Dangerous Incompetence

By Cindy Sheehan

George Bush has been an incompetent failure his entire life. Fortunately, for humanity, he was just partying his way through school, running companies into the ground and being an alcoholic and cocaine abuser for most of that time and his incompetence was limited to hurting the people who worked for him and his own family. The people in his life who were hurt by his incompetence probably have been able to "get on" with their lives. Now, though, his incompetence affects the world and is responsible for so many deaths and so much destruction. How many of us did not foresee the mess he would make of the world when he was selected the first time? We saw what he had done to Texas. How many of us marvelled and were so discouraged and amazed when he was "re-elected" the second time? We saw what he had done to the world. Dangerous incomptence should never be rewarded, let alone be rewarded so handsomely as in George's case.

The Man Without a Plan


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National Guard Delay Likely to Be Examined

National Guard Delay Likely to Be Examined
Saturday September 3, 2005 7:46 AM
By SHARON THEIMER
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Several states ready and willing to send National Guard troops to the rescue in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans didn't get the go-ahead until days after the storm struck - a delay nearly certain to be investigated by Congress.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco help from his state's National Guard on Sunday, the day before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Blanco accepted, but paperwork needed to get the troops en route didn't come from Washington until late Thursday.

PRESIDENT APOCALYPSE

3 September 2005
PRESIDENT APOCALYPSE
By Ryan Parry In New Orleans And Chris Hughes In London
PRESIDENT Bush finally made it to the US flood zone yesterday, amid fury at his administration's failure to give prompt help to New Orleans.

As a Louisiana senator awarded a "grade F" to the response to the crisis and warned of more than 10,000 dead, large-scale aid was at last beginning to arrive in the swamped and lawless city.

Mr Bush, leader of the richest nation on earth and floundering in the face of a Third World-style disaster, conceded five days on that the rescue effort was "not acceptable".

Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Why Iraq Scares Republicans

Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Why Iraq Scares Republicans
Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Wed Aug 31,12:29 PM ET

Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum normally is one of the biggest and loudest cheerleaders of Bush’s policies. But that’s not the case with Iraq. Santorum, and a slew of other key Republicans, are up for reelection in 2006.

They’re plainly worried about the war. They worry not so much about Bush’s bumbles. Not one of them has called for a quick withdrawal from Iraq. But how his war bumbles could damage Republicans in the 2006 national and 2008 presidential elections. A no-win, unpopular war always spells trouble for the party in power. The Korean War spelled trouble for President Harry Truman and the Democrats in 1952, and for President Lyndon Johnson and the Democrats again in 1968.

Air Force to Send 300 Airmen to Gulf Coast

Air Force to Send 300 Airmen to Gulf Coast
By JIM KRANE, Associated Press Writer
51 minutes ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The U.S. Air Force will send 300 airmen home from Iraq and Afghanistan to help their families cope with emergencies on an air base devastated by Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Miss., a spokesman said Saturday.

The airmen, all based at Keesler Air Force Base, will begin flying home over the next two weeks, said Air Force Capt. David Small, spokesman for U.S. Central Command Air Forces in Qatar.

The group includes airmen who were scheduled to rotate home in September and others whose deployments will be cut short.

Food Drops in Aphganistan but not in New Orleans. Where are the planes?

Putting food on a family is not rocket science.

LINK TO ORIGINAL INCLUDES PHOTOS AND GRAPHICS

Putting food on a family is not rocket science.

I've seen the satellite photos, and I do grasp the magnitude of this disaster. I know that roads must be cleared before quantities of aid can be brought in.

But get this- food and water don't just have to come in on trucks.

Our collective anguish and heartbreak at seeing our fellow citizens starve and dehydrate for days might have been eased in some small way if we could have seen you demand just one thing be done right away. You've done it before,
remember?

I do. You said -

"At the same time, the oppressed people of Afghanistan will know the generosity of America and our allies. As we strike military targets, we will also drop food, medicine and supplies to to the starving and suffering men and women and children of Afghanistan."

Remember?

Wow, 37500 packs of food! Thats a lot.
If I had a plane, thats what I would do.
If I had an Air Force, maybe I would send more.

Halliburton-- the company who lost taxpayers money in Iraq while making a huge personal profit-- gets contract in New Orleans

Sept. 1, 2005, 8:30PM

CONSTRUCTION
Halliburton hired for storm cleanup
The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Halliburton subsidiary KBR will also perform damage assessments at other naval installations in New Orleans as soon as it is safe to do so.

KBR was assigned the work under a "construction capabilities" contract awarded in 2004 after a competitive bidding process. The company is not involved in the Army Corps of Engineers' effort to repair New Orleans' levees.
LINK TO ORIGINAL

Arianna Huffington: Are People Dying Over Here Because We're Fighting Them Over There?

Arianna Huffington: Are People Dying Over Here Because We're Fighting Them Over There?
Arianna Huffington
Fri Sep 2, 1:22 AM ET

Is the aftermath of Katrina part of the price we are paying for Iraq?

To the growing list of collateral damage caused by the Iraq war and Bush's stunningly inept leadership, we can now add the city of New Orleans. It's no surprise that RNC chairman Ken Mehlman doesn't want "politics" injected into the national discussion about Katrina. Or that Scottie McClellan would echo that "this is not a time for politics." Of course not, when President Bush's politics and policies have made this disastrous situation so much worse than it otherwise would have been.

Gallup Refuses To Run Poll Asking Americans If Bush Should Be Impeached

uruknet.info
Greg Szymanski

Gallup Refuses To Run Poll Asking Americans If Bush Should Be Impeached
Independent democrats say Gallup's response is dishonest and the company is using a double standard when considering the nationwide poll run during the Clinton presidency.

September 2, 2005

Behind the scenes, independent Democrats who are not “bought and paid off

SPARKING A PRAIRIE FIRE: CINDY SHEEHAN AT CITY HALL

Austin Chronicle
Sparking a Prairie Fire: Cindy Sheehan at City Hall
BY WELLS DUNBAR

The scene Wednesday evening outside the gates of the Capitol seemed almost like the preview to an outdoor concert, as the sweltering crowd awaited the arrival of the star performer. At about 5:30, two buses pulled up a converted navy-blue school bus, and a Ford E-450 Super Duty truck hauling a Winnebago christened The D.C. Express. Working her way down off the bus and through the crowd to a microphone was none other than Cindy Sheehan, the Gold Star mother who has spent the last month waiting outside President Bushs ranch at Crawford, waiting for an answer to one question: Why did her son Casey have to die in Iraq?

Bush disrespects the troops

By Carla Binion
Online Journal Associate Editor

September 2, 2005—"You fasten the trigger for others to fire. Then you sit back and watch when the death count gets higher. You hide in your mansion as young peoples' blood flows out of their bodies and into the mud." This line from Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" perfectly describes George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and other neoconservative ideologues as they continue to use poor and middle class American soldiers as disposable pawns in their chess game of reshaping the Middle East.

The wealthy often send other people's children to die in wars of questionable ethical or practical value. They might cry crocodile tears for fallen soldiers or say they "honor" them, but their gestures are transparent recruiting gimmicks if they keep misusing soldiers as cannon fodder for unjust purposes.

National Guard Delay Likely to Be Examined

National Guard Delay (no approval by WH til Thurs!) Likely to Be Examined
LINK TO ORIGINAL

WASHINGTON - Several states ready and willing to send National Guard troops to the rescue in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans didn't get the go-ahead until days after the storm struck — a delay nearly certain to be investigated by Congress.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco help from his state's National Guard on Sunday, the day before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Blanco accepted, but paperwork needed to get the troops en route didn't come from Washington until late Thursday.

Government makes excuses instead of doing its job to protect

By PAUL KRUGMAN
SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

Before 9/11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency listed the three most likely catastrophic disasters facing the United States: a terrorist attack on New York, a major earthquake in San Francisco and a hurricane strike on New Orleans.

"The New Orleans hurricane scenario," The Houston Chronicle wrote in December 2001, "may be the deadliest of all." It described a potential catastrophe very much like the one now happening.

So why were New Orleans and the nation so unprepared? After 9/11, hard questions were deferred in the name of national unity, then buried under a thick coat of whitewash. This time, we need accountability.

Help Victims in Houston; Bush Isn't.

Just got back from the dome and I was overwhelmed by the huge numbers of folks they have put in there. The media was complaining that its not the 23,000 promised but in actuality there is probably close to 100,000 here throughout the Houston metroplex.It made me think of a modern day Hoovervile, by the sadness and magnitude of the trauma but the living conditions here seemed wonderful. I spent only an hour or so in the dome where around 17,000 people are living(its virtually a small US city) and was told they had just opened up the Astro Arena and that 3,500 new folks had been set up there. It felt more personal to be connecting with a mere 3500 folks. A pittance of people where I felt more comfortable. There are huge trucks rolling in with food, baby supplies and clothing and every conceivable medical supply. There are plenty of sick people but I didn't sense the horible coughing and general sickness I expected to see.

Yes, New Orleans Is Worth It

Published on 9/3/2005
This editorial was published Sept. 2 in The Times-Picayune:

Even as people from New Orleans desperately search for their family members and rescue workers patrol the region in boats, hack through roofs and try to pluck survivors out, some people in other parts of the country have begun to blame us, the victims. Our crime? Choosing to live in New Orleans.

Especially heartless were U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and the writers of an editorial that appeared Wednesday in the Republican American, a newspaper in Waterbury, Conn., Mr. Hastert was quoted by the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., saying it makes no sense to rebuild New Orleans where it is. “It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed,

'It reminds me of Baghdad in the worst of times'

Julian Borger in New Orleans
Saturday September 3, 2005
The Guardian (UK)

The sprawling convention centre in New Orleans was no doubt once a source of civic pride, but yesterday the concrete and glass edifice was a symbol of national shame, giving out a stench that could be smelt two blocks away.
A dense mass of people - perhaps 20,000, almost all of them black - packed the cavernous building and filled the surrounding pavement, sitting amid debris left by Hurricane Katrina and the rubbish accumulated in four days of waiting for help.

A knot of police officers, mostly white, watched the throng warily from a small side road, armed with rifles and pump-action shotguns. More police watched from the Greater New Orleans Bridge high above.

Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?

Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?

September 3, 2005
By Daniel Patrick Welch

You know the year of 1900 - that was 60 years ago
when death come howling on the ocean
death calls, you gotta go

-Tom Rush, Wasn't it a Mighty Storm

"Galveston had a seawall, just to keep the waters down. But the high tide from the ocean spread the water over the town." The worst hurricane in US history saw almost 6000 people drowned in Galveston, Texas a little over a century ago, in a human tragedy immortalized by Tom Rush's mournful 1960 ballad. But it was an event not only remembered in folklore, but enshrined forever in the form of town and city charters across the country. It was, in its time, a wake up call for government, the very idea that mass organization might help in times of crisis. Government was not just there to grease the wheels of "progress" so that the Robber Barons could continue to pick everyone's pockets. Government might actually be able to help the people.

Delusions Under Siege

By Jason Miller
9/1/05
How does he sleep at night?

What is it that enables George Bush to sleep at night when his avarice and iniquity as a ruler exceed that of Marie Antoinette? Could it be that he slept through his history lectures about the French Revolution while he was at Yale? Perhaps his capacity to sleep soundly stems from having the most powerful military in the history of humanity at his disposal. Being a member of a dynasty dating back to the 1930's would also tend to endow one with a sense of serenity as one plundered a nation's resources, shredded the US Constitution, initiated illegal wars, bullied most of the world, slaughtered innocents in the name of "spreading freedom", starved the poor to feed the rich, and allowed tens of thousands to suffer or die in New Orleans simply because they are poor and black.

Camp Casey Covington

Camp Casey Covington

I know I sound like a loon, (NO COMMENTS PLEASE) but between Camp Casey II in Crawford, the hurricane, and the interference of the federal government your humble out of the frying pan into the fire activist has finally launched upon a solution.

Covington is just North of the Lake in New Orleans. It is a small community with a population of about 8,500 people that has been forgotten by the media hype and photo op moments by the Bush Administration.

I received this email about 2 hours ago.

My friends are renting a truck and filling it with the goods...I and my trusty companion Puppies for Peace President Lokken will be driving down in the morning.

Barbara Lee Blames War for Slow Response to Katrina

t r u t h o u t | Press Release

Friday 02 September 2005

Oakland, CA - In a statement issued Friday September 2nd, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) lambasted the Administration's slow response and lack of action to help the Gulf Coast communities destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

"The slow response to the needs of the people in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina is inexcusable. We had several days advance notice that the Hurricane was coming, but where was the preparedness? Why weren't the hospitals, schools, and seniors evacuated immediately? Is this is an example of the Administration's idea of homeland security? If so, we are in trouble.

Help Needed in New Camp Casey

http://crawfordpeace.nfshost.com/node/1794

Where did the food go? What about the Medical supplies? How about all the water that was never sucked up in the 109 degree heat of Camp Casey? It got loaded up by the team and members of the Veterans For Peace Chapter 116, Mendocino County, www.vfproadtrips.org and hauled out with Annie and Buddy Spell of the Louisiana Activist Network, Commanding the way to as close as Camp Casey could get to the catastrophe in Louisiana. Alberto signed on the tour in Austin and we we were joined by Alex and Ella of Minnesota who spent a lot of time at Camp Casey the past month.

Help New Orleans; Bush Won't Do It

Hurricane Katrina exposed an uncaring face of a government that does not believe in its basic role. Americans are expressing our shock and disgust with an Administration that failed to adequately mobilize to help the largely poor and minority communities of the Gulf Coast. We strongly protest this Administration's shortchanging of Homeland Security and disaster preparedness needs while lavishing tax breaks on a select few.

We write to ask your help for ACORN, a group that that needs your help now so that they can provide critical help to those in need and continue to hold public officials accountable. The ACORN national headquarters in New Orleans has succumbed to the flood waters and many ACORN family members throughout New Orleans have been displaced.

THE GULF WARS

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THE GULF WARS

Statement from United for Peace and Justice

Sept. 2, 2005

www.unitedforpeace.org

The effects of Katrina are tragic, causing death, the disruption of lives, and the loss of property on an unimaginable scale. Although Katrina was a natural catastrophe, its effects were largely avoidable and parallel another tragedy unfolding daily near another Gulf, 7000 miles away. Both disasters flow from the criminal behavior of the Bush administration and are closely related. Much can be said about how long-term policies -- from denying the existence of global warming to permitting greedy developers to destroy protective offshore islands and wetlands -- may have contributed to the severity of Katrina. But now there are more immediate concerns.

Big oil's bigtime looting

The Boston Globe
By Derrick Z. Jackson | September 2, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH yesterday told ABC-TV, ''there ought to be zero tolerance of people breaking the law during an emergency such as this, whether it be looting or price-gouging at the gasoline pump or taking advantage of charitable giving or insurance fraud."

Zero tolerance is meaningless when the White House lets the biggest looters of Hurricane Katrina walk off with billions of dollars.
We are not referring to the people you currently see in endless footage, crashing through storefronts and wading through chest-high water with clothes, food, and pharmaceuticals. Some folks are disgusting in their thuggishness, but a great many others are simply desperate, having now gone three days without food or water. The latter are living out one of the most famous hypothetical problems in moral reasoning -- should a husband steal a cancer drug he cannot afford for his dying wife?

911 IN NEW ORLEANS

By Paul Rogat Loeb

We're told the 911 attacks changed everything for America--that they ushered
us in to a new and more dangerous world, where we could no longer afford old
illusions. If we take its full lessons, the disaster of Hurricane Katrina
challenges us even more profoundly.

If the comparison seems overstated, the death tolls from Katrina may well
exceed the number of those lost at the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The
projected cost of rebuilding New Orleans and its surroundings is now
projected at $25 billion and may even approach the $40 billion paid out by
insurance companies worldwide related to the 911 attacks. And while New York

How Does Scotty McClellan Live with Himself?

Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour - Day 1 and 2
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

Since I was bone tired when I finally got to a bed, I didn't write my blog last night. This will probably be the last time I write for awhile, unless I think of something exciting to say. I am on my way home until the end of next week when I head back for the Bus Tour.

Yesterday, we left Camp Casey and it was very emotional for me. Like I said before, I never thought I would feel so badly about leaving Crawford, Texas behind. But I never counted on the Crawford, Texas experience turning into the Camp Casey experience. We actually walked around most of the time with stupid grins on our faces because being at Camp Casey was such a happy experience. However, we are carrying Camp Casey with us to the nation now.

Mystery Unfolds Over Hunt for WMD in Iraq

By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent
Fri Sep 2, 2:38 PM ET

Beneath the giant dome of a Baghdad palace, facing his team of scientists and engineers, George Tenet sounded more like a football coach than a spymaster, a coach who didn't know the game was over.

"Are we 85 percent done?" the CIA boss demanded. The arms hunters knew what he wanted to hear. "No!" they shouted back. "Let me hear it again!" They shouted again.

The weapons are out there, Tenet insisted. Go find them.

Veteran inspector Rod Barton couldn't believe his ears. "It was nonsense," the Australian biologist said of that February evening last year, when the then-chief of U.S. intelligence secretly flew to Baghdad and dropped in on the lakeside Perfume Palace, chandelier-hung home of the Iraq Survey Group.

WHY NOT MARCH ON WASHINGTON

~~~~~~~
Katrina Marches on Washington?
by FluxRostrum

A thought. Which would be backed up with my complete, in-person, suppport, if there is serious interest in making this thought a reality. I am not currently close enough to NO to start the ball myself.

Evidence of bureaucratic failures in the handling of Katrina are starting to piss a lot of people off.

The fact that hotels are not offering - even temporarily - free rooms to refugees... the gas gouging... the depiction of survival as "looting", blocking domestic & foriegn workers and aid from entering the city ...

All of these issues clearly illustrate the fact that "Profit Over People" is not right or acceptable, at least in this level humanity.

More on FEMA Funneling Money to Killer Pat

By PogBlog

Fema donation page has Operation Blessing two below Red Cross.LINK

USA Today has Op. Blessing right under Red Cross. LINK

The original alert I saw on Sploid. LINK is the follow-up.

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