Friday, September 02, 2005

Why Does God Let The Stupid Live?

Sidney Blumenthal once again shows the ignorance of Democrats. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10050.htm This is almost, but not quite as bad as Robbie Kennedy and his tin-foil-hat-blame-Bush-don't-use-oil-we're-all-doomed rant from two days ago. Although Sidney (Man I bet he used to get his ass kicked when he was a child with that name) does bat around the usual Demo-speak phrases programed into their Borg-like collective. (Does that last sentence make me a geek?) Reliable and honest information is to Sidney Blumenthal, as a prayer vigil at the Papal bedside is to Madalyn Murray O'Hair. Sidney is still dry humping Clinton's leg, and throwing out boogieman words, even in this article, like the dreaded Halliburton spectre. His general environmental rantings: (Sidney: "The Bush administration's policy of turning over wetlands to developers almost certainly also contributed to the heightened level of the storm surge.") show him to be a complete nut. And, per this article: Throwing in the global warming tag line, and reporting the UN blaming Bush for the increased risk of AIDS (Sidney: "The United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa accused the Bush administration of responsibility for a condom shortage in Uganda") is icing on the cake. Get over it already, and get facts from truthful sources. It doesn't help anything Demonuts say when the "facts" are pulled from your butt. Sidney, If you want to blame anyone for this disaster, start at the source: a corrupt city mayor's office going back for decades that never believed they had a reason to improve the safety and welfare of its citizens because they were filling their own pockets. Blame the incompetent police force, corrupt for so many years, that most recently permitted looting, murder, rape, and arson in the days following the Hurricane. Also, throw in a governor that waited three days before using her executive powers: http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2005/09/breaking-news-louisiana-governor-calls.php and I think you have a pretty good recipe for prolonging a disaster. --- Blumenthal's argument of funding cuts to New Orleans doesn't hold water, if you will pardon a sick pun. --- http://www.usace.army.mil/ From above: (New Orleans levees) "Built to withstand hurricane Category 3 storms, Katrina exceeded the design of the authorized hurricane protection system that resulted in several breaches." --- And: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/12539792.htm "Acknowledging delays in construction, Corps officials in Louisiana said that those projects weren't where the failures occurred. ''They (places that were to be improved) did not contribute to the flooding of the city,'' said Al Naomi, a senior project manager." --- If, as with last year, there can be billions of dollars in pork attached to a spending bill: http://www.taxpayer.net/TCS/PressReleases/2004/11-20Omnibus.htm, why is there not one Louisiana Congressman who had the brains to attach some cash to a "New Orleans Public Improvement" project. They could have been doing so for decades, right? By now they should have a levee system to rival the Dutch. Once again, Sidney's argument letting Congress off the hook, but blaming the Bush administration, falls flat. If you want, we can head back in time to find fault. Ask this: Where was Clinton,Bush 1, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon? Hell, go on back to the French. Why didn't they do something when they first placed their brie lacquered hands on the swamp? Why didn't the French, this president, or any past president, do anything to stop a crumbling New Orleans infrastructure? Answer: Because it was not and still is not their problem to deal with. Emergency planning starts at the county and city level where there is coordination between hospitals, law enforcement and other agencies, plus drills. FEMA prepares and waits for the local emergency management officials to set up a command center and tell them what they need. If New Orleans (ie: Governor Blanco) did not immediately tell FEMA they needed the military, then FEMA prepared a regular division of the National Guard to arrive as soon as possible after the storm. Communication and planning is key. New Orleans had its head buried in the sand for decades concerning this problem. My heart goes out to all who have suffered in Louisiana and Mississippi, but this 'Blame Bush' crap is old and annoying. It also shows ignorance of facts. If Sidney could actually write facts without the obvious slam job, I might put some credence in what he says. But, I really don't see that happening anytime soon.


Blogger MercerMachine said...

Hiya Rooster. Thanks for posting an intelligent, un-rabid conservative response over at SomethingSticky. You make excellent points, backed by fact. The main fact being that politicians are all pretty much useless whatever their party affiliation.

But let me ask you this: at the end of the day, do you really believe George W. Bush is a good leader? An effective President? An honest man? I'm honestly curious. I have nothing against a conservative viewpoint-- I may disagree with one, but that doesn't make it wrong. But I have trouble believing anyone can honstly say that our current President is the best man for the job.

Cheers, and have some Tex-mex for me!

9/05/2005 07:11:00 AM  
Blogger Rooster Cashews said...

Thank you for stopping by. I actually found your site from the "Ecosystem" site listing. I love the fact there are so many people around the world with differing views, or just willing to share a little about their life wherever they are.

I hope you'll forgive the long winded and rambling reply.
Answering your questions is difficult in some ways, and not so hard in others. An open discussion of ideas and opinions is important to me, so I try on this site (although not without venom and hot air most of the time) to take on issues I find important even if 99.9% of other people don't care.

I do believe Bush is an honest man. I've seen nothing to make me think otherwise. I really believe the media allows for only the worst in people to come out, and their digging for what they see as facts only hurts America in the long run. That statement is applied on the conservative and liberal side. While I’m glad we have a free press, and wouldn’t have it any other way, I wonder if they take it too far sometimes. We've gone from a society that admired and respected our leaders to one of waiting for them to be torn apart. For that, I blame the media. I see that happening with Bush now. There’s so much hate and misinformation. The New Orleans flood is a perfect example of finger pointing, and the media is eating it up.

Beginning with Nixon’s Watergate, to Clinton and all his hyphenated 'gate' scandals, to WMD’s, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and Cindy Sheehan, the media has moved into an adversarial role. I know there were scandals and take down attempts by the press prior to Nixon, but it seems to have gotten worse with the advent of global communication and 24/7 news. Reporters no longer appear to report, they decide. Watergate was an impeachable offence, and so was Clinton lying under oath, I'll make no argument against that, but the media's rabid dog approach to news sickens me. While I didn't like Clinton’s policy decisions, many of his "scandals" were nothing more or less wrong than presidents have been doing since the U.S. was formed. The Bush National Guard story is just one item in a long line of failed attempts to continually bring down a sitting president. Its things like this that make me trust the media about as much as I trust a used car salesman.

Is Bush the right person for the job? At this point in our history I'd say yes. He grew into the job, which is scary if you think about it. He could have rolled over the way Clinton or his father did when faced with terrorism, or failure to finish what needed to be done in the Middle East. There are some items in the Bush agenda I don't agree with (illegal immigration, no vetoes, smacking down Israel or Russia when they try to deal the same way we do with terrorism) but I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have in office. It would frighten me more to have Kerry or Gore in office right now. Maybe they could have grown they way Bush did, but I didn't see that in their character.

The above answer may have something to do with personality too. Bush's down home attitude is what seals the deal for me. He's not a career politician. That, and the fact he can't pronounce nuclear correctly, is one big reason I appreciate him.

Again, let me say thanks for coming by. If you ever make it to Dallas, just let me know. I'll take you to the best Tex-Mex restaurant in town. My treat.

9/05/2005 02:11:00 PM  

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