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Thursday, September 01, 2005

'It's like being in a Third World country'

That catchy phrase was being used here but they've since changed it... maybe someone caught on to how completely stupid that sounded.

This whole situation in New Orleans is both an example of the best and worst in people. The funny thing is that I haven't heard the word "National Guard" used much... I have see "New Orleans police halt rescue efforts to stop looters", and CNN ran a story on tv talking about how police officers from around the country and Canada were flying to New Orleans to help stop the looting...

Uhm... ah... guess that whole sending the National Guard to Iraq sounds stupid now... and now stories are appearing that this whole mess could have been avoided:

It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.
-- Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 8, 2004

So let's take an accounting... National Guard in Iraq, fighting a war based on lies told by president bush, money that was supposed to be used to stop floods in New Orleans moved into the president's budget, president bush finally gets off of his but and returns to the white house...

Why did you people vote for this man again? Oh... yeah... cause stopping gay marriage... more important then stopping the worst disaster in us history since the earthquake in San Francisco.

There's this part of me that believes that behind every disaster there is a conspiracy... I can't help it, that's what comes with having an intelligent mind. It also doesn't help that yesterday on Springer on the Radio, Jerry mentioned that developers may opt to only make beach front condos and forget to build low income housing for the thousands of poor and minorities now homeless...

There is a part in you that says "no human being is capable of such a thing" this is what prevents you from believing in conspiracy theories... but given human history, human beings are capable of so much worse. In England the king used to have people flayed and their intestines burned in their face while they died...

Diverting funds so that a natural disaster could free up beach front property in a predominantly black area... not so cruel and unusual.

So CNN is now talking about the National Guard... guess they aren't all in Iraq.

Whoa... someone on CNN has balls... he just asked Lt Colonel in the Louisiana National Guard why so slow on the deployment of troops... granted the answer was very rehearsed... but still.

Again... IRAQ.

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