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9.26.2005

Cameron Louisiana- Destroyed 

It looks like not everyone in my family escapes hurricane Rita unscathed. The small coastal towns of Cameron and Creole Louisiana have been virtually decimated. My father's hometown, Cameron, was 80% leveled according to some reports.

“I would use the word destroyed,” Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore said of Cameron. “Cameron and Creole have been destroyed except for the courthouse, which was built on stilts on higher ground. Most of the houses and public buildings no longer exist or are even in the same location that they were.”

No one has been able to reach my father since Saturday, when he was going to try to return to his home, by boat if neccessary, to see what kind of damage was done. My Uncle and Aunt's house is probably gone in Grand Chenier as well as my Great Uncle's home in Cameron. I have many cousins and distant relatives living in that area as well.

I am still waiting to see hear from them or anyone that can tell us what has happened there.

Texas has been declared a disaster area but these small towns along the southwestern coast of Louisiana have been ignored by FEMA and the federal government. “This is the worst thing I’ve ever been through,” said Danny Hunter, 56. “I called FEMA this morning, and they said they couldn’t help us because this hasn’t been declared a disaster area.” “Texas is a disaster area!” Jenny Reading shouted. “I guess the president made sure of that, and everyone just forgot about us.”

Fema fails the people most in need again.

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9.25.2005

War, what is it good for... 

Absolutely nothing.

We got to see two sides of a political and, some would say, moral debate, demonstrate in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

The first, a Peace rally sponsored by groups such as Answer Coalition, Moveon, Democratic Underground, Veterans for Peace, Goldstar Families for Peace and many others was a resounding success. Well over the original estimate of 100,000 activists showed up in D.C. to protest the war and support the troops return. The streets were packed with people concerned about the deteriorating situating in Iraq that has claimed the lives of over 1900 U.S. troops to date and wounded over 14,000. Protestors ranged from family members of soldiers serving in Iraq, Catholic Nuns, senior citizens, veterans, college students, families and children and the occasional old school hippy.

A counter protest was planned by members of Free Republic, Protest Warrior and other pro-war/anti-enlisting groups for the next day.

"We are preparing for as many as 20,000 people, just to be on the safe side," said Kristinn Taylor, a leader of FreeRepublic.com, one of the sponsors. "People have been fired up over the past month, especially military family members, and they want to be heard."

About a hundred people showed up.

100,000 to 100. Protests still belong to the "unwashed hippies", as one right wing moron called the Peace marchers.

Here are comparison photos of the two rallies:

The first is a shot of the Peace Rally.


This is a shot of the Pro-War crowd.

Pro-War, what is it good for? Almost, absolutely nothing, apparently.

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9.24.2005

Peace Rally 

I wanted to go to the peace rally in OKC today, but I had to go pick up some refugees from Louisiana.

I know many conservatives wanted to go and mock the protestors or take the worst possible picture of the most ridiculously dressed person and portray all of the concerned people who are against this stupid war the same way. Apparently in DC there are several strange things happening that are preventing some people from getting to the protests.

Don't believe me though, Cam Edwards, chickenhawk and right wing internet webcaster of the NRA radio show, tried to go and make fun of the protestors but he found he could not make it because "routine maintenance" was being performed on the trains and the delays were so great he, and many others, just went home.

Train delays are also mentioned at Democratic Underground where the tin hats are coming on in full force.

The old saying goes, "Just because I am paranoid doesn't meant they aren't out to get me." It does seem strange that they would do "routine maintenance" on a day when tens of thousands of people would be trying to utilize the system.

I will try to post pics from both later today.

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The Evacuation of Lake Charles 

My brother and his family arrived in Oklahoma last night, Ada to be exact. It took them over 35 hours to make the trip that normally takes 10-11. They said the evacuation routes were nightmares of abandoned cars, scared people and the occassional verbal fight over gas or cutting into traffic.

My older brother and I went to guide them from Ada to OKC, where some will stay until they find out the extent of damage to their homes. They are all from the Lake Charles area, some closer to Cameron Parish.

Everyone survived the trip, now we just have to find out what it will take to get them home safely and what they will have to do once they get there.

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9.21.2005

My Brother - A Firsthand Account of the Failures of FEMA 

Just got off the phone with my brother who is a medical supervisor at a hospital in the southern coastal area of Louisiana. He sounded tired and told me he has been getting an average of 2 -3 hours of sleep since August 28 (the day Katrina hit).

He just evacuated his entire hospital in preparation for Rita and is standing by awaiting final evacuation orders to shut down the only hospital in a 50 mile radius of where he lives.

This is literally the first time I have spoken to him since Katrina. He told me several stories about what has happened and is happening there now.

A little background on my brother. He was part of a task force that worked with the state OEP (Office of Emergency Preparedness) to develop emergency plans for terrorist attacks and natural disasters. He adamantly stands by the plans that were made saying what that team developed was a good system to handle these types of disasters.

I asked him where they system failed. He said that from the city level on up to the federal level was supposed to rely on each other to help but as soon as the actual disaster hit, there was an every man or organization for itself mentality that immediately took over.

FEMA took over the relief operations on day 3 and he was relieved when it happened. He thought that help would be forthcoming. His hospital received 43 evacuees from New Orleans and immediately began tending to their needs. The evacuees, were predominantly elderly but not all poor. He said there were many professionals in the group.

He asked one elderly lady why she didn't leave and she told him she had been using public transportation for 50 years, she had never owned a car, and the television news said busses would be available to transport people who needed it, out of New Orleans. She packed and waited but no bus ever came.

As they used their medicinal supplies to treat these additional patients, representatives of FEMA came to his hospital and went through the procedures to provide them with more supplies and equipment. As they left they assured him, help was on the way. Nothing came. A few days later the scene was repeated with different reps from FEMA and again he was told help was coming. Nothing came. He said they have been visited ten times by FEMA officials and as of today, 20 days later, not one piece of equipment, medical supply, food item or money has filtered down to their hospital.

He got a call today from a yet another FEMA official and told him they would be sending supplies. He told them to send them to another hospital because he had evacuated the patients out of the path of Rita.

Red Cross visited his hospital 3 times and assured him they where on the case. Red Cross performed better than FEMA, they sent 43 $20 vouchers for clothes at a Goodwill store, I kid you not, in New Orleans. Only good at that location, only valid for three weeks. My brother is saving one of those as a memento.

He told me of the call for aluminum flat hull boats immediately after the levees in New Orleans broke and 500 civilians responding to the call only to be turned away by FEMA, A group of doctors and nurses showing up in his city with a tractor trailer full of medical supplies and food ready to relieve the overworked professionals treating the evacuees were unceremoniously turned away by the Red Cross and told they did not accept any contributions except money and authorized corporate donations. They were not needed said the Red Cross as my brother and his staff worked up to 50 hours straight until they nearly collapsed from exhaustion.

There are many more stories to tell, he said and when he had more time he would "write a book".

Do you have faith the government will be able to handle a major terrorist attack or another natural disaster I asked him. He paused a moment and simply said, "No".

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Bush Booze Crisis 

Well, it is official, Bush is back on the bottle. The same investigative paper that brought out the truth about Gary Hart and Bill Clinton's romantic dalliances outside the covenant of marriage has broken the silence about President Bush's losing battle with the bottle.

Bush is drinking again, trumpets the story (I don't think he ever stopped, just look at that bloodlined nose and his obvious brain damage when trying to put together coherent thought).

I wonder if the mainstream media will follow this story or let it slide, like all the other Bush fiascos?

An excerpt for your schadenfreude delight.

"When the levees broke in New Orleans, it apparently made him reach for a shot," said one insider. "He poured himself a Texas-sized shot of straight whiskey and tossed it back. The First Lady was shocked and shouted: "Stop George!"


The only paper with the guts to tell the truth...The National Enquirer

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9.19.2005

Ask a Conservative? 

I want to give big unit his own post. He is a good friend and other than being a Bush supporter, seems mostly sane and decent.

Big Unit, I would like you to answer questions honestly and I will do the same, void of political agenda about current events and politics in general.

What do you say?

My first question:

Do you honestly think Bush is;

A. Intelligent?
B. A conservative?
C. Good for this Country?

I await your response, my one and only poster (besides Medic of course).

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9.18.2005

Harry Bush??? 




Some people on both sides of the political aisle have decided that the Harry Potter series is an analogy of the current political situation in America. The conservatives, at least the ones who aren't askeered to read the satanic series, claim that Harry represents Bush and the Death Eaters are the terrorists. Liberals claim that the Bush regime is represented by the Death Eaters and Harry represents the American public. Being a liberal and Harry Potter fan, I really can't see Bush as Harry. For one thing, Harry can read and is interested in learning. Although Harry is wealthy (inheritance from his parents) and gets into the premiere school of witchcraft and wizardry based on his family name, I still can't buy Harry as Bush or vice versa.

After reading the last book, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, I have come to a few conclusions, not politically motivated.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK AND DON'T WANT TO KNOW SOME MAJOR PLOT POINTS...

STOP READING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is my take on what will happen in the final book.

1. Dumbledore is not dead. Snape cast a nonverbal spell of protection on him while he was verbally flinging him from the tower.

2. Snape is truly a good guy who will die fighting valiantly for the Order of the Phoenix. Snape could have easily killed or captured Harry in the final fight scene. He did not. In fact he merely blocked Harry's spells and did nothing to counter them. Snape was furious when Harry called him a coward and the reason is that Snape knows he is risking his life, limb and soul to act as a double (or is it triple) agent for the Order. The oath he took to protect Draco does nothing to keep him from working for the Order. I believe he took a similar oath to Dumbledore which will be revealed in the final book.

3. Neville Longbottom will turn out to be a more important character than we have been lead to believe. He may even be the chosen one.

4. Sirius Black will also come back from the dead or suspended animation in the final chapter.

That is all for now. I guess we will have to wait a year or so to find out if I am right. I have a pretty good record at this kind of thing. Just read my October 2004 prediction called, "Why Kerry will win in November".

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9.15.2005

Bill Maher on Bush 

Bill Maher's "New Rules" included some insightful views on Bush. Here is what Bill had to say:

...And finally, New Rule: America must recall the president. That's what this country needs. A good, old-fashioned, California-style recall election! Complete with Gary Coleman, porno actresses and action film stars. And just like Schwarzenegger's predecessor here in California, George Bush is now so unpopular, he must defend his job against...Russell Crowe. Because at this point, I want a leader who will throw a phone at somebody. In fact, let's have only phone throwers. Naomi Campbell can be the vice-president!

Now, I kid, but seriously, Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you anymore. There's no more money to spend. You used up all of that. You can't start another war because you also used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people.

Yeah, listen to your mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit card's maxed out, and no one is speaking to you: mission accomplished! Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service. And the oil company. And the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or spaceman?!

Now, I know what you're saying. You're saying that there's so many other things that you, as president, could involve yourself in...Please don't. I know, I know, there's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela, and eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote. But, sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man.

Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire metropolis to rising water and snakes.

On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two Trade Centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans...Maybe you're just not lucky!

I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side. So, yes, God does speak to you, and what he's saying is, "Take a hint."


Political honesty is only coming from comedians these days.

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Hillarious Video - The Genius Behind George Bush 

I will give Bush credit for one thing, he is hillarious. He has made me laugh more than any other President, of course the laughter is usually followed by embarrassing sobs at the realization he is the leader of the United States.

The Genius Behind George Bush

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9.14.2005

Bigfoot Festival in Honobia Oklahoma 


The first annual Bigfoot festival is going to take place in Honobia, Oklahoma later this month. I have been invited to attend. I have always been interested in paranormal mythical creatures (i.e. compassionate conservatives) and I hope I can get some childcare so my wife and I can go.

Honobia Bigfoot Festival

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Another lie exposed 

Remember when Condoleeza Rice said no one could have predicted terrorists would use commercial airliners as weapons...

Well, like a lot of verbiage that spewed out of the Bush administration, it has turned out to be a lie.

Recently released documents from the 9/11 commission shows that as early as 1995, it was known by U.S. agencies that this was a real threat and the hijacked planes were predicted used against American landmarks.

These documents were previously released before the 2004 election, but this little damning part was redacted (blacked out). I wonder why?

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George Bush hits new low 

Congratulations Dubya, your disapproval ratings are breaking records. Whatcha gonna do with all that political capital?

Approve 38%

Disapprove 55%

p.s. you seem a little crankier lately. For a president who doesn't give a crap about polls, you sure seem to respond to them.

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Congratulations to my conservative friends at WKY Radio 

The right wing nosedive in America continues. Mirroring George W. Bush's calamitous fall from popularity to pariah, right wing radio, perhaps emulating their naked emperor, is less popular every rating period.

MaybeJim Traber, whose mediocrity nearly destroyed the Cardinals in his one lame season with them, is responsible for WKY's plunge in the ratings. It is probably the American public's weariness of obvious lies and propaganda propping up W's miserable failure of a presidency.

Whatever the cause, there is no doubt that WKY and it's sycophantic right wing personalities are only slightly more popular than 3 other stations I have never heard of or can find on my dial.

I tried to post on Jim Traber's website but my post was deleted and I was banned (again). So, I am forced to congratulate the bunch of losers over at WKY here on my site (I know they all come here like closeted gay men to the local glory hole).

WKY, ranked 21 out of 24 stations in Oklahoma City. I think some Jr. High morning announcements have more listeners. Keep up the good work guys, at this rate, you will be replaced by a Spanish music station in a few months.

Here are the latest Arbitron ratings.

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9.04.2005

Bush administration so incompetent, world takes pity on America 

A growing list of countries, many slandered and ridiculed by this administration and it's supporters, are lining up to give money, supplies and aid to the stricken Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Many countries and organizations reviled by the right wing conservatives in this country are offering help nonetheless.

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said France would send its entire stock of emergency supplies, including tents, blankets, cooking equipment and camp-beds, prepositioned on the French Caribbean island of Martinique for just such an eventuality. Douste-Blazy said one shipment would leave from Fort-de-France within 24 hours and another within 48 hours.

Germany shipped 25 tonnes of food aid to the flood-stricken regions over the weekend, the defence ministry said Sunday.

"The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Food Program, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the High Commissioner for Refugees are ready to provide emergency staff and a wide variety of relief supplies as and when necessary," the spokesman said a statement.

Canada said Sunday it was sending thousands of camp-beds, blankets and medical supplies after a request from Washington for help.

Cuba and Venezuela, two Latin American countries often singled out for criticism by administration of US President George W. Bush, were among the first to offer humanitarian assistance



I am grateful that these and many other countries do not hold the American people responsible for the assinine comments and bigotry of this administration and it's supporters.

America, thanks to the Bush administration's incompetence, looks like a third world country trying to handle a situation beyond it's means.

It is a pitiful time indeed.

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"For God's sake, shut up and send us somebody..." 

Aaron Broussard, President of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on Meet the Press with Tim Russert:

We have been abandoned by our own country. Hurricane Katrina will go down in history as one of the worst storms ever to hit an American coast, but the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will go down as one of the worst abandonments of Americans on American soil ever in U.S. history.

I am personally asking our bipartisan congressional delegation here in Louisiana to immediately begin congressional hearings to find out just what happened here. Why did it happen? Who needs to be fired? And believe me they need to be fired right away because we still have weeks to go in this tragedy. We have months to go. We have years to go.

And whoever’s on the top of this totem pole, that totem pole needs to be chainsawed off and we need to start with some new leadership. It’s not just Katrina that caused all these deaths in New Orleans here. Bureaucracy has committed murder here in the greater New Orleans area and bureaucracy has to stand trial before Congress now.

It’s so obvious. FEMA needs more congressional funding, it needs more presidential support. It needs to be a cabinet level director. It needs to be an independent agency that will be able to fulfill its mission to work in partnership with state and local governments around America.

FEMA needs to be empowered to do the things it was created to do. It needs to come somewhere like New Orleans with all of its force immediately -- without red tape, without bureaucracy. Act immediately with common sense and leadership and save lives. Forget about the property, we can rebuild the property. It’s got to be able to come in and save lives. We need strong leadership at the top of America right now in order to accomplish this into reconstructing FEMA.

Tim Russert: Shouldn’t the mayor of New Orleans and the governor bear some responsibility? Couldn’t they have been much more forceful, much more effective and much more organized about evacuating the area?

Aaron Broussard tries to continue, but Tom Russert speaks over him: “Hold on a minute…”

Broussard: Sir, they were told, like me, every single day “The cavalry’s coming.” On a federal level, “the cavalry’s coming (3x) I have just begun to hear the hoofs of the cavalry. The cavalry is still not here yet, but I’ve begun to hear the hoofs and we’re almost a week out. Let me just give you three quick examples. We had Walmart deliver three trucks of water, trailer trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn’t need them. This was a week ago.

FEMA. We had a thousand gallons of diesel fuel on a coast guard vessel docked in my parish. The Coast Guard said “come get the fuel right away.” When we got there with out trucks, they got a word. “FEMA said don’t give you the fuel.”

Yesterday. Yesterday! FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. Cut em without notice. Our Sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in. He reconnects the line and he posts armed guards on our line. And he says, “No one’s getting near these lines.” Sheriff Harry Lee says if America … American government would have responded like Walmart has responded we wouldn’t be in this crisis. But I want to thank Governor Blanco for all she’s done and all the leadership. She sent in the National Guard. I just repaired a breach on my side of the 17th street canal, that the secretary didn’t foresee. A three hundred foot breach. I just completed it yesterday, with convoys of National guards and local parish workers and levy board people. It took us 2 and half days, working 24/7.

Russert tries to interrupt.

Broussard: I just closed it. I’m telling you. Most importantly, I want to thank my public employees {Russert tries to speak again) that have worked 24/7, that burn out – the doctors, the nurses… I want to give you one last story and I’ll shut up and let you tell me whatever you want to tell me.

The guy who runs this building that I’m in , emergency management, he’s responsible for everything. His mother was trapped {Broussard starts to cry.} in St Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, “Are you coming, son?” “Is somebody coming?” And he said, “yeah Mama, somebody’s coming to get you. Somebody’s coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Friday. And she drowned on Friday night. She drowned on Friday night.”

Russert interrupts: "Mr. President…"

Broussard: “Nobody’s coming to get us. Nobody’s coming to get us. The Secretary’s promised. Everybody’s promised. They’ve had press conferences. I’m.. I’m sick of the press conferences. For God’s sake, shut up and send us somebody!” {deep sobs}

Russert interrupts again, in a softer tone: Take a pause, Mr. President. While you gather yourself. These are very emotional times. I understand. Let me go to governor Haley Barber of Mississippi.

This interview took place on Sunday, 6 days after hurricane Katrina hit land.


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9.03.2005

They got what they deserved... 

Hurricane Katrina has proven to me beyond any doubt that the diehard Bush supporters, the right wing commentators, the freepers and the conservatives are without any human compassion and are able to continually spew forth the vomitous of their political ideology in the face of human tragedy.

From members of Free Republic saying we built the public housing in New Orleans too well because it survived the hurricanes, right wing websites advocating burning New Orleans to the ground, the speaker of the house, Dennis Hastert, stating that we should not bulldoze the devasted city and not waste money rebuilding it, to the racist lies and rumors surrounding looting, shooting and rapes to the slow response and refusal of help from this right wing administration, it has never been more clear how these "compassionate" people feel about the poor, the sick and minorities.

Mocking the victims of this tragedy for staying in their homes, has become so commonplace among the right wing media and commentators, even FEMA's director blamed the victims, that it is now an accepted belief among many Americans that these people deserved or somehow earned their fate. I wonder if the same mentality would have been tolerated when talking about the victims of 9/11. After all, they knew that the Trade Towers were a target of terrorist, hell it had been hit before, so, according to the right wing mentality, the victims must have deserved their fate for putting themselves into that precarious position.

The commentators on the ground are begging and pleading with the government to send help and relief supplies 5 DAYS AFTER THE HURRICANE HIT GROUND (even FOX News commentators Sheppard Smith and Geraldo gave up the right wing spin and told the truth). Would it have been acceptable to leave the trapped and suffering 5 days in New York City? Absolutely not, yet somehow the rationalizations for this miserable failure of a emergency response are accepted by the right wing bushbots and repeated ad nauseum. It is clear that if you are poor and black in the world of compassionate conservatism you are not as important as wealthy white business men and women.

The tales of rampant anarchy on the streets of New Orleans are proving to be rumors and repeated urban myths more than factual accounts. Tales of people helping each other and maintaining their compusure for days and days without adequate food, water and medical treatment are now coming out. The right wing echo chamber made much ado about helicopters being shot at but that is apparently, a lie. The criminalization of the people in New Orleans made it easier to justify ignoring them and letting them die. This policy of psych warfare has served this administration well in Iraq, making monsters out of those you wish to destroy and it is a well known and often used ploy in making war, but to use the same techniques against civilian victims of a natural disaster is detestible.

Blame the poor, slander the victims, make excuses, take no responsibility-this is the legacy of this administration and this political ideaology. History will judge this period in American history and judge it harshly. As should we, the people.

In the meantime, donate what you can to the suffering people of the Gulf Coast. They are being ignored by their leaders and blamed by the right wing whackos but I am sure they won't be ignored by the American people and the truly compassionate.

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9.02.2005

Are they dying over here because we are fighting them over there? 

Good question.

"...National Disgrace"

Explosions and anarchy

Bungled Job...poor federal leadership

New Orleans a "war zone"

Disgusting.

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9.01.2005

George Bush's vacation Ruined 

In a scene reminescent of another September, 4 years ago, our beloved President camped out in his fake ranch for the entire month of August while a tragedy loomed. There is nothing Mr. Bush could have done to prevent a hurricane but his obvious disconect with the impending disaster is unforgiveable.

While Bush road his bike and cleared brush, a national disaster was in the beginning stages. As Hurricane Katrina built up power in the Gulf of Mexico, Bush idled away the last few days of his five week vacation doing nothing to prepare for what would become the largest civilian relief effort in the history of our country.

As with 9/11, Bush used his reactive style to declare that nothing could be done prior to the tragedy and everything would be done now that it had already taken place. Too little, too late.

What Bush forget to mention, or outright lied about, was what could have been done in the days, weeks and months prior to Katrina making landfall that would have made the dire situation faced by thousands of Gulf Port refugees much better managed and less dangerous today.

Here is a timeline of actions this administration took (or failed to take) which have increased the severity of this disaster.

The fact that 3 days after Katrina's winds died down there is still little, if anything, under control in New Orleans and people are dying on an hourly basis is a shocking and unforgiveable act of negligence by this administration. How can the American people have any confidence that this president and his administration could possible handle a terrorist attack on a grand scale when they are failing so horribly at handling a natural disaster they knew was coming a week before it hit?

Chaos rules in New Orleans tonight because people have become angry and hostile after waiting for days for relief and basic human needs. "This is a national disgrace," said Terry Ebbert, head of New Orleans' emergency operations. "FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control," Ebbert said. "We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims but we can't bail out the city of New Orleans."

Tens of thousands of National Guard troops are not available in the hurricane stricken areas because they are deployed in Iraq for the forseeable future. Money slashed from FEMA and Civil Engineering projects in the Gulf Coast have also added to the problems, while hundreds of BILLIONS were spent willy nilly rebuilding Iraq.

As reports of rapes, murders, looting and civilian unrest increase, Bush's response has been to give more "can do" speeches. Unfortunately for the people of New Orleans, Biloxi and the other hard hit areas, happy thoughts aren't feeding their children, addressing their medical needs, providing safety or even flushing their toilets.

The Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, put out a plea for help: “This is a desperate SOS. Right now we are out of resources at the convention center and don’t anticipate enough buses. We need buses. Currently the convention center is unsanitary and unsafe and we’re running out of supplies". This plea comes 3 days after the hurricane struck.

I have been to New Orleans twice in my life. Many members of my family live less than 3 hours away. I have a good friend who I have not been able to contact who lives there with his wife and two children. I fear that the New Orleans from my memory is gone forever but life goes on for Mr. Bush and his administration. Condi Rice, US Secretary of State, was shopping for shoes and enjoying the Broadway musical "Spamalot", while tens of thousands of Americans faced life threatening situations on the Gulf Coast.

Mr. Bush's latest affront to reality is his statement that "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees," ranks up there with his previous statement, "I don't think anyone foresaw people using planes as missiles". The only problem is, people did foresee and anticipate both things happening but his administration, once again, chose to ignore the warnings or worse acknowledge the problems and then cut funding that would have helped.

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