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Friday, September 09, 2005

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Important news, citizens!

Tight Constraints on Pentagon's Freedom Walk

"Event Remembering 9/11, Troops to Be Kept 'Sterile,' Limited to Preregistered"

Preregistered = conservatives.
Organizers of the Pentagon's 9/11 memorial Freedom Walk on Sunday are taking extraordinary measures to CONTROL PARTICIPATION in the march and concert, with the route fenced off and lined with police and the event closed to anyone who does not register online by 4:30 p.m. today.

The march, sponsored by the Department of Defense, will wend its way from the Pentagon to the Mall along a route that has not been specified but will be lined with four-foot-high snow fencing to keep it closed and "sterile," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense.

The U.S. Park Police will have its entire Washington force of several hundred on duty and along the route, on foot, horseback and motorcycles and monitoring from above by helicopter. OFFICERS ARE PREPARED TO ARREST ANYONE WHO JOINS THE MARCH OR CONCERT WITHOUT A CREDENTIAL AND REFUSES TO LEAVE, said Park Police Chief Dwight E. Pettiford.
Which is a nice way of saying, "Officers are prepared to arrest liberals...and any conservative who wants to protest the fact that the 'freedom to assemble peacefully' is gone."
The event, the AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU FREEDOM WALK, is billed as a memorial to victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks and a show of support for those serving in the military, topped off with a concert by country singer Clint Black, known for his pro-troops anthem, "Iraq and Roll."

Organizers said they expect 3,000 to 10,000 participants.
There were 45,000 Maiden fans at this year's Ozz-fest in San Bernardino.

We didn't have to register with anyone.
One restricted group will be the MEDIA, whose members will not be allowed to walk along the march route.

Reporters and cameras are restricted to three enclosed areas along the route but are not permitted to walk alongside participants walking from the Pentagon, across the Memorial Bridge to the Mall.
Hmm.

National Park Service, Pentagon, the Mall...

I think YOU paid for this event.

Unless the above mentioneds are (now) run by private companies.

"That appears to be the case."

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FEMA Director to be Out Soon, Sources Say

Hey now:
Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown, under criticism due to his management of Hurricane Katrina as well as reported DISCREPENCIES ON HIS RESUME, is expected to be out as head of the agency very soon, informed sources have told ABC News.

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A 2001 press release on the White House Web site says that Brown worked for the city of Edmond, Okla., from 1975 to 1978 "overseeing emergency services divisions." Brown's official biography on the FEMA Web site says that his background in state and local government also includes serving as "an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight" and as a city councilman.

Both Time and The Associated Press were told by city officials that Brown was an ASSISTANT TO THE CITY MANAGER and NOT an ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER."
Where have I heard that before?

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Gareth: "I'm the assistant regional manager."

Brent: "Assistant to the regional manager."

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CUT TO:

INT. OFFICE - DAY

Brent and Gareth are discussing Brent's desire to take his old band (Foregone Conclusion) back on the road again.

Gareth: "Will you be needing a road manager?"

Brent: "I manage myself."

Gareth: "I could be the assistant road manager."

Brent: "Well, assistant to the road manager."
Brown had virtually no experience with emergency management when he was appointed to the position by President Bush two years ago.
Imagine that.

Imagine this:

You own a home, disaster strikes, your home is destroyed, it's uninsured, the government declares your neighborhood a disaster area and levels the place, and you get "dick."

MAYBE an offer on your home...FOR PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR.

Maybe.

In its place? "Someone" builds a Marriot, a new football stadium, and an outdoor mall.

Imagine.

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You'd be pissed, wouldn't you?

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A couple of days ago, I wrote:
On that note, there are folks out there...who lost everyhing in this tragedy...who now believe...that the reason the federal government left "them" behind...is because..."the big money people" have always wanted to LEVEL the poor neighborhoods of NoLa...so they could build a "Gulf Coast Riviera" in its place.
Now SOME of those people are wondering why the "federal government" is forcing them out.

Holdouts on Dry Ground Say, 'Why Leave Now?'


Here goes:
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8 - Ten days ago, the water rose to the front steps of their house. Four days ago, it began falling. But only now is the city demanding that Richie Kay and Emily Harris get out.

They cannot understand why. They live on high ground in the BYWATER neighborhood, and their house escaped structural damage. They are healthy and have enough food and water to last almost A YEAR.

They have a dog to protect them, a car with a full tank of gasoline should they need to leave quickly and a canoe as a last resort. They said they used it last week to rescue 100 people.

"We're not the people they need to be taking out," Mr. Kay said. "We're the people they need to be coordinating with."

Scattered throughout the dry neighborhoods of New Orleans, which are growing larger each day as pumps push water out of the city, are people like Mr. Kay and Ms. Harris. They are defying Mayor C. Ray Nagin's orders to leave, contending that he will violate their constitutional rights if he forces them out of the homes they own or rent.

"We have food, we have water, we have antibiotics," said Kenneth Charles Kinler, who is living with four other men on Marais Street, which was covered with almost four feet of water last week but is now dry. "We're more or less watching the area for looters."

Mr. Nagin has said the city is not safe for civilians because of the risk of fire and water-borne diseases. There was no official word on Thursday about when the police would start to evict residents forcibly, but officers have been knocking on doors to plead with people to leave on their own.

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To reduce the risk of violent confrontation, the police began confiscating firearms on Thursday, even those legally owned.

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But thousands more do not fall in any of those categories. They are sitting on dry ground with all their belongings and plenty of provisions. They say they want to stay to help rebuild their city and maybe earn some money doing it, because they have animals they are afraid to leave behind, or TO PROTECT THEIR PROPERTY or simply because they have always lived here and see no reason to move their lives to a motel room in Houston or San Antonio.

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"New Orleans has been my home for 20 years," said Kenny Dobbs, who celebrated his 35th birthday at the bar after the flood. "I've been on my own since I was 14."

Like other people, Mr. Dobbs said, he believed that the city had exaggerated the health risks of staying, as a scare tactic. The city simply wants to force people out so that its reconstruction will go more smoothly, he said.

"Why do you think they're evacuating people?" he asked. "SO THEY DON'T HAVE AS MUCH TO DEAL WITH."

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While residents and some legal experts question the constitutionality of forced evacuations, those staying have no functioning courthouse in the city to hear their complaints, and no state or federal authorities have stepped in to stop the plan.
That's one part of the story.

Hide and seek in New Orleans storm effort

First paragraph:
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - National Guard troops prepared to HUNT on Thursday for thousands of people still clinging to life in ruined New Orleans, as the White House sent more money and top officials to Hurricane Katrina's destruction zone.

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Officials have said perhaps 10,000 people remain in the flooded city surrounded by a toxic soup of garbage, human waste and floating corpses.
"PREPARED TO HUNT."

Language, people. Language.

CUE the "Darth Vader themesong," here comes "Big Daddy":

Vice President tours damage in Gulfport

"Insurance" is an issue.
GULFPORT - Vice President Dick Cheney and two top members of the Bush administration discussed relief efforts with mayors, military commanders and civil defense officials Thursday morning before touring one of the neighborhoods ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

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Cheney surveyed the remains of what had been one of Gulfport's BEST NEIGHBORHOODS. He saw piles of debris, fallen tree limbs and concrete slabs where homes with immaculate lawns once stood.

The vice president was accompanied by his wife, LYNNE Cheney, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff.
This is a great opportunity for Lynne to oversee the construction of schools without history books.
Cheney said that issues that need to be addressed now involve CATASTROPHE INSURANCE, housing and MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE for hurricane victims. The federal and state governments should also work together to find ways to help people remove debris from private property, he said.

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"One of the BIG ISSUES that obviously needs to be addressed -- it's come up in my meetings as well as talking with private citizens along here -- is this question of INSURANCE," CHENEY SAID. "The question is WHETHER THEY'LL BE COVERED by their private policies. I think that's an important question that needs to be addressed."
Let's tie that "question of insurance" to mental health issues --

"I'm sorry, sir, but you don't have insurance."

"No! I'm telling you...I do! I've been your customer for over 20 years!"

"We have no record of that, sir -- "

"But, but, but -- "

"You're not in our system -- "

"I've been paying...paying...aaaggghhh!!! "

"Look, sir, you've...experienced...a big hurricane. Have you been to a 'doctor?'"

"Aaaggghhh!!!"

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Youfeelingme?

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Back to Big Daddy's visit to Gulfport:
But this parade aggravated Second Street resident LYNN LOFTON. She complained about the President being on vacation when the hurricane was headed toward the Coast. And she didn't want to be part of any photo-op.

"They've picked a nice neighborhood where most people have insurance and are REPUBLICAN," she said.

A young man walking down the street shouted a profanity at the Vice President as he took questions from the media.
That was the guy who told Cheney to "go fuck himself."

You can watch that video at Crooks and Liars.

Lynn Lofton was identified by the AP as a REPUBLICAN - BTW.

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Fables of the Reconstruction:

Bush lifts wage rules for Katrina

"President signs executive order allowing contractors TO PAY BELOW prevailing wage in affected areas."

Finally, some positive action from the White House!
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.

The Davis-Bacon law requires federal contractors to pay workers at least the prevailing wages in the area where the work is conducted. It applies to federally funded construction projects such as highways and bridges.

Bush's executive order suspends the requirements of the Davis-Bacon law for designated areas hit by the storm.
No word on whether or not "Our Kid" "issued an executive order" capping" EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION.

"If we don't pay those people what they deserve, the best and brightest will not be called to 'service.'"

Right.

More later...

1 Comments:

  • Brando --

    Ready for this? The army is now recruiting at the Astrodome. No shame.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:55 AM  

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