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Slow FEMA response, or no FEMA response? Which is better?

Harrisburg, Illinois was surprised to find out that after a devastating tornado disaster, Øbama’s FEMA would not be providing any monetary aid or relief services to the town.  Essentially, FEMA said that the damage wasn’t that bad and that the town and the state could muster up the recovery costs on their own:

“Based on our review of all of the information available, it has been determined that the damage was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the State, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies. Accordingly, we have determined that supplemental Federal assistance is not necessary,” according to the letter, of which msnbc.com obtained a copy. “Therefore, I must inform you that your request for a major disaster declaration is denied.”

Naturally the citizens were dumbfounded that such an total cataclysm wasn’t “sufficient” and that such a decision was rendered so quickly.  Senator Durbin was quick to criticize FEMA’s decision and vowed to appeal it.   Yes, this is the same Dick Durbin that demanded that Michael D. Brown, alleged perpetrator in the slow response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, be fired.  Let’s see if the rogues gallery of other cosigners will speak up as they did back then: Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Mikulski, Schumer, Salazar, Cheeks Kilpatrick,  Stabenow, and Reid.

Surely, no aid is worse than slow aid, and as we know, it was the slow responses of Mayor Nagin and then Gov. Kathleen Blanco that was mostly responsible for the debacle.

But it was Bush and Brown that ultimately took the political hit.

Let us hope, for the sake of the now homeless in Harriburg, Ill., that the Øbama administration reconsiders this unfortunate and ill considered decision.  Of course, this could be another opportunity for Øbama to “fly in and save the day”, but I am a cynic.   Let’s see what happens.

Remembering the Katrina lies

Just a quick note to guide you over to American Thinker today. Lance Fairchok writes Big Lies in the Big Easy: The Ghosts of Hurricane Katrina. It’s a good read and a reminder as to how Democrats – when backed against a wall – immediately target the blame elsewhere. Read more

Where did all the Hurricane Katrina Cash Go?

Third post in a matter of hours. Sorry about this, but… what they heck is going on in New Orleans?

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — New Orleans has yet to rebuild a single fire station more than two years after Katrina destroyed or damaged 22 of the city’s 33 firehouses. Appalled by the city’s lack of action, an actor is leading the way in reconstruction of the fire stations.

Without city help, firefighters have resorted to repairing their stations along with volunteer carpenters. “I gave up on ever hoping that politicians in this country — local, state or federal — would step in to help these guys,” actor Dennis Leary told CNN.

Hundreds of billions of dollars have been handed out in this portion of the country and they can’t even get the fire stations fixed up?

Blaming Bush and FEMA is now OFF THE TABLE. Don’t even go there. Dennis Leary is making a valiant effort in this case, but he should be going after the fools who are running that dump of a city. The federal government handed the city billions and told them that the local people need to step up, come up with a solid plan and implement it. They failed, and now Leary expects Bush or FEMA to come in and fix it?

Not acceptable and a perfect example of what can happen in a liberal city, run by Democrats. I thought New Orleans was a liberal paradise?

Shepard Smith is Starting to Annoy Me

I like his style. I like his delivery. I generally like Fox News. But Shepard Smith is really starting to blow things out of proportion.

I first noticed this during his Katrina coverage, there have been plenty of stories about how the news media – including Shep when he was in NOLA – was out of control when it came to reporting rumors as facts.

He was the ultimate drama queen through the entire event, and as the weeks passed, more and more of the “big stories” just disappeared from the MSM.

  • What happened to that seven year old girl that was raped and had her throat cut?
  • What about the hundred bodies that were stacked up in the Superdome’s freezer? The 200 dead?
  • What about the gunfire? Snipers shooting at people? Shooting at helicopters?

I just found a March 2006 article written by a collection of editors from Popular Mechanics entitled Debunking the Myths of Hurricane Katrina. It is a must read for everyone and if you’ve already read it, go through it again. I wonder if Shep went through this article and took the time to look back at his coverage and do a self-evaluation?

Probably not, he’s part of the Dive by Media. That’s a term that Rush Limbaugh coined during the past couple of years. It’s simply defined as when the media swoops in to cover a story, goes wall-to-wall with it for hours or days, relays every rumor they hear and interviews anyone they can find that will speculate about the story. Then, they split, never to come back since they have to go find another hot story.

Last week, Shep used the term “bloodbath” when referring to a 167 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. What? Is he nuts? Who writes this stuff for him?

To put this in perspective, that’s a 1.2 percent drop Shep. Come on now. If that’s a bloodbath, what would he call the 6.4 percent gain over the 11 trading days after the Thanksgiving break?

I propose a ban on reporting the point changes in the various stock benchmarks like the DJIA, NASDAQ, S&P 500 and the new Fox 50. Let’s report percentage changes instead, but I guess a 100 point drop sounds more dramatic than a point seven (.7) percent drop.

Related Articles on the Net:

Reports of anarchy at Superdome overstated
Popular Mechanics Takes on Katrina Myths
Katrina: Myths and Reality