Gnashing My Teeth

Insta linked to this and comments hadn’t really been completely partisan hack-ups. Then I read Bill Bradley’s comment:

Bill Bradley* : Jeff, or should I say, dorsai, and I do catch the reference, you’re trying to flip Katrina into an anti-Democrat thing. As the saying goes, lotsa luck.
Obviously the local Democratic leadership was incompetent.
And obviously the Bush Administration screwed up. As my friends who worked in the White House acknowledge.
That’s not so hard, is it?
Oh, the other reason why Florida and Mississippi had an easier time of it.
They didn’t get the brunt of the hurricane.**

Oct 24, 2007 03:02 PM

I saw red and responded:

They didn’t get the brunt of the hurricane.
Are you joking? Surely you are. Have you even driven on US 90? My God, they were blown ~ BLOWN ~ off the map from Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, and Gulfport to Biloxi. Whatever points you try to score on the administration, deserved or otherwise, don’t you DARE try to minimalize the enormity of the destruction AT LANDFALL ~ FORTY FEET of WATER ~ that occurred in MS. New Orleans suffered the AFTERMATH ~ the flooding AFTERWARDS.
Once it brushed over the lower tip of Louisiana (maybe you ought to check THOSE pictures, too) Mississippi BORE the BRUNT.
I’m gobschmacked.
Oct 24, 2007 03:13 PM

The esteemed Mr. Bradley deigned to correct me thusly:

Bill Bradley : Well, “tree hugging sister,” and isn’t this turning into a waste of my time, I’ve not only seen pictures, I’ve run video of the hurricane hitting Gulfport, Mississippi right here on NWN.
Oct 24, 2007 03:18 PM

I have manners:

tree hugging sister : Well, “Mr. Bradley”, I’d then have to suppose our disagreement is semantics: depends on what your definition of “brunt” is. I read it in the M-W sense: the principal force, shock, or stress. In effect the utter destruction wrought by the storm surge/hurricane winds immediately. New Orleans has born the greater cost as an end result, which is, indeed, the second M-W definition.
…and isn’t this turning into a waste of my time…
How awful for you. I stand chastised and haven’t called anyone a savage or worn my Bush button like some battling partisans above. Apologies.
Oct 24, 2007 03:39 PM

He showed Gulfport tape right there on his bloggedy blog blog, so he KNOWS. Got me there, my churlish chum. Otherwise known as:

Katrina: I SAW the Movie

Damn. And ouch!

Bill Bradley : … Incidentally, “tree hugging sister” with the anti-Al Gore blog, my name is a real name. It doesn’t go inside quotation marks.

Apologies again.

tree hugging sister : I was tweaking you. Cheeky, eh? Apologies again. Especially since you haven’t “fake name” anyone else you’ve answered with a nom de plume. I took exception.
An ANTI-GORE blog?! Oh good Lord no, we’re not as one note as that! Please. We skewer everyone ~ it’s a point of honor not to toe a political line. Gore just makes better faces.
Oct 24, 2007 03:59 PM

* yes, THAT Bill Bradley
**emphasis mine

4 Responses to “Gnashing My Teeth”

  1. The_Real_JeffS says:

    I think you caught “Mr. Bradley”* inserting “his” foot into “his” mouth, and “he” didn’t like it. Boo hoo.
    *: all quote marks are sarcastic. Or cheeky, if you like.

  2. memomachine says:

    Soooooooo. If I run a video off my webserver that makes me an expert then? Odd way of thinking.
    Fact is that you’re right. NO got sideswiped by Katrina and the vast majority of the destruction experienced wasn’t from the hurricane but rather from the flooding.
    Strange that people are getting it wrong at this late date.

  3. Lisa says:

    So now THS doesn’t care about black people?

  4. Don’t forget I hate Al Gore, too, Lisa! I’m just a hateful, “fake name”, don’t know nuthin’ about hurricanes haterhater.

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