Wednesday, September 07, 2005

George & Katrina

Sadly not a title for a lame TV sitcom, but what is shaping up to be a colossal disaster previously unimaginable in the US of A.

In a feeble attempt at spin control in yesterday's cabinet meeting attended by the press, President Bush vowed to "find out what went right and what went wrong." Note how he pushed the word "right" ahead of "wrong" in order to convey to the public that it's not all that bad.

Um... I hate to break it to you, Dubya but with over 10,000 people DEAD - and that's a lot more than the number of people who died on 9/11 - I'd safely say NOTHING went right!
Always the class act, Dubya's mother Barbara Bush toured the Astrodome in Houston, and along the way she opined that many of the refugees from New Orleans were so poor to begin with that they ought to be pretty happy with their temporary digs in Houston. "What I?m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas," Barbara Bush said in comments first aired on the public radio program "Marketplace" and reprinted by Editor & Publisher. "Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them."

In the midst of that last line, you can hear the former first lady chuckling.

While Dubya and his mother compete in the insensitivity play-offs, you can make a donation to add to the generous amount already donated by Kuwait's government.

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26 comments:

  1. I posted this earlier, but since you are blogging on the subject, I'd like to express thanks and appreciation for the gift from Kuwait for flood relief. It's a wonderful and generous gesture, and you'll never know how much it means.

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  2. Bush?s quote of what went right and what went wrong grabbed my attention as well, and to think of it; what went right is already known and broadcasted, but the mystery is within what went wrong. He?s either too stupid to realize that or he?s too cleaver that he thinks he can turn the table around.

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  3. On the list of my favourite funny/super crazy headlines is the Independent's
    "Bush launches inquiry and puts himself in charge of it "
    And hand in hand with his mommy's quote is his "The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." (Laughter)"...how do they always manage to snicker about tragedy?
    And what kind of twisted mind thinks, in the moment that corpses float down peoples hometown, that "well lordy, people should be happy that everything they own and love is wiped out cause gosh darn it it's going to be beautiful, especially for the rich people on who's porch I am going to hang out on"..

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  4. Too bad he's not running for next elections.. It would've been one hell of a show.

    Zaydoun, It's really good to have you back :)

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  5. George Bush ,poor man !

    وين مايطقها عويه

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  6. kwtia... while mostly BLACK people were floating face down in the floods of New Orleans, Dubya lamented Trent Lott's house being destroyed. That's the same Trent Lott who said that segregationist Strom Thurmond would've made a great president. What was Dubya thinking, if at all? And where was Karl Rove with the remote control?

    mother courage
    لو بس يكرمنا بسكوته وايد أحسن

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  7. The heroes of this tragedy are tough talking, swearing mayor Nagin of New Orleans. His interview is a must! and the senator who threatened to punch George Bush on national TV as his gang tried to lay the blame on the democratic governor of Louisiana. It's also refreshing to finally see the American media rise to the occasion. Being scathing and critical rather than glossing the situation over with false patriotic jargon. One commentator likened the situation to a third world country but as he pointed out, a dictator would have been more competent at handling the disaster. Who would have thought that mother nature would finally humble and humiliate this arrogant administration. as an Iraqi friend of mine jokingly said, they should call it hurricane Fatima.

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  8. A few weeks ago, senator Hillary Clinton likened junior (GW Bush) to Alfred E. Newmann (of MAD magazine fame). Bull's Eye!

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  9. شرقاوي

    We've been saying that since before he "kinda sorta" won the 2000 elections. Did you see his face during that cabinet meeting?? Totally clueless!

    With of all of America's flaws, it surely deserves a better president!

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  10. I think it's finally reminding everyone that the government works 'for' them, it is employed 'by' them, for too long now they have been acting like there is a monarchy at who's feet they all have to grovel and snivel..especially the media...it's about time they asked where their taxes were going, why they don't live in a functioning democracy anymore and where the hell their freedoms and rights and the American Dream went (if any of that ever truly existed)..but I think unfortunately the media might go right back to its old ways after this..but who knows...there's always hope..

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  11. sounds like Michael Moore has already some good material for the making of his next movie..i can already see the title(will steal yours) George and Katarina ;)

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  12. OFF TOPIC (or could be related)

    zaydoun have u thought of running for elections here in kuwait ?
    ur interested in politics , do have a background , u enjoy it . and ur age is quite good to go through this .
    i think u should go for it. i'll be mefta7ek, we did get our rights now ;p

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  13. Zaydoon

    The president-makers have succeeded in dumbing down the national leader. It seems that this trend is here to stay. (a scary thought, indeed).

    This fits perfectly with dumbing down the voters.

    It all started with dumbung down the textbooks in the public schools.

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  14. More more...we need to do much more...500 Million $$ worth of fuel paid by the government is the least we could do

    We want to see something from the business community here....non govt sectors...Islamist groups wont find a better chance than this one to clean thier image...

    This is our chance to show the American public that Mulsims are compassionate just like the rest of humanity and they are willing to help build l

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  15. Zaydoun,

    This one is for Bo Jaij,

    If we only show them that we are humans --brothers in humanity. This is sufficient, regardless of our beliefs.

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  16. mother courage

    I am only interested in politics as an observer. Poltitics is a dirty game and I just don't have what it takes to play that game... but thanks for the vote of confidence!

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  17. يا الله......حتى الطبيعة عندها تفرقة عنصرية. غريب أمر العالم. الأغنياء يزدادون غنى و الفقراء يزداودن فقرا و الكوارث لا تأتي إلا لهم.

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  18. 10,000 was an exaggerated number from the mayor of N.O. so far 300 dead in three states as I heard this morning driving to work on bbc (yes people I listen to bbc lol)..

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  20. Ok, I really hate to inform those who aren't familiar with the laws of the United States. The federal government could not by law do anything unless the governor of the state allowed it and requested it. Governor Blanco refused any help for 3 days and then refused to turn it over to the federal government on Friday Sept 2. Check the red cross and salvation army sites, both say that the STATE dept. of homeland security (nothing to do with the federal government it is controlled by the governor) blocked their early attempt to go in. If Bush would've done this....the story in the NYTimes this week wouldn't be about the hurricane it would be about his abuse of power and the impending impeachment trials. You all are being very mislead by the media! I'm not sure if they are in full on Bush bash and just aren't paying attention to the law or if they are outright lying? Each state in America is like a sovereign nation under the umbrella of the federal government.

    I'd like to direct you to my blog to see the photos from the AP of the busses that Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco allowed to sit while New Orleans flooded. There was/is the evacuation plan but neither bother to use it.There were approximately 1000 school busses and RTA busses that were supposed to be used in the evacuation plan of Louisana. each hold 40 people, do the math, this was avoidable and the Governor has alot to answer for.

    FEMA in it's mission staement says that the first 72 hours after a disaster it is assumed that the local and state will take care of things.

    The truth will come out in the end and you will not find it in the mainstream media.

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  21. Here christina/ohio, I made this link for you for easy access.. so people can click here and go directly to the entry you want..

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  23. Thanks Don! I really hate that this is turing into what it is lead by the dishonest Mainssteam media. All one has to do is know the US Constitution's separation of powers to see how they are misleading people.

    The mayor and Senator Laundrie are trying to cover up the corrupt politics of Louisiana. There has been 2 billion dollars sent to NO since 1988 for levee repair, only 10% of it has been used that way. Why?

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  24. Mianstream should only have 1 s

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  25. KUWAITIS SOON WILL BE ASKED TO PAY (INCOME) TAXES, WHILE OUR MONEY IS BEING "GIVEN" AWAY RIGHT , LEFT AND CENTER IN HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS TO EVERYBODY. YES KUWAIT PUBLIC MONEY IS BEING SQUANDERRED. IT'S A SHAME THE KUWAITI PEOPLE AREN'T TREATED THE SAME AS OUTSIDERS, BECAUSE THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ARE AN EMBARRESMENT; FILTHY, BROKEN DESKS...THE LIST GOES ON, THE HOSPITALS ARE TAKING DONATIONS FROM PRIVATE CITIZENS IN ORDER TO REDO FLOORS ETC. IT'S ENDLESS. THANK GOD IT'S $500MILLION AND NOT KD500 MILLION.

    KUWAIT DOESNT OWE U.S. ANYTHING, ALL HAS BEEN PAYED FOR...

    http://www.ccmep.org/2004_articles/iraq/010204_britain_says_us.htm

    U.K. GOVERNMENT ARCHIVES WERE RELEASED A COUPLE OF YEARS BACK PROVING THAT AFTER OIL EMBARGO THAT WAS IMPOSED ON THE U.S. BY SAUDI AND OTHER ARAB NATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF ISRAEL, THE U.S. HAD PLANNED, AND WERE SEEKING HELP AND SUPPORT OF THE U.K., TO INVADE ABUDHABI, RIYADH (OR ANOTHER SAUDI CITY), and .... here it comes... KUWAIT. :) see for yourselves..google it ladies and gentlemen.

    http://www.ccmep.org/2004_articles/iraq/010204_britain_says_us.htm

    LONDON, Dec. 31 -- The United States gave serious consideration to sending airborne troops to seize oil fields in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi during the 1973 Arab oil embargo, according to a top-secret British intelligence memorandum released Wednesday night.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A46321-2003Dec31¬Found=true

    The document, titled "Middle East -- Possible Use of Force by the United States," says that if there were deteriorating conditions such as a breakdown of the cease-fire between Arab and Israeli forces following the October 1973 Middle East war or an intensification of the embargo, "we believe the American preference would be for a rapid operation conducted by themselves" to seize the oil fields.

    LONDON ? The United States government seriously contemplated using military force to seize oil fields in the Middle East during the Arab oil embargo 30 years ago, according to a declassified British government document made public on Thursday.



    The top-secret document says that President Richard M. Nixon was prepared to act more aggressively than previously thought to secure America's oil supply if the embargo, imposed by Arab nations in retaliation for America's support for Israel in the 1973 Middle East war, did not end. In fact, the embargo was lifted in March 1974.

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