Thursday, September 15, 2005

Zomboid minions crash and burn

Lots of heaving and blustering on the news lately about how Bush “took responsibility [insofar as the federal govment may or may not have screwed the pooch]” led by the Rovester and his zomboid minions, said moral mutants spinning the hell out of the feds’ response to Katrina so that one begins to wonder if they actually did a swell job after all. Of course, that’s what he gets paid for (leaving aside his personal fortune of some $20 million he no doubt weaseled out of a widows and orphans fund somewhere). The MSM has been doing back flips in response to the reassembling fungoid Republican front and we’re back to square one in terms of the blame game.

But, you know, I personally just can’t get enough of this finger-pointing. Every time I visit a Katrina-survivor blog or read some first-person accounts of surviving Armageddon Down South, I get just a little bit more steamed up, and I suspect that the American public is getting their fish boil up to temp, as well.

Poll results, the latest, plus or minus the usual fudge factors for stupidly worded questions:

Bush Job Approval Ratings Week of Sept 14, 2005

CNN OK: 46% Not So Hot: 52% Beats Me: 2%
Pew OK: 40% Bad: 52% Confused: 8%

Zogby Yah: 41% Nope: 59% Just left Pluto: --%

Average: more people than not think the Shrub blew it, big time.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Waiting on the Big One those who are of the persuasion that we need to refrain from “finger pointing” and “blame” until after some months-long, Republican-riddled committee finally issues a 1,700 page report indicting the mayor of New Orleans for failing to stick his finger in the dike in a timely fashion, I would like to propose a scenario:

Devoted slavering disciples of Osama bin Laden manage to stuff a nuclear device sold to them by Pakistan into the massively unstable section of the San Andreas fault near Sylmar, California and then detonate it, say, the day after tomorrow.

Note that the conclusions of our hypothetical report are many months away, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security (sic) are not presently being restructured or new leadership installed; so whose bailiwick does this fall into now, today? What would be the response of FEMA, today? Is the Department of Homeland Security (sic) ready to respond in any meaningful way today, or should we all just break out the duct tape and pray?

Using their own words, I say that these creators of the “ownership” society need to take ownership of this disaster (not Hurricane Katrina, the federal response to Hurricane Katrina), and rethink their priorities. Today.

The next catastrophe is not going to wait until after the RNC publishes a twenty volume series exonerating this administration to occur. Neither Mother Nature nor terrorists abide by a RNC timetable.

They need to own up to their incompetence and resign en masse, so we can fix the broken bureaucracy and maybe get the responsible governmental agencies running correctly. Today.

I’m not so sure about Orange County, but I know that ten million Los Angelinos would probably agree with me.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Trout fishing in New Orleans

God, I hate these jackoffsPere and fils Bush show off their trophy trout caught while vacationing in New Orleans

What a set of bookends history has provided for the 43rd President of the United States; on the one end a man-made disaster, and a natural disaster on the other. In between these disasters, what else? more disasters, all man made.

As the most cynical President who has ever breathed, George Bush may also be the most morally retarded. Certainly he is the most callous, surpassing even Richard Nixon in that respect, and that’s saying something. Now, Tricky Dick inherited his most pressing disaster, e.g. the Vietnam war, from a previous administration and while his innate trickery and callousness kept him from ending the slaughter (the carpet bombing of Cambodia, a non-combatant in that little fracas) in a timely manner, he still did finally admit that, in fact, the American people didn’t want him around any more. The war finally ended ignominiously and the Trickster abandoned public office.

But trying to pry the Shrub from his post, getting him to admit to his mistakes left and right, even in the face of opinion polls putting his approval ratings at a lower level than Nixon’s (!) is proving to be a Sisyphean task.

One might as well be talking to a brick wall.

OK, so he laterally promoted Mr Brown from his position as director of FEMA, but Mr Brown is still at FEMA, waiting to captain the response to the next natural or even terrorist made disaster.

Let me point something out here, gentle readers: C4, TNT and dynamite are still being made, as are IEDs, AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades. Mother Nature has not placed a moratorium on Grade 4 hurricanes and here in LA we’re still waiting for the Big One.

Mr Brown still works for FEMA, George W. Bush is still his boss and nobody in this administration is about to admit responsibility for one teeny, tiny mistake, so there will be no accounting and no corrections made.

Hang onto your seats, folks, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.