It means Follow the Fudge…
A theory, yes, but maybe it’s the longest political mile you’ll ever run: follow me here if you dare. In the shower the other day – where all genius thought occurs – I had a stream-of-consciousness thought about irony. Picture it, July 8, 2005, and Hurricane Dennis is barreling toward the Gulf Coast of the U.S.A. Louisiana’s Governor, Kathleen Blanco, declares an emergency evacuation, closes/reverses traffic on Interstate 10 into New Orleans (no inbound traffic), and braces for the hurricane to hit; bravo, good job. Dennis misses New Orleans and hits near Panama City, Florida, instead.
Fast forward to August 25, and T.S. Katrina – fresh off the west coast of Florida where she enjoyed dining on Mai Tai’s and a few tourists as a hurricane – once again becomes a hurricane. She’s angry. She grows to CAT5 strength almost overnight. By early morning August 27, she was the fourth most intense hurricane in the history of hurricane tracking. Now she wants more so she dances her way to the middle of Gulf then swings north. What is Blanco doing this time you ask? There in lies the crucial question. Many theories came out of the disaster which befel Louisiana when Katrina hit (and hit hard near CAT5 strength). Negligence to out-right incompotence were the buzz and enough finger pointing that you would have thought you were at a bird watchers convention.
Now consider this, Ray Nagin, Mayor of the Cresent City, gave several interviews after the storm and each one got progressively more angry until he finially snapped and cused the government’s slow response. He wanted commercial busses to come and save the people:
“I’m like – you’ve got to be kidding me. This is a natural disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans.”
As he spoke, the city continued to flood and the school buses he refused to use were rendered useless.
Blanco meanwhile turned in her empathy card and let the chips fall where they may:
“The magnitude of the situation is untenable,” she told reporters. “It’s just heartbreaking.”
Just today Mike Brown, form Director of FEMA testified:
“My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was
dysfunctional,” Brown told the panel of lawmakers, referring to Saturday, Aug.
27, two days before the storm slammed the Gulf Coast.
So we go to round two of “Who’s To Blame”.
Meet our players…
Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin
Governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco
(Former) FEMA Director, Mike Brown
And now let’s throw in a twist, explosives near the levees:
“I heard from a very reliable source who saw a 25 foot deep crater under the levee breach,” Louis Farrakhan explained during a stop in Charleston, South Carolina. “It may have been blown up to destroy the black part of town and keep the white part dry.”