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The Media, Faith Hill, And Tim McGraw Get Stuck On Stupid

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March 14, 2006

The Media, Faith Hill, And Tim McGraw Get Stuck On Stupid

Lee P. Butler

Sometimes lightning does strike the same place twice and in the case of the Katrina Blame Game, it strikes with the constant mind-numbing stuck on stupid repetition reminiscent of the intermittent dripping of water during an episode of water torture.

Amid the cacophony created by cackling media elitists, egocentric multi-millionaire entertainment personalities, and the childish ranting of liberal hate-mongers the tragic story of Hurricane Katrina has ebbed and flowed through many transformations as each group has thrown their hats in the ‘attack Bush’ ring while they try desperately to rewrite history.

A recent Associated Press article displayed this tactic more appropriately than most have when they went on an ‘attack Bush’ frenzy over the public release of video and transcripts of Bush administration officials, including the President, in the days leading up to the landfall of the storm.

“In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his Homeland Security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans’ Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage,” the AP reported.

The AP also wrote that federal officials, “were fatally slow to realize they had not mustered enough resources to deal with the unprecedented disaster.”

This article alone illuminates just how stuck on stupid media elitists continue to be concerning Katrina and the rest of their counterparts just follow suit and pile on instead of researching the issue and reporting the facts which is supposed to be their job, not writing opinion pieces and passing it off as ‘news’.

First of all, the video and transcripts the AP ‘obtained’ and has just recently decided to release, was sent to all the media outlets by the administration in the immediate aftermath of the storm were recorded from the 25th thru the 31st of August 2005.

Why did it take so many months before the media decided to release the information? Drip... drip...drip.

Then they tried desperately to paint a different picture of those events than the actual video footage and transcripts provided.

It was President Bush who was the most concerned about the safety of using the Superdome to provide shelter for the residents of New Orleans who stayed in the city. Not only did those people ignore the mandatory evacuation issued for the city, but Mayor Ray Nagin told the people of his city that the Superdome would be available to them.

Mayor Nagin also didn’t use the thousands of school buses that were eventually flooded or the trains that he was told were available to him to move residents out of the danger zone ahead of the storm and the Governor of Louisiana had to be told of the impending doom by the director of the National Hurricane Center Max Mayfield; which even he says he never does, then she was called by President Bush who urged her to make the mandatory evacuation call.

Besides those things the media seems to think is unimportant in this tragedy, Mayor Nagin led the people of New Orleans to believe that the Superdome would be a perfectly suitable substitute for leaving the city like he did.

Add to that the fact that Governor Blanco didn’t call in the National Guard; which are exclusively under her charge and can only be called into action in these type situations by her command, weren’t ordered mobile by her until after the devastation had begun when the levees broke.

That’s the one part of this catastrophe media elitists continue to remain stuck on stupid about as the major point of their attack on Bush. Every single article they produce repeats the mantra that Bush lied when he said, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”

Even the AP story made the claim that the video and transcripts proved that he was warned about breaching levees and that the President was asking about it.

Yet, the truth is the President was asking about breaching after the storm had passed and had been alerted to the possibility that had happened; which more videos proved Governor Blanco told the President that she didn’t think a breach had occurred while that very thing was happening.

Seen any headlines alluding to that little tidbit of information?

And Mr. Mayfield had warned the President before the storm about ‘topping’ or spilling over of the levee, not breaching... breaking... of the levee.

Finally caught in the act of misleading the public with stuck on stupid Bush lied attacks, the AP ran a correction that was swept under the rug by the rest of the media in which the AP admitted, “The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing in a levee rather than an overrun.”

No duh! Doesn’t matter now, the only thing that will be remembered is the first seed they planted with their original story, not the clarification that was ignored.

Now two stuck on stupid country music singers, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, have decided to jump on the attack Bush bandwagon riding the Katrina Blame Game wagon train.

"There's no reason why someone can't go down there who's supposed to be the leader of the free world and say, 'I'm giving you a job to do and I'm not leaving here until it's done. And you're held accountable, and you're held accountable, and you're held accountable,” McGraw chided President Bush. "'This is what I've given you to do, and if it's not done by the time I get back on my plane, then you're fired and someone else will be in your place. '"

Let’s see, McGraw’s fellow liberal Democrats are calling for the impeachment of President Bush for intercepting the international phone calls of suspected terrorists to protect the country from another terrorist attack, but he thinks the President has the authority to just snap his fingers and fix things or just start firing people if it doesn’t get fixed?

Faith Hill was even more stuck on stupid. "I fear for our country if we can't handle our people [during] a natural disaster. And I can't stand to see it. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out point A to point B. . . . And they can't even skip from point A to point B. It's just screwed up."

Does she mean driving school buses and trains loaded with residents of New Orleans going from point A before the storm hit to point B? Would the Mayor and Governor, who definitely aren’t brain surgeons, actually following the state plan of evacuation have been point A, then the Governor following protocol at the national level to get federal help... like Mississippi and Alabama did... been point B?

Somewhere between point A and point B billions of dollars have poured into the disaster stricken region; millions of which have been wasted, where the rebuilding process will be a long, hard slog. Even parts of North Carolina and Florida are still recovering from Hurricanes that took place years ago, but hasn’t gotten the media coverage New Orleans has.

Maybe what the relief effort needs is less stuck on stupid entertainers and more brain surgeons.

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