Saturday, September 03, 2005

The voice of irrelevancy

Jesse Jackson has slithered his way into the flickering limelight again. This time, of course, New Orleans.
Racism is partly to blame for the deadly aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Rev. (sic) Jesse Jackson said, calling President Bush's response to the disaster "incompetent."

"Today, as the President comes to Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi for his ceremonial trip to look at the victims of the devastation, he would do well to have a plan more significant than a ceremonial tour," Jackson said Friday.

"His whole response is unacceptable."

Bush has acknowledged that the federal response has not been acceptable, but promised that the government would get supplies to survivors and crack down on violence in New Orleans.

Jackson questioned why Bush has not named blacks to top positions in the federal response to the disaster, particularly when the majority of victims remaining stranded in New Orleans are black: "How can blacks be locked out of the leadership, and trapped in the suffering?"

"It is that lack of sensitivity and compassion that represents a kind of incompetence."
Folks, just one point needed to squash this recidivist race-baiter.

Behold the senior officer in charge of the military side of the relief efforts; U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russell Honore.

General Honore is a graduate of predominantly black Southern University in, ... wait for it, ... Baton Rouge, LA. For those who care, he is considered, on balance, predominantly African-Americanif you insist on counting genetic markers. This didn't matter to General Honore having the job, but is important to note when reading Jesse "shoot from the spare-tire" Jackson. It is that whole "opening the door in your face" thingy again.


Move along. Nothing to see here. Move along.

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