i'm sure it wasn't intentional, but this is funny.
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on the verge of tears, the senator from Oklamhoma had this to say the Roberts confirmation hearing:
"When I ponder our country and its greatness, its weaknesses, its potential, my heart aches for less divisiveness, less polarization, less finger pointing, less bitterness, less mindless partisanship, which at times sounds almost hateful to the ear of Americans."
yet, he's the same guy who had these very divisive and polarizing things to say himself:
“The gay community has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across this country, and they wield extreme power … Why do you think we see the rationalization for abortion and multiple sexual partners? That’s a gay agenda.”
"The gay community ... is the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today."
"I favor the death penalty for abortionists."
i found this article which talks about political conservative's new love affair with penguins after the release of the documentary, "The March of the Penguins."
in particular, commentators have lauded penguins' monogamous relationships as well as the extent to which parent penguins care for their newly born offspring.
i wonder if those commentators realize that penguins change mates every year and that there exist gay penguins?
...to boost his approval ratings:
"By late last week, Administration aides were describing a three-part comeback plan. The first: Spend freely, and worry about the tab and the consequences later. "Nothing can salve the wounds like money," said an official who helped develop the strategy. "You'll see a much more aggressively engaged President, traveling to the Gulf Coast a lot and sending a lot of people down there."
The second tactic could be summed up as, Don't look back. The White House has sent delegates to meetings in Washington of outside Republican groups who have plans to blame the Democrats and state and local officials. In the meantime, it has no plans to push for a full-scale inquiry like the 9/11 commission, which Bush bitterly opposed until the pressure from Congress and surviving families made resistance futile. Congressional Democrats have said they are unwilling to settle for anything less than an outside panel, but White House officials said they do not intend to give in, and will portray Democrats as politicking if they do not accept a bipartisan panel proposed by Republican congressional leaders. Ken Mehlman, the party's chairman and Bush's campaign manager last year, told TIME that viewers at home will think it's "kind of ghoulish, the extent to which you've got political leaders saying not 'Let's help the people in need' but making snide comments about vacations."
The third move: Develop a new set of goals to announce after Katrina fades. Advisers are proceeding with plans to gin up base-conservative voters for next year's congressional midterm elections with a platform that probably will be focused around tax reform. Because Bush will need a dynamic salesman to make sure that initiative goes better than his Social Security proposal, advisers tell TIME there is once again talk of replacing Treasury Secretary John Snow. There are no plans to delay tax cuts to pay for the New Orleans reconstruction or the Iraq war, and Bush is likely to follow through on his vow to veto anticipated congressional approval of increased federal funding for embryonic-stem-cell research."
so, to sum up:
1. fiscal discipline? what's that?
2. don't worry about learning from past mistakes.
3. change the subject.
« on: September 09, 2005, 12:13:12 PM »
not the colossal failure of government on all levels and the resultant inability of the world's richest country to provide food and water to its citizens who are in desperate need?
Image czar says looting shocks world opinion
Ken Herman - Cox Washington Bureau
Friday, September 9, 2005
Washington --- Karen Hughes, who officially starts her job today as head of the nation's image-building effort abroad, said Thursday that Hurricane Katrina had complicated her already formidable task.
But while much of the global criticism has centered on the Bush administration's response to the storm, Hughes said something else was a problem for America's image around the world: the crime that followed.
"The images of crime being committed in the face of an awful natural disaster is hard for anyone to understand, people around the world and Americans. It sickens me as an American," she said. "How could criminals prey on vulnerable elderly citizens and children during a time of such horror?"
Like President Bush, Hughes acknowledged that the overall government response effort was flawed, but she did not include that as a reason the image of the United States might suffer as a result of the storm.
Hughes --- a longtime Bush aide and confidante --- takes the oath of office today as the State Department's undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. Her job will be to improve America's global image.
Much of the international reaction to the hurricane has centered on the administration's response time. A Korea Herald editorial this week said it was "unbelievable that in America, a country the envy of most of the world's people, residents died by the thousands in a flood, corpses floated in the streets, were left on curbs and even astride the entrances to emergency relief centers."
In an interview at the State Department, Hughes touched lightly on possible world reaction to the relief and recovery effort.
"We saw pictures on Thursday of people who were waiting to be rescued and didn't feel that we had arrived quickly enough," she said, adding that Bush "has acknowledged that we have to do better and we want to do better."
"But what I will challenge in any stories I see is any idea that we didn't want to help people. We certainly wanted to help everyone," Hughes said, noting that a disproportionate number of the hardest-hit victims are black.
"It's offensive to me to suggest that somehow, as I've seen some headlines and some reports do, that people, that Americans, weren't helped because they are poor or because of their race," Hughes said. "That is anti-American. That is not what our country is about."
Hughes said it was "unfortunate that this natural disaster disproportionately affected people of one race and one income level."
But it is the images of post-storm crime that could do the most damage to the U.S. image abroad, according to Hughes.
"On the other hand, we've seen, especially in Texas, the generosity of thousands of people, an incredible outpouring," she said.
The images of Americans helping Americans will play well around the world, Hughes said. Hughes said the overall challenge of her job centered on a world perception that "it's all about us."
"What I say is, it's not about us. It's about all of us as civilized people," she said. "And we're the world's only superpower, so that comes with both respect and some resentment."
Bush lifts wage rules for Katrina
President signs executive order allowing contractors to pay below prevailing wage in affected areas.
September 8, 2005: 9:42 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage.
In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused "a national emergency" that permits him to take such action under the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Bush's action came as the federal government moved to provide billions of dollars in aid, and drew rebukes from two of organized labor's biggest friends in Congress, Rep. George Miller of California and Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, both Democrats.
"The administration is using the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to cut the wages of people desperately trying to rebuild their lives and their communities," Miller said.
is the prevailing wage down in the gulf that high to begin with?
i still remember when after 9/11 nearly everyone put aside partisanship to unite behind W and help everyone who was a victim of that tragedy. this doesn't sit well with me:
Congress Approves $51.8 Billion For Victims
Bipartisan Accord on Aid, But Not on Investigation
By Peter Baker and Amy Goldstein
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, September 9, 2005; Page A01
President Bush and Congress moved on multiple fronts yesterday to rush fresh relief to people afflicted by Hurricane Katrina, vowing to get cash directly into the hands of victims while enacting an unprecedented spending package to feed and house evacuees, rebuild schools and bridges, and begin clearing out the vast rubble.
Just a day after Bush's request, the House voted 410 to 11 to approve $51.8 billion for relief, and the Senate followed suit hours later 97 to 0, bringing the total approved in the past week to $62.3 billion, with more to come. With his poll approval ratings crumbling further amid a political backlash, Bush tried to unify the country by declaring next Friday a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.
who are these 11 people?
the funny part is toward the end.
« on: September 08, 2005, 12:18:30 PM »
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