Thursday, September 15, 2005

Sad news from NO

My coworkers in NO sent an email. The claim that the levees were dynamited to spare some areas is making rounds in NO. Victims of disaster with nothing are sadly prone to rumor and inuendo. The victims seem to be blaming the local government according to the email.

Sadly in the days after 9-11 I remember wacky rumors. These idiotic rumors devolved into the regretable conspiracy theories that mar 9-11. I do not believe that anyone would blow up the levees. Such a calculated task requires engineers .


B said...

Beaks, you mentioned in a comment that FEMA did nothing wrong. Do you now disavow that statement?

Here is a quote from Bush's speech tonight..."It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces – the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment’s notice."

Do you agree with the president?

beakerkin said...

No I do not agree with the President at all. This was a disaster on a large scale and anyone can Monday morning QB. The people at FEMA did the best they could with the resources. The statements of Bush are far classier then the situation dictates.

The blame rests squarely on NO politicians whose short sighted inept lack of vision cost lives. Emergency response is a local matter and the City of NO and the Gov were the dynamic duo wonderblunder and super goof.

Compare and contrast the classy way that Bush handled the situation with that of the NO officials. Bush and FEMA have zero to appologize for.

Esther said...

It's the job of first responders (the firemen, police, etc) in something like this. In NYC on 9/11, it's not like everyone waited around for the National Guard -- NY's first responders did what they did best.

Warren said...

You cannot keep the entire area from flooding if you blow a hole in a levee!

The idea that you could "save" one part of an area by flooding another is stupid. Water flows to the lowest spot and continues to flow until it reaches its own level. Does someone actually believe that you can drill a hole one side of a boat without flooding the entire thing?

Perhaps it would have helped to blow another hole in the levee to let the water out.

B said...

If you call staying on vacation for two days while people were dying classy, then I think we have two different definitions of what classy is.

beakerkin said...

B I call Bush classy for not slamming the inneptitude of NO mayor and LA Gov. He has been xlassier by far, The truth is the blame belongs entirely on local mismanagement.

Yet there is a consistent pattern blame Bush for everything. Saddam pictures in his BVDs lets blame Bush . Gaurds play Naked twister at Abu Gharib blame Bush. You aren't regular ( constipation) blame Bush. It has been over done and America is tired of the finger pointing.

B said...

America wants accountability.

beakerkin said...

If you looked into the polls America does not trust the motives of the Bush critics. The problem is that by whining every two seconds the critics hurt themselves. Week 1 blame Bush for pictures of Saddam in his BVDS. Then it is blame Bush for not wanting to meet with a mentaly disturbed anti semitic woman Cindy Sheehan. Every week it is the same old drum beat.

Accountability starts in the Mayors office and Govenors chair. It is naive to think this disaster was caused by any one administration in LA . This was decades of neglect by a wide variety of people entirely local.

Moreover the locals themselves according to my coworkers on the sceene blame local government.