Reality is a set thing. It's someone's perception of reality that's really screwed up. See my view of it in this little diddy.

Friday, December 16, 2005

The War on Christmas

Aw, I missed it, didn't I?

I missed that speech from the liberals...you know, that "On our orders, we liberals and our coalition allies have launched attacks on strategic targets in the Christmas season" speech.

I just don't understand. Where is the War on Christmas?

The best I can do to find the source of the War on Christmas is Bill O'Reilly. But, as he says, the real true Source of the unholy War on Christmas lies somewhere within the vast-left wing conspiracy bent on destroying us and everything we stand for.

Then...why is he the only one not actually saying "Merry Christmas"? Why is (or was) his employer the one selling the holiday ornaments for your holiday tree? (thanks, Keith.)

Could it be Scooter Libby? Could it be the response after Hurricane Katrina? Could it be the growing unhappiness with the War on Iraq/War on Terror/War on Something-or-Other?

I know the democrats have no alternate plan, but I do know this: at least we aren't just making crap up.

By the way, sorry for the long...long...long time between updates. I swear I'll keep this thing active from now on...(or at least try to)

Anyways, please comment, please click, and please tell your friends!

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Capitol Explosion Fiesta

Just another day in the nation's capital...instead of a suitcase, this time we've got a parcel in a car.

Which was blown up. In the car. By the cops.

Happy Face Tom DeLay wants his judge exchanged for one that is obviously less evil and biased. Apparently, the current bench-sitter has donated to the left of American politics, which automatically would put him on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. As it stands now, another judge has to judge whether the current judge is worthy of judging Happy Face's case.

You understood that, right?

Indictment Watch: Nope. *yawn*

Wilma! Wilma is currently obliterating Cozumel and Cancun with Category 4 uberness. Unfortunately, since it has basically stalled, it won't be moving anytime soon...at least, not until AAA can get out there with the tow truck and haul it away...

Florida landfall, which was Sunday, then Monday, is now early Tuesday. Tomorrow, it'll be making landfall in June. Thanks to other weather, the forecast timing is about as accurate as Dubya's "Mission Accomplished" speech.

Speaking of El Presidente, I wonder how loud the background noise in the West Wing is today...

Anyway, leave a comment, and thanks for reading.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Happy Face Tom DeLay

Please tell me you saw Tom DeLay's mugshot.

If you didn't, I'll describe it for you: nice suit, perfectly frozen politician-hair, and a big, fat, toothy smile on his face.

Are we sure this picture wasn't taken, at, oh, a Powerball prize awarding ceremony? Why does he look so happy? He just got booked on charges of consipiring to launder money. I, myself, would be a little less giddy if such a thing occured to me.

Moving on...

Indictment Watch: Nothing. I'm getting a little impatient here, Fitzgerald.

Random Supreme Court Nominee Nonsense: Miers' Senate-issued questionnaire answers were referred to as "incomplete" and "insulting" by Senators with nothing better to do. After being sent to detention for today, Miers will recieve a new make-up exam. The turn-in date was not specified. Her hearings begin November 7...

Wilma: Now just a Category 4, though it is currently enduring an eyewall replacement and will probably be a 5 again as night falls. In this round of hurricane tag, Cancun definitely appears to be it.

Other: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox, World Series Game 1, Saturday. Oh yeah, I sure saw this coming...o.o;;

Lastly: I think I'll do a live blogothon as Wilma attacks Florida this weekend...

Anyway, thanks for reading, and leave comments if you're an actual person.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Wiiiiiiiilmaaaaaaa!!!

...

I don't believe this. Not only did Mr. GOP in Da House get indicted, but they follow through with an actual WARRANT?

Blasphemy! How dare you arrest the Fearless Leader!

Well, I'm sure this is just the beginning of a long, strange road for politics as we end the year...

Meanwhile, Hurricane Wilma seems to have gone to BALCO and picked up the last remaining stores of juice from soon to be jailed Victor Conte.

From 5 PM to 5 AM, EDT, Wilma exploded from a stock Category 2 with nice alloy wheels and a sunroof to a fire breathing Category 5 with a straight stack competition muffler and Spec-2 racing engine. Some numbers:

  • During Wilma's rise to power, her pressure dropped 4.2 MB (Millibars) per hour, besting 1988's Gilbert (3 MB/Hr.)
  • During the early morning hours of Wednesday, Wilma dropped 9.7 MB/Hr. for a six hour period, crushing 1967's Beulah (6.3 MB/Hr.)
  • Bottoming out at 882 MB, Wilma is now the strongest-ever recorded Atlantic basin storm, based on pressure, in history. Gilbert (888 MB) in 1988 previously held the record. The legendary 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, which obliterated the Florida Keys, made landfall at 892 MB, the only record left for Wilma to break.
Global warming? I doubt it. That's not strong enough to cause this sort of rapid uberization.

Oh, and Saddam's in court! As expected, he refused to identify himself to the judge and went on a rabid tirade about the illegitmacy of the court and how he was still President of Iraq, and how this was pointless, etc. Remember, Saddam, they're still legitmate enough to kill your ass, so you'd better be nice to them.

Indictment Watch: Nothing today. Fitzgerald has 'til the 28th, in which case he'd need to renew the grand jury (is that like renewing a license?).

Lastly...I bought a Powerball ticket. Should you never see me again, you'll know why.

Anyway, I welcome comments, and thank you for reading. ^_^

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Supreme Court Sweepstakes

Oh, Harriet Miers.

Aiming to have the 40th non-judge in the high court's history confirmed, good old President Bush decided on somebody with absolutely no paper trail.

I mean, no paper trail, period. Miers is like a stealth fighter, except not as cool or expensive.

Well, at least until today. See, she actually DOES have a paper trail, and this particular fragment of it comes from a long time ago, in a city far, far away. Us earthlings call it "Dallas".

I guess the questionnaire, from the "Texans United For Life" group, just HAD to be filled out.

Miers filled out this particular document whilst running for a seat on the Dallas City Council.

Normally, it wouldn't be a big deal. But, when asked about banning abortion constitutionally, she said 'yes'.

Ah, hell. She had to go and say yes. Now we've got the "Miers Hates Abortion" network here between CNN and Fox News, and Democrats are finally beginning to mumble evil words behind the nominee's back.

What truly amazes me is why the conseratives seem to be throwing such a fit. I thought, that, in politics, anyway, no history is good history. And don't give me that line about the Supreme Court not being political. It's just politics with a longer time frame attached to it.

But, enough about her. The most wonderful time of the year has arrived!

Yes, it's October! Political Disasters Month! And some people say that J. Patrick Fitzgerald is preparing to launch his nuclear indictments of various Bush Administration figures as early as this very day! Hurray!

If you've got an office pool going, here are my odds for indictments:

Lewis Libby: 4 to 1
Karl Rove: 58 to 1
Dick Cheney: 3,948 to 1
Dubya His Own Self: 300,000 to 1
Libby's Janitor: 2 to 5

Should Fitzgerald launch his indictments tomorrow, I'll definitely be here to blog it!

Lastly, you might be wondering where the hell I was. Well, our new broadband connection refused to recognize Google as existing, so, I couldn't blog. Now that the problem seems to have gone away, I'm back.

Anyways, let me know what you think.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

How to Roast a Press Secretary

The latest estimate puts Katrina’s financial dent in the American wallet at an unimaginable one hundred and fifty billion dollars. Depending upon what estimates you use from Andrew, that’s a four to seven fold increase over the legendary 1992 storm.

And, even though that number will likely rise, there are some numbers that are retreating. Currently, it’s estimated that about fifty percent of New Orleans is underwater, and that only five to ten thousand holdouts remain in the city.

Those are the facts. Let’s get to the fun part.

The sizzling sound you hear is Scott McClellan, the White House Press Secretary, whom I saw live getting absolutely smoked by NBC News’ David Gregory. It’s transcript time!

Q (David Gregory, NBC News) Scott, does the President retain confidence in his FEMA Director and Secretary of Homeland Security?


I understood that question.


MR. McCLELLAN: And again, David, see, this is where some people want to look at the blame game issue, and finger-point. We're focused on solving problems, and we're doing everything we can –


But I sure as hell didn’t understand that answer…


Q What about the question?


Yeah, what about the question?


MR. McCLELLAN: We're doing everything we can in support –


…you are? Really?


Q We know all that.


Yeah, that’s what I said.


MR. McCLELLAN: -- of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.


It seems like something’s missing from that answer. Like a verb.


Q Does he retain complete confidence –


Mr. Gregory continues to stand firm…


MR. McCLELLAN: We're going to continue. We appreciate the great effort that all of those at FEMA, including the head of FEMA, are doing to help the people in the region. And I'm just not going to engage in the blame game or finger-pointing that you're trying to get me to engage.


Translation: U r evil, NBC man. No answer for u!


Q Okay, but that's not at all what I was asking.


I know that, and you know that, but does McClellan know that…or was he even listening?


MR. McCLELLAN: Sure it is. It's exactly what you're trying to play.


Now McClellan’s reminding me of the automated defense turrets in the Command and Conquer games. Anything resembling a shadow of…well, anything…gets shot at.


Q You have your same point you want to make about the blame game, which you've said enough now. I'm asking you a direct question, which you're dodging.


Mr. Gregory is still pretty much correct.


MR. McCLELLAN: No –


No…what?


Q Does the President retain complete confidence in his Director of FEMA and Secretary of Homeland Security, yes or no?


Now he’s giving McClellan the appropriate answers! It’s not like David is asking him to factor an equation or something.


MR. McCLELLAN: I just answered the question.


*coughs*…Yeah, and the answer is pretty obvious by now…


Q Is the answer "yes" on both?


Somebody get an ambulance over here before David kills this guy…


MR. McCLELLAN: And what you're doing is trying to engage in a game of finger-pointing.


And you’re engaging in a game of finger-dodging, if that’s the case.


Q There's a lot of criticism. I'm just wondering if he still has confidence.


I’ve seen boxing matches less brutal than this exchange.


MR. McCLELLAN: -- and blame-gaming. What we're trying to do is solve problems, David. And that's where we're going to keep our focus.


Blame-gaming? Is that even a word? Or is he using it under the same grammatical principles of Dubya’s love of
“officing”?


Q So you're not -- you won't answer that question directly?


I think we have
that answer by now, anyway.

MR. McCLELLAN: I did. I just did.


…but, when? During the commercial break? But there aren’t any commercials on C-SPAN…


Q No, you didn't. Yes or no? Does he have complete confidence or doesn't he?


For the love of cheese toast, somebody call this fight…


MR. McCLELLAN: No, if you want to continue to engage in finger-pointing and blame-gaming, that's fine –


Blame-gaming is my new favorite verb.


Q Scott, that's ridiculous. I'm not engaging in any of that.


I don’t even remember the original question…


MR. McCLELLAN: It's not ridiculous.


Is too. Is not. Is too. Is not. Is too.


Q Don't try to accuse me of that. I'm asking you a direct question and you should answer it. Does he retain complete confidence in his FEMA Director and Secretary of Homeland Security, yes or no?


The general purpose of questioning is to indeed receive answers, yeah. Point for the peacock.


MR. McCLELLAN: Like I said -- that's exactly what you're engaging in.


…come to think of it, I’m not sure
McClellan remembers the original question any longer.

Q I'm not engaging in anything. I'm asking you a question about what the President's views are –


Oh yeah, that’s the question.


MR. McCLELLAN: Absolutely -- absolutely –


Yes, you are absolutely being owned, Mr. McClellan.


Q -- under pretty substantial criticism of members of his administration. Okay? And you know that, and
everybody watching knows that, as well.


Yes, we do know that.


MR. McCLELLAN: No, everybody watching this knows, David, that you're trying to engage in a blame game.

…and we absolutely know that’s not correct. I’m watching, and...I’m not seeing blame-gaming (I love this word.)


Q I'm trying to engage?


Engage! Engage with tongue of fury! Hiiiiiiyaa!


MR. McCLELLAN: Yes.


You accept the engagement?


Q I am trying to engage?


And you’re double-checking…I haven’t seen this many outs since the World Series of Poker…


MR. McCLELLAN: That's correct.

I honestly think this man would drive right into a wall if it presented itself on the highway.

Q That's a dodge. I have a follow-up question since you dodged that one. Does the White House feel like it missed opportunities to alleviate or head off some of the damage in the New Orleans area, flood damage?

Did it miss an opportunity to head any of that off?

Re-load, cock, aim, fire.

MR. McCLELLAN: In what way?

What way? You know, those…uh…levee things?

Q In responding to requests to make structural improvements, or other improvements to alleviate flood damage, and so forth?

MR. McCLELLAN: Maybe you ought to look at what General Strock said, because General Strock briefed on this the other day and he talked about the design issues relating to the levees and how that was a design issue. And he talked about that. And we provided, I think it was some $300 million in additional funding over the course of the administration for flood control in the Southeast Louisiana area. But General Strock talked about that and he talked about some of those issues. And any suggestion that it would have prevented something, that there could have been action that would have prevented something, I think he dismissed because of those reasons.

Just imagine what they could’ve done with the four hundred fifty-four million allotted for trophy bridges in Alaska (thanks Keith.).

Q So if the President still has confidence in the FEMA Director, how is it that the FEMA Director is suddenly invisible? No briefings, nowhere out front, it's all gone to Secretary Chertoff.

MR. McCLELLAN: I think he's going to brief later today. I think he's briefing later today.

Hoohah! An answer!

Q Brown is?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes. And, again, that's clearly now just an attempt to try to engage in this finger-pointing, and we're going to continue focusing on solving problems.

…he was confirming if it was the FEMA director doing the briefing…

Q He's been the focus of an enormous amount of criticism. You know that, and yet, you choose not to respond.

MR. McCLELLAN: I just talked about how there are over 75 -- no, that's not true. There are over 75,000 people that are involved in all the response and recovery and law enforcement when it comes to Katrina. And we appreciate the efforts of everyone. We appreciate the efforts of Secretary Chertoff and Undersecretary Brown and all those at FEMA who continue to work round-the-clock to get things done and to identify problems and fix those problems.

*rings bell* This bout is over!

To wrap up, the Roberts nomination hearings start Monday. My next update will focus on how they would look if they went as badly as the steroids in baseball hearing did.

Anyway, tell me what you think, and thanks for reading!

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Hurricane Rant I

Alright, now we’re talking.

Well, this would be my first official post as a blogger, I suppose.

For starters, I’d be a callous idiot to attempt to ignore the cataclysm that Hurricane Katrina has caused, so let’s run with that for a bit, eh?

I know you’ve heard about the Louisiana State University computer model that estimates as many as 10,000 deaths were caused by Katrina, in the City of New Orleans alone. If you can’t grasp how incredible of a number that really is, let me compare it to some other hurricanes:

Camille (1969) – killed 256
The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane – killed around 400
The Galveston Hurricane – killed around 6,000 to 12,000

If the LSU model is accurate, Katrina will be, far and away, the deadliest storm to ever strike the mainland United States…or the United States period, for that matter. We don’t even know what’s happened in Biloxi, MS, where another two or three thousand could have perished, and I’m trying to be positive with my guess.

Less important (unless you’re an insurance company) is the estimated insured losses incurred, a number that has been placed at between sixteen and twenty-five billion dollars, depending on who you ask. That number doesn’t even scratch the surface of the uninsured losses that have probably been suffered. Let’s conservatively estimate that the total losses are 1.5 times the insured amount, which would be…

Twenty-four to thirty-three and a half billion dollars.

If you prefer to see the zeroes, that’s $24,000,000,000 to $33,500,000,000.

The total losses are probably closer to 1.75 or 2 times the insured losses, and that leads to a high mark estimate of fifty billion dollars.

I can’t even begin to imagine what fifty billion dollars looks like, but think of it this way:

Five hundred million (500,000,000) one-hundred dollar bills is fifty billion dollars.

Yeah, I know. But that’s not what the damage looks like to those on the ground. That fifty billion is visually represented by the places where the houses once were, where they used to work, and the towns they used to love, but are there no longer.

Before I absolutely go off on the Department of Homeland Security, under which FEMA operates, let me take time to point out the good that has been brought out by this incredible disaster.

Yes, we have people who do care. The city of Houston, for instance. They’ve taken in refugees until they can’t hold anymore, and even then, they allow them to hang around until they find other cities where they can be sent. Disasters like this really do bring out the best in people, and I feel that Houston is a prime example of this.

Dallas, too, has absorbed a huge number of the displaced. Texas, in total, has accepted an estimated quarter of a million persons. And, I know I speak for those here in South Carolina, we would gladly welcome anyone who is stuck here now, or can get here, to stay with us. Hey, you can hang out in Littlejohn Coliseum or the Carolina Center, where Clemson and the University of South Carolina play basketball. We’re not using them now, and I’m sure our occasional governor, Mark Sanford, would gladly let you stay there.

And have you heard about the people opening their own homes to displaced families? Man, these guys deserve medals, or they should at least get a high school named after them, like astronauts get. It simply cannot be put into words what the act of giving someone a stable environment does.

Let’s not forget the Coast Guard, either. The ability to make a helicopter hover over a specific something while someone rappels down to it and ushers people back up and to safety is a divine talent. I know they would say ‘it’s our job’. Don’t be modest. When you save seven thousand people in the span of a week, you really do deserve a commendation of some sort. Or a high school named in your honor. No…a school system. Hell, let’s name a state after them.

Also, and boy, I never thought I’d say this, Wal-Mart. Yes, let us salute Wal-Mart for giving out ridiculous amounts of coin to the charities, and sending water to the thirsty, and…

Whoa, hold on. I meant to say attempting to send water to the thirsty.

You see, this is where I get severely upset with FEMA. Aaron Broussard is the president of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Perhaps you saw him on this morning’s “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert. He told a story of three tractor-trailers of bottled water being sent to his parish by Wal-Mart. However, those trucks were turned away by FEMA. ‘We don’t need them’, they said.
A Coast Guard vessel, loaded with a thousand gallons of valuable diesel fuel, was docked in Jefferson Parish. ‘Come get the fuel’, said the Coast Guard. ‘No, you can’t’, said FEMA when the trucks arrived. And Saturday (September 3), Mr. Broussard tells us that FEMA cut his emergency communications, placing armed guards at the cable site to prevent unauthorized usage.

‘Well, he must be lying,’ the administration would surely say privately.

You gaze into that man’s eyes and tell me he’s lying. I, in fact, challenge you to not get a little misty-eyed when Mr. Broussard talks about the phone calls from the building manager’s drowning mother. I dare you to try and explain why FEMA didn’t show up, as they should have, in time to save her.

Well, I’m waiting.

By the way, I have a question for the people shooting at the rescuers. At what point did this seem like a good idea? Those people are here to help you, right? Shooting them would be bad.

I have an idea for what should be done to those people, but I’ll keep it to myself.

Oh, and let’s not forget those jerks charging eight bucks a gallon for gas in Atlanta. We should send them to New Orleans with the shooters and leave them.

Sorry, I’m jumping around a bit. Did anyone see the interview with Michael Chertoff? Did he actually answer a question? Let’s go to the transcript!

Tim Russert: Mr. Secretary, are you or anyone who reports to you contemplating resignation?

Now, an appropriate answer would be:

‘Yes,’ and who is, and why…

Or…

‘No, we’re not.’

Oh, no, that’s way too much to ask for. We got:

SEC'Y MICHAEL CHERTOFF: You know, Tim, what we're contemplating now is the fact that we are very, very much in the middle of a crisis. There's a bit of a sense that you get that some people think it's now time to draw a sigh of relief and go back and do the after-action analysis, and there'll be plenty of time for that. We obviously need to look very closely at things that worked well, and many things did work well, and some things that didn't work well, and some things did not work well.

But we have to remember that we have an enormous challenge ahead of us, and there's not a lot of time to get ahead of it. We have basically moved the population of New Orleans to other parts of the country, or we're in the process of doing so. We've got to feed them. We've got to shelter the people. We've got to get them housing. We've got to educate their children. We have to dewater the city. We have to clean up the environment. We're going to have to rebuild. Those are enormous, enormous tasks, and we can't afford to get those messed up.

So what I'm focused on now and what I want my department--in fact, what the president has ordered all of us to be focused on now--is: What do we need to do in the next hours, in the next days, in the next weeks and the next months to make sure we are doing everything possible to give these people succor and to make their lives easier?

What? What did he just say? The sky is blue? The grass is green? I didn’t get a single word of that.

MR. RUSSERT: Well, many Americans believe now is the time for accountability. The Republican governor of Massachusetts said, "We are an embarrassment to the world." The Republican senator from Louisiana, David Vitter, said that you deserve a grade of F, flunk. How would you grade yourself?

Easy enough question…

SEC'Y CHERTOFF: You know, Tim, again I'm going to--the process of grading myself and grading everybody else is one that we will examine over time. I will tell you that my focus now is on what is going to go forward. What would really be--require a grade of F would be to stop thinking about the crisis we have now so that we can start to go back and do the after-action analysis. There are some things that actually worked very well. There are some things that didn't. We may have to break the model that we have used for dealing with catastrophes, at least in the case of ultra-catastrophes.

And let me tell you, Tim, there is nobody who has ever seen or dealt with a catastrophe on this scale in this country. It has never happened before. So no matter what the planning was in advance, we were presented with an unprecedented situation. Obviously, we're going to want to learn about that. I'll tell you something I said when I--a month ago before this happened. I said that I thought that we need to build a preparedness capacity going forward that we have not yet succeeded in doing. That clearly remains the case, and we will in due course look at what we've done here and incorporate it into the planning. But first we are going to make sure we are attending to the crisis at hand.

…excuse me? Two plus two equals twenty-seven? Is that what that means? What the hell did he just say?

MR. RUSSERT: Senator Vitter, the Republican from Louisiana, said the death toll could reach 10,000 because of the lack of response. Do you agree with that number?

Now this…this is a no-brainer. Yes or no answer. Easy as pie.

SEC'Y CHERTOFF: You know, I understand first of all, Tim, that--and I'm clearly including myself among this group--many, many people are frustrated and very distressed by what happened here. Obviously, every minute matters in a situation like this. I think I said that we are racing the clock. But even with that sense of frustration and being upset, I don't think that I'm in a position to start to speculate and guess about what the numbers will be.

I will tell you one thing I know, that when we come to the point that we've completed the evacuation, we're going to start dewatering the city--in fact, it's under way now--we're going to confront some very, very ugly pictures. Many people may have been trapped when that levee broke, and the lake basically became, you know, part of the city of New Orleans. People were trapped in their houses and couldn't get out. Some of those people fortunately apparently were able to be safe and are coming out now.

We rescued 10,000 people, the Coast Guard did. That's three times as many as in any prior year. Think about that. That's an--that is compressing in three days the rescue efforts of--three times the rescue efforts of any prior year. There were some extraordinary actions that were taken by people at all levels, including people at the Department of Homeland Security where the Coast Guard is. So we have worked very aggressively, but we got to tell you, we have to prepare the country for what may be some very, very difficult pictures in the weeks to come.

You’re clearly including yourself among the frustration? That’s like saying ‘Yes, I think death is bad.’ Is there even a number in there? Oh, I see it…ten thousand…rescued? Is that the best you can do?!

MR. RUSSERT: People were stunned by a comment the president of the United States made on Wednesday, Mr. Secretary. He said, "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." How could the president be so wrong, be so misinformed?

…now we’re just asking for it…

SEC'Y CHERTOFF: Well, I think if you look at what actually happened, I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, "New Orleans Dodged The Bullet," because if you recall the storm moved to the east and then continued on and appeared to pass with considerable damage but nothing worse. It was on Tuesday that the levee--may have been overnight Monday to Tuesday--that the levee started to break. And it was midday Tuesday that I became aware of the fact that there was no possibility of plugging the gap and that essentially the lake was going to start to drain into the city. I think that second catastrophe really caught everybody by surprise. In fact, I think that's one of the reasons people didn't continue to leave after the hurricane had passed initially. So this was clearly an unprecedented catastrophe. And I think it caused a tremendous dislocation in the response effort and, in fact, in our ability to get materials to people.

And one last point I'd make is this, Tim. We had actually prestaged a tremendous number of supplies, meals, shelter, water. We had prestaged, even before the hurricane, dozens of Coast Guard helicopters, which were obviously nearby but not in the area. So the difficulty wasn't lack of supplies. The difficulty was that when the levee broke, it was very, very hard to get the supplies to the people. I-10 was submerged. There was only one significant road going all the way the way around. Much of the city was flooded. The only way to get to people and to get supplies was to have airdrops and helicopters. And frankly, it is very--and their first priority was rescuing people from rooftops. So we really had a tremendous strain on the capacity of--to be able to both rescue people and also to be able to get them supplies.

… *has given up and left the keyboard.*

You see what I mean, right? Nobody wants to answer anything, because they know they’re done for if they do.

Of course, they’re done for anyway, even if they spin the situation like a top. Congress, encouraged (forced) by the people, will take care of that.

To summarize:

New Orleans being flooded = bad.
FEMA turning away aid = really bad.
Chertoff dancing around questions like a ballerina = not surprising.
Watching news coverage = depressing.

Okay, one more thing to wrap up, and it’s funny (I guess).

You know Rita Cosby, MSNBC’s newest…whatever that job is? What happened to her voice? Did she have throat cancer? Did she swallow a cat? And why was she acting like a bobblehead doll when Joe Scarborough was trying to talk to her?

Man…where’s Keith Olbermann? I need some decent coverage to make this whole thing easier to swallow.

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Openingh

So...I guess this would be my first post.

As soon as I can get the Blogger add-on to publish my pretty rant from Word, I'll post something more substantial. I'll try to establish a somewhat regular updating schedule, although it may be on the order of once a week or so.

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