Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Newt goes after Bush

First Colin Powell took his (more diplomatic) shots at the Bush administration, now Andrew Sullivan reports on a scathing Newt Gingrich memo.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

In Their Own Words

"There are quiet times in the life of a nation when little is expected of its leaders. This isn't one of those times. This is a time when we need firm resolve, clear vision and a deep faith in the values that make us a great nation. (Applause.)

"None of us will ever forget that week when one era ended and another began. On September the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It's a day I will never forget. There were workers in hard hats there, yelling, "Whatever it takes." I was trying to do my best to thank and comfort the firefighters and policemen and the rescuers. A guy grabbed me by the arm, and he said, "Do not let me down." (Applause.) Ever since that day, I wake up every morning thinking about how to better protect our country. I will never relent in defending America, whatever it takes." George W. Bush, on the election trail in 2004

"There comes a time when deceit and defiance must be seen for what they are. At that point, a gathering danger must be directly confronted. At that point, we must show that beyond our resolutions is actual resolve." V.P. Dick Cheney, post 9/11

Their era is over.

Why Some Won't Leave

... they refuse to leave their pets behind. Thank you to Homo Ludens for this link, as well as for this thoughtful collection of New Orleans quotes.

Hurricane Charley vs. Hurricane Katrina

Contrast The Bush administration's preparations for and response to Hurricane Charley, in the key electoral state of Florida two months before the 2004 election, to its preparations for and response to Hurricane Katrina.
"As part of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to coordinate emergency response activities along with other federal departments and respective state agencies. Prior to Hurricane Charley's arrival, FEMA pre-positioned emergency response teams and disaster relief supplies throughout the southeast region in preparation for anticipated response operations with additional equipment and resources being deployed throughout the weekend from stockpiles nationwide.
Folks, they only care about the country and the people when their own self-interest is involved too. Yes, local and state official share some of the blame. But they were laboring under federal cutbacks, as well as increased responsibility for services dumped on them by the federal government.

More from Sisyphus Shrugged.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Only So Much a President Can Do

Over at the Fafblog, the Medium Lobster defends President Bush, as only the Medium Lobster can.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Many People Saw it Coming

... but the nation's leaders didn't listen. As far back as 2001, pre-9/11, FEMA warned a hurricane hitting New Orleans was one of three catastrophes the U.S. was at risk of seeing in the foreseeable future (they also warned of a terrorist attack in New York).

When are our leaders going to start listening to the smart people, instead of those who tell them what they want to hear, which neatly fits into their preconceived agenda?

This horribly prescient article comes from National Geographic, October 2004. What's to blame for the New Orleans disaster, aside from mother nature? According to this, global warming, careless petroleum exploration, and an Iraq war that diverted funds from needed infrastructure projects.

After the fact, one would have to add to that list troops and guardsmen being diverted for the Iraq war and government bungling/criminal negligence in not preparing for this disaster.

That Bush tax cut, which went mainly to wealthy Americans, probably wasn't a very good idea either.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

100 Monkeys Typing

100 Monkeys have extensive commentary and links on the unfolding catastrophe on the Gulf Coast.