I usually leave this news stuff to greenie, but I’m pretty pissed off this morning.
I’m going to attempt to not be Mr. Fantastic today…
I’ve been following the SoCal fire story on and off ever since it began, and I have to say the Governator & Michael Chertoff (Homeland Security Chief) have both done an excellent job in handling relief efforts for the victims of the disaster. Super. Dee. Duper.
Wait – first let me disclaim this entire post before continuing on:
I, Mr. Phuque, have nothing against anyone who has been relocated to the San Diego Arena because their homes have burned to the ground.
What sickens me about the glorious amount of Trill™ (see: Pimp C) that has suddenly consumed the federal government to move so quick, fast, and in a hurry, is that two years ago, our same government wouldn’t have known relief if I pimp-slapped the FEMA starting line-up with a pack of Rolaids. Mr. Chertoff says:
“Of course, a lot of what we’ve done over the last two and a half years is build on lessons we learned from what happened in New Orleans in 2005,” he said. That was when a slow government response to Hurricane Katrina left thousands of people stranded in flooded homes and overcrowded shelters for days.
“Slow government response” was an understatement. Of course I don’t have to tell you about the conditions Katrina victims faced in the SuperDome, because you’ve already heard and forgot about it. Now compare this to the present situation:
“Would I rather be in my home?” asked Yolanda Martinez of the evacuated community of Ramona. “Obviously. But they have done a remarkable job here.”
Remarkable job? Bands?? Clowns??? The FUCK???
A couple of years ago the inside of the SuperDome looked like a third world country, but they’re probably serving Macaframalama Lattes in San Diego.
New Orleans? No food or water. San Diego? Starbucks bunnies, clowns and afternoon picnics.
I don’t attribute this (entirely) to racism, so don’t go there. The only thing the guvment learned during Katrina is that minorities and poor people are easier to contain then they thought. Guess what? You could be a polka-dotted alien w/ orange stripes – if you’re broke (less money = less influence), or a felon (you can’t vote Republican in 2008), then the corporations that keep that scrilla in Bush’s pockets wouldn’t piss on fire to put you out (c) Mr. Mathers.
Now this is just my opinion of course – feel free to disagree (but keep it above the belt – I keeps ether by the barrel). I’m just pointing out a few inconsistencies between the way the government handled these two disasters. You can’t tell me that in two years, the government learned from how they fucked up in New Orleans, and re-created a new relief plan that included booking a damn band & shit like that. I’m sorry…
….you need more clowns.