Thursday, September 08, 2005

"Show Us What You've Got"

Did anyone else catch this report out of the UK?
The US authorities were also castigated by British bus driver Ged Scott, from Wallasey, Merseyside, who was on holiday in the New Orleans area.

He stayed in the Ramada Hotel during and after the devastation with his wife, Sandra, and seven-year-old son Ronan. At one stage, Mr Scott, 36, had to wade through filthy water to barricade the hotel doors against looters.

He told the Liverpool Daily Post: "I couldn't describe how bad the authorities were. Just little things like taking photographs of us, as we are standing on the roof waving for help, for their own little snapshot albums.

"At one point, there were a load of girls on the roof of the hotel saying 'Can you help us?' and the policemen said 'Show us what you've got' and made signs for them to lift their T-shirts. When the girls refused, they said 'Fine' and motored off down the road in their boat."
The Vegasification of American society continues, from the national obsession with poker and gambling right down to cops demanding topless "girls gone wild" performances during a national crisis. All cops? No. Many cops? No. A few? Yep.

I thought it was the ultimate in bureaucratic tone deafness when the city of New Orleans started offering their police and firefighters free trips to Vegas this week. For some, it now looks perfect.

Put this one in the "what the hell happened to this country during the past few years" file....

44 Comments:

Anonymous NYCKevin said...

I think of that as Bourbon Street behavior.

9/07/2005 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think of it as ANIMAL behavior.
And, we expect the rest of the world to be like us???
I think not.

9/08/2005 12:00 AM  
Blogger James Finkelstein (Ga.) said...

There were a lot of people boating/flying around there besides police officers, so I'm not going to jump to any conclusions. I'd say, on the whole, those who serve went above and beyond the call of duty in New Orleans.

for a few thousand more words on the subject of Katrina and the government's response, go to: http://buildabettermousetrap.blogspot.com/

But for a really good rant, read Keith Olbermann's piece at MSNBC.com
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6210240/

9/08/2005 12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An over abundance of red state morality.

9/08/2005 1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not surprised. There was nothing done right for the first 6 days, and after that only because of TV coverage. Otherwise the people would still be dying at the superdome. Why not, the Republicans think this is just fine and dandy. The are poor, black and vote mostly democratic. So let them drown or die of thirst, serves them right for not worshiping at the presidents feet. Everybody else does like the Hill, Courts and the MSM.

HOW ANY DECENT HUMAN BEING CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE A GOOD JOB MAKES ME QUESTION THEIR HUMANITY, DECENCY, AND MORALITY.

THEY CERTANLY CANNOT CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIAN AND A BELIEVER IN THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST.

Now that the casualties number will be uncovered, I doubt we will get a true picture. I have read and heard - in a german newscast - that 40,000 people are missing. If 50% of them will turn up alive, what would the death count be?

Just like they sneak in the dead from Iraq in the middle of the night I will not be surprised if they will gather them, say that they have found 100 bodies - in reality 500 or maybe a thousand - and naturally they will have to burn them because they are ... am sure they will come up with a reason. The mephisto of the white house, Karl Rove, and he is very, very good at it. And also who is going to stop them.

A nation that calmly accept the systematic torture of "terrorist" will certainly allow this government to burn 10,000 or more bodies and accept a count of maybe 1,000 or wantever number they decide they can get away with.

It is so nice to live in a country governed by an imoral, unethical administration that has plenty of support, even from the courts.

In reality it is really sad. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The world has had a very low opinion of us since the invasion of Iraq, and now it will fall even lower if that is possible. But then they are not brainwashed like a large portion of this country is.

Sometimes I feel like we don't have a president but a guru with the cult (GOP) willing to do whatever he want, nothing is too immoral and/or unethical.

9/08/2005 1:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What goes around, comes around.

Bush pursued Iraq in a war justified by a pack of lies for 9/11 and 3000 victims of the twin towers.

He is oblivious of hundreds
of thousand he commanded to kill. He did not care. They were not members of his base.

In the Katrina tragedy, thousands will die because of his insensitivity, inhumanity and cruelty and lack of
leadership.

I wonder who he will pursue now with his thirst for war - Mother Nature or
his "God".

This will give him another
opportunity to deplete the treasury and enrich his friends. The corruption
continues. He has already requested over 60 billion as a down payment which will be spent the same way the 300 billion spent on Iraq and nothing to show of.

9/08/2005 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What we're witnessing is the culmination of the vitriolic, rhetoric a la the conservative slam machine. For over a decade now, the "conservative" movement has bathed itself in the glowing praise of its marshaled thugs, TV and radio alike (O'Reilly, Hannity, Boortz, Limbaugh, Savage et al). A list of recent book titles clarifies my point: Liberalism is a Mental Disorder; Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism; The Terrible Truth About Liberals. While the original intent was to win national and local elections (and exercise the evil spirits summoned by Bill Clinton), who’da thunk the highest officers of the GOP would begin to believe the blather themselves. Is anyone really surprised that the federal government stood by while mainly poor minorities scrawled pleas for help across shingled rooftops? Even Lou Holtz knows there are three things that change your life: the people you meet, the places you go, and the books you read.

Head for the hills, Ladies and Gentlemen. The emperor has no clothes.

9/08/2005 6:20 AM  
Anonymous PenDragon said...

Can't we find some way to blame Bush for this. Come on guys, facts never stopped you before.

You blamed Bush for underfunding the levees before you even knew, or wanted to know, which levee broke (a brand new one on 17th Street) so what's stopping you now?

PenDragon

9/08/2005 6:34 AM  
Anonymous PenDragon said...

I think I have something for all of you to work with:

Male Texans and men that work at Haliburton like to see women's breasts. What's going on in NO is just another example of the Red-State Haliburtonization of America.

I think those NO police were in a hurry to cash in on their trip to Vegas and were looking for company.

PenDragon

9/08/2005 6:40 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

That file has a good name. I'd love to see the answer to it, but I have no clue what that would be.

My God, more and more often I read these news stories and ask "did that really happen?"

9/08/2005 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it really happened. HOW???

9/08/2005 7:48 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

It started with the phrase "Are you better off than you were 5 years ago" Ronald Regan

9/08/2005 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Scott_api said...

PenDragon-

Didn't TWO levees break? You keep refering to a new one, thinking it absolves the Administration, but there were TWO broken levees. Are they both new?

I agree that it isn't right to blame the administration for the actions of a few idiots in a boat. If they are NOPD, then blame the department, if they were FEMA volunteers then blame FEMA, if they vote democrat, then blame the liberals, if they vote republican, blame the conservatives.

Ever think that your willingness to blame the liberals at the drop of a hat is a symptom of the same disease that makes the left blame Bush at the drop of a hat?

9/08/2005 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Barbarism is the natural state of mankind." - Robert E. Howard

9/08/2005 9:25 AM  
Anonymous thirdeye said...

This is the natural extension of the 60s generation's "if it feels good, do it."

9/08/2005 9:46 AM  
Blogger owenz said...

TCR,

You're treading on dangerous ground here. Everyone knows that cops, firefighters, and soldiers are HEROES. When you question them, it causes many of us to question your patriotism. Cops are heroes. Heroes are above reproach. Questioning the heroes is questioning America. You should seriously consider being quiet, or you will be placed on a list with the other non-patriots and you will be summarily excluded from any heroic rescue attempts during the next crisis.

As Scott McClellan says, we should all watch what we say at this sensitive time. Please stop playing the blame game and support your Commander and Chief and the heroes of the police and armed forces.

Sincerely,
The Authorities

9/08/2005 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

joseph stalin once commented that democracies get the government they deserve...

maybe the butcher was misquoted, or maybe he really got capitalism and democracy mixed up, as so many in this country have.

if bushs approval rating continues to hold, if the world does not actually hear what nancy pelosi was saying about how dangerous this admin is and actually look, really LOOK at what we have wrought of this nation, then it is true, we are evil!

and my whole life of serving this nation and my communities is a fucking sham.

feral

9/08/2005 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Between stuff like this and the new announcement that photographs of dead people aren't allowed, sounds like the government has adapted Las Vegas's slogan. It's now "What Happens in New Orleans, Stays in New Orleans."

9/08/2005 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the natural extension of the 60s generation's "if it feels good, do it."

...or the '70s "Me Generation" (hippies get self-reflective)

...or the '80s "Decade of Greed (hippies become stockbrokers)

...or the '90s "Bubble" (hippies get venture captal)

Yes, let's blame it all on those goddamn hippies.

9/08/2005 11:12 AM  
Anonymous marycal said...

incredible.......

9/08/2005 12:20 PM  
Blogger Jake said...

And now we have reports that media are not being allowed anywhere near the city. A media blackout. At the site of a disaster like this. How quickly we are becoming our own enemy.

9/08/2005 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Orleans was Vegas before the was a Vegas. Anyone heard of Storyville? Vegas was a cheap copy that has now surpassed it's "mentor."

9/08/2005 12:45 PM  
Anonymous EWK said...

I have heard that this particular story is urban legend.

A lot of horrible things happened during the days of essentially anarchy, but a lot of stuff floating around is exaggeration and outright fabrication. Reason magazine online has a good article that dispels a lot of the urban legends and myths that have already sprung up.

9/08/2005 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake ... we've been our own enemy for years. You just haven't looked under enough rocks.
In fact, you're meeting a couple of pebbles on this blog.
I do wish they'd go "volunteer" somewhere else.

9/08/2005 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Foo said...

"Barbarism is the natural state of mankind." - Robert E. Howard

As is stupidity...

"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between."
- Oscar Wilde

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