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2006/2/27

"Mr. President, my estimate is that 90 percent — 90 percent — of the population of New Orleans has now been displaced."

@ 10:15 PM (102 months, 17 days ago)

So in his interview with Brian Williams today, Michael Brown revealed that on Tuesday, August 30, during a secure conference call, his first words to Idiot Son regarding Katrina were:

"Mr. President, my estimate is that 90 percent — 90 percent — of the population of New Orleans has now been displaced."

After Idiot Son responds "90 percent?" Michael Brown replies "Yes sir, I believe it is that bad. That's how bad it is."

Yet despite this warning, and the warnings that he received before Katrina and in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, George W. Bush still had to be shown a DVD of various newscasts from NOLA, to make him see the reality of what was happening on the ground.

Clearly, this calls into question his mental capacity to understand and grasp important information.

If Bush couldn't comprehend and understand that 90% of the residents of NOLA had been displaced, do we really want him to be the one carrying the nuclear football and having the codes?

I think his inability to understand and grasp vital information should be an impeachable offense in itself.

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Comment(s) »

  1. Please refrain from describing the President of the United States as an idiot. You and your view points have more importance when you just state the facts or your opinion minus the offensive slanders.
    Definition:
    id·i·ot (d-t)

    1. A foolish or stupid person.
    2. A person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years and generally being unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

    Comment by Susan Murphy-Milano— 2006/02/27 @ 10:28 PM — (Reply)

  2. First of all, I don't need to be lectured by you on how to describe Idiot Son George W. Bush.

    And in case you can't read, I am using the FACTS to back up my opinions.

    And the FACT of the matter is that Idiot Son received warnings about Katrina BEFORE and AFTER the hurricane struck.

    To borrow a phrase from George Tenet, the system was "blinking read" and "heads were on fire."

    Yet despite all of this, even his own Communications Director realized that George Bush didn't understand hte reality of what was happening on the ground, and so he made him a DVD of the various newcasts from NOLA.

    And if George Bush could not grasp what was happening in NOLA, he is clearly not the man to carry the nuclear football around.

    If your point is that I am disrespecting George Bush by calling him an idiot, then I think you need to talk to Ann Coulter instead.

    After all, during the Clinton Years, she called the incumbent President and First Lady "white trash" on MSNBC.

    Comment by SMillard— 2006/02/27 @ 10:46 PM — (Reply)

  3. By the way, try educating yourself for a minute. You might enjoy it.

    http://progressiveminds.bloghi.com/2005/09/12/just-show-me-the-dvd.html


    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9287434/

    Comment by SMillard— 2006/02/27 @ 10:50 PM — (Reply)

  4. Susan's right, SM, you lose credibility when you are hateful. Your hampering your own cause by alientating reader's you could otherwise impact. It just comes off as propoganda.

    Susan, as for the term "idiot" being as outdated designation for a degree of mental retardation - well, I don't think that's going to hamper popular usage. You can thank Napoleon Dynamite for that! :lol:

    Comment by Cate— 2006/02/28 @ 09:01 AM — (Reply)

  5. No Susan is not right, Cate.

    You are such a neo-facist coward that you won't even talk about the fact that Idiot Son had to be shown a DVD to make him see the reality of what was happening on the ground in NOLA.

    Never mind the "hair on fire" reports he was receiving. He had to be shown a DVD.

    And as a Republican, you truly are not in any position to lecture anyone on "hate" speech.

    Because you support people like Ann Coulter who call the President of the United States "White trash." (Bill Clinton)

    YOU will have more credibility when you renounce the hate speech of people like Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson.

    Comment by SMillard— 2006/02/28 @ 06:39 PM — (Reply)

  6. There you go making generalizations - when have I called anyone "white trach" - my name is Cate, not Ann Coulter. You, on the other hand, you personally, continually use hateful speech and are insulting.

    You want me to renounce hate speech - I do, regardless of its source, Ann Coulter, the man at the corner grocery or a blogger who treats others with disrespect because they don't share her opinion.

    And calling me a neo-fascist coward is really brave - just like attacking Susan when she suggested you tone down your rhetoric.

    Cowardice means running when you are afraid - not facing down your opponent . We both came onto your turf and spoke our minds and you've taken cheap shots. You, Shalana, are the coward. And not worth one more minute of my time.

    Comment by Cate— 2006/02/28 @ 07:14 PM — (Reply)

  7. First of all, I didn't say YOU personally called anyone white trash.

    I said that you, as a Republican, support your fellow Republicans (like Ann Coulter) who DO call people white trash.

    I have yet to hear one Republican say out of their mouths that Ann Coulter was wrong to call the Clintons "white trash."

    I have yet to hear one Republican say that John McCain was wrong for standing up at a fundraiser and saying "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."

    I have yet to hear one Republican say that Rush Limbaugh was wrong for going on his television show back in 1993, saying the new White House occupants had a dog, and holding up a picture of a 13-year old Chelsea Clinton.

    I have yet to hear one Republican say Michael Savage was wrong for saying the only reason President Clinton survived his quadruple bypass surgery was because "hell was full."

    So until I hear you or other Republicans renounce these comments by members of your own party, you have no credibility on the issue of "hate" speech.

    And you're right--I am really brave for calling you a neo-facist coward. Because that's exactly what the supporters of George Bush are.

    You (meaning the neo-cons who support Bush) support an authoritarian, one-government approach. You don't believe that George Bush is accountable to anyone: not to the American people, and not to Congress.

    The neo-facist Republicans of today believe that Richard Nixon was right when he once said "When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal."
    Moreover, you all say that I am attacking Bush personally when I question his intellectual capacity.

    I would aruge that the intellectual capacity of any President, and their ability to grasp information, is a totally valid subject.

    The President of the United States is the one who carries the nuclear football and has the codes.

    And as Americans, we should all want to make sure that personal is mentally and intellectually able to carry out their job.

    And when your Communications Director has to show you a DVD to make you understand the devastation being caused to a major American city, that calls into question your intellectual capacity.

    Comment by SMillard— 2006/02/28 @ 07:27 PM — (Reply)

  8. I just renounced her in the last post. Shame on John McCain. Rush Limbaugh was wrong. Michael Savage should shouldn't say those ugly things. And to say cruel about people instead of discussing facts is cowardice - which is why I advised you not give away your position, whatever it is, by joining into the hate. The truth is a two-edged sword. It cuts both ways and both sides are spewing some pretty venomous things for which they should all be ashamed.

    If you spoke to real people, you would see that most are just as disgusted with the animosity as I am. We are turned off by the hate spewing and the ugliness. Ultimately it pushes people out of the public square and then, when fewer people are putting their say into the system, Democracy loses.

    Now, you be honest, this won't satisfy you.

    Comment by Cate— 2006/02/28 @ 07:48 PM — (Reply)

  9. Well, I am glad you finally renounced what your Republican friends had to say. I wonder if you would have the courage to call Rush Limbaugh and tell him his kind of rhetoric has no place in our society. I doubt it. But kudos to you for at least disavowing his comments.

    However, the fact remains that I have not joined in any kind of "hate speech." Again, I believe that the intellectual capacity of a President, and that President's ability to grasp information, is a valid subject.

    I noticed that you still have yet to address the subjec that my post was all about in the first place: the fact that George W. Bush had to be shown a DVD of the newcasts from NOLA, to make him understand what was happening on the ground there.

    You and I (the general American public) understood what was happening. I think that as Americans, we were all glued to our television sets, watching the broadcasts from NOLA, reading the headlines, etc.

    If WE, the general public, understood the realities of what was happening, why didnt George?

    And that's what calls into question his ability to grasp information.

    THAT was the point of my post. But of course that is an issue you or no other Republican is willing to discuss, so you detract from the issue at hand by trying to say I am attacking him personally.



    Comment by SMillard— 2006/02/28 @ 10:04 PM — (Reply)

  10. You (and I do mean this personally) are sad for always generalizing. I don't even listen to Rush or Michael Savage. I think for myself and don't need anyone to tell me what to think. I read everything I can get my hands on - including, up til now your blog.

    I, frankly, don't understand the uproar you're making over the whole DVD briefing. It's not like the briefing was just news footage, they undoubtedly added intel, but, a picture is worth a thousand words.

    If you've ever briefed anyone in a position of national significance - you know how much intel they get every day and that the best way to present it is in a reader's digest format. They have subordinates working out the details - they are just the face on the cover.

    We have used presidents as saviors and scapegoats for way too long in this country. No president is as bad as he seems and none so wonderful as his supporters believe, either. They are individual men with limited enumerated powers and the truth, as anyone knows, is that the same congress who disavows him now, supported the president when budget allocations were made for Fema and when Homeland security was created.

    As I said, there is blame enough to go around in this case - not to mention that LA had days to prepare and failed to do so. Nagin could have used public transit and school buses to move every single inhabitant if he'd wanted to. Hurricanes are not like tornados that spontaneouly touch down - they are projectable disasters. I have lived nearly all my life in a hurricane zone and you can't tell me that local government can't step up and do things right, I've seen it with my own eyes and lived it.

    Comment by Cate— 2006/03/01 @ 12:37 AM — (Reply)

  11. As far as the DVD, yes, it was just news footage on there.

    According to the article, even Communications Director Dan Bartlett realized that Bush did not understand the reality of what was happening on the ground, so he made him a DVD of some of the newcasts from NOLA.

    And I think it should bother ALL of us that George Bush had to be shown a DVD to understand the impact of the greatest natural disaster on U.S. Soil.

    He just didn't "get it."

    Regarding Mayor Nagin and the bus situation, he has debunked that claim ad nauseum.

    I remember him saying that while they did have buses, they didn't have the personnel to DRIVE the buses and transport the people.

    I will Google that again and post the info, but that's what I remember him saying.

    Comment by SMillard— 2006/03/01 @ 10:52 PM — (Reply)

  12. They have personnel driving those buses every day - in fact, they actually pay people to drive those buses EVERY DAY. Little kiddies going back and forth to school 9 months of the year, Mr. and Ms. Smith hopping the public transit to and from work.... what suddenly the bus drivers forgot how to do it?

    He may have debunked that to an audience who wants to believe every word he utters - but that just doesn't even make sense. And if a weather condition shuts down the city transit - they have organized chains of command and phone trees to contact drivers - they couldn't put those into place?

    FEMA is supposed to be able to mop up afterward at a moment's notice but the Mayor of a town in nature's bullseye, who knew the condition of the town's levees and the significant number of poor inhabitants who will need to be transported - doesn't plan in advance?

    Are you suggesting that his guy with days of advance warning just sat back, knowing the storm was coming, waited for it to hit and then got mad at Fema for not cleaning up the mess fast enough? Are you serious?

    Give me a freakin' break!

    Comment by Cate— 2006/03/01 @ 11:30 PM — (Reply)

  13. And where in the HOLY Hdes was the Governor - the person with the real purse strings for state emergencies? Preparation is 100% a STATE responsibility.

    Comment by Cate— 2006/03/01 @ 11:34 PM — (Reply)

  14. that's HOLY HADES btw, it's midnight here and my fingers are already falling asleep....

    Comment by Cate— 2006/03/01 @ 11:35 PM — (Reply)

  15. Well of course they usually have personnel driving those buses! DUH!

    But did you ever stop to think that the people who drive those buses probably left to be with their own families and prepare their own homes?

    Many of the people who usually drive those buses probably had either left to be with their families, or fled NOLA altogether.

    Comment by SMillard— 2006/03/01 @ 11:39 PM — (Reply)

  16. they had DAYS to get themselves and others out... DAYS. You can safely flee" a hurricane in a matter of hours.

    Comment by Cate— 2006/03/02 @ 09:14 AM — (Reply)

  17. I've been skimming through this blog for a while now and I had to post on this topic. Yes, there is plenty of blame to share between state, county, and federal officials in Gulf Coast region. There aren't many people who are standing up and saying 'Yes, I and/or we f*cked up and this is what needs to be done to reduce the damage after another natural disaster.'

    With that being said, I remember in the days and weeks following Katrina's landfalls that many NOLA residents refused to leave their homes because they underestimated the severity of the storm. Many had lived through powerful hurricanes before and assumed they would be safe in their own homes, even when it came to mandatory evacuations.

    I also remember there being some uproar about officials going into peoples homes, threatening to remove them for their own safety but came under fire because some felt the tactic was too strong. Hindsight always being 20/20, people probably feel, to some degree, that residents should have been forcibly removed in order to save their lives.

    Many people did what they could to help their fellow man, regardless of color during the hurricane but some people gave into the first law of nature and took care or themselves and/or their own.

    Comment by Chris— 2006/03/02 @ 02:06 PM — (Reply)

  18. Of course, but since my husband has to walk away from his family to do his job - I would assume others are that noble. Perhaps, that's not true in NOLA.

    Comment by Cate— 2006/03/02 @ 08:45 AM — (Reply)

  19. and btw, I live in a community with a large number of inhabitants who do not have personal transportation. Step one wrt those people is for the school buses and tour buses to be reallocated to the emergency response effort - they are immediately dispatched to retrieve the non-driving population.

    Furthermore, we have preassigned emergency locations and all who are loaded onto buses are then accounted for at the other end of the evacuation.

    If NOLA had an emergency response plan that was better than the paper it was written on, Katrina would be a footnote to the hurricane season.

    Comment by Cate— 2006/03/02 @ 09:13 AM — (Reply)

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