Hurricane exploitation – the quotes

Writing from the hurricane ravaged front-lines of Australia, a right-wing blogger digs up up some quotes which he offers as evidence of leftist hurricane exploitation. I know it’s “Hard Work” to search for quotes, and clearly the extremist right is making “Good Progress” — which leaves them little time to dig up evidence of their own fetid verbal vomit. So I’ll help out by finding a selection of some of the choicest hurricane commentary by Republicans and Republican collaborators.

• The American Family Association demonstrating the Sadist Right’s version of charity and mercy :

“New Orleans now is abortion free. New Orleans now is Mardi Gras free. New Orleans now is free of Southern Decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion — it’s free of all of those things now. God simply, I believe, in His mercy purged all of that stuff out of there — and now we’re going to start over again.”

• Repent America director Michael Marcavage announced that like any good father, God beat his children to death because they were dirty:

“Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city. From ‘Girls Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence’, New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same. Let us pray for those ravaged by this disaster. However, we must not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long. May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty God.”

• Grover “Drown the Government” Norquist in a memo to the US Senate, sent the same day that public aid finally began to arrive in New Orleans:

In light of this week’s tragic hurricane in Louisiana, some politicians have suggested that tax cuts in general and death tax repeal specifically should not move forward. This is a similar argument which was made following the Iraq War and the 2003 tax cut. That analysis turned out to be very wrong….
By stalling the vote they believe that the issue will not fit in the calendar on a later date. The 2003 tax cut lifted economic growth far beyond what most people expected. We know repeal of the Death Tax will also have a similar effect. And higher levels of economic growth is exactly what the residents of the Gulf Region need at this time to start the rebuilding process for their neighborhoods and more importantly for their lives.

(Upon hearing Norquist’s order to jump, the Senate asked: “how high?”)

• Bill O’Reilly makes a characteristic effort to understand the plight of the poor:

Moral of the story: People were warned to get out. Those who stayed paid a price for that decision. If you rely on the government, you’re likely to be disappointed. No government can protect you or provide for you. You have to do it yourself.

• House Speaker Dennis Hastert in a touching message of hope to the residents of New Orleans, and anywhere else in America that lives under threat (and votes Democrat):

“It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed,” the Illinois Republican said in an interview Wednesday with The Daily Herald of Arlington, Ill. Hastert, in a transcript supplied by the newspaper, said there was no question that the people of New Orleans would rebuild their city, but noted that federal insurance and other federal aid was involved. “We ought to take a second look at it. But you know we build Los Angeles and San Francisco on top of earthquake fissures and they rebuild too. Stubbornness.”

• As residents of New Orleans crawl through neck-deep shit and slowly die of thirst, leaving the city to collapse into anarchy and gunfire, Glenn Reynolds manages to find a justification for his disturbing fetishes at the expense of a stable American society:

If you’ve got a week’s supplies, and a gun, you’ll usually do okay after a disaster. If you don’t, you’re in much bigger trouble, because it generally takes that long for some sort of order to be restored.

(Sorry, poor folks. Maybe all y’all can steal some guns…)

• Ted Frank of the American Enterprise Institute regarding the compassionate response to the desperate heart-rending plight of starving refugees — namely random vigilante assassinations:

I think shooting looters is a compassionate way to protect the safety and well-being of law-abiding citizens. Time after time it has been shown that the way to prevent deadly anarchic riots is to take firm decisive action to prevent matters from getting to a tipping point.

• George Bush on the tragic loss a coastal vacation retreat owned by multi-millionaire segregationist Trent Lott:

The good news is — and it’s hard for some to see it now — that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott’s house — he’s lost his entire house — there’s going to be a fantastic house. And I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)

• Disgraced commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association and alleged FEMA director Mike Brown trying to wipe his bloody hands on the clothes of corpses:

I think the death toll may go into the thousands. And unfortunately, that’s going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the evacuation warnings. And I don’t make judgments about why people choose not to evacuate.

• Regarding playing politics with disaster, Dennis Hastert’s spokesman Ron Bonjean said in response to Nancy Pelosi’s request for a special session:

There is a humanitarian rescue operation going on right now, as we speak. It is difficult to get a real assessment on the amount of damage done, which makes a special session unlikely. In addition, emergency relief services such as FEMA have billions of dollars at hand to help with the initial relief.”

Regarding playing politics with disaster, Dennis Hastert’s spokesman Ron Bonjean — after twenty-four hours of drinking the blood of dead babies — said in response to Nancy Pelosi’s request for a special session:

We’ve approached the Minority Leader [Pelosi] with a proposal to bring the House back into emergency session to pass emergency funding for Hurricane Katrina victims.

• Poorly-programmed Turing Machine “Jonah Goldberg” on why building schools in Baghdad must be done at any cost, but building schools in New Orleans is a matter of federalism and political choice which demands an up-front price tag:

There are real issues of federalism and fairness when it comes to asking Americans to spend untold billions on the reconstruction effort. Again, I lean toward doing it because that’s what great nations do. But I’d like to hear the price tag first.

In the words of simpering extremist toady David Frum: Is there not something bizarre about their willingness to fire off accusation after accusation, each contradicting the last?

Yes, Dave. Truly there is something bizzare about it.


• A whole nightmare of extremist right-wing filth in Jane Galt’s comments, such as:

But what if there really IS a correlation between race and a tendency to amoral, selfish, violent behavior? Wouldn’t it be suicidal to ignore it just because it is unpleasant that life might actually be ordered that way?
I just feel sorry for any white people left in that city. I saw video of some white tourists walking aimlessly, dragging their suitcases behind them, looking for help. They said they hadn’t seen any police. What a nightmare…white people abandoned in a lawless city full of black people with no police in sight, and no firearms to protect themselves. You can talk all you want about how awful it is to be a racist, but they are the ones who are finding out firsthand the brutal realities of race in this country.

Continuing to update….

• The fetid zombie queen known as Barbara Bush:

What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is that they 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 — heh heh — this is working very well for them.

• Republican Strategist Jack Burkman explaining the total worthlessness of American lives:

I understand there are 10,000 people dead. It’s terrible. It’s tragic. But in a democracy of 300 million people, over years and years and years, these things happen.

• Via Wonkete, here’s Tom Delay in 2001 regarding FEMA responsibility for helping his home district of Houston:

We’ve attained our goal of equipping FEMA with the resources they need to carry out their responsibilities. I’m also pleased that the White House has released additional funds to help Houston recover from the damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Allison.

Here’s Tom Delay, 2005 regarding FEMA responsibility for helping poor black people in New Orleans:

The emergency response system was set up to work from the bottom up. . . . It’s the local officials trying to handle the problem. When they can’t handle the problem, they go to the state, and the state does what they can to, and if they need assistance from FEMA and the federal government they ask for it and it’s delivered.

• Glenn Reynolds regarding the social safety net of compassionate conservatism:

That’s just how it is. People need to be encouraged to do this. Whenever I say this [all levels of government will completely abandon you in a crisis], I get responses along the lines of “poor people can’t afford to stockpile food.” But here’s a family survival kit for $50 and it’s pretty good. Most poor people in America can afford food (that’s why so many poor people are fat). They do have other problems that make preparation less likely, though (if you’re the kind of person who thinks ahead and prepares for emergencies, you’re much less likely to be poor to begin with).

So the next time you have $1 hamburgers for dinner, buy an extra one and stick it under your pillow for a rainy day.

• Jonah “Spearchucker” Goldberg exhibiting his usual sensitivity and intelligence on matters of race:

The danger here is real. Tens of thousands of black New Orleaneans persevered with dignity and sacrifice in the face of Katrina. But a sizable minority of blacks—including police—behaved reprehensibly in the aftermath, shooting at rescue workers, raping, killing and, yes, looting (though no cannibalism).

• House Republican campaign chief Representative Richard Baker of Baton Rouge overheard explaining conservative social-policy solutions to lobbyists:

We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did.

• Failed screenwriter Hugh Hewitt — now wracked by the tragic effects of late stage rabies — blames hurricane deaths on “the media.” He claims that all the stories on every news outlet before the storm and all the stories warning of biblical disaster dating back several years were just not hysterical enough:

Again, I’ve got a proposition for you, because they [reporters] did not do their homework, because they did not understand the levees were the threat, they ended up killing hundreds of Americans. I’m not going to say thousands, because I don’t know the number. But I know hundreds are dead, that they did not communicate the severity of this storm.

• Before Katrina hit Louisiana, the National Weather service sent out a warning of “total collapse,” “certain death,” and “human suffering incredible by modern standards.” After the disaster struck, obsessive dog-fucker (were it not for the healing power of Jesus) Rick Santorum claimed that their warnings were “not sufficient.”

[Santorum introduced a bill which instructs the government to abandon weather prediction and data reporting that duplicate private-sector activity. AccuWeather — which would benefit — is one of Santorum’s major contributors]

• The survivors in the Astrodome have gone through the total destruction of their lives, followed by a week of wallowing in heat, darkness, filth, poison and death, bleeding for days for someone — anyone — to take them to safety. On a tour of the Asrodome, worm-like creature Tom Delay shambled his leprous coils up to three young boys on cots, and, for the benefit of two adjacent cabinet secretaries compared their experience to summer camp. He then asked the children:

Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?

• Alleged pundit Charles Krauthammer inventively procaines that everytime someone tries to hold their democratically elected representatives responsible for their actions, a pagan Jew will die:

In less enlightened times there was no catastrophe independent of human agency. When the plague or some other natural disaster struck, witches were burned, Jews were massacred and all felt better (except the witches and Jews).

A few centuries later, our progressive thinkers have progressed not an inch.

• In a Saint Vitus dance of propagandistic confusion, National Review contributing editor James S Robbins suggest that not only is the complete destruction of a major American city rather irrelevant, 9/11 is also on par with aspirn abuse:

Of course, the parallels between 9/11 and Katrina are at best inexact. Hurricanes are more frequent than terrorist attacks. They are more predictable. And they are often more devastating. Katrina is a case in point — the number of deaths may go well beyond those incurred on 9/11. But that will not in itself make the hurricane a more significant event. One cannot gauge the magnitude of events simply from body counts. Aspirin abuse accounted for about twice the number of American deaths in 2001 than the September 11 attacks, but who noticed?

3 Replies to “Hurricane exploitation – the quotes”

  1. Please identify for me where I\’ve ever suggested, much less endorsed, “random vigilante assassinations.” Certainly not in the text you quoted.
    Given that the initial failure to maintain order is directly responsible for delays in rescue that killed dozens, and perhaps hundreds, and may end up leaving the city destroyed by arson, I fail to see what is wrong with my observation that it would be far more compassionate to the victims of Katrina to provide them a safe environment through aggressive law enforcement than to have left them at the mercy of thugs and gangsters for several days.

  2. Ted, you wrote that comment about the compassionate shooting of looters on the 31st, when The New Orleans police — those who were still alive — had their hands quite full trying to save as many dying people as they could. The National Guard started arriving in New Orleans yesterday, three days later. So if you weren\’t talking about vigilante assassination, exactly who were you suggesting should shoot the looters?
    And as for the “random” part, who do you suggest should decide if someone is looting as opposed to scavenging for survival? Let\’s say a crowd is looting a drug store, with some looking for any drugs they can find, while some are trying to find insulin before they die. Should your hypothetical sniper pick a few targets according to taste? Or should they Should they just kill \’em all, since that\’s the most compassinate thing to do?
    Sorry Ted. Your compassion still sounds an awful lot like random bigillante violence to me…
    Hey, here\’s a better solution than advocating assassination without saying who will carry it our or how they will choose their victims — start mobilizing the National Guard to keep order when the storm first hits.

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