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Friday, September 02, 2005

New Orleans - FUN QUIZ!

I was impressed by the massive, highly sophisticated police and security presence at the two political conventions last year, but the response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina has been really been staggering. Don't you think?

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE of "U.S. Might & Readiness" by taking this TRUE OR FALSE FUN-QUIZ:

1.) New Orleans is one of the poorest urban centers in the U.S. and has one of the country's lowest percentages of car ownership. A higher percentage of people own cars in New York City than in New Orleans.

- True.

2.) Armed with this knowledge, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) was ready to bus thousands of those people to safety when orders were given to evacuate New Orleans, well before the Hurricane Katrina hit.

- False.

3.) The director of FEMA, Michael Brown, said today: "Unfortunately, (the death toll) is going to be attributable to a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings...I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but, you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans."

- False. Michael Brown did not say that today, he said it yesterday.

4.) Michael Brown also said that the situation in New Orleans was "going badly".

- False. Michael Brown said the situation in New Orleans was going "relatively well".

5.) White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said at a press conference this week: "Flood control has been a priority of this administration since day one."

- Yep. He sure did.

6.) President Bush was photographed playing the guitar while people in New Orleans were suffering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

- False. President Bush was photographed holding a guitar he was presented by country singer, Mark Wills , after giving a speech about Medicare. I do not know for certain whether or not the President can play the guitar.

7.) Within minutes of sunrise on Tuesday morning, even as the Hurricane Katrina was passing, FEMA authorities established bases all along the coast. You could hardly see the sky for helicopters. Millions of dollars in aid was ready to be spent immediately. Supermarkets were turned into government-subsidized supply stations and their contents distributed as quickly as possible. And the Louisiana National Guard was deployed in full.

- Not true.

8.) More food, water and survival supplies were dropped in the Mississippi Delta over the past week than were dropped over Afghanistan in the first month of "Operation Infinite Justice" (aka "Operation Enduring Freedom").

- I don't know the answer to this question. Do you? (score yourself ONE FREE POINT)

9.) Most of the looting in New Orleans has been of jewelry shops, electronics stores, car dealerships, gun shops, appliance centers and banks.

- Have no hard data on which to formulate an answer to this. Do you? (score yourself ANOTHER FREE POINT)

10.) Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said: "Man has again triumphed over nature. Our domestic response coordination systems, already in place to respond to terrorist attack, have worked even better than we had hoped. We had foreknowledge of this disaster and that gave us an edge, but I want the American people to be assured that we will respond with the same efficiency, quick response and overwhelming technical and human resources support in any sudden surprise terrorist attack."

- False. No one in the government is known to have said anything like this.


Study the two pictures below. One is a picture of an abiding symbol of American wealth and prosperity. One is a symbol of the cultural legacy of the Mississippi Delta. Which is which?

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Great post. Thanks!

- By Blogger Warren, at Sat Sep 03, 01:01:00 AM GMT+1  

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