Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Scotty: Let the legal process proceed

By now, everyone knows that DeLay may have dodged his last bullet. That's not what this is about. This is about the White House response to the DeLay indictment.

"Let the legal process proceed" is the official White House response to questions regarding DeLays' relationship with the chimp. "Let the legal process proceed." Isn't this what Bush was quoted as saying when asked about his relationship with Rove?

From Scottys gaggle today..

Q Is the President concerned that there's a stench of corruption around the Republican establishment in Washington?

MR. McCLELLAN: Terry, I don't think you can make such a broad characterization. There are some instances of individual situations, and we'll let those -- the legal process proceed in those instances.

Q But he's not -- he doesn't take it as seriously as he takes other allegations of wrongdoing?
MR. McCLELLAN: I didn't say that; you said that.

Q He did take it seriously?

MR. McCLELLAN: There's a legal process in place to address these matters.
Q Does he still have confidence in Leader DeLay? And what does he think the impact of this will be on his agenda?

MR. McCLELLAN: I just expressed his views. Again, the President considers him a good ally and a friend who we have worked with very closely to get things done for the American people.
Q Does he still have confidence in him?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm sorry?

Q Does he still have confidence in him?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, Leader DeLay is going to work to address this issue. He has put out a statement by his office. I think our views are very clear, in terms of our relationship with the Congressman. And the President continues to hold those views.

Q I want to follow up on what Terry just asked you. Even before DeLay was indicted, there were a lot of Democrats who were making an argument that the Republican Party, by virtue of having controlled Congress for more than a decade now, the White House for almost five years now, had grown arrogant in its use of power, and was flouting rules and sometimes laws. What's the President's view?

MR. McCLELLAN: Welcome to Washington, D.C., Dick. That's the kind of politics that go on in this town. The Republican Party, particularly under this President, has worked to get things done for the American people. We have advanced an agenda that has helped to improve the quality of life for all Americans. And we stand very firmly behind that record and that agenda.
In terms of the question you just asked, we can sit here and try to rush to judgment, but I don't think that's a fair thing to do. We need to let the legal process work.

When it comes to the instances that Helen brought up, there is a legal process in place. And you know what? That process proceeded, and some people have been found guilty; some have not been found guilty.

Q But you said that you take those allegations very seriously. I asked if you take these allegations very seriously.

MR. McCLELLAN: Any such allegations are always taken seriously.
Go ahead.

Q Scott, before, the President -- and before, you -- have made these strong statements in support of Tom DeLay. Did the President ever talk to him about these allegations, about whether or not it's true or false?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't have any discussions to update you on from the two of them. They have talked in the past on many occasions about how we advance an agenda for the American people.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job.."

Here's one from the "Holy Fucking Shit" department. Brownie has been hired by FEMA as a consultant. Yep, Brownie is being paid by us to help us investigate where he fucked up. Only don't ask Brownie where he fucked up, if you ask, you'll get this-

"My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional", which, by the way, was a lie

And the Swift Boating didn't stop there, Brownie was just getting started-

"I very strongly personally regret that I was unable to persuade Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin to sit down, get over their differences, and work together. I just couldn't pull that off."

On his personal performance, Brownie had this to say-

"I know what I'm doing, and I think I do a pretty darn good job of it,"

In fairness to the GOP, I expected with the partisan invistigation taking place, we would once again watch Congress bail out the chimp by tossing a few softballs to Brownie. Nothing too challenging or condemning. Instead, I was treated to this-

"I'm happy you left," said Rep. Christopher Shays (news, bio, voting record), R-Conn. "That kind of look in the lights like a deer tells me you weren't capable of doing that job."

If past performance is any indication, don't be surprised when the partisan congressional investigation ends up giving the chimp the usual slap on the wrist. We all know what happens when republicans investigate themseves, but it was still satisfying watching one of Brownies GOP cronies rip him a new asshole.

Brownie blamed Nagin and Blanco, Brownie blamed himself for not sharing enough of the FEMA success with the media. Brownie said things went very well in Mississippi and Alabama. Funny, I don't remember FEMA being anywhere near Biloxi for at least a week after Katrina hit.

And we all remember Brownie apologizing for not knowing for several days that thousands of people were slowly dying of dehydration at the Convention Center, don't we?. It turns out that Brownie did know that people were in trouble at the Convention Center, only he forgot that he remembered. Brown said he was "just tired and misspoke" when a television interviewer appeared to be the first to tell him there were desperate residents at the New Orleans Convention Center.

Typical Bush fuck-up. A clueless fuck-up who admits no wrongdoing. Jeezzzzzus, the fucking guy leaves his job discraced, and gets rewarded by being put on as a consultant. A consultant being paid $143,000.00.

The Bush Doctrine,

Fuck up and move up.

Brownie is a fucking jerkoff. A pitiful, spineless, gutless puke. Beneath contempt. Just like his fucking boss.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Back on the bottle.

Rumors have been flying that the chimp is back on the bottle. OK, just because the National Enquirer says chimpy has hit the bottle doesn't make it true. Me, I think the chimp is on the bottle again. Here's what I think-

I believe the chimp is on the very verge of full-blown nervous breakdown. The following statement made by Bush on Katrina is the clincher for me-

"Americans value human life. Every person is important. And that stands in stark contrast, by the way, to the terrorists we have to deal with"

Ladies and gents, these are the babblings of a fucking psycopath. "Katrina and the Terrorists"? Uhhh, what, exactly, do the "Terrorists" have to do with Katrina? (And while we're at it, what did Iraq have to do with 9/11?)

Holy shit.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

"Support the Troops"

I watched two rallies on CSPAN yesterday. A "Support the Troops" rally, and an anti-war protest.

The "Support the Troops" rally was a thinly veiled pro-chimp rally. One after another, an endless procession of Gold Star parents stepped up to the podium with photographs of their dead children. These people believe that being opposed to the invasion of Iraq is unpatriotic. They believe that in order to support the Troops, you must support the war, and you must support the chimp.

How very sad this is. The truth is that their kids died in vain. Meaningles, pointless death. How impossibly difficult would it be for a parent to accept that their kids died for nothing? Ask Cindy Sheehan. They did not die for their country. Iraq did not attack us. Bush has linked Iraq and 9/11. Tragically, there was no connection. Not only was there no link between Iraq and 9/11, but we understood that before we invaded Iraq.

The self-preservation instinct is a powerful motivator. I don't believe the parents and sibs of the dead are stupid or misguided. I believe they believe what they do because believing that their kids died for their country is much less painful than living with the truth.

So many shattered lives. Parents deceiving themselves because the truth is simply too hard to bear. How very tragic.

The anti-war protest was really something. One Muslim after another screaming about freedom for all the opressed Brothers and Sisters. The search for truth should be universally embraced, but when the people searching for the truth come off as raving lunatics and hopeless fanatics, the focus is on the messenger, the message gets lost in the noise.

I appreciate and respect anyone standing there with a sign, but a lesson should be learned from the 60's. In order for change to be initiated, consideration of those who we are trying to reach is vitally important. Embracing counterculture is less important than accomplishing our objective; restoring integrity to our Government.

Screaming Muslims will not connect with Security Moms as effectively as a rational sounding voice.

Change must come from within the system. The GOP monopoly on government will only be broken when the system of checks and balances has been restored. And the only way to accomplish this is to connect with the people we're trying to reach. We need a unified Voice. One of logic and understanding. A voice that will be embraced by those we must somehow reach.

Friday, September 23, 2005

An investigation Frist can't avoid

from salon

As we noted earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist seems to have pulled off a suspiciously well-timed dumping of stock in his family's big healthcare business. It turns out that we weren't the only ones interested in the story: The Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors are now investigating Frist's sale of his stock in HCA, Inc. According to UPI, the Justice Department has just served a subpoena on HCA. The company says it believes the subpoena requests documents related to Frist's sale of the stock in July -- just before the stock price took a dive on a bad earnings forecast.

Press to White House: Bush visit to Texas "another photo-op?"

Sure is nice that the press is finding it's spine again. As has been happening recently, Scotty had another rough day.

From the White House press gaggle:

Q But it sounds like a bit of a photo op, one that he'd prefer over playing the guitar at the airport photo op before Katrina.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, first of all, let's correct the record on that. There was a reporter from your news organization that was backstage during that event. That was an event to go and thank our troops and talk about the war on terrorism. And it was not an event, as you may have portrayed to some people that are watching this out there by this simple statement. It was --

Q He didn't pick up the guitar while the hurricane was rolling into Louisiana?

MR. McCLELLAN: -- much more than that. The person that was entertaining our troops there presented a gift to the President. So I think you need to make that clear to everybody who's watching this or to your viewers. And it was one of your colleagues at ABC News who was backstage taking a picture of that

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

NOAA: Rita the third most powerful hurricane on record

At 899 millibars, Rita is the third most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record.

Lets all say a prayer, this is going to be terrible.

Katrina and 9/11

Many comparisons have been made about the initial response to 9/11 and Katrina. This is somewhat unfair, as the devastation in New York encompassed a few square blocks, and directly affected 100,000 or so people. Katrina devastated thousands of square miles, and affected millions of people.

The following is my response to comments made on this blog.

GD,
I appreciate your comments very much.


On the FEMA website is a organizational chart that shows what the criteria is for FEMA involvement.

One thing mentioned by FEMA is that FEMA acts when local officials are overwhelmed.
Lots of talk about Rudy and 9/11. Rudy is a born leader, you can't take that away. But lets keep things in perspective. 9/11 devastated a few square blocks in NYC. Katrina devastated a few thousand square miles. No comparison. NYC first responders wouldn't have made a huge difference in the Gulf Coast. Too much damage. First responders in the Gulf States were every bit the heroes that the NYC first responders were.


And lets not forget 9/11.

Like Katrina, NORAD and the Feds were asleep at the switch on 9/11 too. It's just that Rudy and the NYC first responders did such a good job that the lack of federal response didn't hurt quite as badly.

But the Feds were still as fucking useless as they were during Katrina.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Kerry: "Brownie is to Katrina what Tom DeLay is to ethics"

from Salon

"A betrayal of trust and abuse of power"

Sen. John Kerry blasts the Bush administration for its failed response to Hurricane Katrina, and lays out an alternative plan for rebuilding the Gulf Coast.

Editor's note: Following are prepared remarks by Sen. John Kerry to be delivered Sept. 19 at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

"Katrina is a symbol of all this administration does and doesn't do. Michael Brown -- or Brownie as the President so famously thanked him for doing a heck of a job -- Brownie is to Katrina what Paul Bremer is to peace in Iraq; what George Tenet is to slam dunk intelligence; what Paul Wolfowitz is to parades paved with flowers in Baghdad; what Dick Cheney is to visionary energy policy; what Donald Rumsfeld is to basic war planning; what Tom DeLay is to ethics; and what George Bush is to "Mission Accomplished" and "Wanted Dead or Alive." The bottom line is simple: The "we'll do whatever it takes" administration doesn't have what it takes to get the job done. "

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Clinton lambastes Bush

Washington - Former US president Bill Clinton on Sunday sharply criticised George W Bush for the Iraq War and the handling of Hurricane Katrina and voiced alarm at the swelling US budget deficit.

Breaking with tradition under which US presidents mute criticisms of their successors, Clinton said the Bush administration had decided to invade Iraq "virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence there were weapons of mass destruction".

The Iraq war diverted US attention from the war on terrorism "and undermined the support that we might have had," Bush said in an interview with an ABC's "This Week" programme.

Clinton said there had been a "heroic but so far unsuccessful" effort to put together an constitution that would be universally supported in Iraq.

The US strategy of trying to develop the Iraqi military and police so that they can cope without US support "I think is the best strategy. The problem is we may not have, in the short run, enough troops to do that," said Clinton.

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Rove on Katrina: The only mistake we made with Katrina was not overriding the local government...

From the Huffington Post

Karl Rove, President Bush's top political advisor and deputy White House chief of staff, spoke at businessman Teddy Forstmann's annual off the record gathering in Aspen, Colorado this weekend. Here is what Rove had to say that the press wasn't allowed to report on.

On Katrina: The only mistake we made with Katrina was not overriding the local government...

On The Anti-War Movement: Cindy Sheehan is a clown. There is no real anti-war movement. No serious politician, with anything to do with anything, would show his face at an anti-war rally...

On Bush's Low Poll Numbers: We have not been good at explaining the success in Iraq. Polls go up and down and don't mean anything...

On Iraq: There has been a big difference in the region. Iraq will transform the Middle East...

On Judy Miller And Plamegate: Judy Miller is in jail for reasons I don't really understand...On Joe Wilson: Joe Wilson and I attend the same church but Joe goes to the wacky mass...

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Bush says he may need more power in disasters



We now know why the federal response to Katrina was so poor.

  • The reason was not because FEMA, under the leadership of Bush, was transformed from a model of efficiency into a dumping ground for political cronies.
  • The reason was not because Chertoff waited 36 hours to sound the alarm.
  • The reason was not because Brownie was clueless
  • The reason was not because the right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing
  • The reason was not because people were asleep at the switch, or simply didn't care

The reason people died for no reason at all was because Bush didn't have the power to make all the tough decisions that needed to be made.

Does this look familiar, kind of like 9/11? It should. Time for another power-grab. Fucking bastards.

Bush didn't have enough power? What did he do with the power he had? Was he there? Did he lead his team? Did he give strength to a country that hurt so badly? No, he didn't.

What did he do? He finished his vacation, he strummed his guitar, he played golf in Arizona, he plugged Iraq and Medicare reform.

The same guy whose plan failed, the same guy who denied funding that could have prevented the floods, the same guy who didn't even realize the scope of the disaster until days later, this same fucking guy now wants more power?

You have got to be fucking kidding me.

Every goddamn GOP Senator voted against an indipendant investigation into Katrina. Now we know why. Because they already know where they fucked up. The President couldn't help because his hands were tied.

Give me a fucking break. Bush did the same thing he did on 9/11. Nothing. Jack Shit, Nada.

So, here's how it will go down. A partisan investigation will be done. It will be determined that the reason the Federal response was a gargantuan clusterfuck was because the President didn't have the power to handle the situation.

God, these miserable bastards are amazing. Like I said, they fuck you right out in the open.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Senate kills independent Katrina investigation

Not a single republican voted for an independent investigation into the piss poor response to the Katrina disaster. Not a single one. Low-life degenerate bastards. Miserable, sub-human douchebags.

Care to take a guess why?

I should be used to this shit by now, but just when I've been whipped into submission, some new shit pops out of their assholes, and we're back at square one.

They don't even care about appearences anymore, they fuck you right out in the open.

Halliburton on the job, Cheney diverting repair crews from restoring electricity to hospitals so oil can flow in some fucking pipeline, republican governor receiving phone calls from Bush, Democratic governor calling bush, he never seems to be there.

They fuck you right out in the open.

Bush getting his news from a DVD made for him, strained just like baby food. Disconnected from reality to the point where he knows less about what is happening in the United States than Joe Six-Pack sitting with a beer in front of his TV.

Bush even accepted responsibility (sure he did) for his fuck up (kind of). But like it or not, accepting responsibility for something that went wrong acknowledges that something really went wrong.

"What went wrong?"

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Bush: "I take responsibility"

In answer to a question asked by a reporter about the (in)ability of gov't being able to keep us safe, the President said this

"To the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility,"

In case you've been sleeping for the past 5 years, this is the first time Bush has accepteted responsibility for anything, and this leaves me wondering why Bush did it. Here's what I think. With his poll numbers at record lows, an act of desperation was called for. And it looks like it's working. I can't speak for you, but I see...

"BUSH ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY"

...Scrolling across the ticker at One Times Square. It's like "Stop the Presses". ..

Let's get real..

Bush has never accepted responsibility for any one of his countless blunders. Why do the right thing now? Because desperate times call for desperate measures. That's why.

While you bask in the light of this monumental event, keep in mind that he doesn't mean it. Bush lacks the accountability gene. Even if he really wanted to, he couldn't accept responsibilty for anything. He doesn't know how to.

But there is good news here. Rove understands he's in stormy seas in a small, leaky boat. The usual spin isn't working. The media has been relentless. Surprise, America realizes this happened on "your watch", and swift boating Blanco and Nagin simply isn't going to get the job done. Basically, it looks like the dilemma Bush faces can not be addressed with the usual Rovian tactics. So Rove sits his dummy on his knee, and puts these words in his mouth-

"I take responsibility"




Friday, September 09, 2005

Katrina and the Liberal Media

On Fox News-

The left wing, Michael Moore, Move-On liberal Media is doing what they always do, showing only the negative side of Katrina. Just like they do with Iraq. Being Fair and Balanced, Fox News feels an obligation to it's viewers to present a more complete story. We report, You decide.

Allow me to introduce todays panel. Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Brit Hume and as a special treat, we have in our studio today Barbara Bush.

Sean, why don't you go first-

(Hannity)
"All the media is showing the negative side of Katrina. Nobody is looking at all the good that is being done there"

(Coulter)
'Sean, you're right."

(Hannity)
"Everyone is focusing on the death and destruction, but how often do you hear about the successes that we owe to Katrina?"

(Hume)
"Absolutely. With gas prices through the roof, and the President asking Americans to conserve, look at the savings in gas we owe to Katrina. All those cars that would normally be polluting the air and wasting precious gas are now under 6 feet of water."

(O'Reilly)
'"Yes, and look at the savings in electricity. Nobody is using any electric over there"

(Hannity)
"And the Projects have been a social and economic liability for years. Finally, the Projects are empty"

(Mommy Bush)
"And all those underprivilaged poor people are so much better off. We really did them a favor"

(The Far-Right)
"And the days of sex, drugs and promiscuity in New Orleans have come to an end, courtesty of God"

FEMA chief demoted

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job"

That's why, when Pelosi quoted Bush as saying "What went wrong?" I believed her.

It's good that "Brownie" is gone, but it's sad in a way. Brown was the only one of these losers who came out and admitted, in a very clear and honest way, that he made a mistake. So, I figure that Brown got let go not for being unqualified, but because he admitted a mistake openly and honestly. That is something we have never seen from the Bush administration. Shit, Bush gave "Slam Dunk Tenet" a freaking medal. 'Nuff said.

Do you think the next guy will have any experience with Emergency Management? One would hope.

OK, Brown is gone. How about the guy who hired him?

Say you worked for me managing my factory. You hire three pals to work as supervisors who completely lack experience. Because of that, they thought storing potassium in water was a good idea. The factory blew up and the workers were killed. You may fire those three guys to cover your ass, but I would fire you. I would fire you for putting your personal interests ahead of the right thing.

NOTE: The key for the above analogy is shown below as a convenience for those Conservatives who lack the brainpower to figure it out for themselves

Me = Citizens of the United States
You = President
Factory = United States
Braindead supervisors = FEMA top dogs

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Hurricane FEMA hits Reno

Reno made preperations for relocating 300 people from the New Orleans area. Housing was waiting, along with all the essentials. We were excited about helping people start a new life in our neighborhood. All the arrangements were made.

And then came FEMA. They put the brakes on everything. Nobody is going anywhere.

What the fuck is with these guys?

  • Firefighters sit in a Baton Rouge hotel room because FEMA.
  • Volunteers with boats and supplies are turned away by FEMA
  • Doctors volunteering to help are turned away by FEMA. Oh, wait, FEMA did allow one doctor to volunteer his services. Dr. Bill Frist
  • Medical supplies, generators, water treatment equipment, and pumps (international aid) has been turned away by FEMA

"Brownies' doing a heck of a job"

News flash George, the only thing brown is the shit coming out of your mouth. Brownie is not doing a "heck of a job". He is in way over his head, completely overwhelmed. And why shouldn't he be? After all, we're not talking Arabian horses here. We're talking disasters.

"Brownie" may be the nicest guy in the world. In fact, I feel sorry for him when I see those puppy dog eyes, but face it, George, his appointment was a political favor. As was the appointment of the #2 guy at FEMA, who was your Events Coordinator, and the #3 guy at FEMA, your campign media guy.

So, the three top guys at FEMA have zero combined years experience in Emergency Management. A pitiful bunch of political hacks, without a fucking clue between them.

"Now is not the time for playing politics" You said this after you stole the 2000 election.

"Now is not the time for playing politics" You said this after 9/11

"Now is not the time for playing politics" You said this after Tenet apologized for his "Slam Dunk" comment.

"Let's get the facts first" You said this when questioned about Karl Rove.

"Now is not the time to play the "Blame Game". That's your answer to questions about the mishandling of Government (non) response to Katrina. But wait, I'm sorry, you are going to investigate this. Yeah, you said so. You will investigate yourself.

You have got to be fucking kidding me.

Last year in Florida, your head was halfway up Jebs ass before the hurricanes even hit. You were there, along with FEMA, eager to pounce. The minute the sun came out you were there with your brother handing out bags of ice. You guys were all over the fucking place. Before, during and after the Florida storms.

So you can do a good job when it's in your best interests to do so. People sit in shelters instead of new homes because it's not in your best interests to get involved.

Selfish bastard.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Another *non* White House Press Briefing



Have you ever noticed how hard it is to get a simple answer to a simple question from a Conservative?

They don't answer questions. Facts would hurt them, so they cover their asses, evade the issue, or in the case of Press Sec'y Scott McClellen, the questions are not answered at all.

From todays White House Press Briefing
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(The simple question I was referring to )

Q Scott, does the President retain confidence in his FEMA Director and Secretary of Homeland Security?

(And the answer.or in this case, the non-answer)

MR. McCLELLAN: And again, David, see, this is where some people want to look at the blame game issue, and finger-point. We're focused on solving problems, and we're doing everything we can --

Q What about the question?

MR. McCLELLAN: We're doing everything we can in support --

Q We know all that.

MR. McCLELLAN: -- of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

Q Does he retain complete confidence --

MR. McCLELLAN: We're going to continue. We appreciate the great effort that all of those at FEMA, including the head of FEMA, are doing to help the people in the region. And I'm just not going to engage in the blame game or finger-pointing that you're trying to get me to engage.

Q Okay, but that's not at all what I was asking.

MR. McCLELLAN: Sure it is. It's exactly what you're trying to play.

Q You have your same point you want to make about the blame game, which you've said enough now. I'm asking you a direct question, which you're dodging.

MR. McCLELLAN: No --

Q Does the President retain complete confidence in his Director of FEMA and Secretary of Homeland Security, yes or no?

MR. McCLELLAN: I just answered the question.

Q Is the answer "yes" on both?

MR. McCLELLAN: And what you're doing is trying to engage in a game of finger-pointing.

Q There's a lot of criticism. I'm just wondering if he still has confidence.

MR. McCLELLAN: -- and blame-gaming. What we're trying to do is solve problems, David. And that's where we're going to keep our focus.

Q So you're not -- you won't answer that question directly?

MR. McCLELLAN: I did. I just did.

Q No, you didn't. Yes or no? Does he have complete confidence or doesn't he?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, if you want to continue to engage in finger-pointing and blame-gaming, that's fine --

Q Scott, that's ridiculous. I'm not engaging in any of that.

MR. McCLELLAN: It's not ridiculous.

Q Don't try to accuse me of that. I'm asking you a direct question and you should answer it. Does he retain complete confidence in his FEMA Director and Secretary of Homeland Security, yes or no?

MR. McCLELLAN: Like I said -- that's exactly what you're engaging in.

Q I'm not engaging in anything. I'm asking you a question about what the President's views are --
MR. McCLELLAN: Absolutely -- absolutely --

Q -- under pretty substantial criticism of members of his administration. Okay? And you know that, and everybody watching knows that, as well.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, everybody watching this knows, David, that you're trying to engage in a blame game.

Q I'm trying to engage?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes.


Q I am trying to engage?

MR. McCLELLAN: That's correct.

Q That's a dodge. I have a follow-up question since you dodged that one. Does the White House feel like it missed opportunities to alleviate or head off some of the damage in the New Orleans area, flood damage? Did it miss an opportunity to head any of that off?

MR. McCLELLAN: In what way?

Q In responding to requests to make structural improvements, or other improvements to alleviate flood damage, and so forth?

MR. McCLELLAN: Maybe you ought to look at what General Strock said, because General Strock briefed on this the other day and he talked about the design issues relating to the levees and how that was a design issue. And he talked about that. And we provided, I think it was some $300 million in additional funding over the course of the administration for flood control in the Southeast Louisiana area. But General Strock talked about that and he talked about some of those issues. And any suggestion that it would have prevented something, that there could have been action that would have prevented something, I think he dismissed because of those reasons.

Q So if the President still has confidence in the FEMA Director, how is it that the FEMA Director is suddenly invisible? No briefings, nowhere out front, it's all gone to Secretary Chertoff.

MR. McCLELLAN: I think he's going to brief later today. I think he's briefing later today.

Q Brown is?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes. And, again, that's clearly now just an attempt to try to engage in this finger-pointing, and we're going to continue focusing on solving problems.

Q He's been the focus of an enormous amount of criticism. You know that, and yet, you choose not to respond.

MR. McCLELLAN: I just talked about how there are over 75 -- no, that's not true. There are over 75,000 people that are involved in all the response and recovery and law enforcement when it comes to Katrina. And we appreciate the efforts of everyone. We appreciate the efforts of Secretary Chertoff and Undersecretary Brown and all those at FEMA who continue to work round-the-clock to get things done and to identify problems and fix those problems.

Q Does the President agree with his mother that the homeless taken from New Orleans to Houston are much better off now because they were underprivileged in New Orleans?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think she was making a personal observation on some of the comments that people were making that she was running into. I'm not sure that that's exactly what she said, but --

Q I have it right here if you need it.

MR. McCLELLAN: -- what we're focused on -- what we're focused on is helping these people who are in need.

Q Does he agree with his mother?

MR. McCLELLAN: And I think that the observation is based on someone who -- or some people that were talking to her, that were in need of a lot of assistance, people that have gone through a lot of trauma and been through a very difficult and trying time. And all of a sudden, they are now getting great help in the state of Texas from some of the shelters.

Q "It's scary that they're all coming to Texas."

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, I think you can look at her comments.

Q That is what she said, though.

He could have been a hero


Rove must be slipping.

Bush missed a real opportunity to do some good. To be a real American Hero. All he had to do was be there after Katrina hit, standing on a pile of rubble with a bullhorn ( a la 9/11), giving people who lost everything some hope.

If you're reading this, then you know how I feel about Bush. But I'll tellya what, if Bush did the right thing, if he did in the Gulf States what Rudy did for the world on 9/11, I would have stood behind my president.

Sadly, this is not the case. Bush, Cheney and Condi did what millionaires do. The day after Katrina, Bush took a jet to play some golf in Arizona, Caring Condi spent $3000 on a pair of shoes and enjoyed a Broadway show, and Cheney was in the process of buying a multimillion dollar vacation bungalow.

They just can't help themselves.

All Bush had to do was to physically be there, in the same place where the suffering was, and stay on top of his people like a good manager is supposed to do. The country would have rallied around him. He would have been a hero.

Never mind that it is his job to be there and be in charge, never mind that being useful and being there would have bolstered his numbers more than any dirty trick Rove could have conjured. Being there as the leader of the United States was simply the right thing to do.

But he just couldn't do it.

Bush will do what he always does. Cover his ass. Look for sacrificial lambs and victims to swift boat. He will continue living in a fantasy land where nothing is wrong, where he is the "War President".

The only WMD that poses a threat to us is George W. Bush.

Hello, Congress, are you there?

Pelosi: Bush "in denial"

At a news conference, Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush's choice for head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency had "absolutely no credentials."

She related that she urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire Brown.
"He said 'Why would I do that?'" Pelosi said.


"'I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week.' And he said 'What didn't go right?'"

"Oblivious, in denial, dangerous," she added.

"What didn't go right?" That says it all.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Bush resists probe into Katrina response

It should come as no surprise that Bush is resisting a bipartisan probe into Administration failures responsible for delayed respone to Katrina. There is plenty of failure to go around, and the swift-boating has already begun.

What would serve the best interests of the United States would be finding out what went wrong, then working to fix the problems. Resisting an investigation will accomplish only one thing, sheltering those who should be held accountable for the massive federal failure.

Disappoining but not unexpected. We have seen this before. After the "discovery" that there were no WMD's, and no links to bin Laden, the Bush spin machine did the same thing then that it is doing now. Insisting that "Now is not the right time to investigate, we should focus on the task at hand". That's what Bush said then. The Republican Congress gave their Republican president a free pass. And that's what Bush is saying now. Will the GOP walk the party line and give Bush another free pass on Katrina? One would hope not, not after their Red States have been decimated. It's one thing when it happens halfway around the world, it's another thing when it happens on your doorstep.

There is plenty that says that Bush will not escape so easily this time, despite his reluctance to being investigated. It's one thing when it happens in Iraq. It's an entirely different thing when it happens here. It shouldn't be that way, but it is. Iraq is so far away, kind of abstract. The Gulf Coast is a different story. Americans dying in lawn chairs in front of reporters? Four days after the storm hit?

The day after Katrina hit, all I could do was get all the info I can and cry for the victims. While America was crying, Bush was playing golf.

"Stay the Course"?, what, the "golf course"?

We must not let them use the same tactic they used to dodge accountability for their Iraq failure. Bush will do everything possible to dodge these bullets. Please, please keep pressure on your representitives and the media insisting on independant investigations into the Federal Katrina response failures.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

A real American.

A recent comment on my blog:

So...the 100 thousand ignorant idiots that did not heed the warnings, did not pay attention to the evacuation demand BEFORE the storm hit, have no blame? Bullshit.

They cry for help and scream in rage only AFTER they realize their decision was stupid. Fuck them. This is called nature. Wake up shithead. This was far worse than anyone could have imagined prior to the storm.

It wasn't FEMA keeping the boats out, it was the idiot scum INSIDE, shooting at them while screaming for help. The welfare system at it's best. Rage because my check is late, rage because I have no water, rage because most of them were stupid.Yes, there were mistakes, yes, the communication systems went down, yes we should have been more prepared.However, before you blame Bush for your hatred, get a handle on ALL the facts.

Your ignorance and inability to understand basic human stupidity is showing big time. Now go grow up.
9:14 PM

It's clear what you are, and your juvenile, bigoted opinions will not be discussed here.

But I will give you this much..

Blame Bush for my hatred? What the fuck does that mean? Yeah, I hate the idiot-son. His lies committed American resources to Iraq. That's plenty to be mad about. But now, the lies that got us into Iraq have claimed the lives of thousands of Americans in the Homeland.

Do you think the Gulf states could make good use of the assets we have in Iraq? 140,000 troops, amphibious vehicles, helicopters, housing and communication systems? Bet your ass they could.

United States assets are in Iraq because the idiot-son lied to get them there. There were no WMD's, no ties to bin Laden. Intelligence was manipulated to make a case for war. Bush was going into Iraq to finish daddy's war, and that's all there is to it.

We have no business in Iraq.

And if we were honest we wouldn't be in Iraq. Neither would our assets.

What we should have seen were helicopter filled skies the moment Katrina moved on. Amphibious vehicles, swift boats, men and material. Aircraft carriers, non-stop sorties delivering supplies and doing rescue. Had this been the case, thousands of lives would have been saved. But it didn't go down this way. Because all the assets that could have made a difference were tied up in Iraq.

You're not that bright, so I'll connect the dots for you...

idiot-sons Iraq lies are now responsible not only for the deaths of thousands on foreign soil, but by depriving the gulf coast of assets, his lies are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans in the Homeland.

Maybe I'm wrong. If the bumbling, stumbling incoherent handling of the Iraq infrastructure reconstruction is any indication of our competance, the Gulf States may not have electricity for 30 years. If Iraq wasn't happening, things may have turned out the same way. Yes, we would have more people and hardware to send into the area, but we still would be lacking leadership.

The worse disaster to ever hit our shores and this asshole needs to finish his vacation and get in a few rounds of golf?

Thanks for taking the time to comment. Now, get lost.

Friday, September 02, 2005

I now know the depth of my hatred.

Let me make one thing clear before you go any further. I don't care about any opposing point of view. There is no opposing point of view. If you're one of the 8% of people polled who believe the fucking chimp is doing an "excellent job" handling relief efforts in the gulf states, then you're a sick, delusional cult-follower. Fuck you. Period. Get the fuck out of here.

I have never been as mad as I am right now. I'm 48 years old. I have seen a lot of fucked up things in my life. I know bad people. I know anger. I know hatred. Or so I thought. I was wrong. I do know anger, but I never really knew hatred until now. Until I have seen citizens of the United States dying of dehydration in a dead city.

"Not on my watch". The fucking chimp likes to say that. Well guess what, you miserable, unfeeling bastard, this did happen on your watch. And what the fuck were you doing while people were struggling to stay alive? No, really, this is not a rhetorical question.

Where the fuck were you, and what were you doing?

Golfing in Arizona, chilling in Crawford, stumping the war on terror, playing your guitar. Hey, asshole, this is not the time to "get on with your life", you detestable, selfish bastard.

Let me ask you a fucking question. OK?

If you knew that the Gulf states were going to be attacked, would you prepare a defense? You miserable son of a bitch, would you? This is your idea of homeland security? The entire country knew a cat 5 was rolling into Biloxi and New Orleans. We all sat glued to the TV watching a fucking hurricane the size of the Gulf of Mexico heading towards us. We knew this for days. People were told to evacuate three days before Katrina hit.

What, did everyone in the fucking world know a major hurricane was headed our way except you? Don't they have fucking TV sets in Crawford? or were you busy reading "My Pet Goat?"

Or is it that you are incapable of being a leader, just like on 9/11. You were useless then, and you were useless now. Fucking absolutely useless.

Hey dipshit, leadership starts at the top. Why didn't you assemble a group of people with brains and do what a leader is supposed to do. Lead. Figure out what you're going to do. Then do it with a purpose. You know, like Jeb did in Florida.

What do we get from you? A fly-by and a canned speech consisting of the usual platitudes. Leadership? Real leadership? Compassion? From the likes of you, you miserable cold-hearted selfish bastard? I don't think so. You couldn't if you wanted to. You lack the capacity to feel.

As if things aren't bad enough, you see Scarborough, Hannity and O'reilly calling your lack of response a "disgrace", then you come out and echo them, saying the response "is not acceptable". Doing what you always do, looking for a victim. Playing the blame game. Hey, guess what, you fucking scumbag, leadership starts at the top, remember? This shit is all happening "your watch" you fucking asshole. You're responsible. Yeah, you.

Everything you touch turns to shit. Theft of elections, an administration riddled with corruption, lies that lead us to war, the deaths of thousands in Iraq. And now, thanks to your incompetance, the needless deaths of Americans in American cities.

I have one more thing to say to you, you fucking schmuck. Your pals at exxonmobil, they're putting the wood to us. So, why not take back the 7 billion dollar gift you gave them and put the money into the relief effort?

The only flood you care about is the one that happened in the Bible. I hope there is a God. I hope God is just like you believe Him to be. I hope you end up standing in front of Him, there to answer for the terrible things you have done, and all the needless suffering you are personally responsible for. I wish I could be there to see it.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Official: FEMA response "a national disgrace"
NO mayor sends out 'SOS"

Days after the storm, still no FEMA in N.O. New Orleans is in a state of anarchy. N.O. mayor sent out an "SOS", local official calls FEMA response "a national disgrace".

FEMA Director: "We were ready to go in, but then the levees were breached"

Everyone with a TV knew the levees and floodwalls were designed for a catagory 3 hurricane. Everyone, (except FEMA, evidently) knew that a catagory 4 was on the way. What a bunch of bullshit.

There is no excuse for Americans to die like this.

Read the story on MSNBC

Homeland Security?

Thanks to Katrina, we now know what happens when disaster cripples a city.

Nothing happens.

Oh, wait, we get platitudes from the president. That's what we get.

Residents of New Orleans have been transformed into chunks of meat in a toxic soup. Hospital staff are siphoning fuel out of abandoned vehicles so they can keep generators running that patients on ventilators depend on to stay alive. Hospitals without potable water. Patients lying in their own feces. For days.

People dying on freeway overpasses after being there for days without water. People on rooftops waiting for days for rescue. Looting, shooting, violence. The desparation of people abandoned, left to fight for their own survival. Literally hung out to dry.

I thought we had the Department of Homeland Security to keep us safe?

I was mistaken. The people we entrust to keep us safe were fast asleep at the switch, choosing to sit around with their fingers up their asses, waiting to see how things unfolded.

Days later, they're still sitting around with their fingers up theur asses trying to figure out what to do. How about evacuating hospitals, declaring Marshall Law, Air lifting potable water into the region? That would be a good place to start.

Where are the troops? New Orleans is a wasteland. Why wasn't the military ready with troops, communication systems, amphibious vehicles, potable water?

Just like 9/11, George Bush is once again overwhelmed and useless. He is our leader. He should act like one. While people were starving, fighting to survive and dying, our President remained in Crawford, played a few rounds of golf, and pitched Iraq.

Eventually, he got around to making a speech. Dispassionate, completely lacking feeling, a pointless collection of platitudes.