Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ebony vs. Ivory

Veeery interesting.

It was not quite 2:30 a.m. in Washington on Tuesday when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California asked President Bush to declare an emergency because of the wildfires raging in his state. An hour or so later, the request - pre-approved by Mr. Bush before he left the Oval Office on Monday evening - was granted.
Wow, that was fast, Mr. President. Way to keep on top of things. Sounds like someone has been reading a newspaper watching something other than children's cartoons. Wondering why? Don't. Just peruse the following chart:

When one, and by one, I mean über-capitalist closet racists, has an opportunity through a natural disaster to remake, through a diabolical, laissez-faire crucible, a city predominantly minority and poor - one of those rarest of groups hated even more than DFHs - into a sparkly, cracker wonderland, one doesn't pass on such a precious, heavenly gift. Barkeep, another round for the Americans for Tax Reform. Minstrels, play.


Frederick said...

a sparkly, cracker wonderland

Sir you have a way with word I must say I quite admire.

pissed off patricia said...

I'm sure as we speak someone from the fed govt is out in California rounding up a family who has lost everything in this fire and getting them ready to pose and receive a hug from commander in chief shitwad tomorrow as he swoops in, hugs them, talks about how it will all be rebuilt with gov help and swoops out again with his photo op locked safely away in his Brownie box camera.

Then he'll be off to talk about something inane with the insane 24% who still believe he is sane.

Mary Ellen said...

When I was watching the news coverage on this disaster yesterday, I was struck by the difference in those who were being brought to the sports arena for shelter and those in New Orleans that were in the sports arena. In California, they had food, cots, blankets, and volunteers were coming in with carts just loaded with diapers and formula for the babies. The first thing I thought of was "everyone is white"! Then, I felt bad because I thought I was just being partisan. But the more I think about Bush making sure the Katrina mess doesn't happen again, or is it that he just cares more about what happens to rich white folks who might vote Republican in '08?

I believe it has everything to do with winning California in '08 and nothing to do with making sure no one is treated like they were after Katrina.

After all....Louisiana poor and blacks are still without homes.

Randal Graves said...

Frederick, thanks for the kind words, but I'm sure it was unconsciously cribbed from somewhere at some point.

Patricia, you forgot about the swagger as he walks down the smoke and fire-laden street. Never forget about the swagger. And the rolled-up sleeves.

Mary Ellen, if it was nearly any other Republican 10 years ago, I'd maybe say it was both, but the California thing is an excellent point. These guys will use any tactic and/or vile viewpoint to grab votes, and this can only help. AND with the electoral vote thing rearing its ugly head again... How these assholes sleep at night, I'll never know.

Mary Ellen said...


Well, since Guiliani tried to do his power grab by splitting the electoral votes last month (which failed), maybe he decided to go out and set a few fires...

The weird thing is, that was just a joke, but I'm not so sure it could be far from the truth. Has anybody checked his pockets for matches lately?

Randal Graves said...

Where there's smoke, there's usually a Republican. I hate to get too tinfoil-hatty in true X-Files style, but all bets are off when it comes to the modern GOP. Nothing would surprise me anymore. Besides an honest, thoughtful, kind conservative.

Tom Harper said...

Another difference between N.O. and the California fires: Nobody said to a stadium full of fire refugees "hey, come on boys, isn't this kind of fun?"

Mary Ellen said...

Speaking of New Orleans and Republicans, did you hear they elected a Republican Governor this week? He's an East Indian guy named Bobby Jindal. I guess Blanco decided to call it quits considering the big mess since Katrina. The Dems really took a licking on this, they couldn't even force a runoff election with this guy.

This guy comes off as Mr.Nice Guy, but we have to remember that he was a loyal Bushie who was a chairman on the Medicare reform commission in Washington and he was the assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services.

I'll be curious to see if he does anything for those who still haven't gotten into their homes and are living in asbestos filled trailers. He said he wants to clean up the corruption, we'll see about that. I have a hard time trusting anyone with an "R" after their name.

Scarlet Witch said...

I wonder if Bar will think these people are also "better off"?

Interesting numbers there, RG. Thanks for posting that.

Distributorcap said...

where is babs bush telling all the WHITE californians that they are better off living in Qualcomm Stadium?

or Laura Killer Bush talking about the wildfires in Southern Corina (what she called Katrina)

rest assured there will be no chimpy flyover......

Randal Graves said...

Exactly, Tom. Granted, I understand it's a bit different in that, although no doubt clogged, the roads aren't underwater, but that's kind of what FEMA was designed for, and given the fact that every motherfucker who watched TV in August 2005....why do I feel like we're beating our heads against a wall?

Exactly, Mary Ellen. Boy, this blogging is easy. Post up some snark, and have the commenters do all the heavy mental/factual lifting! But you're right, I don't care how nice these guys come off, if you're a Bushie, I can trust you about as far as I can throw you. Margaret Spellings seemed to be a nice, if spacey, chick on the Daily Show, but she's a vile gooper automaton.

Scarlet Witch, distributorcap, I assume these "kind" of people would qualify as worthy of her beautiful mind. I was about to suggest that someone has told her to keep her yap shut during these proceedings, but given her medieval nobility attitude, I'm waiting for something ridiculous to be said any day now.