Saturday, September 03, 2005

My Response To Ben Stein

In his American Spectator column, Stein really talks up some shit. It's been almost 8 years since I made their enemies list, as "Nuck Fewt", so I figure I'll start a small shit storm and see what happens.

As always your insults and flames are welcome.

"1.) The hurricane that hit New Orleans and Mississippi and Alabama was an astonishing tragedy. The suffering and loss of life and peace of mind of the residents of those areas is acutely horrifying."

Almost as horrifying is the lack of preparedness. Airlines, trains, and buses were pulled out of service 24 hours before the hurricane hit, and this new fast thinking FEMA blamed the residents for not evacuating.

"2.) George Bush did not cause the hurricane. Hurricanes have been happening for eons. George Bush did not create them or unleash this one."

George Bush cut the budgets to the Corps of Engineers who predicted this event and were building up the levee system to minimize its impact.

"4.) There is no overwhelming evidence that global warming exists as a man-made phenomenon. There is no clear-cut evidence that global warming even exists. There is no clear evidence that if it does exist it makes hurricanes more powerful or makes them aim at cities with large numbers of poor people. If global warming is a real phenomenon, which it may well be, it started long before George Bush was inaugurated, and would not have been affected at all by the Kyoto treaty, considering that Kyoto does not cover the world's worst polluters -- China, India, and Brazil. In a word, George Bush had zero to do with causing this hurricane. To speculate otherwise is belief in sorcery."

There is overwhelming evidence that global warming is a man-made phenomenon. There are also well paid pundits and psuedoscientists who are in the pockets of the oil companies that dispute the simple reality that we are in a man-made caused greenhouse effect that makes storms like Katrina more likely and more potent. To blame the third world for this fact is plain ignorant. We are 4% of the worlds population and produce over 20% of the greenhouse gases. You want third world crapholes to revert to their 1990 CO2 levels (near zero) before our nation does anything? That's not only wrong, it's ignorant.

"6.) George Bush had nothing to do with the hurricane contingency plans for New Orleans. Those are drawn up by New Orleans and Louisiana. In any event, the plans were perfectly good: mandatory evacuation. It is in no way at all George Bush's fault that about 20 percent of New Orleans neglected to follow the plan. It is not his fault that many persons in New Orleans were too confused to realize how dangerous the hurricane would be. They were certainly warned. It's not George Bush's fault that there were sick people and old people and people without cars in New Orleans. His job description does not include making sure every adult in America has a car, is in good health, has good sense, and is mobile."

So what is FEMA about? He had no problem doling out FEMA relief to Florida prior to the election. New Orleans evacuation plans depended on having a full National Guard contingent, and promised federal assistance in the evacuation. Louisiana doesn't have the authority to tell Amtrak or American Airlines to evacuate residents. The only one, under the Patriot Act, with that authority is Bush.

"7.) George Bush did not cause gangsters to shoot at rescue helicopters taking people from rooftops, did not make gang bangers rape young girls in the Superdome, did not make looters steal hundreds of weapons, in short make New Orleans into a living hell."

Wow, there's a clue. How about when an infrastructure goes to hell, and people are trying to just survive, and every resource in Louisiana's first priority is to save lives, that some small groups of morons are going to take advantage. It reminds me of our response to the lawlessness and looting in Iraq. Why isn't Rumsfeld out there claiming that this is just a free people expressing themselves.
Is your point that we should let those in New Orleans rot in ovens of stadiums because there's knuckleheads out there? Isn't one of FEMAs responsibilities to preserve law and order?

"8.) George Bush is the least racist President in mind and soul there has ever been and this is shown in his appointments over and over. To say otherwise is scandalously untrue."

Yeah, if you suck up and play his toady he's very colorblind. If you speak out against one of his policies, he'll ruin you and your family regardless of their color. He'll even go so far as push poll your "colored child" if you're John McCain.

"9.) George Bush is rushing every bit of help he can to New Orleans and Mississippi and Alabama as soon as he can. He is not a magician. It takes time to organize huge convoys of food and now they are starting to arrive. That they get in at all considering the lawlessness of the city is a miracle of bravery and organization."
As soon as he can? He should have propositioned food and aid 72 hours before the storm hit, and sent Federal aid to assist in the evacuation. He didn't even finish his vacation until three days after the tragedy, and only after screwing up a simple G chord in California.

Is this his new and improved FEMA? Now under Homeland Security to improve the response time to disasters?

"10.) There is not the slightest evidence at all that the war in Iraq has diminished the response of the government to the emergency. To say otherwise is pure slander."
Slander my ass. When you take away 30-40% of trained first responders, stuff happens. When you take away high water vehicles, stuff happens. For someone who made a buck of trying to get people to take your money, you don't really seem to have a grasp of the simple math.

"11.) If the energy the news media puts into blaming Bush for an Act of God worsened by stupendous incompetence by the New Orleans city authorities and the malevolence of the criminals of the city were directed to helping the morale of the nation, we would all be a lot better off."

The only way he seems to get off his ass is to shame him into it. He wasn't even going to support an investigation into what went wrong prior to 9/11, until public opinion forced Karl Rove to change his mind. How the hell can you blame New Orleans authorities when every resource they had was working 16-20 hour shifts doing all they could to rescue people? How can you blame New Orleans authorities when they were warning the federal government for years of the risk to the levee system that Bush underfunded?

"12.) New Orleans is a great city with many great people. It will recover and be greater than ever. Sticking pins into an effigy of George Bush that does not resemble him in the slightest will not speed the process by one day."

Perhaps we have a different view of acceptable loss of life. People, six days after the tragedy still haven't been evacuated by our new and improved FEMA. Like father like son. Appoint toadies who don't know the first thing about emergency management, and have them go on Wolf Blitzer and blame the victims. Do you think Brown also blames those victims in nursing homes and hospitals that weren't evacuated?
"13.) The entire episode is a dramatic lesson in the breathtaking callousness of government officials at the ground level. Imagine if Hillary Clinton had gotten her way and they were in charge of your health care"

Hillary wouldn't have gone fishing during a disaster. If Hillary Clinton had gotten her way in health care, at least the upcoming cases of typhoid and dysentery would be covered.

Ben Stein, you were one of Richard Nixon's chief apologists to the end. At least wingnuts like PJ O'Rourke have some redeeming value in their comedic talent. You are, were, and will always be a nonthinking partisan toadie.

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At 11:01 PM, Blogger TheRef said...

Amen on your critique of Ben Stein and his love affair with all things Bush.

TheRef

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger Lectronicman said...

I never read Stien....it's like a sharp stick in the eye!

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At 1:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are such an idiot dick...maybe you should learn to read too. Bush this and Bush that... whatever happened to personal responsibility?

 
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At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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