Thursday, September 08, 2005


The moonbats and trolls over at Sparkle's place are constantly yammering about how a disaster was declared before Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. I never really saw much about this, and really doubted the validity until today. The following is posted on the White House web site:

The document attests to the fact that a state of emergency was declared August 26, 2005, fully two days before Katrina hit. Now, declaring a state of emergency is not the same as declaring a disaster area. As I suspected, you can't declare a disaster before it happens!

Now, look at the following opening sentence:

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the parishes located in the path of Hurricane Katrina beginning on August 26, 2005, and continuing.

The federal government's job is to supplement state and local response efforts. An important point that the moonbats calling for Bush's head should keep in mind. But, now the woops; the following parishes (why don't they call them counties like everyone else?) are listed in the document:

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, Catahoula, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn.

Emphasis mine. None of the listed parishes are on the Gulf Cost. Not one.

Disaster was declared on August 29 after Katrina had moved inland some. Here is the White House link:

The first sentence:

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Katrina beginning on August 29, 2005, and continuing.

See? Disaster, not emergency. Note the parishes in the relevant part of paragraph 2:

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the parishes of Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.

These were the hard hit parishes along the Louisiana coast. They're not the same. They're, in fact, the opposit parishes.

I have no idea whether a simple bureaucratic error could have tied FEMA's hands. I just don't know. But it sure looks ridiculous.

No one gets out of this one mistake free, it appears.

Lefty Bob Harris spins it his way here, complete with a map.

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Thursday, September 08, 2005  
Blogger dave bones said...

I've tried to steer clear of the political point scoring around this. I think I've had one outburst about Bush's words over in sparkleland. correct me if I'm wrong.

The scale of human tragedy is just too big for massive accusations. In a couple of months lessons will need to be learned.

It all annoys me.

Republicans, quite rightly maybe post the pictures of those 50 or 60 parked up busses. Why didn't the people drive them.

Probably because 50 or 60 bus drivers had their homes destroyed and had their lives put through a washing machine like they were the buttons.

Friday, September 09, 2005  
Blogger R&B said...

Could be. I thought about the fact that the bus drivers probably evacuated. However, a school bus isn't an 18 wheeler ... anyone can drive one. The fact that no one did says something. Don't know what, but it says something.

Friday, September 09, 2005  

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