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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

Sunday, September 04, 2005


For the people blaming the federal government for not evacuating the Katrina Victims or the Superdome refugees: Check this shit out! This is looking more and more like an deliberate effort by the state government to ignore it's people, while blaming the Federal government for not helping enough. UPDATE: This article shows that the state government played politics with the federal government and wresteled with them over control issues, while the people of NOLA were suffering. Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state's emergency operations center said Saturday. The administration sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. Some officials in the state suspected a political motive behind the request. "Quite frankly, if they'd been able to pull off taking it away from the locals, they then could have blamed everything on the locals," said the source, who does not have the authority to speak publicly. Yes, cause saving their behinds is more important than saving the lives of their people. A senior administration official said that Bush has clear legal authority to federalize National Guard units to quell civil disturbances under the Insurrection Act and will continue to try to unify the chains of command that are split among the president, the Louisiana governor and the New Orleans mayor. Louisiana did not reach out to a multi-state mutual aid compact for assistance until Wednesday, three state and federal officials said. As of Saturday, Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, the senior Bush official said. Blanco needs to resign. NOW!


At 9/04/2005 10:08:00 AM, Blogger christina/ohio said...

I just posted something about this to include photos of the school busses that weren't used by the Mayor of NO for evacuation. This was so avoidable The Mayor and Gov Blanco (fitting name!!) should both resign.

At 9/04/2005 10:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would you expect from a French descendant who is also a liberal democrat?

At 9/04/2005 10:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blanco gives other female state governors a bad rap and that's bad news in a country where the voters are contemplating a female for President.


At 9/04/2005 02:41:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Yes, what you say might be true, but that's not the real problem. Read this, you will get a slightly different viewpoint and its pretty scary.

Oh, Ruthers is insane, I have seen numbers all over the web saying it is around a million to a million and a half people that are displaced. That does NOT include those who are living in their homes without water, electricity and gasoline.

"“Federal disaster declarations covered 90,000 square miles (234,000 square kilometers) along the U.S. Gulf Coast, an area roughly the size of Britain. As many as 400,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.”"

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 9/04/2005 06:26:00 PM, Blogger Mike SC USA said...

Yes indeed, there was a power play but DON'T rush to judgment too quickly. Had Gov. Blanco signed away her CONSTITUTIONAL rights to COMMAND, then it would have cleared the way for Dubba to blame the locals, ie, the mayor and the Governor thus shielding himself from an untenable position—that being an absolute failure as COMMAND-IN-CHIEF to protect the USA. You must understand that the constitution guarantees that the "federal" army can never be used against the PEOPLE of the USA --NOT the national guard under command of a STATE Governor. All this has to do with a FEDERAL government and the rights of the states. It is a deep constitutional issue that WILL be debated, in light of this catastrophe, and may well lead to an amendment. Having said that, the larger issue is that of national security, which the President IS charged with, particularly, after 9/11-—NOT the Governor of the State of Louisiana or the Mayor of NOLA. Look, despite of the tremendous human tragedy on the Gulf Coast and NOLA, the USA itself was and still is at risk. Why? Because NOLA is a MAJOR PORT for the USA easily equaling NYC or LA in prominence. Memphis, St Louis, Minneapolis, the entire Ohio and Tennessee river systems are without an entry to the sea. The port of Mobile is crippled. No exports--No imports. The two, and yes—only two, pipeline to the largest east-coast population centers (including NYC) and the nation’s capitol were SHUTDOWN. 20-30% of the refining capacity of this NATION was shutdown. This WAS/IS a profound peril to the USA. And you think the Governor of Louisiana or the Mayor of NOLA should be the ones to provide relief?



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