September 07, 2005

Gutless Wonder

Via Fox News:

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco seemed at odds with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Wednesday, hours after the mayor ordered the mandatory evacuation of the crippled Crescent City by force if necessary.

As floodwaters caused by Hurricane Katrina began to slowly recede with the ruined city's first pumps returning to operation, Nagin late Tuesday authorized law enforcement officers to force the evacuation of the estimated 10,000 residents who refuse to heed orders to leave.

But in a Wednesday interview with FOX News, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said she had not signed off on the decision.

"The mayor certainly has ordered that but the governor, and that would be me, would have to enforce it or implement it. We are trying to determine whether there is an absolute justification for that," she told FOX News.

Bodies are decaying in a toxic stew of industrial chemicals, spilled sewage, and leaking natural gas. According to the CDC five people have already died from bacterial infections, and e. coli is just one of the potentially deadly biological hazards in the streets. That does not include tthe threat of disease-carrying insects, vermin, poisonous snakes, and alligators. This does not even begin to factor in two-legged predators running and gunning their way through the streets.

Kathleen Blanco is an unserious woman in serious times. Someone should start investigating the procedures for removing a Louisiana governor from office. Her incompetence, indecisiveness, and vindictiveness have led to the loss of far too many lives already.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 7, 2005 08:39 PM | TrackBack

Remember liberal incompetence is given a MSN pass and eventually leads to promotions for increased levels of incompetance. Blanco would be a perfect Secretary of Homeland Security under a Democratic president's administration. Remember, too, that liberal incompetance is only reported by conservatives, and since we are not the enlightened elite, so we don't matter. Let a conservative screw up and both liberals and conservatives come down on him/her.

Posted by: John Yetter, CW5, USA (Retired) at September 7, 2005 09:23 PM

New Orleans and Louisiana are as corrupt a government as Chicago. When you put corruption on top of incompetence in a natural disaster like Katrina, you get the tragic results we have seen this past week.....................Fox is reporting that Blanco blocked aid from going to the Superdome and Civic Center immediately after the hurricane hit from the Red Cross because "they (Blanco and State Government) did not want more people coming to either location. An adequate supply of water and food in both location and the breakdown we saw would have been much less severe and would have taken much longer to exploded like it did.................

Posted by: Steve at September 7, 2005 11:35 PM

I wholeheartedly agree. Ultimatley she can not make a real decsion to save her life. She is an embarrassment to women in government. If she runs her household that way she is an embarrassment to all women working and striving for equallity. She was in charge and made poor judgements that cost her state and this country dearly. Please if New Orleans is to rebuild they need to do it without her!

Posted by: curiositykillsme at September 8, 2005 10:19 AM

Blanco hasn't got the sense to pour New Orleans water out of a boot...

With the directions printed on the bottom...

The libs are always screaming *Impeach Bush*, maybe they need to regroup and look at their own...

Oh hell, WHAT am I thinking... Sorry...

Posted by: TexasFred at September 8, 2005 05:28 PM

I guess my link to the blog is busted..Oh well, forums working...

Posted by: TexasFred at September 8, 2005 05:29 PM

I agree with all of you. The local government is
a lost cause and so is the people who depended on Blanco & Nagin to evacquate them.. so sad to watch.

Posted by: shhwhispers at September 8, 2005 06:08 PM

Governor Blanco was on CNN with Larry King for an hour on Tuesday evening, the day the disaster in her state was escalating. She sat there with a pouty expression on her face and continued to repeat the phrase, "The situation is untenable." That's pretty much all she had to offer. In contrast, Governor Haley Barbor of Miss. came on for a couple of minutes and then left to continue tending to the managing his state's crisis.

I remember that at the time I was surprised that she could find the time to sit there and chat with Larry and provide commentary while her state's citizens were suffering.

Why is no one in the media seriously questioning this Governor's competence? Instead, all cable and broadcast news media are pointing their fingers at Bush and FEMA, 24/7. Anyone who knows how to manipulate public opinion understands that pounding on a key point, whether it is truthful or not, is a successful tactic in swaying the ill-informed public's opinion. The media will keep pounding the message that Bush and FEMA are to blame until the majority of the public stupidly believe it.

I am already bracing myself for the upcoming campaign ads that the Democrats are going to run. The Dems don't want to just take down a President, they want to win all the upcoming elections and regain the majority control of the local, state, and federal governments, so they can increase taxes and dole out handouts to whomever's vote they need to get and keep...because it was such a succesful approach in the past. Keep corruption in, pass the pork, and keep the votes coming their way.

I heard one gentleman on NPR yesterday, a taxpayer from Louisiana, say that this is why people hate to pay taxes...because when they (the middle class) need help they cannot get goes to those who scream the loudest, make demands repeatedly, and get the media's attention. Then, if the "government" doesn't do what these folks want and at a pace that is sometimes not humanly possible, then you are either labeled a racist or an elitist who does not care about poor people at all...horrible smears on someone's character that are almost impossible to overcome.

I had hoped this tragedy would enable the citizens of this country to come together to a middle ground and resolve for the better some ugly situations with poverty, violence, child abuse, etc... that exist in our urban areas (NOLA, Chicago, Kansas City, LA) but I do not think it will happen now. There is too much finger-pointing and blaming on the Dem's side, too much crazy rhetoric (am thinking Howard Dean and Kayne West), and too much reliance on their old way of thinking (blame "the man", raise taxes, give handouts without accountability and responsibility, make excuses, etc...) The old ways of perpetuating poverty to keep their constituency (and their votes) do not work, but it may get them reelected if the GOP cannot figure out how to turn this situation around.

Posted by: Hobbes at September 11, 2005 02:20 PM