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09 September 2005

Bush, Brown, Body Bags and Begging Bowls ...

This Old Brit had already begun today's blog when the news about Brown being booted - albeit belatedly - was beamed across the Atlantic.

God job Brownie. Bad job Brownie. You're booted Brownie.

But what's the difference really?

The dead didn't rise again. The lost remain unrecovered. America's still stuck with Bush. Cheney's still in charge. Halliburton's still set to make millions. And the entire globe goes on being gobsmacked.

Whenever Brits begin berating an awful organiser, one of the first things they're bound to claim of the culprit's complete incompetence is that "He couldn't organise a booze-up in a brewery."

And right now, in every English pub and indeed anywhere else where more than half a dozen ordinary working people meet and chat, the bumbling bubble-boy Bush, is invariably being described as the perfect example of just such a pathetic plonker.

Also right now, in all other recent US disaster related conversations across the globe, This Old Brit bets his bottom dollar that similar sayings are being repeated ad nauseum.

Not only did dumbo-dubya not have a damned clue about what to do when disaster first struck, but even after such a considerable time since, the lame brained cretin quite clearly still can't cope.

As evidenced for example via these excerpt from the UK's Mail.

Why Bush should be ashamed to ask for help

by ESTHER SWALES -- Mail online

Devastated: New Orleans

Mail online comment:

It is a humiliating admission that the world's richest nation cannot cope with a natural disaster.

The horror that we have watched unfold in New Orleans has been feared for years and could have been avoided on such a shocking scale.

But now the Bush administration has been forced to beg the rest of the world for help amid chaotic scenes.

And remember that this editorial comment comes from a conservative, compact broadsheet.

As does this.

America has already spent a staggering £186billion on the Iraq conflict, yet is now unashamedly turning to Europe and the UN with requests for anything from nappies [diapers] and baby milk to forklifts and veterinarian supplies.

And of course the world has been quick to offer help. Friends and foes have rallied to the cause, shocked, naturally, by the terrible images of desperation and grief beamed around the world.
The latter paragraph's pronouncement is perfectly proper; that's obviously as it should be. While the former rightly reminds readers of W's wanton waste of US taxpayers' hard earned personal dollars on completely avoidable, costly conflicts a world away from their once so happy, homeland.

Strong allies including Britain, Australia, Israel and Kuwait have leapt to help, but so have those nations demonised by the Bush administration.

Sworn US enemies such as Cuba and Venezuela - which have come under intense criticism from the Bush camp - have raced to assist with offers of doctors, aid kits and medicines. Even Iran, of Axis of Evil fame, has offered humanitarian aid.

Romania, not yet a member of the EU, is also sending two teams of medical experts.

Then there's this too, on taking aid from the poor.

But it is a disgrace that the US should accept offers of help from the poorest nations who are barely able to cope with their own disasters.

Heartbreakingly, tsunami-battered Sri Lanka and Thailand have been generous in coming forward with donations despite struggling to feed and house their own people.

Even Americans joining the debates on the Mail online message boards have voiced their disquiet at accepting aid from other nations.
It's important to note that none of this criticism is cast in the direction of the American people themselves, and nor should it ever be construed to be. Rather, it's a direct indictment of their once proud country's cannibalistic crew of criminals who five years ago commandeered the White House in what wasn't much short of a coup.

And such an indefensible indifference to their own citizens trials & tribulations ever since - in the minds of most - most deservedly merits such severe critical censure -- and maybe more.

Across the British political/press aisle, the Mirror makes no bones about offering it's two-penneth too.

9 September 2005


Finding all city's dead will take 90 days

From Aidan Mcgurran In New Orleans

A GRIM consignment of 25,000 bodybags has been sent to New Orleans as the task of recovering the dead gets under way.

The official death toll from Hurricane Katrina stands at 83 in the city, including 30 elderly people found in a flooded nursing home.

Officials estimate the final figure will top 10,000, but there are fears that it will be much higher.

The body count will only emerge when the long process of pumping out the stagnant floodwater is finished in about 90 days.

As well as the bodies in the water, many more people are thought to have died trapped in attics without enough fresh water.

A temporary morgue in St Gabriel, about 70 miles from New Orleans, has been set up to prepare to handle 5,000 corpses.
Small consolation then, that the bogus bastard Brown is finally flung out on his arrogant arse.

Meanwhile, criticism of the speed and scope of the Government's response has been growing.

The president of Oxfam America, Raymond Offeneiser, said the situation "amounts to a massive institutional failure".

He added: "Before Katrina, we reserved our emergency response for countries that lack the resources of the United States. If we've got this kind of failure at home, how can we expect poor countries to do better?"

President Bush's response to the crisis was rated "bad" or "terrible" by 42 per cent of Americans in a survey, compared with 35 per cent who said it was "good" or "great".


The disaster is expected to cost American taxpayers £100billion.

It is estimated that 400,000 jobs could be lost and the nation's economic growth slashed by up to one per cent.

It also poses a huge problem for cities across southern America, which are struggling to cope with the large number of evacuees. The government has begun handing out £60million worth of debit cards to thousands of survivors.

At the Houston Astrodome, where 16,000 New Orleans evacuees are being housed, long queues formed for the £1,200 cards.

Meanwhile, conmen have been detected on some of the 2,300 websites set up to help the relief effort.

One wonders if Pat-the-rat-Robertson is included in the conman category. For surely he should be. However, you can bet the farm he won't be. It's equally certain that even if he were, he wouldn't be booted too.

Enough already. Methinks we doth digress too much.

Read how Blairbritain perceives Bushamerica's present predicament - via links to both The Mail and The Mirror below.




Anonymous Catherine D. said...

The federal response to Hurrican Katrina just defines the term "clusterf*ck". What scares me far more is that there may be 35% of the US population who still think Bubble Boy is doing a "good" or "great" job.

I'm a US citizen in a so-called blue state, so my vote doesn't even help anymore. My representatives have been voting against these morons fairly consistently. It's either time for the torches and pitchforks or time for the giant comet to come reset the evolutionary clock. Bugger.

10:22 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Heh, Richard, the Brownie the Demented Sprite press conference was a hoot.

The military basically booted him out but Bush refused to fire him. I suspect they will circumspect Bush, too. Let the bubble boy stay on vacation all the time.

12:58 am  
Blogger DaliWood said...

It's important to note that none of this criticism is cast in the direction of the American people themselves

In the context you're referring to, this is true and the non-US media have been good about putting attention where it belongs. Nevertheless, bubble boy isn't the only cretin dragging his knuckles across this fair land. He's joined by legions of his followers. His poll numbers may be sagging, but I expect he could win re-election today if the other party ran any of their few potential candidates. Some help from the voting machine fixers at Diebold might be necessary in a few states, but he would still carry many on his own.

Sadly, Americans are born and raised with a culturally reinforced sense of entitlement and superiority. (It sort of reminds me of the worst elements of the aristocracy in Victorian England.) Dubya is the embodiment of that belief, and an alarming number of Americans connect with that aspect of him, ignoring the fact that he couples his well-rehearsed all-American image with a staggering stupidity and volatile personality. In fact, for some of them, seeing such stupidity in high office has emboldened them to display their own at every opportunity. To his followers, he is a symbol for what they would call patriotism but what the civilized world would call arrogant, jingoistic, warmongering claptrap.

1:59 am  
Blogger JulieDee said...

"My representatives have been voting against these morons fairly consistently. It's either time for the torches and pitchforks or time for the giant comet to come reset the evolutionary clock."

Honey, I know how ya feel! I saw Barbara Boxer on the TV last (or was it the night before?) night telling about her meeting with Bush about Brown. About how she'd say something about how Brown blew it and Bush would give her a blank look and say "what do you mean, blew it?" And she's say something about how brown had mismanaged it from the start and he'd say "what do you mean he did a great job from the start?" Just give you chills down your spine how someone at HIS position can be in such denial! I'M sharper than he is and I take MORPHINE plus a whole mess of other prescription drugs (legally) twice or more a day!


6:15 am  
Blogger noel adamson said...

"Bush, Brown, Body Bags and Begging Bowls ... " Another "B" might be Bin Laden...maybe that is part of why why Bush says "great job"...this has been a total diversion for Cowboy Bush and his bovine followers re "gwenna ketch 'im dead er alive" and also distracts from Iraq. Well other than that pesky "where the hell is the National Guard and their equipment when we need them" problem.

8:58 am  
Anonymous lukery said...

richard - the alliteration is priceless again :-)

2:32 pm  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

Thanks for this excellent article, Richard.

Agree w/ DaliWood, too. But these folk - some of them - see BushBoy as failing to protect their turf - which he has, of course. A few will connect the dots. Even the tax haters will have to consider why the National Guard is off "protecting" another country. Unless, of course, their name is on mercenary contracts for services (speaking of which - what about the Brit company and the Baghdad airport, eh? Wonder where the $ is off to.)

I, too, am baffled by the fact that his approval ratings are much above 20%. But it's that with-us-or- against-us mentality, and he fills the bill as a stubborn, go-to-hell figurehead. Idiots think that's just great.

2:37 pm  
Anonymous lukery said...

richard - i wrote a post on the comparison between bush/katrina and putin/kursk - it seems ripe for a right old This Old Brit skewering

3:08 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Catherine, you're far from the first I've heard talking about sharpening their pitchforks.

And welcome, by the way.

3:17 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Elaine, I would have liked to see that press conference but unfortunately I must have missed it.

3:19 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

It is scary when one thinks how many more are similarly stupid.

However, what's even more scary is Diebold imo. How the hell so many others are still unaware of this factor, I still cannot understand.

3:23 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Noel, what worries me most is how possible it is that Bush really meant it when he said "great job" - it's possible he's gotten exactly what he wanted by having such an idiot ensure as many 'undesirables' died not due to the actual storm & flooding but because of the complete neglect that follwed.

3:27 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Hi, lukery. I'll have to take a look at that post of yours. Thanks for the heads up.

3:29 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

It seems I'm getting lax. I'm in the dark right now re; the Brit 'cashing in' security operation at the airport. I'll have to look into that.

3:33 pm  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

Link to article if you haven't found it already:

Iraq in faceoff with airport security firm from Guardian.

I got there via juan cole's blog, Informed Comment or

12:06 am  
Blogger noel adamson said...

"Noel, what worries me most is how possible it is that Bush really meant it when he said "great job" -"

I doubt he is conscious of who exactly the victims in New Orleans are. Certainly no one in his strata of society and, [sarcastic nazi analogy]as the "competition makes us strong" theory of the right wing goes, those not in that strata must just be lazy and non-competetive...why concentrating them all in camps would be doing them a Barbara Bush said of those in the Astrodome. We could create such camps all over America and our conqured provinces to concentrate these losers in. We could call them "concentration camps" and teach them proper work ethics like fearless leader "W" has. He is, after all, just a regular guy, a dirt rancher from Texas who worked for what he's got. "Work Shall Set You Free". By Gawd we should put that right over the main gates of these camps. That's real compassion, compassionate conservativism![/sarcastic nazi analogy]

Consider it also comes my obligatory Hitler scale measurment...that the people around Bush, who give him his information, are afraid to ever deliver bad news...Hitler killed a lot of people for this and no one wanted to wake him when he was crashed from a speed run on D Day to ask permission to bring a nearby division to the beach in Normandy where bad news was happening big time. This is a weakness of all tyrants especially those who are the small minded spoiled children of power.

6:38 am  
Anonymous lukery said...

i just heard on the news here that theyve found something like 130 corpses found in jefferson parish - and 110 of them died after the hurricane...

9:51 am  
Anonymous carolcarre said...

Are the Bushies asking for help? here in the good old US of A, they have been reported as spurning help, because we are so wonderful and great that your puny offerings are insignificant and more like spite offerings than true generosity.

It is ironic that some of the first aid that Americans saw were the Canadian Mounties...which we stopped at the border initially, maybe they could be terrorists bent on blowing up Narleens? no, because tehy didn't have all the right paperwork in order, apparently...


7:18 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Let us not forget that Brown was not "fired" per se...more a case of a "temporary replacement" has been brought in for this play as I'm given to understand it. After all ya'll can't expect Georgie-porgie to admit he made a mistake!

Bush's recommendation for Prez next time around is not going to count for a whole lot. Santorum seems to think he has a stab at it still. I guess delusional thinking is a prerequisite for Republican candidate now-a-days. But I digress.

The body count has no place to go but up unfortunately. I was reading a story were this one poor fellow was on the phone with his mother daily from her retirement home after all the staff had abandon them on Monday. And every day he reassured her just as the Government reassured him that help was coming. Then on Friday she called him in a panic and again he reassured her and an hour later she the other 25 wheelchair and bedridden residents who could not evacuate all drown. I'm afraid that we'll hear many many more of those stories.

Oh, and trying to get the word out about what happened to the tourists? No one believes it! They flat out REFUSE to!

7:20 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


Help from all over Europe was forhtcoming, but most countries were buggered about no end.

But Bush makes sure he's a priority where needing/asking for personal, political help is concerned. And no doubt the two faced Bliar will oblige, What a pair of bums.

7:55 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

lukery, have you heard about those poor souls in the hospital and old folks home? Horrible isn't it? And so bloody avoidable.

7:58 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


I'm not surprised by those still in denial mode. What do they think? The whole of the rest world are liars?

Still, like the old saying goes "There are none so blind as those who will not see".

8:01 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

I can handle ignorance and even stupidity... but this sort ofwillful ignorance and stubbornly absurd stupidity I simply cannot tolerate! It is THAT sort of foolishness that allows a Hitler to get a foothold and begin to gain the public ear.

There IS some hope though! Read Mark Morford's editorial in the SF Chron The Storm That Ate the Gop in todays edition! [sarcasm on] Warning though! If you are Decent Bush loving folks like us you might object to the cutting and biting sarcastic tone he takes! [/sarcasm]

Here's another one I hate "The first one to mention Hitler looses the debate!" How is THAT for absurd?

7:39 pm  

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