From the dangers of drinking too much of the koolaid files I offer Sid Salter at the Clarion Ledger

Clarion Ledger columnist Sid Salter wrote a strange narrative for today’s paper where he tosses around various forms of the term “irrational” like its opposite actually means something. Sid here is a news flash for you bubba, we’re all pretty much predictably irrational and that includes you and today’s column. My own experience is the off coast Mississippi media has at best a superficial understanding of what goes on down here on the coast and it shows through today in what purports to be Mississippi’s newspaper. Here are a few of the sillier snippets:

The narrative bears repeating – Bush didn’t visit, he flew over in Air Force One. Homeland Security and FEMA didn’t engage quickly enough and in the right manner.

Mississippi with a Republican governor got preferential treatment over Louisiana with a Democratic governor. Bush didn’t care. HBO is still peddling that narrative in the highly acclaimed drama Treme.

Dubya’s fault?
On the left, that narrative sticks – despite an absence of either facts or logic to support it. Bush could neither start nor stop Katrina and decades of Louisiana political corruption involving how hundreds of millions of dollars of federal flood-control dollars were spent on the New Orleans levee system doomed the city to vulnerability to catastrophic flooding long before Bush became president.

People died Sid, not only because the levees failed, but also because of the botched disaster response. Defining the narrative so narrowly and from the fringes may fit your conclusions but in no way fits the facts. Let’s continue:

But Bush got the blame. He made a big target and the political narrative was tailor-made for his Democratic opponents. Bush didn’t make the problems of Katrina disappear fast enough. It was his fault, right? In a word, no.

Obama’s fault?
Five years later, Louisiana and Mississippi are threatened by a different kind of storm, a different kind of flood. An oil right accident threatens to foul the Gulf region and cause catastrophic ecological and economic harm.

Predictably, there are now voices on the right who are seeking a new political narrative that blames the government’s rather slow, rather disjunct initial response to the oil spill on Barack Obama………..

Obama’s not stopping the flow of the oil leak fast enough. It’s Obama’s fault, right? No.

For over a week we were told the problem with the leaking oil was relatively minor when it fact it wasn’t. BP knew the score and I think when all the facts are known that fact will come out. To the extent the government held hands with BP and let the company whisper sweet bullshit to it for that time period is Obama’s fault and he deserves to catch that flak IMHO.

Allowing our government agencies such as the Minerals Management Service and FEMA/NFIP to become too cozy with the industries they are charged with regulating is our fault for electing people who believed the privatization garbage peddled by the clueless ivory tower political right. Simply put, having the  foxes in charge of the henhouse may save a few dollars on chicken feed over the short-term but man o’ man are the long term costs hell to deal with.

Sid you laid an egg dude. I think you’ll find this topic is a bit more complex than politically bashing Jim Hood.


10 thoughts on “From the dangers of drinking too much of the koolaid files I offer Sid Salter at the Clarion Ledger”

  1. I am having a hard time distinguishing if Sid Salter is representing the editorial board of the Clarion Ledger or if Mr. Salter is offering only his personal viewpoint.

  2. Sid is the Perspectives editor and a heavyweight in the Editorial Board Room of the C-L. Due to downsizing I also believe he inherited the job of writing the Op-Ed’s. He also does a talk radio show on the Jackson Metro equivalent of WWL radio. On some things he maintains an open mind but him and Jim Hood and like us and State Farm the difference being we accept the fact we’re irrational.

    I’d keep an eye on him; folks like Walter Olsen use Sid sometimes as a source.


  3. Thank you for the researched reply. So sorry to be a moron, but I am still confused.

    Is it safe to say that Sid, in the piece entitled “Another lame blame game after disaster” is representing the editorial board of the C-L?

    Or is Sid writing a personal opinion editorial for the C-L?

  4. Ah so he is on the editorial board of the C-L but this is his personal column at the C-L. So in this piece, he is airing his personal views, not those of the C-L.

    Now I understand. Yes, this is a personal opinion, however, he should not be dismissed entirely due to his potential influence. Do I have that right yet?

    (Sorry I am such a moron!)

  5. Sid has always been an unusual guy with unique perspectives. Quite frankly, his column is not one of things I have missed not living in Jackson.

    What I have missed is crawfish. How is the season this year? I always have “withdrawal” in the spring when I can’t get any.

  6. The extremely cold winter hurt the early harvest so prices were sky high unil after Easter. We went to a boil a few weeks back and I gorged myself. Not too late to have another if you’re in the area.


  7. It is offensive to compare this oil spill to Katrina. The oil spill is not going to kill 2,000 people or destroy 200,000 homes or obliterate entire communities. Even with the oil getting to Chandeleur and a few other sensitive places, the environmental damage is nowhere near that caused by Katrina.

    Katrina caused a spill at Murphy Oil that put 1 million gallons of oil into 1,800 homes in St. Bernard Parish. Katrina scattered chicken carcasses from the cold storage at the Port of Gulfport all over West Gulfport where they spent weeks rotting in the beaver dams of debris. Katrina flooded sewage plants causing raw sewage to flow into rivers, bays, lakes, and the Gulf for days. Katrina sent dead animals, construction debris, toxic chemicals and other hazardous materials out into the Gulf into mile-long streams of rotting, toxic flotsam. After Katrina all the surviving plant life was brown until the next spring.

    There was no excuse for FEMA’s slow and inadequate response to Katrina because anyone with a television knew that every possible resource was needed as quickly as responsible. However, the Coast Guard was the most effective part of the immediate response, followed by the National Guard. The mission-oriented agencies that give authority to people on the scene are much better than the compliance-driven guys who require approval from several levels of people, none of whom are on the scene, before they can do anything.

    In the case of the oil spill, the only delay was because no one but BP had the ability to see the situation 5,000 feet below the surface.

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