Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Cartoon by Elaine Meinel Supkis

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Via Atrios: Now we get more fun information about Homeland Security (sic). Anyone who remembers 9/11 and didn't pay attention to all the lies and propaganda spewed out on 9/12 onwards knows that literally all those people charged with protecting America were not only asleep at the wheel or goofing off but were promoted or rewarded for this. And all those people who sounded alarms or blew whistles were punished and driven away.

So, we had the stupid "9/11 Decommission Commission" which was supposed to not punish anyone (except for the whistle blowers, natch) but to suggest changes so the incompetent fools running America thanks to red voters, could function half way decently.

So, what did they do?

From the Washington Post:
In the days to come, as the nation and the people along the Gulf Coast work to cope with the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we will be reminded anew, how important it is to have a federal agency capable of dealing with natural catastrophes of this sort. This is an immense human tragedy, one that will work hardship on millions of people. It is beyond the capabilities of state and local government to deal with. It requires a national response.

Which makes it all the more difficult to understand why, at this moment, the country's premier agency for dealing with such events -- FEMA -- is being, in effect, systematically downgraded and all but dismantled by the Department of Homeland Security.

Apparently homeland security now consists almost entirely of protection against terrorist acts. How else to explain why the Federal Emergency Management Agency will no longer be responsible for disaster preparedness? Given our country's long record of natural disasters, how much sense does this make?

What follows is an obituary for what was once considered the preeminent example of a federal agency doing good for the American public in times of trouble, such as the present.

FEMA was born in 1979, the offspring of a number of federal agencies that had been functioning in an independent and uncoordinated manner to protect the country against natural disasters and nuclear holocaust. In its early years FEMA grew and matured, with formal programs being developed to respond to large-scale disasters and with extensive planning for what is called "continuity of government."
OK, now can we impeach Bush? Read on! According to the article, Bush put his ever faithful incompetent drinking buddies in charge of keeping us safe and saving us from danger. Sort of like putting Elmer Fudd in charge of hunting rabbits.

These country club clowns barely interrupt their golf games and reading "My Pet Hurricane" to pay attention to their jobs. Remember the article I talked about concerning DC administrators with "nothing to do"? Including of course bubble boy? They sit and twiddle their dinkies all day, demoralized because no one is paying attention to them? This is why Bush must be impeached for he is their boss who chose them and elevated them and rendered them inoperative!

Well, now the death toll is climbing into the thousands. Not one of them should have died for the vast majority of New Orleans deaths are the very poor, the very elderly, the very young! May god spare us.

Homeland Security is killing FEMA and replaced it with nothing. Or rather, a reproduction of the stupid slack jawed response to 9/11: to sit there, blank stare, the ultimate slacker.

BREAKING NEWS: Bush on TV today to talk about how he is going to have the Army Corp of Engineers that he has slated for severe cuts this year in the upcoming fix the messes! What a clown.

And a bunch of corrupt corporatists who pushed Bush through two very cheesy "elections" to a hair thin "victory" so they could have huge tax cuts will each give a million dollars to this effort which will cost us over $20 billion, yes, billion to fix up. Each of these executives take home bonuses and goodies to the tune of $20+ million a year. Why not donate a year's worth of bonuses?

Yeah, and pigs will fly on a breezeless day, too.

All this reeks of too little, too late. We knew for four days this hurricane was going to be a great one and a mass killer and paralyzed, the authorities on every level did nearly nothing at all. Even as the storm raged, they patted themselves on the back saying, "We dodged the bullet."

Well, maybe we did. But then we got smacked with the missile.

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