September 12, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Putting Katrina Victims "To Sleep"
Some patients in the Katrina disaster area have been put to sleep—and I don't mean the dogs and cats.
I happened to catch an amazing segment on FoxNews. I don't know if they will link the video, but it's not up at the time of writing. Nor is there any mention of the story on their site. The segment was shown at about 5:20 PM EST.
"News reader" Page Hopkins was talking live with a Fox reporter (female). The reporter was in the disaster area, but I didn't catch whether she was in New Orleans or some other area. The reporter was discussing her talks with medical personnel.
According to the reporter, ill patients were triaged into three groups—"will not recover," "may recover," and "should recover." For lack of medical facilities, people in the "will not recover" group were given large doses of morphine. The reporter made clear that these were doses sufficient to put the patients "to sleep" in some cases.
A rather worried-looking Hopkins came back with something like "But these were patients who would have died anyway?" The reporter hesitated and agreed that many of them would have died, leaving unsaid but implied that some patients would not have died. "Heartbreaking" for the medical personnel, she said.
This is absolutely astonishing. A rescue effort under the ultimate command of Mr. Right-to-Life Bush was euthanizing gravely ill patients.
This is the same George Bush who sent former Attorney General Ashcroft to federal court to oppose Oregon's "Death with Dignity" Act, which allows for physician-assisted suicide. (The government lost the case at the district level and on appeal. It will be considered by the Roberts Supreme Court during the coming term.)
This is the same George Bush who flew back from Texas to sign a federal law intervening in the Terri Schiavo case at 1:11 in the morning.
But the actions described on Fox go far beyond physician-assisted suicide or removal of a feeding tube from a brain-dead patient. This was euthanasia; this was mercy-killing. And whether you support the concept in principal or not, the Fox News account made it clear that for the medical personnel involved, these actions were forced by the inadequacy of the medical response to the disaster.
There is a good chance that the media will ignore this story. But the Christian Right, at the very least, should have some questions for Mr. Bush in the morning. Description: If this story catches media attention, at a minimum it could turn into one of the most embarrassing episodes to emerge from the media disaster.
Subject: What a Difference Four Years Makes
Four years since the towers fell. It seems longer and it seems like only yesterday. Perhaps it is because I am once again camped in front of a television screen. Me who watches television rarely and heaps scorn upon those that do.
Katrina has brought disaster once again to the forefront of the American conscience. Four years from 9/11 we might have expected that this natural disaster would be met with all the strength of this mighty nation. Not so much.
In the four years since 9/11 it would seem the government has not only not improved its emergency response abilities, it has degraded them. What we got for billions of dollars is an emergency response bunch led by a horse show hack that had little experience and even less ability.
If the threats that face this country were met by this republican administration with one half the strength and fury that they directed at the democratic party or any other person or group that dared speak out, we could all sleep safer in out beds.
Blame game Mr. President? Does this seem like a game to you? You are the man in charge as you have reminded us so often in the past. Well for God’s sake take charge! Do something beside spin and arrange photo ops. You have failed your country and the people and a whole lot of folks who just would not admit that you were not the next thing to the second coming suddenly are waking up and wondering if maybe, just maybe, you, too, are a hack with little experience and less ability.
The mainstream media was as inept and lacking in ability as the “Brownie” they are now piling on so vigorously. Did some finally wake up and act like real “news people”? I suspect their various corporate bosses will soon slap them back in place. Not to worry, they didn’t seem to mind being spun and played for the fools for the last 4 years.
The past two weeks have shown how a nation that is subjected to the truth actually responds. Bush's poll numbers are in free fall and elected officials are in full CYA mode. Most of us aren’t stupid. Give us the truth and we respond, as we should. For the true believers in the Bush B.S., nothing anyone says will make a difference.
Marjorie L. Swanson
Mrs. Barbara Bush
BY FAX: 2079670255
Dear Mrs. Bush,
I find your comments while touring the Superdome to be utterly contemptible and racist. I’m sure you knew at the moment when you said it you shouldn’t have said it, but to say that "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them." Is so patently offensive, you should be ashamed of yourself. You also said that it was “scary” because all the (poor black people who have been relocated to the superdome in Houston) were going to stay. Now Mrs. Bush, I want to ask you, have you ever been relocated out of your home, while you watch your relatives wash away? Have you ever seen a baby being raped? Have you EVER been below the poverty line? HOW DARE you speak to these people this way? These people have been subjected to experiences that they will never in their lifetimes forget, and you have the audacity to say that it’s “working very well for them”. Your pompous mouth has not only insulted the people at the Superdome, but ALL the people in New Orleans who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. You owe them an apology, and you owe the people who have been displaced at the Superdome an apology as well. I am ashamed to have you as a former first lady, who, in fact has a son who has as of September 4, 2005 has MURDERED 2000 of our own soldiers in a war based on LIES. You son is also responsible for the bungling of the response to Katrina and has the blood of the thousands who have died there on his hands too. I am appalled at your comments; I am appalled at your son, who is the worst President ever. More importantly, and more personally I think that your comments are so reprehensible that you can’t EVEN apologize for them, you are now cowering in fear because you know your comments were patently racist and bigoted. You’re a rich, white, Anglo Saxon woman who has never known poverty in her life and yet you have the audacity to say that the situation in the Superdome is “working very well for them.” Get a clue. Tell you son to resign, for the good of the country, and maybe you can be redeemed when you go to your resting place which I hope will be soon. I wish you no harm, but I think you are a racist, bigoted woman, who only adds hurt and turmoil into the world that your son has caused irreparable harm to. My advice: Shut your mouth before you make racist comments that offend people who are hurting in the worst way! I look forward to your response and apology to the people of New Orleans, and the displaced people at the Superdome in Houston. Even your spokesperson Jim McGrath from CEO Communications said your comments were “inelegantly phrased.” People in general have condemned your comments as racist, bigoted and just plain ignorant. For a former first lady, you show no class and no brains whatsoever. Just stop talking would be my advice.
William K. Rosen
Subject: Bush Kids
All y'all really need to get off of the bringing the Bush kids into the military. In short, the military doesn't need any of them, at the bottom, middle, or top. The current "adult" generation has demonstrated their unreliability to the point of being almost absurd, with none of them (save one fellow who went AWOL) having had the gumption to put their lives anywhere near dangerous situations.
As a retired military member, were I to receive one of them, I would be immediately concerned about the morale of the rest of the unit and the deleterious effect of having to mollycoddle someone "special," "special" in sense of being one step above inutile. Marking time or treading water is a greater waste of time, effort, and manpower than just leaving them alone, spending time and money in dives and other effete venues. Anyway, who wants to be the one to have to explain the democratic, bordering on socialist, way the services work? Do any of y'all have any 'sperience with this? If so, YOU should volunteer for THAT job. YOU can set up your own champagne unit and leave the real work to those who came for the real party. You might even use that otherwise useless flic "Stripes" as a training film. Right after the maids and room service get done tending to the kids in the evenings.
As we know, fewer and fewer of the "adults'" kids are even eligible (despite your erroneous proclaiming that they are). The Twins have criminal records as does George P. (may be juvenile) and his sister Noelle, the amateurish pharmacologist. As far as the others, who knows? And once again, should we care? While one of the "adults" is getting away with murder (so to say) aside from his AWOL, it would be all too much trouble to have to monitor the kids and see what shenanigans they's gettin' up tuh. But. As YOU have volunteered to head up the champagne unit, that might be less of a problem than I am making it out to be. You get to make the popcorn!!!
If you are against the Iraq issue, don't be against the military. They're just like most others without the money and the reputations and the influence behind them. With your emphasis on wanting the families of incapables to put up their spawn, the obvious purpose is to express your disdain and otherwise hatred for the men and women in uniform, an extension of your dislike for the Iraq and terror "wars." (A little hint: none of us who spent our many years in uniform like being put into losing situations by losers who lose track of all their losing 'cause they're lost.) As stated above, the introduction of the "Paris Hiltons" of the inutile world would drag the morale and capabilities down, even further than a Louisiana Guardsman's would be following his return to "home" after Katrina.
If anything, the Republicans need to be barred from the military and its ranks need to be filled out with real democratic-minded kinds of people, if your purpose is not malicious and is indeed directed toward improving the forces and the American Way of Life (different than from the Bush "AWOL"). The Bushes and their ilk have no knowledge of what it is to be "noble" and their only connection with it is to sit on the sidelines, cheerleading those who have the "Noble" gene in their make-up. The Republicans have, for the most part, succeeded in making themselves look foolish by not having much if any experience, in the military, much less the backbone to withstand it. Why spoil their Party? Why help them to improve their stock? Just whose side ARE you on?!?
Subject: It's Time for Another Truth Commission!
Two days ago I heard one of those quick news briefs on my radio. At the end of the brief, there was a mention of the New Orleans body count of the flood victims. The brief mentioned that although the task was daunting, so far the body count was tentatively being put at about 8,000. This was after the news that said twenty-five thousand body bags had been sent to New Orleans. ALL OF A SUDDEN there were new reports about the media being barred from taking pictures of the dead and the very next day the headlines stated that the official body count was not going to be as high as initially thought.
Naturally, the reason given was "respect for the dead." What a crock. This latest attempt to whitewash the damages is the utmost DISrespect to those who died and their loved ones who survived. Someone, somewhere needs to organize the Katrina survivors to DEMAND to form a TRUTH commission and DEMAND the true body count as well as what caused it. When a government destroys its own citizens, by willful intent or criminal neglect, and tries to hide the evidence, it's time for that particular government to GO!!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Of, For And By The People
"I'm your leader. Trust me!" Bullshit! Trust oneself - All the lessons of life plus one's dreams and aspirations. Why, this here delegating of one's personal autonomy's been nothing but a continuous and monstrous fiasco ever since it was first invented. It's "won" us politicians and chains, that's all!
As for peace on earth and goodwill to all living beings. Is that really humanity's goal, or is it merely something we regurgitate come Santa Claus time? If it's truly what we the people are looking for, history surely informs us that it's not to be delegated. Instead, it's a do it yourself sort of thing. And quite natural, too, once we the people begin our ascent.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush is a Symptom -- Republicans are the Disease
George Bush may be a smirking puppet, but we shouldn't forget that what really counts is the hand inside the puppet.
And that hand is who or what? That's easy; it's our Republican neighbors, in-laws, and colleagues! And the danger is that if we're not very clear about this, we'll keep treating the symptom and not the disease.
Which is just what the core Republicans want. What could be better than to have G. Duhbya for a front man? He annoys everyone (just like Bolton!) and thus becomes the quintessential lightening rod -- the appendix in the Republican gut.
Is this pure chance? Of course not. He focuses the outrage of the country (and world) away from this irrational and immoral army.
Leo Tolstoy warned the world not to glorify Napoleon by assuming that one individual can dominate world events. He pointed out that if it hadn't been Napoleon it would have been someone else. Napoleon was a "symptom" (like George), not a cause. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time. The world was "ripe" for Napoleon.
Exactly the same thing is true for G. Dubya. Get serious, are we really supposed to believe that this pseudo Texan with a Daddy Degree from Yale and the conscience (and attention span) of a grasshopper is "dominating" world events?
No, no, no, he's merely the front man, the symptom of our country's values at their worst. "Republicans" have been with us since the beginning of recorded history, with their limitless greed, Pharisee hypocrisies, and righteous violence. Bush is simply the visible boil.
The problem with treating symptoms is that you never get at the causal disease. Band-Aids on cancer don't do much.
So what are we to conclude from this? We should realize that what's happening now in America has little or nothing to do with politics as usual, and that it's profoundly to the advantage of Republicans to convince us that it does.
This is virtually conflict between good and evil. Evil is a tricky word, certainly, but what other shoe fits Bush's indifference to New Orleans and a presidency of nonstop, pathological lying?
Let's face it; America's pig rich are eating the rest of us alive. We're losing (or have lost!) our heath care, our retirements, our medical research, and our God-given wilderness. The Republican energy bill is literally PAYING the corporate cronies of the Bush Family (don't forget Daddy!) to rape Mother Nature at will. How much money are you making off of $4.00 + gasoline? Iraq has turned out to be all about oil after all (paid for with our children's lives), and the extremist Evangelical supporters of Bush are busy replacing our sacred American Constitution with their sitcom version of the Bible.
And if all that doesn't add up to some kind of "evil," what does? We shouldn't forget that the only time Jesus "lost his cool" was when we whipped the money changers out of the temple. One wonders what he would do to Halliburton!
May we think about it like this? Imagine that your home is being attacked by a gang of scum bags and that one of them is dressed up like a clown, and is yelling obscenities at your family from the front yard. Not too hard to figure out who the clown is, is it? Talk about type casting! Anyway, while you're being distracted by the clown, the vermin is pouring though the back door and goodbye home and family.
This is a little like what happened to Odysseus when he came home from his travels to discover that his home and family had been invaded by sleazy, rapacious suitors of Penelope and his kingdom was being eaten alive (sound familiar?).
What's interesting about this story is that when Odysseus' started his ferocious cleanup of the "suitors," one of them asked him why he was so filled with fury. Remember his answer? His answer was, "Because you were trying to steal my world." That's the definition of a Republican: someone who's trying to steal your world, your kingdom, and the very heart and soul of your life.
Is money your God? Do you think it's ok to sacrifice other people's children to fatten the coffers of companies like Halliburton? Do you think Mother Nature is an insignificant motel for the salvation/damnation antics of Evangelicals? Do you think the pitiful and terrified residents of New Orleans deserved their fate because they weren't members of a George Bush country club?
If your answer is no to any of the above, then you're not a Republican. So no illusions, please. G. W. Bush is merely the smirking tip of this loathsome and heartless iceberg.
W. Christopher Epler
Subject: Michael Brown
Michael Brown was demoted and sent back to Washington yesterday. Today, Sept. 10, my home town newspaper has a news item labeled "National groups seek donations." The article starts with: Michal D. Brown, undersecretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness, requests cash donations for the following: (1) American Red Cross. (2) Operation Blessing. (Pat Robertson's group) From there on, it ends up with #12, Salvation Army, #13 Southern Baptist Convention & #14, United Methodists. Considering Pat Robertson's past history, why is his group still receiving a yearly $500,000 faith-based grant and why is Operation Blessing number two on Michael Brown's list?
Does Karl Rove still believe the Republican party can overlook his unsavory past in order to secure the evangelical Christian vote?
Subject: Katrina Victims
What's wrong with this picture?
The Press is not allowed in to New Orleans.
Suddenly, the death toll is much less than expected.
So who's doing the counting?--The same folks who counted Bush votes in Ohio and Florida?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Behind the Headlines
I do enjoy trying to figure out the real story behind the news.
I read that FEMA was issuing $2000 debit cards to hurricane survivors, then stopped, saying they had run out of cards.
And I remember Bush saying that there was really no money in Social Security....
I wonder if FEMA actually does have any money, and if so, how much is left after sunset government accounting?
And if perhaps the delays came from the fact money had to be transferred INTO FEMA?
Subject: Playing Politics
So the Reich takes umbrage at Democrats and others "playing politics" with Katrina? Be still, my heart.
What have they been doing all along? Since when have they ever done anything else?
I think we're all coordinated enough to get on with the relief effort at the same time as we take a look at why it all happened and who's to blame.
Subject: Mo' Money!
Biggest story of the last 48 hours: Not only did Halliburton get the contract to clean up (and, boy, do we mean "clean up"), quicker than Bush can play 8 holes, but now Bush has, by royal decree, er, executive order, declared that the workers they hire don't have to be paid minimum wage.
Bush's Iraq Folly: $2 billion/week.
Initial estimate of Katrina damages: $150 billion.
The chance to profit off the worst American disaster ever AND rip off workers who have lost everything: Priceless.
If we do not rise up and throw them out, we have only ourselves to blame.
Subject: What else?
Would the compassionate christian Liar in Chief open his ranch or his wallet to the victims of Hurricane Katrina?....I doubt it...I doubt it. Nonetheless, the Liar in Chief has signed more executions than any governor; in his watch: approximately 3,000 dead at NYC; approximately 3,000 Americans dead in Iraq; approximately 100,000 innocent Iraqis an unknown number of "suicides" but we have to be thankful that Bu$h believes in the "culture of life" can you imagine if he believed in the culture of death how many more would have died?
We have now turned into a country with a single party - The Corrupt and Greedy Party - there is no representation for we, the people, we must take matters into our hands if we do really care for our beloved country and for democracy. With a very few exceptions, and I mean a very few, we must vote against incumbents if we really care for our country that is paying too dearly in blood and treasure for the greed of a few.
The many must make the few understand that unless they become public servants their services are not required. We must also establish term limits and stop the nepotism and cronyism. Totally eliminate the lobbying, in other words "the existent bribery." Campaign contributions must not be investments made by corporations with the expectations of huge returns in profits. How naive must you be to believe that corporations give millions of dollars to a candidate simply because they believe that it is in the best interest of our country?
Under no circumstances must we, the people, allow appointments for life. We must stop the corruption, since I am sure that is not the legacy we want to give our children and condoning the actions of those corrupted officials we become part of the malady that affects our beloved and destroyed country.
We must act now and not allow the Liar in Chief to get away with still another crime. Let's march and demand impeachment since the ones in Capitol Hill have no intentions of representing us and try to bring some dignity, respect and honesty back to our America, let us all stop residing at the United Corporations AGAINST Americans.
My America can't afford to allow Bu$h to end his term...we must impeach NOW if we want to survive. How many more must die before we, the people, take real action and get our country back?
Bu$h lies and Americans die.
Subject: BuzzFlash headlines and my questions
In the BuzzFlash.com headlines for Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, here's a quote from the end of the Blackwater article (Democracy Now):
My question: Are they here - and planning to be a continuing presence here (in U.S.) - to keep us 'in line' now that fully two-thirds of the American population 'no longer believe'? (see poll data in 1st article above)
Subject: It's Policy, Policy, Policy, Policy, Policy....stupid!!!
To my way of thinking what happened in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast states is no cause for the average American to be ashamed. Let me be clear here, what I am saying is that the "policies" of the Bush Mis-administration...that a GOOD MANY OF THOSE SO-CALLED "ASHAMED" AMERICANS VOTED FOR, is what one gets when one balances its abject and despicable social policies on the backs of the poor and the downtrodden!! In the bible it says: "What you do to the least of these, you do to Christ." Remember these words if you voted for this dangerously incompetent administration.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Reality Check
(Actually heard on the radio while driving from Atlanta, GA to Fairhope, AL on September 9, 2005.)
Laura Bush: The images of Katrina's aftermath that we've seen over and over again are "not representative of what happened."
Coast Guard rescue helicopter crewman (whose name I didn't get, I regret to say): The situation in New Orleans was "worse than it looks."
Black radio station somewhere south of Montgomery: "If you don't want to hear about it on the news, don't let it happen."
And now it's September 11, 2005. Four years after the towers fell, we've come a long way: disaster in Iraq, a diaspora of Black Americans and a worsening economy (unless you're rich, of course). Meanwhile, Osama is somewhere laughing his butt off.
One would think that this anniversary of 9/11 - which occurs on a Sunday, no less - would be a time for sober assessments and serious reflection. But this is the good old U.S.A., and there's nothing wrong with this country that a shot of jingoistic flag-wavin', boot-scootin' and ass-kickin' won't cure. My favorite inspirational event today takes place today in Washington, DC; a Pentagon-sponsored parade followed by a concert featuring country singer Clint Black.
Mr. Black, who looks very good in a cowboy hat, was born in 1962. Here is his military service record: [ ]
Since the maximum age for enlistment in the armed forces has been increased to 45, Mr. Black would seem to be a prime candidate to pop right down to the recruiter's office and put his money where his mouth is. That would be this:
"IRAQ AND ROLL," words and music by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas.
(Excerpted without permission.)
I RAQ, I RACK'EM UP AND I ROLL I'M BACK AND I'M A HIGH TECH GI JOE I PRAY FOR PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR AND I NEVER WILL FORGET THERE'S NO PRICE TOO HIGH FOR FREEDOM SO BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU TREAD I ROCK, I RACK'EM UP AND I ROLL I'M BACK AND I'M A HIGH TECH GI JOE I'VE GOT INFRARED, I'VE GOT GPS AND I'VE GOT THAT GOOD OLD FASHIONED LEAD THERE'S NO PRICE TOO HIGH FOR FREEDOM SO BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU TREAD NOW YOU CAN COME ALONG OR YOU CAN STAY BEHIND OR YOU CAN GET OUT OF THE WAY BUT OUR TROOPS TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE FOR THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.
"There's no price too high for freedom." Your patriotism is truly inspiring, Clint. But as you help the Bush Junta round up 9/11, the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina with a red, white & blue lasso and tie them all together into one big rodeo spectacle, remember: talk is cheap. And until I see your ass in a uniform "taking out the garbage," I'll assume you're still taking your cues from First Cowboy and Chickenhawk-in-Chief George W. Bush. All hat and no cattle.
Subject: Administration Standards Required a National Approach to Katrina
Other blogs got me interested in learning about my own FEMA Regional Director. The Region V Regional Director is Edward Buikema and at least he has some emergency experience.
In my research, I found that Mr. Buikema appeared on Front and Center with John Calloway last year; he doesn't say all that much on the show, but mentions the President's National Response Plan written in 2003, emphasizing that it is National, not Federal, meaning that it encompasses the national, state and local response.
If you read the Homeland Security Presidential Directive No. 5 of February 28, 2003, you see that the "objective of the US Government"... is "to ensure that all levels of government across the Nation have the capability to work efficiently and effectively together, using a National approach to domestic incident management."
Ha! The republicans are sure backing off of that talking point in their mad scramble to blame local officials for the Katrina response disaster as if the Mayor of New Orleans had his own aircraft carrier with which to work.
Ellen Beth Gill
Thanks for linking to Michael Moore's letter to people who voted for bush! It's great! How about a letter to Nader asking him if he now sees the difference between Republicans and Democrats, and if he still feels good about what he did to help get bush elected.
R. M. Johnson
Subject: Three Items That Add Up All Too Well
Reading through recent news, I notice three highly connectable dots:
1) Bushco. awards New Orleans clean-up to Halliburton.
2) Bush suspends minimum-wage requirements for work on the clean-up.
3) Hugh Kaufman's revelations to The Independent, posted on BuzzFlash this morning, that no one is monitoring the pollution in water being pumped out of the city: "'inept political hacks' [Kaufman's words] running the clean-up will imperil the health of low-income migrant workers by getting them to do the work." Kaufman, by the way, is not a partisan politician but "an expert on toxic waste and responses to environmental disasters at the US Environmental Protection Agency." (I hope he's prepared to be fired and/or smeared immediately, like every other public servant who has dared to criticize the Bush Administration.)
Well, adding 1 + 1 + 1 to get 3, it would seem that the idea is: exploit the disaster to funnel money to your cronies, cut their labor costs by waiving the minimum wage--and hey, if you have to poison some poor people to do it, who's gonna know--or care?
Later, when the cancer cases start rolling in, Bush will shrug and say: "Who knew? Nobody thought there was pollution in that water."
I hope to see some news stories that make the connection, but I'm not holding my breath.
PS: . . . to my earlier post, in which I said Bush had waived the minimum wage for reconstruction work in New Orleans. That's not quite what he said; he said that workers could be paid below the prevailing rate. Still sleazy, but there is a difference. It doesn't change the gist of what I said, but as a member of the reality-based community, I try to get my facts straight and fess up when I don't.
Subject: A Question for the 4th Anniversary of 9/11.
I made up my own bumper sticker for the 4th anniversary of 9/11. It reads "Mr. President, why is Osama STILL FREE?"
I printed it on clear film on a laser printer and will cut it out and tape it together. I used 122 point Times New Roman print. WHen taped together it will be about 3 feet long! I use clear polyethylene weather stripping tape, which leaves little glue behind if you remove it in a month.
Subject: Book Reviews
Was the book that smeared Kerry, published by Robert Novak's son, ever reviewed??
I do not recall one review. I do not understand why Kerry never spoke out. The same group tried to smear McCain. I know this is hindsight, but, I do still ponder, why, no comment from Kerry about the book and the publisher?
Also, McCain, he is brain dead, I hope he does not run. OH, while Katrina was devasting the Gulf Coast, McCain and Bush had a photo op.
Subject: The masters of disasters hard at work
Now as New Orleans faces one of the greatest environmental disasters ever this bungling group of incompetent fools, the Bush Gang, has reacted as one would expect that they would, they neuter the EPA in taking a primary role in mitigating the disaster. They have deliberately barred the agency from taking the necessary water sampling to ascertain the true depth of the disaster and then, incredibly, cut the agency out of the decision-making process involving the cleanup! UNBELIEVABLE! Nothing stops their perfidy and rigid ideological hatred of government agencies doing anything to help the public even after a catastrophe of this magnitude.
This should not be shocking, though, since they deliberately issued false reports after 9.11 proclaiming the air in Manhattan safe and indicating there were no environmental hazards for workers in the affected areas despite the scientific evidence to the contrary. But remember this is the faith-based maladministration, "trust us they say, we know best!"
And, oh, as with the Manhattan cleanup which sickened thousands of undocumented immigrants and the poor who were tasked with doing the cleanup, mostly without protective clothing and respirators to protect them, the maladministration is once more using the same groups to perform the cleanup here at gutter level wages and again without the necessary protective clothing.
If there was any justice at all, The King of Vacations, Junior Bush and Cheney and all their slavish minions, the Michael Brown style toadies, should be sent there to do the cleanup under the same conditions. But no, once more it is the poor and least among us, who will bear the brunt of the disastrous mess this maladministration has created. Yet another count to add to the criminal indictment this gang so richly deserves.
Subject: Los Angeles Is Next
So, Al Qaida plans on striking L.A. next, eh? Well, with spurious George and his thugs in charge, we might as well consider it a done deal. Los Angeles has a very high percentage of Hispanics and African Americans - not to mention the liberal Hollywood actors and actresses. This is definitely not Bush's "base." The Al Qaida spokesman said that they "would not use restraint" this time. I imagine that it will be a suitcase nuke this time. Apparently, they must hate us for more than just "our freedom" since Butcher Bush has relieved us of that terrible responsibility. I can just hear him now, saying, "Nobody could have predicted this." And for the citizens of LA, some advice: Either move now, or stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye. We have no government to protect us, just a bunch of thugs sucking the Treasury dry.
Michael J Fowler
Subject: No one dared tell Bush truth til Thursday.... are these people f***ing crazy???
... and what kind of idiot is president of 300 million people and doesn't read a paper or watch TV news for a week???
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: CNN doing PR for White House?
I have written CNN to question their "coverage" of George Bush's latest p.r. scam of landing on the USS Iwo Jima (CNN Live Sunday, 6 p.m. ET, Sept. 11, 2005)
Fredricka Whitfield or Carol Lin said (paraphrasing) as video showed Bush helicopter landing on the Iwo Jima, "The President should do a photo op of getting involved in a rescue operation tomorrow."
What in the hell is a "journalist" doing suggesting p.r. techniques for the White House?
I tune in to CNN to find out what is going on in the world, NOT to hear a "reporter" suggest another Bush technique to deceive the American people. I wonder: Did Whitfield or Lin also suggest the "Mission Accomplished" scam on another U.S. ship in May of 2003?
The mere fact that a "journalist" would SUGGEST such a technique suggests collusion between CNN and the White House. I will view CNN reports entirely differently from this day forward.
People are impressed by the Bush performance on a pile of 9/11 rubble, but don't ever forget... he was a college CHEERLEADER! It was, by extreme luck, SOMETHING he knew how to do! Now we are seeing ALL the things he doesn't know how to do.
Subject: The Buzz reader....who is ashamed of Michael Moore
First off, it might be of interest to you to know that Mr. Moore has just entered a program approved by his Doctor....to lose weight. I think, personally, Mr. Moore represented the poorest spot in American.....Flint, MI. His first thoughts are of those who are down trodden...he does not have to wear 5 thousand dollar suits...shave or take off the ball cap! From what I have heard from people who know Mr. Moore.....he is very clean about his person, never smells bad....so you may rest assured that he is a clean, white american! Now...I was just wondering how much of a democrat you are.... All the republicans I know...and there are many......if they dislike a democrat, they start by saying something about the appearance of that person. For instance...one of the people in the documentaries of experts who talking about the war in Iraq...I had a republican picking on her complexion. Funny, I thought the description of Karen Kwaitkowski.
As for the person who thinks that the approval of Brown was everyone's fault...maybe...but in the meantime...go back and get the DVD Fahrenheit 911 and watch very carefully the conversation between Moore and Conyers...as to why they did not know what was in the Patriot Act before they approved it. A great comparison...Conyers' exact words to Moore, "Sit down my son.....do you...have any idea what it would take to read thoroughly every word that comes through here....well, for one thing," With a smile" It would slow down the legislative process! They drop the info in the middle of the night....they print it in the middle of the night...then we come in and we are supposed to pass it!"
Pretty simple... so Moore grabs what looks like an Ice Cream truck..with a loud speaker and goes around the Capital....."Attention...attention members of house and senate...this is Michael Moore, and this is the Patriot Act!" Which he goes about telling them over the speaker of this truck. Really....get the DVD and watch it ...if for the first time...or the tenth time...I own the video, and watch it once every month, you should all remember that, through a lot of very illegal means....we are now...for the first time....an all REPUBLICAN government...we do not have much say about anything!!!
BuzzFlash may still have some copies for sale...if not..you can buy it at your local store. It could teach you a thing or two! Vulgarity, is the Vice President of the United states...telling a prominent senator to "Go , F+++, yourself"....That's vulgarity!
Most of us democrats look up to Michael Moore as some kind of great American...I surely do....next to BuzzFlash, my favorite place to go for news....it is Michael Moore. Sorry you do not agree...and place so much credit on a person's appearance...you have that right...but, it sounds like so many rightwingers I know!
Subject: Misquoting Bush
I can't keep up. Did you know...
1. The follow-up sentence Bush made after his 'no one anticipated the levees breaking' line is being misquoted? The misquote softens what he said. The BBC even misquoted it.
2. the online article by Worldnet Daily which does have the "dodged a Bullet" headline, the second paragraph of that article says the levees had broken. Not a big deal but they are going to blow smoke on how Bush was talking about the "dodge the bullet" headlines when he said his "levee" line and they may get away with it. I just saw where there was a Kos diary which had the less damning misquote and the post had 300 replies and no one caught it. anyhow, here is a post giving the details if you didn't know any of this.
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