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    since you are in the blog mood rob, here are a couple for you.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian W. Ralston
    since you are in the blog mood rob, here are a couple for you.



    Don't even TRY, Brian. The blog I pointed to was NOT politicizing anything -- merely STATING THE TRUTH. The Red Cross has been ordered NOT to go into New Orleans. Seems to me that, right now, YOU'RE trying to politicize this.

    And since you are, let's point out that no less than the ultra-conservative editor of the Union Leader has said George W. Bush has completely dropped the ball on this. So is HE just playing politics?

    Don't friggin' waste your breath trying to defend the loser. Even if you cut him a break about the levee's (whose repair he failed to fund), his lack of response to THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER in our history -- he's off yucking it up with country stars and making speeches about Iraq for two days -- his lack of response has led to many, many deaths.

    You can spin all you want, Brian. Nobody -- not even conservatives -- are buying it anymore.
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    some people really suffer from "hate the leader" syndrome
    "W" called it a diaster area 2 days before it hit. clearing he way for relief.
    the mayor( didn't order a evacuation early enough), the governor had no clue and fema was completely worthless. the only people that had their sh@@
    together was the coast guard and the media.

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    Brian, I'm curious: is there a single Bush policy that you don't agree with? Has he ever done anything wrong in your opinion?

    I get the impression you think he's the Messiah.

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    It's hard to imagine how anyone could not be questioning Bush's priorities in this situation. Yes I despise him and his administration, but that has nothing to do with this. As a matter of fact I don't necessarily blame anyone for not knowing what to do when a city gets wiped off the map - nobody's ever seen this before.

    T H E H U F F I N G T O N P O S T

    The focus of the Huffington Post -- as of the whole country -- this week has been on the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Here are five of my posts on this tragedy. For much more on this unfolding story -- the suffering, the lessons, the political fallout, and the latest headlines -- keep checking huffingtonpost.com.

    The Flyover Presidency of George W. Bush
    Posted August 31, 2005 at 9:45 p.m. EDT

    The president's 35-minute Air Force One flyover of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama was the perfect metaphor for his entire presidency: detached, disconnected, and disengaged. Preferring to take in America's suffering -- whether caused by the war in Iraq or Hurricane Katrina -- from a distance. In this case, 2,500 feet.

    Apparently, the president "sat somberly on a couch on the left hand side of the presidential jumbo jet peering out the window" at the catastrophe below, joined at different times by White House staffers including Karl Rove and Scott McClellan. McClellan later quoted the president as saying, "It's devastating. It's got to be doubly devastating on the ground." Ya think?? Hey, here's an idea, Mr. President: maybe you should, y'know, get off the plane and see for yourself?

    Instead, he jetted on to Washington for a brisk 9-minute Rose Garden speech designed to let us know that his administration was doing everything in its power to mitigate the looming PR disaster the flooding of New Orleans could create for the White House... Uh, I mean, everything in its power to aid the recovery.

    The speech contained the usual Bush bonhomie (he's "confident" New Orleans "will be back on its feet, and America will be a stronger place for it"). But the most telling moment came when the president discussed the ways his administration was moving to help ease the suffering of profit-soaked oil companies impacted by the storm, pointing out that he had instructed Energy Secretary Sam Bodman to work with refineries to "alleviate any shortage through loans" and that the EPA had waived clean air standards for gasoline and diesel fuels in all 50 states. You could almost see him getting misty.

    He also unleashed a torrent of facts and figures: "The Department of Transportation has provided more than 400 trucks to move 1,000 truckloads containing 5.4 million Meals Ready to Eat -- or MREs, 13.4 million liters of water, 10,400 tarps, 3.4 million pounds of ice, 144 generators, 20 containers of pre-positioned disaster supplies, 135,000 blankets and 11,000 cots." It was as if by piling so many disparate numbers so high he might be able to block out the two most significant numbers of all: the number of National Guardsmen unable to help out in Louisiana and Mississippi because they are deployed in Iraq, and the tens of millions of hurricane and flood-control dollars that never made it to Lake Pontchartrain because they had been diverted to Iraq.

    The president's Rose Garden speech followed an all-hands-on-deck press briefing earlier in the day featuring Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and as many cabinet members and agency heads as could be crammed around a podium, including Bodman of Energy, Mineta of Transportation, Johnson of the EPA, Leavitt of HHS, and McHale of DoD. It had the feel of the old circus bit where clown after clown after clown piles out of the impossibly small car.

    And, like the president, Chertoff and company came armed with plenty of designed-to-obfuscate numbers. In one head-spinning riff, Chertoff rattled off info on "39 disaster medical assistance teams," "1,700 trailer trucks," "truckloads of water, ice, meals, medical supplies, generators, tents and tarpaulins," as well as the Coast Guard's "three national strike teams" and other "ships, boats and aircraft" that had "worked heroically for the last 48 hours, rescuing and assisting well more than 1,000 people who were in distress." But still no mention of those unavailable Guardsmen or the funds that were taken away from shoring up Lake Pontchartrain and shipped over to Iraq.

    Those are the blood-red elephants floating belly-up in the middle of this deadly disaster -- and the reason for the full-court PR press.

    During his press briefing, Chertoff declared the aftermath of Katrina "an incident of national significance." It's clear from Bush and his team's actions how worried they are that, as the facts come out, it will become "an incident of political significance" as well.

    Are People Dying Over Here Because We're Fighting Them Over There?
    Posted September 1, 2005 at 3:47 p.m. EDT

    Is the aftermath of Katrina part of the price we are paying for Iraq?

    To the growing list of collateral damage caused by the Iraq war and Bush's stunningly inept leadership, we can now add the city of New Orleans. It's no surprise that RNC chairman Ken Mehlman doesn't want "politics" injected into the national discussion about Katrina. Or that Scottie McClellan would echo that "this is not a time for politics." Why would he when President Bush's politics and policies have made this disastrous situation so much worse than it otherwise would have been?

    In his insultingly absurd "flypaper theory" Bush likes to posit an intrinsic connection between what's going on in Iraq and what's going on here at home. His version of the theory is, of course, completely wrong, but he's right that there is a connection. And it's a tragic one. And 100% airtight: every national guardsman who is in Iraq (and there are 118,000 of them) is one less guardsman who can help out right now in Mississippi and Louisiana.

    About 40 percent of Mississippi's National Guard and 35 percent of Louisiana's -- a combined total of roughly 6,000 troops -- are unavailable to help out because they are currently in Iraq. And despite the protestations of unnamed officials that "this had not hurt the relief effort," does anyone really believe that having 6,000 more well-trained citizen-soldiers on hand would not have made a huge difference?

    As Lt. Andy Thaggard, a spokesman for the Mississippi National Guard, put it: "Missing the personnel is the big thing in this particular event. We need our people."

    And this isn't a problem that will disappear once we -- if we -- bring the troops home. Iraq is a gift that won't stop giving for years and years. National Guard recruiting is down and so are retention rates. As Alabama Guard spokesman Norman Arnold explained: "We're just losing too many out the back door." Indeed, the Alabama National Guard currently has 11,000 troops -- 78 percent of the authorized number.

    And it's not just the manpower; it's the allocation of resources. The truth is that the Army Corps of Engineers was desperately trying to get the funds to prepare for just the kind of flooding that has left 90% of the homes in New Orleans underwater. Why didn't they get this much-needed funding? As Editor and Publisher explains: "At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars." The damning article goes on:

    "In early 2004, as the cost of the conflict in Iraq soared, President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for Lake Pontchartrain, according to a Feb. 16, 2004, article, in New Orleans CityBusiness. On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, told the Times-Picayune : 'It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.'"

    The administration's distorted priorities have deeply affected FEMA too. According to Eric Holdeman, the director of the Office of Emergency Management in King County, Washington, "the country's premier agency for dealing with such events -- FEMA -- is being, in effect, systematically downgraded and all but dismantled by the Department of Homeland Security." His "obituary" for FEMA is both sorrowful and alarming, warning that we, as a country, are "to an unconscionable degree, weakening our ability to respond" to the "tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, windstorms, mudslides, power outages, fires" that are inevitably coming our way. Don't those affect our national security, too?

    Oh, and you want to know who's running FEMA? His name is Michael Brown. And you'll be relieve to know that previous to FEMA, he was an estate lawyer.

    So, yes, Ken and Scottie, I can see why you don't want this "politicized." And there will no doubt be a succession of news anchors and reporters who think it's somehow inappropriate to speak of politics at a moment like this. But it's a lot more inappropriate to refuse to acknowledge what we know. Decisions were made that unequivocally affected how disastrous this disaster has become. The Bush administration will surely call into question the patriotism of anyone who dares note the obvious. But it's holding back from pointing out the consequences of catastrophic decisions that is unpatriotic.

    President Bush Hits the Scene, Giving Hope to... Uh, Trent Lott
    Posted September 2, 2005 at 2:04 p.m. EDT

    So President Bush has finally made it to the scene -- only four days after the storm. Unfortunately, there was no "bullhorn moment" a la his post-9/11 tour of Ground Zero -- no stirring rhetoric. Indeed, his staged briefing with the governors of Alabama and Mississippi did not inspire confidence or hope in anyone -- except maybe Trent Lott. And Lott's realtor. "The good news," said the president, "is that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubble of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's gong to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch."

    Yes, he actually said that. Way to look on the bright side, Mr. President. "Fantastic!"

    The president's sunny-side-up take on the Gulf Coast's Extreme Makeover came after Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced that he was launching "Operation Golden Rule." Uh, Governor... given what the authorities have been "doing unto" the beleaguered victims of Katrina, do you really think that's such a good idea?

    During the briefing, FEMA head Michael Brown and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, stood to the side, looking weak and ineffectual. Which, given their woeful performance and idiotic comments over the past few days, is probably just as well. At least they all had on their getting-down-to-business khakis.

    I hope New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin wasn't watching -- his head just might explode.

    Responding to the Disaster in the Gulf: 3 Heroes Who Get It and a U.S. Senator Who Absolutely Doesn't
    Posted September 2, 2005 at 6:35 p.m. EDT

    Finally, a politician has provided a response worthy of the magnitude of suffering -- especially the unnecessary suffering -- going on in New Orleans. It's just too bad it wasn't the person who has the most power to alleviate it.

    At the press conference held this morning by the Congressional Black Caucus, it was an incredible relief to hear Rep. Elijah Cummings give the speech the nation has been waiting to hear. He was brimming with anger and emotion -- an appropriate response for anyone who has turned on a television or read a newspaper in the last few days, and isn't detached from any kind of human emotion.

    "The difference," Cummings said, "between those who lived and those who died in this great storm and flood of 2005 was nothing more than poverty, age, or skin color. It would be unconscionable to stand by and do nothing... We have long heard claims of compassionate conservatism among our nation's leaders. We now want the compassion."

    And given the biblical level of suffering going on, it was only appropriate that Cummings ended by quoting the bible: "Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

    Contrast that impassioned response to the tragedy with Mary Landrieu's robotic responses yesterday to Anderson Cooper. She apparently thought this would be a good time to write her thank you notes for the woeful federal response that has surely resulted in the deaths of many of her constituents.

    On the other hand, Cooper was nothing short of heroic -- speaking truth to power and representing the people of New Orleans in a way that put Landrieu to shame:

    "There are a lot of people here," Cooper said, "who are kind of ashamed of what is happening in this country right now, what is -- ashamed of what is happening in your state. And that's not to blame the people that are there, it is a terrible situation, but you know, who -- no one seems to be taking responsibility. I know you say there's a time and a place for kind of, you know, looking back, but this seems to be the time and the place. There are people that want answers, and people want someone to stand up and say: we should have done more."

    Another journalist doing his profession proud is NBC's Tony Zumbado, whose coverage from the New Orleans convention center on MSNBC last night was remarkable. He put aside all the conventions of reporting and just spoke from his heart. He was no longer a detached journalist doing a job; he was a human being who had been shaken to his core by what he had seen. His deeply empathetic response is just the kind of thing missing from our national leaders.

    "You would never ever imagine," Zumbado said, "what you saw in the convention center in New Orleans... The sanitation was unbelievable. The stench in there... was unbelievable. Dead people around the walls of the convention center, laying in the middle of the street in their dying chairs. ... They were just covered up ... Babies, two babies dehydrated and died. I'm telling you, I couldn't take it."

    The words of Cummings, Cooper, and Zumbado should be required reading for all those keeping this disaster at arm's length -- starting with Bush and Landrieu. Because the urgency and intensity of our actions in this disaster will be proportionate to the depth and intensity of our feelings for those who are suffering.

    Bill Clinton, Suck-Up-in-Chief
    Posted September 2, 2005 at 9:40 p.m. EDT

    What the hell was Bill Clinton thinking, standing there next to President Bush and providing verbal cover for the administration's ludicrous claims that the problems plaguing New Orleans were unforeseeable?

    He even defended the administration's catastrophic response to Katrina. When asked on CNN whether the federal response was fast enough, Clinton bobbed, weaved, and fell back on this utterly absurd claim: "You and I are not in a position to make any judgment because we weren't there." C'mon, Bill, "...we weren't there"? I know this sucking up business is hard, but you've got to do better than that.

    This disaster has been extraordinarily revealing, exposing not only Bush's failure of leadership, and the deadly consequences of his distorted priorities but also the many, many years of political neglect of the poor and the needy by both political parties. You couldn't get a much clearer illustration of the myriad ways that we have indeed become Two Nations than the stories and pictures coming out of New Orleans this week. Not too many Bush Pioneers were forced to wallow in their own feces at the Superdome.

    But it's mighty hard to have a teachable moment when you have Bill Clinton, still the reigning symbol of the Democratic Party, failing to connect the dots between the Bush administration's chronic abandonment of the poor and its recent abandonment of the poor in the Big Easy -- as well as the dots between the war in Iraq and the undermining of our security here at home. And as if all this wasn't enough, there he was defending the indefensible. "I'm telling you," he said in a White House sit-down with CNN (along with Bush, Sr.), "nobody thought this was going to happen like this...they had problems they never could have foreseen." Which is absolutely, incontrovertibly, and provably untrue (many, many times over). And he is too smart not to know it.

    Instead of acting like a Bush lapdog and gratefully accepting his role as Co-Disaster-Fund-Raiser-in-Chief, imagine the impact Clinton would have had if he had stepped up and made the connection between the increase in poverty and the stagnation in incomes for the fifth straight year and the post-storm suffering among the poor in New Orleans. Or imagine if he had spoken out about how the GOP's beloved new bankruptcy bill is going to further the misery of those ruined by Hurricane Katrina.

    Chances to radically shift the national debate, alter the nation's perspective, and rearrange our priorities don't come along very often. President Bush squandered the teachable moment provided by 9/11, calling us not to national service but to shopping. Bill Clinton is now making it harder to use the current disaster as a wake-up call about the pent-up anger bubbling just beneath the surface of our country, about the Other America largely hidden from view, and about the urgent need to redefine national security.

    Even devoted Clintonites are scratching their heads and wondering what has happened to the man once lauded as "the first black president." Is his need to be a part of this country's wealth and power establishment so great that it blinds him to reality? Is his need to be fawned over so desperate that he has forgotten how to speak the truth?

    Sadly, Clinton has been remarkably consistent when it comes to sucking up to Bush -- offering his support on everything from the invasion of Iraq ("I have repeatedly defended President Bush against the left on Iraq," he told Time last summer) to Bush's infamous phony State of the Union claims about Saddam attempting to acquire uranium ("You know, everybody makes mistakes when they are president," he told Larry King sympathetically. "I mean, you can't make as many calls as you have to make without messing up once in a while.")

    And now providing cover for George W. Bush and undermining this teachable moment. Again I ask: What the hell is he thinking?

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    First of all rob...I am glad you set everything straight about the red cross because jimmy joe called and spoke with phone operator #238 who gave him the run down on what was really going on.

    Secondly...Brian2112 is right in picking a truth, especially from a blog. Gimme a break with the blogs...szheesh. For every blog you post, anyone can come up with 3 more to counter it and vise-versa. But, what you all are trying to do with this tragedy for your own political purposes is just beyond comprehension. You all should be ashamed. But you aren't...and that is unfortunate.

    Thirdly...I am just going to stop continuing to point out the idiocy going on in this forum about this issue. You all are doing a great job of setting new lows for yourselves on your own. But I will leave this issue by saying this.

    No one has said that the response to Katrina, particularly in New Orleans was acceptable. Even Bush said it was unacceptable. You can monday morning quarterback it all you want...but I will tell you all this...you are too close to this to know anything right now. You know nothing sitting in front of your computer drinking a soda.

    The fact that you are not including the city and state's role in your criticism of this disaster recovery reveals your political opportunistic behavior. Your ignoring the lack of state and local planning and preparation falls right in line with the democratic belief that the federal gov't should hold the hands and parent every aspect of people's lives. The states need to be doing these things first and foremost, but since they didn't, now the fed gov't has to go in and clean up their mess with the military, which never happens quickly. Just like California needs to have specific earthquake plans to handle the "Big One" we keep hearing about. Just like New York & Chicago, etc...needs to develop plans for buildings falling down. Just like Washington D.C. needs to develope plans for national landmarks being symbolically attacked. Just like the state of Washington needs to have plans for a volcano erupting. NOT the federal gov't. The state governments.

    The local people (mayors) and the state authorities (governers) know what is best for their cities and states. They can appropriate the money they get how they choose to and can levy their own state taxes to pay for things where they need more money the feds can't and/or won't provide. If they can do it for new football stadiums and arenas, they can do it to fix levees and pay for disaster planning. A whole lot of these issues are state issues and the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans is where I would look first. But no, they chose to not be prepared and apparently left all of that to the federal gov't, and sat around and did nothing. That is all not to mention the idiocy of building a city 20 ft. below sea level next to the ocean. But we can't yell at the city planners of the 1800's now can we? So...Bush it is, right guys? Cause he is evil. So evil that you have to say Eeeeeevilllllllllll. But none of that matters to the unfortunate people affected and in the end, that is where everyone's energies and monies, etc...should be focused right now, instead of the whole blame Bush bandwagon. It is just so old now that no one really puts any credence in it any more. Kind of like the boy who cried wolf.

    The federal gov't can provide help and support to local & state authorities and that is what they do best, but to try to put the first response situation of this natural disaster ALL in the lap of the president (any president regardless of party) when most of these responsibilities lay with many people at the state level much further below the chain of command is just ridiculous.

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    Great post, Nick.

    I came across this brilliant piece written by kingubu this morning. I quote it here for intelligent and compassionate human beings:

    I honestly believe that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the so-called conservative movement, and the Republican Party that it currently inhabits. The slow-motion horror that the nation is witnessing on the flooded streets of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast is the final, irrefutable evidence that the GOP is not fit to govern this great nation. There is no amount of spin and slime that can erase what millions of Americans are seeing for themselves on the evening news.

    But it is not Bush's obvious crocodile tears or the Feds' dithering while a city drowns that will be their undoing. It is something much larger. Something that strikes at the very soul of America.


    Democrats and liberals have watched in apoplectic horror as Republicans have gained ground at all levels of government despite hard evidence of corruption, incompetence, and failure. Foolishly, we, navel-gazers that we often are, have thought that the trend was about us; something that we were doing wrong. We have had meeting after meeting to discuss where and how we went off-track.

    Well, we have erred, but not in the way that we usually think. We have failed because we let doubt get the better of us. We have let America down by thinking there was something wrong with what we were doing in the first place. We lost our voice because we blinked when we should have advanced.

    The Republicans haven't been winning because they have a better plan or sounder policies. They have been winning because they have spent billions of dollars on a coordinated media campaign to make a slim majority of voting America feel good about the worst aspects of their natures. They have succeeded, not by providing a national vision that inspires us to a higher nobility, but by telling us that giving in to our basest instincts is what's best for us as individuals and as a nation.

    The product the GOP has been selling is absolution-- not the old-fashioned kind, purchased through self-sacrifice and dedication-- but a cheap, outsourced knock-off kind of absolution that says, "its okay, we do it, too. We won't tell."

    How hard is it really to convince people that being selfish is the way to go? Where is the higher calling in predatory greed? What invention is required to pander to the lust for revenge?. Where is the challenge in stoking people's fears about personal safety, or in feeding the flames of prejudice?

    Its not hard to aim for the lowest common denominator and that is exactly what the GOP has been doing. Rather than hatching a plan to make America a better place then convincing the public to support it, they have instead made a science of putting lipstick on a pig. They package greed and avarice and sell it as "sound market policy." They bind up cruelty and fear and slap on a label marked "national security." They take bigotry and hatred and push it out the door in a glossy package marked "traditional family values." There are no new ideas; only our darkest human frailties made bland with a double scoop of political weasel-words and sexed up with Madison Ave. sizzle.

    Empathy is a uniquely human skill. We must be taught to play fair, to share, to think of others, to give without expecting something in return. We all, liberals and conservatives alike, teach our kids these basic human ethics; and we define their maturity based on the degree to which they internalize them. Yet those in the GOP who presume to lead us make a mockery of human civilization by denigrating those very principles.

    Fairness? Equality? Shared interest? Working for a common good? These are ridiculed by Republican operatives as passe, bleeding-heart Hippie-speak, or worse, as insane and treasonous. They cry about their self-made straw-man of a "Democratic nanny state" but infantilize the nation by pushing aside or punishing those who would dare to advance policies that reach beyond the instinctual primitive obsessions of "I, me, and mine."

    The litany of short-sighted GOP-authored legislation over the last several years-- the gutting of public works, tax cuts in the face of mounting debt, the single-minded redistribution of wealth to those with plenty, the blatant cronyism-- reveal the truth: the Republican Party has no plan and no vision for governing this nation. All they have is a strategy for getting elected-- and then redirecting public funds to campaign donors to get re-elected. It a strategy to snuff out our public institutions through attrition while making their supporters feel warm and fuzzy about being greedy, selfish, bigoted, cruel, and wasteful.

    The Republicans encourage the worst elements of our society by creating a morality-free zone behind a painted facade of piety and strict morality but once you are inside, there is nothing to see. There is no show. They are there to trash the place and slink off with the loot, not to build or to work.

    When faced with a crisis they run in front of the cameras with focus group-tested slogans and happy talk because that is all they have. Everything they do and are is bound up in their marketing scheme. Their only skill is in trying to make what's wrong seem right just long enough for the the check to clear. There is no substance, no deeper resources to draw from, no greater ideals to act as pole-star. There is only spin, counter-spin, and smear. Every problem is a PR problem.

    Tragedy has a way of revealing character. The constant drumbeat of death from the war in Iraq, and now the cascading nightmare that is the Gulf Coast flood has peeled away the veneer and we can see the GOP leadership and the larger conservative movement for what it is: a sham. They have nothing. They offer nothing. They come to destroy, not to build. They have no vision for a greater public good because, for them, the very notion of a public good is anathema.

    Make no mistake: as we watch our fellow citizens drown, starve, and die in the street in New Orleans, its not incompetence or lack of planning that is killing them. It is willful neglect. It is the direct result of reducing the government "down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." This is what "starving the beast" looks like.

    For some 30 years the Republican party has packaged humanity's darkest and most craven weaknesses and pawned them off as its greatest virtues. Well, the reckoning is here and the conservatives are found wanting. When the chips are down we are a nation that cares for our citizens and we expect our government to be strong enough, capable enough, and compassionate enough to do the same.

    As Democrats, we call upon and support the nobler aspects of human nature. The time has come to put aside our doubts, get back on track, and inspire our brothers and sisters with our vision for a better nation and a better world.

    Rest in peace, Grand Old Party. America can no longer afford the drag that your self-delusions and cheap justifications put on our spirit. For those who are willing to turn back from pandering to the lowest common denominator and who choose to join us lifting up the better angels of our nature, we offer the hand of friendship. For the the rest: may the God whose name you have scandalized and used as cover for your lack of humanity have mercy on your degenerate souls.

    Kind regards.

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    “merely STATING THE TRUTH”

    The following are all equivalent statements:

    I read it on a Blog, so it must be the truth.
    He was REALLY sincere, so it must be the truth
    I saw it on Fox news, so it must be the truth
    The President said so, so it must be the truth
    The former President said so, so it must be the truth
    Ralph Nader said so, so it must be the truth
    My parents said so, so it must be the truth
    My son said so, so it must be the truth
    My heart tells me so, so it must be the truth

    If you believe any of these statements you are delusional.

    And THAT’s the truth!

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