Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Bush Takes Responsibility for Blunders (Mr. Second-Chance wanna dance now, huh?)

President Bush reacts during a joint press availiblity with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Bush said Tuesday that 'I take responsibility' for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised broader questions about the government's ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

"Well, Mr. Second-Chance,
Wanna dance now, huh?
Slow-dancin' with the truth,
Want romance now, huh?

No thanks, Mr. President,
Ask, a black resident,
See, if you can represent,
After, you was hell-sent,

After, you was hell-bent,
On doing, jack-smack,
You and Poppy pay blacks,
In Iraq, and crack,

Seen lies from way-back,
When Pressy was a Nazi,
Jacked crews, of jews,
Like a game, of Yahtzee!

It's all, fun and games,
'Til we all, see the shame,
Even Karl Rovebots,
Can now, see the blame,

So, you still play the game,
But, we can see, the disguise,
And, this ain't a surprise,
With 50 years of lies,

With 50 years of Bush,
Always had a little push,
CIAin't lyin',
And we ain't buyin' the mush,

We ain't buyin' the muddle, in the huddle,
Tryin' to make us all struggle-
Tryin' to make us all huddle-
So it's the truth, that we juggle-


You're "George of the Bungle"!

I got that-
From Bill Maher,
Sure, he can be a dick,
But, you Bushed too far,

Now, there's no going back,
To the glory days of Iraq,
We takin' ya cheque-book back,
We takin' the country back,
We takin' the whole world back,
From 50 years of Bush,
And all it took was a hurricane,
To give us a push..."


Yahoo! News

Bush Takes Responsibility for Blunders

By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer 14 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - President Bush said Tuesday that "I take responsibility" for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised broader questions about the government's ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.

"Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government," Bush said at joint White House news conference with the president of

"To the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility," Bush said.

The president was asked whether people should be worried about the government's ability to handle another terrorist attack given failures in responding to Katrina.

"Are we capable of dealing with a severe attack? That's a very important question and it's in the national interest that we find out what went on so we can better respond," Bush replied.

He said he wanted to know both what went wrong and what went right.

As for blunders in the federal response, "I'm not going to defend the process going in," Bush said. "I am going to defend the people saving lives."

He praised relief workers at all levels. "I want people in America to understand how hard people worked to save lives down there," he said.

Bush spoke after R. David Paulison, the new acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, pledged to intensify efforts to find more permanent housing for the tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors now in shelters.

It was the closest Bush has come to publicly finding fault with any federal officials involved in the hurricane response, which has been widely criticized as disjointed and slow. Some federal officials have sought to fault state and local officials for being unprepared to cope with the disaster.

Bush planned to address the nation Thursday evening from Louisiana, where he will be monitoring recovery efforts, the White House announced earlier Tuesday.

Paulison, in his first public comments since taking the job on Monday, told reporters: "We're going to get those people out of the shelters, and we're going to move and get them the help they need."

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff introduced Paulison as the Bush administration tried to deflect criticism for the sluggish initial federal response to the hurricane and its disastrous aftermath.

Chertoff said that while cleanup, relief and reconstruction from Katrina is now the government's top priority, the administration would not let down its guard on other potential dangers.

"The world is not going to stop moving because we are very focused on Katrina," Chertoff said.

Paulison, named to the post on Monday, said he was busy "getting brought up to speed."

He replaced Michael Brown, who resigned on Monday, three days after being removed from being the top onsite federal official in charge of the government's response.

Paulison said Bush called him Monday night and "thanked me for coming on board."

Bush promised that he would have "the full support of the federal government," Paulison said.

Chertoff said the relief operation had entered a new phase.

Initially, he said, the most important priority was evacuating people, getting them to safety, providing food, water and medical care.

" And then ultimately at the end of the day, we have to reconstitute the communities that have been devastated," Chertoff added.

He said the federal government would look increasingly to state and local officials for guidance on rebuilding the devastated communities along the Gulf Coast.

"The federal government can't drive permanent solutions down the throats of state and local officials," Chertoff said. "I don't think anyone should envision a situation in which they're going to take a back seat. They're going to take a front seat," he said.

Chertoff said that teams of federal auditors were being dispatched to the stricken areas to make sure that billions of dollars worth of government contracts were being properly spent. "We want to get aid to people who need it quickly, but we also don't want to lose sight of the importance of preserving the integrity of the process and our responsibility as stewards of the public money," Chertoff said.

"We're going to cut through red tape," he said, "but we're not going to cut through laws and rules that govern ethics."

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said that some military aircraft and other equipment may be able to move out of the Gulf Coast soon.

"We've got to the point where most if not all of the search and rescue is completed," said Rumsfeld, who is attending a NATO meeting in Berlin. "Some helicopters can undoubtedly be moved out over the period ahead."

He also said there is a very large surplus of hospital beds in the region, so those could also be decreased. The USS Comfort hospital ship arrived near the Mississippi coast late last week. Rumsfeld added that nothing will be moved out of the area without the authorization of the two states' governors, the military leaders there and the president.

Elsewhere, workers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aren't finding many sick people, even though the specter of diseases has alarmed relief and rescue figures. Instead, between 40 and 50 percent of patients seeking emergency care have injuries. The CDC has counted 148 injuries in just the last two days, Carol Rubin, an agency hurricane relief specialist, said by telephone from the government's new public health headquarters in New Orleans' Kindred Hospital.

While she couldn't provide a breakdown, Rubin said chain saw injuries and carbon monoxide exposure from generators are among them. Those are particularly worrisome because they're likely to become more common as additional hurricane survivors re-enter the city in coming days, she said.

The message: Those injuries are preventable, if people take proper precautions, Rubin stressed.

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SOURCE - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050913/ap_on_go_ot/katrina_washington_14


Blogger bully said...

Looking through your stuff here, I'm impressed by the astute commentary.
Bush ain't taking responsibility for anything until maybe we get a few more dems in the senate, but even then... The southern dems are mostly turncoats, what we call blue dogs. So, once more, the responsibility must flow up while the accountability goes down.
Your lyrics have a hard optimism, something us lefties don't hear too often.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Black Krishna said...

Thanks man, respect, and I'm glad to hear from y'all deep in the dirty-dirty...

And I agree: we're in the game or it's over.

We've got to give the Dems strength or they won't extend themselves, and all the ones who have are hung out to dry by their peers, the press, the public at-large, and the media. The pressure to conform is a classic tenet of fascism, and that's what the Bush Crime Family and their neo-conjobs are trying to implement.

This is textbook: Fascism is just a form of governing, it can be in a commune, in a household, in a school, whatever. Even benevolent fascists eventually corrupt and erode any desire for individuality, and reinforce the notion that citizens have a responsibility to snitch in order to preserve "order". It's hidden in craptastic terms like "don't politicize the issue", as if politics didn't create that term to conveniently suppress dissent; and "this is not the time to play the blame-game", as if they aren't fully aware of who's deservedly in the cross-hairs of blame.

We're being sold a bit of a Sodom and Gomorrah fantasy here: notice how they aren't touching porn? Hip hop? "Girls Gone Wild"? They are leaving us our distractions to get distracted, and hoping we hang ourselves with our gold-rope chains.

It's cool, I was up in a spot yesterday wilin' out with as many shorties and homiez as I could, and had a blast.

(FLASHBACK: Damn son, I ran into a bartender that looked like what if Angelina Jolie and Hunter Tylo had a kid. Mmm. To quote one of the great romantic poets of our time, The Great Adam Sandler: "Sooo hot, want to touch the heiny...")

But: eyes on the prize mate, and so I'm back sizin' lies...

One of the craziest examples of the expanded powers of "security" is here:


Everybody likes more "power", especially former schoolyard bullies stuck in bitch-ass jobs hasslin' normal people: and now it's back to their glory days. Everybody likes to feel "important", and for the last few years from the 40,000 officers/soldiers at the latest Bushauguration to The Patriot Acting up and bitch-slapping The Constitution, I'm afraid of the pace at which we're accepting all this as "normal".

Got some beats to match Dem lyrics dawg, with plenty more of both on the way.

For the first drop check:


Keep fightin' the good fight, and don't be scurred to step to anyone with the truth, last nite reminded me of what I've known and tried to practice for a while now:

The Secret to Life?



11:28 AM  

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