"Katrina" Category
March 5th, 2007

Bush Doctrine of Outsourcing Government Directly Responsible for Meltdown At Walter Reed

I’ve said it before- that President Bush’s zealous drive to ‘outsource’ as much of the federal government as possible to his corporate benefactors under the guise of ’smaller, more efficient government’ is little more than a transfer of wealth from the masses to the few. Another tragic result of such massive outsourcing has been the loss of knowledgable and dedicated personnel from all of the governments agencies, leaving the American public with an understaffed, ill-equipped, and often incapable agency that is no longer able to fulfill it’s mission to the American people. In what becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, Bush has been able to claim that big government is ineffective while gutting the budgets and staff of those agencies to make sure he is right. And at the same time, a small number of bohemoth corporations assume responsibility for managing the same tasks once done by competant and often caring lifetime federal employees, at a higher cost and with little or no accountability.

We saw it from FEMA when Katrina hit. We see it in Iraq daily. Corporations securing no-bid contracts to provide services or support and then fleecing the payments while leaving the job undone or done so poorly a first grader would question the results.

So I guess it’s no surprise to find that outsourcing may well be behind the meltdown at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In a recent article at Army Times, it turns out that an internal memo from late 2006 described in detail how the Army’s decision to “privatize support services at Walter Reed could put patient services at risk of mission failure.” In fact, the Army has been aggressively outsourcing all sorts of work, and specifically at Walter Reed since the year 2000. And the reason for that aggressive outsourcing is given as President Bush’s ‘competitive outsourcing’ initiative.
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March 1st, 2007

George Bush and the Holy Grail

Katrina George returned to the Gulf Coast on another listening tour today. Unlike his first visit, 18 months ago, the Commander-in-Chief managed to command Air Force One to actually land this time. Apparently, he’s learned it’s much easier to listen when you’re not zooming by at 10,000 feet and peering through the airplane window. However, I suspect he wasn’t listening much at ground level either.

It seems George has forgotten about that southern coast where he loved to go adrinkin’ and awhorin’ in his pre-Presidential, pre-sobriety years. He says he’s just pleased as punch at all the progress being made down there. By golly there’s scads of corners being turned, progress being made, and button-busted pride to crow about. However, it seems odd that with all that prideful progress he’s curiously forgotten to fly down and say a big howdy since before the mid-terms. He couldn’t find a spare paragraph in his State of the Union address for them either.

He’s just modest and busy I reckon.
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February 13th, 2007

Google satellite map images changed for New Orleans?

Jesus H. Christ, what doesn’t this administration have its hands in?

Take a look at what Google is pushing as “updated information” on their maps of New Orleans. In the top picture, it looks like every thing is back to normal. However, that picture was take before hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. The picture below was taken from google maps in Jan of 2006.
Yeah, I know, how on Earth can I blame the Bush administration for this one? Well, who else would want to re-write this part of American history as much as the Bush administration would want to?
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December 28th, 2006

John Edwards starts his campaign in NOLA

From the email I received this morning. I do like that Edwards has started his campaign in the 9th Ward. We can not forget that the Gulf region is still in disrepair, even if Bush is in denial about it.



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December 26th, 2006

Katrina fraud could top $2 Billion

That is with a “B” folks. According to this quote, in an article on Forbes.com, by a Homeland Security Dept. Inspector General:

“Based on their track record, it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw another billion more in waste,” said Clark Kent Ervin, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general from 2003-2004. “I don’t think sufficient progress has been made.”

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December 12th, 2006

Human Rights Day, Santa Barbara Style


Here is a short montage of pics from our rally and march in Santa Barbara on Sunday Dec 10th, which fellow blogger,Sumo and I attended. Our speakers were:

-Colonel Ann Wright, one of three U.S. State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the invasion of Iraq in Mar. 2003.(picture in montage)
-David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org
-Rae Abileah, Code Pink(picture in montage)
-Elizabeth De la Vega, author of U.S. v. Bush,(picture in montage)
-Dr. Dennis Loo, co-author of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney(picture in montage)
-Geoffrey Millard, National Guardsman and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War(picture in montage)

I have included pictures of Col. Wright and Dennis Loo. The sponsor of the event, Dinah Mason can be seen in the bottom right corner of Dennis Loo’s picture. We had military families speaking out against the war, as well as the remaining victims of Katrina. The weather was cold and blustery, which turned into rain towards the end of the speakers. With my trashed back, I did not feel up to the march, so sadly, Sumo and I had to leave.

There is also a brief video on a local Santa Barbara TV station website which you can watch here. I am in the beginning of the video in my nifty black T-shirt which says: “He’s not my President-United for Peace and Justice”. Why do they always seem to find me for these shots? Gawd help me. I do so LOVE the elderly couple and their home-made sign, don’t you?
This video is my first attempt at making a video..bear with me folks..the female speaker is Col. Ann Wright.. and she got very emotional..as I did through most of the speakers. The final speaker was a women whos husband is being held as a conscientous objector in Germany. He was enlisted prior to the War in Iraq. They sent him to Iraq anyway, inspite of the fact that his gun NEVER held any bullets when he was sput on guard duty. I want to thank ED for the second half of the pictures in this montage. please go give ed a hello for being such a stand up guy.

Tags: News and politics, Human Rights Day, Impeach the Bastards Now, Katrina

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December 12th, 2006

Human Rights day, we remembered the Gulf Region as well.

One of the Basic Human needs is housing. I do not for one minute think the federal goverment should house everyone. But, that said, I think they should house those who were living in a humble abode prior to Katrina. Da Levee’s broke. It wasn’t an act of God..it was an act of negligence.

Over 1 million people were uprooted because of Katrina and the levees. Around 300,000 still remain homeless now. TomPaine.com has a good article up that address’s the needs of those still homeless that weren’t that way prior to Katrina.

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December 10th, 2006

Impeachment: Morally right but politically wrong?

Today, I will be attending a march and rally in Santa Barbara. It is sponsored by AfterDowningStreet.org and will be a tribute to our soldiers as well as a celebration of Human Rights Day and Impeach the President Day. It’s a day that should appeal to all progressives in one way or another. Surely each of you progressive folk can find one of the three reasons above to support this special day in your own way.

TomPaine.com has an article up which addresses Impeachment on two levels, as witnessed by the title of this writeup. The Democrats have already made it clear that impeaching the Shrub is not an option. This doesn’t sit well with many people who were looking forward to watching hours of CSPAN testimony about all the bullshit the Decider-in-Chief has pulled since 9/11. I know that personally, I was giddy with the prospect of fixing some popcorn, making a pitcher of Margarita’s and settling in for some must see TV that involved watching the Shrub squirm like a worm on a fish hook and Dick Cheney looking like someone just located his rectum with a cattle prod. But it seems that is just not to be…damn it all to hell, I will now have to look for another reason to make that pitcher of margaritas. Perhaps the Chargers making it to the Superbowl will suffice..but I digress.

Jennifer Van Bergen has taken up the task to argue why Impeachment would be good for the country. Her argument is simple; Bush has broken numerous laws. Many books have been written outlining the case for impeachment and they present us with legal arguments for this endeavor. The case can be made that there are far more reasons for impeaching Bush than there were when Nixon was threatened with the process.
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November 30th, 2006

Federal judge orders FEMA to resume Katrina housing payments

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled Wednesday that FEMA must resume payments for housing expenses for some victims of Katrina. The website Jurist, operated by the University of Pittsburgh Law School has this brief writeup:

Leon granted the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the payments stoppage, maintaining that FEMA had failed to provide evacuees with adequate explanations for their denials of housing assistance and their means of appeal under the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) filed the lawsuit on behalf of displaced hurricane evacuees alleging violations of their due process rights. FEMA faces other lawsuits with regard to cutting off housing benefits.

Here is a link to the ruling(pdf).
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