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All I Plan to Say on the Subject. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
All I Plan to Say on the Subject.
We have all seen the usual claims from the usual suspects.

A (peppery, apparently) Southern historian argues that the fault lies in Louisiana politics and Blanco’s and Nagin’s incompetence. Seems compelling. Certainly catches the Left and the Leftist memes in a fair few lies. The links are astounding reading.

It certainly seems more likely than the accusations (always unpersuasive, I have found) that so many hereabouts have retailed against the central government in Washington.

I merely post the link in some hope of balance, having seen none heretofore. And that is, really, all I plan to say on the matter.


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sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: September 6th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I merely post the link in some hope of balance, having seen none heretofore. And that is, really, all I plan to say on the matter"

All one needs to say, really. Love the title of that blog, by the way.

Actually, the real problem with the "central government in Washington" is that even the very minimal expectations we have of them were not met.

All we ask of the president is what we ask of any pageant winner: he/she should show up and evince a proper level of empathy and hope. Your late Princess Diana was a genius at this sort of thing. Our ol' prez, Slick Willie Clinton, in his worn blue jeans and calculated country drawl, also did this well.

The situation in NO is more dramatic, but it's more disgraceful in Biloxi. NO was not accessible, but the Army could have had engineer units on the ground in Mississippi in a matter of hours; I say this with some authority, since when the Sergeant Majorette was the merest sergeant, I was with an engineer unit in Georgia when Hurricane Hugo struck. When it became clear that the storm would miss us, we dumped out all the hoarded water, unboarded the windows, and prepared to deploy as soon as we found out where. I was the gas mask lady and completely irrelevant, but when the supply sergeant was hospitalized with chest pains, I became the senior NCO of HQ platoon. Convoys were out the gate in, as I say, hours.

We went to South Carolina and were quartered in a school gym. The school authorities asked us if we could use the stuff in the non-functioning freezer. The mess hall had no procedure for this, so I set up a canteen for the late-returning crews, and had coffee ready for the crews that went out before the mess hall opened. It was the best time I had in a dozen Army years!

As Americans, we are so physically close that we can't help thinking, "Where's the National Guard? Why isn't the First Lady (or the Second Lady, Ms. Rice) doing the Princess Diana thing and wading tearfully through the rubble hugging babies?"

Oh, well. The Apocalypse is not an event, it's a process...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 7th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes, Well.

It's all down to the Territorials in the end, isn't it, every time.
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