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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: Duck and Cover

“The survey found that 76 percent of the public favors an investigation of federal storm response efforts by an independent commission similar to the one that probed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The proposal drew strong bipartisan support: 64 percent of all Republicans and 83 percent of Democrats favored creating the independent panel.”
-Washington Post, September 12, 2005

“Three out of four Americans polled prefer an independent panel. How do our elected officials react?”

“Senate Republicans on Wednesday scuttled an attempt by Sen. Hillary Clinton to establish an independent, bipartisan panel patterned after the 9/11 Commission to investigate what went wrong with federal, state and local governments' response to Hurricane Katrina.”
-Associated Press, September 14, 2005

“Huh, Why wouldn’t they want an independent investigator to look into this?”

“I as president am responsible for the problem, and for the solution.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, September 16, 2005

“Not the first time they’ve gone out of their way to protect the Administration either..”

“Two U.S. congressional committees on Wednesday rejected Democrat-backed resolutions that would have compelled the Bush administration to turn over records relating to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee and International Relations Committee, who opposed the resolution, said Congress should await the outcome of a federal investigation by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald.
Democrats countered that Republicans were trying to protect President George W. Bush and his top political adviser, Karl Rove. ‘We know that this is a political decision because there is potential embarrassment to the administration,’ said Massachusetts Democratic Rep. William Delahunt.
The resolutions, rejected in committee votes along party lines, sought to force the departments of Justice and State to turn over all documents related to Plame.”
-Washington Post, September 14, 2005

“You may think that such blatant politics couldn’t possibly be real. You may think they it’s just a bad joke. But it isn’t. The following Quote is a bad joke.”

“Mr. Brown acknowledged that he had been criticized for not ordering a complete evacuation or calling in federal troops sooner. But he said the storm made it hard to communicate and assess the situation.

‘Until you have been there,’ he said, ‘you don't realize it is the middle of a hurricane.’"
-New York Times, September 15, 2005

“My emphasis. Except of course that Brown was being serious. The fact that he was in charge of FEMA is the joke.”


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