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September 27, 2005

Things That Make You Laugh Out Loud

This has got to be the funniest thing I've read all day.

In an opening statement before the House Select Bipartisan
Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to
Hurricane Katrina, Brown acknowledged " a couple of specific
mistakes I made." But in explaining them, he cast blame on the
governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, and the mayor
of New Orleans, C. Ray Nagin, both Democrats. By contrast, Brown
told the committee, FEMA's approach worked in Mississippi and
Alabama, whose governors are both Republicans.

Of the disastrous flooding that stranded thousands for days in New
Orleans, he said, "The only variable was the state government
officials involved."


Not the fact that there were tons more people in Louisiana, New Orleans in particular that were affected by the hurricane. New Orleans was a city of 500,000 people, where as Biloxi has a population of about 50,000. Louisiana's Orleans Parish, home to New Orleans, had 2,684 residents per square mile and 27% of the folks there don't have a car.

And let's not forget the massive flooding in New Orleans that didn't occur in the other cities. Nope, the only place Katrina hit where there's a big 'ol lake next to city under sea level is New Orleans. None of the other cities filled up with water like a soup bowl. Nope.

And then there's the general level of poverty in and around the New Orleans area. Sure, Trent Lott and his neighbors were able to evacuate before Katrina hit, but the 24% of the New Orleans population living below the poverty level had some trouble gittin' outta there.

But wait there's even more. Remember when Democratic Louisiana Governor, Kathleen Blanco said that George Bush wouldn't return her call, but Republican Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour said she didn't even have to call George Bush. He called her!

But let's just forget about all that and say the only variable was the state and local governments in Louisiana.

Brownie - what a hack.