I’m One More Person

Looks like Sen Mary Landrieu has threatened to punch anyone who criticizes the work of the New Orleans police, including the President. That is a violation of the law though I doubt she will have trouble for the remarks. Perhaps she is frustrated because all the local officials in New Orleans and in the State screwed up the evacuation and have screwed up everything since including placing blame. They have blamed the feds though this is purely a state matter. Maybe she is upset because her brother is the Lt. Gov of the state and this might hurt his chances of a career in politics. Here is the entire article from News Max:

Sen. Mary Landrieu threatened the president of the United States with physical violence on Sunday, saying that if he or any other government official criticizes New Orleans police for failing to keep civil order in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina – “I might likely have to punch him – literally.”

“If one person criticizes [our sheriffs], or says one more thing, including the president of the United States, he will hear from me – one more word about it after this show airs and I – I might likely have to punch him – literally,” Landrieu railed on “ABC’s “This Week.”

It is illegal to threaten the president with physical violence.

The Louisiana Democrat blasted Bush for neglecting the New Orleans levees, and demanded that he stop using the disaster for “photo-ops.”

“The president came here yesterday for a photo-op,” Landrieu charged, while surveying the disaster scene via helicopter with “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos in tow. “He got his photo-op but we are never going to get this fixed if he does not send us help now.”

Landrieu also blamed Bush for cutting funding for levee improvement, before bursting into tears on camera.

In recent days, Louisiana officials have been criticized for bungling evacuation and rescue efforts. One of those officials, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, is Sen. Landrieu’s brother.

So let me go ahead and say it. Senator, the police and other officials did a terrible job. The mayor is inept and did not follow his own plan for evacuation. The aftermath of the disaster rests solely on his shoulders. The other state officials including the LT GOV were equally inept and did not take the necessary precautions to ensure that people were evacuated in accordance with what they had established. The police allowed the situation to deteriorate and allowed criminals to roam the streets and pillage, plunder, rape, and prey on those law abiding citizens devastated by the storm. They did not use force expected of law enforcement officers to prevent these kinds of things and given the reputation of corruption that the New Orleans police department has it comes as no surprise.

There Senator. I am one more person and I said it. So if you would like to punch me in the nose then let me know and we can arrange a meeting. Then, the press can write about how hurricane Big Dog stomped a mud puddle in your a$$ and walked it dry.

It is amazing how the donks come unraveled when they screw things up. And this is the party that wants to run the country. They can not run an evacuation according to their own plan. Maybe next time we can get the school children to take care of it for them.



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3 Responses to “I’m One More Person”

  1. N. Mallory says:

    I’m sorry I don’t agree that this is a “purely” state issue. This is a national crisis. It affects the whole country in one way or another.

    And while Ray Nagin made some mistakes, he’s not the first politician in charge to make mistakes in the face of a crisis. Not even your hero Bush is above criticism on that matter for reacting slowly to crisis on a number of occassions.

    BTW, Ray Nagin is one of the best mayors the city ever had. He’s cracked down on corruption in city government.

    I do agree that the whole thing was foobar with poor planning from the beginning. The call to evac came too late. The funding for maintance on the levees was seriously cut. The funding for the projects to improve the levees was seriously cut.

    Personally, I’d like to see someone else do better in the same circumstances.

  2. Big Dog says:

    You don’t have to agree that it is a state responsibility for it to be so. This is what I teach as part of my job. Evacuation is a state responsibility. What is going on now is rescue because the state failed to follow its own evacuation plans.

    FEMA had people on the ground within 72 hours which is their standard and the National Guard had people in there within 48 hours because the police allowed anarchy to develop.

    It is easy to blame the federal government and I think there were areas that could have run smoother but the reality is that the evacuation is a state responsibility. You can think otherwise but you would be wrong both according to doctrine and law.

    In addition, the Gov refused help because she was worried it would result in martial law. There is a lot of CYA going on. He might be the best mayor but that does not say much. There are almost 200 school buses sunk in water that could have been used. It was handled terribly by the state and they are the culpable ones. Perhaps everyone could stop pointing fingers at the feds and start looking within.

  3. Big Dog says:

    Just to make it clear, my hero, as you say, Bush has FEMA start mobilizing prior to landfall. The feds were preparing 5 days prior to landfall. Tell me how he was slow to respond when he responded well before landfall.
    I think there were areas where there could be improvement but what everyone is overlooking is that people were told to evacuate and they chose not to do so. For those who did not have a way the local government is required to provide those means. I counted about 170 buses in the picture and there are more than that. That is about 7500 seats available for those who could not leave if your hard on corruption mayor would have used the buses. That BTW was not Bush’s responsibility nor is it his fault.
    As for FEMA, you can not move people and equipment any faster. That is the truth of the matter.
    I happen to know a whole bunch of people who could have done this better. Too bad no one asked us.