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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.



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Thursday, 8 September 2005 at 16h 50m 16s

My letter to MSNBC (that will never be read)

you people really suck.

Since when does the truth supported by irrefutable facts become "an opinion" ?

(At the very least) all you folks have to do is compare what happened in Florida September 2004, and what happened during Katrina 2005? There are plenty of newspaper articles and legal documents, so you won't have to worry about those gosh darn difficult facts you want to call "opinions."

Oh, and did you know that President Bush -- in responding to Governor Blanco's formal declaration of an emergency on August 26th -- did not include in his federal disaster area the parishes of Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and Jefferson.

Those are the 4 parishes south of the Lake by the way.

And why not fire Brown, and all of the other Public Relations hacks Bush staffed the agency? How can we expect the same blind mice to see any better during the recovery process? Would MSNBC keep corporate executives who are incompetent.

Don't answer that. This is why Governor Blanco hired ex-Clinton FEMA head DeWitt PRO BONO to oversee the reconstruction process.

Now certainly, those corrupt contractors wouldn't repeat the same mistakes of the last 3 years in Iraq?

And why was the USS Battan that followed the hurricane (which is standard procedure) waiting for the President to give the order to act if indeed President Bush gave them permission to act. Are we supposed to believe that the Navy commander disobeyed his President and waited off-shore with lotza helicopters for 3 days after Katrina hit New Orleans?

Opinions? Wake up please. This really is fucking obvious.

But go ahead, spread this corrupt administrations lies. Feel self-satisfied that what you call "opinions" are left out of the news, or dismissed by the lipstick airheads, puff-daddies, and pompous morons you hire to do the news.

Those of us who count have never forgotten how your brilliant CEO's canned Donahue, the highest rated show on your network, for ... ex-nutritional supplement salesman, Michael Savage.

Smooth move.

It is quite obvious that you are more of a propaganda machine than a cable news network. I suppose you will enjoy the slow encroachment towards dictatorship and fascism, that you helped create.

Thank you.


Thursday, 8 September 2005 at 16h 13m 29s

Just vote yes, and stop reading our legislation, damnit

From RawStory [source ]

Republicans block efforts to amend relief bill, hold vote without providing copy of bill

by John Byrne

In the wake of what the Wall Street Journal projected may be the most expensive natural disaster in American history, the Republican Leadership in the House of Representatives limited floor consideration of the $52 billion Katrina relief bill proposed by President Bush and voted to reject any Democratic efforts to amend the bill to include a wider array of relief measures, RAW STORY has learned.

Democrats said no one had even seen a copy of the legislation.

Voting along party lines, Republicans denied a measure that would have allowed for two hours of discussion and opened up the measure to be amended.

The Republican leadership pushed through a Suspension Rule in the House Rules Committee that blocked any members from offering amendments to the bill. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), the ranking Democrat on the Committee, led opposition to the rule.

The bill, which enjoys bipartisan support, is expected to pass on the House floor tomorrow.

Democrats implored Republicans to allow amendments, which would enable consideration of measures such as which areas and to which agencies relief dollars were most needed and how to restructure FEMA so that it would be more effective.


Oh now don't worry. No one should be able to read the laws that vote on, and certainly no opposition representatives get to have any concerns.

These are the boots of the stormtroopers.

STOMP. sTOMP. STOMP.


Thursday, 8 September 2005 at 15h 43m 32s

CNN anchor Jack Cafferty speaks

Words speak for themselves.

Somewhere along the way FEMA became a dumping ground for the president's political cronies with little experience in disaster relief. The agency's first director was Joe Albaugh. He was president Bush's 2000 campaign chairman.

Albaugh brought in the current failure Michael Brown. His previous work was with Arabian horses. The number two guy, Brown's top deputy at FEMA, is a fellow named Patrick Rhode. He worked for the 2000 election campaign. The number 3 guy at FEMA is Brooks Altshuler. He used to work in the White House. His job was planning presidential trips. FEMA's long term recovery director is a guy named Scott Morris. He produced television and radio commercials for the Bush campaign. The federal agency charged with handling national emergencies is staffed at the very top by a bunch of political hacks with virtually no experience that qualifies them to respond to something like Katrina. But I digress.

...

Where are the qualifications of these people? None of these guys is qualified based on the stuff I'm reading, to head up an emergency management agency. One of these guys worked with Arabian horses, The rest are all off the campaign trial. Planned presidential trips. Produced TV commercials. Don't you need somebody at the top running the organization who has some semblance of an idea of what the hell is required when there's an emergency?


It's true. This administration is heartless and corrupt.


Wednesday, 7 September 2005 at 19h 41m 26s

Privatize those contracts into political patronage revenue streams

From Wayne Madsen, [source]

And why is FEMA so incompetent? It was turned into a political patronage agency by Bush for Bush's campaign lickspittles. This from a disaster recovery specialist with inside contacts at FEMA:

Mike Brown was Joe Allbaugh's college roommate. (Allbaugh was Bush's first FEMA director). Allbaugh is now a consultant who makes tons of money for greasing the skids for companies to get business with the federal government in Iraq and with FEMA. Note to Federal law enforcement. You might want to investigate the relationship between Allbaugh and IEM, Dewberry, and URS -- the companies that took $500,000 to develop a "Catastrophic Hurricane Disaster Plan for New Orleans & Southeast Louisiana," a plan they never delivered and a project for they fraudulently included James Lee Witt Associates as one of their team partners. The sleazy revolving door spewing out money spins very fast with the Bush administration.

Mike Brown had absolutely no experience in disaster management. When Allbaugh became director in January, 2001, he politically cleansed FEMA of anyone who was associated with outgoing director James Lee Witt, who had done an excellent during the Clinton administration. Allbaugh was charged with cleaning out of FEMA because of the neocon desire to rid the Federal bureaucracy of FEMA and replace it with charitable giving as a means of disaster relief.

So Allbaugh's first priority was to gut FEMA. This became an even greater priority after the Democrats (especially Joe Lieberman) forced Bush to create a Department of Homeland Security. FEMA was rolled into DHS. Allbaugh was caught by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) using the FEMA Boeing 737 aircraft for private purposes, including numerous personal trips to Florida and political trips around the country. The Republican National Committee reimbursed FEMA for the political junkets, but the embarrassing trips hit the pages of the New York Times and Allbaugh chose at that time to leave and set up his own consulting business. He left without any pressure from the White House.

In early 2001, the International Arabian Horse Association fired current FEMA director Mike Brown as its executive secretary after a non-productive period of employment. Admittedly, Mike Brown had spent a large part of 2000 campaigning for Bush rather than doing his job, but the bottom line for the horse association was that Brown neglected his duties and day to day responsibilities.

Brown was lucky. His old college roommate, Allbaugh, appointed Brown as his number 2 within days of his firing by the horse association. This cozy relationship was noted throughout the Allbaugh period. Upon Allbaugh's departure, Brown was designated by Bush to succeed him as FEMA director. He is called "Brownie" by Bush.

"Brownie" has few supporters in FEMA. In fact, the general commentary is that he lacks basic organizational and management skills and he is a bullshit artist, not a leader.



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

Say what?

Go here.

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 in ...

media relations?

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 areas.


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.


Read on

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, you know.

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 Austin, Texas.


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.




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