BRANDOLAND: Talking to God...For You!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Saturday Wrap Up

Gonna post a few key bits from the past week.

But first...

DeLay!
This morning, U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's visit to the RELIANT PARK this offered him a glimpse of what it's like to be living in shelter.

While on the tour of a shelter with top administration officials from Washington, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, DeLay stopped to chat with three young boys resting on cots.

The congressman likened their stay to being at camp and asked, "NOW TELL ME THE TRUTH, BOYS, IS THIS KIND OF FUN?"
Um.
They nodded yes, but looked perplexed.

With a group of reporters and press officers in tow, DeLay then moved on, chatting with others, including a local IRS representative.
Local...IRS REPRESENTATIVE?!

Why is he walking around with an IRS Rep?!

Yow.

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"Now tell me the truth, boys, is this kind of fun?"

"The 1040 EZ was funner."

"Did you just talk back to me, BOY?"

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Babs!
"Almost everyone I’ve talked to says we're going to move to Houston."

"What I’m hearing - WHICH IS SORT OF SCARY - is THEY all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality."

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."
And kind of fun, too.

It's working out very well for "them" and it's kind of fun, too!

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More GOP fun from Richard Baker, (R)-LA:
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."
Hey now!

Speaking of the cleanup...

Halliburton hired for storm cleanup

No joke.
The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Halliburton subsidiary KBR will also perform damage assessments at other naval installations in New Orleans as soon as it is safe to do so.

KBR was assigned the work under a "construction capabilities" contract awarded in 2004 after a competitive bidding process. The company is not involved in the Army Corps of Engineers' effort to repair New Orleans' levees.
Not yet, leastways.

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"Gonna be hiring people."

"Yes, sir."

"Gotta keep labor costs low."

"Yes, sir."

"Hey, get George on the phone."

"Yes, sir."

Ring ring.

CUT TO:

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.
Still no word on whether or not "Our Kid" issued an executive order capping" EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION.

Good to see him working hard, though.
Bush is trying to undo what many Republicans described as considerable damage to the White House inflicted by Bush's crisis management.

A senior White House aide said there was NO REASON for Bush to return to Washington to deal with the disaster before Wednesday, though he was told of the gravity of the situation in briefings late into the night on Monday.

Bush cut short his working vacation at his ranch near Crawford, Tex., but spent Tuesday night there.
"I'm done with my vacation, but...I'm gonna spend one more night in this bed."

"Yes, sir."

"No difference between this bed and the bed in the White House, right?"

"No, sir."
The aide said Bush wanted to allow his Cabinet and staff time to get back to Washington and in place to brief him.
"Plus, I'm giving everyone extra time to...find out what's going on...to brief me. I mean, they have more TV's than I do. They can watch FOX and CNN. At the same time. I've only got this one TV, so I can only go a channel at a time."

"Yes, sir."
The White House is moving on several fronts to repair Bush's image and streamline its response effort. Bush will return to Louisiana and Mississippi today.

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Bush, who typically works a fairly set schedule, has been working longer hours, getting in earlier than his usual 7 a.m. start and working as late as 9 p.m., at least two hours past his normal quitting time.
Got that?

He's working as late as 9!
Louisiana officials pushed back hard against the White House yesterday, sharply criticizing President Bush for offering a tentative and insufficient response to the obliteration of New Orleans and then trying to shift the blame to the state and local governments.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) accused Bush of failing to fund efforts to fortify the levee protecting New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina hit, and of failing to send troops, supplies and other assistance quickly enough in Katrina's aftermath.

"Would the president please stop taking photo-ops, and please come and see what I'm trying to show him?" Landrieu asked on ABC's "This Week."

SHE THREATENED TO "PUNCH" BUSH OR ANYONE ELSE WHO CRITICIZES THE RESPONSE OF THE LOCAL SHERIFFS, one day after administration officials blamed state and local authorities for missteps in relief and rescue efforts.
"Damn feminazi. Why is she so mad?"

Despite Warnings, Washington Failed to Fund Levee Projects

Oops:
WASHINGTON — For years, Washington had been warned that doom lurked just beyond the levees.

And for years, the White House and Congress had dickered over how much money to put into shoring up century-old dikes and carrying out newer flood control projects to protect the city of New Orleans.

As recently as three months ago, the alarms were sounding — and being brushed aside.

In late May, the New Orleans district of the ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS formally notified Washington that hurricane storm surges could knock out two of the big pumping stations that must operate night and day even under normal conditions to keep the city dry.

Also, the Corps said, several levees had settled and would soon need to be raised. And it reminded Washington that an ambitious flood-control study proposed four years before remained just that — a written proposal never put into action for lack of funding.

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The reasons the city's defenses were not strengthened enough to handle such a storm are deeply rooted in the politics and bureaucracy of Washington.
Enter Kyra Philips.

Aqui:
PHILLIPS: What about all the warnings from the Army Corps of Engineers...

PELOSI: But the Army Corps of Engineers...

PHILLIPS: ... years ago, saying there's a problem with these levees, there's a problem with this city.

PELOSI: Kyra, Kyra, Kyra...

PHILLIPS: It's Kyra. It's Kyra.

PELOSI: ... if you want to make a case for the White House, you should go on their payroll.
Methinks she "is."

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And a final reminder for you fans of FREEDOM...and Clint Black:

Tight Constraints on Pentagon's Freedom Walk

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

Sterile events are the best kind:
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.
Again, I went to Ozzfest this year.

If there's any crowd on the planet that needs to "controlled," it's the Ozzfest crowd.

Especially the dudes in San Bernardino.

45,000 glue-sniffing, paint-drinking, Slipknot-listenin,' super crazy motherfuckers.

WHO DID NOT NEED TO BE REGISTERED AND FENCED OFF.

"Mr. Tony Iommi on lead guitar!"

Capice?

"God bless you all!"

More later...

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