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Bush’s California Adventure

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Posted on Oct 25, 2007
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news.bbc.co.uk

The president has at last landed in the Golden State to see for himself the fires that have caused over a billion dollars in damage and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. With uncomfortable parallels to Katrina already in place, we can’t say we’re all that excited about his arrival here.


BBC:

Touching down in Escondido, California, Mr Bush assured victims of the infernos: “We’re not going to forget you in Washington DC.

“We want the people to know there’s a better day ahead. Your life may look dismal today, but tomorrow life’s going to be better. And to the extent that the federal government can help you we will do so.”

The fires, which broke out last weekend, have forced one million people from their homes in the biggest US evacuation since Hurricane Katrina two years ago.

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By don knutsen, October 26, 2007 at 11:11 am Link to this comment
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It took bu$h about as long to show some feined curiosity about the fires in So. Calif. as it took for him to show some phony concern for the victims of Katrina. Does anyone believe any real changes have been made in our goverment’s ability to help in a crisis like this ? All this idiot is capable of is mouthing what someone else has told him he should say. In fact he almost always blurts out a statement as if he’s reading his crib notes handed him. Not intellegent enough to even re-group the words to make it appears as though he understands the situation.  Our emporer is incapable of feeling any empathy for anyone else. He lives in version of reality that is defined by his limited intellegence. A world he was raised to believe is there for the taking.
How many victims of Katrina are still in limbo over 2 yr.s later ? How many people who lost their homes will fall victim to the same insurance companies failing to deliver on their responcibilities again. People don’t matter to him unless they pay him to care. He’s shown the same extream neglegence thruout his presidency, his and cheney’s poll numbers are in the toilet, and still the republican cheerleaders in the Congress support this. If you know any republicans, ask them how they sleep at night.

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By Louise, October 26, 2007 at 8:08 am Link to this comment

Missing from the dialogue.

How come MR bush took almost a week to get his butt down there?

Photo ops aren’t worth diddly if the smokes so thick you cant get a decent picture!

duh ...

Or maybe “they” decided the area had to be secured from the al-Qaeda [toilet] that might be there waiting to harm him. Or maybe they couldn’t come up with enough fuel to fly the plane. Or maybe “Aunald” had to be “persuaded” to greet him. [did you check out the expression on his face?] Or maybe he was “a’scared” cause he’s just got to know by now, folks in’t to happy with his performance.

Speaking of performance, did you catch the guys in back who wouldn’t shake his hand?

Now that is a mighty a powerful statement.

Meanwhile, back at the “war” a few hundred thousand weapons seem to have gone missing. Gosh gee willikers, cant this pack a weasels find one honest book-keeper?

Naw, that’s not the problem. Problem is they don’t know what book-keeping is.
Besides, al-Qaeda and Iran did it.

Did what?
It don’t matter, they did it!

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By WykydRed, October 26, 2007 at 1:22 am Link to this comment

Funny how people showed up and actually did things this time around. And the Shrub didn’t take a vacation…..


Oh yeah! These are mostly RICH people! duh.

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By cyrena, October 25, 2007 at 8:57 pm Link to this comment

#109613 by Don Stivers

•  Do people think or not.  Only a couple of private companies are investing in larger retardant tankers and at their own expense.
Excellent post Don, just so folks can have a visual ‘image’. One F-22 bomber (for a billion) and it’s only purposed is to DESTROY. The same billion could serve an equal number of other useful purposes. Such as…the tankers for retardants as you’ve mentioned, as well as those levees in New Orleans, since it was ALREADY well known, prior to Katrina, that they would FAIL. Since the Corp of Engineers had already completed a detailed report, (at least 3 years before) on what needed to be done. And, since the decades old exploration (particularly the oil drilling) and all the rest of the construction and neglect of our natural environment has taken a toll on nearly ALL of the coastal areas of our country. Over time, the marshes are other natural barriers that would ‘break’ the damage of these natural disasters have been eroded by all that is commercial.

So, it’s more than a little annoying to hear so many posters suggest that the misery suffered by the victims of any of these events, is ‘all their own fault’. They shouldn’t have built their homes there. HELLO…some of those structures have been here forever. Should they never have been built (anything) because California is ‘prone’ to earthquakes? Maybe. But did the folks who built them so long ago, have much knowledge about ‘earthquakes’ at the time? Maybe they should have, having grabbed as much of the gold from this part of the country as they could possibly steal or dig up. But…that’s not the same crowd that has come to occupy this territory now.

And so now, we do know. And yes, it would seem foolish to build new homes on what are obviously precarious parts of the ground. At the same time, that could be said of just about any place on earth, and many of the areas consumed by these fires were no more likely to be hit by this type of destruction than downtown Manhattan, or mid-state Wisconsin, or Galveston, Tx or the mansions on the coast of Rhode Island.

So, rather than blame the victims, maybe we need to consider using our funds to rebuild and protect the infrastructure that we have, instead of using it to destroy and exploit the natural resources of OTHER nations, not our own.

I’m with Don. I do think that at least some people think…. Just not nearly enough of us.
So, we’ll have to count on you to keep bringing this stuff to our collective attention. The Shrub seems to believe that if he keeps saying the same thing enough times, that people will finally believe him. (he’s even said that) So, maybe we should use the same ‘technique’, which I would like to believe would be far more successful, since it should be far easier to remember the truth of things, as opposed to these lies that misinform and dis-inform.

We’ll see.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 25, 2007 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment
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Too little, too late, too incompetent, yet again.

And what will come of it? All the right-wing fascist propaganda machine will once again find a way to make it the fault of .....The Democrats.

Been there before…Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. (Can’t just say the first part since President Frank Burns f’ed it up so badly—“Won’t get fooled again…”)

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By 911truthdotorg, October 25, 2007 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

I wonder how many more mega-disasters are going to happen while this monster is “in charge”?

Only he and God knows.

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition, Terror Storm, America: Freedom to Fascism

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By Don Stivers, October 25, 2007 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

One billion dollars.  The price of one F-22 fighter plane.  And we cannot or will not build super retardant tanker planes and other “super” equipment such as special helicopters to fight fire. Or robotic machines…what ever it takes to protect our resources.

Do people think or not.  Only a couple of private companies are investing in larger retardant tankers and at their own expense.

And Mr. Bush what is this business of rolling up the sleeves. 

You politicians put the money where it is supposed to go.  To serve the people who pay the bill, the tax payers.  $800 billion dollars have gone to destroy Iraq.  THINK of what could have been done with that money.  Let alone remember the lives lost in this fiasco of a war.

Think of it.  A one billion dollar airplane built to destroy other things and very little spent on fire protection equipment.  Billion dollar submarines.  Multibillion dollar aircraft carriers.  And on and on…..

Amazing…....

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By KenDen, October 25, 2007 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment

Oh good I can’t wait to hear the “we’re going to help these people” BS from the BSer in Chief.  Why doesn’t he just say what is really on his mind: “you built your houses here, suffer.”  By the time his administration gets to helping the people affected by the fires, he’ll be out of office.  Too bad he won’t be in jail where he belongs.

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By Terry`, October 25, 2007 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment
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what I love about reporting from the UK is that the papers rarely, if ever, use the word president when referring to bush, they usually use Mr. its such a smart dig at a complete and utter waste of space.

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