Saturday, September 10, 2005

Third World America Courtesy of Compassionate Republicans

It appears that the Bush administration is busy showing the American publiic, not to mention the entire world, that America's citizens are no more important to them than those who have been subjegated or killed in Iraq. The proof is in the policy...

President Bush suspends part of the law protecting wages paid by federal contractors in rebuilding effort. CNN video, Katrina wage outrage

Bush signed an Executive Order for an OPEN ENDED waiver (entire Gulf Coast devastated region) of the laws that protect a worker from wage discrimination and exploitation. He has even included areas in Florida that did not suffer damage from Katrina. The same laws that protect workers are not being waived in leui of Federal contractors such as Halliburton, who have seen massive profits over the past few years. The Rebublican controlled government has given themselves NINE raises since the last raise in minimum wage for America...when gas cost less that 95 cents a gallon. Bush is effectively choking the less fortunate of America and bolstering the wealthy yet again. It is odd that this, along with several stories concerning the underhanded tricks going on seem to be disappearing off the internet very quickly. This is more important that hearing about Natalee Holloway after she walked off with three stangers...this is a natural disaster that qualifies as a NATIONAL DISASTER and Bush and his Republican controlled Congress are going to squeeze the life out of us if we allow them to.

I did not vote for him...


Hurricane Katrina wreaked havok on the Gulf Coast. Many were overshadowed by the devastation in New Orleans. For instance, it took eight days for FEMA to establish the FIRST aid station in Biloxi, Mississippi. On National television and internet clips, we all saw Bush pat Michael Brown of FEMA on the back and say "Brownie, you're doin a heck of a job" The question is...what was he doing a "heck of a job" concerning? He was not helping those afflicted in the manner they needed.

Bush sent Cheney to survey the damage and an ER doctor in Mississippi did many Americans a service by pilfering Cheney with his own stones, in other words, telling him EXACTLY what he told Senator Leahey last year......go f**k yourself. Of course, off camera Cheney's thugs cuffed and detained the man for a short time. I didn't see Cheney cuffed and detained for telling a U.S. Senator the same thing. What is interesting, though, is before Cheney toured the area people were calling for Brown to be fired but Bush left him in charge. After Cheney went to the Gulf area, Brown was subsequently replaced as head of hurricane relief operations.

Does anyone doubt who is in charge?

Although the effort was trumpeted in the media as an example of grassroots ingenuity in the face of disaster, local officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency have nixed an attempt by Houston activists to set up a low-power radio station at the Astrodome that would have broadcast Hurricane Katrina relief information for evacuees.
The project was unplugged even though it had key support. On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission quickly granted temporary licenses to broadcast inside the Astrodome and the adjacent Reliant Center. The station was also backed by the Houston Mayor’s office and Texas governor Rick Perry. But local officials said FEMA bureaucrats KO’d the station—dubbed KAMP “Dome City Radio”—because of “security concerns.”

“They wanted unlimited access to the buildings, which we could not give to anyone in the media,” said Gloria Roemer, a spokesperson for Harris County, which has jurisdiction over the Astrodome complex. Currently reporters are allowed in only on 15-minute guided tours.

According to Roemer, FEMA officials also believed they could not allocate “scarce” electricity, office space, and phone and Internet access to the volunteer station—even though activists say they offered to run the station on batteries and use their own cellphones.

Supporters of KAMP, which was set to launch at 95.3 FM, blame red tape and bureaucrats seeking to “manage the news.”
FEMA Nixes Grassroots Radio Station for Hurricane Evacuees

What is it they do not want reporters to find out or see in the Astrodome?

The Bush administration has also called for a ban on the press when it comes to recovery of the victims who perished, claiming that it is out of dignity and respect for the families. Is that so? Then ow do you explain the lack of dignity some victims have been afforded by the military leaving them lying on the streets and conducting business around them without even acknowledging that they were laying there? They have been afforded very little dignity in death up to this point..

CNN argued before a judge in Texas saying "It is not the place of government to replace its own internal judgment for that of a free and independent media."
Because of controversy about how FEMA and other agencies handled the disaster response, CNN lawyers argued, "it is even more vitally important for the public, Congress and the administration to have an independent view of the conduct of this important phase of the operation."
The "zero access" orders were withdrawn after the judge sided with CNN. U.S. won't ban media from New Orleans searches

Trying to block American citizens from knowing the truth about what is going on seems to be not so popular...or easy to get away with at home like it is in Iraq.

The federal government’s relief agency said Friday it will discontinue its program to distribute $2,000 debit cards to hurricane victims and use bank deposits instead, two days after hastily announcing the novel plan to provide quick relief.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it will scrap the program once officials finish distributing cards this weekend at shelters in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, where many of the evacuees were moved. No cards will be issued to victims in other states.
Hurricane victims at other locations will have to apply for expedited aid through the agency’s traditional route — filling out information on FEMA’s Web site to receive direct bank deposits, FEMA spokeswoman Natalie Rule said.
FEMA to stop giving out debit cards

I was guessing this would only happen in Houston...a boon for Tom Delay to add money to his district and surrounding areas...but the program is cancelled after only two days? For everybody else displaced...what bank? It already seemed a pittance considering the U.S. gave every family relocated from the Gaza Strip a good deal more than that to relocate...giving them more help than our own citizens and then refusing the aid that Israel offered us in the wake of Katrina.

I suppose you could say that many in the Republican party that claim to represent all of American can not walk the walk or as my friend says they can't cash the check they are writing (her words were obviously more dramatic). For instance...

Rep. Baker of Baton Rouge is overheard telling lobbyists: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."

Good job, Baker...you and your wealthy associates that have told The Wall Street Journal that they wanted to rid New Orleans of the "black and poor"...good example of compassionate conservative are you not? Let him know what you think of his remarks...Washington DC Office: Congressman Richard Baker, 341 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3901 - Fax: 202-225-7313. Baton Rouge Office: Congressman Richard Baker, 5555 Hilton Avenue, Suite 100, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 Phone: 225-929-7711 or toll-free (in LA only) 800-892-1253 - Fax: 225-929-7688]

Republican Tom Delay visited a shelter and likened it to camping out, asking some young hurricane survivors, "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"

Yes Sir, Tom...they lost everything they had other than their very life...they are having a blast!

Compassion does not live in the Halls of Congress or the Oval Office.

Pundits like Rush Limbaugh with his Fraudian slip when he referred to the Mayor aof New Orleans as "Nayger"

Pundit Mark Williams of California said.....they didn't have the necessary brains and common sense to get out of the way of a Cat 5 Hurricane and then when it hit them- stood on the side of the convention Center expiring while reporters were coming and going..(speaking of the black population that could not or did not evacuate). He also expounds his ideals of what race has to do with anything...The only role race plays in this is that the American black population has been the prototype for an entire race of people being, being turned into a group of dependents of the government--trapped there, I'm using that word very loosely are screaming we want help, we want help.. You can see the clip of the interview under the heading of Mark Williams sinks to a new Low.

Shining examples of America's self rightousness...and it begins at home...

By the way, George...this was not a terrorist attack and calling upon the atrocities of 9/11 will not bolster you...

so can the comparison

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13 Comments:

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo, way to keep the heat on the right asses, babe.
By the way, I thought you'd like to have this link to another place, in case you already don't, this chick thinks like you....
www.moxiegrrrl.com
Lots of vids and articles linked to it, very informative.
And have myou seen the article that asshat Ben Stein( yes,THAT Ben Stein!LOL) wrote? Hmmm...his breath smells like Dubbya's butt so much he may have to rename himself Dubbya jr.
If you haven't seen it I can post it here, I don't have the original link of where it came from,just the article itself...you'll pop a cork reading it.
*hugs*
love ya,
Gail

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger Myst said...

Thanks, Sweetie...appreciate your input.

I do not understand why the majority of America has allowed this kind of injustice to happen. Those who put these so called "conservatives" in power have devastated our country and share partial responsibility for the fall of our once great nation.

I have even seen signs that were made by so called Christions that read Thank God for Katrina...

Sure...erase the poor and minorities who do not agree with you or that need help just to survive...

Real Christian like, huh?

If they were truly Christian instead of a sheeple click they would not be as sacreligious and arrogant. If they really belived in Christ they would truly believe in hell and that's the only afterlife they would have.

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger travisammons13762280 said...

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At 2:21 PM, Blogger Myst said...

I would appreciate the comment, travis, if you really meant it but it looks like you are just trying to spread a site for hooking up...can't find a woman here, Boyo.

 
At 7:23 AM, Anonymous povvy said...

Looks like Delay is on his way. Ugly assed crook that he is. This is the start of the end of the republiCONS, NEXT!

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Myst said...

DeLay says "I have done nothing wrong" yet the ethics committee reprimanded him three times in one week last year with this item being sidelined while waiting for a possible indictment.

Nothing wrong?? He should get over the arrogance because he is NOT the Federal government as he has claimed to be.

Live by the hammer and eventually you will get nailed...

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger jon said...

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At 1:08 PM, Blogger Roses-Woods said...

Myst,
As former Executive Director for my county's Chamber of Commerce, I saw many things in my county and the governments of both the towns within and the county itself. Many times I was so irate at some of the goings-ons, that I would write a letter to the editor of our paper preparing to expose the injustices, but the "executive board" of the Chamber always shot down my letters claiming they did not want "to make waves" and that the Chamber should not "involve itself or take political sides"! NOT INVOLVE ITSELF? You've got to be kidding me! After so many times of having my mouth clamped shut by those morons, I resigned my position....and am now one of the county's "black sheep" for the letters I have written to the paper since then. Oh well! I'll keep writing!
One issue that recently really burned my butt was the Governor of Georgia on a late Friday afternoon decides to "ask" all the schools in Georgia to close the following Monday and Tuesday to save an estimated 225,000 gal. of fuel! EXCUSE ME?!?!? What about the millions of parents who will have absolutely no notice to find child care for their children and will have to take off work for two days? What about the millions of dollars in lost income for these parents? My county is among the poorest in Georgia, and the school superintendent made the decision to "go along with the Governor's request" herself, without even consulting any of the School Board members! She also closed school last year with 36 hours notice for a quarter-final football game! Again, with no regard for working parents or the loss of income! Minimum wage is the standard around my county, and it's disgraceful! How can any family make ends meet at today's rising costs on minimum wage? I agree, it's absolutely disgusting that Congress keeps giving themselves raises while minimum wage remains at $5.25 per hour. Their excuse for not raising it? Because it would put many small businesses out of business because they could not afford to hire people. I don't buy that at all!

I'm glad I came across your site, Myst...there should be millions more like this in America, and then MAYBE we'd have a shot at changing things!
Maggie Smith

 
At 7:44 AM, Blogger Myst said...

Thanks for the comment, Maggie.

Our country is in pathetic shape and it should be very obvious to all but too many American want to see either the partisan line as being right or the idealogue stance with his strong belief in God.

George Bush does not have a strong belief in God...I'd bet life on it.

If so, why would he lie, manipulate appoint cronies while experts are thwarted give the wealthiest tax cuts that deplete funds we need to run the country, give corporations handouts when they have record profit while more citizens lose their health insurance, cater to a majority of people while millions of us are totally ignored, pollute our environment (why should they care, they will be dead before the destruction they started does the worst damage) and go off on rampages to those who either disagree with him or just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?

This country has allowed inept, incompetent people to call the shots and we all will die knowing our great grandkids will still be shouldered with immoral and unconscionable burdens for it.

 
At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 2:33 PM, Blogger Myst said...

To the last ass who spammed...

Considering the wealthy have gotten wealthier while most of America has had to do with less and hurricane survivors are still doing without basic necessities while our young have been sacrificed for a war of choice that was born from deciet and outright fabrication because of the Republican idiots in control of our government using Christianity as an excuse to discriminate, murder and send our country down the road to bankruptcy while selling America out to corporate interests, you must be one of the most asinine excuses for a human being to come here and attempt to pimp a supposed Christian Republican to sell a book about weath.

You obviously do not give a rat's ass for your country or your "God" and are only interested in the appearance of compassion while you try to line your own pockets.

Your spam will not succeed to bring people to your site for more fake compassion conservative bullshit.

Compassion has to do with helping those less fortunate than yourself and not helping yourself at other's expense.

 
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