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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Where is the Security in New Orleans???

More than 48 hours after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans and parts of Mississippi, there is still no sign of relief or security.  Lawlessness is rampant as armed gangs roam the streets looking for trouble.  Looting is widespread and even guns are being stolen.  Local police are overwhelmed and have not received enough support.  FEMA and the federal government are not moving quickly enough.  It has taken them until today, two days after the fact, to get into action. 

President Bush finally addressed the nation about the steps the government was taking to bring in food, water, and supplies.  Unfortunately, he did not even tell us this until 5:00pm eastern.  If he gave that speech two days ago when it was clear that the hurricane inflicted catastrophic damage, perhaps the residents of New Orleans and Mississippi's gulf coast would now have food and water.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Bush Finally Ends Vacation due to Hurricane Katrina

It took a hurricane with catastrophic consequences to get the President to go back to work.  He decided to cut his vacation short due to the disaster in New Orleans and Mississippi.  Thus far, the coordination efforts on the federal level have been very, very slow.  Conditions are deteriorating rapidly and there is widespread looting across New Orleans.

Two floodwall structures have already been breached and water is continuing to pour into the city of New Orleans, more than 24 hours after Hurricane Katrina came through.  There are reports that a third structure is also at risk.  The mayor of New Orleans believes that 80% of the city is already under water and there are some estimated of as many as 40,000 homes flooded to the roof. 

Low lying areas of New Orleans and Mississippi are the hardest hit.  Hundreds, if not thousands of people are trapped in their homes.  Many made their way to the attics to escape the rising flood waters, but now they have nowhere to go.  Many people were screaming for help.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Government Finally Examining Illegal Immigration Problem

Under pressure from the governors of New Mexico and Arizona, the Director of Homeland Security is finally taking a look at how to fix the problem of illegal immigration.  Illegals have been pouring into this country from the Mexican border and the U.S. government had done absolutely nothing to fix the problem. 

Illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from legal workers and are hurting the economy.  Politicians are scared to do anything about it because large companies, who give them money, love having workers that they can hire cheaply.  Many unethical companies, like Wal-Mart for example, hire illegal immigrants all the time because it doesn't cost them as much.  If they had to hire a legal immigrant, they might have to actually obey the law and pay a fair wage.  So far, The Director of Homeland Security is just talking.  He has yet to actually do anything.  He wants to take time to analyze the issue before he sends down forces to protect the border. 

I wonder how long it actually takes before the government decides that this is an urgent problem.  With Arizona and New Mexico both declaring states of emergencies, you'd think Washington would wake up!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Lunatic Pat Robertson Calls for Murder of Venezuelan President

The evil Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, called on the United States government to murder the President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.  Robertson, who actually has a large number of people that listen to him, made this crazy statement on his show, The 700 Club.  The fact that anyone listens to this monster is beyond me.  For him to call for the assassination of a world leader is one of the most irresponsible and stupidest things I've ever heard.  He thinks we should take the President out, simply because we don't agree with the way he runs his own country.  What an idiot!  The only thing that should happen is for Pat Robertson to go far away and never be seen or heard from again. 

Robertson has made ridiculous statements in the past, such as praying for liberal Supreme Court justices to die and that the history of Islam is pure evil.  It's actually funny because Robertson believes that the Muslim religion forces people to convert into their belief system or die.  However, that is exactly what he is now advocating.  Kill the president of a sovereign nation because Chavez's value system does not comply with Robertson's.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Bush's Approval Rating Drops to 36%!!!

President George Bush's approval rating dived to just 36% in the latest poll by American Research Group, Inc. (ARG).  The number is significant because it is the lowest rating of his entire presidency and a significant drop from even the low number it was.  It looks like the Iraq War is finally taking a toll on his popularity.  People are no longer believing his statements that the war is getting better or Dick Cheney's assertion that the insurgency is in it's last throes.  Even 18% of Republicans disapprove of him.  His numbers for handling the economy are even worse at 33%.  Only 1 out of every 3 voters approve of how he has handled the economy.  These numbers are atrocious and if they hold up, they will give Democrats a lot of (undeserved) power going into the mid-term elections.  Despite not having a plan, Democrats could very well win back the House and Senate if the presidents' approval ratings remain in the 30-40% range.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Democrats Don't Know Where They Stand on Iraq War

Leading Democrats are still failing to convey a consistent message on the war in Iraq.  Some congressional Democrats are speaking loudly for a withdrawal of U.S. troops, but others do not  agree in the slightest with a withdrawal.  However, even those who don't want to withdraw are not coming up with any solutions.  Bush doesn't have a plan, but neither do the Democrats and they appear to be unwilling to solve the problem.  It seems that neither side is proposing any sort of plan that will allow us to create stability in the country and then get out.  The strategy in place now is just plain awful.

The solution to the Iraq problem is quite simple, but the Democrats are far too fearful to propose it; at least not collectively.  They are far too worried about the politics, even though our soldiers are dying.  We need to create a somewhat stable environment in Iraq and then remove our forces.  To do that, many more troops are needed immediately.  We need to more than double the size of our military in Iraq.

The amount of troops Bush has over there now is not nearly enough to control the insurgent areas, the borders, and the rest of the country.  The military can go into a town like Falluja and clear it out of insurgents, but they can't hold the town because they don't have enough soldiers.  Commanders on the ground have proposed in the neighborhood of 300,000 soldiers, but neither Bush nor leading Democrats will listen.  The ultimate goal is to get out of Iraq and bring our boys home, but we will never create stability unless we completely inundate the country with troops.  We can't leave until we train an effective Iraqi military and police force and we can't do that until we control all parts of the country. 

We have to remember that President Bush went in there and wiped out all their planes, tanks, armament, military personnel and police presence.  Those that were not killed by American forces have faded into the land or are fighting with insurgent groups.  To rebuild an entire military and police force takes years, not months.  Yes, President Bush got us into this mess and he should resign for his complete stupidity, but if we leave now as Democrats have suggested, Iraq will fall into civil war and whoever emerges as their leader will wreak havoc on America.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Documents Reveal Roberts' Prejudice Toward Women

Supreme Court nominee John Roberts disparaged women's rights when he was working in the Reagan White House in the 1980's.  When speaking about women, he had reservations about whether encouraging women to become attorneys contributed to the common good.  In memos that were released, Roberts consistently opposed equal rights for women.  He believed it was a terrible idea to pay women the same as men in the workplace for a comparable job.  He thought of it as being anti-capitalist.  These prejudicial comments reveals the character, of lack thereof,  of Judge John Roberts.  Suprisingly, many people agree with that what he said.

As this appointment to the Supreme Court is a lifetime one, do we really want an extreme conservative that will destroy all of the progress this country has made toward equal rights for everyone?  He will force prayer into schools and end affirmative action.  With conservatives already discriminating against gays, do we really want them to start discriminating against women and minorities too?  Ok, they already do, but do we want to get worse?  No wonder the Bush people didn't want to release the memos and documents on this guy.  When the nomination was first announced, we thought we were getting a moderate Republican.  Now, we're finding out that John Roberts is just another right-wing extremist.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Jewish Settlers Removed from Synagogue

Israeli police forcibly removed settlers from the Gaza Strip today, ending the long occupation of the predominantly Palestinian area.  The Prime Minister had rightfully ordered a pullout of the 9,000 settlers that had purposely been put there years ago.  Israel has antagonized the peace process for decades by creating settlements throughout the land.  This has only added fuel to the fire between the Jewish and Arab cultures.  The settlers have been offered between $250,000 - $500,000 to leave their homes peacefully.  As this is very costly to the Israeli government, they have pleaded with the United States to give them $2.8 billion.  President Bush has yet to decide whether American taxpayers will fund this project, as the U.S. has already given Israel more than $2 billion.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Iraq Believes it Will Create Constitution By Deadline 

Not that it actually matters, but government officials in Iraq believe that they will be able to make the American imposed deadline of August 15, 2005.  The Bush Administration has been telling anyone who'll listen that once the Constitution is finished, the violence will abate.  Of course, when U.S. forces killed Saddam's sons  and then captured Saddam, the administration said the violence would abate, but it only got stronger.  When sovereignty was turned over to Iraq last year on June 30, 2004, the administration again claimed it would curtail the insurgency.  They were dead wrong.  When Iraqi's participated in an election in January of 2005, Bush firmly believed again that the enemy would stop the violence.  He again was incorrect and many soldiers have since died.  Now, in August 2005, more than two years after President Bush declared the war over, the insurgency is growing and more soldiers are dying.  The statement by Bush and Rumsfeld and other administration officials that this Constitution will actually make a difference in reducing violence is a bit optimistic.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

President Bush Claims Attacking Iran is the "Last Resort".

Unfortunately, we have heard this before.  The President claimed 2 1/2 years ago that invading Iraq was the last resort when all other avenues were exhausted.  We now know that was not the case.  The words of this president in discussing the growing problem with Iran cannot be trusted.  Perhaps he has learned his lesson with Iraq or perhaps he simply does not have the troop strength to attack another country.  Either way, he has begun threatening Iran if they do not comply with international rules of halting the program to develop nuclear weapons.  Iran has decided to start up its' nuclear program, but has claimed that it is for nuclear energy only and not weapons or bombs.  President Bush said "all options are on the table", which is the same exact statement he said before the beginning of the Iraq War.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Iran Opens Nuclear Plant For Full Operation

The country of Iran has taken the seals off the equipment in their nuclear facility in the central part of the country. Government officials have made the laughable claim that the facility is to be used for "peaceful purposes" only. Internationally, this news was cause for concern.  Many western governments believe that Iran will develop atomic weapons.  President Bush, on vacation for a month in Texas, remains very suspicious, but has not done anything.  Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended Iran, stating that he is convinced they are not building nuclear bombs.  Of course, Russia stands to make a great deal of money by selling Iran nuclear fuel.

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Nagasaki Mourns Anniversary of Atomic Bomb 

The second city attacked by the United States with a nuclear bomb was Nagasaki, Japan.  Mourners gathered at the site where the bomb was dropped to remember the 75,000 people that died and to call for a ban on the continued proliferation of nuclear weapons.  The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children.  Bodies were burned beyond recognition and many people who didn't die immediately from the blast, later succumbed to the radiation.  Neither Hiroshima nor Nagasaki was a prominent military target.  The attacks were designed with the specific intent to kill mass amounts of civilians.  The United States argued it was justified in the killings, saying that it hastened Japan's surrender.  However, nothing justifies the specific targeting of innocent people.

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