Why Not Fire These F*ckers Now Instead of Waiting?CNN with some excellent examples of the extreme distance from reality that Chertoff and Brown are existing in. (Nod to Andrew Sullivan of all people)
On hospital evacuations:
Brown: I've just learned today that we ... are in the process of completing the evacuations of the hospitals, that those are going very well.
On the overall federal response:
Brown: Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well.And what the hell has happened to the Preznit's handlers? They used to do a better job than to let him say shit like this:
The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)Yeah, well, as long as the rich white guy's going to be okay.
But some folks that I wouldn't expect to are getting it. Even Newt Gingrich:
"I think it puts into question all of the Homeland Security and Northern Command planning for the last four years, because if we can't respond faster than this to an event we saw coming across the Gulf for days, then why do we think we're prepared to respond to a nuclear or biological attack?" said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.There's been a lot of talk about Chimpy and members of the cabinet being reluctant to cut their vacations short to deal with this but what no one has asked is, why the hell were the president, vice president, sec. of state and chief of staff all on vacation at the same time? I've heard for years from Repuglicans about how they understand business and how they'll run government like a business - well, in business you don't all leave town at the same time. You ALWAYS make sure someone's minding the store. They could also take a cue from business (especially my business - Information Technology) when it come to handling disaster - the bigger the problem, the higher the heads that are on the response calls, soaking up details, asking questions and making sure that everybody (especially the customer - which in this case is US) knows that the big guy is the chief motherfucker in charge! You don't make any damn assumptions, you publicly ask questions of the guys below you (and hope like hell the answer is that they've already done it) and you constantly talk to your customer and TELL HIM THE THINGS YOU'RE DOING TO HELP HIM - long before he thinks to ask. Chertoff, Brown, Bush... fucking useless.
We know that Condi's been catching "Spamalot" and buying shoes in New York, but it hasn't been as clear which undisclosed location Cheney's been hiding in. But then I picked up a copy of Weekly World News at the drug store last night and found him - he's apparently hiding out in Fort Knox, wearing a crown and making everyone call him King Dick. The article hasn't made it to the web edition yet, but it's in the newspaper so it must be true!