Skip to comments.Blanco blocked firefighters, boats, doctors, salvation army help (Vanity)
Posted on 09/28/2005 4:39:54 AM PDT by johnmecainrino
The real red tape was at the state level. Louisiana has a law that doesn't allow out of state doctors from helping in the state without a Louisiana license. The state blocked those doctors from coming in. It took Blanco until all of New Orleans was empty to allow the doctors to come in. But that doesn't stop Chris Shay's from blaming Fema.
Blanco blocked rapid response firefighting teams that are positioned around the nation.
Blanco waited till the day after the storm to activate national guard and didn't ask for outside help.
Blanco blocked Red Cross from handing out food and water to the convention. Anyone calling her a racist?
Blanco has gotten a free pass. Fema will take the heat and the real problem the Louisiana corruption will remain.
Blanco blocked Michigan National Guard and help from Florida.
State agencies blocked volunteer groups with boats from helping out.
Louisiana wouldn't allow pets to be taken, that is a Louisiana law.
The media thinks FEMA has the power to be a federal governor for a state. Chris Shays needs to be defeated. I don't care how bad the dem is get him out of congress.
The red tape is at the state emergency management level.
I have just one request, would the Bush White House wake up and start talking about the red tape at the state level in Louisiana. Explain state rights to the MSM and the Rino's in congress.
Blanco has deep sixed Republicans with her incompetence and Republicans are taking the fall for it.
Yes, I heard a doctor from Oregon interviewed a few weeks back by Soledad O'Brien, he was with some kind of privately-run medical emergency reponse team.
Said that it took 2 or 3 days to get reciprocity between Oregon and Louisiana, and he couldn't even apply a bandaid while waiting.
Also that when he went to Thailand for the tsunami, there was no need for reciprocity, they hit the ground and started working immediately. The Thais were just happy to have them there.
She isn't testifying at the same hearing though is she? I thought she would be at a different Senate hearing.
Blank-O needs to be indicted.
Shays was an utter disgrace in the hearings yesterday. No matter how clear or logical Brown was in his answers, Shays kept coming after him in a very transparent attempt to pin blame where it doesn't belong.
As Brown once asked, was he supposed to fly down to N.O. and run the evac personally?
That's where Shays was heading with his misplaced questioning.
FNC reports that Governor Blanco is going to be giving testimony to the Senate Finance Committee today.
As mentioned above, Soledad O'Brien made the mistake of interviewing a physician live on camera, and when he told her about the licensing problems, she went into shock (my read, because it was perfactly clear that the state and not the feds were causing the delays).
She actually asked the guy several times about this, because it was so unbelieveable that the state was doing this.
When it became clear what had happened, she changed the subject. Obviously it didn't fit into the "feds at fault" storyline.
I believe she will testify regarding funding to rebuild the state.
I would like to see her undergo the same rough questioning that Mike Brown did yesterday.
I have over and over again written that Blanco (and Nagin, but Blanco is who we're discussing here) was the barricade and incompetent at that who prevented actions being taken during the first critical 24-hour period, thus placing FEMA and ability of FEMA to even respond back yet another day (they have a three day required wait, I believe, for arrival locally and the locals are supposed to be also required to act on their own behalfs in that time).
Thanks for this list of Blanco negligence because she really needs to be held accountable for this disaster (and she is responsible) in her state (along with Nagin in N.O.).
Unfortunately, as to the upcoming hearing, I get the impression that people perceive Blanco as limited and then treat her far too "sensitively" -- as if she is noticably mentally impaired or something, so other adults seem reticent to hold her to the test for much of anything.
It'll be interesting, to say the least, to see what transpires today. I hope Blanco is treated "equally" and not separately by other adults present.
I thought Frist was in Mississippi working in his capacity as a doctor?
I thought it was Blanko.
Blank-O may just be the stereotypical Southern Scarlett in her helpless "I'll deal with it tomorrow" attitude, but Shays knows better than that... he was inexplicably playing for the camera, and I'd like to know why.
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Having lived on Long Island for most of my life, I weathered only the most minor effects of hurricanes. Typically, their devastating strength drained along the coastline as they churned northwards. When I was a child, my father comforted me through Hurricane Belle; not by holding me and telling me everything would be alright, but by his activity in securing our house, his purchase of supplies and preparations, and his explanations of hurricanes and their threats.
While the storm whipped overhead, my piqued curiosity prompted me to ask about all different kinds of natural disasters. We passed the time discussing typhoons, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods. I never thought I would use this information, but I did; twice.
At 19, my passenger and I found ourselves caught in the only flash flood in the history of Long Island. What started as a heavy rain became an overwhelming downpour within minutes. Not unlike the City of New Orleans, the patch of road on which I traveled was nestled in a natural funnel. In the space of minutes, we experienced more rain in that small bit of road alongside Eisenhower Park than all of Long Island had received in a year. With traffic surrounding me, I had not choice but to inch forward to the overpass that would take me to higher ground. Just moments before my car cleared the water now pouring in under my doors, the engine stalled, and my Monte Carlo sank back down the embankment, eventually to be completely submerged.
We had to wait until the water rose inside the car and the pressure stabilized before we could get out.
The gas pumps at the corner station began bubbling up, turning the water so black you couldnt see your hand just two inches under the surface. An elderly man, trapped in his car, didnt want to leave. Plodding through chest deep water, my passenger and I managed to get his door open and help him slog back to safety.
Everyone caught in that mess experienced a loss, but it is nothing compared to Katrina.
The second time I used my fathers sage advice came when I moved to Texas. In the bottom tip of the tornado belt, I knew what to do when the sky turned an ominous shade of green, the clouds started rotating above my head, and where to seek shelter to maximize my potential for living. It was in those few moments, when the doors and windows rattled and I imagined that my new house would be reduced to kindling around me, that all my priorities changed forever.
The folks in Louisiana and Mississippi experienced wide scale devastation during Katrina. New Orleans, and other parts of the coast, experienced a second, even more devastating blow from the horrible flooding. One is bad enough, but both? Its a catastrophe beyond comprehension, and our fellow Americans need our compassion, our generosity, and our understanding as they rebuild their entire lives.
We should be coming together, as we did after other catastrophic events in the last decade, to help and heal.
Sadly, that is not the case.
What I find astonishing is the almost immediate response from Bush Bashers to blame everything that happened, from the actual hurricane itself, to the anarchy that quickly erupted, on the President and his administration. When they do so, they not only distort the truth, they outright lie to the public, and they are doing so daily through any media venue that will give them the opportunity.
Lie #1: President Bush doesnt care about the people of New Orleans.
This outrageous lie is thoroughly debunked by the fact that it was President Bush who pushed for a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans.(1) Governor Blanco issued only a voluntary evacuation order, but admitted that she received a call from the President on August 27, 2005, urging her to make it a mandatory one. He wanted as many people as possible out of the path of the storm.
So much for the President not caring.
Despite the fact that New Orleans own Emergency Response Guidelines call for a mandatory evacuation of the City if a strike by a Category 3 Hurricane is projected, with 72 hours advance notice to all residents, Mayor Nagin didnt order a mandatory evaluation until Sunday. Further, he only did so after Max Maxfield, the National Hurricane Director, called Nagin at his home to plead that he empty the City. (2)
Why did Nagin wait so long? He was worried about the legalities. If people want to affix blame, perhaps they can look at lawyers.
How ironic, that The Drudge Report (3) and Free Republic (4) have pictures of dozens of New Orleans submerged and now useless school buses, buses that could have been used to transport residents out of the City prior to the storm, bring in supplies after the storm, and help evacuees escape the flooding. Meanwhile, Governor Blanco issued a request to the State of Louisiana to provide her with buses from local school districts.
According to a Washington Post report on Sunday, September 4, Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state's emergency operations center said Saturday.
Bushs offer to have the federal government aid in the evacuation was rejected. (5)
Lie #2: The Bush Administration was slow in coordinating help.
Mike Brown, Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for Emergency Response and Preparedness, received the order from President Bush on August 27, two full days before the storm hit the region, to prepare for Katrina disaster relief. (6) The President also declared the entire region under a State of Emergency, so that FEMA could coordinate efforts at the request of the Governors. (7) Under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, the Federal Government and FEMA are not allowed to interfere with local operations unless they are authorized by state and local leaders.
Blanco did not authorize this until September 1, 2005.
Further, according to an Association Press report on August 30, The federal government began rushing baby formula, communications equipment, generators, water and ice into hard-hit areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, along with doctors, nurses and first-aid supplies. The U.S. Defense Department sent experts to help with search-and-rescue operations. (8) FEMA was there and helping, in the capacity that was allowed by local officials, but could not swing into full gear until after Blanco gave them permission.
Lie #3: The Bush Administration did nothing to control the anarchy.
The local and state governments have control over law enforcement activities in their state, and such activities could only be coordinated through the federal government with their permission. It was not until terrible reports of rapes and violence, videos of looting, and reports of shoots being fired at rescue workers did Governor Blanco relinquish any claim of control on an out-of-control city.
An August 31, 2005 Fox News Report reveals, The looting prompted authorities to send more than 70 additional officers and an armed personnel carrier into the city. One police officer was shot in the head by a looter but was expected to recover, authorities said. Blanco said she will ask President Bush for military troops to help keep looting under control. (9) Almost immediately thereafter, FEMA, the military, and the Bush Administration began to restore order.
Further, on September 2, 2005, the Bush administration sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. (10)
Lie #4: The Bush Administration did nothing to prevent the flooding.
Predictions of wide spread devastation have been known since Hurricane Camille in 1969. Despite these, it was local officials who reportedly appropriated funds designated for levee improvements towards such necessary purchases as a casino, hotel, and other projects.
Amazing, isnt it?
From the carnage inside the Superdome, to the massacre of the truth on television, this is a sad time for all of America.
Just dont forget who helped all this to happen .because despite what the media wants you to believe, it wasnt President Bush.
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1. Associated Press, Mandatory Evacuation Ordered for New Orleans, August 28, 2005, 10:48 a.m. CT.
2. Knight Ridder Newspapers, National Hurricane Director had to call Nagin at home Saturday night to plead: "Get people out..." by Marc Caputo, David Ovalle, and Erika Bolstad, August 28, 2005
5. Washington Post, Many Evacuated, but Thousands Still Waiting, White House Shifts Blame to State and Local Officials, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Spencer Hsu, Washington Post Staff Writers, Sunday, September 4, 2005; Page A01
6. FEMA Press Release, Emergency Aid Authorized For Katrina Emergency Response In LA August 27, 2005
7. Associated Press, Bush Declares Emergency in Louisiana, August 27, 2005
8. Associated Press, Federal Government sent emergency supplies to Louisiana as early as Tuesday, August 30, 2005
9. Fox News.com, Its Not Safe In New Orleans, August 31, 2005
10. Washington Post, Ibid
Even if Bush started talking it who would REPORT it, the NYT???
It'll be interesting, to say the least, to see what transpires today.
She is going to come in with a STACK of fake documents. Her documents will show that she did everything she was supposed to do. Meanwhile. live TV at the time definitely shows she is incompetent.
"I would like to see her undergo the same rough questioning that Mike Brown did yesterday."
lol. Never happen
Thanks for all that contact information...I agreew with you about Shays, as do many here from what I've been reading.
Brown is just too convenient for Shays and others to hack away at. IT makes me wonder what they're trying to deflect because it sure makes Shays look squeaky.
Yeah, I know but question is "why not?"
Congress is being far too intimidated by Democrats and the upset from the Left -- because, as usual, most of that upset is proven with examination to be non specific, general malaise based upon social resentments (not all, just saying, many have been) (take a closer look at Sheehan, for example, which the Left seems unable to do or at least admit to who Sheehan represents and it is not "peace").
Blanco was said (I heard/read this somewhere on day two after Katrina) to be interacting ("communicating with") former Housing Head from Clinton's administration as to emergency issues...I GUESS because he's a Democrat but otherwise, why? She was said to not be willing or available to even communicate with Michael Brown and yet to be "communicating with" Henry Cisneros (not even in office at present with the Fed.) rather than Brown (who WAS head of FEMA at that time)...
I thought that was among the most peculiar moves by Blanco...she resorted to communicating in such an emergency with the FORMER head of Housing and Urban Affairs (Cisneros) and refused interactions with Brown/FEMA and Nagin for a while.
And then tried to blame it on FEMA, Nagin and certainly Bush.
oh poo!!! I thought Blanco was going to testify before the same House Committee that former FEMA head, Michael Brown appeared yesterday.
This list needs to go to someone on that committee TODAY!
Bookmark for later.
"Yeah, I know but question is "why not?" "
Cuz she'll be painted as a woman who's been under a lot of stress - boo hoo- and the mean republicans shouldn't pick on her. (and they won't want to look like they're beating up on her, so they won't be as tough as they should)
Oh yeah, and she's a democrat. Not allowed to ask them tough questions.
She's asking for money before the Senate. Don't know if she is going to be questioned by the House committee.
Shayes was stuck on the word "coordinate".......and Brown's seeming lack of coordinating FEMA aid w/Blanco........somebody should send Shayes a dictionary. To "CO" anything, it takes TWO....Brown could NOT coordinate w/a zero gov. Blanco's name is so fitting!
The Republicans, for whatever reason, will never defend themselves. They will allow themselves to be smeared in the public arena (except for mike Brown, who has nothing to lose at this point.)
Maybe they have been given orders to "stand down" because of the "new tone in Washington."
I wouldn't be surprised to see Blanco next to Papa Bush and Clinton on the next fundraising commercials, it has gotten so idiotic.
It was sort of volunteered---Bush apologized and accepted responsibilty---so as far as the America people are concerned...this case is over.
Isn't it aggravating?
Call me crazy...but do you think Blanco and the other Dems blocked response to embarrass Bush and attack him...to possibly set up impeachment? I wonder....
FEMA'S Mr. Brown stood up for himself yesterday during the inquisition, but basically, he's been hung out to dry. One would think some GOP heavy hitters would have been deployed last night to verify the truths Mr. Brown was testifying to. But, lo, there was no one in sight.
Chris Shays managed to get on the tube immediately with his poison against Brown. Why couldn't a Brown/FEMA/Bush defender of any stature do the same?
Where are the GOP administration leaders, the White House PR staff, the RNC chairman and PR staff? in these momentous days? They are all strangely detached.
Well, I've been asking these types of questions for the past couple years. The stock answer seems to be to not ever fight back, the truth will eventually come out, don't get in spraying contests with skunks, blah blah.....and even keep an amiable but laughable lightweight WH spokesman as the voice of the administration to the world. Incredible.
Too many conservatives are always so trusting and confidant that the constant drumbeat of liberal propaganda and lies to the masses will have no effect and that goodness will prevail. Therefore, from the President on down, turn the other cheek. Truth will out! Good will conquer evil!
We can discuss this after the results of the next election are known, yeah.
Blanco didn't activate state buses until 2 days after the storm. Fema works well with a governor like Jeb Bush who asks for outside help early and has evacuations 72 hours before. Jeb Bush had food pre positioned before the storm. Jeb Bush had the national guard activated before the storm and asked for outside state guard help before the storm. The evacuation of Tampa last year was issued way in advanced knowing it could flood like New Orleans.
If anyone (R) on the finance committee asks a question about Blanco's actions and decisions from Aug 27 to Sept 3, he will be called mean-spirited, finger-pointing, partisan, yadda yadda
If anyone (D) on the same committee asks her to comment on the 'charges' made by former FEMA head Brown, he will lead the news cycle for the rest of the day.
Nod to PC -- he=she
'IT makes me wonder what they're trying to deflect because it sure makes Shays look squeaky.'
The old saying, "A skunk smells his own hole first" comes to mind, doesn't it?
The msm will lose that bet, mainly because they can't control the flow of truth on the the 'net.
A majority of Americans now get something they could never get from the msm-facts.
In the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Blanco blocked firefighters, boats, doctors, salvation army help (Vanity), Blue Turtle wrote:
"Call me crazy...but do you think Blanco and the other Dems blocked response to embarrass Bush and attack him...to possibly set up impeachment? I wonder...."
No... This is too Machevellian for this moron. Blanko lacks the capacity to calculate that far ahead. I do believe that she was not willing to give control to the feds due to political reasons (can't let Bush step in and take credit for saving the state). That's the extent of her calculations. We see how well that played out. Had this been Hillary Clinton, I would have considered your premise. Hillary is much "better" at forecasting political fallout and damage/credit in these types of scenarios. Anyone doubts Hillary's ability to predict the future should see how adept she is at predicting and trading chicken futures (tongue firmly in cheek).
Chris Shay's is an idiot. When I heard him bring up Rudy G, in an effort to denigrate Mike Brown, I couldn't help but think about the ignorance in this comparison. Here is Shays comparing a former "mayor," someone with executive powers, to that of a FEMA director, someone with no such powers...and, who actually works at the behest of state and local executives with those powers. As Brown rightly noted, he is not a dictator, nor does he have the authority to usurp their sovereignty. Chris Shay's comparison would've only been valid if he was comparing those with the same authority...i.e Blanco and Nagin.
I out nothing past these people....do you think they would stop at killing people to get Bush impeached? HArdly.
Mapes and Rather are still scratching their heads over that fake document: how did Buckhead manage to end our careers at CBS so quickly? Especially after all the good work we did?
Just call her Katrina Blanco.
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