I don't have too many slogans I live my life by, but I do have a few. And one that always served me well was that "its not until the shit hits the fan that you really see what someone is made of."
I'm not talking about mini-turds, bad day at work, maybe got fired from a job you like, car breaks down. I'm talking about big time shiznit - FBI shows up to your door at 6AM, Mom ends up in the hospital for 5 weeks, fly down to do an intervention on your dad. Thats the "stuff" hitting the fan.
So its no suprise that this week in New Orleans and in other gulf coast places people realized once and for all what this adminstration is really made of. The only wierd part to me is that it seems like some people are shocked, as if maybe the administration just bungled this one. In mind they were always this way: they were always this incompetent, they were always this ill-equipped, they were always putting politics over country, they were always this bad, this dumb, this shitty.
"We never could have imagined the levies breaking," said our fearless leader.
Liar. Fraud. Incompetent Loser.
Have you ever had a "fraud friend." They aren't your best buddy but you grow to be pretty good freinds with them. You maybe travel with them, you confide in them. And then one day you realize they are a total fraud. For me I always realized it with one simple comment, maybe one simple lie. When they sunk so low that they repeat the same lie in a different scenario. Their excuse for not having their wallet with them to pay for dinner sounds familiar. Their excuse for not being able to help you out with something sound vaguely familiiar to an excuse you've heard before. Thier excuse for a lie is another lie....and then it all comes crumbling down. And then you realize they are a fraud, they really arent your friend, and they are basically full of shit. This was the week when republican or democrat, you realized what many believed since the election of 2000. That this administartion was a fraud, that they are incompetent, and that at the end of the day, they really don't care unless the media or overwhelming public opinion forces them to care.
You can tell because this week they hit rock bottom. And thier lies and phot-ops and spin just came crubming down on top of itself:Heaven and Earth
2004 - george bush
"Had I had any inkling whatsoever that people were going to fly airplanes into buildings, we would have moved heaven and earth
to protect the country.
2004 - Condelezza Rice
"Had we thought that there was an attack coming in Washington or New York, we would have moved heaven and earth to try and stop it
," Rice told the independent commission investigating the attacks.
2005 - Chertoff
[Chertoff] vowed that the United States "is going to move heaven and earth
" to rescue those in need.
2004 - "Asked whether he felt any responsibility for the attack [9/11
], Mr. Bush said he grieved for the families of the victims and said in retrospect he wished, for example, the Homeland Security Department had been in place."
2005 - The FEMA employee blamed the slow federal response on the inexperience of Chertoff
[Head of the homelandd Security Deparetment - now in place
] and his top advisers. He said the first thing Chertoff should have done was establish FEMA liaison officers for each state, and a local leader to closely monitor and respond to their needs. When the complaints began about the lack of food and water in New Orleans, Chertoff should have ensured that every bus that arrived in the city to rescue residents also carried supplies for the thousands of people who would have to wait hours or days for transportation.
2005 - Mike Brown - Head of FEMA
"I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but, you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans," he said. "And to find people still there is just heart-wrenching to me because, you know, the mayor
did everything he could to get them out of there. - Progress -
2003 - In a prime time news conference last week, Bush said the United States is "making really good progress in Iraq..."
2005 - "Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans -- virtually a city that has been destroyed -- that things are going relatively well
," Brown said.Vision -
2002 - National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice
"I don't think anybody could have predicted
that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile."
2005 - George Bush
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. They did appreciate a serious storm but these levees got breached and as a result much of New Orleans is flooded and now we're having to deal with it and we will," he said.
2005 - Chertoff argued that authorities actually had assumed that "there would be overflow from the levee, maybe a small break in the levee. The collapse of a significant portion of the levee leading to the very fast flooding of the city was not envisioned
." Thinking and Doing -
2005 - Bush
"Adam, I think about Iraq every day
-- every single day -- because I understand we have troops in harm's way, and I understand how dangerous it is there
2005 - Chertoff
"Not an hour goes by that we don't spend a lot of time thinking about the people
who are actively suffering in all of these parts of the Gulf," Chertoff said. "There are people on rooftops, there are still people emerging as the water begins to recede looking for help, looking for rescue."