jim_flanegin wrote:
> And I am not politically naive, I am just tired of the
> stonewalling, the excuses, and the appalling job Bush is doing 
> as President. 
All right Jim, let's compare President Bush's response with the 
response of the New Orleans police:

First, you need to make critical infrastructure survivable. One of 
the key failures was the collapse of the New Orleans Police 
Department's radio system. Apparently the police department's 
citywide 800 MHz radio system functioned well during and immediately 
after the hurricane hit New Orleans, but since then natural gas 
service to the prime downtown transmitter site was disrupted and the 
generator was out. Transmitter sites for the police radio 
system "are also underwater with the rising water and are now 

Owners of the sites that housed police radio transmitters would not 
allow installation of liquefied petroleum gas tanks as a backup to 
piped gas, meaning generators did not have any fuel when the main 
lines were cut, Tusa said.

Radio repair technicians attempting to enter the city were turned 
away by the state police, even though they had letters from the city 
police authorizing their access.

This is absurd, and I'm pretty sure it's the major factor leading to 
the disintegration of the New Orleans Police Department. That sort 
of gear should be survivable -- and there should also be a backup 
plan for how to get messages back and forth if the radios go out 
anyway: Messengers, broadcasts on commercial radio, etc. and, there 
should be a separate post-disaster communications plan for 
survivors, too -- so that they can locate relatives and let people 
know they're alive.

Other crucial infrastructure should be hardened as much as possible, 
too. There's only so much you should do, but disaster survivability 
should be considered at every stage of design, procurement, and 

> No joy in it, whatsoever.
So do you agree that the New Orleans police failed to protect the 

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