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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Mean ol’ levee, taught me to weep and moan

And the hits just keep on coming...

The floodwall on the 17th Street Canal levee was destined to fail long before it reached its maximum design load of 14 feet of water because the Army Corps of Engineers underestimated the weak soil layers 10 to 25 feet below the levee, the state’s forensic levee investigation team concluded in a report to be released this week.

That miscalculation was so obvious and fundamental, investigators said, they “could not fathom” how the design team of engineers from the corps, local firm Eustis Engineering and the national firm Modjeski and Masters could have missed what is being termed the costliest engineering mistake in American history.

The failure of the wall and other breaches in the city’s levee system flooded much of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina slammed ashore Aug. 29, prompting investigations that have raised questions about the basic design and construction of the floodwalls.

“It’s simply beyond me,” said Billy Prochaska, a consulting engineer in the forensic group known as Team Louisiana. “This wasn’t a complicated problem. This is something the corps, Eustis, and Modjeski and Masters do all the time. Yet everyone missed it—everyone from the local offices all the way up to Washington.”

BUT BUSH!  BUSHITLERBURTONCHIMPLYFLIGHTMCMISSIONACCOMPLISHED!

The ridiculous web of bullshit spun by those who started blaming Bush before this hurricane even made landfall is coming apart.  Anyone with half a brain knew it was nonsense from day one...but hey, there’s a Bush to hate, why should we look at facts and fix REAL problems when we can blame FEMA for not getting ice where it needed to be?  Let’s not examine the corruption and incompetence that led to this disaster or anything...that might fucking help without creating a new layer of bureaucracy and another media-created scandal to which the Democrats can all jerk off.

Hat tip: Wizbang, where Paul had this to say:

This is not a single story from the TP. They have a new smoking gun almost daily, this is just today’s edition. It is amazing what just 2 or 3 writers have dug up. I must confess, I’ve never much liked the TP… But these guys are doing some of the best journalism I’ve ever witnessed on this story. If you have an interest, dig thru their archives, it will astound you. The MSM is being embarrassed.

I’ll be digging.  Will you?

Posted by JimK at 12:04 AM on December 01, 2005
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Friday, November 04, 2005

Therapeutic

I have an idea.  I think everyone in America should be able to slap Brownie in the face one time.

Posted by JimK at 07:22 PM on November 04, 2005
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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Another damning photo

This is the third bus depot that has been found to have sat unused during Katrina while Nagin and Blanco blamed the Feds.

Interesting.

Posted by JimK at 01:33 AM on October 08, 2005
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

So, like, stilts maybe?

In the wake of stories like this where entire hospital facilities are destroyed and must be rebuilt…

...and considering the fact that the existing floodwalls are not going to withstand even a Cat3 storm next year…

...and considering the fact that the city is still sinking…

...Why doesn’t anyone in Louisiana build anything, you know...off the ground?  How’s about building the vital services on big, hurricane-proof concrete pilings?  That way in a flood, all that would be destroyed is the way in and out of the first floor.  Is there some structural or engineering reason that I don’t get?  I know if I had to rebuild my house down there I’d be building it like a Vietnamese house in a rice paddy...up.  High.  With steps that could easily be replaced should nature try to break my balls again.  But there people are just going to try to stop water from doing what water does...regardless of the lessons the water tried to teach them this time.

Someone tell me why this isn’t feasible.  Obviously it’s not a viable option or someone would be doing it, right?

Posted by JimK at 09:27 PM on October 05, 2005
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Monday, September 26, 2005

No fucking way

I can’t believe this would be true.  Not even this administration would be this obtuse.  Come on already...to re-hire Brown?  No, this has to be a mistake.  If it’s not...kids, it might just be time to think about oiling up the firearms and storing long-term supplies of water and food.  We’re proper fucked as a country.

CBS News correspondent Gloria Borger reports that Michael Brown, who recently resigned as the head of the FEMA, has been rehired by the agency as a consultant to evaluate it’s response following Hurricane Katrina.

The balls it would take to do this…

My first thought when I read this was a line from a Nicole Blackman poem: “You are sometimes startled.  You are never surprised.”

Posted by JimK at 10:42 PM on September 26, 2005
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Actually, Malkin, the original is here.

Right here.  And the follow-up is here.  Once again.. Malkin snubs me and I get no credit at all for being first.  I know she knows about it by now, She reads the only two good people nice enough to actually give me credit

Hey Michelle...nice.  Real decent of you.  If someone did this to you, you’d spend three days on it and take in on Fox News.

Well...Anyway...here’s a transcript of Broussard flipping his lies around and trying to blame those who pointed out he was a liar.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin (see?  It’s not hard to give credit where credit is due, Malkin.)

Posted by JimK at 09:16 AM on September 26, 2005
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Thursday, September 22, 2005

A tale of two state governments

Isn’t it just amazing how Texas has it’s shit together without FEMA being there yet...and Louisiana couldn’t get buses to the Superdome before the storm.

Interesting, that.  Sure, Texas is having some kinks in the system, but they know what those kins are are and they’re working on them *now*...not crying about them later.

Funny, that.  I wonder if we should call a Congressional investigation into why Texas and Florida and to a large extent Mississippi could get their people out of the way but Louisiana just couldn’t make it happen.

*UPDATE*

The big problem today seems to be that people are running out of gas on the freeways.  A couple Houstonians I know are saying the powers that be are going to try to drive gas trucks up and down the roads filling people up to unclog any congestion.  Also, they opened a few roads to outbound only and things are moving better now.

See what happens when adults are in charge?  Lesson to Blanco AND Bush.  Get competent adults and let them make, then execute, emergency plans without interference.

Posted by JimK at 10:07 PM on September 22, 2005
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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

More on Broussard’s performance

At least someone in the media is asking questions.

The chronology of the phone calls described by Broussard came under particular scrutiny by bloggers.

You’re welcome, mainstream media.  Lazy fucks.

Rodrigue said he didn’t see or hear Broussard’s comments on Meet the Press. When told of the sequence of phone calls that Broussard described on Meet the Press, Rodrigue said “No, no, that’s not true.”

“I can’t tell you what he said that day, why he was confused, I’m assuming he was under a tremendous amount of pressure,” Rodrigue told MSNBC.

Broussard must have been confused “because I was calling, not my mother calling me, I was calling her,” Rodrigue said.  Further, Rodrigue says he never made any calls after Monday, the day he figures his mother died, based on conversations he’s had with another person who had a family member perish inside St. Rita’s. Officials believe that the residents of St. Rita’s died on Monday, Aug. 29, not on Friday, Sept. 2, as Broussard had suggested.
Broussard could not be reached for comment Friday, but Jackie Bauer, a spokeswoman for Broussard who was present during the Meet the Press interview, said “it was a misunderstanding.”

Not good enough.  He recounted not just dates but SPECIFIC WORDING IN THE CALLS.  Which, as it turns out, he made up.  Why?  To score political points.  He inflamed a nation and it was all bullshit.  He’s part of the reason the myth that the feds didn’t respond exists.  That tearful video is part of why the lie has legs.

He needs to answer for it.  Someone needs to grill Broussard, live on camera, and not take any BS as an answer.

You can see my lengthy post on this topic, which was the first anywhere online, here.  John at Wuzzadem was all over this here.

Posted by JimK at 12:34 AM on September 20, 2005
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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Guess who else George Bush doesn’t care about?

That’s right, the Vietnamese.  Only they don’t have a dipshit rapper desperate to sell records to speak on their behalf.  Well, maybe Chuckie Akenz will step up.

The interesting thing about the Vietnamese community displaced by Katrina?  They’re just busy FIXING THEIR GODDAMNED LIVES AND NOT DEPENDING ON JESSE JACKSON TO THREATEN TO BOYCOTT OR SUE TO DO IT.  The community hasn’t turned to the government yet...even though they deserve the help as much as anyone else.

Hat tip: The blogosphere’s leading member of another minority Bush clearly hates.

Posted by JimK at 07:03 AM on September 17, 2005
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Thursday, September 15, 2005

ABC News: Amid Katrina Chaos, Congressman Used National Guard to Visit Home

Imagine this was a Republican Congressman.

Got it?

Now picture the media reaction.  Now picture the reaction from Congressional Democrats.  Now imagine the lefty blogs.

Guess what everyone’s reaction has been to this (D)ickhead?  Nada.  Nuttin.  Zero.  Zilch.  Bupkis.  Can you say hypocrites?  I knew that ya could.

Posted by JimK at 06:28 AM on September 15, 2005
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