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Thursday, September 15, 2005

I entered the political fray...

And I came out swinging.

Normally I like, but after a recent article on his site I have to say I am disappointed.

"It's bad enough that rich NYC Democrats are backing Bloomberg, despite his slavish loyalty to the national Republican Party."

I'm sorry, but as someone in who lives in New York, I have to say step lightly about what you do not know. The fight is rather heated, some people are accusing those of us who feel that Ferrer is not worthy of our votes as traitors to the Democratic party. I refer to this people as Republicrates, people who claim to be Democrats but act like republicans.

I cannot in good conscious vote for Ferrer. I do not like the guy, I do not trust the guy, I can't endorse the guy.

I do not like Bloomberg, he's done some pretty slimy things, but that should be a testament as to how much we dislike Ferrer that we would choose Bloomberg over him.

I ask that if you feel that we should vote the party line regardless of wether the candidate is worth voting for you need to reevaluate your priorities.

Voting for the devil to spite god is not the solution.

Just because its funny...

U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 14, 2005. World leaders are exploring ways to revitalize the United Nations at a summit on Wednesday but their blueprint falls short of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's vision of freedom from want, persecution and war. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

and where is my surprise? oh, i have none.

In a move that was neither surprising nor unexpected Senate nixes independent Katrina panel.

Previously I had mentioned how divided this country is, well a move like this is not a step in the direction of mending fences. Considering that no rational person would oppose such an investigation I am lead to believe that the reasons why republicans opposes an independent investigation would be because they are afraid of what that investigation would turn up. That and bush finally accepted responsibility for something.

As conservatives like to point out, if you have nothing to hide then why not investigate.

Haters hate for no reason... I have a reason.

Why am I so critical of the president's response to Hurricane Katrina?

In the past few weeks I've been labeled as a "bush hater", in discussions, even made it onto some conservative blog under that title. However, I would like to point out, I am not a "hater" I am a critic, haters hate for no reason, I have reasons to criticise bush.

In my discussions with conservatives the fact that the response to Hurricane Katrina has been as timely as any other smaller hurricane. To that I have to say, this isn't any other smaller hurricane, this is the worst natural disaster the country has experienced in about 100 years, and this is a post-9/11 world we live in, we can not expect to keep to the same standards.

From an outside point of view, as enemies of this country, imagine watching what happened in LA. Our enemies are not dumb cave dwellers, they have proved to be quite ingenious, and they learned a lot about how this country handles a crisis because of the hurricane.

bush failed miserably in preventing the world from viewing this country as any other third world country. If you want proof of that, both Fidel Castro and Cesar Chavez offered aid, more to further embarrass bush, but also for humanitarian reasons.

bush made this country look weak, and that is what I have the most problem with. This country needed strong leadership, not only to assure the citizens of this country but to show the world how we deal with serious issues such as these.

Had he been a proper leader he would have been more attentive to the situation, addressing the situation on television as soon as possible, reassuring the country that he was on top of the situation, instead he played golf. He would have told the nation he was in close contact with the governors of the affected states, overseeing relief efforts, ensuring that the mistakes that happened with FEMA didn't happen and that no one died needlessly. There is also the problem of Michael Brown, the former FEMA director who turned out to be a fraud, having doctored his resume, yet managed to be approved by both the senate and the president to head up a very crucial governmental agency. Skeptics have brought up that the position is just a bureaucratic one, pushing papers and thus not a problem, but I disagree, if Michael Brown was able to get into his position, how many other unqualified people are in strategic positions of powers. Even if you choose to disregard this information, our enemies aren't.

That is if he was a proper leader, which he isn't.

Instead he projected a air of disinterest and showed how divided this country is, as Abraham Lincoln said "A house divided will not stand".

Ultimately there is no single way to unify this country, the dividing factors are more personal then social or logical. Its hard to unite a country when half feels the other is stupid and the then that half resents being made to feel stupid. But the reasons as to why the feelings exist in the first place aren't easily overcome.

bush supporters are criticised for putting their religious beliefs over the best interests of science and society, while religious people feel they are being persecuted for being religious.

Not an easy gap to overcome, but on a side note: Not being able to have a nativity scene on city hall, not being able to say "Merry Christmas" on city sponsored messaging is not persecution. Persecution is being ripped from your home and hung from a tree, persecution is being dragged from the back of a truck because of your color, persecution is being attacked for being the wrong skin color in the wrong community, persecution is being harassed by your neighbors because you moved into the wrong neighborhood.

I feel that a lot of the religious right's complaints are ridiculous and blown out of proportion, they feel they are being persecuted. I think they are being stupid, they resent me for that. Not an easy thing to overcome.

And to clarify, I don't have a problem with faith, you are entitled to your beliefs, however, do not profess the bible to me, then not follow its precepts.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Something doesn't make sense

Something's been bothering me since I saw it on Meet The Press:

But my experience is very different from Louisiana, apparently. I don't know anything about Louisiana. Over here, we had the Coast Guard in Monday [August 29, 2005] night. They took 1,700 people off the roofs of houses with guys hanging off of helicopters to get them. They sent us a million meals last night because we'd eaten everything through. Everything hasn't been perfect here, by any stretch of the imagination, Tim. But the federal government has been good partners to us. They've tried hard. Our people have tried hard. Firemen and policemen and emergency medical people, National Guard, highway patrolmen working virtually around the clock, sleeping in their cars when they could sleep. And we've made progress every day. GOV. HALEY BARBOUR Meet The Press Sept. 4, 2005

How is it he got Federal help so fast? And LA didn't?

Hell just froze over...

Bush: 'I take responsibility' for U.S. failures
Rice: Disaster shows 'ugly way' race, poverty collide


Race... does it really matter?

In my previous post I linked to an article on CNN that included a video of bush talking about how extraordinary he is, well self-modesty aside, the article actually talked about how race has become a dividing mark on how the response to hurricane Katrina was viewed.

Based on a poll they did, interviewing 100 people (ok how 1000 people is supposed to reflect how the citizens of the United States feels is beyond me), 848 white, 262 black they found that:

Was Race a factor in the slow response?
Yes: 12%
No: 86%
No Opinion: 2%

Yes: 60%
No: 37%
No Opinion: 3%

Who is to blame?
Mayor Naggin: 29%
Residents: 27%
Bush: 15%
No one: 24%
Other: 2%
No Opinon: 3%

Mayor Naggin: 20%
Residents: 11%
Bush: 37%
No one: 27%
Other: 1%
No Opinon: 4%

Polling white people I know, bush is less to blame then local and state governments. This isn't surprising, one conservative told me it was "dishonest" to blame bush for what happened. Granted this was back when people were unaware that governor blanco had declared a state of emergency on the 26th, or extraordinary for a president to sign such declarations ahead of time.

But it doesn't really matter what white conservatives think, actually what white conservatives think is part of the problem. The fact that whites are still so clueless as to how the racial divide is in this country just perpetuates the problem. The republican party has been working hard to repair relations with black voters, well the pathetic response to the hurricane has pretty much destroyed any progress they had made, and pretty much shown how clueless they truly are.

It does help to open your mind to things outside your world, or to know people who aren't like you, to experience things outside what you know. Having been hassled by cops for no reason other then wrong place, wrong look, I can tell you its not fun. Now multiply that by 365 days out of the year, because as my friends like to tell me, they never stop being black.

Monday, September 12, 2005

I honestly can't believe this...

Reaction to Katrina split on racial lines

There is a video on the page I recommend you watch... if you can stomach it. bush is talking to reporters standing next to Ray Nagin touring New Orleans. In the interview he goes over the series of events that took place, and he actually pats himself on the back for anticipating the ahead of time:

"I pre-signed emergency declarations in anticipation of the big storm. Which by the way, extraordinary, most emergencies the president signs after the storm has hit. Its a rare occasion for the president to anticipate the severity of the storm and sign the documentation prior to the storm hitting. We anticipated a serious storm coming."

And yet he didn't anticipate the levies breaking.

Ray Nagin, at the moment bush is patting himself on the back, looks like he wants to fuck that cracker up. His head turned so quickly I thought he might break his neck.

The follow up question should have been:

"mister president, if it is extraordinary that you anticipated the storm to be serious, why was the federal response so lacking?"

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Worn out from talking...

I've been debating conservatives lately, well actually not debating, its more like talking to a child who is positive they are right. I don't mean to be disrespectful but really, anyone who can look at what happened during the hurricane and still find no fault with this lacking administration is crazy.

Although someone pointed out to me, it was foolish of us to expect anything more out of bush, he's pretty much proven he is not the leader we all hoped he really was. I wouldn't be as upset if so many people hadn't died.

So on August 26th the governor of Louisiana declares a state of emergency, on August 27th bush confirms this. So there is now a state of emergency declared in the united states, what does bush do? Goes golfing.

In fact from what I was reading most of the white house was out of town during a declared state of emergency, shouldn't someone be watching the store?

So now lines are being drawn in the sand, people are choosing sides, and there is plenty of blame to go round.

But the simple fact is this... we're not safe. Not only is this government totally unprepared for a terrorist attack (which they constantly remind us of) they made us appear weak in the eyes of the rest of the world and more importantly the eyes of our enemies.

What I don't get, is that all these gun totting john wayne types should be furious with bush for making us look weak.

Is anyone REALLY surprised by this?

Firms with White House ties get Katrina contracts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast.

This is probably the most openly corrupt government we've ever had, I think because they are so blatant about it, nobody believes it.