The federal response to Katrina was not as portrayed

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Jack Kelly in the Post-Gazette:

It is settled wisdom among journalists that the federal response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina was unconscionably slow.

"Mr. Bush's performance last week will rank as one of the worst ever during a dire national emergency," wrote New York Times columnist Bob Herbert in a somewhat more strident expression of the conventional wisdom.

But the conventional wisdom is the opposite of the truth.

Jason van Steenwyk is a Florida Army National Guardsman who has been mobilized six times for hurricane relief. He notes that:

"The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne.


Read the whole thing:

KATRINA: RESPONSE TIMELINE

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Right Wing Nut House - KATRINA: RESPONSE TIMELINE

They shift blame to cover their own tracks

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We've been hearing a lot about how Bush and the federal government have screwed up the relief effort in New Orleans in the media the last few days. What you're not hearing is the real story - how the local and state governments in Louisiana fell asleep at the switch and are now trying to transfer blame.

Pictured in this post are buses owned by the city of New Orleans that could have been used to get people out of the city. But they weren't - instead they decided to get angry, blame and let people die. Read the whole story HERE.

UPDATE: Governer Blanco didn't even order the school buses used until September 1st! A bit late don't you think? READ IT HERE

UPDATE II: From NOLA.com: The locals in New Orleans didn't even order an evacuation until urged by President Bush!

In the face of a catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, a mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for New Orleans by Mayor Ray Nagin.

Acknowledging that large numbers of people, many of them stranded tourists, would be unable to leave, the city set up 10 places of last resort for people to go, including the Superdome.

The mayor called the order unprecedented and said anyone who could leave the city should. He exempted hotels from the evacuation order because airlines had already cancelled all flights.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

No Win Situation

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What a commenter on Captain's Quarters Blog has to say about how this situation in New Orleans, and how it has become a tool of the left for political gain:

Remember the phrase - a lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine!

Not this time.... The 'lack of planners' are using the media to blame the people who have come in to save their butts.

If you point out the true cause of the problem which caused the events of this week - you are a racists.

If you point out that Blanco never called up HER National Gaurd, you are covering for Bush.

If you ask why the New Orleans evacuation plan was not followed, you are a racists.

If you ask why the mayor was not spending his own shoe leather on the streets for 72 hours before the storm hit shore instead of mugging for cameras - you are a racist.

If you point out that Bush asked Blanco and Nagin to order a mandatory evacuation 48 hours before landfall, you are told Bush should have been there himself.

If the media shows the looting, dominated by African Americans, though 62% are AA in New Olreans, they are racist.

If you point out that the President was declaring an emergency, asking for evacualtions and provided up front money, you are told Bush is a racist.

If you point out that civilian Red Cross and FEMA are not going to go into an area like New Orleans was Tues - Friday because the locals have turned it into a war zone, you are told they would not go in because they are racist.

If you point out that the National Gaurd and Military support teams had to be totally reconfigured before they could be deployed thanks to the lack of planning and control at the state and local levels - you are told it is the Iraq War, not the locals fault.

If you point out that the military teams DID get there within 4 days of the largest hurricane in history and that is close to a record in any circumstances - you are told that they should have been there when it hit.

If you point out that the Navy was dispactched on Tuesday you are told they should of sat out the hurricane in the Gulf and been on site on Tuesday..

When Al Sharpton is confronted with the situation he claims that the looters are taxpayers and are due what is theirs. Hitachi TV's?

If you refer to the Army Corp of Engineers reports that state it will take 8 years to complete the entire analysis and design of a level 5 levee system and 30 years to completely construct it - you are told that Bush cut funding for the Iraq War in 2003 and that caused the levee to break.

If you point out that for the levees to meet level 5 standards today the proejct would have had to been approved in 1967, started on time, continually funded and been 100% on schedule and complete today- you are told Bush cut funding.

If you point out the 14 billion has been approved to recover and protect the wetland in Louisiana, another redirection of funds, you are told Bush cut funding.

If you remind people that the funds that they claim were cut would have been part of the 8 years of feasabilty studies, the envirmental impact studies, the EPA studies and to fight all the lawsuits against the project by special interest groups mostly located on the left of Howard Dean, you are told you want to kill animals, destroy the envinronment and murder seal turtles.

Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies at Home

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RIP

Kanye West Rips Bush During NBC Telethon

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I was watching a taped version of NBC's "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" this morning, when I saw something that made me sick to my stomach, and so angry that I could have spit.



Rapper Kanye West went out on the air during the benefit saying about how he wanted to help as much as possible, how he wanted to talk to his manager and give as much as possible, and then veered off into a rant about how George Bush doesn't care about black people and how relief efforts are set up to help as slow as possible. He also went off about how it was black people who were hurt by this, never once even stopping to consider that there were thousands of white people hurt in this as well. Mike Myers, who was presenting at the time with West just looked at him with a look on his face like "what are you saying, you idiot?". NBC quickly cut away to Chris Tucker, who scrambled for words in the obviously unscripted moment.

Kanye West in this moment showed how selfish and stupid he really is, to take this bully pulpit to blast politicians, and further separate people, instead of trying to help people. This benefit should have been for the people in need, not to be used as a political soapbox, or to show how caring he was. I think Kanye probably hurt more people with his comments, than he realizes. I for one will NEVER buy one of his albums now, and I encourage others to engage in their right to free speech by showing Kanye how disappointed we are in him.

From the billboard.com:
It began, fittingly enough, with jazz from New Orleans natives Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis. But "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," a heartfelt and dignified benefit aired on NBC and other networks last night (Sept. 2), took an unexpected turn thanks to the outspoken rapper Kanye West.

Appearing two-thirds through the program, he claimed "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible."


Watch the video HERE

Go to Michelle Malkin's website for complete coverage of this fiasco HERE


PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO CONTRIBUTE, DESPITE THE HATEFUL COMMENTS OF WEST. MY CHARITY OF CHOICE IS Feed the Children

City Park Before and After Flood

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Check this photo out - it shows the amount of flooding that has taken place. Horrible. Don't forget to give. My favorite charity is Feed the Children.