Friday, October 21, 2005

What Is It with These People?

Hurricane Wilma's charging towards Florida (after wreaking a quite a bit of destruction in Mexico), and the Right Wing Christianists are coming out of the woodwork again to announce that this isn't just a storm created by a confluence of atmospheric effects--it's God's wrath upon our decadent ways. Salon's War Room has the goods:
In an e-mail message, Columbia Christians for Life -- the group that saw a six-week-old fetus in the satellite images of Katrina -- says "Christian patriots" should "consider praying, imprecatorily, that God might be pleased to use His Hurricane ... to destroy some of Florida's 73 child-murder-by-abortion centers."

In a sign of moderation, however, the group seems to be advancing a sort of reverse-neutron-bomb theory of divine retribution, advising its followers that they "can pray for God to destroy the bricks and mortar of these government-protected death camps without praying for harm to human life."

And speaking of hurricanes, I haven't posted anything about the revelations coming out yesterday that former FEMA director Michael Brown was an absolute numbskull (and not doing a heckuva job) in the face of Hurricane Katrina. But here's a little something from Daily Kos:
In the midst of the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail to Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying.

No response came from Brown.

Instead, less than three hours later, an aide to Brown sent an e-mail saying her boss wanted to go on a television program that night -- after needing at least an hour to eat dinner at a Baton Rouge, La., restaurant.
The 19 pages of internal FEMA e-mails show Bahamonde gave regular updates to people in contact with Brown as early as Aug. 28, the day before Katrina made landfall. They appear to contradict Brown, who has said he was not fully aware of the conditions until days after the storm hit. Brown quit after being recalled from New Orleans amid criticism of his work.


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