Photos and More From CitizenGulf LA – August 25 2010

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Bush Took Katrina Blame Too; Still no Results

Worth noting on a night when many newspapers are leading with headlines such as “Bush Takes Blame For Iraq,” that 16 months ago this same president reluctantly accepted blame for the other major disaster of his disastrous presidency. “Bush takes blame for flaws in Katrina response” may have occurred two weeks — not nearly 4 years — after it became obvious that the federal gov’t was to blame for stepping on our freedoms and liberty irresponsibly, carelessly and not as democracy would have it. (And, no, I repeat, democracy does not require one to “seek out and destroy,” those who think differently).

For the record, it is severely underreported that New Orleans remains in shambles, very few people have been able to return and/or rebuild, primarily because money STILL hasn’t been properly doled out from the state and federal allotments and insurance coffers.

So don’t be surprised that when this soulless president once again “takes blame,” he already feels somehow absolved by his “cause.” Certainly don’t expect the lights to stay on in Baghdad any time soon.

UPDATE: For more on the still-disheveled state of affairs in New Orleans, listen to this excellent commentary by David Koen.

George Bush takes blame for Hurricane Katrina response, Sept 14 2005 George Bush takes blame for getting Iraq wrong, Jan 10 2007

Must-See Katrina Video

‘Orgullosos de Estar Aqui’ [Spanish for “proud to be here”] is a ten-minute feature for Current TV on the Latino workforce in post-Katrina New Orleans and features interviews and footage of the ongoing racial tension in the continual rebuilding of the city.

I highly encourage you to watch this video and pass it along to friends as this is one hook on the Katrina story that the media has completely missed.

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Last year it was shocking and upsetting to have to hear ol’ prezzie for a “mandated” fifth year. Last night — I had other things to do and the sound of a man enjoying the limelight (especially when the only eye contact is for a people that largely don’t speak English, much less, ol boys remeduncial truthlessness).

There is nothing to discuss, here — save for confirmation that Bush can be as intergalactically disconnected as he can’t help not to be so long as he makes everyone feel stupid for not feeling that happy-go-lucky never-worked-a-day-in-my-wannabe-from-Texas presidential reality — now about that oil addiction. The other side is about as unrealistic as well, only the negativity is all anyone can see/hear/feel. Knew he’d nail the C. Scott King reference after he royally blew it with R. Parks.

Katrina? OBL? Saddam? Hamas-oopsie? free condoms? McFly?!?!?

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Slick Willie to the Rescue?

Earlier this week the U.S. walked out of the meeting in Montreal of the world’s leading nations to discuss climate change and the Kyoto accord.

But on Friday, former President Bill Clinton paid a visit and called the United States’ approach “flat wrong.”

The BBC reports Saturday morning:

After Mr Clinton’s remarks – which were warmly received – the official US team appeared to shift its position…. They appeared ready to accept that new talks should begin on cutting greenhouse gases beyond Kyoto targets – provided they were non-binding.

Not taking Kyoto seriously has turned the U.S. into a model of laughable carelessness to humanity and society in the eyes of the world.

Outgoing Canadian PM Paul Martin infuriated the White House this scathing, albeit rational speech, leading to the walk out:

“To the reticent nations, including the U.S., I’d say this: There is such a thing as a global conscience and now is the time to listen to it.”

Potentially, this could mark the beginning of a return to compassion in American politics. Assuming I wake up and this isn’t all just a dream, tomorrow may be the day that suddenly, there is help for the long-neglected (forgotten)? victims of the gulf coast hurricanes, and – who knows – abolition of the unheard-of-in-modern-democracies death penalty?