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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Hurricane Ivan exposes flaws in Louisiana disaster plans, including security problems in the Superdome and lack of evacuation planning and Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin promise to “improve evacuation plans”.

It would soon become apparent that neither Governor Blanco, nor Mayor Nagin had done anything to improve on the failures exposed by Hurricane Ivan.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

New Orleans’ Mayor Ray Nagin and others create a public service announcements to tell New Orleans’ poor citizens that the official evacuation plan says, “In the event of a major hurricane, you’re on your own.”

This appears to be the only part of the city’s official plan that was actually carried out.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city.

President Bush urged the mandatory evacuation, but Mayor Nagin waited until the following day to do so. Twenty-four hours of possible evacuation time wasted.

Monday, August 29, 2005

A Defense Coordinating Officer and a Defense Coordinating Element are already on the ground in Clanton, Ala., Baton Rouge, La., Jackson, Miss., and Tallahassee, Fla. to liaison between U.S. Northern Command, FEMA and the Department of Defense.

FEMA has medical teams, rescue squads and groups prepared to supply food and water poised in a semicircle around the city.

Mayor Nagin issues Promulgation of Emergency Orders ordering mandatory evacuation of New Orleans and declaring that public officials may commandeer vehicles to effectuate the evacuation. (But he leaves 200+ buses sitting in a parking lot)

Hurricane Katrina makes landfall, but “dire predictions of catastrophic flooding appear to have been overstated.”

Liberals blame Bush for the hurricane.

A levee breaks.

Police officers, firefighters and private citizens, hampered by a lack of even rudimentary communication capabilities, continued a desperate and impromptu boat-borne rescue operation

The Hurricane hits, liberals start trying to score political points. Mayor Nagin finally issues the emergency promulgation, but it will prove to have been too late. Mayor Nagin’s city officials are unable to communicate with one another. Federal assets that have been deployed to the area can’t function properly because the local infrastructure, including security for resuers and aid workers, is collapsing. Complaints of Nagin’s inability to maintain an infrastructure capable of responding to a predictable disaster are nowhere to be found.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Water begins rising in the streets because of a break on a levee along a canal leading to Lake Pontchartrain.

The U.S.S. Bataan, stationed off the coast launches helicopters over New Orleans to begin surveying (unable to land because of the water and downed powerlines).

Focus shifts back to New Orleans and it becomes apparent federal resources will be needed to help with rescue and cleanup. Nobody anticipates that the New Orleans’ city resources will completely collapse, including its police force and other rescue services. Blame still being thrown at Bush and the feds, but nobody seems interested in questioning why the city and state officials haven’t improved on the flaws exposed by Hurricane Ivan. Nobody is questioning why a mayor can so quickly lose control of his law enforcement infrastructure.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New Orleans’ leaders all but surrendered the streets to floodwaters and lawlessness yesterday and began turning out the lights on the ruined city - perhaps for months.

Estimates of at least 200 New Orleans Police Officers walked off the job and 2 committed suicide as New Orleans the city’s law enforcement collapsed.

Governor Blanco finally issues an Executive Order for “emergency evacuation by buses” including the right to commandeer vehicles. (But the ignored 200+ buses are now sitting in a flooded parking lot)

Navy helicopters are flying medical-evacuation and search-and-rescue missions.

New Orleans’ officials simply give up. They begin demanding/blaming federal resources. The Feds say they never anticipated a complete breakdown in city services and also remind the world that the National Guard troops were not supposed to come in for security (it was the duty of state and local officials to prevent lawlessness).

Thursday, September 1, 2005

An aerial view of a parking lot in New Orleans shows 200+ buses that could’ve been, but weren’t, used by local officials to effectuate the mandatory evacuation orders. (see Louisiana’s Disaster Plan, Adobe page number 14, item D)

Jesse Jackson blames lack of federal funding for the flooding that caused thousands to be trapped inside the city. The Army Corps of Engineers says that a “lack of funding for hurricane protection projects around New Orleans did not contribute to the disastrous flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina.”

A liberal refuses to help Katrina victims because he’s “sick of footing the bill for George W. Bush.”

Another liberal refuses to help Katrina victims because she “noticed a “W” sticker on the back of her vehicle.”

Another liberal claims a conspiracy to kill thousands of blacks by putting them in the Superdome.

The NY Times blames Congress for slashing the budget for correcting some of the gaping holes in the area’s flood protection… despite, in April, calling the very legislation that would “shovel $17 billion at the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and other water-related projects” bad legislation.

President Bush calls for oil release and urges Congress to pass $10.5 billion relief legislation.

Jesse Jackson blames the disaster on lack of federal funding and is quickly contradicted by sources in the know. The NY Times blames Congress for slashing federal funds, but forgets it agreed with the “slashing” just 4 months earlier. Liberals show that politics is more important than compassion and human suffering.

Friday, September 2, 2005

Jesse Jackson accuses Bush of racism by not appointing enough blacks to leadership positions in the rescue efforts.

The Bush administration proposed a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, but Governor Blanco refused concerned about some political conspiracy. In fact, according to Mayor Nagin, Blanco said she wanted “24 hours to think it over“. (video)

Governor Blanco issues another Executive Order for “emergency evacuation by buses” including the right to commandeer vehicles. (But the ignored 200+ buses are still sitting in a flooded parking lot)

Liberals blame Bush for slow response. More focus on political maneuvering while people remain in peril. Still nobody questions why state and local officials didn’t use their “power to commandeer” to move 200+ buses full of people to saftey when they could have.

Saturday, September 4, 2005

Senator Mary Landrieu says, “If one person criticizes [the state/local officials] or says one more thing, including the president of the United States, he will hear from me. One more word about it after this show airs and I might likely have to punch him. Literally.”

An elected Democrat officials threatens to assault the President of the United States.

Sunday, September 5, 2005

Governor Blanco has refused to sign over control of the National Guard to the federal government.

Mayor Ray Nagin is offering free (aka government-paid) vacations to Las Vegas for New Orleans’ Police Officers.

How can Governor Blanco keep accusing the Feds of inaction when she keeps refusing to give them control? Common sense would tell you that the one in control is the one to blame. When she figures that out, watch how fast she gives up control. And Mayor Nagin rewards the total inaction and complete incompetence of the NOPD by giving them free trips to Las Vegas (by free I mean ‘taxpayer-funded’). I’m sure the citizens of New Orleans appreciate such an important use of their tax money… while their neighbors remain trapped, starving and dying. Beautiful.

Just look at the progression of blame folks tried to lay directly on Bush:

  1. Blame Bush for the Hurricane
  2. Blame Bush for the levee breaks
  3. Blame Bush for racism
  4. Blame Bush for emergency response

See the pattern? It ought to be quite clear now how Democrats and Republicans will lead in times of crisis. While Republicans will recognize and address problems, Democrats will give up, whine, blame and then threaten. We saw it with the last major national tragedy… and I’m sure we’ll see it again.

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