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Brotherjohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:34 AM
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Jeffords blasts Bush for cutting FEMA, Blanco takes the high road!
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 11:34 AM by Brotherjohn
Jim Jeffords (IN-Vermont) brought out graphics and quotes from a hearing from earlier in the Bush administration in which an Army Corps guy (the head? I don't know) protested budget cuts and said some contracts would have to be terminated. Jeffords laid blame on the Bush administration for this, and pointed out that this Corps guy was fired a week later for his protests.

(Watch it live here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8004316 )

He then specifically gave Blanco a chance to respond directly to accusations from Brown, and Blanco took the high road and declined. She said she came there to talk about rebuilding businesses and her region, and that there was musch destruction that they needed to deal with. She came out smelling like a rose, the epitome of class.

And the Repubs on the committee praised her so quickly and moved on so quickly that I wonder how much of the whole Brown thing yesterday was completely staged. Let Brown hang himself, and be SO obnoxious that he would be the most obvious, and hopefully (for them) the only, scapegoat.

I wouldn't be surprised if Bush personally appealed to Blanco to take the high road during her testimony, with this specific strategy in mind. I also wouldn't be surprised if Brown was urged to be just as forceful and finger-pointing as he damn-well wanted during his testimony. "You GO Brownie! (hang youself, save us)"
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:35 AM
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1. yes, this is what needs to be emphasized--How FEMA was cut down
and de-emphasized!! so that resources went to 'terror'
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:36 AM
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2. Let Brown hang himself, exactly ...
if the repugs were smart, they would.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:37 AM
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3. that's right, those bush folk are in COMPLETE control
of EVERYTHING. heck, i think they used that harp contraption to make the hurricane. (do i need to say i'm being sarcastic?)
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:43 AM
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5. LOL! n/t
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Verve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:39 AM
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4. Bush would NEVER urge anyone to take the High Road!
It's not in his character.

Not to mention, Blanco would never listen to Bush after what he has done to her. She's just a classy person who understands what needs to be done for her state.

As for Brownie being urged to be forceful, I doubt this as well. He's just an idiot! He doesn't need any urging.
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Be Brave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:47 AM
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6. Blanco has always been underestimated throughout all of this.
I've been watching her actions since Katrina, and my impression is that she is a competent and capable lady.
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Blue_Roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:06 PM
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8. finally
the voice of reason :applause:
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Brotherjohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:48 AM
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7. Listen, I don't believe they're in much control at all. It's called...
...backpedalling, and covering your ass. It's really all they can do right now to find a scapegoat and stick to that story.

I wasn't implying they were in total control of anything, merely that theye were trying something desperate (blaming their own!) because they really are LOSING control of everything.

I DO believe, and I think few here would argue, that they DO almost completely control the message coming out of the White House.
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DemsUnited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:11 PM
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9. Blanco came off smart, knowledgeable, compassionate and classy.
I don't know how she's actually performing on the ground, but she did real good talking to the Senators about rebuilding Louisiana.
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:13 PM
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10. "Do not respond to Brownie or I ain't givin' you no money for yer state."
Am I too cynical?
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Kashka-Kat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:28 PM
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15. no, not too cynical-- he just refused disaster aid to Wisconsin
for widespread damage + 60-some homes wrecked by a tornado this summer-- its unprecedented, our (dem) gov is appealing. I did wonder if our having voted "blue" in the last 2 prez elections had anything to do with it.
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Kashka-Kat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:19 PM
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11. but I want answer to question--when exactly did she (Blanco)
declare the state of emerg. and sign whatever to get the ball rolling? I consider myself well read (maybe not as well as some people here, but lightyears beyond the average american)and I keep hearing contradictory info. Randi Rhodes for one was going on for ages about how the order was signed well in advance of the storm. But then of course we've gotten the exact opposite from other people.

If Blanco was less prompt than we may have liked, I certainly wouldnt flame her or anything, but just would want to have that fact acknowledged as part of our knowledge about what went wrong.

If she did act well in advance of the storm then that too should be clearly and unequivocably stated.

Seems like a simple easily documented FACT that could and should be easily ascertained and put out there.



















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Tennessee Gal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:27 PM
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12. It is easily documented!
All you have to do is check her web site!

GOVERNOR BLANCO DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY: 8/26/05

BATON ROUGE, LA--Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco today issued Proclamation No. 48 KBB 2005, declaring a state of emergency for the state Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina poses an imminent threat, carrying severe storms, high winds, and torrential rain that may cause flooding and damage to private property and public facilities, and threaten the safety and security of the citizens of the state of Louisiana The state of emergency extends from Friday, August 26, 2005, through Sunday, September 25, 2005, unless terminated sooner.


http://www.gov.state.la.us/Press_Release_detail.asp?id=...

Governor Blanco asks President to Declare an Emergency for the State of Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina: 8/27/05

http://www.gov.state.la.us/Press_Release_detail.asp?id=...

OR

http://www.gov.state.la.us/Disaster%20Relief%20Request....




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Kashka-Kat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:51 PM
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13. oops posted twice
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 12:54 PM by Kashka-Kat
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Kashka-Kat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:52 PM
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14. Well there we have it-- thnx!
Goes to show how effective the technique is of repeating a lie so often that people believe it- or in my case, get a lil confused.
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