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When the president shows up in New Orleans a year later, hugging Mayor Nagin, who publically cried and demanded that the federal government “get their asses down here” to help, don’t believe it. When some rich guy drives a fake FEMA truck to D.C. saying that he “wants Bush to be president four more years” (can you say Shill?) don’t think that the President cares. Because he doesn’t.

You need look no farther than the fact that it took SEVERAL DAYS for him to even respond to the devestation. And then he FLEW OVER IT.

It is pitiful. I am still so pissed about this. I will be mad about it forever. Bush is despicable.

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I’ve been feeling foggy lately. I don’t know what is wrong with me. I just have not motivation at all. I feel bored. Boring. I want to create. I want to be an artist. I want to write poetry! but I can’t sit down and do anything! I feel blocked. I can’t even bring myself to blog. ugh.

I’ve now lived here in Spokane for a year. And it’s almost been a year since Hurricane Katrina. I feel like it’s been that long since I’ve wanted to blog about political things. I just don’t have it in me. I think my anger over Bush’s response to the victims of New Orleans has silenced me. I don’t know what the hell to say anymore. I feel silenced. I have lost words. It just seems unreal to me that we still have this man as our president after all he has done to ruin our country. What more is there to say about that? you know?

I haven’t been able to breathe since our hike yesterday. I think there are fires or something because the air quality here is shitty. And going up to the “fresh mountain air” of Mount Spokane didn’t help. In fact, I think it made it worse. I just felt awful hiking around. And my lungs still burn.

it’s been too long

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Bush sends 7,000 troops for Katrina relief – Yahoo! News

acknowledging the initial federal relief effort for Hurricane Katrina was unacceptable, said on Saturday he will send 7,000 additional troops to storm-ravaged region.

No shit! It took him five days to tour the site! Five days! Five days to get his ass in gear and get food and water and help to these people. In the meantime, people are dead and dying.

This is what is most appalling to me. His lack of response and lack of leadership. It’s sickening! Utterly sickening! Five days is too late! He should have been there and doing these things the day the hurricane hit New Orleans. This is unacceptable!

And then to find out that he has been steadily cutting funding that would go to prevent this disaster in the event of a hurricane. Unbelievable.

I was listening to Air America just now and just got incensed after listening to a republican call in. He stated that the hurricane is being blamed on Bush and that the show’s hosts were not respecting the office of the presidency.

Hey, you neocon numbskulls, nobody is blaming the hurricane on the president. Clean out your ears. The hurricane is one thing. And, yes, it was bad and people died. Of course we can’t blame Katrina itself on the President (duh!). It is his lack of response that is appalling. And if you idiots can’t see that, you are in bad shape.

And then I’v heard that some of these fox news pundits are blaming the vicitms. Blaming the victims! They should have gotten out of there faster. They should have evacuated when they had the chance. God. Of all the soulless things to say. Do they not realize that some of these people tried to get out but the traffic was too much? so they went to the Superdome which they were instructed to do. Some of them are poor and don’t even have cars. So for them to blame them for not getting out fast enough is sick and soulless.

There is one more thing I want to rant about. I heard somebody on the radio make the point that he doesn’t like the idea of the executive vacation. I have to agree. If you are voted in as president, you don’t get to have a vacation. Your in that job for four years, 8 years at the most, you can suspend your vacations while you are president. Your job is to lead, and you can’t lead while you are on vacation. Apparently.

That is all I have to say for today. Or at least right now.

This is a good editorial

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A Can’t-Do Government – New York Times

Before 9/11 the Federal Emergency Management Agency listed the three most likely catastrophic disasters facing America: 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.

These are the questions I have been asking myself: “First question:Why have aide and security taken so long to arrive?” and “Why wasn’t more preventative action taken?”

I am concerned that there wasn’t immediate federal response to this tradgedy. Very concerned. It feels as if we have no leadership right now. It seems as if the Bush administration just doesn’t care. I know he’s been giving interviews on morning “news” programs and doing photo ops where he is “looking at the devestation” and even giving speeches. But it doesn’t seem sincere to me at all. If it was sincere, there would be more help. It’s like it’s all half-assed help or something.

Secondly, as I read more and more, it appears that the Federal Government knew that New Orleans was in store for a disaster of epic porportions if they didn’t get some help to prevent it. They knew this could happen yet nothing has been done, obviously (hence the disaster). Why? I agree, there needs to be some accountability.

I woke up last night at around 2AM and couldn’t get back to sleep. I had images seared into my head of dead bodies floating in water, of somebody’s mother and grandmother dead in a wheelchair, nobody able to do anything. And what can I do? I know, give money. And I have. But this is big. This requires much more than me giving money. And it seems as if nothing is being done. It’s frustrating.

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Bodies, gunfire and chaos in New Orleans’ streets – Yahoo! News

Rotting bodies littered the flooded streets of New Orleans on Thursday and escalating violence threatened all-out anarchy as thousands of survivors of Hurricane Katrina pleaded to be evacuated, or even just fed.

The historic jazz city has fallen prey to armed looters since Katrina tore through and it now more closely resembles Haiti or another Third World trouble spot in a refugee crisis than one of America’s most popular vacation centers.

I’m so saddened by this. I can’t believe how bad things have gotten down there. Why is nothing being done to help these poor people!?! where are the rescue crews? WTF?!?

I read an article today about how they can’t find Fats Domino. But am relieved to find out that they rescued him and he is okay.

God help the people of New Orleans.