Note From a Madman

Monday, September 26, 2005

Bush, Preparedness, and a Fly-By

The president "wants to go and be able to see some of the preparations that are under way"
-White House Press Secretary, Scott McClellan, in response to a question asking if "G"lobal "W"arming Bush's trip to Pre-Rita Texas was anything more than a photo-op.

I sometimes wonder just who thinks of these questions from the mainstream media. Did these "journalists" really think that McClellan, the front-man for the Rove Propaganda Machine was going to pop up and say, "Yep... it's just a photo-op."

It appears that President Bush was going down to Texas before the Hurricane (this time) to thank the police, firemen, medical and other emergency responders for their courage prior to the storm's arrival.

I wonder if Bush brought his bull-horn, or did he just bring the same old bull.

"He is the president, and as he indicated to you all, it is his responsibility when it comes to the federal government's role in these hurricanes,"

Ah... the qualified "I take full responsibility" statement of a couple of weeks ago. Let's look at that one again, shall we?

"To the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility,"
-President Bush

Jut a reminder, Mr. McClellan. That's "partial" responsibility.

Bush and his traveling companions decided not to go to East Texas as they had planned. They said that they didn't want to be a distraction to the effort. Instead they flew to the Northern Command in Colorado springs, where, I assume, they weren't a "distraction at all.

Do you all remember when Bush showed up at Ground Zero, New York City, just after September 11, 2001? When President Bush was standing on a pile of rubble with that famous bull-horn, stopping the firemen, policemen, and other emergency personnel from their rescue and recover efforts, I wonder if anyone thought about his being a "distraction" then.

FEMA, too, was going to be prepared this time. They placed 14 search and rescue teams in Texas to get ready for Rita. In case you were curious, they had seven teams in preparation for Katrina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had 45 truckloads of water, 45 of ice and 25 of meals assembled at federal centers in Texas. The Transportation department had 650 busses ready in Texas and Louisiana, in addition to as many as 25 flights from Houston, ready for evacuees.

25 flights. That's 25 more than they had ready for New Orleans last month.

Maybe it's just a "Texas thing."

With all of this advanced preparation time, and the promise by President Bush that we will do better, the evacuation of Houston was a mess. The feds point to the fact that "only" one person died as a result of Hurricane Rita, but they fail to report as "victims" those who died as a result of a mis-managed exodus from East Texas. We can talk about the 28 elderly people shoved on a bus with their oxygen tanks, only to die as the Bush crashed and blew up, but we shouldn't forget about those elderly and infirmed that perished due to dehydration and other traffic accidents on Highway 45 out of Houston.

Preparedness means being prepared for the evacuation as well, Mr. President. Just how do you plan on getting New York City dwellers, many without a car, out of a city surrounded by water in case of another terrorist attack on the Big Apple?

They're mostly Democrats anyway. Besides, by them they'll have a Democratic Governor (Elliot Spitzer?) to blame. They probably hope that Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) switches parties.

-Noah Greenberg

"Warning President Bush...WARNING!"

Kind of sounds like Robbie the Robot from "Lost in Space. doesn't it?

The "warning" actually came from high up in the Saudi Royal Family, the Bushies' best friends and kissing cousins.

"There is no dynamic now pulling the nation together. All the dynamics are pulling the country apart."
-Prince Saud al-Faisal

The prince is so concerned that he will carry his message "to everyone who will listen" in the Bush administration.

Al-Faisal was referring to the mess that is now Iraq. He suggested that the Saudi's neighbor to the north might drag the entire region into war.

Well then, what do thy need US for? Oh yeah... to steal the oil!

"Today, our commanders made it clear. As Iraqis prepare to vote on their constitution in October and elect a permanent government in December, we must be prepared for more violence."
-President Bush

What's this "WE" Kemosabe... I don't see you fighting... anywhere.

"To leave Iraq now would be to repeat the costly mistakes of the past that led to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,"

Ah... Another attempt to link 9/11 to Iraq. Well you can't blame them for trying. If Iraqis terrorists end up perpetrating a terrorists attack on US soil, the blood is on your hands, Mr. President. You already have the blood of over 1900 American souls staining your soul as I write this, Georgie-Boy.

The "Prince" blamed several American decisions on the disintegration of Iraq. I blame them on the decisions of the Bush administration. Never has a president had the power to use his office the way this president has. A friendly House and Senate, along with a willing Supreme Court. And he blew it.

Unless, of course, that was the plan all along.

"The United States values and respects his view, and we all share a common concern for the future and stability of Iraq."
-A Senior Bush administration official, who declined to be identified, as is the Bush administration policy

That's some policy. Anyone in the White House can say anything they what without fear of being called on the carpet. hey... the press isn't a court of law and the mainstream media aren't lawyers. When our elected and publicly paid employees say something, we have the right to know!

The main worry of all the neighbors" was that the potential disintegration of Iraq into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish states would "bring other countries in the region into the conflict."

Let's say what Prince Al is REALLY afraid of: an uprising of the people of Saudi Arabia against an oppressive Royal Family that allows few rights to women and has no regard for civil rights whatsoever.

"This is a very dangerous situation, a very threatening situation."

Especially for you, Prince Al.

But let's face facts, the last thing we need in the middle east is a war that knows no boundaries.

Halliburton and friends better hurry up and finish stealing all that oil before it's too late.

-Noah Greenberg

More on the March

I also went (alone) to the DC protest as a first time marcher because I could not stay away. It was inspiring and touching to see parents there with their teenage children, all ages, all races, many perspectives melding into one huge, and all embracing anti-war message. I met people who flew in from San Diego, Florida, Maryland, Texas, on and on, state after state from this wonderful United States of ours. Even met some delightful people from my own neighborhood and when asking a policeman for directions found out he used to live a block from me. There were lots of magical moments to remember.

As we walked in front of the White House a simple, loud chant broke out from behind as if from the belly of the march -- “shame, shame, shame…”. That is a moment I will always remember looking at the White House directly in front of us and feeling that Bush has shamed it beyond what any other president ever has.

There were police stationed every 10 feet and you could see some of them smile or smirk – I wasn’t sure which. So I tried to put myself in their place and imagine what it looked like to them, this massive group of ours that easily reached 150,000, or 250,000 or more. And then I figured they must have looked at this diverse group and seen their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, neighbors, etc. in the ordinary faces of those passing by. Unless their hearts were calloused and hardened they could not miss that we were just like them and their families.

I found it particularly heart wrenching to see the crosses and boots for those who have died in Iraq and the mothers and relatives of those who died. There was a mother and her friend there whose son had died and they both had big pictures of him around their necks. I wanted to speak with her, but could feel a huge wail of out-of-control pain in my gut and felt it unfair to offer her that. My brother had just died the week before and I relate to her extreme loss and heartache.

It was great to hear George Galloway and I was thrilled they were selling his book. He spoke clearly and forcefully as he has since the first moment he has entered our media. Overall, it was a peaceful march by conscientious and patriotic citizens.

The media seemed asleep, but what else is new? To somehow make it sound like a 250,000+ protest is similar to a minor pro-war protest of 400 or less is deceptive to say the least. As a market researcher, if I portrayed the opinions of a vast majority to be equal in importance as the opinions of a very few, my clients would fire me at best and sue me and ruin my reputation at worst. There is a strange psychological spin going on in the media where they seem to feel obligated to always give equal voice whenever there is an event that reflects poorly on the president. Are they afraid of loosing their access to the White House since we know how vengeful the White House gang can be?

Following this tangent for a second, with Cindy Sheehan in Crawford they gave her coverage, but seemed overjoyed when the pro-war people arrived and covered them as if they had the same numbers, energy, and support. One day there was a lonely, local pro-war person at their tent and the press made it sound like there was a vigil of many. At some point the cameraperson panned out to show no one else was anywhere around to reveal the words of the reporter to be false. And they would report the big pro-war caravan going across the country only to find out it was fewer than a dozen people. But, let me not get to far astray…

The anti-war protest was a wonderful expression that we need an exit strategy now to begin now and everyone should be brought home ASAP. One sign said it all “Bush’s rapture exit strategy is not good enough.”

-Casey Sweet

From Where I Marched

Saturday's antiwar march in Washington, D.C. was awesome. The enthusiasm of the crowd was contagious. There was between 300,000 and 500,000 people. It took around four hours to complete the march.

There were people banging drums and chanting:
Bush Must Go (my favorite!)
Peace Now
Troops Home Now

Bush Lied, Thousands Died
This Is What Democracy Looks Like

There were clever signs, masks and outfits. One lady brought along the "pink slip" - literally! I wish I could have delivered the real one to the Prez.

The Billionaires For Bush, a street theater company, were present. They recited the creed of the GOP:

"Leave No Billionaire Behind Give Greed A Chance"

People came to protest war and injustice that erodes our society and robs us of human necessities. They came thirsting for economic justice, health care for all, tolerance, equality and most of all peace.

Yes, there were counter-protesters - all 6 of them on Saturday. They call themselves "Freepers" - denizens of hate monger blogs such as the "Free Republic" and "Drudge Report".

Meanwhile, the Prez hid out in Texas and Colorado. Using a cowboy-ism, he can run but he can't hide from the American people. We'll be back if need be.

-Robert Scardapane

Even More on the March

We were at the march in DC too. (Kelly, Michael and our 15 year-old, Abby) -- what an incredible, exciting, moving, mind-blowing exhilarating day...

-Kelly Taylor


In response to "What did you do on September 24, 2005?" Pat Thompson writes:

Sorry to say, I watched my friends speak and march on C-Span live. I heard that Amtrak trains going south to DC had been suspended from service. I listened to everyone from Ralph Nader to Jesse Jackson speak. I heard Cindy Sheehan and other mothers speak -- one of whom had a son serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. I wish I had started my effort to go earlier -- all the buses were filled, and I contacted every group in NJ and eastern PA. Some of the best memories I have of my youth involve big, wonderful, beautiful anti-Vietnam war rallies and peace marches in DC. Wonderful and beautiful because people were finally waking up to the fact that this was an illegal and immoral war -- 58,000 died, plus God only knows how many Vietnamese. I hope that this monstrous war does not continue until a number like that is reached. I am glad that a half million people showed up -- but alas, the press won't report the truth -- and Bush had to leave town.

Pat has nothing to be ashamed of. I don't know any one person who works harder for a good cause than she does. Fortunately, I know many who do work just as hard. -NG

Media Madman
March? What March?

The MSM (main stream media) actually had the nerve to interview so-called "counter protesters" but didn't carry one interview with a protester. Yet another disgraceful distortion of the news.

-Robert Scardapane

Today's' Bush Quote
What's He Trying to Say?

The poverty brought to light by Hurricane Katrina "has roots in a history of racial discrimination, which cut off generations from the opportunity of America; we have a duty to confront this poverty with bold action."
-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush

That's sounds eerily like "It is time to adopt strategies for action that will produce quick and visible progress,"
-The Kerner Commission, which investigated riots in Detroit, Newark and much of the inner cities of America in the 1960's

Did President Bush just call Hurricane Katrina a "racist"?

-Noah Greenberg

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-Noah Greenberg