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The governor of Louisiana is an idiot.

I say idiot because I doubt they'd appreciate me saying anything worse than that at work..

Announcing the deployment of 300 "battle-tested" National Guardsmen to New Orleans from Iraq, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said the men were carrying deadly weapons and were ready to use them.

"They have M-16s and are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and I expect they will."

What a completely casual attitude to the idea that the f'king army is coming into her city to kill people who aren't behaving.. I'm sure it'll return some law and order, but at exactly what cost? How many people are going to be killed in error?

Congressional House Speaker Dennis Hastert angered Governor Blanco by questioning the wisdom of spending billions of dollars rebuilding New Orleans below sea level.

"To kick us when we're down and destroy hope... is absolutely unthinkable," Ms Blanco replied.

Your city is built below sea level, and the whole thing is below the high water level of the Mississippi. It's currently beneath several feet of water, which doesn't appear to be magically going away. This is God's way of saying "your geographic location is ill-advised".

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The mayor of New Orleans, on the other hand, is fucking awesome.

Hmm, I can't find anything about it online, but he went on the radio an hour or so ago and went off on one about how incompetent those in charge are being. He said that all press conferences should be banned because he doesn't give a shit what they say they're going to do, he wants to see them do it. "I am PISSED."

"You would think on day five of the worst natural disaster in the history of the nation, and possibly the world, we would not still be waiting for troops and buses. It's a disgrace. It's a national disgrace ... No additional troops have arrived. People have promised. I'm sick of the promises ... I am pissed. I am absolutely pissed off. People are frickin' dying every day. They (state and federal officials) need to get off their asses"

I'll overlook his "possibly the world" comment, because he's American, so to him this is the world..

"Excuse my French, everybody in America, but I am pissed!"

"I need five hundred buses, man. We ain't talking about [...]getting, y'know, public school bus drivers to come down here, bus people out here. I'm like, 'You gotta be kidding me. This is a national disaster. Get every dog-gone greyhound busline in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans.'"

"I have no idea what they're doing, but I will tell you this: y'know, God is looking down on all this, and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are gonna pay the price, because, every day that we are delaying, people are dying."

"There is nothing happening and they're feeding the public a line of bull."

"They're showing all these reports of people looting and doing all the weird stuff, and they are doing that. But people are desperate and they're trying to find food and water, the majority of them."

"Nobody's talked about this: drugs flow in and out of New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan area so freely, it was scary to me, and that's why we were having an escalation in murders. People don't wanna talk about this, but I'ma talk about it. You have drug addicts that are now walking around this city, looking for a fix, and that's the reason why they were breaking in hospitals and drug stores. They were looking for something to take the edge off of their Jones, if you will. And, right now, they don't have anything to take the edge off, and they probably found guns. So what you're seeing is drug-starving, crazy addicts - drug addicts - that are reeking havoc, and we don't have the man-power to adequately deal with it."

"Did the Iraqi people request that we go in there? Did they ask us to go in there? [...] I'm probably gonna get in so much trouble that it ain't even funny. They probably won't even want to deal with me after this interview is over, but we authorised $8 million to go to Iraq lickity-quick. After 9/11, we gave the president unprecedented powers lickity-quick to take care of New York other places [...] You mean to tell me that a place, where you probably have thousands of people that have died and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can't figure out a way to authorise the resources that we need? Come on, man. Y'know, I'm not one of those drug addicts; I am thinking very clearly."

I want him for my president, not because anything he said was especially good, but because it's the most genuine thing I've ever heard a politician say..

That's exactly what I liked about it.

Wow, nice quote. He didn't say "possibly the world" or, in fact, most of that. No doubt it was written down from memory.

Yeah, see, this is what you get when you use Google News to find stuff.. I put in his name, and the word "pissed", and picked an article from the Washington Post, which I kinda figured might check its sources.. what a stupid assumption :o)

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