Thursday, September 08, 2005

Celine, what would we do without you?


I shutter to think of where we would be in this day and age without actors, actresses and singers... It would be a sad world indeed.
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Sean Penn, while riding in his boat looking for people to save, was asked, "how are you going to save people in that boat?" Apparently his boat was sinking from the weight of his entourage...including his personal photographer. But who can blame him. He's an Oscar winner for gosh sakes! If he's going to save some people, he might as well have it photographed so he can show people how awesome he is...it just makes sense.
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"Let 'em loot!" was the emotional cry of one singer who is not known for over emotional cries...one Celine Dion. Now you know if Celine is passionate about something...it must be important. Looting is apparently her new cause..."let them touch these things, some of them have never touched anything in their whole lives!" But these things aren't theirs.... I wonder what her reaction would be if they took a brick to her window, and started taking her $2,000 purses? I'm guessing none of the looters has ever held a $2,000 purse. I wonder how upset she would be if she borrowed Sean Penn's boat and while rescuing his personal photographer that fell overboard...some of the looters started shooting at them? I'm marking her statement down as the stupidest thing I've heard in '05.
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Bill Clinton cut a $120,000,000 hurricane control project in 1995 and 98 different flood control projects - I wonder if that helped?
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Kanye West said that George Bush "doesn't like black people" because all the people who were flooded were black...and Bush "wasn't doing anything about it". Kanye is making a run at Celine's "stupidest remark of '05" crown. State and local government has ALWAYS been responsible for natural disaster relief.
"Special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves," This was the Mayor's plan...we'll make "special arrangement" to evacuate people. But then, instead of taking city busses to evacuate people....then sent them to the Superdome...where they absolutely no food, no security...but had awesome seats in case the Saints came back to play the 49'ers. It's weird that Kanye didn't say anything about the Mayor hating black people???
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"If the CIA slips me something and next week you don't see me, you'll all know what happened."
This is actually what the mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin said the other day. Man, Celine is going to have to hold onto that title tightly.

There's no question the federal government plays a major role in disaster relief. But federal officials say in order to get involved, they must first be asked to do so by state officials. This ALWAYS how it works. It makes sense....they're there! A year ago, as Hurricane Ivan approached, New Orleans ordered an evacuation but did not use city or school buses to help people evacuate. As a result many of the poorest citizens were unable to evacuate. Fortunately, the hurricane changed course and did not hit New Orleans, but both Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin acknowledged the need for a better evacuation plan. Again, they did not take corrective actions. In 1998, during a threat by Hurricane George, 14,000 people were sent to the Superdome and theft and vandalism were rampant due to inadequate security. Again, these problems were not corrected. Obviously it was George Bush's fault...he should have put the Governor and the Mayor in a time out...or grounded them...or taken their cell phones from them.
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Mayor Nagin was responsible for giving the order for mandatory evacuation and supervising the actual evacuation: His Office of Emergency Preparedness (not the federal government) must coordinate with the state on elements of evacuation and assist in directing the transportation of evacuees to staging areas. Mayor Nagin had to be encouraged by the governor to contact the National Hurricane Center before he finally, belatedly, issued the order for mandatory evacuation. And sadly, it apparently took a personal call from the president to urge the governor to order the mandatory evacuation.
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The federal government does not have the authority to intervene in a state emergency without the request of a governor. President Bush declared an emergency prior to Katrina hitting New Orleans, so the only action needed for federal assistance was for Gov. Blanco to request the specific type of assistance she needed.
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Celine, Sean Penn, Konye....where would we be without your wisdom....and your entourages?

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:42 PM

    well said, my friend. well said.

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  2. isn't the plural form of entourage, "entouragi"?

    Well stated.

    Yes, Mayor Nagin is out of his mind, but I can't say I blame him. Pretend that your incompetence was all of a sudden the cause of 10,000 deaths (I doubt that the total will reach anywhere near what he estimates, but we'll go with his numbers) - your mind would work like 1000 miles an hour to try to convince itself that your incompetence was not to blame. And, then, you'd talk like 10,000 miles an hour to convince everyone else of the same thing, so that people would confirm to you that it was someone else's fault that all those people are dead.

    The bottom line is that the man is going crazy with guilt.

    I'm a dubya supporter in general, but I would say that he was about 24 hours too slow in just taking over the whole freaking thing from the nitwits in Louisiana.

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