Hey Jindal, Getting Public Speaking Lessons from Nagin?

Mar 23, 2009 by

Now granted I have been out of the loop a bit due to packing and other fine entertainments, however even I caught the lovely piece of idiocy offered up by our Governor in response to Pres. Obama’s oratory.

In other words, I know he made a complete jackass out of himself, again. The faux folksiness of his demeanor did nothing but leave even supporters questioning his sanity, but it was the denial of government funds that really got people’s blood boiling here in Louisiana.

One thing I noticed a dearth of commentary about was his dismissal of volcano monitoring. Don’t remember it, watch this, its only 45 seconds:

Now I just cannot fathom the intellectual decrepitude it takes to not draw an immediate parallel between volcano monitoring and hurricane monitoring. Just because we got to be the example of government failure needed to awaken the nation to how poor our care of the homefront had become, does not mean we are the only ones in need of protection or support.

Now he had better hope that there is some Crystal hot sauce nearby to make his words a little more palatable because they are item one on his evening menu tonight.

This via TPM:

As a slew of observers — from local officials to geologists to bloggers to Paul Krugman (“the intellectual incohernence is stunning”) — pointed out at the time, volcano monitoring is crucial work. At the risk of stating the obvious, using advanced technology to predict when a volcano might erupt, at the most basic level, allows local officials to, um, save people’s lives by evacuating them. It’s hard to think of a better use of government money.

Why is Jindal’s line looking even worse now? Because, as you’ve likely heard, Alaska’s Mount Redoubt, 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted last night. And a USGS geologist confirmed to TPMmuckraker that a portion of the stimulus spending for volcano monitoring that Jindal lampooned has been slated to go to USGS monitoring Redoubt.

I ask again, how is neglect of disaster monitoring and recovery resources for others supposed to tie in with our own desire for a hand up after three years of incredible incompetence? Should we cut funds for monitoring the Gulf of Mexico for storm systems as well?

Stunningly stupid and very ill timed. Almost Nagin-like in its inappropriate resplendence. Has Ray-Ray been giving Piyush lessons behind the scenes?

-Loki, Founder and Curator of HumidCity

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