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  •  We can take our cue from Mayor Nagin (4.00)
    who was reported today as saying that funds were diverted from levee reconstruction to Iraq. When he and Landrieu start vocalizing their criticisms we need to have their backs.
    •  Everyone's number one job-reverse global warming (none)
      The effort to silence, to ruin science is not because of Darwin and evolution, it is because of global warming.  Everyone's number one job has to be to reverse global warming in order to stop the methane release in Alaska and Siberia or hurricanes specifically will get ever larger and more numerous. So to save ourselves, our loved ones and our planet, we should and must criticize strongly the lack of attention and problems solving needed to prevent our own extinction.

      Because they do not understand.

      Bush 1 was criticized for his bad job performance during a Florida hurricane (FEMA appointee was not a professional in emergency management which was critical).

      Jeb says no such thing as global warming after Florida got run over by 4 hurricanes last year.

      Below is Michael Moore's collection of Bush 2 blunders.

      from
      http://www.michaelmoore.com/mustread/
      Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

      When the Levee Breaks:

      "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."
      -- Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 8, 2004.

      Here's the Story of a Hurricane:

      The Gulf Coast wetlands form a "natural buffer that helps protect New Orleans from storms," slowing hurricanes down as they approach from sea. When he came into office, President Bush pledged to uphold the "no net loss" wetland policy his father initiated. He didn't keep his word. Bush rolled back tough wetland policies set by the Clinton administration, ordering federal agencies "to stop protecting as many as 20 million acres of wetlands and an untold number of waterways nationwide." Last year, four environmental groups issued a joint report showing that administration policies had allowed "developers to drain thousands of acres of wetlands."

      Flood Control:

      Decades of flood-control efforts to protect New Orleans and other places, combined with the region's huge oil and gas investments, have contributed heavily to the destruction of coastal wetlands that can help tame the fury of storms like Hurricane Katrina, say scientists and government officials.

      Louisiana's governor says everyone must leave New Orleans as Day Two gets worse. The refugees currently in the Superdome will be sent temporarily to Houston's Astrodome.

      President Bush -- who is almost done with his vacation (he'll be back at the White House late this afternoon) -- will release oil from America's strategic reserves.

      The Mayor of New Orleans says there are too many people giving orders. The levee breach that allowed the lake to spill into the city's business district was supposed to be sandbagged yesterday but it never happened:

      According to the mayor, Black Hawk helicopters were scheduled to pick up and drop massive 3,000-pound sandbags in the 17th Street Canal breach, but were diverted on rescue missions. Nagin said neglecting to fix the problem has set the city behind by at least a month.

      many blue, yellow and green dogs are a majority

      by Prove Our Democracy with Paper Ballots on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 09:38:47 PM PDT

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