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Hey Rick! Could you should check out your commenting software. Here's some of the comments that somehow got deleted from last night's discussions. Don't know how they got lost. If you need the URLs for these comments, let me know, I've got them.


f_f Says: 
September 5th, 2005 at 10:22 pm

“The responsibility,” of government, Churchill told the British Parliament “for the public safety is absolute and requires no mandate. It is in fact, the prime object for which governments come into existence.”

Regarding: “Federal assistance in place by Tuesday afternoon” from Jacksonville, Fla., to Houston. I guess it depends on what the definition of “in Place” is. It certainly wasn’t the Convention Center.

Regarding: “his depiction of a fully staffed hospital ship off the coast on the day of the storm.” Can you tell me what day the airport started accepting casualties? I don’t recall many Army helicopters moving people from the Dome or the Convention Center until Friday. (The Coast Guard copters were busy pulling people off roofs.)

“And for Krugman to say that conservatives hate all government is worse than simplistic; it’s moronic.” Grover Norquist wants to “drag government into a bathtub and strangle it.” Is this just a PR problem?

Didn’t Bush run as the security President?”I’ll Protect You, The Other Guy Will Let You Die”

“The Global War on Terror will take a long time”

After the Katina Federal response, I sure feel safer.


f_f Says: 
September 5th, 2005 at 10:38 pm

mistercalm Says: “This blaming FEDERAL government for not smacking the local and state governments aside and taking over shows what little some of the comment writers understand of chain of command and viability of response.”

I understand chain of command. I’m a retired U.S. Army Officer. As a Company Commander, if one of my Privates lost his weapon, I could kiss my career good bye. The chain works two ways. The Private is responsible for his weapon. I’m responsible to make sure he never forgets it.

Sure, the city and state should have a great plan and execute it well. But it’s also FEMA’s responsibility to make sure it’s a good plan and “smack” them if there’s problems with implementation.

“viability of response?” Tell me, where was the fleet of Blackhawks parked that the Mayor needed to get food and water to the Convention Center?


f_f Says: 
September 6th, 2005 at 12:49 am

Jay Says: “Was Bush slow to respond? I am not sure, the levees didn’t break until late Monday, and he was over the city on Tuesday.”

Hmmm, a Google search says the levee broke before noon on Monday while Bush was sharing cake with McCain. Bush strummed his guitar and stayed in Crawford on Tuesday and flew over the Gulf Coast on Wednesday. Then the Army showed up on Friday, just as he was helicoptering into New Orleans.

Jay Says: “The bottom line for us politically is that this disaster shows that Liberals want the Federal Government to be an all powerful nanny state, taking care of our every need…”

There have been references to Bush as another Churchhill. Mr. Bush, I knew Churchill and you’re no… “The responsibility,” of government, Churchill told the British Parliament “for the public safety is absolute and requires no mandate. It is in fact, the prime object for which governments come into existence.”

Jay Says: “while conservatives still believe that which governs closest, governs best, and governs least. Interestingly, we saw that in MS and AL,...”

Didn’t Lott, from MS, use to have a high position in the republican party? “In a sign of the political pressure facing Bush, Mississippi Republican Sen. Trent Lott, a former Senate majority leader, said he has been battling the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its Mississippi counterpart for help for his state and urged Bush to cut red tape. After a one-on-one meeting with Bush in Poplarville, Lott said: “I am demanding help for the people of Mississippi to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.”

Tom G Says: “Given the immense complexities involved in deploying, say, an Army aviation battalion into an area ravaged by a category 4 hurricane, ... Far more sensible to wait for the storm to pass before deploying them.”

Tom, babe, the hurricane passed on Monday. The first Army aviation showed up on Friday as Marine 1 was heading into town and LG Honore was rolling convoys to the Convention Center. Four days for a pre-flight check? Who was doing the thumb-sucking?


f_f Says: 
September 6th, 2005 at 1:00 am

TJ Jackson Says:”The main question I have in the event of a nuclear or WMD attack by terrorists we should now allow the Federal government to run the show. Local problems caused by nature should remain in the realm of the states and local authorities.”

TJ, when did you find out that the break in the levee was caused by the storm and not by an explosive/biochem bomb set off by an Al Queda sleeper cell?

After all Bush and Chertoff immediately said that no one could have expected the levees to break. Must have been an unnatural act.


Comment Posted By plik On 6.09.2005 @ 16:58

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