Katrina: The good, the bad and the ugly

posted at 10:00 am on August 30, 2006 by Bryan

Ray Nagin Memorial Bus Pool
Private vs. public: Katrina
Robinson: They’re eating corpses!
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Nagin: Choco city * No-show * Hole

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Great vent! I know there are time limitations, but I think it would have been worthwhile to reflect as well on the hyperventelated coverage of Geraldo, Shep (I pick these two because I don’t watch non-Fox news so don’t know the countless other violators of canons of journalistic propriety) et al., and the outrageous claims of a total heart of darkness existing in the Superdome.

The MSM is still clueless and biased. It sees the first anniversary as an opportunity to further bash Bush, totally overlooking the fact that Nagin’s post Katrina “leadership” has been even more disgraceful than it was immediately before and during the disaster.

ptolemy on August 30, 2006 at 10:23 AM

Great Vent. All I have to say though is that I still think Fema/Brown/The Feds are still taking way to much heat. Notice how Jeb Bush evacuated the Keys days before this current storm? Bush personally asked Blanco/Nagin to do it days before Katrina, they didn’t and then didn’t use their own plan and buses to get people out, leaving a situation that no one predicted and no one could handle. Everyone says “this shows that we’re unprepared for xyz”… but how do you prepare for something like that? All the chaos was because of a bunch of people trapped in the city, when they should have been out and that wasn’t something the President could do before hand….

The most important issue I think though, is that this wasn’t a natural disaster. Weak, category 1 or 2 conditions didn’t do in the levees. They were poorly built and ready to go at any time. Paul at Wizbang actually makes an excellent point, that Katrina actually saved tens of thousands. How? Everyone would have been in their homes living life as usual and the levees would have broken, because water had been seeping under them for a year. There was no massive storm surge, and Paul (who lives there) say that the water is often higher during high tides.

Other than that, I just have to say that Brown had handled plenty of other disasters before that, despite his lack of qualification… it is a clear reflection of what happened at the local level.

RightWinged on August 30, 2006 at 10:32 AM

but I think it would have been worthwhile to reflect as well on the hyperventelated coverage of Geraldo, Shep

I think Shep should be given a very big break – yes, he was emotional, and rightfully so – he is from the Mississippi coast and this happened in his backyard. Geraldo on the other hand…

As for the whole Katrina thing, it was a disaster on so many levels and continues to be – N.O. has not been rebuilt (whose fault? Nagin’s IMO), Houston is still suffering the brunt of housing and controlling thousands of uneducated gangs (to be blunt), only to name just a few failures. It’s like the powers-that-be have been sitting around for a year picking their noses and trying to figure out a place to wipe.

The people of N.O. deserve what they get at this point – an inept mayor (re-elected) and an ever-corrupted city. I just hope that the feds stop dumping money into that cesspool.

pullingmyhairout on August 30, 2006 at 10:49 AM

“Dont get Stuck on Stupid!”
I keep hearing that over and over in my head as I watch this wall-to-wall poor pitiful me coverage of New Orleans. Talk about self-inflicted wounds!
I think most of La is indeed “Stuck On Stupid” for failing to learn anything! Look at Fla today and MS over the past year. Neither one wallows in self-pity they just GET ON WITH IT. Contrast to La/NO and it is whine, whine, whine, when is the Federal Govt going to do it FOR me?
Great vent as usual MM!Bryan is right about that submerged school bus photo, a symbol for being “SOS”.

labwrs on August 30, 2006 at 11:02 AM

Katrina was a classic example of what happens when the lies of the MSMs go unchallenged.

In 2004 these same partisan MSMs were spouting that FEMA was indulging Florida hurricane victims to ‘buy votes’ for Bush.

Yet the much faster response to Katrina, a hurricane that MISSED New Orleans, was misrepresented as neglect.

Does anyone here the Red states of Mississippi & Alabama that got HIT by Katrina whining?

I also found the MSMs coverage an example of soft bigotry in that they were willing to report the worst of the New Orleans residents even as they advanced those false stories.

The fact that the 100,000 poorest residents were abandoned was part of a well rehearsed plan, demonstrated during the three previous hurricane emergencies, so the consquences of the flooding… all 1000 deaths… were the result of Mayor Nagin(D) and Governor Blanco(D)’s… PLAN.

Bush was on the phone to the Governor before the Hurricane passed by and he was blown off…

Every lie… every petty misrepresentation… every biased nuance… needs to be met with fury, outrage and authoritative correction.

BDS can only be contained with equal volume.

DANEgerus on August 30, 2006 at 11:22 AM

We know the fact regardign the Good and the Bad at this point.

What is appropriate at this point are your comments regarding the Ugly.

Nagin was the mayor. It was Nagin’s plan that failed first. All Nagin has at this point are a pile of excuses, and a stinky pile at that.

Next, the Governor’s of Louisiana’s plan failed. Mississippi, Fluorida, and Texas plas all worked. Why was Louisiana’s plan the only one that failed?

Lastly, FEMA. What did they every do right, except hand out cash after the fact?

Who actually responded with real help? First the Military, and then Private Volunteers.

Have we learned our lesson yet?

Lawrence on August 30, 2006 at 11:32 AM


The Good: The USCG and members of the Air NG.

If it was not for their helicopter rescue crews, the number of dead would have been much higher.

Rich on August 30, 2006 at 11:34 AM

I have had ANOUGH . As I have seen and continue to hear this so called Mayor Nagin Spew forth his racism. I will never visit NO. til the people stand up and recall this fish out of water.I hear people state he dsnt spk for all NO. thats a cope out .Yes he does You have re-elected him now stand up and un-elect him. Take responsiblity for your own life and stand up like Americans. I respectly summit we change the name of NO to Mona-ville. Thats all they do is moan.

Jarch007 on August 30, 2006 at 11:37 AM

Beautiful. Another embarassment for the clueless Main Stream Media.

These idiots, in another of their endless conspiracies to try and paint the President in a bad light, dredge up Katrina, and end up re-exposing themselves and their Democrat politico buddies instead.

Maybe, after Katrinagate, Plamegate, Rathergate, etc.,etc, someone should explain to them the “law of unintended consequences.”

On second thought, screw them. That’s the price they have to pay for being morons. Hey Carville, keep those Democrat talking points coming.

there it is on August 30, 2006 at 12:09 PM

Would love to have an image of the Nagin Motor Pool with an audio clip of his comments demanding ‘all the Greyhound buses in the country’ playing in the background.
Has someone put those two together yet?

shooter on August 30, 2006 at 12:23 PM

Help, We’re stuck on stupid and we can get out!

entagor on August 30, 2006 at 12:28 PM

The problem with LA as opposed to MS, AL, and FL is MENTALITY AND ATTITUDE.

The Governor of MS said in a recent interview that they do not believe in what he called “Victimship.” In other words, they are not and will not be victims. Same with Al and FL.

MS, for example, IMMEDIATELY got down to work rebuilding, organizing, cutting through red tape, deciding how much they need, seeing where the money is and went to work accordingly.

In LA, despite things being done, they complain that money is bogged down, too much red tape, “it’s a different situation”, etc.

For the most part, FL, MS, and AL have the determination, the organization, and the gumption to rely on themselves and let the Federal govt supplement what they cannot do.

In LA, it appears that they have the determination, the organization, and the gumption to rely on the Federal Govt and will MAYBE supplement what the Feds do for them.

One of Mayor Nagin’s priorities after Katrina was…MARDI GRAS. As far as I know, Gov Blanco has not been heard from concerning ANYTHING. The Govs of Ms and AL have been interviewed concerning the progress of their stateS which appear to recovering a a fairly good pace. WHY IS THAT?

The False Dervish on August 30, 2006 at 12:47 PM

Funny how quickly Gen. Hononre disappeared from the media radar once he told them they were Stuck on Stupid.

Cue the tape of that one.

JammieWearingFool on August 30, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Excellent Vent! I loved the “Stuck on Stupid” reminder. Perhaps it needs to be played again for those clowns in the MSM. While most of us look in disgust at the Dem and MSM talking points about how bad the Feds screwed this up, we forget that there are a great many people who buy into this garbage and believe it. And before I am accused of being heartless by some person, let’s remember this-Nagin was an absolute idiot and let people be left behind because he wanted them to ride in the style of the Greyhound bus. The cheese wagons were available and people volunteered to come down and drive them out but no, the Greyhound is the only way to go in the Chocolate City. Also, the Oscar for Best Actor goes to Aaron Broussard for “I’m Coming Mama”.

Catie96706 on August 30, 2006 at 12:53 PM

When stupid people vote for stupid people, then stupid is what you get.
We should not have to foot the bill to rebuild a city in a bowl, just because Nagin wants his chocolat city back.
Japan has an airport built where there was ocean. If N.O.
is to be rebuilt, then they at least need to fill in the bowl first. But I shouldn’t have to pay.
I spend about $4000 a year for all of my insurance needs but
maybe I need to rethink this. I could just save my money and
if something bad happens to me I could just demand that the
rest of the country take care of my expenses.

Gooch on August 30, 2006 at 1:27 PM

Picking a winner between Blanco and Nagin is like trying to choose between inept and flagranatly inept. While a lot of people point to the drowning school buses, one of my favorite bits in all of this has to do with the National Guard, and the crying out of the local politicians as to why they National Guard wasn’t sent down by the federal government. The answer, of course, is that THE GOVERNOR has the authority to call out the National Guard in an emergency and was just too stupid-goes-straight-to-the-bone spineless to admit she whiffed on that little factoid. As for the racial factor, I’d like to continue what False Dervish just pointed out about the three other states involved (Mississippi, Florida & Georgia) and ask why it had nothing to do with whether things got done in those places. Face it . . . It was a bad storm in a bad place to have a storm, but Race has nothing to do with where the wind blows. And in the long term the only thing that can stop something from getting fixed is people getting in the way of it getting done. If Ray Nagin wants to talk about the “hole in the ground”, he should take the lesson he seems to be preaching to heart and that is that too much talking and not enough doing will slow down ANY recovery.

52Ranger on August 30, 2006 at 1:48 PM

Great Vent Michelle! This is the clear thinking and reporting we need! Pertient content, clearly presented, and well thought out makes your Vents important.

New Orleans needs a serious houselcleaning of it’s public officials – starting with the Mayor and the DA. Their incompetence, victim mentality, and beligerance is overwhelming.

The voters seem to buy into the “Chocolate City” notion, a racist ideal focusing on vicitim mentality encouraged by the likes of Spike Lee. What voters in New Orleans really need is to drop the race card, clean house completly of public “servants” starting with the Mayor, and move on.

This isn’t going to happen though – vicitim mentality and race card politics bring so much attention we can only expect more of the same.

When the next disaster strikes it will, of course, be someone elses fault – and of course it will be a white person.

omegaram on August 30, 2006 at 2:13 PM

Spectacular Vent. You left out Nagin saying how chocolate is a mixture of chocolate and vanilla.. I belly laughed when I heard him say that.

RobertCSampson on August 30, 2006 at 3:34 PM

In LA, despite things being done, they complain that money is bogged down, too much red tape, “it’s a different situation”, etc.

The False Dervish on August 30, 2006 at 12:47 PM

“It’s a different situation.”


Lawrence on August 30, 2006 at 4:05 PM

So, when are we going to start seeing the Michelle Malkin action figures in stores? In time for Christmas?

I love these Vents, but they need national syndication on TV. Alas, I suppose the problem with that would be as it always has been, you can lead a horse to water…

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austinnelly on August 30, 2006 at 11:57 PM

“The Good” should also include all the US Armed forces, and specifically those units assigned to Joint Task Force (JTF) Katrina and JTF Rita.

The USCG, of course. They saved tens of thousands of lives with their helos.

The regular Army and the Army National Guard sent thousands of men and women. The LA National Guard was on duty at the Superdome even before Katrina landed. See Lou Dolinar’s article at Real Clear Poltics.

The Navy sent the following ships to assist:
USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USNS Swift (HSV 2), USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS Shreveport (LPD 12), USS Tortuga (LSD 46), USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), and USS Grapple (ARS 53).

The Marines sent both active duty and reservists, many of the latter were volunteers. FYI,The HQ of the USMC 4th Air Wing in in New Orleans, which suffered considerable damage.

The USAF and Air National Guard sent SAR helos, transport airlift, a mobile hospital, and combat air controllers to New Orleans international airport to open it up to night operations.

Even the Canadians helped out. They sent a destroyer, two frigates, and a coast guard icebreaker/tender.

And the Brits sent HMS Cumberland, the Dutch and Mexico each sent a frigate.

georgej on August 31, 2006 at 2:10 AM