Sunday, August 20, 2006

"She can't let go of that mess"

Too bad you have a such a soft spot for Hurricane Katrina victims Tara. Life would be so much easier if you didn't give a damn, wouldn't it?

Well, from all of us in New Orleans to all of you, like Tara, who continue to care, let me just say, thank you!

For all the rest of you, secession is not out of the question before the rest of the nation goes to hell. We are Katrina dissidents. We learned the hard way that failure is not an option. Sinn Fein!

Speaking of failures, how about the preznit?

New Orleans is another failure which he has thus far failed to turn around. As we approach the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Hurricane Katrina, can anyone remember the last time monkey boy ever mentioned New Orleans?

Maybe it was back in April when he draped his lazy arm on the diminutive 74-year-old Lower Ninth Ward resident Ethel Williams, telling her in his faux Crawford drawl that she'd get back into her house using his brilliant strategy of ... uh ... letting other people come up with a plan (HT: G Bitch).

We've got a strategy to help the good folks down here rebuild. Part of it has to do with funding; part of it has to do with housing; and a lot of it has to do with encouraging volunteers from around the United States to come down and help people like Ms. Williams.

Maybe the preznit didn't think Ms. Williams was one of the "good people," because this is what her house looks like now:

Hammer: $12.99.

Nails: $2.49.

Trip on Air Force One to New Orleans: Classified.

Photo op for the worst president ever? Priceless.

There are some things money can't buy -- like brains, the truth, and the White House.

Oh, but why stop with the preznit. It seems that the incredible disappearing mayor, See Ray Nagin, popped up in Indianapolis for more race-baiting to draw attention away from his own unbelievable incompetence. Well, before he ducks his shiny head again, I'm going to take a swat at him.

Instead of dealing with the range of issues critical for the City of New Orleans to recover and rebuild, Ray Ray is off on the tour circuit again, distracting people from his own incompetence, and passing up the opportunity to present more pressing messages to the nation on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, like ... CATEGORY 5 STORM PROTECTION AND COASTAL RESTORATION!
"The tragedy of Katrina was awful. It exposed the soft underbelly of America as it relates to dealing with race and class. And I, to this day, believe that if that would have happened in Orange County, California, if that would have happened in South Beach, Miami, it would have been a different response," Nagin said. ...

"We are being strangled, and they're using the money to set local policies to try to take control of the city to do things that they had in mind all along, and that's to shrink the footprint, get a bunch of developers in the city, and try to do things in a different way," Nagin said.

It looks like Ray Ray put his horse's ass in his mouth again (a feat made all the more difficult when his head is perpetually inside his ass).

It might be hard to see with your head between your legs, Ray Ray, but the soft underbelly of America is girdled with shysters like you who pander to racial inequalities to get elected and maintain power while shafting the very people you pander to.

Hey Ray Ray ... yeah man, I just looked at your picture, and it looks like you're still black. I hate to point that out, man, but hey man, you are the man in charge in New Orleans. Do you think, man, that as a black man, you might raise your voice now and again for the very people you say are being left out of the recovery by the federal government. Like, hey man, what about public housing residents, man. Do you think you might say something about opening up that housing now so that at least they could get back into the city? And hey man, what about your statements that people should use their best judgment when deciding whether or not to rebuild in "low-lying" areas? Is that what you mean when you criticize the federal government for not helping out more? Why would it, when you're telling people not to rebuild in those areas?

Where, Mr. Poseur, is your plan to rebuild New Orleans? Where, Mr. Charlatan, is your strategy to get schools back up and running when they're still scrambling to rebuild, and when they can't find enough teachers? Where, Mr. Imposter, is your plan to address the incompetence of the D.A.'s office? Where, Mr. Pretender, is your concern for the well-being of firefighters who earn less than McDonald's workers, whose equipment is in terrible shape since Hurricane Katrina, who operate with disastrously-low water pressure due to the damaged water system, and for residents, who now live with the fear of fire? When, Mr. Fraud, were you thinking you might publish a detailed report on the fiscal situation of the city? What, Mr. Imitator, did you think you would do to support the unified planning process with concrete action -- like getting rid of Steven Bungler and Concordia? With all that needs to be done in this broken city, do you really have time, Mr. Fake, for email flames and oreo cookie stunts?

Oh when will the nonsense end! Please!

For some people, it already has. The Earth Policy Institute is calling the exodus of victims from the Gulf Coast the first example of "climate refugees" in the dawn of the global warming era. Over a million people scattered to other areas ahead of Hurricane Katrina, and afterwards. Many won't return. In New Orleans, the stream of returning victims has slowed to a trickle. Among 375,000 residents of southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast who haven't returned, at least 250,000 have established new residences elsewhere. (8/21/06 update: I'm convinced that we're experiencing the effects of global warming now, and that it may have caused the strengthening of Hurricane Katrina. But it's also true, as Mark pointed out in the comments below, that "the displaced must be laid at the foot of the White House, the Corps of Engineers and FEMA. They have become not the evacuees but the displaced not through climate change, but by fiat of a government that does not care." Wouldn't it be ironic, though, if the Bush administration were forced to acknowledge global warming to direct attention away from its own failure to manage the Hurricane Katrina disaster.)

In other matters, don't you wish the criminal justice system stopped picking on non-violent offenders, and focused its resources instead on the really bad people? Here's a solution:
As a clinician I don't remember ever meeting an addicted person who wanted to be addicted or who expected that compulsive, uncontrollable or even criminal behavior would emerge when he or she started taking drugs. Providing drug-abusing offenders with comprehensive treatment saves lives and protects communities.

Finally, don't forget to sue your insurance company! On Saturday, WTUL's Community Gumbo featured a repeat of last week's program on local residents fighting their insurance companies to settle their claims for Hurricane Katrina and Rita property damage.

While we struggle through the daily Katrina slog, at least we still have each other for support!

Failure is not an option!

Sunday music:

Tags: | | | | | | Bush is a moron | Impeach Bush | George W Bush | Bush | Worst President Ever | | | | | | | | | | Katrina Dissidents | Failure Is Not An Option


At 8/20/2006 11:03:00 PM, Anonymous GentillyGirl said...

Right freakin' on hon! Right freakin' on.

I'm a Katrina Dissident too.

At 8/21/2006 02:17:00 AM, Blogger LisaPal said...

Gentilly Girl took the words right out of my mouth! You are on fire! I can't find the superlatives that are superlative enough for this.

At 8/21/2006 04:35:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

They are not climate refugees. The displaced must be laid at the foot of the White House, the Corps of Engineers and FEMA. They have become not the evacuees but the displaced not through climate change, but by fiat of a government that does not care.

At 8/21/2006 04:42:00 AM, Blogger judyb said...


At 8/21/2006 07:11:00 AM, Anonymous Marco said...

Shrubs have no memory. That's why they're shrubs. The dufus is not running the country. We all know who is. People have to really take back this country or it will go to the dogs, literally. Keep on telling the truth. Liars and phoneys can't stand the truth.

At 8/21/2006 09:37:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Must be the Geek Dinner giving me inspiration. Thanks for the encouragement. If the country goes to the dogs, Marcus, maybe we'll all be pissing on the shrubs.

At 8/21/2006 01:04:00 PM, Anonymous Sophmom said...

Another great post, Schroeder. I think "Katrina dissidents" has legs.

At 8/21/2006 01:14:00 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

I think we sould move into City Hall and wait for Ray to give us a plan

At 8/21/2006 01:47:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Ooohh -- Karen. That could be fun. Hey, I can get some MRE's ... but grills are a lot stinkier and attract people hungry for raw meat.

We could get some drum circle people, some Mardi Gras Indians, make it a great big citywide unified process. Huh? Who woulda thunk.

'Course, we'd wanna have a couple of anti-Walgreens signs around, ey?

At 8/21/2006 03:58:00 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

You know I think you are on to something. A multi Purpose Multi Pissed off event. The great unwashed Middleaged [some of us} hunkering down with some stadium cushions and metamucil.

At 8/21/2006 09:49:00 PM, Blogger Dambala said...

a bow to you sir.


At 8/22/2006 11:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put the blame where it belongs: on Blanco, moreso on Nagin for failing to evacuate or to use the federal funds given them properly.

The rest of the country has no duty, no obligation to people who choose to live in a flood plain. It is immoral to steal from others so that you can prosper.

Oh, by the way, I don't see Jimmy Carter in any of the pictures, so what photo op did the worst president ever have?

At 8/22/2006 01:31:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

anonymous, I'm sure any other bloggers who read your comment will take their turns with you, but I'll take the first swing, asshole.

"The rest of the country has no duty, no obligation to people who choose to live in a flood plain. It is immoral to steal from others so that you can prosper."

Well then, I'd say the rest of the country owes Louisiana at least $100 billion in offshore oil revenues, plus hundreds of billions more in profits from oil sales to the rest of the country. After all, it's the rest of the country that profited by stealing from Louisiana, devastating her wetlands in the process, and preventing her from using the riches of her land to improve the quality of the infrastructure now so evidently lacking in its ability to protect her people.

Jimmy Carter? He *was* one of the best presidents ever. The current "decider" occcupying the White House has done more to reverse progress in the Middle East, cooperation in the world, and prosperity at home, than was gained, I'd say, since WWII.

Jimmy Carter has done more for more people in his humble years since he was president than George W. Bush could ever hope to do as president.


At 8/22/2006 04:58:00 PM, Anonymous Sophmom said...

It's natural to want to focus blame, when there's plenty enough to spread around. I even take the unpopular position of laying some on the National Hurricane Center. New Orleans didn't get much time to evacuate. Katrina came up out of nowhere and moved in very quickly. I'm no expert and I don't live there but I've always read that the city needs 72 hours to evacuate. They got 36, beginning on a Saturday morning. I remember thinking Friday afternoon that there wasn't going to be time to get everyone out. When New Orleanians went to bed on Friday, the cone was pointing directly at the FL panhandle... BUT, the city dodged a bullet. If the levees had been what New Orleanians had been told they were, then there's a little wind and water damage, the power is out for a while and everybody goes home and cleans up. But the levees weren't what citizens had been told they were and they failed under an assault they'd been advertised as being able to withstand. It flooded 80% of the city as well as outlying areas, and that simply has to fall upon the US Army's Corps of Engineers.

As for our responsibility to each other as a nation, no place is completely safe, and NOLA doesn't have a monopoly on "when, not if" scenarios. Manhattan, Tampa, Memphis, San Franscico, all share that distinction. Forest fires devour communities and tornadoes obliterate them. We don't just walk away when that happens, but we're doing that here simply because it's too enormous, so it's easier to blame the victims and tell ourselves it's their fault and would never happen to us. That way we can sleep at night.

NOLA has lost the wetlands, their protection against storm surge, to the appropriation of the Mississippi River for shipping, not just petroleum but goods into and out of the heartland, so the folks who live deep in the country can drive SUVs and buy and sell stuff.

Earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, wild fires, tsunamis, floods, blizzards, catastrophic heat, and hurricanes are the nature of the planet. We are a nation. It's our duty to face those catastrophies and any accompanying aftermath together, with and for each other. Its our obligation, and it's immoral to refuse. We're Americans. It's what we do.

At 8/22/2006 05:37:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Thanks Sophmom -- a well-reasoned argument. I might have said as much if I hadn't flown off the handle, but never so elegantly. You are have all the class of a queen.

At 8/22/2006 05:43:00 PM, Anonymous Sophmom said...

Thank you, Schroeder, and you're very welcome. I just couldn't leave that hanging. Besides, it's true, 'cept I forgot landslides. ;)


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