Sunday, September 04, 2005

Katrina's Devastation: Who's Responsible?

{with updates at bottom}

OK, Lefties, you want to play politics with the hurricane that killed New Orleans? Well, perhaps the Democratic Mayor and Governer should be charged with negligant homicide - check out the timeline:

6:42 pm CDT August 28, 2005(Louisiana Governor) Blanco said President George W. Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.The president has already declared states of emergency in Louisiana and Mississippi to accelerate the emergency response to the storm. He joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency in urging everyone to obey evacuation order

In an interview on Eyewitness News, Nagin said his Saturday night dinner was interrupted by an urgent call from Governor Kathleen Blanco who asked Nagin to call the Hurricane Center.

That was after President Bush called Blanco and virtually begged her to get those people out.

A major hurricane bearing down on his city, and the freakin' mayor, charged with the population's safety, could not even be bothered to look at a weather forecast? Literally, criminal...

By the way; just a JerseyNut thought - did George Bush save untold thousands of lives by making this call to Blanco, telling her to get off her ass and do something??

Go read Lou Minatti; he has stories about official incompetence that will make your blood boil - thousands of unused buses, hundreds of millions of dollars of wasted federal money...the list goes on and on. If these two fools have anything resembling a soul, they should resign as soon as the crisis is over.

I'll end with a quote lifted from Lou's blog:

Nagin deserves much of the blame for the thousands of deaths that resulted from his inaction. I hope Ray Nagin is haunted by this for the rest of his life.

UPDATE: The Rottweiler speaks clearly to Nagin:

We’re sending buses across the country as fast as we possibly can to help clean up your mess and rescue the people you betrayed when you couldn’t be bothered to send the ones you already had a couple of blocks down the street before the disaster hit, yet YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO BITCH?

Clink the link, hear him bark loudly - should my negligant homicide charge be upgraded to mass murder?

UPDATE: Via Econopundit from Drudge, you can count all 250 schoolbuses. parked down the street from the Superdome, that Ray Nagin didn't send out to evac the poor of New Orleans
I guess neither Blanco or Nagin are literate, or else they certainly would have read this:

Louisiana disaster plan, pg 13, para 5 , dated 01/00'
The primary means of hurricane evacuation will be personal vehicles. School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating'...

UPDATE 1155P: Miss Atlas Shrugged adds her voice to the call for resignations here; scrolling down, you'll see some issues worth exploring regarding the FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security:

How is it possible that with the fourth anniversary of 9/11 almost upon us, the federal government doesn't have in hand the capability to prepare for and then manage a large urban disaster, natural or man-made...What has DHS been doing if not readying itself and its subcomponents for a likely disaster? The collapse of a New Orleans levee has long led a list of worst-case urban crisis scenarios. The dots had already been connected...

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