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  •  Bush is probably thrilled about this... (4.00)

        It takes Cindy Sheehan, Pat Robertson, Iraq, and his woeful poll numbers off the front pages, and it gives him a chance to grandstand like a Big Hero when he goes down for his photo-ops.

        I don't think he's complaining too much about Katrina.

    Republicans oppose abortion -- it happens eighteen years too early.

    by Buzzer on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 09:23:20 AM PDT

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    •  Might depend on (4.00)
      how much Katrina impacts the oil supply from the Gulf.  If prices at the pump spike significantly, this could further erode Bush's support.  (Yeah, I know that Bush isn't responsible for hurricanes, regardless of how much Robertson may think God listens to him, but Americans tend not to be rational when it comes to their wallets at gas stations.)

      What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

      by Marie on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 09:55:19 AM PDT

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      •  And let's not forget (none)
        that it would also be an excellent time for Chavez to punch Bush in the nose by reducing output for a while.  How much will it cost to fill up an SUV at $5/gallon?

        What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

        by Marie on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 09:59:29 AM PDT

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        •  Answering a rhetorical question (3.50)
          Cadillac Escalade ESV -- 31 gallons, $155.

          --
          The neocons will not give us our country back. If we want it back, we'll have to take it.
          --Lila Garrett

          by peacemonger on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 10:33:22 AM PDT

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          •  That should pop a few (none)
            eyeballs at the pump.

            Do they still make Vespas?  That might be a franchise worth having sometime soon.

            What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

            by Marie on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 11:59:09 AM PDT

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            •  Yes, they do! (none)
              There's a franchise here in Portland (OR) and quite a few of them puttering around town, including a lovely tangerine-colored one (my fave color) with a matching helmet, owned by a girl with long, curly red hair. Does my heart good just to see her go by once in awhile...

              "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce." -Karl Marx

              by Lainie on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 07:15:22 PM PDT

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        •  If Chavaz wanted to (none)
          he could have some of the spigots in Venzuela go off-line for "routine maintenance" just like the energy companies did to provoke and lengthen the California energy crisis (which could theoretically damage Bush and the GOP and bring in a possibly more Chavez-friendly Dem govt) or he could do as he's been threatening and make some big show of supplying extra cheap oil (and just when America needs it most) though I really doubt Bush would let him get away with it as they'd find legal, diplomatic loophole to block him with.
          •  What I was alluding to - (3.50)
            I suspect that Chavez isn't as lame as the DC DEMs.  He wouldn't be slow to recognize or fail to recognize that he has the advantage.  So, does Bu$hCo threaten him or offer to play "Let's make a deal?"  One doesn't need an education in US History to know that the FED always welches on deals with Indians once they've got what they want.  One only needs to know the history of the Bu$sh's that always welch on deals when they gotten what they want.  Chavez could try to appeal to the general population in the US by being generous and empathic, but I doubt that could beat the Bu$hCo propaganda machine that will go into high gear once the short-term problem is resolved.  We'll know by tomorrow if Katrina has changed the US - Venezeuala dynamic.

            What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

            by Marie on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 02:33:55 PM PDT

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      •  Might also depend (none)
        on how bad the toll is. I pray that the Guard's inability to respond doesn't translate into death in New Orleans.

        As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

        by sidnora on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 10:08:16 AM PDT

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      •  Oil prices are going to go up. (none)
        The Associated Press is reporting:

        Beyond the Gulf Coast, Katrina was "unmitigated bad news for consumers" because it had shut down offshore production of at least 1 million barrels of oil daily and threatened refinery and import operations around New Orleans, said Peter Beutel, an oil analyst in New Canaan, Conn. He said crude oil could top $70 a barrel by Monday or Tuesday.

        The port of New Orleans is going to suffer some damage -- and it is a major oil importation point.

        •  Yet another reason... (none)

             ...Bush and his cabal are probably all high-fiving each other right now...

          Republicans oppose abortion -- it happens eighteen years too early.

          by Buzzer on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 11:53:31 AM PDT

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          •  Yea, (none)
            this does allow them the pretext to make some more monopoly profits. However, the stock market is going to take a hit. When oil prices go up next week, the stock market may react in panic as investors weigh the effects of the storm on oil companies and insurers. Also, property insurance rates are going to go up across the nation as insurers try to recoup their losses from Katrina. Some of these companies may even collapse.
        •  the port of Houston (none)
          is probably thrilled.  It's the second biggest oil importation/refining location after New Orleans.

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