Keith Olbermann rips into the Bush Administration.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann did a bit of editorializing on air about the government’s piss poor start on rescue operations after hurricane Katrina did her worst and boy is it fun to watch. A small taste:

[M]ost chillingly of all, this is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection — or at least amelioration — against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological. It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water.

Personally, I think he nails it right on the head when he points out that this administration sold itself to the voters on the promise that it would keep you safe whereas the other guys might just let you die. If they can’t even get their shit together over a natural disaster I can’t imagine how badly things are going to go when the next terrorist attack rolls around.

Link goes to video clip of the broadcast. Found via Boing Boing.

21 thoughts on “Keith Olbermann rips into the Bush Administration.

  1. Invoking images of mushroom clouds on your horizon is a powerful way to inspire fear and ensure support for your undertakings but when fantastic images of death and mayhem become manifest, you need to be able to deliver on your promises to protect.

    We found the weak link in the chain and it just happens to be where those who preyed on our insecurities reside. How much do you want to bet they move the link further down the chain and come out looking like heroes?

    According to the Drudge Report:

    A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of 609 adults taken September 5-6 shows:

    …13% said George W. Bush is “most responsible for the problems in New Orleans after the hurricane”; 18% said “federal agencies”; 25% said “state and local officials”; 38% said “no one is to blame”; 6% had no opinion.—29% said that “top officials in the federal agencies responsible for handling emergencies should be fired”; 63% said they should not; 8% had no opinion.

    At this point, only 13% of those polled blame Bush. Controlling the information released will surely bring that number down to irrelevant.

  2. The BushAdmin doesn’t need to invoke images of mushroom clouds on the horizon; Politicians, scientists, and intelligence analysts the world over, from all spectrums of ideology, pretty much agree that they are very much on America’s horizon.  The only people not seeing this are the consumer-addicts within America.

    As i’ve said before, consider Katrina a dry run for the near impending 9/11v2.

    rob@egoz.org

  3. As much of a schmuck as Bush is, the local government are the first responsible parties.  That is written law.  According to a local talk station the other day, it was noted that Mayor Nagen was first and foremost responsible for declaring an evacuation.  On top of that, he also has authorization to use any public resources as he sees fit to evacuate people.  A prior study (sorry I don’t have references) stated that a minimum of 100,000 people would not be able to evacuate themselves due to lack of funds, cars or inability to take care of themselves.  Mayor Nagen’s call for evacuation stated that people were to evacuate by their own means.  Now, hundreds of school buses sit in a flooded lot.

    FEMA and the national guard cannot enter a state until the state government approves or asks for them.  They delayed.  These delays cost lives.  Once they did get in there, they were ineffective and disorganized, but I suppose we’ll learn more about this as we go. 

    I think people are seeing how useless our politicians truly are (Republican or Democrat).

  4. Hello all….long time no see.

    This is off topic, but then again, it’s not. I would really like for everybody to take a look at this link. Scroll all the way down the page and take a look at the cards from this 1995 card game called Illuminati New World Order.

    http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1753.cfm

    I wanted to start a post on this subject alone, but I keep getting a website not responding message when i try.

  5. As much of a schmuck as Bush is, the local government are the first responsible parties.  That is written law.  According to a local talk station the other day, it was noted that Mayor Nagen was first and foremost responsible for declaring an evacuation.  On top of that, he also has authorization to use any public resources as he sees fit to evacuate people.  A prior study (sorry I don’t have references) stated that a minimum of 100,000 people would not be able to evacuate themselves due to lack of funds, cars or inability to take care of themselves.  Mayor Nagen’s call for evacuation stated that people were to evacuate by their own means.  Now, hundreds of school buses sit in a flooded lot.

    While most of your post seems to be on target there are some pesky details that need to clarified.  The true first parties responsible are the citizens themselves.  In our ever increasing dependence on government that seems to have been forgotten.

    New Orleans had a sound evacuation plan in which the government would use public transportation and school buses to evacuate people.  Despite the recurring photos of busses under water this did happen.  I have dozens of NO buses driving around my neighborhood.

    Mayor Nagin underestimated the power of Katrina and hesitated in ordering the mandatory evacuation.  Even after a personal call from NOAA he waited until the following morning to issue the directive.  He should be canned.

    Nagin was in overhead once he delayed the order and Bush was caught with his pants around his ankles because his national strategy was even worse than Nagin’s.

  6. Mayo writes:

    I would really like for everybody to take a look at this link. Scroll all the way down the page and take a look at the cards from this 1995 card game called Illuminati New World Order.

    I saw this years ago when I used to play with the SubGenii . . . the SubGenius artists were making new cards to go along with an INWO/SubGenius version of Jackson’s game, so I don’t see what’s so intriguing or awe-inspiring about these cards. 

    A bomb detonated in the parking garage of the WTC in February 1993 – why is a picture from 1995 considered to be “prophetic”?  The title of the card is “Terrorist Nuke” – the writer of this website breathlessly points out that they nailed the “terrorist” part, but neglects to mention that we *knew* it was terrorists who planted the bomb in 1993 – again, why is *this* considered “prophetic”?  No where on the card does it mention hijacking an airplane and driving it into the WTC – if it did, *that* would have piqued my interest.  But it didn’t, so it doesn’t.

    As for the Pentagon card, what’s so special about *that*?  The Pentagon has *always* been a target, since the time it was built and for *years* prior to 1995 – in fact, the Oklahoma City bombing (the Murrah building) highlighted the fact that federal buildings were the targets of an Iranian fatwa that was already old news at the time. Again, our feckless writer foams on about the “accuracy” of this picture, when clearly the *center* of the Pentagon is depicted as being on fire – the actual damage done to the building was to the three outermost rings. So far, I’m *still* not seeing anything prophetic here.

    The rest of the site was more of the usual tripe I’ve come to expect from conspiracy theorists – bible verses and quotes taken out of context, information scuplted and massaged to conform to their silly, simplistic world view, etc. The “Rewriting History” part is typical of the kind of shoe-horning these folks do to get their idiotic twaddle some attention – those quotes by Jesus had everything to do with warning his disciples in *his* time – not *ours*.  Taken out of context, it appears that Jesus is warning future generations – but he’s *not*, so there goes *that* theory.

    Oooh! gotta run – my Count Chocula is getting soggy . . .

  7. Beau Tochs,

    I never said anything about the cards being awe inspiring or believing any of the prophetic text. I just found the cards to be interesting and wanted to show them around if anybody has missed them.

    By the way. EVERYBODY is a conspiracy theorist. If you believe 9-11 was orchestrated by Osama and his minions…you believe in a conspiracy theory. It’s a theory about a conspiracy. The only difference between you and this retired ARMY Colonel…

    “No Hijackers For 911
    Repentant arms dealer reveals disgruntled
    U.S. military on the verge of revolt
    By John Kaminski
    skylax@comcast.net
    2-28-4

    Back in May 2003, a journalist in Portugal reported on a sensational, marathon meeting of a group of U.S. pilots that issued a report concluding that the story told by the U.S. government about what happened on Sept. 11, 2001 was improbable and unlikely.
     
    Except for several notices on the Internet, that story was basically never reported in the U.S., and largely debunked when the reporter flubbed the name of the organizer, creating disbelief in the minds of many readers.
     
    The record was corrected in stunning fashion Feb. 25 on Alex Jones’ Prison Planet radio program when former Pentagon arms salesman Donn de Grand-Pre, author of three books that allege 9/11 was an inside job, set the record straight, because he was the man who organized that conference. That 72-hour non-stop symposium by a group of military and civilian pilots concluded the flight crews of the four passenger airliners involved in the 9/11 tragedy had no control over their aircraft.
     
    de Grand Pre, a retired Army colonel, is the author of “A Window on America,” “Confessions of an Arms Peddler” and his latest, “Barbarians Inside the Gates.” His thesis in the third book “is that the wars we have engaged in for whatever reasons since the end of World War II have not only been unconstitutionally waged, but have caused a net loss in political power. Each war was waged to divert our attention away from the true enemy within, and toward a contrived enemy outside our borders.”

    …and this retired senior FBI agent…

    Ted L. Gunderson
    Senior Special Agent in Charge (Ret.)
    California License # 12878
    PO Box 18000-259 * Las Vegas, NV 89114
    VM: (310) 364-2280 * Fax: (702) 696-1004
    http://www.TedGunderson.com

    ————————————————————————————————————————

     

    August 29, 2003

    Dear President Bush:

    Please refer to my letter to you April 23, 2003 (attached). This letter informed you that I was the victim of surveillance on April 3, 2003. I also furnished you a copy of my intelligence report on terrorism that indicates the FBI had advance information about 9-11 and failed to take appropriate action. I am writing this letter because I learned on August 23, 2003 that I was the victim of a surreptitious entry into my apartment sometime between July 9, 2003, when I left Los Angeles, and August 23, 2003, when I returned.

    …and countless others around the world, is that maybe you don’t believe that the U.S. government was involved in the conspiracy. I’m in the military and I believe 100% that our government planned 9-11. That’s me though. You can call me a conspiracy nut all you want. Like I said….EVERYBODY is a conspiracy theorist. They believe conspiracies about other countries or the UN at the drop of a hat but laugh if one involving our country is mentioned.
        I’m sure prior to public release of Operation Northwoods in 2001, anybody that would have suggested the U.S. government planned the following would have been labeled a conspiracy nut.

    “The suggestions of Northwoods include:

    Start rumors about Cuba by using clandestine radios.
    Stage mock attacks, sabotages and riots at Guantanamo Bay and blame it on Cuban forces
    Sink an American ship at the Guantanamo Bay American military base – reminiscent of the USS Maine incident at Havana in 1898, which started the Spanish-American War – or destroy American aircraft and blame it on Cuban forces. (The document refers to unmanned drones, fake funerals etc.)
    “Harassment of civil air, attacks on surface shipping and destruction of US military drone aircraft by MIG type [sic] planes would be useful as complementary actions.”
    Destroy an unmanned drone masquerading as a commercial aircraft supposedly full of “college students off on a holiday”. This proposal was the one supported by the JCS.
    Stage a “terror campaign”, including the “real or simulated” sinking of Cuban refugees:
    “We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington. The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute [sic] to Florida (real or simulated). We could foster attempts on lives of Cuban refugees in the United States even to the extent of wounding in instances to be widely publicized.”
    Burn crops by dropping incendiary devices in Haiti, Dominican Republic or elsewhere”

    Sorry for the long rant. I’m in a mood.

  8. Thanks, deadscot.  It seems that no matter how many news sources one peruses, the whole story is never found.  You are exactly right about the people.  I was reading an interesting viewpoint this morning that talked about the incredible wellfare state that has been created in NO.  The results are what we saw on the news; thousands upon thousands of people that think that the government will look out for them and take care of their every need.  But when a disaster like Katrina comes along, that help isn’t there and they don’t know how to take care of themselves.

    An interesting thing that may happen here is that as people are spread out across the nation and start picking up new lives, hopefully they will see different ways of living outside of NO, and become productive citizens.  One can hope!

  9. Mayo writes:

    I never said anything about the cards being awe inspiring or believing any of the prophetic text.

    . . . and I never said YOU said the cards were awe inspiring or prophetic.  My remarks were directed at the flared nostrils and beady eyes of the author of that particular website.

    I just found the cards to be interesting and wanted to show them around if anybody has missed them.

    You’re absolutely *right* – at no time did you ask for commentary about either the cards or the website.

    Silly me! – posting my opinions about something I actually know a little bit about (for a change!) on a blog that actually *encourages* folks to post their opinions.

    By the way. EVERYBODY is a conspiracy theorist.

    Sure – if you ask the conspiracy theorists . . .

    If you believe 9-11 was orchestrated by Osama and his minions…you believe in a conspiracy theory.

    Ummm . . . didn’t Osama and his minions actually take credit for 9-11?  Didn’t they actually make a videotape saying (in essence) “WE DID IT!” . . . ??

    Doesn’t require a “theory”, in my opinion.

    It’s a theory about a conspiracy. The only difference between you and this retired ARMY Colonel…

    . . . is *what*?  That you believe that our government hijacked it’s own commercial aircraft and killed it’s own citizens on *purpose*?

    You’re right – that’s the difference.  I don’t believe that for one second.

    Sorry for the long rant. I’m in a mood.

    no problem.

  10. Beau Tochs,

    I’m sorry if I sounded irritated with you. The way your post was written made me think you were attacking me instead of the writer of the website. As far as you not believing our government is capable of attacking us to create the atmosphere to go to war for oil and other reasons, that’s you. I would think the plans they had for Operation Northwoods would prove what they are capable of. I would also think Operation Mockingbird would be enough to convince people that what we hear on the news is controlled by the CIA.

    I’ll just leave you with this. I didn’t get it off some whacky “left wing conspiracy” site either. Most of the people that run it are republicans.

    “When the World Trade Towers collapsed, most Americans simply refused to believe suggestions that the attacks had been staged by parties working within the US Government itself. Americans were afraid, and even as news reports surfaced proving that the US Government had announced plans for the invasion of Afghanistan early in the year – plans into which the attacks on the World Trade Towers and the resulting support of the already-planned war – fit entirely too conveniently. So trapped are Americans by their belief in their own bravery that they blind themselves to the evidence before their eyes so that they can nod in agreement with the government while still imagining themselves to have courage, even as they avoid the one situation which most requires real courage; to stand up to the government’s lies and deceptions.

    The vast majority of the American people, their own self-image dependant on continued blindness to the government’s deceptions, never question why Afghanistan would have done something so stupid as to attack the United States, and as a result, Americans find themselves in a war. Now the US Government has requested temporary extraordinary powers, powers specifically banned under Constitutional law but powers the government is claiming they need to deal with the “terrorists.” The American people are agreeing. The temporary powers recently granted will be no more temporary in America than they were in Germany.”

    http://www.patriotamerica.com/

  11. And before anybody nags me because Kent Hovind is a member of that site as well- I’m in no way supporting Dr. Dino

  12. Brock on 9/7: At this point, only 13% of those polled blame Bush. Controlling the information released will surely bring that number down to irrelevant.

    This is an update on polling numbers. Best I can tell the CNN/USA Today Gallop Poll was the first one reported. A number of polls, taken at about the same time or slightly later, are somewhat more critical of Bush the administration. See a summary of polls at Yahoo News
    here  and details of the latest Pew Research poll are   here.

    No surprises with this Pew finding.

    Previous Pew surveys have shown the Fox News audience to be highly supportive of the president. This remains the case today, with Fox viewers reacting far more favorably to the president’s handling of the disaster than those who cite other outlets as their major source of news on the hurricane.

    In addition, a plurality of Fox News viewers (42%) say that people who took things from businesses and homes in New Orleans were mostly criminals taking advantage of the situation. The balance of opinion among those who rely on other outlets ­ CNN, network news, newspapers and the internet is that people who stole were mostly ordinary people trying to survive in an emergency.

    Different subject.

    Chad 9/8: As much of a schmuck as Bush is, the local government are the first responsible parties. That is written law.

    Here is a key concept stated in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Response Plan. “Proactive notification and deployment of Federal resources in anticipation of or in response to catastrophic events in coordination and collaboration with State, local, and tribal governments and private entities when possible.” (Emphasis mine.) Including the table of contents, the word proactive appears 22 times. See page 7 for a list of thing that the Governor of a State, the President, and DHS can do under the Stafford Act.

    For some insight into the slow Federal response, see this in the New York Times.

    As I was writing this post, the AP reported that Brown has been relieved as the on site coordinator. A Cost Guard Admiral now has that job.

  13. Chad wrote: An interesting thing that may happen here is that as people are spread out across the nation and start picking up new lives, hopefully they will see different ways of living outside of NO, and become productive citizens.  One can hope!

    Here in Texas they are hold several job fairs beginning today specifically tailored to the refugees.  No dress code and the like.  Some right-wing in-compassionate nut-jobs have already starting bitching about the impact this will have on regional businesses.

    While I agree that in a sputtering economy this will be hard to sustain, but what’s the alternative?  Have them all twiddling their fingers and developing mental health issues in some warehouse?

    Mayo wrote: I’ll just leave you with this. I didn’t get it off some wacky “left wing conspiracy

  14. I have no idea how accurate this is…..but it is popping up all over the web right now.

    “10:57 Raw transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee Clara Barthelemy: “The 17th street levee was bombed by the Army Corps of Engineers to save the more valuable real estate in the city… to keep the French Quarter protected, the ninth ward was sacrificed… people are afraid to speak out… everyone who was near there heard the bombings… they bombed seven times. That’s why they didn’t fix the levees… 20 feet of water. Gators. People dying in water. They let the parishes go, not the city center. Tourist trap was saved over human life. A six year old girl was raped in here.. 9 year old boy killed. A man in the shower beaten. No hot food. No help for elderly.”

  15. deadscot,

    No….but usually if you mention anything about finding information about a conspiracy, the first thing people say is that you got it on a wacky left wing website.

  16. “10:57 Raw transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee Clara Barthelemy: “The 17th street levee was bombed by the Army Corps of Engineers to save the more valuable real estate in the city…

    That would take some active decision by someone in command. A much different thing than just keeping an existing dike from giving way. Since there obviously was no one really in ‘command’ during those days (and because I believe in conspiracies, but not in them being so commonplace) – I think this is bull.

    was reading an interesting viewpoint this morning that talked about the incredible wellfare state that has been created in NO.  The results are what we saw on the news; thousands upon thousands of people that think that the government will look out for them and take care of their every need.  But when a disaster like Katrina comes along, that help isn’t there and they don’t know how to take care of themselves.

    Basic problem of being poor and living on welfare. But (not to be taken as an attack) what would you suggest instead? Give them no money?

    Education and good wages would help more.

    An interesting thing that may happen here is that as people are spread out across the nation and start picking up new lives, hopefully they will see different ways of living outside of NO, and become productive citizens.  One can hope!

    Read the stuff about the Fema ‘detainment camps’ in the other thread, and lose some of that hope…

    Shitty bureaucrats who subconciously think they are dealing with subhumans at worst, clueless drones at best.

  17. Mayo writes:

    I’m sorry if I sounded irritated with you. The way your post was written made me think you were attacking me instead of the writer of the website.

    No need for apologies – I didn’t take anything you wrote personally.  Besides, Usenet stamped out any tender little hurt feelings I may have possessed back in 1995. smile

    As far as you not believing our government is capable of attacking us to create the atmosphere to go to war for oil and other reasons, that’s you.

    Not really – there’s those pesky FACTS that always seem to get in the way of any good conspiracy theory, though.

    I would think the plans they had for Operation Northwoods would prove what they are capable of. I would also think Operation Mockingbird would be enough to convince people that what we hear on the news is controlled by the CIA.

    I lived for many years in Great Falls, VA – home to many folks who worked at the CIA, a short 15-20 minute drive down Georgetown Pike through the country hills (and Langley) and onto Rt. 123 . . . which of these, my former neighbors, were controlling the news?  Better yet, *how* do they control the news when there are literally *hundreds* of independently-owned news outlets? 

    Fascinating . . .

    I’ll just leave you with this. I didn’t get it off some whacky “left wing conspiracy

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