Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Set Theory, Brownie, and Katrina

This explains a lot. Seems the Bush White House "Statement on Federal Emergency Assistance for Louisiana" left out a few Louisiana parishes. If you look at the list on the document that Governor Blanco sent to the President requesting a declaration of a state of emergency, there are 64 parishes listed. The Bush statement lists 40.

On the Louisiana document:
There are 14 parishes
expected to receive major damage based on the anticipated track of Hurricane Katrina.
There are 17 parishes expected to
suffer significant damage as tropical force wind and heavy rainfall occur in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina's landfall.
And there are 33
Parishes that are affected by the evacuation of persons from the southeastern parishes of the state as we implement the Louisiana Shelter Operations Plan.

The White House statement - as quoted on Democratic Underground, because the White House link no longer works - list 40 parishes where aid is authorized
to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.
Most of these parishes are in the last group from the Louisiana request. It's like they skipped two paragraphs.

Brownie reportedly told Congress today that Louisiana didn't ask for help in those parishes! Isn't lying to Congress a crime?


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