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sipperphoto
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Living in California, and actually 2 miles from the Santiago fire in Orange County, I have to agree with the person that made that post. California has the 7th largest economy in the world (if I remember correctly). Of course CA is going to have better emergency response.

Comparing the fires to Katrina is ridiculous. Both are tragedies, and I believe, could have been prevented, to some extent. There were governmental screw ups during Katrina, and there continue to be screw ups in regards to the fires.
micahra
Oct. 26th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
My mom's house is two miles as well, Serrano Woods area. I was freakin!
msformaldehyde
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with this article. San Diego was more prepared this time because of the 2003 Wildfire. The rural part got the worst damage, Ramona.
surabufix
Oct. 26th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
I agree too. I live in LA and yes, it's a disaster and my heart goes out to anyone who suffered from the fires. But to compare, it's ridiculous! My fiance and I were just having this conversation last night. There is no way to compare what happened. Not only because of the preparedness and money but because the entire city (or cities as the case may be) infastructure wasn't destroyed.

It feels like the current administration pushing this viewpoint so they could try to redeem themselves. IDK but just what I'm getting from it.
tjs_whatnot
Oct. 26th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that last night, but then I saw George Bush talking to a nice blond lady and reassuring her that the government was going to do all it could and thought, "...and that is where the similarity ends!"
jdquintette
Oct. 26th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
In present day America, even brushfires are political

http://jdquintette.livejournal.com/143402.html

The quote from Bush that stuck in my mind was something to the effect that 'in this case, we had leadership at the state level.' In other words, any human tragedies, no matter how unrelated, are an occasion for this cocksucker to push his partisan bullshit.
liminalia
Oct. 26th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
Completely agreed.
souraples
Oct. 27th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
you do
realize the federal goverment can't do anything until the state goverment lets it do anything. So it would make more sense in blaming the finding father for creating that sort of goverment, that does not allow wide range powers without the okay of the state goverment... So blame Blanco and Nagin for waitiing so long to get there shit in order. So the federal goverment could do something. That is the largest difference I saw. California state officals. got there shit togeather, and got the federal goverment involved. Instead of twindling there thumbs. Sitting in the safety of there saying Oh jeez I don't know what to do.
jdquintette
Oct. 27th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: you do
This ground has been plowed many times by now and to the best of my understanding, Blanco and the state of LA took all the necessary steps pre-Katrina to request federal assistance, including asking the White House to declare a state of emergency two days before Katrina made landfall. Nagin's public request to 'send us everything you got' and similar pleas from Blanco sound pretty unambiguous to me. This is all a matter of public record and not open to contention, regardless of what the wingnut blogs and their enablers are still peddling two years later.

That there is and was bad blood between Nagin and Blanco is also beyond dispute. I've seen arguments outlining certain matters of state-federal power sharing (posse comitas) and legal machinations within FEMA that Michael Chertoff supposedly failed to put into motion and that Michael Brown supposedly took the fall for.

All these are matters of law that fall outside my areas of expertise (I'm a music professor at Tulane),but common sense tells me that if there was a flat-out, smoking gun series of events that laid the blame at the state level, Bush would have called a press conference and laid it out years ago. He's certainly not the least bit hesitant to make public assertions that are outright dubious (see his famous "16 words" in the run up to the Iraq war). When he starts outsourcing the Swiftboating the the fever swamps of the wingnut noise machine, you can bet the farm that he's got nothing (see Valerie Plame, et al).


In any case, even if your assertions were true, what kind of low-class asshole uses a disaster to take a swat at the opposition party over something that happened two years ago. It's the crassest for of opportunism, and exactly what we've learned to expect from this self-centered prick.
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