Heckuva job, newguy!
This is pasted and copied complete from Stop the ACLU:
Another gross FEMA failure — but it is not the President’s fault this time
Posted on February 1, 2009
It’s only the fault of the President if he is a Republican
Where is FEMA? That’s the question rural southerners are asking. Or would be asking if their lips weren’t frozen shut. At least 42 people have died, including 11 in Kentucky, and conditions are worsening in many places days after an ice storm knocked out power to 1.3 million customers from the Plains to the East Coast. About a million people were still without electric Friday, and with no hope that the lights will come back on soon, small communities are frantically struggling to help their residents.
The death toll may be higher already, Grayson County Emergency Management Director Randell Smith indicates there are many people they just haven’t been able to get to. “We don’t even know that they’re alive,” said Smith, who also indicated that the National Guard showed up without even chainsaws to clear fallen trees from the roads.
Across the stricken area, local officials are increasingly upset at the lack of assistance from the Federal Government. As Tim Blair puts it, “according to the Katrina template, this is all Obama’s fault.” Right, Kanye?
FEMA spokeswoman Mary Hudak said that some FEMA people are getting out into the state, but indicated that they are hampered by icy and dangerous conditions. So, just so we are clear Mary, the ice emergency is hard to help with because its all icy? The worst hit areas are poor rural counties. You know, the kind full of bitter people clinging to guns and religion. I reckon they’re clinging to them right now. Facing freezing to death alone in the country no doubt puts one’s mind to prayer. More from the AP:
Even for those who wanted to leave, it wasn’t possible. The one gas station in Marion that was up and running was able to supply gasoline to emergency vehicles only until another delivery of gasoline arrived Friday. Only half of that gas was made available to the public, and there was a $10 limit. Linda Young, who is staying the town’s shelter, said her car only had enough gas in it to get around Marion. Even if she had gas, there was nowhere to go - all of her relatives in other parts of Kentucky also were hit by the ice storm.
They are trapped, huddled in shelters, and wondering what’s next. But hey, the governor said Obama called him and was all, you know, worried. So it’s not like he’s not doing anything. I wonder if the President told the Governor that Kentuckians should “toughen up”? Is “flinty” a synonym for grossly insensitive? It would, of course, be despicable to suggest the President isn’t helping because of the race and income levels of the majority of the victims. Although as Jeff Emanuel notes, it’s been known to happen.