Friday, September 02, 2005

Political Football.

I couldn't sleep last night. I was exhausted. Fortunately, I have the NFL channel. I've been watching replays of NFL exhibition games. At ~3:30 AM, I hear one announcer say, "Well, you've got to wonder if Katrina will open the door for the Saints to move to Los Angeles. The NFL has had a gaping hole in the LA area."

Fantastic. These people have lost their homes, their city, and this moron is suggesting that they lose their football team as well. Wonderful.

I can't stand opportunists. I wish I could deck every loser that wants to profit from this catastrophe. Have you seen other examples of sort of crap recently? Stretching further, do you feel that the rescue effort is being handled well? Has the federal government done enough to help those in need?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LA needs a team, and the Saints do stink!

I'm only teasing.

It is horrible, but it has been really interesting hearing the sports related stories to this. The Big School where I work is closer t NO than Fancy Pants U, and we are receiving many students even though our dorms are overflowing - literally - students are sleeping in lounges.

Of course they do have a place to sleep when some don't tonight.


8:48 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I'm sick of watching the reporters watch people stand on their roof waiting for help or float by on top of a piece of wood. I think the government is doing the best it can possibly do to help, but I hate watching these healthy smug bastards just stand there and not help.

Or the jackass last night who was asking one of the doctors about patients who would survive being transported and he asks the guy for a number! Like the doctor's going to say, "Oh, well see that guy over there he's about to die any second. And that woman? I don't know why we are even bothering to treat her. Oh! Dead man walking over there!"

Instead of showing him asking thoughtless questions maybe they could have shown some footage of the reporter giving blood to help increase their chances of survival.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

America is the land of opportunity. I'm not surprised.

No, I don't feel our government is doing enough. My boss told me last night that he's putting together a fundraiser at the restaurant, though, complete with a silent auction. I'm going to donate at least two pieces with opening bids of $200.00 each. I'm glad to be able to do something.

We're not donating to the Red Cross, though, because apparently they might not send 100% of the proceeds to the victims. My boss is looking for an organization who will do that.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friend's energy stock just gave him the highest gain in percentage and dollar amount in a day. All that because the rebuilding will bring in money to those companies. That is screwed up.

11:02 AM  
Blogger A Fashionista said...

I am just plain sick of the cheeeezy sensationalizm the media plays into. Stupid, stupid, stupid

3:34 PM  
Blogger Lily said...

I feel the initial federal response was seriously lacking.

3:55 PM  
Blogger thc said...

You were watching the NFL channel, after all. They are going to discuss the disaster's implication on the NFL.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

thc: The NFL channel rebroadcasts games that have aired on *local* channels. As such, the play by play is done by local guys. I think it's a tad inappropriate to say a natural disaster opens the door for an LA team. Why should the people of New Orleans suffer?

6:52 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

Actually, I can see why this was mentioned as there has been talk about moving the Saints for the last two years. Owner Tom Benson has been in talks with the city several times about the deal they currently have (which the city has been struggling to pay.) If there was an ideal time to work out a new deal at a new location and not have the city continue to pay a team that is unable to play there, it would be now.

I do think that the federal government has done quite a lot in the time since Katrina hit. Congress has been called back from their vacation to vote and pass a $10.5 billion bill to begin the relief effort. A lot of the Guard effort out there comes with snags. Louisiana's Guard unit was not called out due to rules and regulations. If "Jimmy Horowitz" is taking guns from a pawnshop and a local Guard member is forced into a gunfight to protect himself, the psychological and emotional issues of altercations with a neighbor are skirted by using outside Guard units. The Guard is usually called out, meet and get briefed in about 24 hours. Not enough time to mobilize and try to effectively evacuate 5 million people from a city with only 2 bridges out. A lot of this falls on the local level and evacuation planning as the citizens were asked to evacuate the area 3 days before the event. 1 day before, a mandatory evacuation was enacted (but you can't legally force someone to leave their property without due process.)

7:24 PM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

We as a nation, have been plauged by our lack of preparedness, and our repsonse to this horrific diaster. I only hope it is not indicitive of how we would respond in the event that we had another terrorist attack.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Ivan said...

I think that yes it has been to slow. But they're doing what they can. They could have brought in the Gaurd earlier. The looting and those roaming gangs of armed thugs is insane. The announcer is a dumbass, plain and simple. The Red Cross doesn't donate 100%? How much does it?

8:13 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

No, the federal government was too slow. Surprise?

My main beef is with Louisiana. Where was the governor? Where was the disaster recovery plan that the state should nave formulated?

Here's missed opportunity #1:

Tell very school district not affected that they have a week off from school. Then, take every single bus and coordinate the removal of people from New Orleans. Those off for the week would make up the missed school days (if at all) at the end of the year.

FEMA messed up. But, Louisiana shirked their responsibility far more than anyone else. The politicians whining are the ones who should have been ready to roll.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Joann said...

Here in San Jose Ca. the Red Cross is training 90 volunteers that will fly to the Gulf Coast. They hope to train 500 more by the end of September. This will cost money.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Meow said...

vavoom i am ın turkey and the keyboard is strange all i hear on cnn is criticizm about the slowness of the actual relief
seems like things are just getting done properly just now 9-3-05

5:44 AM  
Blogger dusty said...

Vavoom, I think the government is struggling with this huge disaster as is the rest of us. I do not think they had their collective shit together to handle something of this magnitude..but that said, The Prez has looked like a friggin moron through the whole thing. He sounds plastic and phony. He keeps saying platitudes that are worthless to those suffering. His apperances have been little more than sound bites for the masses. I think its hard to react quickly when our resources are stretched due to the amount of troops and equipment in Iraq.If you expect talking heads to be intelligent during such a crisis you are going to be in for a let down..they are nothing more than a mouthpiece and not allowed to think for themselves just spout whatever is rolling on the teleprompter.

10:10 AM  
Blogger GSR said...

The NFL is a machine, an economy unto itself. NOTHING, including widespread disasters will stop them from playing. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Saints exit New Orleans for greener pastures....nothing must get in the way of the machine.

11:55 AM  
Blogger European said...

I have a friend who is a salesman for a plastics company. His boss sent people home at the beginning of last week, so that they could wait for the prices to rise so they'd make more profit off their stinkin plastic.

1:06 PM  

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