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Bush Responds to Katrina

Vows reprisal against hurricane perpetrators
President Bush on Friday promised an immediate strong response to the
perpetrators of Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast storm which has
quickly sprouted into the largest natural disaster in U.S. history.

In a brief stop at the White House between vacations, the president
addressed the White House press corps. "Ours is a great nation and we
have suffered a heavy loss. Throughout history we have persevered in the
gravest of circumstances. We will persevere now. And when we have
recovered and after we have mourned and honored our heroic dead, we will
strike back."

"We did not choose this battle," The President said. "This war has been
brought to our shores by our enemies. America has been attacked. Now we
need to fight the hurricanes over there before they put more Americans
here in harm's way."

In a dramatic reprise of his most successful campaign theme the
President continued, "It's time to take sides. You are either with the
hurricanes, or you are against them and with the forces of goodness and
freedom. The hurricanes out there should know that we will root them out
and we will not stop until they are destroyed."

The President closed the news conference with his now familiar, yet
strangely pacifying salutation, "God Bless America," before leaving for
a short stay at an Idaho resort. "It's hard work," he president said,
waving from his personal helicopter. "I know exactly what the folks down
in New Orleans are going through and I wish them the best. But it will
be hard, hard work."

In a follow up news conference, White House Press Secretary Scott
McClellan was asked what anti-hurricane measures were being explored.
McClellan outlined several options, including carpet bombing of the
Carribean ocean, sending National Guard troops to patrol the Bahamas,
and the construction of a large Hurricane-proof fence along America's
southern border. The anticipated cost of a such a fence would well
within the Pentagon's emergency discretionary budget.

Polls show 65% of Americans favor a strong immediate response to the
hurricane. 73% would be in favor of increased security measures against
hurricanes even if it meant the curtailment of some civil liberties. 32%
of Americans believe that there may be a link between al Queda and
Hurricane Katrina.

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The Good News 03.Sep.2005 10:26

B

source:

 http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/09/20050902-2.html


"The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)"

GWB: despicable moral midget 03.Sep.2005 10:43

Chile del Arbol

Incredible:
Create the most desperate, appalling conditions, leaving a hundred thousand of the poorest, most beleaguered, vulnerable people to suffer out their fate, due to your recklessness, callous indifference, and incompetence -- people who naturally include a disproportionate share of the most socially dysfunctional, including mentally ill, drug-addicted, and prisoners at the mercy of their wardens(!) -- and then you can strike macho poses calling for "zero tolerance" and "shoot-to-kill" when a few of them start to run amok under the stress of the situation.

The lowest pit in Hell is reserved for such "Compassionate Conservatives" and pseudo-Christians!

Dubya's Quote of the Day: "Don't Buy Gas" 03.Sep.2005 10:49

(from thursday)

"Don't buy gas if you don't need it."

- George W. Bush, quoted at Bloomberg.com, September 1, 2005


"zero tolerence" 03.Sep.2005 11:07

red suspenders

The first thing out of the presidential pie-hole was "Lawlessness wont be tolerated" and "nobody better try any insurance fraud"

but the way he said it sounded to me like. Look- "I know youre starving but don't you dare pick an apple off your neighbors tree." What a complete bozo.