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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Rude One rocks

As usual, the Rude Pundit nails it on the head, so to speak.

Go enjoy....

7 comments:

polar donkey said...

Hey Cracker readers,
I know this sounds ghoulish, but the American public can not allow those killed because of Katrina and criminal negligence to buried in mass graves. It will be argued that for the sake of preventing disease and the fact many victims can not be identified, dead need to be buried as quickly as possible and that means in mass graves. The public needs to know exactly how many people perished, but more importantly it is a matter of respect. The victims of this disaster have already been labeled refugees, giving people decent burials will at least show an ounce of decency. We are not Serbs or Iraqi's hiding autrocities. These were our fellow Americans, and a decent burial is the least we can do after our country falled these citizens so miserably.

Formerly Considered Moderate said...

I must echo the above comments entirely but not just for those reasons stated. For those of you who have seen the heart-wrenching interview of President Broussard of Jefferson Parish, LA (originally aired on Meet the Press on Sunday), one of his statements was about the autopsies on the victims which will show when they died and of what. In other words, whether they died in the storm or several days later of the inexcusable neglect. These victims deserve decent burials with their families knowing what happened to them and with the country knowing why they died. THANK GOD for the people in this country; obviously our government does not deserve us.

DemoBitch said...

OMG, this is the bullshit that is being written by the right. I am physically ill over this article.

An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State by Robert Tracinski

Sep 02, 2005 by Robert Tracinski

It has taken four long days for state and federal officials to
figure out how to deal with the disaster in New Orleans. I can't blame them, because it has also taken me four long days to figure out what is going on there. The reason is that the events there make no sense if you think that we are confronting a natural disaster.

If this is just a natural disaster, the response for public
officials is obvious: you bring in food, water, and doctors; you send transportation to evacuate refugees to temporary shelters; you send engineers to stop the flooding and rebuild the city's
infrastructure.

For journalists, natural disasters also have a familiar pattern: the heroism of ordinary people pulling together to survive; the hard work and dedication of doctors, nurses, and rescue workers; the steps
being taken to clean up and rebuild.


Public officials did not expect that the first thing they would
have to do is to send thousands of armed troops in armored vehicle, as if they are suppressing an enemy insurgency. And journalists--myself included--did not expect that the story would not be about rain, wind, and flooding, but about rape, murder, and looting.

But this is not a natural disaster. It is a man-made disaster.

The man-made disaster is NOT an inadequate or incompetent response
by federal relief agencies, and it was not directly caused by
Hurricane Katrina. This is where just about every newspaper and television channel has gotten the story wrong.

The man-made disaster we are now witnessing in New Orleans did not
happen over the past four days. It happened over the past four
decades. Hurricane Katrina merely exposed it to public view.

The man-made disaster is the welfare state. For the past few days, I have found the news from New Orleans to be confusing. People were not behaving as you would expect them to behave in an emergency--indeed, they were not behaving as they have behaved in other emergencies. That is what has shocked so many people: they have been saying that this is not what we expect from America. In fact, it is not even what we expect from a Third World country.

When confronted with a disaster, people usually rise to the
occasion. They work together to rescue people in danger, and they
spontaneously organize to keep order and solve problems. This is especially true in America. We are an enterprising people, used to relying on our own initiative rather than waiting around for the government to take care of us. I have seen this a hundred times, in small examples (a
small town whose main traffic light had gone out, causing ordinary citizens to get out of their cars and serve as impromptu traffic cops,directing cars through the intersection) and large ones (the spontaneous response of New Yorkers to September 11).

So what explains the chaos in New Orleans?

To give you an idea of the magnitude of what is going on, here is a description from a Washington Times story:

"Storm victims are raped and beaten; fights erupt with flying
fists, knives and guns; fires are breaking out; corpses litter the
streets; and police and rescue helicopters are repeatedly fired on.

"The plea from Mayor C. Ray Nagin came even as National Guardsmen
poured in to restore order and stop the looting, carjackings and
gunfire....

"Last night, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said 300 Iraq-hardened Arkansas National Guard members were inside New Orleans with shoot-to-kill orders.

" 'These troops are...under my orders to restore order in the
streets,' she said. 'They have M-16s, and they are locked and
loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will."

The reference to Iraq is eerie. The photo that accompanies this
article shows National Guard troops, with rifles and armored
vests, riding on an armored vehicle through trash-strewn streets lined by a rabble of squalid, listless people, one of whom appears to be yelling at them. It looks exactly like a scene from Sadr City in Baghdad.

What explains bands of thugs using a natural disaster as an excuse for an orgy of looting, armed robbery, and rape? What causes unruly mobs to storm the very buses that have arrived to evacuate them, causing the drivers to drive away, frightened for their lives?

What causes people to attack the doctors trying to treat patients at the Super Dome?

Why are people responding to natural destruction by causing
further destruction? Why are they attacking the people who are trying to help them?

My wife, Sherri, figured it out first, and she figured it out on a
sense-of-life level. While watching the coverage last night on Fox News Channel, she told me that she was getting a familiar feeling. She studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Chicago, which is located in the South Side of Chicago just blocks away from the Robert Taylor Homes, one of the largest high-rise public housing projects in America. "The projects," as they were known, were infamous for uncontrollable crime and irremediable squalor. (They
have since, mercifully, been demolished.)

What Sherri was getting from last night's television coverage was
a whiff of the sense of life of "the projects." Then the
"crawl"--the informational phrases flashed at the bottom of the screen on most news channels--gave some vital statistics to confirm this sense:

75% of the residents of New Orleans had already evacuated before the hurricane, and of the 300,000 or so who remained, a large number were from the city's public housing projects. Jack Wakeland then gave me
an additional, crucial fact: early reports from CNN and Fox
indicated that the city had no plan for evacuating all of the prisoners in the city's jails--so they just let many of them loose. There is no doubt a significant overlap between these two populations--that is, a
large number of people in the jails used to live in the housing
projects, and vice versa.

There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans
when the deluge hit--but they were trapped alongside large numbers of people from two groups: criminals--and wards of the welfare state, people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep--on
whom the incompetent ministration of New Orleans unleashed a pack
of wolves.

All of this is related, incidentally, to the apparent incompetence of the city government, which failed to plan for a total evacuation of the city, despite the knowledge that this might be necessary. But
in a city corrupted by the welfare state, the job of city officials is to ensure the flow of handouts to welfare recipients and patronage to political supporters--not to ensure a lawful, orderly evacuation
in case of emergency.

No one has really reported this story, as far as I can tell. In
fact, some are already actively distorting it, blaming President Bush, for example, for failing to personally ensure that the Mayor of New Orleans had drafted an adequate evacuation plan. The worst example is an execrable piece from the Toronto Globe and Mail, by a supercilious Canadian who blames the chaos on American "individualism." But the
truth is precisely the opposite: the chaos was caused by a system
that was the exact opposite of individualism.

What Hurricane Katrina exposed was the psychological consequences
of the welfare state. What we consider "normal" behavior in an
emergency is behavior that is normal for people who have values and take the responsibility to pursue and protect them. People with values respond to a disaster by fighting against it and doing whatever it takes to overcome the difficulties they face. They don't sit around and complain that the government hasn't taken care of them. They don't use the chaos of a disaster as an opportunity to prey on their
fellow men.

But what about criminals and welfare parasites? Do they worry
about saving their houses and property? They don't, because they don't own anything. Do they worry about what is going to happen to their businesses or how they are going to make a living? They never worried about those things before. Do they worry about crime and looting?

But living off of stolen wealth is a way of life for them.

The welfare state--and the brutish, uncivilized mentality it
sustains and encourages--is the man-made disaster that explains the moral ugliness that has swamped New Orleans. And that is the story that no one is reporting.

Source: TIA Daily -- September 2, 2005

DemoBitch said...

Here is the link to the article above. http://tiadaily.com/php-bin/news/showArticle.php?id=1026

soandsodem said...

Demobitch,

I disagree that the article was sickening. I thought it was of the funniest pieces I've read about this tradegy.
I mean if Sherri, who studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Chicago, understood this problem after watching a Fox News broadcast, then how difficult a problem can this be.
If it isn't incompetence on the part of the multiple layers of government - it must be the fault of the poor for getting in the way of a major storm.
If only the wards of the welfare state had worked harder, they could have owned a SUV to flee the city.
Sometimes you have to sit back and admire some people's ability to change reality to fit their philosophy.

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