Friday, February 10, 2006

NYT: Bush knew levees would break!

America's most tarnished fishwrap, the New York Slimes has this headline today: "White House Knew of Levee's Failure on Night of Storm". Details:
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Bush administration officials said they had been caught by surprise when they were told on Tuesday, Aug. 30, that a levee had broken, allowing floodwaters to engulf New Orleans.

But Congressional investigators have now learned that an eyewitness account of the flooding from a federal emergency official reached the Homeland Security Department's headquarters starting at 9:27 p.m. the day before, and the White House itself at midnight.
What? You mean that Bushrove McHitlerburton was tipped off on the night of the storm that a levee had broken, and neither he nor any of his minions went down there into Storm Central personally to stop it from breaking? They couldn't find the compassion to put their fingers in the holes or back a gas-guzzling enviro-polluter global warming SUV into the cracks? The nerve! The sheer unadulterated evil that must course through his veins! This is an outrage!

We were told for decades that New Orleans levees wouldn't withstand anything greater than a Category 3 hurricane, and funding for it over the years had been diverted to other pet projects in the Chocolate City area. Yet when Katrina, a Category 5-turned-4 storm actually hit the Hershey Zone, a levee (surprise!) eventually broke. Now I did go to Florida State, but I seem to recall from a class or two that both 4 and 5 are bigger than 3, and therefore (we learned big words like "therefore", too!) a Category 4 storm is more powerful than a Category 3 storm. must be Bush's fault!