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  •  I'm with you. (4.00)
    I think the theme has to be Greed and Incompetence.

    Bush is on vacation.  Pound him on it.  Connect it to "My Pet Goat."

    The situation in New Orleans is just unbelieveable.  What the hell have the FEMA folks been doing for three days?

    I've been watching the WWL-TV live feed off and on today and the fact that there are still thousands of folks stranded on roofs, second floors, in attics three days-post hurricane is mond-boggling.

    We're like a goddamned third world country.  And there has been a clear, underlying tension over the lack of National Guard availability.

    This disaster ties up all the loose ends of this administration's many inane, insane efforts and policies... needed state forces tied up in a needless war; a slow and seemingly unconcerned response dur to the Bush/Cheney lack of empathy for anyone unlike themselves -- rich and white; proce gouging and more political favors for the oil industry, Halliburton, Bechtel, etc.; environmentally destructive policies such as favoring development over wetlands and ignoring/denying global warming... The list goes on and on.

    Greed and Incompetence.  A deadly combination.

    •  Don't forget to add "arrogance." n/t (none)

      "The President wanted to go into Iraq in the worst possible way. And he did." -- Nancy Pelosi

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 09:13:13 PM PDT

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    •  No shit.... (4.00)
      These guys couldn't get back to DC fast enough when Terri Schiavo was the "theme du jour"....

      And all for political points!!!

      So this "... let's not get into politics - the nation needs us together" is crass bullshit.  You know the republicans are spinning this as fast as they can, and all they care about is politics, ahem, I mean MONEY and POWER.

      So, yes, let's roll over and show our bellies in a spirit of coming together... just don't twitch when they plunge the knife in... and please don't squeal either - it detracts from the purity of the scene.

      Where's the "Culture of LIfe" NOW, HUH!?!

      "Every day, in every way, I think I'm going to vomit."

      by seronimous on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 09:52:35 PM PDT

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    •  Haley Barbour gets his comeuppance (none)
      According to RFKJr., Barbour was instrumental in getting W to renege on his campaign promise to regulate CO2. Looks like Mother Nature decided to smack him down.
    •  Let's not forget Classist and Racist (none)
      If those were blonde, white women down there, the response almost certainly would be much greater.  If they were wealthy, even more so.  The "Lawlessness and Looting" you're seeing is a direct result of the failed response, and it's going to get worse.  I think this might have ramifications in more than just the Southern cities hit by the hurricane, I think we have a Rodney King situation here again.  I hope those people get help and fast, and I also am noticing a serious racist response to this catastrophe.

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