September 2, 2005

Further outrage

Help us now!

The Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald

The coastal communities of south Mississippi are desperately in need of an unprecedented relief effort.

We understand that New Orleans also was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, but surely this nation has the resources to rescue both that metropolitan area and ours. Whatever plans that were in place to deal with such a natural disaster have proved inadequate. Perhaps destruction on this scale could not have been adequately prepared for.

But now that it has taken place, no effort should be spared to mitigate the hurricane's impact. The essentials - ice, gasoline, medicine - simply are not getting here fast enough.

We are not calling on the nation and the state to make life more comfortable in South Mississippi; we are calling on the nation and the state to make life here possible.

While the flow of information is frustratingly difficult, our reporters have yet to find evidence of a coordinated approach to relieve pain and hunger or to secure property and maintain order.

People are hurting and people are being vandalized.

Yet where is the National Guard, why hasn't every able-bodied member of the armed forces in South Mississippi been pressed into service?

On Wednesday reporters listening to horrific stories of death and survival at the Biloxi Junior High School shelter looked north across Irish Hill Road and saw Air Force personnel playing basketball and performing calisthenics.

When our reporters asked why these young men were not being used to help in the recovery effort, they were told that it would be pointless to send military personnel down to the beach to pick up debris.

Litter is the least of our problems. We need the president to back up his declaration of a disaster with a declaration that every man and woman under his command will do whatever is necessary to deal with that disaster.


At 9/02/2005 10:47 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Bush just gave a disgustingly phony press conference where he posed in a hanger as various military figures gave him happy talk about all the good they're doing. Then Bush asured people he'd help them out, but as usual, showed his callousness by having the completely wrong tone, jokingly calling the head of FEMA "Brownie", and taking this opportunity, where millions of people are hanging on his every word, looking for a shred of hope, to note that Trent Lotts million dollar home on the beach was destroyed, but Bush assured us, "we're gonna get that rebuilt" and remarked how he looks forward to sitting on Lott's porch again.

Good God!

And I'd read about this earlier. Turns out this, as I'd noted about many of the rich who lost property, was only Lott's beach house. He has another large home in Jackson, MS.

Yet Bush takes a portion of this brief press dog and pony show to assure people that they'll rebuild, but then suggests that his first priority is to re-build Lott's expensive beach home.

What a tone-deaf and out of touch moron. But that's no suprise.

At 9/02/2005 11:01 AM, Blogger Whetam Knauckweirst said...

At the risk of sounding sarcastic or that I'm satirizing your remarks (I'm doing neither), Dope, I think you're being unfair, or at least, unrealistic about George W. Bush.

You're expecting George W. Bush to act like a responsible, mature leader. He is none of those things. He is a spoiled fratboy who has smirked and lied his way through life while his family and family connections had covered for him. In the same way you can't get blood from a stone, you can't get compassion from a Bush. It's not there. In these moments when he cannot hide behind his family, we see the true George W. Bush -- the man who can make jokes at a time like this, jokes about rebuilding a racist millionaire's beachfront home. These are George W. Bush's true colors. He's displayed them during each presidential campaign, in debates. Christ, his entire response to 9/11 showed him as a coward void of ideas. Yet he has been elected (under very, very dubious circumstances) twice.

At 9/02/2005 11:02 AM, Blogger Whetam Knauckweirst said...

Sorry -- to be clear: What you're expecting from the Office of the President of the United States is realistic. Expecting it from George W. Bush is not.


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