Louisiana Republicans blame Obama for … Katrina

You can never overestimate where the level of stupidity of an uninformed population will take you:

According to a Public Policy Polling survey, 29 percent of Louisiana Republicans say President Obama is more to blame for the botched executive branch response to Hurricane Katrina while just 28 percent blamed George W. Bush. A plurality of 44 percent said they were unsure who was more responsible, even though Hurricane Katrina occurred over three years before Obama entered the presidency when he was still a freshman Senator.

Here’s the poll:

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So, 73 percent of Louisiana Republicans don’t know that George Bush (the Dumber) was president when Hurricane Katrina wiped out their state but either “know or suspect” President Obama didn’t respond fast enough to the disaster.

This really isn’t a multiple choice question.

And as we dig deeper into the numbers, we see that 8 percent of Louisiana Republicans want Sen. Ted Cruz (R – O, Canada) as their presidential nominee, but the plurality is pushing for Kentucky’s Rand Paul to take the White House. Good luck with that.

It’s almost unfair to throw a trick question like “Who do you think was more responsible for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina: George W. Bush or Barack Obama?” into a political poll, but, given the response here, it is essential for people to see the total disconnection from reality of the followers of one of the major political parties and understand whom they want to run the country after 2016.

Science fiction?

So, I’m looking around the PBS Web site and I see this:

Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This is the David Koch most associated with this:

He is a major patron of the arts and a funder of conservative and libertarian political causes, including some organizations that fund some organizations within the American Tea Party movement.

I’m confused. If David Koch, the billionaire tea bagger who questions the legitimacy of global warming science, is funding “Nova” programs like “Storm That Drowned a City,” which dealt with Hurricane Katrina, and things like the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History exhibit on climate change and human evolution, what’s the endgame?

When the levee breaks

Here’s something to keep in mind the next time they say a hurricane is headed for New Orleans (from nola.com, the online version of the Times Picayune):

A new Army Corps of Engineers rating system for the nation’s levees is about to deliver a near-failing grade to New Orleans area dikes, despite the internationally acclaimed $10 billion effort to rebuild the system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, corps officials have confirmed.

Preliminary rankings obtained by The Times-Picayune show that the corps believes there’s still a significant risk of flooding from major hurricanes or river floods that are greater than the design heights of Mississippi River levees and hurricane levees on both the east and west banks. In both cases, the levees were rated Class II or “urgent (unsafe or potentially unsafe),” on a scale of I to V, with V representing normal or “adequately safe.”

And just to be clear, here’s a chart of the rating system:

New Orleans becoming a permanent ghost town could be just one major storm away.