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Bloggers Call For Immediate Resignation Of FEMA Director Michael Brown

"It's unacceptable not to drop food and water to the superdome or the convention center for the past five days," says blogger

- Announcing the "Change The Administration" March in D.C.
- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin tells what he thinks about his fellow politicians and people in Washington in this morning's radio interview.

"FEMA Director Michael Brown must be removed from his job immediately and should be assigned to truck duty to drive and unload food and supplies to the New Orleans Convention Center thoughout the night and for the next 48 hours. This guy is an incomptenet political idiot who has no qualification to run this organization. It is completely unacceptable not to be able to drop one single piece of food package to the superdome or the convention center in the past five days! The only agency who was able to perform so far was the coast guard. And people are sick and tired of hearing President Bush was forced to cut his five week vacation two days early! This is unbeliavable!," writes Yeshim Deniz in her blog this evening.

Deniz questioned and criticized our national priorities in her earlier blog entry after this week's hurricane disaster. She wrote, "We have higher priorities at home. I'm a registered Republican. I have attended your private fund raising dinner in Washington D.C. I have your and Laura Bush's autographed photos on my wall, Dick Cheney's framed dinner invitation letter (which I attended) on my office wall. I'm proudly carrying my Republican National Committee Membership card in my wallet. My entire extended family voted for you. Twice.

As I watch the historical devastation from the recent storm and watch the helpless victims in the hurricane effected areas, I realize that the help will be arriving very slowly to reach these people, partially because we screwed up our national priorities few years ago by getting involved with this Iraq mess!

What a hell are we doing in Iraq? Why are our sons, daughters, fathers and mothers getting killed every day in an Arab desert for no reason? Think about the amount of money we spent and we will continue to spend in Iraq to accomplish what? Why is it our business to teach democracy to a nation who has never heard what democracy is since Adam and Eve? Why is it our business to pick and choose a country and give democracy lesson to another nation by occupying them? What happened to our real priorities in finding the chief terrorist towel head in Afghanistan? What are we doing?

We are the most powerful country in the world and we intend to stay that way. Look at the images in the news channels tonight. It's a sin not to be able to give our best shot in helping our own people at a time like this. How will we convince the rest of the world to follow the leader? We hear and watch reports on television, we can't help our own people because most of the reserves are actually in Iraq.. Giving Iraqis democracy lessons.. What are our priorities?.. New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama.. or democracy dream in Bagdat and the Iraqi constitution? Who the hell cares about the constitution of Iraq? We care about what is going on in New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama tonight. Let's get our priorities straight. Please?"

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Frank Chisholm 09/10/05 09:44:24 AM EDT

Mike Brown should not be just fired; he should be in jail. He faked his resume and recieved a security clearance, right? He could not, obviously, be head of FEMA without a clearance. So who reviewed his resume? What security clearance check was performed? Again, Mike Brown - and whoever helped him avoid the usual security scrutiny - should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Aren't we "at war?" Isn't Jose Padilla still in the brig after three years without charges being brought against him? Logically, then, whoever falsifies a resume in order to get a security clearance, and whoever helps such a person, is also ipso facto a threat to national security and should be in the brig.

Susan 09/09/05 11:39:23 PM EDT

I have a better idea. Let's strap him to the top of a burning New Orleans roof, forbid food & water, leave him there for 5 days to rot. Maybe that will wipe the smirk off his face.
Pissed in Indiana!

Kim 09/07/05 06:02:29 PM EDT

Thanks Bob. I agree Bush needs to go. REGARDLESS of what responsibilities the STATE Government has or the LOCAL Government has, all good things come from the FEDS, and BOTH Levels of Government answer to the FEDS, after all didn't the FEDS create the States and Local Governments? Hello? Bush was well aware of the storm, and should have been PROACTIVE with the State and Local Governments involved in this Hurricane. Grow up? Oh we are all grown up, it's why we have opinions. Bush may be making up for all his errors now, but what happens next time?

Nagin made it plenty clear, they need help. The RED TAPE involved in all of this, could have very easily been cleared up by one phone call from President Bush, which essentially is exactly what happened. All the victims of this storm were hung up by Red Tape and ONLY Red Tape. All easily cleared by Bush. He should have been in contact with the State and Local Authorities pertaining to this disaster before it hit. FEMA Director Mike Brown was fired from his last position. My question is: Who hired him as a FEMA Director to begin with when he has no experience or very little experienc with Disasters? Who? Right. Bush did. So what investigatory procedures did Bush have that revealed this information pertaining to Brown? What credentials did Brown have to have been given this position? None. It was someone's word to Bush and he got hired. They both need to go. It's time to clean house. Both houses, that is. How long has it been that this country, the FEDS, have been trying to get a plan together for National Security? Protection in case of another attack? Do we have one yet? And whatever laws their are or aren't regarding the part of the constitution that state the FEDS have to provide relief is IRRELEVANT! It's called having a conscience, and practicing ethics. It's what this country is all about. Go a little beyond the textbook. If we stay stickly by the book we are all in trouble. Laws are to protect and keep order in a society. Laws aren't to keep help from people, or deny those in need. If you're running your life by the book, good luck. You won't make it far. You'll definitely never make an elected official. Take Care.

KS 09/07/05 06:01:41 PM EDT


The Evacuation Plan Mayor Nagin Failed to Implement September 6, 2005

RUSH: Folks, I'm sorry. I would have led off the program with this. I have been under a terrible misconception. I thought by now everybody would have known that there was a documented, detailed evacuation plan for the city of New Orleans that was not implemented at all. But I'm reading my e-mail, "Well, I never heard of this." Now, I didn't get a chance to spend the whole weekend watching television, but I would have thought certainly by now the mainstream press would have uncovered this. It's been all over the place. Snerdley didn't even know about it. I'm terribly sorry about this. Let me start there. I'm holding in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers -- this is Annex One Hurricanes Preparedness, City of New Orleans; Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan; Part two, Evacuation. This thing is huge. It's typical of something a bureaucracy would produce. No wonder nobody read it. Nobody probably can. You probably need a library to house the whole thing, but I've got here just annex one, hurricanes, part two, evacuation. Roman numeral I, General: "The safe evacuation of threatened populations when endangered by a major catastrophic event is one of the principle reasons for developing a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan." That's capitalized, CEMP. "The thorough identification of at-risk populations, transportation, and sheltering resources, evacuation routes and potential bottlenecks and choke points and the establishment of the management team that will coordinate not only the evacuation but which will monitor and direct the sheltering and return of affected populations are the primary tasks of evacuation planning. Due to the geography of New Orleans and the varying scales of potential disasters and their resulting emergency evacuations, different plans are in place for small scale evacs and for citywide evacuations of whole populations.

"Authority to issue evacuation of elements of the population is vested in the mayor. By executive order, the chief elected official, the mayor of the city of New Orleans, has the authority to order the evacuation of residents threatened by an approaching hurricane. Evacuation procedures for special-needs persons with either physical or mental handicaps, including registration of disabled persons is covered in the standard operating procedure for evacuation of special needs persons, which is a different annex of this report. Major population relocations resulting from an approaching hurricane or similar anticipated disaster caused the City of New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness to develop a specific hurricane emergency evac standard operating procedures, which are appended to the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The standard operating procedure is developed to provide for an orderly and coordinated evacuation intended to minimize the hazardous effects of flooding, wind, and rain on the residents and visitors in New Orleans. Standard operating procedure provides for the evacuation of the public from danger areas and the designations of shelters for evacuees." Paragraph Roman numeral II is Concept of Operations, and it is quite detailed in what it says. Here's a paragraph I highlighted: "The city of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas. Those evacuated will be directed to temporary sheltering and feeding facilities as needed. When specific routes of progress are required, evacuees will be directed to those routes. Special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves or who require specific life-saving assistance. Additional personnel will be recruited to assist in evacuation procedures as needed." None of this was done.

None of this was done, folks! You can sit there and you can blame FEMA. FEMA is not a first-response organization anyway. They're not an early responder. Go read what FEMA's charge is. You will not find her first on the scene. That's not what they do. There is so much misinformation apparently that's out there on this, and again, forgive me. I just assumed that this would be widely known by now. Let me read this again. "The city of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas. Special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves or who require specific life saving assistance. Additional personnel will be recruited to assist in evacuation procedures needed." All this, by the way, comes under the authority of the mayor, as specified from what I'm reading. It's kind of sad when you go through this, and we learn now that on Sunday before the hurricane arrived we have the president begging the governor to declare an emergency and get people out of there, and she dithered for 24 hours. By the way, this is not White House spin that tells me that, it's an Associated Press story, folks, where the president made this phone call. Under paragraph three, evacuation order, Roman numeral A: "Evacuation Time Requirements: Using information developed as part of the Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Task Force and other research, the city of New Orleans has established a maximum acceptable hurricane evacuation time for a category three storm of 72 hours. This is based on clearance time or is the time required to clear all vehicles evacuating in response to a hurricane situation from area roadways. Clearance time begins when the first evacuating vehicle enters the road network and ends when the last evacuating vehicle reaches its destination."

By the way, it also stipulates that "for people who have no transportation, that city municipal transportation, school buses, public buses, will be used to get them out of the city." Remember, these people were told to walk to the Superdome or to get there on their own, however they could get there, to bring their own food. This is their local government that was promising them all these years to take care of them. "Bring your own food. Use the hoof express. Get yourself to the Superdome. By the way, we don't expect the electricity to last all night because this is a bad storm. So we know the bathrooms aren't going to work." You know, you can talk about all day long about the horror we saw of whatever numbers of people could not get out of there after the flooding and after the hurricane, but what about this whole document that specifies how they are to be gotten out of there before this happens? And evacuation before this happens is far simpler, easier, and more sensible than trying to evacuate survivors. You've got to get rid of everybody when this storm is coming. You can't deploy the military to sit there and take hits. You can't send FEMA down there to stand there in the middle of the storm so they're on the scene when the storm passes. You get everybody out of there and then as soon as you can get people back in, you do. "Clearance time also includes the time required by evacuees to secure their homes and prepare to leave. The time spent by evacuees traveling along the road network and the time spent by evacuees waiting along the road network due to traffic congestion."

In other words, 72 hours because they anticipate traffic jams, they anticipate all the problems that can come with an evacuation, so it's supposed to start 72 hours before a category three. Now, we know there have been previous storms to hit New Orleans and they didn't hit or if they did hit, it wasn't that bad, "Ah, if we get hit it won't be that bad." Yeah, that's what the normal person is going to say. The leadership of the city has got to say, "Un-uh. We're getting outta here, a cat three / cat four is headed our way. We can't take a chance." Now the mayor was on television begging people to leave. I'm not denying that, and he said, "This is not a test. This is not a drill," but there was no implementation of this plan whatsoever. Here are the time frames: "Precautionary evacuation notice 72 hours or less, special needs evacuation order, eight to 12 hours after the precautionary evacuation notice is issued, and the general evacuation notice, 48 hours or less. So the first 24 hours of an evacuation are designed in this manual to get people out of there who can't get out on their own. The others who can get out, and it says here, "primary responsibility for evacuating will be yours, the citizens, getting out in your own transportation." You have to provide it. For people who can't, first 24 hours we're going to pack them up on city buses and get them outta here. This did not happen. Now, again, I'm sorry, I thought I was going to start out by keeping it simple, stupid. I just assumed that a lot of people knew this, which is why I said that what we had down there was an eminent failure of state and local government. We had incompetence in the mayor's office, incompetence in the governor's office, and we had the utter illustration, total illustration, the utter failure of entitlement mentalities from government on down. Just stand by after the break. I mean, it gets even better than what I've shared with you so far.


RUSH: The New Orleans Times-Picayune (story) on Monday called for "every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be fired. In an open letter to President Bush, the paper said: 'Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That's to the government's shame.'" But the Times-Picayune published a story on July 24, 2005, barely a month and a half ago, stating: "City, state and federal emergency officials are preparing to give a historically blunt message: 'In the event of a major hurricane, you're on your own.'" So six weeks ago the New Orleans Times-Picayune runs a story intended for the population of New Orleans, (paraphrasing) "Hey, major storm comes your way, city, state, and federal emergency officials are apparently telling you that you're on your own."

"Staff writer Bruce Nolan reported some seven weeks before Katrina: 'In scripted appearances being recorded now, officials such as Mayor Ray Nagin, local Red Cross Executive Director Kay Wilkins and City Council President Oliver Thomas drive home the word that the city does not have the resources to move out of harm's way an estimated 134,000 people without transportation. In the video, made by the anti-poverty agency Total Community Action, they urge those people to make arrangements now by finding their own ways to leave the city in the event of an evacuation.'" This is seven weeks ago! I'm reading to you from a New Orleans paper. Seven weeks ago the city leaders said, "We can't get you out if something happens. You are on your own." And yesterday the same newspaper demands that everybody at FEMA be fired.

You are responsible for your safety, says this video, and you should be responsible for the person next to you. If you have some room to get that person out of town, the Red Cross will have a space for that person outside the area. We can help you if you can get yourself outta here on your own. So seven weeks ago pretty much admitting that they could not implement their own evacuation plan, and so now that it happens -- and guess what? Guess who it is to get blamed? The federal government, FEMA, you name it. It's strictly pass the buck. More from the evacuation plan. "If an evacuation order is issued without the mechanisms needed to disseminate the information to the affected persons then we face the possibility of having large numbers of people either stranded and left to the mercy of a storm or left in an area impacted by toxic materials."

They knew what was going to happen, and they were prepared for it and they were worried about the fact that if they gave an evacuation order, and some people couldn't hear it, or read it, because they didn't have newspapers or television and radio, then we were in deep doo-doo. They knew all of this, and I can't get over the picture of all those school buses and municipal buses flooded and basically ruined trying to get people out of there. All of this, by the way, let me just read to you again. "Due to the sheer size and number of persons to be evacuated, should a major tropical weather system or other catastrophic event threaten or impact the area, specifically directed long-range planning and coordination of resources and responsibilities efforts must be undertaken. The clearance times facing Orleans Parish for a severe hurricane will necessitate proper traffic control and early evacuating decision making. The evacuation must be completed before the arrival of gale force winds. The thorough identification of at-risk populations, transportation and sheltering resources, evacuation routes and potential bottlenecks and choke points, and the establishment of the management team that will coordinate not only the evacuation but which will monitor and direct the sheltering and return of affected populations, are the primary tasks of evacuation planning." Again, authority to issue evacuations, the population is vested in the mayor.

So, I mean, it's patently obvious here. I guess the mainstream press hasn't been talking about this all weekend, is that what you're telling me, Mr. Snerdley? You have not heard any of this on television? You didn't hear any of this on TV, Dawn? There's a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today by Craig Martelle, retired as a major in the US Marine Corps, lives in north Huntington near Pittsburgh. He recently launched the strategic outlook institute of public policy organization. He said, "Don't be so quick to pillory the federal response in New Orleans. Immediate emergency management is primarily a local and state responsibility. As one who has received training by FEMA in emergency management and also training by the Department of Defense in consequence management, I believe that the federal response in New Orleans needs clarification. The key to emergency management starts at the local level and expands to the state level. Emergency planning generally does not include any federal guarantees, as there can only be limited ones from the federal level for any local plan. FEMA provides free training, education, assistance and respond in case of an emergency, but the local and state officials run their own emergency management program. Prior development of an emergency plan, addressing all foreseeable contingencies, is the absolute requirement of the local government -- and then they share that plan with the state emergency managers to ensure that the state authorities can provide necessary assets not available at the local level. Additionally, good planning will include applicable elements of the federal government (those located in the local area). These processes are well established, but are contingent upon the personal drive of both hired and elected officials at the local level. I've reviewed the New Orleans emergency management plan. Here is an important section in the first paragraph." Want me to read it again, drive the point home?

"'We coordinate all city departments and allied state and federal agencies which respond to citywide disasters and emergencies through the development and constant updating of an integrated multi-hazard plan. All requests for federal disaster assistance and federal funding subsequent to disaster declarations are also made through this office. Our authority is defined by the Louisiana Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act of 1993, Chapter 6 Section 709, Paragraph B, 'Each parish shall maintain a Disaster Agency which, except as otherwise provided under this act, has jurisdiction over and serves the entire parish.'"

"Check the plan -- the 'we' in this case is the office of the mayor, Ray Nagin who was very quick and vocal about blaming everyone but his own office. A telling picture, at left, taken by The Associated Press on Sept. 1 and widely circulated on the Internet--" I guess this picture is only on the internet. I guess this picture has not been on television. Have you seen these pictures of all the school buses, Mr. Snerdley, sitting flooded? There must be hundreds of them here. A school bus park filled to capacity with buses under about four feet of water. If a mandatory evacuation was ordered, why weren't all the taxpayer purchased buses used in this effort, particularly for the people who had no way of getting themselves out. "The folks in New Orleans who are perpetrating the violence and lawlessness are not that way because of low income or of race, but because they personally do not have any honor or commitment to higher ideals. The civil-rights leaders should be ashamed at playing the blame game. The blame is on the individuals. The blame is on the society that allowed these individuals to develop the ideal that the individual is greater than the national pride he is destroying."

David 09/07/05 06:00:35 PM EDT

What boggles my mind is that to this day there are so many incredibly ignorant people who not only think Bush is a great President, a great leader, but they love him to the point that to them he is the best leader they have ever known.
About 75% of the German population thought the exact same thing about Hitler. History truly does repeat itself, time and time again.

Bush is the most corrupt, literally evil human being I have ever seen in my 37 times around the sun. He is not destroying the USA, he has already destroyed it. I have friends over in Europe, and they tell me that the USA was already looked upon as denigrated since Bush took office, but now that the whole entire world has seen how the USA has reacted to Katrina, taking 5 full days to send any help whatsoever, the USA is now looked upon by the world as no longer the Empire, no longer strong, but weak. Weak from it's leadership.

The whole entire world can see it, half the American population can see it, yet here we are with this blubbering idiot as the leader of the free world. Its insanity at it's finest.

I always knew that most of the Christians in this country were as phony as phony gets, especially the Christian leaders such as Pat Robertson, what an incredible hypocrite he is? And Bush, claiming to be a Christian and yet declares war on other people, lol, yeah, that's not only what Jesus taught us, that is what Jesus did right? He killed lots of people right? He wanted other assassinated right?

Wrong. This country has become a joke, and it's all downhill from here.

Costa Rica here I come.

David Kuvelas No Holds Barred Christianity http://www.noholdsbarredchristianity.com/

mike268 09/07/05 01:35:20 PM EDT

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared a state of emergency, and ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city. Some of those who remained behind were too poor to escape via normal public or private transportation. The poorest residents had no way out of town. Photos have shown fleets of school buses still parked in their flooded lots. Why those buses were not pressed into service, no one knows. The City of New Orleans Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan clearly states, "The City of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas," and "Transportation will be provided to those persons requiring public transportation from the area." Part II, Section B, paragraph 5 of the Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan (supplement 1A) states, "School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles, and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating."

Public buses only took people to the Superdome, which was clearly not outside the threatened area. The school buses were never used at all. Emergency plans are created for a reason, and need to be followed in order to ensure the safety of the citizens. Perhaps Mayor Nagin, if he was so concerned about evacuating the city of New Orleans and save all the poor black residents who people like Randall Robinson, Jesse Jackson, and Kanye West believe were slighted by the President and the Republican government, he would have used the over two-hundred school buses at a depot in New Orleans. It is estimated that each bus could have carried around sixty-six people. At a round number, if there were two-hundred buses that could carry sixty-six people at a time, that's 13,200 people evacuated to safety - on just one trip. Now those buses are under water and are mostly useless. But instead of doing what he could have done at a local level to save his residents, Mayor Nagin sat on his hands and waited for the federal response, then proceeded to bite the hand that is trying to save his city.

Days later, Nagin complains to CNN, "Right now we are out of resources at the convention center and don't anticipate enough buses. We need buses." You had them, Mayor. You chose not to use them, and now you blame the President and the federal government for your mistakes.

I don't know if Nagin broke city ordinance or state law in ignoring the emergency plans, but his failure certainly makes him morally culpable in the deaths of the people he failed to provide a way out. And his failure likely cost hundreds, maybe thousands of lives.

The mayor needs to be fired and put in jail for murder!

Casey 09/07/05 01:33:48 PM EDT

It looks like the Bush loyalists have found this blog. Notice how these people don't EVER fault Bush or his minions like MIchael Brown. FEMA did a terrible job. The head of FEMA is not qualified for the job. Bush made him the head of FEMA. Bush is at fault!

Apollos 09/06/05 05:25:36 PM EDT

Anyone care to recite where in the Constitution the federal government has any authority to provide assistance?
The responsibility belongs to the states and the people. It's time to resign your role as slaves, grow up, and take responsibility for yourselves.

The illegal effort being made by the fed only points out that the god of nationalistic Americans can't provide for them when needed.

Hattiesburg American 09/06/05 05:02:35 PM EDT

[From the Hattiesburg American:]

Is FEMA really so obtuse?

Why did it take six days for representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to arrive in Hattiesburg?

Then - if you can believe this - when they finally got here Saturday, their first question to local officials gathered at the Forrest County Emergency Operations Center was: Do you need help?

Do you need help?

The inquiry would be laughable if the situation weren't so deathly serious.

Is FEMA - the federal agency charged with emergency response in times of disaster - so obtuse that it still hasn't grasped the full extent of the damage and devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina?

Apparently so.

Where have these people been?

And now that they're here, what are they going to do to ease the misery and hardship of people in the Pine Belt?

Life has stabilized somewhat in Hattiesburg. More gasoline has become available to motorists each day and, as electricity is restored to the city's commercial sectors, more and more stores are opening their doors, providing desperately needed food and supplies for residents.

However, dozens of rural communities throughout the Pine Belt are in crisis, receiving few - if any - shipments of food, water, ice and supplies.

If it took FEMA representatives six days to get to Hattiesburg, how long will it take the agency to get to places like New Augusta, Bond, Richton, Macedonia, and dozens of other small towns and communities completely ravaged by Katrina?

According to Chipper Johnson, the city attorney for New Augusta: "We now have people who have no food. They have no gas to get to Hattiesburg. I am hoping these churches will fan out into the areas around Hattiesburg. They are desperate for help. No one is helping them."

Oh, we almost forgot: FEMA representatives did say the agency plans to post fliers informing storm victims to call 1-800-621-FEMA or to go online at www.fema.gov to obtain disaster relief information.

A telephone number?

A Web address?

Who are these people kidding?

What good is this information in an area where a large percentage of the population continues to operate without telephone service and Internet access?

Sky writing a message behind a crop duster would be more effective.

FEMA needs to get its act together - quickly.

saddin but black heart aka Willie Ray 09/06/05 12:09:30 PM EDT

Where are those troops from Iraq Bush? Still fightin your senseless war. Yep yep i bet they are. Where u at Bush ask them if they wannan still fight your war or come home and help Misssissippi's and New Orlean's poor people. Cause we got thousands of them now and its not their fault.

Bush where u at tell on the t.v. and tell them why those people could leave or evacuate.
Bush where u at, tell its because they had no money.
Bush you makin our soldiers look like dummies instead of protecting the stores they should be the ones in the store giving out the food and clothes.
But no no no not you Bush you wether people put up signs saying you loot we shoot.
And its okay you don't like black people cause a lot people don't like you and ain't cause of your skin.
Bush where u at instead of making appearances and talkin make an appearances and do some damn work with your ouwn hands.
Where u at Bush that big ass house you invite people to your house or are you scared they might rob and loot you and not have a not time for your clowns to shoot.
Cause i stay in a 2 bedroom apartment me my mom and my cousin and we just took my cousin in!
Bush where u at?

Buddy Otis(african american) 09/06/05 12:07:45 PM EDT

You know whats funny to me/
those affected by katrina had no money to me

Im not racist when i pick up the mic/
but on the news wasnt many whites in sight

I thought that was your priorty/
when those affected the most were black minorites

I dont wanna hide my name because this is a blog/u should listen isnt that your job

U shouldve prepared with no hesitation/
I thought you were elected to help our nation

But then again we couldnt be spoil/
cuz were still fighting a war to steal others oil

Opportunity shouldve been equal/
no matter if your poor or one of the rich people

I feel i know you though i never seen ya/i know u care about that vacation more than KATRINA

Im from chicago so i seen sick things/alot to be exact although im only 16

Give those starvin lunch please/Its the least you can do to help our country

I dont want my words to give to the dark/honestly i live in Evergreen park

we livin pretty well no floods over here/at least we know our homes are still gone be here

This was a freestyle rap for you to read/all i ask is help those in need

due to the flood/i send a shoutout to those who lost ones they love

Michael Moore 09/06/05 09:42:49 AM EDT

Vacation is Over... an open letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.


Michael Moore
[email protected]

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.

Casey 09/06/05 07:51:36 AM EDT

Richard, Phil has brought up a point that has not been discussed by anybody at least not seen by these eyes. Richard, so you know the origin of this law. I didn't know of any of this. I think the point being made was this eminent domain law (or whatever it is) will most likely be used to sell off New Orleans. This is an important point that we as Americans should not stand for. Richard, you knew this info and did not share it until you saw Phil's comment. Congratuations to you Richard for keeping your mouth shut until you had the chance to jump on somebody who was trying to help out by bringing up points not discussed. You're a real hero Richard.

David 09/06/05 07:50:43 AM EDT

When the initial reports first started coming in about evacuating NO, Michael Brown was all over the place on CNN, MSNBC, etc. He caught my attention because he kept talking in the first person. I ordered this, I ordered that, etc. I believe he even said he ordered anyone left to go to the Superdome. I thought, who is this egotistical-sounding, self-centered son of a bitch, trying to take all the credit for everything that is going on. You don't see him any more doing press conferences. Chernoff now comes on trying to recover from the other idiot's foibles and covering up for his ass. I hope all those words he said come back at bites him in the ass. If the idiot says he ordered everyone to the Superdome, thousands of them, common sense should have told him they were going to need food and water at the very least. I wish I could find some news footage of those first days that this idiot was on. Incompetent son of a bitch.

Chris 09/06/05 07:50:05 AM EDT

God help us all if Mike Brown is still in charge of FEMA if and when terrorists explode a dirty bomb over a major U.S. city. He probably won't realize it even happened until three days later!

Kim 09/06/05 07:49:32 AM EDT

Any reason we can't begin Impeachment Hearings for President Bush? I mean, didn't he hire Michael Brown? Whether he did or not, his entire role in this Disaster has been anything but commendable. How about we fire Michael Brown and start Impeachment hearings all at the same time. Like, "kill two birds with one wave.." I'd be interested in comments to this one.

john stewart 09/05/05 08:47:56 PM EDT

Putting Michael Brown up next to a wall and shooting him would be too good, considering he blatantly lied to the citizens of Louisiana as well as the rest of the country.

mary 09/05/05 03:53:22 PM EDT

i found this speech on femas own web site. heres the


Richard 09/05/05 03:52:36 PM EDT

Hey Phil,

This is just a humble attempt on my part to lift you out of your current state of ignorance (at least in this area), but, the EMINENT domain "legislation" was a 5-4 DECISION by the Supreme Court based on a appeal of a CT Supreme Court decision.

And since you didn't know where this came from, I am pretty sure you don't know the majority who voted FOR this decision which allows one's house to be taken. So I will tell you -- Stevens, Breyer, Souter, Ginsburg and Kennedy - the more moderate or left leaning members of the court. Who voted AGAINST the decision? Again, since I am sure you don't know, it was Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas and O'Connor. You know, the right-wing portion of the court. THEY are ones that fought against this property seizure decision.

Maybe next time you'll do SOME research before running off about that which you clearly know not.

Yeshim 09/05/05 10:44:20 AM EDT

I declare Chertoff (the secretary of homeland security), and his side kick the horse man (Michael Brown, the FEMA director) both inncicent as compared to the president ...

... after watching Meet The Press with Tim Russert today. They were both appointed by our cheer leader cowboy president to these positions. Since the entire world knows by now that the president is not qualified to do his job, and comprehend, his mistake of appointing this pair of dumb an dumber to these most critical jobs, the entire nation (not to mention the rest of the world) remains under massive life threatening danger.

As responsible citizens, we must do our job and get rid of this administration immediately! As I mentioned in one of my earlier blog entries, I'm a registered Republican, all my family voted for this president, twice. I see this as my civic duty that we must save our country (and our world) from this president and this administration.

As far as the innicent Chertoff and the innicent Michael Brown, they MUST still be tried and executed for their crimes against humanity, if they are found guilty. After all Mr. Bush and his brother, combined, executed more people in their states in history than every other governor put together. It should not be a difficult decision for the Bush family to execute two more criminals.

J Walllace 09/05/05 10:29:56 AM EDT

Found your comments informative. On the whole I have to ask why do you point to the forest but don't count the trees? Louisiana,etc. knew it was when not if and still did nothing.
Even when they knew it was NOW they still did nothing. Look at what Texas, the
STATE not the federal gov't, has accomplished in a short time. If Louisiana's officials had been responsible the need for federal intervention would have been minimal and should, in all states, be secondary. Did we learn nothing from the tale of the three little pigs who build their houses of straw? There is plenty of blame to go around but I think the intelligent move would be to start in the back yard. Who should care more about Louisiana than those who live there and govern there? The real shame is what the ELECTED officials ALLOWED to happen there.

Globey 09/04/05 10:44:57 PM EDT

Heck. Never mind news crews being able to get in with broadcast trucks..Walmart was getting relief into the area before FEMA had done a damned thing. Oh wait, they did one thing they turned back 3 Walmart trucks trying to carry emergency supplies into Jefferson Parish saying "they don;t need it".

Globey 09/04/05 10:44:55 PM EDT

Heck. Never mind news crews being able to get in with broadcast trucks..Walmart was getting relief into the area before FEMA had done a damned thing. Oh wait, they did one thing they turned back 3 Walmart trucks trying to carry emergency supplies into Jefferson Parish saying "they don;t need it".

mark 09/04/05 04:45:21 PM EDT

This sad tragic event was predictable. Unfortunately the poor response by FEMA to this disaster is not much of a surprise to this veteran relief worker (three hurricane including Mitch in Honduras and three wars Kosovo and Bosnia and last year in Iraq). The Bush has for years been dismantling other agencies and creating a free-for-all turf fights between Departments. As employee of USAID who worked last year in Iraq I can tell you the same disorganization is the cause of much of the lack of progress in Iraq. Political appointees are given unprecedented authority: many with no skills in these critical areas, appointees qualifications are based more on how much money they raised for Bush election campaigns and political agendas. Many are totally inexperienced and refuse to listen to seasoned, skilled and intelligent public servants.

a woman scorned 09/04/05 04:44:10 PM EDT

Why, why? Where are the cruise ships, the hotels, the trains, and the airlines when you need them. Bush needs 2 get impeached, brown needs to be fired, new orleans need to get rebuilt, and the trrops need to come home. Someone should organize a march on washington to protest this administration because obviously they are not capable of doing their "jobs". It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that if the meteorologists are saying a category 5 hurrican is coming, the government should start to prepare. I wonder if Bush had a good vacation. Someone please tell me why when reporters ask brown and bush why weren't they there earlier, they answer saying they weren't able to get in. Well mr. President, how come all those reporters got in. Why have the government turned down aid from other countries? Are we too good to accept? We need all the help that we can get. This is ridiculous. Why are these idiots still employed? The president works for us, we don't work for the president. Lets start being the bosses!!

Darlene 09/04/05 01:39:33 PM EDT

Where do I vote? Get rid of all of them - fire Brown, Chertoff, Rumsfeld, Bush for complete and total incompetence. Where the hell is VP Cheney and Halliburton when you need them. ur country needs a change in leadership - from the top!

David W. Morgan 09/04/05 11:40:30 AM EDT

W said, "don't buy gas unless you need it". He apparently came up with what is, for him, a sophisticated idea while he was on vacation as New Orleans drowned. Let's hope he carries this idea to other areas like "DON'T START A WAR UNLESS YOU REALLY REALLY NEED TO.

It's Not That They Are Incompetent 09/03/05 10:49:25 PM EDT

It's that the ruthlessly efficient purpose they serve is to protect the elite and their money first and foremost from the people of this country, with a few hundred Al Qaeda not really being that important in the grand scheme.

Make no mistakes, the people trapped in NO are their enemies. It's just a few less Democratic voters to them... And they say we are playing politics. Photo ops in front of idle helicopters and recuse workers are all the proof this statement needs.

Step outside of two-dimensional politics.

Bush just said what?!?! 09/03/05 10:48:36 PM EDT

Air America, god bless them, just played a clip of Bush at his Alabama photo op making a crack, a frickin' joke, about how Trent Lott is gonna get his home rebuilt and Bush "looks forward" to sitting on the porch of that new home.

heh, heh. He LITERALLY chuckled.

Work like you don't need the money; Love like you've never been hurt; Dance like nobody's watching.

He should get lost 09/03/05 10:46:06 PM EDT

His continuing pandering and ass kissing chummy pics with Bush is a disgrace. He even start spinning their lies.

What a whore. Does the money change he got from relief fund raising worth THAT much?

Get a real job pal!

Le Sigh 09/03/05 10:44:56 PM EDT

It's times like this you wish Clinton could come riding in on a white horse to save everybody. I wasn't even a fan of the guy, but at least he was competent. At least he was a PRESIDENT.

Right now, he seems so good in comparison his arrival would be like the Second Coming of Jesus.


The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one - George Bernard Shaw

Brown's previous hurricane handywork 09/03/05 10:43:30 PM EDT

Last year, Brown helped Bush get re-elected when he and Jeb handed out millions in unwarranted "disaster relief" for Miami-Dade County in the wake of Hurricane Frances.

Frances barely touched Miami-Dade; in fact, county officials didn't even request federal assistance. And yet Brown's FEMA paid out over $30 million dollars to the Miami-Dade "victims", some of whom received money based only on their word. FEMA also paid for 300 funerals when only 123 people died in the storm.

How to respond to such incompetence? Brown refused to accept responsibility or even acknowledged a problem, while praising his own agency. Sound familiar?

Some more for the moron 09/03/05 10:42:35 PM EDT

One disaster after another.

9/11, Fallujah, Abu Ghraib, New Orleans:
What mission to "accomplish" next?

BUSH: "I'm not the disaster Preznit:
I'm the f--king disaster."

BUSH: "I guess vacation is over." (tip to Toles)

Square with the hip and hip with the square.

Incompetent? 09/03/05 10:40:28 PM EDT


In the Bush administration? I'm shocked, shocked. Give the man a medal and promote him.

Vote for Pedro

Hate the man who appointed them 09/03/05 10:39:26 PM EDT

He's the one responsible and he's the one that needs to be called to account.

The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

Burning with a white hot rage... 09/03/05 10:38:18 PM EDT

Burning with a white hot rage...

...of a thousand suns comes close to how I feel.

Why put a guy who is a walking disaster in charge of an agency meant to prevent disaster?

My second wish for Christmas, right after a heap of Republicans doing jail time, now is that political nepotism in agencies and ambassadorships will be absolutely killed.
(The new US ambassador has never been to Canada, describes it as "somewhere north of Indiana".)

"Hate" is an inadequate word... 09/03/05 10:37:03 PM EDT

..for what I feel about Bush and his cronies/puppetmasters. I LOATHE these people, with every fiber of my being. I didn't start out that way, they made a complete and total convert out of me, by their actions, their smirking nonchalance, their total lack of compassion. Yes, people are looting New Orleans...these people are looting my country.

The Moral Majority 09/03/05 10:32:51 PM EDT

I HATE THESE ASSHOLES. To me, they are as evil as the SS officers. I cannot look at Bush, Cheney or any of these sick assholes any longer.

I wish Condi would go to N.O. and show all the "good people" there her new pair of shoes.

I wish Cheney a life behind bars.

I wish W would drop dead.

The Moral Majority is neither.

wats in a name 09/03/05 10:26:32 PM EDT

"The president of the United States" refered (3 times!) to the Gulf Coast as "this part of the world".

Its on tape.

joan wesley 09/03/05 09:46:46 PM EDT

fire michael brown now. he is incompetent

Samuel73 09/03/05 06:02:18 PM EDT

A letter from a Friend:
Dear Yeshim,

I feel so disgusted by all the lies that we have to hear daily. Newspapers not independent; TV programs that are made to switch off people brain; news channels that are only an entertainment, showing how amazing is to be in the middle of a battle... What about thousand of innocents in Iraq killed by weapons worst than NAPALM? Why Americans are using weapons that are forbidden by the international treatments and laws? Why there are always monetary intersests everywhere Americans go to fight as they would play to The Game of Risk? Why Europe has now to give USA money (to help all the victims of the disastre in New Orleans and Louisisana), when all the money USA uses to a war fought only for personal interests of few people at the power? Why Americans don't switch off their cable TV, open their minds, start to go throught what's going on in their country, and (next time) nominate somebody less greed (how can you kill so many people just 'cos you wanna revenge your father poor figure?).

Is there still the freedom of speech in the world?

Why in 1981 Regan did everything to let ASPARTAME become legal even if it's extremely poisonous just to make tons of $ ??? Think: all the dietetic and fat-free products contains aspartame... Now think how much money you can make worldwide!!! . Only lies... Always lies... We're all dying for others's interests. If people is still so ignorant world wide it's because gives less problems to who's at the top of the pyramid of the society. I asked an American friend how many inhabitants live in USA. She told me 1,5 billions!!! That's because she thinks USA is so great that it must be so great in everything! I think you are a great country, but you might use your power in a better way. Next time give the power to somebody that has respect of cultures and racies, that try to solve problems, not make more problems. Since you're the greatest country in the world and the most powerful try to give the example to the others. Than you'll be respected and you'll be really proud to be american.

Do you know that Pepsi has been the first multinational company to invest in the new market of Iraq? In Afghanistan people don't have food, neither telephones... They don't even have electricity or running water in mostly part of the country. Imagine how many people died and still have to fight agains poverty and lackness of almost anything. In your opinion which would be the first thing might pop-up in head to help Afgani people? GIVE TO THEM MOBILE PHONES!!! :) A US company TSI practically "helped" this Afghan Wirless Communication Company to be the first on the country . Too bad they've to use lots of oil to run all the engine to make electricity 'cos they don't have it... Anyways there ain't lackness of oil there!

At the end watch this and think about: www.pentagonstrike.co.uk/

The only way to have a better world is to educate the people! Always try to find the truth in anything.

Sincerly yours,

European guest.

Ps: if you won't publish I'll understand. Please help to open widly as many people eyes as possible. Thanx

John 09/03/05 06:00:47 PM EDT

There are three important parts of the human body; the brain, the stomach and the rectum. The brain stated that it was the most important part of the body, since it controlled all other organs. Not so, stated the stomach. If you don't eat, you will die. Way down at the end, the rectum stated, if i don't release the waste, it will back up and the body will die. THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS "ASSHOLES RUN THE WORLD"

andyg waterloo canada 09/03/05 06:00:03 PM EDT

This guy is a train wreck. He blames people he ultimately was responsible for evacuating for their demise. Louisiana had a study done that indicated they needed 55-72 hours for a complete evacuation of the city. The mayor ordered the evacuation, the city was already declared a disaster area so the onus was on him. This guys a fucking piece of shit.

Phil 09/03/05 05:58:31 PM EDT

With the passage of the latest Emanate Domain legislation by Congress and signed by Bush which says the Government can now take your home for "economic development" reasons, be ready for Bush and his minions to start dividing up New Orleans and selling it off to Disney or Six Flags or others using this new bill. Bush has nothing in common with the culture of New Orleans, he does not care if real jazz and blues ever get played there again. Look for a family-friendly "New New Orleans" (yes that's 2 "New"s). They've done it with Times Square and Las Vegas. If 9-11 has taught us anything about the Bush administration is that they are the biggest opportunists (read opportunists as looters).

Peter 09/03/05 05:57:32 PM EDT

I predict the next election will be a landslide for the Democrats, and we have people like Mike Brown to thank. After seeing how this jackass handles a disaster I don't feel safe in the hands of this administration anymore.

GOP 4 Life

Tina 09/03/05 03:12:11 PM EDT

How do we as citizens of America go about protesting and calling for the resignation of Michael Brown? How can we say it loud enough that we are sick and tired of the bureauacracy surrounding our government. It is time that Americans take America back and join together to protest.

Tina 09/03/05 03:12:05 PM EDT

How do we as citizens of America go about protesting and calling for the resignation of Michael Brown? How can we say it loud enough that we are sick and tired of the bureauacracy surrounding our government. It is time that Americans take America back and join together to protest.

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