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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

Friday, September 02, 2005

Reasons for Katrina

So far here are the causes for Katrina, according to some people: 1) Al Qaeda did it. (Who needs WMD's when you got martyr Hurricanes on your side?) 2) It's because of New Orleans abortion clinics. ( They claim that its satalite photo looked like a 6 week old fetus. I am not kidding.) 3) It's God's punishment to America for slavery and racism. (And that's why most of the victims seem to be black people. Yeah, that makes sense.) 4) It's because Reagan beat Carter. (Does that mean we should blame Reagan or blame Carter?) 5) It's God's punishment for the gays. (And this is why the Hurricane didn't attack Boston or San Fransisco. Oh.. wait a minute..) 6) It's all Bush's fault. (Isn't everything?)

21 Comments:

At 9/02/2005 05:52:00 AM, Anonymous Steve in Boston said...

You missed a reason.. According to Muhammad Yousef Al-Mlaifi, director of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Endowment's Research Center, Allah did it because we are evil.

My response to this supposedly "intelligent" individual?

Umm.. OK. The Americans lost a couple towns, and a few hundred people due to "Allah's wind".

Muslims lost hundreds of towns and hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia, due to Allah's water..

So, who do you think Allah is most angry with, Mr. Al-Mlaifi?

 
At 9/02/2005 06:06:00 AM, Anonymous Steve in Boston said...

Now for my serious discussion on the matter.

Why is it that Muslim's tend to believe that anything bad that happens is God's (Allah's) action as retribution or revenge or vengence? While I'm not certain, I'm pretty sure there is a Devil in the Muslim faith, just as there is in the Christian faith.

So, if there is also a Satan/Devil/Evil Guy with horns in their religion, why do they believe that only God or Allah could be responsible for all the horrible things that happen to basically good people?

Take the horrendous Tsunami destruction in Indonesia? By Mr. Al-Mlaifi's reasoning, all those people were evil, and God was punishing them. As a Christian, my first thought, my very first thought was Dear God, please save those poor people. I literally wept as the sheer enormity of the destruction began to unfold. Only two times in my adult life have I literally cried for anyone but my own immediate family. 9/11 and 12/26.

Unlike Mr. Al-Mlaifi, my first thougth was NOT, oh well, they must have been evil and nasty people, so God punished them.

God creates, Satan destroys, no? At least is the belief of Christians, and I'm pretty sure that is the belief of Muslims as well.

I'm just glad that the majority of the good people in the Middle East don't take clowns like Al-Mlaifi any more seriously than the dirt they scrape off the bottom of their shoes.

 
At 9/02/2005 06:17:00 AM, Blogger Cindy said...

I'm going to blame Ted Kennedy and "The Big Dig" If we hadn't wasted all that money in Boston, we would have had money to shore up the levee in NO.

 
At 9/02/2005 06:21:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Steve,

ehh, how can I put this to you? Ok, u know how in the old testement god used to lay a can of whoop ass on people whenever they didn;t act right? You know, before the loving Jesus make-over, when he was big on the wrath and the smiting? Yeah, that's the same God Muslims believe in.

And it's not just muslims mind you, I counted 2 church groups in the examples I have in this post. A lot of people believe that Gid is big on punishing the wicked via natural disasters, and what's more wicked in their opinion than the Town that hosts Mardi Gras?

 
At 9/02/2005 06:23:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Ahh, Ted. They should use him to plug that hole that's letting all the water in in that levee system. I think that would make him greatly usefull. Plus, the Man drowns hard. I am sure he will survive smehow!

 
At 9/02/2005 06:48:00 AM, Blogger - Steve in Boston - said...

Sam, yeah, I know, just "venting" is all. It just disgusts me how people like that think.

I prefer the New Testament, not as entertaining a read, but has WAY better life lessons in it :p

New Orleans was only one town that was destroyed, there is just as much devastation in the Biloxi, Mississippi area as well, perhaps even worse, as it was the actual ground zero area.. but, the media prefers to focus on New Orleans because it's more entertaining for them, I guess.

 
At 9/02/2005 06:56:00 AM, Blogger - Steve in Boston - said...

Big Dig. Yep, pretty on the outside...
http://www.massturnpike.com/img/big_dig/artist_gallery/crockett/img013.jpg

...but rotten on the inside.
http://www.boston.com/news/traffic/bigdig/

Ahh.. Fat Teddy, what can I say about the man that hasn't already been said. Oh what the hell, I'll say it anyways.. he's a fat, bloated, drunken, whoring, cheating, murdering scoundrel, and I'm ashamed to be from the same state, let alone same country as that man. There, I said it :)

 
At 9/02/2005 07:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Originally poste by SM
They should use him to plug that hole that's letting all the water in in that levee system.

While they're at it, they might as well extract Michael Moore from the fat farm retreat in Florida and use him as a sandbag, too. He'd be useful to society for a change.

 
At 9/02/2005 07:09:00 AM, Blogger Steve in Boston said...

While they're at it, they might as well extract Michael Moore..

Nah, that wouldn't be fair to the poor victims and relief workers down there.. they'd have to listen to his incessant, non-stop whining and crackpot points of view.

 
At 9/02/2005 09:22:00 AM, Blogger Steve in Boston said...

Hmmm.. after reading this article, perhaps your point regarding "what's more wicked in their opinion than the Town that hosts Mardi Gras?" was more accurate than I originally thought...

http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=8684

 
At 9/02/2005 11:05:00 AM, Blogger R said...

Sam.. You're smart but not fair.
Are you trying to please to a pro-Bush audience?
You know what was the first thing that souther Baptists said last year about the Florida set of hurricanes? They said it's because president Bush' "Road Map", he's letting go the promised land.

Sibak men di...
Now tell me something: why are Afican Americans overrepresented in those left behind in NOLA?
Why didn't NOLA get the same attention NY got in 9/11?
Don't give me a rapid answer because you know I'm not just here for rhetorical debates...

 
At 9/02/2005 11:08:00 AM, Blogger R said...

" It's God's punishment for the gays. "
Well.. why didn't they rather say: Strip Clubs, Bourbon Street, The pagans and Voodoos?

Funny enough, I can bet you anything that strippers are the only intact group; they're the ones who can afford evacuating first:) I'm sure the city of NOLA's big shots were to their rescue :)

 
At 9/02/2005 11:48:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Ramy, what are you talking about in regards to pleasing the Bush crowds? I think the amount of crazies who want to blame natural disasters on man's sins are worth making fun of, is all. I even tried not to mention what the muslims and arabs say, because, u know, the Al Qaeda one was more than enough to shame us forever.

As for the blame Bush thing, well, it's sad that the Bush haters are using a natural catastrophe to attack him, and not only him, but Reagan as well. To say that anyone could've done anything that would've stopped Katrina is nothing but mere speculation and blame shifting. Neitehr of which are productive at the moment.

Now, between you and me, I am thinking that the governer of LA needs to be fired. She is the governer, she is in chrage of the National guard, she should've had some evacuation plan ready. It's why she is the one keeping a low profile and quiet. It takes time to do things on the fedral level, which is why they have the state level. I don;t know why the blame-placers skip the governer and the NO mayor and go directly attacking Bush, altough the cynic in me would say it's probably because they are both democrats.

As for the gays instead of the stripeprs and Vodoo, I dunno. I know i am sad hat I didn;t get to enjoy mardi gras before and I hope I would get to do that one day. And it's a good thing that the strippers got our first: we gotta save the goodlooking morally loose women from drowning. They are not exactly a common commoditty, now are they?:P

 
At 9/02/2005 01:30:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

New Orleans is 67% black, R.

But, that said, it does seem that the percentage of black refugees I'm seeing on the news is higher than 67%... I don't really know the answer to that. It may just be the neighborhoods the news crews are in? Or, the neighborhoods that were hardest hit?

 
At 9/02/2005 02:08:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

The poor, the sick, the old, the gangs, the thugs, the street people stayed.

Like the Kid said, because the Mayor and the Governor didn't have a good plan and didn't work the plan that they [didn't have].

Here are some quick facts about the area (select city or state).

But then again, if they had the best of plans and the best of people and execution, I don't know that it would have drasticly different outcome.

The disaster was done both by Mother Nature and by Man (over the last hundred and someodd years).

Mother Nature is her own boss,
Man has many bosses and politicians that usually see to it that, anything that needs to be done is done the long and hard way.

That way, they make more money.

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

 
At 9/02/2005 05:27:00 PM, Blogger newc said...

I asked God that you find good leaders there. You deserve it.

P.S.

There is here.
I love you.

 
At 9/04/2005 08:33:00 AM, Blogger R said...

Sam,
I acknowledge that it was a bit impulsive to say that you're trying to defend Bush, but yes, I think he acted slow and I think this is his nature: he does nothing without consulting people first.

As for who to blame, the old rule is: Blame the leader. So, yes, I agree the NO mayor and LA governor are to blame first (compare to Juliani's stand on 9/11); however, Bush is also to blame, not only because he's the boss of the federal government, but he really seemed unaware of the scale of things until 3 or 4 days after.
I don't want to seem silly here, but I would compare with Mubarak (the guy who-in spite of all his flaws-has the military leadership training): he cut a visit to China to come back for the Egypt earthquake many years ago and he did the same for Sharm. You know that he doesn't do that for photo ops. He has been like this always since he restored the Air Forces post 1967. Bottom line, I think Bush is a poor leader, and please don't take me for a leftist bla bla bla...

Katrina's aftermath surprised everybody, but look how differently Bush acted in the pre-elections Florida hurricanes last year. And don't tell me, it's all because his bro was a good man in charge...

 
At 9/04/2005 08:57:00 AM, Blogger Steve in Boston said...

R. The problem I have with everyone bashing Bush about this, is that a) This was a failure at the STATE level and LOCAL level, first and foremost. LA's Governor and NO's Mayor had no plan, whatsoever, as is painfully obvious now. The main blame for this disgusting lack of leadership lays predominantly at their feet, not the federal government's.

Each state has 100% control over their Guard units. National Guard units are in place for just this purpose, and since they are local (comprised of local volunteer residents), they can be mobilized very quickly (comparatively speaking). Federal troops take MUCH longer to mobilize due to logistics, and the distances they have to travel. Aid can't be just magically transported through the ether to suddenly appear where it is needed.

For a disaster of this magnitude, millions of tons of supplies need to be coordinated, loaded, and transported. This takes time. Compound that by the fact that the transportation system (airports/highways/rail and even the waterways) are completely demolished. How do you get the troops and supplies there, from all across the country? You have to do it a little at a time, using smaller vehicles... smaller vehicles that are being shot at, commandeered and hijacked, as they arrive, no less.

I'm just baffled (well, no I'm not, I know the reasons) why the State and Local authorities are not taking much heat, and everyone is yet again blaming Bush. I suppose its because Bush as an (R) after his name, and the former both have a (D) after theirs... but that's just a supposition.

What disgusts me about the entire mess is that in one of our nations worst tragedies, politics yet again seem to be the most important aspect of this, and not the humanitarian aspects that in a sane world, would always be first and foremost.

 
At 9/04/2005 09:03:00 AM, Blogger Steve in Boston said...

crap.. I forgot my b) :)

b) The federal government cannot just come into a state and take over. As the US is a republic, each state is technically "sovereign", meaning that they must request and approve federal aid, in any capacity. Its more complicated than that, but in a nutshell, that's the story. LA didn't even declare a "state of emergency" until 2 or 3 days after the fact. Yes, everyone has eyes and could see immediately that it was, indeed, a major catastrophic emergency, however, in order for the federal government to do anything, it must be declared. That is in place for a reason. It is so that the federal government doesn't militarize and "invade" states, which in effect, is like declaring war (i.e., The Civil War).

Anyways, my point is, yes, there were failures at the federal level, however, the failures at the state and local level are FAR more grievous and germane to the issues at hand.

 
At 9/09/2005 09:33:00 AM, Anonymous John (I) said...

Steve,
Thank you for parroting the talking points (lies) of the Right.

a) "Each state has 100% control over their Guard units."

What a weasel you are. No, LA had 100% control over about 33% of their Guard units, their first responders are in Iraq, along with much of their necessary equipment.

b) "LA didn't even declare a 'state of emergency' until 2 or 3 days after the fact."

Wrong, all of this happened Saturday, August 27, 2 days BEFORE the hurricane hit land: State of Emergency declaired in Louisiana
and Governor asks Bush to declare federal state of emergency. and of course Federal Emergency Declared, FEMA given full authority to respond.

 
At 9/10/2005 08:38:00 AM, Blogger D.C. said...

Let's just blame everybody, R.
Instead of understanding deeply what complex events one after another really took place.
Much easier to blame. And blame also those who refuse to blame while we are it.

I blame the green monkeys of Sowl who, two decades ago, sued the US. Government for planning to built floodgates designed by the Marine Corps engineers..
The judge favored the ecologist group.
They choose the environment over human lives, and the decision actually contributed to an ecologic disaster by drying out the land in some area.

I want to hear more about this story!

 

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