Edith Layton's Son and Katrina
Adam Felber. Some people know him as the guy from the radio show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. I know of him because he's the son of Ms. Layton, who's one of my favorite writers despite the fact that she's a Yankees fan.
From Felber's blog:
The Big Set-up
Wow - I’ve been coming across dozens of things like this in the past week, partly from research, partly from your emails. And it’s outrageous. FEMA reports, articles in scientific journals and mainstream publications, interviews… it’s simply unbelievable. It seems that as far back as 2001, people in the bayou and around the coutry were already making their voices heard about the disaster preparedness in New Orleans just so in case something happened, they could blame the President.
In June 2004, southern Louisiana’s emergency management chief Walter Maestri told the local Time Picayune newspaper that federal funds appeared to have been diverted instead of paying for repairs the state’s dykes, designed to protect the low-lying region from flooding.
“Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us,” he wrote at the time. “It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay.”
Yes, that’s right, as early as the first Bush budget, there were people preparing to set the President up. Looking forward to the blame game, no doubt, should something terrible happen. A secret liberal-funded program of covert “public warnings” and “widely-circulated scientific reports” and “vociferous protests” was organized under the radar, ensuring that those documents would be sitting there in the archives like time bombs, waiting for the moment that something went wrong…
read the rest here.
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Now ferfe, before you post, keep in mind that this is a particulary wonderful example of number 8 on Mr. Sun's list.