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Atrios makes good point, based on this story. Guess which governor is the Democrat, and which one is the Republican.

Bush with Blanco, Louisiana governor:

[Blanco] says that two days after Katrina, desperate for help, she couldn't get through to Bush and didn't get a callback; hours later, she tried again, and they talked.

Bush with Barbour, Mississippi governor:

Barbour hasn't had to wait hours to talk to Bush. In fact, Barbour said in an interview with USA TODAY, the president called him three to four times in the wake of Katrina. "I never called him. He always called me," he said.

Surprise! Blanco is a Democrat and Barbour is a Republican (and former head of the RNC).

More evidence that for Bush and his Republican pals, the elephant flies above the Stars and Stripes.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:33 AM PDT.

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  •  And you can bet Bush called Trent Lott (4.00)
    .. to comfort him on losing his third or fourth home or whatever it was.

    Pretzels for the Preznit! Send a bag of your favorite pretzels to the President and tell him to eat a giant handful all at once!

    by Bob Johnson on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:30:57 AM PDT

  •  man... (4.00)
    that's some criminal shit.
    •  should be criminal (none)
      unfortunately, i doubt that it's criminal.

      however, is there a basis to have a civil suit against Bush & the Feds filed by the people affected?

      serious question to the lawyers.  is there a basis for a civil suit based on ngeligence, etc.. against these guys?

      & the 2nd question:  whether it is or is not, is it worthwhile to file that suit to (1) set a precedent for a future successful suit, & (2) to make a point & to cause finaancial harm to some of the people responsible so that future politicians take the job more seriously?

      •  Bush: Essence de Mouffette (none)
        It smells bad from 100 yards away. But when you get sprayed, it goes beyond smell. It is everywhere and it defies description. Full-on essence of skunk overloads the senses.

        This is the way Bush makes me feel. He's so bad I can't find the words anymore.

        Does yesterday's assumption of federal responsibility extend to this inexcusable behavior? First he left Blanco out in the storm to fend for herself, then he left her in the immediate aftermath, then he let the public think that she had dropped the ball by not asking for help.


  •  They are fucking evil.... (4.00)

    There are no if's and's or butts.

    They are just watching with their credit card buddies as the new bankruptcy bills comes down the pike.

    And the headlines are already giving a warning of what's to come.

    Katrina Victimes Pile On Credit Card Debts

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

    by jillian on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:31:59 AM PDT

  •  Elephant above Stars & Stripes (none)
    and Greenback uber alles.

    Nero had a fiddle; Bush has a bike guitar.

    by Mlle Orignalmale on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:32:03 AM PDT

  •  I love this (none)
    "the elephant flies above the Stars and Stripes."

    All the more because it's TRUE.

    Please keep repeating this phrase whenever applicable (which is often).  We should not be shy about telling the truth about this neo-Stalinist GOP, which ALWAYS puts party ahead of country.  They're straight-out, stone-cold traitors.

    •  Love the visual (none)
      Would like to see a photoshop of a flag with an elephant on it flying above the US flag at the White House.

      "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me" - Jesus

      by SisTwo on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:01:15 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  How can that NOT be viewed as racist? (none)
    "All those coloreds don't warrant my time.  They're Democrats."

    Pretzels for the Preznit! Send a bag of your favorite pretzels to the President and tell him to eat a giant handful all at once!

    by Bob Johnson on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:34:35 AM PDT

    •  Racist or not (4.00)
      it's more confirmation of Bush's preference for Republicans - not America.  Of course we've known for a long time that Democrats were being taxed without representation but - this is criminal!!!

      Cheney died a natural death - on the phone with Halliburton.

      by annefrank on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:39:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think it's classist... (none)
      more than anything else.  If you're Clarence Thomas or Alan Keyes, they're happy to have you.  Poor whites don't matter to them any more than poor blacks.  

      As soon as the bickering started over whose fault this whole mess was, my first inclination was that the Administration probably reached out to Barbour through existing buddy-buddy old boy connections, while Blanco was left high-and-dry (no bad pun intended) because she's not part of the club.  And not through any federal government-disaster relief responsibility, mind you...just one GOP friend checking up on another.  

      "At my signal, unleash hell."

      by JerseyBredFilly on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 12:32:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Racism is an issue in the response in New Orleans (none)
      ...but I think the calls are about helping a Republican buddy and abandoning a Democratic enemy.

      That is a disgrace.

      Quite frankly, though, Mississippi doesn't seem too happy either, no matter what Barbour says

  •  If there is one reason (4.00)
    to impeach bush, it is that fact that he is playing politics with government/federal aid. He obviously places the needs of repubs before anyone else, which now has cost thousands of lives and billions in property damages.

    Accountability is NOT a Game. Gore/Clark 2008

    by mattes on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:34:50 AM PDT

    •  So many reasons... (none)
      to impeach bush.  I can't keep track of them all anymore.  And I am getting sick and tired of hearing wait until after the midterms.  Meanwhile, what about those who are being hurt the most by the callousness of this administration?

      bush jams while thousands die in NOLA=Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

      by Street Kid on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 04:11:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  But see, that doesn't matter (4.00)
    Because Bush already took responsibility.  So now we can forget about the multiple ways in which he actually screwed up, and focus on the important thing...handing out housing contracts to Brechtel.

    Still waiting for that bullhorn moment.

    •  Sadly, the media has already swallowed... (none)
      ...this bit of Rovian damage control.  

      Bush saying that he "takes responsibility" has been hailed as some kind of heroism.   And the mere fact that he said those words will be deemed sufficient.

      Whereas taking responsibility means...well, actually TAKING it.  And not couching it in all sorts of conditionals, such as "to the extent" that mistakes were made, as Bush said, he will take some responsibility.  (Note that Bush said he would also take responsibility for what DID work...)

      Democrats need to take Bush up on his words, and GIVE him the responsibility, with all that entails.   Including the punishment which comes when one is responsible for dereliction of duty.

      "Responsibility" doesn't mean a goddamned thing if it remains a spin word, used for damage control.  

      •  parse (none)
        Responsibility = Accountability.... or does it?

        GOP: Invading personal privacy ©¿©¬ and proud of it!

        by PBen on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 12:33:10 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I think that Bush's "responsibility".... (none)
          ...will consist of only what you saw yesterday:  him deigning to utter the word "responsibility" in connection with himself.

          To Bush and company, that was it.  THAT was taking responsibility.  It's now over and done with.  

          Any further requests, demands, or questions as to Bush's accountability will be referred back to that moment, as if he really did something noble and good (even though he didn't have to, but he's a GOOD MAN, see).  And it will be said that we're now persecuting him, since he already said he took responsibilty.  Never mind the many weasel words he couched it in, never mind any consequences for this alleged responsibility -- this GOOD MAN humbled himself enough to say the word, and that should damned well be enough for us... and for those whining Katrina victims.

  •  Or Barbour is lying (none)
    after the fact.

    Can we look at the phone logs Mr. Bush?

    What is essential is invisible.

    by bebimbob on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:35:32 AM PDT

    •  Actually, Not a Crazy Thought (none)
      If Barbour couldn't get Bush's attention, he sure wouldn't want anyone to know that.  He would want people to think he had a pipeline straight to the President, and the Pres was on the issue from day one.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:19:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Barbour Around for Cheney's Visit? (none)
        Didn't somebody (Josh Marshall?) post that Barbour was nowhere to be seen during Cheney's visit to Mississippi?  Maybe he resented something?
        •  Cheney & Barbour (none)
          >>>Didn't somebody (Josh Marshall?) post that Barbour was nowhere to be seen during Cheney's visit to Mississippi?  Maybe he resented something?<<

          There is talk that there is a rift with Bush and Cheney as Bush is starting to resent Cheney for misleading him to go into Iraq.
          Barbour knows whose ass it is proper to kiss.

  •  PATHETIC (none)
    And mean too.

    Never underestimate the power of group think.

    by leftofcenter on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:36:23 AM PDT

  •  Woe betide ye blue states (none)
    For ye shall be on your own.  
    (Aw, heck, we're tough in New Jersey)

    "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

    by goldberry on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:36:41 AM PDT

  •  Now, kos... (none)
    Don't you go playing politics or blame games!

    "Every job is a self portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence." - Unknown

    by marchmoon on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:37:45 AM PDT

    •  Whatever happened to the "blame game" (none)
      I noticed they jettisoned that phrase over the weekend ... when the media started taunting them about it.  Hell, if the media views this as more than a trial separation we might actually see impeachment hearings.

      There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

      by ThirstyGator on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:40:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  New version: (4.00)
        The Shame Game

        Shame on politicians who place party above the lives and liberties of Americans. \

        This is the albatross.

        Never underestimate the power of group think.

        by leftofcenter on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:44:30 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  They had a choice. (none)
        Once the media started pointing out the inconsistency between trying to blame Blanco and Nagin and objecting to the "blame game," the administration could either have stopped smearing Blanco and Nagin, or stopped objecting to the "blame game."  They chose the latter, because smearing is an indispensible part of their tactics.
  •  I think I have to stop... (none)
    I may have to quit coming here. I'm already full up with extreme outrage. I can't deal with any more stories of bullshit like this coming from the Bush cabal.

    Really, I need to escape this horror, so I'm thinking of crawling under a rock somewhere for a couple of years. I can't stand it any more.

    "You know there's no crooked politicians. There's never a lie because there is never any truth..." -Lenny Bruce

    by Skubwa on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:41:18 AM PDT

  •  St. Rita's Nursing Home Owners.... (none)
    ....are charged with Negligent Homicide that lead to 36 deaths.

    Bush has said he is "responsible."

    Does that mean he can look forward to some Negliegent Homicide charges soon?

  •  Here's the part of that story... (4.00)
    that made me spit out my lunch:

    New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani set the standard for disaster management after 9/11, projecting a compelling mix of command and vulnerability. Some analysts liken Barbour to Giuliani.

    Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, calls Barbour "the only political figure to gain" from the Katrina fiasco. "A Giuliani-Barbour ticket in 2008? Or is it Barbour-Giuliani?" he wondered.

    Easy, stomach...

  •  $2000.00 will get you good service these days (none)
    Silly, for $2000.00 he would have called right away

    $2000.00 will get you good service these days.

    It just takes a check, or two.

    YAZOO CITY,MS 39194
    Bush, George W

    YAZOO CITY,MS 39194
    Bush, George W

    cross posted at the moon's favors

  •  isn't that... (none)
    Isn't that one of the tenets of fascism, party above people (or party above self)?
  •  Elephants fly (none)
    when pigs fly.

    George W. Bush: The Disaster President

    by DCDemocrat on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:43:45 AM PDT

  •  WHEW! (none)
    For a moment there I was worried that political affiliation didn't mean anything besides where you stood on issues.

    I'll show you conservative!

    by aaronsmiles on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:43:45 AM PDT

  •  Damn them all (none)
    to whatever fiery hell they believe in.  Jesus H Christ I can't take this crap anymore.  Today my Aunt and her 2 yr old daughter are moving to Austin to live rent free in my cousin's apartment because they lost f*cking everything in N.O.  My aunt had 2 home based businesses that were starting to take off, not to mention the house she was living in was my grandpa and grandma's house with thousands of memories.  Know my grandma used to say that we don't hate, we intensely dislike, but damnit - I hate these people.

    Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore; They're already overcrowded from Your dirty little war. - John Prine

    by Laura D on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:44:04 AM PDT

    •  I try to never hate too (none)
      Forgiveness is divine and all that. However, I DO hate GWB. It is odd that the only other person that I felt this way about was Saddam during the Gulf war. Maybe because George is our Saddam.

      "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me" - Jesus

      by SisTwo on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:03:58 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  even if you're a repug gov. (none)
    you still don't get much more than a couple phone calls from your counterpart in the executive office.

    i remember some dems during the california recall who rationalized "if we elect arnie, it won't really mean anything culturally, but at least we can get some extra money out of the fed."

    2 - 3 years later, arnie gets squat from the fed, calls teachers, nurses, and cops wimps, and .... what happened culturally.... vetos gay marriage.

    "It behooves us therefore to see each thing directly as it is, be it the sound of a tin whistle or the elegant Lepiota Procera." -- John Cage

    by BiminiCat on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:46:53 AM PDT

  •  Bill Maher's Show (none)
    On Bill's show the guy he had from AEI (right wing think tank) let it slip while bantering with George Carlin...  "well everyone in Louisiana is a democrat"  and George said "and its a wonder  they are all suffering huh" or something like that someone else can look up the transcript.  The point is perhaps the ultimate divide for these people isn't race or class it really is partisan.  They are in campaign mode 24/7 they don't know how to stop.  Sick..

    "There is never time to do it right but always time to do it over."

    by DeadB0y on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:47:46 AM PDT

  •  Retarded (none)
    High school games. ignoring people in a time of crisis because he doesn't like them?????

    this one thing alone should shoot down any credibillity of him being a tough take-charge president.

    "So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause..."

    by CrazyDem on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:49:30 AM PDT

  •  With apologies to Kayne, (none)
    George Bush doesn't care about Democrat people.
  •  This needs promotion (none)
    Barbour is happy with FEMA.  Blanco is unhappy.

    Repuke frame: Dems are whiners.

    Natural comeback: Why is FEMA favoring Repukes?

    We need to promote, promote, promote the idea that FEMA under Bush is playing politics and favoring repukes.

    "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

    by dataguy on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 10:55:59 AM PDT

  •  New GOP slogan. (none)
    Of the people party. For the people party. By the people party.
  •  Forgive my long memory... (4.00)
    He's a uniter, not a divider.
  •  Early in the disaster (none)
    Blanco was on CNN and someone asked, "Have you heard from the president?" and she hesitated noticably and then said, "I've spoken with the president..." and I thought right then that the SOB hadn't called her. Her graciousness to him is wholly undeserved, but I'm sure she knows that now.
  •  Since when does a phone call equal service? (none)
    Biloxi and Gulfport are not happy with the FEMA response.

    This President can call all the friends he wants.  He probably has one of those fancy phone plans where he gets those calls for free.  But that doesn't mean he's doing anything to help real people.

  •  Barbour makes me want to puke (none)
    I remember seeing him on TV bragging about how GREAT the federal response had been in Mississippi (although I'm sure some Mississippians would disagree), and all I could think of is "gee, so if your governor is the brother of the president or the former head of the RNC, you're golden. But if your governor isn't personally connected to the White House, you're screwed."

    I would have thought that Haley Barbour would at least have had the decency not to brag about how much better off he's had it than the poor folks in Louisiana. It reminded me of those times when my then-newborn daughter would have bouts of colic and I was running on no sleep and about to burst a blood vessel from stress, and another new mom would brag about how her kid sleeps like a rock and how GREAT she feels.

    "Bitch," I wanted to say, "keep it to yourself."

    So, to Haley Barbour I say, "Bitch, keep it to yourself."

  •  No surprise -- (none)
    I made this comment days ago.  I also talked about what would have happened if Louisiana were Florida.

    However, just as sad a truth is that Barbour, even in light of the suffering of people in his own state and under his own care, will not admit that he's not getting the help his state needs.

    Stay strong!  Be generous!!

    "No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a Party that ignores her sex." -- Susan B. Anthony

    by Yellow Dog Dem Woman on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:06:24 AM PDT

  •  If true (none)
    this is grounds for impeachment, if not revolution.

    First, hold Barbour's feet to the fire to prove what he said.

    If true, shut down the whole federal g'ment until we get to the bottom of why Bush allowed Dems in LA to disintegrate into ruin and anarchy, while he carefully monitored the condition of repubs in Miss.

    If not true, it's just more fantasy based blather about the greatness of the chimp - despite the mountain of obvious, contrary evidence. If this is the case, it's worth following to highlight just how far from reality the republican party has removed itself.

  •  Look, (none)
    as I just heard on AirAmerica, the Republicans are not postponing the bankruptcy bill. They have NO compassion for the people that have lost everything -- the middle class and the poor.

    Their "agenda" is more important than people.

    The only good news out of this is that SOME Republicans are seeing how cruel the Party has become. This needs to be put out front and center by the Democrats. FACTS about what the Republicans have done to the poor, the middle-class, the environment, the security of our people, all of it.

    I hate the Republican Party. And good people should hate them, too.

    "I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating." -George W. Bush

    by Dunbar on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:09:40 AM PDT

  •  You have reached the voice mail of George W. Bush (none)
    I'm not in right now. I'm in Crawford, riding mys bike and clearing brush and generally recharging my batteries because this president stuff is hard work. If you're calling to make the maximum donation to the Republican Party, press 1 now or call Tom DeLay at 1-800-FUCK-DEMS. If you are calling about that Hurrican Corrina thing and you are a Republican elected official, press 2 now to speak to me immediately. If you are a Democratic official, please press 3 now to speak with my secretary who will make an appointment for you next week. Maybe we'll do lunch.
  •  So here's what happens: (none)
    1. George Bush doesn't trust anyone who isn't in his pocket - or at least in his party.

    2. George Bush talks to the Republican Governor of Mississippi, a state that was hard-hit, but that was already transitioning into recovery. Their tragedy is no longer developing.

    3. Thinking he has the whole truth, he ignores the Democratic governor of LA - after all, he's convinced that truth only lies with his allies.

    4. As the disaster unfolds, he concludes that the Democratic elected officials are lying or exaggerating. For Bush, cognitive dissonance always results in retrenchment. Besides, any discomfort that makes Democrats look bad is good.

    5. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of citizens served by Democratic elected officials die. Partisanship now has the blood of Americans on its hands.

    6. The nation changes. (Note: step six has not concluded)
  •  He's simply pathetic. (none)
    How did he come to be president?

    And I don't just mean why did people vote for him, and I don't even mean did they really vote for him.

    I mean what kind of democracy allows this kind of trash to float to the top?  

    I mean, I have my issues with Blair - but our politicians and leaders are mostly at least grown-ups.  They have to be, because our press attacks them, our television (including the BBC) grills them mercilessly, and the PM exposes himself to the opposition's firing squad once a week.  If a party elects a nonentity, they usually lose the next election (John Major being the one exception in my lifetime).

    So how did Bush happen?  I don't even think he's evil.  He's just completely unsuited to be a leader of anything.

  •  the way its been and always will be (none)
    As long as the people in power stay where they are nothing is going to change. We could see the destruction of other cities and politics will trump people in need.

    Why? Because that's how they got into power. The connections in those Republican circles are what make them who they are. Its about who you know and how you helped their campaign or their checkbooks.

    The people are merely a sidenote. To Republicans, playing on people's fears, specfically fear of change has kept them this powerful. The mantra is the three G's. God, gays and guns. Taxes work pretty well too.

    Democrats are complete opposites for the most part. Remember one of the most famous Democrats said that you have nothing to fear but fear itself.

    Listen to Air America Radio, in L.A. at 1150AM and S.F. at 960AM. All others check out

    by proudprogressiveCA on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:16:24 AM PDT

  •  Nothing (none)
    Nothing can make these people care about anything that isn't about money or power. They have absolutely no clue and are incapable of anything resembling genuine compassion. Bush can't empathise with anyone - he has to be coached in order to be able to speak compassionate or empathetic words, and even then it's like he's speaking Chinese.

    If there is actually an anti-Christ, I think in the last 5 years, we are witnessing the start of his reign. This man knows no love. And what could be more evil that the complete absence of love for your fellow human being?

    Hostage smiles on presidents, freedom scribbled in the subway. It's like night and day. - Joni Mitchell

    by jazzlover on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:17:11 AM PDT

  •  Bush is the Culture of Death president (none)
    The needless death toll resulting from his petulance, arrogance and neglect is just sickening.

    The damage is incalculable: his war of choice on Iraq, cutting off desperately needed aid based on outmoded religious superstitions that affect HIV/AIDS sufferers and women's clinics abroad, condemning people to death, suffering and disease the Katrina aftermath, his disatrous environmental policies and shutdown of Medicaid ... and it continues.

    People WILL remember him not only as the worst president ever, but as one of most prolific mass killers in our history.

  •  gop sux (none)
    Well, I've put several calls into the governors and senators offices (haven't bother with house members because most of them don't bother with non-constituents and my critter Darlene Hooley is nearly completely worthless.) The only cal backs I have gotten have been democrats. I'm a registered libertarian. Sure they have been no help finding my missing people in NO, but the rethugs have compeltely blown me off. And from I'm hearing on the ground in Missouri that a lot of people are really hurting and aren't getting jack. For all I know some of my missing people are in shelters in Misery and dying from lack of care. :(
  •  Follow-up research ideas (none)
    1. Time of first significant FEMA response, by community, contrasting communities with Democratic leadership to those with repubs.

    2. Percentage of disaster mitigation funding received, by state, contrasting those with Dem Govs vs. Repub Govs. Of particular note: changes in assistance received with a change in party of the governor.

    3. FEMA delay-related deaths by party affiliation of elected leaders, as a portion of all deaths. (note: probably not reliable because of so many deaths in NO).

    4. Percentage of parishes/counties "accidently" left out of the Bush Administration's disaster declaration that are democratically-lead; percentage of those included that are republican.
  •  FEMA abandon the people in Miss and Al too! (none)
    It now appears that having a Republician Governor talking directly to President Bush did not help the people of the Mississpi Gulf Coast because FEMA was really slow in rescuing these people too.

    FEMA  did not show up there till Bush showed up on the Friday after Katrina hit. The newsreporters were reporting how angry the people of the Gulf Coast were about being abandoned by FEMA just like the people in New Orleans too.

  •  We did the party above all thing last year. (none)
    We lost.  Many are still attempting to do the "party above all" thing now.  We are working with the party, working with local groups.

    But guess what?  The "party" is not going to stand up women's rights, and I highly suspect the rights of gays will go out the window as well.  

    The head of the DSCC told the governor of PA that we were not able to worry did he put it?...all these issues?  Paraphrasing.

    Most of us here heard the audio of his bragging about picking a candidate who could win, even if he stood for the wrong things, like being against women's right to choose and certain forms of birth control.  

    If we keep doing the "party above all" thing, I wonder what we gain when we keep losing.  

    "I'm willing to say things that are not popular but ordinary people know are right." Howard Dean

    by floridagal on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:30:23 AM PDT

  •  What really pisses me off (none)
    is that this is not the headlines!  Goddamn media-bury it in the twemtieth paragraph. Whores!!

    I am pro-life. Bring our troops home ALIVE!

    by Doc Allen on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 11:38:24 AM PDT

  •  Barbour Griffith Rogers (none)
    Don't forget, Kos, that Barbour has a permanent base in DC at the law firm that bears his name. Though he left the firm after his election to public office, he still has a stake in it (in a hidden trust).

    There's a lot of influence coming out of the 10th Floor at 1275 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, but that's for another day.

  •  This has been their M.O. since Reagan (none)
    And unfortunately, the Democratic party has been letting the GOPunks get away with it.  So has the media.  Even when we had eight years of peace and prosperity under Clinton, they had to destroy the man responsible for it and came gunning for him (granted, he helped load the gun himself, the horndog...).  

    Now the chickens of the Dems' cowardice, and the media's complicitness, are coming home to roost. Everybody waved the flag post-9/11, and became afraid of being tarred with the Rovian "traitor" brush should they utter one word of dissent, and now we have thousands of dead soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and hundreds of bodies floating in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.  

    The GOP doesn't love its country.  It loves power.  And it's time to shut theirs down.

    "'Tis the time's plague when madmen lead the blind." KING LEAR

    by Iwanna B French on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 12:31:56 PM PDT

  •  personally.... (none)
    I think barbour is LYING about being in contact with bush DURING katrina...the reason i believe this is that newsweek article that clearly stated bush was oblivious to what was actually taking place in the gulf and someone on his staff had to make a damn dvd of the news for him....

    if barbour was really that in contact with Bush during the hurricane and right afterwards then BUSH needs to be immediate relieved of his postition as president and brought up on charges...because he knew what was happening and he didnt do a damn thing.

    he deliberately allowed people to DIE

    it is for this reason that i cannot believe barbour..HE is the one playing politics, his reason MAJOR BIG FEMA PAYOLA doled out to him and his state for staying silent about the truth.

    "if all the world's a stage, who is sitting in the audience?"

    by KnotIookin on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 12:46:26 PM PDT

  •  Blanco (none)
    (Overheard at Crawford ranch)
    "Blanco? Who's that? Sounds Meskin'... TIMBER!!!"


  •  I am sure it was intentional. (none)
    Blanco got shafted deliberately and Barbour got kind of help that keeps him loyal. But I am getting the feeling that the poorest people of Mississippi are not getting any help either. So even the visible gestures of help to Barbour are really not helping the people who need it.

    Can we drown Grover Norqvist in his bathtub?

    by lecsmith on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 01:18:17 PM PDT

  •  Someone noted the danger long ago (none)
    Many moons ago a wise old owl once noted:
    All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, controul ... are distructive of this fundamental principle and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force -- to put in the place of the delegated will of the Nation, the will of a party; often a small but artful and enterprizing minority of the Community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common councils and modefied by mutual interests. However combinations or associations of the above description may now & then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the People, & to usurp for themselves the reins of Government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
    In this one address, George Washington foresaw the evils now being perpetrated upon the American people by a small group of cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men:
    • The ill-conceived war in Iraq
    • The gutting of personal liberties
    • The gutting of the economic safety net that has served the nation well
    • The gutting of Federal emergency response capability
    • The appointment of men to positions for which they are completely unqualified
    • Executive branch secrecy that continues unabated and unquestioned
    • The elevation of "talking points" over substantive debate
    • The claim that the legislative and judicial branches of government must be subservient to the will of the Party
    • The looting of the Treasury for the benefit of themselves at the expense of everyone else
    John Roberts is squarely in the corner of those who would place the goals of their faction above the good of the nation. If he is confirmed there will be a terrible price to pay for generations to come.

    A pessimist sees a glass half empty. I see a paper cup with holes punched in it.

    by Paper Cup on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 01:24:54 PM PDT

  •  I get it (none)
    Barbour said, "Send me everything you've got.  Pretty please with a cherry on top?"

    Really, though.  I asked the other day whether anyone had actually found where barbour had issued an evac order.  Georgia10 was kind enough to respond that she had found something close:href="
    She says "Judging from this article, I think he did issue one. Not sure if it was mandatory though:"

    The link she embedded is a NYT archived article, so I couldn't read the whole thing.

    My point is this - is it possible that he is being such a "goody 2 shoes," because he did not issue a mandatory order, and doesn't want to call attention to that?

    Just a thought.

    •  Barbor's website (none)
      Has a proclamation dated August 26 which just declares a state of emergency, no mandatory evacuation.
      I couldn't find any other pre-August 29 proclamations, orders or the like on this website. They may exist, I just didn't find any.

      I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it. - Thomas Jefferson

      by ktxlib on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 02:54:05 PM PDT

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  •  Here's the answer! (none)
    This is no puzzle at all...Bush was simply following the Natural-Terror Color Code System (see, tan, white, black and blue).

    FEMA Color Codes

    Gray: A massive storm is approaching and decisive action should be taken.

    Tan: Ignore pending danger, it's vacation season.

    White: Storm is heading for a state governed by a Bush relative, spare no resource.

    Black: Storm is headed toward, you know, implement Plan "B."

    No color: There is no "Plan B."

    Blue: Identify and vilify a blue-state governor for all failures attributable to FEMA.

    Green: Massive clean-up contracts imminent, call Halliburton.

    Red: Embarrassment over failures and missteps being reported by media, issue gag order and confiscate cameras.

    Bright Red: Embarrassment over failures and missteps reaches White House, replace director and congratulate him for a job well done.

    Brown: This is a category five, shit in your pants and proceed immediately to Dick Cheney's bunker.

    Full Article

    Please excuse the Muse for reporting fantasy. As a Fairly Unbalanced Journalist, it is his calling.

  •  Federal Aid as a political tool - North Korea ? (none)
    Federal Aid as a political tool - North Korea ? Nope, US of A

    Bush's mentor King Joh uses Federal Government Aid as a political tool -- law

    North Korea has been using food as an instrument of political and economic control, says a major new report by Amnesty International (AI).

    While the country has been unable to produce enough food for all of its citizens since the collapse of the Soviet Union more than 10 years ago, food supplies - from domestic sources and in the form of foreign aid - have been distributed primarily according to citizens' membership in three "classes," apparently based on loyalty to the state.

    The categories, also said to determine who receives many other benefits in North Korea - such as access to education and residence permits - include ''core'', ''wavering'', and ''hostile'', the last class representing about one-quarter of the country's 23 million people, says the report, released Monday.

    North Korea Executing Starving People for Stealing Food - by Jim Lobe

    Under George Bush we have seen more American civilians die in disasters than any other President since the Civil War

    by lawnorder on Thu Sep 15, 2005 at 07:16:58 AM PDT

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