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September 10, 2005

Most Outrageous Katrina-Related Statement

Posted by Nicholas Beaudrot of Electoral Math

Let's play a game: try to find the most unbelievably callous, bone-headed, thing that anyone has said about Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath. We'll have two divisions; the "elected offical" division and the "conservative pundit/news personality" division.

I nominate this gem from Tom Delay:

The congressman likened their stay to being at camp and asked, "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"

They nodded yes, but looked perplexed.

Yeah, kids, just think of this as an adventure. It'll all be over soon.

Okay, then.

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Comments

Here's my nomination:

"George Bush doesn't care about Black people."

Hehehehe.....Yeah, we all know who's to blame. We don need no steenkin' investigation. All we need is a black sports star to say it and we'll all just "Shawshank" it down.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 10, 2005 11:32:27 AM

Here is the next sentence:

With a group of reporters and press officers in tow, DeLay then moved on, chatting with others...

What is more disturbing than that is blogs such as this one, are so eager for news that helps them promote their agenda that they don't take time to check their sources. One would think that if a group of reporters and press officers were "in tow", this little tidbit would have been published in something more mainstream than "Domeblog", whoever that is.

More quality, please...

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 10, 2005 11:43:19 AM

Kanye West is a rapper, not a sports star. Who needs better sources? I certainly don't understand how the next sentence quoted by troll is at all relevant.

My favorite is former First Lady Barbara Bush (or her new nickname, Marie Antoinette):

"Almost
everyone I’ve talked to says we're going to move to
Houston."

Then she added: "What I’m hearing which is sort of
scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is
so overwhelmed by the hospitality.

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you
know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she
chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

Posted by: Unstable Isotope | Sep 10, 2005 12:57:30 PM

To borrow a line from Mr. Majikthise, and they're getting real gruel, not Krusty-brand imitation gruel!

Posted by: Scott Lemieux | Sep 10, 2005 1:59:33 PM

Here's another favorite from my collection:

"We had adequate supplies, the people and the vehicles..."
"We were asked not to go in, and we abided by that recommendation."

------Vic Howell, chief executive officer of the Red Cross's Louisiana Capital Area Chapter.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 10, 2005 2:08:16 PM

And yet, "Life is Beautiful" won 3 Oscars.

[Disclaimer: poster has not seen LIB, by his own choice. But apparently it involves convincing a child that the Holocaust is some weird game, and it's an Affirmation of Life. Sounds awful to me, but, again, 3 Oscars.]

Posted by: DonBoy | Sep 10, 2005 2:14:48 PM

Does anyone have a quote from the city fathers of Austin, Texas? Dallas has taken in about 18,000, Houston more than that. Even San Antonio has taken in almost 7,000 evacuees, but Austin, the liberal oasis of Texas, has done little. It is full of hippie wannabes that type on their computers but are nowhere to be found when the heavy lifting is to be done. They don't really want the poor blacks there.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 10, 2005 2:18:19 PM

My favorite remains" "You're doing a heck of a job, Brownie."

Posted by: Ezra | Sep 10, 2005 2:50:04 PM

Fred, Austin is a much smaller city. Some of my friends are going today to our convention center to help refugees, though. (And a lot of the displaced college students are being allowed to take UT-Austin classes.)

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Sep 10, 2005 3:02:23 PM

Austin is no longer the small quiant little college town it once was. Austin is also very liberal. Population is 656,562 at this time and they have convention centers as well. So what gives?

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 10, 2005 3:26:11 PM

Google News 1, Fred Jones 0. If his San Antonio numbers are right, we've got more refugees per capita than they do.

By the way, Kevin Drum has his list of quotes, for anyone who's interested.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Sep 10, 2005 3:35:12 PM

I hate subscriber walls! in any case, it's from the Austin-American Statesman.

Saturday, September 03, 2005
As many as 5,000 Hurricane Katrina refugees were expected to begin arriving in Austin early Friday, as the city began a massive effort to covert major civic buildings into shelters, triage areas and medical centers.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Sep 10, 2005 3:36:33 PM

“First, the huge, bureaucratic government will never be able to protect you. If you rely on government for anything, anything, you’re going to be disappointed, no matter who the president is...If you don’t get educated, if you don’t develop a skill, and force yourself to work hard, you’ll most likely be poor. And sooner or later, you’ll be standing on a symbolic rooftop waiting for help."
-- Bill O'Reilly

Posted by: tlaura | Sep 10, 2005 4:14:42 PM

Thanks Neil for answering the question! I feel better about Austin for having read that.

Thanks to you Kevin Drum for sticking your fat head in with a worthless attack.....thanks for nothin'.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 10, 2005 5:12:54 PM

My bad. It was Neil's fat head.

I must have touched a nerve by questioning Austin....sorry....sorry...never again....never again...

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 10, 2005 5:15:00 PM

Thanks Neil for answering the question! I feel better about Austin for having read that.

Fred, new rule: Check Google first. Make blog comments later. (another variation: "Engage brain before opening mouth")

Posted by: Constantine | Sep 10, 2005 6:11:19 PM

Well if it isn't 'Susan' sticking his fat head in again when the opportunity presents itself for another attack. Say, aren't you the guy that thought that the looting and lawlessness was not important? How did that work out for you after the roving gangs started shooting at relief workers, helicopters and police?

Posted by: Fred Jones | Sep 11, 2005 11:27:31 AM

"Austin? Austin, Massachusetts?"

Posted by: Adrock | Sep 12, 2005 10:49:26 AM

Fred Jones said:

One would think that if a group of reporters and press officers were "in tow", this little tidbit would have been published in something more mainstream than "Domeblog", whoever that is.

As is apparent from clicking on the link, DomeBlog is the blog set up by the Houston Chronicle to report on conditions and events in the Astrodome and other evacuation shelters in Houston. The "tidbit" was in fact published by Chronicle reporter Purva Patel, as the by-line at the bottom of the post indicated.

Perhaps instead of admonishing others to check their sources, Fred, you might check them yourself first.

Posted by: Kenneth Fair | Sep 12, 2005 5:15:30 PM

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