tcp_ML500 - 9/13/2005 8:11 AM
Botnst - 9/12/2005 11:23 PM
My favorite passtime is watching folks passing merde with the left hand and calling it pudding.
Yummeeehhhh! It's all about the icing.
BTW: Are you still flying over / navigating in N.O.?
How are things, from the raw and unaltered, non P.C., perspective of someone who's actually been there?
FEMA upper mgmt was worse than useless. They were so concerned about managing and directing and controlling the disaster response that they dilly-dallied instead of helping people. They also prevented fleets of univited volunteers from launching boats and wandering around looking for folks who wanted out. Yes, uninvited volunteers could screw-up a good plan and might even become a serious problem themselves. But if FEMA isn't doing shit, why stand in teh way of people who are eager to at least do something? Reminds me of Gen MacClellan in the Peninsula Campaigns.
The governor, good, hard-working woman taht she maybe, fucked-up. She failed to pre-position NG and EMT's and transportation. It was her call to do it and she did not. As a result, the response was necessarily retarded by two days, under the best fo circumstances.
The mayor was totally out of his element. He's a smart guy but he lost perspective and composure when the city needed leadership. He did not rise to the occasion, the occasion overwhelmed him.
The NOPD were rendered ineffectual by cowardly desertion of 1/4 of the force and only 2 boats. 2 boats, in a city below sea level and surrounded by inadequate, poorly maintained levees and poorly maintained drainage canals. Great planning.
On the ground, I believe that the antisocial behavior was over-reported (except at the convention center, which really was hellish). I think what happened was a sort of echo chamber effect. A report comes in about gunfire (unproven). Several reporters hear of it indirectly and each reports his/her version. The Mayor hears six divergent reports of gunfire and goes bonkers about pitched gun battles and demands 82 Airborne assault of the city. The governor gets a frantic message from the hysterical mayor and goes on national TV, looking like a crack whore without a rock, demanding federal help.
We came in late one evening to the radio news that one of our Fish and Wildlife enforcement guys had been shot in the head and killed. We looked at our guys and asked which one got shot. Of course, nobody had been shot. That's the news business.
So we were poorly served by teh federal bureaucracy, governor, mayor, NOPD and the news media behaved abysmally.
Question: Is that typical of news coverage?