Saturday, September 10, 2005

They Said It. They Really Did.

Here are ten incredibly stupid things said after Hurricane Katrina (courtesy of

1) "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." –President Bush, on "Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina (Source)

2) "What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) – this is working very well for them." –Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the Hurricane flood evacuees in the Houston Astrodome, Sept. 5, 2005 (Source)

3) "It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that's seven feet under sea level....It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed." –House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Aug. 31, 2005 (Source)

4) "We've got a lot of rebuilding to do ... The good news is — and it's hard for some to see it now — that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house — he's lost his entire house — there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." (Laughter) —President Bush, touring hurricane damage, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005 (Source)

5) "Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well." –FEMA Director Michael Brown, Sept. 1, 2005 (Source)

6) "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." –President Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, while touring Hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, Sept. 2, 2005 (Source)

7) "I have not heard a report of thousands of people in the convention center who don't have food and water." –Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, on NPR's "All Things Considered," Sept. 1, 2005 (Source)

8) "Well, I think if you look at what actually happened, I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, 'New Orleans Dodged the Bullet.' Because if you recall, the storm moved to the east and then continued on and appeared to pass with considerable damage but nothing worse." –Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, blaming media coverage for his failings, "Meet the Press," Sept. 4, 2005 (Source)

9) "I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.” –Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sept. 6, 2005 (Source)

10) "You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals...many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold." –CNN's Wolf Blitzer, on New Orleans' hurricane evacuees, Sept. 1, 2005 (Source)

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A Lack Of Accountability

What continues to bother me most about the on-going tragedy of the hurricane is the complete lack of accountability in the administration. No one is stepping forward to admit that even with all the money thrown into homeland security and preparation for a major terrorist attack, the government was completely impotent and unable to mount anything approaching an adequate response to this disaster. Most third world countries do a better job of covering for their own.

But will anyone admit they've screwed up? Will anyone in the Bush administration admit they haven't prepared for a major disaster? Will anyone admit they haven't done their job? Will anyone admit that if there was a major terrorist attack somewhere in the US, we'd be screwed just as badly as New Orleans because there is no organized plan to deal with something like that even though you can bet your life lots of folks are pulling huge paychecks to have that plan ready?

What has the head of homeland security had to say about this? Let me paraphrase: We didn't think a big storm could hit the US.

That bit of deep thinking came from the guy in charge who is supposed to plan for a major disaster, either natural or man-made, and be able to bring in the help immediately that those affected will obviously need (food, water, medicine). He failed miserably.

Well, actually he's the second guy in charge. Bush is the one supposedly running the whole show, and it doesn't take two minutes of seeing his act down south to realize he is still struggling to pull up his pants over all of this. Unfortunately there's not an election in the next few weeks. I'm afraid the average American won't remember all this the next time the polls open.

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A Cold, Cruel World

As I was trying to point out to my AP class today, sometimes the world contains realities harsher than we can imagine, and good won't always be rewarded, and sacrifice won't always be acknowledged. Life sucks that way.

And don't even think about eating those two slices of pizza, buddy. Think about your future.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Alive and Well

Hi all. I am still alive. Just haven't either had the time or inclination to update the site in the past month or so. I have been busy with getting the new school year started, plus I've just found other ways to use my spare time that haven't included this site. And as with a lot of things, once you stop doing something, it can be very hard to get that ball rolling again.

But I'll try.

Thanks to the folks who have written to check on me. Nice to know that there are some who would take the time to see if I'm still breathing. But don't fret. Nothing is wrong here. Franklin is fine, too.

So, back to my Friday night, which will mostly be taken up with straightening up the house. A guy is coming in the morning to look at painting my bathroom windows upstairs and I have to make the place presentable. Yep, your Friday will probably be much more fun than mine. Saturday morning, too.

Hope all is great with everyone who reads this. I'll try and get back into the swing of this site and update it more. Can't totally let it die, right?