Saturday, September 03, 2005

MR. BILL PREDICTS HURRICANE DAMAGE

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Mr. Bill is smarter than Mr. Bush.
MID DAY NEWS UPDATE BELOW!

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bubble Boy and his gang of clueless creeps all claimed in a chorus that no one could possibly imagine the dikes being breeched, New Orleans flooding and people dying on roof tops!

Well, it seems the claymation character, Mr. Bill, not only warned us about all this, he vivdly illustrated it all some time ago on Saturday Night Live. We know that Blutto Bubble Boy Mr. Skull and Bones Frat Rat and his blubber buddy, Rove, watch comedy TV so we assume someone in his wretched gang watched SNL and probably saw this.

We do know millions of Americans saw it!

You can see it here, thanks to the ever wonderful Mr. Larsen:
But not only did all those disparate sources anticipate something Pres. Bush today said "no one" had, the New Orleans flood was actually also anticipated by Mr. Bill, the clay puppet best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live. In a campaign originally billed as "Mr. Bill's America's Wetland World Tour," the puppet, in this short film, not only warns of the flooding, but explains why prevention of flooding relies so heavily on the very wetlands that Pres. Bush has allowed to disappear due not only to erosion, but active development. In other words, we'd be better off with an ACTUAL joke of a president.
Do visit Mr. Larsen and click on the link he provides. Watch the entire thing. Everything in it happened to New Orleans just like to poor Mr. Bill!

Via Buzzflash.com: From the office of the Gov. of Louisiana, a formal request for federal forces---while the hurricane was still blowing! While Bubble Boy was still playing around Waco!

Arrest him. Arrest all of them.

MID DAY NEWS UPDATE 11:30am EDST

Seems like quite a few states wanted to send NG units down to the hurricane zone since Sunday and had to wait days for paperwork! From Yahoo news.com


To return to homepage click hereSeveral states ready and willing to send National Guard troops to the rescue in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans didn't get the go-ahead until days after the storm struck — a delay nearly certain to be investigated by Congress.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco help from his state's National Guard on Sunday, the day before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Blanco accepted, but paperwork needed to get the troops en route didn't come from Washington until late Thursday.

California troops just began arriving in Louisiana on Friday, three days after flood waters devastated New Orleans and chaos broke out.

In fact, when New Orleans' levees gave way to deadly flooding on Tuesday, Louisiana's National Guard had received help from troops in only three other states: Ohio, which had nine people in Louisiana then; Oklahoma, 89; and Texas, 625, figures provided by the National Guard show.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Cutler, who leads the Michigan National Guard, said he anticipated a call for police units and started preparing them, but couldn't go until states in the hurricane zone asked them to come.

"We could have had people on the road Tuesday," Cutler said. "We have to wait and respond to their need."

The Michigan National Guard was asked for military police by Mississippi late Tuesday and by Louisiana officials late Wednesday. The state sent 182 MPs to Mississippi on Friday and had 242 headed to Louisiana on Saturday.
This "we have to wait" is pure BS. When a country has a fucking leader, the leader that leads (remember Bush yapping about this long ago?) tells the state's Gov. to get ready to send in NG troops after all, they are called NATIONAL GUARD for a reason! Duh. What was Bush doing Sunday? Playing at being President at a PRIVATE golf resort in Arizona! That is what he was doing! And he gave a speech....about Social Security! What?

Now this gets me absolutley enraged!
In addition to Guard help, the federal government could have activated, but did not, a major air support plan under a pre-existing contract with airlines. The program, called Civilian Reserve Air Fleet, lets the government quickly put private cargo and passenger planes into service.

The CRAF provision has been activated twice, once for the Persian Gulf War and again for the Iraq war.
So, for the two assinine wars fought for foreign powers or for oil or whatever, Bush I and Bush II activated this law that is for fucking emergencies...but didn't activate it until hit by a tsunami of criticisms nearly a WEEK after this terrible hurricane? So, helping the ultra rich oil Sheiks of Kuwait activates it but not to save Americans? What?

Welcome to the Great Die Off. This is when our rulers decide they don't need nor want us peons anymore. They can do what they do to race horses that lose: turn us into dog food.

From Kevin Drum: Washington Monthly:
CHRONOLOGY....Here's a timeline that outlines the fate of both FEMA and flood control projects in New Orleans under the Bush administration. Read it and weep:

&spades January 2001: Bush appoints Joe Allbaugh, a crony from Texas, as head of FEMA. Allbaugh has no previous experience in disaster management.

&spades April 2001: Budget Director Mitch Daniels announces the Bush administration's goal of privatizing much of FEMA's work. In May, Allbaugh confirms that FEMA will be downsized: "Many are concerned that federal disaster assistance may have evolved into both an oversized entitlement program...." he said. "Expectations of when the federal government should be involved and the degree of involvement may have ballooned beyond what is an appropriate level."

&spades 2001: FEMA designates a major hurricane hitting New Orleans as one of the three "likeliest, most catastrophic disasters facing this country."

&spades December 2002: After less than two years at FEMA, Allbaugh announces he is leaving to start up a consulting firm that advises companies seeking to do business in Iraq. He is succeeded by his deputy, Michael Brown, who, like Allbaugh, has no previous experience in disaster management.

&spades March 2003: FEMA is downgraded from a cabinet level position and folded into the Department of Homeland Security. Its mission is refocused on fighting acts of terrorism.

&spades 2003: Under its new organization chart within DHS, FEMA's preparation and planning functions are reassigned to a new Office of Preparedness and Response. FEMA will henceforth focus only on response and recovery.

&spades Summer 2004: FEMA denies Louisiana's pre-disaster mitigation funding requests. Says Jefferson Parish flood zone manager Tom Rodrigue: "You would think we would get maximum consideration....This is what the grant program called for. We were more than qualified for it."

&spades June 2004: The Army Corps of Engineers budget for levee construction in New Orleans is slashed. Jefferson Parish emergency management chiefs Walter Maestri comments: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay."

&spades June 2005: Funding for the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is cut by a record $71.2 million. One of the hardest-hit areas is the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, which was created after the May 1995 flood to improve drainage in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes.

&spades August 2005: While New Orleans is undergoing a slow motion catastrophe, Bush mugs for the cameras, cuts a cake for John McCain, plays the guitar for Mark Wills, delivers an address about V-J day, and continues with his vacation. When he finally gets around to acknowledging the scope of the unfolding disaster, he delivers only a photo op on Air Force One and a flat, defensive, laundry list speech in the Rose Garden.
Thank you, Kevin. Now, remember, this is because we have all our eggs in the Iraqi basket and the milk spilled. Bring the troops home.

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Meet Terri Dorsey. She is holding her little brother. She is crying because finally, medics have arrived at the Super Dome.

Remember Terri Schiavo? Congress dropped everything and had a midnight session. GOP congress critters screamed about the Culture of Life. As editor of Culture of Life News, I want all these hypocritical clowns know that they didn't come drag their hinnies into DC until just Friday to save THIS Terri! Unlike the other one, a white adult brain dead female, she is a child! A child. With her mommy's baby in her frail arms.

Bush dropped his vacation to fly into DC to sign the Terri Schiavo bill. He didn't interrrupt his vacation to save Terri Dorsey.

Finally: From the New Orleans news:

Jefferson Parish Emergency Preparedness Director Walter Maestri said Friday night that the Federal Emergency Management Agency reneged on a promise to begin relieving county emergency preparedness staffers 48 hours after Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Maestri’s staff has been working almost around the clock since Katrina approached the Louisiana coastline on Sunday. Today, the staff is expected to finally switch to a 12 hours on/12 hours off schedule, he said,
adding that they’re both tired and demoralized by the lack of assistance from federal officials.

“We had been told we would be on our own for 48 hours,” Maestri said.
“Prepare to survive and in 48 hours the cavalry would arrive.

“Well, where are they?” he said. Maestri said the agreement was signed by officials with the Southeastern Louisiana .

Emergency Preparedness Officials Association, the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of this year’s Hurricane Pam tabletop exercise. That exercise began the process of writing a series of manuals explaining how to respond to a catastrophic disaster. Financed by FEMA, it included a variety of federal, state and local officials.

A FEMA spokesman late Friday said they couldn’t confirm or deny that the agency signed the agreement Maestri referred to.

FEMA Director Michael Brown also raised Maestri’s ire when he said in a television interview Friday that he waited so long to respond because he didn’t want to interfere with local aid attempts, and that local officials hadn’t asked FEMA to come in.

“My response is very simple,” Maestri said in an interview on a cell phone after repeated attempts to reach his office. “We didn’t have any communications. We still don’t have outside communications.”

He said FEMA officials have now informed him the first members of a liaison team might arrive at the Emergency Operations Center this morning or Sunday.

Staffers also are upset by Thursday comments by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. that suggested he felt the city shouldn’t be rebuilt. Asked in the interview whether it made sense to spend billions rebuilding a city that lies below sea level, he replied, ``I don't know. That doesn't make sense to me.''

He said several of Hastert’s comments are posted on the center’s wall, “like the comments of opposing coaches are pinned on the wall of the Saints locker room.”

Hastert's office later issued a statement insisting he was not calling for the city to be abandoned or relocated.

Maestri admitted he and his staff were tired and frustrated, and that that helped fuel his criticism. Also on his list for criticism was new Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Assistant Director Jeff Smith, who he talked to for the first time only on Thursday.

Maestri said the communications problem has occurred despite the funneling of millions of dollars of Homeland Security grant money into parishes and state coffers, much to upgrade communications equipment. Jefferson Parish used that money successfully for an internal radio system that worked well during the storm, he said. But the state assigned those dollars to the Louisiana State Police, which he said hadn’t completed connecting it to the parish communications system.

Maestri also was upset with American Red Cross officials for delaying the staffing of shelters in the parish. He said a Red Cross official said he should send a staffer to Mount Olive, La., with a request for personnel. When the staffer arrived, he was handed a note saying help would not be coming until it was safe for Red Cross workers.

“They can go to Iraq and Afghanistan and tell us it’s too dangerous to go into New Orleans,” he said. “I’ve got that note and will frame it with a copy of my resignation letter for the board of directors” of the southeastern Louisiana Red Cross.

Maestri said some of his frustration is fueled by conversations with several parish business owners who donated goods to the parish for use in the recovery.

“They’re saying, ‘Come. Please get it because we’re relocating. We can no longer work here,’” Maestri said. Mark Schleifstein can be reached at mersmia@cox.net .


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