Saturday, September 17, 2005

All The Preznit's Friends

As much as we hammer on the corporate network "mainstream" media -- which really just functions as a mechanism for the elites to speak to each other and rile us up with various buzzwords -- we have to give some measure of props to NBC's Brian Williams for his Daily Nightly blog. Williams is doing yeoman's work from the DMZ of post-hurricane New Orleans.

Williams' dispatch after the preznit's weird little speech the other night, in which Bush merely emphasized that he is a hack to the end, contained this little gem:

I am duty-bound to report the talk of the New Orleans warehouse district last night: there was rejoicing (well, there would have been without the curfew, but the few people I saw on the streets were excited) when the power came back on for blocks on end. Kevin Tibbles was positively jubilant on the live update edition of Nightly News that we fed to the West Coast. The mini-mart, long ago cleaned out by looters, was nonetheless bathed in light, including the empty, roped-off gas pumps. The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before POTUS drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It's enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it... jump to certain conclusions.

What kind of banana republic bullshit is this? This is of a piece with the infamous levee construction that appeared just in time for His Incompetency's Problem Solvin' helicopter tour, and was gone the next day when Mary Landrieu flew over it by herself.

This is despicable, to jerk around with people's hopes and lives in such a fashion. They think they have power back on -- perhaps the backbone of normalcy in modern America -- and it turns out it's just for show.

As was the speech itself. So Bush's big plan is to throw money at Nawlins for reconstruction. Where will all of this money come from? Certainly not from the rich; Paris Hilton will not have to worry her stupid little head for one second about where her next $10,000 teacup chihuahua will come from.

And we all know where the money will go, too. Halliburton. Bechtel. Crony Joe Allbaugh's clients. Even that weaselly shitbird "Pat" Robertson has his slimy hands in our pockets. There's nothing, no measure of human misery, these guys can't turn a buck off of. And don't count on them to give the taxpayers a break out of, you know, "patriotism" or anything like that.

And to add insult to injury, that useless, treasonous cocksucker Rove is running the show. Figures. One thing's for sure -- he'll make sure the right palms get greased, that the preferred "donors" get to root their snouts furthest into this boondoggle.

Meanwhile, we'll see what all this does to what's left of the economy, and the housing bubble. As transport costs for goods inevitably rise, and gas prices hold around $3.00 per gallon, and people's earning and purchasing power stagnates, consumer confidence will decline, the housing bubble will begin to deflate, and the Chinese will start to get nervous and feel like pulling some of their T-bill investments.

And then we're fucked.

It is impossible to over-emphasize the extent to which this area is under government occupation, and portions of it under government-enforced lockdown. Police cars rule the streets. They (along with Humvees, ambulances, fire apparatus, FEMA trucks and all official-looking SUVs) are generally not stopped at checkpoints and roadblocks. All other vehicles are subject to long lines and snap judgments and must PROVE they have vital business inside the vast roped-off regions here. If we did not have the services of an off-duty law enforcement officer, we could not do our jobs in the course of a work day and get back in time to put together the broadcast and get on the air. As we are about to do.

Well, at least the media are allowed access after all. That's vital. But the sooner the citizens of New Orleans are allowed to get on with their lives, instead of living under martial law, the better.


Anonymous said...

I wouldn't want your only comment to be that spam shit.

We have been aware that for some time that this administration has been using 1984 as their playbook. Looks like Animal Farm for New Orleans. I don't remember the the name of the cruelest, nastiest pig that took over when the old one died, but it could have been 'Rove'.


Heywood J. said...

Yeah, I love Animal Farm, but haven't read it in years. I think the old pig was Napoleon, and the corrupt up-and-comer was Snowball.

But yeah, it may as well be "Rove" at this point. They're not even ashamed at the tactics they're using; some of them are straight out of the Soviet playbook. Turning on the power for a couple hours so Bush can make a propaganda message, where the press is told to stay in their vans? What the fuck is that?

It's too bad the media don't stand up a little and insist on some give-and-take, or they don't bother broadcasting the speech. That'll never happen, of course, but it would be pretty sweet.

Heywood J. said...

And spam from now on is getting dumped, period. Takes ten seconds, so it's not a real draw on my time.

I hate those fuckers.

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