Saturday, September 03, 2005

Katrina Bin Laden

It was a tropical storm at first and they knew it was coming. It was then a category 1 hurricane and they knew it was coming. It passed over Florida killing at least 11 people and they knew it was coming. It grew in strength in the Gulf of Mexico and whether it hit the gulf states as a category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane is meaningless. It was a disaster that was a certainty to happen. The only question was the exact zero hour of D-Day.

As we have all seen in horrifying and head shaking disbelief this was a nuclear explosion in weather form. The very catastrophic event W and his college and father's friends, who run the country, have been warning was only a matter of time since 9/11, happened. So now is the time and it's clear that all the billions spent and all the "preparation" by the Department of Homeland Security in the last four years has been a fraud. There is no emergency plan. The homeland security money is safely in the hands of W and his Soprano-like "family." You are on your own. You and your duct tape and plastic sheets.

Can you image a dirty bomb going off in New York City? How about one of those mushroom clouds over an American city that Condi, when she isn't buying Ferragamo shoes or Cheney when he isn't hiding from reality, warned us about? What about an anthrax or ricin attack through aerial unmanned planes that didn't exist in Iraq? If this is the reaction by the government, federal and state, (I'd say local but the Mayor of New Orleans would have to be Aquaman to command anything there now) for a natural and known disaster what hope is there for us when a jihadist disaster hits us? Sorry to be negative about it but the answer is none.

We can't get field hospitals set up in hours? We can't get water to the Superdome? How did NBC get there? Too dangerous for convoys? Order them to drive to the convention center! Is the risk of driving through the Big Easy even a minute fraction of the risk convoys, driving under orders, face in Iraq everyday? Is the mission any less important to get food, water, medicine and diapers to victims in New Orleans than it is to get payoff money to Tikrit?

And what's worse is now that we see that communications don't work and emergency response is fourth-world in competence (notwithstanding Faux News Radio blaring, "Hurricane Katrina - America Responds!" before and after commercial breaks), hundreds of billions will be re-spent to the same thieves who got all those Homeland Security contracts the first time around only this time they'll "do it right." And that's on top of the $100 billion, estimated by one firm, it's going to cost to re-build New Orleans. One guess who's going to pay for all that and one guess who is going to benefit.

The worst thing about the Hurricane Katrina Bin Laden is that it pulled back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz-like fantasy "Homeland Security" world W and company have created. Let the word go forth from this place that a new generation of incompetent politicians haven't done the basic job of government. Protect its citizens. If they can't protect us from the aftermath of a natural disaster we knew was coming--just turn on the Weather Channel, then how can we think we are prepared for the jihadist disaster we claim we know is coming? Congrats W, you just gave category 5 aid, comfort and inspiration to an enemy who gets cable tv in those dark caves.

BONUS UPDATE: An f-word laced rant that sounds like the Curmudgeon offline is truly worht a read here.


Blogger d.K. said...

The worst thing about the Hurricane Katrina Bin Laden is that it pulled back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz-like fantasy "Homeland Security" world W and company have created.

Great essay. Your metaphor highlighted above should be within the preface to any future history that seeks to accurately record the events of this week in America. My normally quiet, insular, elderly parents in Wisconsin are apoplectic over what's going on. I think the level of outrage seething just beneath the shock of so many people will come to a head and soon. Like 9/11, the loss of/devastion to New Orleans will forever change the landscape of this country, literally and figuratively, in way we probably can't yet fully appreciate....and rightfully so.

8:14 PM  
Blogger quantum said...

You thought things would be better after, say, a nuclear explosion? It's precisely the incredible difficulty of dealing with regional-area mass casualty destruction that makes some of us vote for Bush rather than the surrender-now left. When it's time to get together as a country, the left takes the opportunity to attack. But I guess when that's all ya got, that's all ya got.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I guess when ya got nada you just pull some meaningless drivel about Democrats out of your ass or is that what you call quantum mechanics? You forgot to mention Jane fonda and Ted Kennedy and all the other straw men of the straw-brained sell-out- America right.

You like the way he handled this tragedy? He didn't handle it, he contributed to it, and then lied on camera saying it wasn't forseen. He plays golf and goes to partys while children are drowning.

Name one thing Bush did to prevent this and one thing he did to prepare for it and one thing he did to expedite the rescue and I will give you ten things he did that made it worse. He had no plan, he gutted FEMA he stopped the repair of the levees, he allowed billions of homeland security funds to be given out as prizes to supporters and thousands of peope are dead because of him and the demented human scum that apologize for him.

9:20 PM  
Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

Yes, the Democratic Governor
of LA & the Democratic Mayor of
NO should have done a better job.
Neither is a Rudy Giuliani. Have
any blue states taken any refugees???

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Howdy

'Thought & Humor'

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

10:11 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Enough of the glossolalia - it was only one man who didn't have a plan, who made sure the levees would not be repaired, who has ordered the Red Cross not to go to the disaster scene, who squandered billions that could have done the job - and the number of the man is Bush, Bush, Bush.

Everyone who says we can't criticize the President is a liar and hypocrite, everyone who blasted Clinton and insists we can't criticize Bush is a liar, hypocrite and traitor to this country.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Crankybro said...

Now comes word that we are going to rescue, recover and rebuild New Orleans without a tax increase.
And if we can spend 10 to 100 billion now w/o new taxes, why couldn't we spend 70 million last year to strengthen the levees ?
Where does this "free money" come from ? I want some.
Also, it is noted that Crankboy must really be super cranky to post on the weekend

11:54 AM  
Anonymous HR said...

Dear Crank,
Most Americans who watch and listen to Howard Stern are only interested in the naked sluts.Not our crankyboy. Thanks for the graphic images of this poor slob who had to cut off his hand. Your have entered the Jeffrey Dahmer zone of unwanted thoughts. Next you'll be writing about which wine goes with human flesh the red or the white or if it really tastes like chicken.

Blah blah blah.................

1:49 PM  

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