I don’t think anyone could have predicted that these people [identified in a Presidential Daily Briefing] would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center. Condoleezza Rice – May 17, 2002
I don’t think anybody [who wasn’t paying a lick of attention to the facts] anticipated the breach of the levees. G.W. Bush – Sept 1, 2005
Although the Adirondack Almanack is usually only a regional blog, what happened this week is simply too criminal and disgraceful to ignore. We spent the week watching video direct from WWL in New Orleans and then being amazed at the lies, distortions and outright fabrications of the national news media and the Bush administration. The truth was recorded by New Orleans Mayor Nagin – four days after Katrina hit [audio].
The incompetent Bush Regime has lost all credibility (if it had any). Bush calls the greatest natural disaster in American history a “temporary disruption,” he continued his vacation for more than 48 hours before acting, Dick Cheney is still on vacation in Wyoming, and Condoleezza Rice was seen shopping for $7,000 shoes in Manhattan while New Orleans was filling with water.
Their Evangelical Theocrat partners are chiming in:
“Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city,” stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. “From ‘Girls Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence,’ New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. From the devastation may a city full of righteousness emerge,” he continued.
The people the Bush Regime call their own believe this:
New Orleans now is abortion free. New Orleans now is Mardi Gras free. New Orleans now is free of Southern Decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion — it’s free of all of those things now. God simply, I believe, in His mercy purged all of that stuff out of there — and now we’re going to start over again.
The Department of Homeland Security has proven to be the boondoggle many of said it would be and FEMA run by a lying loser. The shoot to kill order given Iraq War veterans is a criminal attack on American citizens – and now the Army News reports “Troops Begin Combat Operations in New Orleans.”
While most idiots who have few facts are focused on the media fantasies of anarchy and the so-called looting (at least when black folks are doing it) – the truth is, the poor in New Orleans (28 percent of the population; 100,000 people making under $8,000 a year) have been the victims of looting by local, state, and federal governments and their criminal companions for hundreds of years – and all the while the looting of America by the oil companies continues.
If you are aware (given the state of our corporate media) that Halliburton, KBR, the armor makers and others are simply war-profiteers poorly outfitting and training the largest private Army in the world today to kill the poor in Iraq – wait until you see what’s going to happen in what used to be New Orleans.
It’s a crime – a lot bigger than getting a blowjob in the White House – and those responsible are criminal traitors from a dictatorial corporate cabal who should be punished. We can hope that they get what’s due.
We’ll get back to the issues of the Adirondacks later this week.