i'm going to digress ... knowing the minds of the player, we'll once again read how the delay in action regarding hurricane katrina was ALL bush's fault, when in fact NONE of it was his fault.
a few facts just to refresh those memories who continue to blame president bush for the hurricane katrina debacle:
* max mayfield of the national hurricane center took the unprecedented action of calling blanco and nagin personally to PLEAD with them to begin MANDATORY evacuation of new orleans and they said they would "take it under advisement".
* now this is where it gets down to the nitty-gritty FACTS!
president bush spent friday afternoon and evening with his advisors and administrators drafting all of the paperwork required for a state to request federal assistance ( and not be in violation of the posse comitatus act or having to enact the insurgency act ).
just before midnight friday evening, the president called govenor blanco and pleded with her to sign the request papers so the federal government and the military could legally begin mobilization and call up. he was told "they" didn't think it necessary for the federal government to be involved yet.
after the president's final call to the govenor she held meetings with her staff to discuss the "political ramifications" of bringing federal forces. it was decided if they allowed federal assistance it would make it look as if they had failed so it was agreed upon that the feds should not be invited in.
saturday before the storm hit, the president again called blanco and nagin and requesting they please sign the papers requesting federal assistance, that they declare the state an emergency area, and begin mandatory evacuation. after a personal PLEA from the president nagin agreed to order an evacuation, but it would not be a full mandatory evacuation and the govenor still refused to sign the papers requesting and authorizing federal action.
* in frustration the president declared the area a national disaster area BEFORE the state of louisianna did so he could legally begin some advanced preparations. rumor has it that the president's legal advisors were looking into the ramifications of using the insurgency act to bypass the constitutional requirement that a state request federal aid before the federal government can move into state with troops, but that had not been done since 1906 and the constitutionality of it was called into question.
* throw in the fact that over half of the federal aid for the past decade for new orleans to that for the past decade for levee construction, maintenance, and repair was diverted to fund a marina and support the gambling ships.
well, although quite lengthy, this should do it for you homer.
Most over-hyped storm in recent memory.