Sunday, September 04, 2005

Updates, and a Question 

Rich in today's Times: excellent. Calls 9/11 the "Rosetta Stone" for understanding the current misery.

Chertoff yesterday: New Orleans was struck by two disasters, the hurricane and the breached levees. Why not say that New Orleans was struck by five disasters?--the wind, the rain, the accumulation of the rain on the ground, the blowing of ocean water by the wind into the city, and the presence of people in the area toward which the water was blown?

Landrieu yesterday: sent out a press release explaining that all of the tons of equipment in the photos of Bush at the levee in New Orleans was shipped in exclusively for the photo, and then immediately dragged away. No work is being done on that levee. And the tons of equipment that appear in the photo were not in use yesterday because Bush was having them dragged around for his photo op.

A Dutch reader wrote the following to Laura Rozen:

"There was a striking discrepancy between the CNN International report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports of the same event by German TV.

ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.

The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF."

A question: if Bush were filmed running around New Orleans with a shoulder-held rocket-launcher, firing grenades into crowds of refugees, would he then have to resign from the Office of President? If not, do you have any idea what would have to happen before Bush was made to resign? Feel free to post answers in the Comments.


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