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  •  Shepard Smith (4.00)
    has sent many excellent reports, often exhorting FEMA or someone to send help to specific locations.  He's from the area and loves it.
    •  Shep is great (none)
      You might hate fox news but Shep has always been a great personality in my opinion.
      •  So, which part of the phrase "Getting ... (4.00)
        ... government off our backs!" don't you understand?

        Sure, when everything is going along fine, it sounds attractive. But there's a reason why men and women joined fates in government, and were willing to pay for it. They lived calamities and catastrophies and disasters - and chose to sacrifice in order to be prepared.

        This administration is a war for profit outfit, which has dismantled government in order to wage disaster in other lands, for oil.

        I would think that the Dept. of Homeland Security could at least have figured out how many people fit inside the Astrodome, and how to keep supplies going to the Superdome, in a flood?

        What have they been doing during the Bush years, besides gutting the government budget to benefit themselves and their corporate friends.

        "I don't do quagmires, and my boss doesn't do nuance."

        by SteinL on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 01:14:55 AM PDT

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        •  Proxy thugs (none)
          Yes, for decades they've been disappearing the government.  Or, apply the metaphor of a controlled demolition--just like they dropped WTC7.

          What we have is a gang of proxy thugs run by transnational capital.  Their snouts are so deep in slop they can't see and being professional psychopaths they can't feel.

          It's more than getting them off our backs.  It's getting them and their vile ideology out of our hearts and minds.

        •  The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory (4.00)
          For those of us who know our history, we can recognize that there are times when the system breaks down, and the results are so egregious that it inspires sadness, horror... and a will to change things.

          One such episode was the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in NYC in 1911. It kicked off widespread reforms in working conditions, municipal inspections of building safety... and inspired more widespread acceptance of workers' unions.

          The disaster in New Orleans... and the Gulf region in general (because the horror stories that are certain to be uncovered in the hinterlands are yet untold) may provide an opportunity for real change.

          This is an historic opportunity to challenge the blind faith in the power of the markets and free enterprise to solve all problems. To challenge the notion that government should be small enough to be drowned in a bathtub. To remind people that there's unfinished business in alleviating crushing poverty... and creating greater economic justice in America.

          I love that the title of this diary is "Left Behind"... because I woke up this morning thinking about that: the fact that the theocrats are going to blame the victims.

          We need to call out our government's lack of preparedness to evacuate the many, many poor of this region on the fact that any plan that relied on the ability of people to remove themselves who didn't own a car... or did, but couldn't buy a tank of gas on short notice... was no plan at all.

          And anyone who tries to weasel out of this administration's obligation to have such a plan is the lowest of the low. Have they no shame at all? At long last, have they no shame?

          "Left Behind" indeed. But this administration isn't Jesus, and this wasn't the rapture. And isn't a sin.

          Those who were left behind didn't chooese their fate. They didn't deserve their fate.

          And those who have been defunding government by cutting taxes on the rich and have been using the apparatus of the state primarily as a means of enriching their friends... and those apologists who have been enabling them... they all need to face the wrathful indignation of decent people everywhere.

          It is our obligation to make sure that generational reform is born from this disaster.

          Good night, America, how are you?
          Don't you know me I'm your native son?

          by Malacandra on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:06:49 AM PDT

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          •  Whoa: BIG TYPO (none)
            I hate to find these after I post.

            MAJOR Correction:

            "Left Behind" indeed. But this administration isn't Jesus, and this wasn't the rapture. And isn't a sin.

            should read:

            "Left Behind" indeed. But this administration isn't Jesus, and this wasn't the rapture. And being poor isn't a sin.

            Good night, America, how are you?
            Don't you know me I'm your native son?

            by Malacandra on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:10:34 AM PDT

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      •  Shep Smith (none)
        Was having no part of Bill O'Reilly's spinning last night.  O'Reilly was trying to pin blame on the governor and was talking about how awful all the looters were.  Smith's response basically was "what to expect starving people to do?"

        "Moral Values Absent Economic Justice Is Poverty of the Soul." - anon.

        by PaulVA on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 05:57:57 AM PDT

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      •  I've watched more of Fox News this week than I (none)
        ever have in my life. And you're right-they are pissed too. The media is finally telling it like it is about this bunch of liars. Let the politicans keep spinning and pray that the media keeps telling the truth and explaining what really happened and is happening!

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