The real story in Nashville is not the federal government, it’s the people stepping up to help their neighbors, which is fitting for the “Volunteer State”.
Folks this is the end result of an out of area talking head that listens too much to Glenn Beck pretending to be an expert on Hurricane Katrina and the botched federal response. Trust me when I say that educating that bunch of knot heads from upstate Mississippi is no easy task since they prefer to keep their own company (some folks call that inbreeding), remain ideologically pure and thus ignorant. Times Picayune columnist Jarvis DeBerry, like our own Editilla, is an upstate escapee that also wells knows the score since they happened to be around on August 29, 2005. DeBerry sets the record right in case ol’ Sid is interested in learning a few things:
If you’re tired of the gushing fount of oil under the Gulf being referred to as “Obama’s Katrina,” you should know that you’re in very good company.
Our good friend Michael Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is spitting mad at the comparison, too.
That’s right, Brownie! Tell ’em how ridiculous it is to compare what happened here in 2005 to what’s happening here now. Tell ’em how it offends the spirit to have disasters that destroy lives, communities and ecosystems discussed solely in terms of their impact on political futures.
We covered the issues in our earlier post on this topic but Jarvis takes things a step further doing something Sid did not in his Sunday column such as presenting a few facts to support his position:
On Fox News last week, Brown said, “It’s pure politics. This president has never supported Big Oil. He’s never supported off-shore drilling, and now he has an excuse to shut it back down.”
He said of the spreading oil, “If the winds are right, it’ll go up the East Coast. This is exactly what they want. Because now he can pander to the environmentalists and say I’m gonna shut it down because it’s too dangerous. While Mexico and China and everybody else drills in the Gulf, we’re gonna get shut down.”
The next day Brown, a newly minted conservative radio host, was interviewed by Alan Colmes, a host on the opposite side of the political spectrum. Colmes, who believes Brown got a “bad rap” during Katrina nonetheless called his Fox News comments “nuts.”
Colmes then gave Brown the opportunity to defend himself; that is, more rope……………..
But then, as the interview with Colmes continues, Brown makes it clear that his coming across as dumb and dishonest isn’t any fault of the listener. He leaves clear-thinking people no choice but to question his honesty, his motives and his intellect.
I personally stopped questioning Brown’s intellect as I think Hanlon’s Razor certainly applies on the topic of Michael Brown’s FEMA, George Bush and Katrina as we continue:
“Hell, I was on the ground in New Orleans before the storm even hit. So we were there. We knew what was going on. So I don’t like the comparison.”
Brown saying he was on the ground in New Orleans before the storm hit is like my saying I was on the ground in Washington before terrorists dove a plane into the Pentagon. Technically, that’s true. But I wasn’t there when it happened. Neither was Brown here on the ground when Katrina came ashore in Louisiana. He was in Baton Rouge, which wouldn’t have been a bad thing if he’d stayed engaged.
But he didn’t. He’d say later that he didn’t know things in New Orleans were as bad as they were until much later, but Marty Bahamonde, a FEMA official who rode out the storm at the Louisiana Superdome, told CBS, “I couldn’t have been any more clear to him that food and water was a desperate situation at the Superdome.”
Nowdy maybe now that Steve is healing up, he will agree to work with the editorial staff at the C-L on getting this right. I’m again mystified and saddened that the rag that purports to be Mississippi’s newspaper can exhibit such stunning ignorance of the events in the area following Hurricane Katrina.