Sunday, September 11, 2005

NAGIN GIVES BUSH A PASS

I just turned on my TV and what to my wondering eye should appear but New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin on NBC's Meet The Press. When asked by host Tim Russert about cooperation and support from the State and Federal governments, I expected a Bush bash. Instead, while Nagin was highly critical of the Federal response, he blamed it on "low level advisors", who gave the President advice which may have grossly understated the severity of the problem. In his personal dealings with Bush, Nagin praised the President, saying, "Whatever I asked the President for, he made it happen".
The Mayor reserved the bulk of his rage for
Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D), who he accused of showing up in New Orleans with full press entourage, performing a dog & pony show, then leaving. Nagin had supported Republican Piyush "Bobby" Jindal over Blanco in the 2003 gubernatorial runoff election.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

SOME THOUGHTS ON KATRINA

I guess it's time I weigh in on Hurricane Katrina and the tragic devastation on the Gulf Coast. The left has been working overtime to lay this solely at President Bush's door but charity begins at home and the City of New Orleans dropped the ball. Sure, they had a great plan, but they made no effort to implement it. And not just in Katrina but Hurricane Ivan, too.
By now we all know about the hundreds of now useless school buses that could have been used to evacuate city residents who had no cars.
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has come under criticism for a sluggish response; this appears to have bedeviled that agency since at least the
Clinton Administration.
Let's talk about the levees. What about the levees? The libs keep whining that President Bush cut the funding and that's why it broke, but apparently the part that broke through was
already modified and improved! (Hat tip to That Gay Conservative)
I could go on and on, but much has been said by others. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the babble from the German Minister of the Environment, Jürgen Trittin. Rather than speak to that on myself, read
this article by Claus Christian Malzahn, one outraged German.
I will close with a link to
Camojack, who was kind enough to post some great charitable organizations to help the people down South.