whats interesting is that the gov is blaming everything on the mayor all the while the federal government is dragging its feet in the rescue attempt
Well it seems the Louisiana wetlands area south of New Orleans has been disappearing for years. This normally would ahve absorbed a large part of the storm surge. This loss of the wetlands and the danger it presented to New Orleans is documented and well known.
Its seems that a few years ago a bill was presented in Washington to allocate money to upgrade the Levies and restore the wetlands and do some work to prevent Lake Ponchatrain from overflowing into New Orleans.
The Bill was killed by guess who? Our favorite American...President Bush!(insert hissing and snake sound effects here).
So because Washington would not allocate the moeny to help better protect New Orleans no effort was made to upgrade the protection.
It seems the experts have been yelling for several years that its not a matter of if New Orleans will be hit but when.
Now everyone is trying to pass the buck and shift blame to someone else because no Politician is willing to admit they screwed up because that would be political suicide.
IMO I still firmly believe that the Mayor of New Orleans is not to blame. He did what he could in regards to the city, but the events that happened are way beyond city control. This required immediate action on the State level with teh Feds moving in as well and at very least saying "Stuff is on teh way, when it gets there tell tehm where you want it".
Hell I would have had the National Guard on standby alert status for possible mobilization just in case the Hurricane hit.
I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
27th May 2004
Apparently America has enough servicemen in its reserves and Armed Forces to Run three wars at once, they can send plenty of help over.
The cream of the crop
20th August 2003
Tap112 Wrong. The Senate just okayed a bill giving $10.5 billion in aid to the crisis. We have less national debt than Canada, Japan, Germany, Frace, and most of Europe. It really annoys me when people whine about our debt.
Thats a heck of a lot for a country thats "not in much debt"....
By debt, he means Debt per GDP, (a much better way of showing how badly in debt a country is), in which case the US isn't as badly in debt than Canada, Japan, Germany, France, and most of Europe. If a Bill Gates owes a total of $7 billion but owns a company that takes in $11.75 billion per year, he's not nearly as bad off as the guy that lives down the street that owes a total $3.5 billion but only has a company that only takes in $3 billion per year.
Did anyone catch Geraldo last night on (I think it was) Hannity & Colmes? (Fox News) He was in the New Orleans convention center grabbing babies (and making them cry) screaming about how the people should just "walk out of here" to Mississippi (in the middle of the night). He really looked like a complete idiot (big surprise). But I suppose he's the man to put in place down there - with his background in giving out troop movements, he can keep track of the whereabouts of the victims so our relief workers can find them easier. :nodding:
On a serious note, it was good yesterday to see the endless convoy of troops, supplies and busses arriving to provide much needed relief, security and transportation.
thank you, ive been looking for that thing for quite awhile now what was it that tap112 was saying about us not being in debt? :rolleyes: :0wned:
The problem with this situation, is not the ammount of planes we have, but how fast they can get somewhere. Seven C-130s were supposed to land at different times today in Houston, and only three are going to make it for today. We are very efficient here in Houston, we broke some record for unloading and transporting victims from the C-130 in eighteen minutes, however, we just don't get those planes in. Medical supplies and food are plentiful here, so I can't complain about that. If only those planes would show up...
"Maybe it was punishment for what it did to Iraq, which has a man-made disaster, not a natural disaster," said the woman, who did not want to be named as she has an American manager.
I want to slap that person. We've got victims here and all these people do is critisize, complain and badger us. No matter what we've done, there's no reason for people to say that we deserve this.
Its pretty damn sad. FEMA screwed up again. They had nobody on standby to bring in right after the hurricane came thru. They had no plans, it was all improvised.
Plus what I really hate is that National Guard will not allow many people to leave without their pets. If I could not take a pet with me, I would stay behind. No chance in hell would I leave any of my cats behind.
I think the Commander of the Atlantic Fleet should have taken the whole fleet, and have them follow the hurricane. The ships have helo bays, they have water distiliation, they have food and water. They could have been right there.