Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Blank Gov

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco(D) resisted pleas from the Bush administration to declare martial law and her dithering (either because of crass political motivation, just plain incompetence, or both) opened the way for looters, rapists, and killers to prey on the already victimized citizens of New Orleans.

Unlike Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) who vowed to deal "aggressively and ruthlessly" with looters in his state, Gov. Blanco, on the other hand, initially suggested that stopping rampant looting in New Orleans wasn't a priority, telling reporters Tuesday: "We don’t like looters one bit, but first and foremost is search and rescue.”

The smoldering ruins of New Orleans are a testament to Governor Blanco´s poor handling of the situation, and her inability to punish those who would use Katrina as a free pass to steal and kill at will, yet she appears angrier with the Bush Administration than the looters! From this I conclude politically driven incompetence; the worst case scenario for Louisiana.

But the politically motivated incompetence doesn't stop there. Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, yet another democrat, threatened on national TV to punch out the president (a felony, BTW, even as a threat). suggests that the senator should consider punching out the governor instead, which is only a misdemeanor.

Gotta love it. I'm sure there would be quite a few takers on that suggestion.


tlm said...

How about a two-fer-one punching deal... Landrieu and Blanco in one shot? :)

Russ said...

Blanco, Bush, Nagin, Brown, Fema, Homeland Security, Congress,...

...mother nature?

News Flash...bad things happen.

I'm all for critical evaluation but is there any doubt that everyone involved intended to do the right thing? They may have made stupid errors but are we really questioning their desire to help those in need?

In the words of a famous drug-addict-convict, "can't we all just get along?"

tlm said...

Absolutely, russ. I wouldn't even begin to blame any of those (mostly incompetent) folks you listed there for causing the hurricane, or its aftermath.

Desire to do well, unfortunately, doesn't always mean you're doing an effective job. (Hell, I think I'd probably be a well-meaning and very hard-working brain surgeon, if given the opportunity, but my skills probably wouldn't be up to snuff.)

cube said...

tlm: don't forget the mayor.

russ: I didn't impugn their character, or imply that they didn't care about their constituents (unlike some liberals that are slamming President Bush & making ridiculous claims about black-hating motives).

I am merely pointing out that they didn't do their jobs & now are in full ass-covering mode & trying to make political hay out of a disaster. The facts are there for the world to see & it isn't a pretty sight.

Russ said...

Yeah, people love to smear the distinction between motive and action. Just like they love to defend their "guy" through any circumstance.


Hey thanks for being reasonable bloggers (sometimes hard to find).