Wednesday, September 27, 2006

So, What’s the Excuse?

There are no al Qaeda there. There are no insurgents there. There is no sectarian violence there. So why hasn’t there been more progress in the repairing and rebuilding of New Orleans and the surrounding areas?


Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

The area is even important to the oil industry, which obviously carries some weight with el Shrubo. Hmmmm. Is it an inability to walk and chew gum at the same time (or even one activity at a time)? Or is it that the bulk of the victims are not rich Republican donors? My guess -- the usual combination of incompetence and indifference that has come to characterize this administration.

September 27, 2006 3:12 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

This is an atrocity piled on top of a tragedy. Our president has turned his back on America's cities to focus on creating more terrorists in countries where they don't exist, until we bomb them. I'm sure that if there was a way for the military-industrial complex to get in on the action, Bush would be sending help like cluster bombs to Israel.

September 27, 2006 3:35 AM  
Blogger Katharine said...

I think it has a lot to do with the fact that New Orleans has a lot of black residents. If there were a lot more middle-class and wealthy white people there, the city would have been rebuilt nearly overnight.

September 27, 2006 4:15 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

I have to agree with the rest. It is a combination of massive incompetence couple with the fact that New Orleans was predominantly Democratic, poor and black. No votes there.
Never forget that everything this administration does is political coupled with insane. There is no other explanation for what we have seen.

September 27, 2006 4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's right, it's the no votes mentality - combine that with a whole region that doesn't believe what the Bushie's believe, and you have rouge state to be ignored - until it's politically necessary to garner votes from other parts of the nation.

September 27, 2006 5:04 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

We're too busy rebuilding Iraq (while we simultaneously destroy it) to rebuild New Orleans.

September 27, 2006 5:14 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Bush just doesn't care, and he doesn't have to. It's all about priorities. Do we want Bush to rebuild one of the most important cultural hubs in our country, or do we want him to kick terrorist butt in the middle east (which he really isn't doing, but don't tell him that)? It's quite tragic that his priorities aren't on the same page with the majority of the people he is supposed to serve.

September 27, 2006 5:26 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Because There are no al Qaeda there. There are no insurgents there. There is no sectarian violence there. Because there is no perceived political points that generalize to the midterm elections and noo perceived downside for not doing more there. Besides, Bushco probably doesn't like mudbugs. BTW - big doin's at Craig's new site - go checkit out.

September 27, 2006 5:31 AM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

Pretty much like Pogo said: no political points because its a red state,he's not running for president, and maybe because his brother does not run it.

September 27, 2006 6:00 AM  
Blogger Rainbow Demon said...

Their priority was to re-open the
Super Dome... they sure got that done in one big hurry...


September 27, 2006 7:12 AM  
Anonymous karena said...

I was really disgusted when the big push was to open the SuperDome, sickened really. Hubby watched the game, and I was really impressed that during the game, the station showed footage of the 9th ward and said repeatedly that this is what the 9th ward still looks like today, a year and a week later. I was very proud that the NFL station (whoever the heck that is 'cause I don't watch football, I do read and sit in the room while the game is on)actually made a political statement. I think it was genocide. I know that sounds batty, but I think that the government comitted genocide. They waited to provide aide until at least the weakest and poorest died. Then they walked away from a rotting city and just let it rot. We could have this all fixed by now. There is no excuse except the government doesn't want to fix the problem.

September 27, 2006 7:31 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

The people who didn't die were split up and sent to far away locations where their problems were tossed on other states. Since they are limited on resources, even the ones who owned property will have to sell out to real estate developers. Lose the whole flavor of the city in favor of a cajun Disneyland.

September 27, 2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger Walt said...

Um, they needed the money to finance more Rich White Folks?

September 27, 2006 9:38 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

I thought it was pretty disgusting that there was as much of a media presence for the opening home game of the Saints as there was for the one year anniversary of Katrina.

September 27, 2006 10:33 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

I thought it was pretty disgusting that there was as much of a media presence for the opening home game of the Saints as there was for the one year anniversary of Katrina.

September 27, 2006 10:33 AM  
Blogger Donviti said...

no oil and no whitees is my guess

September 27, 2006 10:39 AM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

why spend money on New Orleans when you can use it to buy positive media coverage instead?

September 27, 2006 11:29 AM  
Blogger vanillabirdies said...

Lol there's no such thing as positive media coverage for the bush administration.

There's the truth that seeps out and is immediately reversed, pulled, and spat out to blame someone else...and then there's the bullsh*t.

PoP I love how no matter how long or short your blogs are everything is so well thought out and spoken, as well as deeply moving.

September 27, 2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Oh, wait - I saw that interview that Shrub did walking through a neighborhood in New Orleans with Brian Williams - didn't that show he was compassionate? Of course, I believe it was a white neighborhood.

September 27, 2006 1:06 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

I cannot thank the stars above enough that I was able to live in New Orleans for a yr (1996 thru 1997) before the city was killed and then soon to be turned into the great White Wonderland the developers have in mind.

September 27, 2006 1:37 PM  
Blogger Sue Woo said...

Such great responses.

hey diva, chimpy showed compassion all right- he was about to (attempt to) slug Brian!

I think Hallyburton is wracking up and big developers are evil-eying the whole area.

September 27, 2006 2:50 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

There has been a lot of progress, you're just not looking in the right places (rich, white).

September 27, 2006 3:04 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

I love that question, Patricia.There is no answer satisfying enough. Thanks for the visit to my blog, and come back again soon.

September 27, 2006 3:18 PM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them." "So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"

So much depends on how you were brought up.

peace, peter

September 27, 2006 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Lily said...

They fixed the restaurants up and casinoes..when asked about that when 0people are STILL in shelters or trailers, they often say that they will rebuild business first so people have jobs..many agree with this but for goodness sake cant they do a TINY bit more?

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September 27, 2006 5:06 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

The idea is to wait out the black people, the poor people, and the poor black people for as long as possible so that they finally move on or stay where ever they are and finally give up plans for ever moving back.

Then they will build and nice big shiny white evangelical church, gated communities, golf courses, and turn it into a private Idaho for racist asshole Republicans like Macaca.

September 27, 2006 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 billion of Katrina relief money went to churches. They're charitable organizations you know. Have they, the churches been rebuilt yet? I thought God was behind the attack on New Orleans. That's what Graham said, because of all that sin down there. Probably appeasing God, don't you imagine. That's a cheap God.

50 billion will go to the Vatican this year in tax deductible "gifts to God." That's a trillion over a 20 year period of time, about the increase in the national debt for Iraq.

Attacking Iraq for the al-qaeda attack 9-11 is like FDR attacking China because the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. It makes perfect sense.

Bush said he tried cocaine once but didn't like it. One out of three isn't that good you know, once and didn't like it are both lies. If FDR sniffed a few lines before deciding what to do about Pearl then he may well have attacked China.

There's a new craze, Evangelical Boot Camp. The little children, 6 and up are given MCRD, (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) type training to get them on board the evangelical boat.

Learning lies is negative education. We are what we are taught as children.\will fill you in.

September 27, 2006 7:36 PM  
Blogger Mimus Pauly said...

Apparently, to the Bush administration, being poor while black and practicing Islam while brown are punishable by death...

September 27, 2006 9:01 PM  
Blogger Scorpio said...

Well, maybe the Gulf Coast can *borrow* some al Qaida so that they can get development funds in there. But I'm not sure they want the associated mercenaries.

September 28, 2006 11:37 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...


do you know what it means
to miss new orleans?

every day from now on i do...when i missed it before i knew it was only a matter of time until the phone would ring and somebody i knew and loved would say "dude, i need your licks at tipitina's." and my oyster po'boy lovin' butt would be there for a beautiful little while. now i know it's gone forever. for. ever. gone.

to miss it each night and day?

repeat and fade.

September 28, 2006 11:21 PM  

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