Brown Resigns From FEMA to Protect Bush Regime

I’m sure Michael Brown felt that he could at least help Bush save face by resigning from FEMA. While it appears to be a good thing based on the articles I’ve read about him , I’m not going to pass judgement on his qualifications. I’ll let those with better information do that. However, it can only be a desparate attempt to appear to want to do something to appease the public that really caused him to ‘resign’.

Now, what about Karl Rove? Take a look at some of his antics like tax evasion or the various interesting activities of his documented here. And don’t forget some of his behind the scenes manipulation of the ‘press’.

Bush the liar, cheat, and incompetent

Nevermind the blame game. I’m sure they’ll be enough blame to cover everyone who could have done better helping the victims of Katrina.

Let’s talk about Bush friends getting the first contracts for relief and rebuilding efforts.

Or what about Bush suspending the law requiring minimum wage payment to workers in the areas hit by Katrina?

How about FEMA’s bungling as documented in Newsweek (9/12/2005):

“On Monday morning, as the storm slammed into the Gulf Coast, Col. Tim Tarchick of the 920th Rescue Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, got on the phone to call every agency he could think of to ask permission to take his three rescue helicopters into the disaster zone as soon as the storm abated. The response was noncommittal. FEMA, the federal agency that is supposed to handle disasters, told Tarchick that it wasn’t authorized to task military units. That had to come from the Defense Department. Tarchick wasn’t able to cut through the red tape until 4 p.m. Tuesdaymore than 24 hours after the storm had passed. His crews plucked hundreds of people off rooftops, but when they delivered them to an assigned landing zone, there was “total chaos. No food, no water, no bathrooms, no nothing.” There was “no structure, no organization, no command center,” Tarchick told NEWSWEEK.”

Or how about the idea that releasing oil reserves would help gas prices, even though the hurricane took out 10% of our refining capacity? Remember, those are oil reserves, not gasoline!

The same Newsweek article goes on to say:

“Bush’s many critics will say that the president was disengaged, on vacation, distracted by Iraq and insensitive to the needs of poor black people. The White House blames the magnitude of the storm itself, patchy information on the ground and a confused chain of command, according to a senior Bush aide who requests anonymity in order to speak freely about internal administration discussions. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Bush is fighting a war, and he is sometimes slow to react, and he may have been lulled by early reports that New Orleans had been spared the worst of the storm. These are all legitimate excuses. Still, we expect more from a president.”

What about the continuing lack of attention to the poor who had no way to escape? Yes, problems evacuating this population may have been due in part to poor planning by state and local officials, but what about the bigger problem of poverty that is worsening under Bush’s reign?

So, let’s see how this all adds up:

Ignored minorities getting poorer + no minimum wage requirements + Bush’s buddies getting lucrative contracts + minorities being removed from voter rolls = Bush’s lilly-white country that everyone else hates.

The biggest problem is that the Democrats are not making enough noise about this.

Time to wake up!

How to train a soldier not to abuse another human

To start with, I want to make sure everyone understands that 1) I do not support George Bush’s war on Iraq, 2) I fully support the men and women who are serving in our armed forces. They have pledged to serve our country and whether I agree with the decision or not, I respect these people for holding true to their pledge and thank them for putting their lives on the line for us, 3) I fully believe that the majority of soldiers would not and have not abused any Iraqi prisoners. This is a horrible act by a very small percentage of our forces.

The thing I find puzzling is the response from our fearless leader Dubya and his gang. They are blaming the problem on lack of training and rushing to train soldiers on prisoner treatment or get ‘trained experts’ in place to manage the prisoners.

Excuse me, Mr. President. Exactly what type of training is required to ensure that a human being doesn’t force another human being to strip naked and lie on the floor?¡