Exposing the Myths of Katrina

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    Myths of Hurricane Katrina
    By James Taranto forThe Australian
    September 06, 2005

    HURRICANE Katrina was a horrific natural disaster. To America's Angry Left it was yet another occasion to score political points against President George W. Bush. In the same spirit of opportunism that animated looters who stole television sets, Bush's political foes frantically sought to blame the devastation on him.

    A measure of the anti-Bush Left's derangement is that it blames him for bad weather. "Complacency will no longer suffice, especially if experts are right in warning that global warming may increase the intensity of future hurricanes," The New York Times editorialised on Thursday. "But since this administration won't acknowledge that global warming exists, the chances of leadership seem minimal."

    Whether global warming exists or not, it did not cause Katrina, at least according to a news story that had appeared in the Times two days earlier: "Because hurricanes form over warm ocean water, it is easy to assume that the recent rise in their number and ferocity is because of global warming. But that is not the case, scientists say. Instead, the severity of hurricane seasons changes with cycles of temperatures of several decades in the Atlantic Ocean."

    Then we heard that the National Guard was unable to do its duty in the Gulf Coast because it had been "stretched thin" by deployment to Iraq; "deployed in a phony war", as former New York Times editor Howell Raines claimed in a particularly inflammatory article in The Sydney Morning Herald and several US papers at the weekend. But as James Robbins pointed out in National Review Online, only 10.2 per cent of the US Army, including the guard and reserves, is in Iraq; 74.2 per cent, or 751,000 soldiers, are stationed in the US. In any case, this argument died down as the troops arrived in great force late in the week.

    The most pernicious myth the Angry Left propagated was that the storm victims were neglected because of their race. "I feel that, if it was in another area, with another economic strata and racial make-up, that President Bush would have run out of Crawford a lot quicker and FEMA [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] would have found its way in a lot sooner," said Al Sharpton, New York's premier racial arsonist.

    In fact, Katrina was an equal-opportunity destroyer. The media's coverage of the disaster understandably centred on New Orleans, the biggest city in the region, which is two-thirds black. But the storm also devastated at least four suburban Louisiana parishes and three coastal Mississippi counties. All have white majorities, ranging from 69.8 per cent to 90.2 per cent. Appeals to race are especially dangerous when the US needs national solidarity. Special pleading on behalf of black victims may lead to special pleading on behalf of white victims. It may also reinforce ugly stereotypes. A USA Today editorial noted that most of the New Orleans victims were black, then added: "So are most of the looters." And there have been reports of criminality that goes far beyond looting, including rape and murder. Avarice and depravity are human failings, but race-obsessed liberals may be contributing to the notion that they are racial ones.

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    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/printpage/0,5942,16501147,00.html
     
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    Actually Bush did eventually admit that global warming exists. He just doesn't want to do anything about it.
     
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    Where does Bush "admit" that global warming exists? There are plenty of scientists who say otherwise. Read some of the posts on this board.
     
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    I can't post a link, but I'll tell you that I saw him on TV saying that global warming is a fact, but then he got himself off the hook by saying that scientists disagree about what to do about it.
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    Well, scientists do disagree--about whether or not it exists.
     
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    OK, if it exists we should clean up emissions, right? And if we clean up emissions and it turns out not to exist, no harm done. But if it exists and we do nothing about it we are dooming future generations.

    Assuming it doesn't exist and therefore we should not curb greenhouse gases is serious ostrich logic.
     
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    The point you're missing is: The world's climate has been changing since the beginning of time IN SPITE of human involvement.
     
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    now imagine that one.
     
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    Here's a short summary of Bush's (and a few other high-ranking government officials') response to hurricane Katrina:

    * Prior to landfall, Bush is on vacation in Texas.
    * Monday, August 29 - Katrina makes landfall at 6:15am near New Orleans, after hitting Florida on August 25
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina#Storm_development
    Bush celebrates John McCain's birthday in Arizona, and samples a birthday cake
    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3330482
    Bush also gives a speech on Medicare's prescription drug program: "The president did not speak to reporters, who were hoping he might say something about Hurricane Katrina."
    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/militaryconnection/4912531/detail.html
    Donald Rumsfeld attends an evening Padres game in San Diego
    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050830/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_diamondbacks_padres_1
    * Tuesday, August 30 - Bush gives a speech on Iraq at a Naval Air Station in San Diego, and "cuts short" his visit to San Diego by one hour. http://www.10news.com/news/4915212/detail.html
    Bush announces by mid-afternoon that he will return to Washington "tomorrow". http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2005/08/30/state/n093003D36.DTL
    Condoleezza Rice shops for "several thousand dollars' worth of shoes" in New York http://www.nydailynews.com/news/gossip/story/342707p-292600c.html
    * Wednesday, August 31 - Bush "cuts short" his vacation, heads back to Washington, and "visits" the hurricane-affected region by flying over it in Air Force 1 on the way to Washington.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/08/20050831-3.html
    Bush gives a speech outlining relief efforts, which includes many implications that relief has already arrived (e.g. "The National Guard has nearly 11,000 Guardsmen on state active duty," "FEMA is moving supplies and equipment into the hardest hit areas," and "HHS and CDC are working with local officials to identify operating hospital facilities so we can help them, help the nurses and doctors provide necessary medical care. They're distributing medical supplies ..."
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/08/20050831-3.html
    Significant relief supplies do not arrive in New Orleans until Friday. http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/02/katrina.impact/index.html
    Condoleezza Rice attends a Monty Python musical in the evening. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/gossip/story/342707p-292600c.html
    At the same time international aid is being rejected
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/8/31/235829/261

    * Thursday, September 1 - Three days after the hurricane makes landfall, Bush says that "there's a lot of help coming" http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/01/bush.katrina/index.html
    Media reports make it clear that sufficient aid has not arrived.
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/01/katrina.spain.mp/
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationw...2sep02,0,190126.story?coll=la-home-headlines http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/02/nagin.transcript/index.html
    Bush also says, "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNe...901_neworleans_update_050901/?hub=CTVNewsAt11
    New Mexico finally receives paperwork from Washington to send National Guard troops to Louisiana, even though New Mexico's Governor had offered the troops the day before the hurricane hit and "Bush had the legal authority to order the National Guard to the disaster area himself." http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/katrina_national_guard
    * Friday, September 2 - Significant aid finally arrives and is allowed into New Orleans. http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/02/katrina.impact/index.html
    Bush states that "the results are not acceptable" and travels to affected areas in a trip that has been rumored since Tuesday.http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/02/bush.transcript/index.html
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2005/08/30/state/n093003D36.DTL
    It is reported that the American Red Cross has been prevented from entering New Orleans by the National Guard and state Homeland Security Department
    http://www.redcross.org/faq/0,1096,0_682_4524,00.html#4524
    http://dailykos.com/story/2005/9/2/2125/04978)

    "The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city. "

    boy i tell you, sucks to be black and poor.
     
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