Like the vast majority of my flist, the actions of "our" president during this time make me sick to my stomach. Facts, links, and photos borrowed from stories and links in alchemia's, icarusancalion's, and other LJs: Where was Bush the night of the hurricane? At a Republican fundraiser (giving Medicare speeches to handpicked audiences), then had photo-op birthday cake with John McCain the next day. Look! Bush is
While I never heard of him before this week, I find I really like Nagin (the mayor of former New Orleans). Bush said he needed "proper authorization" before he could send help. Nagin's reply:
Well, did the tsunami victims request? Did it go through a formal process to request?
You know, did the Iraqi people request that we go in there? Did they ask us to go in there? What is more important?
And I'll tell you, man, I'm probably going get in a whole bunch of trouble. I'm probably going to get in so much trouble it ain't even funny. You probably won't even want to deal with me after this interview is over.
But we authorized $8 billion to go to Iraq lickety-quick. After 9/11, we gave the president unprecedented powers lickety-quick to take care of New York and other places.
Now, you mean to tell me that a place where most of your oil is coming through, a place that is so unique when you mention New Orleans anywhere around the world, everybody's eyes light up -- you mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can't figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on, man.
The "funny" thing about all this is that I've found it's impossible for my opinion of Bush to fall any further. A while back there was a Sirius Black/George W. Bush post on ithurtsmybrain (story here), and while the story was done in humor, that's really the intelligence level I see Bush as having. I'm surprised his handlers don't keep someone standing next to him to wipe the drool off his chin.
FFXI: And since no LJ post of mine would be complete without a mention of FFXI, here's a little thing. Since I can't concentrate on anything (is it the long weekend yet?) I decided to sit down and figure out just how many NMs I've seen/battled. The list is surprisingly short! I think I must have forgotten some, but I combed through NM lists and I think maybe this is all of them...
Who, what, when, where, why...