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  •  gore invented hurricane relief (4.00)
    :)

    i'm proud of someone, for the first time in a while.

    "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    by Back in the Cave on Fri Sep 09, 2005 at 11:04:30 PM PDT

    •  And (4.00)
      Bush is busy privatizing it, bringing business ethics into it...

      "Too many policemen, no liberty; Too many soldiers, no peace; Too many lawyers, no justice." Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

      by ogre on Fri Sep 09, 2005 at 11:43:16 PM PDT

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    •  Greg Simon's account - (3.91)
      Gore said that on the second trip to New Orleans, the doctors at the airport told him that the evacuation of the first 90 ambulatory patients had been the tipping point in their ability to adequately care for the other bedridden patients.  They also noted that the military evacuations did not really pick up steam until after we "motivated" them with our private effort.  


      Of note:
      Throughout the entire operation in Tennessee, EMS operations in Chicago had stayed prepared to handle patients or evacuees.  None ever arrived because the military did not want us to use Chicago.  Mayor Daly had been rebuffed earlier when he offered a complete mobile hospital unit for the airport and a tent city as well.  Sen. Barack Obama called Gore and asked how had Gore managed to land in New Orleans when the Senator had been refused landing rights to help.

             [from theTPM Cafe rundown of the weekend]

      Does anyone besides me get the feeling that the feds did not want to accept help from Democrats?  (I won't even ask the question if they didn't want to give prompt help to Democrats; that would be unseemly of me.)

      •  GOP = Party Before Country (4.00)
        Does anyone besides me get the feeling that the feds did not want to accept help from Democrats?  (I won't even ask the question if they didn't want to give prompt help to Democrats; that would be unseemly of me.)

        I can't imagine why you'd think that.  I mean, just because every single action of the GOP over the past 10 years has shown them to prioritize "party over country"...

        I'm convinced this is the #1 reason for the Iraq War, in fact.  Oil?  They liked that.  Deposing Saddam?  They liked that too.  But the #1 reason?  To make Bush a "War President" who cannot be challenged by the other party as his cabal (Cheney & Co) grabs all the political power it can.  To hell with the national interest; these people ONLY seek the interest of amassing and wielding their own political power.

      •  p.s. thanks (none)
        Thought i'd add a "thank you", joanreports... my comment above was snarky and I direct it wholly at the current administration, not at you :-)
    •  I am proud of a Democrat politician... (4.00)
      (besides Robert C. Byrd for his courageous stand on Iraq War) for the first time in a while.

      It is why I have always, unreservedly supported Al Gore for anything he ran for.  Its about the competence.  And the caring.  And using government, science, technology and medicine for the public good.

      Heres an idea- We should get Gore to head the commission that helps redesign the City of New Orleans to rise from the swamp- Amsterdam on the Mississippi behind its top quality levees and dikes.  He knows the environmental issues and science issues- especially toxins- and he is well respected by scientists and engineers.

      Let the river run,
      let all the dreamers
      wake the nation.
      Come, the New Jerusalem.

      "Let the city of New Orleans Rise Again"

      by murrayewv on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 04:08:46 AM PDT

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      •  gore, if anyone . . . (none)
        however, if i were to speculate, i would think he is likely to be of the school of thought that it was shortsighted and irresponsible to have built a city there in the first place. we've left a nasty legacy on the delta and the gulf.

        i loved NOLA. loved the culture; the people; the music. but, now that it's been evacuated, relocated, drown, and turned into what may very well justify being deemed a giant superfund site (we'll see how the lab tests come back - i hope), i question the wisdom in rebuilding it at all.

        is there room somewhere to erect a new new orleans somewhere above sea level?

        "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

        by Back in the Cave on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 06:57:49 AM PDT

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        •  Roughly Half Of The Netherlands (3.71)
          Lies below sea-level.  When a devastating storm caused a Katrina-like catastrophe in 1953, the Dutch sunk billions of dollars into an ultra-sophisticated system of outer sea barriers that has prevented another such disaster from happening in the half-century since then.  There was a report on this on the CBS Evening News last night.  I'm sure they'd be delighted to help us out on this score, if we'd be willing to admit that another nation can actually teach us something.

          "L'enfer, c'est les autres." - Jean Paul Sartre, Huis Clos

          "L'enfer, c'est le GOP!" - JJB, from an idea by oratorio

          by JJB on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 07:30:00 AM PDT

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        •  things have changed since NO was founded (none)
          The land has sunk putting more of it below sea level. You might have noticed most of the older parts of N'awlands are atill high and dry, French Quarter and Garden district.

          Importantly the barrier islands and marshlands were much more extensive, making the location more dangerous now than it was when the city was first built.

          Also the location at the bottom of the Mississippi near the gulf demanded a city to support shipping.

          SOCIAL SECURITY: Invented by Democrats yesterday, Protected by Democrats today

          by mollyd on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 09:17:38 AM PDT

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