September 4th, 2005


A dubious honor.

It looks like Dubya won't have to wait until the end of his presidency before things are named after him. People working in the disaster area have created a new name for the city that is starting to catch on...

Lake George.

From an onsite worker for the EPA:

We're naming it Lake George, 'cause it's his frickin fault. Have you seen all that data about the levee projects' funding being cut over the past three years by the Prez, and the funding transferred to Iraq? The levee, as designed, might not have held back the surge from a direct Class 5 hit, but it certainly would not have crumbled on Monday night from saturation and scour erosion following a glancing blow from a Class 3. The failure was in a spot that had just been rebuilt, not yet compacted, not planted, and not armed (hardened with rock/concrete). The project should have been done two years ago, but the federal gov't diverted 80% of the funding to Iraq. Other areas had settled by a few feet from their design specs, and the money to repair them was diverted to Iraq.
The NO paper raised hell about this time and again, to no avail. And who will take the blame for it? The Army Corps, because they're good soldiers and will never contradict the C in C. But Corps has had massive budget cuts across all departments (including wetland regulatory) since Bush took office, and now we've reaped what was sown. It really pisses me off to see the Corps get used by the Administration to shield Bush -- they do great work when they're funded. This was senseless, useless death caused not by nature but by budget decisions.

Brown noser.

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job!"

- George W. Bush congratulating FEMA director Michael Brown on his response to Katrina.

Even well-known racist bitch Michelle Malkin is calling Michael Brown a "clueless political hack" and calling for his dismissal.... and is saying that "although the delay was not entirely the fault of the Bush Administration, Brown's complacency clearly didn't help."

So, who hired the "clueless political hack" in charge of our nation's safety, Michelle? Is "not entirely" greater than 50%? Does the buck really stop there anymore? Has it ever?!

Bush, when asked in a debate, couldn't name a single regret regarding his first four years, or point out a single mistake his administration made. Do you think he can now? I doubt it.

My guess is that Brown will be forced to resign. Not by Democrats, mind you, but by his fellow Republicans, who appaently don't like smelling like the latest stink... "Eau de Bébés Noirs Morts". I hear it doesn't come off that easily.

The saddest, sickest thing of all is that it has taken higher gas prices and the unnecessary deaths of a few thousand Americans to get the public to the point where they're mad as hell and want the Bush administration to be held accountable. The deaths of approximately 175,000 Iraqis and almost 2000 U.S. soldiers were not enough, apparently. How messed up is that?

So, if Brown goes, does that Bush was doing a heck of a job too? You know what they say... It's hard work!

Well... that bit them in the ass, didn't it?!

Mike Parker, the former head of the Army Corps of Engineers from 2001-2002, was forced to retire because he vocally criticized Bush administration plans to cut funding for their anti-flooding projects.

Here's a bit of Mike Parker's testimony from a Senate Budget Committee meeting in 2002, shortly before he was forced to resign:

"After being in the administration and dealing with them, I still don't have warm and fuzzy feelings for them. I'm hoping that OMB (White House Office of Management and Budget) understands we're at the beginning of the process. If the corps is limited in what it does for the American people, there will be a negative impact."

Yeah. I'd say so. The guy's got a knack at understatement.

So, what is he saying now about what would've been the outcome if New Orleans did get proper funding?

"Levees would have been higher, levees would have been bigger, there would have been other pumps put in. I'm not saying it would have been totally alleviated but it would have been less than the damage that we have got now."

Another understatement, I suspect.