Pictures from Iraq and Afghanistan - Gory
I'm only posting this link because I don't want to lose sight of war really looks like.
Freely thinking about politics, society, and the general state of affairs in America.
Yet the system at every level of government, was not well coordinated and was overwhelmed in the first few days. It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces -- the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment's notice.
So I have ordered every Cabinet secretary to participate in a comprehensive review of the government response to the hurricane. This government will learn the lessons of Hurricane Katrina. We are going to review every action and make necessary changes so that we are better prepared for any challenge of nature, or act of evil men that could threaten our people.
In the event that tax revenues become insufficient to pay these salaries, federal judges decided in Kelo v. City of New London that private property can be grabbed and sold in order to generate more taxes.In the first place, Kelo v. New London is not about the federal government getting to increase its tax revenue. It's the use of government and the judiciary by thieves to steal it from those who live there and then NOT paying any taxes through the instruments of tax increment financing or tax abatements. It's not government that's bad, but the people in it and who own it that use government for their own profit-seeking ends that are bad. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Many would agree that the federal government has an essentially parasitic nature.
In these final years of Federal Empire, the classic financial crimes of bribery, usury and monopoly have become rampant. Indeed, they are so prevalent it could be said that we are governed by criminals: a kakourgocracy, if you will.Most of us just call it "kleptocracy" since theft is itself a criminal act. More importantly, it is an immoral act since it does not require a "law" to know that taking what is not given is a fundamental injustice violating the basic notion of fairness. But I digress.
The National Guard’s deployment to the Middle East has rendered it less capable of protecting our country’s borders or responding promptly to a natural disaster. The National Guard is part of the organized Militia of the Several States, but the federal government has usurped its Constitutional mission, which is “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.” U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 8.One question that pops up is: If the federal government is run by criminals, what makes state and local government any less susceptible, especially when you consider that many state governors go on to become President of the United States or that many state legislators get elected to the federal capitol? Doesn't the argument made for "kakourgocracy" indicate that no level of government from the federal down to city government is exempt from this assertion? If this is the claim, then the natural progression of the argument is that all government is corrupt regardless of level. Their conclusion in Part 2 is:
In the face of these domestic calamities, Bush II and the Republicrats remain fixated on foreign countries. They are telling U.S. citizens to “stay the course” on federal government’s military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The domestic failures of totalitarian States eventually cause widespread dissatisfaction in their citizens. Then, the political upheaval involved in dissolving their federal governments will appear to them no more threatening than what they already face - the collapse of public order or the disappearance of their nations’ borders.The question then becomes, why wouldn't state and local governments also collapse? And, despite what happened in New Orleans with a few folks exercising their "Constitutional right" to own guns, the vast majority of people were far more civilized than they were given credit for given many of the TV news reports (unfortunately not available for streaming) that I personally saw by Shepard Smith and others on all three major news stations (CNN, MSNBC, Fox), and, many personal accounts making the rounds on various blogs. Not to mention it wasn't the "federal" government that prevented people from crossing the bridge but the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs that did that. Nor is it just the federal government that is bloated with parasites. Joe Scarboro said in his newscast yesterday (9/12/05) that he personally witnessed (and experienced himself from the sound of it) the prevention of any help getting to those in need by the Red Cross and other NGOs in some kind of turf war. According to Scarboro unless they, menaing the Red Cross or NGO, got the credit they weren't going to let anyone else help. I don't like Scarboro's attitudes generally but on this I share his anger in the face of this kind of inhumanity.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.So, if I call Libertarians and other anarchists dipshits this is why.
Mencius said, "All men have the mind which cannot bear to see the suffering of others. The ancient kings had this mind and therefore they had a government that could not bear to see the suffering of the people. When a government that cannot bear to see the suffering of the people is conducted from a mind that cannot to see the suffering of others, the government of the [country] will be as easy as making something go round in the palm."
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America."
I believe that the Hurricane Katrina tragedy is a travesty. As an American citizen I demand an explanation for the sluggish response of FEMA. I want an Independent Commission to investigate so that partisanship does not control or interfere with the inquiry. There is no excuse for what happened and I expect those responsible for it to be held accountable.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Gov. Blanco declares emergency as Katrina churns
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Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco declared a state of emergency on Friday and planned to discuss preparations for south Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina continues to gain strength in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane HQ Updated 8:30PM Friday: Katrina: Blanco Declares Emergency. Governor Katherine Blanco declared a state of emergency Friday evening as a ...
Bush Declares Louisiana Emergency
Aug 28, 2005, 03:55 PM
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - President Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Saturday because of the approach of Hurricane Katrina and his spokesman urged residents along the coast to heed authorities' advice to evacuate.
Bush, vacationing at his ranch, was being regularly updated about the storm, which is expected to hit land early Monday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue to coordinate with state authorities in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, and have prepositioned supplies in areas expected to be affected, he said.
The president's emergency declaration authorizes the FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide appropriate assistance in a number of Louisiana parishes, or counties.
Authorities told residents of low-lying coastal communities to head for higher ground.
The storm was expected to strengthen as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico and could become a Category 4 hurricane with wind of at least 131 mph. "We urge residents in the areas that could be impacted to follow the recommendations of local authorities," McClellan said.
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I hope you people realize the far greater implications of what happened in New Orleans. This has nothing to do with incompetence. There was a major tug of war between Blanco and Bush about Blanco handing over total control to the Feds. Brown and Chertoff did their jobs perfectly saying stuff is on the way. The SS... er National Guard were extremely effective at making sure no one got in or out except the media. What we have is a fascist government dressed up to look like incompetence with the ready availability of sacrificial lambs for slaughter.
In the meantime, the DLC is mightily silent on all this and I gotta wonder why they aren't using this opportunity to score major political points for '06 and '08. Instead, they are focused on John Roberts and the Supreme Court and not going near Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans with a ten foot pole. Odd that. Except for the Black Caucus that is.
However, despite all this, and despite what the media does after the major focus is off New Orleans, is that the media was there. Many of the reporters (Shep Smith, Joe Scarboro, Tucker Carlson, Geraldo, and others) were faced with a humanitarian catastrophe and they showed us what was going on and asked the same questions any sane person would ask. It doesn't get any more real than this and it threw political ideology right out the window.
Though I am very cynical and still consider the march of fascism a genuine danger, I am going to hope that the political fallout from this marks Hurricane Katrina as a watershed event. Also, be advised that the reverberations of this through the economy will bring on a major recession.