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Mobius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 02:56 AM
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Poll question: How cool is this letter?
Edited on Sat Sep-03-05 03:16 AM by Mobius
In September 1999, Hurricane Floyd -- a category 3 -- was bearing down the
Carolinas and Virginia.

President Clinton was in Christchurch, New Zealand - meeting with President
Jiang of China (you know, actually working). He made the proclamation that
only Presidents can make and declared the areas affected by Floyd "Federal
Disaster Areas" so the National Guard and Military can begin to mobilize. Then he cut short his meetings overseas and flew home to coordinate the rescue efforts. This all one day BEFORE a Cat-3 hit the coast. That is how you do it.

How about this dope's own father during Hurricane Andrew? Once again,
President Bush (41) -- August, 1992 -- was in the midst of a brutal campaign
for re-election. Yet, he cut off his campaigning the day before and went to
Washington where he martialed the largest military operation on US soil in
history. He sent in 7,000 National Guard and 22,000 regular military
personnel, and all the gear to begin the clean up within hours after Andrew
passed through Florida. 'Cause, you know, those people and their stuff was
actually where it belonged, rather than being used for insurgent
target-practice halfway around the world in a vain effort to make Iraq safe
for Iranian takeover.


In August of 1969 when Cat-5 Hurricane Camille hit roughly the same area as
Katrina, President Nixon had already readied the National Guard and ordered
all Gulf rescue vessels and equipment from Tampa and Houston to follow the
Hurricane in. There were over 1,000 regular military with two dozen
helicopters to assist the Coast Guard and National Guard within hours after
the skies cleared.

Bush 43 - August 2005 - Cat-5 Hurricane Katrina bears down on New Orleans
and the Mississippi gulf. Both states are down nearly 8,000 National Guard
troops because they are in Iraq -- with most of the rescue gear needed. Bush
is on vacation. The day before Katrina makes landfall, Bush rides his bike
for two hours. The day she hits, he goes to Johnnie McCain's birthday party;
and lies to old people about the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company
welfare boondoggle. People are dying, the largest port of entry in the
United States (and fifth largest in the World) is under attack. Troops and
supplies are desperately needed. The levees are cracking and the emergency
1-1/2 ton sandbags are ready, but there aren't enough helicopters or pilots
to set them before the levees fail. The mayor of New Orleans begs for
Federal coordination, but there is none, and the sandbagging never gets
done. So Bush -- naturally -- goes to San Diego to play guitar with country
singer and lie to the military about how Iraq is just exactly like WWII. The
levees give way, filling New Orleans with water, sewage, oil and chemicals.
Ten percent of all US exports, and 50% of all agricultural exports ordinarly
go through this port. It is totally destroyed. Bush decides he'll end his
vacation a couple of days early -- TOMORROW --BECAUSE HE HAS TICKETS TO A
PADRES GAME! He goes back to the Fake Farm in Crawford, with every intention
of doing something on WEDNESDAY about this disaster that happened starting
last Sunday night.


If you like this letter, give it a kick after voting. Feel free to post this anywhere, make it spread. :)

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Mobius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 03:12 AM
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1. kick
:kick:
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 03:15 AM
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2. I'll never forget Poppy's inaction to Andrew
His Presidency was effectively finished by that.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 03:25 AM
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3. kick
:kick: you left off the little detail of licking cake icing off his fingers.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 04:04 AM
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4. Great letter
Edited on Sat Sep-03-05 04:05 AM by BuffyTheFundieSlayer
You might want to note that when Chimpy finally decided to end his vacation a few days early, he sat on AF1 with a petulant scowl on his face, as if to say "Damn hurricane victims f-ing up my play time".





edit for spelling error
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DiverDave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 04:28 AM
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5. Good work
Where is this going?
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Mobius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 05:31 AM
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6. just a remider
type thing
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Mobius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 01:39 PM
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7. kick
:D
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 01:44 PM
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8. Kick
Great letter - pisses me off all over again!
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 02:38 PM
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9. Very cool
:thumbsup:

Mz Pip
:dem:
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 02:40 PM
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10. yup
kick
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rhosgobel Donating Member (24 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-05 04:02 PM
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11. Bit more of a timeline
I've reposted a portion of the letter here (<http://rhosgobel.blogspot.com/2005/09/historical-compar... >), and have included more of a timeline of Bush's activities after the hurricane hit.
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-05 11:47 AM
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12. Excellent, thanks for sharing
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-05 11:52 AM
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13. Great letter.
Edited on Sun Sep-04-05 11:52 AM by graywarrior
Thanks for putting in the research.
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Mobius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-05 06:26 PM
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14. kick
:D
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-05 06:30 PM
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15. I'd like to reprint this on my blog. To whom do I give credit?
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-05 06:53 PM
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16. kick
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-05 08:40 PM
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17. Kick
:kick:
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-05 08:43 PM
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18. great letter
i need to save it.
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chknltl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-05 08:45 PM
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19. OK...kick
So thats how a real president handles these things.... been awhile since we had one of those
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