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Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Compassionate conservatism my ass, part deux
* Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) pointed out that "Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said it all, starting his news briefing Saturday afternoon: 'Louisiana is a city that is largely underwater...'" (for non-Americans, Lousiana is a State, not a city; the city in question would be New Orleans).
* Condy Rize was found attending Monty Python's Spamalot musical in New York (excellent show, by the way!), last Wednesday, rather than flying to "the city" of Louisiana. When a bystander pointed that out in the crowd outide the theater, he was removed by the police. Heck, this is a free country after all!
* House Majority Leader Tom Delay implied that the problem with the delayed response to the disaster was local, not at the level of the federal government. According to a CNN piece he said: "The emergency response system was set up to work from the bottom up." Right, so why did we spend billions of federal dollars to improve "homeland security"?
* Finally, Katrina's victims in Houston, Texas were "underprivileged anyway" and life in the Astrodome sports arena is "working very well for them," former first lady Barbara Bush says.
Hey, with compassionate feelings like these, who wants to see the Democrats back in power in '06 and '08? (That was a rhetorical question.)