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Wednesday, September 07, 2005


One particularly disgusting Bush act...

Pres. Bush with firefighters

You should all know about this President of ours. There is a story that has been circulating the liberal blogosphere (or, as I and many other residents like to call it, Left Blogistan) about the usage of firefighters in the Katrina-ravaged area of this country. Daily Kos has a good primer on the situation... Bush used the firefighters as human props. Not as firefighters. Not as skilled, courageous men who were willing, as is their duty, to risk their lives to save others. No. A Photo Op is much more important:

But now the GOP is in full protect mode. Not "protect the people" mode, mind you, but "protect Bush at all costs" mode. And part of that "protect" mode means lying to journalists about who's to blame, seeking to muddy the issue and introduce enough uncertainty into the debate that it takes pressure off the guy in charge.

This is the man in charge. A cowardly, dispicable politician of the worst stripe: One who professes to love America, while he acts in outright disregard... or worse, contempt... for Americans. And the GOP spin machine, and the mainstream media... they're going along with it. And so is the American Public

When respondents were asked [in a recent Gallup poll] who is most to blame for problems in New Orleans after Katrina, 13 percent blame President Bush, 25 percent blame state and local officials. However, 38 percent say that no one is really to blame. 29 percent believe federal officials should be fired for mismanagement of the crisis, while a full 63 percent disagree.

Emphases mine. So, 38% of Americans think "no one is to blame" for the response to Katrina... and 63% think no one need lose their jobs over this. This is fucking disgusting. It makes me absolutely sick to think that a job can be botched so damn bad (I'm already ordering my FEMA: Failure to Effectively Manage Anything t-shirt) and yet, it appears, no one will pay. No one will have to answer it.

Conservative pundits, politicians, and apologists the nation over are using the words "Blame Game," spitting them at anyone who dare level a finger of responsibility at the (*gulp*) federal government. Well guess what? YOU'RE GOD DAMN RIGHT WE'RE GOING TO PLAY THE BLAME GAME. Except, Mr. President, it isn't a fucking game. The death toll is well into 5 digits by now. The city will require tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild... not to mention years. You fucked up bad, pal. Where was all of the planning, all of the preparation, all of the good shit we were told your little pet project, the Department of Homeland Security (yavol!) was up to its elbows in since 9/11? We had days' worth of warning that Katrina is coming... if a dirty bomb goes off in a major American city, we will have a grand total of no fucking time whatsoever worth of warning... what then?

What will this President do to protect America? What has he done? As far as these (admittedly liberal, admittedly Democrat) eyes can see... not one solid god damn thing.

Pres. Bush flippin' us the bizzird

We get it, G-Dubs. You fucked us.

UPDATE 3:59pm: This had better turn out to be bullshit...

10:57 Raw transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee Clara Barthelemy: "The 17th street levee was bombed by the Army Corps of Engineers to save the more valuable real estate in the city... to keep the French Quarter protected, the ninth ward was sacrificed... people are afraid to speak out... everyone who was near there heard the bombings... they bombed seven times. That's why they didn't fix the levees... 20 feet of water. Gators. People dying in water. They let the parishes go, not the city center. Tourist trap was saved over human life..."

11:22 Now I'm speaking to someone else, another woman, who says some people report having witnessed "bomb sounds," believe 17th street levee and others were blown up to manage water flow and protect more valuable portions of real estate.

Evacuee Dianne Stafford: "They blew the levee to save the city..." Saying a barge broke the levee. She is from St. Bernard Parish. "More expensive places were saved at the expense of the neighborhoods that aren't as valuable... Rebuilding Bourbon Street matters more to the government... that's what mattered to Governor Blanco..."

Please, please, please, please let this not be true. I really want to believe these people are just wrong about this...

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