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  posted on 8/31/2005 at 01:41 PM
Trying a new game out here - the six degrees of Bush. The objective is to think about anything you can that even remotely pisses you off in every day life. The challenge at that point is to, in less than six steps, track your problem to Bush. Then, he can be blamed for everything that is going on. I'll start us off with a list....

Wormy puppies,
Rush Hour Traffic,
Slicing the golf ball,
Batteries that go dead,
computer viruses,
guns that jam,
dropped cell phone calls,
bad haircuts,
loss of sleep, and
the deaths caused by Hurricane Katrina....

Okay... The last one is a gimme.

I figured if we were gonna have several threads that blame everything on Bush, why not just start one thread and make a game out of it? First one to fully place the blame for all issues listed in the title of the thread on Bush - by connecting them to him in 6 steps or less wins a nice gift from me.


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  posted on 8/31/2005 at 01:50 PM
pretty good - we'll call that 3 steps and by the way, I will allow the forum participants to judge the winner of this contest...


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  posted on 8/31/2005 at 02:22 PM
My wife stayed up late last nught watching hurricane coverage, which is of course Bush's fault, and she was too tried to give it up, so today I'm cranky and it's all because of Dear Leader.
 

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Published on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 by the Editor & Publisher
Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen?
'Times-Picayune' Had Repeatedly Raised Federal Spending Issues

By Will Bunch

PHILADELPHIA - Even though Hurricane Katrina has moved well north of the city, the waters may still keep rising in New Orleans late on Tuesday. That's because Lake Pontchartrain continues to pour through a two-block-long break in the main levee, near the city's 17th Street Canal. With much of the Crescent City some 10 feet below sea level, the rising tide may not stop until it's level with the massive lake.

New Orleans had long known it was highly vulnerable to flooding and a direct hit from a hurricane. In fact, the federal government has been working with state and local officials in the region since the late 1960s on major hurricane and flood relief efforts. When flooding from a massive rainstorm in May 1995 killed six people, Congress authorized the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, or SELA.

Over the next 10 years, the Army Corps of Engineers, tasked with carrying out SELA, spent $430 million on shoring up levees and building pumping stations, with $50 million in local aid. But at least $250 million in crucial projects remained, even as hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin increased dramatically and the levees surrounding New Orleans continued to subside.

Yet after 2003, the flow of federal dollars toward SELA dropped to a trickle. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain. At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars.

Newhouse News Service, in an article posted late Tuesday night at The Times-Picayune Web site, reported: "No one can say they didn't see it coming. ... Now in the wake of one of the worst storms ever, serious questions are being asked about the lack of preparation."

In early 2004, as the cost of the conflict in Iraq soared, President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for Lake Pontchartrain, according to a Feb. 16, 2004, article, in New Orleans CityBusiness.

On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; told the Times-Picayune: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."

Also that June, with the 2004 hurricane season starting, the Corps' project manager Al Naomi went before a local agency, the East Jefferson Levee Authority, and essentially begged for $2 million for urgent work that Washington was now unable to pay for. From the June 18, 2004 Times-Picayune:

"The system is in great shape, but the levees are sinking. Everything is sinking, and if we don't get the money fast enough to raise them, then we can't stay ahead of the settlement," he said. "The problem that we have isn't that the levee is low, but that the federal funds have dried up so that we can't raise them."

The panel authorized that money, and on July 1, 2004, it had to pony up another $250,000 when it learned that stretches of the levee in Metairie had sunk by four feet. The agency had to pay for the work with higher property taxes. The levee board noted in October 2004 that the feds were also now not paying for a hoped-for $15 million project to better shore up the banks of Lake Pontchartrain.

The 2004 hurricane season was the worst in decades. In spite of that, the federal government came back this spring with the steepest reduction in hurricane and flood-control funding for New Orleans in history. Because of the proposed cuts, the Corps office there imposed a hiring freeze. Officials said that money targeted for the SELA project -- $10.4 million, down from $36.5 million -- was not enough to start any new jobs.

There was, at the same time, a growing recognition that more research was needed to see what New Orleans must do to protect itself from a Category 4 or 5 hurricane. But once again, the money was not there. As the Times-Picayune reported last Sept. 22:

"That second study would take about four years to complete and would cost about $4 million, said Army Corps of Engineers project manager Al Naomi. About $300,000 in federal money was proposed for the 2005 fiscal-year budget, and the state had agreed to match that amount. But the cost of the Iraq war forced the Bush administration to order the New Orleans district office not to begin any new studies, and the 2005 budget no longer includes the needed money, he said."

The Senate was seeking to restore some of the SELA funding cuts for 2006. But now it's too late.

One project that a contractor had been racing to finish this summer: a bridge and levee job right at the 17th Street Canal, site of the main breach on Monday.

The Newhouse News Service article published Tuesday night observed, "The Louisiana congressional delegation urged Congress earlier this year to dedicate a stream of federal money to Louisiana's coast, only to be opposed by the White House. ... In its budget, the Bush administration proposed a significant reduction in funding for southeast Louisiana's chief hurricane protection project. Bush proposed $10.4 million, a sixth of what local officials say they need."

Local officials are now saying, the article reported, that had Washington heeded their warnings about the dire need for hurricane protection, including building up levees and repairing barrier islands, "the damage might not have been nearly as bad as it turned out to be."

Will Bunch (letters@editorandpublisher.com) is senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News. Much of this article also appears on his blog at that newspaper, Attytood.

2005 VNU eMedia Inc. / Editor and Publisher


 

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  posted on 8/31/2005 at 03:14 PM
There is a clear difference in blaming the President for a hurricane (which is ridiculous) and having an opinion on how he handles the situation and its aftermath (to which everyone is rightfully entitled).

 

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  posted on 8/31/2005 at 03:27 PM
you know it doesn't help that the city is below sea level, but I guess that is Bush's fault as well, Where's Squatch

 

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  posted on 8/31/2005 at 03:29 PM
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Watching the Bush fan club make fools of themselves.

 

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Watching the Bush fan club make fools of themselves.


I don't have to watch for the Anti Bush fan club all I have to do is wait for there next post

 

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Watching the Bush fan club make fools of themselves.


That's fine.. You don't have to play along! You would clearly have the upper hand in this game anyway! You just won't have the opportunity to win the prize. Just kidding - you can play... I would actually like to see you tackle the one about Wormy puppies. There has got to be a link there somewhere!


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Watching the Bush fan club make fools of themselves.


That's fine.. You don't have to play along! You would clearly have the upper hand in this game anyway! You just won't have the opportunity to win the prize. Just kidding - you can play... I would actually like to see you tackle the one about Wormy puppies. There has got to be a link there somewhere!


Mike


I dont know. I mean, I can provide you links that show how Bush phucked around for the past 5-6 days instead of getting emergency assets in place knowing what was coming. Having prepared even a little, it would have saved many lives.

or I can show you how funds for FEMA were diverted to Halliburton and the Iraq war debacle thus preempting funding for the LA district that contributed to the disaster thats currently unfolding.

or I can show you how he stayed on vacation until the last possible minute to go back to Washington today instead of 4-5 days ago when it was apparent his 'leadership' would be needed.

or we can talk about how if this had been Clinton or any one other than a Republican, how they would have been strung up and set on fire by now.

but Ill look around and see if I can find anything on wormy puppies for you...

 

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  posted on 8/31/2005 at 03:57 PM
I'm no Bush fan, but can I still play? I just don't think he's responsible for the hurricane, and I presumed this was started in fun. Is it OK to still have a little fun around here, or has that become politically incorrect?
 

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You can build a structure that will better withstand the impacts of high winds. The newest generation of building codes mandate such requirements in coastal areas. But when you have an entire city that lies 10 feet below sea level ... I actually cannot believe that this hasn't happened already.

Yeah, I blame this whole catastrophe on W's haircut!

 

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I'm no Bush fan, but can I still play? I just don't think he's responsible for the hurricane, and I presumed this was started in fun. Is it OK to still have a little fun around here, or has that become politically incorrect?


Just so we are clear; Nobody has suggested that the hurricane is Bushs fault.

However, the failure to provide emergency services prior to and after the hurricane, is the fault of this administration.


 

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  posted on 8/31/2005 at 04:20 PM
Hey Mike,

You mentioned 'wormy puppies' and I found information that Bush did indeed cut funding to the FDA which, in addition to regulating drugs for people, they also regulate drugs for animals via veterinarian services. So, in a sense, maybe he is responsible for a wormy puppy somewhere...


 

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Well, congratulations! Nice thread and very clever, that is, deflecting attention from the failings of a weak President you were responsible for electing. Makes perfect sense, from a psycholgical perspective, anyway. Hope it helps you cope.

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Hey Mike,

You mentioned 'wormy puppies' and I found information that Bush did indeed cut funding to the FDA which, in addition to regulating drugs for people, they also regulate drugs for animals via veterinarian services. So, in a sense, maybe he is responsible for a wormy puppy somewhere...



Pretty good there ST.

 

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  posted on 8/31/2005 at 05:25 PM
This thread is CLEARLY Bush's fault.
 
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someone broke into my car last week and stole my cd's, which is also Bush's fault because he cut law-enforcement spending somewhere a few years ago probably, or maybe I just made that up. Either way, it's Bush's fault that my cd's were stolen.


Maybe it was them Patriot Act people and they needed some new music!

 

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Well, congratulations! Nice thread and very clever, that is, deflecting attention from the failings of a weak President you were responsible for electing. Makes perfect sense, from a psycholgical perspective, anyway. Hope it helps you cope.

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Uh, your post is proof that very little, if any, attention was deflected from your opinions. That being said, the original blaming thread seems quite alive and thriving in spite of the creation of this thread.

 
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Uh, your post is proof that very little, if any, attention was deflected from your opinions. That being said, the original blaming thread seems quite alive and thriving in spite of the creation of this thread.
Tau -

I suppose you're feeling much better. Good for you.

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Well, congratulations! Nice thread and very clever



Ceej, since when did you start acting as a Mike apologist?"

 

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Well, congratulations! Nice thread and very clever, that is, deflecting attention from the failings of a weak President you were responsible for electing. Makes perfect sense, from a psycholgical perspective, anyway. Hope it helps you cope.

Peace.

Erik



I am sorry. The last time I looked, this was the "Whipping Post," not the "Bush Whipping Post." His weakness is your opinion. Are we only allowed to start threads that bash Bush?

By the way, humor is a great coping mechanism. Coping, however, is not something I am having a problem with right now. Thanks for your concern, though!


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People are STILL NOT answering the question and addressing the real issue here. What about the dead batteries, or the slices or even the dropped cell phone calls. I cannot believe people would side step the issue.

Remember, there is a prize at hand, here. I would love to see some creativity.


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I'm no Bush fan, but can I still play? I just don't think he's responsible for the hurricane, and I presumed this was started in fun. Is it OK to still have a little fun around here, or has that become politically incorrect?



Sure! Everyone is welcome to play! Some likely believe that having fun is not appropriate in our current political climate. I happen to think differently. The hurricane was a gimme... I would love to see someone address the other issues.


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[Edited on 8/31/2005 by DougMacKenzie]

 
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