2006/01/25

Katrina non-News Goes On and On

The Democratic Daily, whose reporting we reference on Blognonymous often enough, is reporting the latest bit of Katrina non-news: Another salvo at the Bush administration concerning warnings they received from FEMA 48 hours in advance indicating that the storm's impact on New Orleans would be devastating.

Really!? Is that all there is, and why exactly is this news when a veritable mountain of data and warnings, accumulated before Katrina's landfall, went unheeded?

Christ! In the 5 days before Katrina walloped Louisiana, it tracked without deviation from NOAA's predictions. As early as the 26th, the estimated likelihood of a direct hit on New Orleans stood at 90%. On the 28th, the storm reach category 5 with sustained winds of 175 MPH, the 4th most powerful storm ever recorded, and when it made landfall it did so with storm surges approaching 30 feet. So what more information did the administration need in order to be prepared? Moreover, why does it matter now that FEMA warned the administration? Does it make Bu$hCo look any worse? Does it make FEMA look any better? No and no!

Perhaps the focus should really be on what the administration isn't doing and what the MSM isn't reporting about attempts to rebuild New Orleans and restore the lives of its citizens. For f*ck's sake--Google references over 500 news stories covering this nonsense--all for a topic that deserves exactly ZERO COVERAGE!

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Yeah, sometimes this administration is a little slow picking up on danger signs, even bright neon flashing ones.

Remember when this subtle PDB failed to make an impression:

Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States
I still say that there is a huge legal opportunity for folks who lost relatives and loved ones in the wake of Katrina to file a class action wrongful death law suit against each and ever level of government that responded poorly. Sure, it would hurt the American taxpayer, but there are a lot of folks who died becuase of malpractice - by all levels of government.
I remember being just flabbergasted that once the mayhem started in the wake of Katrina, I had already known it would happen. ME, without a cable news network, just paying attention to how the storm was raging for DAYS before it hit. Now, it's beyond idiotic for anyone to believe the madministration didn't realize the potential damage. I too think there should be some hefty lawsuits. Of course it will be a huge fight, but maybe if they do it class-action style, it'll salvage these poor folks SOMETHING.

My head is still reeling over the fact that up to 3200 U.S. citizens are still missing and THAT isn't covered.

Good lord.
Kvatch is absolutely right though, the focus should be on what the administration ISN'T doing and what the MSM ISN'T reporting about attempts to rebuild New Orleans and restore the lives of its citizens.

The bungling of FEMA and those responsible is old news, and public opinion pretty much agrees they screwed it up.
Sure, it would hurt the American taxpayer...

Oh, not so much I think. What if we were to pay out say...$100M. Minor fraction of what we expect to spend in Iraq when all is said and done. We'd just issue more bonds to be bought by foreign creditors. It's what you do when you're gov. is broke.
Kvatch is absolutely right though, the focus should be on what the administration ISN'T doing and what the MSM ISN'T reporting about attempts to rebuild New Orleans and restore the lives of its citizens.

Thanks Kathy. I sometimes wonder if we bloggers ignore the forest for the trees in our rush to print with the first snarky comment. I know, I'm certainly guilty of that.
Okay, so China will own the USA shortly after the W, Rove and Co leaves office. No worries.

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