame, but how to help the victims of this tragedy. If all you can do is give to the Red Cross, do that. Though as Samuel L. Jackson pointed out on The Daily Show, who knows who's pocket that money goes into before any gets to the victims. If you can do something above and beyond to help the real people, go the extra mile. The million-plus displaced people are all across the country. Do your part to brighten their spirits and make them feel just a little bit better, if only for a moment.

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thegoal_issoul
Sep. 14th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
u cant trust the red cross with the crap they pulled in the past, salvation army is the way to go

and bush admitted to it being his fault FYI if u hadnt come across that.. all of this could have been handled SO differently/BETTER

at least he is finally taking the blame for something...for once.
herocatholic
Sep. 14th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
There's one thing I don't understand about that argument (Bush's knowledge): How did Bush know that a hurricane that would be really destructive would come to New Orleans? Is it because of old patterns that a hurricane generally comes to that area?
active_axon
Sep. 14th, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
Meteorology is not simply guessing whether or not it will rain tomorrow. They know about tropical storms well before they become hurricanes. And they knew well before Katrina hit land that it would be devastating, and they could track it's path into New Orleans. They do this all the time with hurricanes, it's how they put out evacuation warnings.

As for NO in particular. It's a city below sea level, so it is very vulnerable to storm damage.

The problem also came from New Orleans being unprepared for such a strong storm. Even people in New Orleans who were preparing for the storm to hit were reported saying that the levees would not hold, and politicians had been saying it for years.

But it is very possible that while vacationing in Crawford, and being busy with ranching and ignoring his Presidential duties, that he had no knowledge of the storm.
thegoal_issoul
Sep. 15th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
i need to correct u on a few things.... which i cannot do properly because i forgot where my source went...

but... new orleans HAD a huge plan of what they would do in case something like this ever happened and they 'passed it down' throughout the years, but when the last guy left the commitee, he "forgot" to tell the new people about the plan... basically. thats what happened, but im sure it was more professional than just telling them , but again i misplaced my source.

the levees were only constructed for a F3 hurricane, but a few years back good 'ol structural engineers came to "fix" it. problem is they didnt do it correctly.... so they really should have done something about that too...


and yea New Oleans is/was basically a big bowl waiting for water to fill it up.... sad, really.
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