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Heartless, Incompetent, Criminal Slime

The result of the Republican reorganization of government: U.S. not ready for disasters.

Most American cities and states remain unprepared for catastrophes, a government analysis concludes, calling the shortcomings in emergency planning a cause “for significant national concern.”

Their contractors rip the country off: Documents Expose Sept. 11 Fraud.

The lead investigators for the FBI and the Federal Emergency Management Agency told AP that the plan to prosecute KEI for those thefts stopped as soon as it became clear in late summer 2002 that an FBI agent in Minnesota had stolen a crystal globe from ground zero.

That prompted a broader review that ultimately found 16 government employees, including a top FBI executive and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, had such artifacts from New York or the Pentagon.

They are looters and should be shot.

They don’t care if someone dies in service, dead soldiers are just “numbers”:

Question: Tony, American deaths in Iraq have reached 2,500. Is there any response or reaction from the President on that?

MR. SNOW: It’s a number, and every time there’s one of these 500 benchmarks people want something…

That’s right, Mr. Snow, they want to know when it’s going to end.

Apparently supporting the troops doesn’t include money for Fort Sam Houston to pay its utility bills.

The Republicans in Congress hold meaningless press events on our dime at the Capitol to pretend they care. Stupid worthless votes are taken to provide campaign ad footage with public funds.

A plague on both the Houses!


1 andante { 06.16.06 at 10:52 pm }

Here, here. Will anyone up there ever have the good sense to just walk out?

2 Bryan { 06.16.06 at 11:20 pm }

The Democrats need to start boycotting these events, or to limit their votes to “present”, rather than participating in the kabuki that Congress has become.

3 Steve Bates { 06.17.06 at 1:38 am }

I remember reading that Bush is very proud of the fact that he possesses Saddam’s pistol, taken when the latter was captured. Collecting souvenirs of a war they didn’t personally fight, and artifacts of events on 9/11 they didn’t personally suffer… there’s a sickness in their behavior. And, as you say, a criminality.

And still it goes on, damn it…

4 Bryan { 06.17.06 at 1:49 am }

They are voyeurs, attempting to become “heroes by proxy”. They gave orders, so they deserve the glory of the bravery of others. It makes no difference that the people who were brave never heard the orders, nor were concerned with carrying them out.

If you have been there and seen it, you don’t want souvenirs, you don’t want to remember.

5 Karen { 06.17.06 at 3:51 am }

Yep, these folks are as callously cynical while thumping their chests ove how MUCH they care. The News Hour had another 20 deaths with the photos! Bleh!

6 andante { 06.17.06 at 9:40 am }

It’s quite true….everything changed after 9/11…for the worst.

7 Bryan { 06.17.06 at 4:12 pm }

If these people want to prove their bravery, let them try to live working 60 a week on two minimum wage jobs. I think the majority of them deserve that opportunity and people should oblige them in November.

8 The CultureGhost { 06.18.06 at 1:35 am }

See why I’m in a foul mood?

Actually I felt quite self-congratulatory when I heard the report about the lack of preparations on the part of city and state agencies. I knew this would be the case and after Katrina I built up a very solid disaster prep kit and plan. I can even provide assistance to one or two neighbors if the need arose.

As to the rest of it, the state of this country along with this sudden summer weather has made for a very unpleasant disposition on the part of The CultureGhost.

9 Bryan { 06.18.06 at 3:08 pm }

CG, you and I have two layers of this crap. I have the Bush brothers, and you have the Shrubbery and the Terminator. I think we both know we are on our own if there’s a problem.

My Mother grew up in the Depression, so she has always had more food than was necessary, and even after the recent letter carriers food drive, her stock doesn’t get low. I think the fact that she tasted an MRE at an open house convinced her that she never wanted to be forced to eat them.

Now the North Koreans are going to test a missile that might be capable of reaching the West Coast because no one will take them seriously.

Less than three years and counting.

10 Steve Bates { 06.18.06 at 8:43 pm }

I’ve heard more intellectually inclined soldiers refer to MREs as “Meals Reluctantly Eaten.” Parents who, like yours and mine, grew up in the great Depression seem very determined that neither they nor their children shall suffer that kind of hunger again. I can’t blame them.

I suppose the only worse place to be in that era was Germany. A formerly German colleague of mine, a professional musician, tells the story of his mother teaching him as a child to steal food from the market when necessary, and of her trading a cake she baked to a neighbor to obtain his first musical instrument (a recorder). They managed to get out in time before W.W. II, and came to the U.S.: he took U.S. citizenship, joined the Army and became a radar technician. Many years later, I worked with him as a performer and an associate professor of music at the same university at which I taught as a lecturer on the adjunct faculty. I suspect he was grateful for every MRE (or its W.W. II equivalent) that he ever ate.

What is it with the Bushies ignoring intelligence about genuinely dangerous threats from abroad? We’ve lost parts of NYC and the Pentagon because they plugged their ears (why? to be as different from Clinton as possible, to ignore every bit of intelligence left to them from the previous administration?); are we also going to lose a couple of West Coast cities to similar “la-la-la-la-I-can’t-hear-you” behavior by the neocons?

11 Bryan { 06.18.06 at 10:57 pm }

No doubt they think the missile defense they wished into existence will protect the West Coast.

You can’t ignore countries you don’t like, especially when they probably have nuclear weapons and the ability to deliver them. These people don’t understand that the rest of the world is not subject to US whims.

The Chinese are probably having a heart attack over this, because they have to believe there will be a very nasty reaction if North Korea tests a long range missile. The Japanese can’t ignore it and the current prime minister literally worships at the shrine of the World War II militarists.