October 28, 2005


Memo: Louisiana governor slowed body removal (Associated Press, 10/28/05)

Bodies of people killed by Hurricane Katrina went uncollected for more than a week in the New Orleans area as the federal government waited for Louisiana's governor to decide what to do with them, according to memos released today by a Republican-led House committee.

The 38 pages of e-mail between FEMA representatives and Pentagon officials contradict the contention by Louisiana's Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco, two weeks after Katrina hit on Aug. 29, that the federal government was moving too slowly to recover the bodies.

They also underscore ongoing political tensions between the Republican Bush administration and Democratic state and local officials over the botched response to Katrina, which killed more than 1,000 people in Louisiana.

Katrina, and not Michael Brown, killed more than 1,000 people? Shocking!

Posted by kevin_whited at October 28, 2005 10:46 AM

Even if the documentation and future testimony show that it was mostly LA and not FEMA that screwed up the public has moved on and opinions will probably not changed. And of course the MSM will not highlight it unless it is critical of FEMA/Bush.

Posted by: AWW at October 28, 2005 12:03 PM

Louisiana is the most disfunctional state in the union, it always has been. I lived there for 4 glorious years.

BTW, where are those thousand deaths in Florida from Wilma? It didn't happen because the state of Florida knows how to deal with hurricanes.

Posted by: pchuck at October 28, 2005 12:29 PM

WWW - Right you are.

We overheard a group of people discussing Katrina and they had every single lie the msm told down pat. Not one of the six well dressed and well spoken people had any inkling that what they were saying was untrue.

It's now part of our folklore and won't change no matter how overwhelming the evidence to the contrary.

Posted by: tefta at October 28, 2005 3:44 PM

Comparing and contrasting Louisiana's state efforts at recovery on the first anniversary of the storm, as compared to where East Texas is with its Rita recovery or South Florida is recovering from Wilma will be interesting, though if Blanco follows through with her normal ineptness, I would expect to see it spun as still being the federal government's responsibility to fix.

Posted by: John at October 28, 2005 7:33 PM

Didn't the governor hide under the bed and refuse to come to phone, so her husband ad to field calls for her.

Posted by: tefta at October 28, 2005 7:54 PM

John - if the predictions that NO will be 1/2 its size next year are true it's hard to see how Dems win any statewide races in LA.

Posted by: AWW at October 28, 2005 8:45 PM

FEMA should have delivered the corpses to the Governor's mansion, with the appropriate regulation(s) taped to the bags. What would Shepard Smith said about that?

Posted by: ratbert at October 28, 2005 10:05 PM

AWW --

The Democrats will take losing Louisiana if they can score some wins elsewhere using the "Bush doesn't care" talking points. That's why the end of August will produce of deluge of first anniversary stories about Katrina, probably using some of the same reports that have since been disproven, but fit into the accepted story line. And if South Florida and Southeast Texas have recovered from their hurricanes by then while Southern Louisiana is still struggling due to the clown show at the state capitol, then to the big media outlets, those SE Texas and S. Florida will not exist and Rita and Wilma will have never happened.

Posted by: John at October 29, 2005 12:27 AM

John - Bush isn't running for reelection. The South is solid Bush/GOP country. And it's hard to think the tight races in '06 (Senate races in PA, WA, WV, etc) will hinge on the Bush doesn't care meme.

Posted by: AWW at October 29, 2005 1:28 PM