My crappy little elf name is Leafwind Horsebeard.
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’.
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.
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!
Dear Red States:
We’re ticked off at the way you’ve treated California, and we’ve decided we’re leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we’re taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren’t aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the entire Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.
To sum up briefly:
- You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.
- We get stem cell research and the best beaches.
- We get Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay!
- We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand.
- We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.
- We get Harvard. You get Ole’ Miss.
- We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama.
- We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states pay their fair share.
- Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition’s, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.
Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we’re going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they’re apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don’t care if you don’t show pictures of their children’s caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq, and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we’re not willing to spend our resources in Bush’s Quagmire.
With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country’s fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation’s fresh fruit, 95 percent of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners) 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools, plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.
We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you!
Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazies believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.
By the way, we’re taking the good pot, too.
You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.
Author Unknown in New California.
My deepest condolences to the innocent victims of the terror attack in London today.
What possible purpose do these awful creatures serve? With the humid summer finally here, the mosquitos have gone nuts and their driving me nuts too! Time to buy a bug zapper. I wonder if you can use it indoors?
This is much more fun at least: Google Earth. Fly around the world spotting landmarks, locate a restaurant nearby and get directions! On your own PC, not just on Google’s Maps site.
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?¡