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Thursday, September 01, 2005

N.O.

Today...the Chicago Tribune VS the New York Times.

The Tribune:
TAKING SWIFT AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILTY for federal relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, President BUSH on Wednesday made a somber appeal for patience and a pledge to deploy vast resources, from the military to public health agencies, to a lengthy and daunting task.

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"This recovery will take years," Bush said in a 10-minute televised address delivered under gathering storm clouds in the Rose Garden. "The folks on the Gulf Coast are going to need the help of this country for a long time."

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"It's a TEAM effort,'' said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "The HEAD of the team is the PRESIDENT, and the president has, of course, the ultimate responsibility for all the federal effort here. I can tell you the president is very deeply and personally involved in the details.''

For BUSH, whose public approval rating has sunk to an all-time low, rising quickly to meet the challenge of a CATASTROPHE of this magnitude offers an OPPORTUNITY to regain some of the popular SUPPORT he held in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Now...the New York Times:
George W. BUSH gave one of the WORST SPEECHES of his life YESTERDAY, especially given the level of national distress and the need for words of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this administration, the president appeared A DAY LATER THAN HE WAS NEEDED. He then read an address of a quality more appropriate for an Arbor Day celebration: a long laundry list of pounds of ice, generators and blankets delivered to the stricken Gulf Coast. He advised the public that anybody who wanted to help should send cash, grinned, and promised that everything would work out in the end.

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And nothing about the president's demeanor yesterday - which seemed casual to the point of carelessness - suggested that he UNDERSTOOD the depth of the current crisis.

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It would be some comfort to think that, as Mr. Bush cheerily announced, America "will be a stronger place" for enduring this crisis. Complacency will no longer suffice, especially if experts are right in warning that global warming may increase the intensity of future hurricanes. But since this administration won't acknowledge that global warming exists, the chances of leadership seem minimal.
We all saw Our Kid yesterday.

No comment.

Somehow, though, the following bit of info was published in today's Chi Trib:

Flood-control funds short of requests

First paragraph:
WASHINGTON -- Despite continuous warnings that a catastrophic hurricane could hit New Orleans, the Bush administration and Congress in recent years have repeatedly denied full funding for hurricane preparation and flood control.

That has delayed construction of levees around the city and stymied an ambitious project to improve drainage in New Orleans' neighborhoods.

For instance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requested $27 million for this fiscal year to pay for hurricane-protection projects around Lake Pontchartrain. The Bush administration countered with $3.9 million, and Congress eventually provided $5.7 million, according to figures provided by the office of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).

Because of the shortfalls, which were caused in part by the rising costs of the war in Iraq, the corps delayed seven contracts that included enlarging the levees, according to corps documents.
Oops.

Don't worry: Our Kid has an "opportunity" to regain some popular support.

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An est. of $25-$30 Billion to rebuild the Gulf Coast.

$300 Billion spent to date in Iraq.

For...?

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The saddest article comes from the LA Times.

Trapped in an Arena of Suffering

"'We are like animals,' a mother says inside the Louisiana Superdome, where hope and supplies are sparse."

Tales of madness from inside the Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS — A 2-year-old girl slept in a pool of urine. Crack vials littered a restroom. Blood stained the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers.

The Louisiana Superdome, once a mighty testament to architecture and ingenuity, became the biggest storm shelter in New Orleans the day before Katrina's arrival Monday. About 16,000 people eventually settled in.

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"We pee on the floor. We are like animals," said Taffany Smith, 25, as she cradled her 3-week-old son, Terry. In her right hand she carried a half-full bottle of formula provided by rescuers. Baby supplies are running low; one mother said she was given two diapers and told to scrape them off when they got dirty and use them again.

At least two people, including a child, have been raped. At least three people have died, including one man who jumped 50 feet to his death, saying he had nothing left to live for.
God help them all.

More later...

2 Comments:

  • There's just no end to it. What a lousy newsweek, bookended by the tragic stampede in Iraq and the crisis in NOLA. Lots of people to pray for this week.

    By Blogger Geoff, at 11:46 AM  

  • Thank you, I just wanted to give a greeting and tell you I like your blog.

    By Anonymous Reginald Nowden, at 12:30 PM  

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