Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.
|Wednesday, 7 September 2005 at 16h 39m 53s|
Yes, he really is a clueless phony
When Bush comes to down with his cameras and his canned glorious speeches, all
else must come to an absolute halt.
When he flies in to Gulfport and New Orleans International Airport so he can
get some camera time for 30 minutes, all of the air traffic has to halt while
the Prez is in the area. Stopping the helicopters while the Prez cracks jokes
and praises his incompetent appointees.
When he was in San Diego on Tuesday while the floodwaters filled up New
Orleans, he visits a Naval Medical Center ...
Hundreds of patient visits were cancelled as a result, she said. Patients and
staff at the Naval Medical Center voiced concern over the shut-down of non-
critical patient care services for a photo op that never even materialized.
None were willing to go on record by name for fear of retaliation, such as loss
of jobs or revocation of healthcare privileges.
One hospital volunteer expressed shock and disappointment at the apparent
disregard for patient welfare.
"I think it's disgusting. People who are getting chemotherapy or radiation are
on a very set schedule. They are not supposed to miss a session or put it off
by even a day, because it's based on the life cycle of a cancer cell," the
volunteer said, adding that some patients had waited weeks for
appointments. "Some had to postpone for quite a while, because the radiation
and chemo rooms were full on other days," she added. "They closed everything
down just so he [Bush] could have his photo op in the lobby with the corpsmen."
|Wednesday, 7 September 2005 at 15h 32m 41s|
A Katrina response timeline
Follow the link here.
|Tuesday, 6 September 2005 at 20h 2m 39s|
This is the story of volunteer firefighters throughout the West who thought
they were going to help out in the Gulf-coast and New Orleans, but were
diverted by FEMA to Atlanta for AN ENTIRE GOD DAMN DAY so they could be trained
ATLANTA - Not long after some 1,000 firefighters sat down for eight hours of
training, the whispering began: "What are we doing here?"
As New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded on national television for
firefighters - his own are exhausted after working around the clock for a week -
a battalion of highly trained men and women sat idle Sunday in a muggy
Sheraton Hotel conference room in Atlanta.
Many of the firefighters, assembled from Utah and throughout the United
States by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, thought they were going to
be deployed as emergency workers.
Instead, they have learned they are going to be community-relations
officers for FEMA, shuffled throughout the Gulf Coast region to disseminate
fliers and a phone number: 1-800-621-FEMA.
"They've got people here who are search-and-rescue certified, paramedics, haz-
mat certified," said a Texas firefighter. "We're sitting in here having a
sexual-harassment class while there are still [victims] in Louisiana who
haven't been contacted yet."
But as specific orders began arriving to the firefighters in Atlanta, a team of
50 Monday morning quickly was ushered onto a flight headed for Louisiana. The
crew's first assignment: to stand beside President Bush as he tours devastated
Damn, you know its more important to be properly trained so that Mr. Bush can
look good before the cameras than it is to get people immediately where they
can start saving and helping.
What, were they so fucking worried that someone might get in on their action?
Where do these people come from?
|Tuesday, 6 September 2005 at 19h 41m 56s|
Getting paid to talk about saving the schools
How do you sell a disasterous education policy? You pay people to promote it.
DEPT. OF EDUCATION PAYS FOR OP-EDS, ADS THAT PROMOTE BUSH POLICIES, DO NOT
REVEAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS FUNDING SOURCE
Rep. Miller Calls for Recovery of Funds and for More Information in Response to
Report Showing Irresponsible Use of Taxpayer Dollars, Systemic Covert Propaganda
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Education has paid education advocacy
groups to produce newspaper opinion pieces, advertisements, and other public
materials that reached audiences all over the country without revealing that
the government paid for their production and distribution, according to a
report issued late last week by the Department’s Inspector General that
concluded that such practices were improper.
But this is not all. Ever wonder why you read those obnoxiously well-crafted
letters to the editor, or hear those talk-show callers who seem to be really
adept at nailing the recent talking points -- they seem to be too damn good,
How many people are getting paid this way to convince the rest of us out here
in the real world that absolute partisan corruption is somehow a mythical hero
who saves us from maurauders and fools?
|Tuesday, 6 September 2005 at 19h 29m 31s|
The FEMA chain of command
If Bush were to fire FEMA director Mike Brown the agency would be run by the
Chief of Staff and the Deputy Chief of Staff.
The Chief of Staff is a guy named Patrick Rhode. He planned events for
President Bush’s campaign. Rhode has no emergency management experience
whatsoever. From Rhode’s official bio:
His first position with the Bush Administration was as special assistant to the
President and deputy director of National Advance Operations, a position he
assumed in January 2001. Previously, Mr. Rhode served as deputy director of
National Advance Operations for the George W. Bush Presidential Campaign, in
The Deputy Chief of Staff is Scott Morris. He was a press flak for
Bush’s presidential campaign. Previously, he worked for the company that
produced Bush’s campaign commercials. He also has no emergency management
experience. From Morris’s official bio:
Mr. Morris was also the marketing director for the world’s leading provider of
e-business applications software in California, and worked for Maverick Media
in Austin, Texas as a media strategist for the George W. Bush for President
primary campaign and the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign.
Thanks to thinkprogress.org[Source]
|Tuesday, 6 September 2005 at 19h 23m 41s|
Fire the criminals
Tonight on CNN, news anchor Cafferty speaks.
Why are we talking about the "blame game" - there are thousands of people dead
because government officials failed to do what they're supposed to be doing.
That's criminal behavior. I mean, that's no game. There are poeple dead in the
city of New Orelans and up and down the gulf coast because people charged with
seeing to their welfare failed to do that. I don't understand this relecutance
to say, Mr. Brown, you failed in your assignment. You're out of here. Go away.
Go back to Colorado and go back to working for the Arabian Horse Association
that we got you from.
Thank you , Atrios.
|Monday, 5 September 2005 at 16h 15m 29s|
How does FEMA fuck up, let us count the ways
FEMA won't accept Amtrak's help in evacuations
FEMA turns away experienced firefighters
FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks
FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel
FEMA won't let Red Cross
morticians from entering New Orleans
FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid
to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board
FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck
FEMA turns away generators (See entry from 3:32 P.M. by Ben
Morris, Slidell mayor)
FEMA: "First Responders Urged Not To Respond"
|Monday, 5 September 2005 at 14h 41m 26s|
The story of FEMAs demise
The story is written by the LA Times here. Read it for yourself.
|Monday, 5 September 2005 at 14h 36m 23s|
Where was the President?
Thanks to the Carpetbagger report[SOURCE]
NorthCom Lt. Commander Sean Kelly explained the military's efforts during
"Northcom started planning before the storm even hit. We were ready when it hit
Florida, because, as you remember, it hit the bottom part of Florida, and then
we were planning once it was pointed towards the Gulf Coast.
"So, what we did, we activated what we call 'defense coordinating officers' to
work with the states to say, 'OK, what do you think you will need?' And we set
up staging bases that could be started.
"We had the USS Bataan sailing almost behind the hurricane so once the
hurricane made landfall, its search and rescue helicopters could be available
almost immediately So, we had things ready.
"The only caveat is: we have to wait until the president authorizes us to do
so. The laws of the United States say that the military can't just act in this
fashion; we have to wait for the president to give us permission."
Yeah, Bush was on vacation, sharing some birthday cake with John McCain,
pretending to play some guitar for a televised event, and then came home to
camp for Wednesday night at his Crawford, Texas command and control center.
Relax people. There will plenty of money to make when the re-building
contracts get passed around.
|Monday, 5 September 2005 at 12h 2m 50s|
The public relations presidency
Thanks to billmon[SOURCE]
There was a striking discrepancy between the CNN International report on the
Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports of the same
event by German TV. ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a
completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food
distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down
immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that
others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.
War and Piece
September 3, 2005
Perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee.
Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed
to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this
catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24
hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared
stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed
resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of
Sen. Mary Landrieu
September 3, 2005
Mr. Bush's arrival coincided with long-awaited deliveries of aid to the flood
zone. But the president did not interact much with storm victims, and at one
site, a Salvation Army truck in Mississippi, those he did see had first been
screened by Secret Service agents with metal detectors.
New York Times
Promises by Bush Amid the Tears
September 3, 2005
I was just now listening to a black New Orleans native, graduate of UNO talk
about why he thinks the administration was so slow, and why FEMA is turning
away volunteers. He thinks the administration was too busy trying to figure
out how they were going to spin the crisis and who they were going to give the
contracts for rebuilding the city.
Which might be why that was all Bush could say when he first spoke into the
microphone, while people were dying in New Orleans because the government sat
on its hands and played mindgames.
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