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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Fire Blanco...NOW

For all of you people blaming the Fedral government, here is the truth, from Nagin's mouth: NAGIN: Look, I've gotten promises to -- I can't stand anymore promises. I don't want to hear anymore promises. I want to see stuff done. And that's why I'm so happy that the president came down here, because I think they were feeding him a line of bull also. And they were telling him things weren't as bad as it was. He came down and saw it, and he put a general on the field. His name is General Honore. And when he hit the field, we started to see action. And what the state was doing, I don't frigging know. But I tell you, I am pissed. It wasn't adequate. And then, the president and the governor sat down. We were in Air Force One. I said, 'Mr. President, Madam Governor, you two have to get in sync. If you don't get in sync, more people are going to die.' S. O'BRIEN: What date was this? When did you say that? When did you say... NAGIN: Whenever air Force One was here. S. O'BRIEN: OK. NAGIN: And this was after I called him on the telephone two days earlier. And I said, 'Mr. President, Madam Governor, you two need to get together on the same page, because of the lack of coordination, people are dying in my city.' S. O'BRIEN: That's two days ago. NAGIN: They both shook -- I don't know the exact date. They both shook their head and said yes. I said, 'Great.' I said, 'Everybody in this room is getting ready to leave.' There was senators and his cabinet people, you name it, they were there. Generals. I said, 'Everybody right now, we're leaving. These two people need to sit in a room together and make a doggone decision right now.' S. O'BRIEN: And was that done? NAGIN: The president looked at me. I think he was a little surprised. He said, "No, you guys stay here. We're going to another section of the plane, and we're going to make a decision."He called me in that office after that. And he said, "Mr. Mayor, I offered two options to the governor." I said -- and I don't remember exactly what. There were two options. I was ready to move today. The governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision. S. O'BRIEN: You're telling me the president told you the governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision? NAGIN: Yes. S. O'BRIEN: Regarding what? Bringing troops in? NAGIN: Whatever they had discussed. As far as what the -- I was abdicating a clear chain of command, so that we could get resources flowing in the right places. S. O'BRIEN: And the governor said no. NAGIN: She said that she needed 24 hours to make a decision. It would have been great if we could of left Air Force One, walked outside, and told the world that we had this all worked out. It didn't happen, and more people died. Forget making Blanco resign. Fire her ass...now!


At 9/07/2005 09:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out http://arabstreet.blogspot.com/
March 27, 2004 entry.


At 9/07/2005 09:50:00 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Just saw a leftist pundit on CNN accuse Bush of "terrorism" (really, she used that word!) for his handling of New Orleans. And she said basically anything bad that happens in the US is the President's fault. And she said the US constitution should be ignored during an emergency.

I don't think pesky things like facts and laws are gonna get in anyone's way on this.

At 9/07/2005 10:00:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw a feminist arguing with an elderly black man about this disaster on Fox. Sorry I forgot their names (Wolf vs Ward?). The feminist blames Bush for not acting more swiftly. The Black dude says Bush just can't swoop in without being asked to by the governor. Funny thing is seeing a Black man defending Bush from the ignorant beeeeaatch.


At 9/07/2005 12:21:00 PM, Blogger freefalla said...

The failures of both Blanco and Nagin are nicely laid out in this opinion piece from the wall street journal...
...if either of them had a shred of integrity or a sense of shame they'd put a shotgun in their mouth on national television, or at least step down and issue a public apology. Wait, what am I thinking, politicians with integrity and shame...

At 9/07/2005 06:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, Fox is reporting that earlier today, mayor Nagin ordered the mandatory, forced evacuation of people left in that fetid water. Governor Blanco has announced that such an order requires her consent, which she has refused to give.


At 9/08/2005 09:48:00 AM, Blogger christina/ohio said...

Oh yes, it is all true. In a Federalized Republic that the United States is we have laws about state sovereignty. The President just can't break the law like that, it would give the left the amo for impeachment. Now I see that they are talking about the budget cuts to the levee system, perhaps someone should point out where exactly it went:
and also ask Sen. Laundrie to ask her brother the lt. Governor why only 10% of the 2 billion that has been sent to LA since 1988 for levee repair has been appropriated for that purpose?

Now I hear that the Democrats all of a sudden don't want to participate in the federal inquiry and now want to throw money at the problem. Nothing to look at ....move along!

At 9/08/2005 08:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't really fire governors. I believe she's up for reelection in a couple of years.

The sad part: Louisiana is the Southeaster US capital of corruption, cronyism, and machine politics. Kind of like Chicago, only with better food.

The even-sadder part: Louisianans almost elected Rhodes Scholar (and proven, gifted administrator) Bobby Jindal instead of her in the last election. Jindal on the relief effort: http://www.opinionjournal.com/cc/?id=110007224

James M


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