Lots going on in the past week, and I have to say that I'm really surprised at the people who have turned on ol' Golden Boy. I think that was possibly the biggest shock I've gotten since my Mom started giving me porn. Yeah, she's funny that way. The one that I think most threw me for a loop initially was Michelle Malkin's blog post, shes a lot like Ann Coulter and the rest of the American Taliban - only attractive and less foaming-at-the-mouth. Don't let the fact that she's Asian-American fool you, she's racist to her conservative, cold-blooded little heart. I must say though - I was almost proud of her for this, but it didn't make up for her stance on the interment camps of WWII. I actually came across the news about her stance on FEMA by reading Assrocket Extraordinnaire John Hinderaker over at Powerline, first thing I've ever read there that I actually agreed on for the most part. Even Joe Scarborough, whom I actually like, got the ass. Reporters were clamoring to hold Scott McClellan's feet to the fire also, not that he really came off anything, but again - it mattered that they did it. It wasn't just 'Brownie' that was a consummate fuck-up at FEMA, there was more... (Five of eight top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials came to their posts with virtually no experience in handling disasters and now lead an agency whose ranks of seasoned crisis managers have thinned dramatically since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks) - a lot more. And it kept getting better, what with all of the people from the top down either sticking their collective feet in their overindulged mouths or getting unprecedented heat from the press, all of which, I must say, is absolutely fucking beautiful. Check out xtex's post chronicling 25 Mind-Numbingly Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina And Its Aftermath.
Let's start with General Myers, who when asked why the administration stayed on vacation for so long after the storm hit was reported to say "The headline, of course, in most of the papers on Tuesday — 'New Orleans Dodged a Bullet',or words to that effect..." Of course, why wouldn't the administration just get their credible info from the newspapers! Fair enough, don't you think? I mean, if it's good enough for the average American to just take it at face value, then where's the harm, right? Wrong. Take a gander at the archived front pages of 477 front pages from 46 countries, updated Tuesday, August 30, 2005. See anything about a bullet being dodged or anything further about where the Federal government gets its information? (Hat tip to AmericaBlog for this.)
Interesting story in the Salt Lake Tribune about the 1,000 firefighters were dispatched to help in aiding the Gulf Coast communities and they ended up spending 8 hours in training under FEMA, wondering what the fuck they were doing there.
Many of the firefighters, assembled from Utah and throughout the United States by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, thought they were going to be deployed as emergency workers. Instead, they have learned they are going to be community-relations officers for FEMA, shuffled throughout the Gulf Coast region to disseminate fliers and a phone number: 1-800-621-FEMA.Karen Hughes is back, her new job is to try and shine the country up like a new penny for the rest of the world since the guy she jumps through hoops to protect has pretty much destroyed our credibility in most respects with his ineptitude and various and sundry other bullshit antics. So what is one of the first things she does? Blames the looters - YES! She's blaming the looters on her first day for the image they're giving the world. First day back in the administration, and she blames the loot... goddamnit, now I'm hemhorraging again. Then Rep. Baker of Baton Rouge is overheard telling lobbyists: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." [More here...] Kos posted about the $51 billion in disaster relief that Bush signed on - 11 congressmen, Republicans all, voted against it. Contact info for each is in the post here. The military is stretched so thin that recruiters are actually out in hurricane ravaged areas trying to enlist people. No, really. "Hey, I know you just lost your mother and your youngest child along with your house and everything you ever owned, but we're looking for a few good men..."
On Monday, some firefighters stuck in the staging area at the Sheraton peeled off their FEMA-issued shirts and stuffed them in backpacks, saying they refuse to represent the federal agency.
Federal officials are unapologetic. "I would go back and ask the firefighter to revisit his commitment to FEMA, to firefighting and to the citizens of this country," said FEMA spokeswoman Mary Hudak.
Big firms like Halliburton are first recruits to make yet more money off of human suffering, thanks to the friends in the administration. That's what they pay attention to, that's what they understand - money and greed. See what happens when they're not paying attention? Not even total anarchy. Anyone wondering why he's losing favor with his own people exponentially? The bitch that he's the son of makes a candid comment about how the underpriviledged people in NOLA are 'better off' now. Remember when they ripped Clinton to shreds at every turn, and people are even bringing that bullshit up even now? Allow me direct you to an excerpt from his autobiography that might prove illuminating. In your face, Ann Coulter. Hell, even Gore has taken more initiative out of his own pocket to help out people, and he's doing so and not even trying to get a gracious thank you for it. Because that's the biggest difference when you get down to it between Conservatives and Liberals, we want to help out people in need instead of blaming them for needing help. We're not out there comparing 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina (or Corrina, if you're Laura Bush) right on the 4th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, making both tragedies even worse by cheapening them. But slap me if I get sentimental.