Sunday, August 26, 2007



Bush's failed Iraq policies cost the Republicans the House and Senate in 2006 and will devastate the party in 2008. But the seminal event where it finally clicked with most Americans that having George Bush in the White House-- whether one thought he was there legitimately or not-- happened two years ago. Rationally, no one can blame the hurricane part of Hurricane Katrina on Bush. But the catastrophe associated with it, for most Americans is what the Bush Regime is all about, at least domestically: incompetence plus an ineffectual philosophy of governance that works for the very rich and leaves everyone else out to dry-- or, in this case, drown.

Those who weren't sharp enough to understand that the mantra of Grover Norquist, the Bush Regime's Ideologue-in-Chief-- that line about shrinking government down so it was small enough to drown in a bath tub-- was actually playing out in New Orleans, might have still understood the nature of Bushism as it was expressed by the #1 Republican in the Congress, Planet Denny Hastert: "It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed." People, American citizens, were still dying in the streets when Hastert said there would be no federal help for New Orleans. The Bush Regime itself tried to present a kinder, gentler face and made all kinds of promises, but for them, of course, the tragedy of New Orleans was another way to enrich themselves, their cronies and campaign contributors.

Bush is the first American president to have lost an American city. His regime's efforts to rescue New Orleans have been as ineffectual as everything else they say they are trying to accomplish-- although the Insider self-enrichment they never talk about has proceeded at a healthy enough clip.  This morning's NY Times features Barack Obama's plan for the actual recovery in New Orleans. Bush's greatest domestic failure and broken symbol of whatever bond he had with the American people can only be highlighted by Obama's and other Democrats' plans to bring back one of the great American cities. It isn't something you have heard Romney, Giuliani, or any of the other pathetic pygmies™ discussing.
The Gulf Coast restoration, Mr. Obama said, has been weighed down by red tape that has kept billions of dollars from reaching Louisiana communities. As president, he said, he would streamline the bureaucracy, strengthen law enforcement to curb a rise in crime and immediately close the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet in order to restore wetlands to protect against storms.

Mr. Obama also said that he would seek to lessen the influence of politics in the Federal Emergency Management Agency by giving its director a fixed term, similar to the structure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FEMA director would serve a six-year term, under Mr. Obama’s plan, and report directly to the president.

...“Let New Orleans be the place where we strengthen those bonds of trust, where a city rises up on a new foundation that can be broken by no storm,” Mr. Obama is planning to say Sunday, according to remarks provided by his aides. “Let New Orleans become the example of what America can do when we come together, not a symbol for what we couldn’t do.”

Tomorrow John Edwards and Hillary Clinton will both attend a summit conference dealing with the rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Bush's Gulf Coast coordinator is in New Orleans, busy playing politics and insulting the state and city leadership. Of course all 9 of the pygmies™ are otherwise engaged, each somewhere rasing money from fat cat donors. Bush himself will be in Seattle desperately trying to resuscitate the wrecked career of one of his rubber stamp congressmen, Dave Reichert, a lackluster backbencher about to be swept from office by a brilliant and outspoken Darcy Burner, whose campaign is raising as much money this week from online donors as Reichert is from the wealthy contributors eager to get their pictures taken with Bush for $2,300 each. (You can help Darcy make a monkey of Bush here.)

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At 6:44 AM, Blogger USMC said...

News Media 8-27-07
Peter Macdonald 465 Packersfalls rd Lee NH 03824 603-659-6217
WE have a feature on Union leader .com that allows for rapid public feed back. The UL very seldom prints letters that tell the UL’s faults. The UL edits letters to their way of thinking. I write a letter every day and send it to the UL and every other NH newspaper. MY letters are clear, factual and news that the public needs to know. Joe wants feedback on his editorial but only positive. We have kids giving their lives every day so the truth can be told in the news with out fear of government. This is our military. What do we give these Veterans when they return. Nothing unless it is for some politicians political gain. We the Veteran want you to respect what we gave our lives for. “Our Constitution”. Joe you talk about stupid criminals but the UL does not tell about Judge Fauver violation the Constitution intentionally to harm NH residents. You refuse to print the opinion of a 100% service connected disabled veteran because you do not believe what he says or Why? Your feature is impressive but hollow.
I was injured three times during my tour in the Marine Corps. Two were received in separate combat support missions. I did eight convoys as an American Advisor. My first kill was with a bayonet. I came back with three serious life changing disabilities. I was rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Administration over 30 years ago. I volunteer to help a Madbury NH family that read my letter to the editor. This family was so desperate they called me (some one they did not know) for help. I have violated no laws but NH declared me a terrorist and put me in jail as a means to scare me. Congress woman Shea-Porter filed a false police report to stop me. When that failed she had a VA DR. Biswas attempt to commit me. Now NH VA director Mark Levenston has stopped my VA medical care. My disabilities are from my tour in the Marine Corps. We have laws and rules to prevent Veteran’s medical care from being a political weapon against any Veteran. You the UL have a feature but you refuse to tell the truth. You want to base this opinion on facts, Dover Police file # 7002-942 or NH Supreme Court case 2003-0477. This letter should be printed in every newspaper in the United States because we as United States Veterans deserved to have the facts told when our government officials and judges use trusted powers to harm us. Large or small newspapers could print a disclaimer but these facts exist and will some day be told. Which large or small newspaper across the United States wants a Pulitzer prize story to be first in their newspaper. Send this to NH governor Lynch at
Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper Fi

At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Howie Klein, Hello from the past at SUNY. An old friend sent me a link. Thought I'd say hello. Jon Ziperman


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