Saturday, September 10, 2005
At the Central Baptist Church in Marshall, Texas, where I was baptized in the faith, we believed in a free church in a free state. I still do. My spiritual forbears did not take kindly to living under theocrats who embraced religious liberty for themselves but denied it to others.
'Forced worship stinks in God's nostrils,' thundered the dissenter Roger Williams as he was banished from Massachusetts for denying Puritan authority over his conscience."
Slothful Pentagon Jobs-out Temporary Building Service for Morgue. Even Worse, TOO SHIFTLESS TO PITCH IN AN AIRPLANE AND HELP TRANSPORT THE DAMN THING
By Ian Bickerton in Amsterdam
Published: September 8 2005 23:03 Last updated: September 8 2005 23:03
US authorities have contracted De Boer, a Dutch company that is the world's biggest supplier of temporary accommodation, to fly in a temporary mass mortuary to the New Orleans area.
The US confirmed on Thursday that it is braced for the discovery of more than 10,000 bodies following Hurricane Katrina.
The temporary morgue is capable of holding 10,000 bodies but the US Federal Emergency Management Agency has told De Boer to be ready to increase its capacity to accommodate more fatalities, according to Koos Tesselaar, the company chairman.
We have been talking to the US authorities daily. It started with [an order for] a much smaller facility, two days after the event, for 500 bodies, and it was scaled up to 10,000 now, Mr Tesselaar said. My feeling is that there might be more needed soon. That is the impression I get from the discussions we have had. They have indicated that we should be prepared to offer more.
De Boer will begin transporting the 600-tonne structure, which when erected will cover an area of 10,000 to 20,000 sq metres, by air from Ostend Airport, Belgium, on Saturday.
The company is also flying out accommodation to house up to 2,500 people involved in all aspects of the operation, not only those who work in the morgue.
The mortuary will remain for between three and six months during the slow and painful process of recovering and identifying victims, he said. Estimates of the death toll have varied widely, but on Thursday a Louisiana state official said Fema had made ready 25,000 body bags for the clean-up.
De Boer, based in Alkmaar, north of Amsterdam, supplies structures ranging from marquees to warehouses to clients including airports, exhibition organisers and refugee aid agencies.
The company was recommended to the US authorities by the UK Home Office, which had contracted De Boer to supply the mortuary to deal with the victims of the London terrorist bombings in July that killed more than 50 people. But the Dutch company said the New Orleans aid operation was straining international air-freight logistics. It has hired one aircraft to fly four trips at two-day intervals."
On a fundamental level, it doesn't make sense that in order to participate in a government-sponsored 'Freedom Walk' on public streets past public monuments, from one outdoor public landmark to another, you have to give your name address, phone number, and email address to the Pentagon. I mean, what could they do to stop you from just walking on public property along with those who did register?"
Physician who told Cheney to go F*ck Himself Lost his Home in Katrina, Detained, Cuffed by Cheney's M-16-carrying Goons
by Jackson Thoreau
Dr. Ben Marble, a young emergency room physician who plays in alternative rock bands and does art on the side, needs our help. Since he was the one who told Dick Cheney to 'go fuck yourself' on Sept. 8, that's the least we can do.
Marble is a complex guy, to say the least. Some of the lyrics he writes can be considered harsh by some "personally what I've heard is very much on target - but he has a softer side as an organizer of breast cancer fund-raisers, not to mention an ER doctor."
Friday, September 09, 2005
FEMA turns away experienced firefighters
FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks
FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel
FEMA won't let Red Cross deliver food
FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans
FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid
FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board
FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck
FEMA turns away generators
FEMA: 'First Responders Urged Not To Respond'
That last one is real -- not satire but straight from FEMA's website.
Report prepared by 'forest25'"
The Canadians beat both the Army and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. disaster response department, to St. Bernard Parish east of New Orleans, where flood waters are still 8 feet deep in places, Sen. Walter Boasso said.
'Fabulous, fabulous guys,' Boasso said. 'They started rolling with us and got in boats to save people.'
'We've got Canadian flags flying everywhere.'
The stricken parish of 68,000 people was largely ignored by U.S. authorities who scrambled to get aid to New Orleans, a few miles (km) away. Boasso said residents of the outlying parishes had to mount their own rescue and relief efforts when Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on August 29.
The U.S. government response to the disaster has been widely criticized. Politicians and editorial writers have called for the resignation of top Bush administration officials.
Boasso said U.S. authorities began airdropping relief supplies to St. Bernard last Wednesday, the same day the Canadian rescue team of about 50 members arrived from Vancouver, nearly 2,200 miles away.
'They chartered a plane and flew down,' he said.
Two FEMA officials reached the parish on Sunday and the U.S. Army arrived on Monday, he said.
'Why does it take them seven days to get the Army in?' Boasso asked.
He speculated that the smaller parishes suffered because the focus was on New Orleans, the famous home of jazz and Mardi Gras.
As for the Canadians, Boasso gave thanks for their quick work.
'They were so glad to be here,' he said. "They're still here. They are actually going door-to-door looking in the attics" for people to rescue, he said. "
But apparently that wasn't enough. Local bureaucrats decided that KAMP needed to obtain 10,000 walkman-sized radios to give out to the refugees before they could broadcast a single syllable. Which was actually acheived in record time.
Now, some military guy on-site has decided that he can't allow the station to broadcast because the stadium couldn't spare the electricty. John Anderson, guru on all things LPFM tells us that A 30-watt transmitter draws less than a third of the power of your average incandescent light bulb. When the would-be broadcasters offered to run the broadcast entirely on battery power, they were again rejected.
More than anything, the continuous red tape, road blocks, and fuck-ups in helping the Katrina victims seems to be a need by authorities to have Control. Victims who try to feed themselves by looting are threatened by cops. People who try to get out of the city themselves get stopped by sheriffs with guns. Thousands of folks try to volunteer their time or donate supplies and are stopped Actually, this point is such a huge deal I'm going to interrupt my train of thought to demonstrate:"
That's $110 million a day, and more net income than any company has ever made in a quarter. It's also a stunning 69 percent increase over the same period a year ago and a 34 percent jump from the $7.6 billion Exxon made just last quarter.
``Do you realize President Bush has just given a tax break to ExxonMobil?'' thundered Rep. Ed Markey (D-Malden). ``Of all the companies in the history of the world that needed a tax break, this month, ExxonMobil should be at the bottom of the list.''"
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Meet the F--kers:
"TDS-oh so subtle, oh so sweet-and oh so visciously takes apart the idiots who are supposed to protect us during a time of crisis.
Published September 7, 2005
WASHINGTON -- It was pure happenstance that the first big bi-partisan conference in Washington on terrorism and U.S. security policies, timed for the 4th anniversary of the original Sept. 11 attacks, should have coincided with the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. "
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Vice President Dick Cheney, in Gulfport, Mississippi on a tour of the Katrina hurricane zone was cursed out as he answered questions from reporters...
1 hour, 27 minutes ago
A Texas grand jury has indicted a political organization formed by Tom DeLay, accusing it of taking illegal corporate money as the House majority leader helped Republicans win control of the Texas Legislature and keep Congress in GOP hands.
DeLay, R-Texas, was not indicted by a Travis County grand jury in the charges made public Thursday, although three of his political associates were charged earlier. District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, said he had no jurisdiction over DeLay's personal conduct.
A prominent Texas business group also was charged, in what Earle called an attempt to funnel "massive amounts of secret corporate wealth" into Texas campaigns.
State law prohibits use of corporate contributions to advocate election or defeat of state candidates.
Once DeLay helped Republicans win control of the state Legislature in 2002, the majority leader engineered a Republican redistricting plan that gave the state's U.S. House delegation a 21-11 majority in the current Congress. The effort helped Republicans increase their House margin by five seats this year.
Kevin Madden, DeLay's spokesman, said the majority leader only played a limited role in the political organization, Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee — also known as TRMPAC. He served on the organization's advisory board and appeared at fundraising events, Madden said.
The indictments also did not charge individuals in the Texas Association of Business with violating state law.
A complaint filed last year with the House ethics committee alleged that DeLay's activities with TRMPAC violated House rules, but the panel deferred action and has done nothing since.
The indictments allege that the business group and the political committee worked together in a complicated scheme to circumvent the election code.
The charge against Texans for a Republican Majority alleges the committee illegally accepted a political contribution of $100,000 from the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care and $20,000 from AT&T.
Four indictments against the Texas Association of Business include charges of unlawful political advertising, unlawful contributions to a political committee and unlawful expenditures such as those to a graphics company and political candidates.
The statewide business group, which is influential at the Texas Capitol, spent about $1.7 million in corporate money for mailings in 2002. The group said it was trying to educate voters on issues, which is legal, not advocate the election or defeat of any candidates.
TAB attorney Roy Minton said the group acted under protections of the First Amendment, which "gives individuals and their businesses the absolute right to inform the public of the conduct of our elected officials and the conduct of candidates for public office."
The grand jury last fall indicted three officials with Texans for a Republican Majority. John Colyandro of Austin and Jim Ellis of Washington, D.C., each were accused of one count of money laundering. Colyandro also faces 13 counts of unlawful acceptance of a corporate political contribution.
Washington fundraiser Warren Robold was indicted on charges of accepting or making corporate donations.
All are now awaiting trial.
October 29, 2004: C-Span Brings in their cameras and Simulcasts Thom's 3 hour program, including the regular Friday feature of Congressman Bernie Sanders "Brunch With Bernie" The CD of the complete show is available here.
Hartmann started his career in radio in 1968, and worked for a decade on the air as a DJ (Drake format morning drive), news reporter, news director, as well as a program director. He got out of the business in 1978, going on to write over 20 books, 16 of which are currently in print in 14 languages. In 2003, he started his current program, which has steadily grown into national syndication.
Hartmann�s �No Boring Zone� technique of delivery draws in listeners who just couldn't handle another tedious interview (other than Independent Congressman Bernie Sanders, who's a Friday regular, about the only guests Hartmann has on his show are conservatives with whom he debates). Hold on to your seats as Thom demonstrates how to talk back to the right wing talking points right-wing talking points--by doing it!
Named one of talk radio's �100 Heavy Hitters� by Talkers Magazine, and 'Top Ten New Voices in Talk Radio' for 2004 by Radio Ink, Thom Hartmann is making waves that will wash listeners to the shores of your station, and draw to your station increased ad revenues.
Thom Hartmann, who started in radio in 1968, is also is an internationally known speaker on culture and communications, an author, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology, and democracy. Hartmann is the award-winning, best-selling author of fourteen books currently in print in over a dozen languages on four continents.
He is the former executive"
I've just done a little research, for data that might shed light on why the federal foot-dragging to save New Orleans occurred. Louisiana is, after all, a solid red state, which Bush won by a 60/40 margin.
Here's what my research revealed:
Examination of the official Louisiana Secretary of State 2004 presidential election results map shows that only six of sixty four parishes favored Kerry, and in all but one of those Kerry was favored by a very slim margin.
The dramatic exception is Orleans Parish, where 152,610 voted for Kerry and 42,847 voted for Bush. That's 78% for Kerry, and 22% for Bush. (See
The city boundaries of the city of New Orleans are coextensive with those of Orleans parish.
Interestingly, those percentages closely mirror San Francisco's: 83% for Kerry, 15% for Bush. (See http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/sov/2004_general/ssov/formatted_pres_detail.pdf).
We all know how famous Rove is for knowing this data cold � without even having to look it up.
As they say in Texas, you dance with the ones that brung ya.
God help us when the Big One hits here. "
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Like Mother, Like Son
Why doesn't President Bush feel obligated to meet with Cindy Sheehan during his vacation?
Remember this statement by his mother, Barbara Bush, on Good Morning America in March 2003: Why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it's gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?
The apple hasn't fallen far from the tree.
' See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.' � G.W. BU$H "
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
FEMA accused of flying evacuees to wrong Charleston
Tuesday, September 6, 2005; Posted: 11:29 p.m. EDT (03:29 GMT)
(CNN) -- Add geography to the growing list of FEMA fumbles.
A South Carolina health official said his colleagues scrambled Tuesday when FEMA gave only a half-hour notice to prepare for the arrival of a plane carrying as many as 180 evacuees to Charleston.
But the plane, instead, landed in Charleston, West Virginia, 400 miles away.
It was not known whether arrangements have been made to care for the evacuees or transport them to the correct destination.
A call seeking comment from FEMA was not immediately returned.
'We called in all the available resources,' said Dr. John Simkovich, director of public health for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
'They responded within 30 minutes, which is phenomenal, to meet the needs of the citizens coming in from Louisiana,' he said.
Simkovich said that the agency had described some of the evacuees as needing 'some minor treatment ... possibly some major treatment.'
'Unfortunately, the plane did not come in,' Simkovich said. 'There was a mistake in the system, coming out through FEMA, that we did not receive the aircraft this afternoon. It went to Charleston, West Virginia.'
A line of buses and ambulances idled behind him at Charleston International Airport as he described what happened.
'This is a 'no event' for today,' Simkovic
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina left behind a landscape of oil spills, leaking gas lines, damaged sewage plants and tainted water, Louisiana's top environment official said on Tuesday.
In the state's first major assessment of the environmental havoc in southern Louisiana, Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Mike McDaniel said large quantities of hazardous materials in damaged industrial plants, the danger of explosions and fires and water pollution were his main concerns eight days after the storm struck.
Preliminary figures indicate 140,000 to 160,000 homes were flooded and will not be recovered, he said. 'Literally, they are unsalvageable,' he said.
He said it would take 'years' to restore water service to the entire city.
'It's almost unimaginable, the things we are going to have to deal with,' he said.
Crews have found two major oil spills, one of 68,000 barrels at a Bass Enterprise storage depot in Venice and another of 10,000 barrels at a Murphy Oil facility in Chalmette, McDaniel said.
But huge amounts of oil also oozed from cars, trucks and boats caught in the flood.
'Everywhere we look there's a spill. It all adds up,' he said. 'There's almost a solid sheen over the area right now.'
High-level radiation sources, including nuclear plants, have been secured, and authorities were trying to determine the status of rail cars in the area as well as searching out large caches of hazardous materials in industrial plants.
Although there is a disease risk from contaminated water in the streets of New Orleans, McDaniel said it was too early to call the stagnant liquid a 'toxic soup.' State and federal agencies had begun quality testing. "I'm saying that's a little bit exaggerated," he said. "To say it's toxic, it sounds like instant death walking in it. Let's get some better data.
Independent experts have said the New Orleans flood water, may cause environmental damage as it flows from the city to Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.
More than 500 Louisiana sewage plants were damaged or destroyed, including 25 major ones. There were about 170 sources of leaking hydrocarbons and natural gas, officials said.
Katrina damaged large areas of wildlife habitat but it was too soon to assess the long-term impact, McDaniel said.
"One thing about nature, it's resilient," he said. "Nature will recover."
Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials
Committee on Energy & Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
Assessing the Present Environmental Status
State and federal authorities have begun the grim task of collecting the remains of perhaps thousands of storm victims and have set up a morgue in St. Gabriel, about 70 miles (110 km) from New Orleans, to process the corpses.
The bodies are being kept in refrigerated trucks. Teams of forensic pathologists and experts in fingerprinting, DNA and dental identification will be able to process about 140 bodies a day. "
A fracas erupted this weekend after military spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Sean Kelly of U.S. Northern Command noted that his forces were not authorized to aid Katrina survivors until given direction by the President, RAW STORY has found.
After describing in detail how the military had prepared to deal with hurricane relief, he remarked, 'The only caveat is we have to wait until the President authorizes us to do so. The laws of the United States say that the military can't just act in this fashion; we have to wait for the President to give us permission.'
This statement was made Saturday to the BBC. He said that NorthCom had been preparing well in advance (Video)."
By E&P Staff
Published: September 06, 2005 12:35 AM ET
NEW YORK Appearing on the Larry King show on CNN Monday night, former President George H.W. Bush defended his son against criticism for his response to the hurricane disaster, suggesting it was mainly media-generated.
Goaded on by King, he eventually backed off, saying if he kept talking he would be hearing from 'Mr. Sulzberger,' apparently referring to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of The New York Times. "
An Angry 'Times-Picayune' Calls for Firing of FEMA Chief, and Others, in Open Letter to President Bush
By E&P Staff
Published: September 04, 2005 10:40 AM ET
NEW YORK The Times-Picayune of New Orleans on Sunday published its third print edition since the hurricane disaster struck, chronicling the arrival, finally, of some relief but also taking President Bush to task for his handling of the crisis, and calling for the firing of FEMA director Michael Brown and others. "
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Show #5: September 4, 2005
The Sept. 4 show was a special edition examining Hurricane Katrina, and the Government's response.
Show #4: August 28, 2005
Show #3: August 21, 2005
Show #2: July 10, 2005
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Monday, September 05, 2005
Schultz made the decision late last week to travel with the Guard. Sources tell RAW STORY that the Guard told Schultz of the recent questioning of Donald Rumsfeld about why troops have scant armor by an Army specialist in Kuwait, saying they had witnessed the exposure of American troops in Iraq firsthand when flying over the country.
"Presidential visit to disaster area was faked, media hype...
Guest blogged by David Edwards President of Jefferson Parish, Aaron Broussard, says he still doesn't have the resources needed to save the lives in his Parish. At the end of...
Guest blogged by David Edwards
President of Jefferson Parish, Aaron Broussard, says he still doesn't have the resources needed to save the lives in his Parish.
At the end of this interview on Meet the Press, Broussard tells a heart wrenching story of a co-worker's mother that was trapped in a nursing home. She called four days in a row for help but help never came. Broussard breaks into tears as he explains that the Cavalry never came and she died by drowning.
Folks, people are still trapped. People still don't have food and water. President Bush has staged some photo-ops to make it look like the Cavalry had arrived and everything was under control. As Winter Patriot noted, this was a staged photo-op. It was faked. It was media hype.
George Bush's Administration and the federal government agencies that he is responsible for have still not responded in proportion to the disaster. They have not fulfilled their duties to the Americans that are depending on them.
Please watch and listen to all of Aaron Brousard's comments in this video.
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Sunday, September 04, 2005
National Day of Emergency Action
Support the People of New Orleans
Rally and Speak Out!
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, 6pm
Westwood Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd (corner of Wilshire & Veteran)
Support the People of New Orleans!
Jobs/Income & Housing for All Displaced Families!
Real Relief - Yes! Racism - No!"
September 04, 2005
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DON'T MISS THE ALL-IMPORTANT DISCUSSION OF ONE OF THE WORST MAN-MADE DISASTERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY.
Even the very conservative Chicago Tribune points the finger squarely at Bush's mismanagement of FEMA as the reason so many people suffered
Blog After Bush, the Deluge!
A rescue helicopter crashed in New Orleans in a Katrina related incident. The crash occurred about four miles away from New Orleans. More information will follow.
Also, Louisiana Police shot at least individuals carrying guns on a New Orleans bridge Sunday. At least five were killed stated a deputy chief..
Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley said the shootings took place on the Danziger Bridge, which connects Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.
The details are still sketchy but initially news services reported that the police killed army contractors, but, those facts have changed to indicate that the individuals killed were not involved in the construction operations.
Also, on Sunday, US homeland security chief Michael Chertoff referred to a complete evacuation of people from New Orleans. "We are not going to be able to have people sitting in houses in the city of New Orleans for weeks and months while we de-water and clean this city with the hope that we´re going to continue to supply them with food and water," Chertoff said in Metairie, Louisiana.
"The flooded places when dewatered are not going to be sanitary, not healthy. There´s not going to be a way to get food and water," he said.
The shooting underscores the chaos in the city and the need to evacuate all individuals but those absolutely necessary for operations and reconstruction.
NEW ORLEANS RESIDENTS: “Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help!”
”These babies. Six and eight months. The people- just walking past us.”
”No food, no water, no nothing. Whatever we have, we have been taking it. That's the only way we can survive.”
“We got the food right here. Let me show you right here! This is where they got the food.”
“Look! Right here, look! They won't give us nothing! Nothing!”
“Look! Look! They won't give us none. We ain’t drinking no ice water! Nothing! We can't get it!”
”There is nobody in charge. The national guard, the police, there is nobody. Somebody needs to come take charge and put organization and get these people to safety, to get them clothes, the basics things that they need to live from day-to-day.”
“It's not about low income, this is not about rich people, poor people. It's about people. Nobody wants to hurt anybody in this city. Nobody wants to hurt these people who have these businesses. “
”We need a little air and a little food and water for god's sakes. That's it.”
AMY GOODMAN: Some of the people speaking outside and inside the Convention Center, which is a symbol of the plight of survivors in New Orleans.
in New Orleans. "
05/09/2005 00:10 - (SA)
New Orleans - Police shot eight people carrying guns on a New Orleans bridge on Sunday, killing five or six, a deputy chief said.
A spokesperson for the army corps of engineers said the victims were contractors on their way to repair a canal.
The contractors were walking across a bridge on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain to fix the 17th Street Canal, said John Hall, a spokesperson for the corps.
Earlier on Sunday, New Orleans deputy police chief WJ Riley said police shot at eight people, killing five or six.
The shootings took place on the Danziger Bridge, which spans a canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.
No other details were immediately available.
"It is going to be about as ugly a scene as you can imagine," Chertoff told Fox News.
On this morning’s Meet the Press, Tim Russert asked Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff whether “heads will roll” after the bungled response to Katrina. Chertoff’s response:
The question I would put to people is what do you want to have us spend our time on now? Do we want to make sure we are feeding, sheltering, housing and educating those who are distressed, or do we want to begin the process of finger-pointing? I know that as far as I’m concerned I have got to be focused on, and everybody else in this government and the President has made this very clear, we have got to focus on moving forward to deal with some very real emergencies which are going to be happening in the next days and weeks.
In other words, attempts by Americans to hold their government officials accountable will somehow prevent us from “feeding, sheltering, housing and educating those who are distressed.”
You’re either with the administration or against the hurricane victims. Unreal.
Like Mother, Like Son
Why doesn’t President Bush feel obligated to meet with Cindy Sheehan during his vacation?
Remember this statement by his mother, Barbara Bush, on Good Morning America in March 2003: "Why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it’s gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Oh, I mean, it’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"
The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." – G.W. BU$H -- http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/05/20050524-6.html
"At least 54 people have died in China because of flooding and landslides triggered by Typhoon Talim.
About 40 died in the province of Anhui when Talim made landfall on Thursday, and 14 died in the city of Wenzhou, China's Xinhua news agency reported.
Some 400,000 people were affected by the storm, which caused an estimated $877m (�476m) worth of damage.
The weakening storm hit China on Thursday after killing two people and injuring dozens in Taiwan.
By Saturday Talim had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved further inland. "
And, to dispel any doubts that this could affect his leadership, he said he was following advice given to him by Democrat Robert Strauss: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you need to concentrate on."
The above is a quote from a BBC article lists NUMEROUS Quotes attributed to Bu$h:
"To those people I say, I say... Dick, what do I say?"
"These stories about my intellectual capacity do get under my skin a little bit," the president told journalists during the white-tie dinner which it is customary for US presidents to attend.
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you need to concentrate on."
The quotes that SEEM to have been Scrubbed, Expunged, Scoured, Dinfected, Extracted Purged or otherwise DISTORTED by at least 2 OFFICIAL United States Government websites ( Whitehouse.gov and SSA.gov ), Might be explained this way: (Possibly due to scrubbing there is only one official whitehouse website that contains both the words "fool" and "concentrate" that results after a google search. At this point, A very large Question Mark flew from my head and cracked the stucco on my ceiling. Here is why, the person that I was able to find quoting those 2 words was an (at this point to me) unknown member of the press pool, EN ROUTE TO KANSAS on AF-1 at 10:20 A.M. EST March 26, 2001. I am not sure if I am going off on a tangent here, But at This Time of day is before Bu$h Speaks to Employees of Bajan Industries in Kansas City, (11:50 A.M. CST )
This Merely means that Bu$h MAY NOT have said "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones I have to concentrate on." ....YET (at this point, that day).
Why did I just make reference to 2 seemingly unrelated sources?
Basically to demonstrate the FACT that the mind set was SO PREVALENT within the inner circle of the whitehouse. A journalist(?) (B.T.W. When did Guckert/Gannon start in the whitehouse press pool?) was using that same sing-song quote the very morning of the Gridiron Club dinner for the National Press Club where Bu$h, IS ALSO TO HAVE SAID: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones I have to concentrate on."
NOW we come to the problem,
A Washington Post article reveals that when a (non-person) jokster/prankster/idiot/buffoon/moron would have quite an easy time saying just the things that are TRULY on ones mind:
It's officially off the record, but of the wink-wink and nudge-nudge type -- we're not expecting a subpoena for leaking a punch line. Besides, the unofficial rule of the evening is that the 600 or so pundits and politicians in the room are supposed to at least act like they have a sense of humor
"People really try hard to be funny," said Gridiron veteran and Reagan administration speechwriter Landon Parvin. "They take it seriously. Politicians didn't get where they are by being funny. Gridiron night they have to switch over -- it's not easy."
Where is the Nataional Press Club member that has the slightest bit of GONADS, that will break out with an ACTUAL AUDIO RECORDING of Bu$h saying "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones I have to concentrate on." ????