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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Friday, September 23, 2005

Uh Mr. President, how about being a President?

Here's an interesting e-mail I received yesterday

Presidents and Hurricanes
President: Nixon
Danger: Category-5 Hurricane Camille (August 1969)
Area: About the same area as that affected by Katrina
Response: advance, ordering rescue ships from Tampa,
FL and thousand regular military, 24+ helicopters to assist
the Coast Guard and National Guard about as soon as the
hurricane passed.

President: Bush the Elder
Danger: Category-5 Hurricane Andrew (August 1992)
Area: Florida
Response: In the middle of a re-election campaign, Bush ceased
campaigning the day before the hurricane, went to Washington,
and assembled one of the largest military forces ever mustered
on U.S. soil. Seven thousand National Guard and 22,000 regular
military were sent in with the necessary equipment shortly after
the hurricane passed through.

President: Clinton
Danger: Category-3 Hurricane Floyd (September 1999)
Area: Virginia and Carolinas
Response: Meeting with China's president Jiang in New Zealand,
Clinton immediately declared the hurricane-affected areas as
federal disasters, allowing the military and National Guard to
move in and help. Clinton flew home immediately, one day
before the hurricane hit, to help coordinate the rescue.

President: Bush the Lesser
Danger: Category-5 Hurricane Katrina (August 2005)
Area: Gulf Coast
Response: National Guard troops are down about 8,000 members
because they are in Iraq with much of the necessary rescue
equipment needed. Bush was on vacation, riding his bike for two
hours the day before the hurricane lands. On the day Katrina
landed, Bush attended a birthday party for John McCain. The
levees began to crack. While emergency 1.5-ton sandbags were
ready to be placed to steady the levee and absorb water, there
were insufficient numbers of helicopters and pilots to set them
before the levees break. Nagin, the mayor of NO, pleaded for
federal-level assistance and got none. Bush went to San Diego
to play guitar with a
country singer and end his vacation early
but not until the next day, because he had tickets to a San
Diego Padres game.


At Fri Sep 23, 03:21:00 AM MDT, Blogger Liquidplastic said...

You know how addicts are -- they can't focus.

Then again, Bush, Jr. just doesn't give a damn! Even Daddy Bush reacted better, wonder why Bush, Jr. didn't learn.

Oh, I know -- you know how addicts are --- they can't focus.

At Fri Sep 23, 03:46:00 PM MDT, Blogger Cricketina said...


I'm a pretty forgiving person, but outright stupidity is hard to swallow. Come on, hurricanes have obviously come before, and it never ended pretty. Did you really think sitting on your arse would help people?

I've kept my opinion on the war and on Bush pretty neutral since I haven't paid enough attention to have an educated opinion. I'm fairly apathetic when it comes to current politics, mainly because I don't have the time to pay attention. I simply just cannot ignore the asinine actions following the strongest storm to make landfall in at least a decade.

At Fri Sep 23, 07:15:00 PM MDT, Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Well it looks as though God is paying Bush back by sending Hurricane Rita right into texas. We'll see how fast he reacts when his home state is at risk.

At Sat Sep 24, 08:27:00 PM MDT, Anonymous shaunna said...

Well, you know how it is when something's really important to you... great post (and great photo).

At Mon Sep 26, 07:49:00 AM MDT, Blogger Paul said...

See, it's guys like you who just don't comprehend the full meaningfulness of the compassionate conservative stance...

At Thu Sep 29, 07:52:00 AM MDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great comparison, J. Bush The Lesser - I like that term. May use it myself.

Be well

At Wed Oct 26, 11:44:00 AM MDT, Blogger Essence said...

It seems like I read in school books a long time ago about how Nero played while Rome burned...Hmmm

One can hardly expect any less assistance from a bull headed baby who appears to have always had his way. One day he just may have to grow up.

At Mon Nov 07, 07:01:00 PM MST, Blogger whitedragon33 said...

Paul, if you're serious, you need to go shoot yourself and all the people like you before they screw this country over any more.


At Mon Nov 07, 10:28:00 PM MST, Blogger The Voice said...


I think you completely missed Paul's point - he was being facetious. Maybe he did too good of a job mimicking Dubya and his following.

Please re-read - you are preaching to the choir here my friend.

Welcome and please keep coming back - you are in the right place.



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