Thursday, September 08, 2005

A simple question

Forget all the spin all the talk. Forget the litany of stories of how bad things were and are in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Forget about who declared what when even though it's clear the attack dogs of the right are lying about it. Just ask one question to those in chrage - "Why couldn't you get water to dying people?" Related questions would be "Why did babies die, and they did, because FEMA couldn't get a bottle of water to them?" Mind you, these were babies held in the arms of their mothers who were being interviewed by t.v. reporters, with camera and sound crews, a producer and a few armed escorts, who got to them. So if Gerald Rivera can get to them or Duke students can get to them or Oprah or Sean Penn can get to them how can FEMA cannot?

It's a simple question. Why can't you get bottles of water to dying people at the Superdome or Convention Center? Media and rescue helicopters were throwing bottled water down to roof survivors. How come the mighty U.S. government can't? Oh, maybe it's Mayor Ray Nagin's fault since he lords over a fleet of helicopters. Or maybe it's Gov. Blanco's fault since see has control over the 6th Fleet and search and rescue air wings. Water. Simple question. Water.

Not when a disaster area was declared or when an evacuation was ordered. Water. Why can't you get water to dying babies? And they did die from lack of water.

Michael "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" Brown is the head of FEMA and on their website brags, "Under Secretary Brown has led Homeland Security’s response to more than 164 presidentially declared disasters and emergencies, including the 2003 Columbia Shuttle disaster and the California wildfires in 2003. In 2004, Mr. Brown led FEMA’s thousands of dedicated disaster workers during the most active hurricane season in over 100 years, as FEMA delivered aid more quickly and more efficiently than ever before." All that experience but he can't get water to dying babies.

Michael Chertoff, the Director of Homeland Security, who along with Brownie only seems to want to secure his next job rather than secure food and water to dying toddlers was also breathtaking in his calm explanation of baby murder due to lack of water. He along with Brownie are playing the "no one thought," "no one could have imagined," "we just found out about those people today" cards and unfortunately some people are buying. Maybe someone should ask him if he could imagine toddlers and infants dying because they couldn't get water to hurricane victims in an American city?

Water to babies. They couldn't do it. Brownie told Ted Kopple about the people at the convention center who had no food or water, "My heart goes out to those people." As Jon Stewart so brilliantly commented, "Can they drink your heart? Can they eat it?" I would add, "do you have a heart?"

Water. A simple question.

Oh, and by the way, FEMA's website also proudly proclaims that Brownie is in charge and directs the Nuclear Incident Response Team. Sleep well tonight.

BONUS POSTING: Andy Borowitz gets the Curmudgeon to crack a brief smile. Read how it happened here.

BONUS SIMPLE QUESTIONS: If Brownie hadn't known someone, would this graduate of a non-accredited law school, former Arabian horse commissioner for stewards and judges have been named general counsel of FEMA? Except for knowing someone should a FEMA chief be selected without disaster relief and management experience? Do you W lovers really believe that FEMA chiefs should be selected because of who they know or what they know? Are there any standards left or is it all just about good connections, good hearts but no brains?


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

TV news cameramen were dropping water from their helicopters shortly after Rummy got home from the ball game and Condy got home from Broadway.

Maybe we should let CNN handle the next disaster.kbdd

9:55 AM  
Blogger phinky said...

Where are all the pro-lifers in this? You know the ones who want to save unborn babies by banning abortion and emergency contraception. Where are they? Where are their tears and pleas to not let babies die?
The hypocrisy of the right is overwhelming.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

The "pro-lifers" are busy lobbying for the elimination of the estate tax so they can have all that money tax free in the next life.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Are there standards left? What are you joking? Lie, Cheat and Steal are the words they live by.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Reminds me of the law firm of Dewey, Cheatem and Howe from the Three Stooges. And when I refer to the Three Stooges I'm not talking about Brownie, Chertoff and W.

5:00 PM  
Blogger d.K. said...

I thought about the death of those infants off an on all day. I wonder how those mothers will ever reconcile what happened, why their children had to die. They probably won't reconcile it, so more lives are likely forever ruined than just the ones who actually died of neglect. I still can't reconcile it.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

d.k. - I am haunted by that tape of the woman holding her baby at pleading, "look, he's not waking up easily. He's so hot." Babies died because of lack of water and food sitting in 90 plus heat and humidity. It's a crime against humanity. But "Brownie's doing a heck of a job." If this doesn't change things in 2006 I give up.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Petunia McGillicuddy said...

A lot of people I know are glued to their reality tv; what they know of this disaster is that there are donation jars all over campus, they are laughing at Sean Penn for "trying to save the world one person at a time" and then going back to their real conversation, about which bar to meet at later. I don't understand how people can still be so wrapped up and be completely missing what has transpired.

10:46 AM  

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