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Matthew Hoy currently works as a metro page designer at the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Saturday, September 03, 2005
20/20 Hindsight or shameless opportunism?: Over at EU ROTA, the Lexis-Nexis database has provided us with the craven and shameless opportunism that is the New York Times editorial page.

First, Thursday's Times editorial on the Hurricane Katrina tragedy:

While our attention must now be on the Gulf Coast's most immediate needs, the nation will soon ask why New Orleans's levees remained so inadequate. Publications from the local newspaper to National Geographic have fulminated about the bad state of flood protection in this beloved city, which is below sea level. Why were developers permitted to destroy wetlands and barrier islands that could have held back the hurricane's surge? Why was Congress, before it wandered off to vacation, engaged in slashing the budget for correcting some of the gaping holes in the area's flood protection?

Got that? All that evil budget slashing going on in Washington that should've been spending more money on the levees. Or should they?

From the April 13, 2005, Times editorial page on a funding bill for the Army Corps of Engineers:

Anyone who cares about responsible budgeting and the health of America's rivers and wetlands should pay attention to a bill now before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The bill would shovel $17 billion at the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and other water-related projects -- this at a time when President Bush is asking for major cuts in Medicaid and other important domestic programs. Among these projects is a $2.7 billion boondoggle on the Mississippi River that has twice flunked inspection by the National Academy of Sciences.

The Government Accountability Office and other watchdogs accuse the corps of routinely inflating the economic benefits of its projects. And environmentalists blame it for turning free-flowing rivers into lifeless canals and destroying millions of acres of wetlands -- usually in the name of flood control and navigation but mostly to satisfy Congress's appetite for pork.

This is a bad piece of legislation.
[emphasis added]

Everyone saw this coming, except for the Times' editorial page.

What should you do if you ever see a Times editorial writer on the street? That's right, point and laugh.

12:20 AM


And then tell me whose to blame!!!!


Preparing America

In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort.

If I am not mistaken the Hurricane happened at the end of August!!!

Primary Responsibility = PRIMARY BLAME!

Many are saying that the reason the Federal Government didn't react quickly enough was because the population of New Orleans are predominately Black. I don't think that was the reason. I think the reason was that New Orleans was "Fly Over" country. Hell, if it doesn't happen in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York or DC, then it really isn't happening in America is it? Such is the mindset of the elitists who rule our country. If it happened in one of the major urban centers in America the response would have been much quicker. But since it happened in "fly over" country it really wasn't as important. After all, all the elites in DC really don't have any friends or family in the effected areas. Heck, they look at "that part of the world" with contempt.

And what the hell is up with Bush calling the Hurricane effected areas "this part of the world". He said that at least four times in his Friday Press Conference.

And why did he go to California on Monday?
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