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  •  Golly, I hope you're right ... (4.00)
    ...but I've been led to believe that he couldn't possibly gain from situations in the past and was proved wrong. So, I'm not yet persuaded that he and his handlers won't find some way to make him seem ... presidential in this catastrophe and ratchet himself up a few points. At least temporarily.

    "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 08:49:54 PM PDT

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    •  Remember... (none)
      ...what masters these thugs are at manipulating public opinion.  

      I won't be AT ALL surprised if the Rethugs gain seats in both the House and Senate in 2006.

      --Anne ** ** ** ** ** ** "Hyena crawls on his belly out. The town is safe again tonight." --jms

      by asskicking annie on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 08:58:51 PM PDT

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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.
    •  Check out the main NYT editorial today... (none)
      They say the idiot gave the worst speech of his presidency yesterday:  

      "And nothing about the president's demeanor yesterday - which seemed casual to the point of carelessness - suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis."

      His pathetic, late response to the crisis along the Gulf Coast, along with the resulting rising gas prices, will not help endear him to the masses. In light of this, I don't see how his pol numbers will improve.

      It's just another example how detatched Dear Leader is from reality. I can imagine that as he safely looked down upon the devastation yesterday from 2000 feet, all he could think of were Tonka toys and train sets.

    •  to get the benefit (none)
      there has to be doubt

      there isn't ANY.

      they failed.

      Direct line, money trail, dead people.

      To quote our president.

      "Fool me twice..... i won't be fooled again"

      Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night - Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

      by mdhatter on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 10:46:18 AM PDT

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