Katrina, this is getting boring!

Oh my Gawd! There’s a tape of a briefing and Roy Nagin is “shocked, shocked.”

Let’s review, again.

Everyone thought the levees might not hold through a hurricane.

Then they held.

Does everyone forget that Hurricane Katrina passed New Orleans and the first reports were, “whew! That’s a bullet we dodged!”

The levees broke loose later, along with all hell. I think the president meant to say, “no one anticipated the levees to break AFTER THE FACT.” Everyone anticipated them breaking DURING the storm. And President Bush anticipated that when everyone told him that “everything is covered,” he could count on that being true. Did we forget that he called Gov. Blanco pleading with her to evacuate, and she refused? Pleading with her to use the National Guard, and she refused? Did we forget all those unused buses which did not get people out? Did we forget that the Salvation Army said the local government wouldn’t let them get through to provide aid after the storm?

I haven’t forgotten.

Unless people actually expected President Bush to get out and direct traffic and aid, I don’t see what the hell is so “shocking” about any of this. What was “shocking” to me was the utter unwillingness of the state and local government to use due diligence at their end.

But I guess we haven’t gotten enough mileage out of this story. Or, maybe this is all part of the Bush is trying to reshape NO politics narrative.

Oh, and did you know that one of the writers of this “shocking” story is connected to Rathergate? Wheels within wheels, friends.

I guess we can assume that Brownie provided the tape? CBS Public Eye checks it out. Should be interesting. If Brownie did not supply the tape, who did? Oh, no! I hope it’s not another evil Rovian plot, like those fake TANG documents and, you know, Osama bin Laden showing up in October of 2004!

AJ Strata calls it revisionist history

Look for the History Channel to get the newest version up soon.

Powerlineblog smacks the tape around a little and Big Lizard gives a basic lesson in the difference between breeching and overtopping and flatly calls the reporters liars.

Gateway has more.

Captain Ed calls it yer basic hatchet job, but Bush should be used to those by now. Bush should be like Nearly Headless Nick, Ghost-mascot of Griffendor Towers in the Harry Potter books. I believe he had his neck hatcheted 35 times, and yet his neck never quite was breeched. Poor Nick can never be a member of the Headless Horsemen Club because of it. Sad, that.

Maybe we should just stop treating these media outbursts with gravity and respect and start making fun of them.

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  • Sigmund Carl and Alfred

    You are right- it is boring. All I can say is that if this, old, mindless and repetitive drivel is what gets the Dems excited, they must be the dullest and most uncreative lovers out there.

    Well, I volunteer to improve Dem, uh, perceptions.

    Just ask me, you lovely Dem things and I’ll tuen your world from black and white into color.

  • fzavis

    For the true Bush-haters, facts don’t matter.

    Many are still lamenting Bush’s lack of caring about Black people, etc..

    Now, they are ranting that “Bush said the levees wouldn’t break.” Bush was just trying to reassure people who were suffering. What’s wrong with that? What effect did this have on anything? Smart people had already left, stupid people stayed behind. What Bush said didn’t matter.

  • fschmieg

    It’s not the Dems actually it’s the media. They still consider their inaccurate and hysterical reporting on Katrina to be their high point. Delusional. As for the tapes, they were talking about overtopping of the levees by Lake Ponchatrain being possible as the hurricane passed over and the winds turned, not breaching of the levees that happened. But once again the media messes it up in their zeal to hit Bush and most of all in their ever-increasing sloppiness and lack of fact-checking their stories before they print them. Far from being a high point, Katrina reporting continues to crash.

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  • http://none Darrell

    It’s not the Dems, it’s the media…

    Now, I’m confused. What’s the difference?

    This story plays to the ignorant that don’t remember little details, like that Bush ordered the evacuation of New Orleans before the storm hit. Or that FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was created only in 1979 to coordinate and focus federal response to major disasters – to ASSIST local and state governments. It was never intended, or funded, to be the first responder…Or this “As established by the City of New Orleans Charter, the government has jurisdiction and responsibility in disaster response. City government shall coordinate its efforts through the Office of Emergency Preparedness…The authority to order the evacuation of residents threatened by an approaching hurricane is conferred to the Governor by Louisiana Statute. The Governor is granted the power to direct and compel the evacuation of all or part of the population from a stricken or threatened area within the State, if he deems this action necessary for the preservation of life or other disaster mitigation, response or recovery. The same power to order an evacuation conferred upon the Governor is also delegated to each political subdivision of the State by Executive Order. This authority empowers the chief elected official of New Orleans, the Mayor of New Orleans, to order the evacuation of the parish residents threatened by an approaching hurricane…The City of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas. Those evacuated will be directed to temporary sheltering and feeding facilities as needed. When specific routes of progress are required, evacuees will be directed to those routes. Special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves or who require specific life saving assistance. Additional personnel will be recruited to assist in evacuation procedures as needed. …

    Evacuation procedures for small scale and localized evacuations are conducted per the SOPs of the New Orleans Fire Department and the New Orleans Police Department. However, due to the sheer size and number of persons to be evacuated, should a major tropical weather system or other catastrophic event threaten or impact the area, specifically directed long range planning and coordination of resources and responsibilities efforts must be undertaken.” http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx?portal=46&tabid=26

  • Ellen

    I remember seeing a photo essay by a waiter who lived in the French Quarter. It had some pictures of how people were boarding up in anticipation and then pictures post-Katrina where we could see that things were not as bad as they had feared.

    Then the levees broke.

    And as you said, they broke AFTER the hurricane when people were congratuating themselves for dodging the Big One yet again.

  • gcotharn

    What a blatant lie that story is! I’ll not study it to see if any individual assertion is a lie, but the over-riding thrust is a blatant lie! Just… amazing. It’s as if the AP is Tokyo Rose.

  • http://none Darrell

    Tokyo Rose? Baghdad “Bob” is rolling on the floor laughing at what the AP puts out today! And Reuters…and the … The gameplan continues. Bash Bush until everyone is sick of hearing his name. Until the Right doesn’t feel like moving their fingers to generate a rebuttal.


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