MANDATE OF HEAVEN
Cartoon by Elaine Meinel Supkis
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
In ancient times, when too much bad luck happens, the rulers were blamed and then sacrificed to the gods. Since Americans preen themselves on being very religious, we must wonder if maybe it was time to reconsider which gods to follow. From Yahoo:
GALVESTON, Texas - Taking a cue from the suffering in New Orleans, officials called for a voluntary evacuation of this island city as Hurricane Rita threatened to slam into the Texas Coast by this weekend. Officials also took steps to fly some Hurricane Katrina refugees in Texas shelters to Arkansas.Just two days ago, the oil futures trading went down a whole buck (whoopee!) because the traders thought hurricane Rita was going to Mexico, not where our oil rigs lie like sitting ducks.
This month marks the 105th anniversary of the hurricane that wiped out Galveston in one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history. An estimated 8,000 people were killed.
Rita, approaching the Florida Keys, was upgraded to a hurricane Tuesday morning when sustained wind reached 75 mph.
Gov. Rick Perry on Monday recalled all emergency personnel helping with recovery from Hurricane Katrina to prepare for Rita, including almost 1,200 Texas National Guard members.
"We're preparing for potential inland flooding and tornadoes by prepositioning water rescue teams," governor's office spokeswoman Kathy Walt said Tuesday.
Authorities stressed that those fleeing the coastal area should bypass Houston, which Mayor Bill White noted could lose power and is prone to flooding, and drive on to Dallas, San Antonio or Austin.
Harris County Judge Robert Eckels warned that the Houston Astrodome, which temporarily sheltered tens of thousands of Katrina refugees, could not be used if a storm headed that way because of its glass roof.
All through the Bush residency in the White House, one violent hurricane after another strikes with full fury. The sun is spitting xrays at us, writhing with pent up rage, earthquakes shake violently and hundreds of thousands of people die. Everything is going wrong. When the Pharoh had to endure frogs and bugs and red drinking water, he didn't give up but when the eldest sons died, he decided he had enough, didn't he?
Anyway, the stream of extreme bad luck is...not surprizing to me. You see, the Bushes practice black magic only being dumbbells, they do it stupidly. They don't understand celestial cause and effect, aka, "karma". We are seeing bad karma. Bush wants bad things because hither to, via the black arts of the media, he gets elevated every time he creates or makes worse or colludes with bad events. The worse the event, the more popular he became.
&spades The Press Herald (via a poster at Atrios)
The federal government is diverting hundreds of truckloads of bagged ice cubes from the Gulf Coast hurricane-relief effort to cold storage in Portland and other cities.Sounds like Vanilla Ice is running FEMA. Spastic coordination in all the wrong directions at once. Super FUBAR from dimwitted fucks.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has more ice than it can use in the hurricane zone and wants to keep it in storage for use in a future emergency.
But critics, including some truck drivers who have been paid $800 a day while hauling the same loads for a week or more, say the process seems like a waste of taxpayers' money.
"The $9,000 they're paying me to move this load should have gone to some family down there," said Loren Reeves, who hauled his load of ice from New York state to Alabama before being sent to Maine. "There is definitely millions being wasted that could go to people who need it."
But then came a tipping point. First in Iraq, then with the tsunami and his pouting about helping anyone then world wide terror attacks and now this. Every few days, Bush assembles his coven, gets them together to focus on saving him, they troop down to the south and say, "Let them eat cake but not British food," as the blue lights flicker across dead churches. Yes. Being satanists, they couldn't resist lighting up Bush as if he were the Prince of Darkness rather than the Poorly Lit Poodle.
&spades From Yahoo:
Lawrence DiRita, the defense department's chief spokesman, said it was "entirely possible" commanders would want to boost the force in Iraq beyond its current level of 140,000.They are having increasing trouble lying at the Pentagon. Adding only a week or two...hahaha. They are scared of an uprising. So they have to keep the patriots in line, lie to the troops some more, that is the bag. Hope they are as poor at counting as the Pentagon is at lying!
"And I guess the thinking at the moment is, if we did need more and it was based on rotations, how would that work?" he said.
"And what would the impact be on units that might wind up getting extended a week or two beyond their one year?"
DiRita denied, however, that the reassessment of force levels was prompted by a surge in suicide bombings that have killed more than 200 civilians in Iraq over the past week.
"That's not a good way to determine how good or bad things are, by how many things are exploding," he told reporters.
"It's a bigger, sort of expansive understanding of where do we have forces that are particularly capable and where do we want to bolster those forces," he said.
&spades From the Washington Post:
An American diplomat and three private security contractors died Monday in the northern city of Mosul when their armored SUV was attacked by a suicide car bomber, a Western official in Baghdad confirmed Tuesday morning.Since the embassy can't give this person's name or title, we must assume he was a spook that was outed and tagged and killed. Nearly our entire embassy in Iran before the embassy take over were spooks. This is something the media never mentions, of course.
Two others riding in the three-vehicle convoy -- which was departing a U.S. embassy satellite office in Mosul -- suffered minor injuries in the attack, which occurred at 9:49 a.m., the official said.
&spades From the Village Voice
Cindy Sheehan may be the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement. But that didn't stop members of the New York Police Department from marching into the crowd of about 150 people gathered in Union Square Monday to hear her speak and yanking away the microphone.I have run rather a few demonstrations in NYC. The police action was illegal here. Union Square is exactly where everyone always is allowed to give speeches. Even anarchists.
The NYPD pulled the plug just as Sheehan was calling on the audience not to lose heart in the fight to end the war in Iraq.
"We get up every morning, and every morning we see this enormous mountain in front of us," said Sheehan, speaking on behalf of the other parents and family members of fallen soldiers who have taken up the crusade to bring the troops home.
"We can't go through it, we can't go under it, so we have to go over it," she continued, just as the cops rushed the makeshift podium.
Police dragged away Paul Zulkowitz, a.k.a. Zool, an organizer with “Camp Casey NYC,” the small encampment that he and other activists set up a month ago in Union Square in solidarity with Sheehan’s vigil outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. The New York branch existed much to the ire of the city’s Parks Department. Today, Zulkowitz was arrested for failing to obtain a sound permit—a charge that normally warrants no more than a summons.
They are scared of what it coming in Washington DC next week. Bush's poll numbers are now sailing in at under 40% on nearly every topic imaginable. The game is over. The media has given up propping him up. There is no more left to hold up without looking as monkey moronic as he. So they are edging away while trying desperately to hold onto the loot they ripped off.
This is going to be an interesting year. Arrest Bush! Arrest the others. They just took away the FEMA inspector in handcuffs. Let him be the beginning, not the end.
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