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Posted on Sep 1, 2008
McCain in Mississippi
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Team McCain, Emergency Edition: John McCain, visiting Pearl, Miss., on Sunday, announces a scaling back of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., because of Hurricane Gustav. With McCain are, from left, vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin, Marsha Barbour, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Cindy McCain.

Many Republicans who originally planned to spend Monday in St. Paul with other Republican National Convention-goers were compelled to change their plans, thanks to Hurricane Gustav—including the GOP’s own presumptive presidential nominee, John McCain, who was busy over the weekend playing the anti-Bush when it came to disaster preparedness.

“The Caucus” in The New York Times:

On CBS, Mrs. Bush was asked about criticisms Mr. McCain has made about her husband’s management of the Katrina disaster. She said: “Well, there were lots of mistakes and they were on every level. They were local, they were statewide and there were certainly federal mistakes. But we learned from those and I hope that we’ll see and I think we will see, for one thing, many, many people have evacuated. Many more people have left than before in the other hurricane. But I think we’ll see that the coordination between the federal government, the state government and the local government will be much, much better.”

“It was a very important lesson,” she said.

Those lessons weren’t lost on the McCain campaign, which switched into emergency preparedness mode by turning some parts of the convention into relief and assistance efforts for any storm victims, alhough some parties went on last night as planned. The campaign sent about a dozen members of the Louisiana delegation home in a chartered jet and put together a Gulf States panel of Republicans from that region.

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By cyrena, September 23, 2008 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment

No Kath Cantrella…

You are NOT too hard on mccain, and you do know a lot…seems like a lot more than some Americans who actually get to vote.

Now where is the fairness in that?

That’s why I’m an atheist, or at best worship ideological gods like the constitution and rule of law.

Too many have been overwhelmed by the Bullshit Avalanche.

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By kath cantarella, September 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment
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I may have been hard on McCain, but not hard enough on the people who are voting for him.

‘Abortion is the most important issue facing all Americans today.’

Amadeo, with all due respect, you are an idiot. That’s some extraordinary organ between your ears.


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By kath cantarella, September 22, 2008 at 11:32 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe i’m too hard on McCain. What the hell do i know.

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By Amadeo J. Lese, September 2, 2008 at 11:11 am Link to this comment
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Abortion is the most important issue facing all Americans today.  That come from the religious groups who act the same as those that believe in the Muslims group, that their rule of law is in the coran.  Some groups in the United States can’t control their own followers in the abortion issue, and wishes the Federal Government take the bull by the horns.
The years 2000-01-02-03-04-05 The President, the Senate, and the House of Resentatives the two later groups rules control of both units.  John McCain part of that group but none of them submitted a proposal to make it illegal to abort.
Ever ask why didn’t they? 
Every year during election the Republicans come up with the abortion issue, or scare tactics. 
When will they act like, bread and butter issues, are the most important issues.  This include jobs work done by our own people, factory work done by our own people, and the list goes on.  No they are more concerned with the abortion issue.
I think it’s all very sad.
No one will move me away from Obama ticket.

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By kath cantarella, September 2, 2008 at 12:05 am Link to this comment
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Unfortunately, i have an entirely cynical reaction to this.

I’m glad the storm didn’t make them prove themselves, because, as always with the RNC, the poor and powerless would’ve suffered the most. Because their policies have no compassion it follows that neither do they.

propaganda and PR.

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By cyrena, September 1, 2008 at 10:25 pm Link to this comment

By rowdy, September 1 at 7:34 pm


You are absolutely correct about what you read back in the day. (I read it as well, and a former colleague did an extended dissertation on the ‘non-profits’ at the time). The biggest of the criminals was United Way. I remember being so pissed off, and feeling really naive and gullible, because of course since I was a corporate slave myself, we were targeted, (as employees) with these HUGE drives every year, to give to United Way, and of course they set it up to be so conveniently deducted from our paychecks.

So, when I discovered this, I was livid, and determined not to donate any longer. Then they came up with the deal that allegedly allowed one to ‘designate’ where our funds would be directed, so I fell for that, but only briefly, deciding that I could donate directly to my preferred choice, which is what I’ve done. Of course United Way is still at it, and I don’t donate.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and I’ve come to know, (only as a result of working with them myself over the years) that the Red Cross is more independent of these so-called ‘non-profits’. Most of my own work is with they International version of the Red Cross, but overall, as one of the oldest organizations to provide for disaster relief, the Red Cross is pretty much on the up and up. I’ve done volunteer work for the US Red Cross and local branches. In fact, they do provide the majority of the services in my own area in regard to disaster relief, which is pretty much all they do. (different from the salvation army and other similar organizations who address day-to-day social services).

So I said all of that to say that I’m OK with donating to the Red Cross, (including the blood drives) and that’s where I sent my $5.00, because the text message SPECIFIED “Red Cross”.

If it were any of the thousands of others, or had anything to do with the United Way, I wouldn’t have. They are different entities entirely.

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By rowdy, September 1, 2008 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment

cyrena.i usually refrain from addressing any one person over their comments. i find truthdig to be little more than a circle jerk, the same dozen people praising or condemning each other. i rarely post comments here or anywhere else because i don’t wish to demean myself. your $5 will go directly into the pockets of those who run the “non profit charity” into which you have been duped into thinking is performing a public good. 40 years ago i read everything by an author of the day, named Vance Packard. in one of his books he said that 75% of monies donated to charities ended up in the pockets of those operating those charities. your $5 translates into $1.25 dollars going to help those in need. i don’t make links. just google this phrase “united way seeks to not pay executive”. this will show you where your money goes. i have never given a dime to any “non profit”. some son of a bitch is profiting from your gullibility. you pay taxes to provide services to those in need, you shouldn’t be expected to reach into your own wallet twice.

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By ocjim, September 1, 2008 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment

Now what would the rightist evangelists say about a natural event disrupting the Democratic convention, especially one so reminiscent of partisan leader failures?

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By thebeerdoctor, September 1, 2008 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

sorry for the busted up url. Just go to Google and put in: Amy Goodman arrested at RNC.
And you will find what I am trying to link you to.

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By thebeerdoctor, September 1, 2008 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment

I think this is the link:

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By thebeerdoctor, September 1, 2008 at 5:42 pm Link to this comment

If you have not seen this, I pray this link works.

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By Sodium, September 1, 2008 at 4:50 pm Link to this comment
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John McCain is “playing anti-Bush when it came to disaster preparations”.

Are you kidding me???

McCain would NOT dare playing that kind of a game before getting the OK to do so from W.Bush himself. Otherwise,he risks losing the 27 percent of the Republicans who remained hard-core Bush’s supporters.
If he is desperate,as some writers have already reported,McCain dares NOT be anti-Bush without Bush’s

It is amusing to see the First Lady,Laura Bush,acting
as spokeswoman on behalf of her husband and the Republican Convention.Where is George W. Bush???
Perhaps,just perhaps,John McCain has asked Bush to do him a favor:DISAPPEAR FOR A WHILE,PLEASE….....AND

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By cyrena, September 1, 2008 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment

Seems to me like this turned out to be quite a convenient thing for the repugs..capitalizing on the misery of others…again.

So, if the candidates have to change up their plans, (and I’m glad that Obama has) just exactly what the hell are we paying GW for? Is there anyone in the current administration doing anything? (besides using this as an excuse to hide out at Crawford)?

I just got a text message a little while ago from the POTUS-in-waiting, asking us to send 5 bucks to the red cross for a relief effort. I can do that, so I will.

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By RightWing, September 1, 2008 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

I guess OB is doing the same.Obama planned to finish his campaign schedule Monday with stops in Michigan and Wisconsin, two battleground states the campaign views as possible wins, before heading home to Chicago to monitor the situation and decide his schedule for the rest of the week.

“Instead of a speech, what I’d like to do is to ask all of us join in some silent prayer for all those Americans who are spending this Labor Day in a shelter waiting for another storm to pass,” Obama said at an outdoor rally in the shadow of General Motors’ headquarters.

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By Ed Harges, September 1, 2008 at 10:06 am Link to this comment

The Him-McCain’s senses are clearly failing,
And the Her-McCain’s mind is barely used.

God may favor Sarah Palin,
But Mother Nature’s not amused,

Even poor McCain must’ave
seen it coming -

So Hurricane Gustave
sent him running.

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