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    All you who think bush isn't doing anything for the hurricane stuff. READ!

    Politics over duty

    This is a post from a fellow over in Merritt Is, FL, a reporter who's
    been researching what went on before the storm hit


    I think all of New Orleans' (NO) Nagin's pomp and posturing is going
    to bite him hard in the near future as the lies and distortions of his
    interviews are coming to light.

    On Friday night before the storm hit Max Mayfield of the National
    Hurricane Center took the unprecedented action of calling Mayor Nagin
    and Governor Blanco personally to plead with them to begin MANDATORY
    evacuation of NO and they said they'd take it under consideration.
    This was after the NOAA buoy 240 miles south had recorded 68' waves
    before it was destroyed.

    President Bush spent Friday afternoon and evening in meetings with his
    advisors and administrators drafting all of the paperwork required for
    a state to request federal assistance (and not be in violation of the
    Posse Comitatus Act or having to enact the Insurgency Act). Just
    before midnight Friday evening the President called Governor Blanco
    and pleaded with her to sign the request papers so the federal
    government and the military could legally begin mobilization and call
    up. He was told that they didn't think it necessary for the federal
    government to be involved yet. After the President's final call to the
    governor she held meetings with her staff to discuss the political
    ramifications of bringing federal forces. It was decided that if they
    allowed federal assistance it would make it look as if they had failed
    so it was agreed upon that the feds would not be invited in.

    Saturday before the storm hit the President again called Blanco and
    Nagin requesting they please sign the papers requesting federal
    assistance, that they declare the state an emergency area, and begin
    mandatory evacuation. After a personal plea from the President Nagin
    agreed to order an evacuation, but it would not be a full mandatory
    evacuation, and the governor still refused to sign the papers
    requesting and authorizing federal action. In frustration the
    President declared the area a national disaster area before the state
    of Louisiana did so he could legally begin some advanced preparations.
    Rumor has it that the President's legal advisers were looking into the
    ramifications of using the insurgency act to bypass the Constitutional
    requirement that a state request federal aid before the federal
    government can move into state with troops - but that had not been
    done since 1906 and the Constitutionality of it was called into
    question to use before the disaster.

    Throw in that over half the federal aid of the past decade to NO for
    levee construction, maintenance, and repair was diverted to fund a
    marina and support the gambling ships. Toss in the investigation that
    will look into why the emergency preparedness plan submitted to the
    federal government for funding and published on the city's website was
    never implemented and in fact may have been bogus for the purpose of
    gaining additional federal funding as we now learn that the
    organizations identified in the plan were never contacted or
    coordinating into any planning - though the document implies that they
    were.

    The suffering people of NO need to be asking some hard questions as do
    we all, but they better start with why Blanco refused to even sign the
    multi-state mutual aid pack activation documents until Wednesday which
    further delayed the legal deployment of National Guard from adjoining
    states. Or maybe ask why Nagin keeps harping that the President should
    have commandeered 500 Greyhound busses to help him when according to
    his own emergency plan and documents he claimed to have over 500
    busses at his disposal to use between the local school busses and the
    city transportation busses - but he never raised a finger to prepare
    them or activate them.

    This is a sad time for all of us to see that a major city has all but
    been destroyed and thousands of people have died with hundreds of
    thousands more suffering, but it's certainly not a time for people to
    be pointing fingers and trying to find a bigger dog to blame for local
    corruption and incompetence. Pray to God for the survivors that they
    can start their lives anew as fast as possible and we learn from all
    the mistakes to avoid them in the future.

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    Good article. Move it to the political forum.

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    I thought I was going to have to go off on someone

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    Took long enough...........


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    Damn right it's the local and state governments fault.

    Doesn't take much to see that.

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    Thumbs down

    two words....




    BUCK FUSH


    Georgie boy

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorherb
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    BUCK FUSH


    Georgie boy

    I'll have to kick your Ass for that In FFB

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    If that is true that blanco guy should be lynched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roidattack
    Good article. Move it to the political forum.

    Didnt even know we had a political forum. I am an AR addict thats all i get on here to type in.

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    This says it all to me.....

    Quote Originally Posted by doctorherb
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    BUCK FUSH


    Georgie boy
    These were put to good use here
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails All you who think bush isn't doing anything for the hurricane stuff. READ!-buses.jpg   All you who think bush isn't doing anything for the hurricane stuff. READ!-floodedbuses.jpg  

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    Quote Originally Posted by johan
    If that is true that blanco guy should be lynched.
    Blanco is a female. Louisiana's first female gov. Every time she comes on TV it looks like she's gonna have a meltdown, and just start bawling. Cant take the pressure.

    Ray Nagin on the other hand is the man. He did everything in his power to encourage the people in the city to get out, but the Gov. is the only official with the power to make an evacuation manditory. I sense some political bias in that article...

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    I agree about Blanco but both should be removed. They both screwed up.

    Quote Originally Posted by SwoleDave
    Blanco is a female. Louisiana's first female gov. Every time she comes on TV it looks like she's gonna have a meltdown, and just start bawling. Cant take the pressure.

    Ray Nagin on the other hand is the man. He did everything in his power to encourage the people in the city to get out, but the Gov. is the only official with the power to make an evacuation manditory. I sense some political bias in that article...

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