Ray Nagin Memorial Park
Junkyardblog has these pictures
of the future monument to
futility known as the Ray Nagin
Junkyardblog has other posts
that show more bus parking
lots under water in New Orleans.
If all these buses (he counts over
500 in this picture and another
picture) had been used around
20000 people could have been
bussed out in one trip before the
In the end there is plenty of blame to spread around for this
The adult population that was stuck in
New Orleans is mostly to blame for their
own plight. Everyone knew what would happen.
Hurricane Betsy gave a demo of what might
happen when she flooded the Ninth ward and
St. Bernard Parish. If you lived in New
Orleans as an adult and had no thought of a plan
except "the government will save me" then you pretty
much got what you deserved.
Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco are grossly incompetant and
if they were honorable would resign their positions. They had total
authority to evacuate the people, to demand that people evacuate,
to shove people onto the unused buses and make someone drive at
gunpoint if they had to. They had no need to wait for FEMA or
Bush or anyone. It was their responsibility to get the people out
of New Orleans and they failed in that.
The head of FEMA should be fired, and so should his boss at
Homeland Security. The Media can start to revise history to make
Bush responsible for everything, but I watched the head of Fema
on Fox last Sunday say that this was the disaster they have planned
for for 3 years, and everything was prepositioned to go in and
save the city. He can backtrack now:
"Saturday and Sunday, we thought it was a typical hurricane situation -- not to say it wasn't going to be bad, but that the water would drain away fairly quickly," Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Brown said today. "Then the levees broke and (we had) this lawlessness. That almost stopped our efforts."
Brown said he understood the criticism of FEMA's effort -- U.S. Sen. David Vitter gave the agency an "F" for its work.
"Katrina was much larger than we expected," he said. "Am I frustrated? Yeah, I'm frustrated. You have to remember, this is a war zone. I can assure you we're doing everything we can. It is unacceptable to look on TV and see those people stranded. It breaks my heart."
But this is a lie. If Brown had watched Fox or CNN for 15 minutes
on Sunday that was all that was discussed was "filling the bowl".
Now the long-knives come out as the media begins to blame Bush
for a disaster that has been 40 years in the making. I don't agree
with this answer, there is plenty of blame for everyone though.