September 27, 2005

Déjà vu all over again, Gulf Coast style.

Since the first major hurricane hit the Gulf Coast, Dubya and members of his administration have talked a lot abouut how the feds have learned 'the lessons of Hurricane Katrina,' and how everything is different now. From the reports we're seeing on the aftermath of Hurricane Rita, the only lesson they learned appears to be to get the prez into the disaster area as quickly and often as possible — that way, public and press attention is drawn away from the fact that disaster 'relief' is proceeding in the same old incompetent and inadequate manner.

Via Sarah Posner at The Gadflyer, we have a couple of very familiar sounding news stories from the Hurricane Rita disaster area.

First, there's this one, about the situation in Jasper, Texas:

"We sustained hurricane winds of about 100 to 120 mph for about a nine-hour period, so we have thousands of trees down within our city," said Jasper Police Chief Todd Hunter, who paused during a hectic day to sound a shrill note of alarm. "Our city is without gas. We have no gas except to run emergency vehicles, This city is without food. There were some MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) brought in yesterday, but it was not enough.

"People are becoming desperate. They've been three days without water. They weren't prepared," he added. He asked people to call their state representatives and senators and "try to encourage them to get our food and get our water to us, because we're desperate and we need them now. People have been without all basic needs for days."

Denise Kelley, Jasper's acting city manager, warned the emergency cannot be quickly resolved.

"We are told it could be anywhere from one to two months before we get power again," said Kelley, speaking outside the city's Emergency Operations Center. [Lufkin Daily News]

And then this one here about FEMA's general sluggishness:

"Get us the fuel. Get us the water. Get us the food," said Port Arthur, Texas, Mayor Oscar Ortiz. "They (FEMA) promised they were going to bring me a truckload of fuel. They promised they were going to bring me a truckload of food. It hasn't happened yet." [USA Today]

So how many more hurricanes will people have to suffer through before Dubya's administration learns a lesson that doesn't have anything to do with handling its post-disaster PR better?

Posted by Magpie at September 27, 2005 05:13 PM | US News | Technorati links |

Headlines from the year 2029

Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the 7th largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formally known as California. White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third language.

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.

Baby conceived naturally. Scientists stumped.

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

Last remaining Fundamentalist Muslim dies in the American Territory of the Middle East (formerly known as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon).

Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica.

Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed, th! ey now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.

S! upreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

Average height of NBA players now nine feet, seven inches.

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2036.

Congress authorizes direct deposit of formerly illegal political contributions to campaign accounts.

Capitol Hill intern indicted for refusing to have sex with congressman.

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

Florida voters still having trouble with voting machines.

Posted by: V at September 28, 2005 11:54 AM

Okay, why is my father posting here the stuff I demanded he stop emailing me?

Dad! Cut it out! If people want to read this stuff, they'll ask you for it.



Posted by: Hanna at September 28, 2005 06:33 PM