Monday, September 19, 2005

A FEW QUESTIONS FOR MRS. CHENEY.....

Submitted to Mrs. Cheney via "Ask the White House" web interview of 9/18/05

Mrs. Cheney:

Can you tell us precisely where you and Vice President Cheney were and what you both were doing each day from August 28, 2005 to Saturday, September 3, 2005?

Between August 28, 2005 and Friday, September 2, 2005, on what dates did you or Vice President Cheney watch TV news? For how long on each respective day did you watch TV news concerning the Katrina hurricane and flooding?

If you know, where was Donald Rumsfeld and what was he doing on those same dates from August 28th to September 3rd?

On what day did you close the purchase of your new Maryland property?

On what date did your husband first learn that power companies in the North East needed fuel diverted for their use? Who did he call and when did he call or otherwise communicate the need for the diversion of fuel to the power companies?

Do you or Vice President Cheney own any stock in any of the power companies who received the diverted fuel or in any companies which were dependent upon those power companies for fuel?

Does Vice President Cheney or you own any stock or stock options in any of the companies which have received no-bid contracts from the government for repairs or restoration of Katrina storm or flood damage? If so, please identify each company in which you or Vice President Cheney own stock or stock options.

On what days between Sunday, August 28th and Friday, September 2, 2005 did you or Vice President Cheney talk with President Bush about the Katrina storm or flood damage or the delays by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security in getting rescue workers, food, water and medical care to Katrina victims? What was the nature of each such conversation?

What, if any, immediate steps were taken, and when, by you, Vice President Cheney or President Bush to personally order immediate relief to Katrina victims? When was the requested aid first delivered to actual victims in La, Ms. or Alabama?

In hindsight, what steps would you, Vice President Cheney and/or President Bush have taken to provide timely rescue, supplies and safe, sanitary accommodations to Katrina victims?

Are you aware that neither Mr. Chertoff, Mr. Brown nor five out of the eight other top FEMA officials have any training or professional experience in emergency management? Do you feel safer today than you did five years ago when a trained emergency management professional, James Witt, was running the FEMA agency under the Clinton administration?

Do you agree with President Bush that workers in the flooded Gulf states should be paid less than the prevailing wages in their job categories in the disaster areas?

Do you believe that reducing the wages of Katrina victims and recovery workers, many of whom lost everything they owned in the storms and floods, will assist these citizens to re-establish sane lives? If so, please explain your answer.

Do you believe that all CEO's and executive officers of firms receiving federal contracts for flood repairs and reconstruction, such as Halliburton, should be ordered by President Bush to donate the value of at least one year's salary and all stock options to local recovery charities?

If not, why should low wage workers be forced to donate from their salaries to the companies employing them?

Were you present during any meetings with Karl Rove and other government officials when Rove directed that state and local Democratic officials should be blamed for the delays in getting aid to the residents of the disaster areas?

Did you receive a copy of any "talking points" intended to divert press and public from blaming FEMA or President Bush for their inexcusable incompetence in failing to provide aid to our Southern citizens? Who drafted any such talking points and when were they given to you? On how many occasions did you use them in public interviews?

Were you aware that Governor Blanco requested federal emergency aid on August 26, 2005?

What, in your view, is the reason that emergency assistance requested from the federal government on August 26, 2005 was not supplied by the federal government by August 29, 2005, or even by September 2, 2005, and in some cases has still not arrived in the affected areas?

As a mother and grandmother, are you concerned that the failure of our Environmental Protection Agency and FDA to regulate mercury and other poisons in our water, soil, air and even children's vaccination serum may damage them? What steps have you taken personally to reduce pollution damage in our environment?

Are you aware that Vice President Cheney has apparently ordered the military to prepare a plan for attack on Iran which includes the use of nuclear weapons?

Are you aware that the nuclear weapons we are already using in Iraq, in the form of depleted uranium, cannot be removed from the environment or the human body and remains deadly to humans and our food chain for at least its half life of 4.5 billion years?

Are you aware that the cancer rate among children in Iraq has increased at least 600% since depleted uranium was first used in the First Gulf War?

Are you aware that our soldiers are being poisoned, some to death, by depleted uranium for which there is no treatment, and that some soldiers have produced horribly mutant children as a result of the depleted uranium exposure?

What have you done to stop your husband's reckless and irrational push for the use of any nuclear weapons against anyone?

Thank you in advance for addressing these questions. Most of them have not been asked by the national media. Do you have any idea why not?

Best wishes on your new 2 + million dollar beachfront property in Maryland. I'm sure it is big enough to house many homeless Katrina victims. Can you tell us how many of the homeless you have housed there or in your Jackson Hole, Wyoming property so far?

[ End -- And Don't Hold Your Breath for A Reply]

Saturday, September 17, 2005

I'm Left Speechless by Bush Disasters

Mot Juste:

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Thanks to:

Steve Clemons:Thanks to JI for sending this photo -- which I offer you in humor.

-- Steve Clemons"
http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/

Friday, September 02, 2005

FEMA REFUSED TO ALLOW HELP INTO NEW ORLEANS

Not only did the Bush Administration withdraw funding for levee repairs in New Orleans, not only did they fail to pre-position ships with emergency supplies and personnel prior to the Katrina hit, not only did they fail to provide assistance in evacuating the city prior to the Katrina storm, but...

INCREDIBLE! The Bush Government refused to allow Canadian rescue teams to cross the northern border, [the determined Canadians put their teams and equipment on boats and sailed to Louisana, where state officials let them in to help.]

FEMA also refused to allow fourteen airboats from Florida to enter the city for search and rescue work, as well as refusing former Vice President Gore's donated air planes to remove hospital patients from N.O. Naturally Bush refused offers of medical personnel and supplies from Cuba and oil and gas from Venezuela, but....

EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE: FEMA prohibited the American Red Cross from bringing food and water to the refugees in the N.O. Convention Center and Sports complex on the grounds that if the Red Cross brought in emergency supplies, the refugees wouldn't want to leave the city. People, including babies, were dying there from dehydration and FEMA intentionally ignored them.

Bush and FEMA officials Should be Criminally Prosecuted For Negligent Homicide If Not Manslaughter.

Red Cross NEVER allowed into New Orleans.

Fri Sep 2nd, 2005 at 18:02:05 PDT

My first diary! This whole week has been so depressing. My Red Cross donation was one bright spot. At least I had done something to help.

Then, after reading dKos and the other blogs all week and seeing over and over again comments that that FEMA and the NG were no where to be seen from the people on the ground in NO, I was wondering where the Red Cross was in all this. They were never mentioned. It was like they didn't exist. And, after yesterday's drama at the convention center, the Brown and Chertoff lies, the Red Cross was still MIA. Then, earlier today, I saw a note that the Red Cross was not allowed to enter NO. Hmm, that's doesn't make sense. This simmered for a couple hours.

So I called the Red Cross and asked them if its true....

[editor's note, by SteveRose] updated to more blatant title.

And, to my surprise, the nice lady answering the phone said it was true and they told/asked/ordered not to enter NO. She then went right into her spiel about all the other work the Red Cross was doing across the region. I said that's nice, but I still didn't understand why they weren't in NO. To my amazement, she patiently explained it to me. I even called back to verify what she said. This time she asked if I was media, I said no, just a concerned and confused contributor.

So here goes: Homeland Security (her term, not mine) told the Red Cross DO NOT enter New Orleans and says this still now. And why, you may ask? Not Security. Not worker safety. Not lack of access. It was because people would be drawn to the Red Cross food and they wouldn't want to go to be evacuated. So I asked: "The people starving and dying at the convention center yesterday couldn't get Red Cross food and water because they would be drawn to the food at the convention center, where they were, and not want to be evacuated from the convention center where no evacuations were going on or planned and all the while they are dying". (Actually, it was a couple questions.) She went back into her spiel about all of the other good work they were doing. When I asked again, she said yes, that was true. She seem relieved to admit it.

In closing, I asked if she asked this question before since she was very familiar with the answer she gave. She said yes. And I promised another donation. Which they will get after this post.

So, the question for Bushies, why was the Red Cross banned from NO when they knew people were starving? Could it be they were saving the convention center rescue until Bush's visit today? It certainly seems like it. Doesn't it?

Red Cross National Affairs number (202-303-5551)

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