Saturday, September 10, 2005

Katrina Media Sampler; Kayne West Booed!

Just a quick taste...first, when the frothing-at-the-mouth lefties at The New York Times start questioning the actions of their heroes -the poor, hopeless, state authorities of Louisiana - you know there is trouble 'a brewin':

As New Orleans descended into chaos last week and Louisiana's governor asked for 40,000 soldiers, President Bush's senior advisers debated whether the president should speed the arrival of active-duty troops by seizing control of the hurricane relief mission from the governor.
For reasons of practicality and politics, officials at the Justice Department and the Pentagon, and then at the White House, decided not to urge Mr. Bush to take command of the effort. Instead, the Washington officials decided to rely on the growing number of National Guard personnel flowing into Louisiana, who were under Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco's control.

To seize control of the mission, Mr. Bush would have had to invoke the Insurrection Act, which allows the president in times of unrest to command active-duty forces into the states to perform law enforcement duties. But decision makers in Washington felt certain that Ms. Blanco would have resisted surrendering control, as Bush administration officials believe would have been required to deploy active-duty combat forces before law and order had been re-established.

Officials in Louisiana agree that the governor would not have given up control over National Guard troops in her state as would have been required to send large numbers of active-duty soldiers into the area.

Could you imagine the reaction from the Democrats and the media if W. had indeed invoked the Insurrection Act ? The howling from the left would have exceeded the blowing of a hundred Katrinas; all the devastation wrought would have been lost under accusations that BushHitler was taking over America by force, using the hurricane as cover.

So he opted against doing so (knowing our brave Democratic heroine would publicly refuse hin permission), leaving the defense of New Orleans to their elected leaders, whom promptly committed negligent homicide. Perhaps this is a lapse of judgement the media would be able to actually exploit, had they the intelligence to do so.

And it appears that Americans didn't get the message that Kayne West is an American Hero for trashing his President during a Katrina fundraiser. During the NFL Opening Night festivities in New England, Patriot fans sent Kayne a pretty clear message...and kudos to the reveiwer at the Boston Globe; he does not even bother to hide his bias:

...while West did one tune, ''Heard 'Em Say." Yet it was disconcerting to hear his name booed loudly by Patriots fans who evidently didn't appreciate his nationally televised comment the other night on a Hurricane Katrina benefit that President Bush ''doesn't care about black people." The boos were thunderous and lasted for much of his number.

Par for the course in medialand...60,000 people jeer an anti-American media hero, and it only gets mentioned in an entertainment review by a distressed journalist. One guy curses at the Vice President{link at bottom}, and it makes national headlines...
Go down to New Orleans, Kayne, and help Penn bail out his skiff.

Charles Krauthammer uses some historical precedent....

In less enlightened times, there was no catastrophe independent of human agency. When the plague or some other natural disaster struck, witches were burned, Jews were massacred and all felt better (except the witches and Jews).
A few centuries later, our progressive thinkers have progressed not an inch. No fall of a sparrow on this planet is not attributed to sin and human perfidy. The three current favorites are: (1) global warming, (2) the war in Iraq and (3) tax cuts. Katrina hits and the unholy trinity is immediately invoked to damn sinner-in-chief George W. Bush.

...and uses blunt logic that the Bush Administration should take note of:

This kind of stupidity merits no attention whatsoever, but I'll give it a paragraph. There is no relationship between global warming and the frequency and intensity of Atlantic hurricanes. Period. The problem with the evacuation of New Orleans is not that National Guardsmen in Iraq could not get to New Orleans, but that National Guardsmen in Louisiana did not get to New Orleans. As for the Bush tax cuts, administration budget requests for New Orleans flood control during the five Bush years exceed that of the five preceding Clinton years. The notion that the allegedly missing revenues would have been spent wisely by Congress, targeted precisely to the levees of New Orleans, and reconstruction would have been completed in time, is a threefold fallacy. The argument ends when you realize that, as The Washington Post notes, ``the levees that failed were already completed projects."

Thank you Charles, but trying to convince the Democrats that Bush is actually not responsible here is like trying to convince the Arabs that the Jews are not responsible for...oh, for every calamity that has befallen them for the last millenium. Luck, I wish you...

Kayne West Booed? Read it here:
Yahoo! heckles Cheney here:
Krauthhammer column here:
Times article via Damian Penny

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