By now we all have read how FEMA had planned for years on the imminent disaster that has set upon New Orleans. Congress had undercut the Army Corps of Engineers’ cash demands for maintaining the levees, while Bush set his budgetary allowances even lower.
If I just ignored everything in the world and only read the Sunday Times, it would REALLY seem like we’re in the midst of the highest rating and most terrifying reality show. Hopefully this does not signify the end to all reality!
Frank Rich in the Sunday NY Times, in reference to his speech Tuesday, in which he promised “victory” in Iraq no more than nine times, as New Orleans had already been flooded:
It was along this same San Diego coastline that he declared “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln more than two years ago. For this return engagement, The Washington Post reported, the president’s stage managers made sure he was positioned so that another hulking aircraft carrier nearby would stay off-camera, lest anyone be reminded of that premature end of “major combat operations.”
Despite recent corruption allegations, at least Rich Daley’s known for a while that only Chicago’s resources can be counted upon in case of emergency or security breach.
The feds cannot, and shockingly will not be counted on
Americablog reports that BREAKING: Bush visit to New Orleans halts food delivery which also features the reemergence of Dick and Condi. In fact, Rummy AND Dick were on hand at the presidents speech today (video) And more interesting tidbits from a week ago that should have sent DHS into serious motion. Condoleeza Ricecut her vacation short as well. Cheney may be getting himself out of a protest-laden oil-related conference set up for next week in Canada, in which he will address such topics as “The Price of Milk in Canada.”
Kanye says “Bush doesn’t care about black people” aside Mike Meyers in this segment on NBC’s Katrina fundraising extravaganza. But they censored him on the later West Coast broadcasts! And he’s the one who just last week called for all rappers to stop criticizing gays.
Nothing wrong with standing up for what’s right, but where are the real voices who can step on what’s wrong and bring more money (read: prospect for change) to the cause?