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Friday, September 02, 2005

Damn

It’s easy for me to get all pent up and vent against the idiots in the Federal Govt., like Brown from FEMA who should be drawn and quartered in a public square for his asinine comments and attitude during this situation like -"to help those who are stranded, who chose not to evacuate, who chose not to leave the city..."

Get with it asshole, some people had no choice because they have no means to travel or a place to go if they could. Lots went to the Superdome where they were supposed to and that has worked out tremendously well!

I say to those "Bush can't control the weather" folks that if someone wants to vent go ahead and bash the shit out of Bush. Bash him without rational rationale or cogent thought. I could give half a rat’s ass if he can’t control the weather. He’s the President of the United States and we have an entire city dying and it’s getting worse by the hour and not better. How could he coordinate efforts better? Fuck if I know but he’s the man who stands up and says “follow the leader” and in this case the leader can’t seem to get food and water to his citizens that are dying on TV, y’know where the five thousand TV reporters are camped out talking to the people that are dying.

To paraphrase Bill Pullman in Aliens -”Game over man, game over…why don’t you put Wolf Blitzer in charge!”

So fuck Bush. Is it fair? Who cares, fair play and placing blame where it’s deserved hasn’t been a priority to him for five years so why should it be to me today?

Mostly though it's just really, really sad. Me and the Mrs. went to New Orleans in June and had a blast but the unbelievable disparity between the haves and the have nots very clearly along racial lines was stunning. The failure of our society to promote some semblance of a cure to generational and institutional poverty is playing out right now in New Orleans. People say “they” should have left, well where were these people supposed to go? What do you do whenyou already have next to nothing and then what little you have is destroyed leaving you with no home, no education and no hope?

A guy they interviewed said, "I just can't help but think I would be better off if I had drowned." How fucking sad and even sadder because he might be right is that?

7 Comments:

  • Good points, all. Except that was Bill Paxton in Aliens. You know, Chet from Weird Science.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:28 PM  

  • FEMA chief Brown is living in a dreamworld... Read this "fact vs. fiction" story from CNN:

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/02/katrina.response/index.html

    Take a long look at reality, then what he says.

    I watched Katy Couric kick his ass this morning on the Today Show. Katy has a hard time staying with Brad Pitt, so for her to take it to FEMA chief DICK-CHEESE, his abilties must be limited.

    Mr. Brown must have spent some time working in Ohio early last November to get this Bush appointment...

    R.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:05 PM  

  • Ah shit, thanks. How could I fuck up Chet.

    "A greasy pork sandwich in a dirty ashtray."

    By Blogger Castor OiL, at 8:14 AM  

  • I agree that it is cluster fuck. Come up with a plausible solution to the "institutional and generational poverty". I vote for you for PREZ!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:02 PM  

  • This is a prime opportunity for the next generation of a project like the Tennessee Valley Authority. You have a shitload of work to do and a shitload of people that need work. Train them, teach them, let them be part of rebuilding what they lost and have sustainable skills and pride in the new place that they live.

    Train teachers, build schools....

    Instead we'll pay Haliburton.

    By Blogger Castor OiL, at 3:09 PM  

  • Not a plausible solution, when TVA, CCC, and other New Deal programs started the people who were in distress wanted to work, were willing to work to improve their families situations. Now days only the lower middle class would have that drive, not the truely indigent, its a differnet time from the 40s. The New Deal style programs would not work as well because today's welfare does not require input from the receiver.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:04 AM  

  • I appreciate you reading the blog and your comments but I think revisionist history about the fantastic work ethos of all of those in past generations is off track.

    When I was moving furniture I would pick up guys from the warehouse where they worked the night shift to go hump pianos all day. They had no education but they were willing to bust their asses to take care of their families as I'm sure many people were back in the New Deal days.

    The pictures and situations change but human nature doesn't. Some people are willing to work and some are not and I think it's always been that way.

    Would a modern-day TVA style project require a sea change in the way we do things and approach the relative value and potential of the currently indigent? Totally. Possible? Dunno but I would like to think so.

    By Blogger Castor OiL, at 10:19 AM  

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